General

What were the key inspirations for Archmage Rises?

  1. Novels
    1. Raistlin from Dragonlance (Chronicles, and Legends trilogies)
  2. Computer Games
    1. Dwarf Fortress, Sid Meier's Pirates!, Skyrim, FTL, The Guild 2, and Tradewars 2002
  3. Pen and Paper RPGs
    1. Dragonlance AD&D, D&D 3.5, 4th, 5th, Pathfinder, numerous d20 suppliments

When will Archmage Rises be done?

We are working towards being feature complete Q1 2018.

If I get more money (pre-orders, win second prize in a beauty contest) I will use it to hire additional programmer(s) and get the game done faster.

Is the game text based, 2D, 3D or what?

The game is a combination of text and 2D graphics.  Text is the most flexible medium from which to describe the world, the characters, and your impact on it.  Text is the best way to engage your imagination and bring your world to life.  Because it's the 21st century and no one wants to play on a green screen (well, almost no one), 2D art and orchestral music is there to help your imagination out, but your imagination is center stage.

Where can I pre-order?!?

Pre-orders are now available from the pre-order page.  Pre-orders give exclusive content and packages not available after release.  Plus when you pre-order more of the money goes to the developers as it bypasses the middle-man's cut.

Will you have a KickStarter?

No.  I'm not a fan of the Kickstarter model.  Less than 20% of projects get funded, with 9% of all projects getting $0. If you are an unknown indie trying to raise money, chances are 1% or less of getting funded.  And if you don't, you wear this black badge for all of time as "the project no one wanted".

Will there be Early Access on Steam?

We are not doing Early Access through steam.  We have a pre-alpha build available to play instantly on steam for those who pre-order.  This is smaller, more private, more intimate.  When the game is done we may release to early access for final tuning and feedback or go straight to release.

What tools are you using to build the game?

Unity, Visual Studio C#, Articy Draft, some custom built tools.

Will there be Mod support?

I'd like to, but it depends on the cost (in time).  If it is relatively easy to do, yes, otherwise no.  However, I am trying to ensure there is User Generated Content.

Will there be User Generated Content support?

Yes!  At least, I think so!  I've made some custom tools for creating content for the game.  So far I have made these tools easy to use and robust enough for non-developers to use.  I intend to ship these with some version of the game.  I very much like the idea of players creating content for all other players to enjoy in their game worlds.

What platforms will the game be on?

Initially PC and Mac through Steam.  Then XBox One, PS4.  Possible other platforms are: Playstation Vita, iPad, Android Tablet.  If the game sells well enough on PC/Mac then I will put the effort into the other platforms.

WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING YOU HAVE ENCOUNTERED IN MAKING ARCHMAGE RISES?

Convincing my wife (a non-gamer) it is a worthwhile pursuit of my time and our money.

Core Concepts

CAN I HAVE A PARTY OF MAGES?

The game is about you, singular.  You can have people accompany you (entourage) but the focus of the game is on your individual life, not a party.

IS THERE A LIMIT TO HOW MANY SPELLS YOU CAN LEARN AND USE?

There are no designed limits.  It's up to the game world what spells are generated in it (not all spells are in all worlds, some are lost through time) and up to you what ones you find, learn, and invest in.

I expect the final game to have at least 40 different spells, none of them junk.

DOES DRINKING AND EATING MATTER?

Yes.  Your comfort is important to you.  The better food you eat and drink the better you feel.  However, there is an addiction quotient to every food and drink in the game.  If you over indulge too often, you will become addicted and start requiring it in order to feel normal.

CAN I PLAY THE GAME SIMPLY AS A TRADER?

Yes.  The economic side of the game should be sufficiently enjoyable that you can spend hours just doing that.

HOW ARE FAME AND POWER DIFFERENT?

Your power is how effective you are at casting a spell.  Higher power, more effective spell result.  Fame is how well known (or esteemed) you are by people in the world.  It is possible to be famous, but not very powerful, or very powerful and not very famous, or some mixture in between.  Remember, spending time on pursuit of fame is time you are not spending increasing your power, and vice versa.

ARE THERE GODS AND POWERFUL BEINGS FROM OTHER PLANES?

There are no gods or other planes that you can interact with.  There are religions.

I UNDERSTAND THE GAME HAS PERMADEATH, SO ONCE I DIE, MY CHARACTER IS GONE.  BUT CAN I SPAWN A NEW CHARACTER IN THE SAME WORLD?

Many people have requested this and unfortunately the answer right now is no.  Living and playing in the world creates a big mess of the world, but at least at the start it was "fair".  Spawning into an existing world creates many dead ends and challenges I am uncertain how to address.  

If I find a way during development to allow this, then I will.

ARE THERE MORE RACES THAN HUMANS?  CAN I BE AN ELF OR DWARF?

The game takes place in a predominantly human land, so other fantasy races are an exception not the norm.  For budget and design reasons you will encounter a few non-human NPCs but cannot play as them or visit their homelands.  Reason is I don't want elves to simply be like humans but with robes and pointy ears.  To make another race of significant depth to compliment the human race will make the game take longer.

HOWEVER, I am thinking I could spend the time and effort necessary after the game is released to making it available as DLC or as part of a sequel.  This isn't a money grab, just the realities of game development.

HOW DO I RECOVER STAMINA?

By resting, in inn's, your mage tower, which takes time.  And time is your most precious resource.

NPCs and the World

Can I attack Merchants and other NPCS?

Yes.  You can attack anyone you meet in the game at any time.  It may ruin your quest.  You may not win.  In game characters may hate you for it, but yes you can.

ARE THE NPCS IN THE GAME SIMULATED (LIKE DWARF FORTRESS)?

Yes!  The world automatically simulates in the background as you play.  NPCs can travel around the world just as freely as you.

CAN I HIRE HIRELINGS/MINIONS?

Yes!

CAN I HAVE APPRENTICES?

Yes!  Apprentices who you employ and assign tasks to are a core feature of the game.

IF I WERE TO KILL EVERY NPC IN EVERY TOWN, WOULD I THEN BE TRAVELLING AROUND IN A WASTELAND OF MY OWN CREATION?

Yes.  NPC's do not respawn, there is a finite population to each town and therefore the world.

IF I'M A JERK, HOW WILL THE WORLD RESPOND TO IT?

Yes!  The more evil you become, the more it will both fear and loathe you.  To the point of expeditions of heroes attacking your mage tower to rid the world of it's villain. 

WILL NPC'S RECOGNIZE ME AS A WANTED MAN?

Yes, if the information of you being wanted has reached them.  Crimes committed three towns away take a while to spread, if at all, to where you are.  But if you are recognized, then expect to deal with the guards or other heroes.

IS THE WORLD FULL OF KINGS OR QUEENS?  IS THERE DIPLOMACY?

Yes.  The nobles are powerful forces in the world with unique agendas.  You can assist, kill, or ignore nobles and their agendas.

You can perform diplomacy for yourself or on behalf of another character in the world.  Serving and interacting with nobles is a key feature of the game.

CAN I GIVE GIFTS TO NPCS?

Yes.  Items you buy or craft.

CAN MERCHANTS SELL POWERFUL ITEMS AND ARTIFACTS?

Yes.  Merchants do not just sell junk, they sell good stuff.  But it depends on how rich they are (a richer NPC can afford more expensive inventory).

Spells & Crafting

CAN I MAKE MY OWN SPELLS?

You can enhance and change the stock spells.  There are rooms in your mage tower (Libraries for instance) and research trees for modifying spells.

IS THERE A CRAFTING SYSTEM?

Yes, but not like Minecraft and all the other survival games out there.  You use your skill, ingredients, and spell power to craft things you desire.  Or skip it entirely and just buy things from vendors or loot dungeons.

CAN I SELL THINGS I CRAFT?

Yes!  Crafting better and better items for increasingly more money is an excellent strategy of the game.

CAN AN EVIL MAGE RAISE AN ARMY OF THE DEAD?

Yes, you will be able to raise skeletons and have them fight for you.  Raising the dead in order to get an NPC back to life is not possible.

CAN I CAST HEALING SPELLS (CLERIC TYPE SPELLS) ON MYSELF?

No.  Beyond potions for small amounts of healing, you rely on hospitals, clerics, and priests for healing.

Combat

CAN I FIGHT WITHOUT SPELLS?

Yes!  You can train in various weapons and have that as a supplement to your spells.  Because there is nothing more bad-ass than being a samurai that can also rain down fireballs on the battlefield.

Mage Tower & Base Building

Can I build a Mage Tower?  In the middle of a town?

Yes!  Building a mage tower is what all good and proper mages do!  

The Mage Tower is your personal home base from which you live your life.  It is a core feature of the game, similar to X-Com's base building.

Currently you can't build a tower in the middle of the town because the land you buy from a noble is outside of the town.  This could change.

HOW DO I BUILD A BIGGER MAGE TOWER?

The ability to expand your tower is determined by money, your magic power, and your relationship with the noble who owns the land.

CAN I HAVE A FLYING CITADEL?

Yes!  Through the awesome power of magic you can rip your mage tower out of the ground and turn it into flying citadel.  Drive it around the world striking fear in the heart of your enemies!

DO I HAVE TO PROTECT MY TOWER, AND IF SO, HOW?

Yes!  If you are good, bad guys will attack and try to loot your tower.  If you are evil, good guys will attack and try to loot your tower.  Your base needs to be defended while you are away from the tower.  If you are a very powerful mage you can teleport back to your tower to defend it, but otherwise, you have to rely on the defenses you have invested in.

Hiring guards, having apprentices, investing in traps, and building fearsome golems are all ways of defending your tower.

Other

CAN I HAVE A PET DRAGON?

Yes!  You can have pets for a variety of bonuses and features.  Some, like dragons, can also help out in combat.  

WHEN I CAST TO CREATE A PORTABLE HOLE, HOW DO I CARRY IT WITH ME?

By putting it in your Bag of Holding of course! :-)