This project's funding goal was not reached on April 29, 2012.
About this project
1 World, 2 continents, 9 historical sub-worlds and space. Explore to your heart’s content.
Project Planet Postmoderna is a free-to-play sci-fi game and organic virtual world designed with an extensible tree of sub-worlds based on historical content married with historical fiction and sub-plots that could be used to learn about history in an entertaining way. These integrated educational components (8-9 sub-worlds/instances) are based on historical fact, myth and lore. Overall planet development and growth is based on the activities of the overall player base. If more players farm, then agriculture develops; if more build objects and equipment, engineering develops.
The world utilizes an integrated “real cash economy model” in which everything can be bought and sold for real money. Players can deposit into their accounts and withdraw after they sell goods for value within the world.
It is set against the backdrop of exploration, discovery and colonization of a newly discovered alien planet–the first habitable one since long-distance space exploration was made possible and feasible. The fate of the colony is tied directly to both the efforts of individual users as well as the community as a whole.
The world of Planet Postmoderna is a fictitious sci-fi-based world that was created by a super race to lure humankind there for the next step in their evolution. This sci-fi story line will take players from planetary settlement to exploration and discovery of the self-contained instanced sub-worlds that is an important part of the gameplay mechanic. Each of these sub-worlds has their own historical fiction sub-plot. An alien species, The Zilthay, are “planet builders” who designed the planet and these virtual sub-worlds–representations of Earth civilizations and times in our human history–in order for man to learn from that history and use the preserved DNA of long lost species in order to rebuild what has been lost to man. If mankind is unsuccessful in accomplishing several necessary feats, its own future is uncertain.
Players will be part of the settlement and development of this new world and eke out a life in the New Old West of this newly discovered Earth-like planet with recycled technology and what is sparingly delivered by the governing corporation, New Worlds Corporation (NWC). NWC's former CEO and pilot of The Black Venture discovered the planet by pure chance when he and his crew were on the way to one of NWC’s mining outposts. The planet was seen on the other side of a “space tear,” a visible rip in space.
Settlement continues on the planet. but technology is greatly hampered by the energy-draining effects of the planet’s native minerals, crystals that absorb energy by day and emit them at night or during violent discharge storms. Until the Zilthay Technology is later unlocked through this immersive and ever-developing story line, players are hampered by the challenges of a new lifestyle, on a planet billions of light years from Earth.
This virtual world/MMORPG-styled sci-fi game is designed with an integrated realistic economic model in which players can build, buy, sell and trade virtual goods for real-world equivalent currency. The other planet-side sub-worlds (virtual worlds within a virtual world) are based on various times and civilizations from Earth’s history. The first one associated with the demo is based on the Mayan/Aztec eras.
We believe the landscape of entertainment is ever changing. If we can create a world that does both–entertain and educate, it will have that much more application and be that much more engaging.
Planet Postmoderna plans to leverage the technology and platform of an existing online game, Entropia Universe, under Mindark’s (the makers of Entropia) Planet Partner Program. We will merely be producing an additional new planet complete with a new storyline and assets into an already successful model, Entropia Universe. By doing this we will save time and money in launching this world.
(screen from existing Entropia Universe Game)
Entropia Universe Background
Entropia Universe was launched in January 2003 by Mindark PE AB. and has grown to more than 950,000 registered accounts from over 200 countries. It is the only virtual universe with a true Real Cash Economy (RCE).
The currency, Project Entropia Dollars (PED), has a fixed exchange rate of 10:1 with the U.S. Dollar. The business model is unique as it is based on micropayments, meaning that the client software is free to download from the Internet, and there are no monthly subscription fees. Thus, Entropia Universe provides a way for new players to immediately start exploring without having to deposit money. Virtual funds acquired in Entropia Universe can easily be exchanged and then withdrawn into real‐world funds.
This business model has been very successful. The 2010 turnover of Entropia Universe topped $422,000,000 U.S. These are the transactions/purchases that took place between and by players.
For more information, visit http://www.entropiauniverse.com
Example of Player Economic Benefit: Player owns $100,000 PED (In-game credits) of property and surrenders all for the converted value (10:1) of $10,000US. This property can come in all forms: Land, Buildings, Equipment, Furniture, Clothing, Weapons, Armor, etc.
In 2010 a Virtual Space Station was sold for $330,000 US. In 2011, a resort sold for $600K+
A lot of this is just like monopoly. If you own land or property. Land generates rents, fees and taxes. Most of that goes to the player who owns the property.
We Need Funding Now!
We are at the point of needing funding in order to continue production. Once we show successful funding, we can present our final proposal to Mindark. At that point, the contract is bound and we begin training and production with a projected launch date of 12 – 18 months. We cannot proceed until we show that we are funded.
IMPORTANT!!! It is imperative to understand that by building within
Entropia Universe we are leveraging the technology and game platform.
We are not at its mercy. Our success is not dependent on Entropia
being successful. It is the other way around. Entropia is successful
if the Partner Planets are successful and they are already successful.
Planet Postmoderna will be successful on its own merits, even if it turns out we need to build this as an indie outside of Entropia.
Potential savings from building within Entropia Universe
There is a huge advantage to developing within Entropia Universe versus building a standalone game.
The following are things we will not have to spend money on to develop:
- Game Platform and Systems
- Player Accounting
- Game Engine
- Economic Engine
This translates into potentially more than $6 million saved in development costs and years less in time. Mindark invested much more than $6 million just to build Entropia. These are things we won’t have to develop if we leverage the game.
Who is behind Project Planet Postmoderna?
A talented Project Planet Postmoderna team of volunteers has been involved in this pre-production since early 2008. They come from all over the world and all walks of life, with experiences and skill sets that range from 3D modeling and animation, writing, film, programming and coding to marketing and sales. The team is crafting each piece of Planet Postmoderna from scratch for the prototype. They drive the project in a way that just being part of it is an educational experience.
This project has been in the making for 4 years. View our current team.
Why is it called Planet Postmoderna?
According to French Sociologist Jean Baudrillard, in a postmodern society there are no originals, only copies–or what he calls “simulacra.” You might think, for example, about painting or sculpture, where there is an original work (by Van Gogh, for instance), and there might also be thousands of copies, but the original is the one with the highest value (particularly monetary value). Contrast that with CDs or music recordings, where there is no “original,” as in painting–no recording that is hung on a wall, or kept in a vault; rather, there are only copies, by the millions, that are all the same, and all sold for (approximately) the same amount of money. Another version of Baudrillard’s “simulacrum” would be the concept of virtual reality, a reality created by simulation, for which there is no original. This is particularly evident in computer games/simulations–think of Sim City, Sim Ant, etc.
The planet is comprised of many instanced representations of times in Earth’s History. Virtual Worlds within a Virtual World. The irony in the story is that this world of many worlds is discovered by a corporation that built its fortune on virtual worlds.
Why get involved in Project Planet Postmoderna?
We are building it in a way to encourage learning about 3D Design, Animation and Engineering and History. We hope being part of the project will encourage team members to pursue careers in Film, Architecture, Engineering and related industries. We also hope that the instances (such as the Aztec and Mayan Temple Q) will encourage players to want to learn more about the myth and historical facts that surround and make up the backgrounds of the various temples. We will do this through partnerships with organizations such as Autodesk, Pixologic and Blender and various universities and tour and travel operators as well as technology providers.
Students and hobbyists will be able to learn about the design medium through the community, the project and through Planet Postmoderna University, an planned inworld school for learning 3D Design which, is an area of the project in concept.
A key element that makes Planet Postmoderna unique is the “organic project dynamic.” From the start, players will have a direct influence on the advancement of the planet. Think in terms of a real world, uncharted and wild. New colonists are truly “settlers.” Their individual and combined efforts at building their skills through quests and independent effort directly contribute to a planetary point pool. This pool is the basis for formula that advances the technology and development of the planet. Postmoderna will be just like a real world.
If you are an investor and would like to help us make this project happen, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to have you involved in this project.
Players will initially arrive on the planet at the first POI Base Camp via pods. This initial POI is where the storyline’s, New World Corporation, first survey team arrived and set up their camp and base of operations. From Base Camp, players will be able to purchase any equipment they need and/or apply for a job (with either players or NPCs) in order to begin the process of earning income. We want to nurture a working and learning culture on Postmoderna. Players working for other players and possibly NPCs and setting out to hunt or mine or engage in learning quests is what we want each player to do in order to begin their new life as a settler on Planet Postmoderna.
As the virtual world and the economy develops, players will see the world technologies evolve. The combined efforts of all the players will cause the various technology trees to grow and expand, making new technologies and models available.
Players will be open to explore areas such as the Zilthay Temple Q (nearest instance POI) and beyond (based on their skill level). Temple Q (named after the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl) is the gateway to the first Instanced world. This “world within Postmoderna” is based on Aztec and Mayan history, architecture, culture and myth. It creates not only an exciting side area for players to explore, but is also an educational experience in which the completion of learning quests may possibly be applied as learning credit at participating schools. The latter example would incorporate tests in order to get school credit. The participating schools will be able to use these worlds as an additional tool for teaching their classes a subject that most students are not always excited about: History.
Throughout the available landscape will be everything that each player will need to farm resources and manufacture items that will be used to build this world into a thriving community within the virtual universe. Hard work, knowledge of the planet and proper skilling and cooperation among players will be a must. Existing technologies, supplies and machinery from Earth will take awhile for New Worlds Corporation to deliver to the planet in order to make life any easier. In addition, most offworld technologies are eventually rendered useless on Postmoderna because of the dampening effects of the planet's mysterious minerals. Initial colonists will indeed need to work hard on this planet.
The payoff for this work by early settlers will be great as they forge their new lives on this "Brave New World", and what players see in the initial phases of the world will be different from what they see a year or two after launch. Players will have much incentive to work together advancing the planet. As time goes on, the proper use of skills will advance the planet’s technology base and make mid-level and higher-level blueprints available to further advance the world. Lost technologies (native blueprints) can be looted or uncovered at POIs such as the Zilthay Temple, Crystal Canyon and the POIs in the unexplored areas and other world Instances beyond (e.g., the Aztec and Mayan Instance). There will be much to do, learn and experience for everyone.
Why become a settler on Planet Postmoderna?
Project Planet Postmoderna is an educational and virtual world that
combines a sci-fi futuristic and Old West environment with portals to
instanced worlds based on historical fact, myth and folklore. The sci-fi
story and the base virtual world create the platform for the
educational portals to launch users on amazing journeys, testing both
their skills and knowledge. It is through these journeys that users from
around the world can collaborate and utilize what they learn through
their virtual experiences. The project components work in unison to
provide an interactive and immersive environment that encompasses and
engages the user community. In addition, the entire economy is based on a
Real Cash Economy model and players have the opportunity to build
businesses within this virtual world.
Read this article about an actual Virtual Real Property Sale that took place in an auction within the game Entropia Universe.
(New Worlds Corporation Admin Building Concept)
All projects like this start with a Phase 1. Go Kickstarter!
Project Planet Postmoderna is truly an "indie" and an organic project. The concepting and initial "fleshing out phase" was made possible through negotiating sponsorships and partnerships and lots of volunteer hours. Postmoderna has been in the works since September of 2008, with most of the art and model work being accomplished over the last year.
We dove into multiple virtual world and game platforms (Active Worlds, Vastpark, Multiverse) for the design of the demo. We managed and utilized volunteers of varying ages and skill to drive the project. We garnered sponsorship arrangements with Autodesk, Pixologic, Vastpark, Wix, Teamwork and Readytalk for software, web and support services in order to start this project with needed tools.
We also researched many outside game engines, including Unreal, CryEngine3, Trinigy Vision, Big World, Hero Engine, Gamebryo, Torque, Unity 3D and, more recently, Esenthel. We are building Stage 1 in CryEngine3.
Through the funding and support of our fans via Kickstarter we will build the entry-level world where most settlers will begin.
The dollars raised through Kickstarter will fund software, systems and time and support of the programmers and modelers on the demo-design team and will additionally pay for the marketing expenses needed to promote the game. The amount we are shooting for will not be the full amount we need, but it will get us started.
We estimate the demo will take 6-9 months to complete with the team working on it full-time. The final entry-level game (once investor funding is attained) will take a little longer. Our hopes if we proceed with the initial plan are to build Postmoderna as an additional planet for the game Entropia, and that will take a little under 18 months to finish.
Our full goal is $1.8 million. This is Step One in the process of making Planet Postmoderna a reality.
Help us make Postmoderna a reality!!
(Temple reference used for Aztec/Mayan sub-world)
Standard reward is a thank you and listing in the Wall of Appreciation Kickstarter Contributor Section.
(1) Credits and thanks will be posted on a special board, terminal or wall in world and our website at the Wall of Appreciation, where players can view all the people/organizations that made contributions to the project and the levels at which they contributed.
shirt, mug, etc. promo is access to a special promo code on our
upcoming store to get a free shirt or mug. Since this project is
currently funded by donations, sponsorships and volunteers, to keep costs
down, recipients will pay for shipping but get the item for free.
(3) A signed special edition tee shirt that says "I helped Launch Planet Postmoderna!" or "I helped build Planet Postmoderna!". Recipient will not be charged for shipping.
(4) In-game/in-world items are in a special container/chest and are based on contributions level. These are non-tradable for 6 months. Higher levels may include building, store, flat deeds or other items.
Listing of Contributor Status: Each player will have a searchable
datapad and it will include info about contributor levels.
(6) A special Founders’ Room/Hall will be built in one or multiple locations in the game (NWC transport, Earth or Postmoderna instances); access will be limited to those who contribute at specific levels.
(7) Special invitation-only (black-tie) virtual events access. These events will be held in special locations and will allow you to meet and network with other contributors, sponsors and partners. You will be able to bring 1 guest to these events.
(8) Your name on one of the structures in the world or have a virtual building. Buildings and other structures can be named after you.
(9) Land Areas or other public places and landmarks inworld named after the contributor.
(10) Opportunity to submit an idea for a virtual object in the game and see it implemented. This is through a special submission process to provide concept art, models etc., that can be used in the world and named after the contributor. These objects must be inline with the Postmoderna Story.
Beta levels are based on order of beta test invitation and special tiered rewards for being a beta tester. Rewards are yet to be determined and may include land-grab invitations after the game launch.
As you read the text in a reward, you will see a number between two parenthesis. Example (2). That number references an additional description found at the bottom of the project info (as seen above the FAQ section) which explains that reward. I did that since, I could not list all the tiered rewards due to formatting issues within the rewards field.
Yes it is. You can play for free. However, to really maximize your benefits from playing the game, you really want to deposit money into your account so you can buy merchandise and equipment, supplies, buy land and property and other things. Playing on the free route is fun but playing by paying for the things you want will speed up your progress and maximize what you can get out of the game.
Right now it is about leverage and we love Entropia Universe!
It will actually be at the time of launch. When were are fully funded and can bind a contract with Mindark, the project will take 12-18 months to complete and go live at worst. At that point all rewards will be fulfilled.
When this project is funded and we launch, you will have automatic access to an electronic download of game and to set your account up. Virtual rewards will be automatically applied to your account inventory.
As a Pledge on Kickstarter, you will have access to virtual items, information and special promos that no other players will have, should you choose to set up a player account.
Yes, you may make a pledge to the project, without playing the game.
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