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Spudnugget StudiosBy Spudnugget Studios
First created
Spudnugget StudiosBy Spudnugget Studios
First created
$2,097
pledged of $374,484pledged of $374,484 goal
22
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, August 19 2012 3:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

Greetings all!

Timeline Pirates are trying to change the course of history, with only the MultiVersal Corps standing in their way!  You follow the main character Ezzy as she gets recruited by the MVC from our timeline into their alternate universe.  While Ezzy comes to grips with the dazzling array of 'Verses, she learns some startling secrets about her own past... 

The gameplay is a fusion of the best of several genres:

  • Great strategy and replay value from Collectible Card Games
  • Gripping storyline and evolving characters from Role-Playing Games
  • Cooperative teams and scripted boss fights from MMOs
  • Real competition and fast PvP from Real-Time Strategy

In addition to an exciting in-game world, we've also created an accommodating real-world game:

  • Playstyle for your Lifestyle, made for busy people. You can play in short snippets, adjourn, and pickup games at your convenience
  • Real Appeal, to both women and men, adults and teenagers.  Though each play session is short, the story and complexity grow over time
  • Genuine Accomplishment.  We aim to give players a feeling of mastery and success in addition to engaging entertainment

We've been busy beavers the last several months and have already created a lot of material. Here's some great stuff for you:

With any great venture, the devil is in the details.  We've been as thorough as possible in keeping track of the nitty gritty.  Here's some more information at a greater level of detail.

We've made several compelling innovations in 'Line Pirates:

  • Real-Time Turns, where every player takes their turn at the same time.  This enables much faster games and larger multiplayer events
  • UpClose Matchmaking, where competitive players and teams are matched by both Player Rating and Deck Power
  • Balanced Diversity, we've ensured lots of viable deck types will interact in a fair manner.  Each card is guaranteed to be useful in some Format

See how we would wisely use your pledges in our Finances spreadsheet. 

  • Essential items are necessary to complete the project, which is around $252K Project + $123K Overhead = $375K Goal
  • Desired items are high value, low cost enhancements, for an additional $281K Project + $84K Overhead ~ $740K Goal
  • Awesome items are the ideal dream version of the game, adding on a $691K Project + $235K Overhead ~ $1.7M Goal

We outline our (ahem) game plan on Ways to Help.  We need your help to:

  • Partner with mid-sized content creators and use their characters and stories in our game (specifically, in their own unique 'Verse)
  • Network with potential employees, namely flash developers, animators, and illustrators with styles compatible with the 'Line Pirate theme
  • Spread the word about 'Line Pirates, through enthusiastic word of mouth

Our Official Rules are for serious competitive players, not for the faint of heart.

  • Mathematically Designed, the rules are defined precisely which not only ensures fair balance but also provides a clear Framework for resolution
  • Many Formats, guaranteeing that deck building and card use always remain fresh and interesting
  • Teams and Leagues provide the structure for high-prestige long-term competition play.  They also offer the best Prizes!

We invite you to get to know us better:

  • Learn more about Kim on his Wiki profile.  Check out the links to his other sites, including his immense personal website... (if you dare  ;-)
  • Learn more about Cathy on her Wiki profile.  Hear the story of our collaboration and our proactive stance on gender equality in games.
  • To follow our progress after the Kickstarter campaign, please like our Facebook page.

We believe in complete transparency, so if there's any questions you have, we encourage you to ask.

We've got some great Pledge Rewards for you and have added a new feature to the typical Kickstarter fare.  We have Tier Bonuses in addition to the regular pledges.  Here's how they work:

  • There are five tiers at $25, $50, $100, $250, and $500. 
  • Tier Bonuses are added to every other pledge that amount or above 
  • So, don't select the Tier Bonus rewards.  You'll automatically get them!

And yes, the Tier Bonuses are cumulative.  So if you were a U.S. backer selecting the Souvenir Bundle ($70 + $20 shipping), you'd automatically receive the $25 Player and $50 Gamer Tier Bonuses. If you tacked on another $10 to your pledge then you'd also receive the $100 Recruit Tier Bonus. You could also add on another Sticker, Poster, or T-Shirt for their respective values to reach the next tier, which would ship together.

Another way to reach the next Tier is to combine a BUNDLE with any other pledge (which might itself be a bundle).  So, for example, you might add the $100 Recruit Bundle to the $150 Signed Original Artwork to get to the $250 Angel Tier.  We're pretty flexible and want to make sure you get exactly the rewards you like the most, so if you want to mix and match, just send us an e-mail.

Thanks for making this a wonderful journey.  Now go pledge!  :-)

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

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    (1) Bumper Sticker
    --- 3" x 8", white background, with the 'Line Pirates stencil logo over earth (like our Wiki wordmark). Add $1 US for US Shipping, $5 international. [+$10 for each additional sticker, shipped together.]

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    (10) Digital Media Vouchers
    --- These may be applied to music soundtracks or wallpaper sets in The Exchange (the premium shop), choosing what content you like best. Vouchers will be useable in game after Beta, though you may want to hold onto them until Release (where there will be a better selection). Digital Media is available via download.

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    (1) 'Line Pirates Poster
    --- 12" x 24", featuring the main character Ezzy and her mysterious pirate nemesis locked in conflict. The poster design is only available through this project. Add $10 for US shipping, $15 international. [+$20 for each additional poster, shipped together.]

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    (1) Printed Playtest Kit --- Alert! You can download the Playtest Kit for free. This reward merely gives a nice print copy and saves you the hour of cutting out the 100+ Cards, Sites, and Doodads. This print run is for playing the card game just as the Playtest Kit is now. Add $10 for US shipping, $15 international. [+$20 for each additional kit, shipped together.]

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    (1) Invitation Key to the limited Beta
    --- Play the game a few months before Release. Beta is a reasonably stable version of the game that we are mostly polishing and bug-fixing. Progress made during this Beta will transfer into the Release version. You may use keys yourself or gift them to friends; one key may activate only one account. [+$25 for each additional key.]

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    (1) Invitation Key to the private Alpha
    --- Play the game unlimitedly several months before Release, including Events. Alpha is an unstable early version of the game which is very rough and is often a testing ground for different codelines. Progress made during Alpha will NOT transfer into Beta or Release. You may use keys yourself or gift them to friends; one key may activate only one account. [+$25 for each additional key.]

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    Player Tier Bonus! +(1) Pvt Valencia Card --- Get a unique Enlisted card of the main character Imelda Esperanza Valencia as she enters the MVC. The Pvt Valencia card makes the tutorials easier and is only available through this Kickstarter project.

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    GAMING BUNDLE
    --- Get an Alpha Key, Beta Key, and (10) Digital Media Vouchers, as described above. This bundle is perfect for gamers that want to pre-order as much gameplay as they can get, asap!

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    (1) 'Line Pirates T-Shirt --- featuring a Sgt Seagram recruitment parody in the front, Ezzy et al on the back, and the MVC patch on the sleeves. This eye-catching design is only available through this project. Add $10 for US shipping, $15 international. [+$50 for each additional t-shirt, shipped together.]

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    Gamer Tier Bonus! +(10) Event Tickets --- used to enter Prize-winning events. This includes but is not limited to: Finale Events, Tournament Events, and League Events. This will be useable in-game after Beta.

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    SOUVENIR BUNDLE --- Get a Sticker, Poster, and T-Shirt, as described above. Add $20 for US shipping, $30 international.

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    RECRUIT BUNDLE --- Get the Gaming and Souvenir Bundles, as described above. This great reward includes an Alpha Key, Beta Key, (10) Digital Media Vouchers, Sticker, Poster, and T-Shirt. Welcome to the MultiVersal Corps! Add $20 for US shipping, $30 international.

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    Recruit Tier Bonus!! +(6) months Subscription --- enabling unlimited play, Event priority, data analysis, and more. This bonus will be available after Beta.

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    (1) Printed Starter Deck --- The deck contains (25) Cards and is part of a limited 1,000 copy print run. This will be the only print run of its kind ever. These cards are Collector's Items, not for playing! You can print your own play copy of the Starter Deck by downloading the free Playtest Kit. Unlike the current Playtest Kit, this Starter Deck will have completely new icons and illustrations. Add $10 for US shipping, $15 international. [+$125 for each additional deck, shipped together.]

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    (1) Signed Original Artwork Voucher --- Each artwork is the only one of its kind, as originally produced, and signed personally by the artist. Artworks are unframed. All artworks are made available as they are completed and are first-come, first-serve. Vouchers will be useable in game after Beta. Add $10 for US shipping, $15 international. Each artwork must be shipped separately to protect them. [+$150 for each additional artwork, plus shipping.]

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    COLLECTOR BUNDLE --- Get the Printed Starter Deck and Signed Original Artwork Voucher, as described above. Add $20 for US shipping, $30 international. Items in the bundle count toward the max limits.

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    (1) Invitation to a Release Party --- The weekend before our public release, we'll throw a killer party and you are invited. Mix and mingle with characters from the game, hear insider tales, and more! What we'll provide: lodging, food, and entertainment for 2 days 1 night. What you'll provide: transportation and a laptop. The default location will be Houston, TX. But if we get enough response we'll book a better locale, like Vegas, NV! [+$250 for each additional Invitation]

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    Angel Tier Bonus!!! +Become an Angel --- on your game account. This includes a unique logo displayed on your player profile and listing in the game credits. As a special one-time offer through Kickstarter, Angels also receive a Digital Media Black Card, enabling permanent lifetime download of all digital assets, including our working drafts that never see production. This bonus will be useable in game after Alpha.

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    Become the Creator of (1) Enlisted Card --- You (or someone you choose) can participate in its design, including: Name, concept visuals, general ability theme, and more. Enlisted are the most common cards played with. This creative opportunity is only available through the Kickstarter Project. [+$500 for each additional Enlisted Card]

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    MEGA BUNDLE --- Get the Recruit Bundle, Collector Bundle, and (1) Party Invitation, as described above. This massive collection includes: Alpha Key, Beta Key, (10) Digital Media Vouchers, Sticker, Poster, T-Shirt, Printed Starter Deck, and a Signed Original Artwork Voucher. Add $40 for US shipping, $60 international. Items in the bundle count toward the max limits.

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    Inner Circle Tier Bonus!!!! +Join the Inner Circle --- You obviously care about 'Line Pirates and we appreciate your involvement. As a member of the Inner Circle, you will influence game design decisions, can preview new content before it is released, and may know secret spoilers of the plotline (if you choose). And because we love you so much, you get a free lifetime Subscription, enabling unlimited play, Event priority, data analysis, and more. This bonus will be useable in game after Alpha.

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    Become the Creator of (1) Leader Card --- You (or someone you choose) can participate in its design, including: Name, concept visuals, general ability theme, and more. Leaders are less common but more powerful cards. This creative opportunity is only available through the Kickstarter Project. [+$1,000 for each additional Leader Card.] This reward also comes with a Mega Bundle (we'll cover shipping) and our thanks.

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    Become the Creator of (1) Commander Card --- You (or someone you choose) can participate in its design, including: Name, concept visuals, general ability theme, and more. Commanders are rare and powerful cards; each deck may contain only 1 to 3 Commander cards. This creative opportunity is only available through the Kickstarter Project. [+$2,500 for each additional Commander Card.] This reward also comes with a Mega Bundle (we'll cover shipping) and our thanks.

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    Become the Creator of (1) Hero Card --- You (or someone you choose) can participate in its design, including: Name, concept visuals, general ability theme, and more. Heroes are exceedingly rare kickass cards; there will only ever be a few dozens of them. This creative opportunity is only available through the Kickstarter Project. [+$5,000 for an additional Hero Card] This reward also comes with a Mega Bundle (we'll cover shipping) and our thanks.

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    Become a major character in 'Line Pirates --- You (or someone you choose) becomes a hero or villain: your choice. This comes with a unique tailor-made costume, which you will need to model for an extensive photo shoot. You may also become (or assign) the voice of your character. This requires several audio recordings and retakes. Anyone choosing this option will need to give us free license to use their likeness and media. This once-in-a-lifetime creative opportunity is only available through the Kickstarter Project. Only one character per pledge. This reward also comes with a Mega Bundle (we'll cover shipping) and our eternal gratitude.

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Funding period

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