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John David MartinBy John David Martin
First created
John David MartinBy John David Martin
First created
$958
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
43
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, May 15 2012 7:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Are you kidding me?! 

Yes, Mine Mars is leading the way in modern HTML5 browser based games!! New browser tech... yeah Mine Mars has it... 

I looked up "awesome" in the dictionary and the definition said "WebGL + filesystem API + CSS 3D tranforms + Text To Speech API + Gamepad API" or see "Mine Mars"

Support this epic project and wear the t-shirt with pride!!!

Okay, not only do we want to produce a game that uses the most cutting edge technology in browser based games... but we also really want a reason to print out our awesome t-shirt design... Get some!!!

ALL BACKERS $1 OR MORE WILL GET AN UN-OBFUSCATED ALPHA CUT OF THE CHROME APP WHEN MINE MARS IS FUNDED!!

SPREAD THE WORD : http://kck.st/HnGt15

I believe I will probably email the app and provide instructions on how to load it as a Chrome App. The great thing about Chrome Apps is you can open up the source files in the editor of your choice and just refresh the game and see your changes live.. Go nuts with the code... make your own spin off etc!!  

Thanks again to Daniel for the great suggestion! You guys rock!

HELP KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING! 

INFINITE  VOXEL WORLD TECHNOLOGY RUNNING AT 60FPS FULL SCREEN ON MACBOOK PRO... ONLY WEBGL AND JAVASCRIPT!!!  HELP PROMOTE THE BROWSER BASED GAMES REVOLUTION!

It took a long time to solidify a solid architecture for this to work in pure javascript at 60fps, but it is getting very exciting! The completion of the gamepad API wrapper is on the horizon and things are blowing up!  

HERE IS WHAT THE ALPHA BRINGS!

BACK HTML5 GAMING! SUPPORT MINE MARS!

Help support the release of perhaps one of the most bleeding edge HTML5 games that exists. 

The goal is to release Mine Mars as a free Chrome App in the Chrome App store by AUGUST 2012, while also completing an open source gamepad / mouse / keyboard mapping plugin.

I am also hoping to SHRED some records for most downloads of a Chrome App, and with your help I think it is totally possible! LETS MAKE SOME NOISE!!!

I have poured a ton of time into getting a high performing OFF LINE voxel based game running in JavaScript + WebGL and would love to have some enthusiastic backers help me finish it off and get the work out there!  

I would love to help anyone interested in learning how the game was made and hopefully get some great feedback in how to make the game better!

Also, your participation and help in getting the word out will help build up even more momentum in HTML5 gaming and apps!

YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON BROWSER-VISION!!

Oh yes you can! It took a bit of effort, but this game is running consistently at 60 frames per second ( I have a 2011 macbook pro ) and the framework for loading / modifying / saving large voxel regions has been perfected! Thanks to all the devs working on the technology to run such a game right in the browser!

THE GAME

Mine Mars was inspired by Minecraft in that the entire world is "editable". You can add or remove "blocks" of material anywhere. The big difference is that the emphasis is not on single block but more on making larger template based changes to the world around you. I utilized the marching cubes algorithm to render smoother terrain and implemented a blending system to blend neighboring textures. The result is quite thrilling and it is done in 100% JavaScript!!!

THE PLOT (no.. not your plot of land.. the game plot :-)

Earth's attempts at avoiding a flury of super dense meteors has failed. Most have perished from the initial impacts but those who remain are doomed as  Earth moves outward out of it's normal orbit. The International Space Station now harbors the hope of human kind and the look towards Mars for their next long term hope for colonization. 

A small super-dense meteor hit Mars as well which provided enough additional gravitational pull to support a localized atmosphere. A team worked quickly to setup the "Core" which stabilized the super-dense meteor and create an infrastructure to welcome additional humans from the International Space Station.

Communication with the team was lost and you are sent to investigate and ensure the stability of the "Core" for the future of man kind!

So probably a few holes there in the plot, but I would love some help from some backers to get a good story going!!  This story will play while the game pre-renders all the vertices so it needs to be good and maybe have some nice pictures. Thoughts?

THE TECHNOLOGY

This game is unlike most browser based games. Once you install it, it downloads additional resources from a server and installs them using the Filesystem API. That means you can have no internet connection and play the game! It blends CSS3 and Webgl to provide a rich interface and 3D graphics.

It has a sophisticated setup for memory management as it takes considerable amounts of data to render 75 regions with (20 x 20 x 20) voxel data and it's corresponding rendered vertices / normals / and texture data. Technically speaking, it could be an infinite terrain done all in JavaScript!

WebGL / CSS 3D transforms / Text To Speech / Filesystem API / CSS transitions / Gamepad API / Fullscreen API / Web Audio 

Where does your cash-o-la go?

Donations allow me to put more time into completing and releasing the game. It's a little hard to pour time into a non-paying project due to silly thinks like needing food so I am asking for a little help to keep the project going and ultimately give back to the entire community through a free release. In addition, I want to make the best interface for mapping keys / gamepads / and mouse movements so I will open source that plugin as well.

OWN A PIECE OF MARS

As soon as you donate $25 dollars or more, you get the opportunity to OWN a 20x20x20 voxel region of Mars in the game! You'll get props in the credits and your name and a message/link will display when a player creeps on your property :-)

Thanks do Daniel for the suggestion of showing supporters the size of a region you would own :

These donations will also help this technology get into the hands of more developers to continuer the browser based game revolution!

Work that needs to be done:

  • Application of the Gamepad API (so you can use an x-box controller etc...)
  • Refactoring of the inventory menu including use of CSS shaders!!!!
  • Completion of the world construction (hopefully with the help of the top 4 donors)
  • Fine tuning of the story (would love some input from some creative backers)
  • Server side work to show screen shots from users (possibly share then via twitter or facebook)
  • Fine tuning of the gameServices api (reusable HTML5 game framework)
  • Add particle effects during building and removing materials

Current way of setting keys to actions. Click an action then press a key to set it.

Have begun working with the gamepad API and gamepad.js. Would like to integrate them both into a system for customizing controls etc... 

Videos

Thanks Kevin McLeod for the awesome music!

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    SUPPORTER : Thanks! You rock! You get your name in the credits of the released Chrome App!!! NOTE: Everyone gets the game for free once published in the Chrome Web Store.

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    SUPER SUPPORTER: Awesome Socks! You get an "I kickstarted Mine Mars" sticker. You will also get your name in the game credits. (please add little more for international shipping)

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    LAND OWNER : The economy stinks.. invest in land! You get to "own" one of the 20x20x20 voxel regions of the Mine Mars game. When users pass through your region in the game, your name and a message/link will be shown. (please add a few bucks for international shipping) You also get the sticker and optionally your name in the credits!

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    PROUD LAND OWNER : Not only do get a piece of Mine Mars voxel land, but you will also get to show your pride with a "I OWN LAND ON MARS" t-shirt. Your name and message/link will show up when a user passes through your region. You also get the sweet sticker. (please add a few bucks for international shipping).

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    TEXAS LAND HOG & BETA TESTER : Yeehaw! You get 5 regions and get extra props when your name and message/link pops up when players walk through your space!! You will get extra umph in the credits for your extreme generosity. You also get the t-shirt, the sticker, and additionally

    you get a copy Mine Mars beta app and can provide final feedback before release!! (please add a few bucks for international shipping).

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    CREATOR : MAD PROPS! Yes, you get 10 regions in the game. Your name and message/link will show up when users pass through your region. BUT YOU ALSO GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACTUALLY CREATE THE WORLD WITH ME!! Can you feel the power!! Mwa ha ha! If you would like to, I can send you a DEV version of the game and give you your own admin password so you can help build the world and finish the story! You will have unlimited access to the DEV tools to easily build out the rest of the world and collaborate online with me and the other 3 CREATORS to develop the rest of the story. You will get assigned (1/4) of the physical world (requires no technical tools except Chrome browser, good computer with good memory and graphics card, and an internet connection. You will get front page props on the game's menu screen, the t-shirt, the sticker, and a piece of HTML5 gaming history!! (please add a few bucks for international shipping).

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