Icebound is a dark fantasy, mystery visual novel that takes place in a world locked in the depths of an ice age. It features a non-linear plot with story-affecting decisions, optional romance, and puzzle game elements. Its story aims to be witty, mature, and intriguing until the bitter end.
On the harsh and unforgiving world of Permia, two races, human and feran, share a fragile peace. In the north resides the Holy Empire, whose machinery and society both run like clockwork, and in the south, the Council, a powerful alliance of tribes who have mastered the spiritual arts. In this world, there exists the ability to manipulate the forces of nature - only those who can master their training and tame a Familiar can receive the title of "alchemist".
A wandering alchemist named Dougal winds up in the isolated town of Isenbarr with his Familiar, Isaac, hoping to earn some much-needed money. But when he stumbles across a potentially lucrative bounty offered by a master alchemist and his clockwork servant, he must match wits with three eccentric residents to obtain the legendary Philosopher's Stone.
In his search for a deadly monster, Dougal discovers truths that might be better off hidden, and a striking secret agent whose mission is all but clear. Could Agent Lamia really need Dougal's help, or is she after the Philosopher's Stone as well...?
Thanks to our over 200 backers, we've reached nearly 75% in record time! In order to give the project a boost, and in response to some feedback, I've lowered the cost of backing the top few tiers!
For $100 more than the signed poster, you can get your very own voice message from any of the voice actors, including LittleKuriboh! Because, screw the rules, I... yeah, you get the joke.
I would love to add more people to the game, and now it's a lot cheaper if you want to take advantage of this special deal! In fact, I'm going to give you a preview of what it would look like if you backed the commander tier or above! Be warned, minor spoilers o'er this way...
Choice 1: Airship First Mate
Your guy or girl will become the first mate of the most powerful airship to sail the seven skies! At least, that's what the Captain says, but who's going to argue...?
Choice 2: Arch Crusader
Uphold truth, justice, and freedom... well, your own brand of freedom, that is. Become a close confidante of an influential, perhaps even charismatic leader.
In addition, the highest tier has now been reduced to a mere $1000! You, too, can get your name in lights as a producer of the game! Now only that, but I'll give you behind the scenes access into future works, including... whatever the heck this thing is.
(Is that Pac-Man? Probably Pac-Man.)
All top tiers come with a special title on the Fastermind forums if you choose to sign up!
Thanks for all the help thus far, and here's hoping we can see this Kickstarter through to the end!
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@vnsnow Open the &%($@ pod bay door, HAL!
Dec 3 2013, 4:18pm
@amyquispe I, for one, welcome our new robotic overlords.
Dec 1 2013, 9:08pm
@vnsnow Side effects may include self-imposed isolation, and feelings of extreme awesomeness.
Nov 29 2013, 4:09pm
@jrmiller_ Most "real" jobs aren't incredibly meaningful either, though. That's why I wouldn't find fault with a creative one.
Nov 23 2013, 8:35pm
@Yunacef I'm actually thinking of putting less choices in my next project and more of an adventure feel. Choices are hard!
Nov 19 2013, 12:50pm
@Yunacef Heh, yeah, there are more western visual novels going out there. (And mine should be releasing shortly!)
Nov 19 2013, 12:45pm
@gabrielverdon It said I had more left than right, but I still am terrible at math, so...
Nov 15 2013, 7:11am
Nov 13 2013, 11:35am
@TomGrochowiak It's super cool... but I kinda watched the video instead of the pretty graphics =P
Nov 13 2013, 10:47am
Recently put up my design portfolio here! T.co
Nov 13 2013, 12:35am