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An enchanting Adventure/RPG set in a magical realm. Master spells, battle foes, and quest forth in this full-length game.
An enchanting Adventure/RPG set in a magical realm. Master spells, battle foes, and quest forth in this full-length game.
3,157 backers pledged $125,174 to help bring this project to life.

74% and NEW TIERS!

Greetings, old school adventure backers!  

Live from the Executive Producer’s desk in the Boogiedown Bronx, IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!

And we have just reached an astonishing 74% of our goal at over $48K, THANK YOU! We’re coming so close to meeting our target now, that hopefully it won’t be much longer until we send off another update talking about the amazing things we’re going to accomplish with our stretch goals! But until then… have we got some news for you!


To our friends overseas and/or in cramped housing: You asked, and we listened.

We’re happy to introduce two brand new, all-digital tiers in case our stupendous swath of swag presents too many hassles for customs or your personal space.

The new $50 all-digital tier, Spellbinder, will be comprised of the following rewards:

  • DRM-free digital copy of the Mage’s Initiation game 
  • DRM-free digital copy of the Mage’s Initiation soundtrack 
  • DRM-free digital copy of Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman’s Mine game (entitles the backer to a free upgrade when the improved v4.0 is released) 
  • DRM-free digital copy of the Al Emmo soundtrack (53 Tracks by Tom & Dianne Lewandowski) 
  • Access to the private backer forums 
  • Your name in a library book in the Mage’s Tower library 
  • A set of magical game art desktop wallpapers 
  • PDF version of the hardcover art book that is available at the $150 tier and up 
  • Hi-res PNG version of the cloth map of Iginor that is available with the Collector’s Edition at $100 and up 
  • A full set of high-quality character portraits by the very talented Karen Petrasko 
  • Pending reaching our Novelization stretch goal, e-book of the Mage’s Initiation novel 

The other newly-added, all-digital tier, Shaman, is $70 and will feature the same rewards as the Spellbinder tier, except it will also include access to the closed beta build of Mage’s Initiation, and a second digital copy of the Mage’s Initiation game. 

 Please note that the exclusive rewards in these two new digital tiers do not extend to higher tiers—they don’t include any physical copies or collectible items at all. They are intended to provide digital rewards to our international backers who’d rather not get hassled by customs and/or people living in cramped housing who’d rather not receive physical items.

There is one exception, however: every tier, $50 and greater, (including the Magus tier where you get the t-shirt) will now receive a PDF of the art book! 


SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAAAAAY! Tassilo and the fine folks at Bumblebee Games are doing a live stream of Kickstarter games, and have scheduled the Himalaya team for the 4:30PM CET slot (10:30AM EST, 7:30AM PST) on Sunday 24th of February. All the developers participating will talk about their games, Kickstarter and its future, we'll be there to answer any questions about Mage’s Initiation that the viewers might have for us. Tune in if you can, Chris and I will be on as will John-Paul and Daniel!

You find the program for this all-day stream here.

We really appreciate them giving us a hand, so be sure to check out their campaign for Days of Dawn!


If only putting together an amazing background was really such a quick process! Enjoy this “behind-the-scenes” sneak peek of some development work on Mage’s Initiation. Watch as artist Jeremy Kitchen sketches out a scene extension of a wilderness area in Iginor. An intriguing and interesting look at how a background concept sketch comes together from scratch.


Finally, here are a few similar Kickstarter projects which will be ending soon, which we thought our fans and backers might be interested in.

Asylum: Agustín Cordes is a buddy of ours. He also happens to be currently running a Kickstarter campaign of his very own - a very successfully funded one, no less! Asylum is a creepy Horror / Adventure game from the creators of Scratches. Agustin's now aiming for some really neat stretch goals. Allow us to exercise some cronyism and get the guy some more exposure!

Days of Dawn: Days of Dawn is a RPG game with a unique magic system (sounds familiar, eh?) The game is looking very nice, with lush backgrounds to explore, monsters to fight, and some very cool character and GUI artwork. If you're a fan of turn-based RPG games, take a look. These guys are down to their final day and have a little under $15K remaining to hit their target.

Cryamore: This game has been a runaway success on Kickstarter. It's a fantastic-looking RPG, featuring many of the retro hallmarks that made SNES classics such as The Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, and The Legend of Zelda such hits. They've come down to their final days and have managed to hit all but the very last of their stretch goals. Definitely worthy of a look!

Have a great rest of the weekend, and thanks so much again for your support!



    1. Creator Gonchi on February 25, 2013

      Interesting. Kind of bummed by the tier exclusivity honestly, can't say I see the sense in it.

    2. Creator Himalaya Studios, Inc. on February 24, 2013

      Here's the link to our segment!

      Tassilo archived the whole show and some of the highlight links overlapped a bit, so I think we're also in the previous video.

    3. Creator Rob (Marquillin) Irwin on February 24, 2013

      Good job on the Digital, I'm going to have to carefully consider now how I will up my pledge (part of me still wants to hold the swag in my hands, and an art book just makes more sense as a real book)!

      It was quite inspiring to watch Jeremy's speed sketching! How long did that really take, and what art program are you using? I'd sure like to try my hand at these old style backgrounds. I'd love to see some time-lapses of the coloring or animating sprites, portraits or cut scenes too.

      I wish I hadn't missed your segment of Alive and Kicking, does anyone know if it gets archived latter on?

    4. Creator Chaz the Paladin on February 24, 2013

      Great update. Thanks for the awesome new tiers. Time to go increase my pledge. I'm sure I won't be the only one.

    5. Creator Robin N on February 24, 2013

      @Robin Nabbing: "I wouldn't have been sad"!? How did I misstype that? I meant "I would have been sad".

      Also: @Himalaya - Oh, ok.

    6. Creator Himalaya Studios, Inc. on February 24, 2013

      @Robin Nope, these are isolated tiers meant specifically to provide an alternative to the mountains of swag. We'll be updating the infographic soon to reflect this. The only exception is that all tiers $50 and greater will now contain a PDF of the art book.

    7. Creator Chris Warren on February 24, 2013

      @Robin Nabbing: The new $50 and $70 tiers contain mostly exclusive content which only applies to those specific tiers. We wanted to make the all-digital tiers worthwhile and a bit unique for the people who won't be receiving any of the other cool physical items. :)

      One thing that will carry over to the higher tiers, however, is the PDF version of the hardcover art book.

    8. Creator Robin N on February 24, 2013

      First of, thanks for introducing me to Cryamore. I wouldn't have been sad if I missed out on such an awesome project.

      Second: Do the tiers above $50 and $70 also get the same content?

    9. Creator Riggo on February 24, 2013

      Oh and thanks for giving me my bigger digital tier. :-D

    10. Creator Riggo on February 24, 2013

      Awesome upodate and thanks for the Days of Dawn shout out... It's going to be really tight over there.