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Var and the Vikings: Smash Robots & Learn AI

A project in San Francisco, CA by Brainworth

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Build your Vikings artificial brains. Crush robots with powerful team combos and learn real game design skills.
Backers: 647
Average Pledge Per Backer: $22

Funded: $14,553 of $31,000
Dates: Feb 21st -> Mar 23rd (30 days)
Project By: Brainworth
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Latest News

Kickstarter Katchup

March 24th - via:
A few winners, a few losers and a heap of new entries. It’s a busy week and there are quite a few projects that people have contacted me about that aren’t included, even though I’m interested in them. I’ll do some individual posts on those over the next couple of days but, for now, feast your eyes on the contents of the Katchup at the breadth of gaming delights that it contains. Then feel a bit morose that Rogue System probably isn’t going to be on your computer for a long time. (Read More)

Co-op Mode: Video Demo

March 10th - via:
Co-op mode is in development and we have a progress video to show you! The Red Viking is controlled by Artificial Intelligence to follow the player and attack automatically. The Blue viking is controlled by the player.... (Read More)

Learning from the best

March 8th - via:
Just after we launched our Kickstarter, the Brainworth team had the awesome opportunity to visit Corey and Lori Cole, the husband-and-wife developer duo responsible for many of Sierra's early adventure games. I've been a huge fan of their games since... (Read More)

Kickstarter Katchup – 3rd March 2013

March 3rd - via:
There haven’t been any ‘losers’ in the Katchup for a while, partly because projects that are moving very slowly tend to be removed before they run out of time, and partly because there haven’t been quite as many small projects to cover. The list of ‘players’ is increasing rapidly though and even though the first comment will undoubtedly be from somebody reminded me of a game that I’ve missed, there are plenty of things to see. However, the influx of new entrants is balanced somewhat by this week’s losers. One is a small, surreal project, the other is a grander and more direct proposition. The creators of both have vowed to continue their work in some form. (Read More)

New Tier Rewards and Gameplay Details

February 26th - via:
Hey there backers, we have a big update today just for you! We have revamped the kickstarter page with additional gameplay details and new exciting pledge rewards! New $25 Reward Tier Updated $50 Reward Tier Updated $100 Reward Tier Rewards for... (Read More)


February 26th - via:
Please comment on this post:What inspired you to back Brainworth?Forbes and Rock, Paper, Shotgun Playtest our game! "Best of all, it is fun!" - Forbes "I do like teaching vikings to hit things." - Rock Paper Shotgun Big Update Coming tomorrow. Lots... (Read More)

Artificial Intelligence For Everyone: Var and the Vikings on Kickstarter

February 25th - via:
VideoI had no idea what a behavior tree was when Ben Sand, the founder and CEO of Brainworth, explained how Var and the Vikings worked. But after playing through a few levels of the game’s public prototype I think I’m beginning to understand the basics of artificial intelligence. (Read More)

New Music, and an Epic Endorsement!

February 24th - via:
"a superb manifesto!!"-- Jane McGonigal (TED Speaker and Best Selling Author), speaking about our call to action to build more educational games: Please share this endorsement with the... (Read More)

Kickstarter Katchup

February 24th - via:
Several projects are either on the brink of the precipice of funding failure, or in a prolonged mid-term slump. It’s enough to make a man pre-emptively proclaim the Kickstarter craze dead and buried, but if that same man then casts an eye over the promising new projects and remembers successes and shortfalls of the past, he may well decide to cancel the obituaries, at least for now, and simply play some prototypes instead. (Read More)

Educational Games are a Moral Issue

February 21st - via:
Hello Backers. Can I start by saying just how amazing you are--Yes? Great. Well you are Amazing. Your support doesn't just put food on our table, it gives us a reason to stay up hacking through the night. We're 1 day in and 7% of the way there. We're... (Read More)

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