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Since the beginning of time, this place has been here. It is a beacon of sorts, a place for lost souls with reckless hearts.
Since the beginning of time, this place has been here. It is a beacon of sorts, a place for lost souls with reckless hearts.
Since the beginning of time, this place has been here. It is a beacon of sorts, a place for lost souls with reckless hearts.
498 backers pledged $17,656 to help bring this project to life.

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A beautiful and challenging action rogue-like, inspired by 16-bit classics, focusing on speed, melee combat, and co-op play. 

Kickstarter Trailer a bit blurry? Click below for an HD version!

 

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IT'S THE FINAL WEEKEND! VIDEO UPDATE BELOW!

STREAMERS OF ALL SIZES! Want access to our closed Alpha and a key for a friend? GET IN TOUCH NOW! 

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JUST DAYS LEFT! Thanks to all our awesome backers and the livestream community, we've already hit our minimum funding! 

 BUT WE'RE NOT DONE YET! 

If we hit $20,000 by the end of the campaign, we'll be able to more than DOUBLE the number of enemies Stargrove faces compared to the Alpha Build everyone has fallen in love with. 

 Each monster will be designed to present brand new challenges both individually and in concert with the others - so this stretch goal would exponentially increase the challenge and replay value of the final game.

 Check out just TWO of the monsters our first stretch goal would unlock:

When entering a new floor, players will sometimes hear the telltale sound of builders at work. This is a warning; the longer builders are allowed to exist on a floor the more traps they will construct to confound and harm the player. Failure to quickly seek out and destroy builders will make clearing or escaping that floor a much more dangerous task. Builders cannot attack directly, and will flee towards the safety of their more combat capable allies when threatened.

Dropcrows are mysterious and vexing enemies. They cannot harm Stargrove but that makes them no less dangerous.Instead, they set their sights on Stargrove's hard won items and once they have retrieved one they will attempt to flee. You will need to defeat them quickly, or better yet… prevent them from stealing your items at all if you want to keep your equipment. Cursed items cannot be unequipped so they can't  be stolen either! Rumors abound that Dropcrows return their ill gotten booty to the gift shop for resale… but no one has been able to prove that yet.

We can’t wait to fill the Tower with hordes of interesting, unique enemies. So if you haven’t had the chance, back us today and help us make sure everyone gets the biggest, best version of Ruin of the Reckless possible.

Every donation counts, but if you have the Collector’s Itch and want to help in a huge way, consider snagging one of our KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE PLUSHIES:

 

 

These hand-made, limited-run plushies will ONLY be available during our Kickstarter - that means you only have a handful of days left! Grab your Skull Slime for $150, a Ratcoon for $250, or BOTH for just $350 - and help us bring Ruin of the Reckless to life!

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UPDATE!!! WE ARE FUNDED!

Check out this supplementary video from Charles and Danny about our stretch goals!

 

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Ruin of the Reckless has been Greenlit by the Steam Community. Check out our Greenlight page!

 

                                               

The Tower

Since the beginning of time, or maybe longer, this place has been here. It is a beacon of sorts, attracting the souls of those who both lived and died with recklessness in their hearts.

Bound by some unknown force, these wayward spirits cannot leave.

And so they remain… With time their souls will rot. They will fade away and they will be forgotten.

But even here there is hope… a legend whispered among the ghosts and specters. That any spirit to reach the Tower’s peak will be granted one wish…

Stargrove

They arrived at my village atop gilded horses laden heavy with treasure. Illustrious and strong, weapons at the ready, armor gleaming in the sun... they told me that they were adventurers, that I had the potential to be like them some day. 

No one in the village understood why I had to go!  So I slunk away in the dead of night, slipping beneath the trees. It wasn't long after I left that they appeared; a group of travelers in a nearby clearing. It was those same adventurers from the tavern!  I greeted them as friends. 

I was a fool....

I awoke to see a colossal tower looming in the distance. Somehow... I had never noticed it before. There it stood, ancient and terrifying, radiating an intense energy that called to my very soul.

I am still to have my grand adventure, and perhaps my revenge as well.

 

Ruin of the Reckless is a 2D action rogue-like with a focus on fast-paced melee combat, speedy movement, and co-operative play.

We have been working on Ruin of the Reckless for over a year, building the systems that form the basis of the mechanics of the game, running it through play testers to get their thoughts, building the history and lore of the Ruins and of the spirits (and a few living people) trapped inside, and working with our artists to make the world beautiful and engaging.

We want to capture the feel of 16-bit classics like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past while providing a major graphical update, upping the pace, adding challenge and randomness, and letting you play with your friends.

 

- Speed through the environment at lightning pace and crush giant hordes of enemies with melee combat-focused abilities. Upgrade your weapons, find new equipment, level up your hero.

- Explore a detailed, exciting, randomly generated Tower that changes with each ascent. The Ruin is a mysterious place, and not even its inhabitants know its true purpose. It is filled with powerful artifacts, hordes of vicious monsters, and the occasional wayward traveler. Discover the mysterious purpose of the Tower and see your one true wish granted.

- Accessible and easy to pick up and play, but ascending to the higher levels of the Tower will take intense skill. As you get higher, you will encounter more dangerous enemies, more vicious traps, and more difficult challenges. Collect the right combination of items and abilities to ensure you reach the top!

- Bring your friends, the game will ship with local co-op play for at least two players!

 

 

Primary Weapon: Begin the game with a *weaksauce* primary weapon and find better ones as you traverse the Tower.

Secondary Weapons: Wield two weapons at a time! Your secondary weapons are gained and upgraded by finding and consuming special ability orbs.

Boots: Every one knows that you can't dash without boots! Explore the Tower to find all kinds of different stylish boots to modify your dashing capabilities. Perhaps you want to leave a trail of fire in your wake, or dash longer and further, or maybe you want to be able to chain multiple dashes at a time, or maybe you just want to fly over hazards like they weren't even there. It's all possible if you have the right boots!

Orbs: Level up and collect powerful ability orbs. Consume them to learn new abilities which will aid you, or use them as weapons to defeat your enemies.

Cards: As you ascend the Tower and fulfill special challenges, you will collect persistent cards which you can keep between runs. Don't worry, cards are always optional. But maybe the game is too hard for you. Head to the library and equip the 'baby-mode' card and all the monsters will treat you like the big baby that you are. Or maybe you just want to add some variety to your play experience; change things up by equipping 'deaths door' and make it so every thing dies in one hit... including you. Combine different cards to create your own custom rule set before your run starts.

The Gift Shop: Rufus and Reginald are thought to be the only intelligent living creatures to ever find their way inside The Tower. They've decided to open up a gift shop there, believing that the exotic location will attract business. Stop in for a moment and peruse their wares, but pay no attention to the persistent rumors that these two are more than they appear to be...

Find ancient spellbooks imbued with magic. Charge up your spells, it will drain them more quickly, but might save your life. Choose carefully though; once a spellbook is depleted it will need to be replaced before you can use magic again.

Fireball: A common spell, and for good reason. Unleashes an explosive volley of flaming balls in the direction of the casters choosing. Watch out, certain enemies can reflect your fireballs back towards you.

Rain of Swords: This fearsome spellbook is sought after by all who enter the Ruins. Unfortunately, the phenomenal cosmic power of the Rain of Swords drains spellbooks rapidly.

Shockwave: Although a bit harder to aim than many other spells, the shockwave spell is the only one that can pass under walls, making it a fearsome weapon in the right hands.

Call Lightning: A welcome sight to any spirit in peril; This spellbook summons a protective storm of bolts around the caster, eliminating enemy projectiles and dealing catastrophic damage to any spirit foolish enough to get caught in the blast.

We're working on more spells that we can't wait to show you!

Enemies in Ruin of the Reckless are balanced such that each one can have lasting impact throughout the game. They are more dangerous in combination with one another, organizing their patterns into deadly combinations as the game goes on. Some enemies are even known to command lesser spirits into coordinated formations!

Enemies use a state system + steering system based AI to create smooth motions and transitions between different AI and attack states. This allows us to code natural looking, complex AI behaviors quickly and maintain a high level of diversity between enemies.

 

Skirmisher: “Those who foolishly begin conflicts with dangerous enemies in life often find themselves slowly degenerating in to Skirmishers in their afterlife. Skirmishers are more independent than Slimes. They still remember what it was like to have free will. And they are consumed by an unending resentment towards the still-whole spirits of Stargrove and his friends.”

Skullslime: “Tower citizens destined to become Slimes are the lowest of the low. Sycophants who threw caution to the wind and put their lives on the line in the service of a tyrant or a fool. They remember only one thing, that someone reckless... someone like you, lead them to their doom. And so they hop, and hop, and one day they hope to land on your head.”

 

Ratcoon: "Most research seems to indicate that these are really just normal Ratcoons. To be honest... spirits in The Ruin just tend not to clean up after themselves very well. Don't be fooled by their cute exterior, as swarms of ratcoons are known to rip spirits to shreds.

We will be highlighting more enemies as the kickstarter goes on.

BOSS #1: The Lady in Black: “This compulsive gambler was winning big when 'Grandstand Casino' caught fire. Unwilling to let her hot streak end, she slid a gasmask on and held the rest of her table there at gunpoint. They would stay here and gamble with her or they would be shot. It was a terrible night, and all involved would eventually perish, but in the mean time...The Woman In Black took to counting her immense winnings.”

(Each reward tier includes all previous 'physical good' and 'digital game key' rewards.) 

 

 

 

 

Ruin of The Reckless has been a self-funded labor of love for over a year, and we've reached the point where we need the help of a few more artists to fill out our enemy animations and level designs. With your help, we can make sure the game is everything we all want it to be. With stretch goals, we'll be able to take everything to the next level with more bosses, levels of the Tower, items, magical abilities, and more!

More Enemies: The more enemies designed and the better they are animated, the more satisfying the game will be. We've spent the last year fine-tuning the system for the game while building out the back story. Now it's time to hire the artists we need to bring it all to life. 

More Levels: Ruin of The Reckless randomly regenerates every level of the tower for each play-through, so every element designed for the game allows us to create a more and more diverse landscape to explore. 

More Player Characters: Ruin of The Reckless was always envisioned as a multiplayer title, and with your help we can make sure you and your partner each have the choice of a unique player character to keep things interesting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge that we anticipate is the development taking longer than we expect. However, we have compensated for that by adjusting our deadlines appropriately. We have followed the 'programmers' rule of adding 50% more time than we think we will need to finish the project.

We have specifically avoided offering backer rewards that we were unsure we could deliver. We have full confidence that we can deliver on our promises.

The basic systems for the game are already built, the mechanical basis for enemies, players, spells and items is all already there. We do not foresee any major programming issues. All we need is a lot of art and of design time to get the game finished, and some time to optimize the game for speed on slower systems.

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    Receive a limited edition Kickstarter exclusive Skullslime plushie. This will never be sold outside of the Kickstarter.

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    Missed out on the first wave of Skull Slime plushies? After selling out in our first week, our artist has agreed to help us make a few more! Remember, these plushies are handmade by the artist and will only be available during our Kickstarter. The plushies will be delivered as they are completed, so if you want yours sooner be sure to grab one now!

    *Backers at this level also receive a DRM free digital copy of the game, will gain access to our backers only beta build, receive a limited edition signed art print, and will be featured in the "special thanks" portion of our credits.

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    Receive a limited edition Ratcoon Plushie! These handmade plushies will never be sold outside of the Kickstarter.
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    Reckless Menagerie

    Have to have both? Get your exclusive Slime Skull and Ratcoon plushies as a pair! Both of these handmade plushies will only be available through our Kickstarter.
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    The Ruins are full of wayward reckless spirits from across time and space. Help us design one of these hapless souls. It could be you, it could be your mom, it could be a unique design of your own. You can set the tone, personality, goals, and look of your character and even write some dialogue for them if you would like. These characters will not be playable, but may serve a vital role in the story.

    (We may have to modify your designs for gameplay reasons, but we'll do our best to bring your vision to life.)

    *Backers at this level also receive a DRM free digital copy of the game, will gain access to our backers only beta build, receive a limited edition signed art print, receive a limited edition Kickstarter exclusive Skullslime plushie, and will be featured in the ' very special thanks' portion of our credits.

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    The Ruins are filled with forgotten magic, legendary weapons, and mysterious potions. Help design your very own item for everyone to discover in the Tower! Design an item (spellbook, trinket, belt, consumable or weapon) and add your invention to Ruin of the Reckless!

    (We may have to modify your designs for gameplay reasons, but we'll do our best to bring your vision to life.)

    *Backers at this level also receive a DRM free digital copy of the game, will gain access to our backers only beta build, receive a limited edition signed art print, receive a limited edition Kickstarter exclusive Skull Slime plushie, and will be featured in the ' very special thanks' portion of our credits.

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    As you climb the tower, your skills and strategy will be driven by the skill-orb you find along the way. Now, you can add your own idea for a special power for everyone to discover as they fight their way to the top! Design a skill-orb players can use to power up their character ( skill-orbs grant abilities like vampirism, extra life, mana siphoning for spellbooks, and chunky mess which causes defeated enemies to sometimes explode.)
    (We may have to modify your designs for gameplay reasons, but we'll do our best to bring your vision to life.)
    *Backers at this level also receive a DRM free digital copy of the game, will gain access to our backers only beta build, receive a limited edition signed art print, receive a limited edition Kickstarter exclusive Skull Slime plushie, and will be featured in the ' very special thanks' portion of our credits.

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    Bearer of Spirits

    Design a 'normal mob' or a mini boss monster to be included in the Tower. You can tell us the lore, background, behavior, and look of an enemy and we will keep you involved throughout the design and implementation process as we bring it to life.

    (We may have to modify your designs for gameplay reasons, but we'll do our best to bring your vision to life.)

    *Backers at this level also receive a DRM free digital copy of the game, will gain access to our backers only beta build, receive a limited edition signed art print, receive a limited edition Kickstarter exclusive Skullslime plushie and will be featured in the 'very special thanks' portion of our credits.

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    Reckless Warrior

    Every great warrior masters as many weapons as possible. Now, you can add your own skill power as an offhand weapon in the game! Is there a special ability you loved as a child? Some way of attacking you’ve never seen but always dreamed of? Design an offhand skill power, granting a unique ability players can use whenever they want once they find it. (Offhand skill powers include things like gust, grappling hook, and charge attack!)
    (We may have to modify your designs for gameplay reasons, but we'll do our best to bring your vision to life.)
    *Backers at this level also receive a DRM free digital copy of the game, will gain access to our backers only beta build, receive a limited edition signed art print, receive a limited edition Kickstarter exclusive Skull Slime plushie, and will be featured in the ' very special thanks' portion of our credits.

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    Design a playable spirit to brave the challenges of the Tower and have their wish granted. Tell us the design,aesthetic, motivation, and story behind your reckless spirit and watch your vision come to life as an integral part of the play experience.

    (We may have to modify your designs for game play reasons, but we'll do our best to bring your vision to life.)

    *The backer that chooses this level will also receive 4 DRM free digital copies of the game (redeemable through Steam), a limited edition signed art print, a limited edition Kickstarter Skullslime plushie, will gain access to our backers only beta build, and will be featured in the 'very special thanks' portion of our credits.

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    Tower Patron

    Throw your money away on a reckless gamble. Think of yourself as a fabulous monarch commissioning this generations next great work.

    You will become the Tower Guardian; a legend, among the ghosts and specters and the whispered name of power that all spirits fear

    You will receive 10 DRM free copies of the game as well as all previous physical and game key rewards and whatever else we can think of. Feel free to suggest something crazy!

    At this level though, it's not really about what you get, it's about wanting Ruin of the Reckless to be the best game it can possibly be.

    We want to thank you for your support and you will be featured at the top of the 'very special thanks' portion of our credits.

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