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Goblinworks Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Pathfinder Online

From crowd-sourcing funds to Crowdforging the game, the player’s voice is key in this next-generation fantasy sandbox MMO

Goblinworks, Inc. announces today the launch of its second Kickstarter crowd-funding initiative for the development of Pathfinder Online, a next-generation fantasy sandbox Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) roleplaying game.

With Pathfinder Online already in production, Goblinworks seeks to raise $1M for the continued enhancement of the game. Says Ryan Dancey, CEO of Goblinworks, "We are unveiling a process we're calling Crowdforging with this Kickstarter. We are going to engage directly with the community and allow them unprecedented influence on the selection and prioritization of the game's most-desired features. This is a much more intimate process of community development than any MMO has offered in the past."

Players involved in the Crowdforging will be heavily engaged with the development of the game, which will be built to suit the community's wishes. To get into the Beta, a player has to become an Early Enrollee by backing the Kickstarter at the $100 level and above.

To kick off the Crowdforging, a poll is now live that allows the Pathfinder community to select which player character race option will receive expedited development if the first stretch goal is met. With each Stretch Goal met, a new poll will be revealed. The results of these polls will define the initial feature priorities for the development team.

With the success of this Kickstarter, Pathfinder Online is targeted for a late 2014 Beta. As stretch goals are reached beyond the base funding level, this target date will move up as more resources are brought to bear on getting Pathfinder Online finished.

Pathfinder Online is a hybrid sandbox/theme park-style MMO where characters explore, develop, find adventure and dominate a wilderness frontier in a land of sword and sorcery. The Pathfinder world is high-fantasy in the tradition of epics like The Lord of the Rings, Conan, the Wheel of Time and Game of Thrones.

The Pathfinder setting includes many different classic and modern fantasy elements, from lost cities shrouded in misty jungles to decaying pyramids amidst deserts of burning sands to a fantastic island metropolis where folk from across the world live side by side with all manner of fantastic creatures. The Pathfinder world has a place for any story a player wants to tell.

Pathfinder Online's robust trading system puts players in control of the world's economy with player-created items, consumables, fortifications, and settlements. Character-controlled settlements can grow into full-fledged kingdoms that compete for resources as they seek to become the dominant force in the land, raising vast armies to hold their territory against the depredations of monstrous creatures, NPC factions, and other player characters.

The Pathfinder Online Kickstarter Campaign begins at 20:00 GMT today, November 27, 2012 and concludes at 2:00 GMT on January 14, 2013.

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About Goblinworks

Goblinworks is the developer and publisher of Pathfinder Online, a next-generation fantasy sandbox MMO. The company is located in the Seattle suburb of Redmond. It was founded in 2011 by a dedicated group of creative professionals with backgrounds in tabletop hobby gaming and online videogame development. Goblinworks is dedicated to creating a fun, immersive online gaming experience for the fantasy roleplaying enthusiast. Its goal is to deliver the best sword & sorcery massively multiplayer game on the market by starting with a carefully designed core of features and iterating on the content continuously after launch, with the input and feedback of the player community.


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