UNBALANCED KARMA is a Interactive Storytelling Game which has as a main character a Young Gipsy Woman that was born and raised in Brazil, under the Colonial ruling of Portugal, in the 19th century, a little bit before the country becomes independent. She is strong, independent, a fortune teller and part of the romani traditions and culture. Many historical arquetypes are present in the game (the tax collector, the merchant, the wealthy noble man, the black man and woman) and it has a deep relation to the African-american religions, specially the Candomble, which is a brazilian interpretation of the Yoruba beliefs in the Orishas.
The game relates to the theme of Growing – as the character takes actions and uses her skills to foretell the future, so she makes choices that make her Karma grow, and has to deal with the consequences of it.
It has a profund meaning related to inner growing and self-awareness. Also, it presents many aspects and assets of the brazilian culture, history, society and manners. This is due the fact that the team intended to put elements of edutainment in its conception and development.
Along with the Game, we have produced also a Transmedia Project, called UnBalanced Project – which also has (and shall be developed soon) a Board Game, a Card Game, an Infographic and an E-Book with the continuation of the Game’s Narrative.
The Game has been developed by two Studios and an Study Group from Bauru.
Caio Ribeiro Chagas – Game Designer, Producer & Concept Artist
Gabriel Barbosa – Programmer
Janaina L. Azevedo – Screenwriter, Translator & Transmedia Developer
Pedro S. Zambon – Writer & Producer
Ana Heloisa Pessotto – Assistant Writer
LUDARIA Studio – www.ludaria.com.br
TLON Studios – www.tlonstudios.com.br
PET-RTV – Tutorial Education Program in Television & Radio Development Lab
UNESP Bauru – Paulista University “Julio de Mesquita Filho” Campus Bauru
An special thanks, FROM ALL OUR TEAM, to our Professor, Antonio Francisco “Dino” Magnoni, PhD at UNESP Bauru, who helped us, let us use the PET-RTV lab for the development and has given us an incredible support. THANK YOU!!!