A 2.5D sidescrolling action RPG for iOS devices that vividly depicts an epic retro-fantasy, sword and sorcery saga. Read more
This project was successfully funded on December 20, 2011.
About this project
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About God of Blades
God of Blades is a 2.5D sidescrolling action RPG for iOS devices that vividly depicts an epic retro-fantasy, sword and sorcery saga. Players assume the role of a nameless spectral king standing resolute against the march of a devouring, void-crazed horde on a dying world. Wrenching this world from the grasp of oblivion, the player wields phantom blades forged from the legends and heritage of the vanishing planet. Emergent, physics-driven swordplay, procedurally generated nemeses, and persistent character development propel the player through lush environments crafted in the fashion of traditional Japanese narrative scrolls and 18th and 19th century moving panorama.
God of Blades is more than just a sidescrolling adventure. The game is conceived of as a re-interpretation of a series lost 1940s-1970s paperpack novels that once formed a rich fantasy universe but have been erased from our collective memory. The covers of these novels are slowly being unveiled on our website and will continue to be released throughout production. We’re asking players to think about memory, culture, and loss in terms of stories, books, and the communities that love them. What happens to us when our stories disappear? What if we could stop it? We want to repurpose and redirect our love of sidescrolling brawlers and RPGs to promote communities and literacy. To do this, God of Blades will be incorporating real world data into the game in innovative ways.
Who's Making God of Blades?
White Whale Games is a newly formed studio in Austin, TX. White Whale designs and develops games that thoughtfully present the player with elegant, meaningful, and realized worlds. The core team is made up of Jason Rosenstock, George Royer, and Jo Lammert.
Jo Lammert recently earned her MS in Information Studies in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, with a focus in digital collections, digital libraries and social media. She previously lived in Los Angeles, and worked on a variety of projects in production and development, from cartoons to soap operas.
In addition, we're working with a fantastic programmer (Adrian Lopez-Mobilia), an animator (Jesse Slate), and a composer (Justin Kovar), all hard at work to build the universe that is God of Blades.
Since July, the White Whale team has funded all business operating costs and production costs, purchasing software, hardware, and licenses for iOS devices. In that short time and on that small budget we have created a beautiful universe. For the White Whale team, this is a full-time project, with a tightly managed project schedule. We’re eager to bring this game to phones and iPads everywhere without delay, but our personal resources are running low. To keep momentum, we need your help. An intense amount of time is still needed to be put towards gameplay, design, sound effects. We want to make sure our team members are compensated for their time and talent. The support we receive on Kickstarter will help keep our team afloat and help us give God of Blades the polish it deserves.
We’re extraordinarily grateful for any support we receive, and we want to show our gratitude with some fantastic God of Blades rewards. Everyone who donates from the $10 and up level will receive a copy of God of Blades upon release. We also have our first batch of White Whale t-shirts from Austin Screenprinting, and they look sharp.
Whatever your contribution is, we want to let you know how extraordinarily appreciative we are. We’re making it a mission to personally contact every single contributor, and thank them. Should our Kickstarter be successful, anything we do from that point on will be because of your help!
God of Blades is a unique and ambitious project. We hope you will consider supporting God of Blades through Kickstarter. A successful Kickstarter will keep God of Blades on schedule and bring the game to your phones and iPads in 2012! For those who can’t donate, even encouragement via Twitter, Facebook, or email means the world to us.
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Pledge $1 or more
Our heartfelt thanks- every dollar counts!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $10 or more
Receive a copy of God of Blades upon release!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
In addition to a copy of God of Blades, receive a White Whale Games screenprint shirt!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
In addition to all of the above (God of Blades game and shirt!), you will receive one of five limited edition prints from the God of Blades lost novel cover series!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
All five of the limited edition God of Blades lost novel cover prints are yours! And of course, you also get the White Whale Games shirt and God of Blades!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $200 or more
All of the above, plus a limited edition art book of the God of Blades universe (this will be printed following release of the game)!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
All of the above, plus pledges at this level will have their name featured as an author of one of the God of Blades lost novel covers!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
At the $1000 pledge level, you will receive all of the above, plus you receive White Whale Games VIP honors. We'll praise you on Twitter and our blog, keep in constant communication through production, and if you're in the central Texas area, we'll take you to dinner, courtesy of White Whale Games!Estimated delivery:
- (35 days)