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About this project

Design, build and run a vineyard and winery where both NPCs (the computer-controlled visitors) and human players can visit, tour, shop and enjoy - all without the annoyance of energy or 'pay to win' tactics. All of this plays out in an open-ended sandbox style environment where if you can dream it, you can build it by molding the terrain, placing objects, and building the vineyard of your dreams.

In Vineyard Valley, you start with your own patch of land to grow your business. Ripen grapes and fruit, then ferment them into numerous types of wine. Sell that wine in a shopping village you design and build - or sell them in barrels to other players for them to sell! This game combines the business sim elements we know and love - especially those from the classic business sims and tycoon games of the 90s - and introduces a strong multiplayer social aspect where you and your friends run businesses side by side. And we're not talking Ville style - we're talking true business sim style, only designed in a way that is more relaxing than running a real business.

The game will be played from a top-down perspective, like the perspective shown in this image.
The game will be played from a top-down perspective, like the perspective shown in this image.

It will be up to you to design, plan, build and manage a successful vineyard and winery. The success of your business is based on the decisions you make. Plant the best crops, hire the best staff, sell the best goods - all in an online, multiplayer sandbox environment. And as a sandbox environment, this means you can also just kick back and relax while building your own gorgeous vineyard.

We intend to allow the player to construct in a sandbox environment that is generally free-form.
We intend to allow the player to construct in a sandbox environment that is generally free-form.

You won't be alone in your venture - each of your friends run their own vineyard and winery, and together you make your businesses a success! Spend time with your friends and help them pick crops, crush grapes, design and build their vineyard and so much more. Sell or trade products with them that you create, just like real businesses would. Or if you want to just enjoy some time together, sit back with your friends and enjoy great conversation while listening to the sounds of nature over a spot of tea. Or plan a gathering with many people and create an event - perhaps you will hold an auction, a contest or put on a show? What you do will be up to you.

Grapes, fruits and crops will physically grow from the ground and turn from a small leaf to a full plant using a growth system we are busy designing.
Grapes, fruits and crops will physically grow from the ground and turn from a small leaf to a full plant using a growth system we are busy designing.

Even if you don't back our project, you will still get to play - Vineyard Valley is a freemium game! As soon as it's available, you can start enjoying the sandbox, vineyard environment right away. If you are interested but not interested in funding, won't you take a moment at least and please share our Kickstarter? We do need the funding to be able to afford to develop the game!

Thank you for reading about Vineyard Valley - where you make your dreams come true! With wine. Because wine not?

Players will be able to sit their avatars in chairs and interact with objects around them. As much as this is a business sim, this is also a peaceful world to relax in!
Players will be able to sit their avatars in chairs and interact with objects around them. As much as this is a business sim, this is also a peaceful world to relax in!

Have questions about our Kickstarter, or want to discuss crowdfunding in general? Come chat with us at Crowd Funding Forum at thie URL: http://crowdfundingforum.com/showthread.php/5131-%28Kickstarter%29-Vineyard-Valley-A-Social-Winemaking-Business-Sim!?p=8647#post8647

Risks and challenges

Vineyard Valley is an ambitious game, and therefore has some interesting risks and challenges. Here are the biggest ones and how we intend to overcome them, in a Q&A Fashion:

Q: An average social game such as this would typically have a budget of over $500,000. Yours is under $100k, AND it supports multiple platforms! With what dark magic do you plan to use to produce this game with such a small budget?

A: We have a number of methods of making this happen....

First - we are using the Unity game engine. This game engine makes a lot of things much easier to accomplish than using other engines and platforms, such as the commonly used Flash engine. In addition, Cerulean Games has been working with Unity for years, and has produced a large library of in-house code that we can implement which covers a lot of features that otherwise would need to be developed from the ground up. We also have the entire Unity asset store to take advantage of - purchasing an important piece of code from there is vastly less expensive than the time it would take to develop that code.

When it comes to multi-platforms, with using Unity we can - with general ease - port the game to multiple platforms without completely re-developing the game. It's something we are already doing for clients and have found it to be a relative breeze - especially if we plan the multi-platform support from the very beginning of production.

Cerulean Games has a large amount of game production experience as well. Our CEO and Lead Producer alone has been doing games for over 12 years with a history of successfully completed and shipped titles for multiple platforms. Our company in addition has many shipped titles, including those for major brands. So in conclusion - with using Unity, our existing library of Unity code, the ability to inexpensively purchase a lot of needed code, and with our long history of development, we are very confident we can complete this game in-budget.

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Q: A game like this requires a very, very large number of art assets to have enough for the user to work with. How do you plan to produce enough with such a small budget?

A: This is similar to the answer to the above question. We will have artists working on Vineyard Valley, and we will be producing a lot of original art for the game. To compliment this, we will also be purchasing large art libraries. These art libraries will save us tens of thousands in art production costs, and allow the game to have a large quantity of assets at a reasonable budget.

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Q: If the worst happens and the game does take longer to produce than anticipated, what will you do to still try and hit the original Holiday Season 2013 window?

A: We have a lot planned for the game. A lot of detail, a lot of features, and a lot of functionality. The very, very first things we are building into the game is the raw basics of functionality - terrain editing, object placement, crop growing, etc. If we do find around October that the production timeline is behind where it needs to be, we have a large number of additional planned features that we can push into 2014, and still release a game with quite a lot by the 2013 Holiday Season.

In the off-chance that we do completely have to push the game back and release in 2014 entirely - we will make sure all backers receive something extra in the game to make up for the delay. This 'extra something' will include extra sacks of free Vinos as well as making some of the in-game content entirely free rather than charging Vinos.

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Q: Do you guys even know ANYTHING about wine? I mean, you should probably know what it is before making a game about it...

A: We however have major wine aficionados within Cerulean Games, and they are salivating at the opportunity to impart all of their knowledge upon us. In addition, we are planning trips to multiple vineyards. Colorado has an amazing wine country, and we will be both taking tours of every vineyard there that we can, and sitting down with their owners and picking their brains. We also will be attending an industry conference in San Francisco later this year and we will be using the opportunity of being there to take a tour of California wine country as well. When it comes down to it, almost every game we produce we have to do a vast amount of research for prior to developing the game to make sure we do it right. This game is absolutely no exception.

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    Pledge $1 or more and receive a special in-game 'Backer!' banner which will display on your profile whenever anyone views you, along with a banner to place within your vineyard in the game, and get your name on the backers list in the game.

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    VINEYARD NOVICE LEVEL - Pledge $5 or more and receive an exclusive set of Vineyard Valley wallpapers for your computer, tablet, and/or smartphone!

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    VINEYARD THREADS LEVEL - Pledge $10 or more and receive a special set of in-game clothing that only backers will receive, along with a small bag of Vinos!

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    VINEYARD ASSISTANT LEVEL - Pledge $15 or more and receive a special sticker and hand written thank you note, along with everything from the Vineyard Novice level. Additionally, your name will appear in the backer credits of the game at the Vineyard Assistant level.

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    VINEYARD FANCY STATUE LEVEL - Back $20 or more and receive a special statue for your vineyard that only backers will receive, along with everything from the Vineyard Assistant level.

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    VINEYARD MANAGER LEVEL - Pledge $25 or more and receive a sack of Vinos (the in-game money) to use in the game once it is released, along with everything from the Vineyard Assistant level. Your name will also appear in the backer credits of the game at the Vineyard Manager level.

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    VINEYARD TINY KITTEN LEVEL - Pledge $30 or more, and receive a kitten pet that only backers will be able to get, and everything from the Vinyeard Manager Level.

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    VINEYARD TINY PUPPY LEVEL - Pledge $30 or more, and receive a puppy pet that only backers will be able to get, and everything from the Vinyeard Manager Level.

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    VINEYARD LEADER LEVEL - Pledge $35 or more and receive one additional sack of Vinos, the soundtrack to the game, and everything from the Vinyeard Manager Level. (Two Sacks of Vinos Total). Your name will also appear in the backer credits at the Vineyard Leader level.

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    VINEYARD VINTAGE LEVEL - Pledge $45 or more and receive a special set of backer only furniture to place in your vineyard and shopping village, along with everything from the Vineyard Leader level! Your name will also appear in the backer credits at the Vineyard Vintage level.

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    VINEYARD BLINGS & THINGS LEVEL - Pledge $50 or more and receive a physical set of hand-made wine charms along with everything from the Vineyard Vintage level! Your name will also appear in the Backer Credits at the Vineyard Blings & Things Level.

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    VINEYARD OVERLORD LEVEL - Pledge $65 or more and have an NPC added to the game with your name (or a family-friendly non trademarked name of your choosing), along with everything from the Vineyard Blings & Things level. Your name will also appear in the Backer Credits at the Vineyard Overlord level.

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    VINEYARD BETAMIND LEVEL - Pledge $100 or more and receive two additional sacks of Vinos (giving you four sacks total), and you will receive early beta access to the game - you will get to play the game before the public beta begins! You will also receive everything from the Vineyard Overlord Level, and your name will also appear in the Backer Credits at the Vineyard Betamind level.

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    VINEYARD SPECIALIST LEVEL - Pledge $150 or more and receive two additional sacks of Vinos (for a total 6 sacks of Vinos), and all wine you produce in the game will be packaged in special blue backer-only bottles and barrels! You will also receive everything from the Vineyard Betamind level, and your name will appear in the Backer Credits at the Vineyard Specialist level.

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    VINEYARD PET TRAINER LEVEL - Pledge $350 or more and receive a very special pet that only the Vineyard Pet Trainer level and higher will receive! In addition, you will also gain the permanent player boost of Good Vino Management, which will cause all Vinos you acquire in the game (whether you bought them or earned them) to be 1.5x higher than the amount earned! You will also get everything from the Vineyard Specialist level, and your name will appear in the Backer Credits at the Vineyard Pet Trainer level.

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    VINEYARD MY-SHAPE LEVEL - Pledge $500 or more and receive an additional two sacks of Vinos (for a total 8 sacks of Vinos), and you will get to specify the shape of your wine bottles which NOBODY ELSE IN THE ENTIRE GAME BUT YOU will have (must not be a copyrighted or trademarked shape). You will also get to define the color of the bottles - be it the Backer Blue color or anything else (and the color will be permanent for your bottles)! In addition you will receive everything from the Vineyard Pet Trainer level, and your name will appear in the Backer Credits at the Vineyard My-Shape level.

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    VINEYARD CONVERSATION LEVEL - Pledge $750 or more and and you will be invited to be part of a special Skype call to discuss the game with the designers and developers of Vineyard Valley, a call that only backers at the Vineyard Conversation level and higher will be able to participate in! You will also receive everything from the Vineyard My-Shape level, and your name will appear in the Backer Credits at the Vineyard Conversation level.

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    VINEYARD BOTANIST LEVEL - Pledge $1,000 or more and receive three more sacks of Vinos (giving you 11 total sacks of Vinos), and a custom fruit in the game that you design and name! It doesn't even need to be a real fruit - however it will be added to the game as something any player can grow, and will be a required component in very special wines! You will also receive everything from the Vineyard Conversation level, and your name will appear in the Backer Credits at the Vineyard Botanist level.

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    VINEYARD MOBILITY LEVEL - Pledge $1,500 or more and receive an Android Tablet etched with the logo of the game and graphically themed after Vineyard Valley! You will also receive everything from the Vineyard Botanist level, and your name will appear in the Backer Credits at the Vineyard Mobility level.

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    VINEYARD DOUBLE-DUTY LEVEL - Pledge $2000 or more, and receive the player boost of 'Vino Doubler' - every Vino you acquire in the game (be it earned or purchased) will earn 2x the amount you acquired! You will also receive 4 more sacks of Vinos (for a total 15 sacks of Vinos). You will also get everything from the Vineyard Mobility level, and your name will appear in the Backer Credits at the Vineyard Double-Duty level.

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    VINEYARD JUST GIVE IT TO ME LEVEL - Pledge $4000 or more and we will make the game always free for you. After this pledge, you will never have to spend any actual money in the game, and will get a constant steady monthly supply of Vinos as a thank you for backing us with such a pledge! You will also receive everything from the Vineyard Double-Duty level, and your name will appear in the credits at the Vineyard Just Give It To Me level.

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    VINEYARD DESIGNER LEVEL - Pledge $5,000 or more and receive an all-expenses paid 2 day / 1 night trip to Colorado for you and one friend to have dinner with the lead designer of Vineyard Valley! And if that's not enough, you will get to sit with the lead designer and plan something new entirely of your design for the game! Design what? That's up to you! We'll work with you to make sure it fits within the game, but in the end it will be entirely yours to point at and say, "Yup. I did that!". In addition, you will receive everything from the Vineyard Just Give It To Me level, and your name will appear in the Backer Credits at the Vineyard Designer level.

    NOTE: Even though we have a $35 international shipping fee, if you are from another country the shipping details may end up being higher for this tier depending on the cost of plane tickets to fly you here and back. You will also be entirely responsible for your own passports and any other international travel requirements.

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    VINEYARD ULTIMATE VACATION LEVEL - This is the big one. This is the trip of a lifetime! Pledge $9,950 or more and receive an all expenses paid 3 day / 2 night trip to Colorado Wine Country for you and one friend! You will get to stay at a bed and breakfast, and will be escorted to the various wineries, meaderies, absent distillers - anywhere wine or alcohol related that allows tours. We will design a gameplan of places to attend and tour, however if there are places not on your list you wish to attend we will make sure you get to see them! We will even accompany you on these tours and we can spend the entire weekend discussing Vineyard Valley. You will also get to have a special dinner with the lead designer of Vineyard Valley, and will get to sit and help design something entirely of your choosing - no matter what it is, and we'll help to make sure it fits within the game. You will also receive everything at the Vineyard Designer level, and your name will appear in the Backer Credits at the Vineyard Ultimate Vacation level. And since there is only one of this tier available - your name will be alone shining bright as the sole person who backed at this level and got these awesome rewards. Now that's something to brag about!

    NOTE 1: You MUST be 21 years of age or older to accept this backer level due to the fact we will be touring wineries!

    NOTE 2: Even though we have a $35 international shipping fee, if you are from another country the shipping details may end up being higher for this tier depending on the cost of plane tickets to fly you here and back. You will also be entirely responsible for your own passports and any other international travel requirements.

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Funding period

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