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Classic RPG gameplay with a massive open world! Build your empire by buying land deeds, farming, questing, and much more!

This game is for Windows PC.
This game is for Windows PC.
We will spend 5% of the funds brought in from sales of the game on other Kickstarter projects. That is our pledge. KickingItForward.org
We will spend 5% of the funds brought in from sales of the game on other Kickstarter projects. That is our pledge. KickingItForward.org

The Story

The king is dead, the queen is missing. The only known heir to the throne is believed dead, and the fate of an entire kingdom rests in your hands. Enter the land of war-torn Ditherra. A land of pirates, thieves, traders, smugglers, kings, queens, deities and mortals. Wealth and power control Ditherra, and the power struggle has divided the land between the East and West. A plague is devouring the population, and the mayors are vying for independence of their cities. A rebel uprising has made matters worse than before. You play the protagonist role of Malice, a young female adventurer seeking to unlock her past and find her fortune. You awake to find yourself at the mercy of a stranger who appears to be helping you understand your past. Quickly you learn something dark has happened to you. The fate of Ditherra and its people may be yours to control.

The Game

Classic and traditional 16-bit era role playing adventure; meets modern style in this epic tale of power, wealth and betrayal. Begin your journey in a city of thieves, unlock the mystery it holds. Meet Maxie, a retired thief who reluctantly helps you find your way. Over 30 playable characters to unlock along your journey. Numerous homes, farms and establishments to own and operate. Build your wealth to epic proportions. Front view battles use amazingly detailed 2.5D monsters and mobs.

Why we need funding?

Besides the initial base costs, and countless hours of labor involved, the game is full of custom content, including custom monsters, premium music tracks, art, animation, images, and more. In order to pay for these things we need to raise money. Other features may be implemented as well, like possible custom cinematics. In short, your pledge makes Barter Empire come to life.


Key Features

  • Farming system, own your own farm and harvest food from your crops and animals.
  • Beautiful soundtrack of over 50 tracks! Featuring the hard rock styling of Kain Vinosec, as well as other orchestral tracks!
  • Battle unique 2.5D mobs and monsters!
  • Over 30 playable characters in all!
  • Unique barter system allows you to find rare items and barter them for others.
  • Gambling system, enter casinos and arenas, and place your bets.
  • Command a ship and set sail in search of adventure, glory, wealth, and power.
  • Own a base of operations, and interact with your party members.
  • Massive world to explore.
  • Many hours of total game play when you play all quests and interact with everything!
  • Open ended gameplay. Roam the non-liner world and play as you wish, or follow the epic story of Malice.
  • Intelligent monsters level up as you do, so no matter where you are in the world the battles are strategic.
  • Humorous and intelligent dialogue that lets you decide the outcome.
  • Cooking, crafting, fishing, alchemy, bartering, hunting, farming and trade systems.
  • Buy and own deeds, homes and business to further expand your fortune. Collect rent from your deeds.
  • Several guilds to join including, a thieves guild, bounty hunters guild, mages guild, and more!
  • Marriage and adoption system. Find your mate, and adopt children to settle down in your home
  • Become a thief and pick locks to doors and chests.
  • And much more!

Special Thanks to Yanfly, and Modern Algebra for the use of their scripts.

Add-Ons:

Barter Empire Hard Copy

Featuring beautiful cover art by Kip Ayers.  

The Hard Copy will ship out shortly after the game is completed. Please add $35 USD plus $5 USD shipping and handling to your pledge if you live in the United States. Anyone outside of the United States please add $20 USD for shipping and handling.  

NOTE: Anyone pledged at the $100 level or above will receive the hard copy of the game and the soundtrack automatically with free shipping. Those pledged at the $75 level will have a choice between the hard copy or soundtrack.

Barter Empire Original Soundtrack

Featuring 10 beautiful new orchestral tracks composed by Jessie Valentine.  

Please add $25 USD plus $5 USD shipping and handling to your pledge if you live in the United States. Anyone outside of the United States please add $20 USD for shipping and handling.  

NOTE: Anyone pledged at the $100 level or above will receive the hard copy of the game and the soundtrack automatically with free shipping. Those pledged at the $75 level will have a choice between the hard copy or soundtrack.

Barter Empire Limited Edition Official Backer Poster! Limited to Backers Only!

This 11X17" glossy poster is a limited edition. It will only be offered to Backers of the project. 

Add $20 to your pledge: Free shipping in the USA. All other countries please add an additional $20 for shipping and handling.

NOTE: You will choose your add-on at the end of the campaign when we send out your survey.

Barter Empire Official Backer Kickstarter Exclusive Limited Edition T-Shirts! Limited to Backers Only!

This Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt comes in both black and white, and a variety of sizes. This shirt is limited, and will only be offered to Backers for this campaign. Once it's gone, it's gone forever.

Add $30 to your pledge: Free shipping in the USA. All other countries add an additional $20 for shipping and handling.
Available in: Black or White
Available sizes: S/M/L/XL/XXL

NOTE: You will choose your add-on at the end of the campaign when we send out your survey.

[UNLOCKED] $2,000 STRETCH GOAL
TRADING CARDS!

In-game collectable trading cards. The cards will vary in value, and can be traded and sold in shops. The cards will also feature special abilities like attack boosts or increased attack against certain monsters.

[UNLOCKED] $2,500 STRETCH GOAL
VOICE ACTOR & NEW BACKGROUND IMAGES!

A professional voice actor will be hired to do the narration of the game. New custom backgrounds for the game, including clouds, sea, landscapes, towns and villages.

[UNLOCKED] $3,000 STRETCH GOAL
MORE TOWNS & VILAGES!

Even more towns and villages to explore, complete with new quests and NPC's for a much longer and more enjoyable experience.

[LOCKED] $5,000 STRETCH GOAL
BACKER REQUESTS!

A special request section will be on the forum. This is where Backers will be able to add their requests for new game features. Content will then be judged based on:

:Time Constraints (How much is this going to delay the project?)
:Is it possible? (Will this go beyond the engines capabilities?)
:Funding (how much is this going to cost?)
:Practicality (Will it add to the game experience or be a total blight?)
:Within reason (Will it require a total overhaul of the game itself?)

The request section on the game forum will be up for two weeks. After said time the requests will be decided upon. A few select requests will then be implemented into the project. NOTE: Only backers who have backed a minimum of $10 will be permitted to make requests.

[LOCKED] $7,500 STRETCH GOAL
VOICE ACTORS!

Professional voice actors will be hired to do the main storyline quest dialogue.

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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

This project is over 75% complete, and is right on schedule. You may rest easy knowing I have every intent of completing this project, however funds have run dry, and in order to make continuation possible, I will need to raise enough funds to add more content to the game, to bring the player a truly unique experience. Thus far, I have used my own money to fund the project, however money is tight, and getting tighter.

FAQ

  • The game is currently for PC only. There is an application out there called Crossover, which allows you to play Windows games on a Mac. No console ports are planned.

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  • The short answer is we do not currently have a scheduled release, but we are shooting for a October/November 2013 target date. However, if our Kickstarter campaign is as successful as we hope it to be, the release date will be pushed back even further, as we will be adding even more content. This is bittersweet, as a bigger game is always better, but the release will take longer.

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  • Since July 2012.

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  • Yes! http://www.barterempire.net

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  • Around $15 USD from our website. An official price has not been set.

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  • Currently, I am the only one officially working on it. However, I have received some great advice from friends and family, as well as the game community. Once the project is near completion, some professional beta testers may be hired, as well as game artists depending on the Kickstarter fund goes.

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  • Absolutely! If for any reason you want to ask me a question my door is open! You can contact me here on Kickstarter, or send me an email to barterempire@yahoo.com. I promise to respond to any and all inquiries within 2 business days. NO SPAM PLEASE! Serious inquires about the game only. You can also check out our official website for more information. http://www.barterempire.net

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  • Beta versions of the game should be ready by the end of this campaign. Although it will be a beta and not the finished game, I still want to send you a polished beta that is mostly playable. As for the rest of the gifts, depending on what they are, they should be rewarded by the time the game is complete. Unfortunately I cannot guarantee an exact date, but I will be in touch with you. If you pledged a large amount, we will send you a survey with your information as soon as we can.

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    NEW! [JUNK MAIL] In Barter Empire, there are Post Offices. In the Post Office you get letters. Sometimes it will be a new quest, other times it is just junk mail. With this reward you will be able to write your own junk mail. "Come on down to Joe's used horse emporium, we got makes and models from all over Ditherra, including the new energy efficient horse." A great reward for the satirical types. Receive a free digital copy of the game when it is released. Receive an exclusive first look closed beta copy of the game before it becomes open beta!

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    [THE FOUNDING FATHERS ~ SO SLUM CITY (THE CITY OF THIEVES)] You will get all previous rewards (except [THE ORPHAN MOTHER] [PET SHOP KEEPER] & [BARKEEP]) and be able to write a short blurb for a fountain plaque in the heart of So Slum City, about your history as the cities founding father (or mother). Maybe you fought a huge monster to claim the land. Or perhaps you're a merchant who settled here in search of wealth. Your name and story will be forever immortalized in he city square. You will have the option to choose between the hard copy of the game or the original soundtrack.

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    [THE FOUNDING FATHERS ~ BARTER CITY (THE CAPITAL CITY)] You will get all previous rewards (except [THE ORPHAN MOTHER] [PET SHOP KEEPER] & [BARKEEP]) and be able to write a short blurb for a fountain plaque in the heart of Barter City, about your history as the cities founding father (or mother). Maybe you fought a huge monster to claim the land. Or perhaps you're a merchant who settled here in search of wealth. Your name and story will be forever immortalized in he city square. You will have the option to choose between the hard copy of the game or the original soundtrack.

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    [OWN YOUR OWN TOWN] Have a town named after you! We will build a small town in the game and name it after you (within reason) i.e Jennifer Town! We will also name the mayor of your town after you and make a unique side quest just for you! Receive a free digital copy of the game when it is released. See your name in the opening credits! Receive an exclusive first look closed beta copy of the game before it becomes open beta!

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    [BECOME IMMORTAL] Gain immortality by seeing your name in the credits read A Game Produced by [INSERT YOUR NAME HERE]. You will also have exclusive ability to give input on the development of the game. Have a main storyline playable character created just for you in your likeness. You will submit a picture to us and we will use it to create your likeness. You will pick a name for your NPC. Your NPC will be part of an exclusive main storyline quest! You will write the dialogue and rewards for the quest! Have a town named after you! We will build a small town in the game and name it after you (within reason) i.e Jennifer Town! We will also name the mayor of your town after you and make a unique side quest just for you! You will name the barkeep and the shop keeper of the town. Receive a free digital copy of the game when it is released. Receive an autographed hard copy of the game. Receive a free Barter Empire Kickstarter exclusive limited edition T-Shirt, a Barter Empire autographed limited edition Kickstarter poster. Stickers, and a coffee mug. (BONUS) You will also get beta updated versions of the game as it is developed, so you can see how things are going, and give input into the games development. FREE shipping in the USA [THE ORPHAN MOTHER] There is only one orphan mother in Barter Empire, and it can be you! In this very limited reward, you will get to name the orphan mother at the So Slum City orphanage. There is only one orphanage in the entire game! You will pick a name for the orphan mother (within reason) It can be your Kickstarter handle, your real name, or just about anything.

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    [The Deity] Become a deity and not only do you get bragging rights, but you will also get everything from every other reward (except the [THE ORPHAN MOTHER] & [PET SHOP KEEPER]) as well as an Adam Mayhem autographed exclusive Barter Empire artwork. An autographed prototype (this was the first alpha version hard copy of the game ever made with flaws and all) hard copy of the game. An exclusive invitation to meet with Adam in Chicago for food, drinks, and entertainment in a one on one semi-release party style. Includes a 1 night stay in a downtown Chicago hotel (airfare not included). You may also opt out of the invitation and just keep all the other rewards.

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