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Empire In The Sky (Canceled)

Empire In The Sky is a cartoon video game set in "The Future" - in space. You patrol the galaxy, exploring the universe. Play with your friends.

Empire In The Sky (Canceled)

Empire In The Sky is a cartoon video game set in "The Future" - in space. You patrol the galaxy, exploring the universe. Play with your friends.

$10
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
1
backer
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 5 2010
Last updated April 5, 2010

About

"O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and counted the king of infinite space"



Make sure to read the Updates as well, there is more content there that describes other aspects of what we're doing.



I'm looking for additional funding to keep me from turning to space piracy while I work on completing a casual MMO called Empire in the Sky.



Why help Herb?
For the past 8 years I haven't worked directly on a game (last time I was in the shop was 2002), but I'm glad to finally "get this out" and make the game that I truly want to make. I know you're going to love it as much as I do.



Plus, once the game is released, players who own a copy will be able to earn $5 for getting a friend to buy a copy -- each friend -- so it essentially creates a sales position. $5 credits will appear on the referring owner's game account and payout once a quarter. Referred friends get a $5 discount as an incentive to use the friendly referral.



I've given much of my gaming career away in the form of friendly advice, and my advice has made it into great games. However, I've always wanted creative control that is only available for the very few at large studios like EA. This project has become the place I put all of those great gaming ideas I've collected.



If you love great games: keep me working on this one!




I want this project to be my focus for the next 10 months as it has been for the last 15 months. I'm hoping you'll help get it there. Pass this link along to other people who you think might be interested in getting involved with the project. I can really use the backers. I've invested thousands of dollars in a state-of-the-art game lab which I am commanding every waking hour to make this game a reality. A guy could use a pizza every now and then.





Side bonus: help computer science! Anyone who backs our team is also helping Ecere Corporation (www.ecere.com) create an awesome new programming language that is free for programmers all over the world!



A short sample video of the game: http://www.youtube.com/EmpireInTheSky



The game takes place in "The Future" which is a beautiful cartoon Galaxy developed with cutting edge tools. Your character is fully customizable and you play the role of an ambitious citizen in a slice of the Milky Way galaxy. The game's design is online, multi-player and casual, with vivid colors and effects, special features such as the ability to customize your ship, building extensive bases in a persistent world, communicate in real time using 200 smileys and picto-grams, generate new game pieces and participate in an on-going science fiction epic that pokes fun at human visions of the future.

The game is a casual, cartoony science fictional MMO. Players interact in hyperspace between the stars, collaborating and competing during roleplay. Players advance through levels and reach an end-game scenario where they can perpetuate their organization, maintain their holdings and participate in the GRB-related end-game features.

The game takes place in the fictional world of "The Future" where independent contractors explore the Universe, subjugating or befriending alien species, messing with the building blocks of matter, building empires, bases, colonies and tourist locations on planets, asteroids and moons of their choosing.

In this part of the Galaxy, there is one massive interstellar base constructed by the humans called Starbase Central, which is the central hub and starting location for all spacefaring businesspeople. Spacefarers can join or found companies and stellar empires, form political relationships, mine resources, build bases, collect alien artifacts, explore uncharted planets, harvest interstellar gas clouds, discover new elements and materials, and later construct new parts and units (if they are so inclined). Additionally, chemist specializations are achievable which permit the player to essentially invent new material elements in the Universe.

Players participate in an ongoing trading system that allows them to sell new part designs, discovered or engineered material elements, raw materials and the like to further their endeavors by increasing their stellar bank balances. Player-"funded" guilds/companies can be customized with flags and logos that you design.

Command your fleet to conquer the galaxy. Of course, combat is an option and banding together is a great way to ensure survival in a largely unexplored and dangerous part of the cosmos. Players can perform the role of Emperor, Space CEO, mercenary, trader, space privateer or nomadic scientist. It's up to the player to decide what path to take -- and yes, for the meek of heart, PvP is optional and there is always a crater to hide in.

Players at the end-game who have specialized into one of a few roles: top secret designer (I won't even mention the feature here since it is way too cool), chemist or geneticist. Players who actively use these features of the game will be subject to the GRB (Galactic Review Board) so that we can filter content and improve submissions of new content for the less-skilled. The GRB functions kind of like KickStarter, where proposed parts are aggregated and filtered by our administration (a group of core reviewers) who make sure the new content is up to code.







What the money goes towards / what's coming up

Development website: http://www.lostastronaut.com/

The game currently has a great opening sequence and excellent basic 2d art engine. We've added 3 gigabytes of music to our package.. only the highest quality! Hours of enjoyment right there ... an extensive social component to our communication windows -- 200 smileys, 50 radio voice messages like "Fly my wing" or "Come with me I have a plan"

In the next few months, myself and the team in Quebec will be developing the core graphics and networking functionality to wrap up the nuts and bolts of our basic proof. Once this is done, we can deploy the engine (hopefully by the end of summer) and I suspect we can beta-test the game in Fall 2010.

The money goes toward the expenses of developing the game (which includes hiring voice actors, production and publication costs, paying licensing, legal and business fees, buying necessary equipment such as server space, paying the programmers with pizza and beer and keeping the lights on).


We hope it's really really fun and thus a big hit. We plan to offer an incentives program for people who sign their friends up to the game, and there is no recurring subscription fee on this MMO.

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    STELLAR CELEB: For $300 or you will appear in the Galactic Annals on Starbase Central (an in-game hub) with a spiffy title of your choosing (as long as it is not offensive) or our choosing if you so wish. You also receive an "improved" starting ship code with unique radio taunt, your name appears in the beta-tester credits on the website, you get to have a star, planet and moon named after you, your family members or a friend. Your name would also appear in the in-game credits.
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    OLD ONE: Folks who donate amounts equal to or greater than $500 are given all of the benefits of the other tiers (name appears in Galactic Annals on Starbase Central with spiffy title, "improved" starting ship code, improved starting ship taunt, a star, planet, moon named after you or your friends and family. They also receive 1 high level character of their design and custom graphic (made by us or them at their discretion). The high level character will be a completed character with access to all of the end-game features, with the ability to run a team / guild / company, and $1M space bucks. Your name would also appear on the in-game credits.
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    RAT PACK: For $2000 bucks you can have everything in the PRECURSOR level, plus 5 extra copies (for a total of 10 accounts), our undying love and devotion, and a whole sector named after you. Your Galactic Annal entry will be at the top of the list. There are only 5 sectors, one of which is already named, so only 4 people can buy into this status. If no more sectors are available when you back us with this much dough, we'll let you name every single object in one entire solar system... of your choosing! (Aside from the Earth system) This could mean up to 100 objects each named after your friends, relatives and pets. (With their permission, of course.) We'll send you a picture of the system and all the objects for you to name. We'll also throw in a special in-game StarCard worth $10M space bucks on your primary account.
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