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I'm creating the world's most advanced artificial creatures, for people to look after, interact with and study.
I'm creating the world's most advanced artificial creatures, for people to look after, interact with and study.
579 backers pledged $56,818 to help bring this project to life.

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August Build


The August build of Grandroids is out. This build mostly focuses on UI features and underlying 'gameplay' stuff, beginning to turn a bunch of complex science into an actual game. There's nothing in particular I wanted to show people, but I thought I'd post it now, because for the next few weeks I'm going to be deep in neurons and enzymes, finishing the creatures' brains.  

For backers who have community site access (as most of you do), you can find the downloads here, there's a brief user guide here, and my blog post about this build is here. If you haven't been to the site in a while and have forgotten your log-in details, drop me a message on Kickstarter and I'll sort you out.  



Hello? Can anyone hear me?


Suddenly, for no reason that I can explain, I'm getting emails, and people are even writing articles, about whether this project is dead and why I haven't been updating my backers.

Er, I HAVE been updating my backers! We talk about it almost every single day! Everyone's currently waiting for the next build of the software, which is, I admit, way behind schedule, but it's coming along pretty well. We have lively and interesting discussions all the time and I'm really grateful for people's daily involvement!

Now, if you're reading this on the Kickstarter site and you're NOT a backer, then you won't know any of this, because that's what the word 'exclusive' means. A key perk for backing my project was access to an exclusive website where everyone could discuss things, download the software, and be directly involved in the design and development process. If you don't have access to that site then it's because you didn't back me! Tough luck! :-)

If you DID back me then you know all this, although if you don't have a clue what I'm talking about then you won't be the first person to have forgotten that you have an account! You won't even be the first person to have forgotten that you have an account that you actually used a week ago. We just have too many passwords to keep track of these days, I guess. In which case, just drop me a private message on Kickstarter and I'll tell you your log-in details. Everyone really misses you!

But for anyone who didn't back me or doesn't pop in to the really rather large and active project site from time to time, NO, THIS PROJECT IS FAR FROM DEAD! You shouldn't believe everything you read on Reddit!

It's late because I made what I think is a significant breakthrough in artificial life (I'm a scientist, not just a game developer). I asked my backers whether I should just write the game I'd promised and stay on schedule, or follow up these new ideas to see where I could take them, and they urged me to follow them up. So that's what I've been doing. My Kickstarter money ran out long ago and I've been relying on the help of good friends to keep me afloat, but I'm working my butt off here! The new theories have pretty much worked out as I hoped, so it's just a matter of turning the resulting technology into something people can play with and do their own research on. It should hit the streets in the not-too-distant future.

I honestly don't know why there's a sudden flurry of doom and gloom predictions at the moment. I just described it to someone like this: it's as if I'm climbing Everest and I keep sending out selfies of me near the summit, only to get back texts complaining that I'm supposed to be on a mountain! But I've never worked harder in my life, and I'm pretty excited about where it's all going. If you didn't get the chance to back me but you're still keen about this project, I'll get there as quickly as I possibly can, I promise. Nobody wants to get it onto the market more than me!

- Steve

Grandroids demo available


Hi, this update is mostly for any of my backers who haven't been to the Grandroids site for a while. Just a heads-up to say there is now some demo software you can download if you're interested. It's not exactly a demo, more of a starter pack for following along with the development and getting more involved. Read my latest post on the site and you'll see what I mean.

If you've not been back to the site for a while (as usually happens, things have settled down to a core group) and you can't remember your log-in details, let me know and I'll reset them for you.

- Steve

P.S. For anyone who didn't back this project but finds it interesting and thinks the lack of any updates means it all fell apart, this isn't actually the case. It's just that the main reward for backers was exclusive access to the development process, forums, blogs, etc. and so everybody decamped to a private website. It didn't seem right adding updates here on Kickstarter - it kind of goes against the exclusivity concept!

The project is still very much alive and well, and I'm continuing to work extremely hard on it; it just turned into something far bigger than I originally intended. The underlying scientific ideas have turned out to be more exciting and significant than I'd guessed, and so my 'regulars' encouraged me to take my time and follow where it was leading me, rather than rush something out. It's become a huge project and pretty much defines my life, but at last it's starting to come together into something people can begin to engage with. There's still a long way to go but it WILL hit the streets eventually! If it doesn't kill me first. Last time I did this it was a nine-month project that overran by four years, and it seems there's a pattern emerging! 

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I'm back

I've been away for a few days on a long-planned trip but I was out of internet contact much of the time, so, if you've sent me a message recently, I'll be getting back to you shortly. If you've returned your survey form in the past week or so but don't yet have a website account, that's also a high priority - give me 24 hours and then check to see that you can log on to Sorry about the delay - normal service is now resumed.