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Once Upon A Coma – From The Creator of Pinstripe

A project in Greenville, SC by Thomas Brush

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Once upon a time there was a boy named Pete who slept quietly in a coma. When he opened his eyes, he found himself in a nightmare.
Backers: 2798
Average Pledge Per Backer: $31

Funded: $85,684 of $28,000
Dates: Feb 15th -> Mar 17th (30 days)
Project By: Thomas Brush
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Latest News

Gaming : Neversong comes to Nintendo Switch on July 16

July 5th - via:
More than two years ago, Serenity Forge got enough funding on Kickstarter to make her new game come true: Once Upon a Coma. Since then time has passed and the project has taken more and more shape. At one point, the developer decided that it was best to rename the title as Neversong. (Read More)

Thomas Brush's unconventional video games are a vehicle for art and expression

March 29th - via:
[GREENVILLE, SC} - Brush has nothing but high hopes for  (Read More)


March 17th - via:
WOOOOOO HOOOOO! You did it! Thanks everyone for your incredible support! With an initial goal of $28,000, I can't tell you how blown away I am by your overwhelming support! I'm humbled, grateful, and know that because of you, your support, and your... (Read More)

24 Hours To Go! Can We Hit 95K?!

March 16th - via:
Holy cow! Yesterday was incredible! With your help, we blew past $82k!  Join me in one final Twitter explosion!   So, will you join me in one final explosion of retweets? If every backer retweet this message, I think we can hit the 95K PS4 and Xbox... (Read More)

48 Hours To Go! Let's Do This!

March 15th - via:
Can we hit the PS4 and Xbox stretch goal?  Click to share and get us there!  I can't help reflecting on another amazing Kickstarter experience! I'm so blow away, and never would have dreamt you would support me as strongly as you all did! Thank... (Read More)

71 Hours To Go! New Level Designs! Free Song Download! Oh My!

March 14th - via:
Wow! 71 hours to go! Can we hit the Xbox and PS4 Stretch Goal?! Click to share and get us there!     New Level Designs I spent all day yesterday working on some designs for the forest level. Don't want to go into too much detail, but basically, I... (Read More)

New Song for The Spiderian Well!

March 13th - via:
The next level after the demo is called The Spiderian Well, and I wanted to share the track with you! It's one of my favorite songs from the game!   The Spiderian Well is very much like a temple in The Legend Of Zelda franchise, with a super fun... (Read More)

Help Me Name The Card Game In Coma! / How I Make Games For Xbox and PS4

March 12th - via:
So, in Coma, Pete collects what me and Erik call Coma Cards. They are little cards that Pete and his friends hand-made, kind of like Pokemon or Pogs. What do you think I should name them? Click below to Tweet me your ideas!  Respond with your ideas... (Read More)

You've got to see this fan art! And the winner is...

March 10th - via:
Thanks everyone for your amazing fan-art! It was so cool to see it all!  Here's the official video for the Fan Art Ceremony!   1 Week Remaining! The Clock Is Ticking, Ted!Ok, so we've got just 1 WEEK until this campaign wraps up. I've pretty much... (Read More)

And the final stretch goal is...

March 9th - via:
Everyone! Check it out, because of you, we hit the $75,000 Stretch Goal, giving Pete the ability to skate around town, and even better, skate in an old abandoned skate park! Thank you for such amazing support! I can't wait to bring this aspect of the... (Read More)

Sweet New Level Design + Riddle Answer + Just $400 Away From Stretch Goal!

March 8th - via:
Sweet New Level DesignAs many of you have seen, there's a pinkish level that was originally in the game (see gifs on Kickstarter page). I couldn't handle how... different it looked from the rest of the game and its color palette. So I spent all day... (Read More)

RIDDLE: When I die, you can wake me. Who am I? / Just $2k away from stretch goal!

March 6th - via:
"When I'm up, I'm one of many, but when I die, you can wake me. You call it fun, I call it fighting, I'm like the god of rain and lightning. I once wore a simple grid, but now you can choose my outfit." Who am I? *If you know the answer, send me... (Read More)

What Sound Would Wake You From A Coma?

March 5th - via:
Click below to tell me your thoughts! Ideas will help me with the story!  Click here to Tweet me your ideas!   Update!Gah my eye won't stop twitching! I think I'm worn out and kind of stressed! Looking forward to taking a nice day or two off when... (Read More)

Just 4k Away From Epic Skateboard!

March 4th - via:
Hey everyone! Hope you are all having an awesome Sunday! TBH Sundays aren't my fave because it always meant school/work was tomorrow! Does anyone else feel that way? That said, I'm super excited about next week, because I have a feeling we're going... (Read More)

Can Every Single Backer Retweet and Get Us To The Top? (Oh, and We Hit 70k!)

March 3rd - via:
I first want to say thank you for being so engaged on Twitter. I'm honestly surprised every day I refresh my Twitter and see you guys blowing things up!  There's no better way to spend a Saturday than trying our very best to get to the top of the... (Read More)

Poll: Choose One Song On Repeat... FOREVER. Go!

March 2nd - via:
Without spoiling too much, Once Upon A Coma is about childhood, and specifically, how certain songs stick with us our entire lives. So, I need some ideas!  What song would you be willing to listen to on repeat forever and ever, and why? GO!  Let's... (Read More)

FAN ART CONTEST! Winner Gets A Signed Poster! Just 1 Week!

March 1st - via:
Winner gets a signed poster!Submit your art to me on Twitter by:  Tagging me @atmosgames  Hash-tagging #OnceUponAComa Including a link to the Kickstarter: Anything related to Coma and any YouTubers who played is absolutely... (Read More)

I broke into a house recently. Here's why...

February 28th - via:
My childhood friend's house is now abandoned and overgrown. So I snuck in recently just to feel that feeling again*... Playing Mario Kart, Wave Race, and OOT, and eating way-too-hot Pizza Rolls as the summer trees cast soft shadows across the... (Read More)

You've gotta hear this song (You each picked a random note)!

February 27th - via:
First, Thank You!Hey everyone! It's a funny feeling to watch the campaign continually grow every day. The support for indie games is just phenomenal, and I'm motivated to stay grounded and continue to make awesome games. Thank you! So About The... (Read More)

Feedback Needed! Why Did You Back Coma? (Best Answer Wins Tee!)

February 26th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Switch Goal Reached! Plus, something really cool happened...

February 25th - via:
Wow! I'm blown away by everyone's incredible support! Thank you so much. I'm super humbled, and can't wait to see Pete's little adventure come out on Nintendo Switch! See more info about Switch at bottom of this update!    Something Awesome... (Read More)

FIXED LINK: Let's Write A Song Together Today (Everyone Picks A Note)!

February 24th - via:
This is super fun! It's called Social Composing. By the end of it, we'll all have written a song together, all by simply naming this stompy dude on Imgur!   I can't wait to hear how this thing sounds! Is it going to sound terrible? Probly. Is it... (Read More)

Let's Write A Song Together Today (Everyone Picks A Note)!

February 24th - via:
This game is super fun! It's called Social Composing. By the end of it, we'll all have written a song together, all by simply naming this stompy dude on Imgur!    I can't wait to hear how this thing sounds!  Is it going to sound terrible?... (Read More)

Front Page On Reddit? Check!

February 23rd - via:
Folks, you did it. Seriously, it was all you. Yesterday you flooded Reddit with some amazing "Ask Me Anything" questions, and we made it to the front page! I'm a bit overwhelmed (and kind of tired answering so many questions late last night haha), so... (Read More)

Ask Me Anything On Reddit (Best Question Wins A Signed Tee!)

February 22nd - via:
Heyo! I've been super excited/nervous about this post! But here goes nothing!!Join me on Reddit's Ask Me Anything sub and ask me ANYTHING. The top rated question wins a signed tee of my last game, Pinstripe!  Click here to ask me anything!   Be... (Read More)

Making Of #2: How I Animate 2D Characters (Video) + Music Video!

February 21st - via:
Good Afternoon Folks! Sorry it's a bit late in the day for an update! I'm on daddy duty today, so I only have one arm! So far, things are looking amazing with funding! We got front paged by Kickstarter (woo hoo!) and had ShadyPenguinn do an awesome... (Read More)

I need ideas! What video game best represents your childhood?

February 20th - via:
Coma is all about childhood, and draws a ton of inspiration from Wind Waker, the game that pretty much sums up my childhood best. So, what game is it for you? You can only choose one! Click below to Tweet at me!  Clicky clicky! It's super easy!  ... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Reached: Adventure Plus!

February 19th - via:
Wow!You did it! You hit the Adventure Plus Stretch Goal! Thank you so much for your support, and Tweeting to me all of your ideas for childhood memories. It was so cool to see you guys light up Twitter with your amazing ideas - they will certainly... (Read More)

I need your ideas! What's your favorite childhood memory?

February 18th - via:
As you know, Once Upon A Coma is all about childhood! Capturing that feeling for all of you is certainly a challenge, so I'd love to hear what your favorite childhood memory is. Tweet me your ideas by simply clicking below!  Click to tweet it to me!... (Read More)

Making Of #1: How To Create a Kickstarter Campaign

February 17th - via:
Thunderclap First, I'd like to say thank you! As many of you know, the first and last day of a Kickstarter campaign are the most active, and the most vital, and because of you, the first day went amazing! If we want to hit our Switch, Console, and... (Read More)

We Did It In Less Than 24 Hours! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

February 16th - via:
Now Let's talk Stretch Goals! Ok, so you blew it out the water, and I'm honestly not quite prepared yet for the full list of stretch goals because that happened a little faster than I expected! But I do know one thing, I'd love to make some... (Read More)

Once Upon A Coma, The Anticipated Coma Sequel, Comes To Kickstarter

February 16th - via:
Although this is a direct sequel to Coma, Brush has stated that it can also be enjoyed as a standalone game that is accessible to newcomers. Similar to various adventure games, Once Upon A Coma will contain side quests, bosses, and various NPC encounters. The mechanics consist of Zelda-inspired hack-and-slash, and the piano-centric soundtrack is inspired by Debussy. (Read More)

Greenville video game developer again meets $28K Kickstarter goal

February 16th - via:
Thomas Brush still hopes to make Greenville a video game town one day - and his recent Kickstarter shows he has a lot of support. (Read More)

Almost 20k... in just 6 hours!! THANK YOU!!

February 15th - via:
Wow. Just wow.     I just took a walk outside just to make sure this is actually real, and I couldn't stop smiling. I can't tell you how grateful I am to see such generous support! Trust me - I know what this means. It means I get to make an... (Read More)

Once Upon A Coma is a side-scrolling sequel to a Flash era great

February 15th - via:
Thomas Brush, creator of beloved Flash game Coma, is back with a sequel eight years in the making: Once Upon A Coma, the story of protagonist Pete and his waking nightmare. Its Kickstarter campaign just launched, with Brush asking for $28,000 to wake Pete up. At the time of writing, it's raised $16,405 and will run for another 29 days. (Read More)

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