A social game app for mobile devices allowing players to generate, enhance and play as avatars in an immersive fantasy world.
Hello Kickstarters’ my name is Mike and at first glance our project, EverDark looks like a text based MMO-RPG (Massively Multiplayer Online, Role-Playing Game.) tailored to work as a smart phone game app (currently for the iPhone only). Those familiar with computer gaming will recognize this style of game as one that has essentially no moving parts, where large groups of people can all play together, while being some type of creature.
This is a type of game Millions of people play every day and though it may not seem innovative, our intention is to leapfrog over existing products in the genre by building EverDark from the ground up, adding innovative new areas of game play. The game’s rules & structures will push the boundaries of the genre by leveraging natural mapping to simplify the user interface & reduce friction, while adding opportunities for: Social Participation, Team Work & Building of Sustainable Economic Systems. That might sound like a mouthful but we intend to deliver on this promise.
We feel there is market interest in a game that is simple enough to be fun for entry level players, yet with in-game depth to provide an interesting challenge for advanced gamers. By balancing the games combat rules, both novice and experienced gamers will be able to interact more equally without the need for policing constraints. Spectacular graphic art and a user friendly navigation system are just the icing on the cake.
We started with a challenge, together let’s turn this dream into a reality!
The Game Basics
EverDark is a real time Text based MMO RPG for mobile devices. Play starts when you choose your Avatar; a Zombie, Werewolf or Vampire. You will get to grow this Avatar and personalize it as you establish your presence in the EverDark World. By sharing the game you will be able to create or join a Coven, a group or community that actually has your back when you are not playing, and with whom you can join the attack on other players or NPC’s while exploring the world.
Choose to develop your Coven's dominance or explore solo the World Map to level up and find valuable items and magical relics to help you on your quest. Visit the DarkSmith to equip your Avatar and the DarkHealer if you need to replenish your most valuable asset... your life. Develop skills like Compel, Duel Wield and Regeneration. Above all else young bloods, consider your actions have an impact on your survival. Now... venture forth and have fun!
How We Got Started
Shortly before All Hallow's Eve last year. I was visiting with a friend of mine (Andrew) and complaining about reaching the limits in a free game I’ve been playing on my smart phone. Andrew asked me "if such and such were available for a mere $.99, would you purchase it?”
What happened in the conversation that followed was a convergence of a few ideas. We dislike game companies that bait and switch people with “Free” games that require you to buy something to advance your game play. We agreed that we wanted to see a game that didn't (hard)sell anyone, that one could access everything within the game for free if interested. There ought to be a game that offers players something beyond the traditional and repetitive wind 'n grind of collecting points and winning a prize; that gamers are big enough people to be responsible for the impact of their actions...We realized that given our respective backgrounds we were more than capable of producing a game that could explore these design ideas while giving people products that are elegantly designed and fun to use.
Our Motto: To bring fun and play to the world by making things that work.
We realized that given our respective backgrounds we were more than capable of producing a game that could explore these design ideas, and that by bringing thoughtful design to a product, people would both enjoy playing it and would be happy supporting it. And thus began our adventure in creating this game.
Project Status & Opportunity
As I stated above work started just before Halloween 2011, hundreds of hours later we had rigorously developed the UI (user interface), established concept art, character design and the game rules to support the user in their overall experience of game play. The project specifies 18 basic characters with as many attributes and customizable modifiers, bulletin board walls for inter-player chat, networking and search functions all able to interconnect to a big data base in the clouds.
We are now on the cusp of getting the game coded and this is your opportunity to get involved with your support. Given the game is a complex machine, the commercial App programmer we selected has given us an estimate of $33,000 to cover all of the development and API costs. We have added $5,000 to cover a number of foreseen and unforeseen challenges such as funds needed for licensing, hardware, legal fees for trade marking etc. We have secured some private financing from friends and family and are now asking you to help with the difference. Anything over our goal will go towards improving all aspects of the game, making it "that" much better!
Thank you in advance for your generous listening, giving us your time in considering our project. Your contribution is truly appreciated and regardless of size it helps to carry the project to the next level. For those wanting to make contributions above and beyond these tier levels, please contact us directly. The more people that support the project the more fun and fascinating of a creation the project will become, so please feel free to share this with your friends.
* Beta testers must have their own iPhone to use for testing*
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $18,970 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 29, 2012.
May 1, 2012 - May 29, 2012 (28 days)
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The PDF Package: Posters of the EverDark Game Logo and World Map. Build your own flip book animation of the game in action with this PDF collection of EverDark screen art.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Receive an invitation to download the game for free on launch day. Gain credits for 3 in-game purchases and 7 in-game Avatar stat pointsEstimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Choose between the following: an EverDark Logo T-Shirt or one of the 18" x 24" full-color game posters (the EverDark Game Logo or the World Map) designed for founding patrons and players.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Get an invitation to be a Beta Tester and keep your Avatar with any accrued special features or attributes, when the game is publicly launched.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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A Bakers Dozen – get 13 sweet custom EverDark Logo T-Shirts for you and your crew to roll in.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Legendary Founders Package: A Limited Edition Logo T-Shirt with embroidered Insignia, and a Founders Insignia for your Avatar. Get a set of autographed posters signed by Mike, Andrew, Jon and the rest of the design team. Plus get a handful of other select EverDark Swag.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Namesake: Have an adventure location, an in game item or a NPC (Non Playable Character) named after you, details to be discussed over lunch with the Company Founders (San Francisco Bay Area or via Skype call your choice). Get an invitation for you and a guest to the EverDark Launch Party. Plus get a handful of other select EverDark Swag. (transportation not included)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Invitation for your coven (you and up to 9 friends) to the EverDark Launch Party to witness the unveiling of your very own custom made personal in-game avatar. Plus get a handful of other select EverDark Swag. (transportation not included)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012