- 14K Stretch Goal - Samurai Showdown - Unlocked!
- Next Up 16K Bonus Track!
- Gold Level is now Massive!
- New Cthulhu 2 Soundsuite: Return of the Old Ones - Add-on Pack
- Exclusive Tracks added to Gold Level - Barbarian Horde & Siren's Song
- Custom Music Level now $50 off!
You have tons of awesome miniatures that you have spent hours painting. You play out your encounters on detailed maps or with beautifully sculpted terrain. The GM has pictures of all the monsters and NPCs you meet. You've put all this time into making your games fun and feel real, but you are still missing the greatest emotional tool you have... MUSIC! The sound will make everyone feel like they are really there and the music will make you never want to leave.
Make your games come alive with our premium immersive soundscapes. Create scenes that you and your friends will remember and be talking about for years to come. The ambient backgrounds and music in these 10 minute audio loops will add a new dimension to every moment in your game. Our tracks combine high quality professionally engineered ambient environments with originally composed music. Just like in musical theatre, radio programs of old, TV shows, video games and movies this intersection of sound and emotion will transport your gaming experience to the next level.
As lifelong gamers, we here at Darkraven Games are passionate about making the gaming experience as immersive and rewarding as possible for everyone. There are many gaming accessories out there like miniatures, maps and terrain that help Game Masters and players tell their stories. However, the visual and physical aspects of gaming are just two facets of the environment. Engaging the magic of sound can transform your game into a truly immersive adventure. You wouldn’t watch your favorite TV show with the volume muted so why game that way?
The introduction of our new Premium Gaming Soundscapes, with both sound backgrounds and original music is our answer to this situation. We are using this Kickstarter campaign to develop and deliver our first Core Set in this product line to you. We have an amazing new sound designer and composer on staff, Josh Cohen. His talents combined with our past Kickstarter track record, make us very confident we will be able to deliver for you again. We learned many things from the three successful projects we have to our credit and plan on making this the best Darkraven campaign to date. We are very excited about the launch of our new Premium Gaming Soundscapes. Darkraven is committed to the highest quality products and strong backer involvement. With your help, it is our mission to bring gaming alive! Please visit our website at www.darkravengames.com and thank you for your continued support.
A special thank you to our friends over at www.gamerstable.com for featuring music from this project in their weekly podcast.
Why Darkraven Premium Gaming Soundscapes?
Just imagine the ‘trench run’ in Star Wars with no sweeping John Williams score. How would the beach race scene in Chariots of Fire feel without Vangelis?Do you still feel chills when you hear the haunting notes of The Exorcist or do the shocking strings of Psycho make you jump even after all these years? Now picture the vast epic landscapes of Lord of the Rings. Do you still hear the beautiful Howard Shore score in your head? What makes all these movie moments so magical? The answer is simply, the music!
Our Premium Gaming Soundscapes start with the highest quality professional audio engineering to create fantastic immersive ambient environments. These soundscapes are not the low quality products you may have seen and heard in other places. We use professional sound libraries and sampling, combined with advanced computer software to create the perfect backgrounds for your gaming experience. Our audio engineer has years of experience working on movies and video games.
But then we take it to the next level!
Josh then composes, arranges and records original music that integrates seamlessly with each soundscape heightening its mood and intensifying the impact it will have on your game. For example, listen to one of the samples from our Suspense & Horror Pack with just the ambient environment. We call this soundscape "Watcher in the Rain".
OK, that was creepy. Your players will really feel the tension when you use this soundscape during an encounter. Now here is Josh’s original accompanying music to truly set the mood.
There’s some music that will really build the tension for you. Now let’s hear that great soundscape again with Josh’s scary melody mixed in for the full affect. This should definitely have all your gamers on the edge of their seats.
REDUX CORE SET
The Core Set consists of three themed packs containing eight (8) 10 minute soundscapes each. That’s over 5 hours of original music and premium sound backgrounds to enrich all of your games! Each pack is carefully crafted to provide eight related backgrounds focusing on an archetypal theme. Packs can be pledged for individually or in discounted group bundles. Standard pledges are for the final mixed tracks. All products will be digitally delivered in MP3 format.
See the Add-ons section if you are interested in the music or ambient environments separately or in FLAC format.
Fantasy Combat – Be it the individual duel of two knights, a small skirmish against an orc raiding party or a sweeping epic clash between massive armies, all your battle scenes will come to life with these amazing combat soundscapes.
Clash with the Beast
The Battle Begins
The Magicians' Duel
The Lancers' Last Charge
Cornered by the Foe
The Final Stand
Suspense & Horror – Sometimes not knowing is scarier than reality itself. Then again, sometimes the truth is too horrific to behold! Let your players feast on their own inner terror as these soundscapes keep them on the edge of their seats.
The Abandoned Warehouse
Watcher in the Rain
Flee for Your Life
A Foreboding Feeling
Condemned Amusement Park
Stranger in the Crowd
Evil Stalks the Night
Kingdom of the Elves – From their treetop havens to their white towers by the shore, the haunting songs of this elder people have touched the world with their beauty and sadness. Perhaps the most iconic of all fantasy races can now come alive in your games with these incredible soundscapes featuring original music using the actual Elven language.
Morning's First Light
The Living Forest
Joy of the People
The Waters of Remembrance
Parting of the Mist
The Shores of Forever
The Green Hills of Home
A Vow Unbroken
CTHULHU - RETURN OF THE OLD ONES
Cthulhu 2 Soundsuite – Return of the Old Ones - Add-on +$19 (Free with Gold) - Unspeakable terror has returned to our world. The veil between dimensions has worn thin and things too horrific for human understanding strain to break through. The sounds and music of “Return of the Old Ones” are the perfect accompaniment for any horror RPG or board game where your players risk more than merely their lives! Joshua will paint this tale of horror with over 45 minutes of sound and at least 6 tracks (though that track count is very flexible depending on the evolution of the work).
The Mystery Unfolds
Return to Dunwich
The Wrath of Dagon
A Melancholy Hope
Realm of the Deep Ones
Whisperer in the Darkness
At the Mountains of Madness
Terror at Hasley House
The Musician and Sound Designer
Joshua Cohen commenced his musical journey at the young age of four when he began his study of classical piano. He quickly moved on to Jazz, Funk, Pop, and Rock, and began playing the drums and guitar, performing in a myriad of bands of diverse genres, while continuing to give classical piano performances. He eventually set his sights on the prestigious Berklee College of Music where he graduated cum laude in both Film Scoring and Composition, minored in Interactive Video Game Scoring, and was honored with the BMI Film Scoring Award. Since graduating, he's worked as a composer and sound designer on feature films, video games for Android and iOS, as an arranger and producer of popular music and bands, and on advertising and sound branding campaigns. He also works as an assistant to Hollywood composer Mario Grigorov. His recent projects include the feature film Against The Jab and the game Nerdherder available for iOS and Android.
All rewards will be digitally delivered. All tracks come standard in high quality 320 kps MP3 file format.
$1 Pledge – YOU GET TO VOTE
Help select all the bonus and extra tracks for the project, get all the updates, share in our comments section and a sincere Thank You from Darkraven Games.
$15 Pledge – SAMPLE PACK
Do you want a little something from every pack? If so this is the level for you. At this level you receive one random track from each of the three Core Set packs plus one special bonus track. That’s a total of 4 tracks or 40 minutes of soundscapes. Files will be digitally delivered MP3s.
$24 Pledge – ONE PACK
Are you just interested in one themed pack? If so this is your level. At this level you receive one themed pack of your choice from the Core Set. That’s 8 tracks or 80 minutes of ambient environments and original music to enrich your games. Files will be digitally delivered MP3s. At this level and above you are also able to pledge for add-ons when they are unlocked.
NEW! - $40 Pledge - JUST THE MUSIC
You love the music but don't really need the backgrounds. You'll receive just the music (no ambient sound) for all three Core Set Packs. That's 4 hours of amazing music. Files will be digitally delivered MP3s.
$45 Pledge – TWO PACKS
You want most of the Core Set but not all of it. If so this discounted bundle is the level for you. You receive any two packs of your choice from the Core Set. You’ll get 16 tracks or over 2½ hours of amazing material. Files will be digitally delivered MP3s.
$55 Pledge – EARLY BIRD CORE SET
As a Thank You for pledging your support early, we are offering you this great deal. You like what you hear and want the entire Core Set. As an early backer you get it and at $10 off! You will receive all three packs in the Core Set. That’s 24 tracks with over 4 hours of fantastic soundscapes. Files will be digitally delivered MP3s. At this level you will also receive all bonus stretch goals unlocked.
$65 Pledge – CORE SET
You like what you hear and want the entire Core Set. You will receive all three packs in the Core Set. That’s 24 tracks with over 4 hours of fantastic soundscapes. At this level you will also receive all bonus stretch goals unlocked. Files will be digitally delivered MP3s.
$70 Pledge – EARLY BIRD GOLD SET
As a special Thank You for all of your support we are offering this $10 discount to all our most loyal backers. You love the Core Set and want more so here you go! You’ll receive the entire Core Set plus two Kickstarter Exclusive Tracks, just for you! We will even let you vote on what these tracks will be! In addition, you will receive a copy of all the Custom Music/Background and You Dream It! Tracks. You will also receive everything listed below in the $80 Gold Set. With all of these tracks pledged for that’s an incredible 72 tracks or over 12 hours of total material. Files will be digitally delivered MP3s.
$80 Pledge – GOLD SET
You love the Core Set and want more so we put together an amazing package for you! You’ll receive;
- The Core Set
- Two Kickstarter Exclusive Tracks (Barbarian Horde & Siren's Song)
- All Custom Music/Background and You Dream It! Tracks.
- The Dungoen Delver's Pack
- The Sci-Fi Sampler Pack
With all of these tracks pledged for that’s an incredible 72 tracks or 12+ hours of total soundscapes! Files will be digitally delivered MP3s.
$125 Pledge - Custom Background (Limit 3)
You really love the project but you wish you had that exactly right background to set the big scene. At this level you'll get the Gold Set plus a custom background you help to create. Files will be digitally delivered in both MP3 and FLAC format.
$175 Pledge - Custom Music (Limit 3)
You really love the project but you wish you had that special piece of music to set the mood. At this level you'll get the Gold Set plus a custom music track you help to write. Files will be digitally delivered in both MP3 and FLAC formats..
$250 Pledge – YOU DREAM IT! (Limit 4)
You really love everything you see here but you wish you could have that exact special soundscape. Well now you can! At this level you’ll receive the Gold Set plus a custom designed, musically enhanced soundscape of your own. You’ll consult with our audio engineer and composer to create BOTH the perfect background AND music just for you. You will receive ALL three versions of your track (sound, music, and mixed) in both FLAC and MP3 formats.
Once we are funded, we’d like to offer some additional exciting stretch goals to our loyal backers. Stretch goals fall into one of two categories, Bonus Tracks or Add-ons.
Bonus Tracks: All backers pledging at $55 CORE SET Reward and above will receive all unlocked bonus tracks for free. As we approach each goal backers will have the opportunity to vote on the content of each bonus track.
Add-ons: Any backers pledging at the $15 SAMPLE PACK Reward or above can over pledge by the Add-on cost to include any unlocked Add-ons in their rewards. We are starting with a few Add-on options and will unlock more as we reach stretch goals.
+$10 Pledge – Get All Three Mixes
While music and background sound in our soundscape are created to be listened to as an unit, some may wish to just play the music or ambient sounds alone. By upping your pledge by $10 you can add two additional separate versions of each track you pledged for. This means you will receive three files with each track;
- Final Mix
- Music Only
- Background Sound Only
+$10 - FLAC Files
Our soundscapes come in 320 kps MP3 format. This is excellent sound quality that will meet the needs of most backers. However, some backers may wish to also receive FLAC copies of all their files in addition to MP3s. If you wish to also receive FLAC files of your rewards simply up your pledge by $10.
In addition, we are offering some of our past products at a special discounted Kickstarter rate. Simply up your pledge by the listed amount to add the desired Darkraven product. Visit www.darkravengames.com or check out our past projects to hear samples.
+ $15 - Cthulhu Soundscapes (regularly $17)
+ $54 - Science Fiction Soundscapes (regularly $59)
+ $74 - Fantasy Soundscapes (regularly $79)
$14,000 - Unlocked! - Bonus Track Samurai Showdown added!
$16,000 (Locked) - Bonus Track
$18,000 (Locked) - Bonus Track
$20,000 (Locked) - Medieval Cities Add-on Pack
Medieval Cities Add-on Pack $20 – While every world has it’s dungeons and wastes, it also has it’s towns and cities. Be they humble or be they grant, these centers of civilization are just as important to any detailed game as the areas around them. Enhance your game with visits to the Mage’s Guild, resupplying in the local shops, breaking into the enemy hideout and running for your life through the city streets and alleyways.
...And more to come!
Thank you for your support!
I was amazed to see some people dig out their original Cthulhu soundscape backer avatars so decided to put these together for you all. )) Thanks! And enjoy!
Risks and challenges
The risks for this project are extremely low. Darkraven Games has a solid track record of already delivering all four previous soundscape projects on time and on budget. As you can hear above in our samples, our composer Josh, has already created ambient environments and music for each track. We just need a few more months to extend the shorter clips into full 10 minute soundscapes.
Required Legal Disclaimer:
*Though so far, all Darkraven sound projects have shipped early and to specifications promised in the Kickstarter, all Redux product and project specifications subject to change without notice.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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