NEW YORK, February 27, 2015 – After a down-to-the-wire campaign, Vidar, an RPG Puzzler Where Everyone Dies, has been successfully funded on Kickstarter. Vidar is a puzzle game for PC, and has recently been featured as a showcase game at MAGFest and the Boston Festival of Indie Games.
“I’m still absolutely blown away by the reception for this game,” said Dean Razavi, the game’s creator and lead developer. “This started off just as a thought experiment to see how we could take the recent surge in randomized games and apply it to storytelling, while still keeping the narrative cohesive and engaging. To see it come to life in this way has been a phenomenal experience, and I can’t wait to share the rest of the game with our backers.”
Vidar had a funding goal of $18,000, which was primarily allocated for art assets. The campaign was backed for $19,530, reaching its first stretch goal of a New Game+ mode.
“New Game+ is a really exciting tool in Vidar,” said Razavi. “Typically in the game, Vidar’s 24 NPCs die off in a random order, changing the story each time. But for those who have played the game a few times and are anxious to see some of the rarer events and quest lines in the game, New Game+ will allow them to control the order of deaths. It lets players explore Vidar’s intricate storyweb on their own terms.”
The game is currently live on Steam Greenlight ( http://bit.ly/VGreenlight), and the Kickstarter page (http://bit.ly/VKickstarter) has links to contribute to the campaign for those who missed the deadline. Two reward tiers are available for “slacker backers” to help continue to fund Vidar’s remaining stretch goal (voice acting).
About Razbury Games & Dean Razavi
Dean Razavi is the owner of Razbury Games, a game design instructor, and developer of various role-playing games (RPGs). Dean got his start in the Warcraft II and Starcraft map editors building RPGs with the engine’s trigger editor, and later in Inform, Game Maker, and most recently RPG Maker. Since then, he has developed several RPGs (including a needlessly elaborate one for this wedding invitation) and has hosted nearly a dozen live-action competition games inspired by his favorite Reality TV Competition Shows. After realizing that game design could be more than a hobby, Dean left the practice of law to dig into game design full time.
Currently, Dean is working on Vidar, an RPG puzzle game focused on telling a randomly created, yet still cohesive, narrative. Under the banner of Razbury Games, Dean is also developing Kraken Skulls, a couch co-op squidlike arcade game, as well as a card game RPG. He also runs an RPG Maker VX Ace tutorial blog called The Iron Shoe, and is working with his husband on a platform to play games created in RPG Maker VX Ace on Mac and Linux. You can reach him on Twitter or by email.
Name: Dean Razavi
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