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  1. Hello, everyone! I, along with three others, am creating a game in Unity about the mythological tale behind how dreams came to be, and the historic fight between the goddess of light, and the god of darkness and sleep. The game is about the quest of one boy who, with the goddess of light's blessing, sets out on a boat to sail to the shrines of the god of darkness and reduce them to rubble-- eventually moving on to defeat the god of darkness himself. The current stage of the game is concept art, prototyping, and design. We are working on creating our fully document GDD, we have working prototypes of multiple of the mechanics including sailing and ocean creature AI, and also have concept art being created on a daily basis. Here's some more information for those of you that like to read. If you don't like reading, feel free to skip to the last paragraph of this post. Narrative: Our game is narrated from the perspective of a grandmother telling her curious granddaughter a story, after being asked a peculiar question: "Why do we dream?", and consists of gameplay where the player is creating the narrative as they travel. Gameplay: The mechanics revolve around the player traveling through an explorable and living ocean on a sailboat, navigating without the help of quest markers by solely using the starry night sky. The other half of the gameplay is centered around the difficult/skillful combat required at each of the 4 island shrines. Concept Art: http://imgur.com/a/RLu90 We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic Pixel Artist to join our team. If this idea sparks your interest and you would like to contact us, you can reach me by adding me on discord with the tag Ktar#1702 or you can email me at ktarfive@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing back from all you talented Redditors, thank you for reading.