Faulty Apprentice: Interactive Visual Novel / Dating Sim

Created by Dinmoney

In a world of Magic, Monsters and Mystery, you are the Faulty Apprentice!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Faulty Apprentice is Getting Smaller
about 1 year ago – Sun, Jan 14, 2018 at 11:01:30 PM

Greetings Apprentice, 

Some of the characters we've come to love and know are going to be cut…

...from resin cast molds to make 3D miniature figurines!!!  

As our Kickstarter/Backerkit backer, you have an exclusive first look and pre-order opportunity on our Stars Reach Elite Set, ASSEMBLED, PAINTED or BOTH!

Assembled + Painted + Base Design
Assembled + Painted + Base Design

If you choose to assemble/paint these minis with us, they will be stored safely in a single figure display boxes (to ensure safety during shipment) Such as this: http://a.co/5sLYGmk

NOTE: Miniatures will be shipped out along with all the physical reward shipment.

These amazing minis are sculptured by RN Estudio and we receive them non-assembled in their own case. (You don't have to have it painted with us, you can receive it as is.)

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We found an awesome miniature painter that lives nearby. He was recommended to us by a local comic/ game store owner and we selected him for his professionalism and experience.

He has done work for:
- Geek & Sundry (Critical Role)
- Adult Swim
- National Geographic
- Disney

We offer 3 type of services: 

✦ SET A ✦ Assembled
✦ SET B ✦ Assembled + Painted
✦ SET C ✦ Assembled + Painted + Base design 

Please use the form below to preorder your Painted Minis! https://goo.gl/forms/PGteKE2Dv4M9Zbrn1

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Now feast your eyes with close up of each character! 

Archer Instructor Assembled + Painted + Base Design
Archer Instructor Assembled + Painted + Base Design

 

 

 

 

Royal Commander Assembled + Painted + Base Design
Royal Commander Assembled + Painted + Base Design

 

 

 

 

Magic Instructor Assembled + Painted + Base Design
Magic Instructor Assembled + Painted + Base Design

 

 

 

 

Sword Instructor Assembled + Painted + Base Design
Sword Instructor Assembled + Painted + Base Design

 

 

 

 

Photo-shoot Set Up
Photo-shoot Set Up

What do you think? Aren't they gorgeous?

If you're interested, please use the form below to preorder your Painted Minis! https://goo.gl/forms/PGteKE2Dv4M9Zbrn1

Cheers!

Din + Jes

Holiday Greetings! + Giveaway!
about 1 year ago – Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 10:14:53 PM

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Din here, on behalf of our small team at AGL Studios, we want to wish you Happy Holidays!

This past year has been a momentous change for us as we transitioned from a contract art to indie game studio. First thanks goes to you awesome folks at Kickstarter. Not only was Faulty Apprentice funded, but we managed to reach ALL of our stretch goals. The successful campaign not only gave us the startup capital to move forward as a game studio, but the overwhelming positive feedback helped validate our decision to make the games WE WANT.


Development Update

Thanks to you, we are working on creating more content for the "Romance a Key Characters" stretch goal! Just to give you an idea, we have 7 confirmed dateable Key Characters (Not including the main four). To be honest, we didn't account this many dateable characters at the beginning of the campaign, but they will give the game more story, minigames, and romance! We are excited about that! Should have an updated roster for the future updates.

TL;DR- We are adding a lot of new content, but still aiming to release in Spring 2018.

Traveling Merchant Minigame

The transition to Unity is going great! Our new programmer had to start from scratch and we are making good progress. In this Traveling Merchant Minigame, it will showcase some stuff we weren't able to do with our previous engine.

Use offer code "kickstarter" to redeem your copy here!

  • Window + Mac! Traveling Merchant Beta Test for both versions!
  • Full Screen! We have mastered the art of full screen/windowed mode! Not only that, you can select your own resolution. This was something we promised when we started this campaign.
  • New Key Character! Thanks to the awesome supporters on Kickstarter, we were able to expand the roster of Stars Reach to include the Traveling Merchant! You might recognize her from the Map of Adventure event. Her original design was created by our character design contest winner: Valkymie! Which you can see here on deviantArt. Hope you like her design!
  • Merchant Expressions! You can see her different adorable expressions!
  • Chibi Style Minigame! We are trying out new things! More importantly, no more game crash! With this style of minigame, we are able to experiment and expand. Target Order will change each time you have a successful round of shooting!
  • New Music by our composer! Hope you're ready to get PUMPED! As a part of our Kickstarter stretch goal, we have new and original Training music and Victory tune from our Composer Javier Kadry! Let's get pumped! You can listen to it below:

Backerkit Survey

It is officially closed! To those that missed the campaign, preorder will open again sometime next year when we are closer to the release date.

Painting Miniatures

On our last update, we mentioned commissioning a local painter to assemble and paint each miniature. We found an excellent candidate and are currently having a test set made. We'll be posting another update soon to give you guys more information and showcase the result! Stay tuned!

Sir Quintus, the Hundred Quest Knight 

Sir Quintus: "That's far enough, Apprentice. The Royal Chambers lie beyond this point and I cannot let you pass."
Sir Quintus: "That's far enough, Apprentice. The Royal Chambers lie beyond this point and I cannot let you pass."

We present you this epic new character coming to the Faulty Apprentice cast! It was a lot of fun designing male version of the Stars Reach armor. Especially for a super badass dude like this! Will save his story info for when you meet him in game, but I can confirm him as a Key character that will be Dateable XD What do you think of his design? What do you think his personality will be like? Would you spend time getting to know him to find out?

2018 Calendar Giveaway!

Faulty Apprentice 2018 Calendar
Faulty Apprentice 2018 Calendar

'Tis the season... for a giveaway! We have one physical copy of Faulty Apprentice 2018 Calendar giveaway to one lucky backer! It's an 8.5 x 11, Saddle-stitched, 28 pages (12 months) calendar featuring the lovely ladies of Faulty Apprentice each month + Stars Reach Castle Official Soldier style calendar for your viewing pleasure.


  • How to Enter: Make sure to Like this post & comment which Faulty Apprentice character you would choose to spend Christmas Eve with and why.

The lucky winner will be announced on December 29th in the comment section below (and messaged privately) to claim their prize!

Dev update + Backerkit deadline extend + new programmer!
about 1 year ago – Wed, Nov 01, 2017 at 12:33:01 AM

- Update -

ART

If you're interested to see Faulty Apprentice sneak peeks or to just follow the progress, please visit our Patreon page and get cool rewards along the way! Since our last update, we have been diligently working on the art department for Faulty Apprentice!

Some of you might remember our stretch goal, the Black Cat! What do you think?

Black Cat: "You wouldn't believe the things I've learned since I left this stupid Castle. Want a taste? Just don't blame me if you can't handle it."
Black Cat: "You wouldn't believe the things I've learned since I left this stupid Castle. Want a taste? Just don't blame me if you can't handle it."

 

Character Intros
Side characters need some love too! Get to know the Bunny Guard and First Guard!

 

 

PROGRAMMING

We have a new team member, BamBam! He is a graduate student with 4 years experience with Unity. As most of you know, the bug that we wanted to fix was the Sword training minigame. So before we jump right into Faulty Apprentice, we put our new programmer to the test and developed a short light horror game: Paramedium, just in time for Halloween! Play it here: http://bit.ly/Paramedium2

We will resume the development of Faulty Apprentice with better and smoother gameplay, please look forward to it!

BACKERKIT- New Deadline!

The date has been extended until November 7th (one more week!) Make sure to double-check for any last minute add-on!

  • Miniatures: It is available for preorder again! We had to close the miniatures preorder for a little while since we had a stock shortage, but it is now available in-store again! http://bit.ly/preorderFA
  • If you're interested in having your miniatures assembled and painted, we are currently looking into commissioning local painters. We're not sure of the cost yet, but please fill out the form and we'll get back to you with a price quote! https://goo.gl/forms/rbdwBSm1bPYI3vij1

That's it for now! Hang out with us on our Discord Server, if not, we'll see you again in the next update!

cheers,

din + jes

Fanart Contest + Development update!
over 1 year ago – Sun, Aug 20, 2017 at 01:54:06 AM

This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read.

BackerKit Surveys Sent + Pre-Orders Open!
over 1 year ago – Tue, May 02, 2017 at 10:57:48 PM

  Good Day, Apprentices! We just sent out an email with a special link to BackerKit surveys today. It is important to respond to your survey as quickly as you can since we need this information for fulfilling your rewards.

  You do not need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey, just click on the survey link in your email, fill it out, and you’re all good to go! You will be able to answer questions about your rewards preferences, provide shipping information, and pledge for more “add-ons” if you'd like. (Please check your email inbox associated with your Kickstarter account. If you have not received it by the end of the day, check your spam folder just in case!)

If you missed the Kickstarter Campaign, please visit our Pre-Order page on Backerkit!

(Can't read it? SEE THE FULL VIEW IMAGE for instruction)

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us on our FAQ page:

  What if I logged in via Facebook? Or pledged via Paypal? Can I use another email to receive my survey? If you use your Facebook login for your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey will be sent to the email you used for your Facebook account. If you're one of the Paypal pledgers, we will be sending you the survey with the Paypal email you used. If you have another email address that you would prefer to use, please contact support at http://faultyapprentice.backerkit.com/faq and we'll get you sorted out!

  If you decide later that you want to add on more loot or edit your survey responses, you can go back to your survey and change it anytime before we lock down the surveys for processing. If you need to review your information or pledge status, you will be able to recover your survey here: http://faultyapprentice.backerkit.com/

Lock down date: November 1, 2017

- When will I receive my product? We are aiming to ship all physical rewards in batches, around February 2018.

- I moved. Can I update my address? You should be able to update your address anytime before the lock down date, but If you are moving after the lock down date, please contact us here: http://faultyapprentice.backerkit.com/faq. You can update your shipping address until the time we begin fulfilling and shipping orders. Plus we'll contact you as we get ready to ship to double-check.

FUNDS RECEIVED:

Good news is, we finally received the funds for the campaign! Woo!!
Between Kickstarter dropped/failed pledges, PayPal backers, we are now at USD $32,213 for total funding! Even though this total is below the amount of our last stretch goal, we are still proceeding with the Romanceable Key Characters

DISCORD:

Let us know if you're a KS backer when you join the server!
Let us know if you're a KS backer when you join the server!

 

  • In the meantime, feel free to join us on our Discord chat! Make sure to let us know ahead of time if you're a KS backer when you join our Server! That way, you'll have the special title of "KS Apprentice" when you appear online!
  • Direct Link: discord.gg/5q6mKsr

Patreon:

Looking for a new way to support Faulty Apprentice beyond KS?
Looking for a new way to support Faulty Apprentice beyond KS?

 

  • Our Patreon supporters have access to development art, beta testing and more! Please check it out if you're interested in behind the scenes look at Faulty Apprentice!!
  • Direct link: bit.ly/FaultyKS

So that's it for now. Thanks again to everyone who backed the game. Don't forget to fill out the survey and see you in our next update!

din + jes