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  1.     Vote now!   The Info Arakion is a group based role-playing dungeon crawler that pays homage to the classics while adding its own style with fresh mechanics. Lead a band of three heroes through a broken land, ripped apart by unknown forces. Explore a beautiful handcrafted world filled with crumbling dungeons, dense forests, ancient temples, and hidden secrets, all while attempting to build a safe-haven from the chaos.   Key Features An homage to the classics! Control a unique party of three heroes: A wide variety of races, professions, and traits adds great diversity to the way you solve conflicts A beautiful world to explore:Arakion features a lovingly hand-crafted world of bright skyways and dark dungeons to challenge the craftiest of explorers. Strategic combat:Quick decisions and deep tactics combine to create a challenging and rewarding combat experience. With a focus on fun! No leveling up!Arakion features a fresh take on the Role-Playing genre that focuses on exploration rather than killing everything in sight. Town building:Build a town that YOU think would best fit this environment. A wide array of options allows you to put the focus where you want, on anything from farming to town defense. Release in Chapters:Arakion will be released in a story format over three books and twenty chapters! Pets! Some of Arakion's wildlife is friendly - find and rescue these little critters, then train them and take them back into the field to wipe floor with the bad guys! Have anymore questions?  Leave them in the comments below and I'll respond to them as quickly as I see them.   Thanks for your consideration! -Lavidimus       Videos   [media]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zhCD_Snrpk[/media] [media]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_y4vqHZ4uQ[/media] [media]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJs_GcIUjVU[/media]                   Thanks for your consideration! -Lavidimus  
  2. Hey guys, just wanted to stop in to say thanks, the Kickstarter is over 35% on it's sixth day. Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to look through the Kickstarter and a big thanks if you pledged. As long as we keep this up, Arakion is going to be a great game for everyone to enjoy! If you like the game, remember to please tell your friends about it so we keep up momentum! Remember if you have any questions, feel free to ask them and I'll answer as soon as I see them.
  3. Yeah these types of games aren't necessarily for everyone, but I really appreciate the kind words, thank you!
  4. Thanks, I appreciate the kind words. I tried to get as much as I could in for the preview trailer.
  5. [IMG]http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/index/wp-content/gallery/images/header.jpg?956265788[/IMG] Hey, my name is Chris Taylor. Today I would like to present to you a project I’ve been working on called [URL="http://www.arakion.com"][B][I]Arakion[/I][/B][/URL]. [URL="http://www.arakion.com"][B][I]Arakion[/I][/B][/URL] is a first person, group based RPG that includes extensive character customization, town building and adventuring in a story driven world. In the spirit of might and magic, it includes, a deep role-playing experience, there are forgotten dungeons to get lost in, plenty of puzzles and riddles to solve, vast open worlds to explore and a highly customizable character development system. I’ve reached the stage in development where the core mechanics are essentially finished, the art style has been defined and I’m ready to move into full time development. This is why I have started a [URL="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lavidimus/chris-taylors-arakion"][B]Kickstarter[/B][/URL] campaign. It would mean alot to me if you could take a second to view the the campaign, watch the video, learn all that Arakion has to offer and if you like it, consider funding! [URL="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lavidimus/chris-taylors-arakion"][B]Kickstarter Page[/B][/URL] [B]Early Dev Diary Videos[/B] [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLJlVVBj_SE"]Developer Diary 1[/URL] :: [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnKCo6LCh_E"]Developer Diary 2[/URL] [B]Images:[/B] [IMG]http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/index/wp-content/gallery/images/nightscene.jpg?1397567813[/IMG] [IMG]http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/index/wp-content/gallery/images/slimedungeon.jpg?994937300[/IMG] [IMG]http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/index/wp-content/gallery/images/ogreattack.jpg?919172731[/IMG] [B]Around the web[/B] [URL="http://www.facebook.com/Arakion"]Facebook[/URL] :: [URL="https://twitter.com/ArakionGame"]Twitter[/URL] :: [URL="http://www.indiedb.com/games/arakion"]Indie DB[/URL]
  6. Updated with Monk armor, class and race cards.
  7. Hey everyone I would like to share with you my game development for Arakion. It is a game being developed by myself, as I just started learning unity as well as programming 6 weeks ago, so I would love feedback from you guys and gals!! Development Diary 2 [url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnKCo6LCh_E"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnKCo6LCh_E[/url] [URL="http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/arakion/Images/Screenshots/Monk%20Clothing%20Basic.jpg"][IMG]http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/arakion/Images/PreviewImages/MonkBaseArmor.jpg[/IMG][/URL] [URL="http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/arakion/Cards/Card_Race_Human.jpg"][IMG]http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/arakion/Images/PreviewImages/HumanCard.jpg[/IMG][/URL][URL="http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/arakion/Cards/Card_Race_Satyr.jpg"][IMG]http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/arakion/Images/PreviewImages/SatyrCard.jpg[/IMG][/URL] [URL="http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/arakion/Cards/Card_Race_Ent.jpg"][IMG]http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/arakion/Images/PreviewImages/TreantCard.jpg[/IMG][/URL][URL="http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/arakion/Cards/Card_Race_Tortoise.jpg"][IMG]http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/arakion/Images/PreviewImages/TortoiseCard.jpg[/IMG][/URL] [URL="http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/arakion/Cards/Card_Class_Alchemist.jpg"][IMG]http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/arakion/Images/PreviewImages/AlchemistCard.jpg[/IMG][/URL][URL="http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/arakion/Cards/Card_Class_Monk.jpg"][IMG]http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/arakion/Images/PreviewImages/MonkCard.jpg[/IMG][/URL] Tree Ent Image. [img]http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/index/wp-content/gallery/images/treeent.jpg?2097619409[/img] Satyr Image [img]http://www.christopherjtaylor.com/index/wp-content/gallery/images/satyrlowsmall.jpg?1149885879[/img]