Hi there, you beautiful Citizens of the Solar System. News is spreading fast in the colonies about the up and coming sci-fi strategy MIND - The Fall of Paradise and rumor has it that the huge campaign is going to launch on the 27th of September. That’s THIS month!
But is this interesting news to you? Well, let’s see:
1. Do you like sci-fi themed games?
2. Do you value a good production and nice miniatures?
3. Does managing your own colony under dire circumstances sound intriguing?
4. Does dealing with crises and solving problems sound challenging?
5. Does meddling with other player’s colonies sound fun?
6. Can you handle having your colony meddled with by other players?
7. Can you handle looking into the eyes of your friend while you change alliance?
If you answered “yes” 7 times then you might be interested in reading forward.
My name is Vladimir Teneslav and I’ve been working on this project for a total of 4 years. Time flies and to be honest when I started the project I really didn’t think it would become this monster of a task. However, the more time passed the more the game got better and the prouder I was.
I have designed the game by myself during this whole period and also did everything else this project required from the game art to the website design. Doing it all in the spare time after work is very hard, but somehow I managed to do it. From time to time though,I really wish I could have a team of 5 people helping me but life is all about work...or luck.
I am here to inform you about the existence of this project and of this guy (me) that worked like a madman for so long to make his dream game come true. In this day of age where Kickstarter is filled with amazing games from big companies the bar is set extremely high for indie developers like myself. I am very intimidated by all of this because I also had very high standards in my mind when I made the project but the fact that I am a single person still is a fact. But enough talking, what is MIND - The Fall of Paradise?
MIND - THE FALL OF PARADISE
Well, it’s not a game, but a game world (or universe). The concept of “Game World” refers to the actual game being made out of multiple individual and inter playable game modules instead of a single core game box that can be acquired. Modules differ from the usual “Expansions” because, while they expand the world, they do not add on top of a core game. The modules brought to the table represent the core game and this allows for variety and lots of replay value.
The game is designed this way to create the following long term advantages:
- To allow players to customize their purchase and not be forced to acquire more content than their gaming group desires, for instance, collecting a game box with content for 4 players when in reality there are only three friends.
- To create a flexible gaming environment where depending on what game modules are brought to a session the game experience is different. Making the modules inter playable is a huge factor in the replay value of the game.
- To create a platform that is open to adding more content with ease, content that can have great impact on the replay value.
- To create a world that is not defined by a single type of gameplay, game modules having the ability to change how the known game works, transforming the game from a strategy into a dungeon crawler. Everything is possible, creativity is the limit.
I am here to announce the first stage of the game world, “The Darkest Hour” that brings 4 game modules that each represent a playable human Faction. Stage I is lighter and brings 4 similar (yet not the same) game modules to have a cheaper initial manufacturing cost and easier time getting new players into the game. Next stages of the game world will introduce wackier game modules.
STAGE I - “THE DARKEST HOUR”
"The Darkest Hour" represents the first stage in the world of MIND and is about the war between the inner planets in the Solar System and the downfall of the Terrestrial empire. The war culminates with the rise of MIND, that leads to stage two called "I AM MIND".
"The Darkest Hour" brings 4 game modules that each represent a playable Faction in a different color: Earth (blue), Mars (orange), Venus (purple) and Mercury (green). Factions are similar but with some distinct differences: their art, their Leader and their Superpower.
If stage one is successfully funded the game will support 1-8 players and solo play. The game will feature 5 Scenarios but the kickstarter campaign may greatly enhance the content.
Each Faction Module has the same type and number of components but some content may vary, like the text on the Event cards for example. Each module can be played solo and when paired with other modules the game becomes a multiplayer and/or coop experience. Ideally, each player brings his own module to game night.
Even though there are only 4 different Factions each Faction can appear twice at a table as each module is made in such way that players can tell their own items apart. This means that the maximum players supported by the game after Stage I is 8. While the game doesn’t have downtime resulted from the design I do not recommend going above 5 or 6 players because it can introduce AP as the game can become quite strategic and different people think slower or faster.
The game is played over a maximum of 7 turns (players choose the length) and is individually won by the player that has gained the most achievements by the end of the last turn or, if players cooperate, all players win if they all got the 5 Achievements in the game. However, cooperation is something that needs to not be taken for granted in MIND - The Fall of Paradise, as the game encourages interesting diplomacy tactics.
There are 5 different Achievements and they are updated real time, so once an Achievement is gained it can still be lost if the requirements are not met anymore. This makes players fight to defend achievements and force enemies to engage in conflict when behind.
Players use Credits to buy most of the things inside their Colony and Influence to buff their structures and citizens. Equipment cards are used to increase the base attributes of the Citizens, that are: Strength, Durability, Utility, Resistance and Mobility.
Most of the actions are resolved by rolling dice and there are different factors that affect the amount of dice a player rolls. A big gameplay element represent the Overpower cards that are dice modifiers, and are cards that can directly add or remove dice from any player’s roll. These cards can be played at all times, even during another’s player turn.
Players expand their colonies with new sectors and structures and train new citizens to do the hard work inside the base. Citizens build, put down fires, repair broken doors, find bonuses on the map and many more interesting things. Citizens can also be teleported inside other colonies to aid or assault and sabotage the enemy. Interaction is made also from a distance with hacking mechanics and events that can disturb other players.
Each Faction has a Leader that is a special citizen with different abilities and better stats. Each Leader is unique to the Faction. Each Faction also has an unique Superpower that is always related to the action of rolling dice. The Superpowers protect dice from Overpower cards, can increase roll numbers, can merge dice values together and can reroll bad rolls.
Thanks for reading guys, hope it all sounds interesting to you! The Kickstarter campaign has lots of cool stuff prepared and you can check some news about it on the official website and learn about the game from video tutorials.
Offical Website: http://fallofparadise.com/kickstarter.html
So as I normally ask, what has changed over the last two years to make the game better than the previously failed to fund version?
First of all I would like to mention that the game I had 2 years ago funded 65% in December and had a very nice conversion rate and very, very positive people behind it. To me that was a success. The problem was the timing of the campaign not the game, at least from the feedback I got. The reason I just didn't relaunch 3 months later and fund in spring is not because I didn't believe in the game I had back then, but because I believed I could change the foundation into something more streamlined to make it cheaper and more accessible. The game in 2014 was a very good dungeon crawler with unique elements of strategy and role playing elements, that was too much of a niche, however.
The fact that I just didn't run to kickstarter but went to the work bench for 2 more years should not be worrying to my possible backers, but should show evidence of the type of person I am: a perfectionist that does the right thing not the convenient one.
Moving on to your actual question the following are changed:
1) The MIND player is removed from Stage I to remove asymmetry from the launch of the game. There is already a lot of game inside MIND - The Fall of Paradise so I want players to have an easy time learning the game.
2) Players each control a Faction on a planet in the Solar System and the game has moved into the strategy realm. Colony management is key and the citizens are like chess pieces that need to be used to solve problems.
3) Just like in the original game players can choose fate and be good or bad, but with different design mechanics. Being good or bad alters the game experience during the game and also changes the goal of the game a little.
4) Now there is lots of diplomacy talking during the game and alliances change several times during a turn if the situation requires it. There is quite a lot of possible "take that" to this game. I say possible cause some people can be nice but the game lets bad people be really bad. However there are drawback to being bad as to being too good.
5) I moved from a standard format and went on and created a game world that I could expand in an interesting way, with modules and game modes instead of expansions. Modules are big content boxes that introduce new players (MIND player, a Pirate player, etc) and game modes are small content boxes that alter the existing modules and rules. For example there is a Monster Mode that we can gain during the Kickstarter that adds a Monster that is hiding inside colonies and players need to find it as the Monster is killing people from the shadows and dealing lots of other problems. The Monster leaves clues on the map and players investigate. When the Monster is found he goes on a rampage and players lose if it reaches maximum Terror level so cooperation is needed. The game is played the same in rest, but the Monster Mode ads another flavor. There are many other game modes like that we can unlock.
I think this is it, but the most important thing about the change is the foundation is fresh. I went with a different design philosophy and goal and really took my time as 2 years is a lot
If anyone has questions about anything please feel free to ask, I am more than happy to answer unclear things. As I am really close to the game I am not sure how well it all translates to first time readers.
- Last edited Sat Sep 3, 2016 3:59 pm (Total Number of Edits: 4)
- Posted Sat Sep 3, 2016 3:36 pm
You may want to talk to a factory before launching as some of those models (esp the one with the extra plastic scaffolding above the building) don't seem realistic to make in plastic without having to glue (or maybe snap) parts together.
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- Posted Sat Sep 3, 2016 4:09 pm
Yes James, you are right, and this is why I am talking to Panda as they will be making this game if we get the funding. I have good faith in their manufacturing abilities and I am sure that what ever production changes we will be forced to make will still keep the same quality and level of detail as the prototype.
For now they didn't mention any problems with the miniatures, but they did give me an alternative for the 4 pawns as they do not produce those that I used. But this is a very small change, and maybe we will not even be needing pawns as the campaign has a stretch goal to upgrade them into thematic pieces.
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- Posted Sat Sep 3, 2016 4:19 pm
Some exciting news!
I am having a giveaway contest and you can win a free Faction. Just go to this link here and read more about it: https://www.facebook.com/FallofParadise/photos/a.43865887291...
Also, check the cinematic teaser for the up and coming campaign:
- Last edited Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:43 am (Total Number of Edits: 2)
- Posted Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:43 am