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Enter the arena in a distant future and fight for your life. Survive the perils of blood sport and earn your freedom.

Thank you everyone.

Mongrel is set in the remnants of humanity, in a world dominated by a new age of life.  Animals have evolved into humanoid hybrids and their civilization is dictated by a rigid caste system. A mongrel is a lesser hybrid; a slave, and their only chance for freedom is to survive the perils of arena blood-sport.

In the pursuit for freedom, a mongrel will see many exotic arenas and face many opponents: mongrel fighters and beasts alike. 

Mongrels live in a world out of their control, so they must scavenge and build their civilization wherever possible.  Arenas are built in the harshest environments, inspiring a greater sense of peril into the combatants.
Mongrels live in a world out of their control, so they must scavenge and build their civilization wherever possible. Arenas are built in the harshest environments, inspiring a greater sense of peril into the combatants.
After a grand and favorable career in the arena, this mongrel has won his freedom.
After a grand and favorable career in the arena, this mongrel has won his freedom.

Beasts are rabid creatures tamed for arena spectacle; they are base animals, divergent from evolution of the higher species. For special venues a beast is pit against multiple mongrels for the crowd's entertainment.  In a beast fight, mongrels must form wavering pacts to bring down these monstrous creatures or face a hasty death.

Sloth-beasts hunt within the mongrel tree-scapes, preying on the weak.  They are captured and pit against fighters for the crowd's enjoyment.
Sloth-beasts hunt within the mongrel tree-scapes, preying on the weak. They are captured and pit against fighters for the crowd's enjoyment.

Customization is integral to Mongrel; you'll constantly improve and create new mongrels, never being limited to just one fighter.  You'll have a fluctuating roster of mongrels honed to your favorite play styles.

High-resolution models; armor and detail not representative of final in-game quality/designs.
High-resolution models; armor and detail not representative of final in-game quality/designs.

Character customization is a 3-tiered system. The foundation of your mongrel's abilities are tied to its weight class and race. Each weight holds an innate set of attributes and each race adds its own unique attribute bonuses.

There are 3 attribute types, (attack, speed, and defense) and each weight class specializes in two attributes.
There are 3 attribute types, (attack, speed, and defense) and each weight class specializes in two attributes.

The second tier of customization is your mongrel's equipment. As you progress you'll build an inventory of armors and weapons both crafted and rewarded through arena winnings. Each piece of equipment will add to your mongrel's base attack, speed, and defense. Mixing and matching pieces will let you build a fighter that conforms to your play style. 

There are three weapon types: blade and shield, dual-blades, and two handed weapons.  Alongside these weapons, a Mongrel chooses their armor weight, light or heavy.  Create many mongrels to master them all!
There are three weapon types: blade and shield, dual-blades, and two handed weapons. Alongside these weapons, a Mongrel chooses their armor weight, light or heavy. Create many mongrels to master them all!

The last tier of customization is skill management. Each mongrel will have access to a universal set of skills that allow you to upgrade your favorite weapon style and other base attributes.  A set amount of skill points are rewarded over the course of a mongrel's career, and a mongrel will never fully be able to master all skills.

Single player is your mongrel's training grounds and where you'll begin to master your play style. Game play will be thematic, and consist of arena matches against other mongrels, mutated beasts, and a combination of the two in an off-line version of The Pit. Winning regular matches will reward you with coin for armor and weapon upgrades while beast fights will unlock special armor sets and weapons. 

Whale mongrels are combat tanks; they're immensely strong, and they make up for their slower plodding with a high resilience.
Whale mongrels are combat tanks; they're immensely strong, and they make up for their slower plodding with a high resilience.
Mongrels live in harsh environments; everything they find has a purpose, and must be used to their advantage.
Mongrels live in harsh environments; everything they find has a purpose, and must be used to their advantage.

In the vein of gladiatorial fighting, Mongrel's multiplayer match making will consist of random game types.  Arena matches will be 1v1 and when queuing you won't know if the other player is friend or foe. It could be a traditional fight to the death, or a cooperative fight against a beast. Multiplayer arenas will reward each player with a larger purse than any single player bouts and help in mastering your play style for entry into The Pit. 

THE PIT

The Pit is a multiplayer survival mode that tracks your mongrel's health, and increases the stakes for each successive fight.  In the Pit you're able to obtain temporary upgrades to your mongrel's combat abilities, significantly raising their chance for survival.  There are survival checkpoints you must pass to unlock unique Pit armors and weapons; these are the best equipment pieces in Mongrel, and they can only be obtained by reaching those check points.  

This whale mongrel dons a lighter armor set that exchanges defense for maneuverability.
This whale mongrel dons a lighter armor set that exchanges defense for maneuverability.
The gorilla, while strong, excels at defensive combat and tactics, utilizing their mass to bullet into combat.
The gorilla, while strong, excels at defensive combat and tactics, utilizing their mass to bullet into combat.

We strongly believe in community and local production, therefore we want all physical items to be produced by local businesses.  We'd like to work as closely as possible with our business community to produce the highest quality products.  (If you are a local business of the Denver Metro Area, and are interested in working with us to produce products listed below, contact us at blake@mongrelios.com).

Almost every tier is turned into an add on in the tiers following at a lower  price. A few tiers have a special add on to get one-of-a-kind prints of your commissioned work or creation. This way you can make sure you get everything you want!

DIGITAL

  • $5 - You're afraid you'd have too much fun playing Mongrel. But you're cool with staring at its awesome designs. This will get you the digital wallpapers.

  • $10 – You're definitely going to play Mongrel, and want to get some friends in on it too. This will get you access to the beta and all updates until the final release. You can gift a beta key to a friend as well. 

  • $15 - Video games and comics? You're in. Our KickStarter exclusive comic PDF: Mongrel Origins will illustrate the history and setting for the game.  Stephan will try not to detail the entire evolutionary line of each species.

  • $25 – The comic isn't enough - you want to know everything possible about Mongrel. The detailed artbook PDF will include information on all of Mongrel's gladiators, beasts, equipment and arenas. It may even include a few tips and tricks for game play.  Get this PDF and you'll be a beast.

CLOTHING

*Image shown is a visual approximation, and not representative of final product.
*Image shown is a visual approximation, and not representative of final product.
  • $30 – Mongrel is too cool to keep to yourself. Get a T-shirt and show  how cool you are.  Get it one size too small to show off those Mongrel muscles.

  • $50 - It’s cold outside, and you'll need more than a T-Shirt. Or it isn't; get the sweater anyway and you can wear it to the gym.  And on a date.

FAN KIT

  • $75 - You want everyone to know you play Mongrel. Take it where ever you go with the iPhone case and an exclusive 'I Backed Mongrel' t-shirt and Poster.   Put it on your living room wall.  Or in your bathroom.  

PRINT

  • $100 – Experiencing Mongrel's art and history is something you'd like to share with your kids and their kids. This will be a limited, signed printed edition book, including everything Mongrel.  It's something totally worth showing off.  To everyone.

  • $150 – You're all about the collectibles. This tier will get you the art book and another limited signed print; a miniature 3D printed mongrel.  Now you can boast in 3 dimensions.

    *Image shown is a visual approximation, and not representative of final product.
    *Image shown is a visual approximation, and not representative of final product.
  • $225 – Maybe your desk is super boring, or you need a decorative piece for the dining table. This will get you a large 3D print of a signed mongrel. Guaranteed to add decorative-brutality where ever it stands.

  • $275 – You always wondered what you'd look like as an anthropomorphic–caricature. Commission a (2D/3D) portrait bust of yourself or a friend as a character within Mongrel. 

PRODUCER

  • $350 - Beta testing isn't enough; you'd like to see your hand in Mongrel's creation. And really, you've always wanted to smack Tommy down in middle school, but didn't – so you'll do the next best thing and ensure his demise as a non playable character that’s beat up by everyone who plays Mongrel!  Eat it Tommy. You'll work with us to create and name a unique NPC that will be shuffled into the random set of opposing mongrels. This will get you Assistant Producer credit.

  • $500 – Assistant producer just isn't enough; you'd like to see your ideas come to complete fruition. We have six mongrel races currently planned for the final release– two for each weight class.
  • Light:
  • Shark
  • Chimpanzee
  • Medium:
  • Gorilla
  • Panther
  • Heavy:
  • Whale
  • Siberian Tiger

With this limited tier, we'll work with you to create a playable race that fits into Mongrel and one of these classes. You'll receive a digital package with all conceptual work associated and the esteemed title of Producer in the credits.

BEAST

  • $750 - You've got a sweet idea for a post apocalyptic arena and a beast to go a long with it. We'll work together to bring it to life. This limited tier will get you all the conceptual work associated with your design and the title of Beast in Mongrel's credits.

MONGREL

  • $1000 - You really like Mongrel and think we're pretty cool too. You think, “Hey these guys will probably make some more awesome stuff,” and you think you'll like that stuff too. You're definitely right.  And awesome.  Each tier is a direct investment into our future, but this one is mutual. This will get you access to every beta and all its updates, and all final releases of EVERYTHING we ever make. You'll also get any physical product we produce: clothing, 2D/3D prints, box sets, etc. And of course access to all digital items as well: games, comics, developer tutorials, animated shorts...AAA video games...and anything else we come up with. And you'll be for ever credited as a Mongrel in everything we make.

We've spent the last 3 months of time outside of full-time school and jobs, consumed by Mongrel's development. Because of this, the majority of game systems are already in place and we've learned a ton. After funding, development will consist of asset creation and play testing vital game mechanics.

We aren't an established studio, which means we don't have any large salaries to pay out. After 30% of potential funds going to KickStarter (5%), Amazon (5%),  and Reward fulfillment (20%) - our base goal will provide a shoe-string budget for us to upgrade hardware, license software, and live off while developing. This budget will let us work full time on Mongrel, and that means more awesome mongrels, a massive variety of high quality armors and weapons to equip them with, and more arenas to fight in. It will also allow us to get a beta out to all backers within a few months of funding and a final release late this year/early 2014.

While Mongrel's core features are already very ambitious for the development frame we've created, we have some great ideas that will only be possible with enough interest and funds.

Story Driven Single Player:

We're developing Mongrel as a multiplayer game. Currently, single player will simply simulate multiplayer with randomized quick play and an offline version of the Pit. We have plenty of story to create a compelling campaign, but it's not feasible for our current development time. If there is enough interest and support for this feature, we could extend development and create an awesome story-based single player with cinematic cut-scenes and gameplay.

Awesome Music:

We love music, and feel that it is integral to an engaging and entertaining game experience.  While we are more than ready to create everything in Mongrel ourselves, neither of us are musical composers.  Like the previous feature additions, if enough interest and support is shown for a professional music scoring, we will hire on a dedicated composer to create awesome electronic/industrial beats for Mongrel.  Artists like Aphex Twin and Amon Tobin are heavy inspirations for the feel of Mongrel's soundtrack; it would be amazing to be able to enlist the help of artists of their caliber to score the final music for Mongrel.

We're not industry veterans or even college graduates, but  we are incredibly passionate about what we do. Making our own way and bypassing the CG industry - especially in its current condition - would be fantastic. Running our own creative studio and working on projects we love is a lofty idea, but dammit we're going to try.  (check out our bios at http://mongrelios.com/?page_id=38)

Thank you for your consideration, and we hope Mongrel is something you can get behind.

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Currently we're only two, but we still have all technical and artistic bases covered. More importantly, we've fallen into place when it comes to the overall development process. Stephan's focus is on macro-development and the look of Mongrel. Blake focuses on micro-development and the feel of Mongrel.

After funding, our biggest challenge will be creating a fair and balanced person vs person system. Developing an intense action game that requires fluid input and time sensitive interaction is challenging on any platform. Person to person exchanges are going to make or break Mongrel, and a massive amount development time will go toward play testing those interactions. Getting a beta out early to backers will give us ample time to apply feedback and finalize multiplayer systems before the final release.

FAQ

  • Initially it will be released as a PC title. We're still interested in cross platform multiplayer, but for now that's on the back burner as we're committed to a strong PC release.

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  • Any tier $10 and up with get you the beta, all its updates, and the final release when its ready. Mongrel is a primarily a multiplayer game and we want everyone to play it!

    Why so cheap? We're a start up and need as much exposure as possible.

    How much will the final release be? $15 - 20.

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