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Jeff AlmeidaBy Jeff Almeida
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Jeff AlmeidaBy Jeff Almeida
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About

Project Information

Rhyfel is a free browser-based game hosted in both Facebook (https://apps.facebook.com/playrhyfel) and Rhyfel.com (https://rhyfel.com). Players on both platforms share the same world and can interact with each other as if they were on the same platform. The game supports in-game purchases, but it is our goal to make basic gameplay free for all players. Our in-game purchases can be used for added luxuries and/or expedited corporation advancement.

Rhyfel is now code complete but will continue to evolve as we regularly add new content and features to the game.

In April 2012, we started our first public test with a very small base of core players. This beta test period validated core features, scalability and viability. 

Now, in April 2013, we are entering our first full-scale launch of the game to the public. We chose to hold off on a Kickstarter until now, to make sure the game was stable, challenging and rewarding.

What Are The Funds For?

The goal of this Kickstarter is to launch the next phase of Rhyfel's promotion and development. Our minimum monthly expenses to host and promote the game are $550 ($250 for a production server and $300 for advertising). 

If we exceed our target, we will increase the advertising budget. The richness of the economy is directly influenced by the number of active players.

If the Kickstarter goes really well, there are a couple features we would love to add!  We will spill the beans on that later.

Kicking It Forward!
Kicking It Forward!

We are pleased to announce that we will be participating in Brian Fargo’s Kicking It Forward concept.It’s a simply wonderful idea that truly captures the spirit of the Kickstarter community by sharing success with the next entrepreneurs pursuing their dreams.Kicking It Forward is an honor system where successful Kickstarter campaigns agree to pledge 5% of their profits to other Kickstarter campaigns.

Rhyfel Development

Development on Rhyfel was started in January 2010. The core team consists of Jeff and Justin, two overly-dedicated developers with very full time jobs. With the support of family and friends, over 4000 hours of evening and weekend work have been contributed to build the game.

In early 2012, we completed Rhyfel's core functionality and shifted to maintenance, performance, and gameplay enhancements. We opened up Rhyfel's public beta in May 2012 and have continued to fine tune the game.

It is our expectation and hope to continue with new features, enhancements and maintenance on a monthly release cycle.

Rhyfel Overview

Do you have what it takes to be the ultimate CEO? Secure your foothold in this strategic simulation game and develop your new empire, one tile at a time.
 

Manage your corporation's resources to build your economic and military forces and expand your empire using a variety of tools:

Grow and harvest resources to increase your population. Harvest or purchase resources to manufacture economic and military installations. Manufacture military units for personal profit or corporate conquest. Hire executives and send them on executive tasks. Trade virtual goods with other players via the auction house. Complete missions to increase your tile level. Add more tiles as your corporation grows in size and power.

Whether you prefer to play just a few minutes a day or hunker down for longer sessions, this is a fun and addictive game that lets you call all the shots. Compete against your friends or form trade alliances with other players to get ahead; it's all up to you.

Rhyfel main user interface, with the region zoomed out.
Rhyfel main user interface, with the region zoomed out.

A traditional path for a corporation is to build harvesting installations and use the spoils of harvesting to sell to other corporations.  As profits amass, more installations can be constructed.  Corporations start with one tile.  The tile's level can be increased through completing missions, which can be obtained  hourly.  Increasing the tile level, increases your storage, population and daily salary!  When you are ready, add additional tiles and start your empire!

Your executive team and their tasks
Your executive team and their tasks

A great corporation needs to have great executives helping out.  In Rhyfel you start with one executive, Counselor Beelze, who focuses on Legal Advice tasks for you. Additional executives include one for fundraising, food supply, additional resources, and shipping.

Features already included:

  • Interactive Tutorials (Learn about features and earn rewards)
  • Interactive world map with multiple regions
  • Daily Salary (CR earned each day from your sponsor)
  • Executive Tasks (A way to earn free resources)
  • Tile Population (Feeding, growing)
  • Tile Purchase / Sale (Buy and Sell tiles)
  • Harvesting (Pulling resources from the land)
  • Freelance Harvesting (Population that can be used on tiles you don't own)
  • Manufacturing (Production of items)
  • Research (discovering blueprints for manufacturing)
  • Tile Missions (Sponsor tasks for increasing tile levels)
  • Auction House (Public trading)
  • Skills (Get better at performing many of the tasks in game)
  • Player Trade (Private trading)
  • General Ledger (Track every CR spent or earned)
  • Shipping Center (Move items around the world)
  • Optional PvP combat (Including Neutrality!)
  • Bounty System (Incentive for players to attack a tile)
  • Player Leaderboard (See where you rank compared to others)
  • Sponsor Store (Private sale items from your sponsor)
  • Conquest Store (Purchase military items via earned conquest tokens)
  • Retail Store (in game purchases)
  • In-game mail (Notification of things that happen in game while you are online or offline)
  • In-game news (Notification of game updates)
  • Tile Watchlist (Quick way of keeping track of important tiles)
  • In-game Friends List (Keep a list of your allies in game)
  • Over 1000 Items (The list keeps on growing!)

Additional Images can be found at the bottom of the page.

Reward Details

To be better stewards of your pledges, we have chosen to only offer in-game, digital rewards for this Rhyfel Kickstarter project. We believe we have a responsibility to spend your pledge money as efficiently and effectively as possible. We are committed to only use your Kickstarter pledges to directly benefit the game: additional advertising, game servers, game features, and game content. Coffee mugs, pens, and hats can be fun - but we do not believe they are in the spirit of a digital game Kickstarter project. We hope you agree!

Acknowledgements: Any contributions of $100 or more will be listed as an Emerald Level Game Sponsor in the game credits.  Any contributions of $200 or more will be listed as a Sapphire Level Game Sponsor and have an optional 32x32 pixel image of their choice in the game credits.  Any contributions of $300 or more will be listed as a Ruby Level Game Sponsor and have an optional 32x32 pixel image of their choice in the game credits.  Any contributions of $500 or more will be listed as a Diamond Level Game Sponsor and have an optional 64x64 pixel image of their choice in the game credits.

Kickstarter Food: This special food item will be delivered in a crate for easy storage. This special food packs a higher food value than Meat.

Kickstarter Corporate Achievement: Anyone who makes any size pledge automatically receives the Kickstarter Corporate Achievement.

Tile Ownership Deed: Ship this deed to an unclaimed land tile and redeem it.  You will gain possession of the land tile, your tile maximum will be increased by one and your tile level will be increased if the deed has tile levels associated to it (Militant, Prospector, Emerging Mogul and Titan of Industry levels).

Kickstarter Funding Office: This special installation allows you to redeem 10k credits per day.

Kickstarter Surplus Outlet: This special installation allows you to redeem 500 random natural resource goods per day.

Kickstarter Military Depot: This special installation allows you to redeem one military unit per week. Rarity of the redeemed item will be random.

Early Access to Scourge: A new region named Scourge will be released as part of an upcoming PvP / conquest release.  You will have two weeks of early access to that region prior to it going public.

Kickstarter Storage Unit: This special installation will increase your tile's storage by 15,000.

Tile Level Deed: Ship this tile level deed to any tile you own and redeem it.  The tile level will be increased by 1 (your progress toward your next tile level will remain intact).

Legendary Item Name: We will name a legendary/purple in-game item in your honor and you will receive 5 copies of it. The name will need to be approved to fit in Rhyfel's naming conventions and not violate any copyrights or be offensive.

Executive Name: We will name a new in-game executive in your honor and you will automatically receive access to that executive. The new executive will have the ability to perform two or more tasks from the existing executive task list. The name will need need to be approved to fit in Rhyfel's naming conventions and not violate any copyrights or be offensive.

Public Region Name: We will name an in-game Region in your honor. The name will need to be approved to fit in Rhyfel's naming conventions and not violate any copyrights or be offensive.

Private Region: You and ten of your friends will gain access to your own private island.  You will receive deeds to share with your friends which will grant them access to the region.  We will name the region in your honor. The name will need to be approved to fit in Rhyfel's naming conventions and not violate any copyrights or be offensive.

CEO Holiday: An annual in-game holiday will be celebrated in your honor. On this day, a news announcement will be made, a salary bonus will be given, and harvest yields will be increased. Additional celebration items may be added at a later date.

Product Placement: This is a special contribution geared toward real world business owners or corporations who want to advertise in a creative way. We will collaborate with you to create a new in game item that will be available to players on the Sponsor Store for 6 months. The name, description, art and functionality will need to be approved to fit in Rhyfel's theme and naming conventions and not violate any copyrights or be offensive.

Product Placement Executive: This is a special contribution geared toward real world business owners or corporations who want to advertise in a creative way. We will collaborate with you to create a new in game executive that will be automatically added to players' executive teams for 6 months. A new executive task type and up to 10 rewards will be defined. The name, description, art and functionality will need to be approved to fit in Rhyfel's theme and naming conventions and not violate any copyrights or be offensive.

Reference Links

Play: https://rhyfel.com/

Play on Facebook: https://apps.facebook.com/playrhyfel/

Facebook App Info: https://www.facebook.com/appcenter#!/appcenter/playrhyfel

Facebook Community: https://www.facebook.com/RhyfelCommunity

Wiki: http://wiki.rhyfel.com/

Forums: http://forums.rhyfel.com/

Additional Images

Region Zoomed in on some military activity
Region Zoomed in on some military activity
Harvesting a tile for its natural resources
Harvesting a tile for its natural resources
Trading goods with other players via Auction House
Trading goods with other players via Auction House
Shipping your goods to your different tiles
Shipping your goods to your different tiles
Tile storage interface
Tile storage interface
Manufacturing items for your own use or for sale to other players
Manufacturing items for your own use or for sale to other players
Completing sponsor missions will advance your tile level
Completing sponsor missions will advance your tile level
Advancing tile levels increase storage, salary and many other benefits
Advancing tile levels increase storage, salary and many other benefits
Mobilize your military forces to attack your enemy
Mobilize your military forces to attack your enemy
View the war report to see how you did
View the war report to see how you did

Risks and challenges

There are no risks with this project. The game's core functionality is complete and is publicly available via www.rhyfel.com and in Facebook.

If the project reaches its funding, rewards will be given and the game will remain live and supported for a minimum of one year.

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    In-game rewards: one deed granting tile ownership and tile level 10, special icon by your name in the corporate directory, 40 Emeralds, 20 Sapphires, 10 Rubies, three additional tile level deeds.

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    In-game rewards: one deed granting tile ownership and tile level 15, special icon on your capital tile, two additional Kickstarter Storage Unit Installations, five additional tile level deeds.

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    Listed as an Emerald Level Game Sponsor in Rhyfel News, Wiki, and Game Credits. An optional 32x32 pixel image of your choice next to your listing in the game credits.

    In-game rewards: one additional deed granting tile ownership and tile level 15, special icon on all of your land tiles indicating Kickstarter support, one Kickstarter Shipping Office installation, one Kickstarter Conquest Office installation, three additional Kickstarter storage unit installations, five tile level deeds.

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    Listed as a Sapphire Level Game Sponsor in Rhyfel News, Wiki, and Game Credits. An optional 32x32 pixel image of your choice next to your listing in the game credits.

    In-game rewards: help us name one legendary/purple item, five copies of the legendary/purple item, early access to the new region - Scourge.

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    Listed as a Ruby Level Game Sponsor in Rhyfel News, Wiki, and Game Credits. An optional 32x32 pixel image of your choice next to your listing in the game credits.

    In-game reward: help us name one new executive (which will be automatically added to your executive team and included on the public list of executives for hire).

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    In-game reward: a private additional region - for you and up to 10 of your friends - added to the game.

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