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Kickstarter Roundup: Akaneiro, Dreadline, Radio the Universe, and Tunnels & Trolls

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Kickstarter Roundup: Akaneiro, Dreadline, Radio the Universe, and Tunnels & Trolls

Information - posted by Crooked Bee on Fri 4 January 2013, 19:11:50

Tags: Akaneiro: Demon Hunters; Dreadline; Kickstarter; Radio the Universe; Tunnels & Trolls

There are three new action RPG Kickstarter projects currently underway, so I'm going to cover them in one newspost. First comes the real-time party-based ARPG Dreadline from ex-Freedom Force 2 devs, which has you play as monsters and screw stuff up in various ways. We even did a brief interview about it back when it was first announced - and now it has ended up on Kickstarter, with the goal of $167,000:

In 10 seconds, the RMS Titanic will hit an iceberg, killing over 2/3rds of the passengers... AND THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS!

Dreadline is a high intensity, single player, action role playing/real time strategy mashup. You control an unlikely and eclectic group of monsters killing the doomed during historically-inspired catastrophes.​

Next, from American McGee and Spicy Horse, both involved in the recent Alice games, comes Akaneiro: Demon Hunters, a weirdly sounding "free to play action RPG" inspired by the Red Riding Hood tale. Have a look at the Kickstarter here. Despite being free to play, the devs, as always, assure us it won't be pay-to-win, and that it will be single player (I think) but with co-op multiplayer (of course).

Veteran game designer American McGee (Quake, Alice, Grimm) and Spicy Horse (Alice: Madness Returns) are set on delivering players a uniquely enthralling free to play action role-playing experience.

Akaneiro: Demon Hunters will transport you to a world realized in a striking visual style inspired by Japanese ink, watercolor and woodblock illustration. We’ve dug deep into the history and folklore of Japan when designing our scenarios and characters. Mixing this foundation with an original mythology inspired by Red Riding Hood yields a fantastic and inspiring setting for players to explore.

[...] Our intended free to play model allows players to purchase our game currency (Karma). Karma is also earned constantly through regular play, so the option to pay is there for those that have less time to invest in daily play. There is no energy system. No hidden subscription, no paying for power.

We will never apply prohibitive costs to core gameplay content or character progression. Nothing will be off limits to non-paying players.​

And finally, there's a nice little Zelda-like called Radio the Universe, which has already doubled its humble funding goal of $12,000 and still has 19 days to go. Check it out if you like that kind of gameplay; the author insists it's going to be really really challenging.

I blended classic Zelda and dark science fiction and drank the ensuing mixture. It was Radio the Universe.

Players will feel aesthetic and gameplay influences from titles like Yume Nikki, Symphony of the Night, Hotline Miami, and Dark Souls, with a tinge of 2D JRPGs thrown into the mix.

RtU is a challenging and atmospheric sci-fi game with SNES-style visuals and a sinister, offbeat narrative.​

Also, even though we do not normally count P&P RPGs, I would really like to plug Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls here, the ultimate edition of Ken St. Andre's pen and paper game, which also has Liz Danforth and other original T&T people on board. Seriously, check it out if you're into P&P. $14 gets you a pdf and $28 a softcover, and it's already more than halfway to being funded.

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