Funding Canceled Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on December 5, 2012.

Update #2

An End, and a new Beginning

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Hi all, I’m Chris Gardiner, Below’s lead designer and writer. 

With regret, we’re going to cancel this Kickstarter - this means all pledges will be cancelled and no money will be subtracted from backers. Barring a miracle, it’s not going to reach its target. However, this isn’t the end for Below. This is a passion project for me and I’ve agreed to take it over as a separate venture from my freelance work with Failbetter. For the immediate future, Below will be my day job. A lot of work has already been put into the game, and while the economics of finishing it may not make sense for a whole company, as a (mostly) one-man show it’s more viable. 

I’m deeply and personally grateful to everyone who backed this project and as a way of saying thank you I’d like offer a little something to all backers. If you drop me an email at chris@belowgame.com I'll make you an honorary Venturer - all Venturers will receive an invitation to Below's beta and exclusive in-game content when the final game is released. This content won't be available through other means - it's a one-off, special 'thank you!' to everyone who supported this kickstarter.

You can follow Below’s ongoing development at the game’s new site here: http://www.belowgame.com, where there will be regular updates about its progress, posts about its design, and the chance to comment on its development. 

What do these changes mean for Below

  • Below is the number 1 priority for me, and you can expect to see a release as soon as possible. 
  • It will be a more personal vision. Though it will continue to benefit from collaboration with talented folks from Failbetter, ultimately I’ll be answering to myself and to the game’s players. 
  • The game will have less bespoke art, but will still use StoryNexus’ ever-growing icon library, and will feature all the (not-insubstantial) art assets created already. 

Below is the dungeon game I always wanted to play, and I’m desperate to see it finished. I hope you’ll join me down there.


Update #1

Concept art

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Hello everyone! For our first update, we've got some new concept art to share with you. We'd like to introduce you to two player characters: the Blacksmith's Daughter and the Barefoot Friar, and one of Below's many hideous monsters, a Scarrow. Please pass them around, and encourage your friends to try our prototype!

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