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By Jamie Cunningham
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About

It's the year 2112 and the Earth has been depleted of all its resources. Cities are beginning to crumble as the Earth's crust is collapsing under their weight. Scientists estimate that the Earth will be unable to sustain life in less than 3 months - the human race is doomed.

The ARK project begins! 

Its mission is to carry the last remaining humans to space to seek out planets that might sustain life and colonize them. You are the captain of the ARK, your duties are to locate planets and scan them for what elements they have that might be useful to you.  If the planet can sustain life, it’ll be your decision to establish a colony there and to monitor and nurture its development.. You have a limited number of resources which you must gather from planets. You also have a set number of "Genesis Groups" which will consist of a male and female and limited supplies to start a colony.

In your travels, you will encounter alien life and you will have several options – work with them to collect resources, trade, maybe even co-exist – or work against them to establish control of the planet and take their resources by force, if necessary.

You will collect resources and elements and will have the ability to combine several together in order to make other items necessary to survive.  For instance, you will need to locate hydrogen and oxygen and combine them to create fuel for your ship. You will also need aluminum combined with something else to repair your ship from damage, etc... 

The fate of the human race is in YOUR HANDS!

One of the coolest features of Colony is the ability to download 3D models of the alien life forms you discover.  You will have the option to "print" them for your own real life collection!  Do you have a 3D printer? You can print them yourself!! If you don't yet have one, there are many services that will print a 3D model for you for a minimal cost. The game models will be available in several formats!

I am a team of one at this point. Part of this project is to release a game as a sole developer, completing all aspects of the project myself in order to prove that it can be done!

I am a software developer with over 30 years of experience and I have dabbled in all areas that are required to make a video game. I've done a lot of 3D graphics for feature films and also done side work for other game companies. I have over 10 years creating music as part of a live band and also on the computer.  As you can see, I have three of the major areas covered. The only thing I'm not great at is marketing!!

I am passionate about making this game a reality (and many more games after it).  I have always been a gamer, and now I want to be a game creator!

This game is being developed with the Unreal Engine. I have been using the Unreal Engine for over a year now and have created 3 smaller games while learning the engine.  A lot of the game mechanics are already complete.  All that remains is to create the 3D alien models, finalize a few of my other cool ideas, and add extra combinations of elements to create additional resources. I have completed the random planet generation, inventory, colonization, and much of the game HUD design.  You can be assured that I'm well into this already - it's not just an idea :) 

 You can track my progress on the game website as well. I post updates often. I also plan on making the game available on Steam. The website is HERE

And speaking of updates - here's the latest one! 

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 What Kickstarter for a game wouldn't be complete without a few screenshots and concept art? :) Here are some shots from the game so far! Also at the website there are links to some video updates you can check out if you want!

The Current UI
The Current UI
The ARK spaceship
The ARK spaceship
Discarded Interface - Good Planet shot though
Discarded Interface - Good Planet shot though
Just a cool shot of the planet and ARK :)
Just a cool shot of the planet and ARK :)
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Thank you for checking out my Kickstarter and please consider supporting me and Colony!!  With your help, the future of the human race can be in YOUR hands ;)

Risks and challenges

As a team of one, the biggest challenge is finding the time to complete all the aspects of the game. I have been working in the computer industry for over 30 years and am knowledgeable and skilled in all areas that are involved with game development. I am more than capable of completing this game on my own, in fact, I’m already well underway with this game :)

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    Your own "Colony" computer desktop wallpaper. I will customize a space nebula scene and type your name (or whatever name you want) in the Colony font. Delivered as a JPG image

    Plus, your name will be on our website on the "Thank You" Page!

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    Early access to the beta version of the game and the game when it's released as well!

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    One of the Colony planets will be named in your honor (or whatever PG-13 name you choose)

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    A Colony alien race will be named in your honor (or any PG-13 name you desire)

    You also can describe the aliens and I will design them based on your specifications.

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    Name a planet and describe an alien race that gamers will encounter and I will design the alien based on your specifications!

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