Arcane Engine is a Flash-based defense game that deals with elemental fusion to deploy deadly attacks and fortifications.
Arcane Engine is an idea I've had for a long time. It takes the basic principles of a base defense game, but combines it with RPG and Chemistry-like action, allowing the player to create new elements and use these elements as attacks on enemy units. Think "Magicka" with an RPG and base defense element. (pun intended on element)
The game will start off mostly basic, most likely with only the Fire element. The player will load the Fire element into the Arcane Engine, and the engine will spew out a basic fire attack.
This will be the basic form of attack for a minute or two, in order to get the hang of the initial mechanics of the game. Then, once enough experience is accrued, the player character will be able to select from a list of known elements, such as water, ice, earth, space, etc. and add them to the mixture inside of the Arcane Engine.
In doing so, new elements are created with completely different effects, requiring the player to build an internal encyclopedia of elemental effects, similar to the way type-based effects worked in the Pokemon series.
Eventually the player will be able to combine multiple elements (up to 3 or 4) at once, creating extremely powerful and varying effects that will become increasingly required as more and more pressure is put on the base from the enemy units.
So what exactly am I contributing money to?
Essentially, donations go towards everything I cannot physically do myself. I handle the coding and animation, but I need to hire official artists and sound developers in order to make the project up to the standards I wish. I've hired these people in the past out of my own pocket, but I end up not actually making any money in the end since the game itself will be forever and completely free.
Donations go to:
- The hiring of a sound developer.
- The hiring of at least one game artist.
- iPad / Android porting services (Charging $0.00 for the game)
Unfortunately, talented people don't work for pennies, and thus my dilemma. I would appreciate even the smallest donation unconditionally, as anything that helps me not pay out of my college-student pocket is a blessing in itself.
In addition to developing Flash games, I actually work at Flashgamelicense.com, a site that auctions off games to the highest bidder. I work on reviewing games and eventually approving them to be sold, so I am very knowledgeable about what makes a game very addicting and impressionable.
For an example, here is the most recent game I created with a small team of 3. (http://www.kongregate.com/games/ScottProductions/cloud-to-ground-guardian)
Additionally, I have created a few fairly popular mods for the game: "Amnesia: The Dark Descent" ) http://www.moddb.com/mods/amnesia-through-the-portal/
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Your name or alias will be entered into the game credits as a Contributor to the project.Estimated delivery:
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In addition to being listed in the credits, you may take part in approved beta segments of the game to give input to our team. "Contributor" becomes "Beta Tester."Estimated delivery:
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Five people will be given creative control over purchasable upgrades, and the effects of those upgrades. The upgrades improve various elements that the player controls throughout the entire game. Your idea will be subject to our discretion in order to prevent silliness. Your name will appear in the credits as "Upgrade Designer."Estimated delivery:
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We will allow you to completely design a boss-type enemy. The boss enemies come rarely every few waves and are a huge hassle to deal with. You are not required to produce the artwork of the enemy, but we ask that you give your enemy a unique feature that sets it apart as a boss.Estimated delivery:
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With this donation, we will allow you to create your own element. The element does not have to be any currently existing element, and can be one you completely create, as long as it has a realistic backing to it. You will be responsible for creating the look, feel, history, name, and effect of your element, as well as what happens when it is combined with other elements in the Arcane Engine.Estimated delivery:
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