About this project
If you missed a chance to pledge or you decide later that you'd like to increase your pledge, OR you just want to continue supporting the project, you can donate via PayPal on our website and join the Druid Origin Guild any time!
Our most heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who has participated (and will participate!) with us in our campaign, we couldn't have come so far without all of you, contributors great and small! We will continue to do regular updates so keep checking back and keep spreading the word about our project!
In Dreamtime, the player assumes the role of a young Ursine from one of four main tribes, whose destiny has not yet been determined. At the game's start, they have reached the age of maturity known as the Chut’que (chewt kay) a time to undergo an honored ritual, the dreaming. Guided by the clan seer, the dreaming is an astral journey where Ursines travel into the spirit world to stand before their patron god and receive divine messages about their destiny.
However, things will not be so easy for our intrepid player. For the first time in the long oral history of the tribes, the dreaming does not go as planned. The player finds more than a god waiting for them in the mists and is left with disconcerting images of a shrouded figure whose intent seems far from benevolent.
The story’s focus hinges upon the legend of an ancient relic and the player’s quest to retrieve it in an attempt to avert the looming threat foreshadowed in their vision. Through this journey the player will unravel the true purpose of the lost relic and of the Ursine tribes entrusted to its safekeeping, but will it be enough to divert the danger away from their family and homeland?
A prelude title in the Witanlore series, Dreamtime is expected to release on Steam semi episodically with the first episode retailing for around $4.99 USD. The official publish date is yet to be decided but our goal is to have the core episode on the digital shelves this year!
Is not just about kickstarting our game project, our engine is licensed and production is well underway. We're here to raise funding to help us get over a serious financial hurdle; raising money to pay freelance artists to fill a highly specialized role in our development team. Only with the support of fans like you will we be able to hit our development milestones on schedule and add all the awesomeness we have planned!
What We Need & What You Get
Our goal for this campaign is very small and straight forward. After Kickstarter and Amazon take their cut of the money raised, the rest goes to funding freelance artists to complete the jobs we need to outsource.
Character Models are the largest part of this budget. AAA quality character models cost a pretty penny to have made, but will bring so much polish and diversity to the finished game; allowing us to offer our players characters they can customize to their perfect vision of an Ursine hero! Your funding will allow us to create all five Ursine tribe types, male and female, young, old, lean, heavy, the customizing options will be amazing! = $5,000
Enemy Models are the second largest part of the budget, it wouldn't be fair to leave the bad guys looking less than their best next to our awesome Ursine warriors. Your funding allows us to commission proper enemy models for you to hack, slash, pierce, and bludgeon! = $1740
Prologue Artwork brings our talented concept artist dleoblack out of the background and into the game as he hand paints the prologue sequence that will play at the start of the game. With your help we'll be able to start production on this art so that the opening sequence can be finished in time to animate it as well! = $1000
Detail Concepts will allow us to add weapon/armor concepts as well as additional concepts for each area showing more details to the artists. We currently have only two pieces of concept art per location and the art team could use more concepts with more detail to guide them. The better the concept art details, the faster the production goes. More artwork also means more pages in your digital artbooks! = $1000
Kickstarter/Amazon have to pay the dues for using this awesome program and getting our problem to the people who can help = $760
To keep costs low, we are not offering many physical rewards, but we have lots of great stuff to make pledging worth your time! And digital goods mean no long waits for your rewards, no shipping, and no limited quantities! For just $5 you gain membership to the Druid Origin Guild and access the inside track to our development!
What is the Origin Guild Collage?
The collage is a huge banner image similar to the graphic below. Every member of the Druid Origin Guild is asked to submit a personal photo or avatar to represent themselves in the collage. The images will be fit to form the words "Druid Origin Guild". When the doors to the guild close this banner will hang on our website so that the world can see the people who made our success possible. That's not even the best part! When we move from remote development to a physical studio, we plan to have the collage banner screen printed onto a huge physical banner to hang in the reception area of our studio! Each of you will forever be memorialized as the founders of Druid Gameworks, and that is awesome.
Your pledge will have a huge impact on our project but the biggest difference you make is time! Your support gives our artists the time they need to do their jobs while still sticking to our current development schedule. Without you, fundraising will drag on for months before the artists even have a chance to start working on our designs. Those delays also increase the odds of someone else snatching up our artists and making them unavailable to us in the future, which sets us back to more months of recruiting new artists.
We understand some people just can't contribute even though they want to, hey times are tough for a lot of folks, but that doesn't mean you can't help! Share our campaign on your Twitter feeds and Facebook/MySpace pages, rave about us on your YouTube channel, blast some emails out to old friends and clan members!
The more people we have looking at this page the better our chances are at funding so please take a few minutes and badger a friend today to help our cause!
Risks and challenges
What Happens If THIS Kickstarter Fails?
Obviously the best case scenario would be success, it would allow us to continue development with no delays and production would be expedited to deliver the quickest release possible. If our campaign here fails we will continue developing the parts of the game we can without characters, continue recruiting in hopes of finding a quality character artist on a profit share basis, and promoting the Druid Origin Guild, whose memberships have brought us this far, in hopes of raising the money we need to commission the art we require.
There is no chance that the game will fail to be made, our engine is licensed, we will get there, but crowd funding keeps us on schedule for a quick release and allows us to give the project even MORE polish and content! Without Kickstarter, our publishing date will certainly be pushed back and delayed while we nickel and dime our way to "funded".Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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