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Dungeon of Elements is an RPG with combat inspired by Dr. Mario & Tetris. Crafting, gear, pets, a branching story, and more.

This campaign was a success thanks to the loyal support of friends, fans, and colleagues both old and new. Thank you for your pledges, your encouragement, and your efforts to spread the word. 

The official campaign here is complete, but we are not done! We will keep the campaign running on our website for a little bit longer to hopefully hit another stretch goal or two and add even more content to this game. You can add to your existing pledges, grab some add-ons, or raise your pledge via PayPal:

Remember that Frogdice has been making games since 1996 and we have many cool games on our web site. We have free to play online games as well as downloadable titles like Tower of Elements and Dungeon of Elements. Please check them out!

Thank you again for your amazing support. We hope you love Dungeon of Elements!


Our Original, Serious Kickstarter Video

Our backers asked us to make a more light hearted video so we obliged them. We hope you enjoyed it! We have preserved the original as it introduces you to the team and goes into more detail about the game.

Those seweage stains are NEVER going to come out...
Those seweage stains are NEVER going to come out...

Dungeon of Elements is an RPG dungeon crawler with combat inspired by some of our favorite classic puzzle games like Dr. Mario or Tetris. In Dungeon of Elements (DoE), core meets casual as we combine many different styles of gameplay in a fun, immersive experience. While trundling through dungeons, ruins, and 45 different environments, you will defeat over 60 enemy types, collect pets, craft items, weapons, and armor through alchemical experimentation, build your bestiary, and more.

We are here on Kickstarter for more than just raising funds. We want to build a community with our players starting right now: before the game is launched. If you have input and feedback, we want to hear it! You can help us make this game the best it can possibly be by sharing your insights and feedback over the next couple months. Your participation will really take this game to the next level.

Dungeon of Elements is very close to completion. If we successfully fund, we estimate delivery of the game to our backers in less than a month. We wanted to bring a project to Kickstarter where the backers get almost instant gratification for their support. We realize this is a bit unusual, but hopefully you gamers out there will appreciate it.

Dungeon of Elements website: http://doe.frogdice.com

Fun, addictive combat

The primary combat mechanic in DoE is inspired by two games we loved: Dr. Mario and Tetris. Your main offense is throwing capsules at the enemies. Each capsule has two halves which can be one of four colors representing the Four Elements (Fire, Water, Earth, and Air). Your enemies are also color-tinted to correspond to one of the Four Elements. To defeat enemies you must connect four of the same color, and then BOOM!

Don't get lost! (Don't worry, you can't get lost. Dungeon of Elements has a pretty slick UI that is easy to navigate.)

In Dungeon of Elements, you explore all three continents of the world of Primordiax. As you travel through Mitralon, Ta-Raekhet, and Katayvan, the branching storyline takes you through 45 different environments, including dungeons, ruins, temples, crypts, and even the lair of an ancient dragon.

Experimental crafting that is intriguing and engaging.

Crafting is a big part of Dungeon of Elements. The basic process is simple, but with over 150 recipes to discover, it is quite deep. How it works:

1) Take any two ingredients and put them in your cauldron. Ingredients include elemental essences, weapons, armors, etc.

2) Click the CRAFT button.

3) If your two ingredients successfully make something, you learn/unlock that recipe. From that point on, you can craft it again by simply clicking the recipe in your list.

4) If you made something, that product may very well be one of the ingredients in yet another "higher tier" recipe.

Breathtaking gear that looks amazing and deadly.

Dungeon of Elements features an enormous compendium of armor, weapons, shields, offhands, and other gear.

Weapons - Click on your weapon then click on an enemy and instantly defeat it. Basic weapons affect a single enemy, but more powerful weapons are area effect. Different weapons have different cooldown timers which determine how often they can be used.

Boots - The better your boots, the faster you move. This is represented by a lower base speed at which capsules travel. This gives you more time to plan your moves.

Shields & Offhand items - As time passes in a dungeon, capsules start to move more rapidly.  Click on your offhand item to slow things down for a bit. More powerful offhand items slow things down longer or can be used more often.

Special Capsules - Click on one of your special capsule slots to make that your "next capsule." Special capsules can be as simple as the exact element you need, bombs that explode and take out multiple enemies, or something even more spectacular.

Suit Armor - Purely cosmetic, but that matters a lot, right?

Pets so cute and cuddly you'll have to collect every one! (WARNING: Some are neither cute, nor cuddly. Do Not Taunt.)

Do you love pets? Do you love collecting? Dungeon of Elements currently has 10 different pets - some cute, some cuddly, some scary. We may add more depending on feedback we receive from the community.

Beasts... get in my book!

Including a bestiary in our games has become a bit of a tradition for us. As you defeat enemies throughout the game there is a chance they will drop a scroll. When you collect the scroll, it adds that creature to your Bestiary. From your Bestiary you can zoom in on the 3d model for that creature, spin it around, experiment with its animations, and generally get a closer look at it.

Boss? Schmoss. I'm the one with the sword.

There are currently 12 Boss Battles in Dungeon of Elements. Periodically through the world you will encounter a boss at the end of a series of dungeons. Unlike other enemies, Bosses actually have a health bar and you will need to make numerous matches that connect to them. 

20 years of players can't be wrong. This world is awesome...

Dungeon of Elements takes place in the world of Primordiax. This is a game universe shared by all of Frogdice's games: Threshold RPG, Coin 'n Carry, and Tower of Elements. The more of our games you play, the more you learn about the world and over 10,000 years of lore we have created for it.

Some of that lore has evolved out of actual things players have done in our games. Threshold RPG is a text based RPG (or MUD) that launched in 1996. Threshold has nearly 20 years of player generated history. We have carried that history forward and it continues to impact the evolution of our game world to this day.

We love to include things our players have done in the evolving lore of the Primordiax game universe. One small example of that is this Dungeon of Elements boss, The Cubicle:

The mostly digested adventurer inside is a character from Threshold: Frobozz the Paladin. To know the full story behind that, well, you'll have to play Threshold.
The mostly digested adventurer inside is a character from Threshold: Frobozz the Paladin. To know the full story behind that, well, you'll have to play Threshold.

Fire, Water, Earth, and Air - elements of creation or tools of despair. Alchemists wield them with talent and skill, to strengthen the mighty or heal the ill. The practice of alchemy was respected and grand, with Guilds that prospered throughout the land.

In the time of the Sundering, kingdoms fell, and Alchemy Guilds collapsed as well. Quacks and charlatans peddled their wares, posing as alchemists at markets and fairs. The practice of alchemy was no longer trusted, so their labs were abandoned and cauldrons rusted.

King Rand rose to power, against the Void threat. He unified the continents putting all in his debt. The Void were pushed back and cities grew, the people prospered with hope renewed.

Trade resumed and guilds returned. But alchemists still were mistrusted and spurned. One Alchemist Guild seeks to change this view, and towards that end they've recruited you.

Ruins and dungeons, tombs and mines, you'll explore them all and bring back what you find. In your cauldron, mix the plunder you brought. Unlock knowledge too long forgot. Restore the Guild to power and glory. Begin the adventure: this is your story.

Because of YOU! The gamer out there who wants something new and awesome! Let us build it for you!

At Frogdice, we strive to make unique, innovative games that are different from everything else out there. We particularly enjoy combining game mechanics that have not been used together before. That is not the sort of thing that gets traditional publishers excited, but we know there are gamers out there who definitely want something new. We know that by reaching out to you directly we can bring you an interesting, entertaining experience you will not find anywhere else.

We will use the funds from this Kickstarter to finish and deliver the game. This means hiring a professional sound engineer for great sound and music, and more time polishing the heck out of it to make it awesome.

$15 - RIBBIT
$15 - RIBBIT
  • Digital copy of Dungeon of Elements for PC, Mac, or Linux. No DRM! ($5 less than the retail price of $20)
  • Thank you from the team of Dungeon of Elements.
  • Access to a private forum for DoE development and discussion.

$30 - KROQUE
$30 - KROQUE
  • Everything from previous tier.
  • Your name on the DoE website THANK YOU! page.
  • Digital Soundtrack from Dungeon of Elements
  • Dungeon of Elements wallpaper pack. Gorgeous full color artwork.

$50 - Harlequin Frog
$50 - Harlequin Frog

  • Everything from previous tier.
  • From this tier forward, you also get ANOTHER GAME! =>
  • 1 digital copy of Tower of Elements for PC or Mac (match 3, tower defense game). No DRM! (Retail: $10)
  • Dungeon of Elements digital art book. 20+ pages. Concept art. Design sketches. Full color high resolution portraits.

$65 - Glass Frog
$65 - Glass Frog
  • Everything from previous tier.
  • Dungeon of Elements digital poster.
  • $15 worth of Medallions (virtual currency used in our F2P online games, Threshold RPG, Coin ‘n Carry, and all future online games).

Medallions are the virtual currency used in all of Frogdice's online games. This includes Threshold RPG, Coin 'n Carry, and all future online games we will create. You can enjoy these Medallions in any of our online games.
Medallions are the virtual currency used in all of Frogdice's online games. This includes Threshold RPG, Coin 'n Carry, and all future online games we will create. You can enjoy these Medallions in any of our online games.


$80 - Tomato Frog
$80 - Tomato Frog
  • Everything from previous tier.
  • Additional copy of Dungeon of Elements. (Total: 2)

$100 - Horned Frog
$100 - Horned Frog
  • Everything from previous tier.
  • Additional $35 worth of Medallions (Total: $50)
  • Your name included in the credits of the game.
  • Hunter’s Bow weapon. This is the only bow in Dungeon of Elements. Added to all copies of DoE you receive as a backer reward. 

$150 - Leap Frog
$150 - Leap Frog
  • Everything from previous tier.
  • 2nd copy of Tower of Elements
  • Frogdice Fans Mailing List: Special mailing list where we share announcements with fans before we release the information to the public. Upcoming games. Content updates to existing games. Surveys or polls on game development. Etc. (Average of 1 mail per month, and usually less. This isn’t a mailing list for spam or self-promotion.)

$200 - Goliath Frog (limit 100)
$200 - Goliath Frog (limit 100)
  • Everything from previous tier. 
  • Additional $100 worth of Medallions (Total: $150)
  • Personalized letter signed by the entire team personally thanking you for your support.
  • Special "Froggie" pet for all copies of DoE you receive as a reward. All characters begin the game with this pet. 

$350 - Peacock Frog (limit 50)
$350 - Peacock Frog (limit 50)
  • Everything from previous tier. 
  • Additional copy of Dungeon of Elements. (Total: 3)
  • Additional $100 worth of Medallions (Total: $250)

$500 - Poison Dart Frog (limit 20)
$500 - Poison Dart Frog (limit 20)
  • Everything from previous tier.
  • Additional $100 worth of Medallions (Total: $350)
  • Name your own in-game Achievement. (Subject to approval.)
  • Charybdis, Battleaxe of Fury weapon. Added to all copies of DoE you receive as a backer reward. 

$1,000 - Tree Frog (limit 10)
$1,000 - Tree Frog (limit 10)
  • Everything from previous tier.
  • Additional copy of Dungeon of Elements. (Total: 4)
  • Additional $250 worth of Medallions (Total: $600)
  • Special "Sparkie Doll" blue dragon, in-game, plushie-like pet for all copies of DoE you receive as a reward. All characters begin the game with this pet. 
  • Invitation to the Dungeon of Elements launch party in Lexington, KY. Launch party will be part of FroggaCon (August 2-4, 2013), the annual fan convention for players of Frogdice games. Must be 18 years or older for this portion of the reward.

$2,000 - Bullfrog (limit 5)
$2,000 - Bullfrog (limit 5)
  • Everything from previous tier.
  • Additional copy of Dungeon of Elements. (Total: 5)
  • Additional $250 worth of Medallions (Total: $850)
  • Guardian Shield offhand item. Crafting recipe unlocked for every character on creation. This is an artifact shield originally from Threshold RPG. 

$5,000 - Pacman Frog (limit 5)
$5,000 - Pacman Frog (limit 5)
  • Everything from previous tier.
  • Additional copy of Dungeon of Elements. (Total: 6)
  • Additional $500 worth of Medallions (Total: $1,350)
  • Work with our designers and artists to design your own weapon or offhand item in Dungeon of Elements. Item must be similar in creation time to existing artifact items in DoE. Subject to developer approval. All Pacman/Frog In Residence copies of DoE will include ALL custom weapons designed as part of this reward. As more people back this tier and above, everyone gets more fancy gear!

$10,000 - Frog in Residence (limit 2)
$10,000 - Frog in Residence (limit 2)
  • Everything from previous tier.
  • Additional $2,500 worth of Medallions (Total: $3,850)
  • Additional copy of Dungeon of Elements. (Total: 7)
  • Guest of Honor for Dungeon of Elements launch party/FroggaCon in Lexington, KY. You will be celebrated and held in high esteem throughout the event. Must be 18 years or older for this portion of the reward. 
  • Your character (or one of your design) will be created and featured prominently in our next game. (Charcter design must be suitable for the game theme and subject to approval by the design team of that game). We have not announced that game, but it is tentatively scheduled for release in October 2013. This also means you learn about the game long before anyone else!

  • Michael Hartman - President, CEO, and founder of Frogdice
  • Pang Hartman - VP & Creative Director, and Lead Designer
  • Adam Sullivan - Lead Artist
  • Collin Brooks - Lead Programmer
  • Sean Lucas - Senior Programmer
  • Melinda Picard - Artist
  • Jason Jenicke - Artist
  • Jim McKinney - Artist
  • Deborah MacArthur - Writer

You can read more about these talented people on the Frogdice Team web page.

We consider the amazing Frogdice Community to be arguably our greatest accomplishment. For 20 years they have supported our games, supported each other, helped each other in times of need, and entertained each other endlessly.  We value our community's feedback and insights, and look forward to interacting with those of you who join our community through this Kickstarter.

This is a good place to index an important update we made to the campaign:

Update #14: Awesome Media Who Talked About Us

Please make heavy use of the comments section here, Twitter, Facebook, the Frogdice Forums, and a special email address we are creating specifically for this campaign.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/frogdiceinc

Facebook: http://facebook.com/frogdiceinc

Frogdice Forums: http://forums.frogdice.com

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As with any video game project, things can go wrong in the development process that can cause delays and add costs. With that said, the risks and challenges for this project are very low because:

1) The game is nearly completed. It is 6-8 weeks away from launch.

2) Frogdice has multiple successfully launched titles and a 17 year history of quality and dedication to its games.

FAQ

  • Yes. In fact, we are happy to announce that Linux and Mac builds are now an option! This comes with only one caveat: We will need our Linux and Mac supporters to do two things:

    1) Help us beta test those builds when they are available. We have limited Linux and Mac gaming machines at our studio.

    2) Spread the word to Linux and Mac gamers to come back this project! We have decided to offer this to you all RIGHT NOW rather than as a stretch goal. Please help us recoup the additional cost by getting those loyal Linux and Mac gamers to flood over here and back the project.

    Thanks!

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  • No. Dungeon of Elements is a simple buy and download type game.

    Medallions are used in OTHER online games made by Frogdice. Specifically: Threshold RPG and Coin 'n Carry.

    The only reason we included them at various tiers is to give people even more value for their contributions and to encourage them to try some of our other games.

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  • Great question! The Frogdice community is absolutely amazing and we love welcoming new members. The best way to continue to participate in the community is through our forums:

    Frogdice forums: http://forums.frogdice.com

    If forums are not your thing, you can also stay in touch via Facebook and Twitter:

    Facebook: http://facebook.com/frogdiceinc

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/frogdiceinc

    Thanks for asking!

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