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Drix StudiosBy Drix Studios
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Drix StudiosBy Drix Studios
First created
CHF 11,356
pledged of CHF 25,000pledged of CHF 25,000 goal
343
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, October 26 2018 1:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

 

Coming to Windows, Steam, and DRM free sites. Planned release for consoles at a later date.

Grand Guilds is a story-driven, tactical RPG with unique card combat mechanics. You and your comrades will journey the lands of Irin, a continent on the brink of another war, while engaging in challenging tactical combat. Unveil a mystery that's plaguing all the guilds of the land.

In combat, each playable character has unique mechanics and abilities that, when combined properly, will make the difference between complete victory or utter defeat.

Will you help Eliza in her struggle to save the beautiful world of Irin?

  • Turn-Based Strategy - Learn and master the fundamentals of tactical combat. In Grand Guilds positioning, terrain, and your action points will mean the difference between victory and defeat.
  • Card Combat System - A diverse set of skill cards will form the abilities of your units, making every turn more dynamic and each decision more important and meaningful.
  • Deck Building - Tailor each character to your playstyle by customizing their skill decks. Obtain powerful new abilities by completing quests or leveling your characters.
  • Guild Quests - Embark on challenging, procedural missions that yield exciting rewards. Increase your guild's reputation to earn bonuses that will aid you in combat.
  • Diverse Cast - Each playable character has unique mechanics and abilities that enable them to fill various roles in your squad such as tank, support, and damage dealer.
  • Epic Journey - Unravel the mysteries shrouding Irin, a continent on the brink of war. Follow Eliza and her companions as they journey through this vast, magical world.
  • Partial Voice Acting - Characters shout out their actions in combat and express their feelings during dialogue using short phrases.
                                                             
     

We're happy to say that we have a playable demo for you. While everything in this demo is potentially subject to change and improvements, we believe this will give you a glimpse at what to expect from the final game.

Your pledge means a lot to us, but there are also other ways to support the campaign! Help us spread the word on social media and you will get an awesome reward!

Sample manga panel
Sample manga panel

All the goals below must be completed in order to unlock the reward above. Let's do this!

Gameplay in Grand Guilds is comprised of two main aspects - the combat and the overworld. The combat pits you against AI enemies in a tactical grid map, while the overworld let's you manage your characters, party, and quests.

Grand Guilds offers a unique combat experience through a skill card system. It's a Tactical RPG meets Card Game where you move your units in a grid-based map but on top of that, your skills are in the form of cards.

Action Points

Each character in your party starts with a set amount of cards and they draw 1 skill card per turn. Each skill costs action points which build up every turn, until a maximum of 5. The stronger the effects, the more action points it costs.

Apart from cards you draw, you will also have a Basic Ability which is always available once per turn at the cost of 2 AP. This way, your heroes will never run out of moves even if they draw bad cards.

Movement also costs 1 AP so you'll have to be aware of your position and your enemy's location.

Skill Cards 

Characters acquire more cards as they progress. There are 3 main types of cards which you can distinguish by their color.

  • Physical - cards that are affected by the character's STR attribute and deal physical damage. Effects can be reduced by Armor.
  • Magical - cards that draw from the INT attribute and deal magical damage. Effects can be reduced by Resistance.
  • Utility - cards that do not deal any damage but instead perform various effects such as heals, stun, teleport, taunt, etc.

Physical and Magical cards can also have additional effects like stuns, heals, etc. so they're not just for damaging enemies.

The world map is where you will be able to advance the main story and take on quests throughout Irin. Your crew will travel around the map using a flying ship named Mami. While in the air, there is a chance that you will encounter dynamic events which may yield various rewards.

Character Progression

Your characters gain experience for every successful encounter. Each level up will grant you stat points to progress your characters. Want a healer who can tank? Give them more vitality. Need your tank to deal more damage? Pump in more strength or intelligence.

Deck Building

You can also build powerful decks to compliment their stats and your play-style. Unlock more abilities using skill points which characters acquire when they progress.

Creating a custom deck
Creating a custom deck

The story takes place in the continent of Irin, a war-torn realm currently under the rule of the Triton Empire. The world is currently at a period of peace; however, recent events have shown what a fragile thing peace can be. Only the guilds, independent organisations of remarkable people, keep the realm from tipping into chaos.

Throughout the game's story, you will encounter various characters with their own unique personalities and looks. There are currently 9 playable characters in the game. Here are the first 3 heroes that you will have in your party.

Other playable and non-playable characters
Other playable and non-playable characters

The main story is told through a series of thoughtfully written dialogues and cutscenes using a visual novel-like system similar to Fire Emblem. Each character has partial voice acting at the beginning of their lines to denote emotion and mood.

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Grand Guilds features an amazing fantasy soundtrack composed by the talented Eduardo Lopez. Each track is reminiscent of classic strategy and Japanese RPGs we all know and love.

Grand Guilds is coming to Windows (Steam and DRM free). We also have plans for Switch,PS4,and Xbox One as a lot of people expressed their interest; however, we can't promise anything at the moment.

To focus on the development of the game, we decided to have all rewards as digital.

Desktop Wallpaper - we'll be creating a desktop wallpaper in the game's artstyle with the highest resolution possible for all backers.

Digital Copy of Grand Guilds - the game will be released on Windows for Steam and DRM free sites such as Itch.io, GameJolt, and GoG. You can opt in for any one of these.

Digital Soundtrack - get the entire original soundtrack for the game as composed by the talented Eduardo Lopez.

Digital Artbook - exclusive digital artbook containing paintings, concept art, sketches, and other official artworks for the game. All the artworks we ever did for the game will be here.

Early concept art for Eliza
Early concept art for Eliza

Discord Invite and Beta Access - gain access to the private Discord server. Additionally, backers who pledged $45 and above will have access to our closed beta. Help us improve the game and preview content before anyone else. Discord invites will be sent out ASAP while the Beta will most likely be on December 2018.

Your Name in Credits - we'll add your name to the game's credits. If you designed something for the game, we'll add that in as well.

Design an Encounter - work with us to design an encounter or event. It can be in a side quest, a dynamic event, or even part of the main storyline. You get to choose the objectives, enemies, terrain, dialogue, and much more.

Design an NPC - create your own NPC complete with 3D model and character portrait. Players will be able to encounter this NPC in the game.

Dialogue portrait and 3D model of an NPC
Dialogue portrait and 3D model of an NPC

Design an Enemy Unit - help us make an enemy unit, including its appearance and abilities. It can be a human or non-human which players will be able to encounter in both the story and guild quests.

Design a Guild - build your very own grand guild. You can choose its name, emblem, backstory, and 2 NPC members who will show up in the game. Players will encounter your guild in the game's story and will feature a quest chain.

Digital Painting of You - have a digital painting of you in the game's artstyle. You can be whatever you want - a hero, a ruler, a criminal. You name it!

Design a Boss Enemy Unit - work with us to create a unique boss enemy unit. You can choose everything about this unit, including its skills, appearance, and even habitat. Players will be able to encounter this boss in both the story and guild quests.

In-Game Statue of You - we will build a glorious statue for you in the game! You can be a hero, a previous ruler, or any other role you want.

Special thanks to our collaborators Christian Picaso and Paulo Arnante!

We've been self-funding Grand Guilds for more than 1.5 years now. While most of us are working on this game full-time, we occasionally take on part-time and freelance work to help sustain development. This of course takes time away from making Grand Guilds.

That's why we're here on Kickstarter! With your support, we don't have to take freelance jobs to fund our final stretch of development. All our time and resources will be poured into finishing Grand Guilds, which will greatly speed up development.

Kickstarter is also a great way to communicate with our players as the development goes on. Your feedback and input is important to making sure that Grand Guilds reaches its full potential!

Kickstarter Funding Breakdown
Kickstarter Funding Breakdown

This budget breakdown is for Kickstarter only. We still have some other funds from outside sources. We can still finish the game without this campaign.

Artwork (40%) - a huge chunk of the funding will go to making our art assets as gorgeous as possible. This includes everything from character portraits, to 3D models, and even the UI.

Voice Acting (25%) - since the game is partially voiced, we'll need to pay talented voice actors and actresses to bring our characters to life.

Music & Sounds (10%) - the game features its own original soundtrack and there's still a bunch of tracks for Eduardo to compose. We'll also need to produce some very specific sound effects for the game.

Taxes and Fees (25%) - we'll need to pay taxes to the government, Kickstarter fees, and transfer fees.

What about programming, writing, marketing, QA, etc.?

We still have some of our own funds left to pay for these other things. The breakdown above is just for the money from this Kickstarter campaign.

                                 
 

Risks and challenges

For the past year, we've been developing Grand Guilds with our own funding and time. Although most of the game is at a playable level, we still have a long way to go in terms of completion. A lot of content, assets, playtesting, bug fixing, and the like still need to be done.

Despite all the challenges and uncertainties ahead, we are confident that we would be able to deliver a full game in the end. Our project lead has years of experience in developing and releasing indie titles, while as a team we have successfully released a full game in the past.

Rest assured, we will do everything in our power to complete this project and deliver an amazing game for everyone to enjoy.

Thank you!
- Drix Studios

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