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Dragon: The Game is a open-world sandbox, action RPG and "dragon simulator".  Experience a game unlike any other!
Dragon: The Game is a open-world sandbox, action RPG and "dragon simulator". Experience a game unlike any other!
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Red Level Games presents Dragon: The Game
Red Level Games presents Dragon: The Game

Did you miss the campaign? Follow our progress and join the thousands of other dragons at store.steampowered.com/app/305960/

We did it!  With the help of our players, fans, and friends we raised about $35,000 in just 30 days! Wow, thank you!  The entire team is excited and grateful.

What's next?  We'll begin emailing activation keys as soon as pledges clear, or around February 20th. We'll update everyone about the anticipated release dates of the other backer rewards after keys and thank you emails are sent out.

Once you've had a chance to play Dragon, it is extremely helpful if you submit a thumbs-up Steam review: tell us what you like, your ideas on what would make the game even better, what you love about dragons, and anything else you'd like us to know.  Please remember you're getting the latest version of the working prototype, so bugs are part of the fun :)

Although this campaign is over, there are still many stretch goals we are committed to seeing in the final version of the game.  We will continue to reinvest revenue from sales and other fundraising efforts as we march towards version 1.0.  

Thanks again, it is our privilege to make this incredible game with you.  See you in the skies, dragons!

-Red Level Games

www.DragonTheGame.net

Inspire terror and awe in Dragon: The Game, the first open-world sandbox action RPG that lets you experience the world as the dragon.

DTG: Dragon Simulator Meets Action-RPG

You are a dragon, thundering across the sky, soaring with ravenous appetite.   Do you bring majesty, wealth, and power to the lands or are you a creature of legendary terror? 

Experience dragons in their proper role as the monstrous, complex, and epic protagonists that they are. In this open world action role-playing game you bring your dragon's story to life. As you hunt, eat, and age, your dragon develops. You improve and customize its wings, tail, claws, and breath weapon. Over the centuries, you develop your inner draconic magic and other latent abilities, claim territory, and impact the course of history. 

Become a terrifying or benevolent dragon powerful enough to threaten city states and reshape kingdoms.

When YOU are the dragon, it is up to you to decide if you want to be a destroyer of enemies.
When YOU are the dragon, it is up to you to decide if you want to be a destroyer of enemies.
...or a protector of your city-state...
...or a protector of your city-state...
Your influence is inevitable
Your influence is inevitable

The Gameplay

DTG is a unique blend of action, exploration, freedom, and power. 

The game as been described as Grand Theft Auto meets Skyrim.  A "dragon simulator" with role playing and city-building elements.

Gameplay is emergent. Whereas most games follow the story of a frail mortal aspiring to be great, DTG puts you directly into a flying, fire-breathing, awe-inspiring, customizable, extremely powerful dragon. 

A dragon surveys its lands.  Improve your senses to unlock the minimap and other tools of the hunt.
A dragon surveys its lands. Improve your senses to unlock the minimap and other tools of the hunt.

As we all know, dragons do as they please. So immerse yourself in the lore and story of the world.  Fulfill quests, rescuing (or eating) princesses, collecting artifacts and wealth. Or, venture out into the world on your own, live off the land, uncover the lost history of dragons, explore the countryside, and leave your own claw-mark in this world.

Searching for a snack.
Searching for a snack.
Completely destructible cities and castles are planned for the full game.  Some dragons have adapted to eat nearly anything from wooden beams to rooftop shingles.
Completely destructible cities and castles are planned for the full game. Some dragons have adapted to eat nearly anything from wooden beams to rooftop shingles.
Many villagers are slow and weak, easy prey for an unscrupulous drake. But remember, your actions will create your reputation.
Many villagers are slow and weak, easy prey for an unscrupulous drake. But remember, your actions will create your reputation.
Flames spread across the ground and ignites near-by grasses and trees. Frost breath causes fliers to freeze and drop from the sky. Acid dissolves your opponent and their gear.  Your dragon's breath is a fierce and dynamic weapon.
Flames spread across the ground and ignites near-by grasses and trees. Frost breath causes fliers to freeze and drop from the sky. Acid dissolves your opponent and their gear. Your dragon's breath is a fierce and dynamic weapon.
Fly solo, or soar across the skies with your friends in co-op or PVP games.
Fly solo, or soar across the skies with your friends in co-op or PVP games.
Choose your draconic heritage. Each color, or race, has its own specialty.  Don't like the options? Create your own hybrid dragon.
Choose your draconic heritage. Each color, or race, has its own specialty. Don't like the options? Create your own hybrid dragon.

Dragons occupy an enormous creative space and many games include dragons, or riding dragons, or hunting dragons, or being dragon-born, but none have set to the task of building the greatest "draconic experience " possible...Until now!

The five core draconic races
The five core draconic races

Imagine the possibilities.  How do villages and kingdoms react when you fly over-head? Do you seek to work with the races of humanoids or do you extort them? Do you build alliances with your draconic brothers and sisters or do you dominate, displace, or slay them? DTG allows you play through an unparalleled draconic experience in a sandbox fantasy universe.  The player guides his dragon through it's life: hunting, eating, and growing powerful over the centuries.  Becoming more powerful, you progress from day-to-day survival to a mighty beast whose presence is felt across the lands. Our goal is to create a story that engages, but does not dictate your experience: 

A dragon sleeps best near her hoard.
A dragon sleeps best near her hoard.

The lore provides direction but the real story of DTG is created by the player and it evolves organically, in response to the cities and characters you help and those you destroy.  During each play-through your choices as a dragon will shape the world, your actions affecting the centuries to come. Over time technology and magic will advance--the cities, enemies, and draconic rivals you meet will grow increasingly dangerous over the course of the game.

To survive and thrive you will need to eat, seek out a lair, and amass wealth; using food and treasure to purchase new body parts, customizations, and weapons, leveling up abilities, and upgrading your dragon's instinct and senses. Receive gifts or demand tribute from nearby kingdoms to accelerate your growth.  Exploration is key. The world is large and filled with gold, magic, and peril.  Every location contains a potential quest event...

  • Burn down an infected forest before the blight can spread
  • Respond to slavers demanding your surrender or dragon hunters seeking your hide
  • Deliver supplies to impoverished village
  • Patrolling your territory
  • Slaying prides of griffins
  • Survive in an uncharted world
  • Other draconic quests to come...
Daming a river for a near-by village.  A day of your dragon's labor is worth months of manpower.  Gold and tribute will surely follow your good deeds.
Daming a river for a near-by village. A day of your dragon's labor is worth months of manpower. Gold and tribute will surely follow your good deeds.
Tornados, thunder storms, high winds, and other weather events present challenges and opportunities for airborne wyrms.
Tornados, thunder storms, high winds, and other weather events present challenges and opportunities for airborne wyrms.

The Final Game

We've build a strong foundation for this game and poured our hearts, lives, and money into getting DTG to this point.  Your support will allows us to create an unmatched draconic experience for your PC, Mac, or Linux.  We plan expansion to XBOX One and PSN when possible.

  • Full Customization: Choose your dragon's bloodline, body type, and anatomy. Choose its color, face, look, and abilities. Customize and upgrades your weapons and armor such as scales, breath weapon, bite, tail, and wings. Adorn its body with spikes, armor, scars.   Are you lean and fast, choosing razor sharp claws, with talons for extra reach and deadly bleeding? Or are you an armored behemoth, careening through the skies with arrow repelling dragonhide.  All combinations and possible.
  • 5 Core Draconic Races: We are working on 5 core dragon races that have unique abilities, starting areas, advantages, and disadvantages. Customize and empower your bloodline over the generations by passing on traits and achievements to your descendants by completing quests, leveling up, and choosing a mate.
  • Hunt and feast on tribute as you grow more powerful through the years. Hoard gold, claim a lair and expand your dominance throughout a dragon-sized sandbox fantasy world.  
  • Choose who to help and who to eat. Choose which cities will benefit and thrive under your protection and which will burn...
  • Single and multi-player modes for all of your dragon co-op and PVP needs; work together in peace or find out who's the top dragon.
  • Users Mods - The creativity of our players will help this game become greater than we could imagine on our own. Integration with Steam Workshop is planned as well.
  • Several possible conclusions; never-ending play.
  • Deep RPG elements: From background traits, to titles, and rewarding statistics--you've never been able to make the dragon with so many options.  Become the dragon you've always imagined.
  • Incredible soundtrack: We have four great songs so far, but our musician S.J. Tucker is working hard to give us a full soundtrack that greatly enhances and narrates your draconic experience.

Our Challenge--How funds will be used

Red Level Games has already built a great deal of the world of Dragon: The Game over the past 14 months. Our Early Access release last year on Steam brought in over 12,000 players!  Since then the vision and technology behind DTG has grown and we need our communities support to deliver this remarkable game.

Unfortunately, we've disappointed some of our fans along the way and earned some negative reviews with progress that hasn't been as fast as they would like, or features that have been removed, tweaked, or temporarily broken along the way.  We hear them, and understand their complaints.  

As we have developed Dragon, it has grown us as a team and a studio to create this game. We also recognized the opportunity to upgrade to Unity 5 and "swing for the fences" with a much deeper game and more robust codebase. This has been a long but worthwhile path to follow. Now we're on the other side of the time-consuming pivot from a simple prototype released last November to the current multiplayer, 3d Unity 5 dragon experience.

Which is why we need your help.

We've solved many of our most complex technical hurdles and need your support to make this game incredible.  In addition to what RLG has already invested into this game, this Kickstarter will allow us to....

The first set of features, colored blue and stamped with our dragon logo, are slated for completion. We need your help to accelerate development! With your pledge, we can remain an independent studio and deliver a tremendous draconic experience.
The first set of features, colored blue and stamped with our dragon logo, are slated for completion. We need your help to accelerate development! With your pledge, we can remain an independent studio and deliver a tremendous draconic experience.

Access to the game

Pledge today! Your donation of $15 dollars or more will get you access to the current version of Dragon: The Game via a Steam, Humble, or GOG digital download.  We'll send you your activation key ASAP upon reaching our KS goal so you can join the fun right away.  

BACKER CHALLENGE

Dragon Supporters, We are offering a unique, custom-made piece of Dragon art from our artist Rob Carlos to the next three backers that donate at the $100 level or above.  (We are posting this 1/29/16 at 2:35 pm PST)

Thank you!

Dragon: The game's website is www.DragonTheGame.net If you want to learn more about the game, check out our FAQ, Steam storefront, or write to us directly by emailing devteam@DragonTheGame.net. 

Sign up for the newsletter on our website

Follow us at @DragonTheGame.

Like us on Facebook, to catch the most recent news.

Check out our weekly twitch live streams for developer codejamming sessions.

And of course, thank you to our family, girlfriends, husbands, helpers, and friends who have been with us every step of the way: finding bugs, vetoing bad ideas, and feeding us. 

Finally, a thank you to www.FuseSPC.com and the supportive startup community of Tri-Cities, WA!

See you in the skies, fellow dragons!

Risks and challenges

Building an enormous universe full of characters, dynamic structures, and beautiful artwork takes time. In the time that Red Level Games undertook to complete Phase One of the creation of Dragon: The Game, we have already learned about many of the risks and challenges that await us here in the crucial Kickstarter funding phase of this games development.

One risk is that early players of our game are not able to envision the game as it will ultimately be. In allowing for players to become the dragon, it was necessary first to have a flyable dragon and a world in which that dragon could fly. As this was created and shown, the ultimate Role Playing style of the game was not immediately evident. Without that in mind, Dragon: The Game can feel like a simulator alone.

As we build out our world, populate it with both dragons and humans, and as players begin to create their own dragon narratives, this misunderstanding will dissipate. We anticipate an increasing desire from our community to have main and side quests to follow, more and bigger lairs to inhabit, and new ways in which their own dragon can become differentiated. Growing our community and getting this feedback is one of the most important aspects of this Kickstarter campaign, and it will allow this community to collectively build the universe of Dragon: The Game.

In addition to real-time progress towards the ultimate experience of Dragon: The Game, we will also develop many uniquely generated skins and enhanced visual creation. After building the world, we want to make it beautiful for our dragons, even if they eventually burn it to the ground! Our goals are ambitious, but with a successful campaign here, our artists and writers are ready to execute and deliver an immersive and innovative experience!

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    Already own Dragon: The Game?

    *Digital copy of all future DLC for Dragon: The Game! That's right, you're in it for the long-run and so are we.

    *Digital Copy of Dragon: The Game, Wyrm Edition (Enhanced Supporter Edition) and DLC Upgrade to Dragon: The Game, Wyrm Edition.

    *Dragon: The Game Original Soundtrack (OST) digital download.

    *Exclusive backer-only skin and scale varients for your dragon. Stand out among your kin.

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    *Your name in the credits

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    *A collection of draconic art, lore, and short stories from the world of Erda. Digital donwload PDF

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    *A collection of draconic art, lore, and short stories from the world of Erda. Digital download PDF

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    *A collect of draconic lore and short stories from the world of Erda. Digital donwload PDF

    *High-rez Digital Wallpapers

    *Invitation to online game launch celebration

    *2016 Year of Dragon: The Game signed poster

    *Exclusive backer-only skin and scale variants for your dragon. Standout among your kin.

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    *Digital copy of all future DLC and expansions for Dragon: The Game.

    *Prominent Name in credits

    *Digital Supporter Badge

    *A collect of draconic lore and short stories from the world of Erda. Digital download PDF

    *High-rez Digital Wallpapers

    *Invitation to online game launch celebration

    *2016 Year of Dragon: The Game signed poster

    *Exclusive backer-only skin and scale variants for your dragon. Standout among your kin.

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    *(4) Digital Copies of Dragon: The Game, Wyrm Edition (Enhanced Supporter Edition)

    *Digital copy of all future DLC and expansions for Dragon: The Game.

    *Prominent Name in credits

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    *Digital Supporter Badge

    *High-rez Digital Wallpapers

    *2016 Year of Dragon: The Game signed poster

    *Meet the Dev Team Skype Call

    *Your Dragon will be a character in Dragon: The Game.You'll work with us to develop a backstory and personality for your dragon. Players may encounter your dragon in the game, to become allies or foes.

    *Exclusive backer-only skin and scale varients for your dragon. Standout among your kin.

    *A decorative heap of wealth, art, and other baubles for your dragon's LAIR.

    *Inspire awe with statues, SERVANTS, and even more decorative treasures for your LAIR's resplendent hoard.

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    Legendary Leviathan
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    *(4) Digital Copies of Dragon: The Game, Wyrm Edition (Enhanced Supporter Edition)

    *Digital copy of all future DLC and expansions for Dragon: The Game

    *Digital copy of all future sequals for Dragon: The Game.

    *Prominent Name and custom message in the credits. You’ll be listed in the game’s credits along with a short message you get to write.

    *Invitation to online game launch celebration

    *Digital Supporter Badge

    *Digital Wallpapers

    *2016 Year of Dragon: The Game signed poster

    *Meet the Dev Team Skype Call

    *Your Dragon as a LEGENDARY Character of Lore in the Game. You'll work with us to develop a backstory, and personality for your dragon. Players may encounter your dragon in the game, to become allies or foes.

    *Pinnable Map of the World of Dragon, signed by creators

    *Exclusive backer-only skin and scale varients for your dragon. Standout among your kin.

    *A special GRIFFIN'S BANE scar. This decorative badge proves your hunting prowess and ferocity.

    *A decorative heap of wealth, art, and other baubles for your dragon's LAIR.

    *Inspire awe with statues, SERVANTS, and even more decorative treasures for your LAIR's resplendent hoard.

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    Draconic Paragon
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    *(4) Digital Copies of Dragon: The Game, Wyrm Edition (Enhanced Supporter Edition)

    *Digital Copy of all future games by Red Level Games and we'll engrave your name on our Community Founder's plaque.

    *Digital copy of all future DLC and expansions for Dragon: The Game.

    *Prominent Name and a custom message in the credits. You’ll be listed in the game’s credits along with a short message you get to write.

    *Invitation to online game launch celebration with the devs

    *Digital Supporter Badge

    *Digital Wallpapers

    *2016 Year of Dragon: The Game signed poster

    *Meet the Dev Team Skype Call. Join us for an invite only call. We'd love to meet you, talk about dragons, and hear your thoughts on this great game.

    *Your Dragon as a Legendary Character of Lore in the Game. You'll work with us to develop a CUSTOM PORTRAIT, backstory, and personality for your dragon. Then we'll weave your dragon into the historic and published lore of Dragon: The Game. Your dragon will never be forgotton! Players may encounter your dragon in the game, to become allies or foes.

    *Pinnable Map of the World of Dragon, signed by creators

    *Exclusive backer-only skin and scale varients for your dragon. Standout among your kin.

    *A special GRIFFIN'S BANE scar. This decorative badge proves your hunting prowess and ferocity.

    *A decorative heap of wealth, art, and other baubles for your dragon's LAIR.

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    Patron of Dragons
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    All of the Draconic Paragon rewards plus:

    *A Patron of Dragons Castle to lair in, exclusive to this reward backer!

    * A ONE HOUR CONSULTATION with Grant Williams and the team about your character, what you'd like to see in this game, and anything else you feel like chatting about.

    *An additional piece of custom dragon art work from our art team.

    *Add an "easter egg" to the game! Sometimes it's the little things that count.

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    * Visit the Red Level Games offices for a gaming night, some food and drink, and burninating. No one loves dragons as much you and our team will celebrate your name.

    (We fly you to Richland, WA and we'll put you up at a nice hotel near the studio for a night, cover your meals, and show you around )

    *Your name in the "Special Thanks" splash start screen.

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