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A tactical strategy PC game on an epic fantasy timeline from the creators of Psychonauts, Brütal Legend, and Iron Brigade!

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If turn-based tactics and feudal fantasy had a lovechild, and that offspring founded a mighty century-spanning dynasty, it would be MASSIVE CHALICE.

With your help, MASSIVE CHALICE will become a reality—forged by Double Fine with our 3D in-house Buddha Engine and unleashed on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Battling alongside ancestors (early concept)
Battling alongside ancestors (early concept)

We're inspired by classic tactical strategy games like X-COM, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Fire Emblem, as well as Game of Thrones’ array of noble families. With these influences in mind we’re creating an epic, replayable turn-based tactics game where you train generations of heroes to repel a demonic invasion.

And with Kickstarter, we can do it. We have a great concept and team ready to go, and we want to work closely with our community to control the future of MASSIVE CHALICE free from outside interference.

MASSIVE CHALICE is a single player turn-based tactics game within a multi-generational strategy campaign built for replayability.

As an immortal King or Queen, you must unite your kingdom under a powerful dynasty, eliminate the demonic threat, and reforge the MASSIVE CHALICE!

The game is structured into two main layers: strategy and tactics. In the strategy layer, you oversee your kingdom, arrange royal marriages, conduct research, and make the far-reaching decisions that will determine the fate of your legacy.

In the tactics layer, you fight brutal turn-based battles to defend your kingdom using small squads of customizable heroes.

Forest environment (early concept) - click for Hi-Res version
Forest environment (early concept) - click for Hi-Res version

Permadeath is inevitable: your heroes will grow, age, and eventually die. You'll have to choose between keeping your favorite heroes on the battlefield or retiring them from combat to foster a new generation of warriors.

A Hero (early concept)
A Hero (early concept)

Drawing from roguelikes we love, content is modular and randomized. Each playthrough begins with a random assortment of male and female heroes from various bloodlines, guaranteeing that each game is unique. Your knowledge and skill will increase over multiple playthroughs, but the details of every game will change based on your decisions and the whims of fate.

Strategic map (early concept)
Strategic map (early concept)

Core Game Features

  • Your story emerges as you defend against attacks, complete quests, and respond to randomized events in your attempt to preserve the kingdom.

  • Line of sight and fog of war mechanics come into play as your squad explores beautiful dynamic 3D battlefields where danger may lurk behind any corner.

  • Distinct, customizable heroes learn new melee, ranged, and arcane abilities as they age and gain combat experience.

  • Arrange marriage alliances to ensure your heroic bloodlines can handle any future combat situation.

  • Battle alongside your ancestors by equipping your heroes with uniquely powerful Bloodline Relics.

  • Invest your resources in forging new weapons and armor—and gamble on polluting a bloodline by researching dangerous demonic artifacts.

Another Double Fine Kickstarter?

Last year, you Kickstarted Double Fine Adventure, shattering records and bringing video games to the Kickstarter spotlight! Now known as Broken Age, that game is in full production and is already a beautiful and unique experience—but the Broken Age team only represents a third of our multi-game studio.

Double Fine’s goal is for all our teams to remain independent and responsible directly to their players. Kickstarting MASSIVE CHALICE allows us to maintain a pure creative vision, put out updates on our own schedule, respond to feedback without roadblocks, and release it all DRM-free.

Where are your stretch goals?

This Kickstarter is clean and simple. We’re asking for the minimum amount to make an awesome game, and the game’s scope will grow based on the amount of total backing we receive. There will be ongoing conversations with the community as new features are considered, so stay tuned and let us know what you'd like to see in the game!

For MASSIVE CHALICE we’re getting back to basics and focusing on the project itself. We’re a team passionate about turn-based strategy, and we want to craft a new Double Fine world by partnering with you!

Limited edition poster designed by Cory Schmitz
Limited edition poster designed by Cory Schmitz
Limited edition t-shirt designed by Cory Schmitz
Limited edition t-shirt designed by Cory Schmitz

2 Player Productions is well known to Double Fine fans as the awesome team of filmmakers behind the Double Fine Adventure and Amnesia Fortnight documentary series.

It turns out they aren't sick of us yet! If the project is funded, 2 Player will be able to create a series of development diaries chronicling the creation of MASSIVE CHALICE. These will be released to the general public, but backers will also get exclusive access to high-quality HD downloadable versions ($50 tier and above).

Project Lead: Brad Muir

MASSIVE CHALICE is helmed by Brad Muir, creator of Iron Brigade, the fan-favorite tower defense mech shooter. A longtime Double Fine veteran, Brad served as a programmer on Psychonauts and a designer on Brütal Legend. Brad is a turn-based strategy and roguelike fanatic, and is the friendliest guy you'll ever meet! :D!

Double Fine Productions is an award-winning, independent game development studio founded in 2000 by games industry veteran Tim Schafer. Located in San Francisco’s South of Market district, Double Fine is committed to making high-quality games with an emphasis on originality, story, characters, and fun.

The MASSIVE CHALICE team comprises artists, designers, and engineers who recently worked on Double Fine projects like The Cave, Brütal Legend PC, Dropchord, Middle Manager of Justice, and various prototypes. The crew is ready to work on something big. Something MASSIVE.

The Buddha Engine

MASSIVE CHALICE is being developed with Buddha, our versatile in-house 3D engine first created for Brütal Legend. We know Buddha like the back of our hand—because our hand is coded in C++, scripted in Lua, and rigged with Maya.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

MASSIVE CHALICE is a new kind of game from Double Fine, but that’s what makes it perfect for Kickstarter, a place where new ideas can be given a chance by passionate fans. We believe we can find a substantial audience for this unique combination of strategy, squad tactics, and multi-generational gameplay.

MASSIVE CHALICE is still in its earliest stages, so its backers will join us for every phase of development. We're tackling a new genre for Double Fine, but building on our years of experience making games of all types with our own technology.

Games are complicated and expensive projects, but MASSIVE CHALICE has been scoped appropriately for our fundraising goal. By targeting open PC platforms and relying on a modular game design, we can create a core experience and build on it over time. The more backing we receive, the more systems and content we can create, and the better the game will be!

Most importantly, we're passionate about what Double Fine can bring to fantasy tactics games, and we're dedicated to rewarding our community with the best game possible.

So please support MASSIVE CHALICE, spread the news, and join us on our journey!

FAQ

  • Sorry that was confusing! The behind-the-scenes videos from 2 Player Productions will be available publicly to EVERYONE in streaming form. The $50 backers (and above) get access to exclusive digital HD downloads of the videos.

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  • Supporting platforms other than Windows, Mac, and Linux has a cost associated with it, but it’s something we’ll consider if we surpass our goal!

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  • MASSIVE CHALICE will be a very inclusive game! It’s true that in the pitch video we reference an immortal King (drawn in the likeness of Brad) but in the final game we want the player to have the role of an immortal king or queen. And your bloodlines and fighting force will be made of both male and female heroes – equally capable of splitting demonic skulls!

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  • The default setup of a new game of MASSIVE CHALICE will pull randomly from the default bloodline pool but there will be an option to select the exact bloodlines with which you start the game. That way you can battle alongside the Schafer and Muir houses!

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  • The MASSIVE CHALICE development diaries will have their own style: focused more on design and development than the Broken Age documentary, since spoilers won’t be as big of an issue. We’ll get into the nitty gritty of design meetings, watch art progress, and interview individual team members throughout the process.

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  • We’re too early in development to estimate the length of a typical campaign, but we’re aiming at a length similar to the new XCOM game. We’re also focusing on replayability and investigating time-scale options so you can tailor the campaign’s length to your liking!

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  • While it's too early to know for sure, MASSIVE CHALICE is being built using the Buddha engine. Our most recent game shipped with this engine, The Cave, is our best guideline for what you can expect for MASSIVE CHALICE! Here are the specs, crafted by the amazing tech wizards at Double Fine!

    PC System Requirements

    Minimum:

    -------OS:Windows XP SP3

    -------Processor:1.8 GHz dual core CPU

    -------Memory:1 GB RAM

    -------Graphics:256 MB GeForce 8800, Radeon 3850, or Intel HD 2000 Graphics

    -------DirectX®:9.0c

    -------Hard Drive:1.5 GB HD space

    -------Sound:DirectX Compatible Sound Card

    Recommended:

    -------OS:Windows 7

    -------Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.2 GHz, or AMD Athlon 64 at 2.2 GHz

    -------Memory:1 GB RAM

    -------Graphics:512 MB GeForce 220, Radeon 4550, Intel HD 3000 Graphics

    -------DirectX®:9.0c

    -------Hard Drive:1.5 GB HD space

    -------Sound:DirectX Compatible Sound Card

    Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:

    -------OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8, or later.

    -------Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor

    -------Memory: 2 GB of RAM

    -------Graphics: ATI HD 2600 / NVIDIA 8800GT / Intel HD3000 or better card with at least 256 MB VRAM

    -------Hard Drive: 4GB minimum hard drive space Leopard is not supported

    Recommended:

    -------OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8, or later.

    -------Processor: Intel Core i Series Processor

    -------Memory: 4 GB RAM

    -------Graphics: ATI HD 4670 / Nvidia 285 or better with at least 512 MB VRAM

    -------Hard Drive: 4GB minimum hard drive space Leopard is not supported

    Linux System Requirements

    -------OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, fully updated

    -------Processor: 1.8 GHz dual core CPU

    -------Memory: 1 GB RAM

    -------Graphics: 256 MB GeForce 8800, Radeon HD 2000, or Intel HD 4000 Graphics

    -------Open GL: 2.1

    -------Hard Drive: 1.5 GB HD space

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  • Right now we’re focusing on making an awesome single player experience! But multiplayer is something we’d totally consider if we go well over our goal.

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  • Now that we've cleared our goal by a significant amount we’re super pumped to announce that in addition to English, we’ll be able to translate MASSIVE CHALICE to French, Italian, German and Spanish (EFIGS)! We want to make sure that MASSIVE CHALICE can be played by as many people as possible and supporting EFIGS is a great step in that direction!

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  • Yes! Anyone who backs at $75 or more will have the option to receive a physical copy of MASSIVE CHALICE!

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  • Nope! If you backed the $100 tier before the international shipping was added you'll still get the boxed copy of MASSIVE CHALICE.

    If you'd like to contribute to shipping, which will free more of your contribution to go into the game, you can either change to the new $100 tier that has international shipping included, or add your contribution to your pledge. Either way, thanks for backing!

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  • Go here! http://www.doublefine.com/forums/viewforum/52/

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  • Yes! We'll either include a way for you to avoid using it, or it will be something equippable that you can choose to ignore in your playthrough.

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  • We're still working on defining sigil implementation, but we'd like color and sigil to be emblazoned on each character so you can tell at a glance which hero is of which bloodline. Creating over a thousand unique sigils would take up a crazy amount of artist time that could be spent making more game art, and not every backer is artistically talented, so we're creating an awesome House and Sigil editor. Find out more here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/doublefine/double-fines-massive-chalice/posts/516105

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  • We've been listening to those of you who want to support MASSIVE CHALICE but can't do it through Kickstarter for a variety of reasons. We hear you! Our web team has been working hard to support PayPal payments for new potential backers. Head on over tohttp://www.massivechalice.com/back to make a pledge through PayPal! We appreciate the support! :D

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  • Before releasing the editor, we will post Bloodline Guidelines to help you through the process and ensure that your House and Sigil are appropriate for the game. We will review all submissions and accept or reject them based on our guidelines and discretion. But don’t worry! If your Bloodline gets rejected, you’ll be able to resubmit it before our deadline!

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  • While you’ll be able to access the editor to play with and share House and Sigil ideas, the only way you’ll be able to submit your Bloodline to be included in everyone’s copy of MASSIVE CHALICE is to be a Bloodline Backer!

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  • We’re legally responsible for the content that ships with MASSIVE CHALICE, which includes backer bloodlines. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that an uploaded image isn’t already copyrighted, and we don’t want Double Fine to be the target of expensive lawsuits. But! We plan to involve the community in generating lots of symbol ideas for the sigil editor so that you’ll have tons of options for creating unique sigil design for the game!

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  • You’ll be able to customize the text and color options of your starting houses in-game, as well as the first names of heroic offspring. Bloodline Backers will get to create their unique custom sigil using a forthcoming web-based multilayer emblem editor and have their bloodline appear in everyone’s game!

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  • We don’t have a release date yet—but we plan to release the editor before early backer access begins so we can include all of the Backer Bloodlines in that build!

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  • The extra digital copy is just that, an extra digital copy (Steam or DRM-Free for Windows, Mac, and Linux) of the game when it is released. All other backer rewards, including being in the MASSIVE CREDITS, early access, adding a bloodline, etc are retained for the original backer.

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    THE GAME ============================= Download MASSIVE CHALICE for Windows, Mac, and Linux, DRM-free and on Steam. Plus you'll get a special backers-only badge on the official Double Fine forums and your name will be listed in the "Backers" section of the MASSIVE CREDITS in the game and on the official website!

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    EXCLUSIVE BACKER RELIC, and EXTRA DIGITAL COPY ============================= Start your first heroic generation with an awesome in-game backer-exclusive relic, to be designed by you and the community in the MASSIVE CHALICE forums! You'll also receive a second digital copy of MASSIVE CHALICE, through Steam or as a DRM-free download! Your name will grace the "Relic Backers" section of the MASSIVE CREDITS. + All previous rewards.

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    EARLY ACCESS, HD BEHIND-THE-SCENES, ART, and SOUNDTRACK ============================= Early access to the game via Steam, exclusive downloadable HD versions of the public 2PP Behind-The-Scenes videos, a hi-res digital art package, and a digital copy of the MASSIVE CHALICE original soundtrack! Your name will be permanently displayed in the "Super Backers" section of the MASSIVE CREDITS. + All previous rewards.

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    SPECIAL EDITION BOXED COPY ============================= Receive a MASSIVE CHALICE special edition box containing the game on disc for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and covered by a backer-exclusive cover designed by Cory Schmitz! Your name will be featured in the "Special Edition Backers" section of the MASSIVE CREDITS! + All previous rewards.

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    ADD YOUR NAME and LEGACY to MASSIVE CHALICE ============================= Immortalize yourself in the world of MASSIVE CHALICE! Submit your name and House preferences (color, sigil, motto, and castle name) to be included as one of the Bloodlines in the game! Your lineage will be immortally recorded in the "Bloodline Backers" section of the MASSIVE CREDITS. NOTE: This tier now includes a physical box from the previous tier so international shipping now applies. + All previous rewards.

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    ADD YOUR NAME and LEGACY to MASSIVE CHALICE ============================= Immortalize yourself in the world of MASSIVE CHALICE! Submit your name and House preferences (color, sigil, motto, and castle name) to be included as one of the Bloodlines in the game! Your lineage will be immortally recorded in the "Bloodline Backers" section of the MASSIVE CREDITS. + All previous rewards.

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    EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT and POSTER ============================= Get an exclusive limited edition MASSIVE CHALICE t-shirt and poster designed by Cory Schmitz! Your name will forever adorn the "Collector Backers" section of the MASSIVE CREDITS. + All previous rewards.

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    SIGNED POSTER ============================= Have your poster signed by Tim, Brad, and MASSIVE CHALICE team members! Your name will be interminably inked upon the "Signature Backers" section of the MASSIVE CREDITS. + All previous rewards.

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    PLAY and FEEDBACK SESSION at DOUBLE FINE or SKYPE with BRAD ============================= Visit Double Fine's office in San Francisco where you will be one of the first to play an early build of MASSIVE CHALICE on-site! Give your feedback, thoughts, and rants directly to the development team over lunch! Can't make it to San Francisco? Have a Skype or Google Hangout session with MASSIVE CHALICE lead Brad Muir about the game or anything else on your mind. Your name will be permanently affixed to the "First Players" section of the MASSIVE CREDITS. (Transportation and lodging not provided) + All previous rewards.

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    DESIGN TEAM MEETING ============================= Contribute to an early MASSIVE CHALICE design meeting either at Double Fine's San Francisco studio or via Skype or Google Hangouts! We'll prep you with background info and you'll participate in the brainstorming, problem solving, and wise-cracking! Your contribution will be evermore inscribed in the "Design Consultants" section of the MASSIVE CREDITS. (Transportation and lodging not provided) + All previous rewards.

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    GAME NIGHT at DOUBLE FINE ============================= Exclusive invitation to an epic MASSIVE CHALICE BOARD GAME NIGHT with Tim, Brad, and the team at Double Fine's studio! We'll roll d6s, duel decks, maneuver miniatures, and dine on excellent San Francisco fare! Your name will be forever emblazoned in the "MASSIVE PATRONS" section of the MASSIVE CREDITS. So, what do you want to play next? (Transportation and lodging not provided) + All previous rewards.

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