Beta #1 is a go!
I just sent out the first beta of Rubicon to all eligible backers (in other news, I have just learned about the magic of bcc emails). It's a build that I feel like I can point to and say "That's what I want the game to be like." It's been converted from an asteroids clone that some college kid wrote over a couple weekends to... an asteroids clone that he wrote over the course of a month.
OK, so a lot of what I've been doing is under-the-hood prep to start churning out missions + content. But I've also made gameplay (I hope) feel a lot better. On-hit-tweening (stuff flashes white when you hit it), different sound effects, a shield system that isn't just a Halo-style regenerating health buffer, a nice smooth engine exhaust effect, and kickass original music. I even took a page out of a friend's physics particle simulation physics project, and everything bounces off eachother waaaay more efficiently than they used to.
(That nebula is actually a picture of the bottom of my water-coloring kit, I thought that it was pretty about a year ago and held onto it.)
Anyway, this is just a heads-up on where the game is right now. If you pledged $8 or above and don't currently have the beta sitting in your inbox, shoot me a message and I'll send one along.
pledged of $2,000 goal
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May 3, 2012 - Jun 2, 2012
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I will send you a personalized* e-mail, thanking you for your contribution! (* - It will have your name in it.)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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The e-mail will contain a personalized* haiku. Or haiku-ish set of words. Or fortune-cookie predictions. Or just some words that you get that nobody else does. (* - It might have your name in it.)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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The e-mail will NOT contain a bobcat.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $8 or more
You get to be a beta tester, and will be listed as such in the credits!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $16 or more
Inputting a pilot name of your choice (nothing obscene!) will flip the game to SPECIAL EDITION, where you can choose extra ships in arcade mode, alternate color schemes, special missions, and a bunch more goodies. In other words: your name is a cheat code!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $32 or more
22 backers Limited (102 of 124 left)
I'll snail-mail you a handsome stylized RUBICON poster that you can hang on the inside surface of your living space! You also get listed under "special thanks" in the credits!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $64 or more
9 backers Limited (23 of 32 left)
I send YOU ship art and stats. You can then name the ship, come up with flavor text/the story behind it. I'll then include said text into the game. Capiche?Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $128 or more
3 backers Limited (5 of 8 left)
You send ME a ship's doodle/scrawling/concept along with the name and flavour text you'd like it to have. I'll then make the art to fit it into the game. Capiche?Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $256 or more
1 backer Limited (3 of 4 left)
The email *will* contain a bobcat.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $512 or more
1 backer All gone!
Become a character in the game! I will contact you once I reach the appropriate stage of development, and we'll work out exactly how this will go down.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012