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:

BackerKit Surveys Sent + Pre-Orders Open!
about 2 years 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!

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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

Success! + Discord + Patreon
over 2 years ago – Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 12:46:30 AM

Congratulations, WE DID IT! 

  After a really exciting 32 days and 12 hours stream, the Kickstarter campaign has ended with what we would call some incredible success! At the very last moment, we somehow managed to just barely make our last stretch goal! The total current funds, including PayPal, at the time of this post is $35,673. That's nearly 349% of the goal!! Because of your help, Faulty Apprentice will be able to become the best game it possibly can be! 

To the 845 Apprentices that supported us, thank you once again!

 

Backerkit survey will be sent in 2 weeks!

 In two weeks, we'll be sending out surveys to our backers in order to get the needed information for the fulfillment of rewards! Please use this two weeks to double check if your payment method has gone through, since some backers already expressed problems with Kickstarter accepting their credit cards.

Discord

Please let us know if you're a KS backer when you join our Server!
Please let us know if you're a KS backer when you join our Server!

 

  In the mean time, 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!

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!!

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  Our special thanks go to all those who have supported this game throughout its development since its infancy. Their love and encouragement have played a huge role in believing in ourselves and staying the course.

We're active on social medial! Please follow us on twitter and our Facebook page. Thank you for the incredible support! Stay tune!

Sincerly
Din + Jes

Map to Adventure Ep.9 + Last 24 hours!! + Q&A Live Stream!
over 2 years ago – Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 08:32:05 PM

Apprentice...
Apprentice...

  We've managed to reach the CG Upgrade+ AND the Romanceable Commander in roughly one day! If we keep this pace up, hitting the Mobile/iOS stretch goal is a completely realistic possibility!!

  We want to thank you all so much for all of the support so far. The campaign during these 32 days has been a wonderful and thrilling experience, which Din and I will never forget (Lots of stressful late nights! With the planning and organizing, the episodic Map to Adventure in the past 9 days and everything lol).

  We've added a couple more FAQ, but if you have any last minute burning questions that you want to ask us about FA, make sure to tune in for the KS Q&A Livestream at 12pm PDT, here on Kickstarter!

   Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to do this for you, and we look forward to developing the game along your side!! Woohoo!! <3

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Map to Adventure Final Episode

  It was a lovely march through the evergreen trees, as the birds were chirping and the sun was shining. Bidding the soldier girls farewell, the Apprentices set off into the direction of the homely house of Mrs. Crandle.

 

   As pathways go, this was one pebble away from generic dirt. The Apprentices would have probably gotten lost if not for the column of chimney smoke coming from within the forest. Soon however, the sound of a calm summer afternoon turns into a sound the Apprentices have become increasingly familiar with. Equipping their weapons and readying their spell books, our young heroes rush towards the direction of the noise!

Arriving at the scene, the Apprentices are greeted by a party of six Goblins with one beast of an Orc in the middle. Holding a double-sided war axe in each hand, the Orc yells in a bloody rage, as its eyes seem to turn red. Even the nearby trees didn’t seem to stop the fury of swings as the Goblins were decimated in a whirlwind of smashing carnage.

After the last Goblin’s skull was crushed, the Orc Barbarian turns to the Apprentices and says tree words.

 

Mrs. Crandle: “What you want?”  

Having never been in the presence of someone this big before, the Apprentices realize they do not have enough Courage to strike up a conversation with this character.

Mrs. Crandle: “Humph. Kids these days. No manners. Be gone with you then, less you find yourselves under me axe!”

With those words the Apprentice scatter into the trees to regroup. After all, that wasn’t really what was supposed to happen. How in the Gods names were they supposed to convince a woman like that to leave her home and retreat to the safety of Fort Isaac.

Ghostly Voice: “Who knows what possesses her to stay even with the impending danger.”

 

Ghost: “You look like you’ve never seen a ghost before. I guess that’s understandable. We mostly pass on when we die. Mostly…”

Maybe some of the Apprentices had a fear of the super-natural, or maybe they just didn’t now what to say at a time like this, but whatever the reason, no one said anything.

Ghost: “My deepest apologies for startling you. I just finished a Gathering Job. Well, mostly… What? You look like you just saw a ghost.”  

  At that point the Apprentices went on to explain they were on a quest to Stars Reach, and that “they” were the ones supposed to complete the Gathering Job. Feeling bad for the young boys the ghost reaches underneath her armor and pulls out a Rare Item!

All Card Set orders guarantee to receive one random Gold Card!
All Card Set orders guarantee to receive one random Gold Card!

  Pointing a very long, and very real lance in the East direction, the Apprentices’ new unworldly friend bids them farewell as she lazily evaporates into the wind.  

Ghost: “Follow the light Apprentices. That shall lead you to Stars Reach.”

  Back on the road, not sure what to make of the recent encounter, but happy to make another new friend, the Apprentice begin to wonder about what is to come next. What does the castle look like? Who is in charge of it? What kinds of people live there? Will I be able to find an Apprenticeship? And the most important question, would there be a Princess?

 

  All the Apprentices had an idea of what they imagined the prettiest-pretty-Princess would be like, and they were more than happy to tell you. These were the dreams of boys after all. With endless possibilities, and their brains working hard to catalog and weigh the qualities of them all, the Apprentices find themselves in need of a rest.

  Sitting down at the edge of the pathway, the young men drift off into the land of dreams. Or was it, a nightmare?

Or was it, a nightmare?
Or was it, a nightmare?

Mysterious Voice: “What’s your name, stranger?”  

To be continued in, Faulty Apprentice…

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Din's note: I hope you have enjoyed this Kickstarter campaign. It was a pleasure being your humble narrator. I look forward to hearing what you think about the world of Faulty Apprentice. Thank you for playing, Map to Adventure!

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Map to Adventure Ep.8 + Stretch Goal #8 Reached! + Gathering Job!
over 2 years ago – Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 10:42:34 PM

Hail Apprentices!!
It's official, we are on the last 48 hours of the campaign!

We've also reached another Stretch Goal today- secret character, the Princess!! We are so amazed by everyone, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Here's a silhouette of the Princess! Now that you've unlocked her, she'll be in the game for sure! What do you think she will look like?

Unlock: Princess!!
Unlock: Princess!!

Next Stretch Goal, CG Upgrade+ is less than $800 away! Din and Jesika are both on the edge of our seats watching the numbers now, so exciting!

  You all have blown us away with your support and your interest in this game, and we are super excited about reaching new goals and making this an even more exciting game for everyone! So, just in case this thing explodes and we blow past the Android/iOS, we want to hear what YOU want as our last Stretch Goal! Because hey, all of you are part of this journey as much as it is ours—let’s reach out for those dreams again ;)

  • Let's continue to spread the words as much as we can! Reach out to Youtuber/Streamer! Recommend Faulty Apprentice as their next Let's Play video!  
  • Help Faulty Apprentice get featured on major websites! If you get active on social media and websites to spread word, maybe we can get featured by big names, which could help us immensely. (We might just reach the rest of the stretch goal!)  
  • Share in Gaming Communities! Please share our campaign with other people online, while not spamming and annoying them! X)

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Map to Adventure Episode 8

  Equipping themselves like in the battle preparation scenes of the scroll stories they read growing up, the Apprentices look at one another to confirm their plan of action. With Swords users in front, Archers in the middle and Mages in back, the hopeful heroes wages war against the gruesome goblins.

the Apprentices look at one another to confirm their plan of action
the Apprentices look at one another to confirm their plan of action

  What started out as the pompous laughter that only comes from the victory of poor sportsmanship, the Goblin’s song turned to screams of pain and agony. Not only were the Apprentices strong in number, they were strong in heart. Swift as a hawk an Apprentice with locksmith experience, rushed to begin opening the cage, while another Apprentice duel wielding two swords seemed to go into a berserk rage. Even some dude in the back was casting lighting bolt. Lightning-bolt, Lightning BOLT!

Smashed, crashed, and, bashed, the Goblins lay in waste before the Apprentices. Sure a few escaped, but that’s to be expect of goblins, they have hide out holes everywhere. But who cares, the Apprentices WON!!!

The Apprentices WON!!!
The Apprentices WON!!!

  As the new victors were about to come up with silly victory dances and prance around, they remembered they were in the presence of the something far more important. A Princess.

With one click, two clanks and hefty clunk the crude goblin locks become undone. As the mysterious beauty gracefully steps out of the cage, the young men surrounding her put on their best impressions of a royal bow. A few even go as far to speak aloud.

Apprentice: “You are safe, my lady.”  

Mysterious Beauty: “Kee kee kee that’s very sweet of you, but you’re making it sound like I’m a royalty.”

Traveling Merchant
Traveling Merchant

Traveling Merchant: “Gracious me, I thought I was a goner there for a second. My thanks to you Knights- uh… Hmmm. You don’t look like Knights, but you don’t look like Farm Boys. If you don’t mind me asking, who are you all?”  

  As if the question carried physical form, when it hit the Apprentices, they all seem to rise at once. Looking down at their weapons, then at each other, they reply with a calm cool voice they’ve never heard themselves use.  

Apprentices: “We are the, Apprentices.”  

 

  After a long but nice ride on stolen Goblin horses and wagons, they party reaches Fort Isaac. It was a sturdy old fortress that made up for its lack of glamour by its defensibility. Immensely thick walls and four stout towers, each in wide view of the next, protected a common yard in the middle. It wasn’t meant to sustain populations of civilians like a Old and grim as the place was, it at least had three good friends!traditional castle, this was meant for building soldiers.

Old and grim as the place was, it at least had three good friends!

Bunny: “Hey there sugar-plums!”  

Fox: “What have you boys been doing, you’re all sweaty.”  

Shark: “Yaarr! Look what the tides brought in!”  

It was a nice reunion, and the Apprentices were able to spend some well-deserved time with their friends. Regaling the female soldiers with their adventures of heroism, the Apprentices spend a lovely night at the fortress. With warm beds and soft pillows under their heads the Apprentices sleep with hints of smiles on their faces, knowing their goal of making it to Stars Reach Castle is so close.  

 

 

 The next morning, the Apprentices join the soldiers on the ride to Stars Reach and come to a fork in the road.  

Bunny: “That’s Mrs. Crandles house up that way. I reckon someone ought to let her know everyone is being evacuated.”  

Fox: “You still owe me for making walk through that dirty Log Tunnel of yours. Don’t ask me to go.”  

Shark: “Any pirate that falls behind gets left behind. Them be the rules.”  

Fox: “How many times do I have to tell you, we’re Guards not pirates you silly thing.”

Shark: “Yarr?”  

Fox: “The Apprentices are big strong men, why don’t they go?”  

Bunny: “Hmm, I reckon that’s not a bad idea. How bout it? Would y’all be up for a Gathering Job? If you could get Mrs. Crandle and meet us on the path to Stars Reach, we girls would be might consider giving you a thank you kiss, tee hee. Only problem is, she might be a bit… Difficult. You’ll see what I mean when you get there. Maybe y’all can come up with a plan on the way. You don’t mind Orcs, right?”  

What will the Apprentices Do?  

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You can help us reach our next goals by spreading the word of our Kickstarter campaign, and don’t forget to: 

Stay tuned and thank you again for everything!

Din + Jes

Map to Adventure Ep.7 + Urgent Job! + Fanart
over 2 years ago – Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 10:21:03 PM

Hello Apprentices! As you all know, we've still got 2 days left to go on this adventure, and we are so close to our next Stretch Goal! Remember, it's as simple as sharing it with your friends or anyone who may be into pledging to a project like this! Also by increasing your current pledge by at least $5 would push us closer to $24k (More story CGs+)!!

Faulty Apprentice Fan Art

We are grateful to have so many talented artists honor us with incredible Fan Arts of Faulty Apprentice! Please make sure to tag us on Twitter/Facebook so we can share your creation! 

 

Our Current Stats:   

-Total KS Backer: 559!
-Total Follow on Twitter: 778
-Total Like on Facebook: 427
-Total Fan Art: 14
-Twitter RT: 102 (RT this)
-Facebook Share: 16 (Share this)

KS Live Stream!! We will be live streaming on the last day of our Campaign on Saturday 12pm PDT (California Time) Please subscribe to get notified when we go live!

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Map to Adventure Episode 7

  Running as fast as they can, the Apprentices race in the last known direction of the mysterious Dark Greffen. Maybe it was the fact the beast was the coolest thing they had ever seen, or maybe because they have leveled up their attributes since obtaining the Map to Adventure, either way, they were excited to continue their quest!

  Seeming to land in the middle of a nearby forest, the Apprentices make their way through the trees. Except this wasn’t a normal forest, and these weren’t normal trees. The ground was bleached and the trees were painted black with all their leaves stolen. It was a barren wasteland excuse for a forest, devoid of all life. The hot dry air burns the stench of sulfur into the nostrils of any occupants and deprives the mouth of any moisture. It was not a nice forest, no…

That’s adventures for you, what may not be a pleasant experience at the time can end up being a great story you cherish above other happier ones. And after a few hours of this bleak environment, the Apprentices were not having a pleasant experience to say the least. At least until one of them heard it… This song was like no other they had ever heard. It was though it was written for, THEM!

 

 

It was like cold stream water on their parched tongues. Like, waking up from a really good nap. It was-

Female Voice: “Kyaaah! Leave me alone!”

  With the Apprentices thinking a beautiful young maiden has just encountered their new animal friend (fingers crossed the Greffen is their animal friend), they rush in the direction of the voice. After all, there’s no way, he would hurt anyone, there has to be some sort of misunderstanding. And a great misunderstanding there was, just not with the way the Apprentices intended. It was a Surprise Encounter!

 

  A girl tied up and caged cries out as she is poked, prodded and taunted by her Goblin captors. Big ones, small ones, some that looked like rocks. Short ones, tall ones, even some covered in dragon pocks. However, the number and variety of Goblins didn’t help the fact they were all distracted. Leaving behind wagons full of stolen Swords, Bows, Arrows and Spell Books, the Apprentices were more than happy to take the advantage.

Wallpaper Pack Loot Drop!
Wallpaper Pack Loot Drop!

   Even with the new Equipment, with this many Goblins, the Apprentices knew they wouldn’t be scared off. They will have to fight the Goblins if they wish to free this mysterious new character!    

How will the Apprentices defeat the Goblins?

 

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You can help us reach our next goals by spreading the word of our Kickstarter campaign, and don’t forget to: 

Take care everybody, and thanks a lot for the amazing support!!  
Din + Jes