**UPDATE** Please Note: A few private commenters were expressing concern over the speed of the character walking in the video. Please note that it was an demo created to show the environment and the walk cycles and animations were not properly synched up yet at the time of the video. The characters will not actually move that slow in the game.
While we're still fine tuning the animations for the full release, here is an example gif of the speed you will more than likely find in the game. It may be increased again based on tester comfort level.
My name is Jennifer Dawe. You may know me as one of the creators of Aspereta and Illutia.
For the last 5+ years I have been working on game assets for our dream game. Knowing what I wanted from the start, I have been looking for a partner company to work with on this game while diligently working on the assets. I have now found an appropriate partner with our good friends and colleagues at Cerulean Games, but we need your help to make this happen !
Picture Pixel art based game characters with detailed hand drawn backgrounds.
You're picturing Fabled Vale!
Fabled Vale will be a free to play Whimsical Fantasy (with a little CyberPunk) Roleplaying game.
- Free-roaming Hack N slash style Gameplay with our cute and fun art style!
- Cross Platform (As many as we can manage, but with a main focus on Windows, Mac and Linux)
- Gain experience without ever touching the battlefield. Add experience to your main pool by Mining, Fishing, Crafting or even just exploring areas and collecting experience "beads" Everything you do adds to the world, so be free to explore and play without all the grinding. In fact gain experience just by dropping by daily!
- Healers WILL gain experience for healing (with limits so that it is not abused)
- Geomancy! Collect and combine alchemic ingredients to open a portal to a new dungeon (instanced) anywhere you want to put it down. (Safe areas like towns excluded)
Fully Customizable characters from head to toe. Change your head, your hair, and every piece of armor on the way down completely visible (except for accessories)
- Customize your items via branding, change the colour the name etc
- Collect special items (Multi-Items) that can be worn more than one way! One item, up to 6 ways to wear it!
- Change and customize your items (including the name and colour)
- Community in game voting system, vote for what features and upgrades you'd like to see next, and directly impact how the game is shaped. We will be avoiding the "First Past the Post" System and going with "Alternative Voting" so that your vote always counts, even if your first choice does not win.
Get recognition for being the first to discover an item! Items will be tagged with a "Discovered by" and your character name!
- If you crafted the item you will get to choose its name!
Rarity Index. Know just how awesome the item you found is, and how many other people have it! Have you found a legendary item or a cow pie?
- Run your own Guild! Collect your friends together, build a Clan Hall, work with other guilds or declare a rivalry!
- 5 Classes, Old School Roleplaying Style mixed with new twists!
- Full body emoticons!
Despite all convienence modern technology has afforded us, we're busier than ever before. Grinding through an MMORPG collecting resources is an arduous task, especially if you're not at your computer 24/7.
What if you had a little pal that was with you when you're on the go, helping you collect resources ? What if no matter where you go, you can still be part of the game ?
We present to you....
What is NewtBot?
NewtBot is an app where you can employ a network of robots to dig for resources from your phone, tablet, or even facebook. These resources are then sent into the Fabled Vale world, where they can be accessed by residents of the world.
What if the shops inventory were determined by people playing robots that have never even set foot in the game ?
What if you can't make that legendary weapon until someone's bot discovers the ore needed for it?
Picture your friends and your family, many of which already play casual games from their phones and tablets helping you and the world of Fabled Vale become better and better. Tiny robots control the game economy, preventing the "infinite resources" which can lead to virtual economic troubles!
Comic Provided by Alex Whitington(Twitter: @EHCB)
NewtBot will also completely revolutionize the monetization of MMORPGs, by creating a "Bitcoinesque" network outside of the game, that is bringing resources into the game and keeping the parts of monetization people tend to not like out of the main game.
We at Happy UFO Studios believe you can make a free game without it being "Pay to Win" using non-destructive monetization that benefits the entire game.
This idea would prevent "pay to win" from existing inside the game economy by providing a benefit to everyone in the game, while still giving the player resources and special items they can only get by using NewtBot.
By having other people's NewtBots join your network, you also increase the places you can go to mine, the items and areas you can unlock, and if your friends and family decide they actually want to play the game as a full character, they can quickly and easily move their NewtBot to their own account and still join and leave your network when necessary to dig up something big!
This is a model we have followed in other games we have been a part of, though we hope to take it one step further ! While it's nice to give players a boost for their money, you should be able to "win" by skill and making friends with other skilled players...not just by charging your Credit card! A focus on vanity items and small boosts that can be traded to free players for regular gold. Earn "Rouelle" (Game Currency) just by being a loyal fan and logging in daily or using your Newtbot from your phone!
We will also be offering subscriptions to what we call The Jellyfish Prestige Club. This will be a completely optional club for loyal fans who want to have access to everything for one flat rate, rather than paying as you go with Rouelle for vanity items. Having a flat rate optional club not only allows staff to budget better for future updates, but it also helps keep pay to win out of the game. The Jellyfish Prestige Club will give you a monthly gift box of various vanity items as well as extra storage space, Vanity equipment slots, and eventually access to player housing for (approx) 3.99 a month!
We cannot stress enough that most of the game content will be free, and the parts that are not, are accessible to free players via trading, rouelle and NewtBot.
We hope to change the industrys approach to monetization, so that we can keep updating Fabled Vale and employ a top notch staff, not just to pocket as much money as possible at the cost of what we think will be a great game.
Our biggest cost is going to be paying for the development time on the engine . We have had a core that we have been using for awhile during our prototyping stages, but it does not fulfill the vision that we have. We have decided to integrate it into a more established and renowned server architecture, and create a client and server protocol that is more to our liking.
We want to create a game that fulfills our loyal fanbases wildest dreams, as well as attracting new players to the scene. We need to pay for roughly 8-10 months of development time to complete the game.
We would also like to hire Chris Sinnott to do the music for the game, as we are big fans of his.
75% of the Game's Visual Design is complete as well as the statistical designs (Item stats, classes, etc). It has been a long term project that I have been working on in my spare time for the past 5 years.
This includes over 50 hand pixeled monsters to start the game off, Over 200 unique weapon graphics, 20+ Unique hairstyles, 20+ Unique Character Face Choices, 40 unique spell graphics, 100+ Unique Armor sets...
and much much more!
Please keep in mind, we will be adding even more visuals on top of everything else over the development period as well, this is just what we have already completed!
We're just really gunning for a better home (engine) with better tools for our game. Usability is very important to us, and as it stands right now, we are not happy with the usability of our current engine both for our staff and our users.
And now, on to the perks!
Note: We will be sending out a survey after the campaign is funded for you to tell us your add-ons choices!
Note: Backer Packages containing both physical and in game rewards may have an earlier delivery date, actual in game rewards will not be received until the game is released.
All pledges 5$ and up will also be able to reserve their character name (first come first serve basis)
In-Game Auction house! Sell your items gamewide even when you're offline. Please note this Auction house will NOT allow purchases using real life currency. It is a completely in-game auction house.
I create a lot of extra spritesheets just for fun sometimes, or to possibly use in future projects. If we reach the 75k mark we will be releasing a lot of that unused art on http://opengameart.org/ to be used for free by anyone... Even on commercial projects!
Craft items on the go from your phone or tablet device. Have a few minutes on your lunch break? Acess your inventory and crafting tools from anywhere and make new items while enjoying fun minigames.
Weekly In Game Commodity Stock Market trade! Buy a ticket on Monday of which commodity you think will be the most scarce from mining that week, and you have until Sunday Night to sell your ticket for the most possible in game gold. Sell when the price is high, or try and wait it out for a higher price.
Fabled Vale on the Ouya!
Language Localization! (Current Planned Localizations if we reach this goal are French, Spanish and German, and depending on our budget we hope to add Chinese, Korean and Japanese editions as well!)
Our user friendly engine will be made available to other devs to use for a nominal fee. (NewtBot Technology will not be included in this license package.)
Full Customization System! Custom not just your item's name and colour, but submit your own designs and have (approved) items added to the game.
We thank you for taking the time to read/watch our campaign to consider pledging, and hope you feel our campaign is worthy of your pledge! If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line :
We will do our best to answer your questions as soon as possible!
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