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Pathfinder: Kingmaker now on Kickstarter

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Pathfinder: Kingmaker now on Kickstarter

Game News - posted by Infinitron on Tue 6 June 2017, 19:39:27

Tags: Alexander Mishulin; Chris Avellone; Oleg Shpilchevsky; Owlcat Games; Pathfinder: Kingmaker

Without prior warning, the Kickstarter campaign for Owlcat Games' Pathfinder: Kingmaker has launched today, a day before its Thunderclap goes off. As stated in last week's VentureBeat interview, Owlcat are looking to raise $500k, an initial goal that will be used to expand the game's kingdom management system. They've put together a nice pitch video, in which narrative designer-for-hire Chris Avellone, Erik Mona the excitable CCO of Paizo, and various members of the team describe its setting, story and design aspects. They also talk a bit about their professional backgrounds. On YouTube, the video has been split into two parts. Here's that and a list of the game's main features:

The Game World

Pathfinder: Kingmaker is the first single-player computer RPG based on the acclaimed Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. The game invites players to Golarion, a world rich with history, mystery, and conflict, and gives players the chance to claim part of this world as their own.

Pathfinder has considerable depth, not only in its lore, but also in its game mechanics, and in the freedom it offers you to develop your own unique character. You can customize your character with a wide range of classes and powers including specialized archetypes, powerful arcane and divine spells, choosing from a multitude of class abilities, skills and feats. Pathfinder allows players to create heroes (or villains) that fit both their individual gameplay styles and their personalities.

The Story

In the north lies the Stolen Lands, a region that has been contested territory for centuries. Hundreds of kingdoms have risen and fallen in these lands, and now it is time for you to make your mark—by building your own kingdom! To do so, you’ll need to survive the harsh wilderness and the threat of rival nations… as well as threats within your own court.

Pathfinder: Kingmaker is based on Paizo’s award-winning Pathfinder Adventure Path of the same name. You certainly don’t need to be familiar with the story, but if you are, you will encounter characters you know and love. Either way, you will experience a host of brand-new events, companions, allies, and threats that expand and enhance the original Adventure Path. With help from Paizo and their authors, the story and quests have been expanded by RPG writer Chris Avellone and the Owlcat team, allowing for even more adventure in the already rich narrative of the Stolen Lands.

While Pathfinder: Kingmaker is a single-player game, you won’t be adventuring alone. Pathfinder: Kingmaker features a diverse cast of companions and NPCs, including iconic characters from the Pathfinder setting itself. You’ll need to decide who to trust and who to watch carefully, as each companion has an agenda, alignment, and goals that may differ from yours. Your journey will become their journey, and you’ll help shape their lives both in the moment and well into the future.

Your Kingdom

We chose to adapt the Kingmaker adventure path because it features a host of open-world mechanics, allowing players to experience the story at their own pace as they explore the Stolen Lands, which will challenge you as both an adventurer and a ruler.

Most importantly, the game allows you to claim these lands as your own, letting you carve your own kingdom from the wilderness. While classic dungeon crawling and exploration lie at the heart of this adventure, diplomacy, politics, and the ability to lead troops in the field are also part of the challenge. Choose your allies well, and keep them close while exploring ancient tombs and ruins—and while dealing with politics in your own court.

As you’ll discover, building a kingdom goes beyond simply building a stronghold: Your kingdom is a reflection of your character and your choices throughout the game. It is a living thing shaped by your alignment, your allies, and your ability to lead your people. Not only can your kingdom expand, opening up new territories and allowing you to build new towns and communities, but your capital city will physically change based on your decisions, your policies, and even whom you choose to ally with. As your kingdom grows, a number of factions and neighboring countries will come to you to seek favor—and to test your strength.

If you fail, your kingdom will be destroyed, but if you succeed, you’ll have made a nation where countless others have failed.

Your kingdom awaits! Do you have the strength to rule it?
The Kickstarter initially had a $20 Early Bird tier, but that ran out within an hour or so. Owlcat have opened a second, not-as-Early Bird tier at $22, but even that is running out as I type, so if you like what you see, you'd better hurry. The cheapest non-Early Bird tier is $28, with beta access available at $95 and above. I wonder how this will do. Despite the rapid depletion of the Early Bird tiers, the campaign doesn't seem to be exactly booming, but maybe that'll change after the mainstream press has noticed. According to the Kickstarter page, the game is scheduled to come out in August 2018.

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