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Nerdsourcing: Project Eternity, Jungle Ascent, Lost Valley, And Sealark

Posted September 18, 2012 - By Alex Rubens

Nerdsourcing finds you the best crowd sourcing projects from Kickstater, Indiegogo, and other such sites, and brings them straight to your wallet. Give, help spread the word, or just find out what’s going to be the hot new thing in the future; nerdsourcing is there to help support the dreamers out there looking to make the impossible a reality or those looking for the next big thing an edge on the competition. Time is limited to fund these projects so don’t wait to long.

Project Eternity

From Obsidian Entertainment, the team that brought you games like Baldur’s Gate, Fallout: New Vegas, and Star Wars: Nights of the Old Republic, comes Project Eternity (working title). This RPG aims to “recapture the magic, imagination, depth, and nostalgia of classic RPGs”. If you take into account that they have many of the people that first created those games on the team working on Project Eternity, it makes sense that they could do a pretty good job of doing so.

There aren’t as many details about Project Eternity out there, but we do know that it will take the best parts of Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment to form something truly unique that fits with the classic RPG nature of the titles. Plus, it’s from Obsidian, so what do you really have to fear? They know how to make RPGs.

Reward: For $25, backers will receive a downloadable copy of Project Eternity and a special Kickstarter-exclusive in-game item and achievement.

Jungle Ascent

High atop the Cliffs of Frab, there lies the greatest treasure that our four explorers have ever seen. In Jungle Ascent, they’re dropped at the base of the cliffs and must use a series of ladders and platforms to make their way to the treasure, but on their journey other players will attempt to stop them by using effect and hazard cards to create trouble for the other explorers. Movement is simple enough, as you play ladder and pathway cards on the board to make the path to the top.

You must also place hazard cards and time them to go off when your opponents will be near them on the board. While the game is essentially a card version of Chutes and Ladders, adding the hazard and effect cards into the mix really changes the dynamic between players and involved more of a strategy than a random card draw.

Reward: A $25 pledge will net you a physical copy of Jungle Ascent!

Lost Valley

Lost Valley is a game about the Klondike stampedes that rushed North to Alaska in search of gold. If that sounds familiar to you, there’s a good reason. Lost Valley was released around the world, but never brought to the US as there wasn’t an official English translation of the game. It’s been out-of-print for the last eight years, but that hasn’t stopped it from being improved upon, and that’s what this Kickstarter is all about.

The game’s designers have always had a few tweaks and balances that they wanted to make, but since the game was already released and subsequently out of print, there was no way for them to do so. These tweaks include expanding the game to allow five to six players at a time, when it was previously only a four-player game. This Kickstarter campaign will also fund an expansion (Yukon Valley Expansion) for the game, as well as a full English release.

Reward: A copy of Lost Valley and the Yukon Valley Expansion can be yours for only $55.

Sealark

While the video does nothing but play a track of the wonderful musical accompaniment and show the pixel-art style, Sealark is actually a new adventure game about a girl named Dove who really likes to fish. Seriously! She’s the last fisherman in the entire world, so the entire world is her fishing ground. One day, she stumbles upon a strange boat that changes everything.

The art-style truly is something that we haven’t seen in a long while since classic adventure titles, and it’s a welcome return. It’s beautiful, vibrant, and filled with life, which is something that sets it apart from the grey-ish brown titles of today. Only two people are also making Sealark. While one does the writing, programming, and animating; the other creates the wonderful score.

Reward: You’ll receive a downloadable copy of the game for only $10, with a soundtrack included at the $15 pledge level.

Nerdsourcing: Project Eternity, Jungle Ascent, Lost Valley, And Sealark
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