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Children of Morta is a story-driven hack ‘n slash roguelike game which will involve you in the adventures of the Bergson family.
Children of Morta is a story-driven hack ‘n slash roguelike game which will involve you in the adventures of the Bergson family.
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Journey with a family of guardians that will stay together to fight the newfound evil corrupting their beautiful mountain and their lands. Be part of a world of fantasy and mysteries.

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Update #10: Brand New Stretch Goals

Update #9: Poster Reveal!

You can now back with PayPal on our website!

 Arena Challenges

 Local Multiplayer Modes:

  • PvP
  • Challenges
  • Endless

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"Bergsons in Action" Game Poster
"Bergsons in Action" Game Poster

The heroes in this game are all members of a family, the Bergsons, each with their unique abilities. While adventuring with any of them in the various environments in the lands of Morta, you will witness their emotions and struggles to help one another in order to return peace to their land.

John and Mary

The father and mother, John and Mary, are the foundation of the family. He is a warrior, she supports him with her infinite love. They currently have four children, with the fifth on the way. Being a guardian family, raising their kids to be physically fit and courageous has been a top priority. Mary, being a mother, is always looking after the family members and provides full support for them in their house.

  • Light Attack: John can be quite quick with the sword.
  • Heavy Attack: He can also be quite strong and hit hard.
  • Shield: John is famous for the way he handles his ancestral shield.

Mark

Mark is the eldest son. No one knows how he got so interested in foreign martial arts. He finds the ultimate joy in fighting with his bare hands, not even uncle Ben can convince him to carry weapons.

  • Punch: Mark loves the simplicity of breaking skulls with his fists.
  • Kick: Some foes need to feel the gentle touch of the foot.
  • Shout: Mark can also stun his enemies.

Linda

The daughter, Linda, is quite passionate about arts. Sometimes she feels that the single way to express herself is through her violin. When the days are rough, she turns to the art of the bow.

  • Shoot Arrows: The artistic touch is necessary when her hands are pulling on the strings.
  • Charged Shot: This way she pierces some foes.
  • Push Back: Some space is needed for the best results with the bow.

Kevin

The younger son. Obsessed with the glowing plant Grandpa has helped him grow since he was three. The family believes that his quick feet are inherited from his grandpa, too. He thinks the plant is magical, he just might be right!

  • Dagger Attack: Kevin enjoys the swishing sound of the dagger more than anything.
  • Throw Dagger: He throws his dagger when the foes are out of reach.
  • Roll: To the corrupted creatures, he might as well be able to disappear.

Lucy

Lucy has one wish: to grow up and become a mage. Her favorite moments are when she secretly learns the ancient arts of magic from Grandma Margaret. Mary has always resisted learning the craft, but Lucy is making Grandma proud. 

  • Magical Missile: Look what I learned from Grandma!
  • Explosive Bomb: See me clap ... now burn!
  • Fire Curse: Lucy was prohibited from playing with matches, but John and Mary aren’t quite aware of this move!

Uncle Ben and Joey

  • Hammer: No one expects the hammer to be heavy by looking at Joey handling it. 
  • Smash: Joey's special amusement park move!
  • Rage: Anger makes him faster and stronger.

Equipment

The various items that Uncle Ben crafts can be used by the family members, mostly as weapons and gear they can use in their adventures outside the house. The Bergsons will have new abilities when they use these items.

Uncle Ben's workshop can be upgraded in a similar way to how skill trees work, which will open new crafting options for family members. This adds persistent progression to the game and is part of the RPG influences of the game experience.

Grandma Margaret

Every adventure into the lands lets you experience procedurally generated levels with various enemies and collectible items that add new abilities to your hero. Collecting useful resources from the levels and taking them back to the house will let Grandma Margaret and Uncle Ben create useful items and gear that can then be used by family members as part of the persistent progression system in the game.

While there exists a specific story arc in the game, you see various procedural narrative events and have the option to follow those events and experience your own unique story. This is the narrative-based roguelike part of Children of Morta. 

Level generation is fully procedural in this game, you will never play the exact same level twice (well, for the math geeks out there, actually this might be possible, but the probability is extremely low!)

 Narrative-based Roguelike

Narrative meets Roguelike in Children of Morta. You will experience permadeath and travel through new procedurally generated levels and content with each playthrough, but there exists a single story overarching the game. This story is filled with surprises, mysteries and emotions and will be narrated with the game events, quests, environments, and most importantly, by the interactions between the Bergsons. 

Procedural narrative events blend within the main game story and provide you with options to explore this rich world as you wish. Different players playing Children of Morta will have different experiences while following the same main story.

Family Culture

The Bergsons have their unique family culture. The elder members play an important role, especially grandma Margaret, who talks about the ancient stories and prophecies about the magical Mountain and their family heritage. Each of them has their own individual style and preferences, but their family bonds and their trust in each other are unheard of for those who do not live in the land of Morta.

You will learn about their culture as you play the game and become part of their adventures. Who knows, you will very well internalize this culture in your real life! Although beware that some of their rituals are not to be tried at home!

Mount Morta

To the villagers and people living on the outskirts of Mount Morta, the mountain is everything. Full of history, legends and magic; a symbol and source of life, health and prosperity. 


Mount Morta’s diverse environments host many creatures and forms of life: the Caeldippo caves to the west, where the goblins live, Postigala forest in the east and the Masks Temple right in the center of the mountain, all filled with mysteries and wonders waiting to be explored.

But its once beautiful and high peaks are now turned into dark and hostile areas filled with corrupted creatures. 

Caeldippo Caves
Caeldippo Caves
Masks Temple
Masks Temple
Postigala Forest
Postigala Forest

 Mountain Gods and Divine Relics

Clawious - Hellworm
Clawious - Hellworm
Skelsol - Blood Bat
Skelsol - Blood Bat
Boomer Goblin - Spika
Boomer Goblin - Spika

 More enemy sketches:

Boss Fights

The bosses are gatekeepers in Mount Morta which have been corrupted. They will block your way and trying to pass them will lead you into an epic Boss Fight!

You will encounter many bosses in the lands of Morta, meet two of them here:

Jariuth the Goblin King
Jariuth the Goblin King
Scorpital
Scorpital

Music

http://deadmage.com

The Children of Morta team is:

Reza Hooshangi @Reza_Hooshangi

Soheil Zarghami @SolZarghami

Arvin Garousi @ArvivrA

 Hamidreza Ansari @LoudWings

Shervin R. Rad @ShervinRRad

Norman Ghasemi @NormanKP

Amir H. Fassihi @ahfassihi

 Special thanks goes to Ed Kelly, our fabulous game narrator. His voice will tell you the stories of the Bergsons in the magnificent lands of Morta.

 ● Game can be redeemed on console if we reach the stretch goals!

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LIMITED EDITION OF THE "GUARDIAN" TIER FOR EARLY BIRD BACKERS!

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LIMITED EDITION OF THE "TECHNO MAGE" TIER FOR EARLY BIRD BACKERS!

 LIMITED EDITION OF THE "TECHNO MAGE" TIER FOR BACKERS WHO MISSED PREVIOUS EARLY BIRD!

● ADDITIONAL GAME COPY 
Additional DRM-free digital copy of Children of Morta or a Steam key!

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 All Digital Rewards

● ADDITIONAL GAME COPY

Additional DRM-free digital copy of Children of Morta or a Steam key!

+ ALL REWARDS IN GUARDIAN TIER!

 All Digital Rewards + Physical Instruction Booklet

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+ ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS!

ADDITIONAL GAME COPY 
Additional DRM-free digital copy of Children of Morta or Steam key! (Total 3 Games)

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+ ALL REWARDS IN ARTIST TIER!

+ ALL REWARDS IN ARTIST TIER!

+ ALL REWARDS IN ARTIST TIER!

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● SEVEN ADDITIONAL GAME COPIES
Seven additional DRM-free digital copies of Children of Morta or Steam key! (Total 10 Games)

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Risks and challenges

Schedule risk is probably the most serious for most game projects. Working on new areas usually has this risk due to unknown factors that might show up during the development. In order to mitigate this risk, we have already finished a long pre-production phase where we tried to develop a vertical slice of the game so that we minimize the unknown factors in development. We know very well that risk factors never turn to zero and we are certain to communicate with the community openly about any possible issues that might delay our development plans.

Another risk for Children of Morta is the novelty risk. The game is novel in blending story telling within a roguelike genre. We are looking forward to let the player experience a specific story arc while seeing random narrative events and procedural content for the gameplay and levels. We have worked on numerous prototypes already and so far we believe that we have been able to tackle this risk very well. We still need external feedback to make sure everything is in place.

Financial risk threatens small teams, in our case we have already spent our own money on this project and will make sure we release this game that we have all been dreaming of for quite some time. The community support will help us add all the great features to this game and spend enough time to polish every aspect of it and deliver the final game with the level of quality we are aiming.

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