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Last updated October 22, 2013

Timothy Zahn's Parallax (a retro 4X conquer-the-galaxy game)

Explore, Expand, Exploit and Exterminate your way across a galaxy of Timothy Zahn's favorite aliens... and some of your own

Timothy Zahn's Parallax (a retro 4X conquer-the-galaxy game)

Explore, Expand, Exploit and Exterminate your way across a galaxy of Timothy Zahn's favorite aliens... and some of your own

$15,505
pledged of $500,000pledged of $500,000 goal
236
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 21 2013
Last updated October 22, 2013
 

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    Name a Star

    Contribute at least $10 to the Kickstarter, and name a star in the game (within reason - see below), and have your name, or any other moniker you choose, listed as Survey Captain on the in-game Solar Survey Report when a player looks at the details of the star.
    More importantly, you get to be part of the game development process: follow the progress of the game's development, and be a part of the conversations and decisions about the game. (also a great way to say "thanks" to Tim for all the books he's written over the years, and to help make this game a reality)

    Note: Star names (and all the other content) can't be vulgar, copyrighted, or otherwise inappropriate - read the project description for more info.

    Additional Details: Every backer will add a star name and Survey Captain name to the game's Star Registry. When a galaxy is generated for a new game, this list will be used to name each generated star. When the player "explores" a star, a screen becomes available describing the star's solar system, with data about the sun, planets, moons, asteroid belts, etc., as well as habitability and resource information. The Survey Captain's name will appear near the top of the screen in this report.

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    Just The License, Please (license-only)

    You will receive a single license that will unlock the basic game on every platform and device type we release it for - Windows, Android, Apple, phone, tablet and computer. Please note that this is for the basic game only, and will not include any expansion modules.

    DOES NOT include any other rewards, and the backer will only have access to the public game forums and will not participate in the game creation process.

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    Bonus Content (license-only)

    Includes the basic game license, as well as any expansion pack that has any Kickstarter-related content.

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    Multi-platform Pass

    You will receive a single license that will unlock the basic game on every platform and device type we release it for - Windows, Android, Apple, phone, tablet and computer. Please note that this is for the basic game only, and will not include any expansion modules.

    Also includes everything from the "Name a Star" reward tier, with an option to request a specific color and size.

    Additional Details: The game license will unlock the "trial version" of the game, regardless of the platform that the game is running on - no network account (or even connection) will be required to unlock the game, since the game itself will recognize the key and unlock itself.

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    Full Unlock (license-only)

    Unlocks the basic game, and every expansion pack we ever release for the game, including Kickstarter-related content.

    DOES NOT include any other rewards, and the backer will only have access to the public game forums and will not participate in the game creation process.

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    KickFinisher

    While the basic game will include the majority of the Kickstarter-related/ created content, we'll be letting the backers define what the core game should include, and the rest will be released in a couple of expansion packs after the official release date (or an expansion pack might be created to include a late-breaking great idea that we don't have time to include in the core game). At this reward level, your license will unlock ALL of the expansion packs that have any Kickstarter-related/ created content in them, and you'll have early access to every expansion pack we put out (2-3 months before they're available to everyone else).

    Includes all lower-level rewards as well.

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    Limitless Expansion

    Unlimited access to the whole experience: every expansion pack we ever release for the game, and you'll get extra-early access to them (usually as soon as we start developing them).

    Includes all lower-level rewards as well.

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    Merchant Skipper

    An extra-special reward to early backers that might not be able to afford the higher-level rewards, but that still make the stretch to contribute at least $100: create, name and be listed as the discoverer of an exotic trade resource, famous galactic point of interest, or even one of the secondary alien races (non-sentients/ sub-sentients). Maybe you want to name some of the computer-controlled alien leaders. Maybe something else? The backers at this reward level (and ONLY this reward level) will help define and breath life into the galaxy.

    Note: This will be fulfilled on a first-pledged, first-choice basis, within the limits of the information available to us.

    Includes all lower-level rewards as well.

    Additional Details: Backers at this reward level will be offered the opportunity to "fill in the blanks" on details, wherever needed in the content-development process, so their contribution will be considerably broader than just the examples listed above (if all of these backers are otherwise occupied, or if nobody wants to address the specific item, it will be presented to entire backer community for suggestions).

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    Propeller Head

    Create a technology that will be included in the game's Tech Tree, and be listed as the Lead Researcher in the Tech's details. It can be a weapon, some planetology or construction tech, or maybe a brand new category we create just because of your idea.

    Includes all lower-level rewards, except Merchant Skipper.

    Additional Details: While there will be a lot of tech items, not every item will be available every time, and not all technology will be directly researchable through the tech tree, so a randomized selection of available tech will be generated for each game. A good percentage of the tech will be generally available, but others will require a minimum amount of knowledge regarding the target race (for instance, you can't research a fsss-related technology if you've never seen a Zhirrzh). There will also be "secondary" tech, which automatically becomes available with a high enough research level in certain fields and/ or successful research in certain technologies. Backers at this level (and above) will have the option to create a technology that fits within any of these classes of tech. Lower-level generalized tech will appear more often in the game, and specialized or higher-level tech will be more rare. Certain tech might also not be researchable without a related artifact, and will therefore be extremely rare. Tech creators will also create the actual in-game descriptions for their tech, as well as suggest where it fits into the overall tech tree and the level of research needed to discover the tech.

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    What Just Happened?

    Giant space crystals, suns going supernova, planets suddenly turning barren or resource rich... it's a crazy universe, all right. Create a similar Galactic Event that other players suffer through, deal with, or benefit from.

    Includes all lower-level rewards, except Merchant Skipper.

    Additional Details: Galactic Events will randomly happen throughout the game, adding challenges and interesting twists to the normal gameplay. You'll work with us to identify gameplay elements, special dialogue, news reports and the available dangers and benefits that the player will encounter.

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    Alpha Team

    Be part of the "inner circle" and help manage the creation of the game, and get as-soon-as-possible access to playable versions of the game, as well as any special alpha-test tools and cheat codes. This reward is for those backers that want to see a little bit further behind the curtain, and who can spend a little more time contributing to the game's creation.

    Includes all lower-level rewards, except Merchant Skipper.

    Additional Details: Alpha Team members will also be offered the chance to participate in the game management process - as moderators in the forums, points-of-contact on specific topics (such as a specific technology field), and first-round decision makers about issues like expansion pack contents or narrowing down the available choices for community-driven decisions. Backers at this level will be deeply involved in the game's development, and we'll be counting on them to be available for at least a couple of hours each week.

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    Fleet Architect

    Work with us to design an entire alien space fleet for one of the races in the game, and be listed as Fleet Architect in the details. Ship classes and their names, appearance, capabilities, strengths and weaknesses are all guided by you.

    Includes the Alpha Team reward, and everything beneath it, except Merchant Skipper.

    Additional Details: There will be 40 fleets in the initial game - most of these will be the primary fleet of a single alien race so the general "feel" of the fleet should reflect a certain race, and that race's psychology. The remaining fleets will be either "general-purpose" and usable by most alien civilizations, or very special and either discoverable or used only by computer-controlled elements (pirates, for instance).

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    The Greater Mysteries

    Help create a secret so secret we can't even really explain what it is or how it works because we really want to let other players discover them for themselves (and we don't want to spoil the surprise). Here's a hint, though: you know those cool twists that Tim likes to include in his stories? Well, he IS the game's creative director... (and we'll even add special gameplay mechanics to support your Mystery, if necessary).

    Includes the Alpha Team reward, and everything beneath it, except Merchant Skipper.

    Additional Details: Backers at this level will have the opportunity to create game elements that significantly affect the larger game experience and, more importantly, game elements that should be kept as secret as possible, so the surprise doesn't get ruined. Just a reminder...

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    Geneticist

    Take the lead in designing and breathing life into one of the playable alien races - everything from general appearance to the race's behavior, lifecycle, and unique abilities. Also create all of the counselor portraits, names and special dialogue elements.

    Includes the Alpha Team reward, and everything beneath it, except Merchant Skipper.

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    Hubris

    Like looking at yourself? Wanna share with the rest of the galaxy? Now's your chance - become one of the human counselors in the game: Political, Military, Technology, Xeno, Trade or Espionage. Includes the pop-up-message head shot, start screen image, and "office" image and the stuff in the office. You'll also have significant input into the counselor's in-game personality and dialogue, and every counselor of the same type (for the other races) will use a modified version of the dialogue.

    Includes the Alpha Team reward, and everything beneath it, except Merchant Skipper.

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    In Other News

    Create your own galactic news channel, and keep the players up-to-date on all the latest events (in the game). You'll get to design the format, appearance, content and dialogue for the entire channel.

    Includes the Alpha Team reward, and everything beneath it, except Merchant Skipper.

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    Beta Tester

    Get early access to the game, months before we release it into the wild (possibly more, depending on when we're ready to beta test it on your platform)

    Includes all lower-level rewards, except Merchant Skipper.

    Additional Details: Because this is about pre-testing the game prior to the release, backers at this level should be willing to spend some time playing (potentially buggy and therefore frustrating) beta software. More often, though, you'll be playing the software while the balance is still not quite right, and we'll be counting on you to help identify the parts that need to be adjusted.

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