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About

The Rise of Dagon is a classic single player dungeon crawl  Computer Role Playing Game (CRPG) in the vein of classics like Eye of the Beholder, Legend of Grimrock, Dungeon Master, and Lands of Lore to name a few! 

Create a party of four characters each with distinct racial and class-based abilities as well as a set of Elemental Affinity powers that enhance your character's powers and resistance to each element.

Will you stop The Rise of Dagon, an ancient long dead god, on the verge of being re-incarnated by the death cult that has taken you for sacrifice?

Overview:

  • First person dungeon crawl gives the visceral experience of putting you in the dungeon!
  • Hack and Slash combat with pulse-timed grid style movement.
  • Unique fantasy races  to play such as the Tortuga, Canem, Roedar as well as classics like Dwarves, Elves and Humans.
  • Strong class system with classic core classes like Warrior, Mage, Healer, and Rogue.
  • A strong plot with Quests, NPCs of competing factions and merchants.
  • Deadly Dungeon design challenging environment puzzles, secret doors, pits, traps, projectile traps, and more!
  • Procedural loot system creates interesting unique loot and increased replayability.

The AAA game industry has largely abandoned the single player RPG for a decade or more in favor of MMO's with grindy game play or Free To Play MMO's with pay-to-win mechanics!

As you may know, it took the gamer community to bring back games like Wasteland 2, Bard's Tale IV, and Ultima Ascension, and to help revive the single player RPG, and that's what this game and campaign is all about!

We've loved classic single player RPG's our whole life and we hope you are as excited as we are to see The Rise of Dagon come to life, but we are going to need your help to do it!

High-Resolution Dungeons & Art

One of our goals is to bring to you an amazing visual experience with high definition Physical Based Rendering  or "PBR" based art.

PBR is a modern video game technology used in the production of art to help the game engine to make things look realistic in various light conditions.

We've already been investing in producing high-quality artwork with AAA quality production tools - but art of this quality takes time and craftsmanship to create! 

Much of our art and production budget will be spent purchasing, polishing and producing high-quality artwork to bring the dungeons of The Rise of Dagon to life!

We'll be filling the dungeon with amazing and unique fantasy creatures like the Servant of Dagon (pictured above). We'll be creating an amazing journey, with visceral first-person combat, where you have to decide if you can take the enemy on toe to toe, or if dodging to avoid your enemies attacks (while avoiding falling into traps yourself) is a better approach!

Budget

As you see our budget is comprised 60% of art, engineering, production and audio.  These are the core development areas of the game with the remainder being broken into sub-categories such as taxes, fees, backer rewards and legal.  

The good news is as we reach stretch goals more of the pie goes towards the production side and less towards some of the other areas as some of these fees are one-time expenses or do not scale linearly with the project as it grows!

Platforms

Initially we plan on supporting Microsoft Windows and Mac OS Desktop platforms.

 The Rise of Dagon is targeted at the desktop experience and will be optimized and designed specifically for the desktop experience.

We are considering support for Linux as well as a stretch goal, leave a comment and let us know if you would like to see that so we can gauge community support for Linux.

There are currently no plans for mobile release.

 Rewards

Firstly let us say - we believe that the thing that most gamers want is a great game to play!  As such we've focused our first couple of reward tiers at delivering the game to you with not a lot of frills at a great price!

You can back the game at $20.00 and get a digital copy which is a great deal against our suggested MSRP $39.00 retail price.

This focus also lets our European backers avoid VAT related issues and get a copy of the game with low hassle.

But for the swag lovers, we have a selection of posters, physical copies and t-shirts that you'll love.

  • Get backer exclusive access to our Level 1 Beta * once it's ready!

* Level 1 Beta is a beta build of the game that will include the full first level of gameplay content.

  • Digital Download of the full game The Rise of Dagon a $39.00 MSRP value.
  • Level 1 Beta access
  • TWO COPIES of The Rise of Dagon via digital download a $78.00 MSRP value.
  • Level 1 Beta access
  • Get a limited edition physical copy of the game on DVD
  • Digital Download of the full game The Rise of Dagon
  • Level 1 Beta access
  • Limited Edition Rise of Dagon 18x24 poster!
  • Limited edition physical copy of the game on DVD  
  • Digital Download of the full game The Rise of Dagon.  
  • Level 1 Beta access
  • Limited Edition Rise of Dagon T-Shirt!
  • Limited Edition Rise of Dagon 18x24 poster.  
  • Limited edition physical copy of the game on DVD
  • Digital Download of the full game The Rise of Dagon
  • Level 1 Beta access
  • Get your name in the credits as a special thank you!
  • Limited Edition Rise of Dagon T-Shirt  
  • Limited Edition Rise of Dagon 18x24 poster.
  • Limited edition physical copy of the game on DVD
  • 3x Copies Digital Download of the full game  
  • The Rise of Dagon Level 1 Beta access
  • We will add your likeness to the game as an NPC *
  • Your name in the credits as a special thank you.
  • Limited Edition Rise of Dagon T-Shirt 
  • Limited Edition Rise of Dagon 18x24 poster. 
  • Limited edition physical copy of the game on DVD
  • 3x Digital Download of the full game The Rise of Dagon 
  • Level 1 Beta access

*NOTE: You must supply a digital photograph and work with our designers for the NPC design.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge in producing a video game often is the release date. As you know many studios are forced to rush their games out by their publishers and the game suffers!

This is where being an independent developer does have some advantages - there's certainly no publisher pushing us to get this out by a particular date.

The first mitigation is we've put 18 months of pre-production and engine building into the game. Many of the core systems are already working and just need polish to bring them up to quality standards.

The second risk mitigation is we've put the expected release date of The Rise of Dagon out to November of 2017.

This gives a very comfortable delivery range for us, and we hope to beat it - but it is important to set goals that account for things taking longer than expected and we'd rather have time to take care of those things and deliver a great game to you - than rush it and deliver a broken product.

This being the case though we will communicate with you as the game is under development and provide updates to the release schedule as they become available.

Finally, we are building in our project support for production of art and sound: two of the items that take a lot of time and money to create.

To build all this content by ourselves would extensive and exhaustive - we need help to get these done and by getting your help we'll also be able to raise the quality level above what we could produce on our own!

The other big risk you should be concerned about as a backer is can we actually make this game?

As noted above - we've spent considerable time in pre-production to create an excellent alpha as represented in the Kickstarter video at the top of our campaign.

The gameplay you see in the video is real alpha gameplay(although subject to change as we iterate and mature the gameplay over time).

Furthermore, we've taken the core architecture of the game to the point where every major subsystem has been prototyped to a base level or greater.

Procedural loot, for example, is already in the game! However we need to produce tons of artwork in the form of 3D models and icons to fill your inventory with interesting swords, armor, potions, skulls, rocks, quest items and other interesting inventory items that can be picked up in the world.

This type of work ensures that we know we can actually deliver the gameplay we want - we just need help producing the content.

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    Elite Package : Appear In Game!

    We will add your likeness to the game as an NPC *.

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