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Panda Knife Tree LTDBy Panda Knife Tree LTD
First created
Panda Knife Tree LTDBy Panda Knife Tree LTD
First created
£748
pledged of £38,000pledged of £38,000 goal
22
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 9 2013

About

HD YouTube Pitch and a shorter HD YouTube Trailer

Features

  • Easy to play, just click a link and play in your browser! No signup or other hurdles to playing the game
  • Chain light and heavy blows, unleashing vicious combos upon your foes
  • Master 3 classic roles: Healer, damage dealer and tank
  • Explore, socialize and quest with hundreds of other players in our vast online world
  • No item transfers between players: Items will come from playing the game, not from playing the auction house
  • This game does not contain: Zombies, Orcs or Elves!

Free To Play!

We want to create a game you can link to a friend and say "Lets Play!", so free to play was the obvious choice, but we want to avoid becoming pay to win. We hate the idea of your position on the high scores table being influenced by how much money you've spent.

Premium Points are our in game currency; we expect the final cost for these to be approximately 10 points per pound (or ~7 points per dollar) so we're offering them at a significant discount on Kickstarter! The exact use of points will evolve over the remainder of the project; but we'd expect to be selling a variety of buff potions, some visual items (such as dyes / pets etc) and some convenience items such as teleport charges, resurrection checkpoints etc. (Note all items that could potentially limit a players progress, such as hp buff potions, will also be available through in game crafting).

We want to balance this so points are useful and let you buy some cool stuff but don't give an advantage in end game content or detract from your journey through the game.

Stretch Goals? 

Any additional funds will most likely be put towards additional outsourcing (better 2D artwork, sound and QA). Also some funds will need to pay for running costs for the totally free version of the game we'll be making available on and off to our forum tier backers during development!

In an ideal world if our Kickstarter was extremely successful we'd like to be able to finish the game in a more professional environment by renting a small office. We don't intend to modify the scope of the project regardless of our campaigns success as we are strong believers in iterative development and are cautious of feature creep.

What's left?

  • Lots and lots of polish. The game is fun but we want it to be AWESOME, a world where you can enjoy hour after hour of adrenaline pumping action and we're not there yet!
  • Quests, we made a prototype of this system but it's not currently integrated into the game. Doing so is likely to lead to some additional tasks to make authoring practical
  • Art environment polish and authoring of additional player characters NPCs and monsters
  • General high level gameplay work
  • Optimization and bug fixing

We are currently loosely aiming for the game to be completed by July 2014, with the first backer builds being targeted for early November 2013 (we want to finish the quest system and some high level game play work first).

Why Kickstarter?

It's becoming increasingly important to us to build a community (you!) to play early builds and let us know what's cool and what sucks! We're hopeful that we'll be able to make this process extra fun and rewarding by including some backer only achievements during development.

We also hope to secure sufficient funds to finish the game to the quality we feel it deserves, including outsourcing, software licences and buying enough cheese and protein shakes to keep us going!

Who Are We?

Panda Knife Tree is a two man independent games studio, informally formed early in 2012, we felt we could create an awesome game and have been working full time funded off our savings to achieve that goal.

Peter Nicholls: I've been coding since i was young and foolish enough to believe 1 person could code an MMO on their own from scratch!.. erm anyway... I've worked for Codemasters and Slightly mad Studios in the past on a range of titles. I was also a guild master in wow for a couple of years.

Frankie Hobbins: After getting started with quake mods I’ve spent the last 11 years in the games industry working on some classic FPS such as Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars before moving on to the Need for Speed series. I love all areas of game art so I'm particularly enjoying working on Legends of Firestorm.

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Risks and challenges

This is an ambitious project, and while we feel we're at a stage where the main risks are much diminished there is certainly still plenty that could go wrong or delay it's completion!

A worst case scenario (well ignoring cases where one of us gets hit by a bus!) would be that finishing the game takes significantly longer than we expect and that we run out of money from the Kickstarter campaign to keep ourselves afloat. In this situation we'd have to secure funding from other sources however due to the fact there's only 2 of us on the team it is unlikely we'd be forced to abandon the project.

At the end of the day we're 2 friends making an awesome game and we'll stick at it until it's done. Finishing this game is our passion and we're not going to let ourselves fail!

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    Be in Legends of Firestorm! Use our NPC editor to build a custom NPC based on yourself (or not!), with a nameplate and line of dialog. We'll place this character strategically within our world where it will form part of an achievement, motivating players to hunt them down!

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    Be a member of the Council of Grief. A statue of you (or the NPC you design) will be placed a major town. This character will randomly appear before players and summon a mighty beast with which they must do battle! When the beast is slain the statue will visually change. There will be a quest to defeat all 8 council members involving awesome loot so you'll be a well known figure in the game! We'll also work with you to customize the monster your NPC summons!

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Funding period

- (30 days)