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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.
3,157 backers pledged $125,174 to help bring this project to life.

Homeward Bound

Firstly, a Happy St. Patrick’s Day to our wonderful backers! We definitely felt some green come in this weekend, THANK YOU!  

NEW Stretch Goal for Text-Only FRIGS

So, we made a few changes to our stretch goals! Upon checking our quotes from localization services, we’ve made some adjustments and have added a new stretch goal at $180,000 for text-only FRIGS (French, Russian, Italian, German, and Spanish) translations. Behold, our modified stretch goals here.

While we were modifying stretch goals, we also decided to bump the bonus Large Demon and Biclops resin figures down a few reward tiers! (It's an end-of-Kickstarter Demon's Deal, if you will.) And if we do happen to gather enough pledges to offer fully-voiced localizations, we’ll introduce TWO more bonus figures, the Casipoisse and Skeltch monsters! 

Demo Feedback

Thank you to all of our backers and non-backers alike for taking the time to review the recently-released Mage’s Initiation demo, we appreciate all of your honest feedback and the detailed reports. We noticed that a combat difficulty slider was one of the most strongly-demanded features, and a some people had suggestions to add support for 16:9 widescreen resolution.

Since it’s up to you to decide if you want to fight only the required boss battles, or devote entire days to roaming the forest (and newly-opened wasteland) to go monster slaying, we hadn’t initially planned on adding such a difficulty slider. However, in light of recent feedback, we’ve now decided to implement one, as the general response has been that combat could be made to cater to players who enjoy challenging battles AND those who prefer simpler combat.

Per adding support for 16:9 resolution, the game backgrounds were designed for 4:3 and, sadly, changing the game resolution to 16:9 dynamically isn’t possible due to current limitations of the AGS engine. However, if we meet our $120K stretch goal (porting Mage’s Initiation to various systems), 16:9 support will be guaranteed, as the smartphone versions will necessitate it. The funding will also be used to cover additional work required to tweak the graphical assets and make the game fully functional at the new resolution. Please be sure to visit our Technical forum to report bugs and crashes, and our general Mage’s Initiation forum for any additional questions, concerns, compliments, and feedback.

T-Shirt Designs 

The time is nigh for t-shirt voting! We wanted to get an idea of which t-shirt design our backers would prefer. Alas, there can be only one. Some people really liked the full-color cover art displayed on the front, while others mentioned they would prefer something more subtle. 

Do you prefer the full-color cover art? A plain white logo? Or the silver logo with a spell flare on the apostrophe? Please take a look at the three t-shirt images below and cast your vote by commenting in this update!

While we’re sticking with standard black short-sleeve t-shirts for the campaign, we’d like to gauge interest in hoodies and long-sleeve tees to sell in our store since our supplier carries them. (And hoodies make good substitutes for the Heat spell!)

Ear Candy

In celebration of surpassing our $95,000 "Four Quests goal", our composer Brandon Blume has revealed the Main Theme for Mage's Initiation for all to hear. This particular version may not make it into the game, but he considers it to be the leitmotif for this installment (and possibly, the full series). Check it out! 

Mage's Initiation Main Theme

Also, check out more select musical picks from the game if you haven't already! 

Mage's Initiation Select Music Themes

The Initiate’s New Clothes

Our supplier just showed us these newly-painted samples of the D’arc resin figure! We can’t wait to put them in full production, and create many more polyresin facsimiles! We’ve already got the Goblin, Bort, and Hawkain joining the resin figure party, Priestess Amun Cul is coming next if we hit our $100K stretch goal! Goblin, Bort, Hawkain, and D'arc are available at $100 and up!

Special Thanks to the Sierra Greats

We’re extremely honored and flattered that both Al Lowe and Scott Murphy gave us shout-outs and such kind words about Mage’s Initiation. Lori and Corey Cole then brought us a substantial amount of new blood by giving us a much-appreciated shout-out in their latest Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption update. We’d like to thank them all for helping us reach even more adventure gamers! It’s really something to see the very same folks who made the awesome games we grew up with, praising and promoting our work today! 

We’re heading into the homestretch now with just five days remaining on the Kickstarter clock! If we get a solid drive to the end, as we have been these past few days, we believe we can hit $120K and get Mages ported and rolled out to various platforms!

The campaign has been a real blast and we’re still amazed at the support we’ve received. We’d like to once again thank our wonderful community for pledging your collective hearts out. We’re just itching to throw the wheels in motion to get this epic show on the road! Please do continue to spread the word, tell others about the game who may not yet know about it. Help us bring this Kickstarter campaign home to a worthy conclusion!

The Himalaya Studios Team

Comments

    1. Creator Devon Rampe on March 19, 2013

      Ohhh I sooo much hope they blast past the $120,000 goal... I needs me some 16:9 please!! <3 This game is looking great! :)

    2. Creator Ido Gordin on March 18, 2013

      I would prefer the design #1 t-shirt

    3. Creator Bryan Allen on March 18, 2013

      I like how the first one is so colorful, but also how clean and focused on the title the second one is. If I had to pick only one, I'd go with #2 - the silver logo with a spell flare on the apostrophe.

    4. Creator Matthew Steigerwald on March 18, 2013

      Definitely prefer the second shirt. Understated but still very nice

    5. Creator Jason Parachoniak on March 18, 2013

      I strongly prefere the full-color cover shirt. It looks awesome.

    6. Creator Denise Segelstrom on March 18, 2013

      I like Design #2. Just the words with the splash of color.

    7. Creator Andy Seymour on March 18, 2013

      Yes I agree with Design#2 color logo on the front and full cover rt (Design #1) on the back!

    8. Creator Joanie Rich on March 18, 2013

      While I absolutely adore the cover artwork, I have to say my vote goes for the third option, the plain silver logo. It really pops on the black background and I bet it would start a lot of great conversations wearing it around the office! :) "Hey, what's that for?" "An awesome game that you should play!"

    9. Creator deonast on March 18, 2013

      Definitely the full colour artwork shirt, why go part way when you can go the whole hog. I can honestly give my opinion as I've put in the tier to get one. Normally I go digital for kickstarter pledges but this time going for something more tangible. I hope that doesn't hurt too much the funds needed to develop the game.

    10. Creator ☜☆RSF☆☞ on March 18, 2013

      Sounds good, looks good, and yes that's from RSF, so that should mean something. haha
      Those Polyresin figures look pretty awesome - couldn't leave without specifically mentioning that. :D
      BTW: T-shirt #2 FWIWs. ;-)

    11. Creator Russell Deitch on March 18, 2013

      I have a suggestion for after the KS so as not to interfere with the current tiers.
      There are currently 23 Augurer slots left. However many remain when the campaign closes,
      make into a limited edition add-on at $80 per head (the difference between Shaman and Augerer).
      You could probably set that up as a Paypal exclusive.

    12. Creator Gonchi on March 18, 2013

      @Gavin; I won't hit you... if you raise your pledge to get a t-shirt!

      Hmm, would Kickstarter look the other way on extortion? I mean, we really need to hit those stretch goals...

    13. Creator Gavin Lambert - Tormented Dreamer on March 18, 2013

      @Gonchi: I would vote for the full colour one too... but probably aren't going to be getting a shirt, so I won't. :) (Don't hit me.)

    14. Creator Gonchi on March 18, 2013

      @Dablue; ... you're not getting a t-shirt but you're voting anyway? Bad dog! I hope you realize I'm going to find you and smack you with a rolled up newspaper if I end up getting stuck with a dull logo t-shirt.

    15. Creator Ignacio Ferreyra on March 18, 2013

      @Rachel, Russell and Anaxphone That's OK, I can understand that. I thought it was a little rough to just answer "Buy the two of them!" since, after all, I'm looking for an incentive to actually give more money. The hardcover book is not the kind of thing that would make me go the extra mile, but the in-game head is. I thought maybe there could be some kind of win-win agreement, but I have no problem if that won't work for Himalaya. Thanks for your answers, cheers.

      And BOT, definitely my vote is for #2.

    16. Creator Steven Nelson on March 17, 2013

      Definitely the silver logo with a spell flare on the apostrophe (t-shirt 2). The full cover art one just seems a bit too busy to wear on a normal basis.

    17. Creator Dablue on March 17, 2013

      Defenitely t shirt 2 (eventho i am not going for a t shirt ;)

    18. Creator Himalaya Studios, Inc. on March 17, 2013

      @Ignacio Russell and Anaxphone pretty much said it. You would still still get all of the same digital rewards that come with the $150 tier, it's not just a pixellated severed head. You'll also get multiple digital copies of the game and all the other digital goodies laid out in the infographic. The Augurer tier was created to provide something exclusive to all-digital backers who wanted to spend more than $70 and also have a shot at something in-game that didn't involve physical items. Ultimately though, it's up to your preferences. The $175 and $200 tiers get more physical swag, but no in-game representation.
      -Rachel

    19. Creator twincast: Eternally Tormented Mangy WoOS on March 17, 2013

      None of the T-shirt designs are particularly wearable if you want to blend in among non-nerdy people, so IMHO one may as well go all the way and proudly display the full cover art.

      On a different note, I find it odd that the Fire Mage outfit is the only one with grey accents instead of yellow ones. Call it a pet peeve if you will, but truth be told it actually bothers me. :-/

    20. Creator Steven W Wilkinson on March 17, 2013

      I believe the silver with the spell flair on the apostrophe would be great. I really enjoyed the music, great for this game!

    21. Creator Anaxphone on March 17, 2013

      @Ignacio- As Russel said, the severed heads were added as a digital-only tier reward for those of us who want to remain with no physical goods, but wanted a higher level to pledge to. It's the only digital-only level with an ingame representation, as opposed to Evoker, Wraith, Beastmaster, the four Warlock, and the four Supreme Archmage tiers.

    22. Creator Russell Deitch on March 17, 2013

      Ignatio, the severed head is a digital reward. It's an incentive for an all-digital tier beyond Shaman.
      If you want physical and digital, you'll have to pay for both. The head isn't an add-on.

    23. Creator timestamp on March 17, 2013

      I'd be happy with either #2 or #3

    24. Creator Marcio Araujo on March 17, 2013

      #2 for me!

    25. Creator Ignacio Ferreyra on March 17, 2013

      @Rachel I'm not sure I quite understand. Does this mean I'd had to pay twice? $100 for the game plus all the swag that comes with it and $150 just for having the head reward? Sorry but this is way off my posibilities and doesn't sound like a real solution. In fact I'd be actually paying more than the 175 and 200 tiers and getting less. Hardly fair.
      If you could come up with a better solution, I'd be paying 50% more than what I'm pledging now (and maybe many more would do so as well) but as it is, I'm sticking to my current pledge. No hard feelings, but I think you should reconsider. Cheers.

    26. Creator StromIV on March 17, 2013

      First vote would be number 2, and if you made others available number 3. Too much going on with number 1.

    27. Creator mihilo on March 17, 2013

      2nd shirt, colour logo

    28. Creator Jim Holmes on March 17, 2013

      My vote would go to #3

    29. Creator Luke Jensen on March 17, 2013

      I prefer the second shirt option; having the box art on the shirt is just too "busy."

    30. Creator Darren on March 17, 2013

      I vote for the 2nd one.

    31. Creator Mary Harden Rudisill on March 17, 2013

      Another vote for #2, the color logo.

    32. Creator Starganderfish on March 17, 2013

      I like the second option, the silver logo with spell flair. As nice as the full colour cover art is, it's way to busy for a T-Shirt.
      Resin figures look great!

    33. Creator Michael Gulick on March 17, 2013

      I love the simplicity and the awesomeness of the #2 logo (silver into gold), but the image on #1 does rock quite nicely. I would agree with Serena. Having the #2 logo on the front with the #1 image on the back would be very cool! Otherwise, I think I would just go with the silver into gold logo as my choice, then hope that the #1 image becomes available in the store eventually :).

    34. Creator Swagger on March 17, 2013

      I like the minimalist, silver logo the best. I love the box art, but I think it's too busy to use for the t-shirt.

    35. Creator Dave Hopman on March 17, 2013

      I definitely prefer the full color art to be on the front, and the color logo to be on the back!

    36. Creator Chaz the Paladin on March 17, 2013

      I'm torn on the t-shirt design. I think #2 would be nicer to wear, while #1 is nice to display/look at. I think I'm basically abstaining. I'll be satisfied with whatever the majority chooses.

    37. Creator Serena Nelson - Hero of the AGRM on March 17, 2013

      My vote is for one of the logos (really doesn't matter to me which one) on the front and the full color cover art on the back.

    38. Creator Himalaya Studios, Inc. on March 17, 2013

      @Gonchi If there's enough interest in multiple designs, I think we could definitely offer other t-shirts in our store!

      @Ignacio Hmm, a few other people asked this-- I think the easiest solution if you'd like the severed head reward + swag would be to place the severed head pledge here, then grab a Collector's Edition pledge via PayPal.
      -Rachel

    39. Creator jh on March 17, 2013

      Colored logo looks the best to me.

    40. Creator Ignacio Ferreyra on March 17, 2013

      I also like the color version of the logo.
      On another topic, I'm tempted to up my pledge to 150 in order to have my severed head in-game, but I wouldn't like to give up on my collector's edition box and all the swag that comes with it. ¿Is it possible to pay 150 and receive both, the $100 physical prices PLUS the head likeness?

    41. Creator Chun-Che (Johnny) Shih on March 17, 2013

      I cast (pun intended....? Happy coincidence - Sheldon Cooper/ Big Bang Theory) my vote for the silver logo with spell flare apostrophe logo.

    42. Creator Mika Flinkman on March 17, 2013

      My vote for the colored logo.

    43. Creator Gonchi on March 17, 2013

      @Chris; Will different t-shirts be available in the store too?

    44. Creator Chris Warren on March 17, 2013

      @Jack H R: Yeah, the figures will all be available in the store later on.

    45. Creator Jack Hepburn Raine on March 17, 2013

      Full colour t is cool or silver with spell effect cant decide, will figures be availble as add on's or in store afterwards.

    46. Creator Gonchi on March 17, 2013

      I really prefer the full-color cover art. Maybe a tiny Himalaya Studios logo on the back below the collar?

    47. Creator Benjamin Yunker on March 17, 2013

      I second Anaxphone's idea :)

    48. Creator Blake on March 17, 2013

      I love the full-colour cover art. It looks terrific!