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A boys' love / gay visual novel and dating sim that combines an epic and engaging story with puzzle and RPG elements.
A boys' love / gay visual novel and dating sim that combines an epic and engaging story with puzzle and RPG elements.
A boys' love / gay visual novel and dating sim that combines an epic and engaging story with puzzle and RPG elements.
651 backers pledged $29,246 to help bring this project to life.

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Legend of Rune: A BL / Yaoi Visual Novel RPG

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Legend of Rune is a BL / gay visual novel game that takes place in a high fantasy setting. It follows the adventures of Rune, a young fire mage who has been destined to destroy the world. Rune meets four other mages on his journey, who are the romance candidates for the game. The game also features a puzzle-battle system, where battles are fought through a tile-matching game. The game will be released for PC on Steam (and Android and iOS)!

Our next stretch goal is at $30,000 for cuddle time scenarios!

Please message us if you are unable to donate via Kickstarter and would like to donate via PayPal!  

Non-Kickstarter pledges: $311

 

  • Five different romance candidates to choose from, each of which plays an important role in the overarching storyline! 
  • Beautiful sprites, CGs, and BGs!

 

 

  • A puzzle battle system! Note: This UI is a prototype, final UI will have room for an extra party member.
  • Your choices affect the story! Different dialogue, CGs, and endings depending on the choices you make! 
  • Explore the world! Revisit old areas to fight enemies and gain experience!

“100 years from now, a child will be born who bears the mark of the fire clan on his face. When this boy grows older, he will become so powerful that the entire world will be destroyed by his hands.”   

Meet Rune; a young fire mage who has been destined to destroy the world.  

Rune grew up living in hiding with his father, Len. They lived peacefully in their small secluded cabin, but then, one day, soldiers from the Kingdom of Salvis came and took Rune away.  

The kingdom keeps him imprisoned for five years, until, on his 18th birthday, Rune blacks out and wakes up to find himself in the middle of a forest. In his confusion, Rune begins to wander through the woods, and his journey to escape his destiny begins.  

On his adventure, Rune meets 4 other mages that aid him in his travels; each with their own desires and motives for joining Rune’s party. What secrets do these men hold?

 

 

In the land of Ahzarrya, the two ruling kingdoms, Salvis and Malum, have been in a seemingly endless war for hundreds of years. The kingdoms have different ideals, but they both wish to have complete control over the world.  

Outside of the kingdoms, there are clans of mages that are not affiliated with either side. Originally, the clans were of five different types of elemental magic; fire, earth, water, light, and dark. However, after the all-knowing seer Vijira predicted the destruction of the world by the hand of a fire mage, almost every member of the fire clan was systematically killed.

 

 

  • $11,500 – Partial Voice Acting - Partial voice acting will be added to the game!  
  • $13,000 – More Artwork - More CGs and BGs will be added to each route!  
  • $16,500 – Ecchi Scenario - Each of the guys will get a steamy optional extra scenario with Rune! This may contain sexual content, but will not show full nudity. 
  • $20,000 – Skill Trees - The player will be able to earn and invest skill points into various skill trees! This will allow players to choose what kind of spells and passive abilities they have in battle, rather than gaining predetermined skills. 
  • $24,000 – Mobile Version - The game will be released for Android/iOS mobile devices! 
  • $27,000 – Secret Character - A secret fifth romance candidate will get their own route! 
  • $30,000 – Cuddling Scenario - Each of the guys will get an extra scenario where they have some quality cuddle time with Rune! 

    Note: Mobile versions may contain only the visual novel. 

    We also have a Tumblr/Facebook campaign going on, where we will be releasing full-body shirtless sprites of all the guys depending on how many notes/shares we get on our Kickstarter posts! Visit our Tumblr by clicking below:

     

     

    Or, visit our Facebook by clicking here:

     

    You can also follow us on twitter here:

     

     

     

     

    • Receive: Your name in the game's credits (Nickname or real name)!

     

    • Receive: A Steam key/digital copy of the game!
    • Plus: Everything from [Thank you!]! 

     

    • Receive: A digital artbook!
    • Plus: Everything from [The Game!]!

     

    • Receive: Access to the beta!  
    • Access to surveys that influence the game!
    • A digital soundtrack!
    • Plus: Everything from [An Artbook!]!

     

    • Receive: A chibi Rune keychain! 
    • Plus: Everything from [Beta and More?!]!

     

     

    • Receive: A physical copy of the game with a custom case!  
    • Plus: Everything from [A Keychain!]! 

     

    • Receive: One additional keychain of one of the romance candidates (your choice)!  
    • Plus: Everything from [A Physical Game!]!

     

    • Receive: A Legend of Rune mini poster!
    • Plus: Everything from [Keychain pair!]!

     

    • Receive: A physical soft-cover copy of the artbook!
    • Plus: Everything from [A Poster!]!

     

    • Receive: The entire Legend of Rune keychain set (5 total)!
    • Plus: Everything from [Physical Artbook!]!

     

    • Receive: A full-body (topless) double-sided dakimakura cover of a candidate of your choice!
    • Plus: Everything from [A Keychain Set!]!

     

    • Receive: A full-body (topless) double-sided dakimakura cover of a candidate of your choice!  
    • A dakimakura pillow!
    • Plus: Everything from [A Keychain Set!]!

     

    • Receive: An upgraded physical hard-cover copy of the artbook!
    • Plus: Everything from [With a Pillow!]!

     

    • You get to design an outfit for one of the guys! You'll also receive a printed illustration of the guy wearing the outfit! (Sorry, no nudity)
    • A special thank you letter from the original creator!
    • A special thank you in the credits!
    • A special Legend of Rune jigsaw puzzle!
    • Plus: Everything from [Hardcover Artbook!]!

     

    • You get to design an enemy character that will be used in the game! You'll also receive a print of your character!  
    • A special thank you letter from the original creator!  
    • A special thank you in the credits!  
    • A special Legend of Rune jigsaw puzzle! 
    • Plus: Everything from [Hardcover Artbook!]!

     

    • You get to design a non-romance character that will be an innkeeper in the game! You'll also receive a print of your character!
    • A special thank you letter from the original creator!
    • A special thank you in the credits!
    • A special Legend of Rune jigsaw puzzle!
    • Plus: Everything from [Hardcover Artbook!]! 

     Note: Designs not final, actual product design may vary.

    Note: You must add a shipping fee to the cost of the item if you have not ordered the [A Poster!] tier or higher.

    Shipping fees: + $2 US shipping, or + $10 international shipping

    To order an add-on, manage your pledge and add the additional amount required to your current pledge. We'll send you a message after the campaign has ended confirming which add-on item you're ordering. Please make sure that you've added on the correct amount!

     

    Receive: A ~ 8" x 6" mouse pad with all five of the guys!

     

    Receive: A physical copy of the Legend of Rune original soundtrack with a custom CD jacket!

    (You can also download a desktop wallpaper version of the mousepad image here):

     

     

    Above is a chart showing how the initial funding will be distributed. $9,500 is the absolute minimum that is needed to create the game. We have an extremely talented team of people who are working to create an amazing game for BL fans to enjoy. Our dream is to become a BL developer that will be continuously working to create high quality games that contain other game elements within them as well. This dream starts with our first official title, Legend of Rune!

    We are putting a generous amount towards the rewards to ensure that we will have enough to cover the cost of producing and shipping the products. Any money not spent on the rewards will instead be used for funding other parts of the game.

    Thank you to everyone who donates to the project! With every donation we get one step closer to our dream becoming a reality!

    Please message us if you are unable to donate via Kickstarter!

    Non-Kickstarter pledges: $51

    Notice: The demo is currently missing some features. It is an extremely early alpha and does not yet have an advanced option menu or save slots (only has checkpoint saves). The UI is not final, the puzzle battles will have more features, and the writing will receive further polish. We will also have our own original soundtrack in the full game. The demo is only optimized for 16:9 aspect ratios but will be optimized for all aspect ratios in the full game.

    The demo puts you past the prologue and into the beginning of chapter 1; where Rune has just awoken in a forest. It has an intro to the puzzle battle system, and takes you through a small part of chapter 1.

    Below are the links to the demo! By default, you can hold alt to speed through the text. And if you die during the battle, hit load on the menu screen to retry!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Writers: SMoth and Ryan

    Sprites, CG, and BG Artist: Fuyuure

    Programmer: SMoth

    Trailer Music: Lionface https://soundcloud.com/lionfacemusic

    Puzzle UI Artist: Atomic-Invasion

    Logo Artist: Potouto

    Chibi Artist: Ayachin

    Voice of Rune: Melifiry

Risks and challenges

Everyone on the team will be using their spare time to work on the project, as we are all working full-time jobs or attending school. We will, however, be working as hard as we can to try to finish the game within a year. We will also be looking into hiring an additional writer to speed along the development process.

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