Saturday, May 10, 2014

Madpea is asking for your help to release Unia

I have been reporting several times about Madpea's latest game Unia. The release of the game has been delayed for over a year and unfortunately it will at least take 2-3 more Months until we can play Unia. Kiana Writer, the mastermind behind Madpea, writes on the Madpea blog:
When we started creating the game in the first place,  we had no idea how long it would take because something like it had never been done in Second Life before. The concept of UNIA goes way beyond Second Life. It is the first in its genre breaking ground and truly pushing the boundaries of what is possible in Second Life. The project is ambitious and challenging. We have a team of nearly 20 incredibly talented people working on it nonstop. Not to mention the best of the best guest artists putting their passion into it. [Madpea blog]

In the meantime Kiana Writer has to cover a lot of costs - the most substantial being tier costs for the two regions - and she is holding a fundraiser event:
Unfortunately, two months into the game development we lost our sponsor and have had to find ways to keep funding the two islands we need for UNIA. Since I am in Finland there is a 24% tax added to the cost of each full island. That is $70.80 in addition to the usual $295.00 tier fee so the monthly cost of our two MadPea islands is $731.60 (US dollars). As Art is sponsored in SL by LEA but game development is not., I'm asking you that if there is any way you are able to donate to help us out with this. [Madpea blog]
Picture taken from the Madpea blog
The donators have helped reaching half of the donation goal of 4.390 dollars so far. This sum would cover six Months of tier for the two game regions in Second Life. If you want to help out too, you can donate here: http://www.gofundme.com/Release-Unia.

One thought that I had was that with more than two reward levels (50$ and 500$) Madpea might receive even greater support. Firstly because there are a lot of people who cannot afford to give 50$, but would like to help out if they see a reward level that they can afford. Secondly people tend to raise their contribution when they see that contributions reach a ceiling - and that is a difficult thing to do with only two reward levels. Here are some ideas how additional reward levels and the prizes could have looked like:
  • 5$ "A madpea supporter mesh badge"
  • 25$ "A Unia supporter mesh t-shirt for your avatar"
  • 50$ "Exclusive Unia avatar"
  • 100$ "Exclusive Unia launching party with the Madpea team and exclusive 48 hours access at the start of the game (for up to 50 donators)
  • 500$ "Exclusive UNIA tour by me (2 hours), Early Access to the Game, FREE HUD, weapons and outfits."
In any case I very much hope that Madpea will reach their aim with the existing reward levels. They seem to be on a good way. Here are two exciting videos that give a few impressions what to expect from the game and they look great:


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