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Explore procedurally generated caves, dungeons, and other abandoned structures.

Below The Stone is a vicious rogue-lite about the cost of progress. Where around every corner could lie riches, or hungry Kobalds looking for a dwarf to chew on! Mighty Dwarves like yourself enter the dangerous underground, putting their lives on the line for the sake of something greater than themselves; the wealth and power of the Dwarven Kingdom! Now it is your turn to answer the call. Your life is only as valuable as what you bring back, so don’t go dying on us, green-beard!

You’ll be sent to the undergrounds to collect metals and precious gems that your kin requests of you on missions. However, you can call dibs on any extra treasure you haul - process your ores into refined metals for a new pickaxe, a mighty sword, some new shiny armor. Do anything you can to increase your odds of coming back on your next trip, and keeping goblins from scalping that beard of yours!

It's getting hot down here... A look at the dynamic lighting.

 But be warned! If you die Below The Stone… everything remains buried Below The Stone - for that is the cost of Dwarven progress in this world!

So... You think a green-beard like you is crack enough to make it in the depths?

In Below the Stone, the goal of every venture is to return with certain materials, but as you go deeper - and the rewards become greater - so do the challenges and enemies you might find. Just below the surface, a green-beard will run into small critters, something only a rookie miner should be scared of...a place for you to learn the ropes and grow a few hairs on that chin of yours!

However, as time goes on, a dwarf might run into Dungeons. Disgusting cesspits of brick-lain nightmare. A place only the beardiest of the bearded may yet conquer. At the same time, each dungeon offers a way down to the deeper places of the caves. As the first layer offered tin, copper, and iron. The second layer offers silver, gold, and platinum. As each layer down offers more and more valuable metals and ores, it too offers bigger threats for a veteran explorer to face.

Loose track of time spelunking away through the solid rock

Kobolds no longer rule the depths; new horrors that no Dwarf has ever seen will be laying in wait for you! A Dwarf’s odds of being snuffed out gets higher and higher for those ill-prepared to enter the deepest caves of the deepest levels.

The Dwarven King will keep all of your loot safe!

However, not all is doom and gloom! The Dwarves who are smart will store their items at home; the Royal Dwarven Bank will allow you to store any items away that you don't want to risk losing - meaning you can invest your earnings on a particularly dangerous journey or keep them safe for later use if a Dwarf so desires...

Behind every rock lies a hungry monster ready to gnaw the beard off your skull!

Kobalds: Infesting the shallowest parts of the caves. A fear of Dwarves, but an insatiable hunger for anything that moves. Not much of a brain in that head of theirs, but dangerous in numbers to green-beards just starting out their first expedition!

Skeletons: Those things shouldn’t be moving! These were Dwarves who came before you who weren’t able to make it back. Send them back to the great Earth Mother below, and bury them in a shallow grave!

Goblins: The brainier of the disgusting pointy-eared creatures found in the depths. They might not be smart enough for Dwarven engineering, but they certainly put up a tough fight! If you aren't disgusted enough already, these filthy green-skins are known for collecting Dwarf beards as trophies.

Cave Trolls: A walking mass of muscle and rage. What they lack in brains they make up for tenfold in brawn! Just as dumb as a kobald, but much, much scarier..and not so scared of a puny, fuzzy-chinned Dwarf.

And you hadn't even seen the start of it, green-beard.

Mike Carroll: Head of Strollart. Braindaddy of Below the Stone. The guy who made all those moving pixels on your screen. His ultimate debate rival is Andrew Leonard. Whether it be discussing how AI will eventually take over the world and enslave humans, or which pixel looks best in this new enemy he’s making. He wants to grow a mighty dwarven beard despite his somewhat normal height.

Andrew Leonard: Lead Programmer for Below The Stone. A knack for finding more efficient ways of creating something. For some odd reason, DOESN’T think Skynet will take over the world in 50 years… weird. Edited the amazing trailer you just watched! And that kobald sound effect at the beginning... well that was him. (And Mike also recorded some burping sounds.)

Karam Bharj: Our grand composer! He made that awesome trailer music you just listened to! New to Strollart, but we expect many more great things from him. If funding is successful we'll be able to have him do the full soundtrack for Below The Stone!

Why Kickstarter


Why Below The Stone needs your help.

Below the Stone is currently in the last stages of ‘Pre-Alpha’. We’ve been working on this project for more than a year now. Between college classes and work, we finally think it's time to make our big splash into public eyes. We currently will not be able to afford future development expenses (Music, Legal Fees, Marketing, etc.) and we’re looking for YOUR help to get us over that ledge!

A few things we will invest in with the funding:

- Time to focus more on the game! (We can reduce our hours at work, work more on the game, and - fingers crossed - work full time!)

-Extend the Soundtrack! (Making a soundtrack takes a lot of time - and money to keep the composer alive! With extra funding we will be able to extend the soundtrack to the epic OST it should be)

-More platforms! (Porting games takes a lot of time, effort, and money which we currently can't afford. With your support we could have Below The Stone available to even more people)

-Marketing! (With responsible use of any extra funds we have, we will be able to sponsor your favorite YouTubers and run ads for Below the Stone to reach an even larger audience)

Our pledge amount of $10,000 is meant to be a minimal amount for us to function as a development studio and our expenses thus far have been out of our OWN pockets. Our stretch goal tiers aren’t artificial, it actually helps us pay all the initial costs that we have, and will be put directly back into the project!

There are various other features and aspects of the game we have yet to implement, but they are important to the core of our entire game. With further funding of this project, we can implement more of these features in a quicker amount of time, including other features that our community might suggest to us that would be of interest. -Andrew

We do plan on implementing these features in the near future.

Gameplay Improvements (Q4 2019 - Q1 2020)

  • Improved AI (Pathfinding, combat, interaction)
  • UI Polish

Basic Item Crafting System (Q4 2019)

  • Crafting Recipes
  • Different types of crafting                                                                                                                                                                                     
    • 'Hand' Crafting
    • Forge Smelting
    • Potion Brewing
    • Rune Forging 

       Dynamic lighting improvements (Q4 2019 - Q1 2020)



     

  • Environmental lights
  • Player lights
     

Procedural Level Generation (Q4 2019 - Q1 2020)

  • Dungeons
  • Mineshafts                                                                                                                   
  • Ravines
  • Mini Dungeons
  • NPC Outposts (Dwarven, Kobold, Goblins)      
  • Level Saving (to file)
  • Multiple “Layers” (each a separate generated level) (Q2 2020 - Q3 2020)     
  • The Dwarven Kingdom (Home base location) (Q3 2020 - Q4 2020)

Story/Campaign (Q3 2020 - Q4 2020)

  • Cave Missions
  • Mini Quests (side quests)
  • Optional Story Progression
  • Achievements
  • Region Selector (for selecting different types of level generation)

Guilds 

  • Explorers Guild (Mining, and Exploration)
  • Blacksmiths Guild (and other forms of crafting)
  • Alchemists Guild (potions)
  • Farmers Guild (food items)
  • Stoners Guild

Other Organizations (Q3 2020 - Q4 2020)

  • Bank
  • Market
  • Military
  • “Home Location” (customizable home, furniture)
Help us dig to the deepest depths!!!
"I'm Diggin' It" Unisex T, are you diggin' it?
Plushie Concept, ya dig?... Alright ill stop making that joke.

Reward Tier Breakdown

A treasure fit for a dwarf!

We wanted to make our rewards extra special for everyone, and be meaningful to those who put their hard-earned money on an indie title.  To those who support early, you can get your hands on physical rewards at a lower cost!


The shipping cost & mailing supplies have been calculated into the 'shipping' of our physical orders around the world. Physical rewards are planned on being shipped 6-8 months after the campaign ends, and only if we reach our goal. Shipping includes logistics & materials.

"Im Diggin' this pie chart!"
  • Development: 38%
  • Music: 22.5%
  • Legal/Marketing: 7.5%
  • Kickstarter Fee/taxes: 20%
  • Kickstarter Reward fulfillment: 12%

Costs & fees may adjust.

Risks and challenges

Below the Stone is our first steps into the public eye as an Indie game studio. With the chaotic nature of game development there may be delays, but this would only be in order make the best game that we can. Despite being a year into the project, there are still many challenges we will face as a studio.

As said earlier, our goal of $10,000 was set as a minimum for us to function as a company. Any more will go directly back into the project. This means vastly expanding our soundtrack, and our scope for the game!

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    🎨 - Digital Artbook
    🎶 - Digital Soundtrack
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    ⛏️ - Copy of 'Below the Stone'
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    ⚒️ - x2 Copy of 'Below the Stone'
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    🎶 - Digital Soundtrack
    🖥️ - Digital Wallpaper Collection
    📜 - Name in Credits
    🙏 - A 'Thank you!' from the Developers

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    💟 - Vinyl Sticker Collection
    👕 - "Below the Stone" Unisex T-Shirt

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    🎶 - Digital Soundtrack
    🖥️ - Digital Wallpaper Collection
    🙏 - A 'Thank you!' from the Developers

    Physical Rewards:

    💟 - Vinyl Sticker Collection
    👕 - "Below the Stone" Unisex T-Shirt
    🧸 - Squishable Soft Fuzzy Dwarf Plushie

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    ⚒️ - x2 Copy of 'Below the Stone'
    🌈 - Name in Rainbow text in Credits
    🎉 - "Epic Backer" On Discord
    🎨 - Digital Artbook
    🎶 - Digital Soundtrack
    🖥️ - Digital Wallpaper Collection
    🙏 - A 'Thank you!' from the Developers

    Physical Rewards:

    💟 - Vinyl Sticker Collection
    👕 - "Below the Stone" Unisex T-Shirt
    🧸 - Squishable Soft Fuzzy Dwarf Plushie

    Developer Rewards:

    🧪 - Early Beta Testing
    💌 - Invitation to our launch party
    🧔 - Create a Custom NPC & Dialogue

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    Digital Rewards:

    ⚒️ - x2 Copy of 'Below the Stone'
    🗿 - Name carved in Stone in Credits
    🎉 - "Epic Backer" On Discord
    🎨 - Digital Artbook
    🎶 - Digital Soundtrack
    🖥️ - Digital Wallpaper Collection
    🙏 - A 'Thank you!' from the Developers

    Physical Rewards:

    💟 - Vinyl Sticker Collection
    👕 - "Below the Stone" Unisex T-Shirt
    🧸 - Squishable Soft Fuzzy Dwarf Plushie

    Developer Rewards:

    🧪 - Early Beta Testing
    💌 - Invitation to our launch party
    🧔 - Create a custom NPC & Dialogue
    👿 - Create a custom enemy

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    Digital Rewards:

    ⚒️ - x2 Copy of 'Below the Stone'
    ✨ - Name forged in Gold in the credits
    🎉 - "Epic Backer" On Discord
    🎨 - Digital Artbook
    🎶 - Digital Soundtrack
    🖥️ - Digital Wallpaper Collection
    🙏 - A 'Thank you!' from the Developers

    Physical Rewards:

    💟 - Vinyl Sticker Collection
    👕 - "Below the Stone" Unisex T-Shirt
    🧸 - Squishable Soft Fuzzy Dwarf Plushie

    Developer Rewards:

    🧪 - Early Beta Testing
    💌 - Invitation to our launch party
    🧔 - Create a custom NPC & Dialogue
    👿 - Create a custom enemy
    👹 - Create a custom Boss

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    Digital Rewards:

    ⚒️ - x2 Copy of 'Below the Stone'
    💎 - Name carved in Gemstone in trailer
    🎉 - "Epic Backer" On Discord
    🎨 - Digital Artbook
    🎶 - Digital Soundtrack
    🖥️ - Digital Wallpaper Collection
    🙏 - A 'Thank you!' from the Developers

    Physical Rewards:

    💟 - Vinyl Sticker Collection
    👕 - "Below the Stone" Unisex T-Shirt
    🧸 - Squishable Soft Fuzzy Dwarf Plushie

    Developer Rewards:

    🧪 - Early Beta Testing
    💌 - Invitation to our launch party
    🧔 - Create a custom NPC & Dialogue
    👿 - Create a custom Enemy
    👹 - Create a custom Boss
    ⛰️ - Create a custom Biome

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