This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, May 10 2019 1:00 PM UTC +00:00.
Coming to PC (Windows) and Nintendo Switch
Grand Guilds is a story-driven, tactical RPG with a unique blend of 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. Positioning and terrain 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 Narrative - 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.
- Voice Acting - Characters shout out their actions in combat and express their feelings during dialogue using short phrases.
We do have a playable demo for everyone to try. Everything in this demo is a work in progress and may be subject to change and improvements, but we believe this will give you a glimpse of what to expect from the final game.
Do let us know what you think of the demo! Feedback is very much appreciated.
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. You can control a maximum of 3 characters per combat.
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 is set at a maximum of 5.
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.
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.
Playable characters and Boss enemies will have Passive abilities which can impact your playstyle and open up more opportunities for different strategies. You can unlock more passives as you play and equip them on your heroes.
Terrain and Elevation
Positioning will play a huge part in winning though battles. You can combine your cards' effects with how you position your units in order to gain certain bonuses. You could even alter the terrain yourself to some degree!
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.
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.
You can also build powerful decks to compliment their stats and your play-style. Unlock more cards using skill points which characters acquire when they progress.
There are also special, more powerful cards that can only be unlocked by progressing the story or finishing a specific quest.
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.
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.
Dialogue may also occasionally be triggered during combat if it helps elevate the encounter.
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) and Nintendo Switch. Same day release date for both platforms is yet to be decided. One may launch before the other.
We are also considering PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as a lot of people expressed their interest; however, we can't commit to any release dates for PS4 and Xbox 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 for PC (Windows) and Nintendo Switch. 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.
Beta Access (PC only) - play the game early and help us test the game. Your feedback is important to us in shaping the final release!
Design a Piece of Lore - write a piece of lore that will exist in the world of Grand Guilds. It can be about anything or anyone; however, it should not interfere with the game's existing storyline or characters.
Design an Enemy Unit - help us make a normal 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 main story and other quests.
Design a Side Quest - become a game designer by making a side quest that players will take. You will decide the story, dialogue, objectives, and combat encounters involved in the quest.
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 main story and other 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.
Credited As - each reward tier has its own credits associated with it. Your name will be listed in the game's credits based on this.
You can customize your rewards by adding the following items.
How To: In order to get an add-on, just click on Manage Pledge. Then increase your existing pledge amount by adding the price of the item(s) you want above.
After the campaign, you'll be able to specify what add-ons you selected for the pledge increase.
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!
All social goals below must be met in order for the reward to be unlocked.
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- Join Discord: https://discord.gg/bhE9sGg
- Youtube Videos: Create gameplay videos using the playable demo
The Grand Guilds development team started with just one person and eventually grew as the game progressed. The entire team works remotely. Some of us live in the same city, while others are in a completely different country.
The game is going to be published on Nintendo Switch by Keybol Games. They will also be providing additional marketing and QA support. We will still be self-publishing on Steam.
Special thanks to Agnes Picaso, and Gay Salve Pante for making this possible.
We've been self-funding Grand Guilds for more than 2 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!
This budget breakdown is for Kickstarter only. We still have some other funds from outside sources. We can still finish the game no matter what.
Artwork (65%) - 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.
Music & Sounds (15%) - 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 (20%) - we'll need to pay taxes to the government, Kickstarter fees, and transfer fees.
What about programming, writing, marketing, QA, etc.?Most of these have already been settled and we still have some of our own funds left to pay for the other things. The breakdown above is just for the money from this Kickstarter campaign.
Thank you for reading this far! Please help spread the word. If you know any people that may like Grand Guilds, feel free to tell them!
Risks and challenges
For the past 2 years, we've been developing Grand Guilds with our own funding and time. We attempted a Kickstarter in the past but unfortunately, it was not successful. A lot of progress was made since then and although most of the game is now playable, we still have a long way to go in terms of polishing. 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.
- Grand Guilds Team
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