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Balrum Ambitious Open-World RPG Kickstarter

Tiny two-man developer Balcony Team have launched a Kickstarter for their first game this week, hoping to attract some $50,000 in order to finish the already in-progress title.

Called Balrum, the game is described as “open world fantasy RPG with building, farming, and crafting,” and is planned for release on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

Balrum Kickstarter Trailer (Linux, Mac, Windows)

The Story

The power of the undead armies had been greatly underestimated. No one survived the battles. Without the armies of the kings, chaos has overcome Balrum. Large bandit clans formed and started to live by their own rules. Soon the kings of Balrum had fallen. Two little villages stood up against the new bandit rulers and decided that the only way they will survive is if they hide in the Dark Woods. No one dare enter the Dark Woods and this is what the villagers took advantage of. A horrible deal has been made, but the villagers are safe for now. The undead hordes of Nasrus are still waiting at the borders, but they can march into the heart of Balrum anytime their lord commands and there is no one to stop them. The people wonder why the good gods of Balrum, Adacus and Eogor don’t seem to be interested in the events that took place.

The Balrum World

The living world is one of the most important feature for us, an amount of the kickstarter funds will go into creating animations and AIs (different daily life AI for each NPC) for the NPCs that live in the world. For example: You will see the blacksmith create a weapon, or NPCs will sit down at home and eat, sleep, talk, or the woodcutter will actually go and chop down trees. Animals live their lifes as well, they eat, sleep, even hunt each other.

The world is hand made. Nothing is randomly generated. Every chest you find will have loot that was placed by hand. But don’t gather everything hastily, because the mushroom that you want to pick up may be more powerful the next day. Special mushrooms and other special herbs can level up in Balrum. Small details are important for example if it starts to rain, small pools of rain will appear and who knows, you might find something in those little pools! There are lots of dungeons to explore in the world of Balrum, some of them are multiple levels deep. Every dungeon will have a master who is the boss of the given dungeon. These dungeon masters will drop carefully selected loot so that you will feel that beating the dungeon was really worth it.

The game started out as a University project for the pair, before developing over the last two years into a fully-fledged indie title.

Kickstarter Project: Ambitious Open-World RPG Balrum coming to Linux

According to the Kickstarter page, many of the game’s systems and features are already in place, however the cash raised from the crowd funding campaign – should it be successful – will go to art and sound effects, as well as additional programming and various licensing / material costs associated with software development.

More information about the project is available on Kickstarter, and balconyteam.com. The Kickstarter campaign finishes on August 15th.

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