Nectar: A Honey Bee Quest
You “become” a honey bee and enter the amazing world of a colony—a world of waggle dances, nectar gathering, and outsmarting ambush bugs, birds and bears.
Nectar: A Honey Bee Quest is a fun and educational game that inspires the next generation to understand and appreciate the lives of honey bees and the vital role they play in our world.
In the middle of Farmer Dirt’s farm is a small woods. In the middle of the small woods is a tree. In the tree live lots of small bees — YOUR COLONY. You are one of thousands of honey bees building and sustaining your Colony in cooperation with all the other bees. Everyone is busy and has a special job to do. You will change jobs as you grow and get more experience. Lots of things need to happen to keep the Colony happy and healthy. Fly to flowers to get sweet nectar—the “raw material” for honey Also bring pollen—the “food” of bees—back to the Colony, pollinating the plants as you go Learn to do the “waggle dance” — the special dance that tells other bees where the best flowers are located Cleaning the comb— that’s where baby bees are raised and also where honey and pollen is stored Feed the baby bees (larvae) Heat or cool the Colony to keep the babies at about 95 degrees F at all times, day and night Watch out while in the field! Be on guard against ambush bugs, bluejays, dragonflies, and other predators while flying or on flowers. Defend the Colony! Be ready to fight off invaders that would attack the Colony itself, including wasps and bears! These are just a few of the exciting adventures in Nectar: A Honey Bee Quest.
Level 1: Scout out the best nectar source in the countryside, return to the colony to do the waggle dance, then collect more nectar and pollen. Navigate to an orchard. Both apple and pear trees are in blossom. Which should you go for? Watch out for ambush bugs hiding under leaves. Learn the figure-8 waggle dance to tell your friends three things: how good the flowers are, what direction the flowers are in relation to the sun, and how far away they are. Fill up your honey tummy and navigate back to the Colony. (Other sources on the farm are clover blossoms, sunflowers, and cantaloupes.)
Level 2: Collect and store the groceries! Now your job is to stay in the Colony to take nectar from incoming field bees and store it in honeycomb cells where it becomes honey. If there is extra honey, put it in the cells and cap them for storage. Do this with pollen too.
Level 3: Scout out the best nectar sources on the farm, return to the hive to do the waggle dance, then collect nectar and pollen from the clover. Navigate to the clover field. Watch out for dragon flies darting about in the sky. Fill up your honey tummy and navigate back to the Colony. Do the figure-8 waggle dance.
Level 4: Feed the babies and clean the cells. Now you are a “nurse bee,” and your job is to feed the larvae—the growing baby bees. You also need to clean the cells in preparation for eggs to be laid by the queen.
Level 5: Scout out the best nectar sources on the farm, return to the colony to do the waggle dance, then collect more nectar and pollen from the sunflowers. Navigate to the sunflower field. Watch out for blue jays sky-bombing from above! Return to the Colony and do the waggle dance. Collect the nectar and pollen and navigate back to the Colony.
There are more levels to come, including collecting nectar from beautiful cantaloupe flowers, a bear attack and more!
And if we exceed our goals there are even more possibilities, like additional levels that could include making comb, feeding the queen, and keeping the Colony temperature right. We also would like to get the game onto more platforms in addition to iOS and Android.
Why is our game Nectar important?
Honey bees are humanity’s greatest insect friend. In fact, you need them to eat. Of the 100 main food crops of the world, more than 70 percent need bees to pollinate them. Plus, bees are about the sweetest thing around – they make honey!
In addition, honey bees offer a stunning role model. A single colony may have 20,000 to 50,000 bees hard at work, and yet, amazingly, they act as ONE INTELLIGENT BEING. Sort of like your body – made up of lots of cells, all working together. That’s why scientists call a bee colony a superorganism.
“Nectar” offers an engaging way for kids of all ages to “become” a bee and to experience a bees-eye worldview.
Who We Are
Nectar is the brainchild of Malachi Bazan. He used to animate movies for Hollywood. He also worked on AAA video games for big entertainment companies. He sometimes calls himself a “digital sculptor” because he can make things “come alive” on a screen. Malachi found the perfect partner in Chad Wallace, an experienced artist and book illustrator who has made a career out of creating moody environments and animals in their natural settings. Chad likes up-close perspectives and has an eye for detail. He has illustrated nine children’s picture books, and is also the author of his most recent book.
Malachi and Chad are enthusiastically supported by two organizations dedicated to promoting nature: Dawn Publications is a California-based publisher of children’s nature books, e-books, and book-apps. Its mission statement is, “Dawn Publications is dedicated to inspiring in children a deeper understanding and appreciation for all life on Earth.” Dawn has pledged to match your contribution dollar-for-dollar if Mal and Chad reach their goal. Earth Train is a non-profit international leadership training organization with a long history in the U.S., now based in Panama. Earth Train instructs young people in developing values, practical knowledge and leadership skills for bio-cultural renewal in harmony with nature. Earth Train understands the importance of honey bees for our human community and is eager to promote this Bee Adventure as it can through its contacts and programs. Once the bee game is flourishing, Malachi and Chad will donate part of the profit to Earth Train in support of its work with young people making a difference toward a healthier planet.
Pint of honey with the Bella Bee label.
iPhone or iPod cases or mouse pad.
3-D print of Bella unpainted.
Risks and challenges
Perhaps the greatest challenge is for us, Malachi and Chad, to create a game that will live up to the quality standard that we share. We accept this challenge and will work our hardest to bring you the most fun, beautiful and educational game we can.
Since we are choosing to bring this game to the mobile platforms, that raises a set of unique challenges. The mobile platform is constantly working against our need for high quality. It will be a back and forth struggle to reach the highest standards and keep the game running smoothly on such a limiting platform.
One of the greatest risks is to put a game out in a world of games. But a Bee's life is so fascinating and cool that we think people we want to dive in to this rich beautiful world.
All of the work we have done so far has been on a volunteer, unpaid basis. Our best guess is that if this Kickstarter campaign is successful we will have sufficient income to keep working to launch!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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