John Romero's studio starts Old School Role-Playing Game Kickstarter

Fans of big dungeons, customizable adventuring parties, and countless quests have a new Kickstarter to check out. Old School Role-Playing Game from Loot Drop will combine the efforts of Wizardry designer Brenda Brathwaite and Anachronox producer Tom Hall into one big classics-inspired PC RPG if enough fans offer up their dough. (John Romero will probably help, too, since he's engaged to Brathwaite and co-founded the studio with Hall.)

The game will feature many classic RPG trappings, including a full complement of character stats, turn-based combat, and multiple races co-existing in one tumultuous fantasy world. Its funding goal is set at $1 million, with more than $100,000 pledged as of this writing. If the pledges surpass $1.9 million by the Kickstarter campaign's conclusion on November 4, both Brathwaite and Hall will produce their own interlocking RPGs instead of just the single project.

The Kickstarter boasts support from a dozen external developers, including Double Fine founder Tim Schafer, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson, and World of Warcraft lead designer Rob Pardo.

Old School Role-Playing Game is not the first old school role-playing game by genre veterans to vie for Kickstarter backing, as both Wasteland 2 and Project Eternity found significant success in scooping up pledges within the last year.


  • JachAnen - October 4, 2012 12:16 a.m.

    First time I actually wan't to donate to a Kickstarter.
  • Redeater - October 3, 2012 7:25 p.m.

    This man couldn't even create a finished version of Daikatana with near unlimited time, funds and absolute creative control!! Is anyone stupid enough to give him money??
  • Duke Radish - October 3, 2012 9:52 p.m.

    Everyone who's played Commander Keen 1-6, Doom 1-2, Wolfenstein 3D, Heretic, Hexen. Heretic, Anachronox.... have been stupid enough to give him money.
  • Redeater - October 4, 2012 12:25 a.m.

    Except he wasn't even in complete control of those games. Why don't you name me a couple of successful games he made after he left id? Oh....right.
  • Sid440 - October 4, 2012 8:56 a.m.

    Oh right...Chex Quest, Dominion:storms over gift 3, Anachronox, Hyperspace delivery boy, Red faction, and Ravenwood Fair.
  • ohms - October 5, 2012 10:44 p.m.

    Anachronox and Hyperspace delivery boy are Tom Hall games. Dominion Storms was a joke. Chex Quest isn't even his game - it was developed by other company. So, yes, this guy never made even single successful game after he left id. Coincidentally, I just read an article about ugly truth behind ION Storm door just a moment ago and then I found this news. You better check this link and see for yourself
  • GoldenEagle1476 - October 3, 2012 6:32 p.m.

    Just payed my $15. Can't wait!
  • momshotdad - October 3, 2012 5:53 p.m.

    I could see in the future how this kickstarter idea would fund and produce the games that people really want to play. With how EA and Activision are running the place, I wouldn't mind tossing out $25 or so to a developer that I trust to get a game that I know will be good. This almost seems like it's the only possibly way to get these awesome ideas of games actually made into games. I am totally for this and can't wait to see what comes of it.
  • samsneeze - October 3, 2012 5:25 p.m.

    Kickstarter is going to saturate the "old school RPG" market. How is this even possible?
  • samsneeze - October 3, 2012 5:26 p.m.


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