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Fast Paced, Fun, Tactics RPG with Monsters, Magic and Mayhem - Online Multiplayer, Rankings, Co-op, and a Huge Single Player Campaign
Fast Paced, Fun, Tactics RPG with Monsters, Magic and Mayhem - Online Multiplayer, Rankings, Co-op, and a Huge Single Player Campaign
5,051 backers pledged $210,854 to help bring this project to life.

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Chaos Reborn Limited Edition T-Shirts

Posted by Julian Gollop (Creator)

I am pleased to announce that we are now offering limited edition 30 Year Chaos Anniversary T-Shirts, exclusive to backers.

The design features a black T-shirt with the Chaos Reborn logo on the front and a special message on the left sleeve reading '30 YEARS OF CHAOS 1985-2015' and the gooey-blob sprite from the original Chaos, which is my personal avatar. It is an Anvil Jersey T-shirt made from pre-shrunk combed ringspun cotton (meaning it's very soft and comfortable).

I have created reward tiers which add the T-shirt to the original rewards, so if you would like a T-shirt all you need to do is change your existing reward for the equivalent reward plus T-shirt. Shipping is included for US residents. Please add $5 shipping for delivery outside the US.

NOTE: If you have backed at $250 or higher, you will automatically get a T-shirt included in your reward at no extra cost!

Additional T-Shirts

If you want additional T-shirts, please add $30 for each additional T-shirt you want to your existing pledge level. Shipping in the US is included in the price. For delivery outside the US, please add $5 per T-shirt.

At the end of the Kickstarter campaign you will be sent a survey for you to provide information for your mailing address and T-shirt sizes.


T-shirts will be delivered to backers before the end of May 2014. However, we will endeavour to be as quick as possible with this delivery, so I hope you will get them sooner.

Shrines of the Gods

Posted by Julian Gollop (Creator)

For this update I am going to expand on some very interesting game elements which focus on Gods and their followers. If you have backed the game at 'God' level our art team will work with you to create a 3D avatar of your god head. It can be based on your own likeness, or you can create something entirely fantastical, such as a lovecraftian tentacled thing, as long as it is representative of a head (this is a special feature for backers only, otherwise known as the old gods, and other players who ascend to godhood through game play will be restricted to a selection of generic choices for their god avatar). Your avatar will then appear on shrines which are placed in battle arenas. Our artist Borus has created a hypothetical example of a player who is a god of Law and has an avatar closely based on his own image.

Shrines are not just for show, they are magical structures forged in alchemists laboratories with powerful incantations. As a god you can manufacture shrines by spending your worship points (collected from your followers). Then you can donate shrines to the procedural realm creation system, or give them directly to your Demigods who are organising your guilds of followers. Your Demigods can then use shrines in the Realm Creation tool by deploying them to regions inside their realm. They can also give shrines to Wizard Kings in their guild to do the same.

During a battle in which a shrine is deployed, any player can offer a sacrifice to it in return for a blessing (they don't have to be devotees of that god). This is done by offering a creature of the correct alignment or gold from a wizard's stash. The more powerful the creature offered, or the more gold offered, the more powerful the blessing will be. The blessing can come in several forms, as determined by the god. It may be additional spells, or power points for a wizards staff, or an instantaneous spell effect, such as granting the wizard's creatures a magic shield. Any sacrifice will generate worship points for the god. If a sacrifice is made by a wizard following a different god, then worship points will be deducted from that god (since the wizard is committing a blasphemy). It is also possible for a shrine to be attacked and destroyed by a wizard who is not a followers. Destruction of a shrine will cause the loss of worship points by the god.

There is a special benefit for wizards which are followers of the shrine's god. If you are victorious in battle, then the power of the Wizard King is reduced, making it more difficult for him strengthen his defences or to banish you from the realm outright. If you are defeated, then you get a free resurrection to the Wizard Tower of your choice (normally you have to bribe the Imps of Limbo with a substantial sum of gold to be allowed to return to a realm from which you have been banished, and only then to the nearest Wizard Tower). Victory in battle by a follower of the shrine's god will also generate some bonus worship points for the god.

The effective deployment of shrines by Gods, Demigods and Wizard Kings can help both the god and his followers. Followers can help by seeking realms containing the shrines of their god, wherever they may appear (although they may not enter realms created by members of the same guild).

Finally - The Bear

Robert has created a concept for the bear, which is a powerful, neutral creature. He has a special attack - 'bear hug' - in which it rears up on his hind legs and batters its foe with a clawing action such that it can't move away in its turn.

Chaos Reborn is now on Steam Greenlight

Posted by Julian Gollop (Creator)

I am pleased to announce that we are aiming to put Chaos Reborn on Steam. As with every other game, we have to go through the Steam Greenlight process, which means that people have to vote for the game to be approved.

Please go here to vote for Chaos Reborn on Steam Greenlight. Where it says 'Would you buy this game if it were available in Steam?' click on the 'Yes' button.

If you would like to help some more, please post some comments there about your thoughts on the original Chaos and Chaos Reborn. If we get some interest from the Steam community it could really help boost our Kickstarter Campaign.

If we get approved for Steam I will give you the option of having a Steam key to manage your Chaos Reborn download. It will not affect any rewards you have backed on Kickstarter.

Thank you for your fantastic support, and I will be sending some more game design related updates very soon.

The Fountain of Life and the Magic Castle

Posted by Julian Gollop (Creator)

As I write this we are very close to $100k. We had a great surge on Monday because of a highly successful reddit AMA. Thank you to all of you who took part and asked questions or upvoted. 

This week I was on The Sausage Factory Podcast, talking about my career, games and, of course, Chaos Reborn. I have also done another couple of interviews with UnstableVoltage and FerrousPilot.

There are some more game play videos taken from the Chaos Reborn prototype. UnstableVoltage recorded a 2 vs 2 team match, in which our opponents battled against the odds with some excellently judged disbelieves by Fat Bat (aka Robert Faludi, one of our artists). You can see some more 4 player action over at Fire Water Gasoline.

The X-COM Files: How Alien Invaders, Rebel Squads, and Gooey Blobs Took Strategy Gaming by Storm is a new book by David Craddock which looks at the history of my earlier games all the way up to the first X-COM game. David's previous book, Stay Awhile and Listen: How Two Blizzards Unleashed Diablo and Forged a Video-Game Empire, is an excellent history of the early years of Blizzard Entertainment - I highly recommend it.

Extra Copies - Clarification

When you purchase an extra copy of the game it does include early access to playable versions of the game, but it does not include any of the other rewards from Apprentice (the game guide, art book, music) or anything from any other reward. You can add extra copies of the game to your reward for $15 each. To do this you have to increase your pledge by multiples of $15 without changing your selected reward. I will send a survey out at the end of the campaign to check with you exactly what you required with your increased pledge amount. 

Now for a few interesting snippets about a couple of Law spells with some rather nice concept art.

The Magic Castle

This spell did feature in the original Chaos, but its new incarnation in Chaos Reborn is much more impressive. When successfully cast, a castle rises around the wizard enveloping the six spaces surrounding the wizard's position. Any wizard or creature occupying a castle is protected from any attack, including magical attacks. Enemy creatures cannot enter it, but they can attack it. Each element of the castle is a separate entity, so the central element and the six surrounding elements require a lot of effort to destroy. Magic Castles can also provide protection for a team mate's wizard and creatures, so this is a good defensive spell for team matches.

The Fountain of Life

This is a powerful new spell that provides limited resurrections for killed creatures. The Fountain of Life is a structure which is summoned in a vacant space next to the casting wizard. If the wizard or one of his creatures is killed anywhere in the arena it will be immediately resurrected next to the Fountain. However, it has a limited capacity for resurrection and will become empty. It is also vulnerable to attack, so it should be kept out of the way or protected in some way. Placing it at the centre of a Magic Castle would be an ideal strategy.


There is another Kickstarter campaign gong on right now which I think deserves your attention. Dragon Fin Soup is a very charming SNES style RPG with Roguelike elements, set in a twisted fairytale world on a giant Space Turtle with a cheerful, yet raging (alcoholic), shotgun wielding Heroine on a path of destruction, murderous Revenge and Magic. It will be available for PC, Mac, Linux, PS3, PS4 and PS Vita.

Please check out their project page here

Unicorns are Lethal

Posted by Julian Gollop (Creator)

Wooo! we passed the half way mark. Thank you everybody for getting us this far, and a special thanks to our first Supreme Benefactor. We are planning some updates with more game design details and reward level details, but this update will be fairly brief.

Fire Water Gasoline has posted a few Chaos Reborn game play videos for you to look at. If you missed my reddit AMA you can check it out here. There were a lot of comments and questions about X-COM, Chaos Reborn and some of my other games.

Here is a new concept for our Unicorn. As you can see, it is not quite the cliche you might expect. The angular forms and cool colours are characteristic of a Law creature. It has a 'charge' ability which gives it a bonus to Attack after moving. It is also a mount, which means that it can be ridden by a wizard.

Shout Out for Duelyst

Finally, a very special Kickstarter campaign is also underway for a really exciting and very stylish looking turn-based tactical game that I am sure you will be interested in. I backed it as soon as I saw it, because it really pushes all my buttons. Duelyst is a tactical turn-based strategy game with a heavy focus on ranked competitive play, brought to you by veteran developers and creators from Diablo III, Rogue Legacy and the Ratchet & Clank series. 

Please check out their project page here.