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Days of Dawn Add-Ons (see below for an in-depth explanation):
Vaithee Poster + Artwork Calender – Creature Encyclopedia – Concept Art Print – T-Shirt Add-On – Special Edition Add-On – ArtBook Add-On – Soundtrack Add-On + words from Michael, composer
Latest quotes about Days of Dawn:
"Days of Dawn looks like the dream project from a bunch of gamers who got just the right combination of ideas together. The beautiful graphics, unique gameplay and great music means there is a great chance it will hook in many players due to its varied appeal." (read more on 2shotsofgeek.com)
"It is truly a labor of love at its core, and one of the things that really makes the game stand out is the aforementioned hand-drawn graphical style. To me, the chosen style evokes the same feel that I got from “Legend of Mana” on the original PlayStation and this unique style really works to make you feel like you are being swept off to a different world." (read more on anjelsyndicate.org)
"The music is incredibly fitting […] all of the game’s elements are brought together perfectly and the game looks like it will be a welcome addition to the genre for RPG fans. With its unique visual character […], it’s sure to delight fans of other genres as well." (explosion.com)
„Days of Dawn“ is the result of some of the most talented RPG-loving games-professionals having joined forces to create nothing less but the game of their dreams: an original roleplaying game to bring back the flair of early roleplaying games in beautifully handpainted hi-res graphics and an orchestra-quality soundtrack.
As shepherd Caril is trying to protect a fleeing girl from mysterious persecutors, he comes to witness unbelievable powers emerging from the woman, repelling her pursuers.
On the run Caril learns that this girl, named Dawn, has been experiencing these powers for many years now, unable to control them in times of emotional stress. As they approach a nearby town, the two will soon learn that Dawn is not the only one …
Shunned by peasants and chased by mysterious men, they travel the lands of Kalea, looking for answers and meeting new friends. What is the nature of these forces? Where do they come from? Who are the strangers on their heels? And what is their intent?
It's on you to guide the two and their five friends on a fantastic adventure through ancient ruins, gloomy woods and hidden cities to unravel the mystery of a past long forgotten and discover the source of arcane powers.
- Explore an open world full of mysteries and adventure in multiple nonlinear storylines
- Experience a unique magic system with an emotional approach in a world whose magical forces just awakened
- During your journeys, have three companions out of a range of seven complex player characters join your party
- Engage in incredibly fast and intuitive turn-based battles
- Join in-group interactions and social involvement among your party members
- Encounter original characters and creatures in beautifully handpainted scenery and a fantastic musical score
- Basic version to be developed in English
(additional languages made available by stretchgoals, send us your requests)
- Will be available for PC, Mac and Linux
(additional systems made available by stretchgoals)
In a world, whose magic just came alive, magic is experienced as an alien force of unknown nature, evoked by emotional outbursts. Without scientific research of these mysterious forces, there's no spells to chose from or tomes to study.
Those gifted with these powers can unleash them in times of danger or need, yet unable to control the exact nature of the effects they evoke; instead, the character's nature and the current situation influence the effect called. Only as they advance on their quest, will they start to learn to handle these forces and gain the ability to choose an emotion to channel into magic and, later on, a specific effect to cause.
With two additional traits – emotional control and emotional strength – and seven feelings of differing intensity, not only do your characters' personalities influence the outcome of magic usage, but also the experiences and encounters they make during their journey.
In April 2012, Tassilo gathered a team of highly talented, gaming-addicted professionals from the games industry summing up to a total of 45 years of business experience and having joined forces to create nothing less but the game of their dreams.
Among the titles we've been working on you'll find names like AION, Jagged Alliance Online, Rainbow Moon and Settlers 7, War of the Worlds and Lords and Knights.
Music is another key-aspect of Days of Dawn. The wonderful artists from Sound of Games are creating a breathtaking orchestra-quality soundtrack to support the game's intense atmosphere. Here's a few examples of their work for Days of Dawn:
More to come, stay tuned!
Special Edition: Available both as a digital add-on or boxed-version, the Special Edition of Days of Dawn will include an additional sidequest unlocking a very special eighth player-character and give you free access to all DLCs and add-ons to come for Days of Dawn after the game's release. For details about this click here.
Backer-exclusive Collector's Special Edition Boxed-Version: Get the game in a beautifully designed cardboard-flapbox, richly illustrated by the games outstanding artists and signed by team-members. Includes the hardcover artbook, soundtrack-CD and the game for PC, Mac and Linux on CD and all features named in the Special Edition above.
Become part of the game: You've got the option to become an actual part of the game. Find your name on one of the game's elements like a place or weapon – ever dreamed of wielding a "Sword of <Your Name>" or walk through the "Mists of <Your Name>"? Now is the time! You can even get transformed into one of the player- or nonplayer-characters by our outstanding character-artist Anako and find yourself in a fantastic world. We will also deliver a high-quality print of the created artwork.
By increasing your pledge by a specific sum you can get add-ons to build your very own bundle. So far the following Add-Ons have been introduced:
+$10: Days of Dawn Creature Encyclopedia – A beautifully designed Creature-Encyclopedia (as a PDF file), that's listing all the game's original creatures including their names, statistics and a in-world description of their behaviour and characteristics.
+$15: Days of Dawn Special Edition – This add-on will bring you additional content (available as a DLC some time after release): A new sidequest that will unlock a very special eighth playable character plus free access to all DLCs or add-ons ever released for Days of Dawn.
+$20: Days of Dawn's Soundtrack on a signed audio-CD – Signed by Sound of Games, the team responsible for Days of Dawn's ~60 minutes of wonderful music.
+$40: Days of Dawn's hardcover Artbook – An in depth look into the creation and art of the game on 100 beautifully designed full-color pages.
+$40: Days of Dawn's Vaithee Fine-Print – This one is a combination of two outstanding artists: Vaithee (from Anako) in front of Tyler Edlin's wonderful village-concept-art, printed in high-quality (size 42x29,7cm, 11.6 x 16.5")
+$50: Days of Dawn T-Shirts – Beautiful GOTS-certified organic-cotton fair-trade T-Shirts (size S-XXL) imprinted with one of six cool designs.
+$50: Days of Dawn Wall Calender – This beautiful 13-page wall-calender (size 42x29,7cm, 11.6 x 16.5") comes with 13 stunning artworks from Days of Dawn printed in high-quality and will be sent out before 2014, so you'll have a great year with our heroes, villains and concept-artworks.
+$250: Concept-Art Print – One of Tyler Edlin's awesome concept-artworks (village or keep) as a high-quality canvas-print (71x38cm / ~28x15"), signed personally by the artist himself and limited to this kickstarter-campaign.
+$350: Concept-Art Print large – One of Tyler Edlin's awesome concept-artworks (village or keep) as a high-quality canvas-print (~100x61cm / ~40x24"), signed personally by the artist himself and limited to this kickstarter-campaign
To choose an add-on, go to "Manage your pledge", add the specific sum to your pledge and keep your current reward selection – add-on selection will be handled after the kickstarter-campaign.
We aim to bring you the most wonderful gaming experience. To do so, we'd like to add some elements to the game of which we're sure you'd love them – we do so. If you help us reach the goals below, we'll be able to add the mentioned stretchgoals.
$55,000: With this goal reached, we'll be able to add another scenery set to the game including new areas to explore and sidequests to solve, two new creatures and two new NPCs. We'll also be adding another song. This will sum up to hours of additional gameplay.
$62,000: Reaching this will enable us to offer Android-support to Days of Dawn – play it wherever you are. We'll also add in cross-platform savegames for all supported platforms. Play on-the-go on your tablet and continue playing on your PC when home.
Additional stretch goals may be added as we progress.
Here's a few excerpts from the wonderful press-feedback we got:
- "This artwork […] cannot be of this earthly realm! Gorgeous visuals! […] A stand out traditional RPG experience." (indiestatik.com)
- "Days of Dawn is an awesome looking RPG, and to say the battle system is unique would be an understatement" (android-apps.com)
- "Days of Dawn feels like a declaration of love to games like Final Fantasy, ChronoTrigger, Lufia or DragonQuest." – (Maximilian John, Gamersglobal.de)
And last, but not least a few words from veterans of the gaming business:
- "A refreshing and beautiful take on classic RPGs – with a twist!" – Guido Henkel (Planescape Torment, Realms of Arkania)
Where are we, what is left to do? So far, the basic story and concept are finished. We have yet completed about 10% of the games assets working part-time on Days of Dawn, written about 40% of the quests and dialogues.
Our most important to-dos:
- Finish the quests and dialogues and implement them into the game
- Redo all player-character animations with motion-capturing
- Completion of inventory-, emotion- and battle-system
- Create magical effects and items
Based on our progress so far and the possibility to work full-time on Days of Dawn as soon as we succeed in this campaign, completion of the game is to be expected at about February 2014.
To give you insight into our progress, we will start a closed beta available exclusively to our backers about two months after the ending of our successful kickstarter-campaign.
We're very excited about bringing this game to life – and we'd like you to take part in it. As a backer, you'll get exclusive access to the games development blog featuring exclusive material and will be able to take part in surveys, shaping the very world of Kalea. You'll receive a newsletter including backer-exclusive information and updates, get to see concept-artwork and previews during the creation process and will be able to get in direct contact with the makers of Days of Dawn. Last but not least, you'll get access to the backer-exclusive board of our Days of Dawn-forum.
Finally, you'll have taken part of the creation of a wonderful game, created with both intense talent and love. You will become part of the team! Now join in and let's make a great game!
Last but not least we are proud supporters of the "Kicking it forward" concept. That means we are agreeing that we will put 5% of our finished product profits back into other Kickstarter projects. To be abundantly clear, this is only money that we will earn as profit AFTER the project ships and AFTER we have paid our expenses. This does NOT mean we'll be investing the money we received from you by investing into Days of Dawn's kickstarter campaign.
More about the concept can be found on KickingItForward.org
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Risks and challenges
Creating a roleplaying video-game is probably one of the hardest goals to accomplish in making games. This is why we have gathered a team of experienced professionals from the gaming industry. With our ten people-team summing up to a total of 45 years in the business (and even more outside of it), each team-member is an expert in his fields and full of love and ambitions for Days of Dawn. Tassilo, the team leader and creator of the story and concept, has been in the business for over ten years and is an academically trained writer. The teammembers have also been responsible for many highly acclaimed and successful gaming titles in the past. To conclude, we've got all the experience AND incitement to complete this game in time, budget and quality to bring you a gaming experience you will not forget.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We love jRPGs like ChronoTrigger, Final Fantasy and Lufia. Our goal is to create a western take on those games with an original look and story. That's why we call it w(estern)j(apan)RPG.
First, we found people interested in investing into this game outside of kickstarter through our first round. Second, we removed some of the more optional features: Android-version, german language and some areas not crucial to the storylines have been transformed into stretchgoals. We will put these features back into the game as soon as we reach specific fundinggoals (see Stretchgoals above). We are very happy to be able to offer a much more reachable goal to you.
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