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Kickstarter Pledge Draft

Red Knight Games will soon be running a Kickstarter campaign for Grapple Knight and like any campaign lots and lots of research and preperation is needed, even more so than we initially thought! Over the past few weeks I have been working to learn as much as I can about what makes a campaign successful and why some others failed, trying to take lessons from the best while avoiding some of the pitfalls that other campaigns had fallen into. Below I created a draft of the initial rewards and prices that we have been able to establish so far. Because we are huge believers in the idea that the public should have a more powerful say in the direction that certain aspects of game development take, we want to make this list public so that you, the people that will be playing and hopefully buying our game can give us your ideas and feedback so that when the campaign does launch, it will be as good as it can be.

Would you back any of these reward tier levels? Does the pricing seem fair? What would you change if this was your campaign to run? We look forward to listening to your feedback!

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Kickstarter Pledge Levels: Draft 3
Pledge Cost Limited Quantity
Digital copy of the game for either PC, Mac or Linux (If the game gets greenlit then you will receive redeemable steam keys) $10.00
All of the above + A digital instruction booklet for the game in PDF format $15.00
**EARLY BIRD: All of the above + Second copy of the game to give away as a gift at a discounted price (extra copy only available at this tier level)** $20.00 250
All of the above + A digital art book filled with art and bios from the game as well as concept art and alternative character designs $20.00
All of the above + The Complete Digital Soundtrack to the game including some of the bonus tracks that didn’t make it into the game $25.00
All of the above + High quality printed instruction booklet for the game (yes we will still send you the digital version of the instruction booklet too for ease of use)

(Shipping not included)

$40.00
All of the above + A pixel version of your face created in the style of Grapple Knight for you to keep and use as you wish + Your name or gamer tag alongside your sprite face on the websites thank you wall! $50.00
All of the above + Access to our weekly or fortnightly beta builds and private developer forum, no matter how new or unrefined something is that we are playing with be it mechanics or artistic feel, you will be the first to see it play with it and comment on it, perhaps even changing the direction we take with it! $55.00 100
All of the above + A pixel avatar of your entire body created in the style of Grapple Knight for you to keep and use as you wish (you will receive a standard avatar sized PNG as well as a high resolution print ready file) $80.00
All of the above + You will get to join us over skype or google hangout for an entire day to sit in on and contribute to our design meetings and gameplay brainstorming sessions, you will also get to see first hand how the art and levels for Grapple Knight are created! $95.00 35
All of the above + We will let you in on a major game secret privileged only to the game devs and trusted friends and family $105.00 15
**UNIQUE 1: All of the above + Your pixel face will make a cameo somewhere within the game + You will receive an in game credit for your likeness! (UNIQUE 1 is only available on this tier)** $130.00 10
All of the above – UNIQUE + A printed and signed full size poster of the finished game cover art + Digital hi-res wallpapers created from concept art and the game cover art

(Shipping not included)

$130.00
All of the above – UNIQUE + High quality printed glossy art book (We will still send you the digital version so that you can keep your physical copy in mint condition if you wish)

(Shipping not included)

$145.00
**UNIQUE 2: All of the above + Your whole pixel body including desired attire will make an appearance in the game somewhere + You will receive an in game credit for your likeness! (UNIQUE 2 is only available on this tier)** $220.00 15
**UNIQUE 3: All of the above + We will work with you to turn your likeness into an in game NPC (You will choose a power from the pool we have available and your character will be a ghost that bestow their gifts onto the hero at the grave sites throughout the game, a hammer wielding barbarian for example, powers are first come first serve) + You will receive an individual credit for the ghost modelled after you! (UNIQUE 3 is only available on this tier)** $445.00 7
All of the above – UNIQUE + A physical retro style copy of the game, you will receive an exclusive limited edition SNES or Genesis style box for the game complete with printed front and back slip plus a copy of the game and redeemable STEAM key on a special custom branded thumb drive!

(Shipping not included)

$445.00
All of the above – UNIQUE + You get to be director for a day, sign off on character and enemy designs as well as work with us to balance and brainstorm game mechanics and boss battles (any decisions made need to be within the games original theme and scope) + You will receive an assistant designer credit in game! $800.00 5
All of the above – UNIQUE + We will take your full body pixel likeness and turn you into a custom skin for the main character complete with character portrait! Your character skin will be unlockable for all to enjoy for completing various in game tasks but will give you an unlock code so that you can play in your custom skin from day 1! + You will receive a special game credit for your likeness $1900.00 5
All of the above – UNIQUE + Hang out with us for a few days, watch movies, play games and eat junk food with us, we will wine and dine you and take you out on the town to some of our local game dev meet ups where you can hang and party with some of the other great devs in the Australian indie scene (travel and accommodation not included) $2900.00 2
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Kickstarter Pledge Levels: Draft 2
Pledge Cost Limited Quantity
Digital copy of the game for either PC, Mac or Linux (If the game gets greenlit then you will receive redeemable steam keys) $10.00
All of the above + A digital instruction booklet for the game in PDF format $15.00
**EARLY BIRD: All of the above + Second copy of the game to give away as a gift at a discounted price (extra copy only available at this tier level)** $20.00 250
All of the above + A digital art book filled with art and bios from the game as well as concept art and alternative character designs $20.00
All of the above + The Complete Digital Soundtrack to the game including some of the bonus tracks that didn’t make it into the game $25.00
All of the above + High quality printed instruction booklet for the game (yes we will still send you the digital version of the instruction booklet too for ease of use) $40.00
All of the above + A pixel version of your face created in the style of Grapple Knight for you to keep and use as you wish + Your name or gamer tag alongside your sprite face on the websites thank you wall! $50.00
All of the above + A pixel avatar of your entire body created in the style of Grapple Knight for you to keep and use as you wish (you will receive a standard avatar sized PNG as well as a high resolution print ready file) $75.00
All of the above + You will get to join us over skype or google hangout for an entire day to sit in on and contribute to our design meetings and gameplay brainstorming sessions, you will also get to see first hand how the art and levels for Grapple Knight are created! $90.00 20
All of the above + Access to our weekly or fortnightly beta builds and private developer forum, no matter how new or unrefined something is that we are playing with be it mechanics or artistic feel, you will be the first to see it play with it and comment on it, perhaps even changing the direction we take with it! $100.00 100
All of the above + We will let you in on a major game secret privileged only to the game devs and trusted friends and family $115.00 50
**UNIQUE 1: All of the above + Your pixel face will make a cameo somewhere within the game + You will receive an in game credit for your likeness! (UNIQUE 1 is only available on this tier)** $140.00 10
All of the above – UNIQUE + A printed and signed full size poster of the finished game cover art + Digital hi-res wallpapers created from concept art and the game cover art $145.00
All of the above – UNIQUE + High quality printed glossy art book (We will still send you the digital version so that you can keep your physical copy in mint condition if you wish) $175.00
**UNIQUE 2: All of the above + Your whole pixel body including desired attire will make an appearance in the game somewhere + You will receive an in game credit for your likeness! (UNIQUE 2 is only available on this tier)** $250.00 15
**UNIQUE 3: All of the above + We will work with you to turn your likeness into an in game NPC (You will choose a power from the pool we have available and your character will be a ghost that bestow their gifts onto the hero at the grave sites throughout the game, a hammer wielding barbarian for example, powers are first come first serve) + You will receive an individual credit for the ghost modelled after you! (UNIQUE 3 is only available on this tier)** $475.00 7
All of the above – UNIQUE + A physical retro style copy of the game, you will receive an exclusive limited edition SNES or Genesis style box for the game complete with printed front and back slip plus a copy of the game and redeemable STEAM key on a special custom branded thumb drive! $500.00
All of the above – UNIQUE + You get to be director for a day, sign off on character and enemy designs as well as work with us to balance and brainstorm game mechanics and boss battles (any decisions made need to be within the games original theme and scope) + You will receive an assistant designer credit in game! $1000.00 5
All of the above – UNIQUE + We will take your full body pixel likeness and turn you into a custom skin for the main character complete with character portrait! Your character skin will be unlockable for all to enjoy for completing various in game tasks but will give you an unlock code so that you can play in your custom skin from day 1! + You will receive a special game credit for your likeness $2100.00 5
All of the above – UNIQUE + Hang out with us for a few days, watch movies, play games and eat junk food with us, we will wine and dine you and take you out on the town to some of our local game dev meet ups where you can hang and party with some of the other great devs in the Australian indie scene (travel and accommodation not included) $3100.00 2
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Kickstarter Pledge Levels: Draft 1
Pledge Cost Limited Quantity
Digital copy of the game for either PC, Mac or Linux (If the game gets greenlit then you will recieve redeemable steam keys) $10.00
All of the above + A digital instruction booklet for the game in PDF format $15.00
**EARLY BIRD: All of the above + Second copy of the game to give away as a gift at a discounted price (extra copy only available at this tier level)** $20.00 250
All of the above + A digital art book filled with art and bios from the game as well as concept art and alternative character designs $20.00
All of the above + High quality printed instruction booklet for the game (yes we will still send you the digital version of the instruction booklet too for ease of use) $35.00
All of the above + The Complete Digital Soundtrack to the game including some of the bonus tracks that didnt make it into the game $40.00
All of the above + A pixel version of your face created in the style of Grapple Knight for you to keep and use as you wish + Your name or gamer tag alongside your sprite face on the websites thank you wall! $50.00
All of the above + A pixel avatar of your entire body created in the style of Grapple Knight for you to keep and use as you wish (you will recieve a standard avatar sized PNG as well as a high resolution print ready file) $75.00
All of the above + You will get to join us over skype or google hangout for an entire day to sit in on and contribute to our design meetings and gameplay brainstorming sessions, you will also get to see first hand how the art and levels for Grapple Knight are created! $90.00 20
**UNIQUE 1: All of the above + Your pixel face will make a cameo somewhere within the game + You will receive an in game credit for your likeness! (UNIQUE 1 is only available on this tier)** $120.00 10
**UNIQUE 2: All of the above + Your whole pixel body including desired attire will make an appearance in the game somewhere + You will receive an in game credit for your likeness! (UNIQUE 2 is only available on this tier)** $165.00 15
**UNIQUE 3: All of the above + We will work with you to turn your likeness into an in game NPC (You will choose a power from the pool we have available and your character will be a ghost that bestow their gifts onto the hero at the grave sites throughout the game, a hammer weilding barbarian for example, powers are first come first serve) + You will receive an individual credit for the ghost modelled after you! (UNIQUE 3 is only available on this tier)** $400.00 7
All of the above – UNIQUE + Access to our weekly or fortnightly beta builds, no matter how new or unrefined something is that we are playing with be it mechanics or artistic feel, you will be the first to see it play with it and comment on it, perhaps even changing the direction we take with it! $405.00 100
All of the above – UNIQUE + We will let you in on a major game secret privelaged only to the game devs and trusted friends and family $410.00 50
All of the above – UNIQUE + A printed and signed full size poster of the finished game cover art + Digital hi-res wallpapers created from concept art and the game cover art $440.00
All of the above – UNIQUE + High quality printed glossy art book (We will still send you the digital version so that you can keep your physical copy in mint condition if you wish) $540.00
All of the above – UNIQUE + A phyical retro style copy of the game, you will recieve an exclusive limited edition SNES or Genesis style box for the game complete with printed front and back slip plus a copy of the game and redeemable STEAM key on a special custom branded thumb drive! $840.00
All of the above – UNIQUE + You get to be director for a day, sign off on character and enemy designs as well as work with us to balance and brainstorm game mechanics and boss battles (any decisions made need to be within the games original theme and scope) + You will recieve an assistant designer credit in game! $1340.00 5
All of the above – UNIQUE + We will take your full body pixel likeness and turn you into a custom skin for the main character complete with character portrait! Your character skin will be unlockable for all to enjoy for completing various in game tasks but will give you an unlock code so that you can play in your custom skin from day 1! + You will recieve a special game credit for your likeness $2440.00 5
All of the above – UNIQUE + Hang out with us for a few days, watch movies, play games and eat junk food with us, we will wine and dine you and take you out on the town to some of our local game dev meet ups where you can hang and party with some of the other great devs in the australian indie scene (travel and accomodation not included) $3440.00 2
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Stretch Goals

As an added treat we decided to also share the graphic we have been working on for the stretch goals. You should be able to pull a lot of other information from this graphic such as our currently intended target goal. web domain list You might also notice that the graphic itself is a GIF, its animations will actually become more extravagant as the different goal levels are unlocked. From our research we found that animated GIF graphics promoted the strongest response as a way to breath life and interest into an otherwise static and wordy description so we will be trying to achieve this with each of the graphics we will be using for the campaign.

What are your thoughts on the design? Does it stay true to the feel of the game?

GKStretchGoals