Cole Goodrich

Cole Goodrich

is creating 'Berry Street', a free visual novel for ages 15+

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Hi. My name is Cole Goodrich, the sole 'employee' of visual novel studio Good Tales, and on December 8th, 2017, I began work on 'Berry Street', a visual novel about 16-year-old Alex Sprouse moving from Chicago to Smalltown, where he makes friends, and possibly more, in his new life. While the concept has admittedly been done before, the unique art style, characters, and stories should hopefully help separate it from other visual novels.









So, you may be asking yourself a few questions regarding myself and this project, and I'll do my best to answer some, if not all, of them right here.

Is there a way to see how Berry Street currently looks and plays?
Absolutely! The demo for the project can be found here!

What exactly would this money go towards?
At the moment, I'm working independently on this project, so it would not go to artists, writers, and the like; it would only pay my adult-life bills. That said, by earning enough monthly through Patreon, I can afford to pay my necessities and have time to work on Berry Street as my job, which would lead to a faster completion than working a full or part-time job on top of development.

What is the age rating for Berry Street?
If I were to hand it to the professional rating companies, I'd wager an M/17+ rating. That said, my target audience is ages 15+, and the mature rating only comes from strong language and crude humor, as well as partial/tasteful nudity in the future. You know, things teenagers have never seen or experienced. But to answer a followup question, there will be no full nudity or sex scenes in Berry Street.

What's with the amateurish art style?
Most visual novels have a very specific art style. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. And I can not draw that style if my life depended on it. Even if I could, though, there are people who won't touch a visual novel because of said art style, and one of my goals with Berry Street is to introduce people who would've never played a visual novel to the medium. Even if people are fans of the typical visual novel look, I'm sure there are plenty of people who are open to something different, and hopefully Berry Street's look is enough of a difference to grab their interest!

If that's only one of your goals, what are the other ones?
In no particular order, here are the things I wish to accomplish with Berry Street:
  1. Introducing new people to the medium of visual novels
  2. Giving people who enjoy the medium something new and interesting
  3. Writing stories based on personal experiences in a way that others can enjoy
  4. Completing a full-length, multi-route visual novel
  5. Shaking up typical visual novel/writing tropes while keeping/altering preexisting ones
  6. Paying homage to visual novels that I enjoy
Whether or not all of these will be met will mainly rely on luck and opinion, but I'm willing to keep at it until number 4 is for sure checked off!

What are some of the risks and challenges that could come from development?
Burnout is a thing that any writer or creative mind knows all too well. I've been working on Berry Street for over a year at this point, and the fact is it can get tiresome working on the same thing for that long. I've only taken one 'proper' break, and that was when I participated in the annual visual novel jam NaNoRenO. Thankfully, that seemed to help my burnout and self-esteem, as well as teach me some tips to help development.

That said, if I ever reach a point in development where I feel like I'm burnt out to the point where I feel like I need an extended break, I'll be sure to do the right thing and temporarily turn off monthly  payment until I'm back in my rhythm. If you wish to end your pledge during this time, I will completely understand, but please know that I'll still do everything in my power to snap back into it ASAP. But at the moment, I can't foresee that happening often, if at all. Still, things like this have to be thought ahead.

                                                                                        

If you don't wish to support the project, then I thank you for your time, and just know that spreading the word about the project will certainly go a long way and would be highly appreciated. And if you do wish to support the project, then thank you in advance! I'll be sure to do everything I can to make it worth your time and money!
Tiers
Bragging Rights
$1 or more per month

Every dollar counts; by supporting Good Tales with any amount, you get a special role in the Good Tales Discord to show everyone your support!

Includes Discord rewards
Early Birds
$5 or more per month

Earn access to monthly test builds as soon as they're released! Everyone else will have to wait an extra month. You don't wanna wait an extra month, do you?

Includes Discord rewards
Behind the Madness
$10 or more per month

See exclusive behind-the-scenes screenshots and posts of Berry Street's development, from code to art to plans for the story.

Includes Discord rewards
Wall of Support
$20 or more per month

Earn your name on the 'Wall of Support', a screen in the testing builds' 'Extras' screen where your name will be shown. Of course, if you stop supporting at this tier, your name will be removed in the next testing build, but if you're still at this tier upon final release, your name will forever be implemented in Berry Street!

Includes Discord rewards
Hi. My name is Cole Goodrich, the sole 'employee' of visual novel studio Good Tales, and on December 8th, 2017, I began work on 'Berry Street', a visual novel about 16-year-old Alex Sprouse moving from Chicago to Smalltown, where he makes friends, and possibly more, in his new life. While the concept has admittedly been done before, the unique art style, characters, and stories should hopefully help separate it from other visual novels.









So, you may be asking yourself a few questions regarding myself and this project, and I'll do my best to answer some, if not all, of them right here.

Is there a way to see how Berry Street currently looks and plays?
Absolutely! The demo for the project can be found here!

What exactly would this money go towards?
At the moment, I'm working independently on this project, so it would not go to artists, writers, and the like; it would only pay my adult-life bills. That said, by earning enough monthly through Patreon, I can afford to pay my necessities and have time to work on Berry Street as my job, which would lead to a faster completion than working a full or part-time job on top of development.

What is the age rating for Berry Street?
If I were to hand it to the professional rating companies, I'd wager an M/17+ rating. That said, my target audience is ages 15+, and the mature rating only comes from strong language and crude humor, as well as partial/tasteful nudity in the future. You know, things teenagers have never seen or experienced. But to answer a followup question, there will be no full nudity or sex scenes in Berry Street.

What's with the amateurish art style?
Most visual novels have a very specific art style. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. And I can not draw that style if my life depended on it. Even if I could, though, there are people who won't touch a visual novel because of said art style, and one of my goals with Berry Street is to introduce people who would've never played a visual novel to the medium. Even if people are fans of the typical visual novel look, I'm sure there are plenty of people who are open to something different, and hopefully Berry Street's look is enough of a difference to grab their interest!

If that's only one of your goals, what are the other ones?
In no particular order, here are the things I wish to accomplish with Berry Street:
  1. Introducing new people to the medium of visual novels
  2. Giving people who enjoy the medium something new and interesting
  3. Writing stories based on personal experiences in a way that others can enjoy
  4. Completing a full-length, multi-route visual novel
  5. Shaking up typical visual novel/writing tropes while keeping/altering preexisting ones
  6. Paying homage to visual novels that I enjoy
Whether or not all of these will be met will mainly rely on luck and opinion, but I'm willing to keep at it until number 4 is for sure checked off!

What are some of the risks and challenges that could come from development?
Burnout is a thing that any writer or creative mind knows all too well. I've been working on Berry Street for over a year at this point, and the fact is it can get tiresome working on the same thing for that long. I've only taken one 'proper' break, and that was when I participated in the annual visual novel jam NaNoRenO. Thankfully, that seemed to help my burnout and self-esteem, as well as teach me some tips to help development.

That said, if I ever reach a point in development where I feel like I'm burnt out to the point where I feel like I need an extended break, I'll be sure to do the right thing and temporarily turn off monthly  payment until I'm back in my rhythm. If you wish to end your pledge during this time, I will completely understand, but please know that I'll still do everything in my power to snap back into it ASAP. But at the moment, I can't foresee that happening often, if at all. Still, things like this have to be thought ahead.

                                                                                        

If you don't wish to support the project, then I thank you for your time, and just know that spreading the word about the project will certainly go a long way and would be highly appreciated. And if you do wish to support the project, then thank you in advance! I'll be sure to do everything I can to make it worth your time and money!

Recent posts by Cole Goodrich

Tiers
Bragging Rights
$1 or more per month

Every dollar counts; by supporting Good Tales with any amount, you get a special role in the Good Tales Discord to show everyone your support!

Includes Discord rewards
Early Birds
$5 or more per month

Earn access to monthly test builds as soon as they're released! Everyone else will have to wait an extra month. You don't wanna wait an extra month, do you?

Includes Discord rewards
Behind the Madness
$10 or more per month

See exclusive behind-the-scenes screenshots and posts of Berry Street's development, from code to art to plans for the story.

Includes Discord rewards
Wall of Support
$20 or more per month

Earn your name on the 'Wall of Support', a screen in the testing builds' 'Extras' screen where your name will be shown. Of course, if you stop supporting at this tier, your name will be removed in the next testing build, but if you're still at this tier upon final release, your name will forever be implemented in Berry Street!

Includes Discord rewards