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Bringing the steampunkesque, naval-to-air warship tactical game to a 3D online game for tablet, browser & mobile platforms.

Welcome to the official Leviathans Online: Monsters In The Sky Kickstarter!
 
If you are new to Kickstarter, here is a brief tutorial on how to submit your pledge and back this project:
 
 
***PLEASE CHECK OUR UPDATES SECTION FOR ALL OF THE LATEST NEWS***
 
 

We need your help to build:


- 3D turn based, tactical naval-to-air game
- For Tablet, PC/Mac, & mobile platforms
- Default factions include Great Britain & France

PLUS:

- Single Player Campaigns & Multiplayer modes
- Additional Factions, Units, Weapons and Campaigns at or post release

 
ALL HANDS ON DECK!
 
Randall Bills, long-time contributor to games such as BattleTech and Shadowrun, is back with another amazingly compelling game that is attractive for wargamers and alternate history/steampunk fans alike!
 
Leviathans Online is a dynamic, immersive 3D game coming soon for tablet, browser & mobile platforms that will launch players into the skies of 1910. This isn’t just a steampunk game of zeppelins and airships, but a universe where many war-forged ships clash in the skies and the decisions of a single, brave sky captain can impact an entire empire. 
 
Not only will wargamers, tabletop miniature gamers, alternate history or steampunk fans find the universe wonderfully immersive - but anyone can enjoy this dynamic, epic take on a key historical time in mankind's story.
 
Over Togo's head the Zed flag was burning. The pride of the Japanese fleet, the battleship Mikasa was sinking. His aide tried to pull him toward the lifeboats, but Togo stopped and looked up. He saw the battered Russian leviathan claw its way into the blue sky. And at that moment Admiral Togo Heihachiro knew that Japan would not rule the east, after all. And one more thing. It was not the age of the gun.
 
It was the age of the sky!
 
Want to know more about the universe? Here’s the nutshell:

In 1878 the Polish genius Rynchowski, isolated an electrical fluid with remarkable lifting capabilities. A single, pivotal event that would change the world.
 
The smartest military minds of the coming generation—Zeppelin, Jellico, Fisher and others—diverted their attention to the glorious new technological revolution and sea-going battleships were abandoned around the world. In their place, armored giants took to the skies.
 
In 1906, Great Britain launched the HMS Leviathan, the first of the “super air ships”, sparking an arms race around the world. By 1910 the most powerful nations boasted large High Fleets, and the start of small skirmishes left the world uneasy.
 
Welcome to Leviathans!
This isn’t just about making a fun game (though obviously we hope to do just that). Instead, it’s about creating an experience where YOU help to decide what the game will be like, what additional ships and factions might be added and more! We fully believe that those who play the game should have a say in how the experience should be.

With your help and support, we can work together to bring this great tabletop miniatures naval-to-air alternate history/steampunk game to PC/Mac browsers, tablets, and mobile devices for more than just a digital reproduction of the physical game, but provide a complete property experience that would include:
Our team is made up of industry veterans that total more than 50 years of AAA and online MMO experience, and we are super excited about the opportunity to work together with all of you to make a killer game that would do the tactical & steampunk genres justice!

The game we want to make is humble compared to some current 'AAA' expectations, but it is still way beyond the ability of a small start-up to fund by itself. The restraints on the licensing and marketing make it very difficult for private investor's interest, but with some of the recent successes of some other veteran designers on Kickstarter, it is possible to consider making this project a reality.
Kickstarter provides us an opportunity to work with fans directly and impact development of a game's content while funding a portion of the creation. We hope that Leviathans Online is a creative concept you want to help make into a reality and look forward to working together with all of you in making it an experience we all can enjoy.
 
One of the things that we feel most strongly about, is that Leviathans Online can set the stage for battles we all can appreciate. That’s one of the beautiful things about in-person tabletop miniatures tactic games which we are focused on bringing to our platforms.
 
We want to put that power in the hands of you, the players, we plan to create a scenario editor (early sneak peak releases for certain backing levels) so that the community can constuct their own sorties. When you upload your scenarios, you can make them available to your friends or the entire Leviathans community!
 
CONCEPTS ONLY - We will show images of our prototypes in the blog during future updates!
CONCEPTS ONLY - We will show images of our prototypes in the blog during future updates!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The high-level risks to the Leviathans Online project are:

COST: We are aiming to build far more than a complete digital version of the game experience set at the targeted $300,000 goal. We want to add features such as factional multiplayer ladders, battles, stats, and real-time maps, fleet challenges, online tournaments, tie-in application features with the physical game just to name a few. The limitations are directly tied to the level of funding achieved. Hitting our stretch goals beyond the $300,000 target can really make an amazing experience!

TIME: To ensure we deliver as promised, we will also be developing tool-sets for features such as scenario creation. Time is an enemy on all fronts to game projects, but with such a well defined game we do have an advantage of translating the original game mechanics and even polishing them in the online game versions.

COMMUNICATION: We will do our absolute best to update you on various levels of progress throughout the development cycle of this game. Transparency is one of our core values and we realize how important it is to listen to you.

FAQ

  • Player vs. player is at the essence of the game and is very much a part of the plan. We have designed a very comprehensive idea of the multiplayer experience, and what features and modes it will encompass.

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  • The project is in early development, but we view this as a plus. We truly believe that if we can get a community to rally behind an already great game and contribute integral feedback about the design features they want, we can make a game that truly caters to fans of Leviathans and the genre.

    We do plan to show demos and updates as the campaign progresses to allow backers to visualize the game experience. I also want to point out that our communication plan stretches much further than the initial fundraising campaign. We hope to have backers and devoted gamers work with us throughout the development cycle of the game. We want to show an idea we have, take in feedback and make sure we are spending our time and energy on what matters most. We will post videos, sneak peeks, polls and other features to allow our community to tell us what they want.

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  • We apologize for the confusion this may have caused. The 'Sextant' is only available at the $500 pledge level as the graphic indicates. We realized this error in the rewards column after someone had already pledged $250 so we were unable to make the change. We are very sorry for any frustration this may cause.

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  • Yes, you will need two copies of the game. However, we will do our best to make all versions affordable. The pledge reward at $45 will land you 2 copies of the game and you get to choose which platform you want them for.

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  • The level of pledging we receive, will determine the number of platforms we can build the game on.

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  • We definitely have concepted tie-ins to the physical game in our stretch goals. We would love to be able to provide that connection between both experiences. We hope to share more as the full potential of our goals is realized.

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  • $300k Goal:- Release of board game reproduction on Tablet (iPad)- PC/Mac port one month later - first added feature value content (see details below)

    DETAILS:

    1) Tablet (iPad) 'Full Game' reproduction release with Faction based Tutorial campaign mode, Quick Game mode (I.e. 'Fashoda clash' scenario between Great Britain & France), Lieutenant & Commander difficulties, Full English& French default fleets, PvP matchup & 'Pass & Play' modes.

    2) PC/MAC 'Full Game' reproduction release with Faction based Tutorial campaign mode, Quick Game mode (I.e. 'Fashoda clash' scenario between Great Britain& France), Lieutenant & Commander difficulties, Full English & French default fleets, PvP matchup & 'Pass & Play'

    + First units, conflict scenarios, & faction fleets for purchase:(i.e. alternate type 2,3,4 ships for all factions, new fleets for Germany & Italy or Japan & Russia - TBD by backer polls)

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  • Priority just indicates who will receive the first wave of keys that are provided for the closed beta. Anyone who pledges below the CPO will still have access to the closed beta, they will just be a part of the second wave of key releases.

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  • We have our project roadmap in place for gating goals & targeted release dates.

    Currently, our releases take into account known risks & assumptions & have us at 7 months post-kickstarter campaign for completing the core game (@ 6months for iOS, +1 month later to complete port to PC).***see the details section of 'update #5' on the updates tab for the high level deliverables***.

    If the project is fortunate enough to reach a further stretch goal as well (details to be released when campaign looks to hit our the kickstarter target) we also have already estimated & planned up to 3 further release dates (Over 13 months total) for these additional features and ports, which backers will be polled to determine the order in which they would also be developed & released as well.

    NOTE: The dates above are based on all pre-project estimates from our production team. If backers demand to have additional features when the campaign hits our target that make sense, we will ensure the project is re-evaluated & course correct as necessary to ensure clear dates to reach are transparent within 1 week of the Kickstarter campaign coming to a close.

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  • We have not factored in an Android launch for our initial goal, but if we can achieve some of our stretch goals it is definitely something we have considered.

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    AIRMAN: You support turning tabletop miniature games into full properties and support small studio development!

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    ABLE AIRMAN: Copy of the game (Platform choice) / Exclusive background wallpapers (Lieutenant grade, faction + Leviathan) / Lieutenants Forum/Community Backer Avatar (Bronze only) / Digital Lieutenant License (Printable)

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    LEADING AIRMAN: Able Airman Rewards + Access to exclusive Faction polls in forum (Post-launch) + Beta Access Key

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    PETTY OFFICER: Leading Airman Rewards w/ 2x Copies of the game (Platform choice) w/ Commander Forum Backer Avatar (Silver only) + Digital 'Commander License' (Printable) / NOTE: Not combinable with prior digital copy reward

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    CHIEF PETTY OFFICER: Petty Officer Rewards w/ Priority Beta Access Key + Your name in the credits as ‘Backer’ + Leviathans small 'Boatswain Whistle'

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    ENSIGN: Chief Petty Officer Rewards + Free iTunes download of Game Soundtrack + Small 'Boatswain Whistle' + Small painted 'ship bust' (Choice of type, faction)

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    LIEUTENANT: Copy of the game (Platform choice) / Exclusive background wallpaper (Lieutenant edition) / Lieutenant’s Forum/Community Backer Avatar (Gold only) / Digital Lieutenant License (Printable) / Access to exclusive Faction polls in forum (Post-launch) / Priority Beta Access Key / Free iTunes download of Game Soundtrack / Your Name in the credits as ' Honorary Backer' / Scenario editor + unique 'Planner' community avatar / Medium size painted 'ship bust' (Choice of type, faction) / 1 exclusive backer T-shirt (Leviathan only) /

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    LIEUTENANT COMMANDER: Lieutenant Rewards w/ 2 exclusive backer t-shirts (choice of faction and Leviathan) w/ Your name in the credits as ‘Elite Backer’ + Dog tag with your name and faction embossed

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    SKY COMMANDER: Lieutenant Commander Rewards w/ Your name in the credits as ‘Distinguished Backer’ w/ 3 exclusive backer T-shirts (1 of each faction and Leviathan) + 1 Custom Leviathan 'Sextant' Desk prop

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    SKY CAPTAIN: Copy of the game (Platform choice) / Exclusive background wallpaper (Sky Captain edition) / Sky Captain's Forum/Community Backer Avatar (Platinum only) / Sky Captain Plaque (Physical) / Digital Sky Captain License (Printable) / Access to exclusive Faction polls in forum (Post-launch) / Priority Beta Access Key / Free iTunes download of Game Soundtrack / Your name in the credits as 'Distinguished Backer' / Scenario editor + unique 'planner' community avatar / Large size painted 'ship bust' (Choice of type, faction) / 1 Custom Leviathans 'Sextant' Desk Prop / 3 exclusive backer T-shirts (1 of each faction + Leviathan) / Choice of Faction Fleet Game Set /

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    SKY REAR-ADMIRAL CONSTRUCTION: Sky Captain Rewards w/ 1 Custom Leviathans 'Sextant' Desk prop w/ 1 Copy of each Faction Fleet set

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    SKY REAR-ADMIRAL TRAINING: Sky Rear-Admiral Construction Rewards w/ Copy of Leviathans Box Set + Faction Fleet set of choice + Design custom skins for chosen Faction Fleet

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    SKY REAR-ADMIRAL FLEET: Sky Rear-Admiral Training Rewards + Design custom ship/unit for chosen faction/fleet + Name their ship option (can connect directly with the team via Skype during design)

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    THIRD SKY LORD: Sky Rear-Admiral Fleet Rewards + Design and add Likeness to an NPC (can connect directly with the team via Skype during design)

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    SECOND SKY LORD: ***North America Only / Third Sky Lord Rewards + Afternoon @ Lemonade Labs/Hyper Hippo Studio (w/Lance Priebe, Randall Bills, & Production team sitting in design session + play a game of Leviathans)

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    FIRST SKY LORD / SKY ADMIRAL: ***North America Only / Second Sky Lord Rewards + Lance Priebe/Randall Bills will come to your home town & run a massive game with you and guests of your choice

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