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A tiny, naked cosmonaut with a jetpack & laser blaster must revive a dying galaxy by planting one seed at a time. (Mac/PC/Linux/Wii U)

About this project

 
         
      
                                   

Cosmochoria is a love letter to old-school action / arcade games like AsteroidsMario Bros. and Donkey KongCosmochoria is a mesmerizing way to kill hours: hopping between planets, unravelling forgotten mysteries, killing aliens & giant space monsters and planting mysterious seeds to sprout new life across a long-barren galaxy. Get involved in helping to complete Cosmochoria's development by backing the project and gain access to some super cool Kickstarter exclusive rewards!

Planting seeds & killing aliens. Life is sweet.
Planting seeds & killing aliens. Life is sweet.

You play the role of a tiny pink naked cosmonaut who 'finds himself' in a distant galaxy. While no story is immediately apparent, consecutive games will begin to reveal some of the deeper mysteries surrounding the universe around you.

You are free to roam the galaxy in search of these secrets, or to remain on a single planet, establishing a home base to fight aliens and tend to your galactic garden.

Initially, your apparent mission is to plant seeds & sprout new life in a dying galaxy. Once these plants grow to maturity, they present fruit which you can then pick to earn more seeds. While planting seeds on a planet, you discover it is revitalizing it—bringing it back from the brink of extinction and restoring it as a vibrant beacon of shiny happiness.

However (cue bassy tones) as you plant, an ancient alien race appears in steady waves, bent on putting an end to your interplanetary mission. As the game progresses, the aliens get smarter, more varied, and are even interspersed with epic boss battles with giant creatures like robots, space dragons, motherships and more.

You can fend off their attacks with your own upgradeable laser blaster, or simply jet away to another planet to continue your galactic seed planting mission. You also have the ability to purchase upgrades and supplementary items with the coins you collect from destroying the aliens.

Upgrade your cosmonauts weapon and abilities.
Upgrade your cosmonauts weapon and abilities.

These include specific character & ability based upgrades like improved health, faster & more fuel efficient jetpack, and weapon upgrades. In addition to these upgrades, some support items are also available from the upgrade shop and include things like defensive pyramid towers that will destroy aliens for you while you plant, a star map that shows your location in the cosmos & tracks your galaxy-saving progress, and more.

Death in Cosmochoria is permanent, however, upgrades which you have purchased prior to dying will continue to stay with you, as well as the crystals you collected on your journey, so you're always working to upgrade your abilities, last a little bit longer, and discover a little more about the universe you find yourself in. 

Deeply inspired by the minimal cartoon simplicity of LocoRoco, Yoshi's Island, Pixel Junk, and Adventure Time, the artwork of Cosmochoria is lovingly designed to inspire a feeling of childlike play & wonder. Character designs are simple, minimal vector art illustrations that set up a light hearted & engaging mood for the game.

I made a very conscious decision to ensure players of all ages could enjoy Cosmochoria—kids, for the care free atmosphere and cute appearance, and older players for the sense of nostalgia and reminder of that sense of innocence & simple fun.

The music in Cosmochoria is a beautiful play of atmosphere. The rich cosmic soundscape is largely painted by two incredible electronic musicians: Ilkae from Montreal and Zebra from Arizona.

I've known Ilkae since 1997, where even then, he was an incredible producer at the mind-blowingly young age of 12. He has continued to grow as a formally trained musician and has flexed his trademark sound of emotional melodies and intricate sound sequencing.  When I approached Ilkae about working together on the soundtrack for Cosmochoria, he was not only excited but insistent that he collaborate with his close working partner, Zebra. While initially I had not heard of Zebra or his music, it took no more than an hour of listening to his previous releases and tracks Ilkae had passed me to learn that the two of them would be a truly perfect fit for the soundscape of Cosmochoria. Their tracks balance precariously between playful and carefree while—paradoxically—encompass the cold, lonely vastness that one might feel staring out into the infinite... all alone.

I've worked hard these past months to get the core gameplay running smoothly, with accessible controls. I knew the biggest impression I could make to set this game apart in an ocean of amazing indie games was to emphasize the originality of the gameplay with a freshly unique art style and amazing soundtrack. Most of the 'shell' of the game is done, and extensive testing has taken place by amazing volunteers worldwide to try and ensure that the real core structure and gameplay is a truly enjoyable experience. 

Now that I'm confident with where the game sits, it's time to start adding layers of depth & polish that will send Cosmochoria to the next level. Here are some of the features you would be making happen by backing this Kickstarter project:  

  • Tonnes more enemies in the same illustrative style.
  • More dope music? Yes sir, yes sir. Three bags full.
  • Mysterious story & lore hidden throughout the cosmos.
  • Bosses exploding out the galactic wahzoo!
  • Alternate weapon types, all upgradeable.
  • Additional towers to satisfy your inner strategic warlord. 
  • Pants! + other unlockable costumes for our hero, Cosmo.
  • Pieces of an unassembled 'SuperWeapon' scattered throughout the galaxy.
  • Rankings based on your overall statistics. (kills, seeds planted, etc)
  • Leaderboards to compare your scores with the world.
  • Achievements!
  • Gamepad Support (HID & XBox360 Compatible)
 

I'm turning to Kickstarter because I want to be able to focus on Cosmochoria's development. While my final vision is likely something I could achieve on my own over the course of years of devoting my free time and income, I want desperately to be able to focus on the game and get it out. With your support, that is a very real possibility. I also look forward to connecting with potential fans of Cosmochoria interested in giving their feedback and helping to shape the final stages of development. In addition to the development costs, the Kickstarter would assist me with some other key areas surrounding the creation and eventual commercial release of the game. I've broken them down here. 

  • The Musicians: Ilkae and Zebra have crafted sounds akin to the breathy yawn of digital angels and the dark gurgling of demons. They deserve to be paid, just like my Red Bull hookup. Moreso, actually.
  • The Development: Imagine me sitting there at my desk day after day, night after night, toiling on something for the sole purpose of bringing a smile to your face. A % of the campaign will go towards keeping me & my family alive while I do that. A small % is also allocated to software licensing and testing.
  • Promotional Support & Advertising: A % of the money raised from this campaign will go towards spreading awareness of the game either through beneficial partnerships, advertising or paying a guy to actually get naked and jetpack around Times Square.
  • Producing the Amazing Incentives: Every Canvas Print, every T-Shirt, every hand-sewn doll costs me $, so before I can ship it out, first I have to pay to get it done.
  • Kickstarter Fees: Roughly 5-10% From what I gather.
  • Stephen Harper: Canada's government requires their small cut.

I have devoted my life to creative ventures. I began producing electronic music in 1996, and after years of development, started my own Independent record label called "Neferiu Records" in 2000, which I ran for 13 years before shutting it's doors (to focus on bigger and better things... ;) In the time I ran Neferiu Records, I either assisted with or completely handled the support, promotion, audio/video production, remixing, performance, mastering, and graphic design of 71 pieces of audio artwork from musicians around the world. See www.neferiu.com for an everlasting record of what we accomplished in Canadian underground music history from 2000-2013.

During that same time, I started my own illustration and design company, 80bit, and completed quality web, illustration and print design work for clients in both Canada and the United states.

In addition to those primary ventures, I've continued to devote myself to crafting strange and wonderful things either through my own musical endeavours, producing and performing as "Mantrakid", creating hundreds of hilariously absurd jingles for happily paying customers at HorribleJingles.com, or by simply sharing the drawings I make for my son's lunchbox every day via my personal Instagram

I am a deeply honest and open person, willing to go the extra mile to ensure you can not only see my vision, but can palpably feel the passion and love I feverishly pour into everything I do. I deeply understand how limited my time on this Earth is, and I want to leave my mark of weirdness on it, even if only for my dearest family and friends to enjoy. To have your support, I get a sense of awe at what we could accomplish together.

              
 

Risks and challenges

I am not a seasoned developer. I have worked on various aspects of game development for personal projects or as contracted work for most of the last 15 years, but this is my first experience developing a game, from scratch, by myself.

That being said, my passion, drive and independence are my greatest asset in this adventure. I started Cosmochoria because it felt like something I could handle on my own, and within a few short months, I had a beautiful looking, fully playable build complete with artwork, interface design, sound and music that will appear in the final commercial release.

A LOT of effort was taken throughout the entire process to this point to ensure that the gameplay of Cosmochoria was enjoyable above all. While there are planned elements still missing from the game that this Kickstarter will help realize, I believe the core of the game is a truly unique and fun experience and I purposely waited to Kickstart this game until I knew it was ready to prove its value to you. With this solid base in place, I am more than confident that Cosmochoria will shine like a space diamond with your support.

Whether it has been running an independent record label for 13 years, putting out music from electronic and hip hop artists around the globe, or by leaving my comfy salaried job to build a career for myself on my own terms, I have established myself as a highly motivated dude riddled with an abundance of passion, initiative and a solid work ethic (thanks Mom & Dad). I am in this for the long haul, and in the event of ANY challenges faced, I pledge to maintain crystal clear communication with you.

I deeply understand the context of asking for your support, and will treat every backer with the respect and appreciation that they deserve for literally making my dreams come true.

Cosmochoria will deliver; I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity you are giving me by supporting this campaign.

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Special Thanks:
- Debbie and Kaede for believing in me & having my back. Love you.
- Lee, Scott & Mike B. for being there for me in those first months of the project when i was working at a fever pitch. Thanks so much for your insight and advice that truly helped the game take shape.
- Christian Wright & Kevin Dufour for their tireless work and support with the campaign and with 30/30.
- Brothomstates for mixing the audio track of the Kickstarter video.
- C.Nilsson @ OpenGameArt.org for the trees used in the main Kickstarter video.
- Jason K. For your gracious advice & support.
- Homies @ Facebook, Twitter, SteamCommunity, NeoGAF & QBN for the amazing support & feedback.

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FAQ

  • Absolutely. Your pledge, while it wont reflect on the official Kickstarter page, will still be considered and applied towards any of the stretch goals we're working for.

    If you go to http://www.cosmochoria.com/paypal you will see a pledge form (referred to as a Pre-Order form) but basically any pledges that come through via that form during the process of the campaign will be applied to the pledge total.

    If you want to pledge more than $12 for the game, you can add a "tip" to your pledge using the (+) tip button on the form. Once youve pledged, feel free to message me on here with what reward(s) tier you were pledging for and I'll make sure your name gets added to receive that reward.

    Unfortunately I don't have anything setup to pledge less than $12. If that hurts your heart and you still want to support, you can always just send a paypal payment to me directly at nate@3030.ca - just leave in the notes that it's for the Kickstarter campaign and what rewards tier it applies to and I'll make sure it gets added to the total.

    If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up directly at nate@3030.ca or message me on here. Thanks for your support!

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  • I'll be posting information on the early access program once the campaign finishes up. The early access builds will begin to be available within a month of the Kickstarter campaign finishing up. (Just need time to prepare / ship out rewards, etc).

    You can download the latest pre-alpha build of cosmochoria from the following links:

    Windows: http://www.cosmochoria.com/builds/cosmochoria-win.zip
    Mac: http://www.cosmochoria.com/builds/cosmochoria-mac.zip
    Linux 32bit: http://www.cosmochoria.com/builds/cosmochoria-linux32.zip
    Linux 64bit: http://www.cosmochoria.com/builds/cosmochoria-linux64.zip

    Once the early access program begins, these pre-alpha versions will no longer be updated so only the early access backers will get up-to-date builds from that point onwards. It'll be worth $25 - i promise ;)

    Thanks for your patience & support!

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  • Instead of messaging me on Kickstarter, if you could post any bugs to our official forum @ http://cosmochoria.gameiki.com/ that would be a huge help to me. I dont have a lot of time to continue with development while the kickstarter is running but once the campaign is over and I have everyones rewards shipped out (Prints, posters, tshirts, etc) then I'll be focussing on the development again and can refer back to those forums to find out what needs to be fixed.

    Thanks for your help!

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  • Sweet, I can't wait to hear it, but please do me a solid and post that to the official forum @ http://cosmochoria.gameiki.com/. I've been getting swamped with tonnes of awesome ideas from tonnes of awesome people, and I'm having a heck of a time keeping up with responding to everyone. If you have any great ideas, posting on the forum will ensure I can get you a response sooner since you wont be in the mix of tonnes of other Kickstarter questions which I have to make a priority while the campaign is running.

    Thank you so much for your patience. :)

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  • The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind. The answer is blowing in the wind.

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  • Yep - **ANY** pledge $15 or ABOVE gets the playable Simon character code.

    The Early Bird $9 tier does NOT include pantsless Simon, unfortunately. It only includes the lack of pants. Which don't exist, because they are lacking. So you just get the normal character, Cosmo.

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Rewards

  • You selected
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    18 backers

    THE 'SEEDLING' TIER

    For $3, you can show your support in making this game (and my dream) a reality. Plus, you'll get some hi-res backer-only wallpapers & icons for your computer to show how cool you are to all your classmates and co-workers.

    Also, donating to this tier—or any other tier—means I will ensure 1 tree gets safely planted for you on this Earth.

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    Pledge $9 or more

    751 backers Limited (249 left of 1000)

    THE 'EARLY BIRD' TIER

    Limited to the first 1000 backers, for $9, you get a DRM-Free digital copy of Cosmochoria when it's released. You'll also receive a digital copy of the Soundtrack Preview EP "Seeds", featuring music by Ilkae and Zebra as well as the PDF Instruction Manual, backer wallpapers and icons.

    Also, there is that additional bonus of a tree being planted just for you!

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    Pledge $12 or more

    66 backers

    THE 'GAME TIME' TIER

    For $12, you get a DRM-Free digital copy of Cosmochoria when it's released. You'll also receive the digital copy of the "Seeds" EP, featuring music by Ilkae and Zebra as well as the PDF Instruction Manual, backer wallpapers and icons.

    Let's not forget about that tree that will be planted. That's included.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $15 or more

    114 backers

    THE 'YOGSNAUGHT' TIER

    For $15, you get a DRM-Free digital copy of Cosmochoria when it's released, but with a special unlock code to play as the one and only Yogscast's Simon.

    You'll also receive the digital copy of the "Seeds" EP, featuring music by Ilkae and Zebra as well as the PDF Instruction Manual, backer wallpapers and icons.

    Let's not forget about that tree that will be planted. That's included.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    166 backers

    THE 'DEV TEAM' TIER

    For $25, you will receive a DRM-Free digital copy of Cosmochoria; the PDF Instruction Manual; a free digital copy of the "Seeds" EP as well as early access to the final game—giving you not only a chance to play Cosmochoria before anyone else, but also influence the final stages of development of the game with your direct input!

    You're probably thinking: "Man this tier sure would be killer if he also included a tree planted somewhere on this sweet mama planet of ours." Well guess what? Boom. Done. Planted.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $40 or more

    31 backers

    THE 'CARTOON ME' TIER

    For $40, I will draw a customized Cosmonaut for you in the same style as the game's artwork. I'll provide you the high resolution artwork ready for printing or any other purpose you desire as you have full rights to use it for whatever you like (company logo, twitter avatar, etc). The character will look similar to the style I used for Cosmo and Simon, but with features personalized for YOU!

    This tier also includes a digital copy of Cosmochoria + the "Seeds" EP.

    You'll also get that Tree.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $60 or more

    23 backers Limited (77 left of 100)

    THE 'NOT NAKED' TIER

    For $60, you'll receive a limited edition high quality T-Shirt with art exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign. I will contact you for your size once the campaign is complete. Shipping to Canada & US is included, hence the price jump from the last tier. T-Shirt art will be revealed on April 7th!

    This tier also includes the DRM-Free digital copies of Cosmochoria + The "Seeds" EP as well as the PDF instruction manual, wallpapers and icons.

    Don't forget about the tree. The tree that will be planted if you pledge!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $85 or more

    10 backers Limited (40 left of 50)

    THE 'ART BUFF' TIER

    For $85, you'll receive an ultra-limited edition, high quality, signed & numbered (#51-100) canvas art print. This tier also includes the DRM-Free digital copies of Cosmochoria + The "Seeds" EP as well as the PDF instruction manual, wallpapers and icons.

    Look, someone's getting hit in the boingloings. Boingloings. Boingloings. Just kidding. Tree.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    25 backers Limited (75 left of 100)

    THE 'COLLECTOR' TIER

    For $100 you will receive a limited edition, Kickstarter-only physical version of Cosmochoria. This package includes hand sewn felt "Tentacle" pouch and a one-of-a-kind laser-engraved Wooden USB loaded with the DRM-Free versions of Cosmochoria and the "Seeds" EP. Other digital goodies like timelapse videos of artwork in progress, sketches and scans of my notes and work surrounding the development of Cosmochoria and other digital surprises. This version also includes a physically printed version of the instruction manual.

    And the tree.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $200 or more

    10 backers Limited (35 left of 45)

    THE 'SUPER FAN' TIER

    For $200 you receive ALL physical items, including a signed and numbered (#6-50) canvas print, the Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt, the limited edition Collectors USB Edition and you name in the game credits as Super Fan (or something cooler, probably). Plus some additional surprise goodies (stickers, postcards, etc).

    Want more air? Cool, this pledge level also includes the planting of a tree. It will make air for you.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $300 or more

    5 backers All gone!

    THE 'ONE-OF-5' TIER

    This tier comes with ALL rewards listed above: 1 copy of Cosmochoria; 1 Seeds EP; 1 T-Shirt; 1 Signed & Numbered Canvas Print (#1-5); 1 Signed & Numbered Collectors USB Edition & Printed Manual (#1-5); 1 Planted Tree.

    PLUS an ultra-rare, super limited edition, signed & numbered (#1-5), hand-crafted 10inch ’Cosmo’ Plush Toy with detachable plush jetpack.

    This tier is no joke, and for that reason I have decided to not include a joke about the tree.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $350 or more

    3 backers

    THE 'WORLD CREATOR' TIER

    For $350 you will receive the ability to directly influence the appearance of your very own planet in the galaxy of Cosmochoria. I will work with you personally to illustrate a Planet in a style of your choosing. The illustration may include likenesses of loved ones or pets, or just an abstract representation of your own beautiful existence. The planet will appear randomly in every game of Cosmochoria.

    Some Rules: The Planet illustration cannot be blatantly promotional to a company or brand, but I will work with you closely to incorporate something that means something special to you, or even a representation of a character, loved one or another visual metaphor.

    You will not only receive your planet in-game, but I will produce a high quality, signed, one-of-a-kind 8x10 canvas print of your planet and ship it to you, as well as provide the hi-resolution source art printable at additional sizes. Your name will also appear in the credits (with accompanying URL if you like) for your contribution.

    This tier also includes a DRM-Free digital copy of Cosmochoria + the "Seeds" EP, plus early access to the game.

    This tier does not include a tree planted in your honour. It includes 3 trees planted for you in your honour.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $400 or more

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    THE 'NARCISSISM RUNS DEEP' TIER

    For $400 you will work directly with me to create your illustrated likeness to appear in Cosmochoria as a secret unlockable & fully playable character. Your character can also have a simple super power (within reason and my coding abilities). Your name will be listed in the credits for your contribution.

    (Optional) You will not only receive your character in-game, but I will produce a high quality, signed, one-of-a-kind 8x10 canvas print of the illustration and ship it to you, as well as provide the hi-resolution source art printable at additional sizes.

    This tier also includes a DRM-Free digital copy of Cosmochoria + the "Seeds" EP, plus early access to the game.

    Instead of a tree, I'll plant your human DNA in the soil and nurture it until a baby you comes out of the ground. Then I'll raise the baby you into adulthood and force it to plant raspberry bushes all over your yard. Then I'll wait until they produce berries and pick them all while you sleep soundly in your bed. I'll feed the grown up baby you berries until it can eat no more and then take it to the park to play. You did this. Actually, nevermind. Tree.

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    2 backers Limited (1 left of 3)

    THE 'POWERFUL DEATHLORD OF SPACE' TIER

    For $500 you will work directly with me to create an evil enemy that will appear in Cosmochoria. Your name will be listed (with accompanying URL if you like) in the credits for your contribution.

    You will not only receive your enemy in-game, but I will produce a high quality, signed, one-of-a-kind 8x10 canvas print of your enemy and ship it to you, as well as provide the hi-resolution source art printable at additional sizes.

    This tier also includes a DRM-Free digital copy of Cosmochoria + the "Seeds" EP, plus early access to the game.

    Honestly, this tier doesn't include a tree planted - in fact, If you pledge this tier I'll personally go into the forest by my house and snap a branch of an already fully grown tree. Then i'll feel bad about it and make sure Earth Day Network plants a tree to ease my regret. It's not for you this time, though. It's for me.

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  • You selected
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    1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

    THE 'CREATIVE COLLABORATOR' TIER

    For $1000 you will work directly with me to create an element from all 3 of the creator tiers: 1) an evil enemy, 2) your own planet, and 3) a playable character fashioned to your liking.
    Your name will be listed (with accompanying URL if you like) in the credits for your contributions.

    You will not only receive your creations in-game, but I will produce a high quality, signed, one-of-a-kind 8x10 canvas print of your enemy, planet and character and ship it to you, as well as provide the hi-resolution source art printable at additional sizes.

    This tier also includes a DRM-Free digital copy of Cosmochoria + the "Seeds" EP, plus early access to the game.

    This tier also includes a tree planted, just for you!

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    THE 'PRETTY CREEPY' TIER

    Ok. Seriously? No, seriously? Alright, for single-handedly bringing this campaign 20% away from the goal, you can basically BECOME ME for a day. I will personally give you (to keep) my current favourite jeans, my current favourite shirt, and my ALL TIME favorite T-Shirt - the threadbare busted up Super Mario Bros T-Shirt my little bro gave me for my birthday in my 20's that is way too small for me but I keep for sentimental purposes. I will also prepare for you my favourite foods throughout the day (fluffernutters and bacon alllll day), provide an endless stream of gin martinis (with 3 jalepeno stuffed olives each) and teach you how to do every little thing I do on a day to day basis from how make drawings, games and music to the specific way I upload files via FTP and even down to the way I sneeze while holding my lower back so as to minimize the laser-like pains that shoot through my legs due to spending so much goddamn time in a computer chair.

    The real reward is that you will go back into your life feeling a fuller and more complete human being knowing that anything you do for the rest of your life from that point onwards is more meaningful and rich because of the 24 hours of depravity you experienced on that 'dark day'. Plus you can help me design a playable / unlockable character for the game, an enemy for the game AND your own planet in the game. I'll even list you in the credits right next to my name.

    I will not cover travel expenses, but I can promise you will be treated as well as I have ever experienced in my lifetime.

    Also, the tree thing.

    PS. this is a joke
    PPS. that said, i am actually legally bound to provide these wonders if you actually pledged 8 grand. So... Just sayin.

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