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A real-time strategy game from Yale Winter, a small team, and YOU!

SKY is ARROWS is a fantasy real-time strategy game with a focus on bloody medieval warfare and mythic creatures. There are 3 playable factions: Regiment, Wyrm, and Curator. There are approximately 30 fully animated units in the world. This game is a sequel to Medieval Solutions using updated designs, animations, and sounds from it.

This game is being made by a small team of 4 people. With funding I will contract more, and get more out of the people I already do have.

Become a backer of SKY is ARROWS and for $15.00 you get the game, the beta, and access to the video series!

What's Unique?

  • Runes force you to choose between unlocking different units; so you can never use an entire factions army. (You set up your runes before a match so you can botch it if you don't plan well, but it lets you customize your army to your play-style.)
  • Runes are also used to customize each warrior unit between 3 different upgrades that change their stats and abilities.
  • It's using 2D art in a 3D world, each units animations are hand drawn and look very fluid. (Quite different from the sometimes blocky 3D models that may not have the most expressive animations, this is especially noticeable in a RTS where the units are so small on screen.)
  • There are units you've never seen before! And old classics with a new take.

Why this Game?

Yale Winter's "SKY is ARROWS" 2012
Yale Winter's "SKY is ARROWS" 2012
Yale Winter's "Medieval Solutions" 2009
Yale Winter's "Medieval Solutions" 2009

Real-time strategy games are by far my favorite genre. They challenge you to think strategically throughout the whole game, instead of relying on the "twitch" many other games do. 

I've even worked on several real-time strategy games in the past. But, SKY is ARROWS is the first one to be in a 3D environment and programmed on C#. Combining my new skills with Unity that I used to create educational games, with my passion for creating real-time strategy games. This game is beckoning me to make it.

The biggest problem with the prequel Medieval Solutions was that it is on Flash ActionScript 3, which is ill-equipped to handle a real-time strategy of this scale. Unity and C# are capable of so much more.

Art Style

SKY is ARROW's art style is unique, using 2D animations for units placed in a 3D world. This allows the units to be very expressive and relatively fast to create, while also ensuring the project can be completed without a huge staff.

About the Project

Over a 10-12 month period a small team lead by Yale Winter will develop SKY is ARROWS a fantasy RTS game. Where it goes from there will happen in real-time for all backers to see. 

We will release bi-weekly videos exclusively for backers! This series is to strive to make backers as much a part of the process as possible and will show the game from start to finish. See glorious successes and failures along the way. This project will strive to be completely transparent for you. 

A small community, the backer's forum will be established. Comment and make suggestions for the game and/or development process. We may reach out to the community for suggestions when blocked on a certain issue.

You also get to play and test the game's balance and fun factor during the beta before the game is even released!

Why Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. And I can't think of a better way to go about it! It's ideal; with crowd funding I can give rewards to backers, and not have a big corporate entity breathing down my neck, and taking control of my game! I am grateful to live in the age where concepts like Kickstarter and Steam exist, without them being a indie game developer would be much, much harder.

Rewards

This whole experience is being awarded for a flat contribution of $15. Beyond getting the actual game, being able to participate in its creation makes this a unique opportunity. For anyone who wishes to donate above this amount there are additional rewards for you too!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Working on a small team can be challenging, but also so rewarding. There is always obstacles, but when your doing what you love it's easier to find a way through them!

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    You own SKY is ARROWS! It is available for PC or Mac to download when the game is released, streaming from us or through steam. You get exclusive access to the beta of SKY is ARROWS to play before launch. You also gain membership to the backers forum where I will read and comment on suggestions for the game. And get bi-weekly video updates from us to get a sneak peek at the development of SKY is ARROWS.

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    Get your name featured in the game! For example on a totem, tombstone, or somewhere else. I'll choose where your name goes and let you know where it is. You also get all previous rewards.

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    You get a premium edition box containing the game on a CD, art booklet, and a signed poster. Free shipping to the US. Pay $20 for shipping otherwise. You also get all previous rewards.

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    Get 5 additional digital copies of the game. These copies are also able to join in the beta. Get a SKY is ARROWS T-shirt. Choose from 3 designs. There is one design for each faction and they say Backer on them. You also get all previous rewards.

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    Unlocks super secret and hilarious view modes. Think of the famous "Cow / Pony Level." There will be a few view modes for your entertainment. Including one where knights slap each other with fish instead of swords, and archers shoot rainbows... Or something to that effect. Also unlocks the T-Rex unit for the Wyrm, as well as two more units on the other factions. Get 2 additional digital copies of the game, but these are special in that they have any bonuses yours has. These copies are also able to join in the beta. You also get all previous rewards.

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    Become a GOLD BACKER. Create your own custom rune! Choose which existing unit it will belong to. Choose from any stats and/or design your own ability that your rune provides. I will put your design into the game as you specify. It will be balanced by me and I will choose to make the rune available to everyone or just you and the very top level backers. Get all 3 SKY is ARROWS T-shirts. You also get all previous rewards.

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    Become a PLATINUM BACKER. Create your own custom unit! Choose whatever stats you like and what it's animations look like. Have it look like you, or any creature you can think of! An animator will be at your service to bring your unit to life. Also provide for it 3 runes with up to two abilities total. It will be balanced by me and I will choose to make the unit available to everyone or just you and the very top level backers. I'll work with you to get your unit made and in the game. You also get all previous rewards.

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    Become a DOUBLE PLATINUM BACKER!!! Lunch with Yale and a tour of the workplace in Los Angeles. Also a special thank you video to thank you personally. You gain access to ALL custom units and runes created by other backers. A 3D print of each faction's main building. You also get all previous rewards.

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