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Greetings! My name is Raul, I’m a graphic artist and game enthusiast from Germantown Maryland, and I’m here to talk to you about my project, Ancient Lands!

Title Art
Title Art

Initial Details:

The beauty of a great strategy game is great depth presented in a simple, easy to pick up and learn way, and that is what Ancient Lands will strive to do, that is why from the very start of development play-testing has been the greatest priority, looks are a close second, but I find that a great game is one that keeps you coming back for more.

With this in mind, I have ensured that the play mechanics are simple and intuitive, not overly simplistic but not requiring a dictionary to understand either. Balance is key. 

How the game works:

In the game you start with one tent and one field, your goal is to build your settlement into a thriving city. Each player will receive their own "building board where they will research technologies, purchase items and erect structures to collect resources.

Building Board Prototype
Building Board Prototype

Each player creates their own world in front of them on the table by "discovering" different terrain on their turn.

Terrain Tiles
Terrain Tiles

Let’s talk pieces. Here are some of the stars of our game:

As you can see we have the ever popular “meeples” as well as some houses and gold resources making an appearance, which represents how these game items will be presented in the game; resources and buildings will be represented by actual pieces instead of cardboard chits. I personally love the feel of an actual molded piece in my hands when playing a great strategy game, and I know you do too.

Since I am a graphic artist, having 10 years of experience in photoshop and adobe illustrator, much (if not all) of the artwork will be produced by me. If further help is needed, I will contract another artist to get the right feel for the game. All this will be included in the updates.

By a gamer, for the gamers:

Since this is a project that will be for lovers of the strategy genre like me, I believe it is important to have good communication with my backers, this is for you after all! That is why there will be regular semimonthly development updates here on Kickstarter, which will include prototypes, play test results and more.

I am always interested in what other players believe will make this game better, so in addition, if funded, I will set up a separate website that will include updates and, from time to time, questions on how certain features can add to your experience of the game.

Finally, if funding exceeds the target goal, although this is a limited run to put a quality game in the hands of both budding and experienced strategists, I will either bring the finished product to a publishing company or manufacture the games on my own so that this game can be available to many more smiling faces.

Thank you for your support! Let’s get started!

Risks and challenges

This is a great project to be working on, and if funded, I would love to get everyone's rewards out within six months after the project is funded, it is quite a challenge, but I am by nature a meticulous and orderly snob, so following a set schedule will help keep me on track, any delays will be reported immediately, but I'm confident that everyone will get their rewards on time, you are all worth the effort! A calendar will be added to the website to serve this purpose.

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