An old-school turn-based party-based RPG set in an open fantasy world. For PC, Mac and iPad. Read more
This project was successfully funded on January 5, 2013.
About this project
$35 In-Game Headstone With Epitaph
$40 Name an Inn or Shop
$60 Create Your Own Powerful Magical Item
New Game Play Video!
[For clarifications please check out Update #3: Stretch Goals]
- #17 - Final Hours
- #16 - The Final 24 Hours
- #15 - The Evolution of Antharion
- #14 - Final 3 Days and Magic
- #13 - Quest Video
- #12 - First Stretch Goal Unlocked!
- #11 - Progress Report
- #10 - New Reward Tiers!
- #9 - iPad Video
- #8 - Day/Night Cycle Video
- #7 - AI Video
- #6 - Music and More
- #5 - Lighting and Shadowing Video
- #4 - Funded in Under One Week!!!
- #3 - Stretch Goals
- #2 - Character Creation Video
- #1 - 50% Funded on First Day!
Antharion is a huge fantasy world that allows you to explore and play at your own pace. Tons of towns, cities, monsters, quests, castles and dungeons scattered throughout the world will keep even the most hard-core dungeon crawler busy for days on end.
- Turn-based tactical combat
- Immense open-ended world
- Create and customize a party of 4
- Dynamic lighting and shadows
- No monster or loot scaling
- Full day/night and weather cycles
- 3 Magic School featuring 45+ unique spells
- Smart NPC and monster AI
Antharion gives you complete control over character customization. You choose each character's race, class (or create your own custom class), and appearance. You can either select from a set of existing classes (where your skill and attribute points are assigned automatically) or you may choose to create your own class (and assign skill and attribute points however you like). Currently there are 9 skills including: Black Magic, White Magic, Ranged Weapons, Defense, Lock-Picking, Stealth, Mercantile, Gray Magic, and Melee Weapons; 5 attributes: Strength, Dexterity, Wisdom, Intelligence, and Constitution; and 5 races: Human, Orc, Necrophil, Lynx, and Elf.
[Check out Update #2: Character Creation Video Update]
Antharion's world isn't just huge ...it's massive! With tons of dungeons, cities, monsters, items and quests, this thing is enormous! It's important to us that everything in the game feels unique - you should never say to yourself, "Where have I seen that monster before?" or, "Wow, those NPCs looks really familiar." As you can see from the videos, Antharion is crammed with tons of unique environments and we'll keep adding even more until it's finished. It's important to us that Antharion feels alive. NPCs don't just mindlessly sit there all day waiting like cardboard cutouts for you to enter their shops, they have lives of their own: going to their jobs during the day and then home at night. Steal in front of someone and you may be in for a fight, or they may just flee to find the nearest guard depending on their individual temperament. Get reported for committing a crime and you'll have a bounty on your head - if a guard spots you he'll throw you in the nearest prison (probably taking a bit of your coin for himself).
[The music in the video was created by our talented composer Eric Gallardo]
Combat is the heart and soul of Antharion. We set out to create the sharpest, crispest and most responsive combat system possible and we're very happy with the results. Combat begins when either a player or an enemy initiates it. At the beginning of a new round all players and enemies are assigned a certain amount of action points (AP) as determined by their individual stats. Movements cost 1 AP while attacks and spell casts cost all of it (unless you're hasted). If the player initiates combat then all of the player's characters move one by one until none have any AP left. Then the enemies would move one by one until they're all out of AP. Then a new round starts and everything repeats until one side is dead. What sets Antharion's combat apart from other games is the snappiness and transparency of it's combat system. What you see is what you get.
There are three schools of magic (Black, White, and Gray). Each school has a corresponding skill which determines the spells you can learn plus how powerful those spells are.
Ever since the murder of the beloved King Mallory (uniter of the Kingdom) at the hands of his own debauched son (and now King) Zeverith, the Kingdom of Antharion has been ravaged by political turmoil. Zeverith’s first act as King was to dissolve the Senate; his second was to sell off large chunks of the Kingdom to rich noblemen who promptly enslaved many of their inhabitants. The Order was a collective of adept magical enthusiasts who for centuries collaborated in secret to tame and refine their arcane magical knowledge. Zeverith quickly became aware of the Order's existence through his network of spies and immediately swore to neutralize them. Many of its members were killed by Zeverith’s forces but others fled deep into the depths of long forgotten caverns - some of the more masterful wizards even managed to magically construct artificial planes of existence to escape off into. In response, Zeverith began what would come to be known as The Great Purge, sending his men from city to city and town to town to hunt down every last wizard. As part of a poor group of peasants from a small quiet town on the outskirts of the Kingdom, you suddenly found yourself swept up in The Purge when a group of Zeverith’s men stormed your town, murdered the townsfolk, and burned every last house to the ground. Taken deep into an underground dungeon for a torturing and execution, you somehow manage to overpower your captors. What happens next will be up to you...
Antharion has been a passion project and a labor of love for us. But we've reached the point where we need a bit of outside funding in order to continue working on the project full-time. Pixel art, original music and producing original content are all time-consuming and costly. Reaching our goal will ensure that we have the resources needed to finish Antharion in a timely manner. Exceeding our goal will mean tons of game play improvements and loads of additional content.
Risks and challenges
A little over a year ago Antharion was just a dream. Today the game's engine and development tools are complete and the challenges from here on out will consist mainly of: (1) polishing core gameplay mechanics (such as combat and magic); (2) producing content (such as more pixel art, animations, and an original soundtrack) to fill up Antharion's massive open-ended world; and (3) porting Antharion over to the iPad without compromising core gameplay. We're confident that reaching our goal will allow us to overcome these as well as any future challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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IMMORTALIZATION PACK - (All $100 tier rewards) + you'll be immortalized in Antharion's world. You'll name one of Antharion's major towns plus we'll create a statue of you and place it prominently in the center of town for all to see! You'll also become a part of Antharion's lore and we'll even create an entire in-game book about you! We'll also put your name on a tombstone and you'll create your own epitaph to put on it! But wait, there's more!!! ....we'll even let you design an incredibly powerful magical item: You'll get to name the item, choose its special power from a long list of magical effects, and choose its image from one of a large number of possible item graphics. We'll also place the item in a secret location that only YOU will know about!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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