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A tactical strategy PC game on an epic fantasy timeline from the creators of Psychonauts, Brütal Legend, and Iron Brigade!
A tactical strategy game on an epic fantasy timeline from the creators of Psychonauts, Brütal Legend, and Iron Brigade!
A tactical strategy game on an epic fantasy timeline from the creators of Psychonauts, Brütal Legend, and Iron Brigade!
31,774 backers pledged $1,229,015 to help bring this project to life.

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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

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!

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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.

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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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    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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