Tainted Grail digital! Free gift for all backers!
This campaign is an exhilarating experience for our whole team! Thank you for that.
Lets just start with a trailer and then talk a little more about it later! ;)
First, we were floored by your response to the Tainted Grail. To be honest, we shared some of the concern people had about the start date of the campaign, and the general trend in board gaming Kickstarters. But now, we’ve breezed past our previous record-breaker Nemesis, and we’re heading straight for the Top 5 of the tabletop Kickstarters.
Now, the time has finally come to share with you something we started working on a few months ago. Tainted Grail will go digital (PC)! Not as a simple board game port, but a totally new experience crafted from grounds up for the digital medium. This is a huge step for us and we cannot imagine it any other way than for you to participate in this journey with us!
Each backer of Tainted Grail will receive an early access code and - obviously - a final game, when its ready! While we know and understand, that some of you just enjoy tabletop experience much more – we have great news on that field too!
Thanks to the production of the digital version, we will be able to also provide an awesome app for Tainted Grail Board Game with tons of amazing content such as full professional OST or the voice-over narration!
This is a very important moment for all of us at Awaken Realms. Just a few years ago we were a modest miniature painting studio, and now we are entering yet another segment of entertainment, where we will again direct ourselves according to our core values: community, passion and inspiration (plus daily grind and coffee addiction)
The story of a digital Grail
We were planning to enter a digital market for a long time and were waiting for the right game to do that. Tainted Grail – with its tight exploration and survival systems, sprawling cRPG-like narrative, strong solo experience, and unique art direction, was a great candidate. As soon as the early board game prototypes started to gather great feedback, we’ve pulled the trigger on a parallel digital production.
We decided not to use a 3-rd party studio, but instead created a new in-house team of talented, passionate people. The game is handled by a separate group of video game developers and artists who joined Awaken Realms specifically for this project - so if you’re worried that it will somehow slow down the development of the tabletop edition, you can stop now. In fact, the idea that a lot of writing and art would also be used in a digital project was one of the factors that encouraged us to promise sooo much content in the tabletop campaign.
While the video game borrows a general feel, ideas, art, writing, and design from the tabletop game, we’re not aiming for a straight digital conversion. Instead, Tainted Grail for PC will be an adaptation that makes full use of strengths of its new medium, expanding some mechanics and changing core systems in a way that would introduce too much upkeep and too many components for a board game to handle.
The aim is to capture the desperate struggle for survival, the thrill of exploration, and the immersive, non-linear story of the tabletop Tainted Grail using gameplay language more suited to a cRPG. In short, our developers work hard to make the digital Grail stand on its own legs.
Oh, and one more important thing: despite this reveal, we remain firm believers in tabletop games! Most of our team are real board game fans, and we still plan to focus mainly on these sorts of games. But we’ve also worked hard to gather a team of excellent artists, gameplay designers, 3D sculptors, and writers. It makes sense to offer their creative output across as many channels as possible!
World of Tainted Grail
One of the most exciting things in the digital project is that we’re able to translate the world of Tainted Grail from 2D maps into a breathing 3D environment. We have huge faith in our art team and we believe that they were able to create a unique universe that will be amazing to travel through.
Tainted Grail OST
We have already picked the composer for Tainted Grail OST and we could not be happier with how working with him turned out! Adam Harvey is an experienced creator and you can see an example of his work in the Lord Inquisitor fan-made Warhammer 40k movie.
First effects of our cooperation can be heard in the trailer, so you can count on a really thematic OST to accompany you during board game session!
Best part: you get it for free!
As mentioned in the introduction, thanks to the outstanding success of the tabletop Tainted Grail, we have decided to give each of our backers a free digital edition of the game!
The activation codes will arrive as soon as the game is playable enough to allow for Early Access, which may still take some time. But we hope that not long from now, you will be able to explore Avalon at your convenience: either by your gaming table or in front of your PC.
As always, we’d love to have a lasting discussion and feedback from you – from the general ideas (like what would you like to see in the digital edition) up to detailed votes we will be making on a dedicated FB group!
New pledge level: Digital
With this announcement comes a new pledge level. If some of you are interested only in Digital Edition, you can gain access with a 15 GBP pledge.
Other news – silly Kings Pledge math mistake
As many of you have noticed, we made a small mistake in King’s Pledge (gameplay all-in). This is 100% my fault (Marcin here) – throughout the campaign, I was pushing myself a bit to the limit, and in the past few days I additionally got sick. Probably my brain did not work as intended :)
Price for this pledge should be 1 GBP smaller (the intended discount was indeed 5 GBP). Problem is, we can no longer edit the pledge level. BUT we will change the price in the Pledge Manager, and you will be able to use that 1 GBP towards shipping costs / other add-ons.
Sorry for a very un-professional mistake!
Final days! Let’s go!
We have now fully unlocked Caolin in amazing tempo! (please note that the art is still WIP! We will definitely need to correct the hips and few other details ;) )
We are entering the final days of campaign and boy oh boy, did the last 2 days speed things up! Fully unlocking “Age of Legends” is within our reach, and with it, you guys will have a monster of a Pledge that triples the value and gameplay content of the Core Box!
We have one last character vote left, that will happen tomorrow, and with the fourth Age of Legends traveler you pick our team will be complete!