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"Imagine a world full of limitless scientific advancements, immense magical power, and the unfettered potential of the human body and mind.

In this world, you choose. You can be the one to step up and save the day; the hero who strives to protect the city and the people who inhabit it.

Or you can be the one to cut a swath of destruction through the populace; the villain who rules the world with an iron fist.

Or perhaps you’re something in between?"

Welcome to Valiance Online, a new superhero MMO born from the death of City of Heroes. Like many of you, we too were shattered when our beloved City of Heroes was taken away. But now is our time to rebuild. Our time has come to rise up, and build a stronger foundation against the forces of evil, or a more menacing threat to world order. Help us make City of Heroes one of the only games in history to launch several successful spiritual successors. Be the part of our story that says indie developers can, instead of indie developers can't. We can make a successful superhero MMO, standing on the shoulders of the giants, but we need your help to go all the way!

In 2049, the villainous superhuman organization known as Leviathan first revealed itself to the world. As their armies marched forth, countless cities were ravaged and countries torn asunder. Never before had the world witnessed the horrific might wrought by super-powered beings. Fortunately there were those willing to oppose the terror, and assist the armies of the world in this battle. Heroes arose to fight evil, to protect their people, their cities, their world. Leviathan was driven back and the world began to rebuild in a new era of peace.

On the west coast of the United States, the city of San Cielo was devastated by the double hammer blows of war and earthquake. Its citizens could easily have abandoned the ravaged city to seek out new homes, but instead they chose to rebuild, to see their city once again reach to the sky and serve as a beacon of hope.

Now, at the end of the Twenty First Century, San Cielo faces new challenges, her citizens caught in the immortal struggle between morality and villainy. On one side, the forces of Valor, led by the legendary Paramount, fight to protect the city from rapidly strengthening gangs, rising crime and other unknown evil forces. Meanwhile, the mysterious Magistor directs a resurgent Leviathan, intent on reshaping the world into his vision.

Looming above it all is The Trinity, a group of megacorporations that have introduced world-altering scientific and technological breakthroughs. Thanks to their efforts, ordinary people can now be born with, or acquire, superhuman powers, or use advanced technology to achieve the same effects. As humanity’s abilities grow, The Trinity reaps massive profits.

Currently we have a working pre-alpha version of Valiance up and running. It’s been a labor of love for the team over the past year, but with your help it could be so much more! Right now we have a group of passionate gamers building VO, all of whom have volunteered their time and creative energies in the belief that together we can create a new superhero MMORPG for everyone to enjoy.

We are nowhere near finished bringing our vision to life. We will be adding many features to enhance the Valiance experience, such as:

- An evolving game world tied to character choices.
- An open world environment with continuous no-loading between zones.
- Semi-Freeform character build options
- A choice through action system for character alignment- Player run stores and a decentralized market system.
- Additional travel powers including fan favorites like swinging, acrobatics and flash stepping.
- Powers customization options
- A flexible and customizable UI
- Multitudes of costume choices
- Over 25 zones planned, ranging from futuristic city, to island fortress, to Atlantis, to subterranean maze, and all the way into space.
- Player created content

We are gamers, just like yourself, who know and love games. How can we say this? Our talent pool consists of former members of such companies as Zenimax, Origin Systems Inc, Turbine, Image Comics, Bethesda Softworks, FASA, Ubisoft, Hewlett Packard, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Sony, IBM, Cryptic, Disney, Adult Swim, Coca-Cola, GSN, and yes, even NASA. Our writers have many decades of experience between them, and multiple degrees. Our sound and music department has credits that include The Last of Us: The Fireflies, and the recently produced Nightwing web series. We have access to MMO and server technology that has been 8 years in development and combined we have decades of experience in designing, building, running and playing games. We are volunteers, but make no mistake, we are not amateurs. We were brought together not only by the loss of our beloved City of Heroes, but by a common goal: not simply to resurrect a lost game with cheap cut and paste tactics, but instead to give you what you deserve: a game that will honor the memory of what was lost, while living up to the promise of what our City could have been if given time.

Now, you may be wondering “If you’re such heavyweights, why are you on Kickstarter?” The simple answer is because, on average, it costs most companies $10 million to develop an MMO from conception to launch. We’ve made it halfway into production with $3,700, and a tremendous amount of time, patience and effort from everyone involved. Unfortunately, we’re reaching the end of what we can do on such a miniscule budget, so now we need your help.

The short answer is, if it’s part of game development, these funds will help pay for it. Specifically, we need to pay for servers so that you all have a place to play. We need to hire a dedicated team of programmers, artists, animators and modelers to create the world you’ll belong to. We need to license software in order for the team to build the world and upgrade hardware so we can push our creation further. We need to pay our writers so they can fill the world with immersive content.

ADD ON REWARDS!!
In Tune - $10 - Download the Valiance Online Musical Score by John Scigulinsky
Decked out - $10 - Get the Exclusive Kickstarter Cape Design
In like Flynn - $10 - Guaranteed Beta Access
Immigrant - $15 One Month Citizen Access
Shiny! - $20 - Get the Exclusive Kickstarter Aura and the cape
Mascot - $25 - Vanity Pet

Risks and challenges

We are in this for the long haul. We will finish the game no matter what, but there could always be setbacks along the way. As a volunteer effort we have already faced and overcome many challenges. Development delays ranging from hardware failures to things just not working out as planned could throw us behind schedule by weeks or even months. Worse, production delays could lead to previously envisioned goals needing to be reduced or scrapped altogether. Rest assured, we will be communicating with you, our investors, throughout development.

While we may have no control over potential setbacks, we can promise that we will find the best solution in order to deliver the complete game to you as quickly and efficiently as possible, without sacrificing quality.

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    Heeded the Call- Thank you for your support! You will receive exclusive development updates through our Kickstarter page and the Kickstarter badge on the official Valiance Online forums.

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    Believer- Thank you for your support and believing in us. You will receive exclusive development updates through our Kickstarter page and the Kickstarter badge on the official Valiance Online forums, as well as an original Valiance Online Desktop wallpaper.

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    Citizen- At this level you will receive one month of Citizen access, a special Kickstarter only medallion & title (First!), access to one of the beta waves and an original Valiance Online Desktop wallpaper.

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    In the Know- Access to all phases of game testing going forward. Also includes all rewards at Citizen level.

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    Curator- Receive a full color 11x17 print plus reserve your global name, receive one month of Citizen access, a special Kickstarter only medallion & title (First!), access to one of the beta waves and an original Valiance Online Desktop wallpaper.

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    Forging Ahead- At this level you will be able to reserve your global name, receive two months of Citizen access and an exclusive costume set only available to KS backers. As well as the special Kickstarter only medallion title (First!) access to one of the beta waves and an original Valiance Online Desktop wallpaper.

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    All the Toys- At this level you will be able to reserve your global name, receive three months of Citizen access, an exclusive costume set, an exclusive character aura, a set of exclusive weapon designs, a vanity pet and the Toy Collector medallion. All of which will be exclusive to Kickstarter backers. As well as the special Kickstarter only medallion title (First!) access to one of the beta waves and an original Valiance Online Desktop wallpaper.

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    Penciled In- This reward will get you a 9x12 original sketch of your choice of a VO character or established comic book character by Ben Jones, our Art Director! As well as all the rewards bestowed at the Citizen level.

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    Fight Together- Share with your friends! This level grants you three Citizen accounts to share with others, plus reserve your League name. In game Medallion “Stronger Together” for all three of the accounts. A special Kickstarter only medallion & title (First!), access to one of the beta waves and an original Valiance Online Desktop wallpaper.

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    Medal Winner- Design your own Discovery Medallion and put a lasting mark on the world of Valiance Online. This reward will allow you to work with our design team to create a discovery medallion at a location of your choosing, as well as the title and inscription (pending approval). Also includes the rewards bestowed at the Citizen level.

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    Architect- Work with our art team to design and name your own piece of real estate in Valiance Online (pending approval). Also includes the rewards bestowed at the Forging Ahead level.

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    Human Resources- Hire a mission NPC to hang out in Valiance Online and talk to others! Use the character creator to design your NPC then work with the content team to give them a name and a biography (pending approval). Also includes the rewards bestowed at the Forging Ahead level.

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    Super Friends- You and a group of friends(up to 15) will receive an exclusive medallion with the title of your League. You will also have your League name reserved.

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    Weaponized- Work with our developers to create a unique weapon to enhance your character's powers. Want them to use a magical sword to cast fireball? Or perhaps a wand? Perhaps you would like your super strength character to use a set of brass knuckles? We can make that happen. You will have exclusive access to your design for one year following release. Also includes the rewards bestowed at the Forging Ahead level.

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    Immortalized- At this level you’ll get the rare opportunity to have your character modeled by the art team and turned into a holographic statue within Valiance Online. Name and a short quote or epitaph will be included (pending approval) Also includes the rewards bestowed at the All the Toys level.

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    Designer- This level will let you contribute several things to the game-world! For starters you can design your own Discovery Medallion, with our design team to create this badge at a location of your choosing, as well as the title and inscription (pending approval). Also create a unique weapon to enhance your character's powers that you will have exclusive access to for one year following release. You will be able to use the character creator to design a mission NPC then work with the content team to give them a name and biography (pending approval). Includes lifetime Citizen access along with access to all phases of game development. Download the Valiance Online Musical Score by John Scigulinsky. Also includes the rewards bestowed at the All the Toys level.

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    Be the Boss- You get to design a named boss character to appear in a mission arc (hero or villain). This character will also appear in one of the VO trailer’s. (pending approval) Includes lifetime Citizen access along with access to all phases of game development. Download the Valiance Online Musical Score by John Scigulinsky, includes the rewards bestowed at the All the Toys level.

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    In the News- Your League is famous throughout the city! NPC’s mention your League’s exploits, paparazzi hangs out near your building and everyday citizens wave to your members (or run away in fear depending on alignment). Work with our content team to design a mission that ties your League’s history into the lore. Also design an exclusive custom SG emblem, cape, medallion, title and building/base in conjunction with the art team. Allows you to have first pick of League name.

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    Excellent Adventure- Come hang out with the Developers of Valiance Online on launch day! We’ll provide the food, drinks, a place to crash and a whole bag of swag! Includes lifetime Citizen access. Download the Valiance Online Musical Score by John Scigulinsky. Also includes the rewards bestowed at the All the Toys level.

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    Making Headlines- Your character is legend throughout the world! NPC’s mention your exploits, paparazzi hangs out near your building and everyday citizens wave to you (or run away in fear depending on alignment). Work with our content team to design a mission that ties your character’s history into the lore. Also design an exclusive custom emblem, cape, medallion, title and building/base in conjunction with the art team. Allows you to reserve your global name. Includes lifetime Citizen access along with access to all phases of game development. Download the Valiance Online Musical Score by John Scigulinsky. Also includes the rewards bestowed at the All the Toys level.

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