Hello everyone! Perusing interesting crowdfunding projects as I often do I was surprised to see a rather unique development - a game inspired, backed, and created by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist of "Star Talk", Planetary Society , successor host of "Cosmos" after the late Carl Sagan, and general all around science and space advocate! The game is called "Space Odyssey" and as one would expect, is a space exploration title. Much of the technology is based on real science and futurist, theoretical advances that could be present at a time when interplanetary exploration is possible. Its notable that it includes both grand strategy "Civilization-style" and "god game" elements, as there are options to create whole planets (like your starting world) with complex ecosystems and you must make choices for technology trees to guide your spacefaring civilization and discover new technologies. Other elements of the game include the direct exploration of the galaxy from the deck/cockpit of your ship, setting up colonies and outposts (there will be on-foot avatars as well), mining, trading, discovering alien life, and generally "Sciencing the hell out of things". Its notable that the game is available to be played either single player or multiplayer, with some noteworthy features for the latter. You can play with others directly, but you can also experience the systems created by other players - they even have tapped certain special guests like George R. R. Martin and Neil Gaiman to create certain systems with planets, civilizations and more! Much like Kerbal Space Program it will be "educational' but focus first and foremost on enjoyable gameplay, so for those who are interested in titles like Evochron, Vendetta Online, Elite Dangerous, or other space, strategy, and simulation titles will find a lot to enjoy. The Kickstarter just started funding and as a neat trick has a financial goal of $314,159 ! They plan to launch at the end of 2018 and support both Windows and Mac to start; I'm trying to figure out about Linux in the interim, if they have it planned or if it is possible to be a stretch goal. Right now, you can get a copy of the game for just $29 which also gives you access to the standard Beta plus some other goodies. At $65, you get the earlier VIP beta, a special in-game helmet, and some other goodies. Above that amount, everything else is pretty much physical , such as a signed copy of Tyson's book, or special comics and prints thanks to Len Wien, a writer known for his work in both DC and Marvel comics. This is nice, as backers can get some unique physical collectibles if they wish, but don't need to feel like they need to pony up big bucks to get all of the in-game widgets. A link to the campaign follows - If it looks like something you'd enjoy, it seems like a worthwhile project from some influential community members that will help to energize interest in space exploration while also offering a lot of fun. Take a look! P.S - Update 1 confirms they plan to support Linux and are using Unreal as an engine! I'll be asking if they can add it officially to the feature list!