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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 22 2014
$2,485
pledged of $85,000pledged of $85,000 goal
26
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 22 2014

About

 "Another boring day at the office. On the road, headed back home. His watch reads 11:14 PM. Looks like he'll arrive home earlier tonight. But something strange fills the air around him, he feels a cold shiver, and his newly repaired headlight seems to be malfunctioning. Out of nowhere a thick fog appears. He can no longer see his bike. He knows he must stop, but... Suddenly he hits something, and his body is thrown from the bike. The next thing he feels is the rough kiss of the hard ground. His eyes open again, but the sun seems too bright. He struggles and manages to stand up. Beside him lays his bike, rusting and half-buried in the sand. Around him, the ocean and the beach make him wonder if he's still alive. Where is he? What is this place?! "

Hi.

First of all, I want to thank you for stopping at my project. My name is Marius H. Popa, 3D Generalist, and my goal with Aranyus series is to revive the feelings that we all found in some old school RPG, especially open world games, my favorites. The best example I can give is Gothic, which is, in my opinion, one of the best games. Aranyus is a game born from an idea that I have for some years, it's a dream that I have about creating a game for real gamers. With your help this dream may come true. Let's create a good RPG and a nice community around this game. Now I would like to invite you to read more about my game. Aranyus - A Journey Begins will be the first one of the Aranyus series which will contain three games.

  • Aranyus - A Journey Begins will be a game available for Windows,Mac and Linux.

The story takes place on Aranyus in a medieval fantasy era, an island divided by various races and cultures which exists in a parallel universe where the laws of nature are far more different from what we know. On Aranyus magic almost rule the entire land and even peoples life, everything has evolved in various ways, some things may look familiar while others will look completely strange.

After the accident the biker wakes up on a beach without knowing for sure if it's dead or alive, is in a dream or a different reality. From now on he must discover what happens with him, what is that place and maybe most importantly, he must learn to survive in this new place called Aranyus. Along his journey the biker will find that not everything, it's different, things like crimes, corruption and betrayal exist there too. In this land your abilities will be tested each step, from surviving in battles or get over cold nights to decisions about who are the people you can trust.

In the first part of the game, the hero will have time to discover a small part of Aranyus and how life flow here. Soon, our hero will discover that "the calm before the storm" is a real expression when something that appear like random attacks and crimes become more and more the contour of a bigger plan. Who's behind this, what is the goal? It's some old enemy or is a new enemy, completely unknown? Lot's of questions who need to be answered, Aranyus fate may be in your hands.

 The main character must complete quests, both main and secondary, defeat enemies and slay wild animals and monsters to earn experience and skill points, which will increase basic attributes and skills.

In Aranyus the interaction between player and environment will help you to survive. From animals and monsters you can get various products which can be used for food or healing, as an example, or can be sold to merchants for money. Another example is that the player must start a fire to not freeze over night. In short, you will have to do what you should do in real life.

Aranyus will challenge you from the beginning to the very end.In Aranyus you can find a day and night cycle with dynamic weather . This will add a drop of realism and also completely change the mood, in day time you may be confident on your strengths but after midnight the fear may get you in her claws.
In Aranyus are two types of quest, the main quests and secondary quests.

The Main quests will guide you through all over the map and are important in order to finish the game. Some of them require physical strength while others are more tricky, testing your mental power, the brain.

The secondary quests can be taken from secondary characters and are very various, from funny little quests to some really difficult. These quests can be useful to earn more experience and money, but also to find some great places and objects.

The big and detailed map of Aranyus will take you from splendid, sunny beaches to the peaks of eternal snowy and foggy mountains full of tunnels and challenges. The entire map will be populated by creatures and each corner will bring you face to face with new hazards. Discover new places, new creatures and new trials, you can't get tired exploring Aranyus.

The terrain can be your friend, but also your enemy, find impassable rivers which will force you to find other places where you can pass, discover maze-like caves hiding great treasures and creatures. Use the terrain as an advantage in battles and scouting. Discover places where not even the craziest man would dare to enter, but your fate may take you right through them.

Explore the map and find the old Aranyus teleportation system, a relic from ancient times but that still holds the power to take you on the other side of Aranyus in a moment.

 The main character, a simple man from our world, with problems and an unfulfilled life, full of questions about him, but no answers at all, will wake up in a way more complicated situation. In order to survive, he must clear his mind and find the answers about that new world and about himself. But trying to get the answers, he will be more and more connected to the Aranyus fate, eventually reaching the point where turning around is no longer an option. Soon, will find himself between two wars, Aranyus war, on one side and his internal war, with his demons on the other side.

Learn all the skills you need to survive in the new environment.

 In Aranyus you will find many secondary characters from the ones important for main quests to simple merchants or villagers who just has something to say, may not be important but it's a right they have.

On your journey you may find characters, not very friendly, like bandits or assassins and even undead creatures. Bandits can be of different races, not only humans, you may find or bandits and many others. They live in wildness near roads and attack anyone who pass by to get some money and other valuable items. Assassins are different, yes, they want to kill you too but they kill only to get the bounty, as far as nobody wants you dead, you are safe. Another difference from bandits, it's their skill level, they are far more dangerous and trained.

Another type of characters is the blacksmiths, they can craft you some special weapons and buy some of your items, like leather and iron. You can find them in all towns.

Merchants will buy your stuff or sell anything to you. You can find them in towns or on the main roads between towns. From them, you can also get some quests so be sure to check them if you need work.

In Aranyus, wizards can be either good or bad, there's no middle way for them. You can go to wizards for some advice or to sell or buy magical objects. They usually live in some kind of towers which are different depending on the culture and location.

Here we are in the habitat section. With a big and complex map, the habitat cannot be anything else. Aranyus habitat depends on the altitude and climate.

You will find plants that have the power to heal your wounds or restore your energy, plants that are valuable for merchants and most dangerous are the carnivorous plants, some of them can easily kill an adult human.

The animals and creatures populating Aranyus world will obey the day and night cycle, along with the night a lot more terrifying creatures will roam the land, walking alone in the night it's not a bright idea. At day time the things are a little more simple, you can see what creature will kill you.

Some of the animals are common like wolves, bears, boars and others while others are strange and let's say different.

Walking around the map you can find some rare species who survived from ancient times, those are the most dangerous, but around them you can find big treasures because no one dare to get them.

In Aranyus world, because it has a long history, you can find all kinds of weapons and armor. From some old, iron rusty swords to some highly crafted swords made from rare materials.

The player can use melee and ranged weapons. Weapons and armor can be either found, earned in quest or bought from merchants.

Depend on your style, you can choose from one handed weapons, two handed weapons, axes or blunt weapons. Some of them posses magical powers and use elements like fire or ice to inflict more damage or hurt some creatures sensible to that element.

Like the weapons, armor can be found in different shapes and made from many materials, with more or less protection. Armor and weapons can also give you some stats changes, while some of your stats may get higher, others may get lower, so choose wisely what armor suit you better.

You can hear the music style on the trailer. Aranyus will have some great epic-medieval tracks created by Aidan O'Connor, a young musician and composer, this tracks would complete the feeling of the game. The music will be created and adjusted so that the player can really enjoy his journey.

 So, why Kickstarter? Well, the answer can be pretty simple. Like I say above, Aranyus is a game which I've been dreaming for some time, it's how I see an open world RPG. Although I have some money for this project, it's far from enough. To create this big and detailed world, it's a lot of work, until now I worked alone, my brother helped me on the programming part but not as much as I needed. The money will be used for getting some help (quality help isn't cheap), to upgrade some of the software I use, for the game music, other unexpected costs and let's not forget about the taxes and fees. Each dollar will polish a little more the Aranyus world and will bring this game closer to reality. It's not easy, I know, but we can make it, I know we can. I promise that I will do anything I can to bring in front of you the game how I see it, a game that i'm sure you all will love it.

Risks and challenges

The main challenge is to bring to all the people who supported me a high quality and entertaining game. I've been thinking about this from the very beginning and I'm confident that my concept will help me create the game that we all expect. Of course that will be a lot more challenges along the road, but I like them and I will get over them.

The risk could be the end date, Jul 2016. I will do my best to finish it on this date, but, if for some unexpected reasons, the game will be delayed I hope will be a maximum of 2 months. All of my backers would be informed periodic about the game progress and even get images on how the game goes

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