Camelot - The Build is an existing tile laying table top game, where players work to complete the interior of Camelot Castle. Competing to score the most from tiles they lay and the position they lay them in. Universally well received Camelot - The Build has started its journey into the world of boardgames.
This project is to fulfill our desire to bring it to the PC, smartphone and tablet in an easy-to-use digital form.
But what is the back story of the game?
Imagine you’re a pretty successful sort of chap living in Arthurian Albion. Into mosaics, tapestries, designer saddle bags – that sort of thing. You drink in the right inns, cultivate the merchant classes and avoid noisy oiks with swords, especially The Knights of the Round Table - a noxious bunch of hooligans with personal hygiene issues and the collective IQ of a goldfish.
You see, King Arthur needs your help on some tricky domestic issues. It’s Camelot, you know, the castley thing on the hill. His Mightiness has built the walls, but can’t decide where everything should go. Left to him, the bath house would be in the Great Hall and the Round Table out in the garden. Domestic is not really his bag, so do yourself a favour, old son, and turn up there tomorrow to sort it all out for him. And bring a few of your mates with you. If arty-farty types like you have mates, that is.’ That’s blown it. It’s sort out Camelot, or else. 'Else' being the name of Gawaine’s sword.
So our design team of Julian Musgrave, Ed Dovey and Dan Peterson have come up with a witty, easy to play game with a fresh look at the lighter side of the Arthurian legend. Beautiful Box Top by Ed Dovey, Ed created most of Wotan Games original Box Art.
The Digital Game
We're looking to bring a complete and faithful recreation of the board game to your mobile devices and PC. A decent part of the game's foundations have been set up already, but we need your help to fund it's completion.
The digital version of Camelot The Build will be an excellent companion to the board game if you want to play it on the move. You can even play against specially-designed castle building AI of varying difficulty in order to sharpen your competitive edge.
The game enables you to play with whoever you want with up to 4 players- both online, locally or against an AI. You can mix and match players, for example you could have two players playing locally on the same system, another playing the same game via the internet and a computer-controlled AI.
We've got digital interface designs in-place to make the game intuitive and easy-to-play. The game will highlight places where the selected tile can be placed for example. You can of course zoom in and out on the entire castle too, making it easily playable even on small screens.
We're looking to release on PC via Steam, Android and iOS, with an aim for it to work on as many devices as possible. The steam PC release will depend on a successful greenlight campaign, which we are also running right now! So please give us a yes vote to help the project along. We're giving away copies of the game as a backer reward (see right).
Why Kickstarter? The origination and artwork are all prepared coming from the original board game, but we need to bring it to the digital world.
That is the significant investment, and to be successful with it we need to develop across the various platforms and bring it to the video gaming world also.
This all requires funds and elements outside of the original boardgame, including music and artwork for the user intereface.
An additional benefit of launching Camelot the Build as a Kickstarter project is that it will provide us with valuable feedback from you, our backers, to help us direct the future development of our games. Our backers will be the first ones to receive the game, weeks before its released online. Depending on the success of our project, will be the speed we can bring out other expansions and other titles, with our backers seeing and having access to this content first.
There's still a long way to go, but with your help we'll be able to deliver a fantastic digital version of the strategic and unique castle building game. We aim to release around September of this year, and hope to have your support!
So how can you help Wotan Games
Your pledge makes everything possible. The money raised will go towards the first production of the Camelot - The Build - The App. Back our project and help us to meet minimum production requirements.
Sharing brings people
You can take a part in our project simply by sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc. If we gather enough people and meet the funding goal, we can all bring this project into the reality. Follow Wotan Games on social media, we have profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Google+) and our homepage. New updates we be made everyday as things progress, so Join Wotan Games, get inspired!
Risks and challenges
'Creating a game is always a challenge. However, we are an experienced publisher of board games, and have significant experience in producing games which are more complicated in manufacture and play. Camelot - The Build is already a successfully produced board game and is being sold internationally.
The main risk at this stage is that the project maybe delayed in respect
to its scheduled date, if there is a need to ensure the level of quality we are looking for in our games.
Our main challenge is to make sure that the quality of the game matches the expectation of our customers, which is based on the standard set by ourselves during our previous game publishing days.' - Laurence O'Brien, Wotan Games
'Having developed several projects of my own design for mobile, including tile-based game MegaCity, I think I'm a great fit to develop Camelot The Build into a digital game. It's been great working with Laurence and Julian so far, and I can't wait to bring their project to life on the small screen.' - Cole Jefferies, ColePowered GamesLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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