Radian Helix Media

Radian Helix Media

is creating a dynamically generated role playing simulator!

8

patrons

$44

per month

WELCOME!

Get ready for an adventure across time and space with Radian-Helix Media!




If you're here, it is very likely you are already a member of our creative community of modders, indie game developers, voice actors, performing artists, film makers, engineers, and educators.

If you're not, we want you to be!
Website: RHX Website
Facebook: RHX Facebook
Discord: RHX Discord Channel
Youtube: RHX Youtube Channel
Etsy: RHX Etsy Shop

We believe you don't need a massive AAA Corporation to make good games that you deeply enjoy and will inspire you in your daily life. What you do need is a strong group of dedicated professionals with a bold vision and the backing of the community you serve.

Which is you!

What We Are Doing:


After our gigantic Total Conversion mod, Fallout: New California, we've moved on to developing a new indie game from the ground up called Project Morningstar.



Project Morningstar is a Top Down Twin Stick Melee Fighter driven by a Procedural Role Playing Game and Narrative Generator.

Set on the shipwrecked ruins of an alien mega-structure, ancient human civilizations have developed alongside otherworldly flora and fauna abducted from across the galaxy. You play as a man or woman from Earth recently released on Morgana Fragment. You find yourself a stranger in a strange land, forming dynamic relationships with towns full of ancient Romans and Vikings, while on a quest to understand a deep alien mystery that blends sci-fi into a dark and gritty medieval tapestry.



No magic. No quick time events. No linear narratives. Morningstar aims to be an immersive and totally free player experience. Light on survival elements and heavy on relationships and consequences, Morningstar paints a serious picture of human conflict rooted in historical cultures removed from their terrestrial contexts, leaving us free to weave an emerging tale on the frontier of storytelling within games technology.





If you've ever been frustrated by a Role Playing Game like Skyrim or Fallout because there doesn't seem to be any reason for the NPCs in a town to care about your actions, Morningstar is for you. Here, whole towns, and the inhabitants of those towns, are procedurally generated so that their motivations for being alive matter more than a scripted linear narrative.



A Wants & Needs system grants individual characters dynamic motivations and health concerns, as well as personal and cultural relationships. 5 Role Playing Stats give them a dynamic personality that is either more aggressive or charming, more perceptive or enduring, or more or less intelligent.

If you burn their crops they will starve. If you loot their houses they won't forget it. If you are kind to them they'll bless you. And if you offend them, it has far reaching consequences. Factions dynamically form and dissolve alliances, traders follow paths buying high and selling low, and you are pitch in the middle of this living world with a role to play that effects the way this story is shaped on a personal and global level.

This sacrifices the voice acting and scripted storytelling of an RPG like we did for New California, but it gains the radical freedom of expression to trade your way to glory in one game, raid and pillage in another, or talk your way to victory and never see the same NPCs or Quests twice. All while reducing the overhead to something achievable by a small team of indie professionals.

This is not another D&D derivative.

It's an AI driven storyteller that's been dreamed of, but never seen before.







Project Morningstar
will feature a robust Role Playing Game dialogue system, character creator, and an emergent narrative storyteller similar to RimWorld, but with the Top-Down sword and shield combat of an Action RPG.

It is being built in Unreal Engine and currently in Pre-Production, laying the foundations for the prototype vertical slice that will pitch the game to investors, and later to crowd funding.



We have our first investor target interested, but need funds to help bridge the gap between the pitch and securing principal funding.  Thus, starting the Patreon now. :)

The History of RHX


Radian-Helix Media was formed in 2010 when two friends finished principal production on their first indie movie, NEM Gate, and needed a container for future work.

Thomas McNiece created NEM Gate based on a game of pretend his friends played growing up that turned into a sprawling Sci-Fi world packed with zany names, epic battles, and wild technology. After graduating high school and assembling a cast and crew from friends and family, he auditioned Brandan Lee for a lead role in his movie, which was to be shot fully on a green screen and the backgrounds to rely on 3D graphics in After Effects, Maya, and Octane.



Brandan Lee at the same time had begun work on his Fallout New Vegas Mega Mod, Fallout: New California. New California began its life online as "Project Brazil" in 2010 and released an ALPHA in 2013, with a final BETA release in October 2018. It tells the story of The Star Player from Vault 18. On the last big night of the Vault Ball season in 2260, The Star Player makes a fateful decision that will change the course of their life -- and eventually the future of the New California Republic.


Both NEM GATE and New California heavily relied on the two of us doing the work largely alone, developing the discipline to prioritize tasks and survive the long stretches of exhausting work, all while making these projects on a non-existent budget. We did it by taking advantage of low-cost software and improvising tools from existing assets, and recruiting talent from our local Film and Theater communities in Tucson, Arizona and Tokyo, Japan.

The goal was to develop a strong community base, develop the tools and knowledge to execute a large scale project from start to finish, demonstrate competence within an established IP and learn to use new emerging technologies, and remain independent with a strong focus on building our resume and reputation.

We received a lot of community support over the years and built ourselves a network of fellow artists and coders aligned with the vision of making rich universes packed with lore that put forward a strong narrative to a high bar of quality.

Now it is time to start taking the experiences gleaned in the tough early years and make the jump to a fully staffed company producing a viable commercial product in a time efficient manner with the same level of quality.



Why Patreon?

Project Morningstar will be developed online by a full time staff of 7, with additional remote contractors where needed. We are currently spread across the United States, Japan, United Kingdom, Russia, and China. To get our team paid in the early phase, we need community support. Modding did not bring in any money, just proved we know what we're doing on our very first large scale project (with beginner mistakes out of the way!)

So to get full funding during pro-production and early prototyping, we need the community we gave free content to supply us with backing early on this new one.

Pre-Pro and Prototyping is all out of our own pocket. Before we can pitch to the public for crowd funding and to investors for principal, we have to find creative ways of funding our start-up expenses. Patreon is one of those avenues.

This will go to providing hard numbers to our investor target and proving our crowd funding opportunities to potential backers. We're not going for broke out of the gate. We're giving this one time to mature and develop before chasing full funding.

What to expect from us as a backer:

Behind the Scenes Development Updates!

Our daily posts on Facebook, Screenshot Saturday Images, and Gifs will be 100% public, along with our Monthly Blog Posts. But as a Backer you'll get access to our development diaries where you can see us logging work hours, checking in and out tickets, and updating with your feedback in real-time. You can watch your money go to work the same day you spend it on our issue tracking documentation no one else has access to.

Heckin' Fast Replies!

Thain typically replies to public comments in the evening after work. If you're a backer you can just text or message him whenever and expect a message ASAP.

Feedback Priority!

If you are in the public and pitch us an idea, we might respond, if we feel like it. As a backer we'll carefully consider it every time. We might dismiss it, we might take it all the way to implementation. But as a backer you are guaranteed to have your voice heard and considered so long as the feedback you're delivering during development is feasible and not flooding our inbox with spitballs.

Discounted Merchandise!

If you have been a backer long enough to pay for the retail price of our released game, you get that game for free on launch. Your backer tier on all other items, like t-shirts and physical props, will be discounted the number of your monthly supporter value on every purchase. (So if you're backing us for 5$/mo, then you buy a 15$ T-Shirt, you get it for 10$. If you back us for 15$/mo, you just pay shipping and handling.)

Private Chat and Special Tags!

Morningstar Backers and Patreon Patrons get special roles in our Discord, and physical patches to add to your clothes and bags if you visit us at a con or pay the shipping & handling costs. They're limited items, so we'll have to make more if we run out. And our private chat is moderated lightly compared to public, with direct developer access.

Daily Inspiration!

If you watched us power through New California and NEM GATE you know that we don't quit. Even around day jobs and severe burnout, where most people would tap out and give up, we keep on going. You can see our private process for coping with that stress and read our daily tasks as we upload what we're doing today on our private Stand Up and whether or not that was accomplished or not & why, and what's next.

First Build Access!

Morningstar is going to be in early prototyping for a good while, and we'll eventually need test players down the road. If you are interested, you may play early builds as they are prepared for testing along with the test audience. If not, you'll have access to censored material with spoiler tags hidden.

Alternate Modes of Support

If for whatever reason Patreon is not your speed but you still want to support our work by other means, here are some options:

Our Pay-Pal Link 

For those who wish to send us Voice Actor Demo Reels, send them to:

Our Audition and Demo Reel Email

And for those wanting something to touch for their support, visit our Etsy shop:

RHX Etsy Shop


Tiers
I
$1 or more per month

I's give us 1$ a month. You get private discord access and 1$ off all merch. Stick around for 30 months or more and Project Morningstar is free for you for life.

V
$5 or more per month

V's give us 5$ a month. You get private discord access and 5$ off all merch. Stick around for 6 months or more and Project Morningstar is free for you for life.

X
$10 or more per month

Xs give us 10$ a month. You get private discord access and 10$ off all merch. Stick around for 3 months or more and Project Morningstar is free for you for life.

XV
$15 or more per month

XVs give us 15$ a month. You get private discord access and 15$ off all merch. Stick around for 2 months or more and Project Morningstar is free for you for life.

XX
$20 or more per month

XX's give us 20$ a month. You get private discord access and 20$ off all merch. Stick around for 2 months or more and Project Morningstar is free for you for life.

XXX
$30 or more per month only 200 left

XXX's give us 30$ a month. You get private discord access and 30$ off all merch. Project Morningstar is free for you for life your first month, and every month after that you get Early Access Keys for 1 extra friend.

L
$50 or more per month

L's give us 50$ a month. You get private discord access and 50$ off all merch. Project Morningstar is free for you for life your first month, and every month after that you get Early Access Keys for 2 friends. You'll also be getting a neat poster if you stick around longer than 2 months.

C
$100 or more per month

C's give us 100$ a month. You get private discord access and 100$ off all merch. Project Morningstar is free for you for life your first month, and every month after that you get Early Access Keys for 3 friends. You'll also be getting a neat poster, and every month you're here Thain will send you a pesronal email because anyone who can afford 100$/mo on a game for 3 years is someone we definitely need to talk to about raising funds!

Goals
$44 of $200 per month
It's Aliiiive!

The Patreon is alive! 200/mo is enough to cover a few of our office subscriptions and alleviate some minor startup business burdens. We'll need to scrounge up 18,533$/mo for payroll alone during production, but thankfully that's not all coming from here! This just gets us started.
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WELCOME!

Get ready for an adventure across time and space with Radian-Helix Media!




If you're here, it is very likely you are already a member of our creative community of modders, indie game developers, voice actors, performing artists, film makers, engineers, and educators.

If you're not, we want you to be!
Website: RHX Website
Facebook: RHX Facebook
Discord: RHX Discord Channel
Youtube: RHX Youtube Channel
Etsy: RHX Etsy Shop

We believe you don't need a massive AAA Corporation to make good games that you deeply enjoy and will inspire you in your daily life. What you do need is a strong group of dedicated professionals with a bold vision and the backing of the community you serve.

Which is you!

What We Are Doing:


After our gigantic Total Conversion mod, Fallout: New California, we've moved on to developing a new indie game from the ground up called Project Morningstar.



Project Morningstar is a Top Down Twin Stick Melee Fighter driven by a Procedural Role Playing Game and Narrative Generator.

Set on the shipwrecked ruins of an alien mega-structure, ancient human civilizations have developed alongside otherworldly flora and fauna abducted from across the galaxy. You play as a man or woman from Earth recently released on Morgana Fragment. You find yourself a stranger in a strange land, forming dynamic relationships with towns full of ancient Romans and Vikings, while on a quest to understand a deep alien mystery that blends sci-fi into a dark and gritty medieval tapestry.



No magic. No quick time events. No linear narratives. Morningstar aims to be an immersive and totally free player experience. Light on survival elements and heavy on relationships and consequences, Morningstar paints a serious picture of human conflict rooted in historical cultures removed from their terrestrial contexts, leaving us free to weave an emerging tale on the frontier of storytelling within games technology.





If you've ever been frustrated by a Role Playing Game like Skyrim or Fallout because there doesn't seem to be any reason for the NPCs in a town to care about your actions, Morningstar is for you. Here, whole towns, and the inhabitants of those towns, are procedurally generated so that their motivations for being alive matter more than a scripted linear narrative.



A Wants & Needs system grants individual characters dynamic motivations and health concerns, as well as personal and cultural relationships. 5 Role Playing Stats give them a dynamic personality that is either more aggressive or charming, more perceptive or enduring, or more or less intelligent.

If you burn their crops they will starve. If you loot their houses they won't forget it. If you are kind to them they'll bless you. And if you offend them, it has far reaching consequences. Factions dynamically form and dissolve alliances, traders follow paths buying high and selling low, and you are pitch in the middle of this living world with a role to play that effects the way this story is shaped on a personal and global level.

This sacrifices the voice acting and scripted storytelling of an RPG like we did for New California, but it gains the radical freedom of expression to trade your way to glory in one game, raid and pillage in another, or talk your way to victory and never see the same NPCs or Quests twice. All while reducing the overhead to something achievable by a small team of indie professionals.

This is not another D&D derivative.

It's an AI driven storyteller that's been dreamed of, but never seen before.







Project Morningstar
will feature a robust Role Playing Game dialogue system, character creator, and an emergent narrative storyteller similar to RimWorld, but with the Top-Down sword and shield combat of an Action RPG.

It is being built in Unreal Engine and currently in Pre-Production, laying the foundations for the prototype vertical slice that will pitch the game to investors, and later to crowd funding.



We have our first investor target interested, but need funds to help bridge the gap between the pitch and securing principal funding.  Thus, starting the Patreon now. :)

The History of RHX


Radian-Helix Media was formed in 2010 when two friends finished principal production on their first indie movie, NEM Gate, and needed a container for future work.

Thomas McNiece created NEM Gate based on a game of pretend his friends played growing up that turned into a sprawling Sci-Fi world packed with zany names, epic battles, and wild technology. After graduating high school and assembling a cast and crew from friends and family, he auditioned Brandan Lee for a lead role in his movie, which was to be shot fully on a green screen and the backgrounds to rely on 3D graphics in After Effects, Maya, and Octane.



Brandan Lee at the same time had begun work on his Fallout New Vegas Mega Mod, Fallout: New California. New California began its life online as "Project Brazil" in 2010 and released an ALPHA in 2013, with a final BETA release in October 2018. It tells the story of The Star Player from Vault 18. On the last big night of the Vault Ball season in 2260, The Star Player makes a fateful decision that will change the course of their life -- and eventually the future of the New California Republic.


Both NEM GATE and New California heavily relied on the two of us doing the work largely alone, developing the discipline to prioritize tasks and survive the long stretches of exhausting work, all while making these projects on a non-existent budget. We did it by taking advantage of low-cost software and improvising tools from existing assets, and recruiting talent from our local Film and Theater communities in Tucson, Arizona and Tokyo, Japan.

The goal was to develop a strong community base, develop the tools and knowledge to execute a large scale project from start to finish, demonstrate competence within an established IP and learn to use new emerging technologies, and remain independent with a strong focus on building our resume and reputation.

We received a lot of community support over the years and built ourselves a network of fellow artists and coders aligned with the vision of making rich universes packed with lore that put forward a strong narrative to a high bar of quality.

Now it is time to start taking the experiences gleaned in the tough early years and make the jump to a fully staffed company producing a viable commercial product in a time efficient manner with the same level of quality.



Why Patreon?

Project Morningstar will be developed online by a full time staff of 7, with additional remote contractors where needed. We are currently spread across the United States, Japan, United Kingdom, Russia, and China. To get our team paid in the early phase, we need community support. Modding did not bring in any money, just proved we know what we're doing on our very first large scale project (with beginner mistakes out of the way!)

So to get full funding during pro-production and early prototyping, we need the community we gave free content to supply us with backing early on this new one.

Pre-Pro and Prototyping is all out of our own pocket. Before we can pitch to the public for crowd funding and to investors for principal, we have to find creative ways of funding our start-up expenses. Patreon is one of those avenues.

This will go to providing hard numbers to our investor target and proving our crowd funding opportunities to potential backers. We're not going for broke out of the gate. We're giving this one time to mature and develop before chasing full funding.

What to expect from us as a backer:

Behind the Scenes Development Updates!

Our daily posts on Facebook, Screenshot Saturday Images, and Gifs will be 100% public, along with our Monthly Blog Posts. But as a Backer you'll get access to our development diaries where you can see us logging work hours, checking in and out tickets, and updating with your feedback in real-time. You can watch your money go to work the same day you spend it on our issue tracking documentation no one else has access to.

Heckin' Fast Replies!

Thain typically replies to public comments in the evening after work. If you're a backer you can just text or message him whenever and expect a message ASAP.

Feedback Priority!

If you are in the public and pitch us an idea, we might respond, if we feel like it. As a backer we'll carefully consider it every time. We might dismiss it, we might take it all the way to implementation. But as a backer you are guaranteed to have your voice heard and considered so long as the feedback you're delivering during development is feasible and not flooding our inbox with spitballs.

Discounted Merchandise!

If you have been a backer long enough to pay for the retail price of our released game, you get that game for free on launch. Your backer tier on all other items, like t-shirts and physical props, will be discounted the number of your monthly supporter value on every purchase. (So if you're backing us for 5$/mo, then you buy a 15$ T-Shirt, you get it for 10$. If you back us for 15$/mo, you just pay shipping and handling.)

Private Chat and Special Tags!

Morningstar Backers and Patreon Patrons get special roles in our Discord, and physical patches to add to your clothes and bags if you visit us at a con or pay the shipping & handling costs. They're limited items, so we'll have to make more if we run out. And our private chat is moderated lightly compared to public, with direct developer access.

Daily Inspiration!

If you watched us power through New California and NEM GATE you know that we don't quit. Even around day jobs and severe burnout, where most people would tap out and give up, we keep on going. You can see our private process for coping with that stress and read our daily tasks as we upload what we're doing today on our private Stand Up and whether or not that was accomplished or not & why, and what's next.

First Build Access!

Morningstar is going to be in early prototyping for a good while, and we'll eventually need test players down the road. If you are interested, you may play early builds as they are prepared for testing along with the test audience. If not, you'll have access to censored material with spoiler tags hidden.

Alternate Modes of Support

If for whatever reason Patreon is not your speed but you still want to support our work by other means, here are some options:

Our Pay-Pal Link 

For those who wish to send us Voice Actor Demo Reels, send them to:

Our Audition and Demo Reel Email

And for those wanting something to touch for their support, visit our Etsy shop:

RHX Etsy Shop


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Tiers
I
$1 or more per month

I's give us 1$ a month. You get private discord access and 1$ off all merch. Stick around for 30 months or more and Project Morningstar is free for you for life.

V
$5 or more per month

V's give us 5$ a month. You get private discord access and 5$ off all merch. Stick around for 6 months or more and Project Morningstar is free for you for life.

X
$10 or more per month

Xs give us 10$ a month. You get private discord access and 10$ off all merch. Stick around for 3 months or more and Project Morningstar is free for you for life.

XV
$15 or more per month

XVs give us 15$ a month. You get private discord access and 15$ off all merch. Stick around for 2 months or more and Project Morningstar is free for you for life.

XX
$20 or more per month

XX's give us 20$ a month. You get private discord access and 20$ off all merch. Stick around for 2 months or more and Project Morningstar is free for you for life.

XXX
$30 or more per month only 200 left

XXX's give us 30$ a month. You get private discord access and 30$ off all merch. Project Morningstar is free for you for life your first month, and every month after that you get Early Access Keys for 1 extra friend.

L
$50 or more per month

L's give us 50$ a month. You get private discord access and 50$ off all merch. Project Morningstar is free for you for life your first month, and every month after that you get Early Access Keys for 2 friends. You'll also be getting a neat poster if you stick around longer than 2 months.

C
$100 or more per month

C's give us 100$ a month. You get private discord access and 100$ off all merch. Project Morningstar is free for you for life your first month, and every month after that you get Early Access Keys for 3 friends. You'll also be getting a neat poster, and every month you're here Thain will send you a pesronal email because anyone who can afford 100$/mo on a game for 3 years is someone we definitely need to talk to about raising funds!