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Welcome to Boon Hill

A project in Orange, CA by Matthew Ritter

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A graveyard simulator, a story of epitaphs, a tail of ghosts that haunt, a game with no goal— all valid descriptions of Boon Hill.
Backers: 850
Average Pledge Per Backer: $15

Funded: $12,930 of $5,000
Dates: Apr 26th -> May 26th (30 days)
Project By: Matthew Ritter
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Latest News

‘Boon Hill’: A video game graveyard walk, and the birth of something new?

June 8th - via:
It certainly doesn’t sound like a very enjoyable game at first glance: You wander around a graveyard, read the tombstones, and . . . well, that’s pretty much it. No winning, no losing. Just graveyard perambulation. And yet when Matthew Ritter, a 27-year-old living in the Bay Area who has worked on a few small games in the past, asked for $5,000 on Kickstarter for just such a game, the community responded by offering him that and more: $12,930. (Read More)

Stretch Goal Reached, 3 hours left!

May 26th - via:
We have made our third stretch goal! I didn't expect that. I woke up to find that the world had apparently been lit afire or something like that. Naw, you all just donated like crazy in the last day. Thank you. A larger graveyard is confirmed. The... (Read More)

Final Day!

May 25th - via:
This is probably the last time I will be contacting you all in reference to the Kickstarter fundraising. We're looking into adding a Paypal link on the website in case a few people are interested in donating even after the fundraiser ends, but for... (Read More)

10K Reached!

May 24th - via:
We just reached 10k, which means that we'll be releasing the game cross-platform on Mac, iOS, PC, and Android. If you know any friends who were waiting to donate till they knew that was certain now's the time to tell them. Also, thanks everyone that... (Read More)

Two Days Left!

May 24th - via:
Woooah! Amazing humans that seem to enjoy graveyards, there are a mere two days left on the kickstarter. Which is pretty neat, mostly that it has done so well. First up on today's update... PIXEL ART TREE!!!!!I know what you're thinking: "It's just a... (Read More)

On Track for 10k!

May 21st - via:
Greetings humanity and graveyard lovers, We're on track for 10k and we'd love to hit that. It would really help us develop the game cross platform. Though, as I just updated in the FAQ this would not guarantee a Linux version. We're hoping to have... (Read More)

One Week Left!

May 20th - via:
Greetings all who dwell in this world for the time being, There is just one week left in the kickstarter. Things have gone well so far and I can only marvel at all of your support. It's appreciated, every last bit of it. In the final week, of course,... (Read More)

First Stretch Goal Met!

May 16th - via:
Yaaay! 7.5k!Look at that, we made it to the first stretch goal! This is, of course, very exciting. Meeting this stretch goal means we'll be trying to add more NPCs to the graveyard, as well as some random events, such as NPCs that come in and out of... (Read More)

Kickstarter Projects You Should Pay Attention To #9

May 15th - via:
Happy Wednesday everyone! Depending on how long you’ve been with us – you may, or may not know that it’s Kickstarter Spotlight time! We’ll offer up some exposure to any crowdfunding project that deserves it. From hulking $2 Million to modest $6k goals, if it’s here, it deserves your attention. That being said we have a good variety of genres and funding goals for your consideration this week. Some have been featured in the spotlight previously and some are new offerings. (Read More)

Graveyard Visit!

May 13th - via:
Greetings to those who are not dead! Today we visited another graveyard for more research and creepy pictures. This time we went to a beautiful catholic graveyard. Boy, do they know how to die. The graveyard like all graveyards was rife with... (Read More)

Welcome to Boon Hill Project Creator Talks About His Graveyard Simulator

May 13th - via:
If you recall our most recent Kickstarter Spotlight you’re already aware that we’ve recently been following a wholly unique Kickstarter video game project called Welcome to Boon Hill. The project creator, Matthew Ritter was kind enough to tell me more about his motivations for creating gaming’s first graveyard simulator. (Read More)

Mother's Day! And approaching our first stretch goal.

May 12th - via:
Greetings those who have been birthed by woman, It Is Mother's Day!This is a special message to my own mother, Who has graciously backed this project. You're all welcome to read it of course, but this is mostly to her. She's a wonderful person, who... (Read More)

Programmer Bio - Articles - Other Stuff

May 10th - via:
Greetings those that walk upon the world! Programmer BioI was starting to worry he might not truly exist. But he does. The programmer working with the project has finally got his bio together and here it is - Andy Morrison Bio "I'm the president of... (Read More)

Backer Reward Change - Articles - Cross Promotion

May 9th - via:
Greetings, those that live above the ground! Backer Reward ChangeThere has been a slight change to the backer rewards. Specifically, the price for the game box has been dropped from 250 to 150, as I found a cheaper way to do them and quite a few... (Read More)

Welcome to Boon Hill ‘They Say This Graveyard Is Haunted, You Know’

May 9th - via:
Welcome to Boon Hill, is perhaps, the most interesting project I’ve ever laid eyes on. By extension it’s project creator Matthew Ritter is one of the most eclectic and disarming people I’ve ever had the pleasure of speaking to (you’ll hear more about our conversation in the coming week). Welcome to Boon Hill is a mighty juxtaposition, especially for the gaming industry. Which is most likely why Matthew has turned to the great folks that support CrowdFuning and Kicktarter (iGR’s readers definitely fall into that category). (Read More)

Geek Haven: Kickass Games on Kickstarter

May 9th - via:
the surface of it, Kickstarter (and any of its sister crowdfunding platforms) isn’t half so righteous or so revolutionary. However, the similarities are there, like submarine treasure, for those who seek them out. If you’ve spent any time among crowdfunders (or you are one yourself), and you have a working nose, it’ll detect more than a whiff of grassroots anti-establishmentarianism. (Read More)

Kickstarter Projects You Should Pay Attention To #8

May 8th - via:
Is it Wednesday already!? It’s been a huge week for Kickstarter. We have great new projects for you to check out. Our list this week includes…art!? Relax, it’s about the origins of your favorite comic book characters, sheesh. We’ll also get your dungeon crawling juices flowing and show you how awesome reading epitaphs in a haunted graveyard can be. All on this weeks Kickstarter Spotlight. By the way, if you haven’t already, check out kicktraq information on trends on Kickstarter. I’m tired already, here we go... (Read More)

Boon Hill Funded. But There’s Still Time

May 8th - via:
Boon Hill, a very unique title from Matthew Ritter, “a graveyard simulator, a story of epitaphs, a tale of ghosts that haunt, a game with no goal” has been funded in 10 days of its campaign and that is fantastic news. (Read More)

Reached 5K! Now onwards and upwards!

May 6th - via:
Greetings those on this worldly plane! 5k Reached!We reached our goal of $5k in only ten days! That blows my mind clean open. Like seriously, my mind is splattered all over the wall. You are all wonderful people, each and every one of you. No matter... (Read More)

Finding the stories of the dead: how a game set in a cemetery will tell a new kind of story

May 6th - via:
A few years ago I took the family on a Disney vacation, but we stopped in Savannah, Georgia on the way to Florida to explore the city. We spent an entire afternoon wandering around Bonaventure Cemetery, one of the more famous gothic cemeteries in the country, made famous by the publication of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but after a few minutes even the kids settled down and began to walk around and ask questions about the gravestones. (Read More)

Within Striking Distance - New Backer Rewards - Pixel Art!

May 5th - via:
Greetings my fellow earth dwellers! On to the news. Within Striking Distance!Things are very exciting, as in the last few days we've gone from modestly approaching the 5K goal to looking like we might achieve it in the next day or so. This is... (Read More)

A Video Game Where You Walk Through A Graveyard And Look At Graves

May 5th - via:
Some games are all about shooting. Some games task you with exploring new worlds and embarking upon crazy adventures. And some games… let you walk through a graveyard. Boon Hill, a new Kickstarter project created by a guy named Matthew Ritter, wants to be that game. There’s no way to win or lose in Boon Hill, Ritter says: you just explore, and read and soak in the atmosphere. And… it sounds amazing. (Read More)

Money Shots: Boon Hill

May 5th - via:
When I was about 12 years old, our class went to the local graveyard for the afternoon as part of history lessons. While there were bigger graveyards in the area, the local example was a tiny place perched on half a hill. The entrance was appropriately shrouded in overgrown branches and it clearly hadn’t been tended to in a long time. Some grave markers were nicely polished, little pots of wilted flowers perched beside them. Other were covered in dirt and moss. Many lay broken, with no way to tell where the grave they marked now sat. We even found one stone grave mysteriously ajar — our tiny minds racing with the possibility that a long-dead soul had forced the lid. Our main goal was to get charcoal rubbings of some of the graves, but I became fascinated with one headstone in particular that stood resolutely under a small tree, lichen covering half and the rest worn down by age and neglect. (Read More)

Among The Dead

May 5th - via:
Boon Hill is a game that sees you go around a graveyard reading the epitaphs on the grave stones. That's it. There is no ultimate end goal, no master plan to foil, no danger, no enemies to shoot. It's just you, the gravestones and the story told through the epitaphs. (Read More)

Sound Designer Bio - Live Stream Today - More News and Shoutouts

May 4th - via:
Greetings again my living friends, To start out with let's jump right into the bio for Hayden Dingman, the guy in charge of all things sound-related for Boon Hill. PS: If you want to read this in his voice, you can! He did the V.O. on the Kickstarter... (Read More)

Lead Artist Bio - Articles on the Net - And Live Stream Tomarrow

May 4th - via:
Greetings fellow humans! This update is coming later than I would have liked, but it's been a hectic day. First off, lets get to the bio I promised. Here's the info on the lead artist of Boon Hill in his own words: "Well, I love Megaman and Gundam... (Read More)

Welcome to Boon Hill

May 4th - via:
Welcome to Boon Hill. There is no goal. There is no winner. There are no enemies to fight. There is no danger to be found... And it looks incredible. Boon Hill is a game about imagination, about stories, and about atmosphere. In Boon Hill, players walk through a graveyard reading names and epitaphs, trying to construct stories out of the little information that lies there, and "thinking about who there people were and will never be again." Though Boon Hill completely defies what many may think of as a video game, it is exactly this creative inspiration that makes Boon Hill so appealing. (Read More)

Kickstart This - Welcome To Boon Hill: A Graveyard Simulator

May 3rd - via:
The game industry as a whole likes to stick to certain formulas when developing games. The aspects of a game that are prioritized are usually action and gameplay, whereas the depth of the actual narrative can sometimes take a backseat. With Boon Hill, Matthew Ritter hopes to create a gaming experience based entirely on uncovering a story and exploring the past. (Read More)

Welcome to Boon Hill: Friedhof Simulator auf Kickstarter

May 3rd - via:
Welcome to Boon Hill wird als Graveyard Simulator, also Friedhof Simulator, angekündigt. Das Projekt sucht derzeit nach 5000 Dollar, die wie immer in letzter Zeit natürlich über Kickstarter zusammenkommen sollen. Dabei ist die Idee doch eigentlich blöd. Oder doch nicht? (Read More)

A Video Game Where You Walk Through A Graveyard And Look At Graves

May 3rd - via:
Some games are all about shooting. Some games task you with exploring new worlds and embarking upon crazy adventures. And some games... let you walk through a graveyard. Boon Hill, a new Kickstarter project created by a guy named Matthew Ritter, wants to be that game. There's no way to win or lose in Boon Hill, Ritter says: you just explore, and read, and soak in the atmosphere. And... it sounds amazing. (Read More)

New Game Kickstarter from Press Start Pixel Artist

May 2nd - via:
Heya gang! Pixel artist and animator Matthew Ritter, who created several of the awesome 8-bit videogame sequences from the Press Start opening credits sequence — and all of them in Press Start 2 Continue — is crowdfunding an intriguing, unusual, and macabre new game, Welcome to Boon Hill. (Read More)

Team Member Bio - And Question for Backers

May 1st - via:
Greetings fellow mortals! Over the next few days we'll be going into some specifics on different team members. Today, we'll take a look at me. There's already tons of info about me on the kickstarter so I'll keep it brief. BIO COMING AT YOU! **** I... (Read More)

Continued progress and edits to the description!

May 1st - via:
Greetings backers and people who randomly look over at the update area. The project is going really well at 30%, which is good! Very good. Let it bloat up like a poison frog and reach critical mass! As I mentioned yesterday there have been some edits... (Read More)

Amazon payments were down this afternoon.

April 30th - via:
My apologies to anyone who was trying to donate. I know of at least three people who told me that I failed to take their money from them. To anyone else that had the same problem, it should be fixed now, trust me I want to take your money. Still, 25%... (Read More)

Featured on Kickstarter's staff picks! Woooo!

April 30th - via:
It's day five of the kickstarter and I'm pretty darn surprised at how well things are going. People are donating at a good clip and the project has actually been featured on kickstarter's staff pick page. Which is very nice! There was also an article... (Read More)

Boon Hill: Graveyard Simulator

April 30th - via:
This is why I love indie games. Little gems like Boon Hill pop up every so often with a conceptual project that would never be commercially viable for a big publisher to take on. But for a core fan-base of gamers interested in experiencing something unique, unusual and artistically driven, these games are absolute gold. (Read More)

'Boon Hill' Brings Pixelated Graveyard Sim Goodness To Kickstarter

April 29th - via:
Hello, my name is Adam, and I like wandering around cemeteries. I know it’s weird, but Boon Hill looks like it was designed with weirdos like me in mind. According to its Kickstarter page it’s a “graveyard simulator, a story of epitaphs, a tale of ghosts that haunt, a game with no goal.” It also happens to have two of our very own behind it — Matthew Ritter and Hayden Dingman — so if this sounds like something you wouldn’t mind sinking some time in I recommend supporting its Kickstarter campaign. (Read More)

Welcome to Boon Hill: Criando malvas digitales

April 29th - via:
Debo admitir que hoy no tengo el día para poner nombrecitos a las cosas, pero a cambio os traigo algo bastante interesante. (Read More)

Kickstarter Katchup

April 28th - via:
Jagged Alliance: Flashback arrives in the Katchup this week. I’ve expected (and hoped for) a Jagged Alliance crowdfunding attempt for some time now. As soon as it became obvious that Kickstarter was a place where old franchises could revive themselves, every week that the mercenaries didn’t appear was slightly more unsettling than the last. Would I rather have a direct sequel without a crowdfunding campaign? Perhaps. (Read More)

Graveyard Adventure!

April 27th - via:
Today I made a road trip. A google search lead me to find that there was a graveyard near me (relatively) that had a grave in it with the exact same name as I. This chance to play my own game, for real, could not be passed up, and me and some friends... (Read More)

Day 2: Stretch Goals updated.

April 27th - via:
UPDATE APRIL 27: Originally no stretch goals were planned, but just one day into the project we received a lot of comments and requests. One thing kept popped up time and time again, and that is a desire for the game to be cross platform.... (Read More)

Day 1

April 27th - via:
The project has gone live! Wooo. The real question is if it will manage to get any traction. At the moment though it's doing fairly well. More then I expected for the first day. The real question though is of course how the other 29 days go. Thanks... (Read More)

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