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We know there is only one of us in the video but Lidoria promises to be on the next one. Pinky promise. :)
We are Lila “Lidoria” Gkaravela and Vangelis “Sutorcen” Angelakis. We are partners in life for nearly twenty years and besides the love for each other we share a common love for video games. That’s why since late 2015 we began development of Project Origins. A year later we started creating tutorials for the Unreal Engine community as well. That love gave birth to Hotgates.
What is Hotgates?
The Battle of Thermopylae took place in September of 480 BC, at the narrow coastal pass of Thermopylae ("The Hot Gates"). A Greek force of approximately 7,000 men marched north to block a massive Persian army. The vastly outnumbered Greeks held off the Persians for seven days before the rear-guard was annihilated in one of history's most famous last stands. During two full days of battle, the small force led by Leonidas blocked the only road by which the Persian army could pass. After the second day, a local resident named Ephialtes betrayed the Greeks by revealing that a small path led behind the Greek lines. Leonidas, aware that his force was being outflanked, dismissed the bulk of the Greek army and remained to guard their retreat with 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians, 400 Thebans, fighting to the death.
We chose this name as our logo because it represents determination, perseverance and is synonymous with never giving up. That's our motto; Never give up, never surrender. We also chose Spartoulis because he represents our playfulness and love for video games.
What is Project Origins?
Project Origins (working title) is the game we are currently developing. It's the first game in the “Origins” universe, a first person, interactive sci-fi tale that takes place on Mars in the year 2373 long after the Earth was abandoned. In this first game explore every detail of the ARES–B3, a large Martian base built to facilitate the study of recently discovered nearby alien ruins. Observe and examine every area to find clues. Hack into computers, solve puzzles and explore the internal struggles of xenoarchaeologist Sophia Williams and the events that occurred on ARES–B3. You can read more about Project Origins on our website.
What is Patreon?
For us, Patreon is a way to get support to do the things we love. In our case a video game, tutorials and Unreal Engine 4 related content. Patreon cuts out the middleman and connects video game developers with the fans directly. That's why, Patreon for us is the future for indie developers. We know we will achieve all our goals, because of you.
For you, Patreon is a way to support small projects (like our game) and join a like-minded community. You can choose to donate any amount you'd like per month and in return, receive some pretty awesome rewards! Regardless how much content we release, you decide how much you donate each month and every penny helps. This means we get a regular financial aid and you become a bona fide, real-life patron of video games. As an added bonus you get to influence the development of a video game. How cool is that?
We've been making Project Origins since October 2015 with whatever money is left from our salaries. Self-financing a game can only take us that far. We truly pour our heart and soul into the game and every tutorial we create. Making video games is our calling and it’s a task without any financial return until we release the game. There are still many obstacles to overcome that become harder because of time restraints and lack of funding. With your help we can overcome these obstacles.
How will my support help Hotgates?
Through your support on Patreon, you will help us:
(Check our goals on the left for more details)
- Keep our website and content Ad free.
- Buy some assets to make the game look even better.
- Buy some better equipment to speed up development.
- Hire a team to help us - 3D artist, programmer, sound engineer, voice actors.
- Create more tutorials, enough to release as a book.
- Start creating video tutorials.
- Create more free assets for the Unreal Engine community.
- With enough support we will make Project Origins and our Tutorials Book available for everyone for free.
- Hire a team to film this whole journey and release it as a documentary, in hopes of inspiring others to follow their dreams.
- Use your support as a solid foundation, upon which the second game in the series can be built.
Regardless of the amount you decide to give, we can promise you this. Your donation will go back into the development of the game and the creation of more Unreal related content.
What’s in it for me?
You will help the development of a new video game. Becoming a patron gives you Instant access to our exclusive Patreon feed. You will also receive free rewards.
Nice rewards/I don't like your rewards. Will you add different ones in the future?
Yes and you have the power to influence that. With your donation you will be able to suggest a reward. Your feedback is always valuable so sent us a message on our facebook page or via email. How does that sound to you?
How can I access your content?
Easy, when you become a patron you have access to our exclusive Patreon feed. There you can find the content for you. In special cases and depending on your patron tier we will send out links for either a direct download or a shared folder on google drive. Contact us on our facebook page or via email if you encounter a broken link.
What about my data, is it secure? What about Ads and Trackers?
Yes it's secure and Patreon keeps your data safely locked away. Our website has no Ads and Ad Trackers. Just the usual statistic trackers we use to optimize your experience. With your support we can keep our website and our content Ad free.
Do you offer content for free?
Yes we do offer some of our content for free and you can help us offer more. The reason we can’t offer everything for free is because we would have to insert ads on our website. That would make your experience less enjoyable. Your donation has the power to keep our content Ad free.
How can I donate with Patreon?
Easy, you can use PayPal or a credit card to donate on Patreon. Rest assured, Patreon keeps your data safely locked away. You also get to decide how much you want to donate to this project.
Patreon adds a "VAT". What's that all about?
VAT is the value-added tax used in the European Union and is paid every time goods are sold. It's like a sales tax charged in some US States. Patreon handles the payment of the tax to the Austrian treasury for us. This is very important, as this process saves us significant bureaucratic work.
When I register with Patreon will they Spam me daily?
Patreon sends out occasional informative emails. You can always change your preferences at your profile settings regarding the emails you receive. You will love Patreon.
When I become a patron, will I stay informed about your future plans?
Yes because once per month, we will release an update post about the state of things. By becoming a Council Member or higher patron, you will be able to chat with the team about the game and future plans. Eventually the updates will be posted on our website as well.
Can I help you in another way besides Patreon?
Yes you can and thank you, we are humbled. Helping us on our journey or buying us a beer is easy. You can always make a donation directly to our PayPal account. We’ll send you a hug, our love and a special gift.
I’m under 18 can I become a patron?
We love our young fans and taking money from under-aged goes against our ethos. This is a monthly donation, please consult your parents first.
I’m way over 18 years old and my financial status isn’t good. Can I still get your content?
Yes because we love our fans. Just sent us a message on our facebook page or via email and we will take care of you. Coming from a country faced with financial turmoil we can understand how you feel. This can happen to anyone. Making even one person happy, makes this worth it.
Is my help that valuable?
Yes it is because when you donate any of the amounts in the reward boxes on the right of this page, you will make our journey easier, and receive cool gifts! Did we mention you will also receive a huge hug?
Every penny will help.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, this brings a warm feeling to our hearts. We put our dreams in your hands. Imagine all the things we can accomplish together!