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By Jake Washenfelder
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About this project

I am raising money to develop the sequel to The Dark Brotherhood Resurrection: Part 1 , a successful high-quality mod for the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

I got tons of great feedback from the original, many people where impressed by the high production values. That's because I set a high standard for myself and worked severely long hours, I ran myself ragged working two jobs. If I'm going to do the sequels, and have them be as awesome as they are in my head, then I need to dedicate myself full time. $44,000 is the bare minimum I need to pay my bills and eat food for a year. Any extra money raised will go towards paying my voice actors or upgrading the equipment I use for development.

I developed the original in 6 months and it provided 4+ hours of gameplay. My objective for the sequel is to finish it in 9 months and provide 10+ hours of gameplay. In addition I will provide support. This includes bug fixes, answering player feedback, and writing the full walkthrough/FAQ in wiki format for the players. Of course I will constantly be posting details on my progress on my developer diary.

The final product will be released for free on both Steam Workshop and Skyrim Nexus

The roadmap for the sequel:

  • Restoring the Black Hand - Primary Questline
  • Protecting the Family - Secondary Questline
  • Into the Void - Primary Questline
  • 15 New Death Contracts
  • 6 New Words of power
  • 5 New Dungeons
  • 3 New Spells
  • 2 New dark brotherhood members
  • 2 New followers

Restoring the Black Hand
- The Listener (player) must chose a Speaker for the Dawnstar Sanctuary. The other Sanctuaries must be restored, and assigned Speakers as well. Speakers will have to chose silencers, and their selection must be approved by the player

Protecting the Family
- As Listener, the player must not only handle the delegation of contracts to Speakers, they must also handle threats to the Dark Brotherhood itself
- 5 powerful, influential figures that attempt to impede the Dark Brotherhood, either directly or indirectly, that the player must... Deal with

Into the void

- Sithis is not happy with Averna. You must follow her into the void and defend her actions as Void Crawler.

- My plans for the void are really ambitious. It has never been portrayed in an Elder Scrolls game and I plan on doing it justice. Expect a trippy quest on the same level as 'A Brush with Death' ,  'Through a Nightmare, Darkly, or The mind of Madness

Stretch Goal: $70,000

I hunt down one of the original Skyrim Voice Actors and pay them to fly down and record lines. Maybe Nazir or Babbette could have a big role in the sequel? Who knows, maybe Astrid will come back from the void with a dire message... it's all up to you.

UPDATE

Due to technological contraints, I thought I would not be able to finish this story in just one mod. However, I recently discovered a new compression technique that will allow the sequel to be 80% larger than the original! I have updated my roadmap for the project to include more ambitious designs, now that I have more freedom to add even more content to the sequel.

Risks and challenges

I really want to stretch the Radiant Story to it's limits with this sequel. 'Restoring the Black Hand' is pretty ambitious, and therefore the biggest risk. That is why it's so exciting though.

I will also have to cleverly handle the size limits of the Steam Workshop. The first mod barely fit at 98MB. But I have some clever Ideas for meeting this requirement

Overall this project is extremely low-risk in my opinion. I have already proven that I can deliver a quality product in a short amount of time. I also have 4 years of professional game development under my belt, having worked on projects such as: F.E.A.R. Files, Section 8: Prejudice, and Aliens: Colonial Marines

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    All previous rewards, and I'll put your voice and/or facial likeness into the game. Your voice/face will be the voice/face of one of the characters the player must kill as part of a Death Contract, or a character the player must meet to arrange a death contract (your choice).

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    Reward #1, and I will program Stabby or Averna to mention your name (whatever name you provide me with) to EVERY PLAYER and go on and on about how awesome you are. Unique dialogue for each person mentioned.

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    All previous rewards, and I'll program Stabby or Averna (your choice) to greet you by your real name (or character name) and personally thank you for financially supporting the Dark Brotherhood. This will happen when you play the mod, and will only happen for your character. (you will have to provide me with your character's name in advance)

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    Previous two rewards plus early access to mod, and you will get access to a UNIQUE quest from Stabby or Averna that includes a new, unique Daedric artifact as a reward for completion. Only those who get this reward will be able to play the quest.

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