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BECOME AN INVENTOR FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE WITH ENOUGH FOOD AND SOIL FOR ALL.
BECOME AN INVENTOR FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE WITH ENOUGH FOOD AND SOIL FOR ALL.
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HECTARIUM - The Food Survival Eco-Game

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OUR STORY: 

We are a team of like-minded media and game makers wondering how to invent the future of agriculture by asking ourselves the question: 

If we divide all agricultural land on Earth among all human beings, each of us would have less than 0.7 hectares, the size of a soccer field. Can we survive well of this amount of land? and if - for how long?

Hectarium is a 2D mobile game project where you are given the mission to survive and improve your food consumption by living off exactly your share of global farmland. All the statistics and farmer stories feeding the gameplay are based on validated research and real-life encounters and feedback in the field. 

Hectarium is the name we give to our simulated share of land in the game composed of four farms in four different countries, managed and harvested by 4 distinct farmers. By interacting with the farmers, you can decide on the products you consume seasonally; you manage your weekly food budget and learn from the challenges your farmers have to face harvesting your food. You have to find strategies on how to redistribute land use to improve and sustain your own health. But then, unexpected market and environmental events and fluctuations force you and your farmers to reallocate resources and money or adjust priorities. If you manage to reduce your greenhouse gas emission and your water consumption, you will be rewarded with an increase in your weekly money allowance at the end of each season.

Players will learn that the main challenge is to replace as much of their animal protein for vegetable protein and gradually create more space for forest and wildlife to flourish. But it won’t be easy! Your health can degrade quickly and unexpected events like draughts and market fluctuations will force you to make difficult compromises.

We are making a unique game that is fun and meaningful at the same time. Easy to understand but difficult to fully succeed. A game based in today’s scary reality that offers the possibility to visualize a better future

THE WEB SERIES (PREQUEL TO THE GAME):

For the research, Diego Briceño and his collaborators in Canada decided to produce a web-series that is currently available on facebook and youtube. Each episode tells the story of a farmer and their advice on how best to live off less than a hectare of land. Here is the intro to the first season:

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Check out the rest of the series by following the link: Hectarium Web Series on Youtube. Or, look for us on our facebook page. New episodes will be coming out in the following weeks!

STATUS OF THE GAME:

For the last ten month our team of game designers, artists and developers is working hard developing the style, gameplay and general premise of the game. It's been a tight collaboration between colleagues in Canada and Germany with the end objective of sharing the experience and knowledge with the entire world.

Now, we need to finalize all the elements we’ve developed so far to create a fully functional prototype. Meaning, a testable game that will allow us to validate our concept and convince new partners and investors to finance the full version of this game. And we are almost there! 

Now we need your donations to finish it and in exchange, we will invite you to be part of our team. You will have exclusive access to the prototype and we’ll keep you in the loop until the final game comes to light. Your feedback will be more than welcome and essential for all future improvement! 

So please be aware that if this campaign ends up successful (by you supporting it) we still have to go a long way until HECTARIUM will be finished. But with your help and energy we can lift this fantastic project off the ground and make it fly. 

All the money we are soliciting will go to pay the programming team so they can finish coding and integrating the final game mechanics and the graphic designer and artist to create the characters and pages which that are still missing.

KEEPING YOU POSTED:

Since mid 2018, we have been active posting news and relevant information concerning sustainable food and agriculture through our different social media channels. We invite you to subscribe, follow, like and recommend any (or all) of our feeds: 

> The Hectarium Website 

> Hectarium on Facebook 

> Hectarium on Instagram 

> Hectarium on Twitter 

Our goal is to keep sharing media that speaks to issues and stories we can all relate to bringing the environment to the centre of our everyday conversations.

OUR KEY TEAM: 

And the rest of the crew:

                                   Giulia Frati & Daniela Pinna / executive producers

                                   Yanick Myre / game designer 

                                   Amélie Courcy / 2D artist

                                   Samuel Windholz / narrative designer

Diego Briceño & Jiannis Sotiropoulos - brainstorming about the game design
Diego Briceño & Jiannis Sotiropoulos - brainstorming about the game design

THIS PROJECT IS SUPPORTED BY:

We have been funded for development to kick off the project by the Canada-Germany Digital Media Incentive by the Canada Media Fund and the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

All the data and measuring methods used in the game have been shared and validated with our current research partners: the David Suzuki Foundation (Canada) , Earth Economics (USA) and 2000m2 Project (Germany). In the future, we intend to continue perfecting and updating out data and story base to feed Hectarium with scientific and reality-based knowledge.

 www.hectarium.com

Risks and challenges

We hope to finish the first prototype by the end of July 2019. Since nearly everyone involved is working for very little money, it might take a little longer. Please note that the prototype itself is still no guarantee that the finished version HECTARIUM will eventually see the day of light. We will still need it to approach potential partners and funders to raise the money required to produce the final game. Still, we hope to release a first beta version in October 2020.

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    Lots of Karma Points (and a virtual hug)

    Since we're not entitled to give out Karma Points we don't know the exact amount you'll receive but we are quite sure that the Karma Point Authority will reward you generously for helping us getting the HECTARIUM prototype started. But we can promise a public thank you and a virtual hug from Diego and the rest of the team!

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    Join our Treeplanting team

    3 bags of assorted treeseeds in cooperation with our partners of the Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V.
    Your chance to improve your local soil and climate by starting your own forest. Karma Points on top (a lot).

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    Digital copy of game pitch proposal

    Receive a digital copy of our game pitch document it is a presentation document, if you are a publisher or potential partner, this is your pledge. Your name will be mentioned in the project credits on our website and we will publicly thank you for your support. Some privacy conditions may apply.

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    Hectarium Drawstring Bag

    Good intensions, good ideas, Karma Points or just everything you need to carry around – your Hectarium Drawstring Bag takes it all. Made by Bags Of Ethics it's fair and sustainably produced.

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    Digital copy of game prototype

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    root window - growth under the surface

    Watch up to two plants (for example carrots) grow from top to toe. The root window gives you free view on the growth of roots underneath the surface. It is a wooden box with a plexiglas front, you fill it with good soil, plant something and watch it develop through the window. Beautiful and educational at the same time.

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    Digital Copy of game prototype + Art Set

    You will receive a digital copy of the game prototype plus a virtual copy of all the final graphic elements of the game prototype

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    Guided Real Life Field Trip to "2000m2"

    we arrange a guided field trip to the acres of our partner 2000m2 in Berlin, Germany, where you can impressively see how much cultivated land each of us has left to live from and what is best to grow on it while preserving the soil and using less water

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    All Game Development Elements

    Receive all the Game Development elements including the written proposal, the Art Work and the Final Game Prototype.

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    The Eco-Producer's Package

    You will have access to all the elements of the Game Design team plus, to attended at least two private team meetings online. You'll be featured as an Associate Producer on our website as well as in the final game, should we come to finish it. Plus you get your Producers All In Goodiebag: Treeseeds, Drawstring Bag, Big root window and tons and tons of Karma Points.

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    • Digital Copy of all Game Development Elements
    • Give Us Feedback in a Conference Call Meeting
    • Bag of Assorted Treeseeds
    • Hectarium Drawstring Bag
    • Wurzelfenster, big
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    Join the Co-Creation Team and Events

    Besides having all the perks of the Associate Producer's package, you will be invited to meet in person on at least one-on-one with the Creative Director Diego Briceño to discuss the project and all the possibilities to improve the game design, social impact or funding opportunities of the Game. You will be consulted on all major decision for the final Game Design, Art work and technological issue. You will also be invited to a Hectarium organic concept dinner with a high profile cook, any social event related to the Game, including wrap parties, team building session or product launch if we get there! (Travel expenses excluded)

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