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Ambrov X is an episodic role-playing video game set in the award-winning Sime~Gen Universe created by Jacqueline Lichtenberg and Jean Lorrah. With Ambrov X, we aim to create a rich, story-driven experience that delves deep into emotional themes, coupled with breath-taking action and adventure.
- Ambrov X is a 3D, single-player, action role-playing game.
- Ambrov X features meaningful and difficult decisions that truly alter the flow of story and quests.
- The game is Fully-Voiced with Cinematic Dialogue Scenes.
- Choose your gender and from the two human sub-species Sime and Gen.
- Choose from four unique classes: the Endowed, the Monk, the Agent and the Sentinel.
- Modify any armor piece or weapon in the game through a powerful modification crafting system.
- The game features a complex companion system that is lore appropriate and deep on story.
- The game will be released in 5 Episodes ranging from 3-5 hours each.
- The game is being developed in the Unity engine for Windows, OS X, Linux with alternate releases for iOS, Android, PS 4 and XBOX to be released at a later date.
- The game will be available in English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish.
- Ambrov X will be distributed DRM-Free for Windows, OS X and Linux.
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The Ambrov X story is a multi-layered web of passion, intrigue and conflict. At its core stand you and your companion, Sime and Gen, bound by the life force that you give or take in an unending cycle. It is the story of how you and your companion confront impossible odds in a universe that may hate and fear you.
The Ambrov X story places you on the Unity One, Earth's most advanced Starship, tasked with planting beacons which allow for FTL travel. However, in reality, you are on a covert mission to discover the truth behind Jumper 10 -- the ill-fated predecessor of the Unity One, which returned to Earth with only one crew member alive. While on this covert mission you discover an ancient alien space station, dormant for thousands of years. While the truth about Jumper 10 lies within the station, there is a greater truth that threatens to divide Sime and Gen -- potentially ending an alliance that has stood for over 350 years.
In the end, it is you and your companion against a hostile universe. If the two of you cannot survive the truth, no one can.
For more information read a Brief Sime~Gen History
Ambrov X has been designed following four gameplay pillars. These four pillars will continue to drive everything we do from Day One until Launch.
A Rich and Unique Science Fiction Universe. The Sime~Gen Universe has been painstakingly honed since the late 1960's. The 12 Pre-Intersetellar Era Novels take place on an Earth that is familiar but also quite different than our own. But Ambrov X will launch this world into the Interstellar Era, making it equally accessible to long-time fans and those who are first hearing about it here. You will discover "strange new worlds," space stations and starships in a breath-taking universe full of life where magic, politics, intrigue, deception and conflict reign supreme.
Character-Driven Story. Our character-driven story is fueled by yourself, your companion and the unique bond you share. It focuses on a single but incredibly deep relationship that varies depending on your race and gender. As a Sime, you play a character of tremendous power and driving need. You depend on your companion to feed from their life energy, and gain incredible power from doing so. But there is violence in your very nature -- can you refrain from the thrill of the kill? As a Gen, your power over your companion is both absolute and terrifyingly fragile. What are the limits of your ability to give of yourself to strengthen your power as a team? The bond between Sime and Gen is a powerful one, but far more dangerous than anyone admits. Failure to maintain this delicate bond may risk losing yourself, your companion and peace amongst your people.
Accessible and Satisfying Epic Combat. Combat will feel EPIC, while remaining easy to pick up and understand. At all times, you will feel like a hero (or villain), wholly unique in a universe of mortals. But dodging back 50 feet and throwing down a massive explosion that rips apart the earth beneath your foes is only part of the fun of fast and epic combat. It must also feel challenging -- in a good way. We also provide you with the ability to play in a way that suits your personal gameplay style: play the way you want to play, not how we tell you.
Choice. Everything in our design is about choice -- from combat to the weapon you wield. Through the Paradigm System, your choices will lead you in directions that are unique to you and your character. It's not a moral system based on Good, Neutral or Evil, but a system that reflects the complexity of choices we face in real life. Our emphasis on Choice also offers unparalleled replayability. Find out more about the Paradigm System here.
In the story-driven Ambrov X, you will step into the role of a Sime or a Gen in the gender of your choice. You will be able to choose from four very distinct classes: The Agent, the Endowed, the Monk and the Sentinel.
You will also be able to choose the gender of your companion and will have the ability to romance that companion. If you choose a Sime, you will be paired with a Gen companion who will give you energy and boost your morale. As a Gen player character, your Sime companion will assist you with powerful abilities beyond those of a normal NPC. Finally, full Character Customization offers a variety of choices to create a unique character to guide through the Sime~Gen Universe.
Paradigm Conversation System
The Paradigm Conversation System is something we are truly proud of at Loreful. It's built from the ground up with the pillar of "Choice" in mind. At key points in the plot you will be served up a Paradigm choice. These choices are based on key paradigms: Military, Scientific, Philosophy and Diplomacy. What we have done with the system is to answer the question of Story vs. "Kill 10 Rats", but without sacrificing gameplay. When you receive a paradigm quest, we are asking you, "How do YOU want to play this?" Do you want to be a space grunt and simply kill them all OR do you want to delve deeper into the story and ultimately find an alternate solution to brute force? You won't be punished for choosing a certain paradigm. But your story will be altered by it. If you choose to kill the enemy rather than negotiating, you may miss out on key information. Conversely, if you let an enemy go free, that decision could come back to haunt you.
There is no gameplay value to selecting the same paradigm every time, encouraging players to really think about every decision. A paradigm choice is simply based on how you want to see things play out. Ultimately, the choice is yours.
There is nothing cookie-cutter about Ambrov X. Any weapon or armor piece is at your disposal, despite your class. If you choose to wield a sword as an Endowed (Mage Class), that sword will take on the unique property of your skills -- a burst of flame becomes a flaming sword. You will also have an arsenal of skills at your disposal, with eight (8) disciplines and a myriad of skills to choose from. Furthermore, you can fine-tune your gear to your liking. You can wear whatever you want, as all equipment in Ambrov X is mod-able. You can seek out powerful mods to place in three slots on every piece of gear and those mods will make your favorite weapon or armor piece into the legendary item it deserves to be.
Combat is action-based, with martial maneuvers that are epic and fun. Combat is also tactical, as you'll need to manage your skills properly to defeat the toughest bosses in the game. While action-based, combat in Ambrov X is not about button-mashing your way to a win, but instead about strategy and skill management. With the robust skill system at your fingertips you'll be able to create the play-style you enjoy.
Exploration and Lore. We are creating a game with explorers in mind. Getting lost in an environment can be fun and rewarding. Lore items dot the landscape, encouraging exploration and adventure. Discovering these items will help you delve deeper into the Sime~Gen universe and really live in this setting.
Ambrov X is being developed by Loreful, a small to mid-sized independent game developer in Cincinnati, OH. Loreful was founded in 2012 by award-winning Creative Director Aharon Cagle, with the mission to create "evolutionary role-playing video games that engage players in compelling experiences".
The Loreful Team’s unique experience makes it ideally suited to meet the challenges of a new age in gaming where leaner, more diverse independent companies must survive without the assistance of publishers. Collectively we combine years of video game design and development with creative direction and marketing for some of the world’s most beloved brands.
Ben Steel, our Lead Game Designer, brings to the team extensive AAA experience, including such titles as Guild Wars 2 -- on which he served as an Event Designer.
About Jennifer Brandes Hepler
Jennifer Brandes Hepler has been a professional game writer since she began writing for "Shadowrun" at 19 years old, contributing to numerous supplements and co-authoring the well-received “Cyberpirates.” After a brief stint in Hollywood on the CBS television show “The Agency,” Jennifer began writing for Bioware, serving in a senior creative role on both the "Dragon Age" and "Star Wars: The Old Republic" franchises. Known, respectively, for her development of the dwarven culture in “Dragon Age: Origins,” the Smuggler in "Star Wars: The Old Republic," and for blowing up the Chantry and leading the mage rebellion in “Dragon Age II,” Jennifer has most recently served as senior writer on “Dragon Age: Inquisition.” Despite having been the unfortunate target of a highly public internet harassment campaign, she is looking forward to helping to launch a new generation of RPGs.
Ultimately the answer comes down to one word: Freedom. We have been fortunate to have unmeasured support from Sime~Gen, Inc. The rights holders have allowed us unprecedented creative freedom within their story-rich universe. But under a publisher's control, that freedom will certainly dwindle.
Now more than ever independent studios have the power of digital distribution. Coupled with crowd sourcing it's an incredibly powerful thing.
But the answer is not only about us, it's about YOU. Crowd sourcing to fund our creative content means you get blaster wielding ninjas with tentacles. As opposed to publishers claiming that blaster wielding ninjas with tentacles do not appeal to prime game purchasers from 32-35. More than this, YOU have a voice. We WILL listen to you. Because ultimately we want the same thing, right? The best damn Sci-Fi RPG in this galaxy.
Our Promise to YOU
You are the investor and we promise to keep you in the loop. This is something we feel very strongly about as a company and ultimately as gamers ourselves. We promise you meaningful and consistent updates on the progress of Ambrov X. We will post polls and gather your collective feedback throughout our development. In short, we WILL listen to you. Our lines of communication will be open and we will do our very best to be transparent -- without spoiling the surprises, of course.
Without you this could not be possible -- we won't forget that.
Every dollar we raise will go into Ambrov X's development and reward fulfillment for this Kickstarter. But, we ultimately see a larger game complete with massive environments, more customization, deeper story and multiplayer support. Those added dollars will ensure that we can produce a compelling universe for you to explore.
Ambrov X is ambitious. We know that. We are prepared to produce the first Episode of Ambrov X for our goal. With the generosity of people like you to drive us into the stretch goals, we can realize the FULL POTENTIAL of Ambrov X!
Help us finally bring this fascinating universe to market! A NEW UNIVERSE that you can immerse yourself in for years to come.
$7 - Extra Digital Copy of Ambrov X Episode 1 (PC, Mac, Linux)
$8 - DRM-Free Digital Soundtrack
$10 - Digital Collector's Compendium
$12 - Digital Graphic Novel: Ambrov X: Origins
$20 - Beta Test Access (All 5 Episodes)
$25 - Backer-Exclusive Ambrov X Icon T-Shirt
$35 - Backer-Exclusive Character Attribute T-Shirt (See Options Below)
$45 - Printed Graphic Novel: Ambrov X: Origins
$150 - Signed (by Jacqueline and Jean) Printed Graphic Novel: Ambrov X: Origins
$250 - Limited Edition Printed and Signed Compendium (limit 1 per backer)
Backer-Exclusive Character Attribute T-shirt Options
From all of us at Loreful, Thank You for your support!!!
Find Us Online at AmbrovX.com
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
As you well know, making video games is a complex, time consuming endeavor. Our commitment to meaningful, fully-voiced dialogue and quest branching adds a ton of time to an already tight timeline. So the risks and challenges are clear to us at Loreful.
Our target release date of Q2 2015 allows us 18 months of pre-production, production, polishing and QA.
With that said, we have numerous solutions in process and technology that allow us to overcome these challenges. In many ways, we are process geeks. Experience has taught us to find time-saving solutions in order to focus on what we do best, make kick-ass gaming experiences. We have team members who have worked on MMOs, team members who are Agile experts, team members who have managed large teams on multi-million dollar projects with extremely tight deadlines. We know we have the right process and the right approach.
At the core of our process is an Agile with Scrum approach to development. We are committed to Agile, as its benefits to game design and production allow us to refine and work out bugs as they rise. In addition to Agile, we've developed a number of our own tools that allow any one on the team to jump in and assist on development.
We are also multi-tasking freaks. Truly. We all wear numerous hats, so approaching our tools in this manner allows anyone on the team, from the concept artists to the writers, to help with the core development of the game. Ultimately, all of this leads to a more solid game.
We love our model. Our business model is built around our production process. Allowing us to break up the game into 5 episodes really helps curb both risks and challenges. By producing 5 episodes at 3-5 hours each, we aren't pressured into making a 60-hour behemoth. Our challenge will be getting these episodes out over the course of a year. Armed with our process and our tools we are confident in this release schedule.
Marketing. We are going up against AAA studios with massive marketing budgets. Traditionally, the big studios spend 14% of the their budget on marketing. Fortunately, our CEO has spent the majority of his career in marketing. For 15 years he has worked as an Art Director and Creative Director for some of the most beloved brands on the planet…Hasbro, Godiva, Chiquita, to name a few. Keeping that marketing strategy and design in-house also allows us to monumentally reduce the marketing budget -- allowing YOUR valuable support dollars to go towards making Ambrov X the best game it can possibly be.
Originally we were only offering Episode 1. However, the community spoke loud and clear about wanting all 5 episodes at $25+. We agreed and made it so. Unfortunately, Kickstarter does not allow you to change a description of an item once people have donated in to it. We created another level that clearly states you will get all 5 episodes at $25+, just in case.
Yes and Yes! Every armor piece in the set is customizable with three mod slots per piece. And you can upgrade it and wear it from start to finish.
We desperately want co-op as a team. It's something we all feel pretty passionate about. With that said, we have set 2-Person Co-op at our $2.5M Stretch Goal. And we are looking at more multiplayer options at additional Stretch Goals, should we be lucky enough to make it that far.
Yes. You will be able to choose the gender of your companion and you will have the choice to romance them.
Will one receive additional Kickstarter Armor Sets for the donation tiers which include additional copies of the game?
Yes, we'll also provide the In-Game Achievement and Item for those unique additional copies as well.
If you wish to wait until the release of the XBOX ONE or PS4 versions we will supply you with a code for one of those versions. We will have an opportunity for you to follow up on which version you want in the survey following the Kickstarter.
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! ============================= ALL TIERS will receive an AMBROV X SYMBOL STICKER and a KICKSTARTER BACKER BADGE on the AMBROV X community site! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Ambrov X community site (community.ambrovx.com) is an excellent venue where you can offer suggestions, meet other Sime~Gen fans (newbies and experts alike) and interact with the development team.Estimated delivery:Add $2 USD to ship outside the US
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MONK OF DAR ============================= DIGITAL DOWNLOADABLE COPY OF AMBROV X, EPISODE 1 + IN-GAME ACHIEVEMENT AND ITEM + Previous reward tier. In addition to a digital copy of AMBROV X: EPISODE 1, all Kickstarter backers at this level (and subsequent levels) will receive a special in-game achievement and the in-game CHEST PIECE of an exclusive KICKSTARTER ARMOR SET. The Armor Set is Moddable and will not affect the balance of the game. The KICKSTARTER ARMOR SET DESIGN will be COMMUNITY APPROVED!Estimated delivery:
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MONK OF DAR 2 ============================= DIGITAL DOWNLOADABLE COPY OF AMBROV X, EPISODES 1-5 + IN-GAME ACHIEVEMENT AND ITEM + Previous reward tier. In addition to a digital copy of ALL FIVE EPISODES OF AMBROV X, all Kickstarter backers at this level (and subsequent levels) will receive a special in-game achievement and the in-game CHEST PIECE of an exclusive KICKSTARTER ARMOR SET. The Armor Set is Moddable and will not affect the balance of the game. The KICKSTARTER ARMOR SET DESIGN will be COMMUNITY APPROVED!Estimated delivery:
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ASTROGATOR OF THE UNITY ONE ============================= DIGITAL SOUNDTRACK of the music featured in AMBROV X + Previous reward tier. Also includes the LEGGINGS for the KICKSTARTER ARMOR SET!Estimated delivery:
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THIRD ORDER CHANNEL ============================= DIGITAL COLLECTOR'S COMPENDIUM IN PDF FORMAT + Previous reward tier. The DIGITAL COLLECTOR’S COMPENDIUM will include lore and art about the Sime~Gen Universe in the Space Age. Additionally the DIGITAL COMPENDIUM will include never before published space age short stories and essays by Jacqueline Lichtenberg and Jean Lorrah. Also includes the BOOTS for the KICKSTARTER ARMOR SET!Estimated delivery:
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AGENT OF X ============================= DIGITAL AMBROV X: ORIGIN GRAPHIC NOVEL IN PDF FORMAT + Previous reward tier. Get the origin story behind AMBROV X in this one of a kind, limited edition GRAPHIC NOVEL. Also includes the GLOVES for the KICKSTARTER ARMOR SET!Estimated delivery:
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ENDOWED OF ZEOR ============================= AMBROV X T-SHIRT + Previous reward tier. PLUS Special Thanks in the Credits and VIP Forum Badge! ALSO includes the HEAD PIECE for the KICKSTARTER ARMOR SET! (Please add 20.00 for International Shipping on the T-SHIRT).Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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THE UNITY ONE ALL DIGITAL ============================= The ALL DIGITAL LEVEL! Full Kickstarter Armor, In-Game Item and Achievement, Digital Download of Episodes 1-5, Digital Soundtrack, Digital Collector's Compendium, Digital Graphic Novel, VIP Forum Badge and Special Thanks in the Credits, BETA KEY and the SIME~GEN EBOOK BUNDLE -- All 12 Novels in ePub or mobi formats (a $50 Retail Value!).Estimated delivery:
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SENTINEL OF KAL ============================= BETA KEY FOR ALL FIVE EPISODES + COMPLETE ARMOR SET + DYE SET AND ARMOR SET BONUS. Previous reward tier. Be among the first to play and test ALL FIVE EPISODES of AMBROV X. Not only will your feedback shape each episode but you will be on the cutting edge of each and every episode! ALSO includes the final piece to COMPLETE the KICKSTARTER ARMOR SET, the BELT. Be part of a rare group of players to have the complete ARMOR SET! The Armor set will include a SET BONUS and a SET OF DYES that you may use to change the color of the armor to your liking! You will also get a second beta key and digital download to enjoy Ambrov X on another computer or as a gift to a friend.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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SECOND ORDER CHANNEL ============================= PRINTED AMBROV X: ORIGIN GRAPHIC NOVEL + KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE CHARACTER T-SHIRT + Previous reward tier. Get the origin story behind AMBROV X in this one of a kind, limited edition PRINTED GRAPHIC NOVEL and wear with pride the icons that represent your character’s Gender, Larity (Race) and Class on this BACKER-EXCLUSIVE CHARACTER ATTRIBUTE T-SHIRT.Estimated delivery:Add $25 USD to ship outside the US
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FIRST COMPANION ============================= LIMITED EDITION PRINTED COMPENDIUM + Previous reward tier. Signed by Jacqueline Lichtenberg & Jean Lorrah, this fine LIMITED EDITION PRINTED COMPENDIUM will make a rare and wonderful addition to your collection. Special GOLD thanks in the Credits and a VIP GOLD Forum Badge.Estimated delivery:Add $30 USD to ship outside the US
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ANCIENT HERO ============================= AN IN-GAME HOLOGRAM OF YOUR LIKENESS + Previous reward tier. Somewhere on the Unity One Starship exists the little known, HALL OF HEROES. In this hallowed hall players will find your likeness...a heroic human of Earth’s past. The Loreful Team will create an impressive hologram of your visage in-game, for players to marvel at for many years to come.Estimated delivery:
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HOUSEHOLD FOUNDER ============================= CREATE YOUR OWN HOUSEHOLDING + Previous reward tier. Create your own householding to be Lore-Approved and featured in the game. Your HOUSEHOLDING will be seen by every AMBROV X player and will be integrated into character creation as a selection. With the assistance of our team, you can provide the lore, symbol, colors and background of your householding. Your creation will be included in the final game and will be featured in the COMPENDIUM. Your householding will become an official part of Sime~Gen lore and could be featured in canon resources in the future! You will also get FIVE beta keys and digital downloads of Ambrov X.Estimated delivery:
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FIRST ORDER CHANNEL ============================= CREATE YOUR OWN SKILL + Previous reward tier. Ever wanted to create the perfect spell or martial move in a game? Now you can! You will work with the Loreful team to create a unique SKILL for one of the four CLASSES. Additionally, through the name of the skill or on the skill description, we will include your name, so that players will see your mark on the game. (Note: Balancing and Game Design restrictions may apply. The Loreful team will work tirelessly to make your skill as unique as possible).Estimated delivery:
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CAPTAIN OF THE UNITY ONE ============================= CREATE YOUR OWN NPC + Previous reward tier. We will send you a character sheet to create your own influential, story dependent NPC. This NPC will have an integral part in the AMBROV X storyline. Your character will be fully voiced and will appear in at least one of the 5 Episodes of Ambrov X.Estimated delivery:
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SOSECTU ============================= AN NPC WITH YOUR LIKENESS + BE OUR GUEST OF HONOR + Previous reward tier. Be our guest of honor at our Official Launch Party in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati may not be the most glamorous city in the land but at our Launch Party YOU will be treated as royalty. Such Royalty must also be honored in-game as well, The Loreful Team will create an NPC of you or of your likeness. If you so choose, we will also record your voice to be heard alongside your likeness. Your avatar will appear in at least one of the 5 Episodes of Ambrov X. (Note: Does not include travel or lodging expenses).Estimated delivery:
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SECTUIB ============================= BE THE HERO! A PLAYER CHARACTER MODEL WITH YOUR LIKENESS + POST-LAUNCH PARTY LUNCH + VERY SPECIAL THANKS IN THE CREDITS + Previous reward tier! Be the envy of all, as your impressive visage walks through the game as the hero! We’ll work with you to produce player character options that LOOK JUST LIKE YOU! Additionally you will be invited to our POST-LAUNCH PARTY LUNCH where you will be wined and dined by the Loreful staff and meet Jacqueline Lichtenberg & Jean Lorrah. (Note: Does not include travel or lodging expenses).Estimated delivery:
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