BackerKit

Deadwood: The Forgotten Curse

Created by Steamroller Studios

Deadwood: The Forgotten Curse
Kickstarter 1024x768
2,345 backers pledged $102,230.00 on Kickstarter

Deadwood: The Forgotten Curse is an action/adventure game with a unique survival twist.

Raised in Kickstarter
$102,230.00 / 2,345 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$5,080.00 / 2,305 backers
Estimated Shipping Date: December 2016
Uploads 2fa422951d6d5278f24419eab2e58e504c 2fo tip jar facebook legacy square thumb
Tip Jar
Love us so much you want to give a little more? Drop some change in our tip jar. You rock!
$1.00
Uploads 2fe5ac4ca0af970bed87ec17e4fdda733d 2fshipping box tokyo legacy square thumb
International Shipping
Add if you are selecting a physical reward and need international shipping.
$10.00

Buttons

Uploads 2f55f505bc43b81f71879bc749f5a6aa6c 2fpins 20  20deadwood 20logo legacy square thumb
Deadwood Button
Put a pin in it with this Deadwood logo button.
$2.00
Uploads 2fab8760e66d892ee8e219eaf6bdb84caf 2fpins 20  20lathe legacy square thumb
Lathe Button
Put a pin in it with this Lathe button.
$2.00
Uploads 2f5fb161f5895a042a25d8855988884bd4 2fpins 20  20roguard legacy square thumb
Roguard Button
Put a pin in it with this Roguard button.
$2.00
Uploads 2f892a508d94e59f5ce4d53a56b56d1531 2fpins 20  20sprout legacy square thumb
Sprout Button
Put a pin in it with this Sprout button.
$2.00
Uploads 2fe05d2143e240a41e0ad4225aeb68e7c4 2fpins legacy square thumb
All Buttons
Collect the whole set! Includes all 4 buttons.
$7.00

Game Changer

Uploads 2f5353de19ac34b998cc730e57017415d9 2ftighty 20whities legacy square thumb
Tighty Whities Alternate Skin Pack
Lathe and Roguard in nothing but their knickers. Which in Roguard's case is actually more clothes.
$5.00
Uploads 2fc93f995eeb628746054ffb47a0204c45 2foutfits legacy square thumb
Adventurers Alternate Skin Pack
Turn Lathe and Roguard into a couple of classic adventurers with these fun skins.
$5.00
Uploads 2f67e580c2ebf93a51f5c4e8c783008cc7 2fname 20a 20sprout legacy square thumb
Name a Deadwood (Includes Alternate Skin for Sprout)
Adopt a Deadwood as your own and give him a name. You'll be able to identify which one is yours b... more »
$8.00
Uploads 2f86d4a34f8eb9119ecf6ad0353c33954f 2fname 20on 20tombstone legacy square thumb
Name and Message on an In-Game Tombstone
Here lies your chance at creating some lore in the world of Deadwood. Come up with a name and mes... more »
$130.00
Uploads 2fa86dab23aea76db4c377eadb91141226 2fside 20quest legacy square thumb
Design Your Own Side-Quest
Work with us to design your very own side quest! Includes 1 NPC, 1 Location, and 1 Item.
$250.00

Goodies

Uploads 2fc0052239b4d5aa64fcc8def559f98738 2fplush legacy square thumb
Roguard Plush
Snuggle up with your very own plush Roguard. Scientifically proven to make you feel warm and fuzz... more »
$20.00
Uploads 2fec5735aa4056685259a239a7e571b331 2fvinyl legacy square thumb
Sprout Vinyl Figure
A 3.5" vinyl figure of everyone's favorite Deadwood... Sprout!
$20.00
Uploads 2f6b4ce06b6b8bab185125d334b0f6793c 2fartbook legacy square thumb
Physical Art Book
Beautifully crafted Art Book filled to the brim with original concept sketches and paintings. Inc... more »
$40.00
Uploads 2f881074e83557f3b5a322915de05feced 2fposter legacy square thumb
The Deadwood Are Coming Poster
Get this 50's horror inspired poster for "The Deadwood are Coming"
$10.00
Uploads 2f55c578c2a7376a336a9d2536f196faca 2fsoundtrack legacy square thumb
Digital Soundtrack
Composed by Luke Thomas. The score is Final Fantasy meets Dexter. Once you hear it, you'll have i... more »
$3.00
Uploads 2f78681b4006954e75316beaeecfef2a94 2fmap 20digital legacy square thumb
Digital Maps of Knottington
Never get lost again with these digital maps of Knottington. You'll get the overview map along wi... more »
$6.00

Papercraft

Uploads 2f626d43e32594af01ffa076be4eebf88c 2fpapercraft 20  20lathe legacy square thumb
Lathe Papercraft
Get a digital copy of the Lathe Papercraft that you can print out and fold into an adorable figur... more »
$1.00
Uploads 2f1daea3f4bcc520d5ef4700636bfe160c 2fpapercraft 20  20roguard legacy square thumb
Roguard Papercraft
Get a digital copy of the Roguard Papercraft that you can print out and fold into an adorable fig... more »
$1.00
Uploads 2fe8e19342e241d923114c561d9f5934a5 2fpapercraft 20  20sprout legacy square thumb
Sprout Papercraft
Get a digital copy of the Sprout Papercraft that you can print out and fold into an adorable figu... more »
$1.00
Uploads 2fe64986bfad993439fe794773927be592 2fpapercraft legacy square thumb
All Papercrafts
Get a digital copy of all 3 Papercrafts (Lathe, Rogaurd, Sprout) that you can print out and fold ... more »
$2.50

Postcards

Uploads 2fec01bcbc048fab536636ba49bff9cf3f 2fpostcards 20  20wish legacy square thumb
Wish You Were Here Postcards
3 Postcards, each showcasing a different Kottington location. Wish you were here!
$3.00
Uploads 2f9ccaf6f4e7f4bbb836c692f954498c9b 2fpostcards 20  20concepts legacy square thumb
Creature Concept Postcards
3 postcards, each one showcasing a page from the Deadwood survival guide. Filled with creature sk... more »
$3.00
Uploads 2f22f133d4af77787b68ab212827c6f5a6 2fpostcards 20  20movie legacy square thumb
Promotional Postcards
3 postcards, each one a work of art with a fun theme.
$3.00
Uploads 2faada617bdc879724e069d4972e5cbd16 2fpostcards legacy square thumb
All Postcards
Collect the whole set! Includes all 9 postcards.
$8.00

Signed

Uploads 2f3b41814ddc0049d6b0a73d12313a5b32 2fposter 20  20signed legacy square thumb
Signed Poster
Get a signed version of this 50's horror inspired poster for "The Deadwood are Coming"
$20.00
Uploads 2f2a4ff33056940b14b4df694327215cf2 2fartbook 20  20signed legacy square thumb
Signed Physical Art Book
Beautifully crafted Art Book filled to the brim with original concept sketches and paintings. Inc... more »
$50.00
Uploads 2f139ba5c9c0a27bf730d188d8e02d67e4 2fsketch legacy square thumb
Signed Original Sketch
A 100% original sketch from the world of Deadwood, signed by the artist.
$70.00

Stickers

Uploads 2f80938303a77875027bc4ee8eb65269a7 2fstickers 20  20logo legacy square thumb
Deadwood Sticker
Die cut sticker of the Deadwood logo.
$2.00
Uploads 2f622726568f9a0ae6c9b44dca79063a7a 2fstickers lathe legacy square thumb
Lathe Sticker
Die cut sticker of Lathe's face.
$2.00
Uploads 2fb1163a40dfce238da9e8bee9728e6b73 2fstickers 20  20roguard legacy square thumb
Roguard Sticker
Die cut sticker of Roguard's face.
$2.00
Uploads 2f38912666c0c21767a7aaa5b939ebf871 2fstickers 20  20sprout legacy square thumb
Sprout Sticker
Die cut sticker of Sprout's face.
$2.00
Uploads 2f59fb36e0fd3a00322c22144a9eb9e790 2fstickers legacy square thumb
All Stickers
Collect the whole set! Includes all 4 stickers.
$7.00

T-Shirts

Uploads 2f67a3d760dc3714279cae687f46062638 2fshirts 20  20deadwood 20logo legacy square thumb
Deadwood Logo T-Shirt
The Deadwood logo on a navy blue shirt. A true classic.
$20.00
Uploads 2f0615708854a6113d01f709a32183be65 2fshirts 20  20sprout 20head legacy square thumb
Sprout Head T-Shirt
Sprouts head never looked so cool. This monochromed design prints on black.
$20.00
Uploads 2f801d2b7e41d54daa0519801302dc18cf 2fshirts 20  20lathe 20and 20roguard legacy square thumb
Lathe and Roguard T-Shirt
A light-hearted illustration depicting the friendship of Lathe and Roguard. Prints on a white shirt.
$20.00

Learn About Our Project:

Visit Our Website • Like Us On Facebook • Follow Us On Twitter  • Subscribe On YouTube

Quick list of what Deadwood is about: 

 Zelda meets Don’t Starve. A unique blend of adventuring and survival.
• During the day you explore an open world while solving the mystery of the Forgotten Curse
• During the night you secure and defend yourself and your stone companion from waves of hungry wooden zombies.  
•  An incredible story about an unlikely friendship in a world full of unique characters.
•  Scavenge for resources and then build customized weapons and defenses.
• Story-driven side quests encourage players to make assumptions and think outside the box.
 

           

Deadwood: The Forgotten Curse is an action/adventure game with a unique survival twist. You play as Lathe, a teenage woodling and an avid inventor. During your adventures you are accompanied by a stone giant named Roguard. Together you must fight back hordes of wooden zombies, better known as "The Deadwood" and stop the curse from spreading through the land of Knottington. 

By day, Roguard will protect you from the deadwood. This will allow you the freedom to explore the land of Knottington. You’ll scavenge for resources and then use those resources to craft your weapons and defenses. Because when the sun sets, Roguard falls asleep, leaving you alone to fight back the deadwood and protect your stone companion. With the right balance of strategy and skill you may just survive the night.  

The Almighty Deodar Tree brought the Deadwood curse to the land of Knottington many centuries ago. Its power could not be stopped. All hope seemed lost, until four mysterious stone companions cast a spell that contained the curse. Now, years later, someone has plucked a seed from its twisted branches and unleashed the curse once again. Only the keeper’s apprentice and one of the stone companions can hope to recast the spell, and save the land of Knottington.

Deadwood: The Forgotten Curse is an epic tale about two very different characters learning about the true meaning of friendship. This engaging story is partnered with our unique gameplay blend of survival and adventuring.

Meet the Characters.

Lathe - An avid inventor with a tendency to daydream most of his hours away, works as an apprentice to Radley, the old Keeper of Deadwood Pass. The Keepers job is to watch over the almighty tree of Deadwood Forest, and to make sure no-one ever plucks its wicked seeds. Having worked with Radley for the past few years, Lathe has grown fond of the old Woodling.... and learning about a possible Deadwood apocalypse is much more fun than going to school or doing house chores. Lathe enjoys the fact that Radley is incredibly passionate about his job as the Keeper, and takes the job of Apprentice Keeper very seriously, even though the town's people feel it's just a silly job to keep an old woodling occupied.

Roguard - This deadwood infestation cannot be stopped by Lathe alone. What would a true hero be, without his rock solid companion? Roguard is made of stone and has a big heart that's captured by life’s simple beauty. Roguard unfortunately has no recollection of where he has come from with the exception that he knows he's lived in the mountains for many, many years. He is troubled by one thought however. He feels the need to find these... sparkles, but has no idea what these sparkles actually are. When he runs into Lathe he realizes that there is a bigger problem afoot and swears to help in any way he can to prevent further danger to woodlings.

 Day/Night Cycle. Our world changes and the player must be able to adapt quickly in order to survive the night. Use your crafting skills to build tactical defenses and weapons to protect your sleepy friend, Roguard, against the Deadwood.

A Visually Rich World. Deadwood: The Forgotten Curse has a beautifully painted art style and fun cartoony animation. Explore a "quirky and cute" world filled with dangerous forests, vast plains, and tons of fun and unique characters.

Challenging Quests. Our map is filled with tons of world related quests. We wanted Deadwood to give the player the option to learn more about the world's history and characters with extended side quests.

Our crafting system allows the player to build various types of weapons and defenses. Use the materials and amber modifiers you've gathered while scavenging on your journey. As long as you've acquired the design and the proper materials, you can craft away.

There are four core defense types: landmines, barricades, turrets, and decoys. All will require different materials and amber to craft, and each one has it's own strengths and weaknesses.

Scavenge, Secure, Survive

•   Scavenge: Search buildings/bodies for materials. Breakdown certain items for resources. Explore areas for items such as ammo and health.

•   Secure: Build barricades, traps, mines, and decoys to help hold down the fort and plan for the night’s attack. Also fortify/repair existing structures during attacks as deadwoods wear them down.

•   Survive: Omni-directional top-down shooting mechanics. The deadwood take effort and strategy to kill, so be careful, they never stop coming.

During your exploration of Knottington you'll gather many types of amber, which is used to modify weapons and defenses. Each modifier has a unique source of energy.

Sweet sounds. Andy Lackey has worked on some of the best games and films of the last decade. Including Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, The Witness and Ori and the Blind Forest. He'll make our wooden zombies sound awesome.

Catchy Music. Final Fantasy meets Dexter. Once you hear it, you'll have it in your head all day. Listen to some of the music scored by the amazing Luke Thomas.

Threatening Enemies. Our main enemy type is a fella named Sprout. He's not the sharpest tool in the shed, but don't be fooled by this cute and adorable creature. They'll do absolutely anything to snack on some sap! We also have a baddie named Splinter. He is scarier and more powerful than Sprout. These are just 2 examples of the many different enemy types in the world of Knottington. 

Open World to Explore. We have crafted a vast world filled with a variety of interesting locations to explore. With our custom hex tile system we can create massive worlds at an accelerated rate so we may spend more time with the art direction.

Inspirations. What if we created wooden zombies in a "quirky and cute" open world? Well, that's what Deadwood: The Forgotten Curse is! We wanted to create a charming world that was beautiful to look at with a dark added twist. Don't Starve and Tim Burton films were some of our inspirations for the darker elements. We we're also inspired by Zelda and Secret of Mana for the lighter side of things. Combining these inspirations we've created a fun and unique look that runs through the animation, story, interface, and every other facet of the game.

Why Kickstarter? Deadwood: The Forgotten Curse is a passion project for us. We have been working on it part time for a while, but have recently invested all of our savings and time into doing this fulltime. We currently have a core team of 6 and an extra 5 or so helping offsite. 

We are now moving full steam ahead to bring you the best game possible. We believe in Deadwood and we believe that our team has what it takes to deliver it. We are looking to our fellow game lovers, developers and fans alike to help us push Deadwood into a more expansive direction with more quests, more explorable areas and a more intricate story line for our two grand adventurers to conquer.  

The great thing about Kickstarter is that it allows us to share our process with you. We want to give you an inside look into how we develop, market and explore new territory in creating our open world. We would love for you to be a part of this process through our live stream meetings, consistent dev updates, and blogs.

Who is Steamroller? The Steamroller team is a league of creators gathered together to bring the Deadwood dream alive. We knew we built a strong and dedicated team when everyone was willing to juggle multiple jobs while working on Deadwood in their spare time. As the story progressively grew stronger and a solid foundation was built, the team realized that Deadwood has the potential to be something AWESOME. Reality set in that time was not on our side with everyone only working part time on the game. If we wanted to see Deadwood reach its full potential, something had to change. The decision was agreed upon for us all to leave the comfort of our day jobs and dedicate our creative efforts to the game. 

Steamroller Studios is located in the small, quiet town of Eustis, FL (a hidden treasure just outside of the Orlando area). Why in the world Eustis you ask? Great question! Well, in the pong years, Keith and Adam were born in this small town. Moving around and working in new and faraway places in the later years, they reunited home bringing alongside them a new friend and future game play designer, Jalil. Thus Steamroller Studios was born.

The Team. These awesome artists have contributed to the development of Deadwood in various ways.

Adam Meyer- is our Game Director and captain of the good ship Deadwood. He's responsible for the look and feel of the game. Adam has worked for clients such as EA, Disney, Universal Studios, and Irrational Games. He has also lent his hand to a few other indie games, including Rebuild: Gangs of Deadsville for Northway games. Deadwood is his baby and he promises not to drop it.

Keith Lackey- is the brain, the wizard, and programmer extraordinaire of this operation. One of the co-founders of Steamroller Studios, Keith's love for making games sprung from his robust problem solving abilities. In his past adventures he has spent 8 years at Weta Digital where he worked on an assortment of films including The Hobbit, Avatar, Rise and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Avengers. Moving all the way from New Zealand, he has now pledged his genius to Steamroller Studios and is prepared to make Deadwood: The Forgotten Curse his next trophy.

Jalil Sadool - is our Creative Director and one of the co-founders of Steamroller Studios. He is also the co-founder of the online animation school CGTarian.com. Before Steamroller Studios and Dreamworks Animation, he was an Animation Lead at Weta Digital Ltd where he worked on such notable films as Avatar and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. At Dreamworks Animation he was the Animation Lead on the mighty Bewilderbeast for How to Train your Dragon 2 as well as part of the animation team who brought Jack Frost to life in Rise of the Guardians. His previous films also include The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, 9; Prince Caspian, The Water Horse, Night at the Museum and Charlotte's Web just to name a few. Jalil's passion for games and storytelling has become an integral aspect of Steamroller Studio's culture. His strong work ethic is the driving force behind the production of Deadwood: The Forgotten Curse.

James Mashock - is our one of a kind 3D Modeler. He is always in the groove with his work, forever active as he completes daily tasks. Often we see him running across the room to ask questions or answer our calls. We firmly believe he never stops moving... or doing mischievous things. Graduated from The Illinois Institute of Art- Schaumburge with a BA in Game Art and Design. He also was a huge help in the construction of the studio itself.

Amanda Renfroe - is our coffee loving Production Manager. She started out at Magnetic Dream Animation Studios in Tennessee as an animator after graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design. She gets the fun job of cracking the whip on the others when Deadwood deadlines are coming up. Her other passionate skills also include animation, social media, and organization which prove to be very useful to the production of Deadwood.

Matt Kessler - is our 'can-do' junior technical director. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. for Digital Media with a focus in digital interactive systems. In his spare time he is lead administrator for the Reddit Blood Bowl League and creating his own card game.

Naadia Manuoullah - is our lovely and talented concept artist whom shies away from no challenge. Although she lives in the very cold lands of Canada, she helps us bring the Deadwood world to life with her charming environment concepts. She graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in Fine Arts.

Jaryd Snover - is the rigging liaison of Steamroller. He got his start at Sony Imageworks and later Dreamworks Animation. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is the latest film he worked on. He grew up in a family of chefs who taught him the meaning of hard work. If nothing else, Jaryd understands characters and how to bring them to life on screen... that and good southern cooking.

Matt Sandoval - is our awesome intern whom goes above and beyond to get whatever nonsense sent his way done. He is currently attending Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for his B.F.A.

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at what we are creating. Keep checking in with us to see progress updates. Thanks again!  

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and at SteamrollerStudios.com for more updates on Deadwood: The Forgotten Curse.