About this project
Imagine a Trading Card Game where you collect cards from beating and outsmarting your opponents in a competitive high risk game.
What happens when you combine this with an MMO environment and an RPG dialogue? A brand new trading card role playing game re-imagined for Mobile, Tablets and Desktop (Windows, Linux & Mac OS).
A new MMORPG/TCG experience re-imagined for mobile, tablets and desktop.
Eminence: Xander's Tales is the first trading card game of its kind to feature an explorable virtual world, a unique and evolving story, beautiful art direction and engaging social gameplay.
It melds the strategic game play of popular trading card games with the community and storytelling features gamers enjoy in massively multiplayer online roleplaying games (MMORPGs) giving players access to an enhanced gaming experience like no other.
The game features a unique card battle system inspired by the mechanics of card games such as Triple Triad. Gamers are pitted against each other in a high risk card game where the winner can take the loser's card gaining them valuable resources with every victory.
Some of Eminence's features:
- Card Collecting: Collect hundreds of beautifully designed cards drawn by award winning designers. Trade with friends or unlock exclusive cards from story based quests.
- Card Stealing: Build a collection of uniquely designed cards by conquering your opponents and taking their cards.
- Evolving Story: Immerse yourself in a progressive storyline. Take up Xander's quests to reveal the tales which unfold within the grand storyline.
- Exploration & MMO: Explore a real time virtual world. Meet with real people in real time and traverse a continuously expanding environment and story.
- Character Creation: Customise your character. Choose from a wide variety of different looks and hairstyles. Upgrade your gear and create a look which separates you from the pack.
- Multiplayer Action: Participate in ongoing events and tournaments which offer rare cards, exclusive armour/gear, prizes and bragging rights.
- Unique Guild System: Join forces with other heroes and build a team to battle cooperatively against other teams. Invite your friends to make your team even stronger.
Eminence: Xander’s Tales is a story about a world torn by war over nature’s natural destruction, broken alliances and our constant fight against inner demons and temptations of a darker path. Read on to the story section below for more details.
Centered around a unique art direction and designed by a team of award winning designers, every card has a personal story and plays a key part in the overall narrative.
Conquer your opponents and collect their cards! Imagine taking your opponent's rarest card from beating and outsmarting them. Trade with friends, craft or unlock exclusive cards from the story campaign. Earn bragging rights as you climb the leader boards to claim the top spot.
Become immersed in a beautifully composed soundtrack from an accomplished composer as you explore an expansive virtual world. Epic music to perfectly accompany your amazing adventures!
Explore the dying planet of Artalys by completing numerous quests from Xander (your mentor in the game). By advancing the story mode campaign, you will be able to unlock new Divisions, Cards, exclusive loot, story chapters, fight fearsome bosses and learn more of the storyline.
The story mode campaign and online multiplayer will be seamlessly integrated, allowing you to do both tasks in one environment. Challenge other Eminence players by interacting with them or speak to Xander to do the main scenario quests.
There are two types of combat; Story battles and Multiplayer battles. Story battles are integrated within the narrative. These will be battles you encounter by participating in quests.
Multiplayer battles allow you to challenge other players. They can be initiated either via direct interaction with that player in the virtual world of Artalys or through a request from the game menu.
Eminence Coins are used as the in game currency to purchase card packs, items, armour and gear from NPC merchants or the marketplace.
You will earn Eminence coins by doing various activities such as winning card battles, completing quests and winning tournaments. Coins serve as the backbone for the story's financial economy.
Artalys, the world of Eminence enters its fifth cycle of destruction brought upon by a raging Sun, which endures a cycle of death and rebirth every 10,000 years. In a world where fantasy and science collide, troubling Empires shelter ancient relics which have provided nations with the power of Alchemy - in a bid to learn of their secrets believing they may serve as key artefacts to saving the planet from its ultimate demise.
In light of the planet's nearing end, the Aeterna empire has broken its alliance with Ixion and Wilkurse, causing an all out war for possession of the relics. Nations have once again become embroiled in conflict and instability. A legendary Alchemist, who has experienced the calamities of the previous cycle, makes his move to align the pieces of an ancient prophecy depicting a series of events needed to occur to save the world from salvation.
Amid the war, an ex-Aeternian knight and an old student of Xander, Kronos is hell bent on seizing the relics for his own purpose. Fearing the motives of his former student are part of a larger sinister plot, Xander embarks on a quest to prevent the ordeals of his time repeating and align the final events of the prophecy.
An epic adventure where fantasy and science collide awaits. Join Xander in a desperate quest to change the course of the world and challenge the forces attempting to distort the fate of an ancient prophecy.
Choosing Your Hero
In Eminence: Xander’s Tales you play as Xander's last disciple. Each player can choose from a wide range of cosmetic appearances. Choices include your hairstyle, eyes, nose and skin colour making sure you have plenty of choices to express your individuality and helping you stand out from the crowd.
Accessorise Your Character
Seize weapons and armour dropped from foes as you defeat them in battle. Every item has its own unique trait and ability. Choose how you customise your avatar wisely as the armour and gear you select will affect your story mode battles.
With Guilds, you can form allegiances with other players or invite your friends to join and earn bragging rights by defeating other Guilds. Work together as a team to tackle some of the games toughest quests.
What we’re most excited with Eminence is you're not just backing our project; you’re becoming a part of it. We feel that we're on to something pretty special and we have huge ambitions for this project, involving the community was a key decision from the very beginning.
But despite this ambition, there's only four us juggling hats around (design, coding, scenario writing etc). We're a small team and don't have a huge budget. We need your support to make Eminence the best game it can be.
Even with our limited resources, we've done a lot of work already! However we still need to complete artwork for the cards, the explorable world, writing the stories and not to mention still a fair amount of coding.
£50,000 is our MINIMUM goal of what we need to deliver the base Eminence game to iOS/Android smartphones. This will ensure that we meet the last of our core art and engineering requirements.
Risks and challenges
Building an MMO card game of this depth for smart phone and tablet devices definitely has its challenges. Put simply, a game such as this hasn't been built for these devices before but we've been working on this project for a while and we've already solved a lot of issues both from a technical and UX perspective.
Programming Resources - With only one core engineer and a part-timer, we're approaching our limit with speeding up development, hence why we're here. With your support, we can bring on more development power which will ultimately allow us to get the game into your hands quicker. Bringing on another developer will allow David to focus on the core game and story experience. We have a possible candidate who is an industry AAA veteran. If the project is successful, they will join us full time.
Design Resources - There are a lot of cards to create but we plan to work with additional designers to help produce some of the card designs. We can eliminate the risk of cards losing their unique style by setting a strong guideline and meticulously overseeing the final versions to ensure they fall within the Eminence brand.
We realize just like life itself there are no guarantees but our promise is to honor our commitment in fulfilling all of our goals should we meet our target. Not to mention we want to provide you with adequate updates of our journey to keep you in the loop and ensure that your support really is making a difference.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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