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$37,075
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466
backers
5days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, May 31 2019 10:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Nox Archaist is a tile-based, 8-bit, sword-and-sorcery role-playing game modeled after the iconic games of the 1980s.

Our goals for this project are to capture the retro-gaming experience from the 1980s and explore what might have happened if commercial RPG development had continued on 8-bit computers to the present day. Nox Archaist will be playable on both original Apple II hardware (128k enhanced Apple //e, Apple IIc, and Apple IIGS) and modern Mac and Windows PCs through emulators. For real hardware you'll need either dual floppy drives or a hard drive (such as the CFFA3000 or FloppyEMU).

We are developing Nox Archaist from scratch, in assembly language, on real Apple II hardware. We're talking handmade quality bits here. All 8 of them.

Richard Garriott: Game developer and designer for the Ultima series
Richard Garriott: Game developer and designer for the Ultima series
Rebecca Heineman: Developer, Tass Times in Tonetown, Bard's Tale III
Rebecca Heineman: Developer, Tass Times in Tonetown, Bard's Tale III
Ultima Codex, 2017 favorite Ultima-inspired project
Ultima Codex, 2017 favorite Ultima-inspired project
Some of the cool items available with Nox Archaist!
Some of the cool items available with Nox Archaist!

The Nox Archaist kickstarter has multiple reward tiers, containing items such as:

  • Digital download of the game, manual, and music
  • Full-color sturdy game box
  • Paper or cloth map of the realm
  • Printed game manual
  • Unique game artifacts
  • In-game rewards such as naming rights and dungeon design
  • Special titles such as Baron, Count, or Lord
$10 Digital download of game, manual, map, music
$10 Digital download of game, manual, map, music

$59 Boxed set, manual, floppies, USB drive, paper map, digital downloads
$59 Boxed set, manual, floppies, USB drive, paper map, digital downloads
$89 Collector's Edition, full boxed set plus cloth map, game artifacts, writ from the Queen
$89 Collector's Edition, full boxed set plus cloth map, game artifacts, writ from the Queen
$199 Castle Boxed Set, includes Collector's Edition, name your own item, optional autographed map
$199 Castle Boxed Set, includes Collector's Edition, name your own item, optional autographed map
$199 Limited Edition, includes Collector's Edition, name your own item, Baron of the Realm, numbered certificate, optional autographed map
$199 Limited Edition, includes Collector's Edition, name your own item, Baron of the Realm, numbered certificate, optional autographed map
$399 Game Designer, Collector's Edition, design your own location, Count of the Realm, certificate, letter from the Queen, optional autographed map
$399 Game Designer, Collector's Edition, design your own location, Count of the Realm, certificate, letter from the Queen, optional autographed map
$599 Lord of the Realm, Collector's Edition, own your own tavern, role play a Lord of the Realm, unique certificate, letter from the Queen, optional autographed map, interview with creators
$599 Lord of the Realm, Collector's Edition, own your own tavern, role play a Lord of the Realm, unique certificate, letter from the Queen, optional autographed map, interview with creators
$999 Nox Box, only revealed to one who enters the darkness
$999 Nox Box, only revealed to one who enters the darkness

You crawl ashore, spluttering out sea water, still clutching your sword. Every muscle aches from struggling against the storm, then later, against the waves. You were so close to discovering the secret of the magical barrier that threatens your homeland. Your investigations led you to a mysterious cult. But, after hearing fell voices on the winds of the storm that rose up out of nowhere, you fear that larger forces may be at play. You thought you heard the name Vazarath whispered among them. Now, shipwrecked and with your companions dead, how can you hope to accomplish your mission?

Raising your head, you see a figure approach, carrying a glowing torch. As the figure steps closer, you see that the light comes not from a torch, but from the tip of an oak staff. A black robe envelopes the figure, with a low hood that completely obscures the creature’s face. A cultist? With a cry you struggle to free your sword from the clinging seaweed. As you look up, you see that the figure is simply standing there, holding out their hand. You slowly take the hand and pull yourself to your feet. As they lower their hood and smile warmly, you realize that even though you swore to defend the realm from shadow and darkness, perhaps you don’t have to do it alone.

Nox Archaist is set in a sinister realm ruled by swords and sorcery. Adventurers brave enough to explore Nox Archaist will encounter engaging NPCs and a vast storyline within a sandbox world with linear storyline elements. Hordes of vile enemies will block your path to fame and riches.

Much more than just a "hack and slash" game, Nox Archaist will offer a rich and rewarding world to explore and discover, with many secrets, interesting stories, and a deep history to unravel. 

Gamers will enjoy features like skills-driven character development and strategic turn-based combat scenarios which integrate with the game's storyline and push the boundaries of the Apple II platform.

Features that push the Apple II envelope include:

  • Complex world with both linear storyline and non-linear sandbox elements
  • Hiding in tall grass, horse jumping, swimming
  • NPCs with independent movement and adaptive behavior
  • Advanced mob combat tactics
  • Popup windows and other modern user interface elements
Let's take a look at our party!
Let's take a look at our party!
Time to break out the spells and weapons!
Time to break out the spells and weapons!
I know, let's buy a ship!
I know, let's buy a ship!
Making camp - what could go wrong?
Making camp - what could go wrong?

6502 Workshop is the grassroots game-development effort of a small team of technology and graphics professionals. The Nox Archaist project was born in the early 1980s while we explored new worlds created by the Ultima and Bard's Tale series. Since then we've been driven to create our own fantasy RPG.

The original Workshop crew was fortunate enough to team up with old-school Apple II veterans who are excited to help make Nox Archaist the best gaming experience that it can be. These include:

  •  Elizabeth Daggert, former lead programmer for Lode Runner Online.
  •  Peter Ferrie, aka Qkumba, software developer for companies like Microsoft and Symantec by day and grandmaster assembly-language programmer by night.
  •  Jarrod Kailef: veteran of projects such as Richard Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar and Sun Dog: Resurrection.
  •  Michael Pohoreski: professional game developer with experience at several studios including Electronic Arts.
     
The 6502 Workshop team
The 6502 Workshop team

 Shipping is:

  • $6 Anywhere in the U.S.
  • $25 Canada
  • $35 Anywhere else in the world
     

Backers outside the U.S. are responsible for any VAT and/or customs charges where applicable.

 Stretch Goals for Nox Archaist include:

 * At $30,000 we will commission a custom painting by Denis Loubet to be used as a piece of artwork within the boxed set, along with a digital download to all backers. Denis Loubet has done artwork for games such as Ultima, Wing Commander, and Car Wars, including the covers of Ultima IV, V, and VI. You can see his artwork here.

** At $40,000 we will add a quick combat option to the Nox Archaist game engine, for all backers. Nox Archaist is designed with tactical combat on a tile-based screen. With the addition of this option, before each battle you can choose to do tactical combat or quick combat where the outcome is rapidly computed.

Ken Gagne, Editor-in-Chief, Juiced.GS magazine
Ken Gagne, Editor-in-Chief, Juiced.GS magazine
Nox Archaist Live Stream, recorded Friday May 10
Nox Archaist Live Stream, recorded Friday May 10
Spam Spam Spam Humbug interview with game creator Mark Lemmert
Spam Spam Spam Humbug interview with game creator Mark Lemmert

Risks and challenges

While no project is risk free, we believe the risks associated with Nox Archaist are relatively low.

We have completed the core game engine along with most of the art work and game assets. Fully playable sections of the game have been created and tested by our team and the Lost Sectors Podcast (see http://preview.noxarchaist.com). The storyline and main quest line details have been fleshed out. Our focus now is on creating additional content, more testing, and polishing.

To mitigate risk, we are using a development method that is similar to that advocated by Richard Garriott, which allows the story to flow out of the engine rather than design an engine to tell a specific story. Finally, we have chosen a conservative completion date to ensure that we can devote the time necessary to make Nox Archaist into a cohesive, complex, and engaging story that is fun to play.

We have created prototypes for the physical reward items and have lined up vendors. Although the reward photos show prototypes, they are representative of the final items and any changes to the artwork or materials will be minor.

The final production involves managing finances, coordinating with suppliers, and creating processes for efficient assembly and delivery. We are confident in our ability to tackle these challenges: 6502 Workshop co-founder Mark Lemmert is a CPA and MBA with decades of experience in finance and business management in entrepreneurial technology companies (see https://www.linkedin.com/in/marklemmert). Co-founder Mike Reimer has years of experience procuring and shipping physical goods.

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    Support the pizza fund! Be one of the first people to play Nox Archaist on your 128k Apple II or in an emulator on a modern Mac or PC! Plus, you’ll keep the team fed and happy as they finish the game!

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    You will receive Nox Archaist in an awesome game box with a printed manual, full-color paper map, floppy disks for the Apple II, a USB stick, and digital downloads for the Mac and PC.

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    • Full-color game box
    • Printed manual
    • 5.25" floppies for Apple IIe, IIc, and IIgs
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    This is the full collector’s edition of Nox Archaist with all the feelies!

    You will receive Nox Archaist in an awesome game box loaded with feelies, such as a fabric map, game tokens, and a crown jewel. Designed for Apple II, Mac, and PC gamers!

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    • Full-color game box
    • Printed manual
    • Full-color cloth map
    • 5.25" floppies for Apple IIe, IIc, and IIgs
    • USB drive containing the game
    • Digital downloads of the game, map, manual, and music
    • Game artifact: Tokens of the Realm
    • Game artifact: Crown Jewel
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    Castle Boxed Set

    Add some humor to the Nox Archaist realm!

    You’ll receive all of the items in the above tiers, plus you get to name an in-game object found in Castle Foolery.

    Castle Foolery is a special location in the game which is ruled by jesters. It is a silly place, but it can also be very perilous.

    - Name your own NPC (limit 8)
    - Name your own shop (limit 2)
    - Name your own courtyard statue (limit 1)
    - Name your own well (1)
    - Name your own wall torch (3)
    - Name your own door (3)
    - Name your own fireplace (1)
    - Name your own plant (1)
    - Name your own well (1)
    - Name your own chair (1)
    - Name your own treasure chest (1)

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    • Full-color game box
    • Printed manual
    • Full-color cloth map
    • 5.25" floppies for Apple IIe, IIc, and IIgs
    • USB drive containing the game
    • Digital downloads of the game, map, manual, and music
    • Game artifact: Tokens of the Realm
    • Game artifact: Crown Jewel
    • Writ from the Queen, sealed with wax using the royal insignia
    • Name your own item**
    • Map autographed by the game co-creators (optional)
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    Limited Edition Boxed Set

    Make your mark on the Nox Archaist realm!

    You’ll receive all of the items in the above tiers, plus you get to name one of the following in-game items:
    - A mountain that is a quest destination (limit 6)
    - A forest filled with shadows (limit 4)
    - A heroic statue found in the town square (limit 4)
    - A rare gem found in treasure chests (limit 3)
    - A suit of armor or a shield that will appear in shops or treasure chests (limit 3)
    - A weapon that will appear in shops or treasure chests (limit 3)
    - A town or village (limit 1)
    - A dungeon full of deadly perils (limit 1)

    ** During the reward survey we’ll ask you for your first and second choice. We’ll process these in the order pledges were received during the Kickstarter.

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    • Full-color game box
    • Printed manual
    • Full-color cloth map
    • 5.25" floppies for Apple IIe, IIc, and IIgs
    • USB drive containing the game
    • Digital downloads of the game, map, manual, and music
    • Game artifact: Tokens of the Realm
    • Game artifact: Crown Jewel
    • Writ from the Queen, sealed with wax using the royal insignia
    • Name your own item**
    • Baron of the Realm in the in-game credits and Scrolls of Nobility
    • Map autographed by the game co-creators (optional)
    • Limited Edition numbered certificate
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    Game Designer

    Gamers who want to participate in the creative design process - this tier is for you!

    DESIGN AND LAYOUT YOUR OWN LOCATION
    You get to map out a 100-tile location that can be found and explored in-game! Create a crypt, island, cave, or mysterious house. You choose the name for the location as well as a list of treasures that will be hidden within!

    FLEX YOUR ROLE PLAYING MUSCLES
    Send us a backstory for your location! We’ll try to integrate that story into the world through NPC conversations and quest design!

    Includes:
    • Full-color game box
    • Printed manual
    • Full-color cloth map
    • 5.25" floppies for Apple IIe, IIc, and IIgs
    • USB drive containing the game
    • Digital downloads of the game, map, manual, and music
    • Game artifact: Tokens of the Realm
    • Game artifact: Crown Jewel
    • Design and layout your own location
    • Personal letter from the Queen with handwritten calligraphy
    • Count of the Realm in the in-game credits and Scrolls of Nobility
    • Map autographed by the game co-creators (optional)
    • Limited Edition numbered certificate
    • Free shipping!
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    Lord of the Realm

    Only two Royalty Edition copies of Nox Archaist will be produced.

    BECOME A LORD
    The Lords of the Realm (LOTR) are appointed by the Queen to oversee the realm. You will be greeted as a peer by the other Lords and will have special privileges in the tavern within your home town.

    OWN YOUR OWN TAVERN
    You are granted ownership of a lucrative tavern. You will be acknowledged as the owner by the bartender and have access to a private party room for which you will have the opportunity to provide design feedback. You will also have direct input on the bartender’s dialogue which every other player will see.

    NOX ARCHAIST THE INTERVIEW
    Talk for at least an hour with project co-creators Mark Lemmert and Mike Reimer. Ask technical questions, gameplay questions, discuss ideas for expansion packs or whatever you'd like!

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    • Full-color game box
    • Printed manual
    • Full-color cloth map
    • 5.25" floppies for Apple IIe, IIc, and IIgs
    • USB drive containing the game
    • Digital downloads of the game, map, manual, and music
    • Game artifact: Tokens of the Realm
    • Game artifact: Crown Jewel
    • Own your own tavern, design the dialogue
    • Acknowledged as a peer by the other Lords
    • Lord of the Realm in the in-game credits and Scrolls of Nobility
    • Personal letter from the Queen with handwritten calligraphy
    • Map autographed by the game co-creators (optional)
    • Custom plaque with 6502 Workshop logo and your backer name
    • Custom Nox Archaist Lord of the Realm t-shirt
    • Interview with the project co-creators
    • Free shipping!
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    Nox Box

    10 GR : POKE 49234,0
    20 VTAB 11: HTAB 10: FLASH
    30 FOR I = 0 TO 19: COLOR=16*RND(1)
    40 VLIN 0,47 AT I: VLIN 0,47 AT 39-I
    50 NEXT I
    60 SPEED=5: FOR I = 0 TO 20
    70 READ X: PRINT CHR$ (X);: NEXT
    80 SPEED= 255: POKE 49233,0
    90 GOSUB 99: POKE 49232,0
    95 GOSUB 99: GOTO 80
    99 FOR I=1 TO 1000: NEXT : RETURN
    100 DATA 32,78,79,88,32,66,79
    110 DATA 88,32,83,72,82,79,85
    120 DATA 68,83,32,65,76,76,32

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    • Can only be revealed to one who enters the darkness
    • Through the inky haze of Nox we reveal we are but ONE
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