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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on August 8, 2014.

UPDATE: We're canceling our Kickstarter. Read about it on our blog - http://gamesofglory.tumblr.com/

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WE’RE CANCELING OUR KICKSTARTER: WHY THIS IS GOOD NEWS

We know; it's a headline that might seem surprising, but if we’re canceling this Kickstarter, it’s for an excellent reason: we’ve been able to secure funding to complete the Games of Glory. And all this, thanks to you! Your enthusiasm and your feedback during our many playtests are the reasons we’ve taken the decision to change our financing strategy. We want to ensure that we can bring you all of the advanced features we’ve envisioned.

Yesterday, we made this announcement to our backers individually. We wanted to thank them and give them the chance to receive a special “backer kit” in recognition of their faith and support. We’ve also decided to open an online shop that will allow everyone to directly maintain their pledges. The shop will remain open until August 21st, 2014, the evening of the date originally scheduled as the end of our Kickstarter.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at support@lightbulbcrew.fr or directly in our forums. Thank you again for your support, which you can also continue to show by voting for Games of Glory on Steam Greenlight. 

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you in the arena. 

Sincerely,

Lightbulb Crew

  • Multiplayer: Online team-based arena battles where players fight as clone controllers in futuristic gladiator games. Single player and co-op practice sessions
  • Fast action controls: Controls inspired by hack & slash games like Diablo, free aiming à la shooters, and the teamwork aspects of League of Legends and DoTA2 
  • Exchangeable weapons: Around 50 weapons to choose from, each with different game play 
  • Dynamic arenas: Interact tactically with a changing environment
  • Political and economic factions: Players' support for different factions decide the future of the Synarchy and the evolution of the game 
  • Stars and managers: A re-creation of the way sports are organized - create or join Clubs to become a star player, coach, or Club president
  • Quests: Through quests, players get to discover history and conflicts within the Synarchy, and can support different factions
  • Personalization: Possibility to personalize Clones and arenas
  • Mechanics for a positive community: Game mechanics give people reason to behave positively to avoid the trolls
Koinchura surprising Byorn and Ragnar
Koinchura surprising Byorn and Ragnar

The Games of Glory are the gladiator games of the Synarchy, the intergalactic empire controlled by the seemingly all-powerful Synarch. The Synarch imposes peace over all in his dominion, and protects them from the Exoi. The Games of Glory serve as an outlet for citizens to blow off steam as well as a medium to resolve large-scale disputes. The winners gain fame and money, as well as political influence. 

We are working together with science fiction writer Ayerdhal to create a rich living universe, and to develop vivid backgrounds and stories around the key actors, whether it be Clones, Factions, or Corporations.

A player will be able to impact the future of the Synarchy by choosing to support different Factions. A player with more fame will have more impact over the future of the Synarchy, but everyone will be able to influence its direction. Each conflict will take place over a certain time, and as the winning Faction is determined, the game world will change. This way, not even we know what the future holds for the peoples of the Synarchy.

Also, players will be able to discover the stories of the Synarchy through various quests related to the different Factions and Clones. Some themes we will be covering are:  

  • Expansion of the Synarchy: Will the Synarchy invade new planets, or will they manage to remain independent?
  • Personal vendettas: Who is the most glorious/evil/magnanimous of the luminaries in the Synarchy?
  • Trade rights and monopolies: Who will gain access to the riches of scarce minerals and exotic aliens?

Games of Glory is introducing a system of Clubs and organizations that will give players the ability to join or create a Club. A Club serves as a mix of a clan in World of Warcraft and an organization in Eve Online. They can be just a group of friends playing together, or a serious enterprise trying to gain fame and rise in the rankings. We are giving our players the tools to try to become either a star player, a coach, or a Club president. Clubs thus have not only a social and an economic function, but an in-game one as well. 

As a club grows and becomes better known, the benefits of belonging to the club increase as well. Members of a large and famous Club gain credits and experience faster. Clubs can create their own unique Skins and Club Emblems, as well as personalize their stadium. With your help, they will also be able to create their own maps! 

 A minute ( — or maybe 5) to learn, but a life-time to master: this is part of our design vision for combat mechanics. Part of what sets GoG apart are its controls and the ability to change weapons within the match. We put a lot of thought into creating weapons with different types of game play, like shotguns that push back enemies, weapons that slow, do area of effect damage, etc. There are around 50 different weapons. Each Clone comes with a set of unique abilities that allows for many interesting combinations based on team members, enemies, and weapons selected.

The shotgun can be used to push enemies backwards...into lethal territory!
The shotgun can be used to push enemies backwards...into lethal territory!
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We are truly focused on giving the community the chance to create their own content. The first step is to give the ability to personalize Clones with different skins. In addition to skins with different mix-and-match parts, we are also creating Club Skins, where players can create their own unique Club "clothes". On top of this, we want to bring modding tools to the community, but for that we will need your support! We also want to create a community system for adding content to the game. For this as well we depend on your pledge!

The Synarch's Guard are those chosen to protect the Synarch from all threats. Usually recruited from foreign barbarian worlds, they are loyal only to the Synarch. Regardless of who they once were, all members leave their old name and history behind, and take a new name from the culture of Svandia.

From the independent planet of Kantour come the champions hand-selected by the Council of Elders. Their task: win the battles of the arena and the support of the people to keep their verdant planet out of the Synarchy's grasp.

The Kshanti, the ancient race making up the Synarchic council, have decided  to “recruit” a number of the most dangerous criminals to the arena. They are all prisoners from a High-Security prison: the Dead End.

This young colony, located on the ocean planet Skiutera and organized as an economic consortium, is undergoing a period of phenomenal growth.To raise their profile, the colonial government has decided to send some native Skiuteran creatures to the arena.

Khain Corp is the leading transportation and security company in the Synarchy. The corporation has sent the Clones of some of their most ferocious fighters to fight in the arena, as a form of extreme commercial lobbying.

Our community focus is built into the game through its persistent universe, and we include the fans of Games of Glory in our extended development team. We depend on you to finish the game and to make it the best it can be. We want to give the community lots of influence!

A custom skin selected by the community
A custom skin selected by the community

One problem with existing competitive games are toxic players. We are building in-game mechanics that reward good behavior and create a virtuous cycle. Community rating of players will create reputations for people and make it easier for the nice guys and girls to get accepted to the best Clubs.

We have already invested our soul, 1 & 1/2 years of our time, and quite a lot of our money into Games of Glory. To be able to take the game from a very fun to play Alpha game to a polished, finished game, we need your help! We also want to work with you to make sure the game is the best arena battle game there is. Please pledge, even $5 helps! 

The Games of Glory E-Shop
The Games of Glory E-Shop
 

 Lightbulb Crew consists of a number of members with a lot of experience surrounded by young, talented people. We are united in our passion for video games in general, and of course, specifically Games of Glory. At Lightbulb Crew we are truly a Crew, and not a dictatorship. Everyone's opinion is heard and taken into account. We also include the community in our Crew, and we seek the help of our community to guide us in our decisions.

Koinchura surprising Byorn and Ragnar
Koinchura surprising Byorn and Ragnar

Risks and challenges

Making a video game is a work of love, but it is important not to get blindsided. Based on the experience of the team we have been working to avoid the major pitfalls in game development. Here is how we have approached some of the issues :

Through iterative development we are avoiding unforeseen difficulties that lead to increased development time and higher costs. Also, as we have had hundreds of people try the game now, we know what is left to be done (and it is a lot).

The community and testing are the keys to making good design choices and avoiding poor decisions that lead to a game experience that is not as fun/rewarding as we intended. We have had people try the game out since the prototype stage to understand what works and what doesn't. We are continuing to work with the community in our forums to help us make the right choices.

The team has experience from both AAA games as well as online games with millions of users, which is why we have created a scalable back-end solution to avoid issues when the number of players increases.

In the end we are confident that with your help we will succeed to deliver a great game !!

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    Receive a huge thank you, a Backer Badge to use on the forums, and a unique Backer Wallpaper. Participate with your Backer Badge in the forums. Be identified as a Backer in the game with a specific Backer Skin!!!

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    ******************************************** Get all the rewards of the FAN KIT + a Closed Beta Key and 3 Skins to personalize your clones.

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    Get all the rewards of the FAN KIT + the Premium Version of the game, which includes all the current and future Clones and one of each of the non-quest in-game Perks (level-up bonus) + a Closed Beta Key and a Backer special FX.

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    ******************************************** CLONE MASTER PACK ********************************************
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    ******************************************** COMBO PACK ********************************************
    Get two versions of the MASTER PACK to share with a friend.

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    COLLECTOR'S PACK ********************************************
    Get all the rewards of the CLONE MASTER PACK + Alpha Key + Backer Close Combat Weapon Skin + the Art Kit, which includes an art-book, the soundtrack and a Universe short story + Collector Wallpaper + ready to print 3D model of a Clone + Collector Badge + a Games of Glory T-shirt. Note: Digital rewards will be delivered in December 2014, the short story will be delivered in June 2015.

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    ******************************************** COLLECTOR'S PACK INT'L VERSION ********************************************
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    ******************************************** ARMS MASTER PACK ********************************************
    Get all the rewards of the COLLECTOR'S PACK with immediate access to the Alpha + a second Premium Version of the game for one of your friends + 2 extra full Clone Skins + all Backer Weapon Skins + listed in Special Thanks credits + a Games of Glory T-shirt.

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    ******************************************** STAR PLAYER PACK ********************************************
    Get all the rewards of the ARMS MASTER PACK + 5 ALL future Clone Skins + additional SFX + pre-reserve your avatar's name. Note: The Alpha Key will give instant game access.

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    ******************************************** CLONER'S TEAM PACK ********************************************
    Get 5 versions of the CLONE MASTER PACK to create your team + 5 Club Skins (modifiable skins for 5 Clones) usable by everyone in your Club.

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    ******************************************** ULTIMATE CLONE TEAM PACK ******************************************** Get 5 versions of the COLLECTOR'S PACK to create your team + 5 League Skins (modifiable Skins for 5 Clones) usable by everyone in your Club + exclusive Backer Skins for all weapons for each of the 5 packs.

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    ******************************************** CREATIVE PACK ********************************************
    Get all the rewards of the STAR PLAYER PACK, but be listed in the credits as a Creative Advisor + a 3D printed figurine + create a corporation/manufacturer name and background for an item + an item dedicated to you + a physical version of the short story and soundtrack CD + a signed poster. Note: The Alpha Key will give instant game access.

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    ******************************************** PRESIDENT'S PACK ******************************************** Get 5 versions of the STAR PLAYER PACK to create your team + 5 League Skins + your Club will always be counted as 2 levels higher than it is + 1 signed art-book + pre-reserved club name + 5 pre-reserved avatar names + your Club featured within Games of Glory + 5 physical versions of the short story and soundtrack CD + 5 signed posters.

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    ******************************************** KSHANTI PACK ********************************************
    Get all the rewards of the STAR PLAYER PACK but you will receive all future Clone and Club Skins, weapons, FX and SFX themes + a Kshanti Badge. You will be listed in the credits as Assistant Producer with the opportunity to meet the team (transportation and accommodation are not included). Create and name a Skin for your favorite Clone (with our team). 5 signed posters, 5 3D printed figurines, and a signed art-book with your name printed in it. Note: The Alpha Key will give instant game access.

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    ******************************************** KSHANTI COUNSELOR PACK ********************************************
    Get all the rewards of the KSHANTI PACK but be listed as Producer in the game credits + you'll have a Counselor in-game SFX and a Counselor Badge. You will have the opportunity to meet the team (transportation and accommodation will not be included) + you will design and name a clone + create a unique version of your favorite Clone, (e.g. with your face on it and a unique special effect) + you will receive 5 extra signed posters + 4 signed art-books with your name in it. + a large print of your created Clone.

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    ******************************************** SYNARCH PACK ********************************************
    Get all the rewards of the PRESIDENT PACK (see below) + a Synarch Badge + a Synarch SFX + be listed as Executive Producer in the game credits. In this role, you'll have the opportunity to meet the team (transportation and accommodation will not be included) + create a corporation/manufacturer name and background for an item + an item dedicated to you or a name of your choice + design and name a Clone + create a unique version of your favorite Clone, e.g. with your face on it and a unique special effect + design and name an entire Clone Faction (together with the team and In accordance with the game universe) + VIP access to all Games of Glory events (transportation and accommodation are not included) + 10 signed posters + 5 additional figurines + 5 Signed art-books with your name printed in them + a large 3D print of your created Clone + a 3D print of your created Clone Faction.

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