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John Romero’s new studio Kickstarting an old-school RPG project

Wednesday, 3 October 2012 12:22 GMT By Dave Cook

Brenda Brathwaite, founder of Wizardry, and wife of ex-id Software developer John Romero, has teamed up with Ion Storm co-founder Tom Hall on a new Kickstarter project. It’s an old-school RPG and they’re looking for $1 million in funding.

Eurogamer reports that the project, which is currently called ‘Old School Role-Playing Game’, needs $1 million to get off the ground, with a stretch goal to make a second game if the project hits $1.9 million.

You can check out the project and its funding goals here. The developer is listed as Loot Drop, suggesting the pair have formed a new studio.

Here’s a quick list of the game’s proposed features:

  • Characters: Create a group of up to 4 characters, choosing from multiple races and professions.
  • Skills: Balance your characters’ strengths, weaknesses and skills, knowing each of them affects play.
  • Progression: Gain experience and gain levels to hone your characters to your exact liking.
  • Recruitable Characters: Hire NPCs to work with you, if you trust them, or allow them to hire you to be their guide.
  • Character Extensions (Stretch Goal): Wrestle with the old-school favorites from back in the paper days – alignment, age, rank and randomly-rolled temperament.
  • Exploration: Explore a richly detailed world, home to unique, dangerous and sometimes crafty creatures who may be friend or foe.
  • Treasure: Loot castles, caverns and dungeons and defeat hordes of creatures in a world where your skill and cunning are key.
  • NPCs: At least five known NPC races call this world home. Forge alliances with them and do their bidding – or be their undoing.
  • Quests: Solve hundreds of quests on your way to discovering and uncovering the secrets of the world.
  • Multiple Endings: The smallest of intentions sometimes matters far more than you know. It is a world alive with memories.
  • Multiple Beginnings (Stretch Goal): The endings in one game affect the beginnings in another. Import your characters from one world to another.
  • Combat: Turn-based combat harkens back to the days when spells and swords hit hard and last-second healing spells saved the day.
  • NPC Enemies (Stretch Goal): What once was a relatively peaceful world becomes much more dangerous not only for you, but for those who live there. New NPCs come complete with an expanded game area and quests.
  • Super Hardcore Mode (Stretch Goal) : Challenge yourself with Permadeath mode, no-save option and some optional but barely beatable bosses with the loot to prove their worth.
  • Pen & Paper RPG ($60 Reward Tier): Gather around a table and enjoy playing Old School RPG the seriously, really old school way.
  • Two Games, One Kickstarter ($1.9M Stretch Goal): Brenda and Tom make different, separate RPGs with unique worlds, quests and characters.

What do you think? Will you invest? Let us know below.

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15 Comments

  1. The_Red

    Ok, even with the super awesome talent involved (Brenda Brathwaite and Tom Hall), going to Kickstarter and asking for “Old School RPG” feels a bit too cliched.

    Seriously, first there will be an “old-school” over-saturation and second, couldn’t they come up with a better name for their project? I know “old-school RPG” has become a trendy buzz word among some Kickstarter projects but come on.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. pukem0n

    but most importantly:

    will he make us his bitch again?

    #2 3 years ago
  3. sh4dow

    The video didn’t quite bring it across… how many games would they ideally make? ;)

    Loved the cameo by Notch.
    But I wonder how turn-based the combat is actually going to be. Because all too often these days, games will say “turn-based” but then it’s really baldur’s gate style with pausing or the turn-based mechanic is just running “behind the scenes” altogether.
    I guess someone should ask them. Won’t be me though, since I’ve backed so many projects recently that I’ll pass on this one regardless of the answer. And I’d feel like a douche if they really would be nice enough to reply and tell me enthusiastically that they’re going to do it this or that way.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Goffee

    Pass, I support newer teams and projects, not old schoolers who can’t get the funds.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. voxelman

    @4 they could get the funds, for another facebook game…

    This is a way of them making a type of game that for whatever reason publishers don’t want to give them the money to make, but they really want to make.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DSB

    I don’t see John Romero anywhere.

    I don’t think anyone would give him money for anything that took more than 2 braincells.

    The title pretty clearly says “An Old-School RPG by Brenda Brathwaite and Tom Hall!”.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    @6
    Go to the Kickstarter, search the page for John Romero. He helped formed and works for Loot Drop which is developing the game.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @7 DrDamn gets bonus points for reading into the webpage.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    Brenda Brathwaite is JR wife and she is the greatest game designer EVER on this planet earth.

    She is a creator of WIZARDRY 8. She worked on JA, Realms of Arkania

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Da Man

    Even conscious, materialistic PC fanboys agree that John Romero is shit.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. TheWulf

    Anachronox was genius. Let’s get that out of the way. I know Romero hasn’t exactly made a good name for himself, but Anachronox was a brilliant game, and one of the better RPGs I’ve had the fortune to play.

    This? Hrmmnnn. Not enough information. This is the problem that almost had Pinkerton Road miss their funding goal until they chose a game to pitch as the end result of their project (then the funds shot up). It really depends on the kind of old school experience they want to offer us.

    The difference for me is the difference between Wizardry the first and Wizardry the seventh/eighth. If it’s like the first, it’s going to be a common world, with standard fantasy races, and dungeon delving. Yawn. If it’s like the seventh/eighth though, then it’s going to feature a bizarre world which mixes technology and fantasy beautifully, and a plethora of interesting options to play as, and NPCs to meet.

    I wrote to them to say as much, that they need to tell us more of the game they’re pitching. I really can’t put money down on this, yet, despite being excited about it. Maybe soon, though.

    But yes, there is quite a bit of pedigree, there.

    This could be very, very promising.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. TheWulf

    @9

    “She is a creator of WIZARDRY 8.”

    Diiidn’t know that 8 was her brainchild. This makes me feel better. The older Wizardry trilogies were terribly–no, tremendously–dull, and I have no desire to play them. It’s just elves and dwarves in dungeons.

    But I have so many fond memories of 8. Like that rather fed up sounding spaceship, for one. I never understood why that wasn’t okay. Why can’t we have fantasy games with spaceships? Phantasy Star did it, too, and that didn’t give anyone cancer. Blech, fantasy purism itself is the cancer, if you ask me.

    But yes, 8 you say? Thaaat’s more promising, that makes me feel better about this. I wasn’t sure if she was responsible for the earlier or the later Wizardry games. The later ones were really, really good.

    Okay, I’m more interested now than I was prior. Still quite not interested enough to put money down blindly, though. I’ll see what they say in regards to the message I sent them.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. TheWulf

    @6

    You’re being a bit of an idiot, here. Yes, Romero was responsible for Daikatana, but he also helped ensure that Anachronox existed, and had a hand in its creation.

    The kind of thinking where a person is damned for life for one bad game is ridiculous. And the notion that a developer is somehow a mentally damaged retard for having been involved in a bad game is both acidic and poisonous.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. DSB

    @7 You’re right, I obviously jumped the gun on that one. My bad.

    Still, there’s obviously a reason why Braithwaite and Tom Hall are front center, and Loot Drop is just as much their studio.

    It just seems a little silly to pull out Romero purely because you can. It’s clearly not the story.

    @13 That’s certainly one way to ignore history.

    Romero was working on Daikatana while Spector and Hall were leading Deus Ex and Anachronox respectively. I’m sure his ego meant that he had to touch either of the two at some point, but he didn’t drive either of the projects.

    Which is obviously why he isn’t front and center on this. Romero is Mr Daikatana, Tom Hall is Mr Anachronox.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. pukem0n

    so they want to make a game together, but a stretch goal is for both of them to make their own?

    i dont get it

    #15 3 years ago

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    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]