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Nekro is a dark, twisted action game about summoning minions in the vein of Dungeon Keeper and Myth!
Nekro is a dark, twisted action game about summoning minions in the vein of Dungeon Keeper and Myth!
4,300 backers pledged $158,733 to help bring this project to life.

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The Nekro Live Deadstream


Hi Nekro Kickstarters!

We’d like to invite you to a party! It’s today at 8pm Pacific time and we’d like you to be there!


If you’re not already on Twitch, it’s easy to set up a free account and set notifications so you know when we’re live.

We’re launching a regular weekly Twitch show called the Nekro Live DeadStream, keeping you up to date with the game’s development in the final months leading up to Nekro's full release, and hopefully have a bunch of fun on the way. With special guests and competitions, news, arguments about which Starcraft race is best and just about everything that makes us all gamers, it should be a good time.

The first episode premieres tonight. We will be playing the game to show off some optimal builds, doing a Pig Explosion Challenge, and having a live drawing of a monster you create!

Hope you can join us!

8 PM Pacific Time


Environmental Summon Patch now Live!


Hey everyone!

Patch is now live! This is the first of three large-scale patches to hit Nekro. This patch expands the concept of Environmental Summons and introduces a new trap system.

We first introduced players to Environmental Summons with the Jacky-O and Skeleton units; units that have to be Scourged to come to life. We have now taken that concept a step farther by allowing the Nekro to call the wildlife around him to his aid by just walking near them, granting the player an instant army.

Traps further expand gameplay by enforcing zoning and spacing into combat; leading your target into a specific area to deal massive damage. Patch Notes:


  • Mushroomhead: The Mushroomhead comes in three flavors, basic, toxic and freeze. This unit charges into their target and detonates themselves, dealing damage. The toxic Mushroomhead (Green) leaves a DOT on the enemy, dealing slow damage. The freeze Mushroomhead (Blue) stuns the target for 2 second and slows them for 5.
  • Sporeling: Untargetable bouncy balls of hate. These little critters are found in the deep woods, and will come out to aid the Nekro. They are temporary creatures and die after about 20-30 seconds, but can add some nasty stun damage to targets.
  • Bat Swarm: Similar to the Sporeling, these bats cannot be targeted and deal high damage over a short time before disappearing.
  • Fire Imp: A small permanent flaming servant. This guy deals low damage, high-agro attacks, making them perfect for soaking a couple hits instead of the fragile Nekro.
  • Corrupted Wolves: Search maps for wolf dens. Corrupting a den with a Scourge will summon a pack of demon wolves to the Nekro's aid.
  • Corrupted Ertums: Ertums can now be called from their tents to aid the Nekro.


  • TNT: Barrels of explosive TNT will make blowing up groups of targets easier. Try to lead your targets to the barrels, then watch the gibs fly!
  • Fire Totems: Found in the deep jungle, totems can be corrupted with Scourge to blast a plume of deadly fire at the enemy.
  • Sigil Traps: Arm the trap with your Scourge and lead targets back to it to deal massive critical stun damage!


  • All Levels: Each level now has a mixture of environmental summons and traps.
  • Level 1: Level one now includes a troll attack. This will provide a more exciting initial experience when first playing the game.
  • Patrols: Lots of work has been done on patrols to ensure they work more fluidly. Many levels have had unit patrols added. TRINKETS Trinkets are back and better than ever! All trinkets are now based on passive invoking, and are much easier to manage and do not require any input from the player to use.


  • The Townie, Townie Elite and Mayor Biscuit all do cone damage and have significantly higher stun resistance. This is to account for the large amount of environmental summons constantly attacking.
  • Punge armor has been buffed to provide a more sustainable unit.
  • Scourge, Horror, Darkseed, Punge have had their damage reduced to account for damage from environmental summons.
  • Dozens of bug fixes and balance changes.


  • Zombie Environmental Summon: We know. We're working on it. ;)
  • Crust King: He's almost done and will be in the next patch.
  • Summon Revamp: Each Summon in the game will have two different attack modes that can be dynamically switched between to provide more choices to the player.
  • Nekro Revamp: The Nekro will level up and unlock new skills he can then equip and use, growing in power with time.
  • New Levels: Pirate, zombie, werewolf levels and more. Look for them soon!


For everyone asking about changing your address - this is done on Kickstarter. Please do not send us emails relating to this.

If you have not gotten your steam key go to and type in your Kickstarter email to redeem your code. You don't need to send us emails about redeeming your key - we're not the ones with the keys! Thanks!

Steam Keys Have Been Sent!


Hi everyone,

You should have all gotten an email from Humble Bundle with your Steam key. Keep in mind that even though you have a key, you can't play Nekro until its launch tomorrow (May 2nd) at 9 AM, PDT.

We would love to hear your feedback on the game! All questions and comments can be directed to our official new forum on Steam at:

Thanks for everyone's support! It's been a wild ride, and we still have a lot left to do, but this is a massive step in the journey.



Trailer and Steam Keys!


Hi everyone!

Big day today, we have released the official Steam trailer for Nekro! Check it out and let us know what you think!

Additionally, as you may have seen we have sent out our Kickstarter reward surveys! Let me break down what this means for everyone.

Yay! Rewards! Gimme Gimme!

Hold on there sparky, we are only sending out Steam Keys, Digital Art Books, and Soundtracks since these are what will be released on Steam. Please remember, we have to send boxed copies of Nekro out containing the finished game. The shipping process will cost thousands of dollars, meaning we can only afford to do it one time. This necessitates us waiting until the game is considered released in order to send out any and all physical rewards.

Why did the survey ask for my address if you're not sending out physical rewards?

We can only send out one single survey, meaning we have to use this survey to gather both the information necessary for your Steam Key this week, and for your physical rewards that will be sent later this year.

Important things to remember:

  • You can update your address at any time! If you move, just update your address.
  • We do not yet know who our T-Shirt manufacturer is, so we did not ask for shirt sizes in the survey since we do not know which sizes will be available. We will create a separate 'in-house' survey on our website you can fill out when the time comes to send out shirts.
  • We are sending out all keys using Humble Bundle. They will all be sent out at one time. IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A KEY IN TIME TO PLAY NEKRO ON FRIDAY, YOU MUST RESPOND TO THE SURVEY WITH YOUR EMAIL BY THIS WEDNESDAY APRIL 30TH!!!

And that's it! We have 5 days left until you're all playing Nekro! We can't wait to hear what you think of the game we've been working so very hard on for almost 3 years.

Thanks so much for all of your support, this game would not have been possible without you!!

Please like and follow us on facebook and twitter!, @darkForge_Games

Nekro - Coming May 2nd To Steam Early Access!


Hello everyone, we have some really exciting news to share with you. We will be launching Nekro onto Steam's Early Access service on May 2nd! I'm sure you have a lot of questions about what that entails, so let me try to answer them all.

What is Early Access?

For those of you who may not be familiar with Steam's Early Access service, it is a way for developers to let players test their games before the game is considered complete. Games on Early Access are updated, and all users who have purchased that Early Access game get the update. This allows constant feedback on the game as it progresses, facilitating a relationship between player and developer that can help games cater more to the desires of the player base.

Why Early Access?

We are at a stage in the game where we feel very confident in its performance. It has a lot of content in it and it's fun. We were holding local playtests to get feedback, which has been extremely positive, but it's time to get feedback on a much larger scale. We will be entering Nekro into public Beta, which will allow us to get tons of feedback on what people like and what they don't. Steam's Early Access is the best way to reach a large audience while cultivating constructive opinion and moving the game forward as a large group.

I Hate Early Access Games! Why DarkForge, WHY!

I'll be the first to say I have mixed feelings about the way Early Access is being handled; I myself have purchased Early Access games only to be burned by the developers not delivering on promises or updating half a year apart.

Here's why Nekro is different:

  • Nekro has already been in development for 3 years now - it's not in Alpha; it's in late Beta.
  • We have a fully playable game - bugs are at a minimum, all core mechanics work, we've tested the game to all hell and it's fun.
  • We will be trying to run our Early Access with an open door policy. Myself and other core members of the team will be personally responding to posts on our Steam Forums. I will attempt to ensure all voices with something constructive to say will get heard.
  • We intend to release at least one update every two weeks.

OK, So What is Actually Included with the Early Access Game?

Upon launching Nekro on Steam's Early Access here's what will be available:

  • 8/20 Levels will be in the game and fully functional.
  • 7/9 Summons will be fully functional and playable.
  • 17/20 Enemy Units are in and functional.
  • 3/5 Nekro Powersets will be fully functional and playable.
  • 14/18 Trinkets are present, collectable and useable.
  • 1/2 of the Multiplayer Units are in and playable.
  • Multiplayer is fully functional.

How Long Until Nekro is 100% Finished?

From the time we launch Early Access, depending on feedback, we anticipate the game to launch in mid to late 2014.

I Bought the Game at the $15 (Or Above) Tier, Do I Get To Play Early Access?

Yes. We are opening Early Access to every Kickstarter backer. You guys have waited long enough.

What About Rewards?

All rewards will be sent out when we ship the final game, not for Early Access. This includes Digital Rewards.

I Pre-Ordered the Game, Do I get to Play Early Access?


What Platforms Will Early Access Be Available For?

Windows, OSX and Linux.

How Much Will the Early Access Game Cost?

If you are a backer, or pre-order you will be entitled to one free steam Key. Additional copies will cost $19.99 USD.


If you have any further questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I will try to respond to everyone. Also, if you have any further questions we can be reached at

Thanks everyone for their continued support, this is a HUGE step for us to be putting the game into your hands so soon! Please help us spread the word about the game and be sure to follow us on our social channels!