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Khatie
01-24-2017, 10:51 AM
We're proud to announce our Banner Saga 3 KickStarter is now live.

We're working toward the ending of this trilogy and need your help to give you the ending you deserve. Let's work together to make this Saga truly epic!

Head to the link below to learn more and hit that share button to help us spread the word!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stoic/banner-saga-3

If you've already backed the Trilogy via the Banner Saga 1 Kickstarter (at the $50+ level), we'll send you a digital download of Banner Saga 3 when it launches.

If you would like to receive any of the rewards listed in this campaign, you need only choose one and we'll make sure you have a extra $20 credit in PledgeManager after the campaign ends. You'll end up with an extra key for Banner Saga 3, which you can share with a friend, as well as the $20 credit to use however you see fit on extra prizes and goods!

On a personal note: although I've only been with Stoic for a few months, I'm already incredibly impressed and grateful with this community for being amazingly supportive and encouraging!

Thank you all for your contribution to making this epic trilogy amazing. Let's finish strong! :o

Aleonymous
01-24-2017, 11:11 AM
Good luck you Stoic guys. You know you got my pledge ;)

You can also refer to this recent interview by John (http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2017-01-09-we-set-out-to-make-this-trilogy-we-cant-leave-the-story-unfinished), on the reasons of their return to Kickstarter.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/99633386/TBS3/Saga3_Logo.png

Spat Bandit
01-24-2017, 11:27 AM
After just getting back into the series and seeing how the second game plays out i'm beyond excited to see the game become a trilogy!

StandSure
01-24-2017, 11:39 AM
Of course I'm in! Looking forward to re-connecting with the community.

Ratatoskr
01-24-2017, 11:52 AM
Backed, of course :) Hopefully this brings some people back to the forums.

YaK
01-24-2017, 12:54 PM
I have had plenty of kind words for you, Stoic(s), and sometimes also sincere criticism on some aspects of the game or on how things were handled (not liked much the QA and the lack of communication, but they're mistakes already known).

I've pestered John with questions and bug\inconsistency\suggestion reports and also took my chances at modding myself some of them, innocently tinkering with the exposed things in the game files.

Still thinking some things could be improved and other feel rushed, but here I am:

You have my pledge.

Not because I would like to see the ending part of the trilogy (and I faen want to!),

but because I hadn't the opportunity to support the first kickstarter campaign and looking at the entertainment I have experienced in my several hundreds hours of playing plus the uncountable time spent on modding, alternating satisfaction for a working tweak or a learned thing to frustration when, I hit the limit of my (limited) skills or technical walls, I think you fully earned it.

Being unemployed right now, it's not trivial coming up with spare bucks (damn! I still don't own a PC yet after mine melted!), you know, they don't grow on trees, but I will do my best to pledge as high as I can afford.

It will be a "Thank" ( ;) ), so I couldn't be miser.

Keep up the good work, then make it better.


P.S.: I love the "sqiuddy" number "3".

Brackstone
01-24-2017, 01:16 PM
Crazy surprise to wake up to. Instantly backed for that sweet, sweet artbook.

By the by, if we have questions/suggestions, is it better to post here or on the KS page? Mostly I just want to suggest releasing larger, full view versions of the poster artwork, so people can make a more informed decision.

Ratatoskr
01-24-2017, 01:21 PM
That would be nice. I'm tempted to jump up to 100 for a poster (or at least do an add on) but bigger pictures would help me choose which one.

ajrman
01-24-2017, 02:01 PM
I didn't get to back the first game, having only discovered The Banner Saga just over a year ago, but as soon as I saw that TBS 3 was on kickstarter I backed it. I am definitely looking forward to the final part of this amazing story.

Also, that picture of a warped Strand is incredibly eerie.

Aleonymous
01-24-2017, 02:57 PM
By the by, if we have questions/suggestions, is it better to post here or on the KS page? Mostly I just want to suggest releasing larger, full view versions of the poster artwork, so people can make a more informed decision.

I think that KS comment section will be more promptly processed. As to your question: The poster artwork is in draft version (for now) and that's why they're just showing a small preview instead of the full-thing. I suppose most of the physical updates should be considered in non-final form!

Aleonymous
01-26-2017, 03:00 AM
Second update has a ton of gorgeous screenshots and information on the Ravens:

"Who Are The Ravens?" (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stoic/banner-saga-3/posts/1791341)

http://dikxrpw3rdepo.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/raven_logo.jpg

kingfall
01-26-2017, 12:11 PM
Wow, backed already on day 1. This is pretty exciting stuff! The Ravens update is full of insights and background info, definitely worth checking out.

Spat Bandit
01-26-2017, 04:33 PM
It started with the community and it will end with the community! feels like its meant to be.

Aleonymous
01-31-2017, 03:17 AM
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/99633386/TBS3/Saga3KS_Funded.gif

So, game reached its funding goal of $200,000.00 a few hours ago, from over 4,000 backers :) And now, onto the Stretch Goals (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stoic/banner-saga-3/posts/1795282). The first one brings Dredge as playable characters in the game!

Spat Bandit
01-31-2017, 10:24 AM
So happy to see the "The Banner Saga 3" with its Kick starter goal complete! now onto the stretch goals!

Spat Bandit
02-03-2017, 03:21 PM
We’re already more than halfway to our first stretch goal! Stoic has announced its next two goals! 300k brings survival mode and 350k hold's old varl ubin's life in the balance! show your allegiance and support to save ubin!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stoic/banner-saga-3

Yellow
02-03-2017, 06:09 PM
show your allegiance and support to save ubin!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stoic/banner-saga-3

Sorry but no, holding Ubin hostage to a Strech goal mark is just absurd in my eyes!

Aleonymous
02-03-2017, 06:17 PM
Sorry but no, holding Ubin hostage to a Strech goal mark is just absurd in my eyes!

I was kinda waiting for Yellow to "explode" about something, and here it is! :) Ain't no proper crowd-funding campaign without some controversy! In any case, I hope this announcement works in everyone's favor, meaning that we all get to see Ubin as a playable hero.

Yellow
02-03-2017, 06:21 PM
I was kinda waiting for Yellow to "explode" about something, and here it is! :) Ain't no proper crowd-funding campaign without some controversy! In any case, I hope this announcement works in everyone's favor, meaning that we all get to see Ubin as a playable hero.

Lol. What can i say... i am very pasionate about stuff being as consumer friendly as posible, specially coming from small independent studios(who are supposed to stand out from the shady AAA crowd).

The deal with Ubin isen't consumer friendly at all, at least not how it is currently worded; If the strech goal was clear about his fate being revealed in The Banner Saga 3 regardeless, and the strech goal being just to make him playable, then it would be another story. Right now however it looks like the entire character's fate is being hold hostage behind a pay-wall, a scheme to make people throw more money at the screen.

This is the whole Tryggvi situation (http://stoicstudio.com/forum/showthread.php?1954-Insane-Viking-Pack-Pre-Order-Now-Available) all over again... and for what???!!!

Aleonymous
02-03-2017, 06:31 PM
So, #SaveUbin should be hashtag :D I would have placed the Stretch Goals in a different order: (1) Playable Ubin, (2) Playable Dredge, (3) Survival Mode. The actual target-$ would depend, of course, on the momentum of the pledge at that moment...

Tiraglarm
02-03-2017, 07:08 PM
Imo Ubin is an icon of TBS. It's so strange that he not planned as part of 200k TBS3 goal. So all hopes for 350k
#SaveUbin

Yellow
02-03-2017, 07:18 PM
I would have placed the Stretch Goals in a different order: (1) Playable Ubin, (2) Playable Dredge, (3) Survival Mode. The actual target-$ would depend, of course, on the momentum of the pledge at that moment...

That order would have been better in my opinion too... altought as @Tiraglarm mentioned, Ubin has been such an (arguably) important part of the triology so far, that i find it very odd that he was not planned to be included in the core game to start with?!

Also, as @Brackstone mentioned, why are stretch goals in 50k jump? It cost the same to create 3 whole new Playable Dredge with their own specific backstory, special abbilities, etc, than to create Ubin(who already has a sort of backstory, role, etc?). And it also cost the exact same amount to add a whole new game mode too? Kinda fishy, sorry.

YaK
02-04-2017, 01:16 AM
I must admit, it makes me feel anxious too.

In my opinion would be a good idea to tie localizations + something to stretch goals, the way Pillars Of Eternity 2 is doing, but it's a delicate matter, people use to get very hot on this topic.

Aleonymous
02-04-2017, 03:41 PM
In the end of the day, it's all about good communication: Stoic should outline _exactly_ what each Stretch Goal entails, so that the extra money can be justified (to a reasonable extent). For instance, they could say that playable Ubin will involve 3x new events (cutscenes, boards etc), whereas the playable Dredge will involve 1x new event for each of the three Dredge heroes.

Spat Bandit
02-05-2017, 07:07 PM
I think Stoic was just trying to give us a choice that reflected the difficult choices in the game! the fact of the matter is not everyone is going to live.. we all have to make difficult choices and Ubin is one of them.

Ratatoskr
02-06-2017, 10:05 AM
@Aleo, personally I agree with that order as well, but I know there are people who seem to prefer survival mode to the regular game so that may just be a matter of preference.

Also, I asked whether Ubin would be completely AWOL or just not playable if we missed the goal and Stoic said they couldn't answer that yet. So we might still get to see him even if we don't hit 350k; it probably depends on how development goes over all.

Aleonymous
02-06-2017, 10:16 AM
Hey, nobody told him to take off with those Horsebon. He's a grown up (Varl) and can take care of himself! ;)

Aleonymous
02-18-2017, 04:28 PM
With 6K backers and 2nd Stretch Goal just around the corner, we got an awesome new Update (12) about Combat, from Matt (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stoic/banner-saga-3/posts/1807745).

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/99633386/TBS3/35c4bb89860cd7fa56cd8b64423e48de_original.png
Here's some stuff I picked up and wanted to discuss:

a. I'd like to see Saga2SM-style turn-order (minus the timer) in the regular campaign... No mention of that :(
b. Playable Juno (!!!) and wasted Eyvind with a new staff :) But, who's the other guy -- Some Kragsman Shaman?
c. Warped Strand Great Hall (!), but what's that other Warped location, in the "Fighting in Darkness" section?
d. Loved the Warped enemy sprites, from many different races. That purple-skin looks so Armello-rotten!
e. Improved AI is a MUST for us hardcore fans. (Brought up that Stoneguard Kindle AI issue that usually hurts Dredge more than our heroes! :D)
f. Board variety & scripted "custom" battles was what made Saga2 so much better than Saga1. More of that, pliz!
g. Any ETA for Alpha Access? I suppose it will be in late stages of the game, close to release? Or, even in crude-er prototypes?

PS -- Forgot to mention another important Update, #11, revealing social media-related backer "achievements" (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stoic/banner-saga-3/posts/1807185). An interesting twist ;)

Aleonymous
02-21-2017, 09:16 AM
Update 13: $300k Stretch Goal Reached - Survival Mode Unlocked - Eternal Arena Announced! (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stoic/banner-saga-3/posts/1810423)

Now, let's help #SaveUbin! :)

Yellow
04-13-2018, 03:30 AM
You wanted me to explode.. well here you go:

Seriosly, more pre-order exclusive ingame characters and items? Did we not learned the lesson yet? And now also the base game is "Standard Eddition", does that means that you are also gonna start adding Delux Eddition, Collectors Eddition, and so on? Game of the Year Eddition? .... dissapointed that such beautifull games from an small independent company insist on being regresive rather than progressive when it comes to consumer rights and industry standarts.