A multi-player video game inspired by the Shaman Don Miguel Ruiz (The Four Agreements) set at the peak of the Mayan civilization.
MAYA 2012 - Portal to the New Humanity
ABOUT THE GAME
This game is about a warrior during the Golden Age of Mayan culture who overcomes daunting challenges, and becomes a shaman. The game begins with our hero, B’alam, who wakes up to find his village being pillaged and burned.
Alone in the jungle, he must find his way to survive. Success for B’alam (means Jaguar) depends not only on energy and courage, but also on insight and wisdom.
WHY IS THIS GAME SO SPECIAL?
MAYA 2012 is a breakthrough online video game, one that can change lives.
A high-adventure video game that feeds the soul?
What audacity! But we’re excited by this challenge, and invite you to participate.
We all know how video games have economically greatly surpassed all motion picture productions, but the vast majority of that success focuses on mindless violence and destruction as entertainment. Meanwhile, education is at a crisis.
What can we do to provide another option for our youth? And for ourselves?
How can we help to expand hearts and minds if so many of us are receiving our news and “education” through the digital world such as Internet gaming?
Our project addresses these questions pointblank. Whether you play video games or not, MAYA 2012 provides high adventure filled with wisdom. These insights will not only help one to advance in the game, but to also meet challenges in daily life.
With your support of MAYA 2012, you will be contributing to the education and culture of our youth.
The wisdom in the game has been endorsed by one of the most influential shamans in the world today, Don Miguel Ruiz of the Toltec and Mayan traditions, author of the best-selling The Four Agreements, a N.Y. Times Bestseller for years. It has inspired millions with a new way of experiencing life.
“MAYA 2012 is a mirror of…us. Our choices and actions at each step of the game provide a great opportunity for warrior training in the great adventure of our lives.” - Don Miguel Ruiz
We need your help because traditional producers of video games, so far, have not been able to embrace this kind of vision. So, we are appealing directly to you, the people. Even $25 will help. What’s more, with each pledge, you get great rewards, plus the satisfaction of being part of an exciting, groundbreaking video game!
THE GRAND ADVENTURE
MAYA 2012 takes place around 650 A.D during the golden age of the Mayans. Art, science, and technology have blossomed with the creation of huge pyramid complexes, great city-states, and a sophisticated calendar that’s still impacting the world today with its auspicious date of 2012.
As mentioned above, the game opens with your village being pillaged and burned in a brutal surprise attack by an enemy tribe. With everyone being slaughtered or enslaved, you are thrown into the first “task” of the game, “Flee and Survive.”
After eluding your enemies, you, as Balam, find yourself all alone immersed in a lush jungle with underground rivers, dramatic highlands, wild cats, peccaries, and crocodiles. Drawing on your courage, inventiveness, and stamina, your main task at this point is for basic survival.
In the next level of the game, after a tribe adopts you, you face new challenges that come from the rich complexity of village life––interaction with others, personal ambition, and competition. This demands facing daunting
challenges on the physical…
…and spirit realms:
Finally, in the highest reaches of the game when your special destiny is revealed, you are chosen as a candidate to become a shaman. You will now be challenged as a leader in the Tribal Council as well as in war.
Will you have the courage and insight to embrace your destiny…?
To create a breakthrough browser game like this normally costs $300,000. But in the last year and a half, the MAYA 2012 team has already created $200,000 worth of assets including research, game design, story development, and all the key artwork.
Now we are ready for the final stage of completion. The $100,000 we’re seeking will be used for game coding, building “enrichments,” and final artwork.
If we are able to raise more than $100,000, we have the ability to launch faster, and expand the game to take you deeper into the Mayan mysteries. This would be amazing and together we will open up an entire new genre in gaming.
The MAYA 2012 team has worked with Don Miguel teachings and members of his teaching team to create a new type of shamanic game. The main members of the team bring not only industry experience but long years of study in the shamanic traditions.
David Welch, Producer
David has an extensive background in shamanic studies and brings years of experience as a Producer to the project. His background in front of and behind the camera in production of Film, TV, and Commercials has been as an Actor, Stuntman, Assistant Director, Casting Director BEING THERE, and Producer of the award winning film PEACEFUL WARRIOR - which embodies many of Don Miguel's teachings and can be seen as a modern version of MAYA 2012.
Fu-Ding Cheng, Writer-Director
Fu-Ding is an artist, author, and visionary filmmaker. His series of prize-winning films, Zen-Tales for the Urban Explorer, was presented at the Hammer Museum in a special retrospective, and his Music Video for the Jefferson Starship, We Built This City was nominated Best Video of the Year. Dream-House, his children’s book was published by Hampton Roads, and his album cover for Heart’s Dog and Butterfly was featured on billboards on the Sunset Strip. While teaching film, he integrated his spiritual discipline and craft by creating a groundbreaking new curriculum, Shamanic Tools for the Filmmaker.
Since break-through experiences in 1995 as apprentice to Don Miguel Ruiz, Fu-Ding has been leading shamanic workshops distilled from a life-long quest including many Meso-American wisdom traditions.
Fu-Ding is a master shaman, and one of the best Toltec teachers I know.”
----Don Miguel Ruiz (author of The Four Agreements)
Christiaan Webb, Associate Producer. Music Supervisor
Christiaan has extensive experience in the music industry that spans a successful major-label recording career and music supervision of films. His background in MMOG includes years of hands-on experience with Internet gaming. Through the years, he has researched and written on the gaming industry and has worked as a game developer and advisor.
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Early access to the game as a Beta Tester, “Obsidian Key” to the live game for special access to restricted areas and a $20 credit for the in-game marketplace. MAYA 2012 Wallpaper.Estimated delivery:
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Access to Private Website, behind the scenes video series keeping you up to date on our progress and access to a online private discussion community. An E-Book version of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. All previous reward tiers included.Estimated delivery:
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“Jade Key” to the live game for special access to restricted areas and $30 credit for the in-game marketplace. Screensaver with animated countdown calendar to Dec. 21, 2012 and detailed explanations of the meaning of the calendar days. An E-Book version of The Four Agreements Companion Book (Using The Four Agreements to Master the Dream of Your Life). All previous reward tiers included.Estimated delivery:
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Official MAYA 2012 T-shirt. (This item is exclusive to the campaign and will be shipped for free in the US. Please add an additional $10 to your pledge for international shipping.) Download of official MAYA 2012 poster. Download of MAYA 2012 Soundtrack (AAC or mp3 - DRM Free.) Download of MAYA 2012 Documentary. All previous reward tiers included.Estimated delivery:
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8X12 First Edition Fine-Art Numbered Print of Original Artwork Panel from the game signed by the artist. Access to the Silver Community Level, where you will be able to submit game enrichment content to be included in the final game if approved, along with credit for the content. Digital version of MAYA 2012 Adventure/Artwork Book (filled with 100+ full color pages of concept art, original photos, developer bios. Excerpts from the game’s script, warrior trainings, and more). All previous reward tiers included.Estimated delivery:
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Set of four 8x12 First Edition Fine-Art Numbered Prints of Original Artwork Panels from the game signed by the artist. Credit as Associate Producer. Four of Don Miguel’s books including The 15th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of The Four Agreements. All previous reward tiers included.Estimated delivery:
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Coffee Table Printed Version of MAYA 2012 Adventure/Artwork Book (filled with 100+ full color pages of concept art, original photos, developer bios. Excerpts from the game’s script, warrior trainings, and more). Access to the Gold Community Level which gives you access to monthly Skype meetings with the Awaken Team about the development of the game. Invitation to the Launch Party. All previous reward tiers included.Estimated delivery:
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Original Fine Art (14x20) that incorporates your face into the game art and signed by the artist. Gold Level Community Access to bi-weekly Skype creative meeting with the team. Online Shamanic Workshop led by Don Miguel’s 15 year associate, Fu-Ding Cheng. Credit as Associate Producer. All previous reward tiers included.Estimated delivery:
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Mayan Symbol "Hunab-Ku" Silver Medallion. Platnum Level Community; Access to studio and face-to-face meetings with the team. In-Person Shamanic Workshop in Los Angeles led by Don Miguel’s 15 year associate, Fu-Ding Cheng. Credit as Executive Producer. All previous reward tiers included.Estimated delivery:
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Shamanic Power Journey to Teotihuacan Temple Complex in Mexico with the MAYA 2012 team (excluding airfare). Or an original commissioned artwork by the MAYA 2012 lead artist. Credit as Visionary Producer. All previous reward tiers included.Estimated delivery:
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