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Uncrowned Skies

Uncrowned Skies is a first-person, space based RPG, in which you fight off a galactic empire, armed with nothing but a toaster.

Uncrowned Skies

Uncrowned Skies is a first-person, space based RPG, in which you fight off a galactic empire, armed with nothing but a toaster.

$1,700
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
58
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, September 21 2014 6:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 21, 2014

About

Uncrowned Skies is an adventure game set in the trinary star system of Trestella. In the game, the player must work to unite the varied and diverse cultures of Trestella against the Diarchy, the local galactic superpower looking to annex Trestella regardless of the cost. The main character, Samson, is recruited by a local resistance movement and tasked with uniting the leaders of these civilizations under one banner to defend against the approaching annexation. A catastrophic explosion has fused Samson to a sentient, weaponized toaster named Chester, and this unlikely duo must balance their respective roles in dialogue and combat to successfully forge a resistance. Armed with only an appliance, Samson faces both an overwhelming invasion force as well as his own neighbors, who are not easily satisfied.

Right to Left: Mickey; agoraphobic, tech-wizard, genius. Mia; the guns of the operation. Samson; the hero you can pretend you are. Chester the Toaster; Not someone you want to see at breakfast every morning. Tom; the other guy.
Right to Left: Mickey; agoraphobic, tech-wizard, genius. Mia; the guns of the operation. Samson; the hero you can pretend you are. Chester the Toaster; Not someone you want to see at breakfast every morning. Tom; the other guy.

Yup, you fight with a toaster.

Many years of unholy experimentation, heavy-duty weaponizing, and overcooked toaster pastries have left Chester with a vendetta against humanity. You must master Samson’s suavity and Chester’s trademarked brand of toasted justice in order to succeed in Uncrowned Skies. It is up to you and your crew, Mia the viking warrior from Trondheim, Mickey the agoraphobic genius, and your good friend Tom, to gain the support of your fellow Trestellites to form a militia of resistance fighters and drive The Diarchy back.

  • A Huge World: Perhaps the most exciting part of Uncrowned Skies is the variety of worlds that you get to explore. Presently, we have five worlds completed, and we have drawn up plans for many more. Depending on the funding we get, we will be able to develop even more unique environments for you to explore, smash, and talk your way through. Because technology in the time of Uncrowned Skies has reached a point where functionality has become overwhelmed by culture, the various mythologies and histories in these systems have driven their technology to imitate certain looks. From propulsion powered battle axes and solar-sail Viking-Space-Ships to the steampunk styled star-mining planets, the variation in the environments is something that makes the dynamics of the game complex and original. The big question is, how will you get the Viking King to work well with the star-miners?
The worlds of Trestella vary immensely in architecture, culture, and inhabitants.
The worlds of Trestella vary immensely in architecture, culture, and inhabitants.
  • Diverse and... “Unique”... Characters:
    Your adventures will force you into some sort of interaction with the various characters of Trestella; from Vesuvius, the insane leader of The Hollow Men, an organ-harvesting crew on Rodzafour, to Freddie, the redneck space-tow-truck driver who will come out and tow your ship back to his one-pump station on the side of an asteroid. The great fun in Uncrowned Skies comes from interacting with a whole ensemble of quirky characters. In fact, all characters (including the generic NPCs) have their personalities constructed using over 20 different traits, based on the “Big 5 Personality Model.” This can make conversations with characters extraordinarily fun, and challenging when trying to coerce them into giving you information or aid. Also, it will be up to you which planets to travel to, and who you want your allies to be. When the time comes to fight The Diarchy, you will decide who you are fighting beside, be it asteroid-hunters, space vikings, or Crazy Bill and his dog.
  • A Dynamic RPG System: “Every conversation you have will change something about the world, or the people in it” – that’s our promise with our conversation engine. Your reputation is dynamic and complex. There is also no Good—Evil system, dictating how you play the game, but rather you will begin to define your character within a tri-focal system: Emotional, Idealist, and Insurgent. Do you fight for the people, fight for your beliefs, or fight against what opposes you? There is no "wrong" or "right" way to play the game; no magical elf will reward you for being good, but rather you will be forced to interact with people differently.
Uncrowned Skies uses a trifocal morality system. There is no "right" or "wrong."
Uncrowned Skies uses a trifocal morality system. There is no "right" or "wrong."
Mia: Samson's crewmate and friend, she likes to spend her time decapitating enemies with her propulsion-system infused battleaxe. Print of this poster available as a reward.
Mia: Samson's crewmate and friend, she likes to spend her time decapitating enemies with her propulsion-system infused battleaxe. Print of this poster available as a reward.
  • Unique Combat

    The most frequent question we get as developers when demonstrating our project is: “Is that a toaster?” The answer is yes. Yes it is.

    Chester the toaster is fused to Samson in a freak accident early on, and so they are sort of stuck with one another throughout the game. Do not be confused, however, although smashing things with a deranged toaster is incredibly fun (trust us, we know) Chester will primarily be used in tactical situations to kill, maim, disembowel, or otherwise “defeat” enemies. While there are hundreds of ways to kill someone with a toaster, a select few that we have ready or are in development based on our field tests include:

    - Launching rounded sawblades out of the toaster
    - Dropping caltrops from the crumb tray
    - Burning a pastry to create a smoke screen
    - Dropping Chester in the water to electrocute enemies
    - Charging Chester up and launching flames
There is nothing more satisfying.
There is nothing more satisfying.

Action figures of the characters, based on the actual models and hand-painted by a team-member are available as a reward!

There's nothing quite like having the niece of the Viking King of Trondheim decorating your desk at the workplace.
There's nothing quite like having the niece of the Viking King of Trondheim decorating your desk at the workplace.
 

WHO ARE YOU STRANGE PEOPLE?

We are Blu-Orange Entertainment LLC. We've existed unofficially for several years, but this title is our forerunner project with which we hope to launch ourselves into fame and glory. We're a rag-tag team of volunteer programmers, designers, artists, and modelers who decided that the world needed an awesome video game.

Viking weather anyone?
Viking weather anyone?

WHAT'S THE CURRENT STATUS OF THIS GAME?

Well in the "prototyping" stage of course! More specifically, Uncrowned Skies has already been in development for almost a year now, and much of the underlying framework has already been set up. The various screenshots you see featured here and on our website are all unmodified, in-game shots. As you can see, we have an excellent shell going for what we hope to be a great game! We have reached the point, however, when we can no longer progress without licenses, assets, and resources that cost money that we simply do not have. That is why we are here, and that is why we are asking for your support.

In fact, we took an early prototype of this game to Microsoft's Hunt the Wumpus game competition at their Redmond Headquarters, and took 1st place!

Samson's ship, The Sad Man is small, but cozy and efficient.
Samson's ship, The Sad Man is small, but cozy and efficient.

WHAT IS THIS GAME BEING MADE IN?

That kind of depends on which part of the project you are referring to, but for the most part development is being done in the Unity3D Game Engine.

WHEN CAN I EXPECT THIS GAME TO BE DONE? WHAT PLATFORMS WILL YOU RELEASE IT ON?

Provided we are funded, we are striving to release the game 365 days from the end of our Kickstarter campaign. That's a rough estimate, but we will be working our best at it! The platform depends on the funds we receive, but we can guarantee that PCs, Macs, and Linux systems with moderately decent graphical processing abilities will be able to run the game.

Your ally, friend, and infallible companion: Chester the Toaster. So what if he hates your guts and wants to kill everything that breathes? A friend is a friend!
Your ally, friend, and infallible companion: Chester the Toaster. So what if he hates your guts and wants to kill everything that breathes? A friend is a friend!

BUT WHY KICKSTARTER?

Simple, we want your help. Not just financially...though I would be lying if I said we were indifferent to whether or not we got the cash. We need the cash, cash is good. But we also want your input on how the game is going. 

From the start we decided that we want to make a game where our audience plays as big a part in development as possible. And what better resource to find insightful, game educated people than Kickstarter? 

You may have noticed that for just $1 you get access to our developer forums. You get to see the game being made and give us your feedback on how we are doing. Here at Blu-Orange your opinion matters, and not just because it looks good as a corporate slogan.

WHAT WILL THE KICKSTARTER MONEY DO?

Our goal is to put together all the pieces that we have gathered together. We have the artists, we have the programmers, we have the designers. All that is missing is you. That perfect ripe cherry on top of the sundae composed mainly of our blood, sweat, and tears. We want to make the game that you want to play, but to do that, we need your help.

We are asking for just the bare essentials to get this project off the ground. We have the time and energy. Unfortunately, Unity Pro Licenses, hosting fees, and assets don’t grow on trees. So here we are, passing the torch to you. With your help, we can turn this awesome prototype into the kickass game that we know it can be!

$10,000 - This is our base tier. The game gets made, it works, it ships, everyone dances, EVERYONE!!

$15,000 - More Art! We can afford to bring another custom animator onto the team and Samson's smooth moves get even smoother. 

$20,000 - More sweet tunes! We can bring on a dedicated sound designer. WARNING: unlocking this tier may literally melt your ears from extreme levels of awesome

$30,000 - More Game! The system of Trestella will expand to contain more worlds to explore, more quests to complete, and more opportunity to deal out toasty justice to those who deserve it.

$40,000 - Multiplayer! You can traverse the worlds of Trestella with your best guy or gal right there by your side.

$60,000 - Oculus Rift Compatibility! Need we say more?...yes?...well, ok. We will impliment the oculus rift as a viable control scheme for the game. Literally enter the world of Uncrowned Skies. But be wary, you may not want to come back!

We know we're pretty great, so if you want to find out a bit about us, you can check us out on our website, or just stalk us like normal people do.

Meet the Team

Credits: Music for Developer Video by Stephen Lu and John Leonard French.

Risks and challenges

As with any project we do have risks, ours fall mainly into 2 categories:

First there is obviously risk backing any project in its infancy. We are not coming to you 1 month from release looking for that extra bump. This is an all or nothing campaign. Without your help to attain sufficient funding, this game will not make it into the hands of the players.

Second is our art and sound. At the moment we have a small team of 3D artists as well as a potential dedicated sound designer waiting on the sideline. When the project is successfully funded they will join the team and add their expertise to this project.

Ultimately game development is a very complex process. The key to success is experience, proper scope, and hard work, something we certainly have acceptable levels of. Of course, we cannot rule out the unforeseen elements: health issues, legal issues, being actively hunted down and murdered by Diarchy Agents, but we are doing everything in our power to make sure that we don't caught up in any surprises.

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    PLAIN BREAD: Simple and often underestimated, but a necessary component of the whole. Every little bit helps. You will receive an "Uncrowned Skies" wallpaper and access to developer forum where you can give feedback on art and design concepts. Your opinions will be heard, helping us shape the game as it is made. You will also receive your name in the credits as a sincere thanks for being a part of this project!

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    PRE-TOASTED EARLY ACCESS: The ability to buy and play the game two weeks before the public launch and tell all your friends about how totally awesome we are. Includes the Plain Bread tier.

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    CRUNCHY FROM THE WARMING BUT STILL SOFT ON THE INSIDE: Get the same "Uncrowned Skies" Wallpaper pack as the plain bread tier, but each wallpaper is personalized with your name as a thank you from us to you! Includes all previous tiers (except regular wallpaper pack).

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    LIGHTLY TOASTED: Get access to the digital art book that includes selected art, from concept to final game along with all the artists' notes and comments. Includes all previous tiers.

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    TOASTER STRUDEL: Receive Samson's iconic face tattoo (temporary) so that you can emblazon yourself with all of the badassery and none of the life long regret! You'll also receive a Blu-Orange logo sticker and all previous tiers.

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    ONE WITH THE TOAST: Emblazon your machine with the pride that comes with backing Uncrowned Skies. Get an "Uncrowned Skies" wallpaper which includes an artistic drawing of yourself by the amazing team of artists we have here at Blu-Orange. Includes all previous tiers except CRUNCHY FROM THE WARMING BUT STILL SOFT ON THE INSIDE.

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    EATER OF TOAST: Get a Blu-Orange Entertainment T-shirt! Show all your friends how cool you are and get them to ask "where did you get that kickass t-shirt?" and you can be all like "The Internet" and they'll be all "No wayy" and you'll be all like "yup" and then you guys can go out to lunch or something. Includes all previous tiers.

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    ASSISTANT DETHRONER: Meet the team! Have a one on one 40 minute Skype session with us and give us your input, thoughts, concerns, questions, comments, ideas, your hungry and your poor! It is your dedicated time with us to help us mold the game to your every whim and desire... as long as your whims are reasonable and your desires are on budget. Includes all previous tiers.

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    CONNOISSEUR OF TOAST: Art art art! You only eat the most aesthetic toast, and so we will send you a physical art book of the same caliber. From early concept art when the game was just a baby to release art with all the notes, scribbles, margin doodles, and mystery stains that come with game development. Its gonna be awesome. This is a PHYSICAL COPY of the art book! Signed by all the artists, with all of their notes and comments! Includes all previous tiers.

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    THE HERO BUNDLE: This package includes all previous tiers, as well as a 3D-printed action figure of Samson and Chester, based off of the real game models and hand painted by a Blu-Orange team member. Perfect for your desk at home, your mantelpiece, or your bathtub. [Note that you can't get this tier if you're getting the WARRIOR BUNDLE].

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    THE WARRIOR BUNDLE: This package includes all previous tiers, as well as a 3D-printed action figure of Mia the Viking Warrior, based off of the real game model and hand painted by a Blu-Orange team member. Just plop her on your desk at work, and nobody is gonna mess with you anymore. [Note that you can't get this tier if you're getting the HERO BUNDLE].

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    THE CROWN-BREAKER: This packages gets you all the previous tiers, plus a physical copy of the game, done up in all its glory in a custom box for those of you that love having something in your hands.

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    THE TOASTER BUNDLE: This bundle, like the others, includes the previous tiers, but includes a real Chester the Toaster! That's right, your weapon and companion Chester in the fle... well... stainless steel! We are sending you an actual toaster in this one, folks. "There is no problem in life that can't be solved by smashing something with a toaster" - Chester.

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    THE VIGILANTE: We will make you a wanted convict in the game! We will have our artists do a custom poster of you and place it all over the "Uncrowned Skies" universe. Includes all previous tiers except TOASTER BUNDLE.

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    CHIEF UNCROWNER: Love our game so much you could actually be part of it? Like be in it? Well now you can! With this reward, you get to help us model a character for in game use (within reason). You can make it up or model it after yourself or a loved one! This model will be featured in game as well as in a special pre-launch trailer. Includes all previous tiers, except toaster bundle.

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    MASTER OF THE TOASTER: Come and meet the actual team and share your wisdom. We will take you out to dinner where you can conference with us and give us real input as to the direction of the game, as well as a special mention in the credits. Includes all previous tiers.

    Buyer is responsible for flight to Seattle WA as well as their own room and board.

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    HOLY SH*T TIER: You just single handedly funded this project! For this level of epic faith in Uncrowned Skies you get a credit as Executive Producer on the game. We will also put you up in a hotel for a night and take you out to dinner in Seattle, WA with the entire team to discuss the game and get your feedback on the direction we are heading. You will also be kept up to date throughout the development process as the game is made. Backer is responsible for flight to Seattle WA. Includes all previous tiers (Except $5000 tier).

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