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Dungeons of Chaos, the retro old-school 2D RPG is destined to be expanded.  More exploration, more monsters, new features !
Dungeons of Chaos, the retro old-school 2D RPG is destined to be expanded. More exploration, more monsters, new features !
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Nothing brings back more fond childhood memories to me than playing Ultima 3 or 4 or 5, or Phantasie 3, Bard's Tale, Demon's Winter, Dungeon Master ... too many games to list here.

Yet ... where are they now? Why is there only high-end 3D real-time MMO style games, even on mobile phones? And let's not talk about the many 3-in-a-row games. And everything is IAP, ads, paywall, wait-to-play, pay-to-win ...

This is not what games should be like, THIS IS WHAT GAMES SHOULD BE LIKE!

DUNGEONS OF CHAOS is a 2D, turn-based, pixel art tiles, CRPG.  6 character party, many tactical choices to make during character creation, skill and spell advancement, equipment choice, combat ... but it is not linear, and very few things you do can be regarded as mistakes.  Lots of replay value, immersive story, plenty of exploration that can feel sandbox-like at times.

And yet ... after spending 50 hours playing this game, leaving a 5 star review and having done several playthroughs, you long for more!

So here it is: Dungeons of Chaos the expansion kickstarter campaign!

If you are wondering what app this is about, this is it:

[Android] https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Prometheus_Indie_RPG_Games.Dungeons_of_Chaos_UNITY_edition

[iOS] https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/dungeons-chaos-unity-edition/id1052556488?ls=1&mt=8

This project seeks to fund the expansion (as an update to the current app in the Google Play Store and Apple Store [no IAP]), from the basic 'chapter 3' storyline continuation, to many new features that are potentially developed.  Backers can get many different rewards, get involved, vote on the order/dominance of features that should make it in, and be part of this exciting next step in the development of this game. 

How the funds will be used, and what are the funding goals?  Glad you asked!

I) Chapter 3 (FUNDING GOAL AU$3,500): storyline continued with the party finding themselves in the plane of chaos, and the main threat revealed and you have to explore the plane, escape, round up a plan to deal with the chaos threat and execute it. +15 hours gameplay. Warlock guild added. 20 new monsters. 2 new skills and 2 new spells. 10 new items. Around ~10 new maps of course with some never-ending mob spawns. 2 randomised grinding locations. 

For every AU$1,500 over the original funding goal, I will add one feature package.  What package of the below is chosen is voted on by kickstarter backers with the respective reward level to include voting rights.  

Feature packages:

A) Arena fights. Some NPC hosting arena events where you can face dangerous and strange mobs for achievements, XP, gold, rare items. Includes single player challenges, possibly used as guild quests to prove worthy and earn maybe insignia? Did i hear someone say ‘bunny’s big brother’? 

B.1) More side quests I: the elf wars, the archmage’s guild, the minotaur clan

B.2) More side quests II: elemental planes, the druid’s cove, the return of the lich. 

C) 4 additional skills. 4 additional spells. Dual wielding for melee classes, but with skill to make it effective. In-combat weapon swap cooldown skill. [this is a major coding exercise to widen all functions to accommodate these things] 

D) Ability to summon allies that fight along side you in battle. And a ‘Jinx’ ability that lets you turn enemies temporarily into allies. 

E) Item enchantment. Dwarf’s smithy under the mountain, temple of elemental powers, … all for a price of course. And/or chance to destroy the item. OR curse the item (which results in effectively a gold penalty after said is removed), if that feature package is unlocked. 

F) Cursed items. Negative attributes layered on top of positive ones, and non-removable once worn. Hard to identify depending on their nature. Remove curses will be resource-intensive, to be confirmed how. After removal of curse, underlying item is useful. 

G) Traps and dangerous terrain, disarm skill to avoid traps, resistance spells for map-view to counter out environmental damage and allow you to enter otherwise dangerous areas. 

H) Other neat things: Notes you can place that show up as “!” in the walk view and as a highlight in the minimap. Fight obstacles and floor variants during fight, depending on where the fight takes place. 

I) Make the home world bigger, so when you return there is a proper castle and city around it. Add variety in shops. 

J) Achievements. And I don’t mean 10 achievements. I mean 100 achievements tracked in the app, and class-specific achievements that emphasise replay efforts and different party play through. Getting all 100 achievements will release a bonus feature not otherwise obtainable. [this is a major coding exercise to widen all functions to accommodate tracking these things] 

It would take probably till March 2017 to create and implement chapter3, but if more features are unlocked it can take longer.

Many thanks for your support, please check out the facebook page for many insightful posts and plenty of fan feedback. 

Yours, Volker.

https://www.facebook.com/dungeonsofchaos/

Risks and challenges

As some of you may be aware:
- I am a hobby developer, limited in time and skill
- I have a dayjob
- I have a family
- I can get sick
- I can suffer motivational downs (which can be overcome if everyone left a rating and review on the app stores)

So the project timeline is vague (chapter 3 released hopefully March 2017). But I have built this game twice so far, and expanded it, and made quick bug fixes. So I am confident I can get these milestones done, and if it slips a few months than probably because I found I can connect and weave the story through them all in an even better way.

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    BRO-FISTER

    Every contribution brings the expansion of Dungeons of Chaos closer to reality. You're a supporter of the project and want to stay connected with all the updates and excitement.

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    SUPPORTER

    You really want to see this come together and your support will be honoured with a mention in the ‘hall of founding brethren’ in the game itself.

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    • LISTED AS A SUPPORTER IN THE IN-GAME HALL OF FOUNDING BRETHREN
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    MOVER AND SHAKER

    You want to be involved in decisions and shape the scope of what is coming? Not a problem. You will be partaking in the voting that determines the order in which the feature packages get added!

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    • VOTING RIGHTS - ORDER OF FEATURE INCLUSIONS
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    HAWKEYE

    You want to immerse more into the world of Dungeons of Chaos? This pledge grants you access to game mechanic insights that will be shared along the way, covering existing and new game aspects.

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    CREATOR OF WORLDS

    If you want to leave a mark on Dungeons of Chaos, this pledge will give you access to files that allow you to create maps and submit them to the developer for consideration. Maps submitted will become part of the app developers IP and no rights arise in any revenues from DoC game sales or other income generated from the use of the maps. Developer cannot guarantee that maps will be used, as the game may need to retain a consistent feel and scope.

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    PROCLAIM A NAME (LIMITED)

    You will be allowed to choose a name for a NPC or a monster. The developer will include the name in a suitable way in the game. NPC or monster is not guaranteed to be a major character or boss monster, but it can't hurt if you advise any characteristics or traits so they can be considered.

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    GO TO TOWN (LIMITED)

    Instead of just naming something, this pledge allows you to choose name, appearance, dialogue and related features for a shop owner or bar tender. Build a whole character and let other players enjoy your creation in the game.

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    • CREATE A WHOLE CHARACTER WITH DIALOGUES ETC.
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    • PROJECT UPDATES, AND DETAILED DELIVERY RECAP AT THE END.
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    ARTIFICER (LIMITED)

    Get a full briefing about all the item characteristics, boosts, pricing and class restrictions. You will be able to create one item of your own: name it, select (or submit) a pixelart image, give it damage stats, resistance stats, boost stats, requirements, class matches ... within the boundaries of current code.

    Includes:
    • CRAFT YOUR OWN MONSTER INCLUDING ATTACKS, STATS, PREFERENCES
    • ACCESS TO MAP CREATION FILES
    • CREATE YOUR OWN ITEM
    • PROJECT UPDATES, AND DETAILED DELIVERY RECAP AT THE END.
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    ARTIFICER (LIMITED, REVISED)

    Get a full briefing about all the item characteristics, boosts, pricing and class restrictions. You will be able to create one item of your own: name it, select (or submit) a pixelart image, give it damage stats, resistance stats, boost stats, requirements, class matches ... within the boundaries of current code.

    Includes:
    • CREATE YOUR OWN ITEM
    • ACCESS TO MAP CREATION FILES
    • GAME MECHANIC INSIGHTS
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    FRANKENSTEIN (LIMITED)

    Get a full briefing about all the monster AI mechanics and choices, and make your own choices to create your own abomination! This is within the boundaries of current range of code parameters.

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    • CRAFT YOUR OWN MONSTER INCLUDING ATTACKS, STATS, PREFERENCES
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    FRANKENSTEIN's BOSS (LIMITED)

    When one abomination is just not enough. Make 3 and possibly combine them into a combo where A can summon B minions, and rarely boss monster C is encounter. All AI within the boundaries of current range of code parameters.

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    • CRAFT YOUR OWN MONSTER INCLUDING ATTACKS, STATS, PREFERENCES
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    MASTER ARTIFICER (VERY LIMITED)

    Not only can you create one item like the ARTIFICER reward level, but you will also be briefed on the game mechanics behind item suffixes, prefixes and conditions and you will be able to design TWO new ones (for example one prefix and one suffix, or two prefixes. However only one of the two can be a condition) ... within the boundaries of current code. Ever wanted to find a "magnificent mindflail of terrors"? Well, this gives you just those 3 tools to make it possible.

    Includes:
    • DESIGN TWO ITEM ENCHANTMENTS (pre,suf,cond. max 1 cond)
    • CREATE YOUR OWN ITEM
    • ACCESS TO MAP CREATION FILES
    • PROJECT UPDATES, AND DETAILED DELIVERY RECAP AT THE END.
    • LISTED AS A SUPPORTER IN THE IN-GAME HALL OF FOUNDING BRETHREN
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    CONNOISSEUR

    Dungeons of Chaos will truly shine if people are willing to pledge this much. Receive the finest rewards and be engraved in the fabric of the game.

    Includes:
    • RECEIVE A DIGITAL HIGH RES MAP OF THE MAJOR LOCATIONS
    • RECEIVE A PERSONAL PLAQUE IN THE CASTLE HALL OF LORD ALDRICH
    • A SECRET IN-GAME REWARD
    • PROJECT UPDATES, AND DETAILED DELIVERY RECAP AT THE END.
    • VOTING RIGHTS - ORDER OF FEATURE INCLUSIONS
    • ACCESS TO MAP CREATION FILES
    • GAME MECHANIC INSIGHTS
    • CRAFT YOUR OWN MONSTER INCLUDING ATTACKS, STATS, PREFERENCES
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    CONNOISSEUR + COLLECTOR

    Includes:
    • CREATE A WHOLE CHARACTER WITH DIALOGUES ETC.
    • DESIGN ONE SUFFIX
    • RECEIVE A DIGITAL HIGH RES MAP OF THE MAJOR LOCATIONS
    • RECEIVE A PERSONAL PLAQUE IN THE CASTLE HALL OF LORD ALDRICH
    • A SECRET IN-GAME REWARD
    • PROJECT UPDATES, AND DETAILED DELIVERY RECAP AT THE END.
    • VOTING RIGHTS - ORDER OF FEATURE INCLUSIONS
    • ACCESS TO MAP CREATION FILES
    • GAME MECHANIC INSIGHTS
    • CRAFT YOUR OWN MONSTER INCLUDING ATTACKS, STATS, PREFERENCES
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    SIR MIX-A-LOT (VERY LIMITED)

    You want some of everything. Create a detailed character with dialogue, an item and two item enchantments, and the Connoisseur rewards? Sure! Here it is. Dungeons of Chaos will have a mark of your ingenuity in its bark.

    Includes:
    • CREATE A WHOLE CHARACTER WITH DIALOGUES ETC.
    • DESIGN TWO ITEM ENCHANTMENTS (pre,suf,cond. max 1 cond)
    • CREATE YOUR OWN ITEM
    • RECEIVE A DIGITAL HIGH RES MAP OF THE MAJOR LOCATIONS
    • RECEIVE A PERSONAL PLAQUE IN THE CASTLE HALL OF LORD ALDRICH
    • A SECRET IN-GAME REWARD
    • PROJECT UPDATES, AND DETAILED DELIVERY RECAP AT THE END.
    • VOTING RIGHTS - ORDER OF FEATURE INCLUSIONS
    • ACCESS TO MAP CREATION FILES
    • GAME MECHANIC INSIGHTS
    • CRAFT YOUR OWN MONSTER INCLUDING ATTACKS, STATS, PREFERENCES
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    KNIGHT of the ORDER (LIMITED)

    You may have found 2 of the knight's graves in the game so far if you have a keen eye. You know they are special (why else would I grant them an animated tile for a light source?). They were devoted, powerful and their legacy lasts way into the present and beyond. There were 12, and they had names. Names that ring proud and strong. You tell me what name that is.

    Includes:
    • NAME ONE OF THE 12 KNIGHTS OF THE ORDER
    • RECEIVE A DIGITAL HIGH RES MAP OF THE MAJOR LOCATIONS
    • RECEIVE A PERSONAL PLAQUE IN THE CASTLE HALL OF LORD ALDRICH
    • A SECRET IN-GAME REWARD
    • PROJECT UPDATES, AND DETAILED DELIVERY RECAP AT THE END.
    • VOTING RIGHTS - ORDER OF FEATURE INCLUSIONS
    • ACCESS TO MAP CREATION FILES
    • GAME MECHANIC INSIGHTS
    • CRAFT YOUR OWN MONSTER INCLUDING ATTACKS, STATS, PREFERENCES
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Funding period

- (30 days)