Frequently Asked Questions
Linux is now being supported. Check update #6 in the updates tab fro more info.Last updated:
From the outset, our plan has been to provide a template and then convert what you give us automatically. Obviously we won't have the capacity to recreate over 1000 symbols by hand. We'll be talking more about the template before the campaign ends so you can see if it's something you can commit to!
As for sorting through each crest, it looks like we are going to have a huge library of images. When you submit your crest it will include a survey which allows you to assign a name to it, as well as categorize it with tags such as "animal" or "weapon". This will allow players to search for their tag or just see everything of a particular category.Last updated:
The Banner Saga as it exists in this Kickstarter will be a complete story in its own right. In terms of a larger story arc, it represents the first part of a three-part trilogy that has already been planned out. We don't yet have a timeline for the full trilogy, as our first priority is to complete Chapter 1 of The Banner Saga and see where that takes us!
Our goal is that when all chapters are complete, each game will both stand on their own, AND form a fantastic and cohesive whole, like any great series of books, movies, or games.
Chapter 1 of the game will not be a short 2-hour fling. Depending on how much we raise during this campaign the length of the game will vary.
The decisions you make and characters you build in Chapter 1 of the game will carry over into the other chapters of the game.
Why not just make one complete game from the start? Developing all three parts of the game could take some time and as an indie developer we can't afford to fund a 2-year development cycle. We decided to make it into a trilogy to keep people interested in the game and get it to players sooner.
We've just recently decided to give the full 3-part game away to anyone who donates (or has already donated) $50 or more to the campaign. It's our thanks for making this campaign such an amazing success!Last updated:
To keep it simple we'd like to keep it to four simple guidelines:
1) no sexual content (sorry). That means no genitals, innuendo or implied phallus hidden in the negative space.
2) No trademarked or otherwise plagiarized logos.
3) Try to keep things in a vaguely appropriate theme. If you've really got to get your spaceship logo in there it's not a big deal, but please try to hold off on the assault rifles and trollface guys.
4) It has to be an graphic image or icon. We can't put text on a banner.
For now, just sit back and relax. We literally can't start working on prizes until the campaign has ended, but then we'll be sending out an email to all the donators explaining just how to submit your design.Last updated:
We're already looking into getting the game up on the major distribution sites including the ever-popular Steam. Believe me, we'll let you know as soon as we do!Last updated:
Yes, we've included the additional cost of shipping for each individual prize (some are heavier than others). Please check out the description of the prize before donating. You do NOT need to add up the total cost for each additional level.Last updated:
All submissions must be digital (no mailing us napkins with sketches on them), which means either drawing it on your computer or scanning in a hand-drawn image. We're working out a convenient way to make sure everyone's submission will make it into the game but we don't expect it to be very complicated.Last updated:
DRM-free = yes. We have no intention of installing invasive software on your computer.
You will always have the option of downloading a standalone version of the game to play on your hard drive, if you prefer not to use services like Steam.Last updated:
We consider the first part of The Banner Saga to be a complete game in its own right. We also plan to make The Banner Saga a trilogy. Once all three parts are finished they will tie together to form the entire trilogy and one big story arc. Your progress from Chapter 1 will carry over into Chapter 2 and 3. We will be releasing Chapter 1 first, then 2 and then 3 as soon as each part is complete. In case you miss out on donating, all 3 parts of the game can still be purchased after the Kickstarter campaign ends!
Still need more info? Check the long version below!Last updated:
As it turns out, we're already on board with the idea, and we've been funding projects that we think could be something amazing with our own cash, which we'll continue to do as long as cool projects pop up. We're as into playing games as we are making them.Last updated:
Once the campaign has ended we'll be sending out surveys to find out all the shirt sizes we need. We can cover any of the major sizes for both genders.Last updated:
Mind powers! Also, once the campaign has ended we'll be sending out surveys to find out which image you'd like.Last updated:
Because the items in our game will provide passive bonuses, they can include anything that is a wearable item: earrings, necklace, ring, hair jewelry, bracers, shoes, boots, gloves, brooch, shoulder pad, sash, belt, buckle, weapon attachment, pommel wrap, rune carving, etc etc.
What we cannot do is change the weapon in a character's hand. This would complicate out animation and item system beyond the scope of what we can handle. If you have something similar to a weapon you'd really like to get in the game email us and we'll work with to find a way to fit it in, either as a wearable "secondary" weapon, like a side dagger or as an element of their equipped weapon.Last updated:
Believe me, we would love to offer a version of the game in box form but we have been unable to find somebody who could produce this for a good price while keeping the prize relatively cheap. Producing a physical box, printing a game manual and burning CDs is time consuming and expensive, and usually only becomes cost-effective in the hundreds of thousands of copies.
If you can do the job or know someone who can, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Last updated:
No worries, when the Kickstarter campaign ends we'll be sending out a survey allowing you to pick which platform you'd like your copy of the game. We know some gamers consider Steam to be DRM, so we'll be offering the game for direct download to your harddrive, free to play locally.
That said, we will not be hosting our own multiplayer servers. Mutliplayer will require you to use an existing service such as Steam, which we talk more about at a later date.Last updated:
Aren't there already viking gods like Odin and Loki? Will you be mucking with them for the Transcendence prize?
The Banner Saga is strongly influenced by viking culture, but is not using actual Norse mythology. Instead, we have our own mythology and history, and our own reasons for the end of the world and what happens in the story. Each god in The Banner Saga is a new creation.Last updated:
While we don't yet know the exact numbers (and we're still actively optimizing the game), being completely 2D gives us the advantage of running at a fairly low minimum spec. We'll give you specifics as soon as we know ourselves.Last updated:
Update #1: Oh my... over 2000 backers on day 1? We can't believe the amount of support we've already gotten... a huge thank you to everyone who has already donated!
Due to overwhelming demand, we've added a special $50 reward for those of you who want JUST the poster and game. Check out the new reward to the right!
Update #2: YOU DID IT. Unbelievable! You've helped us achieve our goal in under two days. From all of us at Stoic we're so incredibly grateful! The second update is ready to go for all the backers that contributed, and again: thank you!
Update #3: 150% on day three? Holy moly. We've also put up a new survey in the official update #3 tab about languages, so check it out.
Update #4: This is insane! Over 200% in four days! We are in awe. We've been thinking about what we can do to thank you guys and have some really great ideas we'll be talking about soon.
Additionally, we've gotten so many requests to make Paypal easier to use that we've added a direct link to Paypal donations. See the "International Friends" section below if you're interested in donating through Paypal.
Update 5: Lost in the void of the internet. But it was big news. Any pledges at $50 and up get the full game! See the updates tab for more info.
Update #6: We're late to the 300% party! Whew, we almost don't know what to say anymore. What we will say is that after being buried (in a good way) beneath emails and comments we've finally gotten back to some honest-to-goodness production so we'll have more to show in the near future. We've also been talking to a ton of talented composers, QA, testers and other professionals about bringing more help on board.
Update #6: First of all: 400%. Unbelievable.So we've just announced a veritable avalanche of new collaborators: Austin Wintory (composer of Journey) for music, Kpow Audio (sound team on LA Noire), Powerhouse Animation (Epic Mickey, DC Universe, and others) for animation. And a new prize tier! MADNESS. Check out Update #6!
Update 7: 500% at the start of our last week! Have we mentioned thank you?? Austin himself has a special message that we've shared in a video on our latest update. He's offering a mind-boggling array of musical prizes to help us afford an all-out full orchestral score. Check out the latest update!Last updated:
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