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Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos
From Dischan Media, creators of the highly acclaimed Juniper's Knot, comes Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos. Dysfunctional Systems is a visual novel series featuring Winter Harrison, a student mediator from a utopian world. Learning to Manage Chaos is the first entry in the series. What is a mediator?
Veröffentlichung: 4 Apr. 2013
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Dysfunctional Systems Kickstarter Funded!

18 März 2014

Dysfunctional Systems has been successfully funded on Kickstarter! Thank you all very much for your support!

We are now trying for our stretch goals.

It’s a very exciting time for all of us here, and we’re very appreciative for the opportunity to continue Dysfunctional Systems.

Cheers everyone!

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Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage a Kickstarter

22 Februar 2014

Ever since we announced the Dysfunctional Systems development hiatus, we’ve been receiving emails asking us if we would consider a Kickstarter. Originally we were skeptical about the idea, but as the requests continued to pour in, we started thinking about it more seriously. In the end, we decided that we’d give it a shot, and I now happily present to you the Dysfunctional Systems Kickstarter.

The goal of the Kickstarter is to raise $49,000 to fund two more episodes of Dysfunctional Systems. These two episodes would allow us to wrap up the series in a strong and satisfying manner. For more information, please read/watch our Kickstarter pitch.

It is your support that got us through Greenlight, and we hope that you will show us your support again and help us bring you the rest of Dysfunctional Systems! We've got faith in you guys!

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Reviews

“Learning to Manage Chaos is driven by an engaging story and lively dialogue.”
4/5 – Gamezebo

“Extraordinary story, writing, art, characters, and music. What more could you ask for?”
8.5/10 – Game Podunk

Über das Spiel

From Dischan Media, creators of the highly acclaimed Juniper's Knot, comes Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos.

Dysfunctional Systems is a visual novel series featuring Winter Harrison, a student mediator from a utopian world. Learning to Manage Chaos is the first entry in the series.

What is a mediator? A mediator is someone who travels to chaotic worlds, attempting to resolve the issues plaguing them. The first entry in the series follows Winter's second mediation, where she shadows the experienced and aloof mediator: Cyrus Addington.

Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos features two distinct endings, unlockable bonus art, an animated opening video, and a jukebox of in-game music.

What is a visual novel?


A visual novel is a mix of choose your own adventure books, comics and manga, music, and animation. Play through the story and make choices for the main character to change the outcome of the episode and the events of future episodes!

Soundtrack Included


All Steam purchases of Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos include the official soundtrack absolutely free! Enjoy a total of 18 tracks, including a full rendition of the Dysfunctional Systems opening theme, in both MP3 and FLAC. The album is included with the game files. To access, right click the "Dysfunctional Systems" entry in your library, click "properties", then go to the "local files" tab, and click the "browse local files" button.

Systemvoraussetzungen (PC)

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual-Core
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated Graphics Card
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space

Systemvoraussetzungen (Mac)

    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6
    • Processor: Any 64 bit processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.8 or higher
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz+ Dual-Core
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated Graphics Card
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space

Systemvoraussetzungen (Linux)

    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: "ia32-libs" package required for 64-bit Linux users
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual-Core
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated Graphics Card
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: "ia32-libs" package required for 64-bit Linux users
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Zu Beginn:

Dieses Spiel werden sicher nur Leute mögen die auf "Visual Novels" stehen und/oder gerne und viel Lesen (auf Englisch) !


Wer sich darauf einlässt bekommt eine kleine und feine erzählte, sehr emotionale Story. Man erfährt die Geschichte rund um "Winter Harrison", einem 14-Jährigen Mädchen von der Erde. Sie ist eine sog. "Mediatorin", d.h. sie klärt "Chaotic Situations" auf anderen Welten. Sie und ihr Lehrer reisen auf den Planeten "Sule" um einen Konflikt zwischen den sozial benachteiligten "Brighton" gegen die elitäre Gesellschaft der "Gabrea" zu schlichten. Im Gegensatz zu anderen Spielen hat man hier keine Hauptfigur im eigentlichen Sinne. Die einzige Möglichkeit aktiv mit der Figur in das Spielgeschehen einzugreifen erhält man nach ca. 1 Stunde Spielzeit in dem man zwischen zwei Möglichen Storyverläufen wählen kann:

"Follow" oder "Rebel"

Interessant daran ist das sich das Ende im Prinzip nicht verändert, sondern nur wie die Entscheidung die man getroffen hat, sich auf die Figuren jeweils auswirkt. Das Spiel versucht einem zu vermitteln welche Konsequenzen es hat, seine Meinung mit aller Macht durchzusetzen oder jemanden Blind zu folgen ohne seine Meinung zu sagen. Dysfunctional Systems hebt dabei nur die negativen Seiten beider Entscheidungen raus und die daraus resultierenden Probleme der beteiligten Personen. Vor allem beschäftigt einem die Frage nach dem Ende, wie man sich selbst in dieser Situation entschieden hätte.

Hervorzuheben ist noch der atmospährische Soundtrack der nie aufdringlich wirkt und perfekt zum Spiel passt.


Wer gerne mal eine etwas andere Spielerfahrung machen möchte und sich nicht scheut viele viele englische Texte zu lesen und zu verstehen sollte dem Spiele eine Chance geben. Es ist mal eine andere, emotionale und depressive Erfahrung zu den ganzen anderen "Mainstream"-Storys.
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Havent played that much but from this point on I can say its a great game. It looks awesome and the characters are great, the soundtrack is very good too. It is my first visual novel, and I really have to say that I like these kind of games. I'll definitly try more visual novels in the future.
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PLAY JUNIPER'S KNOT BEFORE YOU BUY THIS GAME!
Juniper's Knot is another game created by the same people that made Dysfunctional Systems, and is legally free to download for Windows, Mac, Linux, and iOS at Dischan's website. It's pretty short, and should give you a good idea whether or not you'll actually enjoy this game.

You'll probably notice that there was no sort of interactivity involved in playing Juniper's Knot, aside from clicking to progress to the next line of text. This is more or less how Dysfunctional Systems plays, except this game actually has moments where you get to choose from a short list of options what you (Winter) should do. However, there aren't many times you actually get to do this, and it is actually possible to play through the entire story by only making a single decision. All of the choice moments in the game are placed together around half-way through the game, and they only lead to two endings. The ending you get is determined entirely by whether or not you can convince your mentor (Cyrus) to listen to what you have to say, and not do what he initially decides he should do in order to solve the problem he's given. I wouldn't consider either ending to be a "good ending", but I suppose that's why this is only the first episode in the series.

As for how the game looks and sounds, the artstyle is similar to Juniper's Knot's, and you can listen to the ost on YouTube, so you can decide for yourself if you like those parts before you buy the game. If you really like the sountrack, you can find all 18 tracks in both flac and mp3 format in the game's files.

This game is short. I'm not a fast reader, but I played through this the first time in only about two and a half hours, then about another hour to get the second ending. You can get more playtime by going through all the routes for the achievements for a little extra replayability, but there's a guide on the game's community hub that'll tell you exactly what routes you need to go through to unlock all the achievements.

As of today (January 5th, 2014), it is unknown when/if the second episode will be released. In fact, it was recently announced that Dischan is halting development of the game due to poor sales of the first episode. Because of this, do keep in mind before buying this game that not only are you not getting the complete story, but that it may never be finished. However, aside from the short length and lack of a "good ending", the game still stands on its own well enough that it doesn't need another episode, though it would still be nice to see what happens next.
Verfasst: 5 Januar 2014
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This game is so engaging if you like to be challenged on moral decisions. The political dilemmas and agendas and the issues that plague humanity are experienced from the innocent point of view of a child.
Playing as a young girl on what was supposed to be a simple 'shadow' lesson of following an experienced mediator, suddenly having "xxxxxx <spoiler> xxxxxxx" thrust upon you, and being forced to make choices with little knowledge and no experience.

This is a visual novel... That means lots of reading. Do not buy this game if you can't rest your WASD fingers long enough to get to know the story.

Just going to add in here for anyone who skims over long reviews, since mine is the first shorter one, please, if this game, or genre interestes you, Kuro's review (above) has a link to a kickstarter page for the next 2 episodes, it's active until March 24th, please consider helping out to get the rest of this story done!
Verfasst: 28 November 2013
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Chapter 2 is on hiatus because you nerds didn't buy this. I hate you all.
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