Pursuit of Power® 2
is a real-time strategy game in a dark fantasy setting. Choose a leader class with specialized elite units. Build customizable fortresses and manage them while generating power. Summon troops and ancient
guardians to defend your fortresses. Send legions of zealots marching from your gates to gain prestige,
which is required for the most powerful actions. Protect them by summoning towers that
can be upgraded with deadly effects. Use your leader to tap rage from enemies and then cast
devastating abilities upon them.
through a single-player campaign game with unique content and objectives for
your leader. Play local and network skirmish games with up to 12 players. Join a
team with allies that can come to your aid. Create new skirmish games using a map
editor with a rich set of features
With your support, Pursuit of Power® 2 will be released around the end of 2013 for the Windows PC.
Choose a leader
class to command your forces. Your leader can be a Shadow Stalker, Shadow Mage, or Shadow Knight. Your leader is the most important unit in the game.
It can summon troops, fortresses, towers, and cast the most powerful abilities.
Find crystal formations and build fortresses over them to yield power. Once your fortress is
built, begin managing it at a high-level. Decide the distribution of your
population between garrison and zealots.
Choose the upgrade path for the
internal structures and see your fortress change
Your garrison is
responsible for upgrading your fortress,
defending it, and repairing the damage from attacks. They
will automatically switch from upgrading to defending when your fortress is
Use your leader to pick-up
a banner from one of your fortresses and place it at another fortress. Your
zealots will begin streaming out of
the starting fortress as they head towards the banner. If they are able to
reach the destination fortress, prestige
is gained for the starting fortress. Prestige
is an essential secondary resource that is required for the most powerful actions. At any given
time during the game, there could be hundreds
of zealots heading towards different banners.
Use prestige to summon
a powerful guardian that binds to the portal of your fortress and defends it
to the death. Call an apocalypse
upon an enemy fortress to command the guardian to march towards the fortress
and pummel it to oblivion.
Upgrade the zealots
in your fortress to attack enemies, take more damage, and perform special
abilities. For example, the zealots of your Shadow Stalker could gain an
ability where they swarm and destroy an
attacker before marching towards the banner again.
Defend your zealots and fortresses by summoning towers at strategic locations. Upgrade these towers to unleash devastating attacks on your enemies. Watch the towers change visually as they are upgraded
with these new capabilities.
Summon troops to
attack fortresses and disrupt zealots. Use prestige to summon your most
powerful units, which are unique for each leader class. For instance, your
Shadow Knight could summon a Hellhound or
a Bone Dragon to vanquish its
Your leader can use a power ability to tap the rage from enemies, where the amount harnessed depends on
the number of targets hit by it. Use the rage you gain to unleash the most powerful leader abilities upon your
I started playing video games back in the Atari days… Moon
Patrol, Joust, Breakout, Centipede, and many other great games. I always knew
that I wanted to make video games and taught myself how to program in QBasic
when I was eleven. I eventually got my degree in Computer Science from Lehigh,
but I decided to work on more serious software after graduating.
However, there’s only so much device driver development someone can
do before realizing that a change is needed. So, in 2003 I took a deep breath
and quit my job to work on my own video games. I started a company and then built
my own game engine in C++ because I wanted to learn everything there was about
making games. I spent the next 4+ years, as well as all of my savings, working
on two games that I completed. It was an amazing experience and I learned an
enormous amount, such as… it is hard to earn a living making indie games.
Luckily, I learned enough to become a lead software engineer
and I got to work on some really cool stuff over the next 4 years. Plus, it
paid the bills. Fast-forward those 4 years and I am back again, trying to
make my third game. I decided to make a sequel to my first RTS game and so I built
a prototype on top of my existing game engines. At this point, I have almost a
year invested into the prototype, mostly during my spare time.
few months ago, I left my job to work on my video games full-time. But at 35, I can
no longer afford to self-fund my video games for more than a few months. Like
many of you, I have a mortgage and other bills to pay. But, this time
Kickstarter is an option, and I thought I would give it a shot. So, here I am!
All screenshots and video for the prototype contain placeholders for the artwork. I have completed a lot of the core code for the game. My next step will be to work on the code related to the view perspective (most likely isometric), scenery (such as dynamic trees), animations (more frames for movement and attacks), and all other requirements for the artwork. That way I don't hold-up the art process.
I recently added a basic version of the zealots to the prototype since that is a new concept, which was not in the original version of the game. You can see the zealots in the new prototype video below.
Here are some of the main features that are planned for the game.
strategy game with free updates
- Choose a Shadow Knight, Shadow Stalker, or
Shadow Mage as your leader
fortresses over crystal formations and manage them effortlessly while
and towers can be upgraded and will change visually to reflect those upgrades
legions of zealots to other fortresses and protect them from enemies to
power and prestige to summon troops, towers, ancient guardians, and cast
campaign game with unique content and objectives
- Single-player and network skirmish games with
up to 12 players
skirmish games on a team with allies that can come to your aid
editor with a rich set of features to create new skirmish boards
area is wide-open with windows that can be moved and have their attributes
supports resolutions from 1024x768 to 2048x2048 at 32 or 16 bits in full-screen
or a window
of the funding will be used on software development for the game. The current
version is a very functional prototype, but it takes a lot of work to make a
quality product. In addition, the funding will cover part of the cost for the game
Kicking It Forward
As part of the Kicking It Forward initiative, I will donate 5% of the profits from Pursuit of Power® 2 back to Kickstarter projects if successfully funded.
I have priced my game at a discount for backers on
Kickstarter. When I release the game, it will cost around $20. I also
tried to give an extra discount for the next tier, so you can play with a
friend without paying as much for the second game. The digital downloads will be DRM-free, too.
I really tried to give value for each tier. That’s why I
include additional copies of the game as well as some type of new reward. Those
extra copies will be useful for the multiplayer network games, which can have
up to 12 players. Each digital copy can be assigned to a unique email account
upon release. This will make it easy for your friends and family to play with
backers will be included in a credits text file that is located in the installation
folder of the game (with your permission). I want to make sure that I acknowledge
the generous support of everyone on Kickstarter that helped make it happen. In addition,
the higher tiers will show those backers within the credits of the game and manual
on the web site.
All backers will have access to the game before it is officially released to the public. There will be three phases to the Beta testing process. The higher tier will get the game during Beta 1, which is estimated to be ready by June 2013. All backers will get the game during Beta 2, which is estimated to be ready by August 2013. The Beta 3 milestone will take place around October 2013, with release candidates starting during November 2013. The initial release will be available some time during December 2013.
So, all Kickstarter backers should have the game within a year from successful funding. This will allow for feedback that can be incorporated into the game before it is officially released. There will also be many opportunities to participate in multiplayer games during the Beta process.
I have a few ideas for some of the possible stretch goals.
$100,000: I would
be able to add more specialized units, structures, upgrades, and abilities.
This amount would cover the effort for coding, artwork, sound effects, and testing.
$125,000: I would
be able to add unique campaign content for all 3 leader classes. Each leader
would have unique plots, objectives, and board designs. In addition, I would be
able to add more depth to the overall campaign game. This amount would cover
the effort for coding, content creation, and testing.
$150,000: I would be able to add a new type of skirmish game
that I think would be a lot of fun. This new skirmish game would involve a team
base in each corner, dynamically generated content for part of the board, and a
persistent scoring system with player rankings for that game. Players would be
able to join the game at any time as long as there were available slots. This amount would cover the effort for coding
Mike Vitt: I design and code the games. I also manage my business as well as the contract work for the game assets. I have worked with some talented artists and musicians in the past. I hope to work with them again if I am able to get the funding for this game.
Drew Benton: I have worked with Drew on both of my first two games. She is a very talented artist. Right now, she is working on some of the concept art to help give an idea of the potential style for this game. You can view some of Drew's other artwork on her gallery.
The team will grow to around 4-5 members, depending on the amount of funding I am able to achieve.
I want to make an RTS that gets away from micromanagement
and isn’t about who can use the interface the best or click the fastest. That’s
why I focused on a leader unit for my RTS back in 2003 and decided to expand
upon the concept for the sequel. I also like to make resource management meaningful
and ensure that it does not become tedious. I kept that design for the sequel too.
In addition, I wanted to add a secondary resource that could
fill the role of a trade route. I happened to be thinking of Populous one day
and remembered a unit that was carrying a banner. I thought it would be cool to
have hundreds of them streaming out of fortresses. They could generate prestige
and provide a target to attack as well as to defend. I can see a lot of
different fun situations for these zealots.
Furthermore, I wanted something more interesting than just a
portal, so I decided to turn it into a fortress. I always loved playing Heroes
of Might and Magic and I envisioned the fortress being a bit like a real-time
version that you can manage. In my game, you will choose an upgrade path and
the fortress will change visually as you make those upgrades. For instance, you
could improve the defenses, which might add a keep to protect the portal or you
could change the walls from wood to stone.
The leader classes are all based on my plan for the new character classes
of my future RPG sequel. Therefore, I also wanted to use some of the
rage-tapping concepts for combat. I think that could add another interesting
element to the game. You use an ability that costs power to draw rage from
enemies, and then use that rage for your most powerful spells.
I have many more ideas, but I think that gives some insight
into my thought process. I also want to mention that I hope to eventually have
the option for people to log into a lobby so network games are easier to setup.
Likewise, it would be great to have a way to share the user content within the
game instead of having to copy the board files.
Hopefully, something about my game caught your interest and
you would like to help fund this project. Making video games is my passion and
I would love to make this game for all of you. Thanks for your time!
You can find additional information about Pursuit of Power® 2 at www.PursuitOfPower2.com/