About this project
It's the Roaring Twenties! Join an unlikely team of detectives as they charge headlong into the darkest corners of rural America. Their mission: find and return twelve missing townsfolk who vanished under mysterious circumstances.
A handsome reward is in store should they succeed, but with the supernatural lurking around every corner, will any of them live long enough to collect it?
- Update 1: Tier Updates, Bestiary Preview, The Universim
- Update 2: £5 Soundtrack add-on, Bestiary, Alchemist stretch goal
- Update 3: Breakdown of the Rewards and Tiers
- Update 4: AI, Party Control and Abilities
- Update 5: 100% funded, Thank You! Poll results, PayPal pledges
- Update 6: Interlude: Perks
- Update 7: Exploration pt. 1, Travel Map Reveal, 70k!
- Update 8: Exploration pt.2 - Secret Items, Stretch Goals
We'd like to extend our gratitude to everyone who has taken the time to write about us! There are too many to mention here, but please know that we appreciate it. :)Thank you!
Update: Witchmarsh is now being published by the wonderful Chucklefish Games! They'll be offering us their business and marketing expertise, so we can focus more time and energy on the game itself.
We'll be talking more about this in a forthcoming update, so stay tuned.
*TARGET REACHED, THANK YOU!* £50k - The Game - The minimum amount needed to bring Witchmarsh to life. All funding before and after this point will be spent on graphics, code, story and any necessary business costs. If we reach our dream target of £160k we'll be able to polish the game until every pixel shines like a magpie's dream-home.
*UNLOCKED!* £70k - Alternate Character Perk + Hardcore Mode - An interesting variation on a current playable character. Revealed when stretch goal is reached. We'll also add in an optional Hardcore mode for the bravest adventurers to take on.
*UNLOCKED!* £90k - New Investigator - The Alchemist will be unlocked as a playable character. We'll also add 10 more player abilities, bringing the total to 60.
£120k - Freelancer Mode - An all new multiplayer challenge and survival mode. Create an investigator and battle waves of enemies in a series of combat challenges.
£130k - Additional Artist - We'll bring in a second pixel artist to help speed up production. In addition to this, we'll also increase the number of player abilities to 70.
£145k - Bonus tracks - Extra background music will be added to the game's soundtrack.
£150k - New Area: The Brackish Abyss - Explore a bleak stretch of the Massachusetts coastline, pocketed with labyrinthine caverns and abandoned huts. Will feature its own story arc, quest hub and a unique set of enemies from the deep. We'll also add a new playable investigator for you to explore it with, too!
£175k - More Content - Funding will be used to create the fully polished game we had in mind when we first embarked on this project. We'll use this extra funding to create more animations, cutscenes, dialogue trees and easter eggs.
Witchmarsh puts a side-scrolling spin on classic RPGs like Baldur's Gate and Wizardry, without compromising on depth. The game features online multiplayer, extensive character creation, countless ability and item combinations, and rewarding boss encounters.
- A mix of modern and classic RPGs, with branching dialogue and responsive, tactical combat.
- Play singleplayer or with friends in 2-4 player Co-op.
- Dripping with Jazz Age style, featuring music by Francisco Cerda, composer on Gunpoint and Jamestown.
- A massive character creation sandbox with over 50 unlockable abilities* across five spellbooks. Mix and match attributes, perks, items and weapons to create a unique team of adventurers. Or simply use one of the many templates to dive straight into the action.
- A game for seasoned RPG fans as well as players new to the genre. Optional bosses and challenges for those brave enough to seek them out.
- Over ten* playable characters. Watch your choice in personalities result in conflict, friendships, wisecracks... romance?
- A dynamic hidden item system ensures no two trips to Witchmarsh are the same.
* See stretch goals.
- Responsive combat. Dodge, jump and roll out of harm's way.
- Hordes of enemies with a variety of nasty tricks up their sleeves.
- Piles of loot to acquire! Arm yourself with shovels, hats, guns, haunted antique cow creamers and more. Decide which items to specialise in via Skill Points.
After selecting an investigator you'll proceed to the character creation screen. Utilise a wide range of perks, skills and abilities to sculpt a team of PIs that fits the way you want to play.
All this flexibility clears the way for quirky and surprising character builds. How about turning the Scribe into a capable melee fighter, or embarking on a single-character run? These self-imposed challenges are part of what makes RPGs great, and we can't wait to see what people come up with.
Don't worry if all this seems a bit complicated: character templates are available should you wish to get straight into the action.
Meet the Investigators
Each investigator has their own perks, traits, abilities and personality.
There are a total of five ability schools and five attributes in Witchmarsh. How you combine these will determine your characters' playstyle, as well as the secrets and clues they will uncover.
Mix the craft attribute with fire and water and you'll unlock the power of elemental sorcery. Swap spirit for craft and your spellbook will take on ritualistic themes; drawing power from ancient forces and the marsh itself.
Leads and Clues
During your investigation you'll unearth a number of important leads and clues which you can use to build a case.
Leads allow you to travel to a location where mysteries and events are unfolding. These may prove relevant to the kidnappings, or they could simply be a red herring, yielding only EXP and treasure.
Clues fuel progress in the game's main storyline, and how you choose to interpret them will impact on your team's reputation. Did the embalming fluid come from the crypt, or are the local bootleggers brewing up something nasty? Dig around for information before throwing your weight around.
Witchmarsh features a dynamic system where player attributes are used to reveal different treasure. The craftiest and best equipped players will be rewarded with bonus EXP, loot and achievements.
For more information on the Travel Map and Leads, check out Update 7.
Witchmarsh combines the eccentricities of the 1920s with elements of mystery and horror; think equal parts Lovecraft and Wodehouse. You'll come across a host of oddball characters, from flappers and the nouveau riche, to petulant swamp wizards.
So far we've been developing Witchmarsh in our spare time. Funding would allow us to put aside our other commitments and focus on creating the best game we can. We really can't do this without your support!
A digital copy of Witchmarsh on PC and Mac. Steam key included should we arrive on steam.
All tiers. Estimated Delivery: December 2015.
Francisco Cerda is known for his work on the soundtracks to indie gems Gunpoint and Jamestown. Tier 3+ backers will receive the full Witchmarsh soundtrack as a digital download with the game.
Tier 3 upwards. Estimated Delivery: December 2015.
An animated digital bestiary, charting some of the beasts found in the forests and caves surrounding Witchmarsh. Don't worry, it'll be spoiler sensitive. Available in .exe, .dmg and static as a PDF.
Tier 4 upwards. Estimated Delivery: September 2014.
Gold Beta Access
Play the first chapter of the game before it's released. Give us your feedback and help shape the future of Witchmarsh.
Tier 5 upwards. Estimated Delivery: To be announced. Please note: In earlier tiers a Bronze Beta Key is available, allowing access to a second-run beta test some time after the Gold.
Oliver Sin is a UK-based designer and a friend of the project. He'll be creating a physical poster for reward tiers 8 and beyond. The design will be revealed once the campaign has ended.
Tier 8 upwards. Estimated Delivery: To be announced.
Town Council Seat
Your own comfortable seat on the Witchmarsh town council. Before the game's released you'll be invited to vote on, and discuss key issues regarding development.
Tier 6 and 6S upwards. Estimated Delivery: To be announced.
LEAD DESIGN AND STORY
DESIGN AND STORY
PIXEL ART AND CODE
We'd also like to thank our team of testers and helpers who have aided us along the way. Not least of which lead tester Hannah, who will be working with us to root out any potential bugs and exploits.
Risks and challenges
We've invested a lot of time into planning, researching and building the game's core systems. We've factored in the cost of fulfilling rewards, and our stretch goals are all achievable within the allotted time.
The greatest risk we face, besides not reaching our funding goal, is a slight delay in order to ensure that we're shipping a top quality product.
If we greatly exceed our funding goals we may have to slightly push back the release date as well. As every penny pledged will be put back into the game, adding new features will take extra time to code, animate and properly test.
Witchmarsh would be our first release; however, Lou and Joe hold a combined total of 7 years in the CGI industry. They're used to delivering lengthy projects on time and to specifications. Matt (Leth) will also be working with us closely to ensure development is on track and to handle the trickier aspects of the code.
Witchmarsh can't become a reality without your support, so we're eternally grateful for every pledge we receive. Thank you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Game Maker studio exports to Linux so we're very hopeful for a Linux version. However, due to the complicated nature of the game's multiplayer and Steam integration, it's currently a bit risky to promise a fully working Linux version.
We'll let you know as soon as we find out anything.
In the future we'd love to release Witchmarsh on other platforms. Currently we're not sure how much extra work that could add, so we're playing it safe and sticking to PC and Mac.
It's something we'll definitely keep looking into, either in the near future or post-release. Keep an eye out for updates. :)
Just add multiples of £8 to any pledge above Tier 1 and we'll confirm this in a backer survey if we're funded. As per Kickstarter rules, the maximum number of copies you're allowed to add per account is 8.
We've also added a new tier for double-purchases.
Future backers will be able to pledge via PayPal once we reach our goal of £50,000.
We're also looking into a Humble Widget for pre-orders. Stand by for confirmation on this.
The OST is available as an add-on. Just add £5 to any pledges under Tier 3, or pledge in Tier 3 and upwards.
We've also added a new Soundtrack to Tier 1C - Music Drifter, which consists of the Base Game (£10) + The OST Add-on (£5).
The soundtrack will be sent to you digitally when the game is released.
Of course not! We'll be sending out a backer survey after the campaign ends. You will have to choice to opt out of having a credit mention altogether, or you can give a nickname or pseudonym.
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