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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 2 2019
Last updated October 2, 2019

Revery Rebirth (Canceled)

Turn-Based RPG with elements of music and puzzles.

Revery Rebirth (Canceled)

Turn-Based RPG with elements of music and puzzles.

$7,610
pledged of $60,000pledged of $60,000 goal
99
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 2 2019
Last updated October 2, 2019

About

available for Windows

Welcome to Caarmellum, a land where music is magic! Follow Ares and his band as they discover rising threats in their world while learning the history behind it. As a band of musicians, you’ll find new songs to learn as you explore forests, caves, bustling towns and other remote locations. In battle, play a song by yourself, or play as a full band to unleash a massive elemental spell upon your foes. In dungeons, you’ll find music theory themed puzzles that will challenge you as well as teach you about music. Will you join Ares on this fantastical adventure?

Key features

  •  Turn-based battles with music based combat.
  • Songs and motifs written for different instruments for all of the characters.
  • Complex element system for heightened strategy in battle.
  • Music theory based puzzles, creating new types of ways to solve puzzles while also educating the player.
  • LGBTQ+ characters and narratives that omit tropes and stereo-types.
  • Sprawling soundtrack written by Michael Elmquist as well as original songs by other musicians.
  • Thousands of original pixel art assets, all hand crafted.
  • Character arcs that focus on several versions of the human condition.
  • A complex linear narrative set across an immersive fantasy world.

A big part of Revery Rebirth’s narrative is exploring familiar human struggles: love, loss, abandonment, sexuality and addiction, to name a few. This isn’t limited to our protagonists, but also the antagonists. 



Our artist, Alex Michels, is putting together all of the art he has done for Revery Rebirth, including sketches, first-drafts and more. Further on, he's working on a collection of comics which shine a light onto the characters of Revery Rebirth. With the Artbook and Comic tier, you'll get these in PDF form.

Sketches of Olly and Ares' comic chronicles.
Sketches of Olly and Ares' comic chronicles.

With the Bestiary/Pet Tier, you'll be able to design a creature that you find in one of the overworld maps, dungeons, caves, mazes, etc. However, if we make the Pet Stretch Goal, then instead of a creature, you'll be able to design a pet that can join your band. This will be a lore friendly creature, but one that's pretty open to creativity. Upon creation, you'll also let us know how you imagine the creature's attacks to be, and where you'd like to see it.

With the Dungeon Dweller Tier, you'll be able to work with us to design a cave or dungeon somewhere in the world. It could be an obvious optional place to find some treasure and level up, or it could be a hidden place only few know about. You'll also work with us to decide what kind of music should be in there, as well as what kind of baddies, puzzles and treasure.

If you'd like to go further, we can also work to add in some narrative undertones to help your creation feel like a part of the world as a whole. 


Through-out the world of Caarmellum, you'll come across various music venues. Depending on the day, a different band will be playing. With the Rock Star Tier, you'll be able to create a band that is playing in these venues! If you're in a band yourself, then you can help us include your own band in the game with one of your own songs! Each time a band plays, there will be a poster you can interact with that will tell you more about the band whether if it's a real band or created for Revery Rebirth.

Below is an example of a real-life band you'll see in Revery Rebirth called 'Clint Michigan'. They'll be playing their song 'Centuries'.







You start Revery Rebirth as Ares on Croix Island. Ares is finishing his last few days of music school before returning to the main island of Caarmellum. Not long after he returns, he hears about a nearby town that is all but completely demolished. Ares initially does not want anything to do with it, but becomes roped into a long and winding narrative of different perspectives and revelations of the world's history. On your journey you meet several different characters, some of who will join your band and your adventure. 


We've been working on Revery Rebirth casually for the past two years and during this time, assets were redone, mechanics were added or taken away and the creation of the game's base coding was finished. Now all we need to push Revery Rebirth to the end goal is your help in funding Revery Rebirth. This will help us work full-time to create the rest of the assets (of which there will be a lot), write all of the music, and spend time working on dynamic cut-scenes.

Another big reason to do this on Kickstarter is to reach out to the fans of Turn-Based Role-Playing Games and musicians. We're hoping to create new stories and gameplay systems that will make you fall in love with the genre all over again and collaborate with musicians to create a genre-breaking game. All the while, we want your feedback so we truly can do something for the community. 


It's important for us to have a connection with the people who will support Revery Rebirth's Kickstarter, as well as anyone who plays the game. We have a handful of different social media presences that you'll be able to connect with us. You'll see them linked below. 

A big goal for Revery Rebirth is to create character narratives that are more familiar to us on Earth. We want to spend time exploring human struggles, and so, we very much would like to hear from you. If you, or a friend, has a story or message you feel should be better represented through our video game, please let us know. Looking forward to hearing from you!!


We're Rhys and Michael, the creators behind Revery Rebirth. Rhys primarily works on the coding, while Michael does the art assets, music and story. We've built up a friendship over a decade, which started with creating online Role Playing stories, and has grown into developing a video game. We're very excited to make a game that all RPG fans young and old will have a fantastic time playing!

Risks and challenges

Like all things, the range of un-predictability during development can make the production take longer. However, we've worked very hard to get a very solid amount of the game done before this Kickstarter so that we feel fully confident that we can deliver a quality product on time.

We aim to be very transparent with all of our backers during the process about how things are going, as well as giving updates on content that is created.

Post-Kickstarter, it will be a lot of work - and a lot of fun - creating a new fantasy world we can all get lost in and tell stories about in the future.

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