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Brigands and Barbarians is an indie RPG for iPad with a heavy emphasis on cartography and puzzles.

In Brigands and Barbarians HD you will find an interactive world map (by Ascension) that you can scroll and numerous monsters including skeleton pirates, goblins, gazers, and the Ash Dragon!  5 Avatar types to choose from and a unique combat system that uses all of your weapons and castings in a JRPG style. This indie RPG has a heavy emphasis on cartography, riddles, and combat.

New audio content - coming in an update soon

Another huge part of this project and Kickstarter is trust in you the backers, trust in those of us Kickstarting these projects, and a shared journey.  The basic apps are in place so you will watch them grow from day one through the delivery date via app updates, that is our shared journey.  As far as trust I am going to make the iPhone version of Brigands and Barbarians free right now because I trust that if you like it you will back the improvements to it and the iPad version.  You can download the iPhone / iPod version form the App Store here.

Creating an Avatar
Creating an Avatar

This Kickstarter will bring new content to the World of Charedon.  Dungeons to explore, towns to trade in, towers to scale.  A major content and artwork update will happen as we bring artists on board to refine the style and look of the game.  You will receive this new content as it gets integrated through updates to the iPad app Brigands and Barbarians

That is right you don't have to wait, you start playing today and get updates along the way!  Where appropriate the content will also be ported to the iPhone / iPod app as well.  We will make the iPad app available for free a few days after the Kickstarter ends and payments are processed, all backers at $2 and above will receive a backer only update when this is available.  

A  deadly Gazer in the iPhone App
A deadly Gazer in the iPhone App

I love cartography and it shows in our list of what the initial funding will allow us to add:

  • Custom City and Town maps
  • Expanded World map
  • JRPG style Town and City theme songs
  • 10 multi-level Dungeon and Tower maps
  • 15 new Creatures
  • 5 new Avatar types
  • 3 new Combat Maps
  • Weapons, Armor, and Inventory artwork
  • Pirates
  • Zombies
  • Zombie Pirates

Below is a cavern tile by Marc Gilbert that will be in the next update to the iPad app.

New Content and Artwork
New Content and Artwork

Ever since I wrote my first color adventure game on the Apple ][e I have been working on indie role-playing games.  I have been an indie for 20 years and have the shareware and bargain bin scars to prove it.  I wrote shareware character generators for RPGs and dice rolling programs.  Shareware was amazing because you interacted directly with your users this is the same experience backers on Kickstarter have and I can't wait.  The bargain bin and bargain publishers were another stories, let's just say the AppStore is a big step up! 

The Past
The Past

But now we live in the era of app stores and open consoles.  This is the time for developers and gamers to work together with nobody to stop us from making the games we want.  We live in a world where we can Kick It Forward.  And this project will be part of Brian Fargo's Kicking It Forward movement.

As we move into this future I am ready to take Brigands and Barbarians HD to the next level and that means replacing the programmer art and adding a ton of new content.

Charedon
Charedon

We will be creating a special PDF rulebook for backers that will include the names of the Knights, Champions, and Defenders of Charedon!  Also included will be a forward or dedication from the Executive Producers.

Certain backer goals enable new platforms for the game, including, Windows 7, Mac OS X, Windows 8, Surface, or Kindle Tablets. Other goals unlock new creatures and avatar types of the backers choosing.  But that is just the beginning we can add new platforms and a table-top multi-player mode as well. 

Stretch Goal 1 - Back to the Mac

If we exceed $25,000 the first stretch goal will be unlocked, Brigands and Barbarians HD will be coming to the Mac App Store along with any other unlocked platforms.  And once it is on the Mac the stage is set for the next major stretch goals.

A small town in Charedon
A small town in Charedon

Stretch Goal 2 - Tabletop Mode

At $100,000 we add a major multi-player mode, the game will have a special mode that allows it play against other iPad and Mac owners in a table top setting.  When you finally get your gang together to role-play you don't want to have to spend all of your time on paper work, you want to be able to get to gaming.  This mode will keep track of your avatars and combat.  Also a special table top PDF rulebook will be created for all backers $10 and up to use for lightning fast old-school gaming.  Imagine your game master with using a Mac as their GM screen.  And your avatar sheets being iPads.  That one player that is always reading the spell book or shopping in down for a ten foot pole won't slow down play.  (We used to hit them with empty 2 litter soda bottles less hi-tech but it worked).

Avatar Sheets
Avatar Sheets


Stretch Goal 3 - Gamemaster Mode

$250,000 Gamemaster mode is unlocked, the multi-player mode will include a GM mode that let's you build encounters and dungeons for your players to adventure in.  You can hurl new creatures and traps at them right from your iPad every GM's dream!

Custom Dungeons
Custom Dungeons

Imagine your group each with their own tablet but they are wirelessly connected to the gamemasters laptop or tablet.  In the center of you gaming group is a pico projector, large touch screen, or an augmented reality enhanced miniature setup.  You can use as much or as little of this equipment as you want in this mode, all of it designed to enhance play.

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Additional platforms will take additional time for development. Games not on iOS or OS X platform will not be ready till December 2014.

Since Brigands and Barbarians HD is already available you can start enjoy the app now and then enjoy the updates as the new content this project enables comes online.

If the free apps are unlocked the week will start right after this Kickstarter ends.

If we are build for a platform like Steam Box, OUYA, or X-Box Live Indie games and the platform goes away or is delayed that will obviously effect us. We will contact the backer that picked that platform and ask them to choose another platform or if a delay is acceptable.

FAQ

  • Open the App Store from your iPad home screen and scroll down to the bottom of the App Store main screen. You'll see a "Redeem" button. Just tap on the button and you can enter the code you have.

    The app should download automatically after you enter the code.

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  • Go ahead and download the iPhone/iPod version at http://appstore.com/BrigandsAndBarbarians and see, it is free during the Kickstarter and if you like don't forget to come back, there is always the Tip Jar :)

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  • We will make the iPad app available for a few days after the Kickstarter ends and payments are processed, all backers at $2 and above will receive a backer only update when this is available.

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  • Brigands and Barbarians HD currently runs on all iPads including the iPad Mini.

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    SUPPORTER - APP BRIGANDS Our deepest thanks for your support, you will receive all backer updates. Unleash the Brigands and unleash the iPad version for free for three days after the Kickstarter ends successfully and payments are processed. Backers at this level and above will be messaged when the app is available for free. Remember you will get all the new content in free updates to the current app!

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    SUPPORTER - iPad APP BARBARIAN The Bards will sing your praises! You will receive all backer updates and a copy of Brigands and Barbarians HD for the iPad. In addition your name will be enshrined as a Defender of Charedon on our website. Remember you will get all the new content in free updates to the current app! And you will get the current app after the project ends and the payments have been processed. Backers at this level and above will also receive a PDF rulebook for Brigands and Barbarians HD.

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    SUPPORTER - iPad APP WIZARD The Bards will sing your praises! You will receive all backer updates and a copy of Brigands and Barbarians HD for the iPad. In addition your name will be enshrined as a Knight of Charedon on our website. Your name will be in the game credits and in the PDF rulebook as a Knight of Charedon. Also you can choose a male or female fantasy name to be added to our random in game Avatar name generator. You favorite avatar name in game!

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    SUPPORTER - APP SORCERESS You get to choose a new avatar for us to add to the game, perhaps this takes the app in a new direction Futuristic or Steam Punk (note no overused Zombies, Sparkle Vampires, or other offensive avatars we have our limits). The Bards will sing your praises! You will receive all backer updates and a copy of Brigands and Barbarians HD for the iPad. In addition your name will be enshrined as a Knight of Charedon on our website. Your name will be in the game credits and in the PDF rulebook as a Knight of Charedon.

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    SUPPORTER - CREATOR The Bards will sing your praises! Heck I will sing your praises! You will receive all backer updates and a copy of Brigands and Barbarians HD for the iPad. In addition your name will be enshrined as a Champion of Charedon on our website. Your name will be in the game credits and in the PDF rulebook as a Champion of Charedon. Creators can choose a special creature they would like to see added to the game, yes even zombies or undead cows.

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    SUPPORTER - Executive Producer - The Bards will sing your praises! Heck I will sing your praises! You will receive all backer updates and Your name will be enshrined as an Executive Producer on our website. Your name will be in the game credits and in the PDF rulebook as an Executive Producer. The opportunity to write a forward to the rulebook if you desire. This is a vote of confidence that the iPad is your platform of choice for this game. New Avatar Profession - You get to choose a new avatar for us to add to the game, perhaps this takes the app in a new direction Futuristic or Steam Punk (note no overused Zombies, Sparkle Vampires, or other offensive avatars we have our limits). Executive Producer has the option to make the iPad app free for a week if the Kickstarter is successful.

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