The First Stone
Hello everyone! My name is C-zom, I am the lead writer and developer behind my next horror mod, The First Stone for Amnesia. To start things off with why you should even care about this post, I am a skilled/experienced horror writer and modder. My last mod, The Worry of Newport, garnered critical acclaim for it's Lovecraftian story telling and substantial, creepy atmosphere. I worked with a team of eight and was very coordinated and active, completing the project in as little as six months.
The Worry of Newport
I am now announcing my new project everywhere its relevant, an entirely new project called The First Stone. It's my first project for Amnesia, and I am learning the engine well, but I'm in need of two team members who are interested in helping me turn this project from good to great. I figure there is no better place to ask? Post here, PM me, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch!
Sadly, I cannot pay. I work for free here, so do my composers and voice actors. Believe me, I would if I could.
C-zom: Lead Writer & Developer
: Lead Modeler/Texture Artist
: Lead Angelscript/C++ Scripter
The First Stone Summary:
The First Stone is a Lovecraftian inspired horror/mystery, a story first, gameplay second project that takes the players on an emotional and mental journey into Lovecraftian horror, without using any of the cheap gimmicks or scares known in the modern horror medium. There will be no Amnesia Monsters, no jump scares, no self-opening doors or lights turning off around you, etc. The horror is what you make of it, and the story is in your own mind.
The player must solve a mystery that stands to doom humanity itself. A necromancer, Dorian Caulm, has unwittingly unleashed someone or something upon the world, and for the moment it is trapped in catacombs underneath the his estate in New England. Albert Curwen, a vindicated and dangerous Necromancer and ally to Dorian, was written and beckoned to come and help undo the wrong and to kill it.
The First Stone will be a character study, a journey into the mind's of two necromancers and more importantly, what kind of worries and fears go on in their lives. This is a look at hero's in a villain's lore. This is a tale of what exactly makes a Necromancer of centuries old cast look under the bed at night, and what in turn might make you get chills up your spine. This is the fear of the unknown, for those who have seen the unknown.
You will find bodies and caskets of the long dead, read long scrolls of their interrogated secrets. Who was George Washington looking at whilst crossing the delaware? What was the island behind Mona Lisa?
These secrets are all revealed, and hundreds more, in the torture transcripts from Dorian Caulm. You will raise some yourself, torturing them for the truths you need to continue. You will find short stories, (Dorian is a prolific writer) scattered throughout the game that have symbolic connection to the main story that will be hand written by yours truly. These will be varied in detail and polished heavily to fit perfectly in the mythos.
You'll find entirely functional libraries, with dozens of pages in each that are readable of fake formulas, incantations, historical pages and transcripts of torture segments and MUCH more.
At the risk of spoiling anything I will stop, but The First Stone will have a ponderous, massive story for you to wrap your mind around and a surmountable quantity of both narrated and reading material. An ending, which readers have called "Ghastly, and horrifying" among other things, will cap it all together nicely.
We will be using a lot of custom assets, we're just using Amnesia boxed ones for now until then.