Zack Hopkins-DeMerchant is creating The Adventures of Zack The Great (a JRPG Video Game)
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Introduction!
Hello, my name is Zack Hopkins-DeMerchant, and I've been working towards making a dream game since I was a child with the help of a team friends with the goal to enshrine and capture the magic of our childhoods.

I've always wanted to make Video Games, specifically one game actually. I have always loved RPGs and I wanted to make my own. Unfortunately I cannot afford to finish the game within any reasonable time frame if I have no outside support at this point, and I've turned to Patreon for assistance.

What are you making?
I am making a JRPG called the Adventures of Zack The Great... WAIT DON'T LEAVE MY PAGE YET!



Let me explain the name: The name came from a time where the main character was in fact a self-insertion "OC" recolor. I'm not going to hide that. I am also not going to deny that he is based partially off of me, but he has his own personality, flaws, hopes, and dreams... and I promise he isn't a Garry Sue or some twisted projection of myself. The name has since stuck, and I can't bring myself to change it.

The game is about a world ravaged by war from the Devilers, a legion born of the hatred in mankind. You play Zack, son to a grand knight, who is rebuilt as a cyborg after trying to save his father from his anti-self. With no other purpose he sets forth on a quest to defeat the Devilers. Initially self-righteous and ignorant, he learns he doesn't have to do this alone, and with the aids of others he marches on to save everyone. But not everything is as it seems, and secrets lie in wait on his path...

How are you making this game?
I am using RPG Maker MV and (mostly) Yanfly's library of plugins.

I am also collaborating with my friends and my wife with testing, writing, and concepts. My friend Forgotten Dawn has been writing the majority of the music as well. Although the world was mostly made by me a lot of it's spirit has been made by the shared dreams of all my friends.

Why should I support you?
I've been working on this game for as long as I can remember. I've made it, remade it, and remade it again due to engine issues. But with RPG Maker MV I finally have almost everything I need to make this game a reality. The last thing I need is your support!

I've been paying for development of this game out of pocket for as long as I could in a situation where I could focus on the game (mostly) full time. Due to recent financial stresses I will be no longer able to (as of June 1st if nothing changes) focus on the game as much as I used to (calculating barely 5-7 hours a day, 4 days a week.) Every cent you contribute will allow me to focus more and more on this game. If I'm lucky even be able to work on it full time again.

Most Patreons making games already have games under their belt, I do not. All I got is all the years spent with this game, and my graphics/interactive media experience, so I can understand why supporting me might be hard. But if you believe in this game, that it deserves to be finished, please support me.

What do I get out of this?
Depending on how much you donate, there are multiple things I am offering, such as:
 - Access to my development feed plus name in credits! (1$ or more)
 - A free copy of my game (5$ or more)
 - Access to the closed Alpha test (7$ or more)
 - Designing a monster, NPC, weapon, armor, or item!* (10$ or more)
 - Designing of two monsters, weapons, armor, or items!* ($15 or more!)

* I retain the right to tweak, modify, and all together not implement certain ideas, but I will do my best to consider each one!

What will my money go towards?
Every dollar will be spent on one of two things:

- My living expenses. This is rent, bills, food, and gas so I can go drive and buy food.
- The Game. Anything I don't spend for living goes towards the game costs. These include cost of music, coding outsourcing (I do mostly eventing and coding), legal stuff, and art.

Final Words
I would like to say that I am very appreciative and humble of any and all the support I've been getting over the years. I really couldn't do any of this without you.

Sincerely,
Zack
Tiers
The Grand Connisseur Tier
$1 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
The first supporter of this project is an important milestone. With the help of at least one person, it will show everyone that this is a project worth investing in. As a result, the first person to become a patron will have access to ALL tiers, including:


- Name in credits of game+
- Access to Pateron-Only posts! 

- Access to our Discord Server.

- Five free digital copies of the game upon release (a 100$ value**!!!)*

- Access to the bleeding edge, recent of recent, unstable build of the game.
- Access to monthly meetings on Discord. 

- A minor element of the game designed by you! (NPC, Item, Armor, Weapon, etc.)***
- A major element of the game designed by you! (Enemy, Secret Boss, Secret Area, etc.)***

- NPC of your (or someone else's) likeness with a piece of dialog.**** 

- Prioritized feedback on game as an honorary designer (as in feedback on world building elements would be considered).
- Special hard copy of the game with a manual! (Will be rewarded after game comes out.)

AND, a special, one time ONLY perk:

- One (1) Character Designed for the Game***

+Even if you stop supporting me in the future.

* Must be a patron on the release of the game.

**Value of game subject to change, distributed as a key on a platform of your choice (Steam, itch.io, Game Jolt)

*** Subject to approval with or without changes.

**** Subject to written approval whose likeness is being added.

Includes Discord rewards
Cool Tier
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
You rock! Your contribution helps so much, and I am forever thankful to you.

What you get:
- Name in credits of game+
- Access to Pateron-Only posts!

- Access to our Discord Server.

- A free digital copy of the game upon release (a 20$ value**!)*

-Access to the Closed Beta of the game. (The game is currently in Alpha.)

+Even if you stop supporting me in the future.

* Must be a patron on game's release

**Value of game subject to change, distributed as a key on a platform of your choice (Steam, itch.io, Game Jolt)

Includes Discord rewards
Good Tier
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Thank you so much for your generosity! This contribution helps me more than you will ever know.

What you get:
- Previous Tier rewards
- An additional free digital copy of the game upon release (a 20$ value**!)*
- Immediate access to the game.

- Access to monthly meetings on Discord.


* Must be a patron on game's release
**Value of game subject to change, distributed as a key on a platform of your choice (Steam, itch.io, Game Jolt)

Includes Discord rewards
The Great Tier
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
You're very great. Your contribution is great. I am so happy you want to help me this much!

What you get:
- Previous Tier rewards!

- Prioritized feedback as a tester, as well as official tester role.
- A minor element of the game designed by you! (NPC, Item, Armor, Weapon, etc.)*

*Subject to approval with or without changes.

Includes Discord rewards
Awesome Tier
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
You're awesome! Your contribution gives me piece of mind this game will be able to be finished. Thank you so much!

What you get:
- Previous Tier rewards

- Three free digital copies of the game upon launch. (A$60 value!)**

- A major element of the game designed by you! (Enemy, Secret Boss, Secret Area, etc.)*

*Subject to approval with or without changes.
**Value of the game subject to change, distributed as a key on a platform of your choice (Steam, itch.io, Game Jolt), Must be a patron on game's release

Includes Discord rewards
The Early Connoisseur Tier
$25 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
I'm so happy you want to help me to this degree! Your contribution will be deeply remembered! Thank you so much!

What you get:
- Previous Tier rewards
- NPC of your (or someone elses) likeness with a piece of dialog.*

- Prioritized feedback on game as an honorary designer (as in feedback on world building elements would be considered).

- Access to the bleeding edge, recent of recent, unstable build of the game.
- Special hard copy of the game with a manual! (Will be rewarded after game comes out.)


* Subject to approval by me and written consent by the person you are making the likeness to.

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$0 of $1 per month
Having at least one, just one patron shows that someone outside of myself and my friends care about this game, and that will help Patreon's algorithm see this project is worth promoting.
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Introduction!
Hello, my name is Zack Hopkins-DeMerchant, and I've been working towards making a dream game since I was a child with the help of a team friends with the goal to enshrine and capture the magic of our childhoods.

I've always wanted to make Video Games, specifically one game actually. I have always loved RPGs and I wanted to make my own. Unfortunately I cannot afford to finish the game within any reasonable time frame if I have no outside support at this point, and I've turned to Patreon for assistance.

What are you making?
I am making a JRPG called the Adventures of Zack The Great... WAIT DON'T LEAVE MY PAGE YET!



Let me explain the name: The name came from a time where the main character was in fact a self-insertion "OC" recolor. I'm not going to hide that. I am also not going to deny that he is based partially off of me, but he has his own personality, flaws, hopes, and dreams... and I promise he isn't a Garry Sue or some twisted projection of myself. The name has since stuck, and I can't bring myself to change it.

The game is about a world ravaged by war from the Devilers, a legion born of the hatred in mankind. You play Zack, son to a grand knight, who is rebuilt as a cyborg after trying to save his father from his anti-self. With no other purpose he sets forth on a quest to defeat the Devilers. Initially self-righteous and ignorant, he learns he doesn't have to do this alone, and with the aids of others he marches on to save everyone. But not everything is as it seems, and secrets lie in wait on his path...

How are you making this game?
I am using RPG Maker MV and (mostly) Yanfly's library of plugins.

I am also collaborating with my friends and my wife with testing, writing, and concepts. My friend Forgotten Dawn has been writing the majority of the music as well. Although the world was mostly made by me a lot of it's spirit has been made by the shared dreams of all my friends.

Why should I support you?
I've been working on this game for as long as I can remember. I've made it, remade it, and remade it again due to engine issues. But with RPG Maker MV I finally have almost everything I need to make this game a reality. The last thing I need is your support!

I've been paying for development of this game out of pocket for as long as I could in a situation where I could focus on the game (mostly) full time. Due to recent financial stresses I will be no longer able to (as of June 1st if nothing changes) focus on the game as much as I used to (calculating barely 5-7 hours a day, 4 days a week.) Every cent you contribute will allow me to focus more and more on this game. If I'm lucky even be able to work on it full time again.

Most Patreons making games already have games under their belt, I do not. All I got is all the years spent with this game, and my graphics/interactive media experience, so I can understand why supporting me might be hard. But if you believe in this game, that it deserves to be finished, please support me.

What do I get out of this?
Depending on how much you donate, there are multiple things I am offering, such as:
 - Access to my development feed plus name in credits! (1$ or more)
 - A free copy of my game (5$ or more)
 - Access to the closed Alpha test (7$ or more)
 - Designing a monster, NPC, weapon, armor, or item!* (10$ or more)
 - Designing of two monsters, weapons, armor, or items!* ($15 or more!)

* I retain the right to tweak, modify, and all together not implement certain ideas, but I will do my best to consider each one!

What will my money go towards?
Every dollar will be spent on one of two things:

- My living expenses. This is rent, bills, food, and gas so I can go drive and buy food.
- The Game. Anything I don't spend for living goes towards the game costs. These include cost of music, coding outsourcing (I do mostly eventing and coding), legal stuff, and art.

Final Words
I would like to say that I am very appreciative and humble of any and all the support I've been getting over the years. I really couldn't do any of this without you.

Sincerely,
Zack

Recent posts by Zack Hopkins-DeMerchant

Tiers
The Grand Connisseur Tier
$1 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
The first supporter of this project is an important milestone. With the help of at least one person, it will show everyone that this is a project worth investing in. As a result, the first person to become a patron will have access to ALL tiers, including:


- Name in credits of game+
- Access to Pateron-Only posts! 

- Access to our Discord Server.

- Five free digital copies of the game upon release (a 100$ value**!!!)*

- Access to the bleeding edge, recent of recent, unstable build of the game.
- Access to monthly meetings on Discord. 

- A minor element of the game designed by you! (NPC, Item, Armor, Weapon, etc.)***
- A major element of the game designed by you! (Enemy, Secret Boss, Secret Area, etc.)***

- NPC of your (or someone else's) likeness with a piece of dialog.**** 

- Prioritized feedback on game as an honorary designer (as in feedback on world building elements would be considered).
- Special hard copy of the game with a manual! (Will be rewarded after game comes out.)

AND, a special, one time ONLY perk:

- One (1) Character Designed for the Game***

+Even if you stop supporting me in the future.

* Must be a patron on the release of the game.

**Value of game subject to change, distributed as a key on a platform of your choice (Steam, itch.io, Game Jolt)

*** Subject to approval with or without changes.

**** Subject to written approval whose likeness is being added.

Includes Discord rewards
Cool Tier
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
You rock! Your contribution helps so much, and I am forever thankful to you.

What you get:
- Name in credits of game+
- Access to Pateron-Only posts!

- Access to our Discord Server.

- A free digital copy of the game upon release (a 20$ value**!)*

-Access to the Closed Beta of the game. (The game is currently in Alpha.)

+Even if you stop supporting me in the future.

* Must be a patron on game's release

**Value of game subject to change, distributed as a key on a platform of your choice (Steam, itch.io, Game Jolt)

Includes Discord rewards
Good Tier
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Thank you so much for your generosity! This contribution helps me more than you will ever know.

What you get:
- Previous Tier rewards
- An additional free digital copy of the game upon release (a 20$ value**!)*
- Immediate access to the game.

- Access to monthly meetings on Discord.


* Must be a patron on game's release
**Value of game subject to change, distributed as a key on a platform of your choice (Steam, itch.io, Game Jolt)

Includes Discord rewards
The Great Tier
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
You're very great. Your contribution is great. I am so happy you want to help me this much!

What you get:
- Previous Tier rewards!

- Prioritized feedback as a tester, as well as official tester role.
- A minor element of the game designed by you! (NPC, Item, Armor, Weapon, etc.)*

*Subject to approval with or without changes.

Includes Discord rewards
Awesome Tier
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
You're awesome! Your contribution gives me piece of mind this game will be able to be finished. Thank you so much!

What you get:
- Previous Tier rewards

- Three free digital copies of the game upon launch. (A$60 value!)**

- A major element of the game designed by you! (Enemy, Secret Boss, Secret Area, etc.)*

*Subject to approval with or without changes.
**Value of the game subject to change, distributed as a key on a platform of your choice (Steam, itch.io, Game Jolt), Must be a patron on game's release

Includes Discord rewards
The Early Connoisseur Tier
$25 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
I'm so happy you want to help me to this degree! Your contribution will be deeply remembered! Thank you so much!

What you get:
- Previous Tier rewards
- NPC of your (or someone elses) likeness with a piece of dialog.*

- Prioritized feedback on game as an honorary designer (as in feedback on world building elements would be considered).

- Access to the bleeding edge, recent of recent, unstable build of the game.
- Special hard copy of the game with a manual! (Will be rewarded after game comes out.)


* Subject to approval by me and written consent by the person you are making the likeness to.

Includes Discord rewards