I don't typically copy/paste press releases that I get emailed here, but as I'm on a bus headed to Portland, Oregon for Oz Con International, I'm not exactly in the best place to write something original.
I've actually pledged to this Kickstarter, for a $20 reward level. If you like Oz in video games, this is worth checking out.
End me, begin press release.
Land of Oz RPG (Press Release)
A pixel video game set in the magical Land of Oz
Playwrights Haven has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for their latest project, Land of Oz. Set years before Dorothy’s arrival, Land of Oz is an RPG that allows the player to traverse through Oz and interact with famous characters like the Wizard and the Nome King. Along the way, the player must make choices that will impact world and its inhabitants.
Land of Oz Kickstarter Link
Land of Oz will be a PC exclusive and will be released sometime in July, 2017.
In the game you play as Captain Fyter, a tin soldier sent out west to investigate reports of flying monkeys being spotted over Winkie Country. Fyter is a character from The Tin Woodman of Oz, one of L. Frank Baum’s later novels in the Oz series. In the story, he was once human until the Wicked Witch of the East enchanted his sword, causing it to chop off his limbs until his entire body had to be replaced with tin parts (For more information, check out http://oz.wikia.com/wiki/Captain_Fyter )
By the time Fyter is sent out west, Oz is in a state of upheaval. The ruling monarchy has been overthrown by a mysterious wizard and the Wicked Witches have taken this opportunity to expand their influence.
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform that allows backers to donate to projects in exchange for rewards. If a campaign reaches its monetary goal, the money is then used to finance the project. If a campaign does not reach their goal, the backers keep the money that would have been donated to the project.
The Land of Oz campaign is using the money from kickstarter to partially fund the game’s music, coding and graphics. This will allow Playwrights Haven to expand the scope and quality of the game. A portion of the funds will also be used to cover licensing fees, Kickstarter's transaction fees, and backer rewards.
Here is a short list of rewards being offered for Land of Oz backers:
$3 - You will be listed in the 'Special Thanks - Kickstarter Backers' section of the game's credits.
$10 - All of the above, plus:
A digital copy of the game when it comes out.
$20 - All of the above, plus:
An eBook describing the development of the game, from the kickstarter to post-production. You will also receive a digital copy of the music from the game.
$200 - All of the above, plus:
One of the Non-Playable Characters within the game will be named after you.
$300 - All of the above, plus:
Your NPC will have a side quest for the player.
Those interested in helping have until August 5th to donate to the kickstarter campaign ( https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2063013267/land-of-oz-video-game ). Besides donating, you can help spread the word about the project and follow Playwrights Haven on Twitter @Playwrightsfilm #landofoz
Playwrights Haven is a multimedia group dedicated to providing entertaining products ranging from comic books, games, and film. Besides Land of Oz, Playwrights Haven is currently developing a graphic novel called ‘The Tanglewood Outcast.’