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Update#4 - More Game Play Video

Update #3 - Live Alpha

Hello Keepers! The dev team thought it was time to show off a bit more of our game. So we've released a couple of starter decks for download, as well as a quick live demo video.

Click below to Download:
Starter Deck 1 -- Ojivar Fury
Starter Deck 2 -- Aggression

Update #2 - Card Design Concept

We've just received the first round of our concept card design sketches. And here's our favorite one!  We'll keep you updated on the final product once we have it (should be in the coming days.)

Concept Card Design
Concept Card Design

Update #1 - Stretch Goals Added

Keepers of Grimoire: Trading Card Game combines the best features of a real-life trading card game, or TCG, with the convenience of online and mobile gaming. Players will be able to experience Keepers of Grimoire TCG absolutely free and can grow their collection just by playing the game and trading with friends. 

Players can:

  • Build unique deck strategies
  • Play against friends
  • Compete in online tournaments
  • Participate in competitive elo ranking
  • Explore a rich, in-depth fantasy world of lore
  • Play wherever you want, for as long as you want

Keepers of Grimoire combines the best attributes of a real TCG with all the perks of the digital world. While many digital TCGs are highly simplified, Keepers of Grimoire will provide an authentic player-versus-player TCG experience in digital format. This means players have absolute freedom to build decks to fit individual tastes, strategies, and gameplay.

We enable all of our players to participate in all the positive aspects of a physical card game, such as trading, collecting, chatting, and making new friends, as well as customizing card decks with sleeves and playing mats. With Keepers of Grimoire, we make trading an integral part of the game because cards are sold in packs, never individually. This means if players want specific cards, they have to trade for them, buy a new card pack, or keep playing to earn new card packs.

Alpha Client Login Page
Alpha Client Login Page

What Makes Us Different?

Players Earn Packs
With Keepers of Grimoire, players can earn packs of additional cards just from playing the game, instead of only having the option to purchase more. Participants can play anytime, with anyone, and we provide a wide range of trading options. We have features to maximize customization options, such as saving multiple decks to individual player profiles. We also strive to make each and every card meaningful and useful.

NOT “Pay to Win”
In other TCGs, whoever spends the most money has the best deck, but here at Keepers of Grimoire we strive to keep our playing field equal for all players. Newer sets will not make the older cards obsolete. This will help prevent massive spending each time a new set comes out - the same outpouring of money that often discourages players of other TCGs from continuing to play. We want a meaningful game that players will love. To us, that means making it possible for players to keep using their favorite strategies, no matter the card edition. We’ve dedicated a lot of time to making each card balanced and fun to use!

Simple Gameplay
Basically, our “resource system” is hand dependent. Players, referred to as ‘Keepers,’ must pay with the cards in hand in order to play high level minions. Keepers may attack their enemy with one minion at a time, which the opponent may choose to defend, or take the hit directly. We also have a variety of card types including terrain cards, ability cards, and gambit cards. To see the full rulebook, please visit: http://www.keepersofgrimoire.com/official-rule-book/

No Card Transformation
In Keepers of Grimoire, we don’t believe in cards that “level up” or evolve. This does not make sense for a real TCG. Instead, we have special music to go with rare cards. We believe our music, composed entirely in-house, alongside our lore, can make the cards come to life while maintaining the integrity of the game as a TCG.

3d Client (Concept Stage)
3d Client (Concept Stage)

Special Digital Collection
Here at Orca Bear Studios, we realize that a lot of players put a high value on the rarity, or collectible qualities, of trading cards. We feel that gaming companies have overlooked the worth of ‘first edition cards’ because current digital TCGs simply do not have them. In order to maintain the excitement of first edition cards, we have designed a unique 'time stamp' method that will distinguish our first edition cards from cards obtained at a later date. This method tracks the date that the card packs were purchased or earned and all the cards within the pack will have the exact time and date of the original acquisition. For collectors, this will deeply enhance the game and add value to their cards. It also ensures our Kickstarter backers receive a handful of first edition cards, because everyone who pledges $35 or more receives 5 free packs .

Play Anywhere, Any Time
Apart from PC/Mac/Linux clients, Keepers of Grimoire is designed for mobile play. We plan to release a Keepers of Grimoire TCG app for both iOS and Android. Players can take the TCG experience with them anywhere they go. Waiting for an appointment? Challenge or make some friends by playing a game! Bored but with limited time? Explore the world in the single-player campaign. Waiting for a friend? Finalize a new strategy. Play Keepers of Grimoire TCG in any situation, any time frame.

Logos above and their associated titles are NOT owned by Orca Bear Studios
Logos above and their associated titles are NOT owned by Orca Bear Studios

Customizable Strategy
Keepers of Grimoire has all the depth and customization of a real TCG with the bonus option to create multiple decks. This means players can try multiple decks and strategies while easily saving past decks, exploring limitless card combinations. Keepers of Grimoire will also have a single-player campaign mode available.

Thoroughly tested in physical form
Thoroughly tested in physical form

Single Player Mode
Players wishing to play alone (PvE) want and need a different digital campaign mode than competitive play (PvP). We will add meaningful quests and opportunities for single players to earn achievements and rewards, while making decisions that will impact the story as it unfolds.

Free to Play
Keepers of Grimoire is completely free. As mentioned before, players can earn packs through gameplay to improve their decks without paying a dime! We have decided to incorporate an Elo (ranking system) within the game, in order to allow people to play with others close to their skill level. In order to keep track of skill levels, this ranking system is more complex than the simple win/loss ratios traditionally seen in online TCGs. Keeping our ranking system in mind, we will also include alternative playing modes so players can test their decks without “tarnishing” their rank.

Here at Orca Bear Studios, we take the Keepers of Grimoire story seriously. We have based the TCG off a completely unique world and have stories which create depth for our cards. This fantasy world is literally brought to life with TOP-TIER quality art, from artists like Jim Nelson. Jim Nelson is an award winning graphic designer who has done work on the following titles:

Logos above and their associated titles are NOT owned by Orca Bear Studios
Logos above and their associated titles are NOT owned by Orca Bear Studios

Keepers of Grimoire takes place in a magical land called Shamerra. In this world, there are unique races with complex stories. With the power of the Grimoire, new Keepers rise up and battle to create stability in the land of Shamerra. Our goal is to release exciting new stories every week that will add content to the world we’ve created.

Keepers of Grimoire is the biggest, most exciting project we've worked on, and we need your help to make it bigger and better! Right now our primary goal is to release the game with professional, top-quality artwork, as seen on this page. This cannot be done without your support! Upon receiving any additional funding, we will add more game features and language options. Without the additional funding, those features will be added eventually, but will take longer to construct. If supporters are as excited about the game as we are, our stretch goals will help us to release the game with more features to enhance gameplay in January 2014.

By kick starting Keepers of Grimoire, you will receive incredible rewards that are exclusive to this campaign! Our higher reward tiers even allow our backers to help shape the game and story as Keepers of Grimoire continues to grow and develop.

We have lined up rewards that are meaningful and beneficial for backing us now. This is a game by gamers, and we want YOUR input! With your help, we’re going to make this the ULTIMATE TCG experience!

Make sure to check out the amazing pledge rewards for everyone who donates, as well as our ambitious stretch goals. Please feel free to talk with us. Our forums are always open and you can always email us.

Pledge Chart
Pledge Chart

Gaming, for us, isn't just entertainment. For many of us video games have had a positive influence on our lives. As our members have said: 

Video games helped me to stay out of trouble as I was growing up, while improving my reading and writing skills.” –Matthew Karasawa 

When I played games, I will admit, I used them to escape the troubles of the world. So for me, a deep story to immerse yourself in makes the difference between a game you just play, and a game you play again and again.” –Brian Shukwit 

Video games have played a crucial role in society. We hear the mainstream media give such a negative connotation to them all the time. What about the positive influences video games have? Did you ever hear the media talk about Ken and how Halo gave him hope to fight through chemotherapy? How about Jett and how Fallout 3 pulled him from depression and bullying? Video games have given hope to the hopeless. I truly believe God is working through us to make a difference.” –Matt Boyd

Giving Back

We hope to have a strong, positive influence on the gaming community as we strive to change and improve the gaming industry. We seek to design higher quality games and raise moral standards. At Orca Bear Studios, we want to keep games clean by strictly avoiding offensive material such as profanity and provocative images.

We also want to endorse and increase exposure to various organizations who are committed to helping others by providing sleeves and playing mats featuring their logos.

Throughout our campaign, we will be updating this page, and our website, with more content and information. 

We are thrilled to be launching the online trading card game that people have been waiting for, and we can't wait to see your feedback! Thank you for reading and learning about our project. If you decide to donate, thank you! 

Your pledge will make a difference. These endeavors would not be possible without the help of fans, so we sincerely appreciate everyone who takes part in making Keepers of Grimoire come to life.

Disclosures/Information about Pledges

  • Each “membership” level will include a playing mat and sleeves, an avatar, and members-only access to special pages on our website. Within each level, there will be a contract. You will be granted “privileged information”. Abuse of the information or violation of the contract may result in having your membership downgraded, temporarily suspended, or completely revoked. Bronze, Silver, and Gold memberships will last 1 year with a special discount for Kickstarter Backers to renew. (NOTE: membership levels will not affect gameplay.) Platinum memberships will last for the lifetime of KoG TCG.
  • Pledges of $750 or any other level that includes “art in your likeness” will vary in quality and standard. To help capture your key features, please provide at least 5 pictures of your face (different angles) for the artist. PLEASE NOTE: Some of our artists are extremely busy. You may REQUEST a specific artist to draw your likeness, but that will NOT guarantee the artist nor the quality of the finished product. We may refuse to incorporate some of the features that you want if they don't comply with Orca Bear Studio’s moral standards.
  • We will send you a notice when we submit your likeness and keep you informed with the rough sketches. It is up to you to respond to us within 48 hours of any correspondence and make any necessary adjustments throughout the process. We cannot make any changes to the final draft. To reiterate, this image will be in your likeness and we cannot guarantee the final product BUT you can approve of and add comments on each step of the process.
  • For the pledges that allow you to “make a card”, you may submit a lore idea to go with the card and some effects that you would like to see with it. We may deny any card requested or alter it if necessary to comply with KoG's balanced card design, as well as Orca Bear Studio's moral standards. Pledging does not guarantee the rarity but we will try our best to keep you satisfied while maintaining the integrity of Keepers of Grimoire TCG. The card is guaranteed to be released within the first four sets, however, we will do our best to release it in set one. You will also receive a copy of the card on the release date.
  • The time, date and location of the official launch party are undetermined at this time. We project it to be in either December of this year, or early 2014, in Houston, Texas. If your reward tier included an invitation to the launch party, you must pay your own airfare and appropriate accommodations. As of now, lunch will be provided at the party; however, the specific invitations and information will be determined sometime after Kickstarter. We will give you a minimum 4 month advance notice of these details.
  • If you wish, you may divide your in-game currency with other people, but all submissions to do so are due by November 1, 2013. Pledges that include physical goods may be split into two shipments with $20 added to your pledge. Must be requested by July 1, 2013.
  • Timer on rewards: membership start in June 2013. As of now, the game will launch January 1st, 2014 with 150 cards. The collector’s book and novel estimated release date is set for July 2014. At the official launch, every player will receive an achievement for the specific pledge level (for example, Gold Pledge Achievement, BFF Pledge Achievement, etc.)
  • Many of the features we want to implement depend on the funding we receive. We do have plans to eventually develop all the features listed above, but many are directly incorporated into our stretch goals. For example, the game is estimated to be released on iOS and Android devices April-August 2014. Fortunately, with enough funding we can release it sooner. 

Risks and challenges

As a small independent game studio, we are fully aware of several challenges we will possibly need to overcome. Once funding for the project is complete, we have many deadlines to meet, cards and platforms to test, as well as many other tasks.

Our team is dedicated and prepared to put in the hours necessary to make this dream of ours become a reality. We have already prepared several potential courses of action based on the level of funding received.

We will keep fans and users up to date on any obstacles along the way, while putting 100% of our efforts to ensure the success, quality, and playability of this game.

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