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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.

Nekro: Make it or Break it!

This is it! We've come down to the final days of Nekro's Kickstarter Campaign.

We have some big news, and some important information to talk about on this final push to the finish line.

It's come down to this: We're going to keep doing as much as we can to get the word out until the very last hour of the campaign, but for now, with no big leads, we have to assume what we have is what we're going to get. This, however, isn't a bad thing. In fact, it's very good. See, we have over 2,000 backers. If you look on this very site, there are Kickstarters that have half the amount of backers we have and twice the amount of money. How is this possible? Pledge tiers.

We have over half of our backers subscribed to the $15 and $25 dollar tier. If we have even a quarter of those backers up their pledges to 50$ or above, we can make our goal. There's been a bit of confusion on what happens if the kickstarter doesn't succeed, so let me explain where we're at. I'm going to be a bit blunt and completely honest here, as I want all of you to understand exactly what's at stake.

If the kickstarter does not go through Nekro cannot happen. This is the unfortunate reality of the situation. We will not be restarting the kickstarter for a lesser amount and the game will not be coming out 'one way or another' as many seem to think. Let me explain.

The amount we are asking for is the bare minimum we need to make this game. Up to this point, myself, my partner, and the few other people working on the project have been doing so either without pay, or have been using our savings. We have put in countless nights, staying up until the sun rises, neglecting our families, sleep, and our lives. We did this because we wanted to prove to you, our backer, that we aren't just all talk; that we can make this a reality. We didn't feel right asking for money without having proof of our claims. However, the process that lead us to this point is not suited for the development of a full-scale title. If we get the $100,000, this will be used to offset the massive time demands this game is making on us by hiring more people (we will not be taking the money for ourselves at all.) However, we will still be paying for this game for the remainder of its development cycle out of our savings, even with the $100,000. Making a game of this type takes a lot more than the amount we're asking for, so know that the $100,000 is our bare minimum. A lot of people are saying we should restart the Kickstarter and ask for half the amount in the event of it's unsuccessful conclusion. The reality is, this cannot take place for the aforementioned reasons.

That's the gloom and doom part - but here's the good news. There's over 2,000 of us, and we're all passionate about this project! We have seen other Kickstarters do it with less, and we know for a fact it's possible. It comes down to you guys. The cool thing is it won't take a lot. $40,000 may look like a lot of money at a glance, but if everyone slides up their pledge tier we can easily hit the mark.

We know this is for some a difficult thing to do. So we wanted to sweeten the pot a bit and give you guys what we know you've been wanting - a box copy of the game. For the next 6 days we will be offering a special $99 dollar pledge tier just for you. Here's what you'll get for this special tier:

  • A Collector's Edition Box Copy of the game: We will only be printing this for you guys. This is a one-time offer and will not be offered again at any point. The box will be signed by the entire team and made out to you!
  • A Behind the Scenes "Making-of" DVD included in the box: Go through all of Nekro's development and see how the game grows from day-one all the way through to launch. We'll show concept art, game builds, and brainstorm sessions that will not be released to the public.
  • A Nekro iPhone/Android 'Alchemy App': View in-game models in real-time 3D, get all the stats on any unit in the game, try out different brewing combinations, test out unit stats, and read live updates about the game on this awesome portable app.
  • Get access to our Live Development Stream: We've decided we're going to stream out work on the game. Watch us make artwork, write code, talk about ideas, and even chat with us live on our stream.

Of course, anyone that's pledged higher than $99 will automatically get this new tier included in their list of rewards. Additionally, the new $99 will include all prior rewards: the soundtrack, the t-shirt, a digital download copy of Nekro as well as your name in the credits. This is a ton of content available for this price, and we're really excited to be able to offer it to you guys.

If just a quarter of our backers purchases this exiting new tier, we hit our goal. Plain and simple. We have all the backers we need to make Nekro a reality. We can hit the goal tonight if everyone makes the switch. I have no doubt we can do this and you guys should too.

If you have any questions feel free to PM me or leave a comment. As always, I'll do everything I can to help. Thanks so much for your support! We're so close to our goal. If we all band together we'll all be exploding punge corpses in no time!!

For international shipping of the $99 tier, please add $15.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nekro.darkforgegames

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/darkForge_Games

Comments

    1. Missing avatar

      Aaron on April 29, 2012

      Saw Total Biscuits KickStarter review video and thought...why the hell not. Here's another set of crossed fingers for 1.7K in 4 days.

    2. HolyHamsteR on April 29, 2012

      4 days and only 5k more. I think we can safely assume we'll make it.
      Congratulations on stand-by.

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      Nixitur on April 28, 2012

      We broke 90k!
      All of my W00T!

    4. dulBIRAKAN on April 28, 2012

      13K does not seem so far... Just a little more...

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      Jeff on April 28, 2012

      In a way its a way for KS to ensure companies set realistic goals and dont get greedy. It also allows for people who believe in the game to invest in it because if they dont succeed 100% it doesnt go through.

    6. Gazz on April 28, 2012

      >If the kickstarter does not go through Nekro cannot happen.

      This directly contradicts the last FAQ entry on the KS project home.
      It says that there will be a less deep game with a longer development cycle, not that there won't be a game at all.

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      Florian Meinke on April 27, 2012

      From 25 up to 60$, guys. Hope that helps. :)

    8. Sam Porter on April 27, 2012

      For about an extra £6? Hell bloody yes! :D

    9. Eli Juicy Jones on April 27, 2012

      I doubled my pledge! I want this game to happen.

    10. darkForge Creator on April 27, 2012

      You ask we deliver. There is now a new $60 tier that is for digital downloads only. It includes the soundtrack, digital art book and game. It excludes all physical items.

    11. Sam Porter on April 27, 2012

      Whilst I would tend to agree, I think it's probably in everyone's best interests to have some of the more tantalising rewards a little higher up. Of course on the flip side, it's possible more pledges would come in first place if stuff like that was a little lower down.

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      UsF on April 27, 2012

      Typo, I meant 50 dollar edition. Sorry.

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      UsF on April 27, 2012

      I wish the soundtrack would be for the 40 dollar edition, not the 75. I do not want to shell out that much, but would be willing to go 50-60 ish (from 25) if the soundtrack was available there. :( Why is it that much more expensive! I thought an art book might cause more expenses than a soundtrack which is already pretty much in the game.

    14. darkForge Creator on April 27, 2012

      We sat down and really analyzed what can be done without the money. And what you see in the update is what we came up with. It is the most recent and updated information. I'll update the FAQ to reflect this new information.

      Also, we plan to do the IAmA tomorrow. That should give a few days for the process to take place.

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      Steven Matthew Vickroy on April 27, 2012

      ^Meh, quotes got messed up. Pretend the second quote is under "What changed?" will you? :P

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      Palahadin on April 27, 2012

      I also just doubled my pledge.
      come on ppl.
      reach deep we all know it is worth it

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      Steven Matthew Vickroy on April 27, 2012

      "If we get the $100,000, this will be used to offset the massive time demands this game is making on us by hiring more people (we will not be taking the money for ourselves at all.) However, we will still be paying for this game for the remainder of its development cycle out of our savings, even with the $100,000. Making a game of this type takes a lot more than the amount we're asking for, so know that the $100,000 is our bare minimum."

      FAQ: "If we don't make this money we will have to seriously consider toning back the game as we will be unable to hire additional artists, animators, and composers. Also, the game may take two, to three times as long to make. That means potentially about 3 years instead of 1. "

      What changed?

      Also:

      If 100k is to hire new talent, and you have this many backers, there's a strong likelihood that one or two people in the bunch have the skill to participate and the time to volunteer for a piece of the pie. With all the fundraising has there been any consideration given to using your backers as a pool of possible recruits as well?

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      MagnusM1 on April 27, 2012

      Get Totalbiscuit to help you! He finds the game interesting and he has recommended the game before.

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      CheezyBob on April 27, 2012

      I just doubled my pledge. Would hate to have this project fall through without me having given all I feel I can.

    20. Rumged on April 27, 2012

      The Collector's Edition Box Copy look so cool, but unfortunately i can't the 99$, really wish i could

    21. David on April 27, 2012

      Really impressive boost today :) I think we should be on track now. Especially when you factor in the boost all projects get in the last 3 days.

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      Nixitur on April 27, 2012

      Also, I'm checking the kicktraq link that Rob posted and in the last 20 minutes, it went from trending towards 91% to trending towards 93%.
      We can do this!

    23. Sean on April 27, 2012

      Wow, huge leap! I'd agree on putting something on the lower tiers.....maybe introduce a $35-40 tier with an extra digital goodie?

      I just hope darkForge are keeping an eye on how much it will cost to make these rewards versus how much they need for the project.

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      Nixitur on April 27, 2012

      So, for international shipping of the boxed copy, I would need to pay $114? What if I go up to $125? Will I get the boxed copy and the $125 reward tier, too or would I need to go up to $139 to get both the $125 reward tier as well as the boxed copy?

    25. Wesley Noble on April 27, 2012

      I think you might want to make the $50 and $75 ones a bit better too, might persuade more people to make the smaller jumps, for those who can afford $50 or $75 but not $100. Just a thought.

    26. Wesley Noble on April 27, 2012

      Upped my pledge to $25, I can't do more, but I think it is strange that the app is at the $100 pledge, I mean if you are making it anyway you could put it on a slightly lower one.

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      Andreas Wester on April 27, 2012

      You got me too. A reward to sweet to miss

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      Adam Ladly on April 27, 2012

      I've upped my pledge. You got me. I really hope this works guys

    29. SXX on April 27, 2012

      99$ is so interesting for me.
      I love to see how @notch writing his code, probably I've get that tier bit after :)

      I think you need to use some video service which record everything...

    30. Sam Porter on April 27, 2012

      Arrg, I really wanna double up but I've no idea if my budget will allow for it! Meh, I can eat cardboard right? :P

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      JediaKyrol on April 27, 2012

      I wish I could put in more...it's just that I found this project right after Wasteland, Shadowrun, and Double-Fine took all of my monies...I'm seriously going to be subsisting on a diet of ramen and "Sam's Club" soda for the next month.

      ...Ah, hell! Imma bump up to $50...and drop down to the "Food Lion" brand soda

    32. Patrick on April 27, 2012

      CE Box?!? Here! TAKE MY MONEY AND MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!

      Srsly. I really like the art design and everything. I really hope you guys get the money together for this awesome project.

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      Rynk on April 27, 2012

      Upped my pledge. Good Luck darkForge.

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      Ihana on April 27, 2012

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      Ihana on April 27, 2012

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    36. Nori on April 27, 2012

      @Chris, while I understand your sentiment, many people wouldn't/couldn't pledge at all if the lowest tier was say $15. I can't afford more than $15, maybe $25, because of all of the other kickstarters I've supported this month... Way to many awesome projects and instead of giving a lot to one, I've given a little to a lot.

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      Ihana on April 27, 2012

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    38. Daryl Putman on April 27, 2012

      The "alchemist's journal" reward, I don't really find it explained anywhere.

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      Brian Wainstein on April 27, 2012

      More than doubled my pledge. Now there's a compelling reason to do it! I would suggest that you make the iphone/android app available to the $50+ tier though. You're developing the app anyway, and the marginal cost of giving it to extra people should be negligible. It's probably way easier to move people from $25 to $50 (and then once $50, why not $75, and heck, why not $99?) than from $25 to $99.

    40. HolyHamsteR on April 27, 2012

      Upped my pledge a bit, It would be a shame if we lost!
      Cheers.

    41. Robin Beckett on April 27, 2012

      Just doubled my pledge. I want a plushie! :)

    42. Chris Hinkes on April 27, 2012

      If this game costs this much to make, you should have charged more than $15 to get a copy of the game. The majority of backers are going to choose the minimum to get the game.

    43. Silvernis on April 27, 2012

      Upped my pledge. Here's hoping there'll be something to show for it, lol. Best of luck. ^_^

    44. Bobby Allen
      Superbacker
      on April 27, 2012

      Just doubled my pledge. I also mentioned this project in Episode 51 of Funding the Dream. Around minute 21 is a shout out to your project.

      Good Luck.
      Bob Allen
      Author of the 2012 Gamers Yearbook

    45. Carl De Brabant on April 27, 2012

      Also the last question in the faq directly contradicts what you say here.

    46. Carl De Brabant on April 27, 2012

      Be carefull with these things. You need 100K but now you're giving ALOT of people a boxed copy of the game which aren't free to print. You now need 100K + printing costs to get to your goal. Realworld example here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/starcommand/star-command-sci-fi-meets-gamedev-story-for-ios-an/posts/208395

    47. darkForge Creator on April 27, 2012

      We don't intend to have the 25$ give two copies (I know that's kind of confusing) but if you intend only to use your copies for personal use (installing in multiple places etc) we have no problem sending two.

    48. darkForge Creator on April 27, 2012

      For international shipping add $15 :)