Project Resurgence: A New Oldschool cRPG

Created by Nectar Game Studios

In a mysterious world reborn from disaster, your choices are all that matter. Master magic and tech. Fight. Sneak. Persuade. Survive.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Core Continues! Slacker Backer & GDEX
almost 3 years ago – Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 11:29:47 PM

Welcome back, Nectarines!

Rob here. I know, it’s been too long guys! In this update you’ll find:

  • Kickstarter Update new plans 
  • Cohh Carnage - PR Update #4-5 
  • New artwork and in-game screens 
  • BackerKit - Slacker Backer campaign (with Paypal) 
  • Shout Out - Wasteland 3

First off, I just want to apologize for the lack of communication the last couple months. We’ve been super busy just developing the game, and these updates unfortunately got pushed to the back burner. I’m sorry, that’s my fault and I aim to do better. We all know that none of this would be possible without the support of all our awesome backers, and we owe it to you to keep you in the loop with our progress. You put your faith in us, and we absolutely don’t want to jeopardize that.

There’s good news though! We recently hired another Producer to take charge of task tracking, the master schedule, documentation, and general problem solving. Since I’ve been acting as the sole producer up to now (plus all my duties as CEO and Creative Director), this will take a ton of work off my plate and let me focus on big picture things (including backer communication). Look forward to an introduction to our newest team member in our next update.

I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking about how to make these updates more regular, interesting, and efficient to produce. Some of you have even mentioned only putting out an update every two months, now that we’re in full production mode. We appreciate the understanding, but I’m not ready to make that concession yet. I think the main problem stems from having to dedicate so much of my own time towards writing and publishing these updates (often at least a solid 8 hours for each one). As Creative Director, with everyone needing feedback and direction from me, I’m sure you can see how carving out that much time every month could be problematic.

So, the best plan we could come up with is to start dividing most of that content creation among the rest of the team. Previously, we’ve always tried to have one “meaty” subject in each update, where we dig deeper into a particular aspect of the game design, lore, etc. I think that model is no longer practical for us though, and so we’re going to start using our blog again as more of a Dev Diary. So the plan is that we get individual members of the team (not just me) writing shorter articles about what they’re working on at the moment: interesting topics, problems overcome, cool techniques, tools used, etc. We’re shooting to put 1-2 of those Dev Diaries out a month on the blog, then we can compile them in these updates too. So we’re going to give that plan a shot, and as always let us know what you think!

Cohh Carnage - PR Updates

 


Above you’ll find the most recent Twitch updates from Cohh on our progress. And here are links to the artwork, screenshots, GIFs, and animations mentioned in those videos.

Slacker Backer Campaign

Do you have friends who missed the Kickstarter, but still want to help support this project? Well our Slacker Backer campaign is officially live through BackerKit! We’re keeping all the reward tiers and add-ons available up to $500. So that does mean all the limited design-tier rewards are now locked.

You’ll find a handy link on our homepage as well as the Kickstarter campaign. BackerKit calls them “hosted pre-orders” but it’s exactly the same as the rewards we offered during the Kickstarter. Any pledges through BackerKit just won’t be charged until we choose to “lock down” closer to release.

If you have any questions at all, BackerKit support is standing by to help.

Also, I’m happy to announce you can now back with Paypal too! We received many requests for Paypal support during the Kickstarter, and BackerKit has allowed us to finally make that possible. It is still a BackerKit beta feature though, so if you prefer to use Paypal you will have to contact BackerKit support directly. You will also be charged immediately by Paypal when you check out (not when we “lock down” the BackerKit pledges down the road).


GDEX Convention

For those of you in the Columbus, Ohio area, we’ve been attending the GDEX convention (formerly OGDE, the Ohio Game Dev Expo) for the past two years. We’re happy to be returning once again, to show our in-progress build of the Dialog CST Demo (Core System Test) made in UE4. This is a first look at that demo which we’ll be releasing to all of you lovely people in the near future, when it’s a little more polished.

The event is taking place at COSI, the interactive science museum, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are still on sale, and if you already have COSI passes you can get in free! We’ll be set up as part of the IGDA Cincinnati (International Game Developer’s Association) booth, so come say hi!


Shout Out - Wasteland 3

It’s no secret that we love the guys at inXile, our brothers-in-arms at keeping the cRPG genre alive and well. Wasteland 2 has been described as, “The Fallout 3 we always deserved to have and never got,” (Ragequit) and Brian Fargo (series creator) is once again at the helm of this ambitious project. This sequel is set in Colorado, and promises to improve on everything that made Wasteland 2 great: improved strategic combat, branching reactive dialog (courtesy of the Torment: ToN writing team), vehicles, and even multiplayer!

They’re crowdfunding on Fig this time, and there’s just under a week left to back or invest in the game. Check it out, and tell them we sent you. This is one you don’t want to miss! :D

 

Pre-Pro Wrap Up! Backer Surveys & Dehrgada Lore Intro
about 3 years ago – Fri, Jul 01, 2016 at 12:25:30 AM

Welcome back, Nectarines!

Hi there, Rob here. Another month has passed, so it’s time for another update on our humble game. In this update you’ll find:

  • Backer surveys sent! 
  • Cohh Carnage - PR Update #3 
  • New artwork and in-game screens 
  • Team Additions 
  • Dehrgada City lore 
  • Shout Out - Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones

We’ve been super busy last month, trying to wrap up our pre-production cycle. That means finishing up most of the planning and prototyping, having a solid plan of attack for the rest of development, and shifting focus to fleshing out our core mechanics. The result of the next phase will be our Core build, which is industry terminology for the first version of the game to include all the major gameplay systems working in a basic form. It won’t be pretty (polished art assets come later in Alpha and Beta), but it should convey the essence of the gameplay and be fun to play. The Core Systems Tests we plan to release to backers in the coming months will demonstrate our progress towards this milestone, and let us gather your invaluable feedback to make Resurgence better and better!


Above is a quick rundown from Cohh on our progress. And here’s a link to the artwork, screenshots, GIFs, and animations mentioned in that video.

Revised Companion concept: Viktor Kressner
Revised Companion concept: Viktor Kressner

Backer Surveys

Backer surveys have been sent! This shouldn’t be news though, since 90% of them have already been answered. If you haven’t completed your survey yet, please do so at your earliest convenience. You’ll keep getting automated emails periodically from BackerKit until you do. ;)

Again, the surveys will remain open for editing for an extended period of time. So if your address changes or you want to grab some additional add-ons, you can do so freely until we choose to lock the surveys down. If you up your pledge at all, you will not be charged until we lock down the surveys.

Slacker Backer campaign through BackerKit is still next on the agenda, so we’ll update you as soon as that’s ready to launch (with Paypal).

If you haven’t received your survey for some reason, you can go to the Survey Recovery Page. If you still can’t access it from there, just let us know and we’ll sort it out.

Team Additions

We added a couple new members to the team this month, both with some outstanding previous experience. Give them a warm welcome!

Zain Effendi - Composer
Zain is an award winning composer based in Los Angeles. He studied composition and film scoring at both The Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music after which he had the rare opportunity to work with Academy Award winning composer Hans Zimmer on some of Hollywood’s biggest films. After working on such films as The Dark Knight, The Simpsons Movie, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Zain went on to start his own studio. He has scored multiple films with Disney and has also provided the music for the game Guns of Icarus.

“I’m totally inspired by this game. After seeing some of the pre-conceptual work, I knew that Project: Resurgence was the perfect opportunity to bring all of my skills to the table as a composer. The nature of this game is quite large, it spans many different cultures and has a wonderful, rich narrative. I hope to craft a body of music that is fresh, vibrant, and dances perfectly with the game’s story and characters. My main focus and priority on this game is to create memorable themes, unique instrumentation, and music that one might not expect from a typical video game soundtrack. Growing up, I was really inspired by the epic fantasy and adventure scores from the 90’s and I think that approach to scoring, with it’s brave themes and orchestration will lend itself perfectly to this game. It’s been so great teaming up with NGS and together we are going to deliver something really unique and beautiful.”

@zainluv | Soundcloud

Xander Davis - User Interface Designer
Xander has been working as a graphic and interface designer for over fifteen years, with nearly a decade specifically in the games industry across dozens of titles. He’s worked on the user interface for various AAA titles, including Transformers: War for Cybertron and Darksiders II. He decided to become a full time independent freelancer in 2013, and continued working with indie and AAA studios worldwide on a variety of games across mobile, PC, console, and VR/AR more recently. He also has his own indie label, Astrogun, and is currently in pre-production on a Flat/VR adventure game (more details coming soon on his blog).

“Like many of the team members on Resurgence, I grew up playing games in the 90’s and have a lot of nostalgia and interest in a redux of those games in the new generations of gaming (I’m eagerly awaiting any shred of news on Bungie’s supposed work on a new Marathon game, for example!). So I thought it would be really fun when the team at Nectar approached me about working on Resurgence— designing UI that brings back the spirit of old school gameplay into a new age. From an interface perspective, this could present many challenges to tackle, as interface has increasingly become something games and apps more heavily rely on, both as an art and an ever-evolving science. Together, that's the kind of magic Resurgence can leverage for its UI and I’m excited to be helping them achieve it!”

@XanderDavisLive | xanderdavis.com

World & Lore - Welcome to Dehrgada City

The road to Dehrgada City
The road to Dehrgada City

Excerpt from The City of Wonders: A Traveler’s Guide to Dehrgada (Mardan Wiseblood, 997 iD)

Introduction: Why Dehrgada?
It’s a question that many have posed to those wishing to travel to the Lone City. Why not Kothens, or Victoriun, or Helsgard? What makes Dehrgada so special? The answers are too numerous to fit in this small packet, but here are just a few:

  • Varied Culture: 
    No other city in the world has so many different cultures melded together like Dehrgada. Walk down Revun Street and you’ll see Ragnar tanners nestled by Dresdi tapestry hawkers next to Baric gearsmiths beside an Ashurad tavern that specializes in the Selysian dish Phau Dius (a specialty of Dehrgada, otherwise impossible to find outside of Kothens). Everyone who enters Dehrgada brings their past with them, and that past helps make Dehrgada stronger and more unique than anywhere else.
  • Advanced Technology:
    The combination of the varied knowledge accumulated in Dehrgada has led it to be the most technologically advanced city in the known world. With harnessed geothermal power from Mount Aragnus, Anbar, and abundance of ambrosia crystals, Dehrgada is able to provide anbaric power throughout the city. Whether from the anbarotram that circles the city or the factories in the Industrial District, evidence of Dehrgada’s domination of the technological landscape is unavoidable.
  • Protection and Safety:
    The Shield Legion works tirelessly to provide a safe and secure city for all Dehrgadans. With a presence on every street and around every corner, and headquarters in each of the tiers of the city, the Shield Legion keeps crime on its toes and out of the lives of the law-abiding Dehrgada citizens.

A Brief History of Dehrgada:
Adventurous Barics first sighted the legendary mainland, which they named Tectun (“the Hidden Land”), in 692, finally proving what scholars had speculated on for centuries: that there existed a land mass to the west, and that it could be reached. Ten years later, the Barics officially established the colony of Gloriun, named after the Baric Empress of Gloriana. The Gloriun colony fared well in this new land, though mostly ignored by the Baric Empire. Little did the colony know that they would soon be joined by another group of travelers. The Intrepid colony was established in 710 by those dissatisfied with the new Baric Emperor, Versiria. The two colonies existed separately for several months, until a particularly devastating winter and several deadly Taken attacks forced them to combine their strengths for the common good. Though the colony kept the Gloriun name, it was now a combination of both colonies in people and ideals. It quickly did away with Ashurad slavery—in defiance of Imperial law—and when Ragnar and Dresdi settlers formed their own colonies on Tectun, Gloriun navigated a peace between them and established trade.

From these inauspicious beginnings the City of Wonders grew. The bonds of trade and fellowship between the individual settlements—Gloriun, Surgard, Qesh’kuil, and the Ashurad Freetown—planted the seeds of independence, that would sprout and grow when the Baric Empire declared war on the Gloriun colony. The leaders of the mainland settlements met in Gloriun, and there they created the Free Writ Act of 754, informing the world that they were their own masters, unfettered by the bonds of the Baric Empire or any other territory. Joining the Ragnar/Dresdi coalition against the Baric Empire, the Colonies of Tectun were a key ally in the War of Baric Aggression, as their port was ideally positioned to give maximum freedom of movement to Dresdi and Ragnar fleets. After the Bombardment of 796 from the Baric Imperial fleet, the Colonies of Tectun were devastated: Port Qesh was a smoking ruin, their warships and trading vessels were destroyed in the harbor, and thousands were left homeless. It wasn’t until the Selysians joined the fighting and the Baric Empire was destroyed that the Colonies were able to begin rebuilding. 50 years later, the Colonies were even more spectacular than they once were, and had merged into a single city-state, taking on a new name: Dehrgada. This name, a combination of the word for “Haven” from all five tribes, represented the ideals of the city; ideals that it has lived up to ever since. A haven for all tribes, a bastion of knowledge and ingenuity, and a shining beacon of peace for the world.

Getting Around:

  • Anbarotram: These are unique to Dehrgada, faster than their cousins in Victoriun, as the anbarotrams of Dehrgada are powered by a combination Anbar and ambrosia. They circle the city, running through each District, and are the fastest and easiest way to travel from one District to another.
  • Street Trolleys: Limited to the Commercial district, these Anbar powered trolleys are often packed with Baric merchants and Dresdi traders moving back and forth from one side of the District to the other. Make sure to have your travel card purchased ahead of time, or risk getting lambasted by a frustrated Dresdi vendor!
  • Rickshaws: The most popular non-pedestrian mode of travel in the Commons District. Simply hold your arm out on the side of the street, and one will quickly pick you up and whisk you off to your destination. Always make sure to tip and thank your driver!
  • Autos: These are very rare, and only owned by the extremely wealthy. If you have a connection, taking a ride in one of these private, self-propelled vehicles is a favor you won’t regret! It is an experience only found in Dehrgada!

Must-See Locations:

  • West Front: The heart of the Industrial District, West Front is the birthplace of many of the technological marvels used in Dehrgada today!
  • Reshka’s Hill: Named for the Ashurad hero Reshka the Bold, Reshka’s Hill is the main commercial center of the Commons. With its taverns and shops, it is an integral stopping point for any Dehrgada traveler.
  • The Cauldron: If handmade and one-of-a-kind Dehrgadan wares are what you’re after, then the Cauldron is the spot for you. Whatever you want, you’ll be able to find it there! Just watch out for pickpockets!

Did You Know?

  • Dehrgada is home to the largest port in the world: Port Qesh! It spans across the entire coastline of the city, and is twice as long as the Dresdi Port Qastra and three times as long as the Baric Port Divitia!
  • The citizens of Dehrgada have an urban legend about a ghost anbarotram that appears in the dead of night to carry away the souls of the deceased. Watch out when taking the tram at night, and make sure you get on the right train!
  • The Ragnar of Dehrgada have a unique practice: believing that they must cultivate nature in the city, they plant a tree for every Ragnar birth. Ragnar are expected to nurse and honor their tree throughout their lives. If you find yourself in the Commons, make sure to take the time to visit the Ragnar Grove in Old Surgard!

Path to Citizenship:
While Dehrgada accepts many travelers with open arms, the increase of hostile elements has led to stricter guidelines on those entering the city. In the interest of safety, the Shield Legion now inspects any and all travelers wishing to enter the walls of the Dehrgada. Those who wish to travel past the outlying Districts into the inner Districts must have their identifying papers in order, or else they risk getting turned away by the Shield Legion. This may seem inconvenient to those used to the lax rules of other cities, but is considered by many Dehrgadans to be worth it as a price for their protection and safety.

Shout Out - Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones

If you’re a fan of the Ol’ Squid Face and have been craving a cRPG based on the Cthulu Mythos, then you should be very intrigued by Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones by Cultic Games. It’s described as, “A Lovecraftian computer roleplaying game of horror, loss and madness.” The game takes place in an alternate reality 1920s, where the city of Arkham has inexplicably been transported to a crossroads between dimensions. You take on the role of a custom character, with your single goal being to find an old acquaintance known only as the Dismal Man. The Lovecraft influence shows through in spades through the mechanics, narrative, characters, and art style, resulting in a uniquely horrific take on cRPGs. With inspirations like Planescape: Torment, Fallout (1 & 2), and Heroes of Might & Magic, it’s clear the team is trying to deliver an oldschool-style RPG with player choice, strategy, and depth at the core of the experience. I am particularly excited about their Belief system, which helps define a character’s personality and playstyle, and the effects of madness on combat and roleplaying. Their Kickstarter campaign successfully hit their goal, but there’s only days left to hit those stretch goals (bring on the Dreamlands)! Check it out and tell them we sent you! :D

 

Pre-Pro Continues! Resource Management & Backer Designs Voting Picks
over 3 years ago – Fri, May 13, 2016 at 03:46:23 PM

Hey it’s May, Nectarines!

Welcome back. Rob here, and it’s that time again to talk mechanics. You asked for it, so we’ll be digging deep today. :D

We’ve been super busy the last month, and charging forward at full speed. We’ve made great progress on game design revisions, story outlining, code and level prototyping, and concept art. We’re still very much in pre-production, but we’re on schedule and things are going smoothly.


Above is a quick rundown from Cohh on our progress, with art and screenshots!

Backer Surveys & Design Surveys

Backer surveys are finally ready! We sent them to BackerKit for review today, so you should get an email very soon allowing you to login to BackerKit and complete your survey. Again, the surveys will remain open for editing for an extended period of time. So if your address changes or you want to grab some additional add-ons, you can do so freely at any time until we choose to lock the surveys down.

We’re also just about done with Design surveys too! We figure it will be easier to handle those personally, so if you pledged at a reward tier above $1,000 you’ll get a message from us about that real soon.

Slacker Backer campaign through BackerKit is still next on the agenda, so we’ll update you as soon as that’s ready to launch (with Paypal).

New Resource Management

Ok, now time for the good stuff. As we all know, resource management is often one of the most important factors in the strategy of a good RPG. In a fight, it determines who stays alive and prompts choices of risk versus reward. Should I use that healing item now, or save it for a potentially more dangerous situation later? Should I cast one big spell, or several small ones instead? These choices, and the economy of how these resources are replenished, form the backbone of the game’s entire strategy. And that’s why we felt it was so important to reassess the systems we’ve already designed and ensure their interactions are creating the type of challenge, drama, and strategy that we want. We think we’ve achieved that with our latest revisions, but you be the judge.

Keep in mind that the systems I’ll be discussing today were originally designed close to three years ago and hadn’t been altered much since that time. So if this sounds pretty different from anything you’ve read from us on the subject before, that’s why. For reference, around that time Kickstarter was still fairly new and Pillars of Eternity crowdfunding had just launched (Project Eternity, at the time). Of course a lot of awesome RPGs have released since then, and we’ve tried to learn as much as we can from them and use that knowledge to improve our own mechanics accordingly. So after playing our Unity prototype extensively, we decided some revisions were in order.

The guidelines we laid out for ourselves were as follows:

  • Resources should always represent interesting choices for the player. 
  • Resources are scarce, the strategy focuses on how and when to best use them. 
  • Basic actions can be used frequently, “game changers” are very limited. 
  • Each playstyle should value different resources, and recharge them differently. 
  • Time is important, and resting is limited. 
  • Mistakes have lasting implications but are not totally unforgiving.

Vitals
Likely the most important resource, a character’s vitals represent their general well-being and ability to perform different actions. The main thing we wanted to accomplish here was that characters focused on physical, tech, or magical builds would each utilize their vital resources differently.

  • Health - An RPG staple, Health is an abstraction representing the overall condition of the character’s body and ability to keep functioning normally under pain and duress. All characters have Health. When this value drops to zero the character has endured too much trauma, falls unconscious, and begins to bleed out. If a character is not revived or removed from a combat situation before the timer runs out, that character dies permanently. Characters can also be Injured, which reduces their maximum Health until treated by a doctor. 
  • Stamina - The primary resource for performing actions, Stamina represents physical endurance. All characters have Stamina, and it regenerates quickly in and out of combat. This resource is used for basic actions meant to be used frequently, like special attacks and simple spells (just swinging a sword does not consume Stamina). It is also used for modal Talents, which typically offer a bonus and penalty, can be toggled on indefinitely, and toggled off as you choose (like Power Attack, which increases melee damage but reduces accuracy). These abilities “reserve” a specific amount of Stamina while active, effectively reducing the maximum amount of Stamina left for the character to perform other actions. Since it regenerates quickly, Stamina-based actions will be available in every combat situation.
  • Energy - A secondary resource for technical actions, Energy represents electric power stored on the character’s person that can power various gadgets and tools. It’s an acquired resource, so only characters who specialize into technical abilities gain access to it. Energy primarily comes from equipment (like specialized tech armor with built in energy tanks), but it can also be increased by Talents. It regenerates very slowly, but can also be fully restored by certain objects in the environment. Certain abilities, traps, and gadgets require Energy to activate, so those things are meant to be used sparingly and create more dramatic effects.
  • Mana - Similar to Energy, Mana is a secondary resources just for magical actions. It represents mental endurance required for the shaping and releasing of raw magical energy into a specific effect (a spell). It is also an acquired resource, so only characters who specialize into magical abilities gain access to it. Mana primarily comes from Talents, but it can also be increased by Equipment. It does not regenerate naturally, but is fully restored from getting a good night’s sleep. Most spells require Mana to activate, so those are meant to be used sparingly to turn the tide of a conflict with more dramatic effects.

Time
Aside from vitals, time is also a hugely important resource for players to manage. It affects everything from how long effects last, how fast vitals regenerate, and how many actions characters can perform in combat. The main thing we wanted to accomplish here was that time matters, it passes in a noticeable way, but players aren’t a slave to a ticking clock (looking at you Fallout 1).

  • Durational Effects - Since we have both real-time and turn-based combat, all temporary effects are measured in both seconds and rounds. These durations are always shown in real-world time, since the day/night cycle in game is accelerated. A single turn-based round equates to 3 real-world seconds.
  • Time of Day - Since we want time in-game to pass in a noticeable way, that means the day/night cycle needs to be much faster. We decided a 15x faster rate would be ideal, so an hour in-game passes in 4 real-world minutes, and a full day passes every 96 real-world minutes. Time of day will pass at the same rate in and out of combat, and only stops when paused, and when entering turn-based combat or dialog. Resting and other actions can cause long periods of time to pass, so any durational effects are also reduced proportionally. Some in game events will also change depending on the time of day.
  • Action Points (AP) - The primary factor of time in combat is AP, which determines how many actions a character can perform in a single round of combat. All characters have AP, but characters with more can move and act faster. Since actions always cost a set amount of AP, having more AP allows a character to fit more actions into that window of time. In turn-based combat, up to half a character’s max AP can also be saved for the following round (since this is still not any more actions than would be possible in real-time combat).

Rest & Regeneration
Now that we’ve already covered vitals and how time works in-game, that naturally leads into how vitals are recovered. This was a tough choice, and we went back and forth between fast recovery (players approach each encounter at full power) or slow recovery (players have to conserve resources to survive dangerous environments). We asked ourselves questions like how often can the player rest; does it fully recover the party; does it spend any resource to do so? We ultimately looked to our tabletop roots, and decided we would mostly favor slow recovery, where long term survival was more important than simply winning a single fight. And sneaking or talking your way out of a confrontation should be just as viable an option.

  • Waiting - Since we have a day/night cycle, we definitely wanted a way to advance time of day to whatever you want. This also gave us a convenient way to implement a “short rest”, so you can choose to wait for an hour (or more) after a fight without spending anything other than time. This would likely restore all the party’s stamina, and a bit of Health and Energy. The downside though is that in dangerous areas, there’s a chance for ambush (which increases the longer you wait). So you can always catch your breath, but the enemies aren’t just going to be waiting around either. There’s that whole risk/reward thing again. :)
  • Camping - Now sometimes you find yourself deep in a dungeon, all your allies are hurting, and you just want to regroup and recover without trudging all the way back to town. In this situation, just find the safest spot you can and make camp for the night. We wanted to avoid “rest spamming”, so we decided to use a limited resource called Rations. Camping costs 1 Ration, which represents supplies to feed the whole party while they rest (regardless of party size). Camping advances time of day by 8 hours, and fully restores Health, Stamina, and Mana. Similar to Waiting, there’s still a chance of ambush if you rest too close to enemies.
  • Inns - Resting at an inn is basically the same as camping, except it costs money and doesn’t spend any Rations. It’s also totally safe, with no chance of ambush.
  • Injuries - If a character survives critical damage (from bleeding out or a critical hit), they will suffer an Injury. Unlike normal damage inflicted in combat (minor flesh wounds), Injuries represent serious wounds that persist until properly treated. This encourages playing it safe and avoiding damage as much as possible. Each Injury reduces a character’s maximum Health by 10% and also penalizes an Attribute or statistic. The type of Injury is determined randomly, and characters can only receive each type of injury once (at a time). Injuries can only be healed by a doctor.

So what do you think? Do you like this new approach to resource management, and its implications for tactical gameplay? Let us know in the comments below, or this thread on our forums!

Voting Picks

We realized we never updated you all on the results of the voting on backer design submissions, so we’re doing it now! Below is listed the top voted submissions, with their number of votes, and a quick summary of each one’s core concept. We will be including each of these things in-game, but like we said going in, we will of course need to modify them for balance and cohesion. We will try our best to stick to the spirit of your original ideas as best we can though. Thanks again to everyone who participated!

Quirks (forum link

  • Bookworm (51) - Bonus to Knowledge skills. 
  • Honest (47) - NPCs like you more, but you can’t lie. 
  • Wind Walker (40) - Bonus to Stealth and Awareness in the wild, but a penalty to Persuasion and Awareness in towns/cities. 
  • Sex Appeal (38) - Bonus to social skills for people attracted to you. 
  • Forgettable (34) - NPC’s forget you easily.

Perks (forum link

  • Tainted by Mist (40) - Deal more damage to Mist monsters, but also gain Mist infection more easily. 
  • Mediator (40) - Gain a bonus to Persuasion after mediating a peace between two factions. 
  • Hoarder (38) - Increased carry capacity. 
  • Leader (38) - After many battles your Companions gain a small morale bonus. 
  • Maker’s Protégé (37) - Learn secret Weaving techniques from a gifted teacher.

Headgear (forum link

  • True Sight Monocle (32) - Able to see enemy stats on first contact. 
  • Mask of Anonymity (27) - NPC’s don’t recognize you while wearing.
  • Sharpshooter Helmet (26) - Bonus to Ranged Accuracy and Awareness. 
  • Voice Amplifier (19) - Grants a cone sonic attack with chance to stun. 
  • Ragnar Fighting Mask (18) - Bonus to Psyche and Intimidation

Buff Item (forum link

  • Night-Eye Injector (17) - See in the dark, but be blinded by bright light. 
  • Oracle Draught (17) - Causes (possibly) insightful hallucinations. 
  • Charmer’s Perfume (15) - Bonus to Persuasion, penalty to Stealth. 
  • Strange Syringe (15) - Target gets a random buff and/or debuff.

Combat Item (forum link

  • Ambrosial Inhibitor (20) - Creates an anti-magic field. 
  • Razor Storm (19, was Tor-Nade-do) - Creates a small tornado full of razor blades. 
  • Dark Crystal (18) - Deals damage and buffs strength, but user starts bleeding. 
  • Dragon Maw (18, was Flamethrower) - Portable flamethrower. 
  • Lachryma Orb (17, was Mist Orb) - Creates a puddle dealing Spirit damage over time. 
  • Snuffer Flask (18, was Fire Grenade) - Fire-extinguisher grenade.

Shout Out - Fabular: Once Upon a Spacetime

Did you ever watch that anime, Outlaw Star? The one with the “grappler” spaceships that have arms and engage in melee combat? That’s the first thing I thought of when I ran across Fabular: Once Upon a Spacetime by Spiritus Games, and that’s a very good thing. It is described as, “A 2D Action-RPG in Space with Roguelike influences, set in a medieval, folktale-inspired fantasy universe,” where medieval knights in armored spaceships duke it out to decide the fate of the galaxy. The pixel art is gorgeous, and makes use of real-time lighting, which makes the whole surreal retro-futurism aesthetic fit surprisingly well. I’m also particularly excited about the FTL-like text-based special events, that really help flesh out the setting and bring new surprises. With action RPG inspirations like Diablo 2 and Path of Exile, the physics-based combat and procedurally generated environments should make for a fun challenging experience with tons of replayability. So go check out their Kickstarter campaign that just launched a few days ago, and tell them we sent you! :D

Pre-Production! Contracts, Special Thanks, & Bloopers
over 3 years ago – Fri, Apr 08, 2016 at 08:31:36 PM

Happy April Nectarines!

Welcome, welcome. It’s been awhile, but we missed you and wanted to make sure we keep in touch. Rob here, and for our first monthly update we’re talking contracts. Disclaimer: I hate contracts.

A smart developer once said, “You can tell by reading a contract how much a company has been hurt before.” I find that to be funny and accurate, but you’d think that since we’re new, writing contracts would be pretty easy. It’s not, especially when you have no legal experience. Luckily we’ve got a great legal team, but I still need to do most of the work to keep costs down. Needless to say, drafting the contracts, keeping them simple but clear and encompassing, and balancing covering the collective butts of NGS as well as the team members has been trying. So yeah, that’s eaten up a lot of my time since the Kickstarter ended. The good news is those are all out of the way now, and we’ve officially gotten down to business for realz!

You may have also heard the winter-to-spring plague fell upon a bunch of us, so I personally lost a solid week to being tired and miserable. I am glad it happened after the campaign ended (not during), and there’s a good chance I pushed myself too hard during those final days. But rest assured, even with these hiccups it will not affect the timeline we set for the project. We anticipated these kinds of problems and delays, and we still have plenty of buffer time left for anything else that comes up.

I do apologize that we haven’t sent the backer surveys yet, which we expected to do so in February. The contracts got in the way there, and we still need to finish setting everything up in BackerKit. We also discovered that BackerKit allows us to send the surveys soon, but also leave them open for editing for an extended period of time. So that means if your address changes or you want to grab some additional add-ons, you can do so freely at any time until we choose to lock the surveys down.

TL;DR update from Cohh.

Pre-Production, Backer Surveys, & Slacker Backer

So now, we’re officially in full-time paid pre-production. Huzzah! That means we’re really taking a critical eye to all our mechanics and designs (focusing on simplicity and cohesion), fleshing out the rest of the story and characters, doing lots of concept art and prototyping, as well as lots of planning and documentation to ensure things go as smoothly as possible down the road. Pre-production will continue for the first few months of development. So this is the best time to go to our forums and discuss what you do and don't want to see in the game!

Now with contracts done and development back in full swing, our next big priorities are Backer Surveys and the Slacker Backer campaign. Luckily, BackerKit should make it fairly easy to accomplish both of those things. So BackerKit surveys will open soon, and close later. After that, we’ll set up the Slacker Backers campaign as BackerKit preorders (keeping all the info in one place). All the Kickstarter reward tiers will still be available (except for the limited ones), and you’ll even be able to use Paypal. Funds raised through BackerKit will continue adding towards Stretch Goals too.

Special Thanks

Today, I also want to take some time to give special recognition to the awesome people who truly helped our project succeed, and to whom I will forever be indebted.

First of all, to all the NGS Team & Ambassador volunteers who sacrificed countless unpaid hours to take this project from just an idea to an actual games. You guys made every day worth it.

To Jamey Stegmaier, your Kickstarter Lessons blog and Crowdfunding book are my go-to crowdfunding resource. You taught me to always put backer first, and build a business through community. This stuff is required reading before launching a Kickstarter campaign, in my opinion.

To Timothy Cassavetes, James Mathe, and all the members of the Facebook Kickstarter Best Practices Group, your constant advice and support was invaluable to me. I can only imagine how badly things might have gone without your collective wisdom.

To the Cohhilition, your enthusiastic support was crucial in helping us get early momentum and spreading the word when we needed it most. Good show!

To Chris Avellone, you told me to just start making games, so I did. Your games, talent, and attitude are an inspiration.

To Brian Fargo, Swen Svincke, and everyone else who gave our little project a shout out, you gave freely without asking for anything in return. Your generosity is what makes Kickstarter great.

To the Cincinnati IGDA chapter, you guys supported me and the project every step of the way. It has been a privilege to get to know you all and be a part of this community. Let’s make Cincy the next game dev hub no one saw coming!

To our legal team at Thompson & Hine and accountants at Blue & Co, you covered our butts without breaking the budget. I could not recommend your services more.

To all my friends and family, you always believed in me and pushed me towards this dream. I might have given up if it weren’t for you.

To my lovely fiancé Kate, yes we can get married now ;) Your patience, wit, charm, and nerdery are unmatched. You keep me grounded and sane, and I love you more every day.

And to anyone else I didn’t mention by name, I am just as grateful to you for everything you did to help us reach this point. For all the shares, retweets, forum posts, and simple words of support, I thank you for each and every one of them. The overwhelming positivity that you all brought to this campaign was beautiful and humbling. The success of this campaign was truly a group effort, and I want you all to know that you share equally in this success. THANK YOU SO MUCH! :D

Blooper Reel

As a special treat, we wanted to give you lovely folks a peek behind the curtain as Cohh and I recorded the Pitch video. Funny story, since we live in different cities, we only had a three hour window to record on the one day I happen to be in Cohh’s town for a wedding. And right after we finished filming, my car got smashed from behind by a stupid kid in a truck who wasn’t paying attention. The accident totalled my car and give me whiplash, but I still made it to my friend’s wedding and proceeded to drive my mangled car back to Cincinnati. For the last couple hours, I sincerely doubted I would make it home without a tow. So yeah, just know the lengths I will go to deliver to our fans. Enjoy! :D


Shout Out: Arcadian Atlas

Today’s shout out goes to Twin Otter Studios, and their sRPG Arcadian Atlas. This game caught our attention with the nostalgic pixelart style, and clear influence from classics of the genre like Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre. It’s described as a, “Perfectly pixeled isometric SRPG featuring dynamic job classes, character driven plot, strategic grid battles & an eclectic jazz OST,” with, “a thought provoking & ruthless story of love, deceit, murder, companionship and war.” Some of the key features include evolving branching job classes, square grid-based isometric battles, and tactical factors including height, terrain, weather, and obstacles. If you like strategy RPGs with a nostalgic feel, you should check these guys out! They just launched their Kickstarter, so show them some love and tell them we sent you. :)

Thanks, Greenlit, & The Road Ahead
over 3 years ago – Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 10:54:03 PM

We did it, Nectarines!

Wow, what an amazing 35 days! Rob here, and definitely not for the last time. :D

First of all, I want to take a minute to really appreciate what we’ve all accomplished together. We raised over $184 thousand from over three thousand people! On average, that’s $56.70 per person. For a brand new studio working on an ambitious game, this is quite a feat! Some of you are friends and family, some of you have been following us for a long time, and most of you probably heard about us for the first time this past month. That doesn’t really matter though, since you’re here now, and that makes you NGS family. Each of your individual contributions have given us the necessary funds to make our dream game, and I know I speak for all of us when I say that we are eternally grateful. I hope you realize the gift you have given to us, because we will never forget. Because of your generosity and support, you made a dream come true. I can think of no greater gift than that.

So, in return, you have our word as professionals that will we keep our promises. We will maintain open and honest communication. We will always think of you first. If there are problems, you’ll be the first to know. We’re not going anywhere. You believed in us, and we aim to repay you by making the best damn game we possibly can, and you’re going to be with us every step of the way.

So truly, from all of us here at Nectar Game Studios, thank you so much! Here’s to you, and here’s to the future! :)

Steam Greenlight

As if the successful Kickstarter wasn’t enough good news, we also got the email last night that we have been Greenlit by the Steam community! In only 8 days we received a whopping 4,594 yes votes (70%), which is pretty unusual. From what I’ve read, it typically takes much longer to be greenlit and the top 100 games typically average a 50% yes rating. Thanks to all of you for helping us make that achievement possible too!

The Road Ahead

So now with a successful Kickstarter behind us, the real work begins! It will still be about two weeks before we receive the funds from Kickstarter, so the NGS team will be taking a short (and much deserved) breather to rest and recover. In Tolkien terms, we just made it to Rivendell and now are planning how we’re going to fight our way into Mordor. We’re drawing up contracts, and making all the other necessary preparations to go full steam into full time production. If you refer to our Timeline, we’re about to head into the pre-production phase, where we’re going to review and polish all our current designs and make sure we have a rock-solid plan of attack for the rest of year. So that means lots of design meetings, write ups, spreadsheets, concept art, and prototyping.

Errored Pledges

Now on your end, you cards should have already been charged, and you should have received a confirmation email from Kickstarter. If not, there might have been a problem collecting your payment. In that case, you’ll receive an email from Kickstarter every 48 hours and you have one week to correct the issue. If you’ve gotten a confirmation, you can pretty much sit back and wait for the magic to happen.

BackerKit Surveys

The next thing you have to worry about is BackerKit surveys. If you upped your pledge for add-ons, this is where you’ll actually get to choose those options and add them to your pledge. It works much like an online store, where any additional funds you pledged during the Kickstarter will appear in BackerKit as a credit. Then you can use that credit to add the specific add-on rewards to your cart, and double check everything before finalizing your pledge. You’ll also be able add extra funds too, if you want to change your reward tier (except limited ones) or get more add-ons. We should be sending out those surveys later this month.

Future Communication

As we continue development, our primary method of communication will be these backer updates. We’ll be sending those out about once a month, to keep you all in the loop, show you what we’re working on, and get feedback. You can still communicate with us through the Kickstarter comments, but the best way is through our official forums and social media channels. The forums are the best place to get a behind-the-scenes look at our development process, connect with us and other fans, and discuss mechanics as we continue refining them. We will continue doing regular teamstreams on Twitch too.

Stretch Goals

Despite what it says on the campaign page (can’t edit anymore after the campaign ends) we did actually hit the $184k stretch goal! But that’s not all, we plan to continue working towards more stretch goals with our upcoming Slacker Backer Paypal campaign. So any funds raised through that will add right on top of the Kickstarter total, and hopefully we can unlock even more of the features you want most. We’ve got a whole bunch of potential features listed, so go vote on your favorites now!

Slacker Backer Campaign

We talked about continuing to accept post-Kickstarter donations through Paypal a little bit in Update 13, and we are still working on the details for that. The intention is to have all the same Kickstarter rewards available (except limited tiers), and continue where the Kickstarter left off towards unlocking more stretch goals. Stay tuned for more details!

Well that’s it for now guys. Again, thank you so much for believing in us and making this whole thing possible. Until next time, Rob out.