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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, October 2 2018 11:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Land of Skulls

Land of Skulls is a game where you the player can decide your own story for each day you wake up. Maybe you wish to expand your farm by building more farm plots and obtaining seeds through the wild to expand your selection of crops. Then again, maybe you wish to explore the land to see various undiscovered locations which house monsters you would never believe to see with your very own eyes. 

Those two options, not your thing? Then maybe another is to set out and enter combat with a previously discovered dungeon in the hope of taking down the boss and claim his bounty for an item needed for crafting that sword or dagger you've been wanting. These are just a few examples, there are many choices you can make before the sun sets.

The Game Setting

You are a Captain of a pirate crew that was tossed from the sea in a terrible storm, but you didn't land on any old island... When you come to your senses, you will notice the land you now settled on has skulls scattered along its surface. It is your right as a captain to try and survive on this land with not only yourself but your crew. In order to do this, you'll need to explore dangerous locations to gather materials to build a kingdom for you and your crew to survive.

Features of the Game

Building

(Building a nice future home along with a crafting house.  Grass growing through the floors is only temporary.  The floor model will change.)
(Building a nice future home along with a crafting house. Grass growing through the floors is only temporary. The floor model will change.)

You can build however you wish in Land of Skulls with it's easy to use building system. You start by build walls, then it's all up to you from there. Building shelters is not all you can do either... Just got all the materials for crafting that new Woodcutters Station? Well, now you can build that anywhere you'd like, within reason.

Crafting

(Crafting a hatchet to chop some wood to maybe craft a campfire later.)
(Crafting a hatchet to chop some wood to maybe craft a campfire later.)

With the easy to use Crafting User Interface, you're able to click and view the materials needed to craft the item you clicked. You must gather those materials from the zones throughout this mysterious island by using tools. Tools are also made by the crafting system, so you'll always have something you'll be needing from the surface of the land.

Farming

(Tending to the farm hoping for some great crops to cook, so i have something to eat later.)
(Tending to the farm hoping for some great crops to cook, so i have something to eat later.)

With farming, you're able to build a farm plot and begin sowing seeds. Make sure you water those plots though, they will die if you do not. You'll need crops if you and your crew are going to survive. Not only will you use these crops for food, but you may also need to grow them for materials in crafting.

Ranching

(Taking care of Sam by giving him some food and a place to sleep.)
(Taking care of Sam by giving him some food and a place to sleep.)

With this system, you'll be able to tame animals on the island, and let them give you valuable resources to aid you along your journey to survival. This won't be an easy task though, you'll need to feed and care for these animals also. These animals have a need for a bed and a place to eat.

The Ranching system is also unique in the way of you needing to obtain Certificates for each animal you wish to have on your farm. You'll have a desk for all of those certificates to be stored. Each certificate will show you the state of your animal, and another status you might need to know about your animal. There is a fee you'll be charged which is different per type of animal you wish to have.

Pets

Not only can you tame animals for just helping you survive, but you can also tame animals to fight beside you! There will be various animals throughout the island that have skills of their own in combat. Once you tame the animal you seek, you'll still have to gain a certificate to house this animal on your farm.

Gathering

(Gathering wood from local trees.)
(Gathering wood from local trees.)

Gathering is essential for obtaining items such as ore, minerals, wood, stone, mysterious plants, enemies and more. You may need a certain tool in order to gather from a source node though. You'll obtain these tools from the crafting system.

Exploration

(Exploring claimed land by the thieves during the night.  These are the pesky guys who will raid you from time to time to claim your valuables.)
(Exploring claimed land by the thieves during the night. These are the pesky guys who will raid you from time to time to claim your valuables.)

This Island you just settled on is not an ordinary Island, that's for sure. There are zones that have different climates due to reasons you are unaware of till you seek answers. There are different factions in zones you may wish you never met... There are dungeons housing enemies for you to hack your way through or maybe just to run as soon as you see them.

Economy

(Feeding the economy by giving some of my valuable crops for some coin.  I'm sure my pirate crew would appreciate that roasted corn I made!)
(Feeding the economy by giving some of my valuable crops for some coin. I'm sure my pirate crew would appreciate that roasted corn I made!)

This system is the heart of what will keep your crew alive. You'll need to obtain the resource needs of each one of your settlers. In doing so you'll gain bonuses to their respect for you. The higher their respect for you, the more they will do for you. You may be able to do a lot as a captain who was trained to do a bit of everything before leaving the land you last came from. However, your crew was trained in one solid skill. This gave them a better crafting opportunity for you to obtain some rare weapons or items.

Your crew will gather for you daily for their source of income to be able to purchase goods you have obtained for them to survive. Your crew lives by their own schedule. They will eat, gather, buy from your trader, and sell to your trader. If you do not take care of them, their respect will fall and they will slowly drop in how much they bring in. Not only will they slow their input, but they will also not craft you that amazing sword you may be wanting. However, if you make them super happy... then you'll reap the benefits that's for sure!

Combat

(Picking a fight with the Skellys in the Graveyard Mini-Dungeon.)
(Picking a fight with the Skellys in the Graveyard Mini-Dungeon.)

The combat in this game is skill based. Even though your character has a level, doesn't mean you'll be powerful at maximum level. You'll only level your combat skill by using a weapon of your choice repeatedly. As you gain levels, you'll learn buffs and skills you may use to gain the upper hand on your foe.

The Combat system also functions like an action combat system but with cooldowns. Some of this could change during development because certain skills could be a finishing move. A finishing move would require you to do a certain combo in order to cast that ability. Currently, in the game, you are only able to use 2 skills. I have already programmed this system to be quickly expanded. With your help in funding, I'll be able to expand this to the level cap.

Here's a look at your Character Sheet for you to get an idea of what you'll be able to work on.

Bounty Hunting

(With Sam's help, we were able to take down Lord Dreadful and claim his bounty!  All I need to do now is make it back home safely out of this Graveyard to claim it, oh boy...)
(With Sam's help, we were able to take down Lord Dreadful and claim his bounty! All I need to do now is make it back home safely out of this Graveyard to claim it, oh boy...)

With this system, you'll be able to hunt down the strongest of enemies to capture them and bring them to your kingdom. These bounties will be turned into your trading table for one rare item, respect, and currency. The rare item will be used with one of your talented crew members to craft you something that could be very rare.

Random Event System

(Oh no, I'm being Raided!)
(Oh no, I'm being Raided!)

Throughout the days past, each day has a chance to spark an event from a programmed AI. You may have a calming day to do whatever you'd like to do today or... you may be finding yourself raided by a faction who is set out to take some of your goods. This is currently one of the only random events in the game, but with your help, I'll be adding way more.

Unique Tool Belt System

(While Sam ate, I decided to check my toolbelt to make sure that I had my watering can before I start watering my crops.)
(While Sam ate, I decided to check my toolbelt to make sure that I had my watering can before I start watering my crops.)

This Unique system enables you a place to store your tools at all times. You'll no longer have to swap out your pickaxe for an axe to chop wood. You'll be able to just go from rock to tree without delay. However, you'll need to craft different tool belts in order to gain more slots to store your tools.

Conclusion

The best part is, all of these features are already in the game! These features are also not all the features this game will have either. With your help, I'll not only be expanding these features, but I will also be adding some features that are not in the game currently. This includes the faction system, mount system, rescuing captured crew members, building housing for crew members and more.

There is still a lot of work to be done, and I was able to get all of the core features in before money started to get tight. There are still missing animations, effects, and other aesthetics that I'll be able to tackle with your help in funding this project. I hope to make this game for everyone to enjoy. This includes from any age, within reason.

About the Developer

I have been programming since the age of 16 and started working on software for a local community. I am now 33 and have a lot of experience in programming with different languages. I am not a very good 3D artist, so that is why I chose Voxel and Pixel Art. The art style may only change if the stretch goal for me to hire an artist is reached, but all other art may or may not change throughout developtment.

At the age of 16, I started making my own version of the popular AOL Instant Messenger. Then later making games such as a 2 player Tic Tac Toe and Hangman over the internet with a chat system. I have dabbled in RPGs prior to this game I'm working on but never brought those to a broad audience. I left software behind and just loved making games and seeing their outcome. With my software experience, I am able to make some great User Interfaces to aid in your adventures.

A lot of the features in this game were in my previous projects but in a 2d view. I always wanted to do a 3D game, and now I hope to achieve that goal. With what I have made up to this point, I feel confident enough to show the public what I am capable of. I hope to enable you guys to enjoy an experience that I worked very hard on.

In the past, I was able to work on the core features with a very supportive wife and while working a part-time job which turned full time during times of need. With what I have made now, I am confident to bring this project to the public and ask for your help in aiding me the funds needed to finish this game. With showing the progress I have made, I am hoping to gain your trust in the completion of the game. If you like what you see, please back this project and help me create something amazing for you guys. I am very excited and dedicated to bringing this project to its full completion.

Stretch Goals

$150,000 - Romantic Relationships

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$200,000 - Full Art Overhaul/Engineer NPC/Advanced Crafting NPC

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$250,000 - Enchanting System and NPC

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$300,000 - Archery System/Fletching System

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$350,000 - Player Character Completely Customizable

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$400,000 - Festivals

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$450,000 - Large Monster Raids (Elite Rank)

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$500,000 - Lock-picking System

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$600,000 - Dragons (Elite Monsters)

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$650,000 - Player Personal Shop System

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$750,000 - Creature Summoning System

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$850,000 - Customizable Houses (Textures of building structures.)

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Post Release Stretch Goals

$950,000 - Multiplayer

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$1,000,000 - Ships and Ship Battles

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$1,200,000 - Elite Sea Monster for Raids

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Risks and challenges

All projects have risks and challenges that you may or may not struggle through. I will have many myself in the creation of this project, and have already. When it comes to programming, anything can go wrong. I've had a few programming bugs form a hurdle for me while creating this game, but I have jumped over every one of them. I have the confidence and patience to keep me jumping, till that hurdle has been jumped.

I have added additional things in my daily life to try and avoid brick walls that might form in front of me while I'm working on something. I have added a Trello board to carefully plan out my project, which is accessible by all on the Land of Skulls website. I have also been using a Dry Erase board to schedule out how I'm going to go about working on my current assignment in detail. Ever since I added these two things in my life, I've been smooth sailing.

Time Management and planning is usually a huge risk for most projects, however I have had no problem sticking with my plans. I cannot say that I have not put aside one thing because nothing was coming to me at the time for a fix, but I later returned and easily solved the problem. I have found it is better to put aside that issue that came up and think about it while going to the next piece of the puzzle you are currently working on. Then come back to it when you are back on track to take another crack at it. I sometimes find myself being ahead more than behind most of the time and I used that time to go back and solve bugs. I never give up till I find a solution, because there always is. You just have to find it.

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