The Banner Saga

A project in Austin, TX by Stoic

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A mature, story-driven, turn-based strategy game steeped in viking culture, by three game industry veterans.
Backers: 20042
Average Pledge Per Backer: $36

Funded: $723,886 of $100,000
Dates: Mar 19th -> Apr 20th (33 days)
Project By: Stoic
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May 7th - via:
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May 20th - via:
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January 17th - via:
Managing director Steve Escalante on avoiding "the old dynamic" in publishing - "the publisher is going to take everything and the developer is going to starve" The relationship between publisher and developer in the indie scene is paramount, Escalante stresses. The publisher's key role is arming developers with the information they need to make good decisions. (Read More)

The Banner Saga Turns into a Board Game with Warbands

July 30th - via:
The Banner Saga is going tabletop with The Banner Saga Warbands, heading to Kickstarter soon. (Read More)

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January 16th - via:
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The Banner Saga Reviewed

December 19th - via:
The Banner Saga is an epic strategy game where vikings must survive a treacherous journey. (Read More)

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November 28th - via:
Steam is having its annual pre-Holiday sale. Lets take a look at some of the best crowdfunded games available! (Read More)

The Banner Saga heads to iPad and iPhone

October 2nd - via:
Stoic’s viking turn-based strategy game The Banner Saga is now available on iPad and iPhone 4S or higher. (Read More)

BEDLAM Builds a Post-Apocalyptic Future With The Banner Saga Engine

September 25th - via:
Using Stoic's The Banner Saga engine, Skyshine Games is developing BEDLAM, a roguelike RPG set in a grim, post-apocalyptic future. (Read More)

The Banner Saga, Journey composer could get fined 50K

June 12th - via:
Austin Wintory, the composer behind games such as Journey and crowdfunded insta-classic The Banner Saga, could get fined $50,000 by the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) for his use of non-union musicians during his work on the latter project. (Read More)

Road to the IGF: Stoic's The Banner Saga

February 19th - via:
As part of Gamasutra's Road to the IGF series we interview Stoic's Alex Thomas about The Banner Saga, a beautifully hand-painted PC strategy game set in a bleak world of Nordic fantasy. (Read More)

Launch and everything that has happened since

February 12th - via:
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The Banner Saga now available DRM-free to Kickstarter backers, in case you passed on Steam

February 12th - via:
A Kickstarter success story, The Banner Saga has been out for nearly a month now via Steam. The wait for a completely DRM-free version of the strategy RPG comes to end today, however, as Stoic begins notifying its backers. (Read More)

The Kickstarter Scoreboard

January 23rd - via:
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60 Sec Tech: Candy Crush Saga’s Makers Sue A Kickstarter [VIDEO]

January 22nd - via:
So it’s come to this: You can get sued for using the word “saga” in your work. makes “Candy Crush Saga,” which you’re almost certainly familiar with. The company now has filed a lawsuit against the makers of a PC game titled “The Banner Saga.” King alleges that the two titles’ names and natures are so similar that “The Banner Saga” will cause confusion amongst customers. Never mind that "The Banner Saga" is a turn-based strategy RPG and "Candy Crush Saga" is a touch-based puzzle game on a completely different platform. (Read More)

Banner Saga. More Like Banner Drama

January 22nd - via:
Kotaku might not be the biggest fans of crowdfunding but they’ve been doing a commendable job the last couple days covering the rough time Stoic is having with their crowdfunded darling, The Banner Saga. (Read More)

The Banner Saga Review: Kickstarter Epic Is 2014’s First GOTY Contender [VIDEO]

January 21st - via:
The Banner Saga is as perfectly executed as a game can get and the only serious flaw is that it will only devour a few days of your life instead of the weeks and months you'd willingly sacrifice. It's sublime. A gorgeous, accessible artistic vision played out across gripping consequence-based storytelling and a balanced combat system. (Read More) Files Complaint Against Stoic For Use Of The Word "Saga" In The Banner Saga

January 21st - via:
We know that has trademarked the word “candy” and has effectively waged war against the app store. Now the company has demanded satisfaction from Stoic LLC for their use of the word “saga” in the studio’s crowdfunded game, The Banner Saga. (Read More)

The Banner Saga Review: Tour de Norse

January 18th - via:
Kickstarter games wear influences on their sleeves by necessity. The best way to attract potential backers is by promising to emulate something those backers already like. The result can start to feel like pastiche, a kind of game design gumbo, with familiar tropes and features combined willy-nilly and then liberally seasoned with hype. (Read More)

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January 17th - via:
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January 13th - via:
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Get your Steam Key!

January 12th - via:
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Stoic: The Banner Saga is 'far, far larger' than originally planned

January 10th - via:
Stoic Studio's turn-based strategy game, The Banner Saga, is set to release next week on January 14th, but the game that you'll be playing then is much different than the one that was pitched back when it was just a mere Kickstarter project. (Read More)

Kickstarter 2013: Broken records, broken hearts

December 31st - via:
Matt takes a look back at the year that was on Kickstarter: what got funded, what missed out, what was released, and what ran out of cash. (Read More)

An important note about The Banner Saga

December 17th - via:
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Guild Crests (Important! $50+ backers)

November 19th - via:
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The Banner Saga launch date and trailer

November 8th - via:
Greetings, backers! It has been a long time coming, but all for a good reason. Today we've finished putting together an announcement trailer for The Banner Saga. What are we announcing? A release date! Watch below: I'd love to give you an update on... (Read More)

Kickstarter Game 'The Banner Saga' Gets Release Date & New Trailer

November 8th - via:
After more than a year of waiting, Kickstarter game "The Banner Saga" finally has a release date for PC and Mac in early 2014, along with a new trailer. (Read More)

The Banner Saga Unveils Announcement Trailer, Launch Date

November 8th - via:
The Banner Saga, the epic Viking strategy-RPG that blew the doors off Kickstarter last year, has a launch date and a very pretty new trailer. (Read More)

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October 24th - via:
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The last part of The Banner Saga Let's play!

September 18th - via:
Greetings backers, we have for you the final installment of The Banner Saga demo. In this one we throw a fight to show off a feature we haven't talked about much... This playthrough represents a small fraction of the full game (it didn't even include... (Read More)

Let's Play: The Banner Saga part 4!

September 11th - via:
Ready to see the result of your decisions? Thanks for your patience! We're still working on getting the website back on its feet, but we're going to keep the demo going. After this I expect there will be one more video. A quick report: we're making... (Read More)

Let's Play: The Banner Saga part 3!

September 5th - via:
A short but important decision to make:  Plus some commentary! Not to worry, the next update should be a little meatier. Also, want a much bigger and in-depth preview of The Banner Saga? Rock Paper Shotgun just posted a HUGE article about the 4... (Read More)

The Banner Saga devs may return to Kickstarter, but with a new approach

September 5th - via:
The developers of The Banner Saga at Stoic Games may return to Kickstarter to crowdfund future projects, according to an interview with Rock, Paper Shotgun. (Read More)

Let's Play: The Banner Saga part 2!

September 3rd - via:
Ladies and Gents, We've gotten many, many people who would prefer to get lots of updates, so majority rule, here. To those of you who do not want to see new emails from us every day or two, I've been told you can filter that through Kickstarter.... (Read More)

Let's Play: The Banner Saga

September 1st - via:
Hello backers! After a brief delay the first part of the PAX playthrough is ready to go! Keep in mind, this is all in-game and we're still in beta so some effects, polish and optimizations are still in development. That said, we're getting damn... (Read More)

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April 12th - via:
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Mike Rose: Why I won't be backing Kickstarters anymore

March 4th - via:
In 2012, UK editor Mike Rose backed a total of 18 game projects on Kickstarter, pledging more than $300. In 2013, he can't really see himself backing anything via the crowdfunding platform. (Read More)

Developing a Kickstarter-funded game: a look from inside

March 4th - via:
Kickstarter has been an incredible ride. For us at Stoic, we set out to make a turn-based strategy game called The Banner Saga that we thought might be pretty niche. We hoped to raise $100,000 (a rather modest sum for game development) for some outsourcing needs. Within 2 days of putting up the campaign we had made that, and by 30 days we had 20,000 backers who had donated over $720,000. Nobody was more surprised than we were. It looked like our dream would be coming true, and then some. (Read More)

Craig Stern: Why Kickstarter Matters

March 4th - via:
This piece was originally posted on It is reposted here with the author's permission. Indie Games Blog editor Michael Rose has written an op-ed over on Gamasutra explaining why he “won’t be backing Kickstarters anymore.” His reason: he has experienced his first true case of “Kickstarter remorse” over backing The Banner Saga. (Read More)

The Banner Saga's branching narrative and travel events detailed in Kickstarter update

February 3rd - via:
An update to Stoic Studio’s Banner Saga Kickstarter sheds some light on the RPG’s conversation options and decision-making, which promise to have a significant effect on the game. In addition to your more standard conversation options, you’ll have to make decisions on the road – including chance encounters and events – that “may affect the caravan’s morale, size and supplies, and form a personal connection to the characters traveling in your party.” The game’s branching narrative is also detailed, with the diagrams to prove it. (Read More)

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January 9th - via:
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