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    Unofficial FAQ

    Hi everyone!

    As you can see, I'm new in the Kynseed Community. I would like to share with you what I've done to help the newcomers like me. I tried to make an unofficial FAQ with official elements (from several sources as Kickstarter, the official website, ichi.io, Discord conversation).

    Can you help me in this task? If you have any ideas to complete/change this FAQ, I would be pleased to read it! And also, English is not my native language so don't hesitate to correct me!

    If this unofficial FAQ doesn't reach PixelCount's standard, I would understand them to close this topic.


    What is Kynseed?
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    Kynseed is a quirky 2D sandbox RPG, infused with their own ideas and a mix of British folklore, ancient legend, and rustic traditions. They hope to capture these inspirations in an atmospheric world with whimsy, humour, and eccentricity, and not a single orc or high elf in sight.
    The game was successfully funded on Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...re/description) and still need your support.

    Who is behind Kynseed?
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    Kynseed is developed by PixelCount Studios, a small independent video game developer founded by a couple of ex-Lionhead Studios developers who worked on the Fable franchise for well over 25 years combined.

    When Kynseed will be released?
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    Kynseed is still in development and everyone in PixelCount is working hard to release the game for December 2018.

    Can I play Kynseed?
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    Yes, you can! A prototype is available here: https://pixelcount-studios.itch.io/kynseed
    The Lionhead spirit is already invoked with this version but keep in mind it's a prototype and don't represent the actual game.

    Only available for Windows for now.

    Can I help the project?
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    If you’d like to back Kynseed and follow its development you can do it here: https://pixelcountstudios.com/crowdfund/
    The first pledge starts at $9.

    What can I do in Kynseed?
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    Kynseed offers lot of possibilities. You can spend your days adventuring, farming the land while raising your family, or even running your own tavern, apothecary, blacksmiths or goods store.

    You can build friendship into romance and produce heirs to continue your legacy. Do favours for others and not only gain friendship but also juicy information and gifts. Don’t you dare be late for a date!

    A calendar keeps you up to date of festivals and events. Learn where and when the best ingredients grow. Attend various competitions, annual fayres...

    What does make Kynseed so original?
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    An Aging World: The land is affected by your choices and deeds. Seasons come and go and affect the world both visually and in gameplay. The living things will grow old and die. Faces from the past are replaced by the fresh young faces of new life.
    Living Things Have Memory and Grow Old: Every person and domestic animal you meet remembers what you do, or fail to do.

    You can step off The Path into the darker areas of Quill and encounter faery tale monsters and enticing mysteries.
    An entire world to discover: Each village has its own customs, festivals, delicacies and attitudes…from the humourless Puritans of Tunt to the cheery pie lovers of Poppyhill and their yearly Underpant Frenzy.

    And British humor.

    What is the name of the world in Kynseed?
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    The land of Quill is where you live. It is a place full of idyllic valleys and meadows, peaceful villages and rosy cheeked folk. A place ruled by no king or government.

    It is also a place surrounded by faery tale forests that host mysterious towers, dark caves, and silent ruins. From the dreamy meadows of Summerdown to the hidden depths of Ghostlight Cavern. From the bizarre structures of Copperpot Village to the festering waters of The Shingles.

    Is there a 'Game Over' for Kynseed?
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    The mysterious Mr Fairweather sells you the Kynseed that, when planted, grows a magical family tree. When you reach the age of 60, Mr Fairweather will come to collect your soul as part of the Kynseed contract. If you have children, you can pass the Kynseed acorn to any one of them and resume playing as that child who will then inherit your skills, traits, and worldly possessions. If you have no children, you will be offered one to adopt and pass the seed to. Refuse this offer and your bloodline dies! It’s truly game over. So to keep playing, keep creating kids!

    Can I play as a female?
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    Absolutely! Although not present in the current prototype version, choice of genders will definitely be included in the game.

    Can I customise my character?
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    We're still working out the best way to approach this for Kynseed but we will endeavor to have it, from haircuts to tops.

    Will Kynseed be DRM free?
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    The finished full version of Kynseed will have a DRM free option available. In addition to any other platforms that we hope to support, we will also offer a DRM free copy of the game through either our own website or through the fine folks at GOG.com, pending approval.

    What platforms will Kynseed support?
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    Windows, but they will consider Mac/Linux versions in the future but they don't have anything concrete on that just yet.

    Can we expect a console version?
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    They are considering console versions in the future as well. But that'll come down to how much interest there is.

    What engine is Kynseed built in?
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    The Kynseed engine and tools are built from scratch. It is being made in Monogame.

    You can have access to their editor tool called ComboSprite Editor if you pledge $66!

    Are there multiplayer features?
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    Kynseed is a single-player game. But they are thinking to implement some multiplayer features after the release.

    What languages are available?
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    English for the moment.

    Can I use my controller?
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    Yes, the Xbox 360 pad is supported by the game. Of course, you can play with the keyboard and the mouse.
    Last edited by Sunlag; December 7th, 2017 at 04:37pm.

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    Misc. Questions asked in Kynseed discord
    (join here, we just got some kynseed emotes! )

    Sorry I don't read most forum stuff, so I have no idea if they answered any of this somewhere in the forums (doesn't hurt to have the answer in multiple places, anyway!), but I figured I could collect the info from discord lmao This is mostly from October-December, as I got super tired while doing this so I quit when I hit September, but I've seen a lot of the same questions being asked in the discord, so I thought it would be worthwhile to have a place with the answers collected, and forum users can see it too this way.

    Since Sunlag took care of the major questions, this post will just be devoted to questions asked in discord. All quotes are direct from one of the devs, otherwise I've paraphrased what they said (Just to make it easier to read.)

    And as always, nothing is set in stone!

    Are mods allowed? Mod support?
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    The devs have said "we are all for mods but are not doing anything special in that area as there is simply no time to support it fully at least until after release." So, they're okay with mods but no official mod support.


    Does the game have a moon cycle that affects the world?
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    None originally planned, but since the suggestion was made, they'll take a look into possible ways it could play into the world, and go from there. Either way, you won't be able to see the moon.


    What is a "region" in Kynseed?
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    The Vale is the area in the Prologue and is split up into 13 parts, but there are some parts you can't access until later. Your farm is also a region, and the village is split up into 3 regions (east is shops, west is npc families, and there's a region for the festival green.) In east candlewych there are also shop-owning NPCs. They didn't say anything more on the topic of regions than this, since they want to leave it up to us to explore!


    Will being shrunken have a purpose?
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    There will be a use for being shrunken in the full game.


    Multiplayer?
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    "For launch there will be no online or multiplayer features, but are open to ideas for after launch, and have already considered a co-op bodyguard option....but that's not a confirmation nor anything to consider til the main game is done."

    For certain, direct interaction between player worlds is not going to happen (i.e. visiting another player's world from your own world). Burying things for others to find has been suggested, but for the most part all thought of MP is super far back on the burner until the game is done.


    Can you hire NPCs to go with you on adventures?
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    If an NPC likes you enough, they will be willing to go with you. How much they need to like you is determined by the NPC's hidden stats and Traits (which you can uncover) that make them more brave/adventerous/etc. So they might not need to love you to want to come along. Additionally, if you have a good reputation, you won't need to seduce them to get them to come along. (lmfao)

    Hiring NPCs, rather than just asking them to come along, is under consideration but not confirmed.


    How much combat will Kynseed have?
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    You don't have to fight, but if you want the best stuff, then you may have to. You can send NPCs to gather instead, though. Overall, they want to steer the combat away from feeling "grindy."


    What backer level do I need to be at to get dev forum access?
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    Land Shaper ($33) or higher.


    How will winter affect the game? Will temperature be an issue?
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    No seasonal garments, so no temperature issues, but some winter prep will be needed if you rely on certain ingredients that don't grow in that season, and those items will also become much more expensive to buy in Winter.


    Will your children be affected by the way you act and respond to it?
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    As the children are characters that potentially become the player, they won't directly respond to your actions (i.e. they won't sabotage things out of spite). However, your children will suffer the reputation created by you, and can either atone or follow the same path when you take control of them.


    How evil can I be? Can I murder my spouse and remarry?
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    There's no NPC murder, and you can't draw weapons in havens, but you can be hated for other things. Your character is "neutral" by default, there's no world to save, and so how you live your life is how people remember you.


    How will NPC aging/new generations work?
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    The system hasn't been worked on at the time they answered, but they are looking to have there be randomization of NPCs, with only certain family Traits (i.e. ginger hair) being passed down. If a bloodline has no heirs then "long lost relatives" will move in.


    What are some ways Kynseed is like Fable?
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    NPC reactions, same sex relationships, and farts for starters.


    early access 2018?
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    "We've been getting a boat load of new assets in each week that all require polish and implementation (most recently a fair bit of NPC art and environment art!), not to mention a ton of code stuff remaining that we want to make sure we get juuuust right before releasing the game to the eager masses. But yeah, we wanna make sure we're doing the game proper justice so we figured the best thing was to give ourselves a bit more wiggle room and set sights on early early 2018. But as soon as we have a more solid date you can definitely expect us to shout it from the mountaintops."


    What year/time period is Kynseed set?
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    "It's so far in the future there has been more than one apocalypse."


    What languages will Kynseed be available in?
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    "yet to fully decide but desired would be....french, spanish, german, polish, russian, chinese, japanese, italian, brazilian portuguese. depends on demand a bit" They want to cater to as many as possible, but no promises about any of it, as it's still pretty early.


    How does paying Fairweather in years/"life tax" work?
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    At the end of the year, "you just wake up in Spring of the relevant year and its as though you were never gone. your family and npcs may comment but those years passed like a dream." Meanwhile, NPCs will have aged (or possibly died).


    How does adopting a kid work?
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    You can adopt a kid anytime, but that kid won't get your bloodline abilities (stuff you learned).


    How does death work?
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    If you die in combat, fairweather will revive you in exchange for 1 year of your life, or 2 years if you want to keep the stuff you found. For actual death, ravens turn up to tell of them, and death is celebrated in Quill society. The deceased are returned to nature, but they don't want to give away any more than that. Suffice to say, they do want it to make an emotional impact.

    When your character dies, their widow left behind becomes the child's (who is now the player) mom/dad. They will eventually die as well (from old age, or if you send them off to gather someplace dangerous maybe.).


    Can I be immortal?
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    No. A major part of the game is the "generational" aspect, and so to have an immortal player would go against that.

    (but hey, mod idea, anyone?)


    Is there a main storyline?
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    Sort of. It's not a "go from point a to point b" type of storyline.


    Is there a dating system?
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    Yes, and don't be late!

    Additionally, there's an intercourse system ("playful but tasteful") in which you can affect the outcome (chance of conception, your child's stats, etc), by heeding different superstitions in the game. Different people will be harder/easier to seduce, but if you can do it then yes you could marry anyone. Also same-sex marriage is possible.


    How does time flow?
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    4 season per year, 14 days per season, 60 years per character (unless you die in combat or buy items from fairweather).


    DLC?
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    "there will be no fleecing or microtransactions or stupidly overpriced DLC. my view is....you pay for a game and you get the whole game. If theres an expansion pack that adds value then sure, a small price to cover its costs is fair...but dont think of such stuff first. just make the best game you can and worth the money"


    At what point do the soundtrack and lore books release? With EA or at the full release?
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    Probably nearer full release (so they can have more stuff!)


    Expected Price?
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    Price is probably going to be about 15 pounds.


    Can I raise dragons?
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    No, but you can farm their poo.


    How will weekdays be named?
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    At the time of the question, they hadn't been named yet, but they will be named after Fae Goddesses


    There are mines? Cave spiders?
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    Vale mines are handmade (as in not procedurally generated), but later there will be lower levels than can be "unblocked" and might make good shortcuts. The mines are safe, "sort of." Delving too deep may be dangerous for encounters with mining Fae or "Knockers."


    System Specs?
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    "Regarding system specs. I'm hoping that it won't be too system intensive and if we do fancier effects then they can be toggleable, but there is definitely going to be more going on in early access than the prototype in terms of navigation and objects updating which may make it a bit slower. However, there'll likely be some more optimising for this build versus the prototype so it might balance out, will have to wait and see!"


    How much of a role do fae play?
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    Fae like shopping and human goods, so they'll mostly be your customers. Beyond that is up to us to find out!


    Will anything be time dependent (i.e. will things unlock based on what generation/year you're in?)
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    Some seasonal stuff, and an idea for a time related thing, but nothing certain/detailed yet.


    PC Platforms we can purchase kynseed from?
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    They've mentioned on discord: steam, itchio, and game jolt, they think for now, with steam being first. They'd like to look into selling Kynseed through their own site, but said it's just a distant possibility, and would be a lot of work.


    Will there be a map, and can we mark the map?
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    There is a map for each region (if you find it), but they haven't decided if you'll be able to make marks/pins/etc on it.


    Will there be Demon Doors like in the Fable games?
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    They're hesitant to do such a direct reinterpretation of a core Fable element, but something within the same spirit is possible. Nothing specific yet.


    Can I have a kid and then just bulk buy from Fairweather?
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    No, he only offers 3 items each year, and he won't offer the better stuff early on, so if you want the good stuff, you'll have to wait.


    Achievements?
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    There are achievements/trophies, but they're in a different location. So you'll have a place to show off your competition wins.


    Farm/Home customization?
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    There's no tree chopping, and no new buildings, but upgrades through Mr. Fairweather are a possibilty. Nothing decided yet, but it's on the table for future discussion.


    Can I own everything at once?
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    You can own all four shops in the Vale, and each of the four shop types in each village if you want, and you can hire staff to run them, but it will take some micromanaging. Fairweather will also have items to help. You can't own rival shops. The buildings aren't abandoned and waiting for you to buy them, and they are expensive. You can work in the shops without owning them, but it means you don't get to dictate prices, etc.


    What's the currency?
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    Brass. (they're fed up of gold pieces in RPGs)


    Can the businesses be bought out from me, or do the deeds always pass down?
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    Passes down, but the ability to sell your business may be a possibility, too early to say.


    Can we buy/live in non-Vale regions?
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    You can buy property outside The Vale, but not live there. "Uprooting the Kynseed and planting it on another farm might be something we consider but at the moment not on our list. Your home should be ancestral." but later said: "moving home is just adding way too much work, we have to draw lines somewhere. Let's keep it ancestral." so I'd say that's a no lmao


    Does the Kynseed refer to your family lineage?
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    Yes, it's bound to your bloodline, and so its roots go deeper the more generations pass.
    Last edited by AbsolutelyAbsolem; December 7th, 2017 at 05:03pm.

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    nice work!

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    Thank you for your post AbsolutelyAbsolem, and I know it wasn't easy

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    I didn't catch that the currency was Brass before. I rather enjoy it! Has a very nice ring to it: "You got the Brass, son?" "Yo, cough up the Brass." "Put that down if you don't have the Brass." "Brass up or bounce." Yes. Yes, I like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunlag View Post
    Hi
    When Kynseed will be released?
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    Kynseed is still in development and everyone in PixelCount is working hard to release the game for December 2018.
    December 2018?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirJeff View Post
    December 2018?
    Yes, December 2018 was the last aim I heard of for full release (not for Early Access, for which it is early 2018 ).
    Last edited by Eryndir; January 18th, 2018 at 08:02pm. Reason: 8 and ) = sunglasses

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    This is awesome! I had no idea so much information had been released already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eryndir View Post
    Yes, December 2018 was the last aim I heard of for full release (not for Early Access, for which it is early 2018 ).
    *when I realise I misread the question into early access release date*
    Whoops! Sorry... ��
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