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A Song for Viggo: a game made of paper, unfolding depression

A project in Stockholm, Sweden by SaintandSimon

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A point and click-game made of real paper, about a parent who accidentally kills his son Viggo. This game is about the aftermath.
Backers: 908
Average Pledge Per Backer: $24

Funded: $21,368 of $20,000
Dates: May 30th -> Jun 29th (30 days)
Project By: SaintandSimon
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Latest News

Kickstarter Weekly vol. 33

July 2nd - via: indiehaven.com
Indie game Kickstarter stuff, written by a girl who has been gaming for about as long as she could walk, or talk. (Read More)

We made it

June 26th - via: kickstarter.com
.. with your support and love towards the project. For that, I am truly, eternally grateful. And Klara is happy too, because now she can spend additional time in the workshop. :)    (Read More)

Why it is important.

June 26th - via: kickstarter.com
I've encountered some questions from the previous update: "Are you experienced enough to talk about this?" I don't know. I'm not in any way near a grieving-consultant, and it's not my intention. I've lost some loved ones in my life due to sickness... (Read More)

A Song For Viggo Makes You Face Familial Devastation, Loss And Recovery

June 26th - via: indiestatik.com
Independent game developers have been increasingly crafting games around sensitive issues (much to the benefit of the community for this insight), such as That Dragon Cancer, and now, A Song for Viggo follows, telling another hard-to-listen-to story. A game made entirely in papercraft, A Song for Viggo follows the tale of a parent who accidentally kills his own child and the fallout that follows after. (Read More)

78 magazines and one hurtful comment.

June 25th - via: kickstarter.com
I have a hard time to actually build up the right kind of words. Weighing every word. I joined a forum on internet, where fathers grieved their children and posted information about the campaign, of my collaborations with parents who lost their... (Read More)

Kickstarter Weekly vol. 32

June 25th - via: indiehaven.com
TerraTech is basically the Robot Wars game you’ve always wanted – you construct massive, ludicrous vehicles and set them out to battle other vehicles. (Read More)


June 24th - via: kickstarter.com
Figured that I could try it, I've been thinking of it for a while, if the characters had well-sown clothes of starched white fabric, that look like paper. That would make the characters more human than robots. Experimented a bit tonight and well,... (Read More)

New song recorded! "Karen's Requiem"

June 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
A new song recorded. A song with more hope, about letting the grieving go, to get on with life and honor the dead Viggo with fond memories instead of only sorrow.  We need about 5k more to get this project funded. And I know that we can do it.... (Read More)

New gameplay-video

June 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
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One reason I need decent equipment.

June 21st - via: kickstarter.com
^^  Don't forget to the fictional blog the father in A Song for Viggo writes: https://asongforviggo.wordpress.com , up to the accident. Learn more about his life, and the family.And new gameplay video should be up on monday if everything works out... (Read More)

The church

June 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Finished my scene in time for #screenshotsaturday (hey, it's saturday in sweden now.)  It will be filled with relatives who witness the funeral later on. Today it's midsummers eve in Sweden, which is a strange tradition where we eat pickled herring... (Read More)

Let's not get lazy! ^^ + remember competition!

June 19th - via: kickstarter.com
After the craziest day yesterday I've finally calmed down again. Although the feauture on Kotaku did raise everything with about 3k, I cant get lazy though. Viggo still needs all your help. And all your help so far as been so heartwarming and... (Read More)

Kotaku and a song. :)

June 18th - via: kickstarter.com
Kotaku wrote about it today it brought up alot of supporters! Thank you Kotaku! Especially Evan Narcisse! It's been an amazing day! Very, very crazy. I wanted to stick to the work in the workshop, but suddenly, Kotaku. So I've mostly spent the days... (Read More)

​A Game That Takes Place After You've Killed Your Own Kid

June 18th - via: kotaku.com
It's every parent's nightmare: that somehow, some way, your actions wind up causing physical or psychological harm to your child. A new in-development game aims to put players in the repercussions of the death of a boy. A death that's your fault. (Read More)

RSP, Polygon, Killscreen. A telephone, and Viggo in new places.

June 17th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey!I collected some new quotes today, because the magazines seem to like it (I hope). Counted as much as 45(!) magazines so far has written about it. And I'm honored that Rockpapershotgun, Polygon, Indiegames and Killscreen are added to the batch.... (Read More)

New reward $30: "Unfolding" - a short documentary of the creation of the game

June 16th - via: kickstarter.com
So I figured, I might lack a certain reward. It's not like there are too few, but I want something more with meaty content. So I decided, those who pledge $30 or more will get a short downloadable documentary called "Unfolding" which is a documentary... (Read More)

Allright, come on! :)

June 16th - via: kickstarter.com
Let's Thunderclap. Need 73 more people Thunderclapping. It's free, and awesome crowdspeaking. :) https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/12354-a-song-for-viggo  (Read More)

Depressing Kickstarter Pick: A Song for Viggo (Simon Karlsson)

June 16th - via: indiegames.com
I frankly can't imagine anything worse than accidentally killing your own child, and that's why I sincerely hope Simon Karlsson manages to touch on this incredibly sad and depressing subject with the appropriate delicacy, respect and thoughtfulness. Thankfully and from what little I have seen, besides looking unique and visually stunning with its paper-crafted graphics, A Song for Viggo also seems to be taking things seriously (Read More)

Point-and-click indie A Song for Viggo tackles death and depression in papercraft

June 16th - via: polygon.com
Indie developer Simon Karlsson of studio SaintandSimon has turned to Kickstarter to crowdfund upcoming title A Song for Viggo, a point-and-click adventure tackling death, depression and marital problems. (Read More)

Father's day. A day of celebration and sadness.

June 15th - via: kickstarter.com
So it's father's day today. Many celebrate their fathers, or mourn them, or just taking notice of their loved ones this day. Even if you always should recognize your parents, without having a day for it, it doesn't really hurt that it exists. So... (Read More)

Thunderclap it!

June 14th - via: kickstarter.com
It's time to Thunderclap things people!Thunderclap is a service, which you say "I let Thunderclap use my twitter, facebook or tumblr this particular time". And no, it's not a hacking service. :), its a service that post an update, when the... (Read More)

Character Steve's blog

June 13th - via: kickstarter.com
So, the main character of the game, Steve, the father, has been having a creative outburst with his feelings in the game, with this blog. Went online a couple of months before the accident, where he talks about his life, his family and everything he... (Read More)

A Song for Viggo, Timelapse + showing seasons.

June 12th - via: kickstarter.com
So here's what I've been doing last week. :)the neighborhood in the game. So I give you now a timelapse-video on it, and in the end, showing some of the seasons in the game (apologize if it sometimes are shaky, but that's because I dont have a... (Read More)

Working hard.

June 12th - via: kickstarter.com
A new scene to be shown tonight!  (Read More)

For the seasons

June 11th - via: kickstarter.com
Recorded a new song today. Or "new" might be the wrong word. It's the very first piano song I composed, 8 years ago, due to the fact that I can't read sheet music (still can't. :(  ), and had nothing to do in school between lessons.This is For The... (Read More)

Q&A: Simon Karlsson unfolds A Song for Viggo

June 11th - via: thebitpulse.com
We were amazed by A Song for Viggo on Kickstarter last week: a truly original-looking work where everything, from the character to the props to the environment, is handmade from folded paper. We just had to get in touch with creator Simon Karlsson and discuss the bleak story of a father who accidentally kills his own child. (Read More)

The "Where is Viggo?"-competition! With a prize!

June 10th - via: kickstarter.com
Since my mind is in a state of awh! <3 and eeh?, after seeing people putting up posters in both Paris and Hollywood, a guy on Steam gave me this idea - A COMPETITION!*insane drumroll* The one who puts up a poster on Viggo somewhere in the world -... (Read More)

On Greenlight

June 10th - via: kickstarter.com
Yeah, don't forget to vote on the game on Greenlight if you want it to be on Steam. :)http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=264893584  (Read More)

Uh, Viggo is in Hollywood!

June 9th - via: kickstarter.com
I don't know, it's really strange, but I kinda thought the Paris-poster was kinda cute, and now its the same poster up somewhere in Hollywood? Dudes and dudettes, if you're like a secret group showcasing my stuff, contact me! I'd love to talk with... (Read More)

A couple of nice words, some progress and a shoutout

June 8th - via: kickstarter.com
I'm kinda excited that Mike Bithell (Thomas Was Alone) and Davey Wreden (The Stanley Parable) twittered about A Song for Viggo. Being a fan of the developers, I'm quite honored.   Other than that, today has been warm. Sweden is warm right now.... (Read More)

Viggo in Paris!

June 7th - via: kickstarter.com
Somebody put up a poster in Paris! Viva la France!  Other than that I started to work on a new scene. The biggest scene to date actually. The neighborhood! I'm timelapsing as well, which you'll be able to see tomorrow or the day after tomorrow... (Read More)

Ohh, the press seem to like it! :)

June 6th - via: kickstarter.com
(ps: and an awesome shout out:)Witchmarch! It's looks soo good. One almost wanna live in the 1920's . Just the description "An action RPG set in 1920s Massachusetts. Create and manage a team of investigators in a story-driven supernatural... (Read More)

About me, and a shout out. :)

June 5th - via: kickstarter.com
Questions! So I've gotten a couple of questions about the project, and I hope to answer some of them here, for the ones who's interested. :)Tell us some more about your motivations to specifically tell this story about losing a child and the... (Read More)

A new song "Satie's Snow", and if we reach the $25000 stretch-goal it will be ported to both Mac and Linux!

June 5th - via: kickstarter.com
The title says it all. :) A new song "Satie's Snow", and if we reach the $25000 stretch-goal it will be ported to both Mac and Linux! The song is my tribute to Erik Satie. Gonna be played in chapter 3, when the snow is falling down, the city is in... (Read More)

Images, materials and cat.

June 4th - via: kickstarter.com
So you said yesterday that you wanted to see more images of "behind the scenes" and here are some images. :) Aquarelle-paper is one of the main components when creating the art in the game. It's quite a sturdy material, and depending on the... (Read More)

Kickstarter Weekly vol. 30

June 4th - via: indiehaven.com
Beyond being a candidate for the Best Game Name award of 2014, BEARZERKERS is a hilarious looking local multiplayer game. It’s based on a game jam concept which was called Pandamonium which you can check out here, and is being developed into a full game. You and your friends are cast not necessarily as bears, but as tiny little critters like armadillos, hedgehogs or badgers. There is a rampaging bear on the loose and your goal is to outlast your friends, using a number of powerups and dirty tricks to save your hide and trap your friends with the ursine menace. (Read More)

Corridor at night

June 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
I need your help people. What kind of updates do you want to see? Tell me! And I'll try to do my best. :). Just photographed the corridor (seen from the last timelapse video), with a night-light as well. I always need to do it while the scene is set... (Read More)

French Eurogamer playing the intro!

June 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
I've recently showcased the intro of A Song for Viggo at Gaité Lyrique, a museum for the digital art, in Paris, in an exhibition about stop motion animation. The awesome french Eurogamer went there and played the game. And Aurelie Knosp... (Read More)

A Song for Viggo, a game made in paper

June 1st - via: pcgmedia.com
Swedish Simon Karlsson is currently making a point-and-click game called A Song for Viggo. The game starts with a parent accidentally killing his own son, and the story of the game is about the aftermath of the horrible tragedy, and it’s made completely in paper. (Read More)

New song recorded! "Winter"

May 31st - via: kickstarter.com
New song recorded! "Winter",To be played in the third chapter. You feel like you're going nowhere. Still you have to visit the therapist, plow snow in your garden, warm up your car in advance. I've collected all my spare paper parts just for this... (Read More)

$1000 already! Fantastic! + timelapse video of me making a corridor in the family's house.

May 31st - via: kickstarter.com
I'm so happy with all you backers, and the ones who are interested in the project! And here a timelapse-video! Of how one of the scenes are done, this one, is the upper corridor in the family's house. Right outside their office and Viggos room. I... (Read More)

Simon Karlsson - A Song for Viggo

May 30th - via: adventuregamers.com
With his Kickstarter campaign currently unfolding, we paged the Swedish author of this unique paper-art tragedy for a heart to heart conversation. (Read More)

Child Murder Meets the Beauty of Papercraft

May 30th - via: cliqist.com
Our tragic stories typically won’t seep their way into our conversations. We carry them on our bodies like an article of clothing, yet they remain private and enclosed for grieving. The burdens aren’t out there for the world to see but they’re existent. They’re a part of our beings, they develop who we are. As a parent, burying your child is the most heartbreaking thing possible to endure. (Read More)

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