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Art Wars is an adventure game set in the NYC art world. Can you survive or are you doomed to a cubical?

Art Wars is an adventure game set in the New York City Art World where you must navigate the art scene of Downtown NYC. Your goal as an artist is to earn 'cred' points and keep your cash flow positive while in a battle to keep your career and social life intact.

Can you survive and succeed, or are you doomed to life in a cubical? Art Wars is like Oregon Trail meets 2011. Some might even consider this an (almost too) realistic representation of life in NYC as an artist.

So how does the game work??

Cred:

Every time you do something creatively credible in Art Wars you earn cred points. Hook up with a curator? Earn Cred. Get arrested while making art in China? Earn Cred. Your new BFF is a socialite who knows every gallery owner in Chelsea? Earn Cred. Do a juice detox and lose 20lbs in a week? Total win! (but won't get you cred, you'll just fit into sample sizes, which might earn you money if you get scouted as a model . . )

However, that's not all, when you check out your Art War stats during the game, you can get a full unrelenting view of what a rock star you are (or how close you are to having to ask the fam' for a loan). You can share your stats with other players in the battle to become an immortal artist in the only city that really matters: Ours.

Get Rich or Die Tryin' :

Art Wars is a game which strongly believes in the rules of the art world. So, while earning cred points you also have to think about money. So perhaps your work goes viral on the net (cred!) but you also have to replace all your furniture in the attempt to win the battle of bed bugs in your basement apartment (lose money). Maybe you get addicted to drugs (lose money) but your work gets more interesting and bam! gallery representation (gain money)! Yeah for drug habits?! In NYC they say you can never have three things at once: a good job, a decent apartment and a relationship... or can you?

Woah woah woah.. how is this going to happen?

First, this project is only going to be possible with your support. Really, its that serious. We need your help to pay for the programming and illustration development which will go into this project (which is a lot). Then there are things like server space, hosting, electricity and maybe even our lunch now and then.. 

To make the magic happen, our backgrounds are in software, hardware and design. So we plan to write a custom rendering engine utilizing open source software APIs to create both the game esthetics and game engine. At some point this engine will be released open source so you can make your own city

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    An mp3 of the ArtWars soundtrack plus album art (and our gratitude).

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    ArtWars Condoms (yes, real (unused) condoms). An mp3 of the ArtWars soundtrack plus album art (and our gratitude). We will also high five you next time we bump into you. (if outside the US, sorry but please ask you add $5 for shipping for the condoms, not the high five).

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    ArtWars Backer print. (The kickstater only print). Need we say more? 110% cred for life! Be one of the first to display your brilliance publicly on your wall. All your friends will be impressed at your ability to spot artistic genus at work! This print will be suitable for framing. (If you are outside the US, please add 15$ for shipping). You will also receive beta access to the game, and an mp3 of the artwars soundtrack and access to our production blog.

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    ArtWars t-shirt (in your own size) plus early access to the game, your name in the credits and a digital download of art from ArtWars and access to our production blog (If you are outside the US, please add 15$ for shipping).

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    A limited and signed art piece from an Art Wars gallery.. This will be an actual piece from an exhibition opening IN the game. Its likely to be totally awesome to such a degree that if someone broke into your actual apartment, it would be the first thing they took (so maybe you should even pledge to get 2 of them, just to be safe). You will also receive beta access to the game. and a special digital backer kit (if outside the US please add $15 for shipping).

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    A limited edition ArtWars print (11x14") from one of the NYC artist featured in ArtWars. This is likely to be worth way more then the pledge amount. Each print is unique, numbered and signed and will include information about the artist (If you are outside the US, please add 15$ for shipping). You will also receive beta access to the game, a special digital backer kit and a high five next time we bump into you.

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    Bundle Pack BONUS! The amazing ArtWars t-shirt (in your own size) plus early access to the game, your name in the credits and an mp3 of the artwars soundtrack! BUT THATS NOT ALL!! You will also receive the limited edition Art Wars print numbered and signed by a NYC artist featured in the game. The amazing ArtWars t-shirt (in your own size) plus early access to the game, ArtWar condoms and your name in the credits and an mp3 of the artwars soundtrack! (If outside the US, please add 15$ for shipping).

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    ArtWars: The Book. Receive the documentation from the development of ArtWars in a catalog or book form. You will also receive your choice of an ArtWars backer print or t-shirt (in your size) (If outside the US please add $15 for shipping)

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    Become a part of history! A place, street or location of your choice will be designed and dropped into ArtWars. Don't just play the game, be part of the scene. You will also be the first group to be brought into the beta release!

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    Get name dropped. No really, become a character in ArtWars. We will design a character based off of you (or someone you love). What could be a better gift then that? You will also receive your choice of an ArtWars print or t-shirt (in your size) and beta access to the game.

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    Go big or go home. Hire us to finish the game to its fullest extent and we will design an entire level inspired by you, and as a thank you will fly to anywhere in the world to take you out to lunch and let you be the first to exclusively play the game. We will also bring with us enough T-shirts to have everyone on your block get one and maybe even bake you some cookies.

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