My name is Daniele Messina, I am a Computer Science Engineer with a job in the automation industry and a passion for game making. I have been in the RPG making world with the pseudonym of Charlie Fleed, which I also use to sign my works as comics artist.
Hartacon Tactics is a multiplayer strategy RPG game developed with XNA 4 that will be published in the independent games section of XBOX Live.
The game features a turn-based tactical battle system.
RPG elements like magic, elements and altered states are all present for the lovers of the classics. Eight character classes are available, each with the ability to use one or more weapon types. The player controls the development of their characters choosing whether to increase stats or to acquire new skills.
Players challenge each other in 2D isometric maps, playing online against each other or teaming up in up to 4 alliances.
I have been developing the game for two years and the technical side is pretty much completed. I have hired artists for environment-assets, characters and game-interface design, always aiming to very good artistic quality.
Now I need the contribution of a 3d modeler and animator to complement the good job that has been done and this is where the money from you contributors will go.
What We Need...
The game has eight different classes and will use 2D pre-rendered sprites derived from 3D animated models. Funds will be used to pay an artist or two to make these models, to texture, rig and animate them.
Here is a sample character design:
And here is the first complete 3D model:
Funds beyond the goal will be used for music and small graphical touch-ups like better visual effects and icons.
...& What You Get: Perks!
All the perks related to the game will be realized with a perk-code system. Every perk-code is unique and bound to an XBOX Live username. After sending your contribute, post a message with your XBOX Live username in the comments.
Trader's Badge: Sembiance, Anasthy
Sponsor's Badge: Goombamatic, Invader Tez, lost ruin, Zaibach333
Hartacon Tactics will be the first full multiplayer strategy RPG released in XBOX Live Indie Games.
Developing 3D animated models is also the starting point for a future full 3D release of the game.
Porting is planned for the PC platform and, based on the reception, for Android and IPhone.
Become a mapper!
I am releasing the Map Editor to the public. It comes with a watermarked version of the tileset. People can make maps and submit them for review to be included in the game by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is the link:
Dimensions: from a minimum of 12×12 to a maximum of 24×24. Maps will be assigned to different types of matches based on their size.
Edges: edges do not need to be straight lines. Maps may have holes and irregular borders.
Connection: make a single connected movement area in order to avoid characters to be placed in unreachable positions.
Height gap: consider that almost every character is able to jump over a gap of 3, values of 4-5 make a selection for the most agile characters, 6+ should be considered a barrier that cannot be passed.
Objects: objects become transparent when they hide characters and maps can rotate, however try to limit the use of large objects in order not to make too much cluttered maps and leave some open spaces for the battle.
Other Ways You Can Help
The game will be as successful as large and strong the community of players will be. Get the word out about the game, visit the official facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HartaconTactics talk about it in your blog. Use the Indiegogo share tools!