Torment Kickstarter adds Chris Avellone stretch goal

As Torment: Tides of Numenera's crowdfunding drive continues to make money hand over fist, developer inXile has added stretch goals to hire two notable names. If it passes $3.25 million, Patrick Rothfuss, author of fantasy series The Kingkiller Chronicle will join up. At $3.5 million, Planescape: Torment lead designer Chris Avellone will work on its self-declared spiritual successor. Cripes, they're only $600,000 short of getting both!

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As Torment: Tides of Numenera's crowdfunding drive continues to make money hand over fist, developer inXile has added stretch goals to hire two notable names. If it passes $3.25 million, Patrick Rothfuss, author of fantasy series The Kingkiller Chronicle will join up. At $3.5 million, Planescape: Torment lead designer Chris Avellone will work on its self-declared spiritual successor. Cripes, they're only $600,000 short of getting both.

With 14 days left to run, the Tides of Numenera Kickstarter campaign has raised over $2,870,000, blowing past its original goal of $900,000 and setting Kickstarter records. RPG fans have been waiting for something like this for an awful long time, after all.

Rothfuss would chip in a bit of writing and generally offer feedback on character arcs, he explains in a blog post. If you're frustrated waiting for him to finish the third Kingkiller book, well, Rothfuss says that a little time away from the grindstone does help reinvigorate authors.

As for Avellone, "he will be reviewing and providing feedback on all creative elements of the game, including the story, characters, and areas," according to an update post. He'd also create and write a new companion.

Before the Kickstarter reaches those two, it'll hit goals to add oodles of extra content too.

Pledging at least $25 will get you a copy of the finished game for PC, Mac or Linux.

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    March 22, 2013 8:15 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Torment Kickstarter adds Chris Avellone stretch goal.

    As Torment: Tides of Numenera's crowdfunding drive continues to make money hand over fist, developer inXile has added stretch goals to hire two notable names. If it passes $3.25 million, Patrick Rothfuss, author of fantasy series The Kingkiller Chronicle will join up. At $3.5 million, Planescape: Torment lead designer Chris Avellone will work on its self-declared spiritual successor. Cripes, they're only $600,000 short of getting both!

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      March 22, 2013 8:22 AM

      is this turned based game or over head rpg?

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        March 22, 2013 1:49 PM

        the original was both, isometric and combat was technically real time but D&D turns under the hood and you could pause and issue orders at any time (and you basically had to pause liberally to succeed).

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      March 22, 2013 11:28 AM

      keen. paid my $25

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      March 22, 2013 12:05 PM

      The only bummer thing about Kickstarter is now having to wait for the games we backed. Now to wait patiently for a year and a half or so. ;)

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        March 22, 2013 12:07 PM

        The upside is that, over the next year and a half, I'm going to have a deluge of super awesome games!

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      March 22, 2013 12:33 PM

      Patrick Rothfuss?

      TAKE MY MONEY. ALL OF IT.

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        March 22, 2013 1:44 PM

        yeah I lost the grip on my monies when I heard this. Stupid glorious Kickstarter and your devilishly awesome projects you bring to light.

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      March 22, 2013 1:11 PM

      Officially adding Avellone? Well, that would fix my only major issue with the game.

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      March 22, 2013 1:38 PM

      Hah Chris Avellone should just move over to inXile already! They're becoming the new Black Isle he dreamed Obsidian would be. Of course Obsidian is working on Project Eternity too, so everyone's pretty happy I think.