We have less than $60K still to go to be fully funded! You all have helped us craft our vision of The Bard's Tale IV and very soon, it will officially be a reality. As we get closer to E3, we're going to be facing an uphill battle of getting the word out about the game. Gaming press will be covering the E3 announcements and The Bard's Tale could get drowned out. This is where we need your help!!!
During the next few weeks, anything you can do to help spread info on our game will be paramount to our success. We have seen over the last few years the impact of our passionate fans and have no doubt that if you kick it into overdrive, it will be a massive boost to the project we all love. So share our videos, talk about it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, forums, or anywhere else you think there might be interest. If every backer got a single other person to join the team, we would be breaking records. So without further ado….Release the Kraken!!!
Calling All Adventurers
Let's dust off those chairs in the Adventurer's Guild and start exploring! We thought we'd do something fun, encouraging you to spread the word and giving you cool stuff to unlock by doing – including some bonus rewards as a thank-you to our backers! As we reach the milestones shared below, a story will unfold detailing our collective journey through the Enclave of the Fairy Host. Each time we complete an achievement, a new piece of story will appear, detailing the struggles and triumphs of the excursion. Along the way, we might even have some interactive decisions that will modify where we go. So here is what you can do to aid in our quest…
- Facebook Likes: like The Bard's Tale IV on Facebook and get your Facebook friends to do the same!
- Twitter Followers: follow @Brianfargo on Twitter and encourage others to do the same!
- Tumblr Followers: follow our brand new Tumblr page and reblog our posts to spread the word!
- YouTube Subscriptions: subscribe to inXile's youtube page and spread the word!
- YouTube Video Views: spread the word on our in-engine video everywhere to rack up those views!
- Retweet Brian's Message: retweet this tweet and encourage others to do the same!
- The Bard's Tale Fan Art: send us your fan art drawing or sketch through a Kickstarter message or Facebook post/message.
- A Bardic Song: record video or audio of you performing a bardic song, upload to YouTube or elsewhere and send us the link through a Kickstarter message or Facebook post/message.
- Kilt Photos: take a photo of yourself or a group of people in a kilt with a sign that says #BardsTale4 and send it to us through a Kickstarter message or Facebook post/message.
We will gather fan-made art, songs and photos and share them on Facebook and Kickstarter Updates. We'll be keeping a live tally of the amount of followers, likes, retweets and submissions we have and keep you updated as you unlock each of these achievements!
That's only half the fun! As you rack up achievement points, we're unlocking rewards at every 4 points (represented as rooms in the dungeon above)! At the first 4 points: we add a physical code wheel to *all* physical tiers, including $65. Digital tiers will receive a digital representation of this code wheel. The code wheel will not be required to play the game, but using it will unlock additional lore and flavor throughout The Bard's Tale IV world.
Of course, we will reveal more rewards as you progress!
Crafting our Stretch Goals
We've got plans for some exciting stretch goals and even announced our first one: at $1.3 million we'll add an Enhanced Companion NPC System and add 2 more CNPCs. What's next after that one? At $1.35 million, we'll add an Enhanced Crafting System.
As we showed in the Kickstarter text, items are very much a part of our sense of discovery and mystery, and you can thoroughly study many weapons and unlock ways to enhance or modify them. When we hit the $1.35 million stretch goal, we'll compliment the item interaction with a robust crafting system allowing you to find ingredients and components throughout the world that allow you to make all kinds of game modifying iems and weapons. By tying this in with our magic system, you can influence the newly created item's abilities directly through many of the various abilities. With this system, after unlocking an item's potential you can imbue it with power from a certain school of magic, or a specific spell, or even a Bard's song to give it a new, unique capability.
Our friends and colleagues have been a huge help in getting this Kickstarter off to the fast start it has, so thanks to all the Kickstarter and other campaigns that helped spread the word! A few years ago, Brian backed the very successful HEX MMO Trading Card Game, one of the many great success stories on Kickstarter. His backing level allowed him to a create vanity card, but then Cory Jones from HEX contacted Brian with the idea of hey, why not share this card with the backers of your upcoming campaign. After all, it is you who make my games possible!
So here we are: as another FREE promotion, all The Bard's Tale IV backers a tier $20 or above will receive a play set (4) of the AA version of the Exiled Bard cards. You'll receive the codes for these a few weeks after the end of our Kickstarter. This promotion is one of mutual friendship between two Kickstarter, and I hope fans of both our products enjoy it as such!
Project Lead – The Bard's Tale IV