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ADNC Trailer 1

We’re excited to share with you our first trailer from A Dragon Named Coal. It covers scenes from the entire game and shows off a variety of story related content. If you enjoy it please share on Facebook or Twitter to help support us as we work up towards our Kickstarter’s launch.

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Meet the Team: Greg Nicolett

Greg Nicolett

Role: Composer

Favorite Games: Silent Hill, Wing Commander 3, Mass Effect, Castlevania SOTN, Gabriel Knight II

How did we meet you? 
Rachel and I met in the middle of a crosswalk at GDC, 2014. After introducing myself as an orchestral composer, she told me about ADNC and we exchanged info. It was perhaps a 5 minute conversation, but that’s the way things go at GDC!

What are you working on specifically with ADNC?
I’ll be writing the game’s original score – initially, for the public beta and eventually for the full game. Rachel and Ash have created a very large, rich world, and I’m excited to give that world a musical voice.

Your past works 
Much of my musical output is in the world of Film, TV, and the occasional viral video. My latest film, MUTED, is airing on HBO this February. I collaborated with Rob Cantor on the video “Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf,” for which I composed the string and choir arrangements (I can also be seen as the pianist in the video).

In the world of games, I’ve worked as an orchestrator/arranger on several AAA titles including Kinect Disneyland Adventures, Forza Motorsport 5, and a “top secret” LucasArts game that unfortunately got cancelled when the studio was disbanded.

In addition to ADNC, I’m working on a beautiful stop motion game by Federica Orlati called “Ever Yours, Vincent.” In it, you play Vincent Van Gogh, who is trying to stifle the onset of madness by restoring his paintings. You can download an alpha preview at GameJolt. 

 A short history of what led you to doing what you do

Strangely, I loved film music since I was a kid. The first piece of music I learned on piano was the theme from Terminator 2. As for why I decided to become a composer, it’s hard to say. Maybe it’s because I consistently felt goose bumps watching certain movies and playing certain games. I realized it was the music that was generating those feelings, and decided I wanted to be a part of that experience.
My music background is pretty diverse. I did a lot of choral singing under a tremendously inspirational director, Robyn Gangi. I also play trombone. Though not the sexiest instrument, trombone led me to some cool gigs – I toured for several years with Chicago’s Mucca Pazza, a kind of punk rock marching band. When I moved to LA I joined Killsonic, a Charlie Mingus inspired experimental jazz group. These days though my main instrument is my composing rig, but I dabble in guitar and odd instruments such as the Ukelin and Marxophone. I even picked up Theremin for a theater production I did in the LA Fringe Festival.

More info and music can be found at my website, www.gregnicolett.com. Thanks!

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Meet the Team: Zoe Patrick

 

Zoe Patrick

Role: Artist

Favorite Games: Quest for Glory series, Skyrim, Portal series, Monkey Island 1&2, Shadow of the Colossus

Who is she?
Zoe Patrick is a tea-chugging podcast-aholic who enjoys sketching, cooking, and smothering her two, ridiculous cats with affection. She graduated with a bachelors in Fine Arts, and a minor in East-Asian studies from UC Santa Cruz.

How did we meet her?
Zoe met Ash and Rachel at a Bay Area game networking event in 2014. They later reconnected online, and she began assisting Rachel with art assets soon after.

Her work
DOS games were Zoe’s bread and butter growing up. Her love especially for the art style of Sierra and Lucas Arts games inspired her to make her own pixel art later in life.

Zoe Patrick has worked on several personal projects which can be found on her site: thedoorkicker.com. She is also contributing to a couple games currently in development that she can’t talk too much about.

Zoe Patrick can be reached through her website or via Twitter 

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Meet the Team: Kevin Urban

Kevin Urban

Role: Narrator

Favorite Games: Banjo Kazooie, Super Smash Bros., Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Who is he? 
Kevin Urban comes from a family of two great parents, and two awesome brothers. In addition to YouTube, he enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, drawing, gaming, and running. He’s currently studying Communications and Media Arts at Westfield State University in Massachusetts.

How did we meet him?
Ash and Rachel first contacted Kevin Urban through a YouTube message back in April of last year asking if he wanted to provide the voice of a character for their upcoming indie game. he said yes, and it took off from there. Experimenting with different voices and effects for the character of Eldrad, and discussing the lore of the game.

His work
Kevin’s YouTube channel specializes in voice over entertainment and has provided voices and narrations for several different YouTube channels and other independent projects. The vast majority of what He’s done can be viewed on his Youtube channel: NDLMongoose
He has also hosted a radio show with his two roommates, and has a few years of experience as a Public Address Announcer, and a sportscaster for his college campus.

Kevin Urban can be reached through email or via Twitter 

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