Silica neXus

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Convergence’s Silica neXus Project is a Cross-Reality Virtual Universe with a blockchain backbone securing its virtual goods economy. Convergence’s unique entry into the space, (known as Cross-Reality or XR) allows participants to interact from every type of device with each other. While the rest of the entertainment sector is creating content based on one device, Convergence is creating the technology and protocols for cross platform connections with interfaces specific to the type of device and hardware being used to connect to the Virtual Universe. Email Us for more information. 

All of this will take advantage of technologies that are constantly improving such as Smartphones, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Immersive Simulations Systems, etc.

Developers can create, experience, and monetize content and applications. Virtual Objects in SXVU are owned and traded by the community. Users claim ownership of virtual objects on a blockchain-based ledger of objects.

Objects are fungible, transferrable, scarce digital assets stored in a smart contract containing both the transaction history and the developers’ creation credits of each object. Much like movie credits, who put in the efforts required to bring each object into being. Objects can be acquired in many different ways depending on the logic of the experience they belong with; from grinding away in quests, earned rewards for leveling up, to simply buying them from the online marketplace.

We will introduce brand new intellectual property (IP) with unlimited entertainment potential and simultaneously create a toolset that allows other devs to merge their game levels and worlds into our shared virtual universe. This will create exponential growth and convert Silica neXus into a premiere platform and gateway with the potential to expand into other areas such as eLearning, multimedia archives, simulation prototyping, eCommerce, financial services, and much more.

 

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WHAT ARE WE BUILDING? 

CONVERGENCE (Convergence of 4 Dimensions LLC) will create the first comprehensive Cross-Reality Virtual Universe (XR-VU) combining the consumer game market with the arcade and out-of-home entertainment market. Enjoy different ways of interacting with your friends from your one account that spans across Smartphones, Tablets, Consoles, PCs, Arcades, LBEs and the ultimate in Theme Park Attractions; all with Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Standard Screen Interfaces intertwined into one virtual universe, where each planet is a completely different game/experience. 

Goals: World domination! By using our networking savvy and bleeding-edge entertainment experience, we will lure all of humanity into our web of happy, joyful, gaming goodness. Without even realizing it, the masses will fall under our spell, losing themselves forever within Silica neXus. Of course we do have a fallback plan… simply building the largest entertainment project ever conceived, creating a cult-like following through social engagement tools from Managed Crowd-Sourcing and Crowd-Funding efforts.

Innovation: First use of Contextual Based Interfaces allowing different device-dependent entertainment experiences from both personal devices and out-of-home attractions merged contextually into one virtual universe.

A LITTLE BACKSTORY   

You hear about the neXus every day. Cultural icons, scientists, and philosophers all agree--which, when you think about it, is rather amazing--"we may be living in a simulation like the Matrix!" The Silica neXus Universe is all around us, like the Force of Star Wars fame, and your limited senses simply do not allow you to see past the veil that separates our “reality” from the worlds of Silica neXus. In spite of this limitation you are swimming in a three-dimensional volume of particle and wave, the Eather-Realms that connect everything and everyone in the universe—seen and unseen—to you. There may be creatures all around you, ready to drain your life-force; a doorway to another world—which would be light years away using Einsteinian physics, is just a short walk through a wormhole.

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HOW WILL YOU PLAY? 

The Silica neXus Virtual Universe is set in the here and now, on the other side of the dimensional veil, allowing for the multi-participant crossover from the area around you, your neighborhood, town, and city, connected to the other side of the universe, millions of light years and thousands of galaxies away. The only way to see and hear what is happening on the other side of the veil is through the telepresence technology given to us by the Mythilaen race—a race of aliens that share our common enemy, the NE.

You control drones and avatars remotely through telepresence. This connection is made possible through the quantum instantaneous connections provided by stable wormhole technologies provided by our allies. To you this technology is disguised as Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and standard game console and PC interfaces. This tech not only allows you to move about and interact with the world around you, but to travel from one planet to another, across vast distances in the blink of an eye.

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WHO IS CONVERGENCE?  

The project is led by:

Andrew Prell, CEO, creator of Wolfenstien VR, Cybertag, Xenomorph VR, the Reality Rocket and the Brainwave Joystick patent. Creator of the underpinnings of the Silica neXus Blind Device Communication Theory and Contextual-Based Interfaces.

Paul Baker, Senior Director of Convergence. Paul has worked on critically-acclaimed AAA titles such as Assassins Creed 3, Quake III, Star Wars Battlefront I, Star Wars Battlefront II, Mercenaries I, Jurassic Park 3, Star Trek Away Team, Soldier of Fortune I, Battlezone II, Dark Reign II, Civilization Call to Power, Heavy Gear II, Heretic II, Return to Zork, along with many others.

David Bishop, Former Chief Operating Officer of NAMCO USA, helped found and establish NAMCO’s out-of-home entertainment business in North America, working with everything from commercial video games to virtual reality simulators like Virtuality and Magic Edge to large scale entertainment destinations. Responsible for creating over 1,400 Namco Entertainment Centers.

Tom Roe, Creative Director, part of the team that created Wolfenstien VR, Cybertag, Xenomorph VR, and the Reality Rocket, Tom is a published author, and creator of the Silica Sci-Fi novel series by T. A. Roe on Amazon.

Ron Meiners, Community Director, EA: TheSims, THQ, Turner, Ubisoft, Burning Man, Multiverse.net, Hollywood Interactive. Community strategy and design, social media messaging and engagement, social media metrics and analysis, building brand loyalty, long-term brand partnerships, online and interactive marketing, productive community interactions, online social dynamics, emergent behavior, user-created content, and the interplay of user experience and social identity online.

Igor Livitz, Technology Director, VTI, Agora Technologies, has worked with Andrew Prell on numinous projects since 1995. Goal-oriented, results-focused hands-on development leader who is used to wearing many hats. Fast-learning, creative technologist who enjoys passing his knowledge along to others. Broad-based expertise includes a full software development cycle. Participated in projects developed “in-house” and outsourced offshore.

Frank Ballouz, Out-of-Home Entertainment Director: Early Atari, Nintendo, Namco, and More. National Sales and Marketing Mgr at Atari. After Nolan Bushnell left Atari, Frank transitioned to Nintendo USA. Also CAPCOM, FABTEK, and much more.

Jay Moore, Contributor Director, Sierra Online, GarageGames, managed over 200,000 Indie Developers

John Canning, Advisor, NBCUniversal, Disney, Yahoo, Microsoft, Cisco, and Others

Kevin Williams, Advisor, KWP Consultant, Founder at DNA Association & Conference. Part of team that created DisneyQuest.

Kevin Bachus, Advisor, SVP Entertainment & Games Strategy at Dave & Buster’s. Project manager creating DirectX. Part of team that created the Xbox.

Jeffery Goddard, Advisor, Founder and CEO TVA Media Group. Clients such as Toyota, Universal, MasterCard, Pepsi, and WarGaming.net. Help World of Tanks achieve 150M players.

Bernie Stolar, Advisor, FMR. President Sega of America, FMR. President Mattel Interactive, FMR President of Atari

Keith Teare, Advisor, Executive Chairman at Accelerated Digital Ventures, co-founder of TechCrunch, ICObox Advisor.

WHY ARE WE BUILDING THIS?  

Because we love games, virtual environments and entertainment technology. It is time for Cross-Reality to be realized. Real innovation has stagnated since the 2004 debut of World of Warcraft. Major studios seem to be re-skinning old ideas; no one wants to take a chance on a truly innovative concept because they say: “It’s too BIG”, “It’s too expensive” and “It will never work”.

This is the team that can deliver authentic Cross-Reality experiences and create the technology, tools, protocols, game mechanics and procedures for other developers to create their own interactive Cross-Reality experiences. We believe that accomplishing that goal will change entertainment forever!

We are also tired of getting ripped off when we are trying to sell digital assets earned while playing our favorite games. We believe our players—all players—deserve safe, secure transactions with their virtual items when they want to trade or sell. Putting these transactions on the blockchain might not fully eliminate the rampant fraud happening, however, it will bring it much closer to extinction. 

HOW WILL WE BUILD THIS?   

We need your help…

We have already put thousands of hours and several years of effort into the conceptual development of Silica neXus. We have also created several prototype apps that demonstrate what is possible with the AR portion of this universe. To take it to the next level, we need funding to complete the CORE multiplayer service that will allow a true interactive multiplayer AR experience on your smartphone.

The First Five Interfaces:  

1) Silica neXus AR App is in development for iOS and Android devices. The final release of the Silica neXus AR App is expected to launch in 2019 with the Nexus Station Center. But we want you to get access to the app before that. Help us fund the first part of this amazing game universe at least the SEEKER level and receive beta access to help us refine the experience and make it the best AR game ever!

2) Silica neXus Arcade Interface is in development for customized equipment. Silica neXus Arcade is expected to launch in 2019 with the Nexus Station Center.

 

3) Silica neXus LBE Interface is in development for customized equipment. Silica neXus LBE Interface is expected to launch in 2019 with the Nexus Station Center.

4) Silica neXus Theme Park Interface is in development for MaxFlight Simulators and other customized equipment. Silica neXus Theme Park Interface is expected to launch in 2019 with the Nexus Station Center.

5) Silica neXus CORE is in development for PC, Mac, and Linux in English and will be delivered in standard and DRM-free versions on Steam, GoG, and Humble stores. The game will also be made available in German, French, and Russian (with localized text, and audio subtitles) in a post-launch update. Other platforms and languages may be announced later.  Silica neXus Core is expected to launch in early 2022.

The release dates may seem a bit out of order, coming out first with the AR App, and then with out-of-home content before releasing the CORE on PC.  The reason for this, is the CORE is the heart of the system and the development for it is similar to building a AAA title like World of Warcraft tm. Where as, the other content is being built in partnership with third parties for their equipment and tied together by the Silica neXus AR App.

THE BASICS

Indie Developer Platform:

To allow the universe to be as diverse as possible, have constant growth and innovation, Convergence will build the base CORE, and its competing factions as examples and to create a base set of tools, techniques, procedures and game mechanics. Silica neXus is designed to also be a stepping off point, a gateway and portal to endless different possible experiences only limited by the minds of the 3rd party developers wanting to create and publish Cross-Reality interactive experiences.

Platform for third party Game Developers to create Cross-Reality experiences. We are creating a coalition, banding together as a resource and support network to help each other flourish as an independent. Shared Risk, Maximized Reward.

How we intend to work with developers:  

Already have a team? Great!

Want to join a team? Our matchmaking Developer Relation Manager (under development) can help you find the right fit.

What is Silica neXus?

Silica neXus is an XR Virtual Universe experience and it’s a portal to many other XR experiences developed by 3rd parties.

MAITRE BY SVEN

Based on the Silica: novel series by T.A. Roe, the experience is set in the Silica Virtual Universe on the other side of the dimensional veil from our universe. We can only see it, interact with it and travel around in it through telepresence technology, (disguised as AR, VR and standard game equipment), given to us by the Mythilae (this is the plural form of Mythilaen), allied aliens who interact with us through the Aether Realms.

The conflict mankind has been thrust into is the war between the Mythilae and the Maitre. Within the aetherrealms there is a form of energy which is both particle and wave that is essentially quantum in nature. This material is what makes up not only all things within the aetherrealms, but all things within the world and universe around us. Just as a person could dissolve a rock and extract a valuable resource such as gold or diamond on this side of the veil, within the aether, you can do the same with objects or creatures, which converts them into a useful source of energy and material. This aether goo can be found and collected during and after a battle. This type of interaction is a key aspect of the neXus portal combat featured in our AR application. It can be traded and used to develop aethertech or power aethertech devices once it has been refined into derivative materials.

The Maitre seem bent on acquiring and consuming all known resources in the aetherrealms and destroying anyone or anything that tries to stop them. Mankind has unintentionally broken the veil between dimensions. Fortunately, the Mythilae discovered the tear first. They came to warn us and recruit our best warriors to help them battle the NE.

However, some of us humans are not satisfied with the freely available gifts given to us and instead seek other access points and contacts. These rogue elements within the Terran Defense forces have created concern among our ranks. They have taken the new technologies and used them as a way to garner favor with other groups. This has not gone entirely unnoticed by the Counsel; however, these nefarious activities are difficult to track and even more difficult to stop. These factions have established unsanctioned bases on worlds by hitching rides with illegal interstellar trade merchants, spies and even pirates. We are concerned that this might someday return to bite us in the ass but little can be done save keep a wary eye for any sign of trouble.

What are contextual based interfaces?

Contextual Based Interfaces are interfaces to the Virtual Universe that take into "context" the type of device(s) the participant is using, combined with the type of display and other simulation equipment they want to engage the Virtual Universe with (i.e. VR, AR, standard screen displays, simulators, motion bases, tactile feedback suits, brainwave EEG sensors, etc…), we also have to take into account their environment (are they engaging from a consumer location – their home – or a Location Based Facility or Theme Park.)

These factors must be taken into consideration to develop the interface for interaction with others in the VU. Each Interface will bring with it a standard set of game mechanics, policies, procedures, and typical functions the interface can and/or should perform as a member of a larger group with a variety of interfaces. The possibilities are endless as people keep coming up with unique new VR, AR and Sim gear.

We intend to establish a core set of these variables and allow 3rd parties to develop their own as the VU evolves over time.

One way to look at the interfaces is on the power pyramid scale. The higher you get, the more powerful and costly is the interface. Silica neXus provides the low level backed layer linking the front end interface to the game engine. In this why we can allow developers to develop on with their tools of choice and use our protocols to link to the larger Virtual Universe.

The AR Interface: The base AR Interface will be the smart phone. The Silica neXus AR App will be like a multi-player geo-location experience for driving quests in the world around you. It will also be a means to quickly connect your account to out-of-home equipment. The AR interface will also allow for the use of devices such as the Hololens, and others once they are in mass circulation.

The VR home Interface: The base VR home interface will be based on a modern VR ready PC with an HMD and controllers, such as the HTC VIVE or Oculus Rift. It will allow for a variety of other consumer level devices to be added in the future. This is approximately a $3,000 per user set up based on today’s prices.

The VR Arcade Interface: The base VR arcade interface will be developed with specific partners as they come out with top quality arcade ready equipment. We have several we are working with today. This is approximately a $12,000 per user set up based on today’s prices.

The VR LBE Interface: The base VR LBE interface will be developed with specific partners as they come out with top quality arcade ready equipment. We have several we are working with today. This is approximately a $40,000 per user set up based on today’s prices.

The VR Theme Park Interface: The base VR Theme Park interface would be a full-blown simulator setup. We are currently partnered with MaxFlight Simulators here and are looking for other quality equipment. This is approximately a $150,000 per user set up based on today’s prices.

They are the only company in the world that produces a fully interactive simulator that can perform 360 degree motion over two axes. You can actually experience the G-forces as you take your own craft for a spin around the universe.

MaxFlight Simulators

Because we’re an independent studio with big dreams for an amazing Cross-Reality Platform and Portal we understand that this project will require a substantial budget to realize its full potential. The CORE IP will take the bulk of this funding and we are planning to build this technology in stages. We are confident we can deliver the AR component of the Virtual Universe without any Crowdfunding support.

The most important feature of our technology will be cross-reality (XR). This will hinge on the CORE and will bring together multiple device interfaces into a single virtual universe. It will also provide the tools necessary for 3rd party devs to create their own levels and worlds.

Foundations for Virtual Universe Economy and Blockchain Ecosystem

While Bitcoin, Ethereum, Blockchain and smart contracts are relatively new to the technology world, Virtual Economies are not. Virtual Economies have been alive and well in video games for decades. Virtual Goods have harnessed real world value ever since someone flew across the country to meet another player in person to buy an epic sword in Ultima Online. This occurred because there was no way both sides could trust the other would perform their part of the transaction remotely and both sides of the transaction were irreversible with no recourse. The perceived value of the sword had that much draw to the player who wanted it, more than just the money, the prestige within the online community of owning it drove him to spend the extra time and money to fly across the country to ensure the transaction.

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Crowdfunding Campaign

This is where you come in!

The scope of this project expands in the five major FUNDING STAGES below - so that no matter which funding level we attain, we’re sure to deliver a great Cross-Reality experience and platform for 3rd party developers to add to. Help us co-fund Silica neXus and let’s see how big this game can get!

STAGE 1 - AR App

Think of the Silica neXus Social AR App like a multi-player Pokémon Go with a purpose to run quests and events in the real-world environment around your town, all tied to the Virtual Universe. This app will know the players next to you and allow for groups to interact cooperatively or as opposing forces.

STAGE 1+ ADDITIONAL FUNDING GOALS

  • $250,000 - More Adversaries: We'll add a healthy roster of AI controlled creatures for you to fight through for a never ending supply of carnage. A larger variety of alien combatants will keep the experiences fresh and you on your toes to protect your neighborhood.
  • $400,000 - Expanded Mission Objectives: We'll add a variety of mission types to AR App, the more their are the more you have to explore, the more gear you can earn.
  • $500,000 - Expanded Environments: We'll add a wider variety of geo-location quests around your town to the game.

STAGE 2 - Integrated Arcade Units

We will work with Arcade manufactures to help them stream line the best of breed VR/AR/XR Arcade units into the Silica neXus Universe allowing your account to activate in their system.

STAGE 3 - Integrated LBE Units

We will work with Location Based Entertainment (LBE) manufactures to help them stream line the best of breed VR/AR/XR LBE equipment into the Silica neXus Universe allowing your account to activate in their system.

STAGE 4 - Integrated MaxFlight Simulators! 

This stage will allow us to fully integrate MaxFlight Simulators into the Silica neXus Universe allowing your account to activate in their system.  This will allow you to build your own crafts and mechs throughout the Universe then operate them in a top of the line simulator. We will have competitive dog fights and robot boxing just to name a few!

STAGE 5 is: Open the first of many Nexus Station Centers!

We love this stretch goal because the team is passionate about creating this center. VR and AR are really a high-touch purchasing decisions. It has long been said that to fully understand them, you have to experience them. Which can be said about everything that relates to XR, new experiences, controllers, tactile feedback devices, everything. People have to try them to understand them. The Nexus Station will be a high profile showcase for everything XR. We have been in discussions over the past year with many partners and potential partners who have come to understand that they need showcase centers to gain the exposure needed for their products. We intend to give them just that and so much more in these centers.

The NeXus Station is a Location Based Entertainment (LBE) facility which encapsulates a theatrical tour Silica neXus storyline experience of five contextual based interfaces of the Silica neXus Project all driven from Silica neXus’ Social AR App. The Social AR App will keep the players engaged with the story, their account, and the community while away from the center.

The NeXus Station’s purpose is to teach the public the virtues of Cross-Reality while we entertain them, plus sell them the latest in XR hardware, software, and Virtual Goods. The consumer industry generates over $100B per year in revenue and 72% of that is the sale of virtual goods.

Revenue from the NeXus Station would provide for the overhead of the center and the ongoing R&D to create, manage, and market the Silica neXus Project.

The NeXus Station experience is broken into 7 phases over 30 minutes and is broken up in 6 -5 minute areas and unlimited time in the XR Startups' Bazaar and Merchandising Area.

NeXus Station theatrical tour experience phases are:

  1. ORIENTATION Room: the customer registers on the app while going through the mission briefing

  • Intro To Silica Nexus Backstory
  • Experiment gone wrong – Veil Torn
  • Meet the Mythilaen race
  • Understand the Mythilae / NE conflict & our pending threat
  • Rationale behind the “The Coalition” secret society / receiving the mobile AR technology

  1. AR Room:

  • Explain the Earth Based AR Quests – how you earn in-game gear and real world rewards
  • Experience a “Find and Close Wormhole Quest”
  • Earn pieces of a flying machine for completing

  1. PC Room:

  • Explain the Off-World Based Desktop/VR environment and Quests – how you earn in-game gear and real world rewards
  • Experience an Off-World Mini-Group Campaign
  • Earn pieces of a flying machine for completing

  1. Arcade Room:

  • Explain the High End Off-World Based skirmishes and how to Aid Quests
  • Experience an Arcade Level Skirmish
  • Earn pieces of a flying machine for completing

  1. LBE Room:

  • Explain the Higher End Off-World Based Skirmishes and how to Aid Quests
  • Experience an LBE Level Skirmish
  • Earn pieces of a flying machine for completing

  1. Motion Simulator Room:

  • Assemble the pieces of the Flying Machine you have collected in your account
  • Take it for a spin in a $300,000 MaxFlight Simulator

  1. De-Briefing / XR Startup's Bazaar / Merchandising Room(s)

Once participants complete the circuit of quests and earn their personal flying crafts into their home accounts, they can socialize with other fans in our open arcade or check out the latest from XR Startups in the Startups' Bazaar or browse the XR merchandise in our showroom.

Once funded, Convergence is planning on mainly hiring from our loyal fan base.

This is a project for developers

We need 3D artists, modelers, riggers, animators, C++ programmers, Proficient Unity Developers, UnReal Developers and CryEngine Developers. Level Designers, Story Boarders, Evangelists ; if you have a team great, bring them, if you have skills but have not found a team, great, we will match you up to form a team to allow you to expand your skill set.

We are looking to build out many Cross-Reality experiences, manage thousands of developers, and that means we need you!

We've focused on really awesome reward levels that we know we can deliver. This focus will allow us to devote more of your funding towards making the best Silica neXus Platform possible!

In-Game Rewards:

In the Alpha Mensae system on the second planet from that star the Mythilaens granted us a base planet to colonize and turn in to our base of operations for training and expanding our operations on their side of the dimensional veil. While it is not completely tamed yet, we have created several forts and are expanding colonies into cities to better protect each other. You can build your base camp there on Archipella, humanities' first foothold on a world light-years away from the Earth.

Support Tiers

Here you will find detailed descriptions of the support tiers. 

Level 1 - Watcher: $1
(no limit)

This is an easy way to help us reach our goal and become part of the Silica neXus community. This tier comes with our heartfelt gratitude! You also get email progress reports, community access, and event notifications.

 

Level 2 - Initiate: $5
(no limit)

Watcher Reward + PDF/eBook version of Silica: Transition By our Creative Director T.A. ROE.

Delivery: Before September 6, 2019

Level 3 - Seeker: $15
(no limit)

Initiate Reward + Paperback version of Silica: Transition By our Creative Director T.A. ROE + Early access to SARA

Paperback version of Silica: Transition By our Creative Director T.A. ROE Free S&H in the USA. Opportunity to become a beta tester for the Silica neXus Social Augmented Reality App (SARA) when it becomes available.

Delivery: Before September 6, 2019

Level 4 - Alloy Processor: $25
(Limit: 1,000 units)

Alloy Processing Plant (requires ore) can process 2 SUs of ore into 1 SU of Alloy per month.  

Delivery: Before September 6, 2019

Level 5 - Crude Refinery: $25
(Limit: 1,000 units)

Fuel Processing Plant (requires crude) can process 2 SUs of crude into 1 SU of fuel per month.  

Delivery: Before September 6, 2019

Level 6 - Pioneer: $40
(Limit: 3,000 units)

Initiate Reward + Avatar and Land Plot + Early access to SARA

Stake your claim! This is your opportunity to grab some land on the other side of the neXus. When our first town is established and land is sectioned off, first come first served opportunity to grab your personal piece of this new frontier. We have secured a beachhead in several planetary systems which allow you to put down roots with the help of your remote avatar. Our friends from a nearby system have not only provided us with the technology that creates a safe and stable wormhole, but have also provided remote entities that resemble species and technologies from their side. This allows you to achieve telepresence on their world. To them you will appear as a native. It's like you're really there! Opportunity to become a beta tester for the Silica neXus Social Augmented Reality App (SARA) when it becomes available. Standard Land Plots are 150 x 150 Meters. 

Delivery: Before September 6, 2019

Level 7 - Prospector: $50
(Limit: 1,000 units)

Initiate Reward + Ore Resource Bot (rBOT) + Early access to SARA

Monitor your Resource Bot remotely and gather valuable resources. Alloy is needed as a consumable resource to build many things; buildings, droids, weapons, vehicles, ammunition, and the like. Alloy is produced from Ore. You can either buy the ore, or create your own here so you never run out. With this level you receive one Ore Resource Bot which detects and extracts a standard unit (SU) of ore per month to be processed into alloy by a Processing Plant. You also have an opportunity to become a beta tester for the Silica neXus Social Augmented Reality App (SARA) when it becomes available.

More about Resource Bots: Nanites (Microscopic Nanobots) assemble to form coins so people can pick them up (ever tried to pick up just one molecule?) They are also used to create Resource bots on the CORE planets of Silica neXus. These basic resource bots are used in the collection and production of basic Consumable Resources (“Consumables”) such as Fuel and Alloy on the CORE planets. These Consumables will be used by the players throughout the CORE planets just like gas and steel are consumed in countries around the world. Opportunity to become a beta tester for SARA when it becomes available.

Resource bots will be stored in users’ accounts, along with all of the other virtual goods they collect, until traded or put to use to create resource bots. Resource bots are installed on land parcels to acquire units of Crude or Ore to be processed into Fuel or Alloy respectively. Fuel and Alloy can be used, stored or traded.  Early Adopters through Convergence’s Crowdsource campaign can become first Resource Barons in the SXVU. As the number of users grows on the system, the scarcity of resources will create a natural supply / demand market and the value of the SU of any resource will fluctuate based upon this demand created by the users. Very similar to the ecosystem of the World of Warcraft community.

Delivery: Before September 6, 2019

Level 8 - Leecher: $50
(Limit: 1,000 units)

Initiate Reward + Crude Resource Bot (rBOT) + Early access to SARA

Monitor your Resource Bot remotely and gather valuable resources. Fuel is needed as a consumable resource to run many things; droids, vehicles, factories, and the like. Fuel is produced from Crude. You can either buy the Crude, or create your own here so you never run out. With this level you receive one Crude Resource Bot which detects and extracts a standard unit (SU) of crude per month to be processed into fuel by a Refinery Station. You also have an opportunity to become a beta tester for the Silica neXus Social Augmented Reality App (SARA) when it becomes available.

Delivery: Before September 6, 2019

Level 9 - Freelancer: $60
(Limit: 500 units)

Initiate Reward + Avatar and Freight Skimmer + Hanger Space with 3 mo. free rent + Early access to SARA

Control your remote avatar through telepresence AND pilot your Freight Skimmer. You get access to a remote avatar through telepresence and you get access to a Freighter Vessel which gives you the opportunity to earn your living by offering transport- and mercenary-for-hire services. Freighters include several cabins for use as living quarters as well as cargo space for transporting goods. With 3 months of free hangar space you will have ample time to build your Freelance career or establish yourself in the merchant marines. Opportunity to become a beta tester for the Silica neXus Social Augmented Reality App (SARA) when it becomes available.

Delivery: Before September 6, 2019

Level 10 - Specialist: $70
(Limit: 500 units)

Initiate Reward + Avatar and Aerodrone + Early access to SARA

Control your remote avatar through telepresence AND pilot your personal Aerodrone as a private security officer or lieutenant in the station defense corp. You also get access to living quarters in one of the beautiful residential complexes on this world and 3 months of free rent. Opportunity to become a beta tester for the Silica neXus Social Augmented Reality App (SARA) when it becomes available.

Delivery: Before September 6, 2019

Level 11 - City Planner: $140
(Limit: 100 units)

Initiate Reward + Avatar and Large Central Land Parcel + SARA group leader status

Take charge of your destiny! This is your opportunity to grab some premium land within the commercial sector on the other side of the neXus. Special opportunity to develop a business or political career. When our first town is established and land is sectioned off, first come first served opportunity to grab your personal piece of this new frontier. We have secured a beachhead in several planetary systems which allow you to put down roots with the help of your remote avatar. Our friends from a nearby system have not only provided us with the technology that creates a safe and stable wormhole, but have also provided remote entities that resemble species and technologies from their side. This allows you to achieve telepresence on their world. To them you will appear as a native. It's like you're really there! This perk comes with clout. It could save you a lot of time building the resources and connections needed to establish yourself as an entrepreneur or political figure on the other side of the neXus.  Opportunity to become a beta tester for the Silica neXus Social Augmented Reality App (SARA) when it becomes available Special perk allows you to create campaigns and events as group/clan leader. 

About Large Central Land Parcels: These parcels of land are key holdings for those that would create a town center, commercial district, or rental zones for other players. Perhaps you would like to build a guild meeting hall for your house or clan? These parcels are 4 plots of land, but more importantly, their location is everything. Resources in the town center are well protected and cost much less than the same resources outside of the city limits. This could be the beginning of your virtual real estate empire.

Delivery: Before September 6, 2019

Level 12 - City Tycoon: $500
(Limit: 100,000 units)

11 rBOTs + City Planner Perk

These basic resource bots are used in the collection and production of basic Consumable Resources (“Consumables”) such as Fuel and Alloy on the CORE planets. These Consumables will be used by the players throughout the CORE planets just like gas and steel are consumed in countries around the world. Opportunity to become a beta tester for SARA when it becomes available.

City Planner Perk includes: Initiate Reward + Avatar and Large Central Land Parcel + SARA group leader status

Delivery: Before September 6, 2019

Level 13 - Land Barron: $1,000
(Limit: 50,000 units)

23 rBOTs + Land Barron Perk

Add a Very Large Outer Land Parcel

Land Barron Perk includes: Initiate Reward + Avatar and Very Large Outer Lands Parcel + SARA group leader status

About Very Large Outer Lands Parcels:  These parcels are 9 plots of land, located on the outskirts of a city, somewhat like a ranch estate. This could be used to create a suburb-like environment, an industrial production area, commercial enterprise, or broken into single plots of land to be rented or sold.

Delivery: Before September 6, 2019

Level 14 - Magnate: $5,000
(Limit: 10,000 units)

125 rBOTs + Nobel Status

Nobel Status Perk includes: Initiate Reward + Avatar and Massively Large Outer Lands Parcel + SARA group leader status

About Massively Large Outer Lands Parcels:  These parcels are 25 plots of land, located on the outskirts of a city, somewhat like a ranch estate. This could be used to create a suburb-like environment, an industrial production area, commercial enterprise, or broken into single plots of land to be rented or sold. BONUS: You also get access to a large apartment in deluxe housing within the city and a seat in the government. This perk also gives you the opportunity to create a guild house, clan, or unique corporation on the other side of the neXus that will live on within the game (name approval required).

Delivery: Before September 6, 2019

Level 15 - Legendary: $9,995 
(Limit: 1,000 units)

300 rBOTs + Special Lair or Hangout + Legendary Status 

About Special Lairs and Hangouts:  This could be an exclusive island, an asteroid base, a building complex on a huge parcel of land, an underground facility, or some other special locale that can be uniquely yours. Usable space for construction and/or land development will vary, but expect this parcel to be at least 36 plots of land + additional lair or hanguot area. Use your wealth to create an empire within the neXus universe; good or evil, corporate or pirate--the possibilities are only limited by your imagination

Delivery: Before September 6, 2019

Virtual Plots (your in-game plots of land)

■ Land Lease (Transferable) - $40 to have first selection before core game is released - 5 acre compound on Archipella in the Alpha Mensae star system. The following is representative of the land structure island on this world, other star systems will vary.

Once CORE releases, new players can earn a plot by level 30. (By then will all the great ones be taken?) The following is just one island about 75 miles across on a planet the size of earth. More land will become available.

  • Island :

  • 1 Sector layout :

  • 1 Plot of Land 150x150 Meters :

How will you defend your land and other property? What will you use to transport your goods and supplies? As we expand our rewards in the future, ships will become available.

Stinger Escort Ship

Level 1 Hauler

Base Defense Tower

NOTE: All models are to be considered place holders and are subject to change as the development progresses. So expect the actual shipping products to look, act and feel different than the ones portrayed here. 

To encourage everyone to get involved and share their passion for the Silica neXus Virtual Universe, we've created a set of missions for you to collectively complete, listed below. Each mission accomplished by the Silica neXus Community (SXC) earns a point. Earned points unlock cool content in the game and fun rewards for Backers (also listed below).

Challenges

We know there are fans that have been burned by other crowdfunding projects, and we’re really sorry you had to go through that. The Convergence team knows how to make quality games, we know how to finish them, and we have no intention of letting you down.

Game development is not without risk, though. We're building an all-new codebase that allows for integration of assets, maps, play-styles, and XR capabilities, with lofty visual and gameplay goals. We know that really nailing the feel of Silica neXus will take time and iteration. We’ll need new team members, too, but we've proven that we have a pretty damn good track record for hiring talented, dedicated people who go the extra mile.

So, the standard game development caveats apply. Some new features may take longer to make than we thought. Some piece of gameplay may not be as fun as it sounded on paper and we’ll need to revise it several times until it works.

But that's part of the fun of making games.

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Convergence’s Silica neXus Project: A Cross-Reality Virtual Universe with a blockchain backbone securing the virtual goods economy
Watcher: $1.00

This is an easy way to help us reach our goal and become part of the Silica neXus community.

Initiate: $5.00

PDF/eBook version of Silica: Transition By our Creative Director T.A. ROE

Delivery: Before March, 2019

Seeker: $15.00

Paperback version of Silica: Transition By our Creative Director T.A. ROE Free S&H in the USA. Opportunity to become a beta tester for the Silica neXus Social Augmented Reality App (SARA) when it becomes available.

Delivery:Before March, 2019

Alloy Processor: $25.00

Alloy Processing Plant (requires Ore) can process 2 SUs of Ore into 1 SU of Alloy per month.  You can buy Ore to process from others or mine it yourself with a Ore Resource Bot (Level 7 Below).

Delivery:Before March, 2019

Limit: 1 of 1000 Taken
Crude Refinery: $25.00

Fuel Processing Plant (requires crude) can process 2 SUs of crude into 1 SU of fuel per month. You can buy crude to process from others or mine it yourself with a Crude Resource Bot (Level 8 Below).

Delivery:Before March, 2019

Limit: 1 of 1000 Taken
Pioneer: $40.00

Stake your claim! This is your opportunity to grab some land on the other side of the neXus. When our first town is established and land is sectioned off, first come first served opportunity to grab your personal piece of this new frontier. We have secured a beachhead in several planetary systems which allow you to put down roots with the help of your remote avatar. Our friends from a nearby system have not only provided us with the technology that creates a safe and stable wormhole, but have also provided remote entities that resemble species and technologies from their side. This allows you to achieve telepresence on their world. To them you will appear as a native. It’s like you’re really there! Opportunity to become a beta tester for the Silica neXus Social Augmented Reality App (SARA) when it becomes available. Standard Land Plots are 150 x 150 Meters. 

Delivery:Before March, 2019

Limit: 0 of 3000 Taken
Prospector: $50.00

Monitor your Resource Bot remotely and gather valuable resources. Alloy is needed as a consumable resource to build many things; buildings, droids, weapons, vehicles, ammunition, and the like. Alloy is produced from Ore. You can either buy the ore, or create your own here so you never run out. With this level you receive one Ore Resource Bot, which detects and extracts one standard unit (SU) of ore per month to be processed into alloy by a Processing Plant. You also have an opportunity to become a beta tester for the Silica neXus Social Augmented Reality App (SARA) when it becomes available.

More about Resource Bots: Nanites (Microscopic Nanobots) assemble to form coins so people can pick them up (ever tried to pick up just one molecule?) They are also used to create Resource bots on the CORE planets of Silica neXus. These basic resource bots are used in the collection and production of basic Consumable Resources (“Consumables”) such as Fuel and Alloy on the CORE planets. These Consumables will be used by the players throughout the CORE planets just like gas and steel are consumed in countries around the world. Opportunity to become a beta tester for SARA when it becomes available.

Resource bots will be stored in users’ accounts, along with all of the other virtual goods they collect, until traded or put to use to create resource bots. Resource bots are installed on land parcels to acquire fundamental Crude or Ore for processing into Fuel or Alloy respectively. Fuel and Alloy can be used, stored or traded.  Early Adopters through Convergence’s Crowdsource campaign can become first Resource Barons in the SXVU. As the number of users grows on the system, the scarcity of resources will create a natural supply/demand market and the value of resources will fluctuate based upon this demand created by the users. Very similar to the ecosystem of the World of Warcraft community.

Delivery:Before March, 2019

Limit: 5 of 1000 Taken
Leecher: $50.00

Monitor your Resource Bot remotely and gather valuable resources. Fuel is needed as a consumable resource to run many things; droids, vehicles, factories, and the like. Fuel is produced from Crude. You can either buy the Crude, or create your own here so you never run out. With this level you receive one Crude Resource Bot which detects and extracts one standard unit (SU) of crude per month to be processed into fuel by a Refinery Station. You also have an opportunity to become a beta tester for the Silica neXus Social Augmented Reality App (SARA) when it becomes available.

Delivery:Before March, 2019

Limit: 4 of 1000 Taken
Freelancer: $60.00

Control your remote avatar through telepresence AND pilot your Freight Skimmer. You get access to a remote avatar through telepresence and you get access to a Freighter Vessel which gives you the opportunity to earn your living by offering transport- and mercenary-for-hire services. Freighters include several cabins for use as living quarters as well as cargo space for transporting goods. With 3 months of free hangar space you will have ample time to build your Freelance career or establish yourself in the merchant marines. Opportunity to become a beta tester for the Silica neXus Social Augmented Reality App (SARA) when it becomes available.

Delivery:Before March, 2019

Limit: 1 of 500 Taken
Specialist: $70.00

Control your remote avatar through telepresence AND pilot your personal Aerodrone as a private security officer or lieutenant in the station defense corp. You also get access to living quarters in one of the beautiful residential complexes on this world and 3 months of free rent. Opportunity to become a beta tester for the Silica neXus Social Augmented Reality App (SARA) when it becomes available.

Delivery:Before March, 2019

Limit: 1 of 500 Taken
City Planner: $140.00

Take charge of your destiny! This is your opportunity to grab some premium land within the commercial sector on the other side of the neXus. Special opportunity to develop a business or political career. When our first town is established and land is sectioned off, first come first served opportunity to grab your personal piece of this new frontier. We have secured a beachhead in several planetary systems which allow you to put down roots with the help of your remote avatar. Our friends from a nearby system have not only provided us with the technology that creates a safe and stable wormhole, but have also provided remote entities that resemble species and technologies from their side. This allows you to achieve telepresence on their world. To them you will appear as a native. It’s like you’re really there! This perk comes with clout. It could save you a lot of time building the resources and connections needed to establish yourself as an entrepreneur or political figure on the other side of the neXus.  Opportunity to become a beta tester for the Silica neXus Social Augmented Reality App (SARA) when it becomes available Special perk allows you to create campaigns and events as group/clan leader. 

About Large Central Land Parcels: These parcels of land are key holdings for those that would create a town center, commercial district, or rental zones for other players. Perhaps you would like to build a guild meeting hall for your house or clan? These parcels are 4 plots of land, but more importantly, their location is everything. Resources in the town center are well protected and cost much less than the same resources outside of the city limits. This could be the beginning of your virtual real estate empire.

Delivery:Before March, 2019

Limit: 0 of 1000 Taken
City Tycoon: $500.00

Become a proud holder of 11 resource bots!

These basic resource bots are used in the collection and production of basic Consumable Resources (“Consumables”) such as Fuel and Alloy on the CORE planets. These Consumables will be used by the players throughout the CORE planets just like gas and steel are consumed in countries around the world. Opportunity to become a beta tester for SARA when it becomes available.

City Planner Perk includes: Initiate Reward + Avatar and Large Central Land Parcel + SARA group leader status.

Delivery:Before March, 2019

Limit: 13 of 100000 Taken
Land Barron: $1,000.00

Become a proud holder of 23 resource bots!

Add a Very Large Outer Land Parcel

Land Barron Perk includes: Initiate Reward + Avatar and Very Large Outer Lands Parcel + SARA group leader status

About Very Large Outer Lands Parcels:  These parcels are 9 plots of land, located on the outskirts of a city, somewhat like a ranch estate. This could be used to create a suburb-like environment, an industrial production area, commercial enterprise, or broken into single plots of land to be rented or sold.

Delivery:Before March, 2019

Limit: 6 of 50000 Taken
Magnate: $5,000.00

Become a proud holder of 125 resource bots!

Nobel Status Perk includes: Initiate Reward + Avatar and Massively Large Outer Lands Parcel + SARA group leader status

About Massively Large Outer Lands Parcels:  These parcels are 25 plots of land, located on the outskirts of a city, somewhat like a ranch estate. This could be used to create a suburb-like environment, an industrial production area, commercial enterprise, or broken into single plots of land to be rented or sold. BONUS: You also get access to a large apartment in deluxe housing within the city and a seat in the government. This perk also gives you the opportunity to create a guild house, clan, or unique corporation on the other side of the neXus that will live on within the game (name approval required).

Delivery:Before March, 2019

Limit: 2 of 10000 Taken
Legendary: $9,995.00

Become a proud holder of 300 resource bots! (Price adjusted because Paypal freaks out at $10,000)

Legendary Status Perk includes: Initiate Reward + Avatar and Special Lair and Hangout land parcel + SARA group leader status

About Special Lairs and Hangouts:  This could be an exclusive island, an asteroid base, a building complex on a huge parcel of land, an underground facility, or some other special locale that can be uniquely yours. Usable space for construction and/or land development will vary, but expect this parcel to be at least 36 plots of land + additional lair or hanguot area. Use your wealth to create an empire within the neXus universe; good or evil, corporate or pirate–the possibilities are only limited by your imagination

Delivery:Before March, 2019

Limit: 8 of 1000 Taken
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