About this project
Imagine if your favorite fantasy worlds emerged in your city, all the online battlegrounds you’ve used to play online appeared right outside your home or even inside it. That imagination has come true, welcome to UnderVerse an AR RPG Game, where the eternal fires of war are burning right around you.
We are glad to introduce a brand new MMO RPG experience which is based on two simple principles:
The first principle is geo positioning. Real maps with real routes and locations that become the fantasy story-driven world. You can travel around this world while going into the office, your local store or anywhere you please. Drive your car or take the subway and you’ll be transported to a new location within the story world. Your locations doesn’t matter, portals will generate around you, but be careful they are inhabited by vile monsters that eager to conquer your world.
When on a quest for example to “go and find a prophet to ask for a prophecy…” you will be able get up and go from your home, office or any location to a certain destination in your city or even in another country. Remember good old-fashioned fog of war? We also offer you to uncover it by roaming around the real map. Castle settlement and development? Build your in-game citadel where you spend most of your daytime and don’t forget to protect it from hordes of monsters and frags. From this point of view mounting a gryphon and flying on it sounds like a toy for a 3-year-old kid. Serious heroes deserve more and we hope you are such a hero.
The second principal is augmented reality. If you are familiar with playing games with fictional images on your PC, smartphone or game console, it can get rather boring. So, we decided to bring in more intriguing gameplay where you see real environment through the mobile camera of your phone and among this environment you see the contents of the game. Point your phone camera at your desk or any item and they become the battleground.
So do you want to be a powerful mage or warrior... or just a housekeeper?
Curious readers may question - “Guys, well, I get your point: GPS and AR - that’s obviously cool stuff, but why do you call it “RPG” and what about the MMO part?”
We willingly answer these questions in the current section which is devoted to the topic of core gameplay in UnderVerse.
In the beginning of the game you are offered to select one of 6 races: Human, Shifter, Undine, Infernal or Nosferatu. Each race represents a particular basic RPG class archetype: tank, damage dealer, spell-caster and etc.
A character you create has 4 main attributes - Strength, Intellect, Dexterity and Vitality, - which synergically inflict several stats like: base attack, health and mana points, chances to block or evade enemy attacks.
By gaining a new level you can distribute the given amount of special points among your attributes to boost your stats and achieve a power greater than your rivals. Yeah, that’s a very traditional system, so we don’t think you’ll be stuck understanding it.
Another way to enhance your character is using equipment and weapons. Doll’s system in UnderVerse has five equipment slots: armor suit, weapon, artefact with active ability, ring and charm.
There are few types of item rarity. It defines a number of secondary modifiers of the item. For example, a common sword has only the primary stat - Attack; a rare sword, which is powered by magic, in addition contains two secondary modifiers. As always, item rarity is indicated by a specific colour.
We’d also like to draw your attention to the fact that all droppable items in UnderVerse are generated procedurally. You can also buy weapons or items in the game store. On the magic items you can see only the primary stat, other modifiers will be generated on the fly after buying.
In this section we will tell you a bit about our combat system. First of all it is turn-based. Every turn in combat can be virtually divided into proper stages:
- you select one of three points available to attack - head, torso or legs
- then you select one of three points to defend
- then the turn goes to your opponent
During first two stages you can use special abilities to attack the opponent with magic or to protect yourself. You can also use consumable items to restore your parameters.
Each turn grants you 10 seconds to proceed, if you don’t do anything, the turn goes to your enemy.
In combat itself there are the generic RPG mechanics with dodges, blocks, common and critical damage, armour reductions and so on.
Put yourself in the place of a being whose only desires are to see the total destruction of life as you know it, and to rule a new world built on its smoking ruins.
Imagine that to carry out this plan you need to gather soldiers in overwhelming numbers from among the most bloodthirsty and ruthless creatures in the galaxy. In your horde, the horde of the conqueror of the universe, there is no place for the weak.
Emissaries of the Exiled One, the few titans who survived the Pre-War, are no exception to this rule. Their army consists of true monsters, the kind who can plunge an entire planet into endless suffering.
Bears, otherwise known as Blood Trampers or Bone Collectors, are their predatory offspring, so physically strong that not even a falling building could damage their armored hide.
Additionally, Bears have uncommon endurance and determination. Once they catch their prey’s scent, they will stop at nothing to catch it and tear it to pieces with their monstrous claws.
Bears make their homes in forests and steppes, where they live in packs dominated by the largest and most powerful alpha male. Because of their insatiable appetite, Bears very quickly devastate the lands they populate and are frequently forced to migrate in search of food.
Keepers! If Lady Luck averts her gaze and you find yourself face to face with a Bear, the only safe option is to flee and hope it doesn’t give chase. Or if you’re feeling suicidally brave, arm yourself with with enough weapons and armor to supply an army and maybe then you might have a ghost of a chance at defeating this vile beast.
The lieutenants of The Exiled One are alien to all humankind. In their irresistible urge to escape from the Ice Fortress, they destroy not only their enemies, but also their own soldiers. And where a hundred of them fall, a thousand new monsters arise to take their place.
Their kind are a vivid example of insane rage and bloodlust. Be afraid and tremble before him: Rachnam.
The Rachnam are predators. Most of them live for one purpose only - to destroy all life they encounter. This is the macabre heritage of The Exiled One, who has poisoned many worlds with his influence.
Distorted by evolution and radiation of their local sun, the bodies of the Rachnam are devoid of skin, a solid tangle of strong muscle that can withstand the blows of warhammers and fireballs alike. Their four paws, crowned with claws sharp as the edge of a spear, are so powerful that a knight clad in full armor would crumple like paper before them.
The Rachnam are tough and capable of pursuing their prey unconditionally. A Rachnam lying in wait may stay totally still for up to a year without attracting any attention to himself.
We must also mention that dozens of meta-pupils are scattered around the body of the Rachnam; that’s why this monster has excellent eyesight and the ability to view 360 degrees around itself.
Keepers! Be careful not to run into a Rachnam, as it’s impossible to escape from him and almost impossible to win! Only very experienced warriors can fight this abomination on equal terms.
In the world of UnderVerse, it’s hard to find a creature that has no desire to harm you. That’s why you can’t rely only on the sharpness of your blade or toughness of your armor; you must understand the nature of your enemy how to use their weaknesses to your advantage.
Experienced Keepers who have passed through the crucible of hundreds of battles follow one rule: the brighter the opponent's color is, the more dangerous they are.
So do not allow the brilliant gold of the Honey Mistress to delude you, because behind her striking appearance is a creature whose claws drip with a poison that will kill you in heartbeats.
With one stroke of her wings, the Honey Mistress is able to cover a distance of three dozen meters, attacking its victim from the air. To dodge such an attack requires truly inhuman dexterity.
Rare is the blade that can pierce the pseudo-chitinous shell of this monster in one blow.
So how to do defeat such a horror? Take the advice of those who have fought it and lived. The theory is simple enough - use magic-based attacks and do not let her get too close. Otherwise, your future may be very uncertain indeed.
From: Gottlieb «Talon» von Kriggenau <GottlibTheTalon@keepersofthecitadel.org>
To: Alfred Reign < Alfi_the_Zealot@scholarofkeepers.info>
Subject: «Last words»
Attachment: «Notarial note «About the castle Kriggenau and rules of inheritance.doc», «Certificate of possession the family sword of Kriggenau.doc» , «Me, Aletta and Alfi, Nice, June of 2016.jpg»
If you are reading this, then I am most likely no longer alive. I beg you not to waste your tears and your time grieving for me. Your uncle lived a full life, and learned that it’s foolish to feel sad about the inevitable. I hope you will be worthy of my name and and my title as a Keeper of the Ice Fortress.
A glorious and dangerous life awaits you. I can promise you neither riches nor glory, only blood and misfortune. More than once you will bow your head to mourn a fallen comrade. More than once the monsters of the Exiled One will destroy everything you treasured and loved before your very eyes. But the pain you experience will only strengthen your will, and righteous anger will drive your sword into the very heart of the enemy. I believe you can become the greatest of all Keepers.
I believe that… that my curse will bypass you. I ... want to believe that the Scarlet Bride will not find you. For the last twenty years I've tried to protect you, but my powers are not what they once were, and I'm not likely to survive this night. I have an appointment with death itself at midnight. And I will not be late ...
Beware of cemeteries, my child! The ghosts living there are the most dangerous minions of the Exiled One, especially the one whom the ancient chroniclers of our order called the Scarlet Bride. Once the mighty queen of a long-extinct country, she was betrayed by her beloved and thrown to the wild beasts. But her spirit did not find peace in the world of the dead beyond the river Styx. She heeded the sweet promises of the Exiled One and returned to our world full of hatred for the living, driven by an unquenchable thirst for vengeance.
Alas, neither sword nor spell can destroy the Scarlet Bride. They only deprive her of strength and send her temporarily back to the world of spirits. But there her power is restored, and she returns once again to hunt the living. And so it will go on, until one of us finds a way to destroy the Scarlet Bride once and for all. Who knows, maybe you could become this hero... …
Goodbye, nephew. Remember old Gottlieb. Take care of our castle and our sword. Take care of Aletta; you sister needs you. Goodbye.
P.S. I hear a howl behind the window. It chills the soul and freezes my blood in my veins. She is here. The Scarlet Bride!
To use a new skill, you need to go through an easy chain of quests and gather all the parts for it.
For example, the skill «Bleeding wound» will require such components as: a Cutthroat blade, a Hangman's bones and Bulbous oil.
After assembling this skill, you can inflict a ragged wound on your opponent and make him bleed.
- Castle. You can settle and develop your own stronghold. After deploying the castle in future updates you can also be free from PvP attacks for a particular period of time and save your gold and resources
- Passive abilities/skills. This feature will allow you to play with different character’ builds and test new variants of combat’ behaviours.
- Craft. You will be able to create special kinds of items aside from regular shop assortment by using blueprints and resources
- Clans.MMO players will appreciate this feature. You and your friends can unite and set your own clan with shared gold and resources.
- Tunnels. Besides portals you can also fight with monsters inside special areas called tunnels. There you will find a chain of mobs with a boss at the end. Every fight will get you special items which can’t be obtained while common playing.
There were times when the ferocious Tengu had not yet acquired a reputation of unsurpassed assassins, sneaking in the dark, killing silently.
There were times when the sky over their world had not yet turned into a bleeding wound, which rains with an endless stream of ash and fire.
There were times when the hordes of henchmen, distorted by the fury of the Exiled one, did not destroy the obsidian temples of Tengu and did not turn their shrines into piles of stones.
It’s all in the past and in memories of the few who survived the crushing invasion of the Titans. It’s only a flame, devouring everything alive like a predator, whose hunger can not be quenched.
Glacial fields, the residence of eternal winter. Here reign fear and despair. A lost traveler here by their own misfortune will never find a way back to warmth and light.
This once prosperous region, famous for its tropical climate, has been corrupted by the dark power of the Exiled One and turned into a barren wasteland at the very center of nonexistence.
This is no place for those with hot blood in their veins. Here rule the Bone Collectors, gigantic servants of the Exiled One. In the Annals of Terror, an ancient manuscript of the times of the first Titans, it is said that these creatures once were the size of mountains.
Time has diminished their size, but not their bloodlust. Bone Collectors are extremely dangerous, and although smaller than their colossal ancestors, they still stand only slightly smaller than a heavy tank.
Why we are here?
Ambidexter LLC was founded a year ago. And now our team stays near the point of no return - soft launch in 2017. A lot of work was done, but much remains to complete. We are planning to expand our art and coding divisions to produce more complicated and visually attracting content. We have a detailed plan of adding new features in the game and improving what’s already done. But all these things are impossible to achieve without your support. We have invested in UnderVerse by ourselves and in that way the development’ process was full of compromises between what we’d like to implement and what we can. Even in that case we’re almost ready for a full featured release but there are only a half of things we planned to do.
Risks and challenges
We are aiming to release soft launch version in 2017. Developing any type of game is a huge undertaking and challenge. However, we already finished the core gameplay mechanics and solved a lot of gaming experiencing issues. We will do our best to stick to the schedule — but no matter how hard we try, we cannot predict the future or what is going to happen.
We promise to keep you informed about any issue that may impact production. We’ve come this far. Now we just need your help to fully release our game. Thank you for your support.
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