Following up on the release of an impressive trailer last month, the developers of the upcoming turn-based strategy-RPG The Banner Saga have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the game's creation.

The Banner Saga is the debut effort for independent studio Stoic, founded by ex-BioWare employees Arnie Jorgensen, Alex Thomas, and John Watson. Described by its creators as "a mature game aimed at gamers who appreciate art, story and strategy," The Banner Saga features hand-animated artwork throughout, and places heavy emphasis on dialogue and narrative.

As of this writing, the pledge drive has earned $40,000 toward its goal of $100,000 in its first day of operation. Kickstarter pledge rewards range from desktop wallpaper to t-shirts to original animation cels. Supporters who pledge $10 or more will receive a digital copy of the game for Windows and Mac upon its completion.