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Build creatures and weave their brains with simple biological neural networks to explore a player-created ocean ecosystem.
Build creatures and weave their brains with simple biological neural networks to explore a player-created ocean ecosystem.
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    Pledge $1 or more About $1

    Support neuroscience!

    My thanks -- it really means a lot to me. In the words of Joseph Fink:
    "The world needs art. Now, more than ever."

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    Sticker

    Randomly receive one of three elegant 3" round vinyl stylized neural circuit stickers.

    (All backers will also be included as supporters in the credits)

    Includes:
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    The Basics

    A digital copy of the game! Includes both a DRM-free download and a Steam key.

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of Crescent Loom
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    Beta Package - Early Bird!

    Participate in development by receiving periodic builds, testing them, and giving feedback.

    You will also be able to name one of the human cryopod survivors - OR - an Alien Nemesis creature that is mentioned in the hidden memory logs.

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of Crescent Loom
    • Beta access
    • Name a cryopod survivor - or - an Alien Nemesis casualty.
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    Beta Package

    Participate in development by receiving periodic builds, testing them, and giving feedback.

    You will also be able to name one of the human cryopod survivors - OR - an Alien Nemesis creature that is mentioned in the hidden memory logs.

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of Crescent Loom
    • Beta access
    • Name a cryopod survivor - or - an Alien Nemesis casualty.
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    Narrative Package

    **new tier**

    In addition to naming a human/Alien Nemesis, you can write a short VOICE-ACTED narrative fragment of that character's life for players to recover. Journal entry, scientific report, poem, psychedelic alien dream-state -- it's up to you how to portray their story.

    These memory logs will are be all that's left of the old world and the foundation for the new. Optional prompts/secrets to reveal will be provided.

    (This is automatically included in all following tiers.)

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of Crescent Loom
    • Beta access
    • Name a cryopod survivor - or - an Alien Nemesis casualty.
    • Write a character's memory fragment (will be voice-narrated).
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    Full Package

    Get the game, participate in beta tests, and display your incredible taste with ALL THREE large vinyl stickers.

    Includes:
    • 3" vinyl sticker
    • Beta access
    • Digital copy of Crescent Loom
    • Name a cryopod survivor - or - an Alien Nemesis casualty.
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    Full Package + Creature Collaborator

    Have a creature of your own creation (made during the beta with the editor) included in the game as part of the alien ecosystem that other players will interact with! Collaborators will also be listed as such in the credits.

    Includes the Full Package tier: Get the game, participate in beta tests, and display your incredible taste with ALL THREE large vinyl stickers.

    Includes:
    • 3" vinyl sticker
    • Digital copy of Crescent Loom
    • Beta access
    • Name a cryopod survivor - or - an Alien Nemesis casualty.
    • Creature collaborator
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    Citizen

    **new tier, by demand**

    In the early 1900s, the Spanish scientist Ramón y Cajal made hundreds of some of the most beautiful drawings of neurons from his state-of-the-art histology methods.

    In addition to the Full Package and Creature Collaborator, this tier receives a SMALL laser-etched artisan wooden panel that depicts one of his famous sketches.

    Includes:
    • (Small) Laser-etching of a Ramón y Cajal neuronal drawing.
    • 3" vinyl sticker
    • Digital copy of Crescent Loom
    • Beta access
    • Name a cryopod survivor - or - an Alien Nemesis casualty.
    • Creature collaborator
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    Citizen Scientist

    Join me for a 1-hour online chat (or in person, if you're in the Portland area) on the science that is going into Crescent Loom. Depending on your interest, topics could include general neuroscience, central pattern generators, artificial intelligence, or the delicious avacado smoothie I had for breakfast this morning.

    Includes:
    • 1-hour private chat on the science in Crescent Loom
    • (Small) Laser-etching of a Ramón y Cajal neuronal drawing.
    • 3" vinyl sticker
    • Digital copy of Crescent Loom
    • Beta access
    • Name a cryopod survivor - or - an Alien Nemesis casualty.
    • Creature collaborator
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    Citizen Patron

    In the early 1900s, the Spanish scientist Ramón y Cajal made hundreds of some of the most beautiful drawings of neurons from his state-of-the-art histology methods.

    This tier receives a laser-etched artisanal wooden panel that depicts one of his famous sketches.

    Includes:
    • Laser-etching of a Ramón y Cajal neuronal drawing.
    • 3" vinyl sticker
    • Digital copy of Crescent Loom
    • Beta access
    • Name a cryopod survivor - or - an Alien Nemesis casualty.
    • Creature collaborator
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    *~ Froggie Love ~*

    Get one of the TWO printed and bound copies of my undergraduate thesis on a vocal central pattern generator in Xenopus laevis. (FYI, I was taking a typography class at the time and had recently discovered the beauty of footnotes)

    This tier is for you who believe in the dream of working on AI by bringing CPGs into the realm of common knowledge - AND - have the resources to support that dream by *throwing down*.

    Includes:
    • Printed + bound thesis on central pattern generators
    • Laser-etching of a Ramón y Cajal neuronal drawing.
    • 1-hour private chat on the science in Crescent Loom
    • 3" vinyl sticker
    • Digital copy of Crescent Loom
    • Beta access
    • Name a cryopod survivor - or - an Alien Nemesis casualty.
    • Creature collaborator
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    Citizen Scientist + Patron

    Unleash your inner philosopher-king; this tier includes an hour-long science chat AND a laser-etched drawing by Ramón y Cajal.

    Includes:
    • Laser-etching of a Ramón y Cajal neuronal drawing.
    • 1-hour private chat on the science in Crescent Loom
    • 3" vinyl sticker
    • Digital copy of Crescent Loom
    • Beta access
    • Name a cryopod survivor - or - an Alien Nemesis casualty.
    • Creature collaborator
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