Henry Price is creating Indie Game Development
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$66
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Hey there!

My name is Henry Price, I am the founder, developer and pixel artist at Phanxgames, my indie game development studio. Together, with Mark Hudd (game/level design/writer) and Gregg Rossetti (composer), we are working on AetherStory, a 2D retro multiplayer RPG!



About AetherStory:
AetherStory has been my dream to make since I first started making games over 16 years ago. By supporting me and being my patron you enable me to focus on my dream and create the best game possible. The goal for AetherStory is to capture the memories of the traditional JRPG that you may remember playing on the SNES, and bring it to the present with a more modern, multiplayer experience. Imagine: cooperatively playing with your friends to defeat challenging bosses, explore dungeons, and discover the rarest, most epic loot in the land!

We have many great features and ideas planned, but due to time constraints, we have created a plan that includes the bare minimum to make the game playable. We would love to get additional funding to add all the great ideas we have, and allow our full story to be able to come to fruition.

I have been working on AetherStory for the past 4 years on-and-off, but I would like to work on it full-time, and Patreon will hopefully allow this to happen!

Funding:
We use Donations (Tips) and Patreon to pay for the cost of developing AetherStory. This includes: software licenses, business registration/license fees, marketplace fees, and game server hosting bills. Additionally, funding will be used for the bare-minimum cost-of-living expenses of our developer and pixel artist, Henry Price (me). This will enable me to work on AetherStory full-time. The more funding we get, the less contracts and side gigs I would need to take, and the more time and effort I can spend on AetherStory! Stretch-funding will go towards hiring additional artists and talent to help speed up the development of AetherStory.

Instead of using Kickstarter, we will be using Patreon. And there are many great rewards tiers available to you, which are our way of saying thank you for making our dreams possible and allowing us to complete AetherStory!

Lifetime Donation Rewards:
Our reward system is a bit different than most Patreon pages.  In addition to the great patreon exclusive rewards mentioned on the right. You will also get Lifetime donation rewards.  These rewards will give you extra rewards if you reach new total donation amounts. 


Thank you for your interest and supporting our passion! Be sure to check out our website for more details about us and our game, AetherStory. And don't forget to follow us on twitter.

Studio: http://www.phanxgames.com
Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/phanxgames
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/phanxgames @phanxgames



F.A.Q.

Q: What are lifetime donation rewards?
This Patreon uses a slightly different format. In addition to the monthly rewards you will also be able to get rewards once your lifetime donation total reaches certain amounts.  This works best for us, considering we want to reward those who are supporting us for the long haul. Thank you!

Q: When will the game be released?
If proper funding can be met we hope to release the first zone of the game as soon as possible!

Q: What are you using to make the game?
The game is made with AIR and Starling, and plenty of custom engine code. The maps are made proudly with the Tiled Map Editor, and the server is powered by Node.JS and a Mysql database.

Q: What systems will the game be playable on?
Currently we are targeting Windows and Mac desktop computers. With the goal of releasing for the Android tablets and iPads later.

Q: How much content will be in the game?
The first story arc of the game has 4 zones planned, each full of quests, dungeons, and monsters!

Q: How many story arcs (expansions) will be released?
We have a hard upper limit of 8 expansions. But we hope to release at least 3. Each containing at least 3 zones of content.

Q: How many bosses will be in the base game?
We plan on releasing dungeons, each containing at least one boss each.  We estimate there being at least 3 dungeons to be included in the first zone. Dungeons are designed for cooperatively play.

Q: Will the game have a free trial or demo?
We hope to release the first playable zone of the base game as a trial/demo. All accounts will have access to this content, and will require a "base game key/license" in order to continue playing.

Q: Will the game have a monthly subscription? What is the payment model?
No, the game will not have a monthly subscription. We will fund the game's servers by selling "Perk Keys", which are keys that let you open a "Perk Chest" for a chance at amazing loot and rewards. All game-changing rewards found within "Perk Chests" will be obtainable within the game if you look hard enough, however some cosmetic rewards will only be obtainable with a "Perk Key".

Q: What are Perk Keys?
A Perk Key is an item that you may use to open the Perk Treasure Chest (located within the main city).  Within the chest you will gain access to amazing rewards: such as: rare items, costumes, special pets, teleportation scrolls and more!

Q: How will I get Perk Keys for months I donated prior to the game's release?
Since Perk Keys will not be rewarded until he game is released, you will not receive any keys until the game is released.  We will keep track of your Perk Key balance prior to the game's release, and you will accumulate keys each month, as long as you are donating to the proper reward tier!

Q: How many players can be in the world at once?
The game world will be split up into zones, and each zone will be instanced to 100 players each.  If a zone fills with more than 100 players a second copy of the zone will be created.  The idea is as you travel through the world you will change servers each time you switch zones and if you want to play with your friends you just need to agree to meet in the correct version of the zone. This still needs to be tested, and we hope to achieve a higher number. 

Q: How many playable classes?
There are four playable classes in the base game: the Sage, Warden, Trickster and Ranger. Future expansions may add more classes! You will have to wait and see!

Q: What is a "Alpha Key"?

Alpha Access gives you early access to the game in its current development state. Playing Alpha tests means your character may reset at any time, and the game will be in a volatile state of change. But it is great opportunity to help us test the game, and get your feedback in while the game is more easily malleable.

Q: What is "Beta"?
The closed beta will give you access to the game once it's closer to launch, allowing you to see the game with more polish, and more content available. The Closed Beta will become available at least one month before the game will be launched. We will have Closed Betas for each major release (the base and for each expansion).

Q: How does the "Game Key" reward work?
The $20 tiers and higher give you a "Game Key". This key you will be able to use to redeem one game license for a release of AetherStory. Such as you can use it to redeem a license to the base AetherStory, or you could use it to redeem a license to an expansion. The key will be easily inserted into your Phanxgames Account using our Account portal. Once inserted, you will be prompted to select which eligible product to redeem.

Q: Will the game be released on Steam and is the "Game Key" reward a Steam key?
We hope that the game will be released on Steam. However, the "Game Key" that we provide will be for use directly within our Phanxgames Account system and will not be compatible or transferable to Steam.

Q: Will the "Game Key" work with Google Play or other App stores?
No, the "Game Key" reward is use within our Phanxgames Account system only.

Q: What is the "Master Realm"?
This will be a special EXCLUSIVE location created within the game that only patrons of tier $40 or higher may have access to AND is limited to the first 20 patrons! This location will contain a unique tileset and be a meeting place to interact directly with GM's and developers. We may also include special NPC's and merchants here, and other fun surprises.






Tiers
THANK YOU!
$2 or more per month 2 patrons
My eternal gratitude. Thank you so much!

Plus, progress towards Life-Time Donation rewards!

BASE PATRON
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
All previous rewards. 
  • Access to my patron only feed! Where I will post updates before anywhere else! Including access to a special monthly update just for patrons.
  • (+Lifetime Reward) Your Name on the Website!
PATRON PLUS
$10 or more per month 5 patrons
All previous rewards.
  • Patreon Only Discord and spend time with the developers.
  • Vote on Features and help decide what's to be added to the game next.
  • Call out "thank you" in the monthly blog post!
  • Gain a total of 1 Perk Key each month. You may use Perk Keys in-game to have a chance to win amazing loot within the Perk Chest! **
  • (+Lifetime Reward) Donor Title on Forum and Discord


 ** Perk Keys will not be rewarded until the game is released. 

Includes Discord rewards
ELITE PATRON
$20 or more per month 2 patrons
All rewards from previous tiers.
  • Access Monthly Builds to download builds of our games before anyone else.
  • Gain an additional Perk Key each month, a total of 2 Perk Keys. You may use Perk Keys in-game to have a chance to win amazing loot within the Perk Chest! **
  • (+Lifetime Reward) Unlock AetherStory Alpha Access!
  • (+Lifetime Reward) AetherStory Chp1 Release license!


 ** Perk Keys will not be rewarded until the game is released. 

Includes Discord rewards
MASTER PATRON
$40 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
All rewards from previous tiers.
  • Gain access to the exclusive "Master Realm" in-game accessible only by active [Master Patrons]. Allowing you to hang out with the GM's and the developers. Note: store up months in-advance, and redeem once the game is released. *
  • Plus you will be invited to monthly private voice chats, allowing you to directly chat with the developers to share all your ideas and feedback.
  • Gain an additional 2 Perk Keys each month, a total of 4 Perk Keys. You may use Perk Keys in-game to have a chance to win amazing loot within the Perk Chest! **
  • (+Lifetime Reward) AetherStory In-Game Credits!
  • (+Lifetime Reward) AetherStory Alpha/Chp1 Key to Share

  

* In-game Rewards will not be made available until the game releases.
** Perk Keys will not be rewarded until the game is released. 

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$66 of $350 per month
Meeting this goal will give me the peace of mind to meet my minimum monthly expenses (health care, student loan payments, server expenses).  This means that AetherStory will be developed faster.  Currently I try to stream the game's development 5 days a week, but I do have to take freelance work on in addition.  This goal will help me find more time to achievement this goal!

Bonus Reward! Each month all Donors and Patrons will be able to decide and vote on a new Monster that we will add to the game!
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Hey there!

My name is Henry Price, I am the founder, developer and pixel artist at Phanxgames, my indie game development studio. Together, with Mark Hudd (game/level design/writer) and Gregg Rossetti (composer), we are working on AetherStory, a 2D retro multiplayer RPG!



About AetherStory:
AetherStory has been my dream to make since I first started making games over 16 years ago. By supporting me and being my patron you enable me to focus on my dream and create the best game possible. The goal for AetherStory is to capture the memories of the traditional JRPG that you may remember playing on the SNES, and bring it to the present with a more modern, multiplayer experience. Imagine: cooperatively playing with your friends to defeat challenging bosses, explore dungeons, and discover the rarest, most epic loot in the land!

We have many great features and ideas planned, but due to time constraints, we have created a plan that includes the bare minimum to make the game playable. We would love to get additional funding to add all the great ideas we have, and allow our full story to be able to come to fruition.

I have been working on AetherStory for the past 4 years on-and-off, but I would like to work on it full-time, and Patreon will hopefully allow this to happen!

Funding:
We use Donations (Tips) and Patreon to pay for the cost of developing AetherStory. This includes: software licenses, business registration/license fees, marketplace fees, and game server hosting bills. Additionally, funding will be used for the bare-minimum cost-of-living expenses of our developer and pixel artist, Henry Price (me). This will enable me to work on AetherStory full-time. The more funding we get, the less contracts and side gigs I would need to take, and the more time and effort I can spend on AetherStory! Stretch-funding will go towards hiring additional artists and talent to help speed up the development of AetherStory.

Instead of using Kickstarter, we will be using Patreon. And there are many great rewards tiers available to you, which are our way of saying thank you for making our dreams possible and allowing us to complete AetherStory!

Lifetime Donation Rewards:
Our reward system is a bit different than most Patreon pages.  In addition to the great patreon exclusive rewards mentioned on the right. You will also get Lifetime donation rewards.  These rewards will give you extra rewards if you reach new total donation amounts. 


Thank you for your interest and supporting our passion! Be sure to check out our website for more details about us and our game, AetherStory. And don't forget to follow us on twitter.

Studio: http://www.phanxgames.com
Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/phanxgames
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/phanxgames @phanxgames



F.A.Q.

Q: What are lifetime donation rewards?
This Patreon uses a slightly different format. In addition to the monthly rewards you will also be able to get rewards once your lifetime donation total reaches certain amounts.  This works best for us, considering we want to reward those who are supporting us for the long haul. Thank you!

Q: When will the game be released?
If proper funding can be met we hope to release the first zone of the game as soon as possible!

Q: What are you using to make the game?
The game is made with AIR and Starling, and plenty of custom engine code. The maps are made proudly with the Tiled Map Editor, and the server is powered by Node.JS and a Mysql database.

Q: What systems will the game be playable on?
Currently we are targeting Windows and Mac desktop computers. With the goal of releasing for the Android tablets and iPads later.

Q: How much content will be in the game?
The first story arc of the game has 4 zones planned, each full of quests, dungeons, and monsters!

Q: How many story arcs (expansions) will be released?
We have a hard upper limit of 8 expansions. But we hope to release at least 3. Each containing at least 3 zones of content.

Q: How many bosses will be in the base game?
We plan on releasing dungeons, each containing at least one boss each.  We estimate there being at least 3 dungeons to be included in the first zone. Dungeons are designed for cooperatively play.

Q: Will the game have a free trial or demo?
We hope to release the first playable zone of the base game as a trial/demo. All accounts will have access to this content, and will require a "base game key/license" in order to continue playing.

Q: Will the game have a monthly subscription? What is the payment model?
No, the game will not have a monthly subscription. We will fund the game's servers by selling "Perk Keys", which are keys that let you open a "Perk Chest" for a chance at amazing loot and rewards. All game-changing rewards found within "Perk Chests" will be obtainable within the game if you look hard enough, however some cosmetic rewards will only be obtainable with a "Perk Key".

Q: What are Perk Keys?
A Perk Key is an item that you may use to open the Perk Treasure Chest (located within the main city).  Within the chest you will gain access to amazing rewards: such as: rare items, costumes, special pets, teleportation scrolls and more!

Q: How will I get Perk Keys for months I donated prior to the game's release?
Since Perk Keys will not be rewarded until he game is released, you will not receive any keys until the game is released.  We will keep track of your Perk Key balance prior to the game's release, and you will accumulate keys each month, as long as you are donating to the proper reward tier!

Q: How many players can be in the world at once?
The game world will be split up into zones, and each zone will be instanced to 100 players each.  If a zone fills with more than 100 players a second copy of the zone will be created.  The idea is as you travel through the world you will change servers each time you switch zones and if you want to play with your friends you just need to agree to meet in the correct version of the zone. This still needs to be tested, and we hope to achieve a higher number. 

Q: How many playable classes?
There are four playable classes in the base game: the Sage, Warden, Trickster and Ranger. Future expansions may add more classes! You will have to wait and see!

Q: What is a "Alpha Key"?

Alpha Access gives you early access to the game in its current development state. Playing Alpha tests means your character may reset at any time, and the game will be in a volatile state of change. But it is great opportunity to help us test the game, and get your feedback in while the game is more easily malleable.

Q: What is "Beta"?
The closed beta will give you access to the game once it's closer to launch, allowing you to see the game with more polish, and more content available. The Closed Beta will become available at least one month before the game will be launched. We will have Closed Betas for each major release (the base and for each expansion).

Q: How does the "Game Key" reward work?
The $20 tiers and higher give you a "Game Key". This key you will be able to use to redeem one game license for a release of AetherStory. Such as you can use it to redeem a license to the base AetherStory, or you could use it to redeem a license to an expansion. The key will be easily inserted into your Phanxgames Account using our Account portal. Once inserted, you will be prompted to select which eligible product to redeem.

Q: Will the game be released on Steam and is the "Game Key" reward a Steam key?
We hope that the game will be released on Steam. However, the "Game Key" that we provide will be for use directly within our Phanxgames Account system and will not be compatible or transferable to Steam.

Q: Will the "Game Key" work with Google Play or other App stores?
No, the "Game Key" reward is use within our Phanxgames Account system only.

Q: What is the "Master Realm"?
This will be a special EXCLUSIVE location created within the game that only patrons of tier $40 or higher may have access to AND is limited to the first 20 patrons! This location will contain a unique tileset and be a meeting place to interact directly with GM's and developers. We may also include special NPC's and merchants here, and other fun surprises.






Recent posts by Henry Price

Tiers
THANK YOU!
$2 or more per month 2 patrons
My eternal gratitude. Thank you so much!

Plus, progress towards Life-Time Donation rewards!

BASE PATRON
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
All previous rewards. 
  • Access to my patron only feed! Where I will post updates before anywhere else! Including access to a special monthly update just for patrons.
  • (+Lifetime Reward) Your Name on the Website!
PATRON PLUS
$10 or more per month 5 patrons
All previous rewards.
  • Patreon Only Discord and spend time with the developers.
  • Vote on Features and help decide what's to be added to the game next.
  • Call out "thank you" in the monthly blog post!
  • Gain a total of 1 Perk Key each month. You may use Perk Keys in-game to have a chance to win amazing loot within the Perk Chest! **
  • (+Lifetime Reward) Donor Title on Forum and Discord


 ** Perk Keys will not be rewarded until the game is released. 

Includes Discord rewards
ELITE PATRON
$20 or more per month 2 patrons
All rewards from previous tiers.
  • Access Monthly Builds to download builds of our games before anyone else.
  • Gain an additional Perk Key each month, a total of 2 Perk Keys. You may use Perk Keys in-game to have a chance to win amazing loot within the Perk Chest! **
  • (+Lifetime Reward) Unlock AetherStory Alpha Access!
  • (+Lifetime Reward) AetherStory Chp1 Release license!


 ** Perk Keys will not be rewarded until the game is released. 

Includes Discord rewards
MASTER PATRON
$40 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
All rewards from previous tiers.
  • Gain access to the exclusive "Master Realm" in-game accessible only by active [Master Patrons]. Allowing you to hang out with the GM's and the developers. Note: store up months in-advance, and redeem once the game is released. *
  • Plus you will be invited to monthly private voice chats, allowing you to directly chat with the developers to share all your ideas and feedback.
  • Gain an additional 2 Perk Keys each month, a total of 4 Perk Keys. You may use Perk Keys in-game to have a chance to win amazing loot within the Perk Chest! **
  • (+Lifetime Reward) AetherStory In-Game Credits!
  • (+Lifetime Reward) AetherStory Alpha/Chp1 Key to Share

  

* In-game Rewards will not be made available until the game releases.
** Perk Keys will not be rewarded until the game is released. 

Includes Discord rewards