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Videri Viking Video

The Videri String Quartet have released a music video and their inspiration was The Banner Saga. Composed by Austin Wintory, arranged by David Peacock, & performed by Videri String Quartet.

The Videri String Quartet created this video after hearing the soundtrack by Austin Wintory as well as seeing the game setting. Vikings, violins, and video seem to make a great combo!

While Stoic had no involvement with the video and it’s not anything official from us we would love to see more fan created videos like this or more awesome artwork for our banner contest that is ongoing at www.creatingthebanner.com.

The Videri String Quartet sent us a list of everyone who worked on the project including the little ones!

Strings:
Violin I, Aubrey Holmes
Violin II, Renee Spadey
Viola, Roselie Samter
Cello, Jeremiah Barcus

Vikings:
Tricia Clark Gilly
Mike McWatters
Gene Taylor
Sean Pennington
Solari Mahirimah
Mogley Samter
Karen Samter
Rosie Samter
Weezil Samter
Joan M. Syverson
Anthony “Bob” Barker
Brian “Snowy” Vandegrift
Travis Holbrook
Sprague the Insane
Natalie Erikson
Michael Lancaster

Little Vikings:
Liam Dellwo
Naomi Dellwo

Special thanks to Austin Wintory & Weezil Samter. They played huge roles in making this video happen! From all us at Stoic — you folks all did great. Thanks for sharing this with us!

You can also purchase the track via at Loudr.

By |February 5th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Videri Viking Video|

Creating the Banner

“The Banner Saga has been applauded by reviewers and fans alike for the art style, something we are incredibly proud of. We’ve seen such great fan art for the game that it made sense to ask our fans to assist us in designing a real life banner. We are looking for designs based on the traditional Viking runic art style as seen on the Godstones in the game,” said Stoic’s Art Director Arnie Jorgensen. “One way of recording history in early Viking times was for each family to contribute (sew) their own ‘saga’ onto their clan’s banner. Similarly, we plan to include some of the best designs submitted in this contest to create a twelve foot banner depicting our fan’s experiences with the game, creating a community ‘saga.'”

The “Creating the Banner” contest is now officially open for entrants to submit their original “Viking-style” inspired designs at http://www.creatingthebanner.com. Winners will not only get their design included on the final life-sized banner, but they will also be sent a mini replica of the final banner for display. Full submission guidelines, rules and regulations can be found on the contest website. Submissions must be in by 11:59pm PT on Thursday March 13th, 2014.

By |January 30th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Creating the Banner|

The Banner Saga

Two years ago, the three of us at Stoic set out to make an epic viking game: The Banner Saga. We did, and people loved it, so we’re making another one. We won’t make a viking saga without the word “Saga,” and we don’t appreciate anyone telling us we can’t.

King.com claims they’re not attempting to prevent us from using The Banner Saga, and yet their legal opposition to our trademark filing remains.

We’re humbled by the outpouring of support and honored to have others stand with us for the right to their own Saga. We just want to make great games.

 

 

By |January 23rd, 2014|News|Comments Off on The Banner Saga|

String Saga: Quartet Launches Music Video Based on Viking-Inspired Video Game

“Sean Pennington, Mogley Samter, Kveldulf Haursson, Anthony Barker, Michael Lancaster, & Eugene Taylor ready for action at the set.” — Photo by Mark Anthony String Saga: Quartet launches music video based on Viking-inspired video game By Jenka Eusebio In the world of tactical RPGs, The Banner Saga promises nothing short of epic: stunning visuals, gripping gameplay, compelling plot, and an ambitious score composed by Grammy nominee Austin Wintory have come together to form a work of art inspired by Viking legend. Backed by a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $700,000, indie game developer Stoic firmly roots The Banner Saga on nostalgic territory. The game features hand drawn 2D animation sequences which hark back to the golden age of American animation and storytelling that doesn’t cut corners. Rolling out before the player is a narrative riddled with classic, novel-esque complexity. And so here we discover that time-honored, traditional artistic styles still pack a punch, and always will.
By |January 17th, 2014|News|Comments Off on String Saga: Quartet Launches Music Video Based on Viking-Inspired Video Game|

Reddit Ask Me Anything

We’re hosting a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) today starting at 10am EST and going throughout the day. Please swing by and ask your questions! We’ll also have Austin Wintory answering some questions as well!

Our AMA is now live at — come join us!

 

By |January 10th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Reddit Ask Me Anything|

Last Week for Pre-Order

We finally made it — we are in the home stretch to launch. In 8 days The Banner Saga officially launches. It’s been a long road and we’re excited to get this out the door and in to your hands.

This also means it is your last week to pre-order and get the discounted price as well as the Insane Viking Pack. You can learn more here. Thanks folks! Looking forward to next week.

By |January 6th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Last Week for Pre-Order|

Album Cover

We’re in the home stretch and we’d like to highlight our soundtrack by our fantastic composer — Austin Wintory. Coming soon to his own website check out this preview of the album cover!

It’ll be available via at Austin Wintory’s site soon!

By |January 5th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Album Cover|

Happy Holidays!

#HappyHolidays Everyone — enjoy this festive rhyme from our forum member “Slimsy Platypus”
Twas the weeks before Yule, within the city of Strand
The young ones training for battle, with Stoicmom lending a hand
Armaments readied for battle, and laid out with care
With hopes that our enemies’ Warhawks, would not find them there
The men were restless, snuggled up with a pint
Drunk off their arses, on the mead hall floor for the night
The men dreamed of archers, with their backs turned
Grins across their faces, for victory! – they yearned
Then all of a sudden, there arose such a clatter
A large bang from the Great Hall; what could be the matter?
On Griss, on Iver, on Egil and Bersi!
If that is the Dredge, we’ll slay them without mercy!
The men rushed to the Great Hall, taking two steps in stride
For glory! For honor! For renown! For pride!
When they arrived, and much to their surprise
Was a single old Varl, a grey beard, and old eyes
“Ubin’s the name, and excuse the noise”
“I’ve prepared some gifts: some weapons, some new toys!”
Ubin grabbed a sword off the rack, and looked at the floor
“A sword as sharp as your wit, Iver it yours!”
Ubin then grabbed a tunic, hardened fast and leather
“To keep you safe Egil, and as light as a feather!”
Ubin then reached in his pocket, and leant out his hand
“Steam codes for all! To bring everyone to this land!”
Cheers and happy holidays everyone!

By |December 22nd, 2013|News|Comments Off on Happy Holidays!|

Pre-Order Now Available

It is a big day for The Banner Saga with our pre-order going live today. We couldn’t have made it this far without you. To help continue this saga, make sure to let your friends and family know they can take advantage of 20% off the price if they pre-order the game and the Insane Viking Pack.

The Insane Viking Pack includes an exclusive character, an exclusive item, and 3 exclusive audio tracks!

**KS Backers automatically get the Insane Viking Pack

By |December 17th, 2013|News|Comments Off on Pre-Order Now Available|

Crest Deadline — Today

All $50 and up Kickstarter backers have up until Midnight CST tonight (December 6th) to upload your crest. Head here to upload your crest. If any of you have any problems, shoot an e-mail to *protected email* and we’ll get your fixed up!

We’ve been quite impressed with the crests you folks have been creating — take a look at these few created by our community.

 

By |December 6th, 2013|News|0 Comments|