War of Velana - 16bit Tactical RPG project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
$2,819 pledged of $15,000 goal
backers
By Justin Mitchell
$2,819 pledged of $15,000 goal
backers

About

   War of Velana draws from the tactical combat, world exploration, and interaction of the Shining Force games. Unlike other tactical games, Shining Force wasn't simply grid battles connected by menus. They let you search and discover items and secrets in the world like many non-tactical RPGs. You could actually talk villagers and shop patrons, not just their menu systems. The duality created a feel unlike anything else, and that's what we strive to present.

   With that spirit in mind, we took some parts from other classics as well. In combat, if an ally falls, they aren't permanently dead or removed from battle, but turn into a tombstone. This gives you a chance to revive them and return them to the fight, very much akin to Final Fantasy Tactics.

   If you do not revive a unit within a few turns, their tombstone will crumble, which removes them from the battle. On easier difficulties, you can pray to the Goddess to return units to the party. On harder difficulties they will be gone forever.

   Try our Alpha demo for Windows! You must download both the .exe and the data folder for the demo to work. (You don't need to download the readme) Please message directly us with any build issues or bugs! (we've found a lot of them and are already working on a new build)

 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/aj92esg256562di/AACWB6wRUhQ7m2FtctG0DQ1Ka?dl=0

We're on Steam Greenlight! Please go support us there as well!

 

   

  200 years ago, a war shook the very foundation of Alta and Kovell, two countries at odds. Though outnumbered, the Royal Altian Army triumphed and a lasting peace was formed. Now, a new army stirs in the shadows. Thrust into a series of tense circumstances, a ranger named Arnen must face all odds to stop another war.

   Velana is a world of varied settings, cultures, and themes. Our story takes place in Alta, an expanse of plains and forests, with mountains through the middle. From the small village of Pell to the magical wonder of Glasmere City, each map of the game can be explored and its secrets discovered.

   With a grid-based battle system at its core, War of Velana takes the classic Tactical RPG feel and bolsters it with a bit of standard JRPG design. Outside of combat, you'll be exploring the world instead of navigating menus. Each person in the world is unique and each region you explore has its own distinct look and feel.  

   In battle, all your actions take place within your turn. No need to worry about charge turns or setting up attacks later, your allies will act as you control them. There are many classes in War of Velana, each with their own strengths and talents. Ranged units can take on a more supportive role here, with bows and spells reaching 3-4 spaces away. Melee units attack at close range but have a variety of abilities that can reach farther and affect many enemies. Each of your allies has their own skillset, so units of the same class will still contribute to the party in different ways.  

  If an ally dies in battle, they are not immediately removed from the map or permanently dead. Their tombstone will persist for 3 turns, giving you a chance to revive them and return to the fight. If their tombstone crumbles they will permanently leave the battlefield, but you can pray to the Goddess to return their soul from the stars. Whether she listens to your prayers depends on your gameplay difficulty.

   Random battles can be engaged around the world, but only if a player chooses to do so. You will never end up thrown into a group of enemies while on your way back to town. If you want to sit and farm an area to build loot or gold, feel free to, but you are never forced to. This lets you play the game the way you want to.  

   Around the world you'll find books to read, crates to search, and people who need help. There are many secrets tucked away in corners and behind locked doors, so explore and chat as much as you can.

 

   Our composer, Andrew Capone, is shaping the musical landscape of the world using classic 16-bit synths and a variety of styles and feels. Each region of the world has its own tone and feel, in art as well as music. This lets Andrew's diversity and adaptability shine as he develops each new area. Below are a few of the tracks from the game. Please note that some of these are not through final mastering yet.

 

 

   War of Velana has been in development for about 18 months at this point. While we're all working day jobs, we devote as much time as we can to the project and have made serious strides in getting the foundation put together. With the event system now functional, we've begun to integrate all the dialogue and build the game's scenes. 

   The game's art scope, animation sets, and soundtrack are nearing the halfway point for completion, as well. Here is a more detailed overview of where we currently stand.

   With all that considered, our goal is to dedicate more time and funding to art and story development going forward. That way, War of Velana can be completed and polished much better and sooner than currently projected. The first chapter of the game is completed. While it lacks some of the gameplay features we have yet to build out, all that work was implemented in the last 6 weeks. Given that scope we should have the game content complete within the next 6 months. This timeline allows for 3 months to further polish and integrate backer content, then another 3 months to do final QA before release.

 

   Every backer will also receive a Kickstarter exclusive key. That key unlocks a door in Pell Village, at the beginning of the game, and gives you access to a cache of chests. In those chests are some items and exclusive accessories to help you early on in your adventures.

Villager Support [$5] 

   Thank you for your support! We'll add your name to the credits and you will forever have our gratitude.

Altian Adventurer+ [$10] 

   Preorder of War of Velana, including the digital lorebook at no charge, and your name in the credits. This tier is limited to 50 backers only.

Altian Adventurer [$10]

   Preorder of War of Velana on your choice of release platform and your name in the credits.

Altian Bard [$25]

   Preorder of War of Velana on your choice of release platform and a digital copy of the War of Velana soundtrack, composed by Andrew Capone, and your name in the credits.

Altian Scribe [$40]

   Preorder of War of Velana on your choice of release platform, a digital copy of the War of Velana soundtrack, composed by Andrew Capone, and a digital copy of the War of Velana lorebook and your name in the credits.

Altian Portraiteer [$50]

   Add your name and portrait to the game as a painting on one of the many walls in the game. Each portrait will feature you as well as a name plate with your name (or whatever name you want) This tier also includes a preorder of War of Velana on your choice of release platform, a digital copy of the War of Velana soundtrack, a digital copy of the War of Velana lorebook, and your name in the credits.

Junior Historian [$60]

   Receive a physical Genesis game cart (has no game chip so it won't actually run the game on anything) version of War of Velana in box with manual. This tier also includes digital copies of the game, the soundtrack, and the lorebook and your name in the credits.

Inquisitor Beta [$80]

   Preorder of War of Velana on your choice of release platform, a digital copy of the War of Velana soundtrack, the War of Velana lorebook, beta access to the game prior to public release and your name in the credits. This will also give you access to the beta forums.

Dellador's Finest [$100]

   Preorder of War of Velana on your choice of release platform, a digital copy of the War of Velana soundtrack and the War of Velana lorebook. Also included is the War of Velana cookbook, which is an excerpt from renowned Dellador Chef Farghas' Taste du'Monde, beta access to the game prior to public release and your name in the credits. This will also give you access to the beta forums.

Inquisitor Alpha [$140]

   Preorder of War of Velana on your choice of release platform, a digital copy of the War of Velana soundtrack, the War of Velana lorebook, the War of Velana cookbook, alpha and beta access to the game prior to public release, and your name in the credits. This will also give you access to the alpha forums and beta forums.

Master Historian [$160]

   Receive a physical Genesis game cart (has no game chip so it won't actually run the game on anything) version of War of Velana in box with manual. There will be a download code for a copy of the game on the back of the Genesis cart. Additionally, this tier also includes another, digital copy of the game, the physical 2-disc soundtrack, the physical softcover 22-page lorebook, the physical softcover 20-page cookbook, gloss print art cards with some of the main characters in War of Velana, and a limited print run , custom designed T-shirt which the backers of this tier will vote on. The T-shirt design will only ever be available through this tier, we will not do another run of them. Additionally, this tier also gives you alpha and beta access, as well as access to the alpha forums and beta forums, and your name in the credits.

Architect of Accessory [$200]

   One ring to rule them all? Why not more than one! Work with us to create a new accessory in the game. We'll meet on skype and discuss what you have in mind and how to best add it to the game, as well as how much it is sold for, or worth, or where you might find it in-game. All designs are subject to approval. This tier also includes everything in the Dellador's Finest tier, your character in the Architect's Guild, and your name in the credits as an Architect.

Architect of Armor [$220]

   Steel, silk, leather, whatever! Help us create a new set of armor, robes, or tunic for the game. We'll meet on skype and discuss what you have in mind and how to best add it to the game, as well as how much it is sold for, or worth, or where you might find it in-game. All designs are subject to approval. This tier also includes everything in the Dellador's Finest tier, and your character in the Architect's Guild, and your name in the credits as an Architect.

Architect of History [$240]

   Help us shape the world and its history! Add some of your own stories or characters to the forefathers of Velana itself. You wont even be restricted to Alta, since the world has many regions and countries. Let's work together to come up with some really interesting new content. We'll meet on skype and discuss what you have in mind and how to best add it to the game, as well as where players will find it in-game. All lore and writing is subject to approval. This tier also includes everything in the Dellador's Finest tier, and your character in the Architect's Guild, and your name in the credits as an Architect.

Architect of Identity [$260]

   Create yourself or someone else that you want in the game. Each NPC in War of Velana is unique, with a name, a unique sprite set, and a unique message, so your NPC will be no different. We'll meet on skype and discuss what you have in mind and where they will live. All designs are subject to approval. This tier also includes everything in the Dellador's Finest tier, and your character in the Architect's Guild, and your name in the credits as an Architect.

Architect of Armament [$300]

   A knight's only as good as his(or her) blade. Work with us to create a new weapon for the game. It can be a weapon of any type within the class equipment types, so there is a lot to work with. Swords, spears, flails, katanas, maces, tomes, throwing blades, and plenty more. We'll meet on skype and discuss what you have in mind and how to best add it to the game, as well as how much it is sold for, or worth, or where you might find it in-game. All designs are subject to approval. This tier also includes everything in the Dellador's Finest tier, and your character in the Architect's Guild, and your name in the credits as an Architect.

Architect of Monster [$400]

   Let's make a (monster) baby! We'll meet on skype and discuss what you have in mind and how to best add it to the game, as well as how much gold it drops, any items, equipment, or skills it might have, and where you'll fight it in-game. All designs are subject to approval. This tier also includes everything in the Dellador's Finest tier, and your character in the Architect's Guild, and your name in the credits as an Architect.

Architect of Pursuit [$450]

   Go fetch me that shiny gem! Create a sidequest or mission for the player, and the NPC to go along with it. Each NPC in War of Velana is unique, with a name, a unique sprite set, and a unique message, so yours will be no different. Let's talk about what sort of sidequest you want to create, where it will be in-game, and how to best fit it into the world and setting for that area. We'll meet on skype and discuss what you have in mind and work from there. All designs are subject to approval. This tier also includes everything in the Dellador's Finest tier, and your character in the Architect's Guild, and your name in the credits as an Architect.

Architect of Creature [$500]

   The hunt is on! Help us create a new rare enemy encounter, from the rare enemy itself to where you can find it and what the battle will look like. Other enemies, unit setup, rare enemy skills, drops, and gold; the works. We'll meet on skype and discuss what you have in mind and how to best add it to the game. All designs are subject to approval. This tier also includes everything in the Dellador's Finest tier, and your character in the Architect's Guild, and your name in the credits as an Architect.

Architect of Ally [$1,000]

   The more the merrier! With a large cast already, there's no reason we can't find (or make) a few more friends! Let's discuss the character that you've always wanted to see in grid-based combat, and if we can work them into our systems. Or let's throw you in there with a sword and shield and let you have at it! We'll meet on skype and discuss what you have in mind and how to best add it to the game. All designs are subject to approval. This tier also includes everything in the Master Historian tier, and your character in the Architect's Guild, and your name in the credits as an Architect.

 

   Digital and Physical items can be added onto whatever tier you choose. Even if you choose a tier with that item included, but want to order an additional copy, just add the add on amount to your pledge and we'll collect the details from you later! Please note that if you are adding physical items to a digital-only tier, that you also need to add an additional $5 for continental US shipping or $20 for shipping to Canada.

 

 

 

 

   We will be releasing War of Velana on Windows, Mac, and Linux via Steam. If additional platforms are funded via the stretch goals, then those will be added accordingly.

   The funds raised in this campaign will be distributed to the following efforts.

  • Event coding and assembly - 10% 
  • Scenario Writing and Dialogue - 5% 
  • Art and Animation - 30% 
  • Sound Design - 15% 
  • Backer Rewards Fulfillment - 10%
  • Kickstarter Fees and Taxes - 30%

  Loreweaver Creativeworks was started in March of 2015 with a small team and ambitious goals. We aim to create new, exciting experiences that take on some of the older soul that many classic games had. We're focused on strong narratives and deep worlds that combine our love of RPGs and varied aesthetics. Our current development team is:

Justin Mitchell - Director/ Lead Artist/ Lead Writer  

Hometown: Richmond, Va  

Favorite Games:  

  • Shining Force 2
  • Chrono Trigger  
  • Final Fantasy VI  

Justin Mollenauer - Lead Developer  

Hometown: Richmond, Va  

Favorite Games:  

  • Fire Emblem: Geneaology of the Holy War
  • Timesplitters 2
  • Fallout: New Vegas

Andrew Capone - Composer  

Hometown: Chicago, IL  

Favorite Games:  

  • Fire Emblem: Awakening  
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time  
  • The Witcher 3  

Stephanie Mayton - Character Artist  

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL  

Favorite Games:   

  • Sims
  • Animal Crossing
  • Final Fantasy X-2

Andrew Fields - Writer  

Hometown: Richmond, Va  

Favorite Games:  

  • Persona 4 Golden  
  • Xenogears  
  • Phantasy Star IV  

Su Ajaj - Sound Designer/ Animator  

Hometown: Fairfax, Va  

Favorite Games:  

  • Dragon Age Origins  
  • Destiny  
  • Castlevania 64

 

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges are inevitable in any project. One risk that we may face is maintaining our deadlines while still integrating the new ideas and content brought in by our backers. Fortunately, that is our biggest concern, so we designed those tiers with scope in mind. We've been hard at work on War of Velana for over a year and a half now. Most of our workflow has been sorted out and we're a well oiled machine at this point. If anything were to seriously wrench our current plans, the worst that would happen is a small delay in release schedule.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Villager Support

    Includes:
    • Many high praises across the land
    • Your Name in the Credits
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Altian Adventurer+

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of War of Velana
    • Digital Lorebook
    • Your Name in the Credits
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 50 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Altian Adventurer

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of War of Velana
    • Your Name in the Credits
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    8 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Altian Bard

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of War of Velana
    • Digital Soundtrack
    • Your Name in the Credits
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    Altian Scribe

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of War of Velana
    • Digital Soundtrack
    • Digital Lorebook
    • Your Name in the Credits
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Altian Portraiteer

    Includes:
    • Your portrait in the game with name plate
    • Digital copy of War of Velana
    • Digital Soundtrack
    • Digital Lorebook
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    Junior Historian

    Includes:
    • Physical Game Cart in Box with Manual (Cannot play the game)
    • Digital copy of War of Velana
    • Digital Soundtrack
    • Digital Lorebook
    • Your Name in the Credits
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $80 or more About $80

    Inquisitor Beta

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of War of Velana
    • Digital Soundtrack
    • Digital Lorebook
    • Beta Access with Beta Forums
    • Your Name in the Credits
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Dellador's Finest

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of War of Velana
    • Digital Soundtrack
    • Digital Lorebook
    • Digital Cookbook
    • Beta Access with Beta Forums
    • Your Name in the Credits
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $140 or more About $140

    Inquisitor Alpha

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of War of Velana
    • Digital Soundtrack
    • Digital Lorebook
    • Digital Cookbook
    • Digital Art Cards and Wallpaper
    • Alpha Access with Alpha Forums
    • Beta Access with Beta Forums
    • Your Name in the Credits
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $160 or more About $160

    Master Historian

    Includes:
    • Physical Game Cart in Box with Manual (with digital download)
    • Digital copy of War of Velana
    • Physical 2-disc Soundtrack
    • Physical Softcover 22-page Lorebook
    • Physical Softcover 20-page Cookbook
    • Physical Art Cards
    • Physical Kickstarter-Only T-shirt
    • Alpha Access with Alpha Forums
    • Beta Access with Beta Forums
    • Your Name in the Credits
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Architect of Accessory

    Add a sparkly ring or any other sort of accessory to the world, how much it is worth, and where it can be found or bought.
    (All content subject to approval)

    + Digital Special Edition, your name in the credits as an Architect, and your character in the Architect's Guild.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $220 or more About $220

    Architect of Armor

    Add a new set of armor, robes, or a new tunic to the game, how much it is worth, and where it can be found or bought.
    (All content subject to approval)

    + Digital Special Edition, your name in the credits as an Architect, and your character in the Architect's Guild.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $240 or more About $240

    Architect of History

    Add yourself, a character of your design, or an interesting story into the history books of the world of Velana.
    (All content subject to approval)

    + Digital Special Edition, your name in the credits as an Architect, and your character in the Architect's Guild.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $260 or more About $260

    Architect of Identity

    Add yourself or a character of your design to the game, complete with name and dialogue.
    (All content subject to approval)

    + Digital Special Edition, your name in the credits as an Architect, and your character in the Architect's Guild.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    Architect of Armament

    Add a weapon of your design, how much it's worth, and where it can be found or bought.
    (All content subject to approval)

    + Digital Special Edition, your name in the credits as an Architect, and your character in the Architect's Guild.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Select this reward

    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    Architect of Monster

    Design a new enemy for the players to fight, what equipment or abilities it has, and where it will appear in the world.
    (All content subject to approval)

    + Digital Special Edition, your name in the credits as an Architect, and your character in the Architect's Guild.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  18. Select this reward

    Pledge $450 or more About $450

    Architect of Pursuit

    Design an NPC in the world and the details of the sidequest it gives the players.
    (All content subject to approval)

    + Digital Special Edition, your name in the credits as an Architect, and your character in the Architect's Guild.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  19. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Architect of Creature

    Design a rare enemy, the lore surrounding it, and the battle itself.
    (All content subject to approval)

    + Digital Special Edition, your name in the credits as an Architect, and your character in the Architect's Guild.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  20. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Architect of Ally

    We'll have meetings and discuss your ideas for a new ally, then check back with you through the entire design and implementation process.
    (All content subject to approval)

    + Physical Special Edition, your name in the credits as an Architect, and your character in the Architect's Guild.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)