The concept is the brainchild of a french man, Philippe Ruiz. As a former video game store owner, he decided to use his experience to create a card trading game. To accompany it, he also began writing a story built around the game, as a scenario for a TV series. Knowing the potential, he realised that the story and game would work better if they were created online. So, he decided to seek help and through a chance meeting with Ian Crawshaw, an experienced english programmer, Darkening Power was born.
The Darkening Power online game is browser based and can be found on FaceBook. You play as either a mercenary or a psychic and must equip yourself with the best weapons, take your TIK pills and make allies to help you win your duels.
Step 1 - Create your character
There are 6 character classes in the game, 2 psychic and 4 mercenary. Mercenaries are more powerful when fighting, but do not have psychic abilities. Psychics can influence the outcome of duels and can be powerful allies. Each character type has distinct characteristics, making them strong against certain classes and weaker against others. So, choose carefully.
Once you have chosen your character type, upload your photo, give your character a code name and choose a weapon specialty (Gun or blade).
Step 2 - Challenge
After you have created your character, you are ready to duel. You do this by challenging other players. You can challenge your friends or choose a new opponent by visiting the Hall Of Fame.
Once a challenge has been made, you will be able to see information and statistics about your opponent and the pending duel.
Step 3 - Prepare yourself
You have 24 hours to prepare. You do this by, equipping yourself with the best weapons, taking TIKs to boost your ATK and DEF, hiring psychics to assist you and most importantly, asking your friends for help.
No one likes to fight unarmed, so you must equip yourself. Weapons increase your Dex, Esc and Crt statistics. However, they have a limited durability and eventually, will wear out. So, be vigilant, as it is suicide to duel with a broken weapon.
Enhance your fighting skills by taking a TIK pill. A TIK will boost your ATK and DEF. However the effect only lasts for 24 hours. So, pick the right moment to take it.
For those of you that like to gamble, visit the black market. There you will find illegal TIKs and new weapons. New items appear there every hour, so keep checking. However, beware, some weapons may not be as durable as they look and illegal TIKs have nasty side effects.
Step 4 - Get help
There are 3 ways in which this can be done. First you can ask your psychic friends to influence a duel by boosting you or weakening your opponents. If they do this, your Dex, Esc and Crt statistics will rise and/or your opponents will fall. The higher the level of the psychic, the greater the effect of the influence.
You can also ask your mercenary friends to do the same, however, because they are not naturally psychic, they will have to purchase these psychic powers first. Also remember, a psychic influence from a mercenary will never be as powerful as one from a psychic of the same level.
Another way to get help is by asking players to 'Like' your character in a duel. Whether mercenary or psychic, everyone can do this. 1 'Like' will increase your Dex, Esc and Crt statistics by + 1 and will also give you an extra initiative point. Striking first in a duel can be the difference between winning and losing, so encourage your friends to 'Like' whenever they can.
Of course you can help your friends too. Search for their duels or look for wall posts and boost, weaken and 'Like' them in return.
Finally, if you have no friends playing Darkening Power or you are fighting a particularly strong opponent, you can pay to hire in game psychics. This can help you greatly, but the more powerful the psychic influence, the more it will cost.
Once you have perfected these techniques, you will become a fierce opponent. However, don't forget, Darkening Power is a game where your greatest strength is the relationship with your friends.
- Click to play the BETA version of the game
The online story:
Darkening Power has a compelling story line and naturally, as the game founders, we decided to become the face of some of the characters. Philippe, plays Alva a seasoned mercenary and Ian, The Architect, a psychic and member of the 12 Quorum.
You can learn more about these characters and others on our blog. There you can also read the story and download eComics of some of the missions. The fame hungry among you can also become characters too, just check out our rewards to see how.
In the early 21st Century, a powerful secret society called the 'Organisation' is creating a pill composed of a revolutionary nanotechnology capabale of storing technical knowledge. This technology is called TIK (Temporary Instant Knowledge). The Organisation is also helped by people with telepathic and prophetic abilities called 'Psychics'. The Organisation understands that these people are growing in numbers and power.They have therefore recruited the earliest for their own purposes. Unfortunately, this secret did not stay this way for long and now many secret services seek the talents of such individuals.
During a simple escort mission, Alva, a former mercenary and now employee of the Organisation commits a wrongful killing. He was suppose to test a TIK created specifically to isolate an individual from the influence of psychics. However, something went wrong. Though Alva had committed many misdeeds during his days as a mercenary, he is shocked by the coldness of his actions and his thoughts. Unable to forgive himself for the massacre and not knowing how to compensate for his actions, he tries to understand who he is and give a new sense to his existence.
Alva and many like him do not realise that they are only pawns in a global game that is not just about the ultimate survival of humanity... but about its total control.
- You can start reading the story by visiting www.darkeningpower.com.
In the story, a TIK pill gives it's user a specific skill, such as Jujitsu, speaking Chinese or flying a fighter jet. In the game, taking a TIK increases your ATK and DEF, making it easier for you to defeat your enemies. In both cases, the effects of a TIK only last for 24 hours.
- Learn more about TIKs
As with all 'medications', counterfeits are always produced. TIK is no exception and in the story, Hermes is responsible for this.
As TIK is also a great marketing tool for Darkening Power, the character of Hermes is represented by our marketing specialist, Ricardas Montvila. Due to the endless possibilities of TIK, he has created a website where people can share their experiences* by uploading a video. You can help us by sharing these videos or even make your own. Below is an example of a testimonial in which a man has taken a TIK pill for the much prized skill of 'Dog Whispering'.
* Remember, TIKs are not real.
- See more videos by visiting www.tiklabs.com
How will we use your pledges:
The game is currently running as a BETA version. After investing our time, money, blood sweat and tears, it is 80% complete. This is why we need your help, to finish the final phase and bring the Darkening Power world to life.
To finish the development, we need to raise $3300 and as the game is browser based, we need a further $160 to keep it hosted. No one likes administration costs, but they are an integral part of the process and we need to raise a further $490 to cover these. Without it, we can not complete the game.
The remaining $1050 will be used for marketing. Via FaceBook ads and additional print, we will use this part of the funding to gain exposure, specifically targeting gamers.
However, our presence on Kickstarter is not only financial. We want everyone to get involved. If you wish, you can become one of the game testers and help us track down any bugs that irritate both us and players.
- Click to view the BETA version of the game
If this sounds good to you, then please check out our rewards!
Everyone who pledges $5 or more will receive special items for use in the game. The special weapons and powerful TIKs will give you a distinct advantage when you first start to play. You will also receive a number of diamonds (our in game currency) to equip yourself further.
Receive 1, 2 or 3 special weapons, depending on the amount you pledge. These weapons are only available through Kickstarter.
Receive 1, 2 or 3 powerful TIKs, depending on the amount you pledge. These TIKs are only available through Kickstarter.
Receive upto 500 diamonds, depending on the amount you pledge.
For those wanting TIKs*, choose a skill from our list. You will then receive a bottle with 15 pills, each containing a unique message.
* Remember, TIKs are not real.
For those who pledge $500 or $1000, you will be immortalised in one of our comic adaptations with either a cameo appearance or an entire short story starring your
- Click to view Darkening Power comics
A more advanced version of the online game is already being planned. This will be rendered in flash, with missions, new characters and additional ways to fight.
We will also create a printed version of the game. The rules differ from the online game, but you will find it easy to change between the two. With over 60 different character, TIK, mission and training cards per deck, as well as varying booster packs, we will make this available to you soon.
Finally, a series. With help from the actors who play the role of some of our characters, we hope to fulfill this dream. However, one step at a time.