You are subordinate to a deranged dictator and must plan his doomed invasion in this text-based RPG / Visual Novel. Navigate the shark-filled waters of the Great Leader's presidential cabinet, and try to save your family and survive the purges in a world of power-hungry leaders and nuclear warfare.
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Why Early Access?

“This will be a free visual novel. Anyone who is interested in the idea should be empowered to try the novel out for themselves and contribute feedback to the final product.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“3-9 months to finish writing the story, QA test each story branch, and fully implement an aesthetically pleasing GUI.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“At this stage, the story is not fully written. You will be abruptly cut off around the third act (or Phase 3) of the story, where future events have not been fully QA'd.

Additionally, the GUI and overall visual experience will be overhauled before official release.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“About 2/3 of the story is fully playable, but the GUI and overall aesthetic experience is rough.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?


How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“I plan on engaging the community on a one-on-one basis to find out what they think would make for a superior interactive fiction experience.”
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Planned Release Date: 2022

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About This Game

This is A War of a Madman's Making: A combination of Visual Novel and text-based RPG centered around war planning and political survival, inspired by games like Suzerain and Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa.

Madman's Making is set in a fictional world where nuclear escalation has blackened the skies. You are a citizen who has been mysteriously called up to serve as Field Marshal of the Great Leader's army. Through a combination of resource management, political maneuvering, and strategic military planning, you must survive the impending war - and the purges and assassinations that will come along with it.

You have the freedom to be ruthless in your methods, but doing so too freely could have consequences - particularly if you face a tribunal for crimes against humanity. However, mismanage your resources pursuing nobler causes, and you'll find a similar fate at the hands of your beloved Great Leader.

Reign in the disaster, protect your family, and survive the purges.

  • Resource management. Maintain a military budget, popularity with the Leader's cabinet, and favor with the Great Leader himself.
  • Choose your allies and enemies. Scheme amongst the Leader's staff or even against the Leader himself.
  • Hidden points system that tracks your complicity in crimes against humanity.
  • Manipulate your reports when you must give bad news to the Great Leader, but be careful not to push your luck.
  • Retro-style soundtrack by Borealis (Shirli Ainsworth) full of tense overtures and bombastic battle themes.
  • An encyclopaedia filled with lore and character details - including nuggets that an astute player will find useful.

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Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This game contains content that is not suitable for all ages: Cursing and crude language, references to alcohol and drug abuse, and dark themes.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista or later
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 or DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • OS: 10.10+
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo (64 bit only)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0
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