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Help develop Volume 1 of an original full colour anime styled graphic novel with Digital, Paperback & Hardback editions.
Help develop Volume 1 of an original full colour anime styled graphic novel with Digital, Paperback & Hardback editions.
233 backers pledged £10,033 to help bring this project to life.

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The Swords of Edo volume 1 campaign has now ended. If you are a little late to the campaign and want to be part of it, then you have a limited window of opportunity where you can still pledge. 

Kickstarter estimate funds will be processed by the 22nd July so if interested in pledging please contact us by using the 'contact me' link to the side before that time and I will provide details on how to send your pledge.

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Major Updates

#9: All backers can now add just £5 to their pledge and receive a digital copy of the windows version of the Visual Novel game when it is completed. Any backers who pledges over £50 will get the game automatically.

#8: We have now surpassed the £6k stretch goal, and the first designs for the figurine have been sent to HK-Gensen for production.

#7: Another stretch goal down, onto the next. With this goal we have gained funds to develop the Visual Novel game and all £25 and higher backers will get access to the beta testing when it begins.

#6: Visual Novel game is guaranteed to be developed and new higher tier rewards have been added allowing you to create characters to appear in the game. Reaching the £5k goal however will ensure faster development and a larger story to enjoy.

#5: We have reached fourth stretch goal, adding bonus stories, special CG artwork and extra pages to volume 1.
Checkout the update for more details.

#4: Prototype for the Visual Novel game is now available. Stretch goals will ensure a faster development of the final game. You can play the prototype here:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37489891/prototype/index.html

#3: Bonus options available (details at bottom of this page) so backers can include add-ons to their pledges giving them more physical rewards such as phone cases.

#2: First competition has ended, winner announced here Thanks to all participants!
See Update #20 for new competition prize draw that is now live!.

#1: All four parts of meet the samurai are now available:
Meet ShiaMeet Kami, Meet Asumi, Meet Rei

We are aiming to complete a series of colour graphic novels set in an alternate realm; where the Shogunate never lost power altering the modern world significantly.

Each goal we reach will ensure more sections of the main storyline are created to fully explore this alternate world sooner rather than over a longer period of time.

Graphic Novels

The graphic novel will be split up into several issues, which when complete will tell not only the main story but also give background on the various characters of the series.
Such as Asumi (The Assassin):

Cover Art by BokuRac
Cover Art by BokuRac

Self publishing the novel ensures the stories are as we envision them, it also allows us to release them in a paperback & hardback format plus as a direct downloadable digital version to suit your budget.

This will have the added benefit of keeping the publishing costs down so that the novels are larger as the majority of funds can be directed towards the artists rather than to publishers and agents.

The first volume will include several separate issues. Each issue will include different characters as well as the larger on-going storyline.

The first volume will focus on four female warriors who are the 'Justicars' of Edo (defenders) as they protect Edo from a conspiracy. The conspiracy will lead them in different directions to discover the truth.

The images we have included depict a short story showing the character of Asumi as she performs one of her missions as a death dealer (assassin) which will be included in the 'Meet the Samurai' issue of volume one.

The initial goal ensured the first issue will be completed which includes the first part of the Swords of Edo storyline.

Character Figurines

If we can reach high enough then we will be able to begin production of a series of 8" Vinyl Figurines depicting the warriors with manufacturer HK-Gensen and artist Nick Beja; concepts for which are below:

Figurine Designs
Figurine Designs

Visual Novel Game

As with most parts of the campaign we will be developing a visual novel game for Swords of Edo, however how quickly this is produced will be based on the stretch goals. Reaching the initial stretch goal will ensure the artwork is put into immediate development.

Synopsis:

The Swords of Edo - A collection of weapon masters within Edo.
You will play as one of the swords as you work to uncover a subversive group working against the Justicars and the realm of Edo and its people.

Asumi, the straight blade assassin, has transferred to the Eldelantai Academy on the fringes of Edo, following a lead linking the group to the area. Forced undercover she must act the part of a student in order to find the group and thwart their plans before its too late.

The game will illustrate a new storyline not included in the graphic novels, with multiple pathways including good, bad, romantic and strange endings. As well as an easy to play Ecchi battle system and 'optional' Ecchi romance scenes.

You can checkout our short prototype in html5 for the game here:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37489891/prototype/index.html

If we can achieve the stretch goal for the game then everyone who has pledged at the £50 reward tier or higher will receive a copy of the game when it is complete.

Each goal we reach will help bring the completed volume closer as it will allow us to immediately commission the required artwork for each issue from our artists and cover the necessary printing costs.

Our primary stretch goals have now been met and are working towards these additional goals for yet more content to be added to the series.

Main story: Each issue will feature a section of the main story of volume 1, featuring each of the four Justicars of Edo as they take different roles in thwarting a conspiracy against Edo's Lord Regent.

Sub stories: Each issue will also include some mini-stories following the main characters and other people from the world of Edo, such as the Dark Deeds mini story included in this campaign.

Volume 1: All four issues of the series and all sub stories will be created regardless of the campaigns final result, however the more goals we reach the faster the final volume will be created and sent out.

8" Vinyl Figurines: If we manage to reach the 5K target then we will be able to create a prototype figurine while we can then make available to fans of the series via our website at the campaigns conclusion. Thanks to kickstarter it will ensure we can offer the figurines at an exceptionally low price.

SoE Computer Game: At this level we will be able to commission new art to create a Swords of Edo visual novel which will follow a new storyline within the universe.

Over 6k - If we exceed 6k then we have more possibilities to give you such as extra figurines, trading cards & funding for more volumes.

These bonus options are available to anyone as long as you increase your pledge by the amount listed (after postage costs are added) if unsure message me first.

  • Receive a digital copy of the Visual Novel Game - £5.00
    Requirement: must select £4 or higher pledge
    N.b. £50 and higher pledge rewards automatically get the game
  • Receive a set of SoE art postcards - £12.00
    Requirement: must select £15 or higher pledge
    Digital only rewards are excluded from this bonus option
  • Extra copy of Volume 1 as a paperback - £10.00
    Requirement: must select £26 or higher pledge
    Digital only rewards are excluded from this bonus option
  • Extra copy of Volume 1 as a hardback - £25.00
    Requirement: must select £38 or higher pledge
    Digital only rewards are excluded from this reward
  • Phone Skins - £25.00Digital only rewards are excluded from this bonus option
    Iphone 5,4,4S,3G,3GS
    Ipod Touch 5th Gen, 4th Gen
    Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Ace, Nexus, Mini
    HTC OneX, HTC Desire
  • Phone Skins - £30.00Digital only rewards are excluded from this bonus option
    Samsung Galaxy Note
    HTC Sensation XL
  • Phone Cases - £30.00Digital only rewards are excluded from this bonus option
    Iphone 5, 4, 4S
    Galaxy S3

When the first volume is complete there will be at least five designs to choose from such as the example above.

The Development Team

AJTilley - AJTilley.co.uk
The writer and creator of Swords of Edo, responsible for the development of the various stories and themes of the series.

Bokurac - DeviantArts Profile
A talented anime/manga artist who is working to develop the artistic style of the Swords of Edo series of graphic novels.

Tonee89 - DeviantArts Profile
Another talented artist who is developing the art assets for the Bishoujo visual novel game as well as a variety of CG scenes.

NickBeja - DeviantArts Profile
A talented artist currently working on developing the character designs for the prototype figurines to be created by HK-Gensen.

Please help spread the word on-line and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us or post a comment and we will respond as quickly as we can.

Risks and challenges

At the conclusion of this campaign the main work to be performed will be by the artists to turn the stories that I already created & completed into the final graphic novels. The funds raised here will allow the artists to not only complete these novels but also create additional art and merchandise for the community to enjoy.

With the exceptional artists and other people involved in this campaign we will be able to meet all of the rewards without it affecting the development of the last campaign I completed (Spatial Flux) earlier in the year or delaying these rewards from reaching our backers.

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    Pledge £4 or more About $6

    Receive the very first issue of Swords of Edo as soon as it is complete as a direct digital download.

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    Digital Edition: Receive the first volume of Swords of Edo (the first book) as a digital download once all issues are completed. Comes with bonus content and a new cover.

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    Receive the Digital Edition rewards and a paperback copy of the first issue when it is complete.

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    Ultimate Digital Package: Receive all issues of the first volume as they are completed in a digital format and then a digital version of the completed first volume with any bonus covers & artwork. Finally we will also send you digital versions of all subsequent volumes we create in the SoE series.

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    Physical Edition: Receive the first volume of Swords of Edo once all issues are complete as a physical paperback complete with a new cover and bonus artwork. You will also receive each issue in a digital format as they are completed.

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    Ultimate GFX Package: Receive all issues of the first volume as they are completed in a digital format and then a paperback version of the completed first volume with bonus cover & artwork. Finally we will also send you digital versions of all subsequent volumes we create in the SoE series.

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    Hardback Edition: Receive the first volume of Swords of Edo once all issues are complete as a physical hardback edition complete with a new cover and bonus artwork. You will also receive each issue in a digital format as they are completed.

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    Postcards & Paperbacks: Receive the Ultimate GFX Package rewards and a set of special Kickstarter only Postcards, depicting the characters of Swords of Edo in action poses and special scenes.

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    Ultimate Hardback Package: Receive all issues of the first volume as they are completed in a digital format and then a hardback version of the completed first volume with bonus cover & artwork. Finally we will also send you digital versions of all subsequent volumes we create in the SoE series.

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    Postcards & Hardbacks: Receive the Ultimate Hardback Package rewards and a set of special Kickstarter only Postcards, depicting the characters of Swords of Edo in action poses and special scenes.

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    Welcome to Edo: Come and join the people of Edo by becoming a character within the novels, your descriptions of yourself or a character of your imagination will be added to one of the later novels as a minor character e.g. an evil noble or soldier. We will work with you to create their personality so that we can fit them in to the novels in the most suitable way. Plus receive the rewards included in the Ultimate GFX Package.

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    Greetings to Edo: Come and join the people of Edo by becoming a character within the novels, your descriptions of yourself or a character of your imagination will be added to one of the later novels as a minor character e.g. an evil noble or soldier. We will work with you to create their personality so that we can fit them in to the novels in the most suitable way. Plus receive the rewards included in the Ultimate Hardback Package.

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    Ecchi Design: Gain the Ultimate Hardback Package rewards and you can also describe to us an Ecchi scene you would like to see appear within the game with the characters of your choice. This scene will be created and we will fit it in either as part of one of the main storylines (if it makes sense) or as a bonus scene which will appear in the games 'Extras' menu. You can also include the scenario that would make it happen.

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    Foreground of Edo: Become part of the visual novel in development by designing a foreground character, your descriptions will be used to create a new character who will be involved in the plot of the series, directly interacting with the player characters. In addition you will receive the rewards included in the Ultimate Hardback Package.

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    Love in Edo: Become part of the visual novel in development by designing a new character who will become a love interest within the final game and will feature several ecchi scenes, you will help develop the look of the character and their clothing layers as well as any ecchi scenes you would like to be incorporated into the game.

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    Experimental: Your descriptions will build a new character who will be given their own experiments mini story, we will work with you to determine its path. You will also receive an advance copy of the final Experiments novel digitally and will also get the Ultimate Hardback Edition rewards and some bonus artwork depicting the evolution of the character you designed from line art to full colour.

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    Chibi Wars Design: Receive the hardback and postcard tier rewards and you can decide what the new enemy that our chibi warriors will face in issue 2 of the Chibi Wars series of stories. This new story will be featured in volume 1 and you can even design a character (by description, or after yourself) to be turned into a chibi and placed inside the story. Finally we will also send you a high rez image of your final character in chibi form.

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    Super Epic Character Design: Receive the hardback and postcard rewards. PLUS design a playable character to appear in the visual novel with their own short story and a mini story to appear in volume 1 of the graphic novel as well. Finally we will also send you a large print of the final CG cover design for your graphic novel mini story.

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