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Dysfunctional Systems

A project in St. John's, Canada by Dischan Media

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A Kickstarter to finish the Dysfunctional Systems series of visual novels!
Backers: 1457
Average Pledge Per Backer: $46

Funded: $67,450 of $49,000
Dates: Feb 22nd -> Mar 24th (30 days)
Project By: Dischan Media
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Latest News

Crowdfunding Episodic Games: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

February 21st - via:
There's a history of episodic games being crowdfunded, and while some turn out well, and others turn out poorly; and still others never happen. (Read More)

Novelly Funded – Issue 5 – Episodic Games

June 24th - via:
Hello and welcome back to the latest issue of Novelly Funded! Did you miss it? Well, I’m back and charged up as there are more and more visual novels coming to Kickstarter every day! As with books, some visual novels are incredibly expansive tales and may require more than one part to see completion. Many titles as of late have gone the “episodic” route, which means a game is comprised of multiple parts that flow together, like a TV series. Have you ever played an episodic visual novel? Well, these three upcoming games might be your first! (Read More)

Campaign's over!

March 24th - via:
@$67,450 CAD ( ゚ ヮ゚) stupendous, thank you  (Read More)

A note should we miss any stretch goals

March 23rd - via:
So, backers, just in case we don't hit any further stretch goals, we should let you know that any extra funds will go right into development. Anything extra would be put into extra sprites, environments, better music, and/or sounds. That's that,... (Read More)

Third stretch goal reached: Winter's First Week of School!

March 23rd - via:
YES! This is great, thanks everyone! This is what we wanted for the series from the start. Winter's first week should serve as a more proper introduction to the Dysfunctional Systems series, for both new and old players alike. It'll be completely... (Read More)

Sunday, March 23 Update - The Final Campaign Update, The Last Day (+Character art!)

March 23rd - via:
We've got about 20 hours to go and we've reached two stretch goals. There's less than $3000 left until we reach our ideal outcome of $64,000. It can be done! But no matter what happens, thank you all SO much. We've exceeded our goal by over $10,000... (Read More)

Second stretch goal reached: More Freedom!

March 22nd - via:
Heck yes, now we can give you guys more places to explore in-game, subsequently allowing for more extra events and variety and such. Otherwise, the worlds may have felt a bit too small! Now then, we've got about a day and a half to reach the third... (Read More)

Saturday, March 22 Update - Dischan Development: Ryan "rtil" Miller

March 22nd - via:
Last but not least to be interviewed is Ryan "rtil" Miller, Dischan's new lead artist. Since it's the last of the interviews, this update is one that everyone can read! "docked at station 5" is a piece by Ryan that really emphasizes his style: in... (Read More)

Thursday, March 20 Update - Two Kings Promotional Art

March 20th - via:
Hello everyone. We're really in the final days now and we've been making great progress on our stretch goals. Thank you all for your support so far! Today we'll be releasing a promotional image of the two kings from episode 2. These aren't actually... (Read More)

First stretch goal reached: More Characters!

March 18th - via:
Awesome! Thanks, all! Now that we've hit this goal, the game will have 2 more characters to befriend. Also, we'll be able to have more sprites in general, which will make everyone more expressive! Sweet. The two new characters will be: Madeleine... (Read More)


March 18th - via:
THANKS EVERYONE Time for stretch goals! WE LOVE YOU ALL -Dischan  (Read More)

Stretch Goals

March 18th - via:
We know that we said we'd post these when we hit our goal, but we decided to post them early instead so we can get people hyped about what the games could potentially be like. Our ideal state for the series will be achieved if we raise $64,000. Any... (Read More)

Dischan Development: Terrence Smith

March 17th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Dischan Development: Jeremy Miller

March 16th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Sunday, March 16 Update - The Final Week

March 16th - via:
Hey guys, today we don't have any real game-related update information. No new art style or music tracks, no factoids about the setting; all we have is our thanks. There is about a week left on our Kickstarter, and we have less than $8000 to go.... (Read More)

Dysfunctional Systems: 40k

March 15th - via:
Wow, people, this is pretty incredible. With your help we've managed to raise $40,000 so far and have a mere $9000 to go. We'll have a more proper update describing our feelings tomorrow. For today: thanks. Thanks a ton to all of you. It's been... (Read More)

Friday, March 14 Update - A More Concrete Impression of Episode 2 (+Earth information?)

March 14th - via:
Sorry for the late update today. Here's something weird for you all: it's a calendar for Episode 2, with art from me (OH BOY). This calendar shows who we expect you'll be playing as and when in the next games. Winter Army, click for the full version!... (Read More)

Wednesday, March 12 Update - Final Music Track for the Kickstarter Campaign

March 12th - via:
Hey, people. This is the last track we're releasing during the Kickstarter campaign, probably definitely. It's called "erpaderpaderp loop" for now. Yep. Here it is: "I have no memory of making this. Lemme see if I can figure out something to say...... (Read More)

Sneaky Near-Midnight Update - Ryan fixed up the Promotional Art

March 10th - via:
Ryan immediately reworked some things on the art posted earlier today based on backer feedback. Here is the updated version: Legs up, Winter! Yep! Alright, night folks. -Terrence  (Read More)

If you haven't gotten Dysfunctional Systems' first episode yet, now's the time!

March 10th - via:
Hey guys, another update today!: From today until the 17th we're putting the first episode of Dysfunctional Systems on sale for 80% off on our official store, Steam, and the app store. That means it will cost you only 99 cents! Here are a bunch of... (Read More)

Monday, March 10 Update - Promotional Image and... Earthlock?

March 10th - via:
So, we've got more art today! Most of you guys will probably note changes in design and color use. Do you like it? Heck, I like it. This looks real sweet. "But Terrence," you say "that update title suggests this update is about more than art!" You're... (Read More)

Saturday, March 8 Update - Another Update, Another Song

March 8th - via:
A nice and easy one, this time around. Close your eyes and let your imaginations run, folks. Try to think about where it'd play, that's what we do! temporary title: next morning "A simple song. If you asked me, 'Why'd you make it?' I'd answer, 'Why... (Read More)

Playable Character Concepts + Gameplay Info!

March 6th - via:
Ayo, Irie, and Jack Introducing Ayo Ukaliq, Irie Garrott, and Jack Ferguson: the three other characters you'll be able to play as in episode 2! Link to larger image. You can meet Irie or Ayo at the end of the first episode, however Jack is an... (Read More)

Tuesday, March 4th Update - More Music

March 4th - via:
Two songs with this update: one unsettling and the other calming. They are temporarily named "nightmare inductor" and "once before", respectively. "This started with me playing with sounds as usual. I was playing with a funny effect you get when you... (Read More)

Woohoo, 50% funded in 9 days!

March 2nd - via:
You guys are amazing! The turn out of support is hard to believe. Seriously, honestly, wholly we are thankful! Now, let's make that goal!  (Read More)

Sunday, March 2nd Update - The City of Bouchard

March 2nd - via:
The City of Bouchard (Concept) Were you wondering what Bouchard, the city of two kings, looks like? Well wonder no more! Here's a concept of it for your viewing pleasure. Click here to view in glorious high-res.  (Read More)

Dischan Development: Kristian Jensen (CombatPlayer)

March 1st - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Kickstarter Picks - March Edition - Article

March 1st - via:
Hello and welcome to gamrReview’s Kickstarter Picks for March! I would like to begin by honoring a few games that didn’t make the list for March, but deserve your attention almost as much as our actual picks. (Read More)

Dynsfunctional Systems Needs An Ending

February 27th - via:
It’s unusual to see a funding campaign for an existing game that’s been on sale for almost a year, but that’s what we have with the Dysfunctional Systems Kickstarter campaign. The team over at Dischan Media released the first episode of their Dysfuntional Systems visual novel trilogy last April, and it received a very favorable response from fans of the genre. Unfortunately they weren’t able to sell enough copies to fund the next two episodes as quickly as they’d like, so they’ve turned to Kickstarter. (Read More)

Winter Harrison and Waverly Ayre Expression Sheet

February 26th - via:
Expression sheets are so nice to look at~. As always, you can leave us feedback on the art. We might not have the time to reply, but we read every message! Also, here's a link to a larger version.  (Read More)

Dischan: A Brief History

February 26th - via:
Hey everyone, Terrence Smith (AKA Swiffeh) here, writer and sound designer/director for Dischan Media. I also do social media stuff, but I share that responsibility with Jeremy Miller, Dischan's lead. I'm writing this update to clue you in on who we... (Read More)

Wednesday, February 26th Update - Music

February 26th - via:
Composer Commentary:  "I love me some 3/4 rhythm, or whatever it's called. Waltz? I've liked making this style of music for a long time, though I didn't connect '3/4 time' with 'waltz' until joining up with Dischan and having Swiff mention it.... (Read More)

New Pledge Tiers!

February 25th - via:
Hello everyone! We've added some new pledge tiers, mostly at the higher end of the spectrum. Check them out! $5 - An immediate copy of Dysfunctional Systems: Episode 1 (don't worry, if you already own it you can give it away), and access to... (Read More)

New Winter Harrison and Waverly Ayre Style Concepts

February 22nd - via:
Based on feedback from fans, we created these new style concepts. They are more muted, less exaggerated, and closer to the original style. Like it? Don't like it? Leave us feedback! We're listening.  (Read More)

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