Kickstarter - All News
Monday - June 29, 2015
Diluvion - Funded!
The deep sea exploration and submarine combat game, Diluvion, is funded.
The Kickstarter campaign runs 3 more days.
Gamespot E3 video interview:
Saturday - June 27, 2015
Kickstarter - Current Overview
What's going on on Kickstarter?
Saturday - June 13, 2015
Das Tal - Post Kickstarter Thoughts
David Wells has sent in a few thoughts about the failed Kickstarter of the game 'Das Tal':
Our Kickstarter has come to an end, and at closing we reached just under 33k. Not the 50k we aimed for, so things have obviously not turned out as well as they could. I am happy to say that the majority of people have come to us with questions and genuine advice, rather than negative comments. The amount of people who were asking about what would happen to Das Tal actually gave me a really good vibe in the middle of the whole situation.
To answer that question, Das Tal will continue with development. That is the simplest way to put it. The Kickstarter was never our one and only path, and we would not have kicked it off so early if we were risking everything. We plan to jump straight back into a development push that will see the game improve at a faster rate than it was even during Kickstarter, as we had basically all team members doing at least a little publicity work.
The first step is to take a look at the feedback our community has given us, as well as the feelings we have picked up from discussions out on news sites and other discussion forums like Reddit. We need to restructure how we communicate our game to the public. Having people say they are surprised how much they like the game once they try it is nice, but we need to figure out how we can make more people excited to try it in the first place. This is going to be a big focus for us over the next couple of months.
The other part is obviously taking the feedback we received about the game itself. We had 4 tests over this month, which is actually quite a lot considering how much else we had on our plate. From tests we take note of what everyone thinks of all the core features, as well as minor gripes. So we have a lot of feedback there also, and will discuss what needs to be done and get right into it.
Thank you so much to everyone who supported us. Whether it was financially, through media coverage of what is still a small indie project, by spreading the word, or by coming along to one of our tests. It means a lot to us, and we will keep working hard on creating an awesome game.
Thanks for the info David and Good Luck for the project!
Friday - June 12, 2015
Regalia: Of Men And Monarchs - Kickstarter Update
ON THE TOPIC OF RACES
Once upon a time, a certain Mr Tolkien codified the classic trifecta of races: humans, elves and dwarves, and the shadows of his ideas linger still. From Dungeons & Dragons to Final Fantasy, from West to East, the intuitive split between the generic, the beautiful and the crafty finds eternal purchase. In that sense, Regalia is no different. The trifecta is there, too. If this raises your suspicions and/or protests, then rightly so. In my previous update, I made a sweeping statement about being tired of certain conventions - and true, nothing is more conventional than using those three stock races. But gleefully tossing in some horned helmets and Legolas clones would be both bland and unrewarding. As we sat down to do some basic worldbuilding, we took our dwarves, and elves, and gnomes (they're in too), and thought to ourselves: what, how, why? What defines those races? What inspired them in the first place? What are their conventional purposes, and what would be their logical conclusions? Can we twist and poke them for some fresh output?
When you look at dwarves, in Dungeons & Dragons terminology, they're a poster "lawful" race. They are honorable, orderly and orthodox to the point of boredom. They have a strong martial culture and are typically wary of outsiders. And I thought: hell, this sounds a lot like the stereotypical medieval Japan.
Boom, samurai dwarves.
Our elves came from a different thought process. As a dwarf fan, I may be slightly biased, but I never really enjoyed how elves tend to be portrayed as noble, angelically beautiful lords of a bygone age. Sure, that's how people like them, and I respect that. But they weren't always this way - and, as Terry Pratchett noted in his Discworld series, there used to be a time when "terrific" meant "to beget terror", a time of Us and Them, of the Fair Folk who would kidnap your children and gnaw on your bones. The Irish sidhe were capricious, inexplicable creatures, both wonderful and monstrous. That's how I wanted our elves to be. Also vikings, because vikings are cool. Please don't judge me.
Last but not least, gnomes. In a world of easternized dwarves and scary elves, we tried to keep our gnomes closer to how other universes tend to portray them - that is, lighter and crazier. At the same time, instead of making them grease monkeys or burrow dwellers, we chose to plant them at the head of Regalia's largest trading empire. They are, at core, Arabian Nights-esque flavored people, hailing from a weird land full of spectacular wonders, with much of that strangeness reflecting on gnomes themselves. Unsurprisingly, although many respect them, almost nobody understands them. (...)
Thursday - June 11, 2015
Diluvion - Kickstarter Update
Leo Dasso's team Arachnid has reached 50% of their Kickstarter funding goal for Diluvion already:
50% After 1 Week
It means a lot to us that so many people are willing to support our project, but we can't rest yet. The next 3 weeks will be exciting!
Friday - June 05, 2015
We Happy Few - New Kickstarter Campaign
Compulsion Games presents a very interesting Rogue-Like / Adventure Mix on Kickstarter - We Happy Few - Welcome to Wellington Wells, you Saucy Minx
A game of paranoia and survival, in a drugged-out, dystopian English city in 1964. From the studio that brought you Contrast.
Thursday - June 04, 2015
Kickstarter - What's going on right now?
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - 8 days to go / 661% of goal reached
The Bard's Tale IV - 36 days to go / 74% of goal reached
Umbra - 10 days to go / 115% of goal reached
Hero-U Adventure Role-Playing Game - 11 days to go / 78% of goal reached
Monsters' Den: Godfall - 6 hours to go / 107% of goal reached
Regalia - Of Men And Monarchs - 29 days to go / 38% of goal reached
Diluvion - 28 days to go / 27% of goal reached
Das Tal - 6 days to go / 48% of goal reached
David Wells (Das Tal- Sandbox MMORPG) informed us:
To end our Kickstarter with a bang, we are opening up Das Tal's servers to the public on the 9th of just for 24 hours (starting 1 PM UTC / 3 PM CEST / 9 AM EDT / 6 AM PDT)!
Anyone can come along, all they need to do is head to our downloads page for the game and use the key 'free4all' at the login screen.
Thanks guys, and I hope some of you can join us also :)
Wednesday - June 03, 2015
Diluvion - New Kickstarter
Pladio informed us about a new submarine game: Diluvion, which made a good start on Kickstarter already - some info:
Diluvion is a fully 3D open world submarine exploration & combat game with crew and character interactions displayed in intricately painted 2D cutaways. It's planned to be released for Windows and Mac via Steam. We've already got the all-clear from Steam to distribute with them. Yes, there will be controller support! This Kickstarter's goal is to fund the initial release entirely. Due to the amount of content and lore we want to show in the game, we have two expansions planned. But worry not! Backers that contribute $10 or more will receive all planned expansions free of additional charge!
The world of Diluvion is an unforgiving place. Forced into the ocean by the Great Flood and now trapped under an impenetrable layer of ice, humanity hangs by a tenuous thread. By a twist of fate, you, an aspiring submarine captain, have been given the honor of commanding your first sub. With a brave crew at your command, you now venture into the unknown.
Diluvion is about commanding your submarine to explore the relics and wonders of the sunken world. As the captain of your sub, you have access to an array of weapons in addition to sonar and salvaging abilities. Sonar is essential for getting information about the world around you. However, it can be a deadly game of cat and mouse. By sending out a sonar ping, you also alert hostile subs in the area to your presence.
Combat in Diluvion is derived from the classic space trading and combat simulation genre. We drew inspiration from games like Wing Commander and Freelancer, but added new dimensions to the combat. First, while designing the subs, we put a lot of thought into what's inside. There's a great emphasis on the interior of your sub and the crew that operates it. Different Gunners will give unique firing bonuses, Helmsmen can increase the effectiveness of your ship with advanced maneuvers, and a good Sonar Tech can give you the edge in a long-range torpedo battle. Additionally, your crew can often function semi-autonomously. For example, your gunners can be told to engage previously designated targets while you're busy dodging a torpedo! As you progress through the game, you will naturally find yourself in larger submarines, and to operate them you'll need a bigger crew. There will be also be new job classes you'll discover as you advance.
Developer: Arachnid Games
Tuesday - June 02, 2015
Monsters' Den: Godfall - Stretch Goals
With less than 48 hours to go the Monsters' Den: Godfall Kickstarter needs a few more backers. Some stretch goals are revealed:
$32,000 AUD - Classic Mode
A new mode separate from the campaign, reminiscent of the early Monsters' Den games. Create a party and lead them into a randomized dungeon of unlimited depth. Also includes a difficult "Daily Challenge" dungeon of fixed length. All players will face the same challenge each day, allowing you to compare with your friends.
$34,000 AUD - Surface Dungeon Areas
A new tileset for the dungeon view which represents above-ground forest and ruins. This would allow for more complex overworld encounters and dungeon exteriors.
$36,000 AUD - Better Keep Art and Customization
A larger view of the player's Keep with constructed buildings and upgrades visible in the scene. Includes graphics for several different styles of keep. Also allows the placement of aesthetic choices like flags and banners.
Wednesday - May 27, 2015
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - Koji Igarashi interview
This actioner's Kickstarter claims "RPG elements", and designer Igarashi gives a few details in a new interview about what that may mean.
Please tell us about the crafting system. I understand enemies will drop rare materials which you can use to gain different magic and skills?
Igarashi: [...] I wanted a system where you’d be able to learn to use enemy skills and attacks. There are five different kinds of drops, corresponding to different parts of an enemy, like their heads, arms, etc.
Normal crafting materials will be used on quests, or for weapons and armor, but the sparkling rares, if you level them, will become crystals. Those crystals will link with the magi-crystals on Miriam’s body and allow her to use special abilities/skills. I also want the drops to give different stat subeffects: for example, an enemy head drop will raise your magic power, or a drop from an enemy leg/foot will raise your movement speed. ... An enemy might drop something, but it doesn’t have the subeffect you want -- I hope players enjoy that hunt.
Heroine Miriam's body is gradually being taken over by alchemical "stained glass"
On designing the setting:
I wanted Bloodstained to be set in England. It seemed like the kind of place where a demon summoning might have actually happened. I did some investigation into English history to see if there had ever been such an event.
—And did you find anything?
Igarashi: I did. In the 17th century the Laki volcano in Iceland erupted, killing 1/3 of the population in Iceland. Furthermore, the ash and sulphur dioxide from the eruption blanketed Europe ... yet for some reason, despite the fact that 23000 people died in England, there are no such English stories about it. A huge disaster, but no records remain…
The interview was originally in Japanese at game*spark and appears in translation here.
Wednesday - May 20, 2015
Psychology of Game Kickstarters @Gamasutra
Gamasutra published a blog post titled Psychology and Video Game Kickstarters. Here's the intro to the second of three main points:
Social Proof: Pump Up # of Backers As Early As Possible
The second element of a Kickstarter pitch page that I suspect most people notice is the collection of stats about number of backers and how much money they've pledged. This information is critically important in the first days of a campaign, as it can mean the difference between a trickle that never reaches its goal and a flood that blows past it. Because if we're browsing Kickstarter projects, we're probably more likely to back those that we see others backing, especially early on.
Kickstarter - Asking for Less than You Need is Risky
Developer Katie Chironis wrote a highly interesting piece for Polygon analysing the Kickstarter bubble and the risks of asking only for a small part of your game's budget: 'Big indie' Kickstarters are killing actual indies.
Bloodstained isn't a story of the little guy triumphing over big publishers; it's the story of a campaign that had millions of dollars of funding before the Kickstarter began and the help of multiple companies handling the logistics of the campaign. They asked for $500,000 to prove a point, not fund a game. The issue is that campaigns like that cause members of the community to believe that $500,000 is all you need to create large-scale experiences.
When you ask for half a million dollars when you really need $5 million, it becomes impossible for games with realistic budgets to survive. It’s not that people don’t understand what a game costs, it’s more that Kickstarter is actively distorting people’s understanding of a sane budget. The ecosystem is being poisoned for projects that need to raise their actual, workable budget for a game.
If you are considering to back a Kickstarter or even launch your own campaign in the future, you should head over to Polygon to read Katie's article.
Tuesday - May 12, 2015
Kickstarter - Available in Germany as of Today!
Starting today Kickstarter is available with all features in Germany. Of course I was curious which projects went online right away. I'll post a collection of Kickstarters which caught my eye for one reason or another. Please don't understand this as a recommendation. Maybe some of these Kickstarters will make you smile - or think "Why haven't I thought of this?".
All pages are multi-language:
- Sky Sharks is a trashy movie with surprisingly good f/x for the intended budget. I think I recognized an actor who played in Das Boot in the opening scene.
- The mother of all cake pans: Der Mutterkuchen. The German humor behind this is hard to translate.
- Das Tal - PvP Sandbox MMO. "Tal" is German for "valley".
- Happy Cheese - "Crazy delicious, vegan, organic, raw, world class gourmet cheese".
- USB ChargeDoubler - double your charging speed!
- STEAMPUNK AMERYLL - A fantasy-steampunk Pen & Paper universe
- TIO - Save the World, Twice a Day: A new analog toothbrush, state of the art and sustainable.
- The Dwarves: The Saga is a cooperative fantasy boardgame based on a bestselling book series.
- Karnivore Koala - the post-eucalyptic board game.
- You want to write like Albert Einstein? You can with the Albert Einstein Font.
- MIITO – the sustainable alternative to the electric kettle.
- Crysis Analogue Edition - The Board Game
Wednesday - May 06, 2015
Monsters' Den: Godfall - New Kickstarter
Australian developer Dan Stradwick let us know he started a Kickstarter campaign for his next game Monsters' Den: Godfall. The Kickstarter is currently at 2k of a 30k target, with 29 days to go.
A few infos from the Kickstarter page:
Monsters' Den: Godfall - A Turn-Based Dungeon-Crawling RPG
- A turn-based role playing game focused on dungeon crawling and advancement.
- Found and manage a Mercenary Company. Maintain a roster of heroes, upgrade your keep and adopt doctrines for universal bonuses.
- Take direct control of a party of up to four adventurers to lead on missions.
- Battle groups of enemies in turn-based tactical combat.
- Procedurally generated dungeons, loot and missions.
- Overland travel- visit new cities and dungeons, search ruins and find hidden places of interest.
- Improved character advancement means increased freedom to personalize your team of heroes.
- Hundreds of unique items that can be customized with enchantments.
- More than 100 enemy types, each with unique skills requiring different tactical approaches.
- Random dungeon modifiers add new wrinkles to each mission.
- Story missions uncover the mysteries of the Godfall.
Saturday - April 04, 2015
Infamous Quests - Two More Kickstarter Games
Infamous Quests are the creators of the well-received point & click Role Playing Adventure Game, Quest For Infamy. In 2012 we rallied together a fantastic number of backers on Kickstarter who made Quest for Infamy a possibility.
Now, we're currently working on two new titles, and we need financial support to help complete and polish these two titles.
The Order of the Thorne: The King's Challenge is the first game in an upcoming anthology series from Infamous Quests. Games and stories set within the same land, but with different protagonists and stories in each game. Our first game is about an intrepid bard who embarks on the King's Challenge to save his Queen! Action, adventure and a touch of fairy tale magic take you away on this quest.
The King's Challenge also features fun and interesting puzzle mechanics, including the use of Finn's Lute - and a magical, music based GUI that controls spells to aid you on your quest!
Quest For Infamy: Roehm to Ruin is a prequel to our acclaimed game, Quest for Infamy. In this game, we find out a little more about where Roehm came from, and how he got himself into the mess that led him to flee to the Valley of Krasna!
Featuring puzzles, stealth, humor, cunning and tricky situations, Roehm to Ruin was born out of an Adventure Game Jam in 2014! Now, Infamous Quests is turning it into a deluxe version, complete with soundtrack and full voice acting.
Wednesday - April 01, 2015
Star-Bored - A New Dark-Comedy SRPG
Another game was launched on kickstarter this week called Star-Bored from developer Michael Flynn. He calls his game an Adventure in a Bureaucratic Dystopia.
Here are details, and be sure to watch the video.
Star-Bored is a dark-comedy, strategy-rpg set in the distant future. Take on the role of Chief Auditor for the Bureaucratic Imperium, and hunt down rebel terrorists while exploring a vast, dynamic galaxy!
Monday - March 30, 2015
Flamberge - New Alpha & Release Date
I mentioned a SRPG called Flamberge that was funded on kickstarter last year. The latest update from the developer is about a public alpha, and the games release date.
Those of you with access to the alpha builds will notice a Steam key available on your Humble page. I'd like to fully migrate the alpha to Steam, so that I can quickly update builds (updating builds via Steam is automatic and extremely fast). I will continue to update Humble from time to time, but only for major changes. Steam and Humble versions will (90% of the time) not be compatible for multiplayer.
Don't worry though- the finished product won't be confined to Steam. Steam is just a very good tool for me to have a more efficient alpha.
We have a "release date"! The date I gave Steam is April 24. I can't promise the game will be 100% complete at that time. Even if it isn't, the early access will open up around that date to everyone who preordered. If the campaign is still unfinished, I'll include a disclaimer in the save menu for those of you who don't want to play the game before it's finished.
The free alpha demo is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Saturday - March 28, 2015
Crowfall - Funded on Kickstarter
I mentioned an MMO RPG called Crowfall when it launched on kickstarter last month. It seems the game was successfully funded, and made $1,766,205 to fund the game.
First, thanks again for supporting Crowfall. You are backing a game vision that you want to play, and we believe that this is the cutting edge way for innovative games to be built. Many of you didn’t know about us before you heard about us from a friend, a colleague, on blog, on a community site or maybe from an email from another game like the ones below.
This update is specifically for thanking all the other crowdfunded game teams that introduced us to their audiences, even when we are, by all traditional standards, direct competitors. This willingness to expose our customers to other games is an expression of creators wanting the best for our audiences rather than simply thinking about our own selfish needs. Game makers are also game players, and we want more great games to get made. It’s good for you the consumer and it’s good for our industry.
If Crowfall is the first game you’ve ever crowdfunded, you should really check out all the other great teams below that are building innovative, cutting edge and/or just delightful games who are backed through pledges from regular people like yourselves.
Thursday - March 26, 2015
Melancholy Republic - Update & Interview
I mentioned the Melancholy Republic a new JRPG game a few weeks back when it launched on Kickstarter. The campaign is half over, and it still needs $20,000.
Melancholy has been receiving some great press over the past few days, including some soon to be released interviews done with 4colorrebellion and gintendo.
Check out what the gaming press has been saying about Melancholy Republic!
The developer also did a new interview on My Games Lounge.
As a huge fan of JRPG games, what am I going to love about Melancholy Republic?
I think fans of JRPG games can vary widely in what they love most about the best JRPG games. Melancholy Republic is a game that is inspired from that feeling of exploration, the love of deep and interesting characters, as well as the great love stories from some of our favourite JRPG games. JRPG fans will love exploring and uncovering the secrets and stories hidden across the city of Lorna. They will journey with Claire Lockridge through the dark political plot and with her discover the tragic reality of her city.
Friday - March 13, 2015
Halcyon 6 - A New Sci-Fi Rogue-like Game
A game called Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander has launched on kickstarter this week. The developer Massive Damage, Inc. asked for $40,000, and is already funded.
A rogue-like sci-fi strategy survival game with base building, tactical combat, crew management and emergent storytelling.
In the midst of a disastrous war, you and your ragtag group of Terran officers discover an ancient, derelict space station, and attempt to harness its mysterious power to turn the war's tides in a grand, desperate campaign to save the human race from extinction.
Halcyon 6 is a passion project inspired by our years years spent playing classic games like Star Control II, Master of Orion, X-COM, Civilization and of course, rogue-like games like FTL.
Tuesday - March 10, 2015
Melancholy Republic - A New JRPG Game
Cloud Runner Studios sent news about their JRPG game called Melancholy Republic. The game was just launched on kickstarter asking for £15,000 to get funded.
A JRPG inspired, cinematic story driven adventure. Set in the beautiful city state Lorna, uncover the conspiracies and broken souls within.
At its core Melancholy Republic is built upon the best and most poignant memories from JRPG stories, their cities and their music. Exploring classic JRPG cities such as Final Fantasy's Midgar and Lindblum or Chrono Trigger's Zeal are key inspirations for Melancholy Republic. The greatest JRPG moments are found in uncovering the hidden corners and small stories of the game's populations.
Wednesday - February 25, 2015
Crowfall - Game of Thrones Meets Eve Online
Forum member Ripper sent me a link to a new game called Crowfall: Throne War. The games developer ArtCraft Entertainment is asking for $800,000, and is already half funded.
Crowfall is a new Massively Multiplayer Online Game brought to you by Gordon Walton (Executive Producer of Ultima Online,The Sims Online, Star Wars: Galaxies and Star Wars: the Old Republic) and J. Todd Coleman (Creative Director of Shadowbane, Wizard101 and Pirate101).
So yeah its an MMO so you can skip it if you don't like them.
Thursday - February 12, 2015
Seaworthy - A Pirate Adventure Roguelike
Kordanor sent me information about a game on kickstarter called Seaworthy. The developer Mildly Competent Games is asking for $44,000 to fund the roguelike game.
A pirate adventure roguelike featuring RTS combat and brutal 16bit graphics - inspired by great games like FTL and Sid Meier's Pirates.
Wednesday - February 11, 2015
Windwalkers - A New Action RPG Game
Windwalkers is the next game on Kickstater this week that I missed. The developer is called FORGE ANIMATION, and asking for $330,000 to fund their Action RPG game.
The Windwalkers project is a transmedia adaptation of the Sci-Fi French book “La Horde du Contrevent”, written by Alain Damasio (published by La Volte & Folio, published in Italy and being translated into english right now). We developed it into three different media: a film, a video game, and comic books. None of the individual parts can be considered a derivative product, and all three productions bring a different facet of the universe to life, that's what we called Transmedia.
Friday - January 30, 2015
Stasis - January 2015 Update
It has been a while since I posted news about the 2D Isometric Game Stasis. The games developer Christopher Bischoff posted a new January update today.
So, what's been going on for the last few weeks? Well, quite a lot! Since our last update we've completed ALL of the main puzzle chains for the Beta. I'm working on a few last minute details, and we'll soon be full swing into our internal testing. This means that STASIS is playable from the very first screen to the very last area that our Beta players will encounter! It's now a process of hunting down bugs, tweaking the interface, adjusting effects, and making certain that the game play is as smooth as possible.
We've been sure to add complexity to some of the puzzles. I must say that puzzle design is one of the highlights of the process for me. Nic and I would have a cup of coffee and talk through the chain of events needed to complete a game task, often coming up with ideas and areas on the spot. It is a free form way of design - something that I believe is only possible with a very small (in this case 1) team to implement the decisions.
The Beta, which covers 3 of the 4 chapters of STASIS, will be in Alpha testing from the end of this month. What this will entail is testing STASIS internally, to iron out as many bugs or glitches as we can. I really want the Beta testers to experience the game as completely as possible. We're hoping to wrap this process up during February. At the same time, I'll be polishing up the final chapter.
Thursday - January 22, 2015
Kickstarter - New Hack ‘n Slash Games
Elventales: A Path Foreseen is a role-playing game merged with dynamic battles covered in a deep story and complicated conflict. The story revolves around factions inside a kingdom, about an endless battle between different ideologies and interests where there is no absolute truth, it's all about "a man should do what he should do".
You'll play as August, a brave young elf that always dreamed of being in an army. On his journey, August will reveal many surprising truth and unexpected realities that will lead him to the question "Am I doing the right thing?".
The second project is from developer Dead Mage called Children of Morta. They are asking for $65,000 to get funded, and here is the usual video & game description.
Children of Morta is a story-driven hack ‘n slash game incorporating the elements of the roguelike genre, where you will go on an adventure with the guardian family of Bergsons.
The family have lived on the outskirts of Mount Morta, guarding it for many generations. As a tragic event in Morta corrupts the roots of life deep in the mountain, all the creatures turn into furious, mindless monsters. Now the land’s only hope is for the Bergsons to find the seeds of life and use them to cleanse the corruption.
The game has a unique art style blending the old-school 2D pixel art aesthetics with a few modern lighting and rendering techniques, bringing to life a world of fantasy and mystery.
Sunday - December 28, 2014
Kickstarter - Various Game News Roundup
Here is a little round-up of news on three different Kickstarter games.The first game is called Soul Knights, and I coverd the gae last month. The game is now funded.
The good ‘ole JRPG is revived and adapted with a smooth operating, cutting-edge interface that retains its strategic gameplay.
The second game is Zpocalypse: Survival, and failed to get funded again on the second attempt. Greenbrier Games posted a new update with more infomation.
Mixing combat, gathering, advancement and team strategy in a roguelite, RTS survival game set in a randomized post-apocalyptic world.
And for last is seems Yes, Your Grace a game I mentioned in the forum has managed to somehow get funded. Here is a short recap of the game.
A unique blend of text-based and strategy-oriented gameplay. Rule your kingdom like a true monarch; from your magnificent throne!
Friday - December 26, 2014
Americana Dawn - Funding Unsuccessful
The Americana Dawn's Kickstarter failed to achieve its $70,000 goal, and was only able able to make $28,239 in thirty days. I hope developer Bit Bonton tries again.
Here is a short recap of the game.
Imagine a Suikoden game set in Colonial America inspired by elements of Chrono Trigger, Grandia, Fire Emblem and the writings of Mark Twain.
- Innovative turn-based combat system! Combining strategy with real time elements.
- High quality pixel art.
- Hand-drawn portraits and cutscenes.
- A sweeping epic story spanning two centuries.
- Interact with historical figures and play a role in pivotal events.
- Tactical RPG strategy war system in a historical setting!
Monday - December 22, 2014
Kickstarter - The 10 Best Kickstarter Games
Maximum PC released a top ten list of the best kickstarter games this year.
The Kickstarter scene exploded a few years back, as gamers discovered the crowdfunding platform and began to fund various video game projects. The plethora of games seeking funding ranged from new concepts to sequels that boasted new, unique features or appealed to our sense of nostalgia. Because of Kickstarter, we have seen some amazing games that have raised millions of dollars in funding, such as Star Citizen and Pillars of Eternity.
Still, other Kickstarter projects raised much more money than their originally stated goals, thanks to an excited gaming community willing to fund them. However, over the past couple of years we’ve seen games that received funding way above their goals, then get cancelled due to not having enough funds (or other reasons).
Clang, a project headed by science fiction author Neal Stephenson, was cancelled two years after its successful Kickstarter campaign, because of financial issues. Double Fine, which had two successful Kickstarter campaigns, has stumbled with financial issues, too. Over the past two years, quite a few projects have fallen to the wayside or not lived up to the ambitions set by the developers.
Despite such examples, successfully funded games have slowly made their way to the community. So, we decided to list 10 Kickstarter games, in no particular order, that we feel are the best so far. However, we narrowed our list to games that have been completed and not being sold through Early Access.
Tuesday - December 09, 2014
Americana Dawn - A 90s Enspired RPG
Americana Dawn is a classic JRPG inspired by American history and folklore and is currently on Kickstarter, asking for $70K and are currently at $22K with 13 days to go.
Imagine a Suikoden game set in Colonial America inspired by elements of Chrono Trigger, Grandia, Fire Emblem and the writings of Mark Twain.
- Innovative turn-based combat system! Combining strategy with real time elements.
- High quality pixel art.
- Hand-drawn portraits and cutscenes.
- A sweeping epic story spanning two centuries.
- Interact with historical figures and play a role in pivotal events.
- Tactical RPG strategy war system in a historical setting!
Americana Dawn is a role playing game which explores over two centuries of early American history using a new tradition of folklore and tall tale. Throughout its story, we follow Foster, the spirit of the sea, a gentle and innocent being who arrives in America with no apparent heritage or home. Lost to the wilderness of Shenandoah Valley, he lives in complete isolation for a hundred years until he is found and recruited in the provincial militia.
Thus begins his strange journey, spanning across three wars and the entire eastern seaboard of North America: from the French and Indian War to the American Revolution, from the colony of Georgia to Quebec City. Foster witnesses once loyal English become American rebels. He fights against dear friends turned foe, watch mortal companions blossom and wither, bears witness to the chain of events that would create the United States, and is left with revelations both inspiring and woeful.
This is not a story about a man who changes the world, but a world that changes a man.
Thursday - November 27, 2014
Numenera - Back on Kickstarter
Monte Cook's Numenera is back on Kickstarter, this time you can get yourself a deluxe boxed version of the game rules, which are behind Torment: Tides of Numenera.
The Kickstarter has already been funded, but there are still 16 days to go if you want to join the crowd and help reach more stretch goals.
At Monte Cook Games, we love Numenera and we love Numenera fans. We want to give them the best, coolest, most wonderful products that we can create.
Now that the game has been out well over a year, won many awards, and garnered an audience of enthusiastic fans, we'd like to do something special--but only if it's something that you'd like too. Our idea is to create a boxed set, like the RPG boxed sets of our youth, for this game. Only we'd love to make it absolutely beautiful and crammed full of all the coolest extra content we can come up with: character sheets, XP cards, and even a gorgeous cloth version of the poster map! With your help, we’re going to make it a reality. If this sounds cool to you, pledge now: This is a short Kickstarter, and once it’s over there is likely to never be another opportunity to get Numenera in a boxed edition!
(Already own Numenera? Don't worry--we've got some things that will interest you as well as those new to the game.)
Monday - November 24, 2014
The Diviner - Steady Progress and Screenshots
The Diviner, a text based single player role-paying game, which was succesfully funded on Kickstarter last year, had an update earlier this month on the progress and some screenshots.
Hey everybody - we have some new screen-shots from the game, as well as a longer update. As you are all aware, we've been pushing back the release date for The Diviner. I wanted to take some time to explain to you why we have fallen behind our schedule. These are not excuses and we see these issues as places where we can learn to improve.
The short story is that all we need to do to finish the game is write and edit the decisions and dialogue for a couple acts of the game. While that doesn't seem like much, our team has shrunk, and it is a massive undertaking
Thursday - November 20, 2014
Sketch Tales - On Kickstarter
Scetch Tales is a First-person action RPG sandbox game, where you can transform the game by drawing anything while playing and is currently on Kickstarter.
In the game you draw your character and play with it, while drawing the objects in the game world around you.
- Gameplay level - anything you meet in the game world you can redraw or duplicate. For instance, different kinds of weapons, animals and NPCs, parts of buildings and elements of nature.
- Exploration level - search the world to find new tools and Sketches – scrolls, that allow you to draw new types of objects and creatures.
- Educational level - while playing Sketch Tales, you will improve your real-life drawing skills. Evolve from simple black & white drafts to complete paintings in full color.
- Technical level - easy and accessible ingame drawing editor with the opportunity to make almost unlimited frames for animation.
It certainly is something different.
Monday - November 17, 2014
Rising End - Multiplayer Hack&Slash
Rising End is a game on Kickstarter that still needs funding with 26 days to go. It is told to be a 'Multiplayer Hack&Slash Game with customizable gameplay with an amazing adventure'.
Rising End is a Multiplayer Online Hack & Slash game with a great diversity of gameplay styles that will take you on a amazing journey, revealing tons of story and cinematics as you battle amongst your enemies or even eachother. Characters will have 10 levels, and each level you get will grant you a skill depending on what class you pick. You will not be tied down to one class like many force you to do, but instead allow you to be a mix of many, that way you will be able to play exactly the way you desire. If you desire to be a full Warrior, or a half warrior/half shaman, that would be all up to you. Skills will not increase in damage as you level to increase the skill-level needed to succeed instead of just levels itself. Think of it this way.. a good level 1 character can kill a level 10 character if enough strategy is used, but the level 10 will have the benefit because of the amount of skills he contains.
Thursday - November 13, 2014
Epic Manager - Kickstarter Update
The Epic Manager kickstarter has sixteen days left to get funded, and has manged to earn $20,368 of the games $30,000 goal. The game also has eight new updates.
Let us start by saying that we had an AMAZING weekend!
We’ve reached 62% of our goal and there’s still 18 days to go! Thanks again for your support and let’s keep it going everyone!
Here is a recap of the game in-case anyone has forgotten.
Epic Manager is a unique Fantasy RPG Tycoon game for PC and Mac that lets you create your own Adventuring Agency! Rated "E" for EPIC!
Thursday - November 06, 2014
Stasis - One Year Later Update
I briefly mentioned the adventure game Stasis last year when it was successfully funded on Kickstarter, and it's hard to imagine a whole year has gone by already.
The games developer Christopher Bischoff released a new one year update with information on the games development, and posted a new preview video.
A year ago today I clicked the big green LAUNCH button and listed STASIS on Kickstarter.
I hoped of attaining the vast $100,000 goal, which would validate three years of my part-time labors and allow me to work full time on my passion project, STASIS. You, the backers of STASIS stood behind me and rallied support.
We did it and more!
It is now November, a year later and a few months after my initial planned BETA release date.
I want to give you an in depth look at what we've been up to and where we've been allocating our time and your money. So much more has been added. More than initially planned. STASIS is now looking and feeling like the game I dreamed of all those years ago - this has taken a little longer than anticipated, but is coming together splendidly.
Thursday - October 30, 2014
Flamberge - A New Tactical RPG
Flamberge is a new tactical RPG from a developer called Michael Savage-Benoist who is aking for $1,500 to help fund development of his game.
Flamberge is a tactics RPG with simultaneous turns. Both teams plan out their attacks, and then they execute simultaneously.
The developer also offers a free demo for everyone to download.
Current features of the playable demo include:
- Three demo missions
- Three playable characters with different skills
- A music player to preview the soundtrack in-game; includes 12 tracks
Wednesday - October 29, 2014
Epic Manager - A Fantasy RPG Tycoon Game
ManaVoid Entertainment has launched a game called Epic Manager on Kickstarter this week, and is asking for $30,000 to help fund the development of the game.
Epic Manager is a unique Fantasy RPG Tycoon game for PC and Mac that lets you create your own Adventuring Agency! Rated "E" for EPIC!
Monday - October 20, 2014
Legena: Union Tides - A Classic 16-bit RPG
I mentioned Legena: Union Tides last year when the developers launched their first kickstarter to get funded that failed. The game is now back on Kickstarter.
This time the developer is only asking for $1,000, Here is a short recap of the game.
Legena is a 2D Turn-Based RPG trilogy that takes turn-based combat and adds new ideas and designs to bring a fresh feel to the formula with the blood of the 16-Bit classics coursing through every design.
The project even has a demo to try if you're interested.
Friday - October 17, 2014
Border: Remembrance - A New Pixel Art ARPG
I found another interesting kichstarter called Border: Remembrance from a developer called Istvan Gal. I have to say the game reminds me of Hyper Light Drifter.
Border: Remembrance is a fast paced, high difficulty Metroidvania game, in the spirit of Castlevania games mixed with Dark/Demon souls. The pixel art visual style delivers a weird and twisted tale of a world’s last 3 weeks.
In the interest of time, here is the short summary of what this game is:
- A grand misery.
- Nonlinear storytelling.
- Multiple endings.
- Countless secrets.
- Architectural level design.
- Alternative routes, shortcuts.
- Different characters have entirely different routes for the same level. • Up to 20 different weapons and spells for each character.
- Destructible environments; burn, blow and slash your way through obstacles. Who needs keys when you have a rocket launcher?
- No tiles. Each level is hand drawn.
- A mixed technology setting; swords meeting magic and space age technology.
- Themes inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
Wednesday - October 15, 2014
IndieRPGs - How to Not Fail at Kickstarter
Since I posted How to not fail at Kickstarter in 12 easy steps last April, a lot more people have come to me seeking advice–and as a direct result, my list has grown. The time has come for another article, one with even more tips and tricks for funding your game.
Lest you think this follow-up article is unnecessary, a quick glance at Kickstarter’s stats page will correct you. As of today, there are nearly two failed game Kickstarters for every one that succeeds. The “games” category includes board games, which historically have higher rates of successful funding than video games do–if we were to look at video games alone, the ratio of failures-to-successes would likely be even worse! Suffice it to say, we still have a lot of room for improvement in terms of how we run our video game Kickstarter campaigns.
If you haven’t read the first article yet, now is the time! Don’t worry, I’ll wait. …all caught up? Good! Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, I now present to you: How to not fail at Kickstarter in 8 more steps.
Monday - October 13, 2014
Kickstarter - Two New Games of Interest
I found two new Kickstarter games this week . Now I would usually would post them in a separate news-bit, but I need to know if people are interested.
The first game is called Fortune's Tavern by a developer called Michael Flynn.
Manage a tavern, explore procedurally generated forests and dungeons, breed monsters, quest for recipes, interact with hundreds of NPCs
The second game is called The Flame in the Flood by a developer called The Molasses Flood. The interesting part of this one is the developer is full veterans of the BioShock, Halo, Guitar Hero, and Rock Band series.
A rogue-lite river journey through the backwaters of a forgotten post-societal America. Forage, craft, evade predators. For PC & Mac.
Saturday - October 11, 2014
DiceTiny - Digital Tabletop Board Game
I found the following Kickstarter yesterday while searching for new projects. The game is called DiceTiny:The Lord of the Dice from a developer called Fakedice.
DICETINY is a Digital Tabletop Board Game with RPG & Card Collecting elements where Epic Fantasy and Humorous Parodies coexist.
Tuesday - October 07, 2014
Immortal Empire - A Multiplayer Tactics RPG
Immortal Empire was brought to my attention today from the games developer Tactic Studio. It's a new Multiplayer Tactics RPG looking for funding Kickstarter.
Hi My name is Jesse from Tactic Studios. I'm writing to let you know that we have just begun a Kickstarter campaign for our multiplayer tactical role-playing game, Immortal Empire. It’s like a cross between X-Com, Diablo, and Dota set in a fantasy universe.
You control a party of up to 5 different immortals, each with a unique set of spells. You can play through Immortal Empire alone, or co-op with a group of up to four players.
As you level up, find equipment, and enchant custom items for your party, your immortals grow in strength. But there are always more difficult enemies to face; regular mobs and bosses, with their own spells and behaviour that require new strategies to defeat.
Immortal Empire has a unique leveling system where you can apply experience towards any one of your immortals. In fact, you can even choose to play the whole game with only one (very strong) immortal, or distribute your points evenly across all five.
The developer also has a new thread on our forums.
Saturday - September 20, 2014
An update to our Terms of Us
So what’s different? To begin with, we simplified the language, subtracted lots of legal jargon, and made the terms as straightforward and to-the-point as we could. We encourage you to read the full update here.
We also added a detailed outline of what’s expected from everyone involved in a project. For the overwhelming majority of projects, it’s pretty simple: creators finish the work they planned, backers are happy, and nobody sweats the details. But there are exceptions. Sometimes problems come up, projects don’t go according to plan, and people wind up in the dark about what’s supposed to happen next. So we’re spelling it out — what’s expected from backers, what’s expected from creators, and what needs to happen if a project runs into trouble.
You can read that section of the terms right here. This update reflects the best practices we’ve seen from our community to get the best possible outcomes from challenging situations. Incorporating them into these terms is a small but important part of building a healthy, trusted environment where people work together to bring creative projects to life.
Friday - September 19, 2014
Kai Rosenkranz Album - The Final 48 Hours
Kai Rosenkranz latest update for his funded kickstarter album has a new video, and more information about the final 48 hrs of the campaign.
The Journey Home Kickstarter ends on Saturday, September 20th, at 11:11am CEST (German time). That means we're now officially in the final spurt!
Here's an overview video I created to get you all up-to-date on recent and upcoming developments. So many things are happening so quickly in this last phase, so I expect this video to be outdated in the very moment I hit Publish. ;)
In this video:
+++ I'm inviting you to a Live Stream (Twitch) for the final minutes of my Kickstarter
+++ I shed some light onto all stretch goals!
+++ Singer Lisbeth Scott (Avatar, Transformers, Gothic 3 ^^) joins at $36.000
+++ Director Baris Aladag (Alanis Morisette, Clueso) makes a music video!
+++ Composing workshop is unlocked. Check the new reward tier at $140!
+++ We have a main sponsor! Someone donated $5.000! WohoOo! :D
Hope you like it!
Monday - September 15, 2014
Kai Rosenkranz - Risen Rewards Update
Kai Rosenkran's is now offering a Risen fan Teir for anyone who wants want to help support his funded kickstarter album. So here are the details of the new baker teir.
RISEN FAN« Reward Tier now open!
This is just a quick update to inform you that the RISEN FAN reward tier is now available. As announced previously (watch video), it contains the following for $196:
- An exclusive RISEN t-shirt designed by myself
- A pamphlet with sheet music for RISEN 1
- A piece of RPG underwear
- A Journey Home picnic blanket
- A Journey Home special GIFT BOX with some surprises and an autograph card
- A Journey Home sheet music book
- A Journey Home t-shirt
- The Journey Home deluxe album on audio CD
- Your appearance (name & picture) in Hero Backers video
- A "Thank You" tweet / Facebook posting to your accounts
- All downloads (album, sheet music, medley, "thank you" card)
All physical rewards have been revealed and the vinyl edition is announced as a stretch goal, so here's the final overview.
Wednesday - September 10, 2014
Kickstarter - Mid-Week News Roundup
Once again I have a bunch of updates for various kickstarters this week, and I also found one interesting article about how the funding is spent. So read on everyone.
Ice Pick Lodge sent out a press release with news Pathologic is 65% funded.
Moscow September 9th: Ice Pick Lodge, the developers of Pathologic, launched their Kickstarter for the game’s reimagining just 4 days ago and are already over halfway to their goal of $250,000. The game, which was originally released in 2005, is a bleak and harsh plot-driven survival open-world adventure game. Set in a remote Steppe town full of strange local traditions a plague breaks out. The player has to figure out how to stop the disease spreading and discover why it broke out on the first place. When first launched, it attracted a great deal of critical acclaim. It still retains a strong community of fans, many of whom have helped the Kickstarter fund grow so quickly by backing it.
Ross Tunney has news the Data Hacker: Reboot (Relaunch) is now funded.
We did it! Divine blessings upon you all!
Ah... it's such a massive compliment from you all, to be able to present a project like this and to actually get funded! Granted, we're not talking mega-bucks here, but
So what's next? Those familiar with how Kickstarter works will know, but for those who don't: KS will collect pledges from you over the next couple of weeks. Once that's done, if I need any information from you, such as shipping address or details of a Tombstone/Ghoul/Mercenary Design you've pledged for, you'll receive a survey as soon as I'm ready to receive this information.
Kai Rosenkranz's new kickstarter album JOURNEY HOME is also now funded.
Tonight we exceeded the funding goal of $20,000! What an awesome night. We still have 10 more days to secure the campaign against last-minute drop-outs and maybe even reach some of the stretch goals. I'm going to talk more about stretch goals tomorrow! Now it's time to celebrate! I'm full of gratitude.
Here's the link to my "Thank you" video recorded tonight, after I came home from "Guardians Of The Galaxy". Great movie, by the way. ;)
In this update I would like to thank Ricky Gunawan, our artist for Demon's Revenge. What he has done for our project has brought us to where we are today. He has always supported us from the very beginning. When we give him a character or description he almost always get it right the 1st time. His work is always excellent, and he would amaze you with how fast and efficient he could get a work of art done. Even though he works on a commission basis, he lets us know that he will be there when we need him. Ricky prides himself with his work and will never sacrifice quality over anything.
Interdimensional Games has a new update for CONSORTIUM that has information about Pax Prime 2014, the games sequel, and backer rewards.
It has been six months since our rather disastrous launch back in January (see: HERE ) and while we are still reeling over said launch both emotionally and financially, we have nonetheless come to grips with the reality of things and are able to speak openly about our plans for the future.
Our original plan was simple: Make Game One with an incredibly low budget and overhead costs so that we would only need to sell a small number of copies in order to self-fund Game Two and continue on from there. Unfortunately it has not quite worked out so simply.
So far, CONSORTIUM has sold well enough to keep certain key members on the payroll in order to release the Master Edition and other patches since launch (including creating and sending out the physical rewards for all you backers and working on the port for Mac and Spanish localization). These efforts have allowed us to fix and improve the game in addition to making strides to reach a wider audience. The Mac port is 90% done, and the Spanish localization is pretty much finished – we are just working out a few bugs with it. Getting the game localized into Spanish was a FAR more difficult task than we anticipated.
Goldhawk Interactive has another post about backer rewards for Xenonauts.
Onto the final stretch now - the first 250 of the 500 packages have already been dispatched to all corners of the globe and we have a final date for the arrival of the Art Books!
And for last a new article on Gamasutra with Kee-Won Hong about how all his funding was spent on his kickstarter game. It's an interesting read.
Full disclosure is the primary purpose of this post. The backstory - in March of 2013, I ran a 30 day Kickstarter for my cyberpunk 2d shooter 'Contract Work'; it finished just over it's goal of $5000 with 110 backers. Although the campaign was a success, the initial public release was a dismal failure, selling only 3 copies (though many more people did play the game). This is a breakdown of the money numbers and thoughts on what worked, what didn't, and what happens now.
Monday - September 08, 2014
Kickstarter - Untold Universe Sci-Fi Voxel
Untold Universe : a new Sci-Fi space centered voxel-based game on Kickstarter. Looks to follow a similar theme to EvE Online with the addition of voxel technology. Apparently closed alpha already exists so its off the ground as more than speculative already.
- Massively Multiplayer Sandbox: Play with people from all around the world, team up to be stronger and shape entire worlds all together!
- Explore an Infinite Universe: Land on planets of different types, then explore and exploit them! New planets will be added as more players enter the universe.
- Build and Trade your Designs: Gather resources and use them to build anything from factories to spaceships then sell or use them to your own benefit!
- Fight: Protect assets and fight your rivals on the ground and in space. Attack other players' bases with various infantry weapons, or pilot Fighters, Carriers and Flagships built by your team or bought from the best designers on the market!
- Team up: Team up with friends or other pioneers and start Corporations to improve your strength and reach greater goals!
- Colonize: Take control of entire planets with your Corporation, build infrastructures on them, and dominate parts of the new world!
- Choose your role: The game will not limit you to a particular skill-set. Want to be good at something? Just do it!
- Jobs system: Colonizing worlds alone can be long and hard. Those who want to make quick cash and meet new people to work with will be able to take jobs generated by other players corporations. Defend assets, find a place to mine, build infrastructures, many jobs will be available to improve in your favorite field!
Sunday - September 07, 2014
Kickstarter - Weekend News Roundup
When I find five or more kickstarter updates I prefer to round them all up in one news-bit. So lets get started as I have six of them for you today.
Ultimate Fantasy Studio has a new post-funding update for The Meridian Shard.
Aside from the demo, I have made great progress over the past month with many improvements to the game design, animation frame rates and icon design. These two videos will show some of the painstakingly detailed backgrounds I have made, including a new dungeon floor mat that looks fantastically aged and colored with randomized stains and tones over all the stones. You will also see some of the new menus and items in action as well.
Inglenook posted a new post-funding update for Witchmarsh.
Apologies for going a bit quiet there, we've had our faces planted firmly in code, story documents, research and the many joys of business administration. We henceforth promise to make these updates more frequent. :)
This is a Vlog of myself Tyrell talking about the current status of our crowd funding efforts. I want to think positively and move forward with everything we have now.
The Hard West Kickstarter is now over, and made $94,183 of the $70,000 goal.
Thank you kindly for your backing!
While the timer suggests it's over, it's actually only the beginning. We're finally able to focus on making the game, but there's still a whole lot more in the store for you.
Kai Rosenkranz's kickstarter for a new music album has 13days left, and has only managed to earn $15,999 of the games $20,000 goal. So keep spreading the word.
My new album made it past the 75% mark. And who did it? YOU did it!
I cannot thank you guys enough for all your support. This really means a lot to me! Can I hug you? :) We still have more than 2 weeks left, and I'm starting to believe that we can actually make it. But no ... Must. Not.
And for last a new article from ten ton hammer about kickstarters being the, "The Land of Glorious Vaporware and Disappointment."
I just hate early access and I hate Kickstarter for video games. It’s just not good. It’s not good at all. Just recently, Stomping Land got pulled from Steam for being vaporware. The developers apparently had the audacity to just take money and not do anything. Proving yet again that early access and Kickstarter are terrible ideas for monetizing video games.
Friday - September 05, 2014
The Scoundrels Guild - A New Adventure RPG
Thanks to forum member daveyd we have news of new kickstarter game that might interest a few of you, The game is called The Scoundrels Guild: A Tale of Thieves.
From nobility to feeding off rats in the streets, you begin your adventure as a simple vagabond begging townsfolk for what they can spare. More often than not, you end up with nothing more than a copper shilling and another restless night of sleeping in filth. However, your luck is about to change, for today marks the dawn of a new beginning for you. No more will you feed off vermin, without a place to call home. The Scoundrels Guild welcomes you.
Victor Oreh is a man stricken with anger and a thirst for justice after he was wrongfully stripped of his previously acquired title of nobility—both his family's land and inheritance were taken away. Now, with nothing more than a cloak on his back and a dagger on his side, Victor seeks revenge by joining a small band of miscreants, known only as the Scoundrels. From a highly respected nobleman to an underworld rogue, Victor will do whatever it takes to have his revenge.
The goal of the project is $35,000 with forty nine days left.
Friday - August 29, 2014
Kai Rosenkranz - New Kickstarter Album
If you're a fan of Kai Rosenkranz who made the music for Gothic, and Risen the following kickstarter should interest you. He is asking for $20,000 to make a new album.
Hi, I'm Kai Rosenkranz. I'm a passionate musician, and now I'm excited to be on Kickstarter to make a new album!
I've started making music when I was a kid, and I got a job in the games industry at the age of 17. I wrote music for the "Gothic" series and "Risen" by German RPG studio Piranha Bytes. After 12 years, I took a break from game music to found my own company Nevigo and create development tools for the games industry. I still do that, and it's a lot of fun. But music as a way of creative expression plays an important part in my life, and now, after 5 years, I really want to make music again.
With your help, my heart's desire could actually become true, and I'll be so happy to write new music and share it with you.
Thank you all!
He also has three new updates posted already, and has earned $13,157.
Thank You Pladio for the links.
Wednesday - August 20, 2014
Vagante - A New Platform Adventure
Vagante is a new action-packed platform adventure game from Nuke Nine on kickstarter. The developer is asking for $50,000 with twenty eight days left.
"Vagante is an action-packed platforming adventure game that features permanent death and procedurally generated levels. Inspired by games such as Spelunky, Castlevania, Metroid, Dark Souls, and Dungeon Crawl: Stone Soup, Vagante is a game designed for players who like a challenge. "
"While the game is in early development, a free public alpha demo is available."
Alpha 6 Demo: http://nukenine.com/vagante.zip
Monday - August 18, 2014
Data Hacker: Reboot - Kickstarter Funded
Ross Tunney's new JRPG Kickstater Data Hacker: Reboot has been funded, and has managed to make two of its stretch goals with 22 days left to go.
Funded, funded, funded!
Good day Hackers!
In less than a week, we've hit our target! Applause and fanfares all around please!
Friday - August 08, 2014
Kickstarter - The Cracks in Crowd-funding
I found an interesting article on a site called xsolla where they talk about the cracks in crowd-funding, and a few Kickstarter concerns they have.
While Kickstarter and crowd-funding existed several years before the Double Fine kickstarter, that was the first time that a major developer thought to use the platform and it made waves throughout the industry. The Double Fine kickstarter was funded within 24 hours and made global news among the Game Industry.
From there, we saw a rush of developers looking to capitalize in the same way as Double Fine. Either brand new titles like Planetary Annihilation or bringing back classic series like Wasteland 2. And for the rest of 2012, it was success after success after success for the platform and games being funded.
This continued to some extent in 2013, but things have hit a massive wall in 2014 with less game projects reporting success and controversy surrounding failed projects. There are several factors that are adding up to big problems for crowd funding.
Tuesday - August 05, 2014
Kickstarter - RPG News Roundup
Well I'm back from my vacation, and I have a lot of links to share. So lets get started with a new kickstartrer roundup. Usually I would put them separately but this is easier.
Ross Tunney has relaunched his latest game called Data Hacker: Reboot. He is asking for £2,900 with thirty five days to get funded. So far he has made £2,105.
Thank you so much for checking out the campaign! The Data Hacker Saga is blossoming into something truly special and unique, and I thank you all for supporting us along the way.
The purpose of this campaign is to ask for the development funds required to complete 'Reboot' - the third title in the series.
Naturally, the game is due to change considerably between now and release, so do keep in mind that much of what you have seen is actually placeholder and not representative of the final product. This is particularly true of the RM-style 'bobble-head' characters.
Punchbag Entertainment's new update for Gravia Tactics has information on how to Refer Your Friends, and Get Cool Stuff. It has made £3,421 of £120,000 with 21 days left.
Here's a quick look at our statistics so far:
- Video Plays: 1781
- Backers: 134
- Conversion Rate: 7.52%
- Funding achieved: 2.12%
The conversion rate has stayed at a strong 7.5% for the whole campaign. This steady rate alongside a low number of video plays points to the conclusion that our project has a core interest group but lacks sufficient exposure.
We're doing everything we can to expand that exposure, but the more people we have spreading the word, the more views we'll get. This leads us nicely to our exciting news: Referral Rewards!
Gomiya Games latest update for Braven Arts talks about Character Progression. As for funding the game has made $4,874 of the $20,000 goal with seventeen days left.
Today we wanted to take some time to discuss an integral part of character progression: specializations.
- Each character will have their own unique class with three specializations, each focusing on a different play style to give each character multiple options.
- Every time a character levels up, they’ll receive a point to place into one of the specializations, giving stats in relation to the the sections playstyle.
- Characters will have a set of static abilities they gain from simply leveling up, and every 10 points in a specialization will unlock 3 Variant Skills they can choose out of.
- Every 5 levels in between each tier of Variant Skills (for example 5, 15, 25) you will unlock a pair of passives that you will be able to choose between.
To explain this system through examples we will be taking a peak at Risa's skill tree. Her skill tree will branch into 3 different styles: Engineering, Marksmanship, and Medic.
The Elysian Shadows Team latest update for Elysian Shadows has information on their future plans. The game has made $49,635 of $150,000 with twenty six days left.
To everyone who has supported our campaign so far :)
You are making our dreams come true and helping us provide you with something truly special.
In the last update we mentioned some Adventures in Game Development themed merchandise. Well, as it turns out it has been pretty popular so we have been looking into that heavily and should be able to provide what everyone wants. Expect more news on that soon!
We are into our third day right now and have just crossed the $45,000 mark. That's close to one third of our goal already. Which is astounding!!
Thursday - July 31, 2014
Kickstarter - Two New RPG Games
Here are two more kickstarters that maybe of interest to some of you.
Braven Arts is a 2D turn-based fantasy RPG, influenced by the 16-bit JRPG classics such as Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, and Suikoden planned for release in late 2015. We want to take the backbone of the old classics, whip it up with modernized systems and mechanics, and give players something fresh that they can dig hours into just like we did with the old games.
The second kickstarter is a new narrative RPG called Fritz from Truceful Entertainment. The asking goal for this project is only $15,000. Again here is a short description.
Fritz is a narrative RPG with brutal real-time combat about life in the trenches of the First World War. You play as Fritz, a German soldier on the Western Front. Most of the gameplay is comprised of everyday activities like guard duty, getting food, and talking to your fellow soldiers. Attacks are sparse, but deadly and challenging.
The main aspect of the game is character development, both of Fritz and of his comrades. Each of them is shaped by interaction with others and the things they're going through. Your comrades can die practically randomly during attacks, but the longer they survive, and they closer they get to Fritz, the better their chances of survival as everyone helps each other.
Saturday - July 12, 2014
TUG - Nerd Kingdom & Yogscast Details
It has been a while since we posted any news about the open-world survival RPG TUG. It seems the game is now on Early Access, and they released a new press release.
Nerd Kingdom and Yogscast Combine Powers for TUG
Los Angeles - July 10, 2014 - Nerd Kingdom announced today that leading YouTube gaming broadcasting group, The Yogscast, will be an official partner for its game, TUG. This unique collaboration, one of the first of its kind, will bring original TUG content onto Yogscast’s YouTube channels.
TUG , which recently launched in alpha on Steam Early Access, is an open-world survival RPG that utilizes social sciences to allow players to impact how the game evolves. TUG’s engine is built in-house with a heavy focus on architecture to empower modders and server owners.
“We are all about making worlds and tools, and The Yogscast is all about sharing them, we just fit,” said Peter Salinas, Founder of Nerd Kingdom and a developer on TUG. “Being huge Yogscast fanboys and geeks ourselves, we are ecstatic to be working so closely with them.”
“We’re always looking for great new gaming experiences to share on our channels and as massive fans of what the guys have been doing with TUG, we are really excited to be partnering with Nerd Kingdom,”said Lewis Brindley, co-founder of Yogscast. “We’re looking forward to having a key role in helping Nerd Kingdom deliver a game that all Yognau(gh)ts will want to play and making some really cool videos along the way.”
“As this opportunity comes at a time when the developer of Yogventures, Winterkewl Games LLC, has had to cease development, we also want to announce that everyone that backed the game on Kickstarter or pre-ordered it from Winterkewl Games will get a free copy of TUG,” added Mark Turpin, Yogscast CEO.
All Kickstarter backers and paypal supporters of Yogventures will receive a Steam Early Access code for TUG along with a final copy of the game when it comes out. Yogventures supporters will also be able to get exclusive TUG rewards based on the amount they pledged. In addition, Nerd Kingdom will offer them the chance to have their input in how TUG is developed. Yogventures backers should look out for an email in the coming days.
TUG currently runs on DirectX 11 and will be porting to Linux and Mac further into development. TUG is available now on Steam Early Access for $9.99 at
Official Nerd Kingdom Homepage: http://www.nerdkingdom.com
Official Nerd Kingdom Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheUntitledGame
Official Nerd Kingdom Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/tugnk
Official Nerd Kingdom Tumblr: http://nerdkingdomofficial.tumblr.com/
Official Nerd Kingdom YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/NerdKingdomOfficial
Official Yogscast Homepage: http://www.yogscast.com/
Main Yogscast YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/BlueXephos
Monday - July 07, 2014
Legena: Union Tides - Gay Main Protagonist
I mentioned the new turn-based RPG kickstarter game Legena: Union Tides yesterday. It seems the developer have decided to include a gay protagonist, and serious themes.
Here is the short press release.
Legena series confirmed to have a gay main protagonist
During an interview with GayGamer, Grandpa Pixel confirmed that one of the main protagonists, Atesan Turwin is gay. They also stated that they wanted to bring in more LGBT ideas for the storyline as they felt it was ideal to have it in a series that explores time travel which allows them to explore how equality evolves over the course of centuries.
It was also confirmed that Atesan would have a darker story than most protagonists are exposed to. The developers felt that while they wanted Tetiro to be the protagonist that grows with the player, they wanted another main protagonist who has already experienced the rough parts of being a hero and an outcast. Something they know happens in other countries just because of their sexuality.
Legena: Union Tides is currently running a KickStarter for £5,000. The KickStarter can be found at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/971843557/legena-union-tides
Sunday - July 06, 2014
Legena: Union Tides - A New Turn-Based 2D RPG
Grandpa Pixel sent us news about their new 16-Bit JRPG game called Legena: Union Tides. Here is usual game description followed by a video to see if you're interested.
Legena is a turn-based 2D RPG series inspired by 16-bit classics with a unique take on time travel, superheroes and morality.
Take the role of Tetiro Aceus and Atesan Turwin to explore the open seas, stop the pirate lords and discover the dark side of the Legena universe. And how their roles turn the gears of a legena that spans countless eras.
Frozen State - Released on Early Access
It has been a while since I posted news on the failed kickstarter for Frozen State. The developer Snow Arc has decided to still make the game and released it on Steam.
Here is the latest kickstarter update with information.
The Alpha will cost 10$ (the price is the same for every country, but it will be converted into your home currency automatically by Steam, Not us). The price of the game will be growing gradually with the new major updates, and the final game will cost around 20-25$. There won’t be any discounts or sales until the game is finished.
At the moment it will be available on PC and MAC, but we are working on Linux version as well.
I know some of you would prefer a DRM-free copy, but right now we don’t have a good and flexible system to roll out patches and new updates for DRM-free versions. It may not sound as a big deal, but in fact it can cause some issues. Due to this, the game will be available only on Steam, but this is temporarily, once we find a solution, I’ll inform everyone.
Well, we worked a lot for the past eleven months and we did a lot, though the alpha is far, far, far from the final game. At the moment it has very solid foundation, and we will keep improving it, implementing new features and content based on your feedback.
What to expect
This build has only one character, twelve locations ( over 1 square km combined) , stealth and crafting systems, cooking, basic needs, random interiors, three types of enemies, permadeath. At this current stage the game plays more like a sandbox roguelike.
New Updates will be released fortnightly. All our plans on each update can be found on the forum, though it’s not set in stone and can/will change over time http://frozenstate.net/forum/showthread.php?tid=5
Please read everything carefully, the game is NOT finished. It’s still in development, and its current state is ALPHA. If you have even the slightest doubts about the game, please don’t buy it.
However, your early involvement helps us to make Frozen State better and bigger.
Sunday - June 08, 2014
Data Hacker: Reboot - A New JRPG Game
Data Hacker: Reboot is the next game from Ross Tunney of New Reality Games. You may remember him from the failed kickstarter Fractured Reality.
Reboot is part of the Data Hacker Saga - games that aim to explore the premise of there existing countless virtual realms beyond our current understanding or reach; blurring the lines between the real and the virtual.
Our previous titles; Initiation and Corruption, receive consistently positive feedback, and Reboot is a gargantuan step for us in terms of gameplay and presentation.
At its heart, Data Hacker: Reboot is a classically-styled RPG that utilises many features that RPG fans will be familiar with, presenting them in such a way that enhances the overall experience.
We hope that the concept of the game intrigues you; piques your interest, and you see fit to back us! If it's not your thing; thanks for looking!
Wednesday - June 04, 2014
Kickstarter - Simplifies the Rules
The Kickstarter rules for launching a campaign have been simplified, resulting in just 3 rules left.
We’re also introducing dramatically simplified rules for Kickstarter projects. After taking a long hard look at every one of our guidelines, we boiled them down to three basic principles:
- Projects must create something to share with others.
- Projects must be honest and clearly presented.
- Projects cannot fundraise for charity, offer financial incentives, or involve prohibited items.
These three rules highlight exactly what Kickstarter’s all about: making things, sharing them with others, and being honest with the people helping you do it. To see the rules in full, click here.
This could result into campaigns that were previously denied being accepted now.
In addition the acceptance process for a campaign has been automated, so it is possible to launch the project yourself once it has gone through some automated checks, or you could still ask for some feedback before launching it.
We want creators to have the support and freedom they need when building their projects. That’s why we’re introducing a feature called Launch Now. It gives creators a simple choice: go ahead and launch your project whenever you’re ready, or get feedback from one of our Community Managers first.
Over the past five years, our Community Managers have offered their expertise to more than 100,000 creators — sharing advice, encouragement, and support to give creators the best chance of success. We love doing it, and we’re always here to help. But we’re pleased to offer creators a simpler process for sharing their projects with the world, and the flexibility to choose how much help they need.
We’re rolling out Launch Now in stages. It’s currently available to 60% of projects, and we’ll be expanding it to more projects in the weeks to come.
Sunday - May 25, 2014
Kickstarter - Editorial @ GamesIndustry
GamesIndustry's writer Rob Fahey has posted a new article on GamesIndustry.biz where he talks about how Kickstarter can't just be funding for newcomers.
What is Kickstarter? Kickstarter is a strong indicator from the market. For a game that's failed commercially twice, it's about the only indicator worth listening to - one which actually takes money up front from consumers to the tune of the cash required to fund development, or a decent percentage of development. This is, in effect, the last throw of the dice for a franchise like Amplitude. You can't blame publishers for not wanting to fund a game which has a history of critical success matched to commercial failure. Equally, you can't blame a developer for not wishing to remortgage their house or spend their personal wealth on the same project; why should they undertake risks that no publisher would?
Kickstarter is, above all else, a way to remove risk from the most risky game development projects. Up until now, publishers have focused on removing risk by following "safe" creative paths, copying commercially successful projects and making endless sequels and titles which fell comfortably within the bounds of existing genres. Kickstarter allows that risk mitigation to take place at a much more creatively beneficial place - in the realm of project financing. Kickstarter is a way to stand up with your idea, in all its unedited glory, and say "here's what we'll make - who wants it?" - and crucially, a way to sit down, dump the idea and work on something else if it transpires that nobody wants it.
Friday - May 16, 2014
Shards Online - A New Sandbox MMORPG
Shards Online is a new sandbox MMORPG from a new developer called Citadel Studios, and they are asking for $320,000 to make the game. Here is the games description.
Shards Online is the next step in online sandbox gaming, heavily inspired by the great herald of online worlds, Ultima Online, and other popular sandbox games. Citadel is breaking away from the modern MMO conventions of levels, classes and quest grinds. With Shards Online, we are returning to living virtual worlds where stories emerge naturally as players explore the worlds laid out before them.
You can also watch a few video the developers Youtube channel.
TUG - Released on Steam Early Access
The developers of TUG Nerd Kingdom sent news their kickstarter game is now available on Steam Early Access. They also posted a new update with more information.
Steam Early Access Launch News Round-Up
TUG has been on Steam Early Access since Friday, and things are going well! If you have a friend who's been curious about TUG, now's the time to lure them in so you can whack them around in the Survival Ga... er, build a nice house with them!
By now, you all should have gotten your Steam keys! If you haven't, shoot an email to email@example.com.
Here's some rad press coverage we've gotten from PC Gamer and Massively, as well as a great interview with Peter (Ino) about the design philosophy of TUG!
- PC Gamer - New sandbox craft-'em-up TUG comes to Steam Early Access
- Massively - Hands-on with TUG, The Untitled Game
- Greenlit Gaming - TUG Interview With Peter Salinas
Developer Blog Series
In case you missed it, we've been sharing new dev diaries every Thursday from different Nerd Kingdom team members. Here they are!
- Dev Blog #1: Craft Your World - from John (nekochu)
- Dev Blog #2: TUGGLES - from Meryl (merylisk)
- Dev Blog #3: Stats - from Artie (onemanparty)
- Dev Blog #4: Crafting of a Different Sort - from Eric (RiK)
- Dev Blog #5: All the Science - from Peter (Ino)
Runes and Video
Azzy made an excellent video retrospective of how far TUG has come since our Kickstarter campaign. We've made a lot of progress since last year, and it's all thanks to you guys!
Friday - May 09, 2014
Elysian Shadows - A New Indie 2D RPG
he developers of Elysian Shadows have sent out a new press release with information the games kickstarter is now live. Here are the details from the press release.
Discover A World Separated By Magic and Technology
Elysian Shadows is an indie 2D RPG being developed for Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, Ouya and Sega Dreamcast. We fuse aspects of 16-bit classical RPGs such as Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, and Final Fantasy, with a highly stylized, modern vision by using dynamic lighting, physics, and audio engines along with swapping between 2D and 3D perspectives. Our goal is to create a "next-gen" 2D RPG in terms of gameplay, graphics, and audio while still remaining true to the games that inspired us to become developers.
We have been documenting the development of Elysian Shadows for nearly 7 years since 2007 and the videos have been uploaded to our YouTube channel in Chapters http://youtube.com/gyrovorbis
We have a Kickstarter campaign planned to launched this coming Summer. We have a dedicated page on our website at http://elysianshadows.com/kickstarter/
Elysian Shadows takes place in a world caught in constant conflict between magic and technology. The gift of magic is bestowed upon loyal followers of The Creator, while the nonreligious sects of society are forced to rely upon technological advances in their daily lives. Upon uncovering a mysterious artifact deep within one of the ancient ruins scattered throughout the land, Julien and friends find themselves thrust into the middle of this mounting conflict, and they must now solve the mystery of the ancient civilizations to prevent the destruction of their own.
Visit our official website http://elysianshadows.com
What Makes Elysian Shadows The Next Generation of 2D RPG's?
With Elysian Shadows, we want to push the boundaries of pixel art by creating diverse, lush environments for players to explore with beautifully lit scenes and advanced rendering effects that could not have been possible on older hardware. Our goal is to create a gigantic, open world with a Zelda-style emphasis on exploration and environmental interaction while still retaining the rich storyline and combat mechanics of a full-fledged RPG. Combat is fast, fluid, and action-oriented, sporting particle effects, rigid-body physics, and advanced AI, while simultaneously offering tactical and strategic depth through character customization, unlockable abilities and techniques, and an advanced class system.
Let's take a look at some of the features of Elysian Shadows:
· 2D/3D Dynamic Camera
· Dynamic Lighting w/ Bump and Specular Mapping
· 3D Positional Sound Effects
· Dynamic Music, Influenced by Environment
· Dozens of Vast, Open Worlds to Explore
· Hundreds of Items, Weapons, Equipment and Armor
· Real-time Combat Engine
· Customizable Characters
· In-depth Class/Job System
· Full Rigid Body Physics
· 3D Particle Engine
· Day/Night System
· Transfer Save Files Between Platforms
· Full Controller Support for PC/Mac/Linux
· Supports Keyboard, VMU, Rumble Pack, VGA & SD Card for Dreamcast
Before you start wondering, Elysian Shadows is planned for release on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS & Android (smartphones and tablets), Ouya and Dreamcast. This project originally started as a Dreamcast exclusive but with the advancements of our proprietary game engine and toolkit it allowed us to build Elysian Shadows for other platforms.
Thursday - May 01, 2014
Quest For Infamy - Release Date
While I have not covered Quest For Infamy in the news I thought of few of you might be interested in reading about the adventure games release date.
Quest for Infamy Will Be Released on June 26th 2014
It's been... wow, a journey. But I think we've created a really amazing, classic style adventure and I just hope you like it. To all the backers who made this happen - thank you, from the whole team.
The Digital Downloads will be available that day - in the coming months, we'll be confirming your emails, etc to make sure you'll get your download codes as backers - Physical Rewards will be following after the digital release of the game, and we'll keep you more informed about that the closer we get.... but we're just so excited to be able to share the game with you!
Wednesday - April 30, 2014
Celestial Tear - A New RPG Kickstarter
White Guardian Studios sent a new press release with information about their upcoming kickstarter called Celestial Tear: Demon’s Revenge that will launch in May.
White Guardian Studios LLC Is Beginning A Kickstarter Campaign For The New Sci-Fi Fantasy Game Called Celestial Tear: Demon’s Revenge In May
Long Island, NY - 04/28/2014 - White Guardian Studios is a small indie game company that is developing their first intriguing fantasy game for game lovers around the world. The developers have been hard at work preparing their new RPG titled Celestial Tear: Demon’s Revenge, for a kickstarter campaign beginning on May 5th.
Celestial Tear: Demon’s Revenge is an exciting sci-fi fantasy game that begins on the diverse planet of Hasphal. Humans believe that the native creatures are dangerous and disfigured demons from a hellish place called Remerin that should be defeated in the honor and name of their Gods, and for the protection of the inhabitants of the world.
However, the game’s players will soon notice that not everything is what it seems to be. They will be able to completely plunge into the dangerous and thrilling world of epic battles, enjoying this fully animated system. They will join the adventures of Sen, who uncovers the mysteries about the real Hasphal’s history and its “perilous” inhabitants, finding out more about herself, too. The game is full of puzzles and secret areas that will keep the gamers’ attention engaged all the time, while they experience the story with the motion comic cut scenes and 2D pixel animations.
Gamers will be able to carefully plan their strategies in this familiar, yet unique battle system, using the power of the environment or being defeated by it. An advantage over the enemies can be gained when the player throws pillars or cuts down trees, among other things. Multiple artifacts wait to be uncovered and explored.
Everyone will enjoy the contrasted world of Hasphal with its high mountains, deep oceans, mystical forests and cities with impressive landmarks. The game is based on a day and night system with multiple engaging and fun puzzles to be solved. The Kickstarter campaign will be looking to fund art assets, music, and some pixel work with a modest goal of $30,000.
People who are excited about Celestial Tear: Demon's Revenge and are willing to learn more about the fantastic world of Hasphal, can visit the following website: http://demonsrevenge.com.
Tuesday - April 22, 2014
Apexicon - Kickstarter Successfully Funded
The developers of the Word Puzzle RPG Apexicon Actos Games share news the game is now funded, and talk about the games stretch goals. Here are the details.
WE MADE IT!
Happy Sunday to you all! We've passed our goal, and Apexicon is now funded!
What does this mean?
- A portion of the funds will go to Kickstarter and Amazon, as usual
- The rest of the money will be thrown into development of Apexicon, slated later this year!
- Once the KS is over, we'll be handing out rewards (as we can) and getting forums set up so you can continue assisting us on development
- Special backers that have NPC and Character rewards will be contacted after the KS to get setup on their entries into the game!
We hope these goals are worth going after, and as always, we appreciate your feedback!
Wednesday - April 16, 2014
Armello - A Digital Card & Board Game
I received news about a kickstarter game called Armello from League of Geeks. The game is asking for $200,000, and is already half funded.
Here is the usual video & description.
Armello combines the adventure of role-playing games with the strategy of card and board games!
The King, once Armello's wise and benevolent ruler, has fallen ill to a dark and mysterious force known only as the Rot. Slowly eating his body and soul, the Rot twists him deeper and deeper into madness. In response, Armello's Great Clans have called forth their Heroes to claim the throne of Armello; and this is where you start your adventure, Hero.
As a 'Hero' from one of the Great Clans of Armello, you'll quest, scheme, explore, vanquish monsters, perform the Mad King's royal edicts and face off against other players with one ultimate end goal in mind — storming the palace and becoming king or queen of Armel
Tuesday - April 08, 2014
Shining Empire - Third Kickstarter
Arcade County has launched the third kickstarter for their RPG Shining Empire asking for only $1,400 this time. The game was funded in just one day this time.
Shining Empire reaches $1,400+ - Stretch goals in the works!
Thanks to everyone that has contributed. We reached our goal in less than 72 hours and we're well on our way to dwarfing the other 2 unsuccessful kickstarter campaigns. Once the media gets into gear on Monday we're hoping for even more contributions.
So now it's time to start talking about stretch goals. I'll try to finalize the list later tonight, but suggestions are more than welcome. Right now here is the tentative list:
$12,000 - full online co-op
$9,500 - Online factions (join a faction and help other players online)
$8,000 - Empire Anvil Level 2 (share your creations online)
$7,000 - Empire Anvil Level 1 (create your own games using the S.E. engine)
$5,500 - Social site where you can compare stats and share screen shots
$4,500 - Achievements and online leaderboards (time played, city value, % completed etc)
$3,500 - Air and sea combat (with upgradable weapons/armor)
$2,500 - Boats and airships for faster travel over land/sea
Friday - April 04, 2014
Kickstarter - Editorial @ Gamasutra
The creator of Contract Work explains in a blog on Gamasutra how he managed to get his game funded on Kickstarter, but failed to make it a success.
Here is the part about what went wrong in art & style.
I'm not a great artist, which from the beginning meant that I should have been smarter about the Contract Work art. At some point I tried to transition away from pixel art to taking advantage of my 3d rendering knowledge, but I didn't finish the transition. I also brought in some outside assets to help fill some gaps. Take a look at this screen:
The security stations are in a pixel art style. The enemies are 3d renders. The floor tiles are outside assets. There are multiple types of disjointed lighting effects. There is so much text on the screen! As Adam Smith from RockPaperShotgun writes:
The graphics, taken as a whole, lack character, even if some of the robot designs are attractive in isolation. It's all too busy, which added to my initial sense of disorientation and difficulty. The screen presents too much information, the camera is a little too close, and the character feels beset from all sides, even before the real action begins.
What I needed to do was clean everything up, take more time to establish a consistent style, then make sure that style was used in every part of the game. It retrospect, it was a hot mess.
Thursday - April 03, 2014
Prodigy - Kickstarter Launched
Prodigy is and odd game to most of us I guess. It is a tactical RPG that adds an additional playing interface next to your keyboard and mouse. With it you can move figurines that are placed on physical board that is connected to your PC.
Prodigy is a turn-based tactical RPG featuring high quality figurines for PC.
The player manipulates magical objects to ﬁght epic multiplayer battles and follow a heroic solo campaign.
Prodigy's gameplay focuses on squad-based combat on a physical board for deep-thinking and fast paced 1v1 fights.
Prodigy is a new way to play without any keyboard, mouse or joypad.
This is where they are now:
Prodigy is currently being developed for PC (Windows) with the Unreal 4 engine. We have a prototype of the game that has proven its worth - it includes our first figurines, displays a wide range of NFC (Near Field Communication) interactions and demonstrates the basis of our combat system. It’s been tested multiple times, works really well and we have received lots of good feedback so far from those who have played the prototype.
And this is where they want to go:
Now we're aiming for the real thing: we're deepening the gameplay and tactical use of the board and figurines, building the storyline so each figurine has its own personal content, enhancing the universe with a solo PvE campaign, and polishing our technology for an even more robust and reliable product.
At the moment they are already close to reaching half of their goal of $100K.
Tuesday - April 01, 2014
NevenTale - A User Driven MMORPG
NevenTale is a new MMO RPG kickstarter from a developer called Vavel Game Studio. They are asking for $2,000,000 to get funded, and describe the game as the following.
NevenTale is going to be the first game that would deliver the gameplay quality of an adventure RPG, by creating an endless tide of story-driven quests. It is going to be possible because the tools needed to create the game are going to be delivered to the player community. Once the players boost the game expansion process, the NevenTale will be updated with more gameplay hours than anyone would ever be able to finish.
So if anyone wants more coverage of the game let me know in the comment section.
Thursday - March 27, 2014
Shining Empire - Second Kickstarter Failed
The second Kickstarter for Shining Empire has failed to get funded. The developer Arcade County released a press release saying they would cancel the game if funding failed.
Well according to the latest update the game still has a slim chance due to one backer investing a certain of money. Here are the details from the update.
Shining Empire NOT dead after all? Possibly!
I know it sounds crazy, after I wrote it off as dead just a few days ago, but the tide MIGHT be turning. I recently had a very generous Shining Force fan commit $2k to the development of SE. I'll make a decision within 48 hours on what I'm going to do. We've gotten $1.5k in contributions both times, so I may try a third time and lower the amount to that ($1.5k) and work from there. That should be enough to get the game just about finished and at least get the beta going. After that, another smaller kickstarter could run to finish the game off.
Wednesday - March 26, 2014
Apexicon - Second Kickstarter Relaunch
Apexicon is a Fantasy Puzzle Combat game I mentioned last year that failed to get funded. Actos Games sent a press release with information the game is back on kickstarter asking for $5,000 to get funded.
APEXICON Launches Second Kickstarter
Burlington, NC - March 24, 2014 - Later today, Actos Games, LLC., an independent developer in video games, will be launching their second Kickstarter for their premier entry into the Puzzle RPG genre: APEXICON - Fantasy Puzzle Combat. Setting the initial goal at a modest $5000, down from the original goal of $15,000, Actos Games looks to secure funding from fans and newcomers to the game. Backers can choose between their version of the game they wish to acquire (Wii U, PC, etc) and claim rewards from the collector's edition or get a copy of the game early.
"We're really proud to launch the second Kickstarter for APEXICON", Jonathan Meyer, CEO of Actos Games, LLC. stated. "After our initial attempt and all the fans continuing to watch our current progress, we really believe we have a great line up of content to show off the hard work we've done for the game in recent months." After the initial Kickstarter failed to succeed its initial goal, Actos Games went back into deep development, creating a much more fully-fledged Alpha for fans to try out and see the game. "Our hope is that the fully created Alpha provides a slice of gameplay that players will want to come back for more."
Actos Games also announced that development for Nintendo's Wii U console was on the list, even though it was a stretch goal last time around. "We believe that to truly reach out to audiences, we need to develop versions for both PC gamers and console gamers, and Apexicon is a perfect fit for the Wii U GamePad." Jonathan continued. Utilizing the Nintendo Web Framework, and Construct 2, Actos Games will be bringing the highly anticipated Puzzle RPG to the platform with unique features, including local co-op play. "Having the game on the Wii U opens our capabilities on what we can do with the technology, and we're really excited to bring fans a quality experience out of the indie game scene." Jonathan remarked.
APEXICON - Fantasy Puzzle Combat is a puzzle RPG based around creating words from a boggle-like board. Calling itself a "successor to Puzzle Quest", it features four RPG classes, town-building, side-quests, and special hidden NPCs you can find to change the game's multiple endings. Similar to Bookworm Adventures, you are able to deal more damage to enemies with your words based on the skills you activate and use during combat.
For more information on APEXICON - Fantasy Puzzle Combat's Next Kickstarter, please visit at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paladium/apexicon-fantasy-puzzle-combat for news when the new Kickstarter will be launched. The Kickstarter will be launched later today on March 24, 2014.
Tuesday - March 11, 2014
Shining Empire - On the Verge of Cancellation
Arcade County sent out a new press release announcing they might be cancelling Shining Empire if the games second kickstarter is not successful.
"Shining Empire on the verge of cancellation"
Dallas, Tx - Shining Empire, the hybrid RPG city builder/massive combat game (for Mac and PC) is on the brink of cancellation, citing poor results on Kickstarter with less than 2 weeks to go. Arcade County, the Dallas-based developers behind the ambitious 100+ indie RPG title, are surprised at the low turnout, despite a good amount of videos and information on the project.
"It comes down to a couple of things", says Arcade County head R. Mulvany. "We're only focusing on computers, so console users aren't contributing, and it's a new IP. You see a lot of inexperienced studios rummaging around and finding old IP's to buy on the cheap and then resurrecting them. Those are almost always successful on Kickstarter. To put it into perspective, I've seen new studios acquire an IP and post nothing more than a piece of concept art on Kickstarter and have 1000% more success than we have."
Mulvany is concerned that Kickstarter (and crowdfunding in general) isn't really necessary at this point, since Paypal is really all you need.
"If studios can collect donations themselves via Paypal, why even use Kickstarter? Take Double Fine for example. All they really needed was a donations link. They brought that money to Kickstarter then gave them (and Amazon) 10% of the total. The gaming media gave them that publicity. I think they closed at $3,000,000+. That's $300k they didn't get due to those fees. And it's not as if Kickstarter is protecting anyone's investment. If a company fails to deliver on a product they're screwed."
Arcade County's Kickstarter for Shining Empire would be fortunate to close at 40% funded at this point, but they'll continue to keep it online regardless of where it ends up. The question then becomes: What next?
"A lot of games continue to be worked on if their Kickstarter fails. This is not one of those games. It would be impossible. Not only impossible from a financial standpoint, but if we're not getting enough press/interest to reach our goals then the game simply cannot be appealing enough to gamers. It's not easy to spread the word. If you don't have one of those IP's I talked about, or you don't have some established products out there - you need luck. As it stands right now, we seen to be pretty empty-handed in all those regards."
You can find out about Shining Empire on the Kickstarter page.
Friday - February 21, 2014
Shining Empire - Kickstarter Relaunched
Arcade County has relaunched their kickstarter for Shining Empire, and sent out a new press release with more information.
Shining Force Online developer takes to Kickstarter (again)
Arcade County, developers of Shining Force Online (which Sega closed the doors to in December) have been hard at work at a spiritual successor to the popular classic Sega Genesis series:. A Kickstarter campaign ran in January for the newly titled "Shining Empire", but was unsuccessful mostly due to no gameplay footage and a very confusing design explanation. Fear not! We're back with 4 gameplay videosand a better description of what the game is. CEO R. Mulvany goes into details on a Livewire interview where he explains what's happening with this title.
"I got a lot of emails from people begging me to not make it an MMO. It wasn't, but people got confused. They knew that I've pretty much just been making MMO's for the past decade so they assume this would also be. We really needed some gameplay footage, so I grinded away for a few weeks and came up with some pretty detailed videos which should better explain what kind of game this is."
The videos are available on the Kickstarter page as well as an updated explanation of what kind of game Shining Empire is. Mulvany wants to reiterate that it's not an MMO every chance he gets.
"It's single player! I promise! It's funny how much people seem to dislike MMO's. I'm with them. I wanted to do something different with Shining Force Online but you get stuck in these traps where you just end up doing what everyone else did. There are some serious design flaws with MMO's that we can't escape. The only way to break the taboos is to stop making these games. So this is a complete 180 from where we were with Shining Force Online. it begins with building your own fantasy city. That's what these videos really cover. It's sort of a mash-up of Viva Pinata, Sim City 2000, and Roller Coaster Tycoon. The difference with our game is you can leave your land and explore the same as you can in any adventure game. It's not JUST a city builder."
Shining Empire aims to be a massive game. The true goal is to make a game that cannot be completed in under 100+ hours. However, the player gets to (in part) decide what they consider the "end game."
Monday - February 17, 2014
Kickstarter - Hacked Last Week
Kickstarter was hacked last Wednesday, and they have an official statement on the site. I'll leave this up for a few days so people can change their passwords.
On Wednesday night, law enforcement officials contacted Kickstarter and alerted us that hackers had sought and gained unauthorized access to some of our customers' data. Upon learning this, we immediately closed the security breach and began strengthening security measures throughout the Kickstarter system.
No credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers. There is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on all but two Kickstarter user accounts.
While no credit card data was accessed, some information about our customers was. Accessed information included usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords. Actual passwords were not revealed, however it is possible for a malicious person with enough computing power to guess and crack an encrypted password, particularly a weak or obvious one.
As a precaution, we strongly recommend that you create a new password for your Kickstarter account, and other accounts where you use this password.
To change your password, log in to your Kickstarter account and look for the banner at the top of the page to create a new, secure password. We recommend you do the same on other sites where you use this password. For additional help with password security, we recommend tools like 1Password and LastPass.
We’re incredibly sorry that this happened. We set a very high bar for how we serve our community, and this incident is frustrating and upsetting. We have since improved our security procedures and systems in numerous ways, and we will continue to do so in the weeks and months to come. We are working closely with law enforcement, and we are doing everything in our power to prevent this from happening again.
Kickstarter is a vibrant community like no other, and we can’t thank you enough for being a part of it. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday - January 31, 2014
Wayward Terran Frontier - A Space ARPG
Wayward Terran Frontier is a new kickstarter asking for $50,000 to get funded. It is being developed by one man named George Hultgren. Here are the details.
Wayward Terran Frontier is part space-trader and part exploration-driven ARPG, with a whole lot of functionality packed into the space between. The game takes place inside a procedurally generated galaxy filled with dynamic events, making each game a brand new adventure.
At the every galaxy’s heart is a handful of human worlds which act as safe havens, and commerce hubs with functional economies. The core planets are brimming with life, surrounded by space stations and NPCs going about their daily lives (yours to bother and exploit). Out in the wilds of frontier space, there is more opportunity for profit—but also far greater danger.
The game also has a demo for eveyone to try.
Celestian Tales - Preparing for Relaunch
Ekuator Games has news on the relaunch of their RPG Celestian Tales: Old North.
Preparing the Relaunch
Last week we might be throwing out too many things at once. But you know what? Things haven't been slowing down!
Lord Alain Levant
So far we've been talking a lot about the six playable characters, but little about anyone else. The story starts when these six young nobles were sent to serve a liege lord from House Levant, one of the three major bloodlines in Old North, to learn their steps in knighthood. Take a peek on how our lord looks like.
The combat background sketch we showed you last week has been coloured and integrated into the combat system. Currently we're testing out the combat, brushing off bugs and errors as well as optimizing user controls.
When the new Kickstarter Page relaunches, we'll have to introduce the six characters. After all, they're the center point of the game's storyline. But since each of them has a background long enough to write a full page about, we're trying to keep it simple yet engaging. What do you think of our short description on them?
Our new, sleeker, smoother, and mobile-friendly website is up! Check it out over here or click on a character's banner to go straight to his/her page. Don't forget to tell us what you think!
As always, we're looking forward to your comments! If there's one thing we learned so far, it's this: you guys are awesome. Celestian Tales has come this far because of you. The game has evolved to a point where we didn't think was possible, and it will go much further with your support. Thank you!
Tuesday - January 28, 2014
Kickstarter - Editorial @ Evil As A Hobby
A blog by the name of Evil As A Hobby has an article about the amount of projects that fully delivered to their backers.
Let’s cut to the chase: having spent a long time manually scraping Kickstarter video game project data and following up each and every of the 366 successfully funded projects between 2009 and 2012, the data indicates that only around 1 in 3 have fully delivered their promised title to their backers. (Data scraping occurred over the last week of December 2013 and the first week of January 2014.)
Thursday - January 23, 2014
Kickstarter - Editorial @ Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Rock Paper Shotgun seems to be the next site to give their opinion on Kickstarter.
Here’s an important thing about games: sometimes they’re terrible. Mostly they’re average. Quite often they’re good. That’s how “average” works. What people don’t appear to be ready for is the possibility that these rules will apply to games that have been Kickstarted. Some of the games, from the indie projects raising $10,000, to the big-names-going-indie gathering millions, aren’t going to be very good. And others are going to be alright. And here’s the thing: that’s okay.
Clearly there’s some quality bias when it comes to the bigger name KS projects. There’s a far greater chance of greatness, when the money’s been raised on the back of its being pledged to developers with proven track records. There’s a reason people are willing to hand over such copious amounts of cash to Chris Roberts to make Star Citizen – dude made Wing Commander. There’s not only a far higher expectation on the game to eventually be good, but there’s also a greater chance it will be. Thing is, it could still be just about good enough. It’s still possible. And that’s just fine.
Shining Empire - Kickstarter Update
Shining Empire the RPG simulation I reported about last week has two new updates. From the amount pledged so far the game is in trouble of not being funded.
So if you lkie the game spread the word.
Update #1 - New video! Amazing Art in Under 4 Minutes
The Empire Anvil is a huge part of Shining Empire. It allows people to make their own RPG's using the exact same tools we use to create Shining Empire. In this video, I use the painting tools to create a tree in under 4 minutes. The tools are simple. Draw a shape and use the texture tools to shape it into great pixel art. I am not an artist but I was able to create a tree worthy of game production. Check it out!
Update #2 - Paypal Contributions Now Accepted
Due to popular demand, we're not accepting paypal contributions. You can make a contribution on the indiegogo page here:
This is a smaller campaign ($1,200) and indiegogo.com takes payal, so check it out if you want to contribute via a non-amazon payment method!
Thursday - January 16, 2014
Kickstarter - Small RPG Roundup
I usually find a few Kickstaters that no talks about, and so for today I have two new games to share. Here is a link with a brief description of each game.
Games such as Diablo, Zelda, and Runescape have been a huge inspiration for me in the making of this game. Any game that has dungeon exploring and fighting has been what I've always played. Knight's Destiny takes bits and pieces from every single one of those games (including additional awesome features) to create a new lightweight and fun to play RPG! The one major thing that you'll notice is unique is the lighting. Dungeons are always dark, right? Unless you have thousands of torches lined up against the wall. But let's face it, it's the medieval age, torches don't last for years, and they don't light up a big area. In Knight's Destiny, the player will have only a lantern on themselves to guide them through the pitch dark (and what lies within the dark), aside from random torch positioning against the dungeon walls. This makes for a truly challenging and unique play experience.
Framed Wings is an independently made fantasy RPG with elements close to those of Zelda games. The game shall be packed with quests, dungeons, intense boss battles, and much more. Framed Wings is being developed using the RPG Maker XP engine. At the moment I am quite early into development and have run into many issues, which is why I've turned to Kickstarter for support.
Sunday - January 12, 2014
Shining Empire - Massive Role-Playing Simulation
Shining Empire is a new kickstater game asking for $9,500. The game was originally a fan made project, but Sega pulled the plug.
Now I will only cover the game once since it is an MMO. So if your a fan of the older Shining Force games you might be interested.
Last June we began work on Shining Force Online - a free massively multiplayer version of the classic Sega Genesis franchise. Unfortunately, Sega shut down the game and we're left with a huge, feature-packed title we cannot release. Rather than give up and scrap the title, we're taking it to kickstarter to raise funds to replace all of the Sega-owned trademarks (the main one being art) so that it is an original title in the same tradition as the Shining Force series.
The goal is to release the game November 2014 (with betas starting this summer). We'll release on Windows (Steam as well as a downloadable Windows version on our site), Mac, and iOS. The price will be $10 and all updates (including new content down the road) will be free. There will be no microtransactions and no DLC costs.
In Shining Empire, we want the player to have an incredible amount of control. In other RPG's you walk into a town and there's a few townsfolk to talk to, often times giving you quests or hints. We want to populate each village with hundreds of citizens, most of which you can recruit to joining your party. Some will have specific requirements: They may request that you're a member of a certain faction, or they may view your party and see one of their friends has joined and that entices them to tag along. Some may even become discouraged if your ethics start to clash with theirs and they may threaten to leave.
Update- Thanks to new information from daveyd the game will not be an MMO now.
"We're evolving the game from a forced online experience to a hybrid of pure single player with the option of multiplayer features".
Wednesday - January 08, 2014
Bible Chronicles - A Christian RPG
A studio by the name of Phoenix Interactive has started a new RPG Kickstarter called Bible Chronicles: The Call of Abraham. The goal of the project is to raise $100,000.
Follow Abraham as he is challenged to leave his homeland and trust in the promise that he will become the father of many nations. Adventure alongside him in this epic role playing adventure as you choose your path in the course of history.
Travel to ancient lands and take part in the action and excitement of Abraham’s life. Fierce battles, honor and glory, and the destruction of ancient evils await you on your path as you choose how your own story will play out.
Now it has to said keep the replies civil as any time you mention religion it gets out of hand. I will be watching this thread.
Tuesday - January 07, 2014
STASIS - Kickstarter Postmortem
Christopher Bischoff has taken his time to write a Kickstarter postmortem for his funded adventure game STASIS.
When Nic and I decided to take on Kickstarter we wanted to run the smoothest and best campaign possible. Now, while the road certainly wasn’t without its bumps and bruises, I think that the campaign for STASIS went remarkable well.
Below are a few thoughts and things to consider when setting up your own campaign. Some are obvious, and others are things that we only realized once we were neck deep into our campaign.
After 33 days we managed to hit our $140,000 goal.
For an unknown developer on an unknown license hitting that magic $100,000 mark was an incredible feeling, but an exhausting experience! It was a month of extreme highs and lows, but I wouldn’t have changed anything about how we ran our campaign.
I wish anyone looking at going this route a lot of luck! Buy extra coffee…you are going to need it!
Sunday - January 05, 2014
Kickstarter - Two More RPGs
I have two more kickstarter RPGs I found this week. Below is a video and a brief description of each one. Let me know if you want more coverage of either one.
Explore a beautiful continent, relive book legends and fight your way through unforgiving dungeons to prevent a war of the elements!
A classic adventure RPG with unforgettable characters steeped in a supernatural tale of courage, sacrifice, secrets, and shenanigans.
Friday - December 27, 2013
Wild Season - A Harvest Moon RPG
Wild Season is a new RPG inspired by Harvest Moon on Kickstater. The game is nearing the end, and is already funded. Here is a video and some details.
The main character (You) lives in the big city! However due to some unfortunate circumstances you have lost your home and most of your possessions to the mafia. On your way home you pass by a realtor, and you see an amazing deal on an old farm not too far away. With no home and little chance to find somewhere else in the city you see this as a fresh start! An opportunity to get away from it all. You empty out your bank account, sell what remaining possessions you need to, and you buy the farm!
The sales associate gives you keys and directions, and before you know it you're home, packing what you have left into your car (before the Mafia throw you out!), and you drive out to the farm!
However its not all smiles and roses, getting to the farm is not as easy as it seems, and when you arrive, the townsfolk are friendly but distant, the town seems to hide a secret, there is a dark feeling coming from the forest...
Wednesday - December 11, 2013
Hand of Fate - A New Card Based Roguelike
Hand of Fate is a card based Roguelike that I just discovered on kickstarter. The game is entering it's final hours, and still needs $5,000 to get funded. Here is a trailer and a link to the project for more information.
Hand of Fate is a card based roguelike, in which the player builds a collection of cards into a deck, which is then used to deal out the dungeon floors through which they adventure. Upon entering a combat, all of the cards the player has collected fly into their character's hands as fully modeled 3D assets, and combat begins.
- Tabletop card game brought to vivid life.
- A unique take on roguelike gameplay.
- Visceral action-RPG combat.
- Game changing gear and items make every playthrough unique.
- Hundreds of encounters, items, armour, weapons, artifacts, and mysteries to unlock.
- Unique deck building mechanics let you customise your own adventure, as you seek to defeat the Jack, Queen and King of each suit.
- Discover the mysteries of the world of Hand of Fate, as you complete your collection.
Monday - December 09, 2013
STASIS - Kickstarter Funded
You may remember me mentioning the point & click adventure game STASIS. It seems the game is now funded. Here is the info from the latest update.
I know that the standard practice in the final 24 hours is a call to arms to spread the word about your project! However I feel that you; the backers, journalists, 'Let's Players', forum and community members from around the world....have gone above and beyond already and I want to take this time to thank you.
Three years ago I set out to create my ultimate adventure game. Drawing on a love of Science Fiction and a burning need to tell stories I envisioned Stasis.
Weekends, holidays and nights; Stasis is the result of hard work and pure passion.
My family can attest to the fact that just before we sent our Alpha Demo, my hands were shaking. The first thought that went through my head was "everyone is going to hate this...people aren't going to enjoy the game. It's slow...it's going to crash..."
I started to get feedback and at first I thought that people are just being kind. They didn't want to hurt an artists feelings. More and more people started to experience the world through the Alpha and I realized just how special Stasis is.
Taking Stasis to Kickstarter was not an easy decision. It took me a long time to weigh up the pros and cons. The thought of having other people put their money and support into my game scared me. To be honest, it still does! I knew that the world of Stasis needs more than a few spare hours to take it to its full potential. It needed MORE of me - and the only way that I could do that is with YOUR help.
This Kickstarter campaign has been an amazing journey. Through Stasis I have met so many amazing and talented people. Kickstarter is a special community that is built on giving - on the power of creating.
I now have the freedom to delve into Stasis and create the ultimate Adventure Game, the game that I wished someone else would make.
Through Kickstarter, Stasis will have one of the greatest composers in video games working to create an incredible tapestry of sound.
Through Kickstarter Stasis will get every waking moment of my time and energy to create a rich, diverse, and terrifying world.
Through Kickstarter Stasis will be ALIVE.
I want to reflect on everything that the 4000 strong collective of people has done; taking an unknown concept from an unknown developer and helping to make it into tangible reality.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.
Friday - December 06, 2013
Festival of Magic - Video Preview @ IndieRPGs
IndieRPGs takes a look at Festival of Magic in a new video preview. You may recall I mentioned the game in my last kickstarter roundup.
Craig checks out the Kickstarter alpha build for Festival of Magic, a jRPG by Norwegian indie developers Snowcastle Games. The Festival of Magic Kickstarter still has 17 days left to go; head on over if you want to contribute, or simply try the demo for yourself.
Mansion Lord - Murder Mystery RPG/Business Sim
Well here is another kickstarter that might interest a few of you. It's called Mansion Lord, and described as a Murder Mystery RPG/Business Sim.
Mansion Lord combines a murder mystery business sim with tile-based world building and turn-based RPG combat. Build your mansion tile-by-tile, invite unscrupulous aristocrats to dinner, and, with the aid of your hired detectives, capture them for bounties after they slay the other guests. You can level up your detectives, equip them with hundreds of different weapons and accessories, and teach them a variety of skills. All in the name of profit!
Sunday - December 01, 2013
Matt Barton - Kickstarter Editorial
Matt Barton better know as Matt Chat has written a short article on Kickstarter that ponders on why publishers are needed sometimes. Now read the article as he has a point, and then you can comment if your still angry.
I’ve been noticing a trend lately (inevitable, I guess) in the number of Kickstarter updates along these lines:
- “Sorry I’ve been out of touch for the past few weeks…”
- “Unfortunately, the project has turned to be more work intensive than we thought…”
- “We asked for X, when we really needed XXX. Now we’re back asking for more.”
- “I apologize for my inconsistency. I’m accustomed to having a publisher yelling at me, without that, I just procrastinate endlessly.”
Okay, I made the last one up, but I bet it’s true for at least a few projects. But I’m not just posting to complain about all this. After all, it’s only human to make mistakes, especially when it comes to overestimating our abilities (especially our self-discipline). Likewise, there’s no denying that, as much as we like to bash them, publishers do bring certain things to the table: forcing everyone to stick to a schedule, cutting costs at every corner, saying “NO” to things that would disrupt the schedule or the budget. Kickstarter-funded developers, of course, are still accountable, but the folks who funded them aren’t in a position to get their money back or fire them.
Tuesday - November 26, 2013
Kickstarter - RPG Roundup
Here are a few more RPG kickstaters a few you might find interesting. These are usually ones I wont cover with every update. So take a look or not it's your choice.
A text-based single-player roleplaying video game with dynamic storytelling and gorgeous illustrations, where every line carries weight
A sandbox base-building RPG in a low-tech science fiction universe. Explore the stars with the computing power of the Atari Age.
Festival of Magic is an original adventure role-playing game where the players must fight and farm their way to glory.
CONTRA meets MINECRAFT in a building-block RPG! Explore an ever-changing steampunk world featuring Airships & Sky Whales.
Thursday - November 14, 2013
Dex - A New Cyberpunk 2D RPG
Dex is a new kickstarter looking for funding. It's described as a story-driven action/stealth sidescrolling RPG with a fresh new vision of cyberspace.
Here is the link and more details if your interested.
A story-driven action/stealth sidescrolling RPG with a fresh new vision of cyberspace.
Explore the dark alleys of Harbor Prime and a host of diverse locations in both physical reality and the wild reaches of cyberspace. Discover the truth behind an enigmatic AI striving to reach the Singularity, a theoretical “event horizon” in which artificial intelligence will surpass human intelligence and all bets about the future will be off. How will you play your part in the story?
Rare melding of realism and creative vision: Realistic action, mature storyline, and complex character interactions meld with hand-drawn characters, animations, and locations, arcade-style melee combat, and an original conception of cyberspace.
Multiple solutions to problems: Operate in cyberspace or normal reality. Overcome obstacles using skills, weapons, special equipment…
Meaningful character progression choices: Will you be a silent assassin, a hacker, or a straightforward gunfighter? Improve your character and gear to unlock gameplay-changing upgrades that reinforce and customize your gameplay style.
Unique hacking mechanic: Transfer your consciousness to your avatar, overcome intrusion countermeasures, take action, and then return back to your body in a fraction of a real-time second to see the results – deactivated turrets, overloaded devices, enemies with crippled implants…
Neo-cyberpunk: Story deeply inspired by the cyberpunk novels of William Gibson and other classical cyberpunk authors, flavored with a contemporary concept of augmented reality.
Rich game world and mindful level design: Visit diverse locations in Harbor Prime, a futuristic city complete with luxurious skyscrapers, run-down shantytowns, and seedy red-light districts. Take part in street brawls, steal corporate data, overcome environmental hazards, and, of course, stay alive – no easy task.
Full voice acting: Interactive dialogues using hand-drawn sprite animations, fully voice-acted by professional actors.
Multiplatform development: Game is being developed in the Unity 3D game engine for PC (Windows), Mac, Linux, and OUYA.
DRM-Free: Dex will be distributed DRM-Free, with an option to receive a Steam key (if we succeed on Greenlight).
Monday - November 11, 2013
STASIS - A 2D SciFi Horror Adventure Game
The following kickstarter isn't an RPG but some of you may be interested. The game is called STASIS, and is a "2D Isometric SciFi Horror Adventure Game".
Stasis is a 2D isometric, point-and-click adventure game for Windows & OSX, set in the distant future on a desolate spacecraft. John Maracheck must interact and solve puzzles to save his family, while uncovering horrific experimentation, illicit research, and an ever deepening mystery.
Wednesday - October 30, 2013
Confederate Express - A New Tactical RPG
Confederate Express is a new kickstater that asked for $10,000, and is already funded with $13,342. The game itself is decribed as a strategy-oriented tactical RPG.
Confederate Express is all about exploration, fighting enemies, and making your way towards the main goal: trying to survive while delivering a package. Packages vary by size, weight and fragility; which makes every delivery a unique experience, ranging from a quick 15-minute tasks, all the way to a challenging journey throughout various events and locations. The more difficult the delivery, the greater the rewards: mercenaries, gear, weapons and ultimately - greater challenges.
Friday - October 25, 2013
Kickstarter - Editorial @ Wired
Wired takes a look at some of the top funded RPG kickstarters with a new article called,"Over Budget, Behind Schedule: What’s Up With Gaming’s Biggest Kickstarters?"
What's the status now?
Wasteland 2's original Kickstarter pitch named this month as an estimated delivery date. "It's funny, because you have to put your date down on Kickstarter not knowing the scope of the game," Fargo said. "So we put a date down, but that was a very small project. Once we triple fund, and everybody says, 'Make the game much bigger,' does that date really apply anymore?"
When Fargo realized an October ship date wasn't going to happen, he decided instead to push for having a beta ready by then, opting to get at least something into backers' hands on time. The beta will deliver roughly 90 percent of the game's feature set, he says, albeit with some missing skills, sound effects, and animations here and there. But Wasteland is a narrative game, and inXile doesn't intend to give away the entire experience before release. Players will be able to explore most, if not all, of post-apocalyptic Arizona, but a large portion of the game takes place in Los Angeles — none of which will be accessible until the final release.
"It's such a transparent process," Fargo said. "I think that people aren't worried about you being late as long as you're showing updates, and you're communicating, and you're letting them touch and see things — as long as it's moving along, everybody's happy."
The Banner Saga
What's the status now?
The game's Kickstarter success meant it would be able to scale up in quality, but it's never as easy as it sounds, says Thomas.
"It is interesting to see how people correlate money with content," he said, "as if you just liquify a vat of cash and pour it into a computer and voila, another set of characters!" Thomas said the extra cash did allow the team to hire more, and more talented, people.
Banner Saga's multiplayer combat portion was released as a free, standalone title called The Banner Saga: Factions in February of 2013. Meanwhile, the single-player campaign has been pushed back a number of times. While the original hope was for the first part of the single-player trilogy to land by the end of 2012, it was soon delayed well into 2013, and may possibly even slip to January 2014.
What's the status now?
"We've tried to always stick to what we talked about in our Kickstarter pitch," Project Director Josh Sawyer told WIRED via phone. "We're making a game that's essentially about exploring a big beautiful world with a lot of tactical combat and a cool story with cool companions in it. Every so often we have some crazy idea for something neat that we could add, but we know that there's so much to do already that we don't really need to throw more difficulty on it for us."
Much like Double Fine Adventure, Obsidian's initial expectation was to make a modestly-sized Infinity Engine-style game with a very small cast of characters, classes and not a whole lot of extra features.
"But with the Kickstarter," Sawyer said, "the fans basically said 'please give us these extra doodads, we want them.' So we're making a game that is much larger in scope both in terms of size and also the variety of characters you can make and interact with."
The team, which shifts around in size but currently consists of around 20 people, is now deep into production developing the core game. But while everything is going relatively smoothly, Sawyer is reluctant to discuss a release schedule.
"We're really trying to really focus on making this game the size that our fans expect it to be, as deep of an RPG system as they really expect it to be, and as polished as they really need it to be," Sawyer said. "We've had games come out that have not been very polished, and we don't like that reputation. We've been improving it over time, so with something where the release is entirely under our control, we're going to make sure that is absolutely as good as it can be."
The Strange - New Monte Cook Tabletop RPG
Monte Cook Games has a new kickstarter that is already funded based on the
Cypher System of Numenera.
Monte Cook Games is thrilled to announce its next big tabletop roleplaying game: The Strange! Written and designed by Bruce Cordell and Monte Cook, The Strange is a game that crosses multiple worlds, called recursions, which player characters can explore and defend. In The Strange, your characters change with each world they travel to, taking on new aspects suited to help them function in that recursion's unique laws and structures. But dangers found in these recursions threaten not only characters, but also our very own Earth. If characters persevere, however, they can not only save themselves and Earth, they may even gain the ability to create a recursion of their own!
If you enjoyed the inspiring scope of games like Planescape, Gamma World, or Numenera, or mind-bending scenarios like Moorcock's Eternal Champion series, the TV show Fringe, or movies like the Matrix, you're going to love The Strange.
We've assembled a great team to work on The Strange. In addition to Bruce and Monte, the exceptional Shanna Germain will serve as lead editor, and she's developing some amazing concepts both for the game and the presentation of the material. Superstar artist Matt Stawicki serves as the lead artist. He's working with us to create a unique visual look for the setting. But we'd love to see you join the team too, either as a backer, or even a contributor (see the backer levels for more information).
For more information, please visit TheStrangeRPG.com. A lot of news about the game can be found there, and much more is coming! And keep checking back for frequent updates and more previews!
Thursday - October 24, 2013
Cornerstone - New Demo & Update
Cornerstone the Zelda inspired kickstarter has a new demo to try for those that are still on the fence. As for the project itself it has three days left to get another $6,000 to be funded.
The "long awaited" ;) Pre-alpha demo. it doesn't represent the final game but it shows the direction we're aiming for. its still a work in progress so dont get too shocked if you bump into a bug, and even report them to us so we can fix it as soon as possible.
Most important of all! YOU NEED TO SPREAD THIS DEMO!
Please contact your youtubers/bloggers and get them to play. or simply make a video yourself ;)
we will be posting a lets play but we didn't wanna spoil the fun of exploring!
Before you start having fun with this demo please upvote our reddit posts!
Wednesday - October 16, 2013
City of Titans - Interview @ IncGamers
Congratulations on reaching the Kickstarter goal so quickly. You must be pretty excited?
Chris “Warcabbit” Hare, lead developer: It’s the odd combination of terror and awe you get when you suddenly realize that yes, you have a baby. It’s yours. No going back now.
DC “Terwyn” James, business manager: There has been copious amounts of screaming followed by small amounts of hiding, so Chris is pretty accurate in the assessment.
Looking back at the few months before the Kickstarter launched, was there any point where you thought it may not succeed or did you have any doubts about committing your time and resources into what was going to be a long-term project?
Chris: I refused to allow myself to have doubts.
There were those who did, but I could not let myself have them, if we were to succeed. I know, rationally, there is a long way to go, and we will face challenges, but I must be convinced we will surmount them all.
DC: Simply put, yes, but it is in the nature of the human mind to disagree with itself, so those doubts enhanced the trust I have with the rest of the team, rendering it a moot point.
What I cannot do on my own, we have been able to do as a team. Failing to succeed at one point is not so terrifying when you realize that losing a battle does not immediately end a war. It is a long-term project, and mistakes will be made. Those mistakes will be learned from.
Now that the funding is in the bag, what are the team currently focusing on as far as the game development is concerned?
Chris: Well, it’s not in the bag till we hit the final day, the cheques are in the account, and we write our final thank you letters.
That being said, when we do have the funding in the bag, we’re going to be moving back to the Character Creator, and working on the infrastructure we need for it.
It will have more features than simply a paper doll device; we plan for it to have a number of authentication and network-based features. For example, unlocking the mind controlling beard for everyone who kickstarted with us, not to mention social media integration. We plan on costume contests from the very start, after all. As a result, the Character Creator project will move us on the way to being a functional Massively Multiplayer project, even if the rest of the world isn’t fully operational yet. By the time Titan City is up and running, we’ll have plenty of tests and real world information about how our system works.
DC: While I’m not actively involved on the production side of things, and instead make sure everything is functional on an organizational/administrative level, we’re focusing on delivering what we’ve said we’re going to deliver.
Thursday - October 10, 2013
Cornerstone - Interview @ Worldsfactory
First of all, can you briefly describe the game to our readers?
Cornerstone is an open world action adventure, with an emphasis on exploration and combat mixed with physics and player choice. A game inspired by The Legend of Zelda games and Dark Souls.
The art style of Cornerstone looks really beautiful. Why do you think there’s been a recent spike of interest in Wind Waker-inspired design? What have been your other influences?
I guess indies are cheap :P minimalism is easier to do, It’s sad but that’s the main reason nintendo are just really good at being cheap. For Indies going 3D it’s usually a bad idea to try going realistic, we save a lot of time with the style we have. It’s also easier to get a vibrant and more interesting environment.
We also know that the combat system has been inspired by Dark Souls, but From Software’s acclaimed title has been traditionally associated with harsh and challenging gameplay. What kind of difficulty options will you offer to players? Will you have a stamina system to prevent “button mashing”?
In cornerstone there’s usually never just one way to progress. We won’t have a difficulty setting, we think it’s better for the player to adapt to a play style most suited. whether it’s a combination of crafting sneaking or straight on combat. In dark souls you only have the option to fight (or run haha!)
We have stamina right now but we’ll see how we add it in combat, there’s still some balancing to do and the stamina could throw it off.
Tuesday - October 01, 2013
Cornerstone - Wind Walker Meets Dark Souls
Cornerstone : The Song of Tyrim is another kickstarter asking for $30,000 to release on the PC, Mac, and Linux. It's desribed as a open world action adventure, with an emphasis on exploration, and combat mixed with physics, and player choice.
Cornerstone is an open world action adventure, with an emphasis on exploration and combat mixed with physics and player choice. A game inspired by The Legend of Zelda games and Dark souls.
The world is structured similar to Wind-Waker with a series of islands connected within vast ocean, almost every areas is accessible from the start. The main method of transportation between islands will be by Ship (and don't worry, there will be fast travel).
We’re aiming for an art style that invokes a sense of wonder but at the same time has the ability to charm your socks off. Stylized geometry with simple textures but with realistic rendering, and of course much inspiration will derives from the Viking culture.
Friday - September 27, 2013
Kickstarter - Editorial @ Polygon
Polygon is the next site to give their opinion on kickstarter saying be careful as they will break your heart. I'll share the end but dare say read the rest for perspective. You wont be disappointed.
Does this mean all Kickstarted games are destined to fail? No. There are always outliers. And there are even a few interesting test cases where experienced developers with solid records of developing and shipping games have turned to Kickstarter with prototypes, plans and execution ideas fully in place. Even these projects are subject to the uncertainties involved in any creative project, but a large percentage of them may get finished. Whether they will then be good games is an entirely different question.
The fact is, video games are too volatile a creation to be planned and executed on the scale of a Kickstarter pledge. In an industry where even the most talented leaders often miss by months and millions of dollars, it is insanity to expect any but a few of these projects will succeed.
So it's to you, the dreamer, the backer, that I write this last: If you're backing a video game, hold out both hands and start wishing. Then bet on the hand that fills up first.
Monday - September 23, 2013
Kickstarter - RPG Roundup
Today I thought I would do something different. I have three new kickstarters looking to get funded that might be of interest to you. So here we go.
Up first we have a game called Cedaria: Blackout asking for $50,000.
Cedaria: Blackout is a cooperative adventure RPG, featuring a unique blend of Middle Eastern and steampunk architecture and style.
Next we have a game called Magic Meisters asking for $20,000.
Magic Meisters is an open world RPG filled with mystical creatures, magic, dungeons, and multiplayer adventuring for all ages!
Explore the world of Terrene and defeat the spreading evil in this top down RPG. Gameplay inspired by Baldur's Gate & Diablo 2
If anyone is interested in more roundups like this let me know.
Monday - September 16, 2013
RPG Music Moods - Music for Tabletop Games
RPG Music Moods is a new kickstarter asking for $500 to release professional background music for table top role-playing games.
RPG Music Moods: Enhance your role-playing table top game experience with professionally made background music.
Each track is 10 minutes long and loops seamlessly in your favorite music device. We've produced 2 tracks (demos below) and we're looking to raise funds to make a complete 10 track collection.
Get your RPG Music Moods rewards the same day we fund!
We'll produce new tracks as they're unlocked by reaching stretch goals. Samples of the new tracks will be posted as they're completed!
Saturday - September 14, 2013
Hyper Light Drifter - Diablo Meets Zelda
Hyper Light Drifter is a new ARPG from Heart Machine. The game is described as a 2D ARPG in the vein of the best 8-bit and 16-bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale. You can pledge on kickstarter if you are interested.
Visions for this game have been fluttering in my skull for ages; something dark and fantastic, with giant forests to navigate, huge floating structures to explore, deep crumbling ruins to loot, massive throngs of enemies to rend, and behemoths both flesh and mechanical to overcome. I want it all to be as beautiful as possible, forging color with the dark and eerie wastes and intimidating landscapes. It plays like the best parts of A Link to the Past and Diablo, evolved: lightning fast combat, more mobility, an array of tactical options, more numerous and intelligent enemies, and a larger world with a twisted past to do it all in.
Sojourner Tales - A New Board Game
Sojourner Tales is a new kickstarter from authors Tracy & Laura Hickman. Together they have written many D&D, and original novels. Now their asking money for a board game that features new downloadable ebook adventure modules.
Welcome to Sojourner! I'm Tracy Hickman. I'm an International and New York Times Best Selling author and game designer. For over thirty years, my wife Laura and I have been writing novels and designing games ('Dragonlance', 'Wayne of Gotham', 'Ravenloft', 'Dragon's Bard'). Now we're thrilled to invite you on our latest adventure: to bring interactive adventure storytelling to families and hobbyists alike.
In Sojourner Tales, you will use strategy and wits as you discover and collect the pieces of your mysterious story as you strive to be the first to complete the epic adventure. The tale is different every time you play ... or you can download new Sojourner Tales to explore from our website!
Thursday - September 12, 2013
Golem Arcana - A New Type of Tabletop Game
Harebrained Schemes has a new kickstarter, and this time it's a new tabletop game. It's described as a, "Game that combines miniatures with mobile technology to deliver a tabletop game that's easy to learn and fast to play."
We love tabletop miniatures games, but they can be a huge investment of time and effort. With so many games - both digital and physical - competing for our precious gaming time these days, it can be hard to commit to miniatures games that require hours upon hours of leafing through sourcebooks, measuring distances, and debating the rules. And while painted figures are cool, not everyone has the time or materials to paint an entire army of miniatures.
That’s why we're creating Golem Arcana - the digitally-enhanced miniatures game.
By integrating your touchscreen phone or tablet into the tabletop experience, Golem Arcana removes the busywork associated with miniatures games. Record-keeping is automatic. Important game information is all quickly searchable at your fingertips. Instant feedback is provided for movements and attacks, eliminating the need to refer to complex results tables. Skirmish scenarios can be completed in less than 45 minutes. Plus, all Golem Arcana figures come fully assembled and painted* so you can start playing right out of the box. You can forget the work and focus on strategy and fun.
Golem Arcana merges the energy of friends at a table, the engrossing tactics of a miniatures game, and the convenience of a computer game to create a unique new style of game that's fast and accessible without sacrificing depth of gameplay.
Tuesday - September 10, 2013
Mazaki No Fantaji - Tabletop RPG
Mazaki No Fantaji is a new kickstarter looking to get funded. In case your curious it's described as,"A cinematic Tabletop RPG inspired by stunning anime and immersive JRPGs, using qualitative stats and a unique, tile-based system."
Mazaki No Fantaji started with a single question: How can we develop a role-playing game grounded on dramatic, cinematic stories, if the "story" is exactly what we, the creators, have no control over? As gamers know, it is the players who come up with the plots, the twists, the intrigue, the developments. We creators just build a world and an engine to interface with that world. What role can we play in the stories?
Well, the first step was figuring out that a good story has NOTHING to do with the plot. Only a superficial understanding of stories reduces a good one to its plot. A good story has GOOD characters, GOOD conflicts, and GOOD themes. In other words, interesting characters, meaningful conflicts, and relevant themes. The plot is an emergent unfurling/entangling of those things.
"So," we said to ourselves, "If we created a game that demanded interesting characters, meaningful conflicts, and relevant themes; we'd have a GOOD (i.e. dramatic, character-driven, fun, intense, deep) role-playing game."
So we created that game. Enter Mazaki No Fantaji.
Saturday - September 07, 2013
Kickstarter - Worth It for Indie Game Developers?
In a new Gamasutra blog post Fredrik Wester ponders if kickstarter is even worth it for indie developers. It's a good read, but do you agree with him?
We all know how Kickstarter is supposed to work: a company or group in need of funding presents an idea to the Internet at large, and based on the strength of the pitch (and some incentives for donors), crowdfunding ensues.
When it comes to game development, though, is this really the best model for raising money – and are gamers really willing to put their money up for a game they don’t they don’t know much about?
Crowdfunding seemingly came out of nowhere for us in the gaming industry and took us by storm. We've experienced the first generation of super projects and the mixed results they delivered (and still aren't delivering). Now that we're looking at a 2nd (or maybe 3rd) generation of crowdfunding and we see that something completely different is happening.
Friday - August 30, 2013
Brian Fargo - The Present and Future of Kickstarter
Brian Fargo is interviewed by DualShockers in this new video from GameCom 2013. The topic of the interview was about kickstarter.
inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo is one of the men that made Kickstarter cool with his Wasteland 2. Here's what he thinks about Kickstarter now, and about where it's going.
Tuesday - August 27, 2013
Kickstarter - Video Games and Stretch Goals
Last week Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler posted on his blog about the inherent risks with adding stretch goals to a Kickstarter campaign. Although the website caters to any and all creative projects, limited only to its creator’s imagination and willingness to put themselves on the internet, Strickler’s post specifically mentions games as his example of projects that are in danger of abusing the system, “trading long-term risk for short-term gain.”
"For a typical stretch goal a creator will promise to release their game in additional formats or add extra functions if certain funding goals are met. But expanding a project’s scope can change the creative vision and put the whole project at risk. We’ve seen stretch goals leave some projects overwhelmed, over budget, and behind schedule."
The elephant in the room that immediately comes to everyone’s mind is the original trendsetter of the new wave of highly successful and vastly over-funded video games – Double Fine’s Broken Age. Originally asking for $400,000 (with half of that going to produce a Making Of documentary), the then untitled Double Fine Adventure reached its now laughably modest goal within the first eight hours of the month long campaign, eventually landing at over $3.3 million in funding.
Friday - August 16, 2013
Mother of Myth - Multi-platform Action RPG
First of all the next kickstarter I'm about to announce is being developed for smartphones, tablets and web browsers. You have been warned no protesting our arguing. The game is called Mother of Myth and it's described as the following:
Mother of Myth is an action role-playing game inspired by Greek and Roman mythology which puts the player into the heart of some of these classic stories. In this beautifully rendered 3D environment, you will learn how to be a rhapsodist, a hero who harnesses the power of spirits to defeat enemies and help save your village. Based on story-driven quests, you will explore a large variety of dungeons where you will have to fight against mythological beasts and discover the hidden truth behind the myths and legends.
The core features of Mother of Myth are:
- Having the option to use your favorite device to play Mother of Myth.
- Jumping into engrossing battles and defeat epic mythological beasts.
- Mastering non-stop swipe and combo attack skills.
- Collecting deity skill cards and harnessing their powers.
- Crafting and selling various items including weapons, armor, shields and helmets.
It seems interesting and who knows you might be surprised.
Thursday - August 15, 2013
Kickstarter - Think Before You Stretch
The founder of Kickstarter Yancey Strickler has a new post talking about the pitfalls of stretch goals.
Over time we’ve seen a growing number of creators adding “stretch goals” — unofficial targets beyond a project's funding goal, with promises of new rewards or other incentives if they are reached. Stretch goals are seen as a way to keep pledges coming in after a project’s funding goal has been reached. But are stretch goals a good idea?
All-or-nothing funding is simple and clear: a project has a single goal, and backers support the project in its pursuit of that goal. Stretch goals muddy the waters. What if someone got in early and helped a project reach its funding goal, but now the creator is focused on stretch goals? What if someone backs a project for a stretch goal-related reward, and that goal isn’t met? Both are bad experiences for backers.
For a typical stretch goal a creator will promise to release their game in additional formats or add extra functions if certain funding goals are hit. But expanding a project’s scope can change the creative vision and put the whole project at risk. We’ve seen stretch goals leave some projects overwhelmed, over-budget, and behind schedule.
As many creators and backers have learned from experience, often what seems like "extra" money isn't extra at all. If a project has a funding goal of $10,000 but raises $1 million, does that mean its creator got an "extra" $990,000? Not at all. More money means more backers and rewards to fulfill — and less margin for error.
Celestian Tales: Old North - Not Funded
Celestian Tales: Old North has failed to get funded. The developer has a new update about the future of the game.
After exactly 31 days of ups and downs, the Kickstarter for Celestian Tales: Old North has just ended at $24,000 or 60% of its target. Though it fell short of the $40,000 we aimed for, your incredible feedbacks and support have proven to us that this game is worth fighting for. We received so many inputs from upgrading graphics to combat specifics, encouragements, and praises. Thank you, everyone, it's been an awesome 31 days! :D
This is not the end of Celestian Tales: Old North. Thanks to this project, we secured a way to fund the first few weeks of development time before we run out again. We've got a plan to use the time to shape the game and polish it into something awesome for everyone to try out. When everything is set, we'll be coming back to Kickstarter and try this again. With your on our backs, we believe we can make this happen.
From now on until the relaunch day, we're going to give weekly updates on this project, showing our advancements with the ongoing development. We hope this doesn't bother you and instead be a refreshment with new things to see, read, and maybe even play. :)
If there's any questions, suggestions, or fun messages, don't be shy to still contact us! All comments and messages in Kickstarter gets forwarded to our email, so we'll definitely read it and reply.
Saturday - August 10, 2013
StellarBrink - Open-World Space RPG
StellarBrink is a new kickstater that looks like FTL with better graphics and features. It's being developed by one man called Daniel Kole. He even has a tech Demo for you to try.
Think... Open-World, Isometric, Role-Playing, Sci-Fi, Crafting, Mining, Building, and Battling in space with custom Starship Interiors.
What is StellarBrink?
StellarBrink is a single player/multiplayer video game set in a futuristic universe full of warring factions and exotic locations. You are a mercenary trying to make ends meet however you can. The center of your world is your starship, and its interior is where you build your home. Each location in StellarBrink is made up of 3D tiles that can be removed and replaced, allowing players to customize each of the locations they visit. With strong role-playing elements and story-driven missions, StellarBrink is an open-world, single player/multiplayer video game like you've never seen before.
Please Note: StellarBrink is no longer a MMORPG:
After listening to a lot of great feedback from the community over the past few weeks, I have decided to make StellarBrink as a Single Player/Multiplayer game. I will do my best to update all content to reflect this changeas soon as possible.
Play The Tech Demo
Want to try out the game? Visit: beta.stellarbrink.com to play the StellarBrink Tech Demo in your browser using the Unity3D Web-Player Plugin.. or you can find PC and MAC downloads here: http://stellarbrink.com/demo/
The Tech Demo is a way for me to show off the engine behind StellarBrink as I add new features to the game, so that you, as backers, can see progress.
Monday - August 05, 2013
Celestian Tales: Old North - Playable Prototype
Ekuator Games the developer of Celestian Tales: Old North has sent news the game has a playable prototype. As for the game itself it has only earned $19,972 with only five days left.
On this weekend's In Depth, we're continuing the previous update's discussion about combat system. This time the main topic is customization -- how far are we really designing a 'play with your own style' customization options?
And, after numerous tests of polishing and destroying bugs, we thought it's time to show a playable prototype build to you all. It might look like the game, but it's basically still bare as it is. Read more about it down there or jump straight to the web player!
Combat System: Customizations
As many of you might know through our updates, each playable character in Celestian Tales: Old North are special. We wanted combat to not just be a must-have addition to an RPG -- we want it to empower each character's personalities and story.
The massive amount of customizations in the game is basically made possible by the modular elements you can mix-and-match yourself. The list is as follows:
- There are six playable characters
- You can bring up to three characters into combat
- Each character has three equipment slots: a Weapon, an Armor, and an Accessory.
- Each character possesses dozens of combat skills, but you may only bring a limited amount of them into combat.
- Each character also has a number of passive skills, and you also may only bring a limited amount into combat.
Sounds difficult? We'll get to them one by one.
Saturday - August 03, 2013
Legend of Dungeon - Now in Beta
Legend of Dungeon is a 4 Player Co-Op Roguelike-like Beat'em'up with dynamic lighting on awesome pixel art.
I also have a video trailer for those that are interested.
Friday - August 02, 2013
DwarfCorp - Explore, Exploit, and Profit!
Dig deep into the earth to discover rare gems and ores, and send them back to the motherland in a balloon or ship. Defend your colony with walls, traps, and mercenaries. Promote your employees for their good work, or give them a slap if they get sloppy. Meet Elves, Goblins, Mole Men, Demons and more!. Design your company logo and color scheme, and watch your company stock rise and fall against your competitors!
We are a two-man team of amateurs making the game of our dreams in our spare time. After developing this game for almost a year, we are looking for backers to help us make releasing this a reality. We are also looking for feedback and potential collaborators. We'd love to hear from you!
Bring Revolution 60 - Heavy Rain Meets Mass Effect
Bring Revolution 60 is a new kickstarter being developed by Giant Spacekat. It's described as follows:"Heavy Rain meets Mass Effect with an all-girl cast, made with the Unreal engine. One choice changes everything."
Revolution 60 is an intense, movie-length story - told cinematically with gorgeous 3D animation and full voice acting from stars like Amanda Winn-Lee. You play as Holiday, an assassin for Chessboard, tasked with discovering why an American orbital weapons platform has malfunctioned. This indie game topped the list of best games of PAX East, and has been called, "One of the best games you've never played," by MSN.
Now, the team needs your help bringing Revolution 60 to PC and Mac. The advantage of using the Unreal engine is the ability to port a completed game to other platforms with relative ease. For an indie team like Giant Spacekat, this is extremely important, allowing us to get our game into as many players' hands as possible.
Wednesday - July 31, 2013
Dungeonmans - Video Preview
Craig Stern played the alpha of Dungeonmans, which is currently trying to get funded at Kickstarter (59 hours to go and still needing a bit over $5K). Hge quite enjoyed what he saw and suggests to throw some money at the developer.
Friday - July 26, 2013
Legends of Aethereus - Ready for Release
Legends of Aethereus is now officially out of beta and ready for release according to the games kickstarter update.
Hello LoA Backers!We are happy to announce that we will shortly begin the distribution process of the final version of Legends of Aethereus!
We will do this through an automated system that sends you all the information you will need to get your version of LoA up and running. The information will be sent to your Kickstarter email. The automated system sends out a few at a time but everybody should receive their information within the next 24 hours.
Once you receive your information there is an online check for the activation keys but once you have successfully activated the game you will be able to play LoA in SP or MP LAN offline and DRM free.
LoA is available for: Linux, Windows and Mac and the versions are completely compatible. So feel free to team-up across OS platforms.
We have been hard at work incorporating the special Kickstarter features within LoA and we are planning a patch that should add the last of those features by Thursday July 25th. We are looking forward to your feedback so we can keep adapting and improving the features so that they deliver a great gaming experience.
We will also be sending out more details about tier rewards and individual information through the Kickstarter communication system.
We really appreciate your support and hope you enjoy the game!
Wednesday - July 24, 2013
7 Days to Die - Zombie Survival Game
I brought news of 7 Days to Die last month to recap it's a open world, voxel-based, sandbox game blending the best elements of FPS, Survival Horror, Tower Defense and Role Playing Games.
The developer Fun Pimps has started a kickstater to fund the project so give the game a look you might be surprised.
7 Days to Die is an open world, voxel-based, sandbox game that is a unique mash up of First Person Shooter, Survival Horror, Tower Defense and Role Playing Games combining combat, crafting, looting, mining, exploration, and character growth.
In the near future where the a third world war leaves the Earth in ruins but the worst was yet to come. Nobody knows for sure if it was the radiation, the biochemical weapons or an act of god but an unknown virus soon transforms the surviving humans into an army of the animated dead, acting as a single-minded being.
You play a survivor trapped in the savage zombie infested world of Navezgane County Arizona one of the last true Eden’s on Earth. Ironically Navezgane means “Killer of Monsters” to the Apache who have inhabited the land for centuries, and that’s pretty much what you’ll do as you fight to survive and search for the truth behind what really happened.
Tuesday - July 23, 2013
Numenera - Read All About It
This is about Numenera, not Torment: Tides of Numenera. As you might, or perhaps should, know Monte Cook's Numenera is the table-top RPG which is used in Torment: Tides of Numenera.
This is also about letting you know that in August you can read all about Numenera so you can play this with your friends or just check in what ways Torment: Tides of Numenera deviates from it.
We're so very close to the release of Numenera! The books are literally being printed and put onto trucks as I type this. There's still lots of logistical stuff to do even after they start arriving in the warehouse (not the least of which is that I have to do lots-and lots-of autographing), but we hope that packages will start shipping August 6th. The on-sale date (when it will be in stores) is August 14th, so there's a really good chance that Kickstarter supporters and preorder customers will have theirs before that date.
To be clear, we hope that this includes not just the corebook, but the Player's Guide, the Nightmare Switch exclusive adventure, the dice, the cypher deck, the XP deck, the t-shirts, and the screens. All of that should be shipping starting on August 6th.
Regardless of all that, the ebook versions of the corebook, the Player's Guide, the decks, and the screen inserts should all be available to Kickstarter backers and preorder cutomers on August 1st. That means you should be looking for an email with download instructions on that day. If you don't get one by the end of that day, contact Annie at email@example.com.
The great people at 3lb Games are making an amazing app for Numenera. It will hopefully also be done in August. This app will be available in the iTunes app store and other places when it's ready (look to 3lb Games for more info). For Kickstarter backers at the DABBLER level and above, we need your app platform choice. Kickstarter backers should check out the recent update for more information.
Celestian Tales: Old North - News Update
We've been receiving messages concerning our 'barebone graphics', and in our effort to answer we're on our way to revamp the combat backgrounds and environment from pixel arts to hand-drawn colors. Remember that sketch yesterday? Today it's halfway done into coloring:
Not using pixel backgrounds, in turn, lowers the workload for our dedicated pixel artist. This change gives her more time to add more animation frames to make them more fluid.
As of right now the project has earned only $11,837 of $40,000, and time is running out.
Space Shock - A Sci-Fi Dungeon Space RPG
Ideas Unbound the developer of a new kickstarter called Space Shock has sent news of their project.
Space Shock is an RPG game set in Space. Space Shock is the younger brother of all famous dungeon crawlers the RPG fans could play in the past and it still can be played via emulators on our beloved PCs. Space Shock will not be an ordinary Dungeon crawler, but rather Sci-fi based, which the players have not seen the likes of for years. The dungeons, forests, old cities will be replaced by huge ships, space stations and bases built on the planet surfaces and their moons. The player will take a party of heroes and needs to lead them through the real ‘Survival of the Fittest’ environment.
It will be hard to crawl past all robots, droids, defense systems, aliens, mutants and get out of the ghost ship which you have boarded as a group of Space pirates. As the younger brother to all dungeon crawlers, Space Shock does not suffer from all the growing pains of its older brothers and will become a modern and revolutionary dungeon crawling game, offering everything you loved before and much more you can find in many of new RPG games.
Monday - July 15, 2013
Legend of Iya - An Epic Metroidvania Adventure
The kickstarter I'm bringing to everyones attention today is called Legend of Iya. It reminds me of the old Alundra games on the playstation.
Legend of Iya (it's pronounced Ee-yah), has been my never-ending passion project as long as I can remember. Beginning with early 8-bit computers, and stretching all the way to present day, the game has changed, evolved and improved over the years, from a simple 8-bit run-and-jump to something far more compelling. The game has seen at least half a dozen iterations, each time dying, but being reborn as some kind of a stubborn freaking phoenix.
Legend of Iya (LOI) is a 2D, story-driven metroidvania game in development for Windows PC. As I am a pixel artist by trade, the game features top-shelf pixel graphics and animation reminiscent of 16 and early 32-bit era, with lush, varied environments, tons of animation and detail, and some crazy-huge setpieces.
Oh, and let's not forget awesome boss battles! Will have a bunch of those. In fact I ended up writing my own procedural module-animation editor for bringing those to life without killing me with animation work. The results are vaguely reminiscent of bosses in games like Castlevania SOTN and 16-bit Contras.
Saturday - July 13, 2013
Ambient Environments - Soundtracks for RPG's
Todays kickstarter is not for a game but for a project that seeks to create a sountrack to listen to while playing RPG's. It's called Ambient Environments and needs a little more help to get funded.
Soundtracks inspired by years of dungeon delving, treasure hunting and tavern hopping—just in time for your next adventure!
ou’re a GM that loves to take control of their environment in order to provide an immersive experience for your players. Or a war gamer who likes to set the mood by enriching your environment with the sounds that one might hear on the battlefield. Or maybe you’re a game store owner hosting a local GM night and you need to provide a backdrop that will work for any game.
Setting the mood is one of the more difficult tasks of a GM, and yet one of the most important to keep players engaged in your environment and story. These high-quality MP3’s (320 Kbps), each a glorious 10 minutes in length, are meant to help GMs inspire their players. They have been play tested, gamer critiqued, and are ready to be brought into your living room or gaming store.
The basic goal of our Kickstarter is to provide you with 48 tracks. That's over 480 minutes of soundtracks for your games, with many more planned for our stretch goals!
Unlike some products that just provide sound effects on a loop in the background, Ambient Environments is a complete soundtrack for your gaming experience. Just like music in a film enhances the movie's tension and emotion, it can do the same for your game. Sure, the sound effects are there too, but they're only one part of the whole!
NOTE: Want a different set of soundtracks then what is offered in the pledges? You can create your own reward by using our Add-ons!
Friday - July 12, 2013
Celestian Tales: Old North. - A Traditional Narrative-Driven RPG
Well by now most of you should know I love 2D traditional RPG's. So because of that I bring you a new kickstarter called Celestian Tales: Old North.
Traditional narrative-driven RPG. An epic of love, faith, and justice. Six characters. Three decades. How will you shape the Old North?
Celestian Tales: Old North is inspired by JRPG titles of the 90s, the era of SNES and PlayStation. We strive to recreate the retro feel but add our own modern touches on top of it. For example, our native resolution is 800 x 600 instead of 640 x 480, we use high-resolution hand-drawn character illustrations for dialogues instead of pixel art, and user interfaces are made with seamless animation.
Stemming from our love of great stories and narrative-driven games, Celestian Tales is a direct fruition of seven years of brewing ideas, concocting intrigues, and sculpting a living, breathing world through D&D 3.5e, D&D 4e, Pathfinder, Iron Kingdoms RPG, and many other tabletop RPGs. The story of Old North is derived from one of our dedicated campaigns which ran weekly sessions for a year long. Have you ever created an original character and wished he/she could be alive in some form? This is it -- this is that hope made reality.
Have you ever felt nostalgic about classic RPGs you played in your youth? Are you an old school gamer like us who long to taste once again how a game with simple graphics could move our hearts? To play a game which memories you'll cherish deeply for a long time? Perhaps you've never experienced it yet have heard about legends of the past?
Wednesday - July 10, 2013
Tales of Terrene - A Steampunk Adventure RPG
Tales of Terrene is a new kickstarter being developed by Kortex Studios. It's described as a steampunk themed adventure RPG game. So do the usual spread the word, or just go meh and move on.
Tales of Terrene follows the main character and their struggle to adapt and survive in an ever evolving world filled with enemies. The story is set in the steampunk themed world of Terrene. The main character is a renegade airship captain who has had his vessel stolen, along with something of great worth on board. He must fight and transverse his way across Terrene and beyond battling enemies and other various renegade Captains to require his ship and the precious treasure that everyone seems to pitted on taking.
Tales of Terrene utilizes the Unity engine and Dolby inspired 7.1 sound channels. Working in conjunction with Dolby we plan to implement their sound technology to bring you a great game that really comes to life in surround sound! The Development team is working around the clock to create a game that is compelling and challenging, insuring a great experience for all gamers. We plan to include features like...
- Talent Tree
- Currency System
- Interactive NPC and Shops
- Experience Leveling System
- Compelling Lore & Quest Line
- And Much More!
If you'd like to see Tales of Terrene come into fruition please take the time to get information from our website and Kickstarter and donate. All donations of any amount are generously appreciated!
Thanks goto rjshae for finding the game.
Monday - July 08, 2013
Dungeonmans - The Heroic Adventure Roguelike
I have another project form kickstarter called Dungeonmans. Don't roll your eyes the game has potential.
Play the Dungeonmans Summer Preview Today!
Dungeonmans is a lighthearted 2D roguelike set in a persistent world of high adventure that grows and evolves as you play. Explore untamed wilds, delve the deepest dungeons, crush terrible and remorseless monsters, and roll around in piles of shiny loot. Currently in development for Windows, the Dungeonmans Summer Preview is available right now for you to play!
Liege - Funding Successful and Interviews
In well under a week we've already met our target goal. Thank you to all of you!
So what's next? With the target goal met, my focus will be shifting from getting the game made, to getting it made with the best possible production values and for as wide an audience as possible. I'll be announcing some stretch goals in the next few days, with a focus on increasing the quality of the game's art and sound assets, scaling up specific scenes and locations, and porting to additional platforms. I'm still doing some research into the last point, but as soon as I can finish the proper due diligence, I'll be making an announcement.
Tuesday - July 02, 2013
UnderTale - A RPG Where No One Has To Get Hurt
A long time ago, two races ruled peacefully over the Earth: HUMANS and MONSTERS. One day, a terrible war broke out between the two races. After a long battle, the humans were victorious. They sealed the monsters underground with a magical spell.
In the year 201X, a small child scales Mt. Ebott. It is said that those who climb the mountain never return.
Seeking refuge from the rainy weather, the child enters a cave and discovers an enormous hole. Moving closer to get a better look... the child falls in. Now, our story begins.
Although UNDERTALE is an original game, the demo has already received many favorable comparisons to the MOTHER (Earthbound) series, specifically MOTHER 3. Other have compared it to Cave Story, the Shin Megami Tensei series, Touhou, and Homestuck.
- Fighting is wholly unnecessary: negotiate your way out of danger using the unique battle system.
- Time your attacks for extra damage, then dodge enemy attacks in a style reminiscent of top-down shooters.
- Use the format of a video game to tell the story: traditional fourth-wall breaking tropes such as "SAVING," "EXP," and "LV" are an intergrated part of the game's world.
- Obligatory puzzles. Lots and lots of obligatory puzzles.
- Original art and soundtrack brimming with personality.
- Captivating story with an emphasis on humor.
- Become friends with all of the bosses!
- Hilariously bad dating sim segments!
- Seriously, you can literally have a robot husband.
Sunday - June 30, 2013
Liege - A Party-Based Tactical RPG
I found another promising kickstarter that at least deserves a a look it's called Liege.
What is Liege?
Liege is a party-based, tactical role-playing game for PC, Mac, iOS and Android.
Liege is a game that's inspired by Japanese RPG classics, chess, and others.
Liege is an interactive epic about ordinary people like us, placed in fantastic, larger-than-life circumstances. In equally vague terms, it's a game about family, power, love, death, and other way serious, totally heavy things.
Liege is being planned as a trilogy with a continuous story arc, with the first release scheduled for early 2014.
One late autumn eve in the Kingdom of Liege, a King, his queen, and their royal heirs fall into a deep slumber from which they never wake.
…and so our story begins. Following their mysterious deaths, a power struggle in the royal court ensues, and as the conflict quickly escalates, the Kingdom plunges into a bloody civil war. As war erupts across the land, we track the converging paths of characters aligned across various factions, from the noble houses vying for the throne, to the orphaned Royal Army, to an underground movement of outlaws with plans to incite revolution amidst the chaos.
Saturday - June 29, 2013
Satellite Reign - Syndicate Wars Spiritual Sequel
Yes I know this isn't an RPG but the news deserves front page status. After getting the failed FPS two years ago I lost all hope for a new Syndicate War game.
Now we have a new project from some of the original developers. The game is called Satellite Reign a project from developer 5 Lives Studios.
Satellite Reign is a A real-time, class-based strategy game, set in an open world cyberpunk city, from the creator of Syndicate Wars.
You control a team of four agents, each with distinct and unique abilities, collectively battling for control of a fully simulated, living cyberpunk city.
The game world is designed to facilitate emergent gameplay, giving you the tools and freedom to play how you want to play, so you can create strategies and scenarios that not even we had anticipated!
Customise your team with the strength to destroy your enemies head-on, or hack into their facilities to manipulate their infrastructure without them ever knowing you were even there.
Will you take down your enemies with brute-force? Covert espionage and infiltration? Or will you use propaganda to influence the citizens of the city and overthrow the controlling powers?
Friday - June 28, 2013
Kickstarter - Hollowfear Launched
The developer of Hollowfear sent us word that his game is now on Kickstarter.
HollowFear, an innovative and challenging blend of RPG, Tower Defense and Action Hack & Slash is LIVE on Kickstarter. A highly playable early demo build is available for press and our kickstarter supporters. Key features of the game: -A unique blend of different genres -Innovative, fast paced yet tactical combat -Weapon attack zones, shield defense zones -Defense tower management (upgrading, defending, repairing...) -RPG style character development -Various level objectives (defending victory points, defeating enemy bosses, surviving, escaping etc. and combinations) -Set in medieval land of Carantania (territory of present-day Slovenia), based on slavic pagan mythology This is a true indie project from the grounds up. It started up 4 years ago as a hobby of a programmer, passionate about computer games. The design was evolving slowly, with many iterations and considerations. It is currently in a late development phase and is scheduled to be released in Q1 2014.
Tuesday - June 25, 2013
Infinite Space 3: Sea of Stars - New Game Trailer
Video showing some progress on Infinite Space 3: Sea of Stars. The main things shown are more refined star map and other user interfaces, as well as some item art and new ambient sounds.
Saturday - June 22, 2013
PixelsorDeath - Creators Could Be Killing Kickstarter
The next newsbit doeasn't deal with RPG's but with kickstarter. Joshua Dennison of PixelsOrDeath wrote an editorial about kickstarters and backer awards.
Question is do you agree or disagree?
To backers, this stings. The pride of helping fund someone’s passion simply isn’t there if everyone else can eventually have a piece of that pie, too. No matter how they’re acquired, behind-the-scenes documentary videos, “alpha” builds, and in-game perks aren’t exclusive anymore if everyone can have the same perks. Arguably, it’s even worse when, in a few instances, these pre-order bonuses are coming in cheaper than you could have initially gotten them with the crowdfunding campaign.
It could be viewed as a question of whether or not someone is willing to effectively pay a “crowdfunding surcharge” for early access, but again, occasionally the same “alpha” or “beta” access is being offered to everyone who pre-orders in the traditional sense.
In short, creators should be careful about alienating potential contributors. If creators are willing to make the rewards, they should be willing to cater to their backers, too. Internet culture is a touchy, fickle thing, and it doesn’t take much to alienate a vocal minority (a very vocal minority).
There’s a great deal at stake here. These crowdfunding efforts are the only chance that some of these creators have, and they could lose that resource if we’re all not careful. Games like Kentucky Route Zero and FTL: Faster Than Light might not have ever seen the light of day without Kickstarter, and we certainly wouldn’t have seen Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!” without Indiegogo.
Places like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are fertile grounds for creative talent to take their would-be projects, but creators have to be careful not to squander the interest of supporters. We’re not in questionable territory anymore; crowdfunding is a widely-accepted practice, and creators have to be aware of their actions. It might only take a few more exclusives-turned-pre-order-bonus items for that vocal minority to denounce crowdfunding on the whole, potentially sullying the entire ecosystem for future hopefuls.
Wednesday - June 19, 2013
The Great Gaias - A Story-Driven RPG
Here we are with another kickstarter RPG, and I can see the not again expressions. This time the game is called The Great Gaias. The goal is $25,000 with 24 days left.
Horizon’s End is proud to present its first game, The Great Gaias. This modern take on the classic JRPG genre brings forth the best qualities of these forgotten games. With more than sixty hours of gameplay including sidequests, hidden characters, crafting, and multiple endings, we hope to rival such classics as Chrono Trigger, Xenogears and the Final Fantasy series.
The Great Gaias is an ancient tome authored by the Gods that is able to reincarnate the souls of ones who have led a life that was supremely influential and helped shape history. The First Men, the Chosen Ones, having been granted immortality by the Gods and free will, were charged with the governance of lesser man and ruled justly and righteously their new city called Validus. After years of prosperity, a stranger from the east, Grindelwald Maultor, brought magic to the First Men, and with this new-found power came tyranny.
Using this mighty gift he corrupted the immortal First Men, transforming them to wickedness. The Gauf, as these ten immortal warlords were named, waged a bloodthirsty war against the other free folk of Tenat. It wasn’t until the Warriors of Old, souls birthed from The Great Gaias, battled Validus, and pushed their forces back, imprisoning the immortal Gauf and Lord Maultor within an ancient Tower of the Gods.
Peace has reigned for a millennia, but a new age is dawning in which an ancient magic is returning to the world. The souls of the Great Gaias have all been reborn into existence once again, and the seals of the ancient tower are weakening. It is up to a small group of unlikely adventurers to uncover the past and fulfill an age-old prophecy that will undoubtedly shake the very foundations of the modern world and shape the direction of a new age.
The Great Gaias will employ many features that were cherished by the players of this classic style. Throughout the game you will encounter an elaborate and highly developed lore supported and developed upon by the many systems revolving around it. Features such as the bestiary, biography, quest journal, and The Grand Arcanum, all help to compliment our vision of this rich and detailed world.
Tuesday - June 18, 2013
Soul Saga - A J-RPG Inspired by Playstation Classics.
Indie developer Disastercake has announced a new retro-styled JRPG Soul Saga. The goal is to get $60,000 and so far it's earned $11,849 with 27 days left. Now if you dislike or just loathe JRPG's this game wont be for you.
A love letter to J-RPG classics from the Playstation era like Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, Suikoden, and Persona.
The Tempest Reef is a protective barrier of storm clouds that Medonia sits on. This barrier is the only thing keeping the islands safe from the terrors of the Ink corruption that ravages the planet below. Nothing can pass through the Tempest Reef without being utterly annihilated.
300 years after it's conception, the Tempest Reef is weakening, and the Islands of Medonia are dying and falling from the sky. There are rumors of a passage called Cloud's End that will allow a ship passage through the Tempest Reef to the surface world below. It is assumed that Mithos' father had found this passage, but he left no trace of its existence behind. The Guilds of Medonia now search for Cloud's End in hope to find a cure for their dying islands somewhere on the surface of Oterra.
What's a Disastercake?
Disastercake is one normal guy with one large dream: to make games he's passionate about. This guy's name is Mike Gale... and that's me! I've been working on Soul Saga for years as many roles including a programmer, game designer, and technical artist. I also outsource a lot of Soul Saga's art to talented artists around the world using my life's savings. I use to work at Microsoft in their games department, but I've quit that comfy job to work on Soul Saga, a game inspired by classic J-RPGs.
Why a J-RPG?
J-RPGs (Japanese Role Playing Games) are the reason I fell in love with the game industry. When I was young, I spent countless hours playing games like Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, Suikoden, and Persona.
What attracted me to J-RPGs was that they are one of the most impressive forms of multimedia to date. They contain nearly all forms of media in one beautifully orchestrated piece of art. Traditional art, graphic design, 3D, music, sound, lighting, cinematography, choreography, script writing, acting, story telling, and a whole lot more!
But it's a fine balance. If one part seems off, the rest suffers greatly. For this reason, it's also one of the most challenging forms of media to orchestrate successfully. I hunger for that challenge!
Saturday - June 15, 2013
Frozen State - A Survival Based Horror RPG
Frozen State is a new rpg on kickstarter looking for funding. The project still has 37 days left and has raised £7,763 of it's £60,000 goal. It's worth a look so spread the word.
It is a survival based horror RPG, which will immerse you in a Siberian, post apocalyptic wasteland. The game takes place in a secret Soviet city,which was partly destroyed. You will get by, side by side, with vicious alien hybrids, ruthless bandits and other survivors like you, who haven’t lost hope. Exploring new areas, scavenging and fighting for your life, you will be making hard choices between greater good and your personal goals, which will lead you to different outcomes.
Our inspiration comes from many sources: games like Fallout 1 and 2, S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl, Metro 2033, Half-Life 2, Resident Evil; films The Thing, Alien(s),Prometheus, The Road, The Myst; our favorite writers Isaac Asimov, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Stanislaw Lem and many others.
We are making a game which will have virtually an ultimate freedom without labeling you as a bad or a good guy, a game where your actions affect the world, a game without hordes of brainless zombies, but rather with strong and dangerous enemies. The game with tense and grim atmosphere.
Thanks go to rjshae for bringing this game to my attention.
Friday - June 07, 2013
Reobirth: Magic's Awakening - A New ARPG
Well it's time for another underappreciated kickstarter RPG. This time the project is called Reobirth: Magic's Awakening.
Reobirth: Magic's Awakening is a fast-paced 2D action RPG currently being developed for PC (with possible Mac and Linux ports through the stretch goals!). Drawing inspiration from some of the most memorable and classic ARPG's (Secret of Mana, Castlevania, Super Metroid), Reobirth combines world exploration, elemental magic, and intense battling into an exciting and challenging adventure that spans the lands!When Reo, a powerful and devastating form of elemental magic, is unleashed across the greatest expands of the universe, sinister monsters of dark magic begin growing all throughout the galaxy. On earth, humanity is forced to seek refuge by escaping to the Hove, a large man-made airship that valiantly hovers high above the clouds. The privileged and high ranking civilians retreat to the Hove under command of the questionable Emperor Vioz, while the commoners are left on earth to fend for themselves against the growing masses of dark monsters. Two hundred years upon the Hove and the once mighty airship now slowly grazes through the air, desperately seeking restorations: damaged, quickly losing altitude, and seemingly mere moments away from plummeting back down to earth for the Emperor and all passengers to meet their untimely fate: death by Dark Magic monsters.
But in a moment, a mysterious young boy with aquatic blue hair is seen standing motionless on the deck, mysteriously blending with the darkness of the night. No name, no origin - stricken with an eerily uncanny silence and a deadpan expression drawn across his pale face.
"Who is this young boy that has slipped aboard?" the passengers whisper, completely perplexed. "There is no entrance to an airship that hovers hundreds of miles in the air!"
And this Reo - such a relentless and destructive force - how did that come to be?
Thursday - June 06, 2013
Conclave - Released
The devs of Conclave, which was funded last year on Kickstarter, let us know that they released their game, a browser RPG that can be played solo or in co-op.
10x10 Room Releases Conclave, the Tabletop-Inspired RPG You Can Play
at Any Pace, from Any Browser
Boston, MA - June 4, 2012 - Two-person indie development team 10x10 Room
announced the release of Conclave, its tabletop-inspired online RPG. The game had been in public beta since its successful Kickstarter in September 2012, which funded its remaining development.
Conclave brings the turn-based combat and story-driven decision-making of
tabletop RPGs to the browser. Players can play solo or cooperatively with up to
three friends; cooperative play can be either synchronous or asynchronous, letting players pick whichever style they prefer. 10 free adventures offer the opportunity to try out the game before purchasing the full campaign, which includes 15 more adventures that complete the story.
"We built Conclave because we missed the excitement of tabletop roleplaying
games but couldn't find time to play them any more," said Nick Branstator, co-
founder of 10x10 Room. "After more than three years of work, Conclave offers
tabletop-inspired gameplay that fits into your life without sacrificing depth in its mechanics or story."
- Solo and co-op play, with automatic scaling based on party size
- Turn-based combat on battlemaps featuring varied foes, terrain, and traps
- Decisions with consequences for both combat and the overall story
- Take turns synchronously in real time or asynchronously at your leisure
- Five customizable character archetypes with distinct playstyles
- Five original races: nix, trow, lumyn, mezoar, and forgeborn
- Over 100 unique abilities to choose from when leveling
- Earned distinctions that unlock additional story options and items
- Soundtrack by Sam Hulick, composer for the Mass Effect series
- 25 adventures in the full campaign, Legacy of the Dweller
- Play from PC, tablet, or smartphone, including iOS and Android devices
Conclave was a GameOn Notable Entry for 2013.
Here is a gameplay video:
And you can try the game for yourself here.
Thursday - May 30, 2013
Dungeon of Elements - A Unique RPG Kickstarter
This kickstarter project is called Dungeon of Elements. To put it simply it's a RPG with combat inspired by Dr. Mario & Tetris. I brought attention to the game a few weeks back.
Dungeon of Elements is an RPG dungeon crawler with combat inspired by some of our favorite classic puzzle games like Dr. Mario or Tetris. In Dungeon of Elements (DoE), core meets casual as we combine many different styles of gameplay in a fun, immersive experience. While trundling through dungeons, ruins, and 45 different environments, you will defeat over 60 enemy types, collect pets, craft items, weapons, and armor through alchemical experimentation, build your bestiary, and more.
We are here on Kickstarter for more than just raising funds. We want to build a community with our players starting right now: before the game is launched. If you have input and feedback, we want to hear it! You can help us make this game the best it can possibly be by sharing your insights and feedback over the next couple months. Your participation will really take this game to the next level.
Dungeon of Elements is very close to completion. If we successfully fund, we estimate delivery of the game to our backers in less than a month. We wanted to bring a project to Kickstarter where the backers get almost instant gratification for their support. We realize this is a bit unusual, but hopefully you gamers out there will appreciate it.
Monday - May 27, 2013
TinyKeep - The 3D Dungeon Crawler on Kickstarter
TinyKeep, the 3D dungeon crawler for Windows and Mac on Kickstarter has 3 days left to reach its funding goal of £22,162 (currently at £15,190).
Artifact Red-X - A Hybrid RPG/TB Strategy Game
The vision of ARTIFACT: RED-X is to create a hybrid real time empire-style builder with turn based squad tactical combat . The role of the player is that of the invading enemy, where they must conquer an alien planet that they have selected themselves. The real time main gaming view of ARTIFACT: RED-X will use an adaption of the traditional tabletop-style board game mechanics.Each tile or hexagon will have resources and terrain attributes which will help or hinder the player's progression.The turn-based squad tactical view will also be divided into tiles and provide strategic advantages and disadvantages.
Play as the leader of one of the 10 greatest colony factions as you wage planetary conquest from space, land, sea and air. Your faction's core religious and social beliefs will influence how you conduct diplomacy, espionage, research, manage your bases and people in your quest for glory, honor and wealth.
Hand-pick the alien planet to invade, establish a base of operations, operate reconnaissance mission over alien territories, abduct aliens for research, launch terror campaigns on alien cities to destabilize local governments then infiltrate them to turn on their own people.
Locate and secure rare and valuable resources, build mining outposts to extract, process and transport the precious cargo back to base. Watch out for local anti-human agencies who will attempt to take down your supply ships and raid your resource hubs.
Play at your own pace. Jump straight into playing and receive guidance and advice on how to best play the game. They also provide insight for decisions first-time players make. Play in real time or change the speed of the game to suit your gaming style.
Individually recruit and customize each soldier, weapon, item and armor pieces to create a truly personalized gaming experience.Hand pick each solider for your squads based on their individual skills and abilities in an RPG-style attribute system. Customize each soldiers' load out, training and select who gets promoted. Upgrade weapons, items and armor based on each soldier's performance traits to enhance their effectiveness.
Research and manufacture new technologies. Power them with the rare element "Red-X" and become an unstoppable force. Watch out as element "Red-X" releases exotic radiation which causes Freeform evolution to occur. Squad units evolve & physically mutate, unlocking new abilities, technologies and more!
Turn based Ground squad combat with up to 36 ground units on battlefield. Using an isometric graphics style that makes it easy to identify and play.
Challenge your friends to single turn-based tactical games or stay in it for the long haul and compete for dominance of the planet as either human or alien species.
Saturday - May 25, 2013
Unrest - An Unconventional RPG Set in Ancient India
As you know I'm always looking at new indie RPG's and kickstarters. This time I came across a game that might interest some members. The kickstarter is called Unrest, and is set in India.
Unrest is a story driven RPG set in ancient India in the midst of an uprising. Play as ordinary men and women struggling for safety, freedom, food for their children, and a chance at peace.
- Explore the drought and famine stricken streets of an ancient Indian city, where a fog of hunger and discontent shrouds the natural beauty of the land.
- Use the detailed conversation system to instill fear, command respect and gain the trust and friendship of others. Understand your enemies and make them see your side of the story.
- The narrative adapts to failure and death - instead of a game over screen, the plot continues and your fate becomes part of it. However, you can still save and load at any time if you want to.
- Make tough and interesting decisions in the lives of people untouched by destiny. The traditional hero’s quest of prophecy, power, and revenge forms a backdrop to your own struggles.
- Combat is brutal, decisive…and always avoidable. Bloodshed might be the easy way out in some situations, but has lasting consequences beyond those apparent on the surface.
- Hand drawn 2D art and soundtrack based on ancient Indian music to help you immerse yourself in the world.
- Full mod support lets you create your own worlds and adventures.
- Unrest will be available DRM-Free on multiple digital stores, without any DLC or micro-transactions. We promise.
Monday - May 13, 2013
TUG - A Sandbox RPG Going Social
According to themselves TUG is a multiplayer open-world sandbox-RPG using new technology and social sciences to directly involve players in the game’s design. They are currently trying to get $215K at Kickstarter and are currently at 98K with 18 days to go.
TUG sits at the crossroads where survival sandbox and multiplayer RPG’s meet, offering both elegant simplicity and a world of complex secrets for those who desire to seek them out. From freezing snow capped mountains to dark dreary caves, TUG offers a massive procedurally-generated world to explore, full of mystery and danger -- but what makes TUG truly unique is its ability to help us learn what you as players enjoy about the game, and to use your interactions to make an amazing world even better.
The project draws inspiration from fun, accessible games we love such as Minecraft, Fable, Animal Crossing, and Zelda, as well as games that feature deeply complex worlds, including Eve Online, Monster Hunter, and Dwarf Fortress.
What do we think you’ll like about TUG? Some of the things we’re most excited about include:
- Integrated modding support: we won’t just have support for modding tools hooked in from the beginning -- we’ll be sharing our tools with modders.
- Pets and Companions will join you in your travels and help along the way.
- Entire Civilizations lie hidden for you to uncover... or create new ones to conquer the world!
- Day, Night, and Seasonal Cycles with perils and opportunities unique to each.
- Exotic Wild Beasts to tame, hunt, breed, or ride!
- Logic Engineering, from simple trap triggers to reprogramming your golem!
- Dark Mysteries to unearth, and ancient powers to unleash!
- DRM-Free. That includes the servers, which we’ll also be sharing with you.
Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Tuesday - May 07, 2013
Chasm - Kickstarted and Demo Available
The Kickstarter for Chasm shows the project from Discord Games has surpassed its $150K funding goal with several days remaining in the campaign. There is a playable demo so the game can be sampled also.
PLAY THE DEMO AND PLEDGE NOW! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/d...
Chasm is a 2D Platformer Action-RPG currently in development for Windows, Mac, & Linux. Taking equal inspiration from hack 'n slash dungeon crawlers (procedurally generated dungeons, loot drops, etc) and Metroidvania-style platformers, the game aims to immerse you in its 2D fantasy world full of exciting treasure, deadly enemies, and abundant secrets.
Monday - May 06, 2013
Adventure Maximus! - A New Kid Friendly Table Top Game
Eden Studios sent news for their recently started kickstarter. It's a card based Role Playing Game for players 8 years-of-age and up. It looks like a good way to get kids interested in RPG's.
Eden Studios has been known for publishing award winning and fan favorite RPGs for over 15 years. Today we embark on a new project to bring in new players to the world of role playing games. It's time for a role playing game adults & kids can both enjoy. Make a character in under 2 minutes. Start playing out of the box.
That project is entitled Adventure Maximus!
Adventure MAXIMUS! is a card based, introductory Role Playing Game for players 8 years-of-age and up. Players can take on roles from eight different races. Working together as a famous "Adventure Company" based in the fantastic, post-apocalyptic world of Ex-Machina they can become heroes of legend.
Adventure MAXIMUS! follows the classic role playing game format consisting of someone who runs the adventure (who we call a Maximus Master) and 2 or more players who interact with the adventure. Inexperienced Maximus Masters will find using our Adventure Creation System helpful when making their first adventure. Also, the role of Maximus Master can be taken over by a player in mid adventure so that everyone gets a chance to play!
Saturday - May 04, 2013
TinyKeep - A New Action RPG
As usual I came across another kickstarter that needs some attention and funding. This time the kickstarter is called TinyKeep.
TinyKeep is a 3D dungeon crawler for Windows and Mac, currently under development by programmer Phi Dinh. The game was originally inspired by classic roguelikes and RPGs such as Rogue, NetHack, Ultima IV, and boardgames like Hero Quest. Since it's inception, the game has taken on a life of it's own, dragged kicking and screaming into a new age - where terrifyingly intelligent monsters haunt the beautifully lit corridors of TinyKeep's dungeons.
In essence, TinyKeep is a 3D realtime Action RPG, focusing on exploration and combat. The premise is simple: Your character is a prisoner, a seasoned fighter jailed many years ago and left to perish in the deepest, darkest cells of the keep. The nights pass by and all hope seems lost, you realise that the end is drawing near. But on one fateful day, you wake up and find yourself mysteriously free of your shackles, and in front of you lies a broken, unlocked door. There is only one thing left to do, you must now escape TinyKeep!
At its heart is a sophisticated AI system, designed to produce unique monster intelligence that behaves in exciting and unpredictable ways. We wanted to create a game that feels alive, where the dungeon's inhabitants have their own motivations and needs, and situations are created that have never been seen before in a game of this genre.
Friday - April 26, 2013
RPGs are Evil - Dark Dungeons: The Movie
I was introduced to this kickstsrter via an email notice in my newsbox . This time the kickstarter isn't about a game, but about the famous 1984 Anti-Dungeons and Dragons comic Dark Dungeons.
I won the lottery. Not the jackpot, "just" a thousand bucks, and being a typical middle-class middle-manager a thousand dollars is nice, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't going to change my life. So I decided to do something special with the money. I decided I wanted to spend it to bring something that would last; I would spend it to try and bring Jack Chick's epic 1984 graphic novel / tract to film.
I wrote Chick Publications explaining this to them and I'm super-excited to announce that I have obtained the video rights to make a movie based on Dark Dungeons.
If you're not familiar with Dark Dungeons you can read it in its entirety here;
But all you really need to know is that it sets out to show what Jack Chick knows to be the truth behind role-playing. It shows that;
*Playing RPGs can make you gain real life magic abilities
*If you gain a high enough level you will be invited to join a secret cult
* Gamers whose characters die are in danger of committing suicide.
* That DM's are vile temptresses that are out to corrupt their players to the forces of evil.
Given all those startling claims it's amazing that the crusade against RPG's has not been more successful! In fact, the last movie to crusade against D&D was Tom Hank's 1982 classic, "Mazes and Monsters."
We are going change all that. I'm already investing all of my lottery winnings in this project but it's just not enough to get it filmed and that's where you come in.
If the idea of seeing a movie where all the anti-RPG arguments above are made with every last drop of drama and conviction I can wring out them appeals to you, then I want you to invest today and make this movie a reality.
Tuesday - April 23, 2013
The Realm Game - A New Adventure Game Set In Post-Civilisation England
The Realm is the latest title asking you to part with your pennies and pounds in the form of a Kickstarter.While not a RPG I know some of you are interested in adventure games.
We are a group of experienced game developers asking for your help to make a unique and visually stunning graphical adventure. We will be using a combination of inspiring 3D and beautifully crafted 2D artwork to set a new artistic benchmark for the point and click genre, not just on PC and Mac, but on tablet devices too. We call our style ‘Western Art, Eastern Heart’.
We’re re-imagining the point and click adventure, bringing it up to date so that it can be played just as easily on touch screen devices as with a mouse. We've taken out complicated inventory screens and obscure puzzles and replaced them with the streamlined interactivity and intuitive design now expected of modern games.
So What Is 'The Realm'?
The Realm is set in a far distant future where the world has been reclaimed by nature. Our once proud cities now lie abandoned - overgrown with strange plants and twisted vines. The locations in The Realm reflect the real-life landscapes and architecture of the North East of England.
Some humans remain, but they are now leading a more simple life based around small rural communities entirely divorced from modern technology and science. The age of magic and mysticism has returned and there are rumours of stirrings in the forests.
Kickstarter - Nine Year Old Raises $24,534
You read the headline right it's not wrong. A nine year old named Mackenzie Wilson wants to create her own RPG game. She just successfully concluded her Kickstarter campaign for her RPG, raising $24,534 pledged by 1,442 backers.
I play games on my computer, PS3 and KindleHD all the time and it's fun but I REALLY WANT to create my own games to play. Ultimately I want to learn to program really cool stuff, but since I'm 9 I'm starting with RPG Maker because it lets me create something awesome without having to know how to actually program everything. I'll learn to program more as I get older, but right now, RPG Maker's drag & drop functionality makes it pretty easy for me to create working RPG games quickly. And each time, my games get better & better. I'm having fun playing with the software now and learning how it works. It's given me lots more ideas about how to make the game I'm going to build at RPG Camp even AWESOMER!
Right now, I know for sure that my game will be more age appropriate than the games I'm stuck playing. Sadly there just aren't many cool RPGs out there for kids my age that aren't stupid or silly.
As I said in the video, I want to create an RPG that isn't too violent and isn't filled with bad words, still has a good story line & cool graphics, but has shorter cut scenes, less menus & fewer controls. And most importantly, I want a game that allows team members to face danger together and get hurt but doesn't kill team mates off & eliminate them from battle.
It's no secret there aren't enough females in STEM professions so part of my Kickstarter campaign is aimed at raising awareness and getting girls thinking about careers in technology at an early age. I want to be a role model for kids - but especially to girls so there are more girls in tech because I don't want to be the only girl in the room. My Mom and I created fun messaging about things girls can do followed by "KEEP UP!" which implies that the person who's supporting the campaign is ahead of others and a leader. Both of these items will be built in the game.
Monday - April 22, 2013
Worlds of Magic - Life in the City
Worlds of Magic has more information on the game in their recent kickstarter update. The update deals with the project funding, and the city side of the game.
Salutations our ingenious and inquisitive backers! Today we want to focus on two main points:
We have now passed the 90% line. This is awesome news! We still have plenty of time to hit stretch goals. However, as always, we want to be moving along even more quickly. Everyone can help us do that just by sharing what they've found with their friends. We now have over 1400 backers. We don't know how many friends you guys have, but we're fairly sure “a lot” is a fitting description :) So, make sure you let them know about WoM!
Now, I think we'll all agree that it's very MoM inspired. Some of you may not like the fact that population can be assigned to research. However, Aaron LOVED it in MoO2, so you'll have to go by the forums and argue with him about it if you don't like the idea. This is the first taste. There will be more to come. You have certainly noticed that there is no picture of the city on this screen. Don't worry, you'll see all your cool little buildings in what is now the empty part of this screen. Be sure to leave us comments about what you like (or what you don't like if you must, lol). We're listening!
To wrap up we'll do what we always do and thank you as well as ask you to keep spreading the word. We're getting there step by step!
Steven Kimura - Disappointed With Kickstarter
I know this news post has nothing to do with RPG's, but it has eveything to do with all the recentt RPG's kickstarted. Former Harmonix and Irrational Games turned indepent developer Steven Kimura has has spoken of his grievance with the direction of Kickstarter.
“Kickstarter is becoming a burned out, cynical market that can’t support the kinds of projects we’re working on.” says Kimura. “It’s disheartening for me to see some rehash of a game that was popular 20 years ago get funded. I get it, because that’s a reflection of the retail market – all sequels – but those kinds of projects have really burned people out on Kickstarter for us.”
“For me, indie development is about making something creative and different. I think that’s what Kickstarter was supposed to be about, but I think that it’s shifted, especially in the game space. Now it’s just a shop and I think that’s the death of that platform. That’s not what it’s for.”
Now the question is do you agree with him? I for one am grateful for kickstarter. I have more RPG's that would of never been funded by a publisher.
Sunday - April 21, 2013
Worlds of Magic - The Art of WoM
Worlds of Magic has a new update on their kickstarter game. This time it deals with the art side of the game.
Hello your probably wondering how I'm going to describe you today backers! This update is about the art behind Worlds of Magic. We asked George to give us a brief description of the process he goes through when he starts working on a new character. He had a fair amount to say. We also have a few more concept sketches George did for us that were colored by one of our other artists. We're hoping you'll find all this as exciting as we do. So, here is what George had to say on the subject:
I'm just a lifelong fan of fantasy and science fiction, so I devour movies, television, novels, comic books, and games in those genres. They say, "Good artists borrow; great artists steal." When I play tabletop RPGs there are no copyright laws to stop me from shamelessly stealing characters and concepts from fiction or history, but with commercial games you have to make a few changes here and there to satisfy the desire to emulate popular characters. Of course there are times when you want to depart from classic tropes and archetypes and do something different, but if you do that every time you're suddenly outside of the genre.
Saturday - April 20, 2013
Worlds of Magic - Delving Into Development
Worlds of Magic is back with another update on kickstarter.
Good whatever time you happen to be reading this our up-at-all-hours backers! This update will be short for those of you who have no interest in development video. For those of you who are interested it may be too long. Still, if you average that out it's probably just right, lol.
This video is an overview of the evolution of the battle board. Aaron did his best to make it interesting. You can tell him how he did in the comments!
We hope you enjoy the video. We put a lot into it :)
Keep in mind: If you like what you're seeing share it. We haven't reached all the MoM fans out there. In fact, we've only scratched the surface. We're doing the best we can to let them all know about the wonderful Worlds of Magic, but we certainly appreciate any help you guys can give us. Just talking about it around the water cooler at work could make a big difference. The more people who know, the more backers we'll have, the better we can make the game!
As always, THANKS!!
Thursday - April 18, 2013
Worlds of Magic - A Fistful of Addons
Worlds of Magic has a new update on there kickstarter. As of right now the project has £23,204 of it's £30,000 goal. Maybe the new addons can help find the rest with 14 days to go.
Hello again our inspiring backers! And I mean INSPIRING. The first subject we're going to touch in this update is something that was inspired directly by you. That is to say, you asked for it and here it is: Addons and Additional Tiers! We'll walk through the tiers first and then move on to the additions. So:
Mayor: 18£ - You get: Add a city name to the list of random names (approved names obviously, some things just wouldn't fit WoM, no matter how funny they may be.) A digital copy of the game, manual, artwork and artbook, beta access, backers-only forums access and your name in the credits.
Bard: 20£ - You get: A digital copy of the soundtrack as well as a digital copy of the game, manual, artwork and artbook, beta access, backers-only forums access and your name in the credits.
Plane Walker: 75£ - You get: 7 digital copies of the game and manual and 7 beta keys. You get a digital copy of the artwork, artbook and spellbook in addition to backers-only forums access and your name in the credits.
Digital Creatures Roster: 5£ - A digital list of creatures and units with their image and stats.
Additional Hero 5 Pack: 5£ - Add 5 KS exclusive random heroes to your game.
Digital Spellbook: 6£ - A digital copy of the physical spellbook.
Digital Soundtrack: 6£ - A digital version of the game's soundtrack. (Heroes and higher get this free. Backers who pledge 100£ or more also get a physical copy of the soundtrack for free.)
Additional Faction Leader: 8£ - Add a KS exclusive Sorcerer Lord to your game.
Additional Copy: 10£ - Get an extra digital copy of the game at a discount.
Future WoM Content: 12£ - Get all future Worlds of Magic content for free. (You know we're planning to do a lot with this game in future guys. This is your chance to get a lot of future additions at a very low price!)
You asked for extra options and we gave them to you. Now, use them and go up your pledge. :)Alright guys, the second subject we're going to address is that of the great faction vote. We have to decide on the fifth race. The choice is between Orcs and Draconians (we know, it's a hard choice.) Keep in mind this is JUST to decide the fifth slot. Both races may (and probably will) make it into Worlds of Magic in time, but we have to pick a first one first as it were. So, please, take a moment and cast your vote for one or the other:
Orcs Vs. Draconians Vote
We appreciate your feedback!
Tuesday - April 16, 2013
Chasm - 2D Fantasy ARPG
Yes I can see it already your thinking not another one, and were does he keep finding them. Discord Games has started a kickstater called Chasm.
Chasm (pronounced kaz-um) is a 2D Action-RPG Platformer currently in development for Windows, Mac, & Linux. Taking equal inspiration from hack ‘n slash dungeon crawlers (procedurally generated dungeons, loot drops, etc) and Metroidvania-style platformers, the game aims to immerse you in its 2D fantasy world full of exciting treasure, deadly enemies, and abundant secrets.
We are attempting to create an authentic retro experience similar to the games you remember. Chasm was heavily influenced by games like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid and Diablo. If these games are your style, then this is the game you have been waiting for!
In Chasm, players take up the role of a soldier passing through a remote mining town on their journey home from a long war. The town’s miners have recently disappeared after breaching a long-forgotten temple far below the town, and reawakened an ancient slumbering evil. Now trapped in the town by supernatural forces, you’re left with no option but to explore the mines below, battle enemies and bosses, and increase your abilities in hopes of finally escaping and returning home.
World of Magic - Interview @ RPS
Rock Paper Shotgun has an interview with the Worlds of Magic devs, who are currently running a Kickstarter for their game.
RPS: On the Kickstarter page, you state – “Our primary goal for Worlds of Magic is to capture the essence of what made Master of Magic the classic it is” – what do you believe are the most important features and what have other games lacked?
Wastelands: There are a number of elements that we feel made Master of Magic the incredible classic that it is. Just browsing over the feature list on our Kickstarter page will give you an insight into our thought process. I’ll take a moment to touch the highlights here: First it’s very important to maintain the true 4X feel. Procedurally generated random maps, fog of war, interesting locations to discover, long lost loot to find, it’s all in Worlds of Magic. Spells, magical artifacts, and magic in general are also an essential piece. With Worlds of Magic we’ve expanded on the concepts found in Master of Magic. We offer a wider range of magical schools (we call them circles) to choose from. Your spell circle choices have an effect on what spells you can research and cast. It also effects what kind of artifacts you can make for your heroes. Of course, heroes are yet another fundamental piece. Just as Master of Magic did, Worlds of magic offers a number of unique heroes you can persuade to join your armies. They can gain more experience and reach higher levels than normal units and you can equip them with magical weapons, armour, etc. There’s a great deal more, but I can’t touch every point here. Our Kickstarter page has a much more in-depth explanation.
As far as other games are concerned I would say that we haven’t seen a real spiritual successor to Master of Magic because developers tend to want to put their own new “spin” on things. That’s not necessarily a bad thing and if you add nothing new you just end up making a clone, not a successor. Worlds of Magic has a lot of new stuff in it. However, it’s stuff we’ve worked hard to make sure would have fit into Master of Magic in the first place.
Monday - April 15, 2013
Planet Explorers - Kickstarter
Another kickstarter that is late in the news. The game is called Planet Explorers. The game only needs a litttle more to reach it's goal. Please spread the word to help the project.
Planet Explorers is an open world voxel based sandbox adventure RPG game set on a distant planet. The game uses a new OpenCL system based on the Unity 3D engine to allow players to change the terrain in anyway, create new objects in any form, and do it anywhere.
In Planet Explorers, it is the year 2287, one of the first colony ships sent out by Earth arrives at the planet Maria, in the Epsilon Indi Star System. During its landing sequence, something appears in front of the massive ship that causes it to lose control and crash into the planet. Some of the colonists survive in lifeboats, but what they find is an unforgiving land filled with creatures ready to outlast the visitors from Earth. Now the survivors must explore, gather, build, create, fight, and ultimately, establish a lasting new home.
The gameplay will be in 3rd and 1st person perspectives. Players will be able to customize their character, combine and create weapons, vehicles, and buildings. At the same time, players will have to defeat multitudes of enemies of varying intelligence and defend the remnants of the colonists. This is an RPG, so it will feature a full story arc complete with missions and side quests. The game will feature a single player story line as well as random single and multiplayer adventure maps. Multiplayer, both through LAN and online, will be featured prominently in Planet Explorers, including but not limited to build mode, adventure mode, cooperation mode, and versus mode.
Lex Laser Saves The Galaxy, Again - Starting on Kickstarter
A sci-fi tactical puzzle RPG for busy people is what the team behind Lex Laser Saves The Galaxy, Again is saying about their game that has just gone live on Kickstarter.
Between missions, you can use the various technological items and alien artifacts you have found to improve your arsenal. You won't have to guess at recipes, though. Lex Laser is a top-notch technician, and can stick almost any mod onto any weapon.
For example, the Orthobarrel mod might add a second projectile to every shot from a gun, but always 90 degrees to the right of the main shot, and the gun will take twice as much ammo per shot. Stack the Explosive Ammo on top of that, and you can turn your simple pistol into a mini-multi-grenade launcher. That's fantastic until you find yourself in a museum filled with fragile crystal sculptures - then you might want to go back to the base model.
You might also find (or build) sensors, such as a tactical readout that predicts enemy actions, or a life detector that can give you hints about where to go to rescue that last refugee.
This equipment mechanic is the primary way Lex Laser improves as the game goes on, so a little creativity here can go a long way.
Consortium - Update #19-20 Stretch Goals
Consortium brings news with Updates #19-20. The project is already funded with three days left with $55,022 earned already. The updates detail the new stretch goals and a character update.
We have zoomed in a bit and created a few smaller stretch goals to give us all something to shoot for over the final days of our campaign. We have updated the main page with these, but here are the new smaller stretch goals:
$55K: The third most spoken language on Earth is Spanish, so we intend to localize the game to Spanish first.
$60K: There are a few very cool interactive scenes in CONSORTIUM that we have cut due to time and resource restraints that we would love to be able to squeeze back in if we hit this goal. These scenes would increase player freedom and add more consequences to actions...
$65K: Localization to another language, decided by YOU, based on a poll.
$70K: "EXTREME ZENLIL SIMULATION". All exterior doors will be able to be shot out, triggering completely simulated decompression events, potentially causing main characters to die. The environment becomes significantly more fragile (lights, computer screens and more can become damaged). Turbulance will feel more real, creating a more immersive and believable feeling of flight.
$75K: Localization to another language, decided by YOU, based on a poll
Sunday - April 14, 2013
Infinite Space 3 - Kickstarter
Well this news is a little late, but I want to bring attention to another rougelike kickstarter game.
Infinite Space 3: Sea of Stars is going to be a single-player science fiction roguelike with turn-based navigation and real-time combat. There’ll be randomly-generated open worlds, frequent deaths, and mod tools.
A three-dimensional follow-up to our classic indie space-roguelikes, Strange Adventures and Weird Worlds.
Although Sea of Stars builds on the universe you visited in the earlier games, it is expanded with fresh new material and gameplay. Discovering the interactions between items, alien races, characters and random events will keep you busy for years - yet each session of the game is a complete adventure that you can finish in one sitting. To extend the game's longevity even further, we encourage people to make mods and even provide tools for it!At its core, Sea of Stars is a single-player science fiction roguelike similar to Strange Adventures and Weird Worlds. Turn-based star map navigation is combined with a real-time combat system. The game provides a randomly generated open world for you to explore, and will only reveal a fraction of its secrets each time you play. There is no going back to a saved game - everything you do has a permanent effect. Death is frequent, but only makes you want to try again.
C-Wars - A Roguelike Pixel Art Game
Onipunks a China based developer has just started their kickstarter called C-Wars. They already have two updates and the project is half funded.
What happens when Cyberpunk apocalypse roguelike meets RTS in pixel art? C-Wars!We love apocalyptic themes (not in real life, of course!), and have been thinking about the best way to integrate themes of desperation, chaos, and hope into one game. This isn’t just about simple storytelling or displaying a crisis in front of you; it’s our invitation to you to enter into and interact with this world.C-Wars is a roguelike game. Its gameplay allows you to explore this cyberpunk apocalypse in your own way.
Roguelike is retro but not old fashioned, especially when embedded with an original combat system.In addition to the numerous special/random encounters commonly seen in a regular roguelike game, we’ve spent a large amount of time creating this unique combat system, which follows an RTS spirit with an ARPG essence. Our goal is to amplify units collaboration and micromanagement.
It's a magnificent combination of retro-style visuals and innovative gameplay.
A global nuclear war reset humankind, and Luna base became the final outpost of civilization. 150 years later, Alpha, the largest Luna city, was infected by Crystal mutants. Despite all the precautions taken, the infection broke the quarantine barrier and hit Delta City.
Luna Council decided to use tactical nuclear weapons to terminate the two cites. You, as Sector 7's field commander, must enter these infected areas and find out the truth before it's too late. Your decisions in the game will determine Luna's fate.
They also have an alpha version to try.
Saturday - April 13, 2013
Consortium - Kickstarter Update #18 Funded
Consortium's kickstarter has a new update that basically tells us the game has been funded. I for one am happy for the developer congratulations.
YOU have all decided: CONSORTIUM is going to be finished in time for this summer!! YES!! Now we have slightly less than one week to see how far into stretch goals we can manage to achieve to make this game the absolute best it can be!
You have asked for it, so we have provided, as promised. Go HERE to make a pledge via PayPal.
They have also posted a new video.
Friday - April 12, 2013
Kickstarter - The Dark Triad: Dragon's Death Update #9
Cancelled RPG kickstarter The Dark Triad: Dragon's Death has another update . It's called "Why we can deliver a good and deep story".
Before sharing the vision doc next week with you guys, I want to share some thoughts on a topic that greatly affects the new take on the game. I am talking about the story.
The initial vision for the story on TDT was including well-known elements from a standard high fantasy setting. This would allow us to have more time to develop the dialogues, as people already know how elves, dwarves or orks are supposed to behave.
One of the issues that we had was that the plot for the story was initially written with a lesser scope in mind. But now the game has evolved in many senses, and keeping the same story would be limiting ourselves too much and we wouldn't deliver the best possible experience. We are aware that we can't aim at the moon, we are not Bioware or Obsidian, but we definitely trust that we can deliver something really good. I'm fully convinced of it.
Another issue we had was the language. It's difficult for us to write the story and dialogues directly in English. Our lack of a proficient command of the English language meant that we were losing many nuances and subtleties inherent to the language, and that meant that we couldn't convey or instill enough richness to the characters and situations.
As we told in a previous post update, we will now write the story and dialogues in Spanish, as it's our native language. This will allow us two things: conveying this lost richness due to our lack of a proficient knowledge of the English language and be 20 times much faster. We will then send all the texts to a professional English native translator specialized in literature to ensure this richness is not lost along the way. We think this is key for the success of the game, besides taking care of the other systems of course, like combat, non-combat skills or the new factions system.
Why this focus on the story won't affect other game systems?
First, because we can now deliver a great amount of text ensuring the quality doesn't diminish. I will write the most part of the story, but Miguel will also help me. We both have been writing stories since we were children, so we've developed a good sense of what it takes to develop a good plot and characters to make the story engaging an inmersive enough - this doesn't mean we don't see this as easy-peasy, Lord forgive me!-. Also, with your help during the beta stage, we can iron out things that need to be modified and suit best to the story. We also have the chance to get the help of some mates that have written and published some stories, and the best of all, we are all long-time CRPG players, which makes things easier!
Also, in this case we, as cofounders, will take charge of the writing, and this means no additional budget costs to be spend on the texts besides the translations. I hope this makes sense to you guys. Anyways, all the texts we will share with you regarding the story, the Vision Doc, etc will be already translated in English, no worries for that! =)
The Thief of Dreams Novel Kickstarter by Betrayal at Krondor Author Neal Hallford
RPG veteran Neal Hallford, lead writer of the classic RPG Betrayal at Krondor, gamers' most favourite screen saver Dungeon Siege and a couple of other well known RPGs, started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a couple of months full time work on his fantasy novel The Thief of Dreams.
The Thief of Dreams will be
a new fantasy novel set in a world where magic is forbidden, where sorcerers are spies, and where a force beyond imagination threatens to transform the long simmering cold war between the nine kingdoms into a cataclysmic, world-shattering conflict.
In the misty town of Durande, nobleman Turiel de Juarde nearly dies at the point of an assassin's blade, but his surprising rescue by his spell-hurling younger brother Aeris uncovers a connection to unsuspected world of treachery, deception, and magical intrigue. As the secret society of Owls scour the streets for Turiel's would-be assassins, the King's soldiers hunt the sorcerous Owls on suspicion of treason, and a net of fear and paranoia unravels a hard-fought truce that could tear the kingdom of Eaden apart forever. Dispatched on a mission to ferret out whether the assassins are agents of a foreign power, or a dangerous offshoot of the Owls, Aeris and Turiel will confront powers that could end all life in Callendia.
Filled with adventure, mystery, and court intrigue, The Thief of Dreams combines a unique blend of magic and espionage in a story that will keep you reading long past midnight, and well into the dawn.
Betrayal at Krondor is an all-time classic which pushed game writing forward and combined a slick interface for its time with a lot of depth and turn-based combat. Krondor series creator Raymond E. Feist later made Neal Hallford's BaK story canon by writing a novel based on it which made it onto the NYT bestseller list.
The Kickstarter is currently at 3k$ of 24k$ with 30 days to go.
A successful book Kickstarter could even be an important stepping stone for an upcoming spiritual successor to Betrayal at Krondor, says The Codex.
Tuesday - April 09, 2013
Kickstarter - Sanguine Nights: Darkest Blood Campaign
Team Ravenous is the latest independent developer to bring their project to Kickstarter, a It's a new vampire-themed action RPG entitled Sanguine Nights: Darkest Blood for the Linux, Macintosh, and Windows platforms.
The team is looking for $75,000 over the next 34 days and is hoping to cater to fans of both multiplayer and single player.
If you were a fan of games like Vampire Bloodlines, and Vampire The Masquerade the game should feel similiar. They could really use the help. Spread the word.
Here is the link to the Kickstarter.
Monday - April 08, 2013
Enemy - Funded
The Kickstarter for Enemy has been succesfully completed by gathering $18,143 out of an asked $15,000. Also the first stretch goal has been achieved.
This is a short update, but I just wanted to inform everyone that the first stretch goal has been reached! Enemy will have Mac and Linux versions released simultaneously with Windows.
Consortium - Updates #10 - #13, Another Rifle, More Characters and New Tiers
Here are some updates for the Consortium Kickstarter, which is currently little over $5K away from being funded.
There is some information on a new rifle, the Kinetic Assault Rifle (K.A.R.).
Then there is some more information on two in-game characters focussing on some of the antagonists in the game: Kiril Angelov and the Homeless Mercenaries.
And finally some new tiers are announced.
- OTHER PLATFORMS ($10) Receive the iDGi Discoveries Document upon game launch + one copy of the game on a platform other than PC, once a port has been made and is available. The Discoveries document is the perfect thing to read before even playing the game! NOTE: ALL tiers at $17 and above will receive the PC game upon launch & have access to one other copy of the game, on a different platform, when available (delivery date on this is for the iDGi Discoveries document only)
- *KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE* SPECIAL EDITION (PC only) ($17) - Digital Game Manual + Custom main menu content with exclusive credits, behind the scenes video, photos and more. The game itself will be identical to the game you get in lower tiers - ONLY the main menu is changed. Much of the same behind-the-scene content will also be found on the Special Edition DVD (see our Add-Ons). This version of CONSORTIUM will never be available outside of Kickstarter. NOTE: All higher tiers will also receive this version of the game.
- MAKE A NAME FOR YOURSELF (limited 250 @ $65) - You will get everything from the "CONSORTIUM KNIGHT" tier + have your full name included in the game lore, discoverable via the in-game information console. NOTE: This tier is exclusive and will not be available to higher tiers.
- MAKE A COMPANY (limited 15 @ $75) - You will get everything from the "CONSORTIUM KNIGHT" tier + work with the design team to create an in-game corporation or company that will be used as a part of the lore and written about in the information console. NOTE: This tier is exclusive and will not be available to higher tiers.
- MAKE HEADLINES (limited 50 @ $75) - You will get everything from the "CONSORTIUM KNIGHT" tier + work with the design team to come up with your own current world news event for the year 2042. NOTE: This tier is exclusive and will not be available to higher tiers.
- MAKE HISTORY (limited 50 @ $75) - You will get everything from the "CONSORTIUM KNIGHT" tier + work with the design team to come up with your own alternative history event between the years 1700 and 2042, and we will integrate it into the lore.
- MAKE A PERSON (limited 30 @ $150) - You will get everything from the "CONSORTIUM BISHOP" tier + work with the design team to create a character who is part of the lore and written about in the information console. NOTE: This tier is exclusive and will not be available to higher tiers.
- IMMORTALIZE YOURSELF (limited 25 @ $175) - You will get everything from the "CONSORTIUM QUEEN" tier + have your photo converted into Zenlil crew personal portraits. NOTE: This tier is exclusive and will not be available to higher tiers.
- THE INTERACTIVE SCREENPLAY ($250) - You will get everything from the "CONSORTIUM QUEEN" tier + receive the full "CONSORTIUM" Interactive Screenplay, a ~500 page printed book, signed by the team. This is the ENTIRE GAME in written form and has taken nearly four years to develop.
- SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION (limited 5 @ $350) - You will get everything from the "THE INTERACTIVE SCREENPLAY" tier + Have your full-name spoken out loud in the game by one of the main characters. NOTE: This tier is exclusive and will not be available to higher tiers.
- BE A VOICE ACTOR (limited 5 @ $1000) - You will get everything from the "THE CONSORTIUM KING" tier + voice an entire interactive conversation with the player as part of a series of in-game easter eggs. These will not exist unless a pledge is made. (Decent microphone required). NOTE: This tier is exclusive and will not be available to higher tiers.
- ZENLIL MASCOT CAT (limited 1 @ $5000) You will get everything from the "THE CONSORTIUM KING" tier + design and name the Zenlil feline mascot. Only if this pledge is made will there be a cat in the game. NOTE: This tier is exclusive and will not be available to higher tiers.
Friday - April 05, 2013
Worlds of Magic - A Classic 4X Fantasy Game
Not an RPG so we probably won't follow it that much, but the Kickstarter for Worlds of Magic claims it follows the footsteps of MicroProse's Master of Magic and there should be some interest for such a game here.
Primary gameplay takes place on the world map. From there you can move your armies to explore new territory, defend key positions or attack your enemies. You can gain control of additional cities by conquering them or founding new ones yourself. You manage the cities under your control, building new buildings to improve them, dedicating your work force to one task or another, and creating new military units. Your armies can be made up of units you've trained, heroes and mercenaries you've hired, and even powerful summoned creatures. When two enemy armies collide gameplay is moved to the tactical battle map where combat is played out turn by turn. During gameplay you will also reasearch new spells, manage your economy, and deal with diplomatic situations all in an attempt to gain supreme control of the universe.
Worlds of Magic will not only seek to capture the charm of the timeless classic that serves as its inspiration, but also go beyond it in a number of areas.
- 10 Leaders To Choose From (Or Create Your Own)
- 6 Factions To Rule Over
- 80 Units To Use In Battle
- 12 Spell Circles
- 300 Spells To Learn And Master
- 7 Planes To Explore And Conquer
- 45 Special Units (Heroes, Champions, and Titans)
Thanks Von Paulus and Mark.
Thursday - April 04, 2013
Consortium - Update #8, DVD and a Rifle
Update 8 of the Consortium Kickstarter ($35K out of an asked $50K) is bringing news on Consortium DVD that you can get with a $30 add-on and is also sharing info through a video on The Consortium Energy Assault Rifle (C.E.A.R.).
Tuesday - April 02, 2013
The Dark Triad: Dragon's Death - How the Team is Organized
Abel Bascunana Autoloot games provided us with more information on the way the development of The Dark Triad: Dragon's Death is handled.
Today is one of those days I can’t sleep. Here it’s 4am.
It’s been many weeks that I’ve been going to sleep between 4-6am. I tried to organize the work, had the KS video prepared, while at the same time wrote the game and press texts, sent them to proofread, recorded the ingame video footage, managed the press news, etc. What I do recall as the most stressful time before the KS campaign was the day before launching, when messing around with the Visual .Net code Jose Manuel did so I could change the chars speed, the particle effects and trying to position the NPCs to make them move properly without them getting stuck when they touched each other (blame the collision system!). I didn’t have the slightest idea how it all worked, even JM left some indications before leaving to BCN. Also Carlos could not connect at all times to solve things that were not working properly.
I must have done it three hundred times. Compile now and check if things are correct. Are not? Then apply changes, commit the files on the repo and check again if it worked properly. It was very time consuming and getting good video takes wasn’t easy. Miguel was at Seville due to personal matters for a week, so I was overwhelmed by all the work we needed to pull out for the KS campaign.
Rafater worked hard to have the video ready while I was preparing the KS layout. We finished it all at 9am, having been up all night long. The day after, KS approved our page and the backers know the rest of the story and how it ends… Anyways this time we’ll take it longer so we can push a proper KS campaign, as said on the last update.
So as you see, we rushed quite a lot, also because we are trying to meet our internal deadlines. Why such a hurry?
The reasons are as follows.
When the team was made up by Miguel (Combat and IA Design and Production), Jose Manuel (Lead Programmer), Rafa (2D Art) and me (Story, Dialogues and Quests, Production), both Miguel and me could pay the expenses for Jose Manuel’s and Rafa salaries. But as the project needs increased, we needed to hire more people. Now that David Lopez (3D GFX), David Lucena (Lightning and Shadow casting) and Carlos Mangas (Combat Programming) have joined the team, it’s very difficult to keep up and pay them all from our personal savings.
Both Miguel and me are making remarkable efforts to maintain afloat this lifetime cRPG dream of us. Miguel has had to let go some of his clients from his personal business to allocate more time to the project. This also means a reduced income and more economic constraints, besides he recently moved with his girlfriend with all the expenses and hassle this means.
In my case, I voluntarily left a Social Games company that I’ve seen ranking up from 17 to 120 employees in a year and a half. I was the QA Manager and my job was pretty stable. But dreams are dreams, and to make them come true you must risk something. I’ve been working on some freelance translation work to help pay my part of the expenses, but this doesn’t give enough money to make the cRPG we want to make.
We’ve achieved many, let me write it in capital letters, MANY good things with such adverse circumstances. Jose, David Lopez, Carlos Mangas, David Lucena, and me, are now working full time on The Dark Triad (Jose Manuel has been the only one that has been working on the project full time during the last 10 months). Miguel and Rafa are working part-time, even Miguel works almost 7-8 hours on the project. Rafa is also involved in other projects, but when he is needed he’s always there to respond with hard work.
So we can say then that our modus operandi almost resembles that of other established professional RPG game companies, with the difference that everybody works from their homes. I don’t really know if we are the first ones to attempt a cRPG at this scale doing remote work. This, rather than being an obstacle, has meant an increased productivity, as we have a schedule where we must overlap and be together during all the morning, and then everybody has some flexible hours, which allow them to work at midnight for example when they feel more proactive. The team has daily meetings by Skype, also all the activity, tickets, messaging, etc. is centralized on Assembla. Before finding out what worked best for us Project Management-wise, we tried with Trello, Google docs, Jira and other Agile Dev solutions, but Assembla is the one we all feel most comfortable with.
If you’ve read our other entries, you know we already have some major systems in place, specially our proprietary 3D tech, which consists and a fully fledged 3D game editor and a model viewer. We don’t use Unity. We would do in the future if things go well, but having our own 3D tech allows us for a great flexibility to mess in the heart of the code itself and adapt it to our needs.
We find ourselves in a critical stage where we are redefining many things, specially regarding the story to make it more compelling, and, tied to this, adding the necessary non-combat skills to provide the players with enough options to work out things in different, unexpected ways. As you can imagine, this affects the classes, skills, abilities, companions interactions, etc., we we must have a clear vision of what we are doing before start adding content involving those systems (and what was already done will need to be rebuild to adjust it to our new vision).
Next week I’ll send you a draft of what I’m coming up regarding the story, with so you can give me some honest feedback if you wish. I will need it if we want to make The Dark Triad the memorable RPG we are pursuing. If we can fund the game on KS, I’ll be able to work 12-14 hours/day on the story and dialogues. That’s my oath to all our backers so the characters, the story is truly engaging and the choices you make have real consequences in the game world.
Even I have not gone into full detail, you see that making a game, specially an RPG, is a complex affair that involves many procedures and logistics, and there are many constraints and challenges to solve along the way.
What amazes me and makes me most proud of all this is the commitment of each team member. David Lopez and David Lucena have been working in the games industry since the early 2000’s for some important companies, and they have been really interested since the knew about our project, and they are being really proactive on making The Dark Triad a dream come true. Carlos and Rafa are also super committed, and without Miguel’s partnership, work and commitment, The Dark Triad would not had even made its first breath. But this time, please allow me to mention Jose Manuel Alcaraz, our Lead Programmer, the man that goes to sleep at 7am many times, who has designed our 3D engine from scratch, and who is the essential cornerstone of the project. I know some day he’ll have a deserved recognition as the one that helped to make The Dark Triad come true.
Please Hail Jose Manuel =)
Monday - April 01, 2013
Bloom - Update #6, Evolving Art
In the sixth update of the Bloom Kickstarter ($13.7K out of an asked $50K) Dani provides more information on how the art has evolved over time.
Hey everyone, Dani here again. For this update I’m going to take you back a bit and give everyone an idea of where Bloom came from artistically and how much it has evolved to what you see today (and is still evolving).
Bloom officially began years ago as two separate graphic novel attempts exploring different ideas and styles. The first was a very short color version (of only 5 pages), and the 2nd was a black and white version that went on to be over 30 pages.
Unofficially, Bloom actually began years before that with various personal projects I had done and I drew elements from them into the Bloom world). An example of this is the golem creature that I had created while working on a cartoon intended for Nickelodeon, and then as Bloom advanced I re-created him to fit into a darker world.
At the point of the graphic novels, the majority of the concept work was actually done while making each page. While this wasn't very effective in terms of design, it set the ground work from which I was able to build from (and many of the ideas you can still see today in one form or another).
After the graphic novels, I found myself with a great body of writing and story-lines along with the solid beginnings of a world. So, in my free time, I continued to refine the ideas and push things further.
Actually, that is a big part of Bloom, the way it changes. Unlike other projects, this one is being lead from the artistic side and the focus on experience and story. Since I am the one doing all of the concept design, writing, and modeling; the game evolves alongside me.
Even in the last week we took another step forward and explored some more styles. We intend to continue this type of exploration and growth as we move forward and in the end should have something truly unique for players to experience. Bloom has never tried to be just “another game”; it is our dedication to really push ourselves beyond the norm to make this something special.
Make sure to check out the update for more artwork.
Sunday - March 31, 2013
The Dark Triad: Dragon's Death - Update
The devs of The Dark Triad: Dragon's Death send us a status update on what they are planning for their next Kickstarter pitch.
The team has been talking a lot about the things that we did wrong, and we are just working and planning how to make a bigger impact on our Kickstarter relaunch. We are working on different areas to do so:
- Combat: we want to include combat footage that explains the mechanics much better. We don't have all the mechanics in place yet obviously, but at least we want to show you much more interaction, both in the attacks, counterattacks, enemy Ai, contextual info like enemy stats, improved particle effects, more variety on the animations and new interface combat elements (like movement arrows, damage taken floating numbers, etc).
- Story: When we started designing the story for the game 10 months ago, the game had a lesser scope. Believe it or not, we thought we would be only capable of including big dungeons by reusing a few 3D tilesets with no outdoors. This has changed dramatically and we will have outdoors, towns, temples, woods, mountains, etc besides indoor areas. The original story was adapted to our graphical limitations. Now, we'll try to make the story more clear and less stuffed . We will tell less in our presentation (the video plot was 7min. long!), but it will hopefully be much more interesting.
- Dialogues: This is related with the non-combat skills. We want to show you some examples of dialogue interactions with npcs where new lines will appear depending on your non-combat abilites.
- Non-combat skills: We are discussing what non-combat skills must be mandatory in our game. This has many implications, as it affects the classes, the kind of interactions of the party members, the stats and abilities systems, the dialogues, the world map elements and much more. We must be conscious of our limited budget to include the ones that are a must. Once the game systems have been set into place and tested, we can think of including new secondary abilites that we left out from the initial pool.
We will prepare a clear introduction of the non-combat skills so you can understand what we want to achieve.
- Graphics: The new Kickstarter relaunch video will showcase some new cool areas and monsters.
- Dynamic Lightning: Yes! and it's awesome to witness how the shadows of your party members and enemies adapt to the light sources in the scene and project to solid elements like walls, etc! With this change, the game atmosphere will improve quite a bit =)
- Language translation: We will write the story and updates initially in Spanish, and then we will send it to a professional Spanish-English translator so it all is crystal clear. Spanish is the mother tongue of most of us and we feel there has been many communication misunderstandings due to the bad way of expressing ourselves in English during our Kickstarter updates, besides the many typos that cropped out on the Kickstarter home page.
- PR: we will soon start working with a PR agency to help us promoting the game. We feel we didn't have a good graphic material to show to the press. Now we are preparing some renders and ingame screens that will hopefully catch the media eyes this time! =)
There are some other things we'd like to show you, but we are not sure we will be able to. For example, we have a very basic inventory system with the drag&drop functionality, but it's not fully fleshed out yet, so it's better not to rush until it has a better look.Does it sound like a good plan? Let us know on our forums.
Thursday - March 28, 2013
Consortium - Update #7
There's yet another Consortium update as their campaign reaches 60%, offering the first stretch goal:
It's set at $70K, and we're calling it "Extreme Zenlil Simulation":
Basically, this means we take an extra month to further polish and refine the game, and get the following features in:
- Unscripted decompression events. This means that with explosives, the exterior doors inside Zenlil can be blasted open, triggering dangerous decompression of the immediate area, causing internal airlock doors to slam shut. People could potentially get pushed out before the atmospheric shielding engages...
- Enhanced environment destructibility. This means that anything that looks "fragile", like computer screens can be severely damaged by gun fire, explosions, etc. Pawns would immediately be assigned to repair them...
- Enhanced turbulance simulation. We have turbulance in the game right now, but we want to add more detail and variety. Imagine everyone on-board reacting to turbulence (getting jostled, losing footing, etc). Imagine huge turbulence events causing objects to fly around the cabin....etc
Much more info on the game coming soon!
Consortium - More Character Updates
Here are some more character updates of Consortium's Pawns.
Character Summary: Gary Ma (born Ma Yat Hang) was a single child born in Hong Kong to middle class parents who, at the time, owned a low-end restaurant in the Aberdeen district. Gary’s father died of lung cancer when he was five years old, and not wanting Gary to follow in his footsteps, his mother sold the restaurant soon after. A year later mother and son moved to Vancouver, B.C., where Gary’s uncle (father’s side) was living and doing well for himself as a hotel manager in what he called a “yuppie part of town.”
At the age of 16, after doing a school project on oceanic acidification, Gary decided he was going to dedicate his life to the environment. It of course didn’t hurt that his class partner on the project was his wife-to-be, Carla, and that her parents were responsible for pretty much literally “saving the whales” following the Resource Wars. They were married in September of 2028, three months before Carla and Gary’s mother were both killed in what their world calls the “Great Vancouver Earthquake.”
Gary has a long history with Taryn Fisher/Knight 15 (the “boss” of the Zenlil crew). They met in 2030 at a vigil for the victims of the Vancouver quake which decimated the entire city and much of the Lower Mainland on December 21st, 2028. At the time Gary was working for Environment Canada and was known for his publications on rising water temperatures off the coast of B.C. and how it’s affecting the fishing industry there. Not exactly exciting stuff, but he was making a name for himself as a prominent environmental scientist within well respected circles.
Fast forward a couple years and a couple degrees later, to March of 2037. Taryn Fisher was inducted into the Consortium as the first Knight for the newly constructed C-3800-D, Zenlil. After following his career closely, she recommended Gary for a position on her crew. He joined without hesitation, was given the title “Pawn 1” as a joke by the King (the King has unusual methods for choosing the numbers), and has since been a loyally dedicated officer.
Monday - March 25, 2013
The Dark Triad: Dragon's Death - Canceled
The Kickstarter for The Dark Triad: Dragon's Death has been canceled. Here is the information on the reasons for the cancelation and that they will be back.
We want to thank the almost 300 backers that have shown their faith in The Dark Triad: Dragon’s Death during this Kickstarter campaign. Thanks for your support and passion, for making great suggestions and engaging with the community in the comments section, and trying to spread the word about the game, we appreciate your efforts A LOT!
We’ve gotten $5,589 in 5 days. The first day was awesome, with more than $3,500 after Brian Fargo, inXile cofounder, tweeted "This game deserves a look at," on his account in reference to The Dark Triad: Dragon’s Death (thanks Brian and we wish breaks all records!!).
The days after have been a dire struggle to usher more potential backers to our KS page. The problem has been ours in part, as we hadn’t secured the services of a PR agency to spread the word properly. Second, this weekend PAX East was held, and next week it’s the GDC’s turn. This means that no matter how much money we would spent on PR right now, it would be almost impossible to be mentioned on gaming sites when the big boys on the block are gearing up to announcetheir coming games for the Christmas season. Besides, we launched after Torment: Tides of Numenera and Shroud of the Avatar were on KS, the two biggest projects since Wasteland 2 and Project Eternity. This may have made things more difficult, especially as backers might have supported both games and now would not have the money to spend on other smaller-scale projects such as ours.
Also, we must be critical of ourselves and recognize that we haven’t done a good job of conveying what the game is about. Yes, you know it’s a CRPG, and that there will be combat and dialogues, but the way we’ve explained it all has been confusing to say the least, and there was a lack of information regarding the main gameplay mechanics from the beginning, which we think hasn’t helped. It hasn’t helped either that some texts were not properly proofread due to a lack of coordination with our editors and translators because of the hour difference, which resulted in some glaring typos cropping up.
We are currently preparing a pitch and gameplay video that will explain much better how the combat and dialogues work, and what options are available in them. We’ll also redefine the story. Many of you said it was too convoluted, and maybe contained too many elements. Besides, we want to remove some important limitations, like that fact that the party member characters had to be from a certain race and classes, or that you couldn’t play with a female character on your party.
We will also adjust the initial scope of the game. We wanted to add many things, but we think it’s better to focus on the two main aspects of the game: a good turn-based combat and a nice non-combat conversation system. We will maintain and improve the graphic quality of the game, but we will reduce the game map extension. We can’t attempt to put in as many 3D assets as Baldur’s Gate, but we will maintain enough content for the game to provide dozens of hours of play. At the same time, this reduced map will allow us to reduce our pledge by almost half. And this is important, as we think that if potential backers see that we are near the funding goal, they will feel more confident in backing the project. Our goal is to expand the game content as soon as The Dark Triad is available for purchase.
We have also detected a clear imbalance with the rewards. Once you create a tier and at least one backer has pledged for it, Kickstarter won’t allow you to add new rewards into it. We forgot to tell you that the downloadable version of the game will be DRM-free, and even though we put it on top of our main page, many people didn’t see that. We could only communicate new reward additions through the updates, but for new backers this is important information that should be clearly visible. Also, we wanted to include boxed edition tiers and we saw that first we needed to adjust the digital tiers content, and we couldn’t do so due to the aforementioned restrictions.
We’ve also received some complaints from US backers about the difficulties they were having pledging. It seems some US banks block payments overseas by default, and you must call them to remove this restriction. Other people was confused by the lack of an option to pay via Amazon. The reason for that is that the UK project payments are handled by Kickstarter directly without being funneled through Amazon. And last, some of you didn’t know if paying in pounds would charge you any extra when making the payment (which is not).
We’ve taken all this weekend to reflect about all these issues, and after reaching a consensus, we think the best course of action we can take is canceling the current pledge drive. This will allow us to focus on preparing new content, explain things much better and securing a PR agency from the very beginning to help spread the word about The Dark Triad: Dragon’s Death. We will take one month and one week, and on the 6th of May we will come back to run a brand new Kickstarter campaign for the game.
Meanwhile, we’ve opened an Indiegogo campaign for all of you that want to help us support the game development for the next two months until we can succeed in our Kickstarter campaign. These funds will help us to pay our 5 team members and stay afloat during this time. We don’t have any publisher behind us and before approaching any we will try to go with crowdfunding so we can remain independent game developers (unless it’s a known RPG publisher that could guarantee us IP rights and the max creative freedom).
Last, you can stay in touch with us on our forums. We are currently asking what non-combat skills do you like to see in the game
Once again, thanks for your support guys, you made us happy even if we didn’t make it this time. I hope that what we will show the next month can make you even more thrilled about the possibilities of The Dark Triad: Dragon’s Death. We won’t stop until you have the chance to play the medieval fantasy world of TDT:DD in your homes! =)
Kickstarter - Pixelry, A Jousting RPG
The devs of Pixelry let us know of their Kickstarter for their jousting-focused medieval RPG, a game that likes to show its pixels. They are currently at 1,800 pound out of an asked 25K. It has an alpha version available to check the game out.
Hopefully you're already familiar with Pixelry, but if you aren't then all you need to know is that it's a jousting-focused medieval RPG. The version that's been available during alphafunding is now being referred to as Pixelry Classic, and that contains a few mini-games to play, the King's tournament to compete in and some customization options to your heraldry and horse. That version is no longer on sale.
What we're now working on is the full version of Pixelry as intended, and this is what will be known as Pixelry Champions. It is this that we are seeking funding for, as Pixelry Champions will have many extra features and needs lots of polish.
Reaching our goal of £23,000 will mean that we can work on the game full time and add the following features to the Pixelry experience:
- Better sound system.
- Choose gender: Male - Female.
- Fix resolutions.
- New room transitions.
- Implement the use of the mouse on the UI and add hotkeys to different places.
- Animations, ambience, particles, give more life to the world.
- New music and sound effects.
- Better RPG aspects and combat system of the game.
- Detailed inventory system with more options, items and better implementation on the combat strategies.
- Enhanced UI with universal mouse support with simple drag & drop system
- Better enemies and more difficulties and leagues.
- Calendar with special events or minigames.
- Item offers and different incentives and challenges.
Consortium - Updates
Having past the 50% mark of reaching their goal of $50K it is time to look at the updates for the Consortium Kickstarter. The latest being on the characters in the game and their actors and a Q&A with these actors.
Character Summary: Some of you may remember Patricia from the Alternate Reality Game based in 2028. She was responsible for luring one of the main characters, Kevin Chard – “father” to the Consortium King, into her confidence at the bidding of one of the main antagonists. Immediately after realizing the extent of what she was helping commit, she befriended Consortium founder Dr. David Schelter and has since dedicated her life to atoning for her mistakes which indirectly cost the lives of thousands of people. She joined the Consortium as a general C-3800 engineer in 2039, and never looked back.
It’s now 2042, she has just recently gotten married to a man she met while vacationing in Peru (many of Zenlil’s crew went to the wedding) and they are currently working on their first child together. Patricia is also a very spiritual person, being both a member of the Guardian and Catholic Churches.
Extra Notes: While her name and heritage are very clearly British, Patricia spent most of her life in Mexico and so has learned to adopt a strong, Spanish accent. Those closest to her would say that she even feels resentment toward her English heritage after being abandoned by her parents at an early age.
Sunday - March 24, 2013
Bloom - Update #5, More on Combat
In update #5 more information on combat in Bloom ($13,3K of $50K, with 25 days to go) is given.
From the outset of designing the combat mechanics we knew we wanted to capture that fast and satisfying combat you find in old school games. The thing is, we weren't happy with just taking mechanics from the past and repackaging them (nostalgia is great, but there is plenty of room for taking these things further!).We also wanted a type of game that is just “fun” (a mysterious and hard to quantify attribute) and doesn't grow old easily. You know, the type of game that you don’t just throw away when you get to the end or that grows old once you figure out the pattern or ultimate combo that trivializes everything. This is the type of combat you find in older school games, your Castlevania, your Metroid, your Mega Man, even in your Mario’s.So, what exactly is it that makes these games so long lasting? How come we can come back to them so many years later and they are still pretty fun? Basically, each of them has the same “fun” combat that can keep the player on their toes. It is a balance of dodging and attacking which keeps the player engaged, but beyond that, it gives the player a CHALLENGE and makes you work a little bit. We are keeping these things firmly in mind and applying them to make sure the game provides that same level of satisfaction and intrinsic value as you play (basically, each element of game play is fun in itself, instead of us forcing you to jump through hoops to get a story treat or new item).
But again, this isn't about blindly copying the past (as so many seem to do). Our philosophy is to pick apart the WHY, and then try to push it forward and bring it into our world even better. Is the secret to “The Legend of Zelda” the sword and board? Or is it the simplicity and mechanic of needing to time close combat attacks?
The Dark Triad: Dragon's Death - Update #3, Character Customization & Game Story
More information on character customization and the game story is made available in update #3 of The Dark Triad: Dragon's Breath.
It seems The Dark Triad: Dragon’s Death's plot is generating some controversy. There are the ones that like the setting a lot, and there are others that plainly abhor it. I decided to write this piece to make some things clear, as I think one video can’t explain accurately what’s hidden behind a seemingly cliche story.
Some may argue that the story of The Dark Triad: Dragon’s Death is the classic conflict of Good vs Evil, and that’s true to a certain extent. But this is true only in a black and white sense-- in reality, we are trying to make the distinction between these forces much grayer. What one can view as good and bad depends on his own point of view and beliefs, which are conditioned by his or her life experiences and the environment in which they were raised.
TDT:DD is based in a medieval fantasy setting. Obviously a fantastic setting does not mean that the story and, by extension, dialogue, cannot be highly realistic, at least regarding the social events and personal interactions with other NPCs and party members.
At the same time, we cannot say realism can’t be mixed with a high degree of fantasy. If we think more deeply about this contradiction, we could actually form a connection between them: Fantasy might be an attempt to explain reality, using an associative logic that has not yet understood the laws of nature or those of cause and effect.
Thursday - March 21, 2013
The Dark Triad: Dragon's Death - Extra Reward
In the first update for The Dark Triad: Dragon's Breath Kickstarter (currently at 4K GBP from an asked 80K) the news is that the 20 pound tier now has an extra reward.
Yes! We've include a new reward on tier £20 and above! The Adventurer's Guide to the Isolated Lands is an ancient book assembled from buried scrolls found in the deep caves at the shores of the Sea of Litanies. The Adventurer's Guide is an illustrated account written and drawn by unknown scholars about the different kingdoms of the Isolated Lands, their history and races, their remarkable locations and also includes shredded maps that point out to secret places known only to a handful who dared to tread their dangerous paths and came alive to give an account of its many hidden wonders, traps and treasures! It's a good piece of knowledge for both explorers and warriors alike!
(if you are interested on this item, remember that you can update your pledge manually anytime.)
Regarding the game itself, we’ve been following your comments both here and on the forums. You want to know more about the combat: how it will be played, how the AI will work and if it will be complex enough to have you engaged throughout the whole game. Miguel, Carlos and Jose Manuel will work hard during the next days to post a meaningful update regarding this area, and hopefully we'll be able to show you new combat mechanics on a gameplay video in a couple of weeks.
Wednesday - March 20, 2013
The Dark Triad: Dragon's Death - On Kickstarter Today
After yesterday's announcement that The Dark Triad: Dragon's Breath was going to be on Kickstarter today, we can now inform you that the newsbit was correct, so here it is.
The Dark Triad: Dragon’s Death is a 3D-isometric, turn-based computer RPG with an amazing epic history and a fresh dynamic turn-based combat, developed by Autoloot Games Ltd., an indie studio formed by veteran industry game developers from Ubisoft, Gameloft, or Funcom to name a few, that have participated in the development of games such as Age of Conan, Warhammer Online, Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, Heroes of Sparta 2 or Prince of Persia among many others.
They are asking for 80.000 pounds, which is about $120.000.
Consortium - Kickstarter V2
A new Kickstarter for the first person RPG shooter Consortium has been launched again.
CONSORTIUM is a first-person story and character-based role-playing shooter set in an interactive world defined by your choices.
Rather than endlessly exploring a huge, expansive and ultimately static world, you’ll find yourself within a dynamic, bustling, interactive and alive micro-environment: the Consortium Command Vessel, C-3800-D "ZENLIL."
The crew of Zenlil live their lives and do their jobs throughout the ship, reacting to your presence and actions where appropriate. Freely walk among them and speak to everyone you encounter, experience what it’s like to be a part of something much bigger and brighter than anything you could imagine – and then choose to help ensure it stays that way or work to tear it apart!
CONSORTIUM is a role-playing game in which you are able to role-play as yourself. You are you (as in you can speak as yourself, a man/woman from "our world") and you're being given the opportunity to physically control a man from a parallel world. This man is first day Consortium field agent Bishop Six, operative for a powerful peacekeeping force in a not-quite-utopia future of 2042.
How you choose to speak for, interpret and play this role is entirely up to you! Do you choose to role-play the Bishop and be what the Consortium want you to be? Or do you choose to forge your own path simply using his body and voice as your vessel for communicating with and exploring their world?
You have total control over the Bishop's inventory, medical state, and the state of all his weapons, armor and equipment. You can also customize his Battle Utility Suit with hard-point devices such as personal deflector shields and shock absorbers.
You must also manage and balance the Bishop's Utility Energy, with which he can power everything from medical nanites to energy weapons... as well as Storage Energy, which represents stored items such as armor, weapons and ammunition.
Tuesday - March 19, 2013
The Dark Triad: Dragon's Breath - On Kickstarter Tomorrow
The devs from The Drak Triad: Dragon's Breath wrote in to inform us that they will be launching a Kickstarter for their game tomorrow.
More news tomorrow I suppose.
Sunday - March 17, 2013
Bloom - Update #4, About Combat
Bloom is currently close to $12K on Kickstarter and with 32 days to go can still reach the asked $50K. Then again the last few days the figure did not increase that much so they could use a bit of help. The game is different and might be too different for some, but I would like to see it being realized, so I pledged.
To provide more information on combat and update was made today.
Game Feel –
The first step when considering the combat was to consider how the game felt. Should it be non-stop action fighting armies of enemies? Or slower and meticulous? In the end we wanted something in the middle to challenge players but also provide that sometimes hectic action of being overwhelmed by enemies.
Game Flow –
The next step is considering the flow of combat. How long should an encounter last? Again, here we took a medium approach and chose something about in the middle of the extremes (an extreme example of this is to think of the difference between a game of “rock paper scissors” and “chess”). Fast enough to let you move on with the game but slow enough to really let you strategize and consider what you are doing.
The Player! –
Now we finally get to the player. This is a huge piece which really controls much of the game. With Bloom, we want the player to be out-matched and more defensive in nature (lending to the narrative and creating a feeling of overcoming challenges at every turn).
The first distinction in the player is the relatively low amount of life (at least compared to many other games of our generation). This means dodging, deflecting, and other strategies to avoid damage are highly important. You don’t play a one-man army able to deflect bullets off your abs, but you are equipped with some pretty interesting abilities to help you out. A characters life is more a resource for ingenuity and game-play than a sponge for damage.
This goes hand in hand with a characters life and is basically a consideration of how a player recovers. Do you recover life after each fight so each encounter is met at the same player strength base? Or as you play, are you slowly worn down from mistakes? If you have ever played a first generation and current generation first person shooter, you will understand the idea of limitation.
With Bloom, we actually have taken a mixed approach to this. The life / energy bar goes up and down regularly through game play, but you are limited at a higher level by the Linked Heart mechanic. This means you can be worn down through the game and defeated but each fight you typically begin with the same of life / energy.
On an individual encounter level, your attacks drain from your life bar and create an organic limitation in how much you can do how fast. This creates a situation where the balance of power in a battle rapidly swings to extremes as you use larger attacks to defeat enemies, but are then forced to play defensively while recovering and dodging the others.
This is really the big one in terms of how combat works. As I said before you are largely overpowered in the world and typically rely on a range of defensive abilities to protect you. Of course you also have offensive abilities, but these are highly draining to your life and leave you exposed. Effectively this creates game-play which requires careful consideration before running into battle blasting your largest attacks.
Friday - March 15, 2013
Kickstarter - Bloom, an Action Adventure RPG
If adventure RPGs are your thing then you might want to check out the Kickstarter for Bloom. They are asking $50K and are currently at $11K with 34 more days to go.
Bloom: Memories is a beautiful artistic take on the action-adventure / RPG genre that carries players through an epic journey following the theme of the “purest love”; that between a mother and her child.
Bloom strives to capture the innocent feeling of adventure and discovery (taking lessons from such classic games as “The Legend of Zelda”) while at the same time pushing the experience deeper with a heartfelt story of love and sacrifice.
Of course, beyond the story and artwork, Bloom also features strong game design which not only provides fun game play but also further supports the story and art direction.
A few examples of these are:
Linked Heart Mechanic – Because of the special bond between the main character and his mother, they share in each other’s pain and sacrifice for each other. This is represented by five hearts for both characters at the top of the screen which heal over time.
For the mother, these typically allow for her to protect the main character at a distance when he needs her most. While for the main character, his can be used to give him extra strength to rise to the challenges of the world. And, for both characters, pieces of their heart may break during moments of emotional pain.
Be careful though, a persons heart can only take so much before it gives up completely.Single Energy / Health Bar – With Bloom, the energy and life bar combine to create another layer of strategy to combat while simultaneously simplifying the interface and allowing players to focus more on the game. We want combat to have elements of thoughtful purpose, of considering the costs and advantages to using different abilities. Mindlessly mashing buttons will only get you so far in this world.
Luckily there are also a variety of ways to replenish your strength, though of course they too come with considerations.
The Bridge – The bridge is where the energy of life exists overlaying the world and its inhabitance. While this is all theory, rumor has it that with enough training one can begin to open their mind to this plane and even walk within it at will. Inside the bridge one can see the true nature of friend and foe, past the physical aspects of a being and into their hearts.
They say the bridge contains an entire world for one to explore… though, be warned, the bridge can be a hostile place to the unprepared.
The Linked Heart and Bridge features are explained in more detail in updates 1 and 3.
Thursday - March 14, 2013
Sui Generis - Update #18 - Development Update
Kostaz informed us we missed the development update of Sui Generis from last week. Next to the development update they also mention moving to a new location.
Nothing is more important than populating the world with diverse characters. The physique and inventory system we talked about in previous updates will accomplish this and implement many of the game's most important features.
We had to revise our initial design as it proved impractical, the assets we had also proved unsuitable. We now have a functional system, much higher quality models and have made various improvements to how they work in game.
The revised system uses a square physique graph where the two axes represent muscularity and fat. We had to use significantly more morph targets than we planned but we now have the full range of physiques for both male female characters with excellent results. Here are some examples of different physiques outputted by the completed system.
Click on the link to actually see those examples.
Tuesday - March 12, 2013
Delver's Drop - Preview
Craig Stern has a video preview of Delver's Drop, the action RPG that is to be released on PC, Linux, Android and iOS. It still has 7 hours to go on Kickstarter and has almost doubled it's asked amount of $75K.
Tuesday - March 05, 2013
Kickstarter - Matt Barton's Kickstarter Project: Untitled
Matt Barton, who you might know from his regular chats on Armchair Arcade, is announcing his Kickstarter for a game with various rules and a quantifiable outcome. Ha is planning to ask for just $100 million, which might not be enough to fund it.
After days of planning and hours of editing, I have finally completed my Kickstarter announcement video. Please pledge right now to help me reach my funding goal of 100 million dollars in 30 days. That may sound like a large sum, but when you hear this pitch and what I'm planning, I think you'll agree it's well worth taking out a second mortgage on your home.
=I can't reveal too much without spoiling the game's many twists and surprises, but following are some FAQs and my responses.
Can you describe exactly the kind of game you're proposing here?
Of course. In short, this will be a game with a system in which players engage in an artificial conflict, defined by rules, that results in a quantifiable outcome. That's about as specific as I can be at this point, but hopefully that answers your question.
$100 million doesn't seem like enough money to make an indie game. How will you budget it out?
You're absolutely right--just the martinis, spa treatments, Belgian chocolates, and Star Wars collectibles for the office can quickly reach upwards of a million. Of course I also have a taste for exotic ales that has to be factored in. But I think there should be at least enough left over to pay an amateur coder a part-time salary to do the heavy lifting. I'm also planning on including art and perhaps some public domain music.
Will it have rats in it?
Who the hell do you think you're talking to here? Okay, that's all the time I have for answering questions. Now pledge!!!
Monday - March 04, 2013
Enemy - Funded
The Kickstarter for Enemy is with 4 days to go funded, so some stretch goals are announced as well.
Stretch Goal 1: $18000: Simultaneous Mac and Linux release
With $18000, I'll bring on a dedicated Linux/Mac programmer who will focus on only that side of the game. Those platforms will get a simultaneous release with the Windows version and all the attention that they deserve.
Stretch Goal 2: $24000: Additional, free post-release content
Though I intend to continue to support the game after its release, with $24000 I will be guaranteed to be able to continue to support the game full-time after its release, regardless of sales or anything else. With this time, I will add more detailed towns, weather, and other additional content.
Thursday - February 28, 2013
Kickstarter - Heroes of Steel
Bob informed us of the Kickstarter for Heroes of Steel, which already met its goal with 17K pledged of an asked 12K, but there is still an opportunity to join within the next 50 hours, if you like its concepts.
In Heroes of Steel, you command a party of four heroes with a diverse set of backgrounds, skills, and abilities as you strive to protect the shattered remains of civilization from dark powers. Your adventure will follow the heroes through a sprawling story that will start a few years after the shattering and covering the legendary struggle against the dark. A rich world full of sub-plots, quests, and diversions will be wrapped in and around the main story, allowing you to enjoy the world of Steel to the fullest depths.
The world of Steel, as you will know it, will feel like an endless series of dungeons, underground lairs, lost highways, and buried cisterns. The druids led the survivors into the under-deep, and they have been forced to settle there and scratch out a life beneath the surface. Much of the action of Heroes of Steel will occur below ground, but there will be brief glimpses of the surface, when nearing a town or traversing open ground, when the weak light from the sun slants down through the chasm to the stony floor.
As you progress through the game’s story, you will uncover many secrets of the world of Steel and its splintered pantheon of gods. The main plot and the web of subplots will deepen your understanding and appreciation for the rich world, and the forces of evil that threaten to overwhelm it. The courageous acts you will undertake in Heroes will become the core stories, myths and legends spread by humanity in future games within the trilogy of Steel. Taking inspiration from the pen and paper role-playing games developed by the Trese Brothers, you will find grim themes running through the storylines and a focus on human problems.When creating your party you can choose from a variety of distinct characters to form a balanced group. Heroes of Steel will provide four unique classes from which to choose, each with their own abilities and special powers which you can further develop. Taking inspiration from other classic games, each class will have its own tree of special abilities allowing you to choose how each character evolves. This depth of customization will allow you to create characters of the same basic class who function very differently within your party. Will you build a purely offensive sorcerer wielding fiery wrath, or spread your talents to enable a team-player or a defensive caster? In Heroes, you have that flexibility.
Tuesday - February 26, 2013
Enemy - Update #7, Character Skills
The Kickstarter for Enemy (12.7K out of and asked 15K with 10 days to go) has been updated with information on the character skills.
Enemy has a skill-based character system, rather than a class-based one, so your characters can mix and match abilities from different classic games. You'll put some points into skills at character creation, and as you play more, you'll gain experience which you can use to develop your character's skills more fully, and add new ones. That is, Enemy features experience points and levelling-up, as opposed to X-Com's implicit training of skills by use. When you recruit a new member of your team, you also take over their skill development. I wanted to use this update to describe the skills in Enemy and some of the design decisions behind them. The following list is what's currently implemented in the game. More may be added over time.
In a game with permanent death, health is pretty critical. In addition to making a character sturdier overall, a high health score also lessens the chance of injuries to specific parts of the body: head injuries damage mind, vision, and reaction skills; arm injuries damage ranged, bomb, melee, and throw abilities; and leg injuries damage the jump ability and slow movement. Characters take damage from attacks, but also from being struck by moving objects and debris.
In addition to having a health bar, characters also have a mental health bar, which reflects the effect that battle is having on their morale. While physical health is drained from getting hit with an attack, even attacks that miss can drain mental health. Mental health is also drained by sustaining injuries, and seeing allies injured; loss is reduced in the presence of allies and increased when a character is alone. If mental health drops to zero, a character may freeze up and do nothing for a turn, drop their weapons and run away from battle, or panic and attack wildly in all directions. A team with very low mental health can get by as long as everything goes perfectly, but often, as soon as one thing goes wrong, everyone panics, makes themselves vulnerable, and gets wiped out.
Your ranged skill governs the long-range weapons you can use, ranging from the humble blaster to the mighty, three-shot-firing spread-gun. It also determines the accuracy with which you can use those weapons. Because of its long range, it synchronizes very well with both the vision and reaction time skills.
Bombs are your best option for clearing out dangerous areas, collapsing structures, punching open new entrances, and more. This skill also governs the use of smoke bombs and flash-bangs. A bomb is a midrange weapon and doesn't have the same reach as blaster, so a big part of the tactics of effective bomb use involves setting up the rest of your team so that you can safely move your bombers into place.
Melee allows the use of magic swords, along with other iconic video game melee weapons like air pumps and hammers. It has the highest damage output of all the skills, but requires characters to move right into the middle of battle. In order to make wading into the heart of a battle a viable strategy, melee also governs the use of shields, which block a significant proportion of damage, so long as that damage is coming from the front.
The throw skill allows you to pick up objects, carry them around, and throw them. A higher throw skill allows for heavier objects to be thrown, for further distances, and with more force. Thrown objects will then damage characters and objects based on their momentum and material type. The throw skill is interesting in that it has the most degree of dependence on the specific details of the situation: what kind of objects are around, where they are, what they are made of, and how much mass they have. Anything can be thrown, provided you have the skill to lift it: if a swordsman has chopped down a tree, a character with a high throw skill could then pick it up and toss it; throwing your allies, enemies, allies who are holding enemies, etc. is also supported.
Jump allows you to stomp on enemies to defeat them, and is also a great utility skill to move quickly around the battlefield. It synergizes well with other skills: it makes it easier for characters who can throw to get next to heavy objects; allows snipers to get to hard-to-reach and high up places; allows melee users and bombers to instantly close distance. Jump allows a character to cross land while spending very few time units, but is tiring and can only be limited times per turn. Additionally, reaction fire from blasters can can interrupt a jump, injure the jumper, and knock them to the ground (see attached video). Highly-skilled jumpers do more damage, can go further, and can break through sturdier materials if objects are blocking the way.
When you explore an area, places that have never been seen by your characters are completely blacked out. Areas that have been seen but are not currently in view are slightly darkened, and if enemy characters move through those areas, you will not see them. You will only see enemy actions and generate reaction fire if they take place within one of your team's vision cones, and the vision skill allows to to expand the distance and view angle of these cones. Of course, like all skills, this goes both ways: you can sneak up on your opponents just like they can sneak up on you.
This skill allows you to execute attacks that interrupt the opposing side's turn. It gives you a reason to move in a solid and defensible formation as you sweep through an area, to dodge from cover to cover, to blow holes in walls to gain line-of-sight, or collapse ceilings to rubble to block the sight of your opponents.
There are other aspects of the character system that are still in an experimental phase, including character history, and being able to take flaws and merits, in addition to other skills. In this update, I just wanted to cover the skills that are fully-implemented already. Thanks for reading!
Monday - February 25, 2013
Days of Dawn - Funded
The Kickstarter for Days of Dawn managed to gather quite a bit of money in the last hours, saving the day for the devs. With a total of $54,135 they have managed to reach their pledge of $50K.
We have made it!
Thank you so much, everybody! You have been the most supportive and astonishing backers I could ever imagine. We are thrilled about what you've done for Days of Dawn. This has not been the photo-finish we expected it to be – we actually ran a second round getting 108% of the funding goal.
I can hardly tell you how we feel right now. This has been one of the most exciting experiences I've made in my life. Getting in contact with you, virtually meeting wonderful people who trust in our ability to create an awesome game. And here goes my promise to you: We'll do everything we can to knock you off your shoes with a game that's dragging you right into a fantastic world full of wonder.
So what about the stretchgoals?
We have almost reached the first stretchgoal at $55,000. As a thank-you for your wonderful support we're going to add the first stretchgoal to the game nonetheless and call it reached. We will start up a Paypal-site very soon to allow all those people without a credit-card to join us and will try to reach the second goal as well by this.
Let's stay in contact!
We had a wonderful time with you guys and we don't want to loose contact now. Please think about joining our boards on board.bumblebee-games.com/
If you send me a mail with your Username here on kickstarter, the amount you pledged and your name on the forum, I will unlock access to the backer-only board for you. There we'll get into in-depth discussions about the games future, you can take part in polls, see concept-artwork and so on. Please join us there to keep contact.
Once again: Thank you SO VERY MUCH! We're so thankful for what you've done for us. We'll start right away on creating a wonderful game to have the closed beta ready in june!
Sunday - February 24, 2013
Kickstarter - Delver's Drop
Anthony wrote in a few days back about Delver's Drop, a "stylish physics-based Action RPG" for PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android. The campaign has been running for a while and has 16 days to go, with $40k of the $75k goal on the board:
Delver's Drop is a 2D Action RPG with fluid physics-based movement, snappy combat, shifting dungeons, and a rogue's gallery of individually leveled character classes. With an emphasis on mystery and dynamic gameplay experiences, the game features randomization for infinite replay, enigmatic puzzle permutations to unravel, multiple narrative paths, customizable character growth, and layers of secrets to unearth.
Our game is built on inspirations from the 8 & 16-bit eras, but acknowledges contemporary progress in game design and fully utilizes current technology. The gameplay is familiar yet distinct with stunning HD visuals and snappy, fluid 360-degree control. It is accessible yet deep and tactical, and is incredibly replayable.
- Immense & Unpredictable Dungeon Dive — 8 zones of castle dungeons with 4 sub-levels to explore. Levels will be combined from masterfully designed hand-crafted rooms and components, with randomized content and floor layouts.
- Physics-based Hack & Slash Combat — Since all characters and enemies move and collide on a physics-based system, any interplay of attacks, traps, and magic resolve based on responsive, snazzy, and sometimes chaotic physics effects.
- Multiple Characters & Play Styles — Play the game with one or all of the 5 character classes (some to be decided by backers!). Classes have unique speed and movement properties, weapon, special ability, and perk tree, giving each a different play style.
- Character Growth & Customization — Gain experience as you play each class, and keep this progress through the class’s perk tree even if your current character dies. Level up if you want more flexibility, but Delver’s Drop is totally grind-free.
- Weapons & Sub-Items — The player can find and purchase interesting and upgraded weapons for each class, as well as a large suite of expendable sub-items that are randomly spawn during each session. But items slots are limited, requiring intelligent use!
- Puzzles & Secrets — Like many action adventure games, Delver’s Drop will feature interesting puzzles, requiring clever manipulation of dungeon elements, using physics to advantage, and resourceful usage of secondary items.
Thursday - February 21, 2013
Days of Dawn - Close to the Finale
The Kickstarter for Days of Dawn has entered it's last 3 days and is stil 20K short of it's 50K goal. Quite some updates on this turn-based RPG have been produced since the last time we covered this game, so make sure to check out their updates pages to see if this is a game you would like to lay down some some money for.
Thursday - February 14, 2013
Kickstarter - Enemy
A Kickstarter for Enemy, a tactical roguelike, started last week asking for 15K and currently at 3.3K.
Every time you start a new game, the game procedurally generates a new world, using decades-old video games as its building blocks. The result is a collision of genres, where haunted graveyards, infested space stations, and peaceful mushroom villages all stand side-by-side. The premise of the game is also procedurally generated, using classic game plots. In one play-through, you might rescue the King of Dreams from the captain of the space pirates. In the next, you might avenge your fallen father by defeating a resurrected Dracula. Crossing the world is handled in much the same way as the original Zelda, where you will lead your team across individual cells that are linked together, and patrolled by enemies from throughout the history of games. You'll find peaceful regions to explore as well, including towns with shops and NPCs.
Although the world you're in is strange, combat is highly detailed and feels real. Enemy has a turn based combat system inspired by the 1994 classic, X-Com. You'll devise strategies based around the unique set of abilities you've chosen for your team, and then execute them step-by-step, all while responding to counter-moves made by the enemy team.
Tuesday - February 12, 2013
Wildman - Kickstarter Cancelled - Gas Powered Games Might Still Survive
Chris Taylor from Gas Powered Games has updated Wildman's Kickstarter page with the news that tke Kickstarter campaign for this now is cancelled. His focus is now on other ways to save Gas Powered Games:
Greetings Kickstarters. We have some news today. We are canceling the Wildman Kickstarter.At this point, it makes sense for us to focus our attention on other ways to keep Gas Powered Games running. Unfortunately, we are unable to share any specifics in public. When we have news to share, we will be posting it on our site. If you want status updates, or if you want to continue discussing Wildman and/or this Kickstarter, please consider migrating over to forums.gaspowered.com.
Monday - February 11, 2013
Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey - Begins Kickstarter Campaign
From BrownEyedTigre at Gameboomers comes the news about a Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey Kickstarter campaign. While this game is an Adventure and certainly not an RPG, I'm posting this news since I know many us here at the rpgwatch also enjoy playing adventure games as well. Currently Ragnar Tørnquist's new independent studio Red Thread Games managed to collect more than 625,000 $ in about two days.
Here's some info from the Kickstarterpage for this game, first about the game:
Dreamfall Chapters continues and concludes the gripping story of Zoë Castillo, the Dreamer. Revisiting familiar locations and characters, and introducing new sights and sounds, new faces, new game mechanics, new thrills and challenges, Dreamfall Chapters takes the player on an emotional, exciting and challenging journey -- from a dystopian cyberpunk future, through the mysterious and dreamlike Storytime, to the magical landscapes of Arcadia. We aim to recapture the heart and soul of The Longest Journey and to improve on the immersion and game mechanics of Dreamfall in order to bring you a fitting, satisfying and emotional conclusion to the Dreamer Cycle.
Then about Red Thread Games:
Red Thread Games is an independent game development studio founded by Ragnar Tørnquist. For years it's been our dream to tell more stories in The Longest Journey saga, and now we've finally brought together the core team behind Dreamfall for this long-awaited sequel.
Source: BrownEyedTigre at Gameboomers
Sunday - February 10, 2013
Kickstarter - Project Awakened
Bob sends word of Project Awakened, a "AAA" action game with some RPG elements made with Unreal Engine 4 and built by a team that apparently assisted develop UE4. It seems ambitious for the $500k being chased, with $94k currently on the board:
Project Awakened is a genre-defying game that lets you answer the question: "Who do you want to be?" For the first time in a modern AAA action game, you will have the opportunity to completely define your dream videogame character, from abilities to aesthetics, all while playing in an action-packed world that responds to your personal playstyle.
Destructoid: “Awakened is a Game that may very well be brilliant”
- Modular (not class or skilltree) a-la-carte ability system
- Incredibly customizable character visualization
- Characters that are as unique as the player who created them
Project Awakened contains a modular powers and skill system that allows players to select from a huge number of abilities and combine them in unique ways. Unlike other games which use a class system or skill trees, Project Awakened leaves every choice and ability up the player. Likewise, players will have the opportunity to completely customize the appearance of their characters. Comical or serious, rough or polished, nearly any character imaginable can be created using the Project Awakened Player Creation system. The result is a game with seemingly limitless gameplay and replay potential based on which abilities players choose.
While Project Awakened allows for players to make typical videogame heroes such as Ninjas, Snipers, or Urban Warriors, what makes Project Awakened truly unique is the potential to craft gameplay experiences and challenges that have never existed before. An invisible hero who can charm enemies to fight for her. A non-violent hero with super speed and agility racing past enemies to the goal. A man who spontaneously combusts at will and touches everyone to incinerate them. The possibilities are endless, and allow players to craft a gameplay challenge unlike anything anyone has ever seen before. The only limit is the player’s imagination.
Friday - February 08, 2013
Legends of Dawn - Update #16, Player's House
Legends of Dawn's update number 16 is about the player's House and that Amazon hasn't payed them yet and they are now in the top 25 of Greenlight.
In the mean time we put some effort to implement one of the features mentioned here at Kickstarter. This feature was not part of the original design or stretch goals but we thought it was nice idea and it did not take too much time to flesh out. So here it is - now you will be able to buy and decorate your own house in Legends of Dawn!
A player's house is used as safe place to rest and store items you've found on your journey. You will be able to buy shelves, closets, weapon racks and other item holders. You can also buy a bed for rest and more than 40 different decorative objects!
Wildman - Updates #11 & #12
In the recent updates for the Wildman Kickstarter (7 days to go, 453K/1.1M) more videos can be watched. Kevin Pun shows how he creates concept art. Bruce Bjorkland has a daily live Twitch.TV stream. Chris Taylor and Brian Fricks dive deeper into the Wildman level creation process. And there are some images of concept art and Q&As.
Tuesday - February 05, 2013
Wildman - Chris Taylor Interview @ PC Games N
Chris Taylor has been interviewed by PC Games N, in the interview he describes the troubled times Gas Powered Games had in the past and is experiencing now as well as the Wildman Kickstarter Campaign. A snip about the bad times in the past:
There have been times when they had debt and no projects and no publishers. There have been times when he’s been at serious risk of not just losing his company, but the home he shares with his family. “Driving home in my car, owing 4.3 million dollars, and not knowing where payroll was going to come from on Friday, is the most horrifyingly naked, frustrating, shiver-y, feeling,” he says. “Driving into the driveway of my home in tears. I lived these things in my 15 years here!” And he survived. Paid off every cent he owed. He’s 46 years-old, working on PC games since he was a teenage amateur and a lead designer and studio head since 1998.
A quote on when the troubled timed began at GPG this time:
Heading into the fall, Gas Powered had four months' worth of "burn" in the bank, the operating costs needed to sustain the studio, and its health seemed more secure than it had in years. But it never rains. Not only did Microsoft inform Gas Powered that they had decided to suspend development on Age of Empires Online, but suddenly Gas Powered's other contracts started falling apart. Right now there's a small team at Gas Powered completing work on a project that Taylor is sure will never see the light of day, just to fulfill a contract with a publisher. Suddenly Gas Powered's cash reserves represented a life meter, a timer counting down on how long the company had to save itself. To reduce the outflow, Taylor laid off a significant portion of the company. In retrospect, he suspects he should have cut deeper. But he couldn't.
A quote on how Chris Taylor sees Kickstarter:
Only now does Taylor fully understand what will sell and will not sell on Kickstarter. On Three Moves Ahead this week, he told us, "I felt like GPG, and Wildman, and my leadership would be the right answer. And people would get behind me... That ‘s been true of the six thousand odd people that have pledged. But that's not the same turnout that we've seen in other games that are nostalgic, frankly, that are going to be remakes of old games that people understand. They can practically see the design of the game in their head."
And finally, a quote on how his father helped Chris Taylor financially:
His father called him over the weekend with an offer of help. His father has money, but he also tends to be tight-fisted. It’s habit. He’s not rich, but he’s comfortably retired after a career as a construction contractor and then a manufacturer. They were businesses that Taylor might have inherited, if life hadn’t sent him falling 14 feet from scaffolding at a work site when he was 20, crushing a vertebra in his lumbar. With a bad back, Taylor wouldn’t be able to work in construction, and so he'd been free to devote himself to programming and game design. It had been his passion since his father got him his first computer when Taylor was 14. Now, thirty years later, his father was calling because he wanted to help his son continue in that career. “Chris, I’ve got $2,000 here that I want to give you,” his father told him. “But... I can’t figure out this Kickstarter site. How do I give this to you?”
Akaneiro - Funded Succesfully
Akeneiro is now succesfully funded with a total bakcing of around 204,000 US dollars, so Spicy Horse's Kickstarter page informs us. The game needed 200,000 US dollars to be funded. Everyone at Spicy Horse is very happy and excited about this as their thank you letter tells us:
Greetings Hunters! Amazing! We did it!!!
From myself, Ophelea, the entire team at Spicy Horse and Lulu (DOG), Thank You! Your support in helping us spread the word and fund this campaign over the past 30 days has been absolutely fantastic. So, what's next? First we wait on Kickstarter to do their end of campaign "house cleaning," which can take a few days or more. Then we'll get working on delivering campaign rewards - starting with virtual items like Karma. The development team will begin work on their planning and we'll post info about delivery dates ASAP. Lots of questions about Ouya, so we'll start figuring out what we can do to support that demand. Physical items will start to get shipped around, signed and sent out. And we'll keep you updated throughout.
Monday - February 04, 2013
Wildman - Interview @ IncGamers
IncGamers interviewed Chris Taylor on Wildman and Gas Powered Games. This next bit is about what might happen when the Kickstarter will fail.
IncGamers: Was that kind of a hint there that if this Kickstarter doesn’t go through, that you’d be launching another one, essentially?
Chris: It kind of sounded like a hint, but it wasn’t. It was pure… you know, I don’t care what you’re doing, I don’t care if you’re trying to… like, anything you do, if you fail at it and you do it again, you do better at it. You keep doing the same thing over and over again until you master it. You get back on the horse. But if you’re at the rodeo and the bull throws you off and the clowns rescue you, you don’t go back on the bull – you go to hospital for two weeks! The bruising goes down and you recover and you think “Maybe next year’s rodeo, I might try it again with the lessons learnt.”
You don’t chase the clowns away and get back on the bull right away, you have to recover from it. We’ll have a very difficult situation to manage through but I want to say that the phone has been ringing, people have been calling and asking us about Wildman. They are saying, “Hey, maybe there is a partnership here.”
I don’t know the details, those conversations are just getting started. We haven’t worked out any terms – it’s just the phone has rung and I’m really busy, and we’re going to kinda see how it goes. But let’s say, for example, the campaign doesn’t go through and someone says “How about we kick in $500,000 and you give us rights to territories X, Y and Z,” and then someone else comes along and we give them rights to another territory. Maybe we can do this a different way, and maybe we can do some fundraising right off our site, which you can actually do right now.
I think we’ve raised a grand total of $1,000 because we direct people to the Kickstarter site. We don’t want to raise the money through our site, per se, unless you don’t have access to Kickstarter. This is a really subtle point – in case you can’t get access, you can still get our site. If the thing doesn’t go through we are going to refund those folks; they won’t be paying anything, to make that little quick digression.
Maybe there’s another way we can make Wildman, but that does not mean going right back to Kickstarter instantly. Maybe we can do it a different way if we can get funds to bridge the company. So anything is possible.
Wildman - Update #10, Node Creation
In a new video update for Wildman Chris Taylor and Jeremy Schmidt talk about node creation for their map editors.
In addition they also will have a QA session on Twitch.tv today and there was an interview with Chris taylor was interviewed at Robert Space.
Friday - February 01, 2013
Wildman - Update #9, Windows Map Editor
The video for Wildman on Kickstarter ($399K/$1.1M, 14 days to go) has been updated, in it Chris Taylor and Brian Sturm show with the stand alone map editor how levels in Wildman are created.
And there are two new pieces of concept art as well.
Thursday - January 31, 2013
Akaneiro - Launched
Amercian McGee's Akaneiro has launched according to Bluesnews, though you still have three days to plonk down some money for the Kickstarter, if financing already-released F2P games is your thing:
January 31 2013. Shanghai. Spicy Horse Games, makers of "Alice: Madness Returns," "BigHead BASH," and "American McGee's Grimm" announced today that "Akaneiro: Demon Hunters" is now available for play via SpicyWorld and Kongregate for Mac and PC.
Based on the Little Red Riding Hood story combined with Japanese folklore and myth, and illustrated in Spicy Horse's unique dark fantasy style, "Akaneiro: Demon Hunters" is an action-RPG that lets players hunt legendary monsters in Edo-era Japan.
Akaneiro launches with 20 maps of content with more options on the way, including Steam integration. If the now-running Kickstarter is fully funded, Linux and mobile versions and additional systems including co-op gameplay and equipment crafting will be arriving in the near-future. To check out the Kickstarter plans and reward tiers, please visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spicyhorse/akaneiro-demon-hunters
The game is free to download and play, with a $20 "unlock all maps" one time purchase option for those who'd like to get all the content in one shot as well as various options purchasable with the in-game currency, karma, for those planning to buy things piecemeal.
To play Akaneiro now, players need only visit the official site.
Source: Blues News
Wednesday - January 30, 2013
Wildman - Updates #6, 7 & 8, Video Updates
The last 3 updates for Wildman ($379K, 16 days to go) brings us 3 different videos.
Update number 6 talks about fitting an RTS into an action RPG and the first comcept art for dinosaurs.
Update number 7 covers mod tools and Project Mercury, which is the web platform they are using.
And in update number 8 Chris Taylor answers a bunch of questions that were raised on Kickstarter.
Tuesday - January 29, 2013
Days of Dawn - Re-Kickstartered
Bumblebee's colourful Days of Dawn has returned for a second attempt at Kickstarter, this time looking for $50k - around half of their first goal. So far they have $13k, with 26 days to go:
- Explore an open world full of mysteries and adventure in multiple nonlinear storylines
- Experience a unique magic system with an emotional approach in a world whose magical forces just awakened
- During your journeys, have three companions out of a range of seven complex player characters join your party
- Engage in incredibly fast and intuitive turn-based battles
- Join in-group interactions and social involvement among your party members
- Encounter original characters and creatures in beautifully handpainted scenery and a fantastic musical score
- Basic version to be developed in English
(additional languages made available by stretchgoals, send us your requests)
- Will be available for PC, Mac and Linux
(additional systems made available by stretchgoals)
Malevolence: The Sword of Ahkranox - How to Run a Successful Kickstarter
Alex Norton has given a 90 minute lecture last year on how he made his pledge on Kickstarter for Malevolence: The Sword of Ahkranox a success, raising over 500% of it's original pledge. There is a video of 90 minuntes covering this lecture, which might be a bit long, so he summarized it in an editorial for Gamasutra.
He makes some valid points on running a successful kickstarter not addressing the point that he only asked for $6000 to start with, which made raising a lot more maybe a bit easier compared to those who are asking $30.000 to start with.
After doing significant research on other, more successful, crowd-funded projects, I came to the following conclusions:
- Communication is key! Talk to your pledgers and potential customers. Answer their questions when they have them and keep them engaged.
- It all comes down to how you sell your product, and how you sell yourself and your team as people.
- Be aware of your target audience and gear every little thing you do towards them and only them.
- Market your campaign. Send links to blogs, reviewers, journals, magazines and spread it across social networks. Get traffic to it.
- Be willing to put in the hours that it takes to make regular updates, answer all questions and keep the customer engaged at all times.
On top of this, I decided to change my tactics to include the following:
- Show the customer that the project is being made by people. Good quality, friendly, nice people. If they like you, they'll be more inclined to like what you're selling.
- Don't just show them why your product is special. Show them why it's special to YOU, and why it should be special to THEM.
- When you're selling your product, you should also be selling the people making it. It makes the customer feel a part of something, rather than a simple ‘browse and buy' scenario.
- Write lots of updates. At LEAST 3 per week. Show them you're working at it. Show them how dedicated you are. Try and use video where possible. People respond to video. Get your best speaker onto it.
- Talk to the pledgers, not just as someone who answers questions, but really engage them in conversation. Show them you're real.
And you can check out the 90 minute low quality shakey-cam video too.
Monday - January 28, 2013
Kickstarter - Have a Drink
With this one we stray a bit from our regular RPG newsposting, but it's just this time and it still is somewhat RPG related and kinda fun. In the Kickstarter for Blasphemous Coctails you can pledge for a book of cocktail recipes inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, the Cthulhu Mythos, and the horror genre in general.
The book will include drinking rules for Dungeons and Dragons d20 and Savage Worlds, so now you can sip the same drink at the same time as your character in-game is drinking it.
Wildman - Chris Taylor on Matt Chat
In the latest Matt Chat, Chris Taylor is interviewed on the current state of the Wildman Kickstarter and what happened with Gas Powered Games these weeks.
Here it is, the Matt Chat to end all Matt Chats! Gas Powered Games' latest project, Wildman: An Evolutionary Action RPG, hasn't been going well, and Chris blames himself. In this hour-long interview, we see Chris at times sad, grateful, guilty, and brilliant. Without doubt, he's a Good Person, someone that nobody should want to see fail regardless of the project he takes on. What makes the situation worse, though, is that Wildman actually looks like a great game, especially for folks like me who love Civilization-style tech building. Check out the video, and don't forget to pledge a few dollars to the Kickstarter campaign. Every little bit helps.
Sunday - January 27, 2013
Wildman - Update # 4
The Kickstarter page for this page has seen its 4th update bringing the the total sum up to abput 328,000 US dollars with 19 days to ago in the Kickstarter campaign. This update features a video showing us the the design process behind the game.
Today's video walks you through the design for Wildman and delivers some insight on how to fit an RTS into an action-RPG.
Wednesday - January 23, 2013
Wildman - Update #5, Screenshots
Today's Kickstarter update for Wildman shows two in-game screenshot that are made with an older version of the engine.
Tuesday - January 22, 2013
Wildman - Update #4, Getting the Word Out
In update number four for Wildman, Chris Taylor talks about the emotional weekend after the lay-offs, what is coming with respect to the updates for this week, such as how the RTS elements are combined with the core RPG engine, a new video that will be available on the mod tools, more concept art and updates to the existing tiers.
In addition they also added a new $85 tier.
Saturday - January 19, 2013
Wildman - Update # 3, Team Members Laid off at Gas Powered Games
Chris Taylor from Gas Powered Games appears in this third update from the games Kickstarter page. Apparently, Gas Power Games has laid off much of the team, since GPG won't be able to pay the members of the team severance pay if funding for this game fails. Chris Taylor now asks the backers if the Kickstarter project should be cancelled.
Friday - January 18, 2013
Wildman - Update # 2 - Q&A as Well as Gameplay Prototype
A scond update for this game has been posted at its Kickstarter page. The update features
a Q and A session as well as video showing prototype gameplay:
So, we've prepared Wildman Video Update #1, which includes some of the current prototype gameplay. This is extremely early development footage using an older version of our 3D rendering technology with the lighting removed and placeholder models and textures. For those interested in the new tech, it will use deferred rendering; you might want to Bing that. (Hah, kidding. Google.) Everything will be significantly better looking when the engine upgrade is completed.
Thursday - January 17, 2013
Wildman - Update #1, DRM, Offline Mode and More
Bob points out the first Wildman update, which covers DRM, offline mode, multiplayer and more:
Greetings people of Kickstarter!
We’ve had an amazing first couple of days with Wildman, and would like to thank every one of you for supporting the project. In reading over your feedback and questions, we realize that we had a few holes in our initial pitch and need to give a few more details.
Wildman will have no DRM. Nada. Zip.
Offline and Online Mode
Wildman will have an offline and online mode. We’re focusing our initial efforts on the offline version. The offline version will not require an Internet connection to play. It will also support all mods. We may allow offline characters in private co-op, but that’s TBD.
The online version will feature a character vault that allows you to easily move the same character between machines, and will be more secure. It will be the version used in public co-op multiplayer, and will allow limited “approved” mods.
Linux and OS/X Support
These are stretch goals. Once we meet our initial funding, we will unveil the goals we need to reach to support additional platforms. We are not using a commercial engine like Unity, so each additional OS adds requires additional development and testing to our project. However, we have already started the work to make our engine support multi-platform OpenGL instead of Windows-only DirectX.
(This is the primary reason we’ve been hesitant to show gameplay; we are mid-renderer, which means the game today does not look as good as it will when we are finished.)
We are initially focused on developing the single-player version of Wildman, and after we get that version complete we will add co-op support to War Zones.
It is our belief that adding co-operative play to an already entertaining single-player game makes for a fun co-op multiplayer game. The opposite, however, isn’t always true.
In the first week of January, 2013, Microsoft announced that it was ending content development for Age of Empires Online. Unfortunately, some news sites incorrectly attributed this decision to us; the official statement came from Microsoft, and they alone could make that kind of decision.
Wildman was already in development. The basic concept was conceived of early last year, but we finally assigned a team to the project at the start of October. Everything in this Kickstarter represents the first three months of development work, which is one of the reasons why some of the details are still up-in-the-air. Every day, we come up with more specifics; we intend to share those decisions with the public, and backers will have a chance to shape those decisions.
It’s one of the reasons why we’re here, to let you take part in this game’s development. If we were further along, these decisions would already be made.
Tuesday - January 15, 2013
Vacant Sky: Awakening - Pre-Apocalyptic RPG
Bob sends word of Vacant Sky: Awakening, a "pre-apocalyptic", episodic RPG with jRPG stylings. Their Kickstarter is nearly at their goal with $7.2k/$8k with 21 days to go:
In Vacant Sky: Awakening, the player assumes the role of a young nobleman and follows his seven year journey for glory, fame, power, and love. As time moves on, the player will see characters grow and contend with the new issues that come with adulthood – such as taking responsibility for one's past actions.
The gameplay is a fusion of old-school tabletop RPGs such as Dungeons & Dragons and modern digital ones such as Persona. Players customize their characters not by spending points but by making decisions, seamlessly weaving together narrative and gameplay to create a unique experience each time the game is played.
- Episodic: The story spans seven years and eight episodes. As the cast grows up, they must face the different problems which come with adulthood - such as taking responsibility for their past actions.
- RPG: Customizable characters. Party management. Character development. Exploration and sidequests.
- ...without the fat: No random encounters. No grinding. No crystals. No heroes. No time left.
- Cross-platform: The game will be released on PC, Ouya, PS Vita, and Android (including a tablet-optimized version). Based on demand, we might expand to other platforms.
- Character engagement: Rather than an impersonal method of character advancement such as spending experience points or navigating a tech tree, players direct their characters’ growth by controlling their decision-making and seeing them grow as people.
- Relationships: Success in battle requires learning the relationships between characters and using them effectively.
Friday - January 11, 2013
Akaneiro - Preview @ IndieStatik
IndieStatik takes a look at Akaneiro and share with us their dislike for the game, stating that it is bad and disappointing or maybe he actually just doesn't like American McGee despite the intro:
I like American McGee. There, I said it. Guy has nice hair, he made a couple decent games and he has a nationality for a name. If I could, I’d call myself Irish O’Flannigan, but I don’t have the kind of swag that Mr. McGee commands. Who does, really? The guy worked for Id, he coded on Quake, he made a horror adventure out of Alice in Wonderland. It was even pretty good. That takes some serious swag.
So this guy makes American McGee’s Alice and it’s a pretty good game. He slaps his name on it because I guess game designers are like celebrities now, and all we need is their name to convince us to throw money at them like cash-flinging gibbons. He’s a figurehead in the industry, so naturally he makes a couple more games, and this is how we ended up with American McGee’s Scrapland. American McGee’s reviewers gave American McGee’s newer games mixed reviews. Our faith in the man was shaken, but not destroyed. Every real artist releases a stinker or two sometimes, right? The next one would be better. Finally, after months of waiting, we got American McGee’s Bad Day L.A.
He doesn't like the Cunning class either;
Let’s get this out of the way right now – the Cunning class blows. Don’t pick that one. This already isn’t a great game, and you don’t need a poor class selection making it worse. Their ranged attacks are very costly and don’t do a lot of damage, plus the range is questionable at best and they’re as resilient as wet paper bags. For all intents and purposes you’ve got two class options: you could pick Fortitude, which is a decent option if a little boring, but trust me and pick Prowess instead. This will ensure you have a character so powerful that you can walk all over the game. Prowess characters are fast, well-armored and can deal ludicrous damage to wide swaths of enemies at once right out of the gate, not to mention they only get better.
Nor does he like the Kickstarter move:
Yes, you heard me: the game is completed. Finished. Though American McGee has since retracted that statement now that the Kickstarter has been launched. Apparently, the game isn’t finished now, and he meant that they had ran out of funded development time on the game, thus implying the intention was to release an unfinished game or…what? It’s releasing soon anyway and will likely make it on to Steam due to the Greenlight program. It even has a business model set up with that Karma Crystal market. But they’re still running a Kickstarter for it, as if it has loads of development ahead of it and they weren’t in the position where they could just release the game and start raking in the revenue as they were going to originally via a free-to-play model. Think about that.
Wednesday - January 09, 2013
Akaneiro - Open Beta Launched
American McGee and Spicy Horse have released the open beta for Akaneiro, so you can check it out for yourself and decide if this "finished" F2P game is worth your Kickstarter dollars:
Let's just get this out of the way... OPEN BETA!!!!!
Go play the game RIGHT NOW:
What'd you think? We'd love to hear your feedback, comments and suggestions! Discuss them here on Kickstarter if you like, but please be sure to also share them over on the SpicyWorld Forums and via the ZenDesk link labeled "Report Bugs/Suggestions" at the bottom of the game frame. This phase of Beta will last from today (Jan 9th) until a week from now (Jan 16th.) We'll then take the game offline for one week, during which time the team will tune, adjust and repair - based largely on the feedback you provide. Find something you don't like or think we should improve? Great! Tell us all about it! This is YOUR game!
Source: Blues News
Tuesday - January 08, 2013
Akaneiro - "100% Finished"
American McGee has written to Kotaku to take issue with with their reporting of his Akaneiro Kickstarter. It appears he wasn't comfortable with them saying the campaign was to "finish" Akaneiro:
"The game is 100% finished," he wrote. "The company is not out of money. The project was completed on time, on budget and will be shipped this month (Jan 2013.) It has been in Closed Beta with 25k people having run through it since late last year."
McGee also addressed the line "we're out of time and money to do so," which has since been removed from their Kickstarter.
"When the Akaneiro team says they are 'out of money/time' it just means they came to the natural end of their development cycle on that project," McGee told me. "The KS campaign would allow them to extend that—something we'd ask a publisher to consider were we funded that way. We're not, so we ask the audience instead."
I asked McGee to clarify this: if the game is 100% finished, why does the Kickstarter say that the team feels "some key features are missing"? Why start a Kickstarter at all?
"'What's been achieved both artistically and mechanically is fantastic… but it's just not enough to call the game complete, to satisfy our fans or ourselves,'" McGee wrote, citing his Kickstarter page. "THIS is the main idea. We're not satisfied. We'd like to take the game further and make it better. In the days when we were funded by a publisher, we would have asked them to review our ideas for additional features and approve (or not) a longer development cycle. 99% of the time they would have said 'no.'"
Clear as mud. The campaign is currently at $47k / $200k, so contributing to a finished F2P game doesn't seem to be a hurdle.
Sunday - January 06, 2013
Antharion - Funding Closed
Antharion's Kickstarter has closed with $22.5k - over double the original goal of $10k but a bit short of the next stretch goal:
Thank you everyone so so very much! We are incredibly grateful to each and every one of you for your support throughout this campaign. Who would have imagined we'd end up over-funded at 225% with 730 backers?
We'll continue to produce updates for you guys but you can also keep up to date on Antharion's official website and forum. We have a section on our forum for feedback and ideas where we want to here from you about what you'd like to see in the game or even just cool ideas you have for Antharion. If you have any questions or comments don't hesitate, you can reach us here or on our website or forum anytime.
Saturday - January 05, 2013
Antharion - Updates 16, 17, Final Hours
Antharion has passed their second stretch goal at $20k and trying for the next stretch at $25k - just 6 hours to go as I type.
Wow! We've had quite an eventful last day: we passed 700 backers and unlocked our 2nd stretch goal!
$40 - Name an Inn or Shop
Why Are The 25k Stretch Goals Important??
Pets - these would represent probably the single largest game play addition to Antharion so far. Pets add a whole new dimension because their presence is felt across all aspects of game play. Each pet will have a different role. Just a few examples of what pets will do include: carrying around large amounts of extra inventory, holding aggro or attacking monsters during combat, stealing/looting items and providing a light source for your party in while in darkness.
Linux - Speaks for itself. Come on Linux people, let's make this thing happen!
Monster Island Conclave - An island off the south eastern coast of Antharion solely inhabited by monsters and complete with a monster capitol city where you can interact with inhabitants just like regular NPCs. Let me just say that this is so big that it could almost be considered a standalone expansion on its own!
Friday - January 04, 2013
Antharion - Update #15, The Evolution
Antharion has just 30 hours to run and they are close to the $20k stretch goal (currently $18.7k), with this new update offering a new reward tier and some screens showing the game's visual evolution over time:
We just added a new $45 reward tier so that now anyone who pledges $45 or more will get a digital PDF bestiary (plus all previous rewards)! This thing will be huge and extensive considering that we already have 55 monsters and plan on adding even more! Again, anyone whose pledge is currently at $50 or more will automatically get the bestiary.
Last update we talked a bit about how Antharion has evolved since its initial conception. Today we're going to actually show you just how far Antharion has come since its humble origins. Those of you with us during our "big-head" days probably already have a feel for how quickly our project has been progressing but there's nothing like seeing it laid out clearly in a time-line. Antharion will continue to grow and improve in every way possible up until the very day of its release!
Akaneiro - Kickstarter Campaign
Akaneiro is a P2P action/RPG (currently single-player but co-op is planned) from American McGee and Spicy Horse. They are looking for $200k over the next 30 days to finish development and create an iOS/Android port:
A free to play ARPG with classic design sense meets fast-paced action, inspired by Japanese themes and the Red Riding Hood tale.
Veteran game designer American McGee (Quake, Alice, Grimm) and Spicy Horse (Alice: Madness Returns) are set on delivering players a uniquely enthralling free to play action role-playing experience.
Akaneiro: Demon Hunters will transport you to a world realized in a striking visual style inspired by Japanese ink, watercolor and woodblock illustration. We’ve dug deep into the history and folklore of Japan when designing our scenarios and characters. Mixing this foundation with an original mythology inspired by Red Riding Hood yields a fantastic and inspiring setting for players to explore.
Akaneiro provides players with a free to play ARPG of depth, blended seamlessly with the speed and intensity of a pure action title. Combat is fast and unrelenting, but you can sway the tide with careful selection of abilities and equipment. A multitude of character building paths are available, though we've avoided being overly prescriptive, ensuring you can find the best balance of abilities and equipment for your personal play style.
It does look visually striking, if you are interested.
Halfling Wars - Kickstarter for iOS
The devs of Halfling Wars which is labeled as a mobile social RPG from the Hobbit genre wrote in to inform us of their game on Kickstarter.
I am not sure if this fits the interest of our readers but here is a bit of info on the game:
One of the many appealing aspects of Halfling Wars is that it can by played using several styles of gameplay. Build your village and farm for gold. Build an army and claim more land. Buff out your creatures and fight your friends. We’ve designed it so that it is more than just a 5 minute logon to check your eggs, cash in your crops, and then either log off or spend money. You can continually play Halfling Wars at the normal game play rate without spending a penny.
Our main goal was to create something fun and unique - a perfect blend of both light and dark for each player's experience. On one side the player is a gentle, jolly, good-natured Halfling who prefers nothing more than growing anything green, smoking pipe weed, or drinking a nice ale. On the other side the user plays as a Darkling, a bitter mischievous creature who prefers the twilight hours to go about his business. Instead of giving the player the option of which creature to play, we allow them to do both at the same time… after all there is a little Halfling and Darkling in all of us.
Thursday - January 03, 2013
Antharion - Update #14, Final Days, Magic
Orphic has posted Update #14 for their Antharion Kickstarter as the enter the last three days. With $17k on the board, they have their sights on the $20k stretch. This update also looks at magic:
Today we're going to talk a bit about magic. In Antharion there are three schools of magic: Black, White and Gray. Antharion's magic system is relatively unique in that each of its spell schools focuses singularly on one thing. Black Magic focuses on harmful spells, White Magic focuses on buffs and restorative spells, and Gray Magic focuses on alterative and illusory spells. This means you won't find any damage spells in the school of White Magic and likewise you won't find any buffs in Gray, etc. Below is a complete list of all of the spells we currently have working. Keep in mind that we will continue adding/refining spells throughout the remainder of development.
- Firebolt - Hurls a ball of fire at a single target
- Summon Beast - Conjure a rat to fight for you
- Curse of Weakness - Increase the target's weakness to physical attacks
- Poison - Does damage over time to a single target
- Curse of Sloth - Slows your enemy temporarily lowering his action points
- Web - Immobilizes the target in a spider's web
- Life-Tap - Convert some of your life into mana
- Inferno - Create a huge wall of fire extending out in every direction
- Ice Bolt - Hurl a shard of ice at a single target freezing it
- Death Blow - Deals a single devastating blow to an adjacent target
- Cone of Cold - Freezes all targets within its cone
- Curse of Magic - Makes the target susceptible to magical damage
- Poison Cloud - Poison all targets within its radius
- Summon Demon - Summon an imp to hurl fireballs at your enemies
- Last Stand - Create a massive explosion killing the caster in the process
Tuesday - January 01, 2013
Antharion - Kickstarter Update # 13
This video demonstrates a very simple quest from start to finish along with a little combat and some new interface elements. All of the music in the video is part of Antharion's original soundtrack composed by Eric Gallardo.
Sunday - December 30, 2012
Telepath Tactics - Failed to be Funded
As somewhat expected Telepath Tactics did not get funded and got stuck at $18.615 out of a $25.500 goal, but it will be back!
All right, guys! First thing's first: we didn't make our goal. That's unfortunate, but it's not nearly as bad as some folks think. You see, despite the fact that this campaign didn't "succeed," it was actually quite successful at spreading the word about the game. (How many of you knew about Telepath Tactics before this campaign started? Exactly.)
This campaign has also been extraordinarily successful for me, personally. I've gotten invaluable feedback about the sort of things you all care about in Telepath Tactics, and I've learned a whole heck of a lot about how to run a crowdfunding campaign. The next time I try this, we will make the goal! (Speaking of which: mark your calendars for March, folks!)
In the meantime, I'm going to keep on developing the game. To stay up-to-date on the development of Telepath Tactics (and snag any future demo updates):
- Follow me on Twitter.
- Like Sinister Design on Facebook.
- Join the Sinister Design forums. (This is the primary place where I collect bug reports and take suggestions on features folks want to see.)
- Subscribe to Sinister Design on Youtube. (This will make it so you're automatically notified whenever I upload a new gameplay video. )
- Vote on Steam Greenlight. (Just 'cuz.)
Also, don't forget to keep telling your friends about Telepath Tactics: the more people there are who know about the game, the easier it'll be to make our goal when we make a second go of Kickstarting this sucker.
Thanks again for your support; see you in the Spring!
Saturday - December 29, 2012
Antharion - First Stretch Goal Unlocked
Antharion has passed $15k with a full week to go. This goal opens up "magical items, alignment powers, buy a house, 5 new monster types and Northern Point Winter Island". The next goal at $20 includes a new Undead playable race and more. There's also a new update that looks at races:
Human - Are the ruling dominant race in Antharion. After thousands of years of brutal Orc rule, humans united Antharion's various factions under a single flag and proceeded to enslave the entire Orc race in a single sweeping act of retribution.
Orc - For thousands of years Orcs used their surperior strength and fighting ability to dominate all other groups. This led to a deep-seated resentment among the other races culminating in the Orc race's complete enslavement by the debauched King Zeverith. Though Orcs are officially classified as a commodity in Antharion, a few still exist freely in small pockets on the outskirts of the Kingdom.
Lynx - A naturally solitary race, Lynx prefer to live out their lives alone on the fringes of society. Many of them survive off of thievery leading to a general distrust of the entire race.
Elf - During Orc rule, Elves were kept as pets and artificially bred for aptitude in White Magic, beauty and tiny brains (a trait elevated by Orcish culture). Humans are quite happy with the small state of the Elf brain as that's one less group to potentially challenge human dominance.
Necrophil - Originally the summoned magical creations of powerful Black Wizards. Necrophils began a recursive sequence of self-replication whereby each successively summoned creature was capable of more powerful magic than the last. This resulted in Necrophils being even more powerful than their original summoners. Necrophils are the most feared and reviled of all the races, and the greatest threat to the Humanty's hold on power.
Telepath Tactics - Update #12, Final Hours
There's literally a couple of hours left in Telepath Tactics' Kickstarter - currently $18k of $25k - quite a big ask but there's been a lot of last minute activity, so there's hope. If you are interested, this is absolutely your last chance:
As Swedish hair band Europe once said: "It's the final countdown!" (I can't type cheesy synths directly into an update, but if I could, I would do so right here.)
We're now in the middle of the final day for the Telepath Tactics Kickstarter. Over the course of this campaign, such luminaries as Brian Fargo and Kieron Gillen have pledged their support to the project. Today, I actually got a tweet from Julian Gollop--the brilliant designer behind the original X-COM--saying (and I quote): "Yes indeed I have heard of Telepath Tactics. I am seriously looking forward to it!" Holy hell, people. [...]
On a more mundane note: I've continued pressing forward with development, restructuring the way that dialog is formatted in Telepath Tactics to accommodate future support for multiple responses in dialog. In short: branching dialog and branching campaign support is just on the horizon! I've also added some really neat new features to the game, including predictive damage displays and point lighting. (You can see a screenshot of the point lighting in action below.)
Wednesday - December 26, 2012
Telepath Tactics - Update #11, Last Days
There's a new Telepath Tactics update as their Kickstarter campaign hits three days remaining ($13.5k/$25k). The demo has been updated with new features and Sinister Design promises a bonus mystery campaign as they try to achieve success:
As a sort of Christmas present to you all, I've gone ahead and updated the demo again, this time with requested features such as edge-of-screen panning (which you can turn on using the Options menu), a right-clickable Rotate button, and the ability to cycle back and forth through available characters using the mouse wheel.
Now, you've probably noticed that we're fast approaching the moment of truth for Telepath Tactics. I did a few quick calculations, and it turns out that we can meet the funding goal if 500 of us each contribute just an extra $25.
To that end, here's a quick reminder: if the campaign succeeds and you backed at or above the $25 level, you are guaranteed a DRM-free copy of the game from the moment the campaign ends, continuous updates throughout the game's development, and a free Steam key whenever the game's Greenlight campaign succeeds. Add $9 to that, and you're guaranteed a second copy of the game to do with as you please! Just something to keep in mind if you're a $10 backer.
Friday - December 21, 2012
Telepath Tactics - Passes $11k
Sinister Design points out their Kickstarter for Telepath Tactics has passed the $11k milestone, so there's certainly reasonable interest, but they have a big mountain to climb to reach $25k in 7 days. Here's the lastest update, which also has a new reward offer:
Hey, folks! We're entering the last week of the campaign now. We've raised nearly $11,000 for Telepath Tactics, and are closing in on 600 backers. I'm happy for the support that every last one of you has shown the game so far: it means a lot to me personally, and has helped motivate me to focus on making this game as awesome as humanly possible!
We're currently less than $15,000 away from the funding goal, with 7 days to go. It will take some doing to meet the goal, but it's hardly impossible--remember, Sportsfriends raised its final $20,000 in the last day of its campaign! We just need to pull in some larger backers to make it happen for us here.
To help out, my friend Lars Doucet--creator of the excellent RPG Defender's Quest--has generously donated 200 copies of both Defender's Quest and the (also excellent) Defender's Quest soundtrack for me to give away. So here's the deal: the first 200 backers to pledge at or above $100 will get a free copy of both Defender's Quest and the Defender's Quest soundtrack on top of all other rewards!
Forsaken Fortress - Funded, last hours to achieve stretch goals
Forsaken Fortress hit their funding goal over the last day or so - as I write, there's a mere 9 hours left in their Kickstarter campaign. They currently have $116k of 100k on the board and the first two stretch goals are down:
- 105,000: Atomic Squirrel Race officially added.(not a joke)Achieved!
- 110,000: Free play mode(no story, no ending, no limit)Achieved!
- 120,000: Scenario modes(Defense mode, capture the flag mode, search and destroy mode...)
Antharion - Update #10
Antharion ($13.4k / 15 days) has posted a new update adding new reward tiers:
Hey guys! We're now just $1,584 away from hitting our first stretch goal!! With over 500 backers, if each of you upgraded by just $5 we'd instantly unlock our first stretch goal and be well on our way towards hitting the 2nd! Tonight we're introducing several new reward tiers to give you guys more upgrading options...
$50 All Digital Pack (Includes all previous rewards)
- iPad version of Antharion
- 50 page digital PDF comprised of Antharion's original hand-written design notes and sketches
- Your name will appear in an in-game book as one of the "Founders of Antharion"
$80 All Digital Design a NPC Pack (Includes all $50 level rewards) - plus you'll work with us to design and name your own NPC. Want to make an NPC in your own likeness? Just give us a photo and we'll have our artist recreate you in pixel form. (Note: this reward is NOT included in any higher level tiers.) This tier is limited and will only be available to the first 20 backers.
$500 Immortalization Pack (Includes all $100 level rewards) - plus you'll be immortalized in Antharion's world. You'll name one of Antharion's major towns plus we'll create a statue of you and place it prominently in the center of town for all to see! You'll also become a part of Antharion's lore and we'll even create an entire in-game book about you! This tier is limited and will only be available to the first 3 backers.
Thursday - December 20, 2012
Legends of Dawn - Kickstarter Launched
Remember Legends of Dawn, which we highlighted with a teaser trailer a couple of weeks ago? Dreamatrix has launched a Kickstarter campaign for this open world game, asking for $25k to finish the game off. The interesting thing is the game is almost done, so delivery is estimated at February 2013, only a couple of months away.
The game is described as "hardcore" and "isometric", although to my mind the style looks more like Two Worlds. Here's a snip:
Another quality that makes Legends of Dawn interesting is the freedom of direction and movement. Most games force a player to follow the main storyline and forbid any deviation, or significant veering off the set course. Legends of Dawn is more sympathetic to your playing needs. You are free to wander wherever tickles your fancy within the continent, without limitations, under one condition. Stay alive. We have been careful to ensure that the quests only suggest, rather than impose direction of movement. Your journey is in your hands.
The first thing to notice about LOD is that it has an old school style and feel to it, with some unique features which differentiate it from classic games of this generation.
This is not a game to appeal to casual gamers, it is a hardcore fantasy game with a large, diverse world filled with a lot of dangers, intrigue and mystery.
- Choose among 3 different races - Human, Elf and Danian and 2 genders - male or female
- Explore hundreds of unique locations (dungeons, forts, camps, cemeteries, docks, mountains, canyons, flying islands, swamps, temples, shrines etc.)
- Fight your way through more than 20 dungeons, caves, crypts, mausoleums and catacombs and rest in 3 cities - Human, Elven and Danian
- 150+ types of wild creatures and monsters that drop several loots so you stand a good chance of getting multiple valuable items
- Adaptable creature AI: depending whether it is day or night, creatures spawn and act differently. Weather conditions also influence a monster's behavior
- Players are free to move in this nonlinear world, in any direction they choose. As long as they have the necessary items or skills to survive in the field
- Combat and magic: A combination of Knight and Mage will work together without class restrictions and players have a wide choice of weapons or spells, they are able to use in combat
- Discover different ways to use and combine more than 35 combat, creature lore, crafting, gathering, resistance and devotion skills
- A complex crafting system with over 25.000 usable items, allows you to make everything from food, metal, wood, stone, leather to weapons and fashion armors
- Unlocking System with Runes: using specific runes players can interactively unlock and activate locked chests or crates and other mechanisms in the game
- System of sacrifices: The 3 gods; Perun, Veles and Svarog each have their own shrines throughout the continent. Activating a shrine opens the sacrifice panel with options to sacrifice items and gain divine favours
- Streaming technology enables playing without any loading screens. All data seamlessly loads in background.
Wednesday - December 19, 2012
Telepath Tactics - Interview @ Rampant Coyote
Our favourite Coyote has interviewed Craig Stern from Sinister Design about Telepath Tactics, which is 2/3 through its Kickstarter campaign:
Rampant Coyote: For those who have played tactics games in the past – your own games, or Band of Bugs or the like on the PC, or games like Final Fantasy Tactics or Disgaea on consoles and handhelds – what would really make them stand up and take notice of Telepath Tactics? While the PC isn’t exactly overwhelmed with strategy RPGs these days, what features really set Telepath Tactics apart?
Craig: First, as you point out, games like this are very rare on PC. That’s reason enough to support the game all on its own, I think!
Beyond that, though, Telepath Tactics stands alone in terms of features. It has extensive mod support with support for custom single player campaigns, which means that the game could theoretically have a limitless supply of new content flooding in for years to come. As far as I’m concerned, this will be a game to keep on your hard drive until the day you die.
The combat engine itself, in turn, is what happens if you take all that advice (1, 2, 3) I’ve been writing up on SinisterDesign.net over the past year and a half and actually put it into practice. Telepath Tactics is highly deterministic, with straightforward rules that combine in interesting ways to create a huge possibility space. To restate that in plain English: attacks do not have a chance to “miss,” damage is 100% predictable, and there are a lot of easy-to-grasp mechanics that make things interesting: elevation effects; environmental hazards; the ability to push, pull and throw characters; destructible and dynamic scenery; counterattacks; status effects; elemental weaknesses and resistances; character energy that regenerates when resting; up to eight attacks per character; AOE attacks; variable range attacks; movement abilities; backstab bonuses; sidestab bonuses; the ability to create bridges and barricades; explosive satchels that you can place and detonate; random item drops; and so on.
On top of all that, Telepath Tactics has local multiplayer. I’ve actually thrown parties where my friends come over and we play matches, and I can attest that it’s a lot of fun.
Antharion - First iPad Video
Orphic has successfully ported Antharion to the iPad and offer a new video showing it off:
Antharion has been successfully ported to the iPad! And the good news is that it runs, looks and feels way way better than we ever imagined it could on a tablet device. We believe that there is a place for serious RPGs on tablets and it just so happens that Antharion is perfectly suited to the platform. Touching and dragging interface elements like spell buttons from the spell book over to the action bar feels so much more intuitive on the iPad. Selecting targets in combat and opening and closing interface panels feels effortless. It's hard to tell from the video, but Antharion looks gorgeous on the iPad's display. Check out the video...
Consortium - Oficially Cancelled
Consortium is now officially cancelled on Kickstarter. They are offering to all backers a PDF document they name 'Discoveries', which gives all the details of the game once it is finished.
Some specifics on the document (estimated at least 300 pages):
- Completely in-game and written by Thrie Desertch (my in-game counterpart, brother of Vidal Desertch; creator of the iDGi-1 satellite)
- Full “biography section” for every single character even mentioned in the A.R.G. With over 30 names currently on this list, many of which will be a part of the 3D game series, this will make for a really helpful tool to better understand the history and motivations of everyone involved.
- It will be written as a timeline of events, exactly as if you were playing along with the A.R.G. from the very beginning back in 2010. NO details missed.
- Will include every piece of content so far released; and this is A LOT of stuff (every written document, journal, transcribed audio files/blogs, email, descriptions/screenshots/links for videos, mini-games, and puzzles)... complete with “Thrie’s Thoughts” on everything; an unbiased look at the information and what it all means.
- A breakdown of the entire “in-game iDGi forum” found HERE. Over two years of fairly consistent posts back and forth between people from the other side of the rift, and people from our world (“players”). This will be a chronological point-form summary of everything posted by both players and characters.
They are thinking of returning to Kickstarter in February, but do not consider it a wasted effort as they had tthe opportunity to show the game to the world and learned something as well
For interest's sake, here are the top 2 lessons we've learned with this campaign:
- #1: We should have announced CONSORTIUM at least a month before starting the Kickstarter campaign. Given we are a new company announcing a new I.P, this was absolutely necessary to allow knowledge of CONSORTIUM's existence to spread.
- #2: December is not a great month for Kickstarter campaigns. People are busy visiting family, partying and spending money buying gifts, etc. We believe that this is the biggest reason it's taking as long as it is right now to spread awareness of CONSORTIUM. It's one of the busiest times of the year...
Kickstarter - Days of Dawn
The devs of Days of Dawn let us know they have a Kickstarter going where they are aiming for 95K and are currently at 22K with 13 days to go. As they say themselves:
„Days of Dawn“ is an original roleplaying game coming in HD-glory, pledging to bring back the flair of early roleplaying games – imagine classic titles of the 16-bit era in beautifully handpainted hi-res graphics and an orchestra-quality soundtrack.
The spells in the magic system use your emotional state to determine the effect. Only by learning to channel your emotions in the right way you can get the desired effect out of a spell.
With two additional traits – emotional control and emotional strength – and seven feelings of differing intensity, not only do your characters personalities influence the outcome of magic usage, but also the experiences and encounters they make during their journey.
The game is scheduled to be released on Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and Pandora (an open source handheld gaming platform).
There is an early beta version of the game available to all those who have at least pledged 69 dollars.
Tuesday - December 18, 2012
Forsaken Fortress - New Alpha Footage
With three days to run and $81k of $100k on the board, Forsaken Fortress has kicked up a new pre-Alpha gameplay video:
Consortium - About to be Cancelled
In a 'backers only' post the devs of Consortium announce that they are in the process of closing the campaing on Kickstarter. Being at just below 10K and a target of 200K with just 13 days to go, this looks like a sensible move to make.
They are planning to restart early in the new year , but I am not sure that this is the best time to start a campaign.
Development on the game will continue and can be followed on their blog.
Monday - December 17, 2012
Consortium - Update #5 and #6
In the last weekend there were two updates for Consortium on Kickstarer. The first is on the music which will feature no other than Jeremy Soule.
Jeremy Soule has always approached his games with a keen eye, and a steady determination to advance the role that music plays. His scores are spellbinding, embodying the spirit of whatever work he is contributing to, and his standards are impeccable.
We are approaching the score of CONSORTIUM in much the same way one would a film. The non-linear and branching nature of the game means that players will experience the story in their own way, from their perspective. Jeremy's music will always be there, complimenting what you're doing, playing with your emotions. There will be musical foreshadowing and powerful thematic moments that will help you to interpret the events and unravel the mystery. The music will have meaning within the context of the narrative itself, in precisely the same way that the dialogue contributes to the narrative.
In the second update the team is realizing that being at 9K out of a requested 200K and only 14 days to go, things look difficult.
We know that we should have announced CONSORTIUM at least a month before starting this campaign, in order to give time for the knowledge of our existence to percolate around the world. We are a new developer creating a brand new I.P., after all....
Sure, our pitch could have been stronger and there is plenty more we could have shown and talked about, but at this point the biggest problem we are facing is the pure lack of traffic to our page and video. Most of our backers have found us through Kickstarter itself. Only just yesterday, Rock, Paper, Shotgun posted about us and triggered a large traffic and backer spike! (THANK YOU!).
We need many other game sites to discover us, but with the holidays it's been very difficult to line up last minute coverage.
Please, to those of you who have backed us and want to immerse yourself in the most fully realized and polished version of CONSORTIUM possible -- write to your favourite game news sites, and post on your favourite forums about CONSORTIUM!
Telepath Tactics - Update #9, Demo Update
Telepath Tactics could use a bit more backing being at 9.4K out of the 25.5K that was asked and 12 more days to go. If you are in doubt if you should back this game maybe the updated demo might be something worth trying.
Hello, everyone! Thanks to all the great feedback you guys provided after I first released the demo, I've decided to update it with a whole bunch of bug fixes, improvements, features, and an entirely new battle at the end of the demo!
Antharion - Update #8, Day/Night Cycle
Catching up on Antharion ($12.7k/$10k, 19 days), an update was posted the other day with a video of the day/night cycle:
To make a virtual world feel compelling and alive, it needs regularity. Antharion's day/night cycle gives it this regularity and helps to give you a sense that you're fully immersed in a living-breathing world. Day and night also have tangible effects on game play. Adventuring outdoors at night becomes a dangerous affair since even with a torch you still can only see a few feet ahead. Searching for inns to sleep at during nights becomes quite important. Also, NPCs have schedules and will often go home at night after work. One new feature we just added that you'll see in the video is light shafts coming in from windows. Light shafts start to shine when the sun comes out and eventually disappear when the sun goes down. The atmospheric music in the video was created by our composer Eric.
Friday - December 14, 2012
Forsaken Fortress - Updates
I thought it time we catch up with Forsaken Fortress - the "survival RPG" campaign on Kickstarter. Currently they are at $59k / $100 with 8 days to go.
Bear with us that this is a very rough video demonstrating the basic combat system in FF. The AI is really dumb at this point but it should give you an idea of what combat would look like. :)
- You can take up to 9 people on an expedition. You can divide them into three squads(green, blue and red)
- You control your own "hero" and issue general orders(GO TO, FOLLOW, COVERING FIRE....) to your squads.
- The AI will intelligently act based on your orders. They will try to take cover when under fire or try to revive unconscious comrades, etc.
- Your squad member's morale and personality will also influence their action. If a character is a coward, he or she may just flee if the situation has gone wrong.
To Be Discussed
- Reinforcement from the base?
- Artillery support from the base? (Mark the target and call in some hot rocks!)
Thursday - December 13, 2012
Antharion - Update #7 - AI Video
In the latest update for Antharion the AI in the game is made visible by means of a video.
Hey guys! Antharion is all about immersion and creating a beautifully unique and alive fantasy world for you to explore. In order to make this world feel more convincing, we've spent countless hours trying to make its inhabitants feel more intelligent. In Antharion each NPC will have its own unique temperament, personality and combat strategy. We want the creatures of Anthartion to react to your actions in tangible ways so as to make everything you do feel more meaningful and important. In this video we demonstrate just a few of Antharion's working AI features...
[Note: In the video you'll notice NPCs moving sometimes quickly without the player having moved. This is merely for the sake of demonstration and is achieved by holding down space bar which has the effect of passing on the player's turn]
Wednesday - December 12, 2012
Telepath Tactics - Update #8, All about MP
In Update #8 for Telepath Tactics' Kickstarter, Sinister Design discusses multiplayer in their strategy/RPG:
Telepath Tactics began life as a multiplayer game, and that remains the portion of the game closest to completion. Local multiplayer, a rare and important feature, has been fully functional (and really fun!) in Telepath Tactics for months now.
In the video below, I walk through the numerous customization options that go into a local multiplayer match (free-for-all vs. teams, army composition rules, fog of war, etc.) and play a 2 vs. 2 match with one CPU ally against two CPU opponents.
Sui Generis - Update #17, Forum Launch
We've just launched the insider forum. This forum is primarily intended for anyone with alpha, beta or development video access but anyone who has pledged £20 or more can participate. If you qualify and register to our forums using the email address associated with your Kickstarter account you will automatically be granted access to the insider forum. If you register to our forums using a different email address then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org from your payment address with "insider forum" as the subject line and specify your forum email address.
The insider forum is a place where we will discuss the game and its development with you in a more direct and informal way. We will still use Kickstarter and other channels as a platform for larger updates and the majority of our forums are open to everyone.
Also the Paypal pledge system has been updated:
We've added a more complete paypal pledge system. Some of the rewards such as the collector's edition will only be available for a short period of time, these are there for those people that were not able to pledge before the Kickstarter campaign ended. Also for a limited amount of time, if you wish to upgrade your existing pledge you can do so. A revised set of rewards will remain available so that we can raise more money in order to recruit additional team members and improve the quality of the game!
Tuesday - December 11, 2012
Telepath Tactics - Preview @ Indie Game Mag
The game starts with a brief introduction to the plot done via scrolling text before setting the scene with some of the main characters in a brief introduction of the characters. All in all the story does not develop greatly in the demo, but this is largely due to the demo being limited to only a few level, with most of them tutorial based you only get a brief feel for the gameplay.
Although the demo does have a distinctly slow pace it guides you through all the basics more than adequately. The pace can be compared to that of someone being first taught Chess and equally as necessary. This becomes apparent when you play the game as there are a lot of subtleties in the characters and the ways in which every piece interacts. Although you learn very quickly from your mistakes and when you leave your flank open to be backstabbed by the enemy, you do learn to always rotate your characters appropriately.
All the small subtleties in the game make for a game that may look quite basic and straightforward on the surface but is actually very deep and engaging. You do have to constantly think ahead, and figure out the best route for that particular scenario. This is where the static nature of the characters really comes into full bloom, as you are able to begin planning where they will be and how they will get there. You can anticipate damage and find ways to counter times you let your guard down, really the level of strategy possible is endless.
Consortium - Update #4, Story
Update number 4 of the Consortium Kickstarter (6.7K/200K, 20 days to go) talks about the story of the game.
First and foremost, let me start by repeating our mantra: the story of Consortium revolves around an extremely deep-seeded mystery and is too complex to simply point and say: “our game is about THIS!” This is one of our greatest weapons to ensure the ~6 hour experience of Consortium is as unique and unpredictable as possible. This is also why the story write up, here on KS, is mostly geared toward setting up the WHOs and WHEREs, and not so much the specific WHATs. We want players to feel like they are actually exploring an alternate universe, as themselves, and have absolutely NO idea what is coming next. Much like many movies tend to give everything away in their trailers (we hate that!), Consortium would be ruined if we talked too much about the specific “narrative thread” of the story. We hope to hook people on the IDEA of the game world we have created, and on the very notion of being the physical puppet master of another human being. It definitely helps to know some history on this alternate Earth + its characters (and this is precisely where our A.R.G. comes into play) but this is not vital to still enjoy what CONSORTIUM has to offer.
So... if you’re looking for examples of our writing team’s ability and want to at least get a feeling for the thematic/mood elements of our game and its characters, please refer to our A.R.G. The A.R.G. is not just for show and flash – it’s an integral part to the story and lore that makeup our entire game! Keep in mind that everything from the Corporate Blog to the Experience Space Scene is entirely IN-GAME. So if you email a character, such as Vidal Desertch, then you can expect an in-game reply. This Kickstarter campaign is the ONLY element of Consortium and/or its A.R.G. that is ‘out of game.’
Essentials of our A.R.G. include:
- Audio blogs.
- Audio puzzles.
- Alternate world/future News Articles and Mission Reports all about countless elements/characters in our story.
- Regular puzzles/riddles/hidden secrets that are what A.R.G.’s normally comprise of.
- Hand-written journals also with secret codes and puzzles hidden within.
- Hidden dialing coordinates (find them all to dial into an entirely different time/place!).
- An entire “internal Worldview Industries” e-mail program, packed with over a hundred email correspondences between characters.
- A *MASSIVE* in-game forum between the public and characters of our game.
- A fun/trippy “arcade-style” game called the Greenberg Device, with 21 unique levels of play.
- Once you reach the 93-99% complete mark (according to the in-game progress bar), you can access the "King-Made Question Bot." Simply put, you can directly ask this BOT questions about anything at all, and it will reply to the best of its ability. It has just recently been given a huge overhaul and is jam-packed with easter eggs and other fun stuff to discover.
I guess that's it for now! Stay tuned for more updates, as I know Greg has some more game play videos planned for you! If you have any further/specific questions about story or the A.R.G... please do not hesitate to throw me an email at: email@example.com
Monday - December 10, 2012
Antharion - Update #6 - Music
There's another Antharion update ($11.8k, 26 days), this time with some sample work-in-progress music samples:
Here are a few tracks that our composer Eric Gallardo has been working on. Please keep in mind these are more like sketches than finished pieces. The first is a dungeon atmosphere, the second an outdoor atmospheric track intended for use in snowy regions and the third is a general usage outdoor atmospheric track. Hope you enjoy and please let us know what you think!
Kickstarter - Data Hacker Initiation
Ross informed us of his game named Data Hacker Initiation on Kickstarter. The game has already met its goal of 300 pounds, but it still has 30 days to go. So if this floats your boat, there is still an opportunity to pledge.
My brainchild; the #data//hacker series is a three-parter, and is based around an online game called 'Online World.' I draw a lot of inspiration from games such as Final Fantasy and the .hack series, but am sure to make this project my own.
Initiation follows Jay as he seeks revenge on the Administrators of Online World, who cruelly banished him from the beloved fantasy realm after a case of mistaken identity. Jay soon becomes entangled in the mess of corruption and deceit led by the infamous corporation.
While the core concept can be likened to the .hack series, I can assure you with no doubt that the game takes on a very different take, climaxing in Reboot, which I am hoping to develop in Unity 3D. More details on Initiation's features are detailed below.
I expect to be releasing the final version of Initiation in March 2013; the project is coming along steadily.Core features of Initiation are as follows:
A Branching, Immersive Storyline with a wide range of memorable characters that you can interact with on many levels
Continue your save file from Initiation into Corruption
An estimated 20+ hours of core plot content, with optional content making up many, many more hours.
Dungeon-based exploration, with each and every dungeon feeling unique and different from the last (no copy-paste dungeons like in .hack)
Dynamic world that changes based on your actions whilst playing
Recruitment system that allows you to make significant tactical choices
300+ Items of equipment, with over 30 classes to wear them, each with their own unique skillset.
Generic classes mature depending on your actions into unique classes such as the Noireknight, Dracokin, Bladedancer or Astromancer (and many more)
Lots of optional content including locales, bosses, dungeons, real estate, DodoBaird racing and a featured Card game named Trioarch!
Sunday - December 09, 2012
Antharion - Update #5, Lighting and Shadowing Video
Antharion has updated their lighting tech and the latest Kickstarter update shows that off:
Hey guys! In the past week we've made a few modifications to Antharion's rendering engine and thought we might as well make an update out of. So here's a video showcasing our engine's real-time dynamic lighting and shadowing capabilities along with a newly added "classic lighting mode" option for older devices (or for people who prefer a more tile-based aesthetic). We've also included the first dungeon atmosphere track by our composer Eric Gallardo. Check it out...
Friday - December 07, 2012
Telepath Tactics - Demo Impressions
Indie Statik has been playing the alpha demo of Telepath Tactics and wrote their first impressions based on their playthrough of the single available scenario.
Overall, the scenario doesn’t do much to show those really cool moments (and tactics, of course) that its Kickstarter page hints at. You can win by killing one unit, the enemy general, and doing so only takes a little more than ten turns if you rush him. You have to play in a very unnatural way to set up the interesting abilities, rather than just use your lame bowman and crossbowman to kill everything from a few spaces away while your swordsmen tank. The scenario starts with building a bridge in order to cross a river, but you would hope for sneakier and subtler ways to use this ability. You actually can’t reach the enemy unless you use your engineer to lay some path down across the river.
But one demo scenario is a silly way to judge games in this genre. RPGs are about characters persisting and changing through the game: grabbing items, leveling and developing as characters in a story. Telepath Tactics is promising a lot, and I’m excited to see whether it can deliver. This is one to watch, and it definitely needs the Kickstarter money to give it the depth that it deserves.
Consortium - Update #3, Dialog System
In the update of today for Consortium the interactive dialog system is shown.
Here is the I.D.S in action. This footage is raw, unedited game footage from near the beginning of the current build of "CONSORTIUM". Note our commentary, explaining what is happening.
(Please excuse the bad video quality, and those lines across the screen appeared after Kickstarter encoded it...)
(SPOILER ALERT: This is giving part of the game away!) More soon!
Telepath Tactics - Kickstarter Update #7, Stretch Goals
In update 7 of Teleapth Tactics stretch goals and new rewards are announced.
$35,000 - Mobile Ports
$45,000 - Choices and Consequences$50,000 - Dungeon tilesets and objects
$80,000 - Dedicated Linux Port
$100,000 - Phoenix-like rebirth as a wRPG!
To make sure that pledging at a higher level is worth your while, I've decided to sweeten the pot a bit. First, I'm throwing in free copies of my past games for folks able and willing to give a little extra:
- In addition to your normal rewards, everyone who pledges at or above $40 will now receive a free copy of Telepath Psy Arena 2, an addictive tournament-style tactics game with team management, challenge matches, randomly generated training battles, and 10 leagues filled with fights that will test your tactical skill!
- On top of that, everyone who pledges at or above $100 will also get a free copy of my last game, Telepath RPG: Servants of God, a Middle East steampunk tactical wRPG about oppression, democracy, God, and the nature of knowledge. (That game normally costs $25 all on its own, so this is a pretty killer value!)
And finally, a gentle reminder about the bump-up bonus:
- Whatever you choose to pledge, bump it up by $9 to get another copy of Telepath Tactics for a friend. (That's a 10% discount off the price of the game!) You'll be glad you did this when the game comes out and you have someone you know to battle with. ;)
Thursday - December 06, 2012
Antharion - Funded!
Antharion's new Kickstarter has been funded and they now sit at $10.2k / $10k goal with a whole 30 days yet to run. Time to look toward Stretch goals...
Telepath Tactics - Kickstarter Updates #4, 6 and demo News
Two more updates are available for Telepath: Tactics (6.6K/25.5K, 23 more days). Actually there are 3, but one is for backers only.
Update number 4 is about modding capabilities. In a video Craig explains how this works.
This video just scratches the surface of what's possible in Telepath Tactics. I didn't discuss editing tilesets, character sprites and other graphics; editing skills and attacks; adding in custom weather, lighting, or battle conditions; or creating cut scenes. I also left out most aspects of dialog scripting, didn't touch on randomizing character names, etc. etc. This was a bare-bones preview, in other words.
I'm in the process of documenting how to mod each aspect of the game; right now, the game manual has a pretty comprehensive guide to modding in new tilesets, as well as new skills and attacks. Go give it a look if you're curious to learn more about modding in Telepath Tactics.
Update #6 is about the 26 classes of Telepath: Tactis, that are all listed in the update.
Assassin - The Assassin is frail but fast--she can move 9 spaces per turn, leap over obstacles, and has a 20% chance to dodge all non-mental attacks. Assassins also get an unusually large backstab bonus to their attacks; combined with their high maneuverability, this makes them very useful for getting behind and quickly dispatching psychic healers and fighters. They cannot dodge mental attacks, however, and Assassins are highly vulnerable to the status effects slow and blind, which will prevent them from dodging any attacks at all. Used well, an assassin can be deadly; used poorly, the assassin will simply be dead.
Bowman - A strong attacker, the Bowman has a ranged counterattack and the longest attack range of any unit in the game. Bowmen are good for harassment, as they can fire their bows and continue moving afterwards. Bowmen are frail, however, and can be killed quickly if not protected. Bowmen are especially good at taking down flying enemies.
Finally Telepath: Tactics is also on Steam Greenlight and is currently at 21% from reaching the Top 100.
Wednesday - December 05, 2012
Kickstarter - Consortium
Consortium is a "narrative first person RPG set 45,000 feet in the air and 30 years in the future" from Interdimensional Games, who are seeking $200k over the next 25 days. Apparently the project has roots in a project from 1999 titled 'Amen' from Cavedog, though I can't say I recall that development.
JOIN US in bringing to life this bright vision of humanity’s future – a world that has overcome many of the gravest environmental and societal issues we face today. Step through the rift and join the CONSORTIUM; the most feared and revered paramilitary peacekeepers on the planet.
WHAT IF you could take complete control of another human being? And what if that human being was a man destined to decide the fate of an alternate dimension? Speak for him, move for him, and be known as merciful and/or a killer, hero, liar, wild card...or perhaps the strong/silent type?
CONSORTIUM gives you that chance...
The story of CONSORTIUM begins in our world - the “real world” - where we here at Interdimensional Games have developed a satellite (IDGI-1) capable of opening a digital rift through time and space. Anyone with an internet connection can travel through this rift and awaken within an alternate dimension from our own – the “game world" - in the year 2042.
Upon crossing the rift, you’ll find yourself aboard a Consortium command vessel, designated C-3800-D, “ZENLIL,” and in full control of a man codenamed Bishop Six. Zenlil is one of five such Consortium vessels, and is the ultimate in air superiority. A massive jumbo jet that’s powered by fusion batteries and capable of taking missions in orbit or even as far as the Artemis-1 Moon Colony.
PLAYER FREEDOM: Our game will never force you to stand in one place, staring at a character, while they ramble on. Walk away from people at any time, or talk to people while doing other things. Just remember that characters will respond accordingly to any strange or rude behaviour!
NPCs REMEMBER: Similar to the recently successful (and fantastic) "The Walking Dead" game series, everything you say is remembered by characters. Their opinion of you will change over time, and the course of the game narrative can be altered. Your decisions will cascade into future CONSORTIUM games as well, so choose wisely...
ENSEMBLE INTERACTIVE CONVERSATIONS: Our game allows you to carry on conversations with multiple NPCs simultaneously. Guide the ensemble and speak to who you want, agree/disagree with who/what you want, or say nothing and let things unfold without your input!
Watch as our extremely detailed story unfolds based on your responses and actions, or simply walk away from any conversation and/or choose to say or do nothing at all... The choice is always yours!
Jeremey Soule has already been announced as the composer, by the way.
Source: Blues News
Antharion - Update #3, Stretch Goals
Antharion has almost reached their goal ($9.5k / $10k) ans so stretch goals have been launched, including new items, a player house, new tilesets and Linux support. The actual list is a graphic that is hard to quote but here's some of the accompanying text:
Magical Items - items imbued with magical effects such as: a sword with a chance to freeze its target on strike, a bow with a chance to poison, etc.
Northern Point Winter Island - A massive island on the far northern reaches of Antharion, Northern Point is a snowy winter wilderness with a few small settlements carved out amidst it's barren frosty landscape. Explore and conquer numerous ice caverns filled with Frost Liches, Snow Yetis and like monsters.
13 Level Mega Dungeon - Conquer this 13 level mega dungeon bohemoth and you'll be duly rewarded with one of the three most powerful items known to exist in Anthation!
Monster Island Conclave - An island off the south eastern coast of Antharion solely inhabited by monsters and complete with a monster capitol city where you can interact with inhabitants just like regular NPCs.
Sunday - December 02, 2012
Telepath: Tactics - Update #3, More Characters
A third Kickstarter update is online for Telepath Tactics, which seems to be travelling reasonably well ($5k/$25k, 27 days). This post introduces more characters:
Minnow Flaxenhair - Minnow grew up on a farm, where her natural aptitude for creating psychokinetic barriers proved useful in managing livestock. It didn't take long for a passing recruiter to catch wind of her talents, however, and now she works as a psy healer in the Magistrate's army, erecting psychokinetic shields on the battlefield to ward off potentially fatal attacks.
Minnow is talkative, fond of drink, and prone to making wisecracks. She particularly enjoys getting under Alvin's skin.
Grant Winter - Grant is a cryokineticist with an orderly, disciplined life that borders on ascetic. He does not drink, and has never taken a lover. Grant spent many years studying cryokinesis, and has bound up his sense of self-worth almost entirely in his role as a loyal and dutiful soldier. He has a good mind for tactics, though his ability to lead is sometimes compromised by his difficulty connecting with others. Commander Crowe has been grooming him to be a squad leader for some time, a fact which causes Grant no small amount of pride.
Friday - November 30, 2012
Antharion - Back on Kickstarter
Antharion is back on Kickstarter again. After the first try where they came $1,190 short in order to reach their goal of $15,000 they are now asking for $10,000 and have currently already collected 20% of that amount.
Antharion is a hard-core dungeon crawling turn-based RPG set in a vast and interactive fantasy world that encourages player exploration. What sets Antharion apart from other RPGs is how faithfully it recreates the experience of classics like Ultima, Wizardry and Pool of Radiance. Antharion combines an immense open world, deep tactical turn-based combat and a rich character creation system, with the distinctive look and feel of a traditional Western RPG. Antharion wants to breathe new life into an old genre.
On Antharion's first Kickstarter campaign.
Our first try at Kickstarter failed at 92%, but that’s not the whole story. We’d done a total of just 5% in the week leading up to that day. In the last few hours of the project, our backers just went nuts driving funding progress up from 73% to 92%. You’d think that with just hours left to go, and 27% still needed, that they’d feel hopeless and just give up. Instead, they kept going, upgrading their pledges and pulling in tons of new backers, eventually we the day with a gain of 19%. It was just amazing, it’s hard to express in words how that made us feel. We’ve been working on this thing for over a year, never really knowing if anyone else would actually be interested in it other than ourselves. Just to find out that there were so many people out there who believe in what we’re doing was a really amazing feeling.
Kickstarter - Six Most Important Lessons
Gamasutra has an editorial that covers, according to the author, the six most important lessons from Kickstarter. Here is the one on the need for a plan:
You need a clear and realistic plan -- no matter who you are. Fan love for developers can play a major role in Kickstarter successes, as we saw with Double Fine Adventure. But pedigree isn't everything, and fans are quickly becoming much more circumspect about that.
Veterans Brenda Brathwaite and Tom Hall learned this the hard way. At the beginning of the Kickstarter boom, the idea of an old-school RPG from the creators of Wizardry, Anachronox and more might have been enough to inspire fan faith, but the pair ended up surprised at how much detail and specificity fans demanded when they went live. The pair decided to halt their Kickstarter until they could come back with a stronger plan and a clearer trajectory.
Even though it's possible they could have made their goal in the end, the audience feedback and slow start to the funding was an important sign to Brathwaite and Hall about what even the most experienced developers need to know about the Kickstarter environment.
Telepath Tactics - Kickstarter Update #2
In the second update for Telepath Tactics (4.1K/25.5K, 29 days to go) new tiers and add-ons are announced,
First, we have a new $30 tier that includes the game's soundtrack!
Basically, it's the older $30 tier, but with a digital soundtrack instead of a physical postcard. You can pick whichever you like best.
Second, we have a brand new $60 tier that includes every type of non-creative digital reward:
As you can see, the $60 tier not only has the game with early access, the digital art, the soundtrack, your name in the credits, and early access to the map editor, it also gets you a full digital copy of the critically acclaimed 30-song soundtrack to my last game, Telepath RPG: Servants of God.
Cool, eh? Finally, we have our first top-up: add $9 on top of your current pledge of $10 or more, and we'll send you a free second copy of the game to give to a friend! (That's a second copy at less than the finished game will cost!)
Sui Generis - Funded!
Sui Generis has been funded (160k of 150k) and the team has posted a short update:
It's been a bumpy ride but somehow we came through. This is thanks to you, our backers and supporters. We never dreamed we could get such great support from the community, we're deeply touched by the passion you've shown and how much energy (and hard earned money!) you put into making this happen. We can't thank you enough. We came to Kickstarter to make the game we've always dreamed of, we've always been highly motivated but your enthusiasm and dedication are a stronger motivator than anything we've known and now we know we're making this game for you!
A special thanks goes out to Brian Fargo, TotalBiscuit, Stephen Fry, Zojoi (Shadowgate), Corey Cole (Hero-U), Obsidian Entertainment, and everyone else who helped us!
Now we're going to focus on making you the best game we possibly can. It's going to take a little time for the whole team to relocate so we can work together but we won't stop working hard for a minute. We will stay in touch with you, keep you updated and get your feedback. If you haven't done it yet then please come join our forums where we already have a great community.
The Bare Mettle team
Thursday - November 29, 2012
Telepath Tactics - Kickstarter Update #1
Craig Stern brings us the first update on his Telepath Tactics Kickstarter to talk about how things are going with the Kickstarter (more than 10% in one day), the world, the story and characters.
South of mainland Cera Bella lies a giant string of islands known as the Dundar Archipelago. The Dundar isles number in the hundreds, and stretch across thousands of square miles of ocean. In the earliest times, each island was largely isolated, its inhabitants—if there were any—left to develop a unique culture untouched by its neighbors.
Eight hundred years ago, Ser Gilliam Dundar changed that. Making use of new sailing and navigation technologies, he led a massive army on a whirlwind conquest of the archipelago, absorbing island after island into a sprawling empire that would endure for centuries. With no unifying culture to bind them, Emperor Dundar and his successors have required a deft hand to keep tensions among the islands under control.
The Dundar Empire is ruled over by a popularly elected senate. After serving their terms, former senators are given the title magistrate and are appointed as provincial governors, typically with control over one or more isles. However, the Senate can--in exceptional circumstances--remove a magistrate from office and assign his land to someone else.
The rise of steam technology has caused problems for Dundar's political system. Steam tech is powered by vibra, a volatile crystal that heats up dramatically when exposed to a spark. The geological strata beneath many of Dundar's islands contain rich veins of vibra.
Shadowlings, disembodied creatures from the nether reaches of the earth, were the first to discover the secrets of vibra mining. They established sophisticated and powerful mining companies to extract vibra from the earth wherever it may be found. Though native to mainland Cera Bella, the shadowlings have increasingly found it profitable to meddle in the Dundar isles in order to gain access to their veins of vibra.
Specifically, the shadowlings have been known to interfere in Senate elections by funneling financial support to whichever candidate looks more likely to win, then returning when the senator becomes a magistrate and asking permission to mine on the magistrate's islands. Not surprisingly, they usually get this permission.
Kickstarter - Barkley 2
Jack let us know that Barkley 2 an RPG Sequel to Barkley Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden is on Kickstarter asking for 35K, while they are now at 33K with still 29 days to go, so it is a safe bet that they will reach their goal.
With the actual title of the game being: The Magical Realms of Tír na nÓg: Escape from Necron 7 - Revenge of Cuchulainn: The Official Game of the Movie - Chapter 2 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa, they have this to say about it:
The year is 666X. A powerful youngster, wise beyond his years, awakens from a B-Ball induced coma aboard the mysterious dwarf space ziggurat Necron 7, held captive by the Malevolent A.I. Cuchulainn. With no memory of who he is or where he came from, he adopts the identity of X114JAM9 and sets off into the Post-Cyberpocalyptic Wasteland in search of the enigmatic Cyberdwarf, the only one who can reveal to him the terrible truth behind his forgotten past and make sense of his harrowing future. Barkley 2 is a coming of age story, a story about love, hope, betrayal and redemption. It is a story about identity and sacrifice, a story about wayward jocks struggling for a purpose. It is a story about the trials of our dystopian future and most importantly...
...it is a story about You.
Barkley 2 is an open world action roleplaying game with heavy emphasis on exploration, choice, character development and discovery. It combines the focus on strong characters and narrative of Eastern RPGs with the non-linearity and openness of Western RPGs, drawing on the best ideas from titles like Realms of Arkania, Fallout, Dark Souls, Romancing SaGa, Dark Sun, Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall and Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne. It is a game that combines core roleplaying ideas like character creation and development, quests and choices and consequences with fast-paced, action oriented combat (think Soldat meets Zelda) and Tales of Game's unique and erotic sense of humor. In short: this ain't your grandpa's rollenspiel.
Sui Generis - Kickstarter Update #14,15, Add-on and Interview
Sui Generis is still 14K pounds short from reaching it's goal with only 15 hours to go. So this is going to be stressing times for Madoc, who announced some T-shirts you can get as an add-on and had time to do an interview with Forbes.
Forbes: When I first wrote about Sui Generis, a lot of my readers said it looks more like a tech demo than an RPG. While I was enthusiastic about the nature of the game and the gameplay itself, many people worried that this was technology without a game.
So what is the story, and how will it figure into what we’ve seen already?
Evans: Well, we’re very keen on the concept of writing your own story. Our main focus is creating a world and sandbox elements that have lots of depth to them. Mostly it’s going to be about you discovering the world, learning abilities and growing into whatever it is you will become. The player character is special but what is special about them is that when they die they return to life. No saving and loading and no respawning as if it were normal, the fact that you come back is a big deal within the context of the world.
You don’t do quests and get rewarded for completing them, there’s stuff going and you can get involved. You might actually lose more than you gain by doing so.
Update #12 is intended as an example of a game experience from the player character’s perspective. The events there are dynamic, based on player actions. An apparently simple premise can escalate into almost anything and by doing things you always discover more things to do and get more deeply involved. No content is isolated, there’s an open world and a single vast interconnected underworld rather than a series of small dungeons. Similarly with events, we want everything to be connected and affected by whatever you do or happens.
The main plot is essentially just an extension of this. Theoretically it would be possible to avert the entire affair by accidentally rolling a boulder off a cliff and this landing on the main antagonist. The player would then play the game and perhaps never realise there was supposed to be some big problem to solve. Of course in practice this is quite unlikely!
It’s ambitious but we think this is what an RPG has to be. Who knows how much we can actually do but we have to try! We do have serious ideas about its implementation.
Telepath Tactics - Goes to Kickstarter
We have covered news before on Telepath Tactics during its development and now it has been brought to Kickstarter so Craig Stern can get some funding to finalize his game in a better way. He is asking for 25.5K and already 11% of that amount is pledged.
Telepath Tactics is a turn-based tactical RPG in the tradition of Fire Emblem and Disgaea. It features a single player campaign with well-written characters embroiled in a tale of war and political intrigue, as well as 2-to-6 player multiplayer with support for hotseat play (i.e. you and your friends playing together in the same room, Super Smash Brothers style). Telepath Tactics is being developed for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Telepath Tactics takes place in a fantasy-steampunk universe that averts most of the tropes you're used to from these sorts of games. Magic doesn't exist: instead, there is psionics and steam-powered technology reliant on a volatile, crystalline substance called vibra. Cavaliers don't ride horses: they ride giant, armored praying mantises. There are no elves, no dwarves, no goblins, no dragons: it's just humans and a few other, entirely original sentient races (such as the shadowlings, disembodied floating heads that quite literally feed on human suffering).
Telepath Tactics takes a highly deterministic approach to combat mechanics. Attack damage is 100% predictable, and attacks always hit unless there is some intervening factor (such as the attacker having been blinded, or the target having some special defensive status effect). In this regard, it is very much a game of skill akin to chess—chance will seldom determine the outcome of a battle.
Telepath Tactics borrows liberally from the best tactics games around to provide a wide variety of available strategies. Throw enemies off of cliffs; push enemies into water or lava; fling friends across gaps; set your enemies on fire; freeze them; blind them; cripple them; stun them; use hit-and-run tactics with cavalry and bowmen; teleport; grab item drops; stick your ranged units on the high ground to boost their effectiveness; the list goes on and on.
Wednesday - November 28, 2012
Sui Generis - Kickstarter Update #13, Blood, Fire and Shields
The Sui Generis kickstarter is currently still 30K pounds short of their 150K goal, but still have 39 hours ahead of them, so who knows.
In this update they show how blood, fire and shields are shown in the game.
We've had quite a few requests and questions about blood, fire and shields. What better way to show we intend to do these things than getting started on it? So, we got to work, made some early versions of these features and put them in a video for you!
We've added blood sprays for the more painful blows, the effect is still simple but we already see the potential of the animation resulting from all the physics. When our character rendering system is complete we plan to add lots of proper sticky yucky gore, wounds, dents and the lot. And not just on characters. For now we've made weapons get nicely spattered until they're covered in the stuff.
Just a fiery pit for now but it's procedural, volumetric fire. It's 3D, there are no repeating animations, we can shape it however we want, make it envelop and react to objects etc. Those physics again. The colours need tweaking but we're pretty happy with this early result.
We basically just strapped a shield to the character's arm and added some basic blocking behaviours. Even though we've done very little the physics are already doing a lot. Shields are supposed to be a big build choice and just as we hoped they're proving to be extremely effective.
Kickstarter - Forsaken Fortress, survival RPG
Bob and Jonah both write in to highlight the Kickstarter campaign for Forsaken Fortress, which is described as a "survival RPG". With 23 days to go, they have $14k of their $100k goal:
A special RPG in which you build your base, defenses,assemble your team, collect resources and survive in a post apocalyptic world.
What is Forsaken Fortress?
Unlike many other existing post-apocalyptic RPG, Forsaken Fortress emphasize on simulation features such as base building, character personality, interaction and resource collection. In the game you need to lead a group of survivors to build your base and maintain its basic functionality such as electricity generation or food storage and at the same time you need to ensure its security by building defenses or setting traps. You will also need to lead your expedition team to the wasteland to gather supplies and to work on missions. You need to assemble and maintain a specialized team which is made up of unique and individual characters and to utilize their professional skills in order to achieve optimized team functionality. Characters in Forsaken Fortress are highly dynamic in their behavior. They have needs, goals and personalities which will influence their daily life and decision making. Some of them may fall in love, some of them may not get along and all these bring life to the devastated forsaken world.
Monday - November 26, 2012
Kickstarter - IceBlink Engine & Toolset
We received a mail on this Kickstarter pledge named IceBlink, which is about the creation of a 2D engine and toolset allowing you to create your own 2D role playing games. They only asked for $500 and are already over $1,000 so they are funded.
This project will develop a Role Playing Game (RPG) 2D engine and toolset as well as a demo adventure game module created with the toolset. The game is inspired by a few of my favorite games; The Bard’s Tale, SSI Gold Box series games, Baldur’s Gate, and Neverwinter Nights (1 and 2). The intent is to create a game engine that results in a virtual table top, Pen and Paper type feel in a single player computer game. The game engine will be free once completed, but the toolset will initially only be available to backers of this Kickstarter project. The toolset will allow anyone to create their own adventures to share with the rest of us.
Kickstarter - Sui Generis - Kickstarter Update #12, Writing
With just 3 more days to go Sui Generis still needs another 60K (pounds that is). Not impossible, but difficult. To help things they have added an update on writing.
We promised a writing update and here it is. We have three loosely connected short thematic pieces, two of which also illustrate what could be actual gameplay experiences. By reworking encounters into a story format, you begin to get a feel for the tone we're aiming toward. Enjoy!
They say we built cities in the sky.
The histories say we made great things, once. White pillars that never tarnished. Great monuments, and greater cities around them. We lived in tranquility. Somehow, everything changed. None can tell what the ancestors did to anger the Gods... to make them poison the water, and curse the skies.
That was lifetimes ago, so far gone that no one remembers how or even where it may have been. Others say that’s only fairy stories. That things have always been such as they are. That our ancestors scraped in the dirt just as we do today, and dreamed of greater things around the nighttime fires... just as we do today.
Myself, I couldn’t guess. I dream of walking the hills without need of a sword, of falling to sleep without setting traps against the night. Beyond that, I suppose I don’t much care.
They say we built cities in the sky... I’ll settle for travelling without looking over my shoulder, or wondering what hides within the evening mist.
Two more stories can be found on their Kickstarter page.
Beasts & Blades - Funding Unsuccessful
One of the kickstarters we have been following a bit was Beasts & Blades. Over the weekend it has failed to be funded with gathering $1,760 out of the requested 12,500. They are continuing now on PayPal hoping to collect the required amount in that way.
Ok we promised the last update was the last, it was a fib.
Big thanks to all those who supported! Look for the campaign coming back again soon in jan - feb.
Please take notice of the paypal again, we've gotten donations from.... not very many out of 138 people! The game has pretty high development costs for an indie project, and we definitely do need what was pledged here on Kickstarter.
We've been yapping about it a lot, because it's important. We want to continue developing this project. We do most definitely need the help of the community to do that.
Lets bring this project back stronger shall we? We need your support to do that.
Friday - November 23, 2012
Sui Generis - Kickstarter Update #11, Items and Equipment
For the update of today the devs of Sui Generis (79K/150K, 6days) offer more insight into items, equipment and the inventory system.
We've got some pretty cool features planned for our inventory system. We're going to be using a "slotless" inventory system. In practice this means there's over a hundred slots and you don't see them. This allows you to equip many combinations of things, rather than being limited to articles of clothing or armour that cover a fixed part of your character's body.
To make clothes we use a dedicated cloth simulator and other tools we've developed. This allows us to make realistic clothes very quickly and easily. It also allows clothes to change depending on what else you're wearing. For example, long trousers will tuck into boots realistically.
Items will have properties that make sense. You won't be just wearing as many items as possible because they confer stat bonuses. You will wear specific items because they do something useful or because you like the way they look.
Most items you find will be fairly mundane. However a good, well balanced weapon can be a significant upgrade over a crude weapon; an armour made of well tempered plates that interlock cleverly and is well padded can provide a huge advantage in terms of protection, manoeuvrability and even things like insulation. Such items can also carry a high monetary value.
There will however also be a great many items with much more special qualities. These won't be randomly generated items that make no apparent sense, they will have plausible though sometimes quirky qualities, you will get a sense that someone designed them with a purpose. These items will be well hidden and well guarded, they won't just spawn at random. If you defeat an opponent you will be able to take whatever they have equipped and they will have been using this equipment to combat you.
Thursday - November 22, 2012
Sui Generis - Kickstarter Updates #7-#10, Combat and Add-Ons
In the last week or so several updates became available for the Kickstarter game Sui Generis. There is the introduction of a new writer, more on combat:
As the combat is at the moment, we only have swinging weapons. Every attack is chosen out of a set at random, and while each have their perks, it's up to you to react and adjust your aim, or even cancel it (by simply letting go of the mouse button) in favour of parrying. It makes for very skilful gameplay whilst being hugely dynamic and simple to operate. Parrying is automatic, but you're at the mercy of physics, and learning to rotate your character so your parrying arm is better placed to deflect the incoming blow is key.
I spent a long time playing Mount and Blade, and not to blow my own trumpet but it was one of the games I was very good at, and I'm obviously talking about PvP against some very good players. While it is seriously fun, combat is not very dynamic and it's not hugely fun to watch unless you can appreciate the skill involved in what's going on. It is purely mechanical and looks kind of silly. With only 4 directions of parrying, all of which you can attempt every single attack (if you're quick enough), it is entirely possible to, say, make a macro that cycles parrying every direction, rendering the entire system exploitable. This is not a criticism, I love the game, it's just the nature of a mechanical system.
This is very, very early combat you're looking at here. Think typical isometric game, where all you can do is left-click. If you were watching someone play the third installment of a game who's name I shall not mention, and all the person was doing was left-click attacking, I think it would be far less enticing. We are going to have special strikes you can incorporate into your build and even stabbing weapons as either an alternate attack, or more specialised weapons like spears. These will be pin-point accurate, based on our epic collisions and bring in a whole new play-style to the early gameplay you're seeing in our videos. We would also like to include double-tap behaviours for dodging and a wide variety of close-quarters utility thaumaturgic powers.
Shields will play an important role in defensive melee combat, and instead of providing a static defensive bonus, when you aren't attacking you will adopt a sort of bracing stance. It will be up to you to angle the shield into blows, and allow you to perform bashes and other offensive maneouvres. Skill points are very limited, and choosing to incorporate a shield into your build will be a significant build choice, rather than just a damage/defence tradeoff.
And new information on the T-shirts and add-ons:
Digital Soundtrack +£5
Extra Digital Copy of the Game +£10
Extra Three Digital Copies of the Game +£20
Extra Digital Copy of the Game Including Beta Access +£15
Extra Digital Copy of the Game Including Alpha Access +£30
Exclusive Downloadable Videos +£30
Audio CD Soundtrack +£15
Extra Collector's Edition Copy of the Game +£60
Sui Generis T-Shirt +£20
Bare Mettle Hoodie +£40
Wednesday - November 21, 2012
Kickstarter - Legend of Dungeon
The name rolls awkwardly off my tongue but Legend of Dungeon is a 4-player coop pixel-art-with-3D-lighting roguelike that has already passed its tiny $5k goal. A demo is also available.
Legend of Dungeon is a 4 Player Co-Op Roguelike-like Beat'em'up with dynamic lighting on awesome pixel art.
Legend of Dungeon is about looking for treasure in a dungeon full to the brim with monsters. Legend has it there is a massive treasure all the way down on the 26th floor. Your quest is to go down there, get the treasure, and make it back to the surface alive.
- 1 to 4 Player Cooperative Gameplay
- Real-Time Beat'em'up combat
...except with 2 or more players, you become a ghost, and have to collect spirit orbs to resurrect yourself. You'll come back with low health, but you'll be back in the game. Once you're all dead though, thats it, game over man.
- Dynamic Lighting and Real-Time Shadows
Legend of Dungeon uses 3D Normal Mapping on low-res pixel art to create dynamically lit sprites.
- The Artwork
Based on the character designs of Sebastiaan van Hijfte (svh440 of r/PixelArt fame). Each character is adapted and animated for use with the dynamic lighting.
- Dynamic Music
The music generates from tracks composed by David Dirig, it dynamically assembles based on the types of enemies you are confronting.
- Randomized Content
Dungeon Layout, Monsters and Item placement, Potion Colors and Devices are all randomized each playthrough.
- Online Score Board
describing how you died and how much gold you collected.
- DRM Free because no one wants that.
Beast & Blades - Kickstarter Updates, Backup and Linux Support
The Kickstarter for Beast & Blades isn't going anywhere fast being at $1.800 of a $12.500 goal and only 4 days to go. They have however a backup plan, with is to gather funds through PayPal instead. In addition they announced that Linux support will be in.
It's now official, Beasts & Blades will be released for Linux based os's as well as win/mac , ios, and android including the ouya!
Thank you to our new backers, you guys rock! We thank you for your continued support, and definitely tell your buddies.
In the event the entire 12.5g goal is not met, we would like you to take notice of the paypal link located right under the Kickstarter video. It is a donation, so it is still tax deductable. We have a large goal to meet in a short amount of time! If the goal isn't reached this time, definitely help partially fund us through paypal so we can keep improving Beasts & Blades! Even partial funding is extremely important to the success of the project, and as noted before we can still gaurantee all of your rewards. We only ask a small additional fee for the t-shirts, as shipping costs at current rates are factored into the goal of 12.5g. T shirts through paypal will be $30. All other reward amounts remain the same.
That said, lets get us to 12.5 this time! Help push this campaign to the goal, without the awesome backer it is not possible. We thank you!
Monday - November 19, 2012
Ars Magica - Reaches the End
Ars Magica was not succesfull on Kickstarter with just 31% of the goal achieved. They will not try again either.
Sadly, this is not our hour.
First and foremost we want to thank each you, our patrons, for supporting our project. We didn't make it, but you all certainly fought for us. Your help, comments, advice and discussions brought this project closer to reality, and you have our gratitude and admiration. Atlas Games, too, brought every gun to bear, and were the ideal partner for this project.
We have heard the chorus of pleas for a second try, and we would like to, we would really like to. However, we cannot commit to it- our budget for speculative projects is small, and easily exceeded by the costs of a new campaign: after all, we somehow doubt you'd want to see the same video and screenshots again! ;)
There may come a time when we are able to create an Ars Magica game with your help, but we reluctantly believe it will not be soon. Which is a tremendous pity, because we believe gaming needs new, unique role-playing experiences, with original mechanics, stories and settings. But then, we've built a company around that idea. It's possible we're biased. ;)
Once again: thank you all for everything! It's been fun, educational and bittersweet, but it was an honor for the Team to work with you.
Sunday - November 18, 2012
Sui Generis - More on Combat
Sui Generis Update #8 talks more about combat:
As the combat is at the moment, we only have swinging weapons. Every attack is chosen out of a set at random, and while each have their perks, it's up to you to react and adjust your aim, or even cancel it (by simply letting go of the mouse button) in favour of parrying. It makes for very skilful gameplay whilst being hugely dynamic and simple to operate. Parrying is automatic, but you're at the mercy of physics, and learning to rotate your character so your parrying arm is better placed to deflect the incoming blow is key.
I spent a long time playing Mount and Blade, and not to blow my own trumpet but it was one of the games I was very good at, and I'm obviously talking about PvP against some very good players. While it is seriously fun, combat is not very dynamic and it's not hugely fun to watch unless you can appreciate the skill involved in what's going on. It is purely mechanical and looks kind of silly. With only 4 directions of parrying, all of which you can attempt every single attack (if you're quick enough), it is entirely possible to, say, make a macro that cycles parrying every direction, rendering the entire system exploitable. This is not a criticism, I love the game, it's just the nature of a mechanical system.
This is very, very early combat you're looking at here. Think typical isometric game, where all you can do is left-click. If you were watching someone play the third installment of a game who's name I shall not mention, and all the person was doing was left-click attacking, I think it would be far less enticing. We are going to have special strikes you can incorporate into your build and even stabbing weapons as either an alternate attack, or more specialised weapons like spears. These will be pin-point accurate, based on our epic collisions and bring in a whole new play-style to the early gameplay you're seeing in our videos. We would also like to include double-tap behaviours for dodging and a wide variety of close-quarters utility thaumaturgic powers.
Shields will play an important role in defensive melee combat, and instead of providing a static defensive bonus, when you aren't attacking you will adopt a sort of bracing stance. It will be up to you to angle the shield into blows, and allow you to perform bashes and other offensive maneouvres. Skill points are very limited, and choosing to incorporate a shield into your build will be a significant build choice, rather than just a damage/defence tradeoff.