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Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:50 AM

Tom Hall, creator of the classic Commander Keen, has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to bring players the spiritual successor to Commander Keen as well as launch a new platform game creation tool to help aspiring developers create their own sidescrolling adventures. The Kickstarter will fund both the game, Secret Spaceship Club, and the game editor, Worlds of Wander. Hall is hoping to gather $400,000 before the campaign ends on March 1.

Commander Keen’s creator, industry veteran Tom Hall, is announcing his return to fun, funny sci-fi platforming, and he wants to bring you ALL with him! Not just to play but to CREATE A GAME EASILY yourself! WORLDS OF WANDER is a PLATFORM GAME CREATION TOOL that lets you build and share levels, worlds, and whole game experiences with other players. But making a game can be daunting, so it starts with a COMPLETE GAME for you to mess with -- the spiritual successor to Commander Keen -- SECRET SPACESHIP CLUB!

Tom is making SECRET SPACESHIP CLUB with this tool and then giving you the game to play, AND all the data to play with! This game will return to the quirky, funny, clever Tom Hall universe in style, and give you lots of concrete, useful data to start with. It's easy to make a game when you start with one! You never leave the game environment -- the editor is built in! Start in easy mode and just mess with something already made for you. It’s that simple!

Enjoy PLAYING in -- and then BUILDING -- a new corner of Tom’s universe … make part of it your own! That’s why we’re here - to empower us all - and we need your help to make it a reality! Let’s have (and make) some fun!

You wanna know about it -- luckily we know all about it! We can get into editor details in a second... but what is that game Tom is making in WORLDS OF WANDER? What is it?!?

Secret Spaceship Club:

Willie Wander and Sheila Wander think they are helping move their Grandpa to the Old Folks’ Home, but he surprises them with “one last errand before we go”... and they find themselves on a space station, joining the SECRET SPACESHIP CLUB -- an organization of secret space agents who disguise their spaceships as common objects (elephants, school busses, coffee shops) only to blast off in secret and help those in galactic need!

This time, it’s the BUMBLEDYBOTS! A thousand years ago, they were in a great war with a neighboring planet. It was so dire that they made their planet, Enigmata, into a gigantic Final Retaliatory Strike Attack Superbomb that would blow up their planet, the enemy, and most of their system! BUT... their war ended peacefully.

All was well, until a robo-janitor bumped into THE BUTTON, and started the countdown to GALACTIC OBLITERATION! Willie and Sheila must make their way through the increasingly insane defenses put in place to stop an enemy from doing exactly what they are trying to do -- STOP THE BUMBLEDYBOMB!

“I am so excited to get back to my crazy kinda sci-fi universe,” says Tom. “I wander off, but they keep pulling me back in!”

But Secret Spaceship Club is Tom’s game. What about you?

Worlds of Wander:

Well, this project also includes an IN-GAME EDITOR and a way to wrap your levels into a game world -- PLUS a one-stop shop for trying new game content and showing off your own! And play those levels across iOS, PC, Mac, and Ubuntu Linux!

Anyone can make a game level in SIMPLE MODE! Smart-draw with ground tiles, ladders, bridges, switches, and more (it nicens the edges for you), then populate your world with NPCs and enemies and objects and dangers, then hook them all up with an easy-to-use Place 'n' Fiddle interface!

(For the brave, ADVANCED MODE opens up even more power -- See Tech Talkin' at the end.) But you can literally make a fun new level in MINUTES! And make it ANYWHERE you are!

Learn more at the site below.
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