About this project
legena, n. - a legend that spans an era: the legend of the Narrator
"Legena: Union Tides definitely feels right at home among the other RPGS of the era that it pays homage to."
- Matt Espineli, Two Dash Stash
"The game hearkens back to the 16-bit days which is evident by it’s style. If you’re a JRPG fan it’s definitely worth a look."
- Kevin O'Rouke, GenGAME
Interview with Grandpa Pixel
- Brad Baron, GayGamer
"Storyline and characters seem solid, I dug the music, battles were engaging, and I liked the creativity in establishing races of unique beings that haven't been seen in fantasy."
Legena is a turn-based 2D RPG series inspired by 16-bit classics with a unique take on time travel, superheroes and morality.
Take the role of Tetiro Aceus and Atesan Turwin to explore the open seas, stop the pirate lords and discover the dark side of the Legena universe. And how their roles turn the gears of a legena that spans countless eras.
With a dynamic turn based combat system, you will always know who is going to strike next.
Change the weather in battle to gain the advantage. Find the foe's weakness and exploit it all you can!
Equip Feathers to acquire new abilities and power up existing abilities. They won't know what hit them...
Make your choices and motivate your allies, kill your enemies and make the right decisions as heroes.
Explore the islands of Dynol and the desert of Vesira. Find interesting towns, dangerous dungeons, surprising secrets and unusual sights.
Make it a tougher meal to chew by increasing the difficulty via the Difficulty Grid...
Have you seen the red sky? And the green lightning? Rumour has it whenever the sky turns red and the land is struck by green, the Narrator appears. A time traveller I hear. You best be a good boy. You best be a good girl. Otherwise the legend will come true. The Narrator will get you.
There have been countless rumours about the Narrator in the Legena universe. A hero, a villain, a ghost and a monster. All names the Narrator has been called. But no-one knows if the Narrator is real or not. Though one man knows the Narrator. Scholar is now on the run from the Narrator's grasp.
With little choice, Scholar has recruited heroes to protect him from the Narrator's pursuit. And now the duty lies to Tetiro Aceus and Atesan Turwin. Having met the Narrator before, Tetiro and Atesan are out to find the Narrator and solve the mystery. To discover the person behind the costume. Over the course of the trilogy, they will uncover the reasons, the logic and identity of the Narrator.
On the 17th of Mocaro 1787, Tetiro and Atesan set out on the seas to the lands of Dynol and Vesira to bring peace to the lands. Being seen off from the friends and family, they board the ship and set off. To their dismay and unknown to them, two pirate lords have seized the ship and set off to plunder, loot and to claim revenge on other pirates...
When we started the Legena series, we had some aims we wanted to achieve to make our project unique and interesting for us to develop.
Gameplay - Produce a solid JRPG experience in terms of story and gameplay to that of the 16-bit ancestors.
Bolder Stories - Write a story that brings new themes and ideas, taking bolder risks by covering themes that are rarely done in games!
Unusual Characters - We want to bring a gallery of weird, unusual and even disturbing villains and heroes. Trying new ideas!
Creativity - Fantasy are rife with Elves, Dwarves and Goblins. We wanted to design our own races, environments and lore. That is what Fantasy is all about!
£5,000 : Union Tides's Development
With £5,000, we can ensure that we produce a full game! As well as a full game, we can increase the quality by adding more music as well as starting up a small business! We will be using the money for the following.
Additional Music tracks by SkittleGirl
Company Set Up and Costs
After that,we will be using the money to improve the quality of the game and add the stretch goals!
£5,750 : Music Player
SkittleGirl makes some beautiful pieces of music and the first thing we want to achieve as a stretch goal is to produce a Music Player so you can listen to all your favourite tracks! As well as that, we will add a few more music tracks and even try to squeeze in a Speed Run feature. For those who love to Speed Run games.
£6,750 : A Hero's Quest
You can never have enough side quests! We will be giving the optional heroes a side quest to show off their might and valor! And if the BECOME THE HERO's tier is claimed, they will get to help design their hero's side quest!
£8,000 : Let the Battles Begin!
Roll up, roll up! Once a year, the doors to the Valor Arena open up for the Union Tides festival! Come and test your might. Pick your team and fight wave after wave of monsters. Take home prizes and see if you can reach the end!
£9,500 : Down in the Basement
In the depths of the Valor Arena, two great monsters known as Titans were locked away. In the Gauntlet, no route is ever the same and few have ever returned. Dare you enter the Gauntlet to find the Titans?
£14,000 : iOS Support
A bit of a stretch but if we find an extra £4,500 we can fund full iOS Support for Legena. Macs, iPhones, iPads. No Apple device will be safe from our reach! With our new devices and licenses covered, we can start work straight away!
£22,500 : War Bred Children Full Development
Wishful thinking! If we reached this amount, we will have covered the costs to not only develop Union Tides with its stretch goals but we will be able to fully develop the next game in the Legena trilogy, War Bred Children.
£32,500 : Alley Girl Full Development
Our final official stretch goal! We covered Union Tides, the extra content and even funded War Bred Children. But if we reach this goal, the entire Legena trilogy would be funded! We will probably spend a couple of hundred on a party to celebrate our success as well!
While these are the main stretch goals, after we reach the final goal, we will heavily look into reaching the platforms that we have yet to reach. Right now we have Windows 7 & 8, Android, OUYA and soon GameStick on our list. We hope that with a bit of help from Sony to have Legena reach the shores of the PS3, PS4 and PSVita! We also hope to add Linux to the roster of platforms too!
Games aren't cheap to make. Even games that started by a small team cost money. And we will be able to release the Legena series as we complete each game even without the KickStarter. However we know the quality of Legena could be greatly improved with a bit more green in the pocket.
With the extra money, we could extended the soundtrack to the full list we want to have, add more features and even look to find a 16-bit artist to give our graphics the final touches to turn them into true 16-bit works of art. With our initial funding, we will be using it for the following.
Graphic Development - We're looking to gather some extra help to fine tune the graphics. We want them to be as close to the 16-Bit style as possible.
Additional Music tracks by SkittleGirl - We have our initial soundtrack which is pretty. But there are more tracks we could use. SkittleGirl does some amazing 16-bit styled music and we want to extend the soundtrack.
Company Set Up and Costs - To ensure we get Legena on as many consoles as possible, we need to fund the company start up, the licenses and all of the tools we will need to port the game to new consoles.
KickStarter Fees and Costs
This is why we are here. While we have everything needed to make Legena good, we want it to be great. We want Legena to be an RPG to do the 16-bit classics proud. We need your help! And as thanks, we have some pretty nifty rewards planned for those willing to help us go a long way.
Who's Building Legena?
It's time you met the team and there are only three of us as we are a small team. Mainly so we can get a greater share on the biscuits.
Name : Jeremy - http://www.grandpapixel.com, @Grandpa_Pixel
Class : Programmer, Design and Pixel Nut
Bio : Why did I ever go into Games Development? It's stressful and hard! Oh right. Because I have always done it since my teen years. I have a passion for building ambitious projects both for the fun and the challenge. A dark RPG about superheroes and time travel? Bring it on!
Weakness : Bourbon Biscuits.
Name : Holly - http://skittlegirlsound.com/, @skittlegrlHolly
Class : Musician
Bio : Holly never gave us a chance. She wowed with her 16-bit music and now she's part of the team. Her strong musician skills and high creativity give her a cutting edge in battle. She composed the entire Legena soundtrack and she will for the rest of the series!
Weakness : Music Critics
Name : Greg
Class : Sound Composer
Bio : What would we do without him? He always delivers the sounds we need to make our effects pop. Or burst. Or bang. Producing the sounds for the whole Legena series, he sure has his work cut out for him. If you think there needs to be more sounds in Legena, I best give him a call.
Weakness : Unknown.
Early Cren Special (£2 or $4) / Let the Legena Begin (£3 or $5)
A DRM-free copy of Union Tides is yours at £3 (£2 for Early Backers) And on the platform of your choice! Planned platforms are Windows, Android, OUYA and GameStick. With hopefully more platforms on the way!
Faster Than Time (£6 or $10) / The Narrator Arc (£8 or $14)
So you want more games? Look no further! Everyone who donates £8 (£6 for Early Backers) can get the entire trilogy that is planned! DRM-free, platform of choice and with our thanks! This reward is given upon completion of each game. So you will always know when the Legena continues!
The Proto Door (£15 or $26)
For those who are willing to part with £15 of their hard earnings, they earn the right to play the beta versions of the games in the entire trilogy. As well as going away with copies of the whole trilogy.
The Hero's Handbook (£20 or $34)
We hate getting stuck in games and so do a lot of people. So why not invest in a strategy guide for the trilogy? Don't worry, we'll be producing guides for each of the games so you don't have to wait for the whole guide to play! You also get beta access and the trilogy of games too.
Developer Access (£25 or $43)
For those not wanting to wait until a beta version let alone a full release, we have a tier just for you! Get access to all of the developer builds! So you can gradually see each game become great! And then play through them with your games with the help of the guides.
Those Catchy Tunes (£30 or $51)
We love Holly's music and so we want her talents to be recognized! So Why not get the entire DRM-free soundtrack for Union Tides to thank her for her work? Oh, and get the trilogy, developer access and the guides while you are at it too...
Physical Edition (£40 or $68)
Okay now the gloves are off. Pledging £40 gets you a Physical Copy of Union Tides to show off and brag about! Not only that but your name will be in the credits. Along with that, you get digital copies of the trilogy, developer access, strategy guides and the digital soundtrack for Union Tides! (Please add £10 or $17 for International Shipping)
Become an NPC (Limited stock of 30!) (£50 or $85)
We're starting to get to real bragging rights here. By pledging £50 and acting fast on it, you get an NPC named after you. So whenever someone goes "Remember that town with the Union Tides festival?" you can go "Yeh. I was there.". Don't forget your other rewards too! (Please add £10 or $17 for International Shipping)
Deluxe Edition (£60 or $102)
For those who like collecting physical copies of Video Game soundtracks (like us!), this option is for you! The Deluxe Edition comes with a physical copy of the Union Tides soundtrack for you to play all you want! you also get all of the other nifty rewards in this tier too! (Please add £10 or $17 for International Shipping)
Collector's Edition (£75 or $128)
The finest edition we can do! The Collector's Edition gets a special case and gets signed! All because you have show how awesome you guys are! And to boot, we'll give you the other rewards in the tier as well! (Please add £10 or $17 for International Shipping)
I Wanna Be In The Game! (Limited stock of 15!) (£90 or $153)
Got the artistic bug? Well why not put it to good use and design an NPC to be in the game! Make a pirate, a judge or maybe even a shifty thief? The choice is yours! Don't forget about your other rewards from the tier as well! (Please add £10 or $17 for International Shipping)
The Common Enemy (Limited stock of 10!) (£105 or $179)
We love to design unusual enemies so we decided to let some of the fans have that chance as well! Design an enemy from how they look to how they fight. We'll try our hardest to make your design the best it can be! And the loot the enemy drops is your rewards from this tier so best design a weakness as well! (Please add £10 or $17 for International Shipping)
Bosses Need Some Paint (Limited stock of 5!) (£120 or $204)
What's better than designing an enemy? Designing a villain! Make up a boss and see him fight your beloved party in a grueling match! And we'll be sure to ensure he puts up a fight! He doesn't have any loot because you already took the other rewards from this tier! (Please add £10 or $17 for International Shipping)
Time's Hero (Limited stock of 4!) (£150 or $255)
For those who really want to say "I was here", this is the tier for you! You get a statue in your honour that will litter the lands in the Legena universe no matter which game! NPCs will know your name and respect you as a hero! And to top it all off, you get all the other rewards in this tier too! (Please add £10 or $17 for International Shipping)
Become The Hero (Limited stock of 1!) (£500 or $850)
Sometimes saying you were there isn't enough. Having statues or NPCs in honour of you just won't cut it. That's why this tier is here. Whoever pledges enough for this tier not only gets the rewards in this tier, but they get to design a hero to join Tetiro and Atesan on their journey throughout Dynol and Vesira. Will they meet at a bar? On a quest? Or even through a battle? Who knows, that will be all up to the lucky person to get this tier! (Please add £10 or $17 for International Shipping)
Risks and challenges
Game Development is a tough industry. Lots of competition, stress and anxiety. Though the biggest hurdle to go over is the development of the game. There are many pitfalls out there. But we hope to deal with them all.
While we hope to be done with Union Tides by the end of 2015, there could be delays. But then we may be able to release it sooner if we are lucky!
We will do our best to ensure that Union Tides is released by the end of 2015.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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