The absolutely stunning Kariba is now on Kickstarter

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Update: The Kickstarter for Kariba is now live, so hit this link.

I don’t like a lot of content from local producers. It’s not something born out of a hatred for the media industry today, but rather because I want to see everyone do better, to rise up and create something truly special. So when I see comics or movies that are horribly derivative of American productions and cheesy to the extreme, I get turned off.

Just because its local, doesn’t mean it has to automatically be considered lekker. That’s a terrible attitude in my opinion, and one that needs to be evaluated. That being said, taking local influences, talent and style, combining all of that into something unique and then unleashing it on the public is something that interests me far more.

Take Kariba for example. In just 90 seconds, one proof of concept trailer has me wanting more of this property:

Now that, is how you pitch an idea. That is how you get people interested in your story. Not with some ham-fisted approach that forces a cliché-heavy setup down your throats, but with a combination of gorgeous art, mystery and a spine-tingling soundtrack. Feel the same? Then good news, as more Kariba is on the way, in graphic novel form.

I’ve got more faith in Kickstarter graphic novels than Kickstarter video games, which is what Kariba is tackling. It’s not live yet, but it will be in a day or so. Cape Town based studio Blue Forest Collective will hit up some crowdfunding, looking to raise $20 000 to put the 100+ pages Kariba graphic novel together before tackling a possible feature film as well. Here’s the description of Kariba from the press release:

Set in Zimbabwe, KARIBA interweaves history and mythology through an imaginative retelling of the embattled construction of the Kariba dam in the 1950s.  Daniel Clarke’s grandfather, a Zimbabwean, is responsible for sparking the story idea, Clarke explains. “My grandfather told me about the repeated disasters the dam suffered during its construction, and the local legend that Nyami-Nyami, the river spirit, was angry that the dam had separated him from his wife,” says Clarke.

Said story will be told through the eyes of Nyami-Nyami’s daughter, “a girl named Siku who develops a friendship with the dam-builder’s son, Amedeo”. Any funds raised will also be matched 50% by Cape Town’s Triggerfish Animation Studios. I’m keen to see how this one develops. Here’s a gallery of the beautiful art of Kariba, to gaze at:

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I’ll update here as soon as the Kariba Kickstarter is live. Until then, go give the chaps some love on the official Facebook page.

Last Updated: March 1, 2016

Darryn Bonthuys

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  • Captain JJ the “saviour”

    Wowie

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    That artwork is amazing.

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    Dis mos ‘n baber daai!

  • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    That looks amazing…

  • MakeItLegal

    does anybody else feel like this is the worse year in gaming ever ?

    ***so far

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Why?

      • MakeItLegal

        feels like , only 2 games have come out

        note i said “feel” , i know more have come out but none have caught my eye

        • Hammersteyn

          The Division is a week away, DOOM is launching this year as well.

          • Commander Admiral Chief
          • MakeItLegal

            lol , ubisoft title day one ? must be voting for Zuma ????? kidding , but i am not , dont buy ubisoft games unless its on sale , thanks AC unity for that

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Ubi ? Day One

          • Hammersteyn

            Not on PC, but consoles are fine

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Wait wait… get this…coming from a pc gamer

            Console > Uplay

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Look JJ, you can think that, but don’t SAY it. What the hell man?!

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            He is pushing me to post that pic!

          • Hammersteyn

            We all know what you think when you look down on us.

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            He notices us?!

          • Hammersteyn

            Where did I leave the scraper, damn peasant is stuck to my shoe

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            LOL! I mean… um… no I don’t. *whistle*

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Sorry! 😀

          • Hammersteyn

            *Anything > uplay

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Washing a ninja zurtle?

          • Hammersteyn

            ANYTHING

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            [phones oh eight hundred and one seventy and fifty two thousand zupta to arrange bath, not shower]

          • Darren Peach

            Huh ? Ubisoft can’t be evil, they’re french………

          • Hammersteyn

            There’s a difference between being evil and arrogance

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Just ask Trevor. 😀
            (he’s the evil one btw)

          • Hammersteyn

            So that makes you French?

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            I actually have French lineage. SHHHHHHHHH

          • Hammersteyn

            Explains your sense of humour 😛

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Connard!

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            That explains the eagerness to surrender to everything

          • Hammersteyn

            Oh snap

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”
          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I can be both.

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            hahaha

          • Hammersteyn

            Then you’re either Napoleon or King Louis the fatty

          • Hammersteyn

            *fixed

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            King Louis the 14 stone

          • Darren Peach

            Weird. Never had a problem with the actual gaming part. There is far too much goodness in some IPs to ignore, maybe franchise fatigue at the worst.

          • Hammersteyn

            Hence Asscreed taking some time off

          • Darren Peach

            I guess I that frustration eludes me, I have never enjoyed Assassins Creed. Nor Hitman or Sniper Elite. Far too narrow in their scope ( In my opinion ). So I have yet to experience that frustration as much as folks who play both Far Cry and Assasins Creed.

          • Hammersteyn

            I play Far Cry because the gun play is always fun, have yet to buy Primal

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            You’re going to have a ball with the gunplay in Primal, I’m sure ;P

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I heard the protagonist runs around pointing his club at stuff and shouting UG* UG UG!

            *PEW

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            XD
            You had me at UG

          • Darren Peach

            A day in a bloem nightclub ?

          • Hammersteyn

            heh

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            I loved Sniper Elite for the kill cams and stealth, and I loved FarCry for the freedom.

          • Darren Peach

            I played the most recent one. Ok. But not something I would play again.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Except SE had mediocre stealth

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            I love any stealth games. Though Deus Ex HR could’ve been better. That stealth was a bit transparent

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            So transparent it was practically invisible!

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            dun dun dunnn!
            XD

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            I’m playing Volume at the moment. Quite a fun puzzle/stealth game.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I’m playing Titan Quest. I can’t believe that game’s 9 years old now.

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            I saw you go in yesterday. I’ve been meaning to get it but wasn’t sure if it would’ve aged well.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            It’s aged very well, still looks & plays great. You can see some older game design choices, but it’s still fun to play. I’m a battlemage – hit all the things with my flaming weapons!

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Hmmmm

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Trev likes aged things, he even leaves his meat on the braai for an age

          • Darren Peach

            At one point, Titans Quest was a generic for our Diablo needs !

          • Darren Peach

            Deus Ex is the opposite of the games I mentioned. Totally brilliant series.

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            I agree. I loved Deus Ex. The original is one of my favourite games to date. Invisible War, well, we don’t speak of and HR was a good pick-up again. Just felt a bit generic in the controls at times, but generally HR was great.

          • Darren Peach

            Never played Invisible War. Only the first one and the last one.

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            You’ve dodged a bullet there. 😀
            Mankind Divided is going to be pretty great, I don’t doubt that. I just hope they bring back a bit of the darker vibe of the first and better stealth. Then it’ll be right up there with the best.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Yeah that wasn’t the greatest when it came to stealth.

          • Darren Peach

            Having said that, I am giving Primal a skip.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          The 2nd W3 expansion is coming later this year. 2nd best year in gaming ever.

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Hmmm
            I’d say 2015, then 2014 for me.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            2013 was the worst, every damn game was broken on release & all the crap with DLC etc kicked into high gear.

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Yea.
            I think 2014 was the year of feels games. 😀 Valiant Hearts, Child of Light, Transistor, Banner Saga and let’s not forget GOAT simulator 😛

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Valiant Hears and Child of Light, oh my sack!!!

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Almost half as good as Transistor too! XD

          • Hammersteyn

            Transistor was so much fun combat wise

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Yeah, I need to finish that one day…

          • Hammersteyn

            Not a very long game

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            I think three and a half hours maybe. Maybe four.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Oh wow, then I’d better get to it

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Neither is Warframe, but there is infinite replay value

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Yea man. And the music was superb. Darren Korb is incredible.
            Taking their budget versus Child of Light and Valiant Hearts, they did pretty damn well.

          • Hammersteyn

            You felt a goat?

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            He is from Cape Town, anything is possible

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Yes. Even clean streets and less crime.
            BELIEVE IT

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Where I stay in Pretoria, clean streets as well. But the rest of Pretoria, nee flippen sies!

            And the whole of JHB is a rubbish pile

          • Hammersteyn

            JHB = Mega City One – The Judges

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            lol

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Amen. Except, the cops are useless.

            We need Judges in JHB. Biggest problem is the bullet shortage

          • Hammersteyn

            I’d move to JHB when that happens

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            I’d go visit on my Lawmaster

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Awesome bike

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            It WOULD make the commute a bit more, lawful

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            If I were a traffic officer I’d be people’s worst nightmare on the road

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            [as judge]
            Excuse me citizen, you were passing at dangerous speeds, in the yellow lane, with a unlicensed, unroadworthy public transport vehicle.
            Your punishment, death by Lawgiver.
            I AM DER LAW

          • MakeItLegal

            whats that ? w3 ?

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            TW3

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            WTF4

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Also known as JJ Brow Simulator

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            With weight drop MTs

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Self trolling DLC

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Woo! XD

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            …sold separately though :/

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Haha. Damn. Must be published by EA

          • Hammersteyn

            JJ-BS

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            WITCHER 3!

          • MakeItLegal

            aha , i am 10 hours in and my gtx 760 is having trouble with consistency in frame rates,best game last year by far

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      *worst

      • MakeItLegal

        thanks

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          😉

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            * (;

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Kinda looks like a certain someone’s corporate picture

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            No it doesn’t.
            No beard 😀

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            That fuzzy looking * doubles as a beard, so shall we post and let the readers decide?

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            You will awake with a horse’s head on your bed.

          • Hammersteyn

            Remember to pull the sheets over the head, he must wonder why his feet is cold and wet when he wakes

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            I sleep better with my feet open

          • Hammersteyn

            So do hobbits

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Only when they are being taken to Isengard

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            I spell Pretoria differently.

          • Hammersteyn

            I live in the Shire, because everywhere I walk I bang my head on low beams

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            LOL

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            That explains a bit…

          • Hammersteyn

            Greys coming along nicely too

          • Commander Admiral Chief
          • Hammersteyn

            Wouldn’t mind those. Would make PTA meetings fun

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            xD

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            I think he calls it spawn

          • Hammersteyn

            I’d fly around in their space ship singing the song to Pinky and the Brain

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Haha

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Lol HammerPinky

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Ah yes. Thanks. That ruined the surprise last ti…..I mean, I should definitely do that if I EVER did something like this.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            My loyal watchdog will devour your face before you get close

          • MakeItLegal

            lol , 300 hours plus in bf 4….

    • AfricanTime

      it is February…

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        And we got XCOM 2 in Feb, so yeah, invalid

        • AfricanTime

          but… but … but.. XCOM is really overrated.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Since African Time is a broken concept, your opinion is, invalid

            THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN!

            😛

          • Hammersteyn

            I thought it was back and optimized, also apparently it’s just like XCOM 1 if Yahtzee is to be believed

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            There are traits in the core mechanic, but it is a worthy sequel, minus the optimization bugs

      • MakeItLegal

        valid point maybe its the December rush that has me feeling like this

    • Captain JJ the “saviour”

      Well, to be honest. There hasn’t been a single title that’s gotten me excited. Primal looks interesting, sure, but it’s not exactly a new or fresh approach.
      And Primal is about all that stands out for me.

      • MakeItLegal

        how i feel , but i dont buy ubisoft games in year one anymore , prepared to wait

        • Captain JJ the “saviour”

          Same here. And NFS is out on pc this year too, but it’s already old news, and it’s EA.
          So there’s nothing I’ll bother with this year really.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            So come SpaceNinja with me, ninjas play free you know

          • MakeItLegal

            is that code for league of legends ?

          • Hammersteyn

            It’s code for Boreframe, I mean Warframe

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            I’ll teach you, then finally you can realize what you are missing out on

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            *Warfarm

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            ^This

          • Hammersteyn

            hahahaha nice!

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            LOL I was farming for a helmet last night, and realised, I was farming the wrong map type (after 6 attempts)

          • Hammersteyn

            That’s because the game explains nothing

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            NO handholding there, it is magnificent.

          • Hammersteyn

            Right, so to figure out what to do it’s off to the Wiki pages

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            So much fun!

            Then make notes and tick them off as you get your golden shiny parts

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            lulz – I played a couple of sorties & formorian alerts over the weekend.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Yeah I wanna hit a sortie again, but promised myself I’d get Nyx Prime helmet, and then the Nekros helmet

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Have you got Nyx P chassis yet? I went through a crapload of keys to get that.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Yes, just need the damn helmet (11 tries already, plus 6 wrong ones)

          • Hammersteyn
          • miaau

            I think Alien Emp told me to watch this like two years ago. Crap, it is funny. Wife HATES it and then laughed when she finally did watch one with me. Weird. I think the over the topness of the main character put her off, as well as the fact she does not really appreciate adult themes like this. She still laughed.

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Same thing happened here. Though she still won’t voluntarily put an episode on.

          • miaau

            yip. I try and try, but I watch stuff like this alone. And, for example, House of cards.

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Haven’t tried that.
            Though my wife does love Daredevil. She seems to enjoy the darker themes in series.

          • miaau

            My wife is fine until they sex things up and in House of Cards a lady talks very dirty to her husband. Is plot related, cause is a political thing, but she does not like that sort of thing.

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Haha. Yea. Same thing here. 😀
            I get it though.

          • miaau

            totally, no criticism of either meant. Game of Thrones was a bit over the top, in my ever so humble opinion.

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Yea. There’s a difference between “for the story” and “because we can”.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I went through over 20 T3Es before I got the chassis. Plenty of systems. So many Nyx P systems.

          • AfricanTime

            WarFarm

          • MakeItLegal

            mmm , n4s ? i can skip , project cars is waiting for a purchase , plus grid one that i got for R50 zandelas is a much better game till this day , if its like R0.25 cents i would buy it lol

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            GRID 1 is the best of the bunch I’d say.
            By far.

    • miaau

      A) it is still February
      B) is this your feeling because you are getting more easily bored of games than you did 2 or 3 years ago?
      C) New Dues Ex game is not out yet.
      D) See C)

      • Captain JJ the “saviour”

        Point C and Point D are very valid points.

        • miaau

          I think Point B also catches us all as we get older. Less patience with games and game-play mechanics.

          Edit* and I had to say dee see see in one sentence

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            I agree to some point.
            I’ve found as I’ve gotten older that I enjoy the fuller games more. The ones with real substance and meaning.
            As far mechanics are concerned…if it’s not too simple, then it’s too bland. 🙂

      • MakeItLegal

        C looks good , to answer b , i think work life getting in the way , wish i could play pro or shout cast , waiting for fiber to start my own streaming channel

        hopefully that and my video editing skills will allow me to join lazy gamer one day

        just my spelling always sucks

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        *Deus

        And yes, so very much yes

    • Darren Peach

      This happens every year between now and mid to late year.

      • MakeItLegal

        perhaps the witcher 3 was too great for 2016 to follow up on ?

        • Darren Peach

          Hard to argue but, You ever find yourself playing a certain type of game and craving another type of game ? Sometimes you miss gun gamepay and vice versa ?

          • MakeItLegal

            every time i start a game , i think of playing LOL , seriously its like a drug ,witcher 3 held me up until 10 hours , played 30 hours of lol since then

          • Darren Peach

            LOL ?

          • MakeItLegal

            league of ledgends

          • Darren Peach

            That occured to me after I left the page.

  • DragonSpirit009

    Man now that’s one way of making a person curious. Love the art work. Love the music.

  • Darren Peach

    Totally off topic, I read that some xbox guy, Important by the sound of it, was highly critical of dlc.

  • Daniel Snaddon

    KARIBA IS NOW FUNDED! Thanks to all who supported, stay tuned for new tiers and stretch goals!

    //www.kickstarter.com/projects/blueforestcollective/kariba-the-graphic-novel

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