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Serpent in the Staglands

A project in Chicago, IL by Whalenought Studios

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An isometric, real time, party-based CRPG set in the icy Staglands, where a trapped god and chosen company embark on a perilous quest.
Backers: 1092
Average Pledge Per Backer: $26

Funded: $28,058 of $10,000
Dates: Mar 27th -> Apr 26th (30 days)
Project By: Whalenought Studios
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Latest News

Kickstarter Game Developer Haiku Collection

September 2nd - via:
It’s a bit of a tradition that whenever I interview someone for Cliqist I ask them to put together a brief haiku to describe them, their company, or their game. Since we’re celebrating the one year anniversary of Cliqist this week I figure it would be as good a time as any to look back at some of them. All the haiku’s were written by the person being interviewed, and are listed in the order in which they appeared on the site. Some are great, some not so much, but each is interesting in its own right. (Read More)

Here at the end of all things & what lurks in the shadows of the Staglands

April 24th - via:
The last 2 days are upon us, and we’re thrilled with all of your support, encouragement, and excitement about Serpent in the Staglands. We’ve surpassed our goal and are over 200% funded — this is an amazing feat and it’s all thanks to you.... (Read More)

Maps, Monsters, and Combat Skills

April 21st - via:
THE LAST WEEK!You all did a fantastic job helping us spread the word so far, and hopefully we can make it to the next stretch goal! We were interviewed recently by Cliqist and were asked some fun questions — check it out! We wanted to give you all... (Read More)

Joe Williams Discusses Serpent in the Staglands

April 19th - via:
Joe Williams, of the husband and wife team at Whalenought Studios, recently took some time from his schedule to talk to us. We didn’t waste time talking about the weather or the Cubs’ unfortunate start to their season; instead we talked about videogames. Imagine that! More specifically we talked about the RPG he and his wife are making, Serpent in the Staglands. (Read More)

Leather armor poll, giant wolves, and what’s coming next

April 15th - via:
Thanks everyone, we’re on our way to the first expansion stretch goal! We’ve been hard at work marketing and working on the game and wanted to update you on a few things: We put up these videos of our new pathfinding and movement speed on the... (Read More)

Second Stretch Goal Met! Also: DRM-free Distribution plans and Greenlight!

April 10th - via:
Hey Everyone! Second stretch goal has been met, and we’re on our way to the islands expansion! Fantastic!  We’re in the middle of getting some new content put together, but wanted to give a few announcements about the site, future community... (Read More)


April 9th - via:
Hey everyone! At the time of this writing we have $300 to go until the second stretch goal! So awesome, thank you everyone for spreading the word and backing! We're doing fantastic!  We wanted to share with you some portraits that we've started on... (Read More)

Aptitudes, Soul Binding, and Battle Drums

April 6th - via:
We’re so excited to have almost reached our second stretch goal! Thank you so much everyone for spreading the word, we’ve had an awesome response during this campaign and hope we can keep it going with more frequent updates to come. For this... (Read More)

Old Is New Again In Serpent in the Staglands

March 31st - via:
Serpent in the Staglands uses Baldur’s Gate-style combat, with every action’s success being decided by a dice roll. (Read More)


March 29th - via:
You did it! Thank you so much everyone, Serpent in the Staglands has been funded in just 4 days! We’re so excited with all the feedback and interesting questions thus far, and hope we can reach some of our exciting stretch goals! We’ve spent some... (Read More)

Rewards, Paypal, the Spirit Realm & Spells.

March 28th - via:
Hello! First of all, we just want to thank everyone who has backed us. We’re overwhelmed by your generosity and are really excited about your excitement. Thank you for helping us make Serpent in the Staglands a reality, we're off to a fantastic... (Read More)

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