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Broken Age

by AllisonByProxy

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Original Thread: I paid 3.3 million dollars for this? Let's Play Double Fine's Broken Age



Broken Age is a point and click adventure game designed and written by Tim Schafer and produced by Double Fine Productions. It made history by being the first big game from a major developer to be funded using Kickstarter, kicking off a trend that is still going strong today. Their campaign, known then as "Double Fine Adventure" was launched in early 2012 with a funding goal of $400,000. Kickstarter was used because, according to Double Fine, no major publishers wanted to fund an old school adventure game. So they decided to reach out to fans directly. The final amount raised was $3,336,371. As the scope of the game grew however this proved to not be enough money to finish the game. This led to the decision to split the game into 2 acts with the money earned by selling the first act going to fund the second. The first act was released to the public in January 2014.

The LP
This LP will cover the first act of the game. I will be taking a minimalist subtitled approach as the game has lots of dialogue and humor and talking over it would only do it a disservice in my opinion. I plan to release 3 - 4 episodes per week. In the game you control two separate protagonists, each with their own storyline to follow. You can switch between them at any time. I will be sticking to one character per video but after each video is posted I will invite the thread to vote on whether to continue with that character for the next update or to switch to the other.

Spoiler Policy
As with most Let's Plays of story driven games I ask you to please not spoil the plot in this thread. Please keep the discussions to what we've already seen in my videos.


The Documentary

During the development of Broken Age Double Fine hired 2 Player Productions to create a backer only video series documenting the entire development process. It's an ongoing series currently up to 15 main episodes and several more videos of bonus content. It's a fascinating watch and offers a wonderful insight into the game development process. They posted some videos from the documentary on youtube for non-backers to give them a taste of what they're missing. I highly recommend watching them.

Doc Episode 1
Doc highlight reel

If you are interested in seeing more of the documentary and didn't back the game you can still get it bundled with the purchase of the game or by itself for by going here:
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