What happens when you can no longer rely on yourself to make decisions?
DON'T WAKE THE NIGHT is 2D point-and-click game about witches, and you, a spirit, who must make a decision on behalf of the community. Who is the perpetrator? Who is responsible for the conflict that has everyone on edge? Observe those who have summoned you and examine their conversations to reveal the truth, and choose
Who will be the one to leave and never return?
You'll know soon.
Known for her care towards her community, Guardian does her best to protect and help others. In the overwhelming need to protect, she can easily be swept up in doing whatever possible to do just that, at times employing methods that are taboo (such as asking for a spirit to solve interpersonal conflicts). She wears the anteater mask, an animal known for its elegant stride and solitary behaviour, a characteristic Guardian struggles against.
Voice: Tia Camilleri
Being the spiritual liaison for the community, Healer speaks with spirits to bring good fortune to her companions. She realizes her responsibility is a very important one, as she is the only one capable of doing it. When tasked to do something that goes against her role, requesting a spirit to act as their judge, she is torn between her responsibility to her community and the teachings she respects. Healer wears the parrot mask, an vibrant animal that can speak to otherworldly beings.
Voice: Hadiyya M
Her name references her skills at fishing and trapping, but most importantly her ability to look past the surface to truly understand the meaning of something. Hunter is thoughtful about her words, which becomes more important as tensions rise, culminating in a ritual of judgement. Her mask is that of the aguará guazú (large fox or maned wolf), an animal who's bright fur matches Hunter's demeanor and dress style.
Voice: Bishara Mohamed
A responsibility that seems minor at times, Watcher is in charge of reporting anything that goes missing from the materials that are gathered throughout the year for the annual festivities that take place between the passing of seasons. She is often very anxious but tries her best, and fears her closeness with Whisperer causes others to be suspicious of her. Her mask is that of the fruit bat, a reclusive animal that is often thought as scary but is in fact very harmless.
Voice: Leilah Dhore
Their specialty in growing plants is what earned them the name of Gardener, with the responsibility of tending to important herbs that Healer and others need for special rituals and ceremonies. They like to stay out of the way of conflict, preferring the company of their gardens. Gardener wears the mask of the yakare (alligator), a solitary animal who likes swampy areas.
Voice: Lequanne Collins-Bacchus
Her name comes from her curiosity in gathering objects that interest her, earning her the responsibility of collecting materials needed for seasonal festivities. Collector is very passionate about her role, and is easily bothered by unnecessary questions or tasks. With the ritual of judgement approaching, her patience is running thin as she thinks it's a waste of time. She wears the mask of the tagua (chacoan peccary), a resilient animal that is up early, ready to work alongside her community.
Voice: Tia Camilleri
Their name originates from a playful place, signalling their upbeat demeanor and ability to always make the best of bad situations. They don't have any particular responsibility for the community at large, other than lifting moods. At times their happy exterior hides any doubt they may have broiling on the inside, and with the trial of judgement, those around them aren't sure whether they're taking things seriously or not. Hero wears the capybara mask, a friendly animal that eats tall grass, keeping it short and clean.
Voice: Meagan Byrne
Working closely alongside Guardian, Listener is in charge of taking in concerns from community members and making sure they are heard. Her mood can be intense at times, which many mistake as anger, but in fact she deeply cares for her community and wants it to be well protected, as well as being stressed by ongoing conflicts and miscommunication between community members. Listener wears the mask of the jaguarete (jaguar), a fierce animal that takes on determined paths to her goal.
Voice: Leisha-Marie Riddel
An elusive individual, Whisperer has found herself at the center of the latest conflict, yet no one knows much about her since she disappeared from the community over a year prior to the events of DON'T WAKE THE NIGHT. Living in isolation, always wearing her ceremonial mask, no one quite knows what's going on with her. Her name comes from her quiet demeanor, and her ability to wield words like dangerous weapons. She wears the guazu puku (large deer/marsh deer) mask, an animal that roams the marshes alone, easily frightened by the presence of others.
Voice: Iris Robin
Each character has a wooden mask resembling the animal they're associated with. Masks are worn on the back during festivities, and in the front during important moments, usually when calling out for spirits.
DEVELOPMENT (not final)
Creator (art direction, design, narrative)
Gabriela Aveiro-Ojeda is an artist, speaker, and gamemaker. She currently resides in Toronto, Canada, where she creates art based around expressions of latinidad, witchcraft, and ancestral traditions. Her latest project, DON'T WAKE THE NIGHT, is a 2D point-and-click game funded by the Ontario Art Council's Emerging Media Artist grant.
Gabriela is also a co-director at Dames Making Games, a non-for-profit arts organizations dedicated to supporting non-binary and women creators in making, playing, and changing games.
Programming and design
Karlo Feliciano is a rookie level programmer and a visual artist. They love to creatively express themselves through drawing, animation, game, and drag. They attended George Brown, studying game programming in the hopes of making the games environment a more positive place for everyone to have fun.
Voice for Collector and Guardian
Tia is an actress and voice over artist from Ontario, Canada. She has been involved in a few credible audio works as well as film. Her most recent works being 2015’s “True Blue”, a short Drama/Action Film as “Amy”and 2014’s “Masquerader” a short action/comedy. Her voice has also been lent to a number of characters and online commercials. Most popularly the Online Audio Fan Adaptation Drama “Mass Effect’s: The Last Stand” which Tia received the 2015 Audio Verse Award for “Best Actress in a Fan Adaptation/Production" for her role as Samantha Blackburn. Tia is also known for her work on Youtube under her Alias “Airadelle” which she provides a number of voice impressions and song covers.
Voice for Gardener
An intellectual peripatetic, she has studied at Carleton University philosophically and is the founder of a digital media lab for social change, PAERE. She has worked in various capacities from researching machine learning at OCAD University to installing interactive art at the Ontario Science Centre to hacking at Google. Check out here latest projects at PAERE and on her Github.
Meagan Byrne is a Métis game designer and actor living in the GTA. DON'T WAKE THE NIGHT is Meagan's first foray into voice acting and she's only slightly disappointed by the lack of costumes. When not acting Meagan can be found making games or talking about making games.
Voice for Listener
Leisha graduated from Sheridan College's Animation program in 2010. After graduating, she completed work for such clients as Nickolodeon, Disney, Titmouse Inc., and Capcom. The majority of her work focuses on character design and visual development.
Iris Robin is a Toronto-based writer and model. Originally from the UK, Iris loves projects that allow them to delve into the fantastic and collaborate with like-minded creators. When Iris isn't working, they are probably reading, sewing, or fencing. DON'T WAKE THE NIGHT is Iris's first foray into voice acting.
Photo credit: Kevin Shak
Bishara Elmi is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, educator, and public speaker working in visual forms and with numerous materials and creative processes, currently residing in Toronto by way of Mogadisho. Elmi also works individually and within collectives centering BIPOC youth, women and femmes voices and stories and has created many spaces for these types of storytelling and skill sharing to take place.