€8,907 pledged of €85,000 goal
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€8,907 pledged of €85,000 goal
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About this project

3001SQ is an online first-person space colonisation simulator featuring a new level of emergent gameplay and integrated modding due to programmable spacecraft and devices.  

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Read on to learn about our vision, how we plan to get there and how your pledge will help to make this possible. 

Pioneers exploring uncharted territory where once civilization may rise...
Pioneers exploring uncharted territory where once civilization may rise...

 

Our Kickstarter campaign aims at independently financing the development of our first commercial prototype - 3001SQ Red Edition - to be released in January 2017.

 Planned features:

  • Pilot your Multi-Purpose Spacecraft (MPS) between ground stations of a planetoid, player-deployed colonisation modules and an orbital space station
  • MPS interior : Cockpit, Living Quarters, Corridors, Airlock + a multitude of interactive programmable devices
  • Planetoid with resource deposits
  • Ground Stations producing resources and other goods that need to be transported by players
  • Orbital Space Station where players can dock and haul cargo to
  • Orbital Space Station interior : Docking Bay, Bar, Medical Bay, Transport System
  • Player-deployable colonisation modules that may complement existing stations or be placed on their own
  • Authoritative-server Network Model and Multiplayer support
  • Programmable spacecraft and devices with easy program sharing based on our nandOS operating system
  • Code development tools
  • Singleplayer mode (smaller world than Multiplayer), primarily for testing programs
  • Multi-platform support : Windows (64-bit), OS X macOS (Mavericks+), Linux (64-bit)
Multi-Purpose Spacecraft (MPS) : Your mobile base and "Swiss Army Knife" for space colonisation
Multi-Purpose Spacecraft (MPS) : Your mobile base and "Swiss Army Knife" for space colonisation

 

It takes some steps from concept art to fully programmable in-game device...

  

Over the last 18 months we developed a custom multi-platform engine that is tailored to bring the aforementioned vision into reality:

  • Interaction between the world simulation and programmable Virtual Machines
  • Multiple interconnected physical simulations with different mass/geometry scales
  • Procedural Natural Structure generation
  • Network/Database serialisation
Spacecraft interior : Customizable to your taste and all devices programmable
Spacecraft interior : Customizable to your taste and all devices programmable

 

Taking advantage of modern multi-core CPUs, 3001SQ runs user-programmable virtual machines on your computer that control complex objects like spaceships and stations.

The player's input is thereby processed by applications and translated into control commands for display screens, thrusters and other (virtual) hardware devices.

Player input is processed by the 3001SQ Computer - applications control thrusters and other devices
Player input is processed by the 3001SQ Computer - applications control thrusters and other devices

Sensors feed information about the simulated world back to the computer, which then can be used by flight and docking assistants.

Advanced control programs may even make entirely autonomous objects like drones possible, allowing for a new kind of offline gameplay and questioning grindy game mechanics - that by definition may be automatized.

Actions of hardware devices affect the physical simulation
Actions of hardware devices affect the physical simulation

Programs and drivers are written in the AngelScript scripting language. They may also use system functions and data types of nandOS, an operating system inspired by POSIX standards and Linux, that represents the bridge between the calculations of the 3001SQ computer and the virtual world.

You can discuss the implications and possibilities of programmable spacecraft in our forums, adding applications you want to see developed to our wishlist.

This triad of controller input, application processing and physical simulation allows for rich interactions between the player, programmable objects and the game envrionment - some truly emergent gameplay.

Device failure may have serious consequences for other systems
Device failure may have serious consequences for other systems

  

Today's hardware allows for ever better synthesis of terrain and other natural and man-made structures in real-time.

One of the core mechanics of 3001SQ is to colonise these vast spaces, thereby creating points of interest for other players, inviting cooperation or causing competition over resources.

The cornerstones of the initial version of the mechanic are:

  • Orbital space station: Trading hub, center of industry production and a place to socialize
  • Planetside ground stations: Automated medium-sized resource extraction sites, depend on supplies from the orbital station 
  • Colonisation modules: Tranported in the MPS, deployed by players
  • Resource deposits: Automatically distributed over astronomical bodies
Final stages of colonisation
Final stages of colonisation

 

Stjepan Stamenkovic (Paris, France) - Design and Programming - @StStamenkovic

Petar Martincic (Zagreb, Croatia) - Backend and Network Programming

Todor Nikolov (Osaka, Japan) - 3D Art - @ToshiCG

Edward Blakeley (United Kingdom) - Sound and Music - @EddBlakeley

 Docking concept : Complex features necessitate tight teamwork!

 

Risks and challenges

Lying at the intersection of software engineering and art, while facing specific challenges resulting from the interactive nature of computer games, a project like 3001SQ may suffer from delays and omission of features due to technical issues and design changes according to what actual gameplay results from the developed systems.

If you need more details about the technology and design of 3001SQ, send us an email to ks@3001sq.net, contact us over Twitter @3001SQ or leave a comment if you already pledged.

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    Your name will be added to the central database of the orbital space station that may be displayed on any station terminal. The entry will be kept in eventual future releases in at least one of the starting stations.

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    Your name will appear in the "Authors" section of the manual page (documentation) of a system application that is included in the nandOS operating system.
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    You will receive access to early developer builds of "3001SQ Red Edition" and eventual future releases. They will introduce new mechanics, ships and station types for balancing tests before being added to regular releases.

    You will receive a special test pilot spacecraft decal and an extra badge in your virtual ID.

    You can define one of the names engraved on the "Test Pilot" plaque that is displayed in a prominent spot of the station. The name will be kept for eventual future releases in at least one of the starting stations.

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