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You can now back Epic Tavern through PayPal! If you don't have a credit card to back through Kickstarter, head over to our page to read more about the process.
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With a HUGE thanks to every backer and supporter, we've reached our funding goal!
As we continue along on our funding adventure, we'll announce cheers-worthy stretch goals that will only continue to make the game even more addictive! Have a look at our journey below...
The story begins with friendship and drinks! Songs of heroic exploits, arguing over who killed the biggest dragon, and bar fights over shares of loot. Promises are made and broken, plans are set, and adventurers gear up for tomorrow’s quest.
Epic Tavern-- combining classic RPG elements with a unique combination of roster management and social simulation gameplay.
- Player Choice: In Epic Tavern, every quest choice made and every adventurer befriended could unlock new quests, new alliances, access to characters, items, and tavern building opportunities. The experience grows as you play - your choices will directly steer the fate of your intrepid adventurers!
The Tavernmaster: You and your tavern are at the center of this experience. Your choices determine the mood and atmosphere of your establishment, bringing heroes and stories together in a social simulation of relationship building. This is where friendships and rivalries are made, and great adventures are started. In Epic Tavern, you build the destiny of your world, one drink at a time.
The Adventurers: A multitude of characters drawn from many classes and walks of life will visit your tavern. Mages, warriors, assassins, and more will be at your disposal! Befriend them over drinks and learn their secrets. Between quests, take their experience, level them up, and choose the direction in which they grow.
The World: You will send your new friends on quests to explore the land of Beor. These quests unfold into a storyline unique to your playthrough. Epic Tavern pushes the limits of a player-centric narrative and creates a brand new model of the classic choose-your-own-path experience. The impact of your choices will inexorably change your adventurers and the World itself!
- Replayability: In-game achievements confer bonuses and allow you to delve further into the mysteries of the world of Epic Tavern on each successive playthrough, creating a startlingly replayable experience that will never be the same twice.
You bought Knodogh Fireblade too many drinks last night but, before he passed out, he was totally on board for hunting down the basilisk that was slaughtering the local peasants. He made it back in one piece, but now he’s half-crazy and twice as strong.
Attract Adventurers. Build a legendary Tavern that draws the greatest heroes in the world. Befriend your patrons by loosening them up with frothy pints and hire the Adventurers whose traits you desire.
Unlock Quests. Perk up your ears and listen for whispers and rumors to find the opportunities you'd like your Adventurers to pursue.
Assemble your party. Equip your Heroes with special weapons and relics, then send them off to claim victory in their quests.
Track their Progress. Follow your party on the map and see in detail how the quest is unfolding. Each encounter could yield treasure and XP, or tragedy and defeat.
Sort out the Results. Use what is earned to improve your tavern, and level-up your victorious Heroes:
- Not all challenges are overcome. Expect to meet failures on your path to glory. Whether or not a quest ends in triumph, expect your adventurers to change!
- The path of the hero is one of transformation. Quests will lead to important changes in your characters. What if your decision to send a fatigued character on a quest leads to critical failure that results in a severe phobia? It’s not just a matter of who you send, but also of what happens to them on their travels.
A place to socialize. A place to relax and share. The real starting point in any story about a party of adventurers is friendship. Fans of classic fantasy stories and RPGs understand that the Tavern is where great heroes and great adventures come together.
Conversation, Drinks… Party! Create a tavern that attracts the kinds of characters you want to see. Buy them drinks, laugh and tell stories late into the night, and offer them a room to rest and recover. Entertain, offer a shoulder to lean on, and even insult your patrons. Enjoy a night at your bar, make friends with the right adventurers, and discover new quests.
Build it Your Way. As the Tavern Owner, you have the ability to build, operate, and expand your own fantasy Tavern. How is your Tavern decorated? What kinds of food and drink do you serve? What is your reputation? The choices you make determine the kinds of characters and the potential quests that come into your establishment from night to night.
Where Everybody Knows Their Name. When you send your adventurers off into the dark, they face their demons and overcome challenges. But when they return, it is a gleeful homecoming! The adventurers will come back a little more familiar and a little more seasoned. They will give you a share of their loot, which you can invest back into expanding and personalizing your Tavern. Finally, they will use the Tavern and its comforts to rest and recover as best they can, before heading off to the next adventure!
Your Adventurers are the backbone of your experience. Some might distrust you while others will jump into a nest of kobolds if you ask. The way you handle your relationships will affect their growth, and they may eventually confide their personal quests to you!
Every character is a potential storyline. A piece of your world’s destiny waiting to be realized. The quests are the challenges they face, each success and failure writing their history. In Epic Tavern, the quests change the characters, adding traits and skills both positive and negative.
Your friendship and guidance. When adventurers level up, you choose the direction they take. Does the young warrior become a sturdy armored knight? Or does his story lead him to become a master fencer?
Comrades-in-arms. Your regular patrons will begin to establish friendships with each other that will allow them to work harmoniously together to conquer quests, or rivalries that may sow discord and complicate travels at the most inopportune moments.
Explore the world through the adventurers you befriend and help them make hard choices along their path. The world and the characters are forever changed by the challenges they face.
A land of opportunity. Political factions are balanced on a razor’s edge-- will your choices lead to peace or war? Will your adventurers broker an alliance with monsters, or will their sanctuaries lay burned to the ground? Will you unlock the magical secrets of the flora and fauna of Beor?
The World Takes Its Toll. Guide and prepare your adventurers as best you can, but prepare for anything to happen in the field. Might you lose a friend in the wilds, or might the party return with a new future BFF? Adventurers may acquire permanent effects from quests, both good and bad. Yet even the bad is often simply a doorway to other opportunities.
A Fork in the Road. The opportunities you are faced with will demand a discriminating eye. You will need to assemble the right right team for the job. Beor is a tense crossroads of culture: racial and political tensions abound. How will your choices affect the world? Will you profit from peace, or reap the spoils of war? You decide!
Nobility, possibility, and grand adventure await in the land of Beor.
And that's a Greenlight! We've officially been Greenlit by the Steam community. A big CHEERS to all of our Steam supporters!!
Platform: Epic Tavern's initial release will be available for PC.
Greenlight + Early Access: As of June 10th, we've officially been Greenlit by the Steam community. A big CHEERS to all of our Steam supporters!
Schedule: Epic Tavern will be released later this year through Steam Early Access. We vow to consistently keep you updated on our progress and invite you to follow us on Twitter, Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube for all the breaking news!
Future Plans: We'd love to have Mac and Linux users playing Epic Tavern, too! Dependent on the success of our Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, and Early Access ventures, as well as general interest, we hope to make this a reality in the future. If you are a Mac or Linux user, please let us know if you'd like to see Epic Tavern on these platforms by Tweeting us @EpicTavern!
Meet Hyperkinetic Studios, the dedicated team bringing you Epic Tavern! We're a true-to-heart indie studio with a frothy concoction of industry vets and talented young devs. Our home base is in Los Angeles, California but we also have core team members in Austin, New York, and Portland, Oregon. Below, you'll discover how each of us contributes to the creation of Epic Tavern, previous projects we've worked on, and our Twitter handles!
Collectively, our studio has backed almost 300 Kickstarters (and counting) since 2011. And now we are graciously asking for your help!
We’ve done a lot of work up until this point because we wouldn’t dare ask for your hard-earned money unless we knew we could deliver something original, awesome, and addictive.
Up to this point, we've tackled the lion's share of development costs ourselves. But now, we need the glorious Kickstarter community to help Epic Tavern reach its ultimate potential.
- Game Completion: We can see the finish line and need an extra kick to help get us there! We'll also need some funds for polish and fine-tuning because we want the game you receive to be extra shiny.
- Audio: You'll want epic music and effects to go along with your epic game, right? Us, too!
- QA: Epic Tavern is an organized web of complex structures, therefore, we'll partner with some prime QA Testers to flush out pesky bugs.
- Rewards + Fees: The super fun stuff? Rewards! The not-as-fun stuff? Fees. Some of the money we raise during our Kickstarter campaign will go directly back into running our Kickstarter campaign. *Mind blown!*
Overall, we’re a scrappy indie studio with big (okay fine, HUGE) dreams. We want to make a game that is totally player-centric so we'll be listening to your feedback throughout every step of this process to fine-tune the game. We truly want you to feel like you've had a hand in the development of Epic Tavern. This isn't only our game...it's your game, too!
Plus, wouldn’t it be cool if a true-to-heart indie studio broke the bank with their Kickstarter? We have an outrageously experienced team of industry vets along with some outstanding young devs, and we are so excited to bring you Epic Tavern!
Because everyone loves treasure!
Our team has worked hard to bring you rewards that not only enrich Backers' Epic Tavern gameplay, but give Backers the opportunity to directly take part in development! You'll even be able to wear and drink from some of your treasures.
Add-Ons: The community has unlocked, and surpassed, 60 points in our Social Media Quests (see below!). That means Epic Tavern T-Shirts will now be available as an Add-On at $25/tee and Epic Tavern Tankards will be available for $40! These option will be available to you through BackerKit when we send out our Backer Surveys.
Reward Schedule: Your Epic Tavern Steam Key(s) will be delivered as soon as we hit Early Access (see Platform + Schedule section for more info). If you've pledged $100+, you'll receive the Bath House Tavern expansion later this year. All other physical, digital, and in-game rewards will be delivered at the beginning of next year with our full release! We'll keep you updated every step of the way!
International Shipping for Physical Rewards!
In order to give everyone the most accurate shipment costs, backers will be charged for shipping after the Kickstarter ends based on actual costs. BackerKit will help us collect this after our campaign has come to a close and we're closer to our physical rewards delivery date at the beginning of next year. Below, you will find a list of estimates for the ET T-Shirt and ET T-Shirt + Tankard Combo. These are our best researched estimates, but please understand they are subject to change based on current postage rates at the time of shipment!
Epic Tavern T-Shirt
Our current estimates for this shipping charge is:
- United Kingdom: $10
- European Union: $10
- Canada: $11
- Rest of World: $11
Epic Tavern T-Shirt + Tankard
Our current estimates for this shipping charge is:
- United Kingdom: $17
- European Union: $17
- Canada: $20
- Rest of World: $20
*Domestic U.S. shipping is included in the price of the tier!
This Kickstarter is about a game! So why not turn part of our Kickstarter into a game?
Work with your fellow backers to achieve the following Social Media Quests! Each stage is worth 5pts and Achievements start at just 10pts. Plus, these quests will give us the opportunity to get to know YOU, our generous supporters, better!
We'll be scouring Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for those #EpicTavernSelfies, but please feel free to tag us so we get a notification!
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Risks and challenges
As you can imagine, it is a risky undertaking when an indie studio tries to develop a game such as Epic Tavern. Although our Tavern is well-stocked and our hardy adventurers are prepared for any battle, unforeseen setbacks leading to delays can strike at any time.
Our experience as developers who have worked together at some of the best game development houses in the world has given us intimate knowledge of the challenges any development process can bring and an arsenal of techniques and know-how that will allow us to manage our deadlines. Our passion for bringing the experience of Epic Tavern to you will ensure we remain vigilant and use every ounce of our discipline and skill to make sure we are constantly moving toward our goals.
Whether everything progresses perfectly or should perils befall us, our promise is to remain wholly transparent throughout this entire process and update everyone consistently! Likewise, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate in messaging us. We'll be checking our Kickstarter page every single day. Well, when we say every single day, we most likely mean multiple times a day, and obsessively–we're a wee bit excited to talk to everyone about Epic Tavern.
Cheers for making it to the end of our Kickstarter page! Cheers for visiting! And CHEERS for your support!
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