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James Kochalka and Pixeljam are making a video game called Glorkian Warrior.

Huge thanks to all of our backers for helping us reach our goal! We are hard at work on this game and will be making regular updates to let backers know about its progress. Any pledges beyond our goal will help make the game even better!

Indie game studio Pixeljam and award-winning comic book artist James Kochalka are making a video game together called Glorkian Warrior.

GLORKIAN HISTORY A long time ago (maybe about four years) James Kochalka had an idea for a game. It started with a doodle of a goofy looking alien and his laser backpack. That doodle sprang magically to life, and begged to be the star of his own video game. Kochalka tinkered with gameplay ideas in ink on paper... working out the perfect combination of elements to make a really fun, entertaining game. We think he nailed it. Glorkian Warrior lives, and soon his game will too! Read Glorkian Warrior's first comics appearance, from Popgun.

WHAT'S THIS GAME LIKE? It's a combination of many styles and genres. It's a platformer like Mario or Metroid. It's a shooter like Galaga or Moon Patrol. Some parts are fast paced like Canabalt or Dino Run. Some parts are in zero or inverted gravity! Some parts are hand drawn by James, and some parts are pixel-style like previous Pixeljam Games. There is a lot of narrative and conversation between characters. There are fun things to do and discover! It's a love child of many different genres, styles and ideas. It's Glorkian! Check out some early concept art:

WHO'S MAKING THIS GAME? James Kochalka is doing the artwork, dialogue and design, and Pixeljam is doing the programming, music, and additional artwork / design. You can play some of Pixeljam's previous games at their website.

WHO'S MAKING THE MUSIC? Mark DeNardo will be belting out some original tunes for the game, as well as James, who has already sung us the acappella version of the theme song over the phone :)

WHO CAN PLAY THIS GAME? Everyone! It will have a web-based "Lite" version that has a few levels, and then people will be able to download the full version of the game (price undetermined at this point). It will play on both Mac and PC, and probably even Linux as well. All backers will get a copy of the full version of the game.

WHY DO YOU NEED MONEY TO FINISH IT? Making games takes a lot of time and effort. Pixeljam has saved up some money from doing games for Adult Swim and other companies, but that money is going to run out during the development of this game. We are trying to raise an additional 10K to give us an extra month to finish the game and put on the polish that it deserves. Any funds raised beyond 10K will go directly into the game to make it even better!

WHAT TYPE OF GOODIES DO I GET FOR BACKING THIS PROJECT? Oh boy! So much awesome swag. Let's us break it down for you...

10 DOLLARS OR MORE - BACKER LEVEL : POWERUP For this you get a copy of the game when it is finished, and your name in the credits under "powerups".

25 DOLLARS OR MORE - BACKER LEVEL : LASER BEAM A copy of the game, you name in the credits under "Laser Beams", access to beta test the game before it is released, a few stickers and a few temporary tattoos (of the glorkian warrior).

50 DOLLARS OR MORE - BACKER LEVEL : GUIDED MISSILE You get the game, your name in the credits under "Guided Missles", beta test access, stickers and tattoos, and then a few other things:

1) A signed copy of Miles Tilmann's book "Figures 15-40". Miles is Pixeljam's producer / programmer, but he also used to draw alot:

2) a Glorkian Warrior minicomic by James Kochalka

3) The game soundtrack (in digital form)

What a deal!

100 DOLLARS OR MORE - BACKER LEVEL : GLORKIAN WARRIOR You get everything mentioned above (game, name in credits under "Glorkian Warriors", beta testing access, stickers, tattoos, art book, soundtrano probsck), as well as:

1) A SIGNED Glorkian Warrior mini-comic.

2) An original production sketch from the game (James is hand-drawing a lot of the art for the game... you get one of these drawings)

250 DOLLARS OR MORE - BACKER LEVEL : GLORKIAN GENERAL You get everything mentioned above (game, name in credits under "Glorkian Generals", beta testing access, stickers, tattoos, art book, signed mini-comic, soundtrack, production sketch), as well as:

1) A 2x2 inch original painting by James Kochalka, of one of the characters from the game. (example below:)

2) A SIGNED James Kochalka Book or Comic inscribed with a small original doodle.

Please note that you don't get to choose which painting or book you get... that would make things a bit nuts!

500 DOLLARS OR MORE - BACKER LEVEL : GLORKIAN COMMANDER You get everything mentioned above (game, name in credits under "Glorkian Commanders", beta testing access, stickers, tattoos, art book, signed mini-comic, soundtrack, production sketch, mini-painting), as well as:

1) 2 Signed James Kochalka books or comics

2) A free copy of every Pixeljam Game that we will ever make! In other words, if we make an original game that we charge for, you will get it for free. The only games that dont apply to this are games that we do not own (like games made for other companies), and games that are free already.

1000 DOLLARS OR MORE - BACKER LEVEL : GLORKIAN EMPEROR You get everything mentioned above (game, name in credits under "Glorkian Emporers", beta testing access, stickers, tattoos, art book, signed mini-comic, soundtrack, production sketch, every pixel jam game ever), as well as:

1) 4 signed James Kochalka books or comics

2) Instead of a 2X2 painting, you get an original 6 x 8 inch painting of something Glorkian.

3) A 15 minute conference call with James Kochalka and Pixeljam. Tell us all your dirty jokes! (or not)

2500 DOLLARS OR MORE - BACKER LEVEL : GLORKIAN GOD You get everything mentioned above (game, name in credits under "Glorkian Gods", beta testing access, stickers, tattoos, art book, signed mini-comic, soundtrack, production sketch, every pixel jam game ever), as well as:

1) 5 signed James Kochalka books or comics

2) Instead of a 2X2 painting, you get a 6 X 8 inch painting of the Glorkian Warrior hanging out with you! (you'll need to send James a photo of yourself)

3) 30 minute conference call with James and Pixeljam.

4) We'll work you into the game somehow! You can help us figure this one out, but we've got a lot of cool ideas on how we could do it. Would you like to be a discoverable secret? Do you want to have your name worked into the storyline? Do you want a mini-boss named after you?

Whew! Okay, so there you go. Let's get this thing rolling!

LINKS: James Kochalka's Website Pixeljam Website Mark DeNardo

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    BACKER LEVEL : GLORKIAN WARRIOR - You get everything mentioned above (game, name in credits under "Glorkian Warriors", beta testing access, stickers, tattoos, art book, soundtrack), as well as a SIGNED Glorkian Warrior mini-comic and an original production sketch from the game (James is hand-drawing a lot of the art for the game... you get one of these drawings)

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    BACKER LEVEL : GLORKIAN GENERAL - You get everything mentioned above (game, name in credits under "Glorkian Generals", beta testing access, stickers, tattoos, art book, signed mini-comic, soundtrack, production sketch), as well as a 2x2 inch original painting by James Kochalka of one of the characters from the game, AND a signed James Kochalka Book or Comic (sorry, you don't get to choose) inscribed with a small original doodle.

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    BACKER LEVEL : GLORKIAN COMMANDER - You get everything mentioned above (game, name in credits under "Glorkian Commanders", beta testing access, stickers, tattoos, art book, signed mini-comic, soundtrack, production sketch, mini-painting), as well as 2 signed James Kochalka books or comics AND.... A free copy of every Pixeljam Game that we will ever make! (see the project description for more details)

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    BACKER LEVEL : GLORKIAN EMPEROR - You get everything mentioned above (game, name in credits under "Glorkian Emporers", beta testing access, stickers, tattoos, art book, signed mini-comic, soundtrack, production sketch, every Pixeljam game ever), as well as 4 signed James Kochalka books or comics, an original 6 x 8 inch painting of something Glorkian (instead of the 2x2 inch painting)... and a 15 minute conference call with James Kochalka and Pixeljam.

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    BACKER LEVEL : GLORKIAN GOD - You get everything mentioned above (game, name in credits under "Glorkian Gods", beta testing access, stickers, tattoos, art book, signed mini-comic, soundtrack, production sketch, every Pixeljam game ever), as well as 5 signed James Kochalka books or comics, a 6 X 8 inch painting of the Glorkian Warrior hanging out with you! (you'll need to send James a photo of yourself), a 30 minute conference call with James and Pixeljam, plus we'll work you into the game somehow (you can help us figure this one out).

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