The mayan legend of world creation in videogame

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The fantastic videogame of Popol-Vuh. A touching Mayan story of two princes brothers whe crossed 7 Mayan kingdoms defeating evil to help the world creation.
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JOEL MONARRES
Gaming
mexico
Mexico
1 Team Member




Help us to complete the Popolvuh Videogame made by a Mexican father and an 11 years old son


The team.   We are a team, pioneered by a father and a Son (monarres family), who started a  dream back in December 2012, when we were getting ready for chirstmas times. We decided to begin a great project together: to bring the PopolVuh myth into a videogame for children. Me, the father, with more than 20 years of software development experience offered my services  to my little son, who has more than 7 years of videogame experience and a great imagination :) 



The story.  We chose the most electrifying story that we all study, in Mexico and Latinamerica when going to elementary school: The popolvuh, the creation story of the Maya...

  Here is the story of the beginning, 

  when there was not one bird, not one fish,

  not one mountain.

  Here is the sky, all alone.

  Here is the sea, all alone.

  There is nothing more

  –no sound, no movement.

  Only the sky and the sea.

  Only Heart-of-Sky, alone.


The videogame.   Certainly, we needed to adapt the story to make it videogame attractive, so we decided to divide it in 7 different chapters, which offer 7 different videogame levels, where children will have the opportunity to join the two princes brothers who crossed 7 Mayan kingdoms, braving dangers and getting new friends.


Children will have great fun using special powers to defeat the evil reptilian and monsters who persecuted the princes during the 7 worlds.

Our videogame production will be coming to the market by parts, in the form of a Popopulvuh videogames saga:

Chapter 1: "The Kingdom of Birds"!!

Chapter 2: "The Animal Kingdom"!!

Chapter 3: "The Kingdom of Mud"!!

Chapter 4: "The Kingdom of Wood"!!

Chapter 5: "The Kingdom of the Apes"!!

Chapter6: "The Kingdom of the Mayan Warriors"!!

Chapter 7: "The Return of the Birds"!!


The production.  This is certainly our first videogame production, we are still learning on the go, however we are highly excited and motivated to achieve our goal together.

Although we started with a group of only 2 people (father and son), time after, we managed to organize and compile the effort of many highly talented freelancers from many parts of the world: writers, cartoonists, modelers, programmers, musicians, translators and voice actors. With a good project management methodology and spending all our savings :)  ...  we managed to build up step by step a videogame production, which we believe, will bring a unique message and a lot of fun to worldwide children.


Our production is based in the concept of family ties, it counts the story of Popolvuh, underlining the family feelings and love among brothers, parents, grandparents and friends.

We used the narrative style, which offers narrative segments like a movie and gameplay elements which work together to create a fantastic world of entertainment.


The fisrt chapter to be completed.   Our videogame production is right now in phase of testing for Chapter1, looking forward to come out to the market with: Chapter 1: "The Kingdom of the Birds" - The origin of the Maya begins …



The internationalization.  Our production  includes more than 1,000 words in the form of videos, dialogues and voice instructions, which were made completely in Mayan language and another 16 worldwide languages:  English, Spanish from Mexico, Spanish from Spain, Portuguese, Chinese -Mandarin, Hindi, Bengali, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian,  Japanese, Korean, Turkish and Indonesian. How did we do that? ... "fiuhh, it was a great experience interacting on the web  with so many people from all over the world, who helped us as voice actors :)   ... We will give special thanks to all of them, actually we made a very nice 3DMax video credits for that"



The music.  You know that all nice video games include a special song, so we made our own song. We didnt have money to pay an important and famous musician, so we we made it on our own. You won't believe how good this song sounds. Sorry that I am not attaching here videos and songs right now, since we are still protecting all this material for the moment that we come out to the market with the complete production.

We made the song in a rock style, I wrote it on my own, I learned some Mayan expressions, so I composed the song beginning with some  lyrics in Mayan language, then English words and then the chorus in Spanish alternating with English Spanish. Everyone who has listened to the song, they really adore it. They say the song is  very lively and rhythmic, so that will help us to send a great message to the world :) 


The videogame platform. We used Unity3D as platform of development to integrate our videogame production. That means that potentially we could publish the resulting videogame to be played upon multiple console platforms such as PC, Mac, Xbox, Play Station , Nintendo and Wii.  


However it is almost impossible to get a  license to publish upon those dominant worldwide console platforms when you are nobody :) ...  So we will have to start deploying the videogame to be played upon Web PC. Eventually, when we make good noise in the market then we could think of talking to the other big companies. 

Our web videogame on testing...



The financial challenges we need to overcome. At this moment, we have invested so much money during 16 months continuously that we cannot keep the rythm any longer, but we need to finish testing and  cleaning many small tech details of the mentioned first chapter to be able to launch it to the market and have a great quality product to compete with another productions. We have already talked to some International publishers who are very interested on our product, mainly because it is something very different, no violence and rich of culture.  



So we need a package of money in order to (1) finish the production with our local freelancers and (2) to bring the production to Japan to be played and corrected by another group of more experimented professionals (a specialized studio to publish INDIE productions) who can help us to clean it, so we can finally finish it and launch it to the international market.



The estimated date to launch the production to the market: 

Looking forward to be in the market on November 1st, 2014


We will appreciate your financial support infinitely 

As we mentioned above, we need at least $100,000 USD in order to achieve our goal by launching a historical videogame production to the market.

  • We will use $30k USD in salaries for mexican freelancers (4 people, 4 months) to complete the production (testing and cleaning) 
  • We will use another $30k USD for traveling expenditures to go to Japan to correct the production final details (flights, accomodation, food and local transport for 4 people during 8 weeks)
  • We will use another $40k USD to pay initial consulting fees (additionaly of 30% for success fees that we have negotiated with them)

Your help, whatever it is, will make a great change in our lives. Thank you for believing on us.

The impact of your money on us.  If we get more financial support than we are initially requesting here, then we will use that money to go right ahead and start the  next chapters of our production at the same time that we complete the first chapter:

  • Upto $100k USD then we'll complete Chapter 1: "The Kingdom of Birds"!!
  • Upto $300k USD then we'll also make Chapter 2: "The Animal Kingdom"!!
  • Upto $400k USD then we'll also make Chapter 3: "The Kingdom of Mud"!! 

  • Upto $500k USD then we'll also make Chapter 4: "The Kingdom of Wood"!!

  • Upto $600k USD then we'll also make Chapter 5: "The Kingdom of the Apes"!!

  • Upto $700k USD then we'll also make Chapter6: "The Kingdom of the Mayan Warriors"!!

  • Upto $800k USD then we'll also  make Chapter 7: "The Return of the Birds"!!

  • More than $800k USD then I will open a formal studio for videogame productions with a quality assurance department and  to focus entirely on completing the complete Popolvuh videogame saga.  If we have gone so far using only  late nights and weekends, I am sure that we could make great productions in a top quality level when focusing full time 



What do we give in exchange for your help?


These are the rewards for you:

$10.00 USD help

Rewards:  Exclusive digital wallpaper using our original Popolvuh videogame images to adorn your PC’s desktop , signed by all the team and with a special thanks for you!


$25.00 USD help

Rewards: Everything above, plus a free PREMIUM version of the game!


$50.00 USD help

Rewards: Everything above, plus your name on the thank you  credits page of the game website

 

$80.00 USD help

Rewards: Everything above, plus the Popolvuh Original Soundtrack with some introductory words thanking your full name for your help


$100.00 USD help

Rewards: Everything above, plus  the OFFICIAL game poster sent directly to your door signed by our Producers (Monarres Father and Son) and with a special thanks for you!

**National orders, please add an additional $10 USD to your contribution.

**International orders, please add an additional $18 to your contribution.


$125.00 USD help

Rewards: Everything above, plus  a signed postcard, with special thanks for your help, of Mayan Pyramids of "Chichen Itza" city, which was one of the largest Maya cities and it was likely to have been one of the mythical great cities. The city is located in the Mexican state of Yucatán (close to Cancun beach)

**National orders, please add an additional $10 USD to your contribution.

**International orders, please add an additional $18 to your contribution.


$250.00 USD help

Rewards: Everything above, plus an exclusive Popolvuh main characters T-Shirt signed by our Producers (Monarres Father and Son)  and sent directly to your door

**National orders, please add an additional $20 USD to your contribution.

**International orders, please add an additional $28 to your contribution.


$500.00 USD help

Rewards: Everything above, plus  a cartoon character made specially for you, using the style and scenery of Popolvuh. Just send us over any picture you want and one of our cartoonists will draw a fantastic character out of it.   We will use photoshop to give wonderful colours.  


$1,000.00 USD help

Rewards: Everything above, plus  a 10 seconds video made specially for you, using our digital material from Popolvuh scenes and the Original Soundtrack. We can make any voice acting to animate your required dialogue in any of the 17 Popolvuh videogame languages.


$5,000.00 USD help

Rewards: Everything above, plus  a personalized assistance to invite you to visit Mayan piramids at Cancun Mexico. We can help you to book flight tickets, hotels, taxis and the best tours at your own convenience so you spend the best vacations that you ever imagined.


$10,000.00 USD help

Rewards: Everything above, plus a package of five nights for 2 people at Ocean Maya Royale Hotel -  It is an all inclusive 5 stars resort for adults located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, just 6 miles from Playa del Carmen and 53 miles from Cancun Mexico.

(Ocean Mayan Resort at Cancun Mexico)


Our final words to kindly request your help

We believe that with this production we will send a worldwide message of peace and love. In sum, regardless of the language and nationality, we want to make people feel that we are not that different when we come to the moment of letting our children to play videogames, We all enjoy and appreciate meaningful stories.


    We are aware of risks and challenges

    We are aware that we are in high risk of not receiving the support that we are looking for, no problem, whatever it happens, we will try to accomplish our dream in one way or another one. However, you can help us a lot if you also forward this site link to another people and maybe you can also talk to your friends and relatives about our campaign.  


    Best wishes and thanks a lot for having read our campaign ;)

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      Rewards: Exclusive digital wallpaper using our original Popolvuh videogame images to adorn your PC’s desktop , signed by all the team and with a special thanks for you!

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      Rewards: Everything above, plus a signed postcard, with special thanks for your help, of Mayan Pyramids of "Chichen Itza" city, which was one of the largest Maya cities and it was likely to have been one of the mythical great cities. The city is located in the Mexican state of Yucatán (close to Cancun beach) **National orders, please add an additional $10 USD to your contribution. **International orders, please add an additional $18 to your contribution.

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      Rewards: Everything above, plus an exclusive Popolvuh main characters T-Shirt signed by our Producers (Monarres Father and Son) and sent directly to your door **National orders, please add an additional $20 USD to your contribution. **International orders, please add an additional $28 to your contribution.

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      Rewards: Everything above, plus a cartoon character made specially for you, using the style and scenery of Popolvuh. Just send us over any picture you want and one of our cartoonists will draw a fantastic character out of it. We will use photoshop to give wonderful colours.

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      Rewards: Everything above, plus a personalized assistance to invite you to visit Mayan piramids at Cancun Mexico. We can help you to book flight tickets, hotels, taxis and the best tours at your own convenience so you spend the best vacations that you ever imagined.

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      Vacations package

      Rewards: Everything above, plus a package of five nights for 2 people at Ocean Maya Royale Hotel - It is an all inclusive 5 stars resort for adults located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, just 6 miles from Playa del Carmen and 53 miles from Cancun Mexico.

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