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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 9 2015
$3,182
pledged of $150,000pledged of $150,000 goal
46
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 9 2015

About

LAST WEEK ON BOWBARIAN, the nefarious wizard The Great Bazzini stole the Lunaria from its guardian, using the relic's power to transform the mighty protector into an adorable and completely harmless fuzzball. Luckily for the transformed Tiny, BOWBARIAN has a soft spot for cuddly woodland creatures. The two jumped into action--literally!--chasing Bazzini into the long unexplored regions of Rhona. The biggest adventure of their lives starts now! 

Watch BOWBARIAN and Tiny battle Bazzini's evil minions, BOW-BLITERATING everything between them and the Lunaria! Can BOWBARIAN defeat The Great Bazzini and return Tiny to his true form? Just what is his true form? Help us find out!

Inspired by such classics as Robotron, Legend of Zelda and the Diablo series, we wanted to create a play experience that was exciting, engaging, and challenging on multiple levels. BOWBARIAN is easy to pick up and play yet formidable enough for those who wish to master it. The story is also something that can be enjoyed once but with multiple playthroughs, uncover clues that hint at something bigger unfolding in Rhona.

  • Wield the ultimate weapon combo, BOW AND SWORD! Master them to unlock their full potential!
  • Engage in skull-smashing 2D action combat, leaping across the battlefield and crushing every foe.
  • Pursue the Great Bazzini across the world, battling through procedurally-generated and handmade stages
  • Discover Rhona, a world rich in lore and levity, as you reveal forgotten fragments of history.

Fight like a Bowbarian: Shoot and jump your way through Bazzini’s multitude of minions. You'll arm yourself with a multitude of magnificent bows and swords, and your mighty BOWBARIAN jump will keep you mobile (and alive) in tough battles. Augment your jump to fit your playstyle--want to inflict massive damage on anything in your path? How about stunning your foes, giving you just enough time to get the upper hand? BOWBARIAN has an arsenal of jumping, stunning and crushing tactics to choose from. 

A Bowbarian’s Greatest Weapon: Every Bowbarian knows the sword is mightier than the arrow! You'll find a multitude of bows--and swords to fire from them--each with their own special properties.

The Amazing Chase: Go toe-to-toe with Bazzini's wandering champions, engaging in chaotic arena and gauntlet battles and story encounters. Every map's tile mix is procedurally generated--you never know what you'll be up against next! Scour the map until you uncover the wizard's hiding place and take him on, or choose to clear every tile and gain more power for the confrontation.

Lunaria Lunacy: Separated from its guardian, the power of the Lunaria is in flux. It may be a boon to BOWBARIAN, but it can also empower his enemies. The phases of the moon and the haywire magics of the Lunaria interact, adding another layer of surprise and challenge. 

Bowbarian

Never one to turn his back on a fight, BOWBARIAN has wandered the wildlands in search of worthy challenges. So far, none have been able to stand against him. He has set out to find one who can, and he thinks Tiny may be just the opponent--as soon as he's returned to his true form! It's a win-win for BOWBARIAN: fighting mighty enemies to reach an even mightier one!

Tiny  

For centuries, Tiny has fulfilled his promise to guard the Lunaria without fail--that is, until the night that Bazzini stole it and sealed his guardian powers away. Now he will do whatever it takes to redeem himself and get the Lunaria back! Through these events, Tiny takes his first steps outside the temple, experiencing a world he's known only through ancient tomes and scrolls. He is curious and bold--and committed to recovering his sacred charge, the Lunaria.

The Great Bazzini

After many long years, The Great Bazzini has attained the power he so desperately craved--thanks to the Lunaria. He'll do anything to keep it from Tiny and BOWBARIAN.  A cunning, calculating, devious enemy, Bazzini surrounds himself with dangerous minions and magic as he sets his schemes into motion.

Welcome to Rhona--a world with a mysterious past stepped in rich lore. Great civilizations risen here, but for the current inhabitants, the past is something forgotten and feared. Humanity has abandoned the lands of its ancestors, escaping the tragedies and transgressions that haunt them even now. The kingdoms of the present forbid the search for ancient power and secrets, embracing new technologies while wizards struggle to regain lost knowledge.

The Bonelands

Nuanna, The Cursed Kingdom

Kai, The Place of Departure

We have created some extra shiny rewards for you in thanks for supporting us. We also made sure that everyone who backs Bowbarian from the Friend to Woodland Creatures tier ($15) and up will receive beta access to the game--because who wouldn’t want to be the first to play BOWBARIAN?

After seven years in the game industry, Jeremy started Box Fort Games in 2014 with his wife Heather (hi!) who uses her visual storytelling experience in crafting Bowbarian’s distinct characters, story and world. We are collaborating with Karen Bennetzen--a Danish artist who has worked with Daedalic Entertainment and on the notable animation, The Reward (including its successfully Kickstarted sequel - Tales of Alethrion which is being released April 22!). 

FOLLOW OUR PROGRESS

Being a part of the Kickstarter community, we have seen many creative projects not only become fully realized games but better games thanks to the feedback and support of people like you. We want to involve those who truly believe in what BOWBARIAN is and together, ensure that it will be made as we envision it, without compromise.

All Kickstarter funding goes toward paying our partners (24%), fulfilling backer rewards (10%), paying Kickstarter fees (10%), software licenses, business and marketing expenses (6%), programming (15%), design (15%), and taxes (20%).

For the past eight months, we have been funding BOWBARIAN’s development costs entirely out of pocket. We’ve eaten more ramen and hot dogs than I care to admit. But we did it because we believe Bowbarian is a game worth making.

If you believe that too, please back us--spread the word and join us on this epic quest. Together, we will bring BOWBARIAN to life!

Thanks for your support!

~Team BOWBARIAN

Risks and challenges

Everyone who frequents Kickstarter knows that making a game is complex and expensive. Every game risks going over budget, missing promised release dates, or even having to make changes to the game that might fall short of backers' expectations. We've spent a lot of time in pre-production to make solid plans, measure what we can and can't do, and set reasonable expectations. We have the experience to be aware of these risks at every step of development.

Our budget and schedule have been made to accommodate speedbumps we'll encounter along the way. Our schedule will be demanding for a three-man team, but we've adjusted the budget to ensure we can focus all our efforts on the game.

Another risk we recognize is the challenge of getting the word out. We have contacts with a lot of experience with both Kickstarter and traditional promotion, and we're already working tirelessly to spread the word to everyone who would love to see Bowbarian become a reality.

We believe we can achieve our goals through careful planning, realistic expectations, and by utilizing our experience with game development. We'll keep you up-to-date throughout development so you'll always know how we're doing.

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    BOWBARIC HUG

    Love Bowbarian and Tiny? Give them a BOWBARIC HUG!

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    EARLY BIRD - FRIEND TO WOODLAND CREATURES

    THE GAME + BETA ACCESS

    A DRM-free digital copy of Bowbarian the moment it's released. (PC / Mac) ● Access to the beta - Help shape the development of Bowbarian by providing feedback before it is released.

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    FRIEND TO WOODLAND CREATURES

    THE GAME + BETA ACCESS

    A DRM-free digital copy of Bowbarian the moment it's released. (PC / Mac) ● Access to the beta - Help shape the development of Bowbarian by providing feedback before it is released.

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    VILLAGER

    ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK + WALLPAPER SET

    Stomp foes to the Bowbaric beat with a digital copy of the Bowbarian soundtrack. ● You'll also receive a backer-only digital wallpaper set to adorn your digital walls.

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    DEFENDER

    DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION: SPECIAL BOWBARIAN SKIN AND WEAPONS + TINY'S TRAVELOGUE PDF + WORLD MAP PDF

    Transform Bowbarian with a special skin and weapon set to be revealed during the campaign! ● Discover more about the world of Rhona through Tiny's Travelogue PDF--our take on an artbook and world guide. ● Follow along on Bowbarian and Tiny's Adventures with the World Map PDF, marking intriguing sites and mysterious wonders around Rhona. Tiny can't wait to see them all!

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    MINI MERCENARY

    SET OF 3 MINI-PRINTS

    Receive a set of 3 exciting mini prints from Bowbarian's artist, Karen Bennetzen.

    Also includes a DRM-free digital copy of Bowbarian (PC/Mac), beta access, Original Soundtrack, Wallpaper Set, Special Bowbarian Skin and Weapons, Tiny's Travelogue PDF and World Map PDF.

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    ACCOMPLISHED ADVENTURER (DIGITAL)

    ALL-DIGITAL! (NO PHYSICAL ITEMS)
    GREAT FOR INTERNATIONAL SUPPORTERS!

    POSTER PDF + YOUR NAME IN-GAME + DESIGN AN IN-GAME ITEM

    Get the most BOWBARIAN for your buck without the hassle of physical items and shipping costs. Back us at this level and receive some of the rewards from higher tiers. ● Poster PDF (print your own poster!) ● Your Name in-game (see "Accomplished Adventurer" tier) ● Design an in-game item (see "Traveling Companion" tier)

    Also includes a DRM-free digital copy of Bowbarian (PC/Mac), beta access, Original Soundtrack, Wallpaper Set, Special Bowbarian Skin and Weapons, Tiny's Travelogue PDF and World Map PDF.

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    ACCOMPLISHED ADVENTURER

    POSTER + YOUR NAME IN-GAME

    Proudly display this epic poster of Bowbarian and Tiny in action! ● Your name will be chiseled in digital stone somewhere within the world of Rhona.

    Also includes a DRM-free digital copy of Bowbarian (PC/Mac), beta access, Original Soundtrack, Wallpaper Set, Special Bowbarian Skin and Weapons, Tiny's Travelogue PDF, World Map PDF and Mini-Print Set.

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    TRAVELING COMPANION

    PRINTED TINY'S TRAVELOGUE + PRINTED WORLD MAP + DESIGN AN IN-GAME ITEM

    Beautifully printed copy of Tiny's Travelogue--our take on an artbook and world guide--to accompany you on your adventures through Rhona. ● Receive a printed copy of Bowbarian's World Map, marking intriguing sites and mysterious wonders around Rhona ● Plus, get involved in game creation by designing an in-game item for players to use against Bazzini's forces! During development, we will send you a form to fill out that let's you choose an item's appearance, powers and name (subject to thematic approval).

    Also includes a DRM-free digital copy of Bowbarian (PC/Mac), beta access, Original Soundtrack, Wallpaper Set, Special Bowbarian Skin and Weapons, Tiny's Travelogue PDF, World Map PDF, Mini-Print Set, Poster and Your Name in-game.

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    FAMILIAR FACE

    YOUR PORTRAIT DRAWN IN TRUE BOWBARIAN ART STYLE

    Have your portrait drawn by Bowbarian's own artist, Karen Bennetzen. You'll get a unique avatar for Facebook, Twitter and your other online communities (just like our Team portraits)!

    Also includes a DRM-free digital copy of Bowbarian (PC/Mac), beta access, Original Soundtrack, Wallpaper Set, Special Bowbarian Skin and Weapons, Tiny's Travelogue PDF, World Map PDF, Mini-Print Set, Poster, Your Name in-game, Printed Tiny's Travelogue, Printed World Map, and Design an in-game item.

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    CONTENDER

    LIMITED-EDITION ART PRINT

    Receive a limited-edition, numbered art print by guest artist Fellipe Martins. (Art Print will be revealed during the campaign)

    Also includes a DRM-free digital copy of Bowbarian (PC/Mac), beta access, Original Soundtrack, Wallpaper Set, Special Bowbarian Skin and Weapons, Tiny's Travelogue PDF, World Map PDF, Mini-Print Set, Poster, Your Name in-game, Printed Tiny's Travelogue, Printed World Map, and Design an in-game item.

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    WEAPON MASTER

    DESIGN AN IN-GAME WEAPON

    Design your own bow or sword to help Bowbarian cut down Bazzini's forces!

    Also includes a DRM-free digital copy of Bowbarian (PC/Mac), beta access, Original Soundtrack, Wallpaper Set, Special Bowbarian Skin and Weapons, Tiny's Travelogue PDF, World Map PDF, Mini-Print Set, Poster, Your Name in-game, Printed Tiny's Travelogue, Printed World Map, Design an in-game item and Limited Edition Art Print.

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    WORTHY OPPONENT

    CREATE A CHARACTER

    Rhona is filled with colorful characters, each with a distinct personality. Work with us to create a memorable character to add to the rich world of Bowbarian!. ● You will also receive a print of your unique character.

    Also includes a DRM-free digital copy of Bowbarian (PC/Mac), beta access, Original Soundtrack, Wallpaper Set, Special Bowbarian Skin and Weapons, Tiny's Travelogue PDF, World Map PDF, Mini-Print Set, Poster, Your Name in-game, Printed Tiny's Travelogue, Printed World Map, Design an in-game item and Limited Edition Art Print.

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    THE BOWBARIAN

    CREATE A BOWBARIAN SKIN

    Collaborate with us to create a unique appearance for Bowbarian--complete with themed Bow and Sword! We can't wait to see what you come up with. ● Receive a print of your unique Bowbarian in action.

    Also includes a DRM-free digital copy of Bowbarian (PC/Mac), beta access, Original Soundtrack, Wallpaper Set, Special Bowbarian Skin and Weapons, Tiny's Travelogue PDF, World Map PDF, Mini-Print Set, Poster, Your Name in-game, Printed Tiny's Travelogue, Printed World Map, Design an in-game item and Limited Edition Art Print.

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