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The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, July 11 2016 2:02 PM UTC +00:00
$3,260
pledged of $7,000pledged of $7,000 goal
83
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, July 11 2016 2:02 PM UTC +00:00

About

 The 1800s were alive with danger, hard work, and adventure … and no internet, air conditioning, or cell phones! What was it like on the old frontier? Every day was a struggle, every day was a challenge, yet they pressed on. In some ways, we have to wonder today where the fun is in waking up in a safe, comfortable world? Imagine what it would have been like to live in the old west, riding horses through the open plains, growing your own food, building your own towns, hunting for food, and protecting your homes. Survive the West is an engaging, adventurous game that is realistic, fun, and historically accurate. Can you Survive the West?

 You begin the game with only a few items: clothes, boots, hat, water sack, and a mysterious book from your cousin. Starting from zero, you build your way up, but it is easier said than done. You must watch out for desert predators, rogue bandits, natural disasters, and unfriendly Indians! But don't worry, you are not alone. You can invite your friends, gain trust among the traders, and make peace with the Indians. Because the game is realistic, you can do just about anything you want, and there are no must-dos, requirements, or game restrictions to make you perform a set of tasks. It is up to you, live your story, and Survive the West … if you can!

You can choose to be anyone you want: man, woman, cowboy, Indian, bandit, farmer, miner, lumber jack, and more!
You can choose to be anyone you want: man, woman, cowboy, Indian, bandit, farmer, miner, lumber jack, and more!

As far as gameplay goes, your character's body and head follows your mouse, and WASD controls the movement (W to follow mouse, S to move away from the mouse, A and D to stray side to side, and space to jump). You left click or press E to execute an action, such as shooting, placing an item, etc. There are other shortcuts to perform specific actions, such as dodging, ducking, picking up items, throwing, etc. You begin with several pre-made Western outfits, but you can swap out your clothing if you want. You can also buy in-game outfits in an in-game general store, or weave and dye your own. Select Kickstarter backers get to have a Kickstarter Exclusive Wardrobe of outfits nobody else can ever get, make, or find!

The game is intentionally as close to reality as possible, though with a voxel-like appearance. Water, for example, flows and splashes about, but it retains the voxel grid. Sand, dirt, gravel, and other raw materials collide and influence your surroundings, but still retain their voxel shape.

Keep in mind that the environment has a great effect on your character. At night, the temperature drops, and so does your body temperature. You had better get some thicker clothes or build a fire so you don’t get too cold. In the blazing sun of the afternoon, you should drink a lot of water and put on a hat to avoid getting too hot, or worse, a heatstroke! Also, you need to keep an eye on your food meter. If you run out of food, you could starve to death!

 

Your temperature is high! You should find shade, drink more water, or put on a hat.
Your temperature is high! You should find shade, drink more water, or put on a hat.
Yikes! You look very cold! Build a fire or put on some warm clothes.
Yikes! You look very cold! Build a fire or put on some warm clothes.
Your body temperature is fine, but you are very hungry and thirsty. You should find food as soon as you can!
Your body temperature is fine, but you are very hungry and thirsty. You should find food as soon as you can!


What do you need to do? You can build your house, grow crops on a farm, mine for minerals and metals, make friends with Indians, collaborate with other players, create a town, protect yourself from bandits, govern the land, create weapons, explore the wilderness, trap animals, or do anything you choose on the wild frontier! There is a lot to discover out there. Many surprises await! What will you do in the wild west?

Some of the many dangerous creatures you should avoid!
Some of the many dangerous creatures you should avoid!

Occasionally, you will see NPCs (non-player characters) that you can interact with. Some are actually historical figures who also lived in the 1800s. If you spot Annie Oakley, you might get a chance to test your shooting skills, and if you meet Buffalo Bill, you can join a roundup of buffalo. The Old West characters can appear anywhere at any time, which is another reason to keep your eyes open.
 

 

When you help support Survive the West, you will receive rewards according to your pledge level. The perks and rewards are listed below.

Your name will be on the Backer List found in the credits of the game and on the website. Thank you for your contribution!
Your name will be on the Backer List found in the credits of the game and on the website. Thank you for your contribution!
You get to reserve your username so nobody else can take it. You will be able to reserve your username months before the public can!
You get to reserve your username so nobody else can take it. You will be able to reserve your username months before the public can!
Digital Copy! Receiving a Premium Account lets you have unlimited singleplayer worlds and access to the multiplayer server.
Digital Copy! Receiving a Premium Account lets you have unlimited singleplayer worlds and access to the multiplayer server.
You receive all updates days before the public does!
You receive all updates days before the public does!
You will be sent a CD that contains the PC, Mac, and Linux versions. This should ship out before Christmas 2016.
You will be sent a CD that contains the PC, Mac, and Linux versions. This should ship out before Christmas 2016.

  

Gain an exclusive Sheriff Star next to your username so other players know you are special and backed the game launch! (Kickstarter Exclusive)
Gain an exclusive Sheriff Star next to your username so other players know you are special and backed the game launch! (Kickstarter Exclusive)
Your name will be integrated into a Wanted Poster in-game to be seen on buildings, saloons, in towns, and more. This does not affect your character or your rank in any way. It is just for decoration and awareness of your name (all names must be approved).
Your name will be integrated into a Wanted Poster in-game to be seen on buildings, saloons, in towns, and more. This does not affect your character or your rank in any way. It is just for decoration and awareness of your name (all names must be approved).
Gain access to backer-only clothes and boots. (New ones will be added to the wardrobe.) These can never be bought or made and are unique for Kickstarters only.
Gain access to backer-only clothes and boots. (New ones will be added to the wardrobe.) These can never be bought or made and are unique for Kickstarters only.
The name you choose (must be approved) will be assigned to a computer generated NPC. This allows you to choose names for the people you see throughout the game. You can still pick your name as your own username.
The name you choose (must be approved) will be assigned to a computer generated NPC. This allows you to choose names for the people you see throughout the game. You can still pick your name as your own username.
You choose a name for a town that will be randomly placed in both singleplayer worlds and multiplayer servers (town names must be approved).
You choose a name for a town that will be randomly placed in both singleplayer worlds and multiplayer servers (town names must be approved).
You receive a code that turns one free account into a Premium Account.
You receive a code that turns one free account into a Premium Account.
You are sent a CD containing the PC, Mac, and Linux versions, along with a Premium Code sticker on the back.
You are sent a CD containing the PC, Mac, and Linux versions, along with a Premium Code sticker on the back.

 Design an original pixel art painting that will be shown in-game. Your pixel-painting will be seen in bars, homes, general stores, jails, and more (pixel paintings must also be approved). This unique opportunity allows you to display your pixel artwork to a worldwide audience. The title of the painting, artist's name, and a non-clickable link to the artist's website will be shown in-game. Also a clickable link will be on the Survive the West website. This helps increase your fanbase! Note: pixel art is not required immediately, you have a few months to create it. The available pixel art sizes that you may create are as listed (sizes are in pixels):

 

Example: Players will be able view who created a painting!
Example: Players will be able view who created a painting!

 

Get in-game money when your pixel painting is bought by other players!
Get in-game money when your pixel painting is bought by other players!

Add your original instrumental Western-themed music in-game as a record to be played in jukeboxes in every town across the frontier! You get paid in-game when it is selected or bought by other players who want it for their own in-game record players. Your music could also be used as background music, saloon music, or general store music! (Note: Your music must be original and created by you. Music must be non-vocal (instrumental). All music must be approved.) This is a great opportunity to permanently showcase your musical talents in front of an ever-increasing global audience. The title of the music, artist's name, and a non-clickable link to the artist's website will be shown in-game. Also a clickable link will be on the Survive the West website. Your name (and website) will appear: on top of jukeboxes, on top of record players, in the corner when the music plays in the background, saloons, general stores, and where ever you hear your music! Gain even more exposure and recognition for your musical abilities! Musicians need to reserve their space today, but songs will not be required for a few more months. Already created a western-bluegrass-country-ish song, but with vocals? Thats ok! you can create an instrumental version with a guitar melody instead of the vocals, for example. Note: music is not required immediately, you have a few months to create it.

Example: Players will be able to play the musicians' music in a jukebox.
Example: Players will be able to play the musicians' music in a jukebox.

 

 

 The initial Kickstarter goal is $7,000, which covers most of the costs and labor to get Survive the West up and running, but more money means Survive the West can be created more quickly! The plan is to develop and release the game first for Windows, Mac, and Linux and then later develop the iOS, Android, and other versions. If sufficient funds are raised, the other versions will be created alongside the development of the computer versions.

 

Where is all the money going to? This chart shows how the estimated expenses break down:

 
 

 Inspired by the western books by Louis L'Amour, we decided to create a game around surviving the harsh conditions of the Wild West. We originally planned to create a flat 2D pixel game (you can view the “2D demo” here). Later we realized that to create a game about real life, the 2D pixel version lacked depth and excitement. It was far from the realistic 3D voxel version we have today. Also, after visiting Kauai and seeing the amazing and wonderful Waimea Canyon, also known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” we were inspired to create a much more visually appealing game. We believe people will gain a new understanding of the Old West and the struggles people faced back then! We hope you enjoy, and survive, the West!

 

Risks and challenges

The only risk and/or challenge is the amount of time it takes to get the necessary licences from the platform providers of each stretch goal, but this should not be a problem.

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