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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, June 1 2019 5:32 AM UTC +00:00
$1,197
pledged of $9,000pledged of $9,000 goal
50
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, June 1 2019 5:32 AM UTC +00:00

About

Karin, don't cry!
Karin, don't cry!

Scrap Arms is a Roguelike RPG, inspired by Mystery Dungeon (a series of roguelikes by Spike Chunsoft). It combines the randomization of maps, grid and turn-based gameplay of traditional roguelikes together with story-driven worlds of RPGs. 

Have you ever had to leave something behind, something you loved and cherished? Your home? A loved one? 

All so that you could chase something greater, yet you don't even know if that something exists. This is a story of those feelings. Sacrificing home for the unobtainable. Sometimes it feels lonely, sometimes it's exhilarating. But in the end, will it all be worth it?

Play as Ayo and Karin, new budding Scavengers, as they journey through the Caves, collecting scraps along the way and helping solve the problems of their fellow townsfolk of Reeds.  All while searching for their missing mentor and father-figure Gnikolas who has gone missing searching for the End of the Caves.

For more information on the characters and world of Scrap Arms, I highly recommend checking out the website.

Main Characters of Scrap Arms.
Main Characters of Scrap Arms.

 The Caves are littered with Scraps, random and seemingly commonplace items that have great use in the Caves of Scrap Arms.

Through learning or talent, any person is capable of bringing out the potential in different Scraps, unlocking abilities particular to that Scrap. Scavengers have learned to 'armatize' the Scraps to help them tackle the challenges of the Caves. 

Some of the Scraps available in the game.
Some of the Scraps available in the game.

 Combat with Scraps

Scrap Arms plays like traditional roguelikes, or the gameplay of Scrap Arms' inspirations (like Mystery Dungeon), in that the game plays in a turn-based, grid-based manner. This allows for tactical game play that forces you to consider positioning, damage and attack range of your characters and scraps to maximize efficiency and lower damage taken.

Each Scrap performs a different action, and with a limited number of Scraps on your hotbar each encounter can become a very tight and tactical experience. And boss battles will be designed to encourage you to make the most out of your every move.

Recycling Scraps

In the full game there exists what I call the Recycling System, to be done at the Recycling Center in the Sodality of Reeds.

Break down your broken items into smaller Scraps and use them to make whole new ones! This will allow you to get creative with the Scraps.

An example of using the Recycling System
An example of using the Recycling System

I will attempt to create as many weird and wacky combinations as I can. Combining different Scraps may combine effects, increase effectiveness or even create whole new effects!

Through experimentation you may find yourself with new items that will help you get further in the Caves.

And if you decide to go down a trader route in the game, you may want to consider playing around with the Recycling System to increase the value of your products.


The Sodality of Reeds

In the full game, Scrap Arms puts a big emphasis on community in the Sodality of Reeds. Get to know all the residents of Reeds and help solve everyone's problems through the use of Scraps.

Many of the residents also provide goods and services in the Market where you can buy and sell Scraps for income.

It is in Reeds that you can have fun and relax outside of exploring the Caves.

I want you to really feel at home in Reeds, as much as it feels like home to me.

Early concept art of Reeds
Early concept art of Reeds

Randomization

Many maps in Scrap Arms are randomly generated using my own algorithm that combines random room placement with cellular automata. This creates very unique feeling maps that don't feel like templates.

It also keeps track of what I call 'key points' on the map that helps with controlling monster and object placement.

However, I won't shy away from crafting some maps myself to aid the narrative or encourage the player to play in different ways (e.g. in boss battles).

Map of Old Fiera
Map of Old Fiera

 Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS.

I am very enthusiastic about console releases, particularly the Nintendo Switch. But as of the start of this campaign, I cannot promise or confirm a console release but it is definitely something I will look into later down the line.

The keys for rewards are for Steam. The game will also come to other game platforms such as Itch.io and GameJolt. If you choose the Physical Scavenger's Survival Kit, you will get a Scrap Arms branded USB stick with a Windows, Mac and Linux copy of the game on it.

If no problems occur and I continue working at the rate I have been, I expect a release window of the year 2022.

A friend and I are also setting up a Scrap Arms social role playing game for Discord, where you can interact with and have fun with fellow Scavengers. I hope you will enjoy that as you wait for the full game. 

Be sure to drop by the Discord and follow on Twitter and Facebook as I'll be holding competitions and giving out extra content along the way, so many opportunities to get involved and put a part of yourself in the game. Don't miss out!

 The Scavenger's Encyclopedia is a Kickstarter Exclusive reward for backers, and will not be made available for purchase after the campaign. You can get this encyclopedia as a digital PDF with the Digital Scavenger Pack, or get a physical copy via the Physical Scavenger Pack. This is for you, the backers. Thank you so much for your continued support.

The Scavenger's Encyclopedia is a compilation of notes from the veteran scavenger Gnikolas, a series of journal entries that describe his journey and the awe inspired by the world around him as he ventures deep into the Caves. The Encyclopedia will exist as an item in the game, but this reward will allow you to actually read it and experience the journey of Gnikolas yourself. 

Learn about the Caves, the scraps, monsters, people, cultures and more about Gnikolas himself through this special Encyclopedia.

It will be made in full color, as a hardback book. I hope you look forward to this special addition to the world building of Scrap Arms.


 Follow the game on social media! Not only to get updates on development, but to join in on some fun challenges I've got planned! There'll be opportunities to put a part of yourself into the game and contribute, so be sure to jump in! 

Plus I just want to get to know you all and learn what this game means to you.


 My name is Ernest Placido. I like video games - mainly JRPGs and I'll try to occasional Roguelike every now and again. Games of my childhood included Pokemon, Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and of course - the Mystery Dungeon series. I also really love anime, and spaghetti.

I've been making games on the internet for a long time. I used to go under the username 'epninja' on Scratch (MIT), making games such as Extreme Ninja Parkour and System Format. That was until I quit making games altogether to focus on studying.

Some of my previous games
Some of my previous games

I soon regretted the decision to stop making games. I picked up the username BigBossErndog and got straight back into making games. I've made a few games on Newgrounds under BigBossErndog such as Date Fight, a quirky Tinder-inspired RPG, and Just Offline Friends, a fan game about a two groups of Twitch streamers who I love.

Picking up making games again has taught me how much making games means to me. This time I want to secure game development as part of my future, and to never let go of it again. 


What's with the Spaghetti?

I just like spaghetti... The world of Scrap Arms is very personal to me, so I've injected it with all my thoughts, ideas and things I like. Fieran Spaghetti is my own recipe that is altered from Filipino-style Spaghetti, a dish I love. It will be a staple dish of the Sodality of Fiera in the game. It reminds me of home, and my mom.

Work-in-progress screenshot of demo when I first implemented Ready Spaghetti. Gotta collect them all.
Work-in-progress screenshot of demo when I first implemented Ready Spaghetti. Gotta collect them all.

Risks and challenges

The Physical Scavenger Survival Kit may not be available on release, please expect this physical edition to arrive after the release of the game. If you have opted for this kit you will receive the Digital Scavenger Survival Kit on release as well. I will try to get the physical kit to your door as soon as possible.

I am a solo developer, which is very challenging. However, with the success of this campaign, I could use the money to cover my weak points - being mainly music and sfx. I consider myself primarily a programmer. I can also use the money to get help on areas like art which takes a long time to do, so I can have more time to polish the game and add more content. I consider myself proficient enough in each these areas, enough to produce the demo, but the game means so much to me that I'll strive to make the game as perfect as it can be for the final release, and that could mean bringing talented people on board the project if funding allows for it.

Your support means a lot to me. Thank you.
I'll see you at the end of the Caves.

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    Become an NPC that owns a house in the game! Personalize the house to express yourself!
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    Help me design a hidden boss on your ideas and personal story. Make this boss you.
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