Prior to streaming on the Rob & Dan Show earlier this week Vu informed me that he had gutted his earlier work on Sunken Sanctum and had started redesigning it. I initially thought he might have gone temporarily mad, but after he sent me these screenshots I think he made the right choice. Check 'em out for yourself.
Community Q&A Video #7
As an extra bonus for scrolling through all those crazy cool pics, may I present... Community Q&A Video #7, straight from Brad.
Boogie2988 Interviews Brad
If you didn't catch Boogie's interview with Brad today, let me tell you, it was something else. Possibly one of the most touching developer interviews we've seen in the MMO space in, well, as far back as I can remember. Thanks again, Boogie, and a huge thank you to the Pantheon community. This has been an amazing month for all of us in so many ways.
Enough words. Must. Watch. Video.
To end things off today, we'll be moving the Q&A vids from the main page to their own separate page. You'll find a link to them from the main site later tonight. We'll use that space to host the Curse interview, the Rob & Dan Show vid, and the Boogie interview.
Origin World: Strontia
Current Homeland: Strontian Mountains
Pantheon: The Holy Strata
The Dwarves of Terminus are stout and industrious miners whose societies have thrived in subterranean kingdoms for centuries. The “underfolke,” (as Elves call them) live most of their lives within the great halls and caverns of their vast underground societies. The stocky and brawny Dwarf physique makes them excellent miners and their affinity for minerals has led them to become masters of metalworking, which in turn allows them to achieve some of the most astounding feats of engineering. Need a hole through a mountain? Rally the dwarves! Because of the many dangers in subterranean realms, Dwarven societies have become compartmentalized with various clans being charged with specific tasks, all contributing to the overall prosperity. The Dwarves are also revered for their mastery of warfare. They are excellent warriors, with each and every citizen being trained in combat on some level. Bolstered by rare materials and superior arms, Dwarven armies are arguably the most powerful to march upon the battlefields of Terminus. For those Dwarves who choose to live beyond the borders of the Strontian Mountains, they are quick to find their skills extremely welcome in nearly every society.
Before they arrived, the Dwarves had long existed beneath their origin world of Strontia, a harsh stormy environment that kept most populations below ground. When their lands appeared on Terminus, the ongoing quakes began to rip their kingdom asunder. Their deities, the gods of the Holy Strata, appeared to them and although with waning strength, offered the last of their arcane powers to stabilize and save the underworld. No longer capable of form, the essences of the deities were imbued into the mountains. The Dwarves directed by the wise and powerful King Udo Ironstorm created temple-tombs for each of these great gods, sealing them all in hopes that their deities might one day return from within. As time went on, the threat of the Ogre raiders was revealed and led to the building of the North Watch, a series of guard towers overlooking Icehammer Steppes. And from the south, Elven scouts had arrived to tell tales of a fragment of the Dwarf realm that had appeared in theirs. Within the forest of Falmyrys a chunk of mountain had appeared and let loose the creatures called the Trolls, an ancient enemy of the Dwarves thought left behind. A Dwarf and Elf alliance was formed and together they began the Troll War. The long conflict resulted in driving the Trolls into the swamplands and a life long alliance with the Elven Kingdom. Soon after, the Humans of Marata were met and through a shared love of warfare and overflowing tankards, another bond was forged. The Dwarves formed mining and trade pacts with each of their allies and that resulted in the creation of the great Trade Roads that have become primary travel routes through the dangerous lands of Celestius.
In response to popular demand, we've now included add-on rewards for pledgers.
What is an add-on?
An add-on is an optional item that can be added by increasing your pledge amount. These items are exclusive to Kickstarter backers and range from cool in-game items to physical collectors versions of the game.
How do I get my hands on these add-on(s)?
So you want to grab an add-on. Let’s explain how they work. Pledge for the $25 tier or higher, then look at our collection of available add-ons below. Decide which one you like, then increase your pledge amount by the value specified next to the add-on(s). When the project is funded you will then be able to choose the add-on(s) that caught your eye and voila! they will be added to your account when the game launches.
Follow these steps to adjust your pledge tier and collect the add-on(s)
Click ‘Manage Your Pledge’ on the Pantheon Kickstarter page. Modify the pledge amount you have chosen but do not change the selected reward. Click the ‘Continue to Next Step’ button and follow the steps to complete your pledge adjustment.
Here is an example:
Jason has pledged $25 dollars but he really wants to take advantage of the headstart ($5) and custom title ($10) options. So he decides to modify his pledge, adding $15 for a total amount of $40. Shortly after the Kickstarter has ended, Jason will receive an email informing him that he is eligible for $15 in add-ons. He selects the headstart and custom title, and collects his rewards when they are available.
List of Add-Ons
$5 - Headstart - Get early access to the game days before it launches.
$7 - Backer Icon - Let everyone know you backed Pantheon with this unique in-game nameplate icon.
$10 - Custom Title - Want to be a known as a ‘Sir’ or ‘Master of all Things Pantheon’? Why not do it with a stylish custom title? (subject to dev approval)
$10 - Wand of Random Illusions - Be the life of the party by changing your form with this special wand.
$15 - Exclusive Mount - Choose one of our special Kickstarter-only mounts.
$15 - Beta Key - Use it on your own account, or give it to a friend.
$15 - Autographed Poster* - Limited edition poster signed by the entire dev team.
$20 - Extra Bank Vault - Additional space to store all those extra goodies you obtained during your adventures.
$20 - Sound Track CD*
$20 - Digital Lore and Art Book
$20 - Starter Pack - Start with some currency and a few items.
$25 - Hero Essence Grab Bag - Open this mystery bag to win a random hero essence template.
$30 - Backpack Expander - Adds slots to your bags!
$30 - Pair of Sprinter’s Boots - Put a pep in your step as you travel the dangerous lands of Pantheon.
$35 - Bag-o-Swag* - get an “I am one of the Fallen” Mouse Pad, T-Shirt, and bumper sticker inside a Pantheon emblazoned bag to let all the cool kids know who is cooler.
$40 - Alpha Key - Use it on your own account, or give it to a friend.
$40 - 6 Months of Pre-Paid Game Time - Plenty of time to make your mark on Terminus. (limited to 1 per account)
$250 - Oranthel’s Strong Box of Power* - Backer Icon, Custom Title, Wand of Random Illusions, Exclusive Kickstarter Mount, Autographed Poster, Extra Bank Vault, Game Soundtrack, Digital Art Book, Starter Pack, Hero Essence Grab Bag, Backpack Expander, Pair of Sprinter's Boots, Mouse Pad, T-Shirt, Bumper Sticker, Cloth Map, and a physical copy the game inside a specially made container.
* Additional charges apply for shipping physical rewards outside of the continental US.
One of the challenges of Kickstarter rewards is that we cannot modify the tier rewards after they have at least one pledge to them. This makes things a bit tricky when we want to add more to the tier as an extra thank you for your support. So, in light of that, we've made the following chart that lists all of our tiers, and all of their rewards. Please view this chart as the "real deal" as it will be the reward you'll be collecting at the end of the Kickstarter. This is the newest version of the chart, and will continue to be updated on the main Kickstarter page.
Any discrepancies between this chart and the reward descriptions on the right are in favor of the pledger. We've added value to many tiers, and have not removed anything that you were already set to receive.
So, for example, with the newly added $60 Risen's Pledge, you'll notice in its description on the right that it's pretty much the same as the sold out $45 Explorer's Pledge, but has a clicky illusion item and an extra character slot. These items were not included in the Explorer's Pledge when we first posted it, but we wanted to make sure our early backers got rewarded for it. So, looking at the new chart below (and on the main Kickstarter page) you'll see that the new in-game perks have also now been added to the Explorer's Pledge.