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Planet Fulcrum is an original turn-based PvP strategic battle game. You design and create your own character, choose their stats and equip personality defined power ups. In Fulcrum the winner is not the player with the higher stats but those with most effective strategy.

We're not exactly strangers to the world of Kickstarter. The eagle eyed among you may have noticed our first appearance on this platform back in May 2013. At the time we had nothing more than the seed of an idea and some pretty cool artwork. Sadly, we failed that time to hit our target. But being stubborn buggers, we were undaunted, and buoyed by the great feedback and interest we received, we pushed on with the project.

As a small team of developers, designers and writers all with 'proper jobs', we've have been working on this project in our spare time. Turning that first seed of an idea into the sharp, polished Alpha version you see here. But we're still far from finished.

We've already got a fully playable battle demo and a fully functioning persona creator, so the constituent parts of the full game already exist. But to really bring this game to life we need to fully integrate the two and doing that will require more time and more resources.

That's why we're calling on the amazing Kickstarter community to give us a hand. With your help we can create a truly great game that will reflect the generosity of your investment. Whether you're pledging, or whether your not, thanks for taking the time to check us out.

When it comes to battle think Top Trumps, and you're on a pretty solid foundation. But Planet Fulcrum is so much more than stat vs stat.

Battles are turn-based with stat selection utilising an intuitive, user friendly drag and drop interface. Each turn is governed by an ascending timer, so the quicker you make a selection the more powerful your attack.

  • Each character has 8 ability stats choose from
  • The order of play is determined in round 1. It's a race to strike first
  • After this each player takes a turn to attack and defend
  • Attack by dragging your chosen stat into the timer ring in the centre of the screen
  • Your opponent must then match your chosen stat in the same way to defend
  • At the end of each round contextual boosts are awarded depending on battle variables like speed of strike or momentum shifts. 
  • These populate the blue bar at the top of the screen and allow you to increase the value of your next selected stat, if you wish
  • First to 5 rounds wins

So far, so simple. But here's where the personality power ups come in and they are real game changers. These bronze, silver or gold jettons, situated in the centre of the HUD are governed by the characters personality type. E.g. A chaotic personality will have access to the "timer reduce" power up. Which reduces the amount of time your opponent has to counter your attack, giving you the upper hand and causing them, chaos.

Each subtle nuance of a characters personality will allow, or restrict access to certain power ups. And each one has the potential to turn a losing stat into winning one. So in the arena of battle mastery over your characters personality and traits is every bit as essential as building a formidable stat total.

Upon arrival, players will be asked to choose their alignment. There are 3 factions to choose from each with their own unique advantages and disadvantages. Choose wisely as your alignment will dictate much of your characters make up and therefore how you will play the game.

Honest, noble and fair. They play the role of our protector, guarding against those who seek to corrupt our realm.

The Guardian way

  • Ranked hierarchy depending on overall power, ability and experience level
  • The "Divine Exemplar" is the single highest ranking Guardian
  • Cannot battle other members of the Guardian faction
  • Dominance ensures the planet will be under "Guardian Protection" 

Guardian Protection

  • Will receive a higher boost to fulcra gained from battle than any other faction
  • Can acquire new powers and upgrades at a discounted rate of fulcra

Savage, ruthless and cruel. They lust for the supreme power of Planet Fulcrum and believe gaining it will place our entire universe in their grasp.

The Overlord way

  • Ranked hierarchy depending on overall power, ability and experience level
  • The "Dark Paragon" is the single highest ranking Overlord
  • Can battle against any persona on Planet Fulcrum
  • Dominance ensures the planet will be under "Overlord Subjugation" 

Overlord Subjugation

  • Only highest ranking Overlords receive increased Fulcra in victory
  • Only highest ranking Overlords can acquire new powers and upgrades at a substantially discounted rate, with "The Dark Paragon" taking the majority of the spoils
  • The lowest ranking Overlords receive no boost or discount

Ambiguous, enigmatic and alone. They care not for the baubles and accolades which accompany victory, Nomads live only for the glory of battle.

The Nomad way

  • No hierarchy or ranking structure
  • The most powerful Nomad earns the title of "Celestial Huntsman"
  • Can battle against any persona on Planet Fulcrum
  • Nomads always receive an accelerated boost to Fulcra gained from battle
  • Dominance ensures the planet will return to its "Natural State"

Natural State

  • All inhabitants will receive a nominal boost to Fulcra gained from battle and can acquire new powers and upgrades at a standard rate, regardless of their ranking or faction

You've chosen your faction. Now it's time to create your very own persona.

There are 6 body types to choose from. With an array of genre spanning outfits available to get you started. Wanna be warrior? No problem. Prefer the look of a wizened old wizard? We've got you covered. So mix, match, recolour and create to your hearts content. The limits are those of your own imagination.

The next step is to tell us a bit about your persona. What is their name? From where do they hail? What class of warrior are they? And most importantly. What is their defining ability?

All are key decisions that contribute to carving out your individual path. 

Selecting a warrior type, for example will determine which outfits and upgrades are easier to acquire. Whereas your defining ability represents your most powerful stat which will mean distinct advantages or disadvantages over other defining abilities.

A pre-populated narrative is then extrapolated from the details provided to form your origin story.

If you're feeling really creative though, you have an opportunity tell Planet Fulcrum the true tale of who you are and how you came to be. 

You will then be greeted by the founding member of your chosen faction, who won’t waste anytime in putting you through your paces. They will also act as a guiding voice throughout the rest of the game, giving you valuable insight into honing your abilities and harnessing your personality.

In Planet Fulcrum your abilities are the tools with which you dismantle your opponents.

These will be predefined based on the sections made when choosing your origins. But can be customised depending on preference.

It is here that you will find your defining ability. At its most basic level it will double your attack when used. At its most complex it can be allied to certain outfits and weapons which will further enhance its destructive force.

Personality they say, makes relationships stand the test of time. In Planet Fulcrum, personality and how you use it, can be the difference between victory and defeat.

As with abilities, your personality sliders will be predefined based on your origin story but can also be fully customised, should wish.

Your personality is displayed in the form of sixteen sliders, each one represents a trait and therefore a differing persona jetton that can be used in battle.

The position of the sliders decide which personality your persona possesses. However these values can fluctuate based on in game behaviour.  You may have pinned yourself as a brave warrior, but behave in consistent cowardly manner and your personality will reflect it.

There are 3 types of battle to choose. 

Story mode 

Tackle the existing roster of characters and bosses within the Planet Fulcrum narrative. You can also to earn fulcra, unlock outfits and weapons to enhance your persona.

Challenge

Train with allies and settle grudges with your arch enemies by calling them out!

Ranking 

Pit your wits against the rest of the world, contributing to planetary dominance for the good of your faction, scoring valuable ranking points for yourself and ultimately playing for keeps on the battleground as you attempt to strip your opponent of their ability points to enhance your own. You’ll also develop positive and negative in-game relationships in the form of allies and arch-enemies, allowing you to build your own collection of battle pals.

Risks and challenges

As we're a small team of developers, designers and writers, the Planet Fulcrum project has been a part-time venture and until now, entirely self funded. As a result, we may need to hire contractors to take care of smaller jobs like helping with promotional work, or additional battle scenery. However, the majority of funding will be used to ensure the game has polish, balance and cover the many other expenses involved in a project of this scope.

The customisation of the pledges are a one to one liaison with the backer. And we expect some creative challenges. So we have have built as much time as we feel is needed for creating to an external specification.

Like all software development projects, bug are expected. To combat this we will be releasing beta to the community first who will help us crack the case. From here we will iteratively update the game as soon and often as possible.

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    ALPHA LEVEL 1: PERSONA CREATION
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    ALPHA LEVEL 2: BATTLE DEMO
    Get into the fight with full access to our playable Alpha Battle Demo, The Founding Divide. Battle now with existing characters Angelus or Mammon and earn XP to unlock bonus character Thoth. Use our online matchmaking or challenge the AI and start honing your skills and strategies before full release.

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    A kickstarter exclusive goodie box containing a strategy guide, faction t-shirt of your choice, posters and a mini comic of the faction backstory. You'll also receive a digital copy of the full game and 500 fulcra to enhance your stats. (100 is the standard start point). Complete alpha access is also included.

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    BESPOKE LEVEL 1: RESERVE YOUR CHARACTER'S NAME
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    BESPOKE LEVEL 2: CUSTOM WEAPON
    Work with the Fulcrum team to design your own custom handheld weapon for use in the game. Your deadly masterpiece will be envy of the battlefield! Goodie box, starter kit 500, full game and complete alpha access included.

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