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A fast and fun turn-based adventure where you use top-down tactical combat and collectible card mechanics to master your strategy.
A fast and fun turn-based adventure where you use top-down tactical combat and collectible card mechanics to master your strategy.
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Campfires and Campaigns

Posted by D20Studios (Creator)

Eliminating Grind in Favor of Intrinsic Value

Greetings Kickstarter community! I’m pleased to share some exciting updates on the development of the game. Recently, I’ve been working on functionality necessary to manage your card collection and create custom decks and heroic teams. Additionally, I’ve been developing designs for the game’s single-player campaign. Below are images depicting some of the recent work.

Campfire Menu 

Instead of a traditional UI driven menu, the main menu for Summoners Fate will run entirely in-engine and support all device aspect ratios and orientations. 

My inspiration for the campfire was to capture the feeling of comradery during down-time in RPGs and immersion in the wilderness during an adventure. Here you’ll be able to select the heroes in your party, build your custom decks, and plan your adventures. Each section will ultimately have a custom item representing the feature, such as a table with battle plans for the campaign or a caravan for the store.

Deck Builder 

The deck builder will allow you to browse all of the cards in your collection and create custom decks.

While the UI shown here is wireframe placeholder, the drag and drop interface is functional.

Campaign Map 

While this isn’t the most exciting screenshot, what’s notable is that the campaign map already supports all screen device dimensions and orientations (portrait and landscape). The map nodes all auto orient to face the viewing angle of the player.

Some players have asked “How long is the campaign?” I’m aiming to do something unique with it. Instead of a fixed story with a beginning and an end, my idea is to create episodic content, with each map being its own story. In some cases, the campaign is a scripted story, in others, its a strategic battleground where your choices will shape your adventure and outcome. My inspiration is pen and paper RPG campaigns. You don’t ever “finish” these kinds of games. When you complete a scenario or adventure, you play another and experience something new and exciting each time. Summoners Fate is being designed as a service that delivers continuous adventures and content.

This early concept shows the vision for how campaign maps might look with art.
This early concept shows the vision for how campaign maps might look with art.

While this particular example is linear, I’m building the engine to support non-linear paths. One of our ideas for a type of campaign you might experience in later game is a “rogue-like” adventure where you have limited lives to complete the mission in its entirety. Death of your Summoner or characters within any of the levels is permanent until the campaign is successfully finished or failed. At which point, you can select a new adventure. The spirit of this idea is to eliminate the “grind” that’s been heavily associated with mobile games and create something of an innovation. Instead of being continuously peppered with extrinsic reward drops, I want the motivation of our game to be intrinsically based, meaning that you play primarily for the satisfaction of overcoming the challenges rather than to gain rewards.

To learn more about these features and their development and join in the design discussion, be sure to check out my dev log here.

Production Schedule Update

Due to complications with health insurance, my surgery date (noted on our production roadmap here) was delayed. I’ll be going under next week for jaw surgery with an expected two week recovery. I decided not to start multiplayer, since it demands undivided attention and I wasn’t sure when the surgery was going to happen. To keep pace with the production schedule during the uncertainty, I started working on development of the deck management, main menu and story mode ahead of schedule. I expect the changes to the priority will push the early access release from March to April.

Player-Driven Characters

Several backers will be receiving custom characters as part of their Kickstarter rewards. I’m pleased to share one of these unique player-driven characters. Chris Sides is a close friend of mine and former colleague at EA. For his in-game character, he wanted something appropriate to his fierce expression rocking the beard. A heavily armored warrior seemed like the right direction, but Sides also wanted something unique and unexpected. “Can I be a plate wearer who uses songs to cast spells? Like be super mean and grungy, but play lovely music?”

Chris Sides Marauder Bard Concept
Chris Sides Marauder Bard Concept

And so the “Marauder Bard” concept was born: a ruthless heavily armored warrior wielding a heavy metal inspired guitar sword melee weapon and spiked knuckles. This unique character joins the roster of over 200 playable game characters and will be a collectible card available to all players.

Daily Updates and Community Discussion

We provide daily updates on our progress here and we have a live chat channel for our community on Discord which you can join here. We also have a monthly newsletter packed with content (videos, screenshots, etc.) that you can sign up for here.

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    1. D20Studios Creator on

      You're welcome, Shinjica, and thank you for the kind words and support!

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      Shinjica on

      Thanks for the update. Remember helth first so take your time with your surgery. Best of luck