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A platforming/adventure game. Explore 5 unique lands, solve puzzles, find new powers and stop the evil that threatens the kingdom! Read more

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This project's funding goal was not reached on June 11, 2014.

A platforming/adventure game. Explore 5 unique lands, solve puzzles, find new powers and stop the evil that threatens the kingdom!

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-conceptual renders for area 4 of the game

 

Curious about the game?  Take a look at a brief history of A Wizard's Day.  Go from concept to it's present status and get a good insight on it's development process so far.

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"I just watched the video you had on the history of the project and it's pretty impressive that you have pushed it through three iterations already! That is no easy feat!"-Carmine Red, backer 

Walkthrough of version three.

Walkthrough of version two

Walkthrough version one

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Legend speaks of two staffs, forged by light and dark.  The Staff of Fortitude (light) and the Staff of Turpitude (dark).  These relics hold a powerful secret and they both have new masters...  two great wizards.

The game starts high atop the evil wizard Zorgamor's castle.  With the Staff of Fortitude in possession, you, the wizard Merlicus, have come to stop him from casting a maleficent spell that will turn the kingdoms people to stone.  But you're seconds to late! Using the dark power found within the Staff of Turpitude, Zorgamor casts his terrible spell.

A brilliant shockwave emits from the castle top, spreading across the kingdom and reeking it's evil effects.  Fortunately for you, the Staff of Fortitude gave protection but the spells dark power drained it's magic and broke it apart.  The wave shatters it into pieces, sending them flying to all parts of the kingdom.

With what little magic the Staff of Turpitude had, Zorgamor used it to banish you to a remote part of the woods, leaving you defenseless and to perish.  Having the last of it's dark power taken, it too broke into pieces, shattering across the kingdom.  This was of little concern to Zorgamor, as he had accomplished what he wanted with the staff.

Little did he know the true strength of these two staffs.  Now it's up to you to find the pieces, restore their power and free the kingdoms people from their stone prisons. 

The project is at a stage in which I need to hire some outside help and that's were you guys comes in.  Ideally I'd like to bring 3 people onto the project; a musician, a programmer and an animator.  Each fully taking the work load so I can concentrate on the modeling, texturing, lighting, FX, level design, ect. while overseeing things.   

The audio is very important for the game and doing this on my own is simply not a possible solution.  I absolutely need someone else's talents for this and that's fairly expensive.  

I'll need additional programming to make sure the game does what it needs to.  This work takes me the longest by far and eats up my time. While I've been able to code what I need to so far, I'll need help with the more complex scripting and behaviors.  Making sure the game runs as well as it can is very important.  Having this will be extremely helpful.  

I'll also need some additional help with animation.  While I can do the animation, it again eats up a lot of my time.  With the variety of enemies, bosses, and environmental animations I'm aiming for, I'll certainly need the help.  I want the animation to be as good as it can be and that means outsourcing some or all of the work .  

I need to finish building the other areas of the game, finish up the level designs/planning, and basically complete all the assets needed for the game.  So as well as hiring others, I also need a little money love.

The current goal is to get this game out for PC/Mac but I have other platform aspirations! Right now I have the Wii U in mind.  Maybe as a timed exclusive or even as a Wii U exclusive period.  It all depends on how successful the initial Kickstarter and reception is.  

As a hopeful studio start-up, I need to keep my scope within a realistic range.  If I had to choose just one console platform to release on right now, it'd be Wii U no doubt.  So that's what I'm aiming for.  I have ideas for the gamepad and I feel it's style and gameplay type would be well suited for the Wii U/Nintendo audience. 

*Developer status approved.  Now a certified Nintendo developer!

Regardless of the game being exclusive or not, with the Wii U release I'd like to have a special version of "The Enchanted Realm" inspired by the Nintendo universe. Given the O.K, the Nintendo enchanted realm would feature all sorts of nods to their franchises.

Yup, that's me and my Mario birthday cake...  at 35.  I've been a Nintendo fan since the mid 80's and having a game of mine be released on a Nintendo platform is a life long dream!   

What fun is backing a game if you have no input with it?  I plan to involve backers with meaningful contests and polls that will directly influence the game.  

Tier Three (Grand Wizards) will only be eligible to partake in this contest. 

Early birds will also be eligible.

Want to see a creation of yours come to life?  Now's your chance!  With each area, I'll be holding a contest for an enemy character.  The winner will have his or her concept made and appear within it's home.

Tier Three (Grand Wizards) will be eligible for this contest.

Early birds will also be eligible.

Have an idea for an alternative outfit for the hero wizard?  Biker Wizard, Clown Wizard, Merman Wizard, whatever!  As long as it's not to gratuitous. The Community will vote for the top 5 outfits suggested and will see them in the game.

Along the development process, I plan to make weekly updates, whether that may be with major milestones or just minor 'how things are going' updates.  You'll know how the project is progressing.

Community activities will also be added when the opportunity arises.  For instance, if the Wii U platform is confirmed, I'll take suggestions for cool ways to use the gamepad.

Which one of these will be for you?
Which one of these will be for you?

Even though it's just me behind the wheel, I've made some cool incentives to help persuade those wallets.  Rewards are divided between three tiers and each tier has different levels. The higher the tier level you belong to, the better the freebies you'll have access to.

$10: Tier One - Level 1

  •   Name in a dedicated spot called "The hall of heroes"

$20: Tier One - Level 2

  • Name in a dedicated spot called "The hall of heroes" 
  • 5 alternative outfits for the wizard Merlicus *NEW*

$30: Tier Two - Level 1

  • Name in a dedicated spot called "The hall of heroes"  
  • 5 alternative outfits for the wizard Merlicus
  • Bonus item, "The Book of Knowledge" *NEW*

$50: Tier Two - Level 2

  • Name in a dedicated spot called "The hall of heroes"
  • 5 alternative outfits for the wizard Merlicus
  • Bonus item, "The Book of Knowledge"
  • Bonus area, "The Enchanted Realm" *NEW*

$70: Tier Two - Level 3

  • Name in a dedicated spot called "The hall of heroes"  
  • 5 alternative outfits for the wizard Merlicus
  • Bonus item, "The Book of Knowledge"  
  • Bonus area, "The Enchanted Realm"
  • Bonus mode, play through the game as the evil wizard Zorgamor with new texture assets and harder difficulty. *NEW*

$80: Tier Three - Level 1

  • Name in a dedicated spot called "The hall of heroes"  
  • 5 alternative outfits for the wizard Merlicus
  • Bonus item, "The Book of Knowledge"    
  • Bonus area, "The Enchanted Realm"  
  • Bonus mode, play through the game as the evil wizard Zorgamor with new texture assets and harder difficulty.
  • Design an alternative outfit *NEW*

$90: Tier Three - Level 2

  • Name in a dedicated spot called "The hall of heroes"  
  • 5 alternative outfits for the wizard Merlicus
  • Bonus item, "The Book of Knowledge"  
  • Bonus area, "The Enchanted Realm"  
  • Bonus mode,  play through the game as the evil wizard Zorgamor with new texture assets and harder difficulty     
  • Design an alternative outfit
  • Design an enemy. Give it a bio and a name. Will be featured in "The Book of Knowledge" *NEW*

$100: Tier Three - Level 3  

  • Name in a dedicated spot called "The hall of heroes"  
  • 5 alternative outfits for the wizard Merlicus
  • Bonus item, "The Book of Knowledge"  
  • Bonus area, "The Enchanted Realm"
  • Bonus mode, play through the game as the evil wizard Zorgamor with new texture assets and harder difficulty.  
  • Design an alternative outfit  
  • Design an enemy. Give it a bio and a name. Will be featured in "The Book of Knowledge".
  • Free copy of the game *NEW*

Well, maybe not dire but I've spent my life-savings doing this project and taking a shot.  It's been my full time job with out the benefit of being paid. I'm at a point where I need to either start working and be forced to relegate the time spent on the game to weekends and what not, or get help funding so I can continue and finish what I set out to do.   Hopefully you like what you see and decide it's the type of game you'd like to see funded and finished!  If all goes well I hope to start a small studio (ToneRed Studios) and continue making games.  I have a lot of ideas and want you to be able to play and enjoy the one that started me on this journey!

Regardless of this Kickstarter being successful or not, I'd like to thank all who've taken an interest with this project and made a donation.  Whether that's just one person or a thousand,  thank you!  

Risks and challenges

Boy, there are no shortages of challenges when it comes to a project like this. You never really know what bumps you'll run into with development. Sure you can plan but being able to handle them is equally important.

I've been working in the film/television/game industry for just under a decade now and I'm no stranger to production challenges or deadlines. It's in my nature to solves problems and to overcome any setbacks. Whether it's a technical issue, design issue or otherwise.

The current state of my project is 2 years worth of hard work, overcoming challenges of programming, design and teaching myself Unity to realize an idea from a concept to a playable game. I'll get through whatever setbacks I may come across but getting help accomplishing tasks such as music, extra programming and animation is where my real challenges lie.

This is where the risk lies as well. Outsourcing work is always risky. How will the output be? What's the dependability? How will setbacks due to outsourcing affect the timeline of getting the project finished? These are issues I'll be fully aware of and will be able to work through if they arise.

Right now, all the risk belongs to me and the biggest of them is not having the Kickstarter succeed. Getting past this milestone will be a HUGE turning point. If and when that risk applies to more than just me, it'll be even more of a priority to see this through and that priority is already at an eleven.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    $2 reward

    3 backers All gone!

    Name in the game at a special location for all to check out. This doesn't have to be your real name. It can be whatever you want to be known as. 5 free alternative outfits for your wizard via download code.

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    $10 reward

    2 backers

    Your name in the game at a dedicated spot called "The Hall of Heroes" for all to see. You'll be represented by your tier status statue (Great, High, Grand Wizard).

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    $15 reward

    6 backers All gone!

    Tier 1 rewards as well as an exclusive new area called "The Enchanted Realm". This magical place provides a new item, "The Book of Knowledge".

    Eligible for the alternative outfit contest.

    Tier 2 backers will also receive a free digital copy of the game!

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  • You selected
    $20 reward

    3 backers

    5 free alternative outfits for the wizard Merlicus. Includes all $10 and lower rewards.

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  • You selected
    $25 reward

    15 backers All gone!

    Tier 1 and 2 rewards as well an exclusive bonus mode where you play through as the evil wizard Zorgamor. All texture assets are reworked for a darker tone and the game is more difficult.

    Eligible for the alternative outfit contest.

    Eligible for the enemy design contest.

    As with Tier 2, Tier 3 backers will receive a free digital copy of the game.

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  • You selected
    $30 reward

    0 backers

    Bonus item "The Book of Knowledge" This book shows all the enemy/character models, enemy/character bios, area bios plus spotlights for the enemy/outfit design contest winners. Includes all $20 and lower rewards.

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    $50 reward

    0 backers

    Bonus area called "The Enchanted Realm" An exclusive lost world full of wonder and mystery. Includes all $30 and lower rewards.

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  • You selected
    $70 reward

    0 backers

    Exclusive bonus mode. Play through the game as the evil wizard Zorgamor. An all new look with different texture assets and a harder difficulty await in this flipped adventure. Includes all $50 and lower rewards.

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  • You selected
    $80 reward

    0 backers

    Design your own alternative outfit for Merlicus! Here's your chance to show off your fashion savvy. Backer created outfits will be featured in "The Book of Knowledge". Includes all $70 and lower rewards.

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  • You selected
    $90 reward

    0 backers

    Design your own enemy! Flex your creative muscle and make an enemy doing it. Give it a bio and a name. Backer created enemies will be featured in "The Book of Knowledge". Includes all $80 and lower rewards.

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  • You selected
    $100 reward

    4 backers

    Free digital copy of the game. Includes all $90 and lower rewards.

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