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Wilderwind – Online Multiplayer Survival RPG
Platforms: PC
Languages: English
May 10, 2017 @ 3:13am
May 10, 2017 @ 6:28am
Wilderwind is a multiplayer, persistent world survival RPG set in a fantasy world where woodland creatures walk and act as humans would. Surviving in the wilderness, Crafting, building, trading, writing, etc. A unique multiplayer experience with a fully player-created economy, where the player influences everything from creating towns and villages, to manufacturing equipment and clothing, down to even minting the very coins used for currency (stamped with your family seal, of course.) Even the very rulers of the lands will be decided by the players, along with how those lands are governed. Official and player run servers will available, so people may decide how to run their own server as well.

Player Driven
Rather than having soulless NPCs litter the streets, a mere automaton manning the general store, Wilderwind is based on a completely player-run experience. That bandit chasing you in the dead of night, the innkeeper from whom you purchased a room for the night or even the guard patrolling the streets as you arrived in a local village - they're all real players. Every single interaction can be as positive as you choose and the absence of NPCs means there is always flexibility and room to negotiate in every situation, allowing for a truly dynamic experience and a world that feels alive.

Wilderwind is home to an assortment of different species of animal. The final version will have such species as Mole, Rat, Badger, Frog, Hedgehog, Fox, Mouse, Rabbit, Ferret and Weasel.
Each animal will offer a unique experience and different ways to tackle various problems, naturally excelling in various fields but all free to try whatever they wish. When a ledge blocks your path the Rabbit may leap over it, the Weasel may climb some nearby roots to scale it, whereas the large Badger may simply push up a rock on which to step.

Each animal has a natural set of talents which lends itself to different skills, the strong Badger may make an excellent blacksmith or mercenary, whereas a keen-eyed and agile rat may be great at foraging food and materials. Each animal could invest in skills such as mining, blacksmithing, swordfighting, medicine, sneaking, cooking, writing, brewing and even magic to name just a very small amount of the countless pursuits available.
With such a large number of skills planned, interaction with your fellow forestfolk will be crucial to your survival and progress, while one animal will never be a master in every field, together a village full of animals may well be. The intelligent but frail magic-user may not be strong enough to effectively mine out the crystals that fuel his arts, but his strong but dimwitted friend, may well be so cooperation or exploitation is key.
This of course is not to say that an animal must stick to what his natural attributes favour, as Wilderwind does not use a class system, instead allowing animals to individually choose whatever skills they fancy, regardless of their natural suitability for them. If the tiny little mouse wishes to specialize in a career as a warrior, he is free to do so, albeit at the need for a greater investment.

Crystal Magic
Magic is able to play a role in just about everything you do in Wilderwind, if you choose to use it. Magic is performed using crystals buried within the ground and there exists a number of different fields, each represented by a colour. For those that want combat-based magic, orange magic specializes in the fairly traditional offensive spells such as the use of fireballs. It's not all combat though, magic can be used to track others, to communicate over long distances, to hex others and make them less effective at various tasks, to heal the wounded and for much, much more. Skilled critters can even take their mastery of magic beyond the use of crystals, over time developing select abilities which can be used naturally by the caster, a fusion of magic and skills.

A choice every critter will have to make sooner or later is whether to go it alone or become part of a community. For those that choose to live together, villages are far more than just a group of buildings or burrows, they are true communities with an active political scene. Residents may take on the roles of elected representatives to deal with things such as managing the settlement itself and for relations and trade with other communities. Representatives may set up tasks in the form of quests, able to be made available to just residents, or to anyone. These quests will essentially fill the role of employment, with the worker through this system having a guarantee that if they do the job, they will receive pay at the end. Many more opportunities become available as a settlement grows, whether it be setting up a bank in order to provide a little security to the residents, deciding on a currency to make "Official" in that area, or even just mustering defences to keep those pesky outsiders out.

Or Go Solo
For those that prefer the freedom and independence that only comes with the life of a lone wolf, forest folk can choose to live outside villages altogether whether as a traveler, with no true home, or in an isolated dwelling away from society. Critters choosing this path may either want to head into villages to accept freelance work to earn what they need to survive. Alternatively they may try to set up an independent business, perhaps extracting money from travellers by selling wares, performing a service, or through more forceful means. This path allows a critter to pick and choose what parts of community life they may prefer, heading into town to use a bank though avoiding contributing to community projects and such. Keep in mind though, a town may choose to deny some of it's services to you.

Defend what you have created
Not everyone will choose honest work to make a living. For every miner toiling away to get enough coal to keep the village warm, or every forager searching every nook and cranny for winter stocks of food, there is also a bandit or thief ready to snatch away that for which you have worked so hard. Critters will need to think about protection, whether it be simply carrying a weapon of their own for those confident in their abilities, hiring mercenaries for protection, or maybe even striking a deal with the bandits for passage. Settlements may invest in defences to keep the less desirables out, whether it be a military or perhaps even a wall.

For those that enjoy a roleplaying experience, there will be servers made available for that. The game is being made to cater to both roleplayers and regular players, to allow both to have rich and engaging experiences. The player-run world and having such a variety of roles to fill allows players to create a truly living, breathing world together which blends well with a roleplaying environment.
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$| Jun 13, 2017 @ 7:18am 
Liens  [author] Jun 2, 2017 @ 6:35pm 
@Rhudrik Ah I see, thanks I will keep that in mind for the future!
Jasper May 31, 2017 @ 10:31pm 
Oh man I wish this was successful. It looks so good. I would definitely recommend Patreon if you really want to see this game come out because people are more likely to fund Patreon than Kickstarter.
Liens  [author] May 31, 2017 @ 7:44am 
@Gahduvdeth Thanks, it's not ready for testing yet, if the Kickstarter was successful and it was Greenlit I would have released on Early Access but it looks like the Kickstarter is most likely going to be a failure. Unfortunately that means I won't be able to afford to complete the project and I'll be moving on to a smaller project I can handle on my own without needing a Kickstarter :)
Gahduvdeth May 30, 2017 @ 6:45am 
Also, sorry for the double-comment, but do you have a way for people to test it in its current state?
Gahduvdeth May 30, 2017 @ 6:45am 
Oh wow, this looks really good!! I'd definitely play this if it came out on Steam :O
sirlagsalotmore May 25, 2017 @ 9:09pm 
This project looks interesting, it would be nice to see it on Steam some day.
Liens  [author] May 19, 2017 @ 8:41pm 
@Spange Thanks! I guess it depends, how casual we are talking about? But it won't be super hardcore or anything like ARK Scorched Earth where you die very 5 minutes :)
Spange May 19, 2017 @ 4:08pm 
Backed on KS because it looks gorgeous, but will it still be fun for casual gamers?
Slothio May 16, 2017 @ 7:27pm 
looks pretty nice and different, good luck:steamhappy: