With close to 80 project backers so far, The Meridian Shard RPG has reached over 30% of its surprisingly modest $6500 funding goal, with the campaign deadline closing-in on February 16th, 2014 by which Cuff must raise the remaining amount needed to access any of the funds. Because of Kickstarter's all-or-nothing funding model, project creators must meet or exceed their funding total in order to access any of their backers' investments.
The majority of enthusiasm from the backer community has been expressed in internal emails and project update comments that seem to celebrate the satirical take on cliché adventure video game themes, stories and characters. Although there is humor to be found in The Meridian Shard, Cuff explains that his game should not be confused with being a comedy game per say. “Satire is simply a tool I've used to express my feelings regarding larger issues in our western society in a way that is not always obvious, and that does not make light of the heavier and more serious themes found within the story. There's actually a lot of variety in the characters and a depth to them that I feel will, and has already, connected with people in a much more meaningful way than is traditionally found in most, but not all, mainstream video games.”
Cuff does not claim in any way to be re-inventing the wheel, but rather paying homage to an already long-loved genre, while using his writing within the game to tell a unique fantasy story that he feels will have different meanings to different players. “For some people, the game will be a fun romp through an old-school adventure with plenty of action, dialogue and good laughs. For others, there may also be tears to go along with all that. I'll admit that I've even choked-up a little while writing some of the scenes. There's definitely going to be much more here than meets the eye.”
After 13 months in development, The Meridian Shard is well on its way to being a playable game, with testing scheduled for mid to late autumn this year. Cuff, who founded Ultimate Fantasy Studio in 2012 after publishing his first fantasy/sci-
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