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About this project

Dark Empire is the creation of fans of classic RPGs and tabletop games. Set in a colonial type world tinkering on the brink of war between a powerful but thinly spread Empire and a desperate, idealistic rebellion. Underneath it all a sinister plot is unfolding that threatens both sides. As Maxum, you will be thrust into this world and its conflict and be forced to make some tough choices about your allies, your ideals, and what you are willing to sacrifice.

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"Small studio, big ideas. That's what I like to see." - Akinwale Lakeru, Nintendo of America

"I highly recommend following Dark Empire, especially if you’re a fan of games like Baldur’s Gate and Planescape: Torment, as Dark Empire looks to fill the sorely missed niche of those games." -James Bartholomeou, IndieLove

Story

The war was over.

A hundred years and more deaths than could be reckoned the Empire forged itself into every corner of the world. The Empire has brought a peace that none of the kingdoms before could obtain. For the first time in centuries the arts and sciences have found their bearings and the people are allowed to flourish.

Yet, peace breeds other thoughts. Where kings and queens took their vigil now sits only one, who is supreme in all. The discontent fills where the dust has yet to settle and at present the Rebellion builds its numbers, reaching back to ideals long gone. Freedom for the Rebellion tastes sweeter than any offering of peace.

Dear Hero, the call of action should sting in your blood and pull you forward, for this world sits on its precipice. Will you join the Rebellion and seek to restore the freedom and chaos of the world before? Or will you stand with the Empire and protect the peace that offers advancements hardly dreamed?

The choice shall be yours.

Features

Player Driven Story

It’s an empire, not a hallway

Over the course of the game players will have to make decisions that will affect the story and the world at large. Towns will flourish or die, allies will be won and lost, powerful enemies will be made. Dynamic party and NPC dialogue will change with your actions. The entire plot will branch based on major decisions throughout the story.

Tactical Turn Based Battle System

The right thing at the wrong time is the wrong thing.

Our take on the classic Turn Based system promotes thinking through your actions as opposed to just selects “attack” as fast as you can. Attacks take time, time in which your opponent will also be attacking you. Do you choose quick attacks to get the first strike in, or slower but stronger attacks to finish your opponent off in one blow? With a myriad of options such as magic mixing and combat stances at your disposal, a well coordinated assault will spell victory against even the most powerful of enemies.


Open Character Building

Rub some dirt on that scrape and get back in the field, soldier!

Characters are not restricted to simple classes. Any character in your party can be advanced to your preferences. Do you want to teach the priest Opal some arcane magic? Sure! Want Raven to abandon her bow and get up close and personal with a sword? Why not! You choose what abilities and attributes they gain when they gain a level in a system with a wide variety of options.

Equipment

An arsenal at your disposal. Choose wisely.

The world of Dark Empire has a long history of conflict, and as such, is home to generations of weapons and armor. You will have over one hundred different classes of weapons available to choose from, including swords, lances, daggers, bows, cannons, and guns. Each piece is unique, crafted by a blacksmith with care as marked by their symbol somewhere on the handle. You will find that blacksmiths tend to favor certain weapon qualities to others. It’s up to you to find the highest quality weapons you can to prepare for upcoming battles.

Dynamic Events

Well...that was unexpected.

Very soon after the game starts, Maxum is set loose upon the world. Don’t let the lack of apparent activity on the world map fool you, anything can happen. When exploring outside of cities, random encounters may happen. The operative word here is encounters (not battles). Sometimes you will come across a landmark, or an item, or an obstacle. You may meet some people along the road simply passing by, or roving highwaymen. It’s up to you to decide how to handle these situations. Remember, choices have consequences. It's said that the greatest victory is the battle not fought. Sparse patrolling is not a license to become a barbarian, and your friends and those you meet along the way will be witness to your actions.

Characters

Maxum Brice
Maxum Brice
Aurelia, of the Rebellion
Aurelia, of the Rebellion
Emperor Vladimir Radek
Emperor Vladimir Radek
Captain Conroy
Captain Conroy
Jasmine
Jasmine

Music

Tell me you don't want to back just to hear more of this soundtrack?

Pledge Rewards

$5: Early Bird Tier: DRM-Free download of the game at launch. For early backers.

$10: Basic Tier: DRM-Free download of the game at launch.

$15: Combo Tier: Download of the game at launch and digital soundtrack.

$25: Backer Tier: Download of the game, digital soundtrack, digital artbook, design notes, and name in the credits as a backer.

$35: Cameo Tier: An NPC in the game will have your name. Ever dreamed of standing in one place commenting on the weather or the the introducing travelers to your village? Also includes all previous rewards.

$50: Art Lover Tier: Print of one of our amazing action scenes, plus all previous rewards. Please include an additional $10 for international shipping outside of the US.

$75: Trinket Tier: A small trinket of the Dark Empire gears to add to your collectibles. This 9cm x 9cm keepsake is available as a kickstarter reward only and will never be offered again. Get yourself this trinket and remember being a part of Dark Empire right from the start. Please include an additional $10 for international shipping outside of the US.

Trinket, Working Design
Trinket, Working Design

$100: Designer Tier: Work with the team to develop your own enemy. Have an idea of a crazy monster, or a weird power? Now is your chance to get it in a game, and then kill it. Get your name in the credits as a Designer. Includes all rewards from the Trinket Tier and below. Limited.

$250: Developer Tier: Work with the team to develop your own Event/Dungeon. Have a winding dungeon maze you have always wanted to test players against, or a puzzle you are really proud of? Pit Maxum and his party against it! Get your name in the credits as a Developer. Includes all rewards from the Trinket Tier and below. Limited.


Stretch Goals

$7,500: New Game+ mode.

$10,000: Linux, Mac, Wii U releases.

$15,000: ??? (To be announced later)


PTFGames

PTFGames are gaming enthusiasts of various backgrounds and experiences, including an experienced lead programmer with published games on the Windows Ap market, a published mathematician with years of computer simulation experience, a seasoned fantasy writer, a brilliant composer, as well as a couple of talented artists.

Risks and challenges

Dark Empire is a highly ambitious project, which is why we have so much talent directed at it. There is always the right that our ambitions will have to be reigned in if they prove too impossible. Delays due to the varying schedules of the members of the team is also a possibility.

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