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About this project

"I love a game with a unique look and style. I love it even more if it’s in a genre that I enjoy playing." Cliquist

"-...none of them have ever had the look of Backdrop. ... The paper doll actors look incredible, as does the scenery..." Hardcoregamer

This project was born out of a vision - or rather a dream - we had. An RPG that was about dramatic actions, where talking did not mean just clicking multiple choice dialogues and where the magic of the hero's journey was more than a simple plot structure. We have over time picked it up and worked on it, then had to lay it down again. Now we want to make the dream become reality and ask for your help to do it!

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In Backdrop, all the world's a stage in every sense of the word. Make your saga a fairy tale or a nightmare...or both. Featuring a wealth of original and unique gameplay concepts in a beautifully crafted setting Backdrop is unlike any RPG or adventure you have played before.

Help create this unique RPG experience!

 

There are so many new ideas in the game, that it is hard to boil them down to one short description, but here is the overview of what we think are the most exciting ones!

The story starts deceptively familiar: Once upon a time a young Prince and his beloved Princess are set to marry. But right before the altar, she is abducted by demons in league with an envious neighbouring lord. Now our Prince was supposed to play his part in the unfolding familiar tale, but filled with rage he instead denounces the deities that rule the world and doled out his cruel fate. Devastated but defiant, he embarks on a journey to win back his beloved and finally free himself from the destiny the gods have ordained.

 

WORLD SETTING

In Backdrop, environment and characters are made out of paper, cloth, wood and other materials exactly like props in a theatre. Apart from giving the game that great and unique look, the physics of the world thus follow unusual rules: You can slash holes in the background, blow away your enemies with a gust of wind or be burnt to cinders by a candle toppled over during a heated fight. Finding ways to use the environment to the best possible effect is very important in our game.

 

DRAMATIC COMBAT

In plays emotions are big, drama lurks in every corner and words can speak louder than actions. Much more consequential than a few multiple choice dialogues, in Backdrop words can literally hurt or heal, move mountains and open doors. Words are a very real thing in this world and their power is boundless. So own your words! Here is a short sample of how words work in Backdrop

 

Combat is of course not done with words only - swordplay and action-filled fights are an important part of the game. Your thrusts and manoeuvres will be different for each weapon, from a succession of lightning-fast stabs with the dagger to a fatal swing with the massive pole axe (if your mask's personality can wield it).

 

CHARACTER MASKS

Instead of picking a fixed class, your hero will don character masks, each one changing his abilities and personality into larger than life characters, from the stern but noble knight to the mischievous but charming trickster. Explore a mask's powers as you make your way through the world. Let go of that narrow definition of self and find your multiple personas.

 

  

ETHICS-BASED POWERS

In a world of fiction, good and evil both have to play their part. Of all the inhabitants of Backdrop, only the player can pick a role at will, be it the shining prince or malevolent villain. This gives him or her the power to harness the energy of good or evil and create powerful effects from both. How you behave will define which powers you can use, opening a multitude of meaningful choices with real gameplay consequences. The most interesting part in a drama is usually the villain, we have heard...

 

EMOTION-BASED MAGIC

A play is all about conjuring emotions and in Backdrop emotions manifest in the world, allowing the hero to use emotional moments and memories almost like magical spells. The tears of a Mermaid may be used to soften the most ardent warrior, a pearl made out of the light of happy memory can cast away shadow creatures, while witnessing the strange revelry of a goblin wake allows you to employ the Dance Macabre, forcing that horde of enemies about to overwhelm you to instead dance a merry jig.

 

HERO’S JOURNEY EXPERIENCE SYSTEM

In Backdrop the hero’s progress is not simulated by abstract XP and you don’t gain experience by simply slashing away at monsters. Instead your progression is an inward and outward one, as you follow the steps of the hero’s journey and grow by the transformational power of your experiences. Your progress becomes meaningful beyond mere power and strongly tied to the advancement of the story in your very own hero’s journey.

 

Platforms: PC and MacWe do intend to release on other platforms as well, such as Linux and consoles and the game will be playable with a gamepad. But within the kickstarter, we cannot promise more platforms within the minimum budget. Stay tuned for more once and if we get past the first stretch goals.

 

This is an overview of the nifty things you can get for supporting our project (on top of the warm feeling you get for helping to bring this unique game to life).

 

  

Our team is comprised of development veterans and talented young creators alike, united by our passion to bring something new and precious into the gaming world.

Franz Stradal has been doing games for almost three decades, working on over 100 titles in that time and being one of the most prolific designers in the industry. He was the creator of Demonworld and Sacred and worked for several global game companies since then, doing everything from MMOs to mobile games. The original design and concept are his and he continues to inspire the team with his insights and skill.

Thomas Kronenberg is an accomplished artist and designer and his company Intulo has been working on over 40 games in their 20 years in the industry. His credits include Sacred, Neocron, The Dwarves and a wealth of story based games. His has a rare gift for style and lighting and is responsible for bringing the world of Backdrop to live!

Seçkin Ölmez joined the crew after successfully releasing his first adventure game Heaven's Hope. He has a knack for storytelling games and the technical prowess to make them work. Doing Backdrop with his team  is the next challenge level and he eagerly accepted it!

Jan Wagner has learned a lot about how difficult kickstarters can be since he launched his first one for Shadowrun Chronicles. His 25 years in the industry had him drift from Producer to Creative Director and Designer and he has worked for companies such as Blizzard and Sierra. Backdrop is close to his heart and he is brimming with design ideas for it, that want to see the light of day.

 

 

Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow

A poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more:
'it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Macbeth, Act V, Scene 5

 

 

 

"I love a game with a unique look and style. I love it even more if it’s in a genre that I enjoy playing." Cliquist

"-...none of them have ever had the look of Backdrop. ... The paper doll actors look incredible, as does the scenery..." Hardcoregamer

"I love a game with a unique look and style. I love it even more if it’s in a genre that I enjoy playing." Cliquist

"-...none of them have ever had the look of Backdrop. ... The paper doll actors look incredible, as does the scenery..." Hardcoregamer

Risks and challenges

This game is an ambitious undertaking, not so much technically, so there is a limited risk there, but definitely conceptually - fortunately we are not going in naively. We have already done a preproduction we have funded ourselves and created a visual prototype with major gameplay elements. Of course we will need to expand that into an actual game and more complex code, but we are pretty certain about what we are getting into.

Should the kickstarter campaign succeed, we have currently budgeted about 40% of our funding (after setting aside funds for fulfilling physical rewards and paying kickstarter and swipe) for art and animation and 40% for code. Design will get the rest and all of us do support and promotion, running the website etc.
This isn't a lot of money we fully expect to do additional work for free to get this finished - as we have done up to this point.

Technically the game can be realized in Unity, which we all have ample experience with. Content wise, we have more than enough ideas to fill hours and hours of gameplay. The game isn't particularly challenging to create on a technical level, but as with all game development, especially in smaller teams, delays may happen and things can go wrong.

The current budget would allow us to create the game with a limited scope: Two realms and three masks. We are hoping to expand that and if we meet stretch goals or find additional funding from Publishers or grants (we have successfully applied to EU funding for the prototype), we can bring the game further, but the technical base and design are not dependent on extra funding.

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    S P E C T A T O R

    ~$3.50/ ~£2.60

    Watch as our play unfolds, we love you for just being there.

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    EARLY BIRD BALCONY ACCESS

    ~$20 / ~£15

    Be part of the game's premiere and create your own drama! Swoon with enthusiasm or rage with indignation at our work.
    This is a limited time offer for our first backers and you get a cool digital cut-out sheet on top!

    Includes:
    • DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the GAME before the official release!
    • Neat CUT OUT SHEETS to print out and create your own stage!
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    BALCONY

    ~$25 / ~£19

    Be part of the game's premiere and create your own drama! Swoon with enthusiasm or rage with indignation at our work.
    Includes our popular digital cut-out sheets!

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    • DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the GAME before the official release!
    • Neat CUT OUT SHEETS to print out and create your own stage!
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    FRONT ROW

    ~$33 / ~25
    Get a front row seet to our development! Adds the DIGITAL ART + STORY BOOK, retelling the tale of the Prince as it was supposed to happen. Filled with beautiful illustrations and background on our story.

    Includes:
    • A fairy tale in a lavishly illustrated DIGITAL ART+STORY BOOK
    • DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the GAME before the official release!
    • Downloadable SOUNDTRACK to fill your days with drama and passion.
    • Attractive WALLPAPER to adorn your homescreen
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    ALTERNATE

    ~$67 / ~50£

    Get physical with the ALTERNATE option giving you an additional physical boxed copy of the game on top of the digital one plus all the digital goodies and SEE YOUR NAME IN THE CREDITS!

    Includes:
    • BOXED COPY of the game to place in your home and actually touch!
    • NAME IN THE CREDITS according to your tier.
    • DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the GAME before the official release!
    • A fairy tale in a lavishly illustrated DIGITAL ART+STORY BOOK
    • Downloadable SOUNDTRACK to fill your days with drama and passion.
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    MAKER

    ~$75 / ~57£

    ALL DIGITAL TIER
    Don't dream it, make it! Receive our original art assets in the source format (work worth over 100.000 USD) with a licence for free non-commercial use in creating your own interactive story, game or video. Show us the results and let the world see your creative power! Ever dreamt of building your own game? This is your chance!

    Includes:
    • Original GAME ASSETS in source format + non-commercial LICENCE
    • DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the GAME before the official release!
    • A fairy tale in a lavishly illustrated DIGITAL ART+STORY BOOK
    • Downloadable SOUNDTRACK to fill your days with drama and passion.
    • Attractive WALLPAPER to adorn your homescreen
    • NAME IN THE CREDITS according to your tier.
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    AFFICIONADO

    ~$100 / ~77£
    For the true afficionado, this brings you the wonderfully crafted PRINTED ART+STORY BOOK on top of all the great rewards. It doubles up as a fairy tale to entertain and educate the entire family.

    Includes:
    • PRINTED ART+STORY BOOK. Filled with beauty and wonder!
    • BOXED COPY of the game to place in your home and actually touch!
    • Actual PRINTED CARDBOARD CUT OUT SHEETS. The play's the thing!
    • DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the GAME before the official release!
    • NAME IN THE CREDITS according to your tier.
    • Downloadable SOUNDTRACK to fill your days with drama and passion.
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    VIP

    ~$170 / ~130£

    Exclusive to our most distinguished backers the VIP package contains a magical POP UP CARD and a highly fashionable HOODY, so you can hide your famous visage from prying paparazzi and rabid fans.

    Includes:
    • A fashionable HOODY that makes a statement in good taste!
    • A wondrous and beautiful POP-UP CARD, useful for any occasion.
    • PRINTED ART+STORY BOOK. Filled with beauty and wonder!
    • BOXED COPY of the game to place in your home and actually touch!
    • Actual PRINTED CARDBOARD CUT OUT SHEETS. The play's the thing!
    • DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the GAME before the official release!
    • NAME IN THE CREDITS according to your tier.
    • Downloadable SOUNDTRACK to fill your days with drama and passion.
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    DIGITAL! ANCESTOR

    ~$225 / ~170£
    ALL DIGITAL TIER This puts you on the next level: You will be featured in the game complete with a name and brief history of your choice. Be it in a book about your adventures, on a gravestone telling your woeful tale or as a parchment to be read for education - you will be part of our world.
    FOR THOSE WHO DON'T NEED PHYSICAL REWARDS THIS IS A REDUCED PRICE TIER!

    Includes:
    • A fairy tale in a lavishly illustrated DIGITAL ART+STORY BOOK
    • Leave your mark! Be FEATURED IN THE GAME with your name and bio.
    • DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the GAME before the official release!
    • NAME IN THE CREDITS according to your tier.
    • Original GAME ASSETS in source format + non-commercial LICENCE
    • Attractive WALLPAPER to adorn your homescreen
    • Downloadable SOUNDTRACK to fill your days with drama and passion.
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    ANCESTOR

    ~$340 / ~260£
    This puts you on the next level - has all the trappings of the previous tiers AND you will be featured in the game complete with a name and brief history of your choice. Be it in a book about your adventures, on a gravestone telling your woeful tale or as a parchment to be read for education - you will be part of our world.

    Includes:
    • Leave your mark! Be FEATURED IN THE GAME with your name and bio.
    • A fashionable HOODY that makes a statement in good taste!
    • A wondrous and beautiful POP-UP CARD, useful for any occasion.
    • PRINTED ART+STORY BOOK. Filled with beauty and wonder!
    • BOXED COPY of the game to place in your home and actually touch!
    • Actual PRINTED CARDBOARD CUT OUT SHEETS. The play's the thing!
    • Original GAME ASSETS in source format + non-commercial LICENCE
    • DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the GAME before the official release!
    • NAME IN THE CREDITS according to your tier.
    • Downloadable SOUNDTRACK to fill your days with drama and passion.
    • Attractive WALLPAPER to adorn your homescreen
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    LEGEND

    ~$1150 / ~860£
    BECOME A LEGEND! Your PORTRAIT and STORY will be infused into our lore and make it into the game as a legend that will play an important part in the world. Find your true self within the play!

    Includes:
    • BECOME A LEGEND. Your picture and story will be part of our lore!
    • A fashionable HOODY that makes a statement in good taste!
    • A wondrous and beautiful POP-UP CARD, useful for any occasion.
    • PRINTED ART+STORY BOOK. Filled with beauty and wonder!
    • BOXED COPY of the game to place in your home and actually touch!
    • Actual PRINTED CARDBOARD CUT OUT SHEETS. The play's the thing!
    • Original GAME ASSETS in source format + non-commercial LICENCE
    • DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the GAME before the official release!
    • NAME IN THE CREDITS according to your tier.
    • Downloadable SOUNDTRACK to fill your days with drama and passion.
    • Attractive WALLPAPER to adorn your homescreen
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    THE LEAD

    ~$5100 / ~3875£
    YOU ARE THE ONE AND ONLY! This limited exclusive tier allows you to become the face and name of a major protagonist (or antagonist) in the game. You will be the envy of all your friends and colleagues. The highest point any thespian could aspire to! Work with our talented artists and designers to define your role in the game, maybe voice your own character? Don't dream it be it!

    Includes:
    • Grab a LEAD ROLE in our game! Don't dream it, be it!
    • A fashionable HOODY that makes a statement in good taste!
    • A wondrous and beautiful POP-UP CARD, useful for any occasion.
    • PRINTED ART+STORY BOOK. Filled with beauty and wonder!
    • BOXED COPY of the game to place in your home and actually touch!
    • Actual PRINTED CARDBOARD CUT OUT SHEETS. The play's the thing!
    • Original GAME ASSETS in source format + non-commercial LICENCE
    • DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the GAME before the official release!
    • NAME IN THE CREDITS according to your tier.
    • Downloadable SOUNDTRACK to fill your days with drama and passion.
    • Attractive WALLPAPER to adorn your homescreen
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