By: Benjamin "Foghladha" Foley | : 1744
In a surprise campaign that seemed to come out of nowhere I ran across a sci-fi adventure sandbox that has procedurally generated planets. This Kickstarter campaign from Craneballs set out to raise $99,007 on January 24th and had a slow start. But by February 12th it had hit it's mark and became fully funded with 6 days left on the campaign. With just 27 hours to go, Planet Nomads had 3,837 backers with a total $132,463 raised giving this game the green light to go into production.
Planet Nomads sets you in the shoes of a lone scientist who finds themselves among the wreckage of a spaceship on an unknown alien planet full of dangers and secrets. You must salvage the wreckage to build survival tools using your wit and hi-tech tools. Over the course of the game you will face off against alien species, wild animals, and eventually begin exploring distant planets.
The game world is fully destroyable and procedurally generated making use of voxel-based graphics. This means you can dig, chop down trees, terraform, mine craters, create quarries, and do just about anything you could imagine. Some long term goals include multiplayer with hostile/friendly player interactions, space flight, modding, and trading.
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About the Author
Benjamin "Foghladha" Foley
Benjamin founded the Gaiscioch Social Gaming Community in 2001 and has since been the founder & activities director for this well known community. His role has gone beyond just running the Gaming Community and now includes running the Athletics Program in Portland, Oregon, as well as acting as the Managing Editor of the Gaiscioch Magazine, and is the Lead Producer on the Gaiscioch Livestream Productions. Additionally he networks with game developers to form relationships between Gaiscioch and development studios.
His experience in publishing dates back to helping his Grandparents who operated a printing press for over 40 years. In high school and college Benjamin excelled in journalism and played an active part in the school newspaper. Benjamin currently works full time as the director of technology for a franchise trade publication & education company.