The Test Universe
Occasionally a separate universe will be used to test new features, balance the game, and find bugs. The test universe will use a temporary map and economy, but it will share ship and station designs with the permanent universe. (Your designs will never be reset.)
Anyone who pledges $ 5 or over will be given access to the private test universe. All development before launch will be done on a test universe. Backers won't need a subscription until after the permanent universe has started.
Early development will be done on a public test universe. It should be easy to try Contested Space and share it with your friends. Testing will be public until the player base reaches a critical mass of around 1000. Past that point a subscription preorder will be needed to access the test universe.
Pledges $ 30 or over will receive their choice of a set of four ship stickers. Pledges $ 60 or over will receive a full set of stickers.
3D Printed Frigate
Anyone that pledges $ 200 or more will receive the blue 3D printed frigate pictured above. Pledges $ 500 or more will receive a similar 3D printed ship, but they'll be able to choose any valid frigate design in any color they want. Pledges over $ 1,000 will receive a custom 3D printed frigate made of sterling silver. All 3D printed frigates are two inches long.
My name is Matthew Zvonimir Haralovich. My friends call me Zon. I've worked as an application developer in the web and mobile start up industry for nearly 15 years. I know a fair amount about designing distributed systems and a lot about how to deliver software using limited resources.
I've been tinkering with games for most of my life, but didn't get serious until a few years ago. I've been working on Contested Space part time for a year and a half.
Video Editing by Clay
This Kickstarter's video was produced by Clay Grumieaux. Maybe you should contact him if you need similar work done?