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A story-driven role playing game with a card battle system inspired by Pazaak.
A story-driven role playing game with a card battle system inspired by Pazaak.
57 backers pledged $15,386 to help bring this project to life.

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Luckless Seven - A Narrative-Driven Card Game RPG

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Luckless Seven is a coming of age story with a focus on developing a personality for Mark, the main character, and seeing the impact of your decisions on your friends and family.

The overarching narrative involves travelling from city to city and participating in Casino qualifiers (similar to gym leader battles) and progressing your way through a large national tournament. Outside of battling people however, Mark will have significant involvement with the people he travels with.

Character progression will be expressed through increased dialogue options and more powerful Ekosi cards. Besides card battles, the player will also be able to interact with many NPCs and witness many story-creating events when they explore Arithia’s cities.

Decide how events play out
Decide how events play out
Every choice has a consequence
Every choice has a consequence

Features:

  • A story-driven experience that explores personal relationships and how people choose to shape themselves.
  • Fast-paced card battle system inspired by Pazaak.
  • Complex dialogue trees that allow for multiple ways to impact the story.
  • Social leveling system that allows you to develop a personality which provides unique responses in conversation..
  • An immersive 3D world - explore a diverse set of isometric environments.
  • Original Soundtrack
Explore immersive environments
Explore immersive environments
Ekosi is inspired by Pazaak (which plays like Blackjack, but you have a hand in which you can play cards to manipulate your score).
Ekosi is inspired by Pazaak (which plays like Blackjack, but you have a hand in which you can play cards to manipulate your score).

Our current demo offers a vertical slice of our game and showcases many of its systems and features.

Click here to download the demo from our IndieDB page.
Click here to download the demo from our IndieDB page.
                       

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Luckless Seven is a card game RPG developed for PC/Mac/Linux and set in a near-future fantasy setting. The game will put players in the shoes of Mark, a young adult drifting through life. Recently fired from his dead end job, Mark decides to take a leap of faith and joins his friends on a cross-country Ekosi tour.

Ekosi is the name of the card game used as the battle system for Luckless Seven. The foundation for the card game was inspired by Pazaak, a minigame from Bioware’s 2003 hit Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Both Ekosi and Pazaak are similar to Blackjack but have a few key differences such as players having a hand in which they can play cards to manipulate their score.

Besides battling other characters, players will visit a wide array of environments and engage in the personal storylines of each of his party members. Each of the characters that travels with Mark will have a prominent role in the story and fully developed character arcs. The player’s interactions with his party and those he interacts with will determine what dialogue choices they are able to make and how their story will develop.

Character progression will be expressed through increased dialogue options and more powerful Ekosi cards. Besides card battles, the player will also be able to interact with many NPCs and witness many story-creating events when they explore Arithia’s cities. By taking the time to interact with the world’s characters and participating in each party member’s story arcs, the player will level up their character and unlock additional story events, dialogue trees, and endings.

For more information about the game, visit the Luckless Seven website.

The overarching narrative involves travelling from city to city and participating in Casino qualifiers (similar to gym leader battles) and progressing your way through a large national tournament. Outside of battling people however, Mark will have significant involvement with the people he travels with.

Each person in the party will have fully developed character arcs and make a significant impact on how the story progresses. Players will be able to develop Mark's personality and worldview through dialogue choices and actions. Certain decisions will open up new dialogue choices while preventing others from being chosen.

Future builds will incorporate more expansive outdoor environments and deep questlines for your party members. Player interaction with their party members will be deep - each party member will offer a variety of different optional storylines that the player can choose to pursue.

We would also like to have a greater variety of portraits to convey character emotions. Right now, some of the main characters have over a dozen portraits to depict different emotions. We would like to have a wide range portraits for more of the characters.

Our Arcade Mode allows players to quickly jump into different game types. Random draft puts players into a game with a random set of cards. Balanced draft puts them in with a select number of cards from each card category. In the near future, we will be adding Constructed which will allow players to completely customize their decks (the game mode that is used in the campaign). Additional modes will be revealed later on!

Physical Cards:

Foil Card Front. Kickstarter Backer Reward.
Foil Card Front. Kickstarter Backer Reward.
Foil Card Back. Kickstarter Backer Reward.
Foil Card Back. Kickstarter Backer Reward.
Deck of Ekosi Cards (72). Kickstarter Backer Reward.
Deck of Ekosi Cards (72). Kickstarter Backer Reward.
Deck of Ekosi Cards (72). Kickstarter Backer Reward.
Deck of Ekosi Cards (72). Kickstarter Backer Reward.

With Luckless Seven, we hope to take character development and progression in another direction. The game will have two primary leveling systems: collecting more powerful cards that boost your capabilities in battle and increasing your social development by interacting with other characters in the game. 

In order to create all the art and sound assets we require to make the game we’re envisioning, we need Kickstarter’s help. Funds from Kickstarter will be used to create more character portraits, animations, and music tracks. Please join us on our journey as we attempt to create a rich and fulfilling role playing experience!

Risks and challenges

Many of the mechanics for the game such as the dialogue and battle system have already been coded. We've created a solid foundation for the game and have a vertical slice available for download. However, there are some additional elements to the battle system and world exploration that we plan on implementing in the future. These features may take significant time as we want the game to provide a great variety of options to the player, no matter their play style.

The project has been in development for over 1.5 years. Over this time, we have been able to obtain a firm understanding of our work speed and what can be accomplished in a given time frame. Because we frequently put this project as our highest priority, we have been able to meet or exceed the original designs we set for the game. We've made many sacrifices to get the game to where it is now, and we're prepared to make many more to ensure that we release a quality product.

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