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It's an underwater Action-Adventure Sci-fi game designed to be driven by weekly storyline updates.

Deep in the Pacific Ocean, a secret military operation has uncovered something sinister. And the International research station Dark Reef is in its path. It’s up to you to protect the station and its inhabitants while they race to unravel the origin and secrets of this mysterious new force.

You are the station’s last line of defense, protecting The Dark Reef science team from the onslaught of a mysterious and inhuman foe.

But this won't be a traditional video game!

Each week, a new episode will be released, continuing that month’s chapter in the storyline.

Some chapters will put you in the pilot's seat, flying powerful underwater assault craft. Some chapters will put you in charge of a massive robot army to command (real-time strategy). Some chapters will be a mech game. And some chapters will even put you in a combat diving suit (first person shooter).

I'm hoping to raise enough money here on KickStarter to fund the first month's work, and hopefully raise awareness of the game enough for it to finally get some solid footing. 

Feel free to check out the finished first level from TheDarkReef.com and let me know what you think!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Risks? Well, I'm saying I'm making a weekly game. That's a huge risk.
And I'm saying it's going to be fun. That's a huge risk.
And I'm doing 100% of the art and programming. So I'm kinda building the road while I run down it.

So... how can I pull this off? Well, I've been a game programmer for years, and I love games. And I'm using the mighty LightWave3D, which gives me modeling and animation in one tightly coupled package. And I'm using Unity3D for the game engine. I built a fairly complicated dialog and plot engine for an earlier game I was working on, but frankly this game is much more interesting.

So between the components I've made for about a dozen other games before it, and the 3D models I love making, I'll have more than enough fodder for the game.

Plus, I love playing games. And there's really nothing like this out there right now.

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    You're helping me finally get this game off the ground, and you'll get to play all of the episodes in the first chapter for free. You'll also get your name in the credits in the game.

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    You'll get everything below this amount, plus bonus unlockable items.

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    You'll get everything below this amount, plus the ability to advertise in the game. Once funded, just send me a 128x128 ad and it'll adorn The Dark Reef somewhere.

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    Everything below this amount, plus an exclusive vehicle on the levels where you're in a sub.

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    Everything below this amount, plus you'll have an in-game character named after you. There are a lot of characters, and you'll be in there at least several times in one episode.

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    Everything below this amount, plus a vote on upcoming character designs before anyone else sees them. There are a number of final designs I haven't quite finished, and you'll have an immediate say in whether they are sexy enough to be in the game. You'll also get top billing in the credits.

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    A 512x512 advertisement on the main Dark Reef station. Your name in a special credits menu. Your character will be an *EASTER EGG* in the game. As in, you'll have some super-secret plot twist or storyline associated with finding your character.

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    Only an evil mastermind would donate this much money to my game. Fair enough, if you do that, you will receive the previous tokens of my affection, plus you will get to name one of the few alien super-badguys. As in, you can give it your own name. Or you an give it the name of your ex. I don't care. For $1000, I'll leave that up to you. Just no vulgarities, we're trying to keep the ocean floor clean.

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    All of the above points, plus I will build a custom level around your business, whatever that business might be. As long as it's not an adult business. That's dirt cheap for advertising. It's not every day you get to have a whole level in a game built around what you do.

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    All of the earlier stuff, plus you can choose to either be the ultimate bad guy or the ultimate good guy in the game. Yoda or the Emperor? Picard or the Borg? You or You?

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    Since this is more than I'm trying to raise, I'll give you a 'producer' title, and the game will be called "The Dark Reef, a yourname game", where your name is obviously your name.

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