I have completely finished the story and completed simple concept maps (levels and such) for 2 of 3 chapters of the video game along with some dialoge elements 🙂
I will post my simple storyboards when I get time and after I scan them in.
MUSIC:Play this in the Background: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbRom1Rz8OA
That being said… here is the final storyline and alternate timeline for the American History.
CHAPTER1: George Washington has made the United States a country by defeating the British in the American Revolution. In appreciation and admiration of this new country he sets out to cross the Ohio river, South of Fort BadLuck, in search of more lands and peoples that boarder this great nation. However, unbeknownst to George, he is traveling aboard a secret British time travel ship that takes him to pre-revolution times along the Eastern Colonies. He is confused, but being his bad-ass self he continues on in search of answers to why he is back in time and why he is here. Along the way he meets many people and trees. He solves small puzzles and traverses ice caps. He fights bears, wolves, and stops the American colonies from going to battle with the French claims of Canada by showing them how WONDERFUL maple syrup is.
CHAPTER2: Travel to Boston and distribute the syrup to everyone you find. Avoid angry British soldiers and get to the docks to help the WONDERFUL syrup to the rest of the colonies. During his fateful travels to Boston he is confronted by a sea captain at the dock. George makes small talk and gives him some syrup and they hit it off as friends. This captain ends up being a captain of one of the time travel ships. George kills him in anger as it is revealed that he has helped shape history through use of this special ship and that another is being built at the intersection of the 3 rivers.
CHAPTER3a: George runs to the Ohio River (wolves and Big Foot along the way) to find the ship under construction by super advanced technology (replaceable parts, a factory, welders, workers in masks ect… like technology from the 1920’s) and the leader is actually the King of the New Britain, from the year 2095. He boards his escape ship and ends up in 1962 in the secret time room of JFK.
CHAPTER3b: Washington meets and is greeted by JFK. He informs JFK of the potential loss of the revolution because of his time travel and JFK offers his help. The US in 1962 has established time travel but at a cost… The user must travel and his current body and mind must die so that he can appear in the past. JFK’s final words in the game are “Let us kill me now so I can save our past”. Screen goes black.
FINAL: George and JFK stand upon a field of battle with the british in retreat…. JFK looks at George and says “I know of a place where there was sent a USA time squad. Can you come help the future?” George-“I think I cannot. The country needs me now. Thank you friend”. JFK-“I understand. Well done. I must travel again to the future. To a time further than my time. I think this country may need saving more than once. Everyone hates the winner” HIGH-FIVE MOTHER FUCKERS. GAME OVER.
MECHANICS I WANT TO IMPLEMENT
HEALTH. A health bar and a health status bar. I don’t plan for fighting in game but this is for bears, wolves, hurtful words, and stuff like that.
TREASURE. Bits of paper/gold that can be read that reveal a crazy time traveling British empire and their future escalation of a time traveling power-struggle of the future.
NARRATOR: Omniscient woman (who I have cast already) to help the story along between chapters. Also to read signs out loud. Ends up being the voice of JFK as well.
I want this to be ridiculous and funny. I think that the escape from reality and hilarity will be the culmination of what this game is about.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Also… I want to make an Arcade Machine for this. Very basic. Made of MDO/MDF/Plywood on the CNC router. Decorated in the Stripes and Stars of America and covered with beautiful glossy finish. I have already started the file and will talk literally 8 minutes to cut and some assembly will be required.