My game is a text based role playing game in which you play a struggling musician.
Most game in which the player is a musician involve the player becoming a successful rock star, however sadly that is not the way reality works. I wanted to create a more realistic experience that reflects the struggles of making a career as a musician. I run Georgia Tech’s on campus music venue and have met many small bands, a lot the game’s content is based on those experiences.
The player starts of with very little money and a low paying day job. Every day the player has enough energy to do only a few things and must ration their time effectively in order to write, rehearse, and record music while still being able to pay their bills every week. The game is dry and very difficult, and the text format helps keep the focus on the game’s message that working as a musician is not about the glitz and glamour as popular media generally portrays it.
I built the game with a language called ChoiceScript and the game runs in a web browser. The structure of the game play is very repetitive, with each day offering the same basic choices, however as you play more options open up. The game is not very linear, relying more on depth. A few basic stats govern what the player can do. The bands talent level, the amount of fans they have, and the number of songs they have. The band needs to write songs to play shows, play shows to get fans and sell merch, and practice to maintain a high enough talent rating to be successful in these things.
Before the player can make enough money to support themselves though music the play must work a day job to stay afloat. Failure to show up to work will get the player fired, giving them little time before going broke. Working hard will get the player promotions which pay more but require more time which can’t be spent on music. Much of the game is a balancing act in this way. Because every week the player has bills that need to be payed. The game will end if the player runs out of money and spends 3 consecutive weeks with a balance of under $0.
There’s a bunch of other little things that make the game play more interesting along the way but I don’t have room to go into everything here, I suggest trying the game yourself (link at bottom). Warning, the game is very hard.
To play the game download the zip file:
Unzip file and find the folder “web” then “myGame”. Look for a file called index.html and open it in a web browser (Crome is not currently supported by Choice Script, however I have tested the game in Firefox and IE and Safari and they should work).