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What is VGA Planets?

VGA Planets is the most popular play by email game ever created. It was originally released in 1991 by its creator Tim Wisseman. The game itself is a classic turn-based space strategy, where players control one of 11 distinct races. By creating fleets of starships and colonizing planets players attempt to conquer the Echo cluster. Each game turn is usually played over 1 to 3 days, so the game moves slowly with much time to think and plan each step.

Despite VGA Planets outdated graphics and interface the game is still loved and played by many players today.

Why remake the game?

Unfortunately, because of the age of the game, the technology it was originally created in makes it difficult for new players to find and join the game. The VGA Planets "Nu" project will convert the original version 3 game to new web-based technology which will make it easy for new players to join and more enjoyable for existing players.

Tim Wisseman's Support (the inventor of VGA Planets)

No official VGA Planets project could start without the first step taken by its inventor, and the hero of the community, Tim Wisseman. So before launching this project we contacted Tim to see what he thought about the project and he has enthusiastically supported us. He has even agreed to autograph some t-shirts for us, so check out the pledge rewards and you could get an original Tim Wisseman autographed t-shirt!

Who are we?

We are Geographical Media. A web development company founded by Joshua Perina who has been an active player of the game since it was released. We have been developing web products for the past four years. VGA Planets "Nu" will be our next big project.

How will we build it?

The new project will take the original VGA Planets version 3 game and convert it to a web-based application built using HTML5. This means it will run on any computer, PC or Apple and even your iPad. Players won't need to install anything to play the game. New players will be able to join the game by signing up either at the vgaplanets.nu website or at one of the existing or new host websites.

Anyone will be able to create and run a game hosting website where they will be able to manage their own community of players and configure new games.

A "Game Council" will be established to discuss and vote on any significant changes to the original game. Some possible items to be discussed will be: minor changes to ships, whether or not to add a 12th race, and how friendly codes and ship missions should work.

What will it cost?

Anyone will be able to sign up and play VGA Planets for free under the original Tim Wisseman "shareware" agreement which makes the game a little tougher. Registered users will have access to all features of the game and will pay $3/month or $30/year.

Why do we need money?

There are two reasons why we are fund raising for this project.

First off, building VGA Planets is a large and technically challenging project, there are thousands of distinct features. Tim spent several years developing the original versions of the game. We expect the project to take 4 to 6 months to complete and will require the help of many different programmers, artists and game players. The more money we are able to raise, the more we will be able to invest in great graphics to make the game more exciting and enjoyable to look at.

Second, for this project to be successful we need the support of the existing VGA Planets community. We want to deliver a truly exceptional version of the game you may have been playing for nearly 20 years so that you can continue to enjoy it for the years to come. It's important that the existing community rallies behind this project, so that we know the new version will be played when it's ready. This fundraising project is your chance to show your support and get involved.

Our Promise

We promise to deliver a great new VGA Planets experience which is true to the original game and to make it more accessible and modern looking while maintaining the original game play and experience.

Can I help?

Yes you can. The easiest way to help is by pledging your support to the Kickstarter fundraiser. However, if you are a graphic designer, artist or web developer and are interested in participating in the development of the project itself we would love to hear from you. Please contact us and tell us about yourself.

Want more info?

Check out our website at http://vgaplanets.nu for project updates, blog posts, pictures, and plans.

Special thanks to the Vulcan Hotel and the Vulcan Tourism association for allowing us to film in the Trek Station and "Star Trek" room. Visit http://www.vulcantourism.com to learn more about Vulcan, Alberta, Canada.

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    We’ll put your name or game-name in the game credits page on the vgaplanets.nu website and you’ll be invited to participate in the “early-release” beta-testing games. You’ll also receive our sincere gratitude.

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    Credit, gratitude and early release plus you’ll receive a free 6 month vgaplanets.nu registered player subscription ($18 value).

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    Credit, gratitude and early release, and a high quality, vintage VGA Planets t-shirt. “Play by Email Gaming since 1991”.

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    Credit, gratitude and early release, a set of VGA Planets stickers, and a high quality, vintage VGA Planets t-shirt. “Play by Email Gaming since 1991”.

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    Credit, gratitude, early release, stickers, plus a 2 year registered subscription ($60 value) and a seat on the official “VGA Planets Game Council” with a vote on any proposed changes to the game.

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    Credit, gratitude, early release, stickers, a 1 year registered subscription ($30 value) and a seat on the game council, plus, we’ll send you a beautiful 24”x36” official VGA Planets poster map depicting the original Echo Cluster.

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    Credit, gratitude, early release, stickers, a seat on the game council plus a 3 year registered user subscription ($90 value) and a high quality, vintage VGA Planets t-shirt. “Play by Email Gaming since 1991”.

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    Credit, gratitude, early release, stickers, a seat on the game council, a t-shirt and a permanent, lifetime registered user subscription so you can play planets for free, forever. Plus, we’ll send you a beautiful 24”x36” official VGA Planets poster map depicting the original Echo Cluster.

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    Credit, gratitude, early release, stickers, a seat on the game council, the poster map of the echo cluster, a permanent lifetime subscription, plus we will send you a high quality, vintage VGA Planets t-shirt autographed by Tim Wisseman himself! The creator of the original game.

    In addition, we’ll send flowers to you, or the loved one in your life who supports your avid gaming.

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    Credit, gratitude, early release, stickers, a seat on the game council, a permanent lifetime subscription, the poster map of the echo cluster, a Tim Wisseman autographed t-shirt, flowers for your loved one, PLUS we will rename a planet in the Echo Cluster after you (or a name of your choosing) so you can go down in history as a permanent part of the game itself.

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- (60 days)