Author Topic: Something Seeps  (Read 2972 times)

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Something Seeps
« on: 25 Mar 2019, 01:48 »
Something Seeps is a psychological/body/monster horror game that will feature shocking, graphic death scenes and adult storytelling. It is based on the short story I wrote years back called Knee Deep: https://www.wattpad.com/40205418-knee-deep-short-story.

A father and son must come to terms with their tumultuous history, devastating family loss, and a past that will not stay buried. Memories are slippery, violent things and lying to one's self can be deadly.



I don't have an estimate yet for the length of the game or the release plans, but I'll update as I progress. I do have a full story to tell, expanded significantly from the short story. I also have enough content in mind to do a full horror series, depending on how fast I can create.





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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #1 on: 25 Mar 2019, 02:49 »
I could never expect less class and art from you. This is really going to be great. I can't wait. Just a little question since I'm super careful about spoilers: Is the game going to get spoiled if I read the short story?

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #2 on: 25 Mar 2019, 02:54 »
I could never expect less class and art from you. This is really going to be great. I can't wait. Just a little question since I'm super careful about spoilers: Is the game going to get spoiled if I read the short story?

Thank you! And yes, it will be horribly, horribly spoiled. :)

Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #3 on: 25 Mar 2019, 08:01 »

Good! After a fantasy game, an horror one is welcome!  :)

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #4 on: 25 Mar 2019, 10:36 »
That second shot is a great composition.
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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #5 on: 25 Mar 2019, 11:45 »
That second shot is a great composition.

Thanks! I'm going to try to push for uncomfortable horror angles throughout this one.

Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #6 on: 25 Mar 2019, 15:34 »
Looks great (as always)! Is this going to be a commercial game? 

Good luck with the project!

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #7 on: 26 Mar 2019, 01:24 »
Looks great (as always)! Is this going to be a commercial game? 

Good luck with the project!

Thanks! I haven't decided what it will be yet. I'll probably charge a couple of dollars for it just so it gets treated like a "real" game by the game sites, but I have to also see what I need to do for Eidos to be OK with me doing this outside of work. I'm sure it will be fine, but sometimes contracts can be tricky.

Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #8 on: 29 Mar 2019, 11:48 »
Looks and sounds interesting! :)
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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #9 on: 29 Mar 2019, 18:12 »
This sounds right up my alley! Very cool - looking forward to playing it :)
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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #10 on: 30 Mar 2019, 04:57 »
Thank you, folks! I look forward to trying to scare the crap out of you.

Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #11 on: 30 Mar 2019, 06:05 »
That style is unmistakably yours. Really looking forward to this. 8-)

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #12 on: 30 Mar 2019, 14:41 »
That style is unmistakably yours. Really looking forward to this. 8-)

It's my curse! Every one of those wood panel lines was drawn by mouse. Soooo slow. Thanks! :)

Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #13 on: 01 Apr 2019, 11:54 »
I had to read the short story, and I must say it was an intriguing idea with a great and terrifying twist at the end!
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Was it meant to be an allegory for dementia? It felt a lot like that with the old man's memories shifting and taking a life of their own.

It will be interesting to see what you make of it in the game, the screenshots look fantastic!

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #14 on: 01 Apr 2019, 12:44 »
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Was it meant to be an allegory for dementia? It felt a lot like that with the old man's memories shifting and taking a life of their own.


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 Yes. My biggest fear is dementia, so any horror story about people losing their grasp on reality has a bigger impact on me than something with ghosts/monsters/etc.


Thanks! I'll be expanding on the short quite a bit, so while it will share a lot of key elements and characters, it's going to be a much bumpier road for poor Jeremy.  :)

Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #15 on: 01 Apr 2019, 13:22 »
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Was it meant to be an allegory for dementia? It felt a lot like that with the old man's memories shifting and taking a life of their own.


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 Yes. My biggest fear is dementia, so any horror story about people losing their grasp on reality has a bigger impact on me than something with ghosts/monsters/etc.


Thanks! I'll be expanding on the short quite a bit, so while it will share a lot of key elements and characters, it's going to be a much bumpier road for poor Jeremy.  :)
Interesting to know, I think you did a great work of getting the theme across thorough the descriptions and dialogues, and I can definitively see how that could be used to great effect in a game where you get to walk around and interact with the environment!

Though I would advice that if you plan to go into more detail on the dark topics hinted at in your story, like bullying and abusive family homes, it could be nice to have a detailed content warning,
because I know people who can handle gruesome death scenes but have a hard time with more realistic psychological traumas and prefer a heads up beforehand.

Anyway, it'd be really cool to see more of the backstory for the characters and how they ended up where they were at the start of the story,
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plus it'd be exciting to explore more about what the different mementos meant to the main characters and where they came from.

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #16 on: 01 Apr 2019, 13:37 »
Yeah, I have plans to go a lot further with the backstory and sorting out which things have deep meaning and why. I do plan to have a content warning and you're not the first to suggest it. :)

Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #17 on: 01 Apr 2019, 14:01 »
That's great to hear, I look forward to your next update! :)

Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #18 on: 03 Apr 2019, 18:02 »
This is great news! I remember reading Knee Deep  years ago and loving it. You had it up on your Something Seeps site. Cant wait for this one.

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #19 on: 04 Apr 2019, 03:28 »
This is great news! I remember reading Knee Deep  years ago and loving it. You had it up on your Something Seeps site. Cant wait for this one.

That's been a while! If Knee Deep works out, I'll probably adapt some of the other shorts from that era as well.

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #20 on: 24 Apr 2019, 04:53 »
If you look closely, you can see reality being pulled into a spiral with that fence gap at the heart of it. You really don't want to go back that way. Real bad stuff back there.


Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #21 on: 24 Apr 2019, 07:47 »

This stuff looks perfect for a William Hope Hodgson tale!  8-0

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #22 on: 24 Apr 2019, 12:42 »

This stuff looks perfect for a William Hope Hodgson tale!  8-0


It will have a heavy "book" feel to the narration, so I'm glad to hear it! :)

Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #23 on: 25 Apr 2019, 20:35 »
Great atmosphere in the last screenshot, although the yellow wooden slide in the background clashes a bit with the blue tones in the area by the tree. Maybe some shadows could improve it?

Just my two cents, it still looks great.  :)

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #24 on: 26 Apr 2019, 00:37 »
Great atmosphere in the last screenshot, although the yellow wooden slide in the background clashes a bit with the blue tones in the area by the tree. Maybe some shadows could improve it?

Thanks! You're right - it's probably a bit *too* yellow for its place in the shadows. I'm gonna darken it.

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #25 on: 26 Apr 2019, 02:01 »
Excellent art style!
I will keep an eye on this...  8-)
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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #26 on: 24 Jun 2019, 04:12 »
Working on the most important character in a story like this - the house!




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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #27 on: 24 Jun 2019, 05:15 »
Looking amazing.

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #28 on: 24 Jun 2019, 05:38 »
Looking amazing.

Thanks! It's going to improve a lot when I get the background stuff in there.

Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #29 on: 24 Jun 2019, 07:56 »

Hey, there's a scratch on the door! Those stray dogs! :-D

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #30 on: 24 Jun 2019, 12:10 »
Looks marvellous! You are a genius - any proof reading or Q/A let me know.

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #31 on: 24 Jun 2019, 15:10 »
Hey, there's a scratch on the door! Those stray dogs! :-D

You may be onto something...

Looks marvellous! You are a genius - any proof reading or Q/A let me know.

Thanks! I am still  pretty far from the proofing stage, but I will remember your offer :)

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #32 on: 26 Aug 2019, 13:36 »
Lots of structure work done with the house exterior, including the backyard abyss. Watch your step:


Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #33 on: 27 Aug 2019, 17:12 »
Wow, that looks menacing!
It reminds me of the other world from Coraline!

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #34 on: 27 Aug 2019, 23:55 »
Wow, that looks menacing!
It reminds me of the other world from Coraline!

Funny coincidence, I also have a character would could be called an "Other Mother."

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #35 on: 10 Sep 2019, 03:48 »
Working on a new Gnarled Scar logo since the last one was specific to the Knobbly Crook. This one is pure chaos and I am having way too much fun:


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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #36 on: 10 Sep 2019, 04:03 »
Looking nice and grotesque, just the way I like it!

Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #37 on: 10 Sep 2019, 13:46 »
Working on a new Gnarled Scar logo since the last one was specific to the Knobbly Crook. This one is pure chaos and I am having way too much fun:



Anybody else think shoggoth from "Mountains of Madness" when seeing this?

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #38 on: 10 Sep 2019, 19:48 »
Anybody else think shoggoth from "Mountains of Madness" when seeing this?

Kind of a Lovecraft/Warhammer Chaos hybrid :)

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #39 on: 15 Sep 2019, 16:07 »
Final version, but now I need to animate all the parts. Phew.



For fun, here's the original rough sketch:


Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #40 on: 15 Sep 2019, 18:00 »
That final version looks amazing! Have fun animating it! It would be great to see the animated version here too.

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #41 on: 15 Sep 2019, 18:18 »
That final version looks amazing! Have fun animating it! It would be great to see the animated version here too.

Thanks! I think there's a fun/sanity balancing act with this one, which is appropriate to the subject matter. I'll likely throw it in youtube and link it here when I'm done :)

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #42 on: 16 Sep 2019, 10:59 »
  A fun/sanity balancing act sounds like life, to me anyway. :-D

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #43 on: 29 Sep 2019, 16:33 »
Working on a style for intro/credits sequences now. The text is placeholder because I'm not obnoxious enough to put in two "game by" screens. Yet.


I used a photo of my wife as a reference for this one. Tear my wife into pieces, this is my title screen:



Incorporated the old short story book covers from the Something Seeps "universe."




Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #44 on: 29 Sep 2019, 17:21 »

Tear my wife into pieces


Poor wife!  8-0

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Re: Something Seeps
« Reply #45 on: 18 Oct 2019, 01:17 »
Your artwork is stunning, I can't imagine how long it takes to perfect each piece without any dip in quality.

Also...
Poor wife!  8-0

Concur!