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[ANN] Lith - An Emergent Trading Game
April 14, 2014, 09:01:47 am

Hello people,

Do you remember this thread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=474535.0
If you do, you might have wondered why it went so very quiet...

Well, I can now officially announce that we have not been idle, but have been beavering away for the past month and a half on giving this project a solid foundation. :)

Now the time has come to tell you a *little* bit of what we have in store for you!

Lith

Premise:
The entities that built Lith had reached the limits of technological advance, to the point in which they had material wealth limited only by their imaginations. They quickly grew bored with material utopia, and decided that in their development, they had gone down the wrong path.
Their solution was to return to their roots as many different races, in the hope that one would reach supreme contentment. To aid in the design of these races, and to support the universe in which these races would inhabit, they created the artificial world of Lith.
Volunteers were transformed into new, next generation species on Lith. Once a species was deemed ready, it was sent out into the universe to begin evolving anew.


Setting:
Lith will start out in a setting that could be described as rural fantasy...

Gameplay:
Lith gameplay will for the most part be decided by a player driven economy. The game is designed to sustain "emergent" gameplay in which everyone can be caught by surprise at the direction the game will take. Players interact in an immersive sandbox, where they can create their own paths and realities. They can harvest natural resources, use skills to create goods, offer services, and use strengths and powers to influence other players and the world around. Violence and politics are never far behind, but the economy will be the most powerful force, affecting warlords, farmers, and everyone in between.

Trade:
Game resources will be freely tradable on an open market, allowing in demand items to find their natural prices, and letting players develop markets as needed. create trade networks, with all associated risks and chances for arbitrage. Lith will take full advantage of the possibilities that Nxt offers.

Creators:
Our current team consists of chanc3r (Ian), pandaisftw (Eric), jefdiesel (Jef), swartzfeger (Jay) and Damelon (Bas). We each bring our different qualities to the creation of Lith.

Game Engine:
We plan on creating the game using the Unity Engine

Music/Score:
swartzfeger is working on the ingame music, and currently we are in negotiation with a full orchestra to play the score.
Here are some preliminary soundscapes:
Requiem for Emule
"Character"
"Resurrection"

The Next Steps
We are currently working out the last details to finance the game. We want to make the company that we will set up as safe for all involved as possible. There will most certainly be room for investors (in fact, if you want to invest, you are most welcome!), but we want to make the financing both safe and transparent. An IPO is nót in the works, as we are not satisfied this will be a safe way to go. If you are interested in funding us, please let us know, either via PM to me, or in this thread!

We are also looking to hire experienced game designers and artists. These will be paying jobs. The mechanics have been worked out by us (mainly by chanc3r and panda). If you know of people who are both interested and available, let us know. We are at this point in the "searching stage".

We hope you are as excited as we are about this project! Imagine! A game that takes full advantage of the possibilities that the Nxt ecosystem gives us, combined with a free player driven world that even wé cannot accurately predict!

We, in short, are very confident this is a game that wé would want to play. I will be updating you on the progress of the project frequently. We are currently working on a site and a newsletter. There will be real ways for you to get involved and even make money!

Thanks for your patience!
« Last Edit: June 12, 2014, 08:08:07 pm by Damelon »
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Shit, it's my dream game. With that, I'll play all the time and will take my time. I can't play and work for the promotion of NXT on the same time  ;D

It's a great project !
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Is it game about virtual Lithuania? ;D
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Sounds amazing!

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Any screenshots of how it will/might look like? (besides the stock Unity Engine graphics)

Maybe there is some fanart ready or models or...something.
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wonderfull, would like to see screenshots too :)
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Any screenshots of how it will/might look like? (besides the stock Unity Engine graphics)

Not yet.
We are not even CLOSE to that stage yet.  :D

We now have a 60 page document outlining the theme, assets, ingame materials, internal logic and mechanics etc.
We are currently looking for two experienced developers to hire and work with chanc3r and pandaisftw.

We are not aiming to create a small game here :)

Edit: as soon as we have concept art, we will post them here, of course!
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Any screenshots of how it will/might look like? (besides the stock Unity Engine graphics)

Not yet.
We are not even CLOSE to that stage yet.  :D

We now have a 60 page document outlining the theme, assets, ingame materials, internal logic and mechanics etc.
We are currently looking for two experienced developers to hire and work with chanc3r and pandaisftw.

We are not aiming to create a small game here :)

Edit: as soon as we have concept art, we will post them here, of course!

Can't imagine the amount of work needed to pull of something like this. What about the approx. launch time? (sorry if I missed this info bit). Would it take you half a year, a year, 2 years?
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Any screenshots of how it will/might look like? (besides the stock Unity Engine graphics)

Not yet.
We are not even CLOSE to that stage yet.  :D

We now have a 60 page document outlining the theme, assets, ingame materials, internal logic and mechanics etc.
We are currently looking for two experienced developers to hire and work with chanc3r and pandaisftw.

We are not aiming to create a small game here :)

Edit: as soon as we have concept art, we will post them here, of course!

Can't imagine the amount of work needed to pull of something like this. What about the approx. launch time? (sorry if I missed this info bit)

That info is not in there, because we have no idea yet.
We have a VERY thorough document (I have seen chanc3r and panda at work discussing it and it's both beautiful and scary!) and now we are going into production phase.

We will probably go with the normal alpha>beta>screaming in frustration>gold stages.

We are now looking to secure funding and employing the game devs. Artwork will already be worked on, although people are welcome to that team if they have experience, too. Alpha stage is easily a few months away. The game is designed to be as "open" as possible, and that is harder than linearity. :)

We will be "leaking" work in progress as we go.
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What about the approx. launch time?

Haha, the crypto community. Always impatient ;D

Take your time, guys!
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Music/Score:
swartzfeger is working on the ingame music, and currently we are in negotiation with a full orchestra to play the score.
Here are some preliminary soundscapes:
Requiem for Emule
"Character"
"Resurrection"

In addition to the orchestra (this is news to Bas and team, because I haven't mentioned it yet in our chats), a close friend and former bandmate of mine is an instructor at Edinboro University (Pennsylvania). He's a world-class percussionist and I've worked with him in the past on various projects. In addition to helping me score, I'm also going to determine the feasibility of having his students/percussion ensemble contributing to Lith. He's very busy (actively involved in off-broadway productions and personal instruction), but given how long it will take us to hit an official 1.0, we should be able to collaborate on something.

Also, to touch upon game mechanics, which Damelon mentioned: Ian (chanc3r) and Eric (pandaisftw) have done work fantastic work. Jef is doing great work making sure the game has a personal and character-driven atmosphere (as opposed to a soulless, resource-gathering snoozefest). And Bas, of course, is the glue that holds it all together.
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Is it game about virtual Lithuania? ;D

It's funny... Lith started in one of our chats one day when someone (was it Marek?) posted 3D renderings of his NXT 'monoliths' in the main thread over a BCT. We started riffing in-chat about monoliths as a possible story angle. So while there's no direct relation to Lithuania, there is a loose connection to Nxt. :)
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Is it game about virtual Lithuania? ;D

It's funny... Lith started in one of our chats one day when someone (was it Marek?) posted 3D renderings of his NXT 'monoliths' in the main thread over a BCT. We started riffing in-chat about monoliths as a possible story angle. So while there's no direct relation to Lithuania, there is a loose connection to Nxt. :)

That was gvans, not marek3ball, although both work in 3D :)
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Is it game about virtual Lithuania? ;D

It's funny... Lith started in one of our chats one day when someone (was it Marek?) posted 3D renderings of his NXT 'monoliths' in the main thread over a BCT. We started riffing in-chat about monoliths as a possible story angle. So while there's no direct relation to Lithuania, there is a loose connection to Nxt. :)

I don't see any problem, if it will be related to my home country  ;D
I feel alone with NXT, because I didn't see anybody here from Lithuania :)
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Just to be complete, I was reminded by a fairy that we of course already HAD some investors!

Here is a list of our first Angels:

41000 NXT donated.

5000 - jl777
1000 - swartzfeger (Transaction id: 12550164158045962834)
3000 - chanc3r (Transaction id: 5658009271669858297)
1000 - MyZhre (Transaction id: 8826881503135433086)
3000 - Damelon (Transaction id: 17094914052077797717)
1000 - DrearyUrbanite (Transaction id: 5539495976647418930)
1000 - brooklynbtc (Transaction id: 7928426557842646935)
0500 - rdanneskjoldr (Transaction id: 91193539943795488)
5000 - msin (Transaction id: 3011638676023709764)
0500 - EvilDave (Transaction id: 1103023256425459700)
2500 - LiQio (Transaction id: 17259695350230030848)
1000 - Pandaisftw (Transaction id: 16708576594121402630)
1000 - eb101 (Transaction id: 11083404370711498345)
xxxx - ChuckOne [will support once mixing/zerocoin is in place]
0500 - apenzi (Transaction id: 15260598453647834729)
5000 - mvag (Transaction id: 10050795682594553764)
10000 - Lawmaker (Transaction id: 11549104422599917111)


These first donations will go to setting up the site, getting the first artwork done and raising additional funds.

I am already receiving PMs for people who would like to invest. THANK YOU!
I will be mailing you back on how we want to proceed with the funding, but by all means, pledge if you want to :)
Good developers are expensive and we are committed to pay for what they do.
Of course, your investment is just that: an investment. We have made preliminary forecasts of profits and they look good.
All these documents will be shared with investors before they actually invest, of course.
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I want to be in the investor list. I'm in !
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I want to be in the investor list. I'm in !

Me too :)
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Is it game about virtual Lithuania? ;D

It's funny... Lith started in one of our chats one day when someone (was it Marek?) posted 3D renderings of his NXT 'monoliths' in the main thread over a BCT. We started riffing in-chat about monoliths as a possible story angle. So while there's no direct relation to Lithuania, there is a loose connection to Nxt. :)

I don't see any problem, if it will be related to my home country  ;D
I feel alone with NXT, because I didn't see anybody here from Lithuania :)

Maybe we can include Šakotis somehow. :)

edit: my brush with Lithuania -- I met Darius Kasparaitis when he played for the Pittsburgh Penguins (I'm a hockey geek...)
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Is it game about virtual Lithuania? ;D

It's funny... Lith started in one of our chats one day when someone (was it Marek?) posted 3D renderings of his NXT 'monoliths' in the main thread over a BCT. We started riffing in-chat about monoliths as a possible story angle. So while there's no direct relation to Lithuania, there is a loose connection to Nxt. :)

I don't see any problem, if it will be related to my home country  ;D
I feel alone with NXT, because I didn't see anybody here from Lithuania :)

Maybe we can include Šakotis somehow. :)

edit: my brush with Lithuania -- I met Darius Kasparaitis when he played for the Pittsburgh Penguins (I'm a hockey geek...)

+1 :)
Yey, I can help with translations for the game :)
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