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Welcome to The Hum Universe Patreon.

My name is Ariel (aka Epik, aka MonkeyDonkey, aka TheHumAnubis) and I'm creating The Hum Universe, currently focused in The Hum: Alien Invasion Survival, a survival game setup in the aftermath of an Alien Invasion. In the past I've worked in games for companies like Disney, EA and many other smaller ones. 

If you like the idea of a game based in Alien Invasion or Alien Abductions stories, I hope you join me in the journey of creating this projects. 

THE HUM: ALIEN INVASION SURVIVAL GAME



In 2014 I started creating The Hum, a survival game setup in the aftermath of an alien invasion Sadly I had to put it on pause around 2016, but in 2018 I resumed development. The game is being developed using Unreal Engine 4.
I stream often the development in Spanish/English in my Twitch Stream
https://www.twitch.tv/ariel_thehum


ABOUT THE HUM UNIVERSE

(old trailer from 2014)

The Hum Universe is collection of games and books, all set within the same fictional universe that I have been creating since my childhood. Initially it had other names (or not name at all), but in 2014 I started to create a alien invasion survival game called The Hum and it started to have the lore of my universe. That's why, I now call it all together The Hum Universe.

In this universe I'm making: a series of written stories, video games, virtual reality experiences and a tabletop role playable game. It's my DREAM to be able to release all of these at some point.

Currently my main focus is on The Hum:Alien Invasion Survival Game, a survival game setup in the aftermath of an alien invasion.

Another game I started but put on hold is The Hum:Abductions. While Abductions is paused, it's part of this dream!

What is the The Hum:Alien Invasion Survival Game about?



I take the survival inspiration from games like The Forest, The Long Dark and Subnautica. But while those games are sometimes heavily based on open places like landscapes or ocean, The Hum also includes urban environments and they are an important part of the game.

While some survival mechanics are still evolving and being decided, one thing is for sure: the stars of the game will be the aliens, the spaceships: the AI. I want to make them feel believable and natural, because they are not monsters after all.. but intelligent advanced races.

You'll see different types of aliens and ships. Maybe some are even slaves of others? Maybe they are not bad but just don't care about inferior beings like us? Or maybe they have a very complex agenda that we will struggle to follow? All this lore is something that I want also to evolve and make interesting to play and discover.

Aliens also will have a hierarchy command. The mother ship will be on the top of that hierarchy, and it will use beams to command other aliens, send drones, ships and of course, make The Hum sounds all over the planet. What will happen every time this sound is heard?


WHY PATREON

As you might know, doing a game is hard, and making a living from that is even harder. While I've been working in the gaming industry for at least 8 years (and that grants me a good experience to do personal projects), my dream is to make The Hum a reality. For that, I need to spend more time on it and potentially contract freelancers for art, some code or tools. 

Since I plan to do from The Hum a game with incremental updates and ongoing content, and because I know there are many alien geeks outhere like myself, I thought that Patreon is the ideal place to find a supporting community to make this happen!

Mini Builds for Patreon

Patreons will have access to  builds I'll create over time. Since doing a whole game is challening and can take some time, I found a way to do content for all you to enjoy and also very useful for the game's development. 

Every 1 to 3 months, I'll release a small build with content from The Hum. This builds could be:

  • Mini games or alternative game modes using the main game mechanics. Examples: Do you remember that side sealth simulation in Metal Gear Solid for PSX? Or the almost MOBA vs game mode in Future Cop? By doing something like this, I can focus in concrete features, create smaller builds and you can already play, enjoy (or suffer) and help the game feeling to evolve!
  • Short Cinematic Experiences (for VR and not VR) using the main game content.
  • Maps and 3D Model visualizers/sandboxes: builds with maps and 3D models in which maybe you will not have the game mechanics, but you can move around, make things explode, etc. 

With you help I'll be able to do (or pay for):

  • Work more time on this project
  • More concept art that you can use as wallpapers
  • Artbooks based on the art
  • Chapters of the The Hum Universe Light Novels (currently only transcribing Tales Of Anubis, the history of how a gray alien discovered enlightment centuries ago and a galaxian war that happened around that event).
  • Give more structure to the tabletop rpg game (currently is based on D&D 3.5 but doesn't have any good structure to be considered a proper standalone game).

More perks you will receive:

(Please check the tiers)

  • Mini builds from The Hum as mentioned above
    (expected to be released every 1 to 3 months, depending on the complexity of the feature)
  • Custom Digital Artbooks
  • "Backstage" video updates.
  • Techcnical/Tutorial Videos. With every new feature, I'll create a video describing how I've done the features. This perk is mainly for game developers or people that want to discover what kind of black magic is happening behind the scenes. 
  • SourceCode Yes! I'm sharing parts of the source code for the Patreons of the Alien SuperMind Tier. Please take into account that I'm not able to share code that is not mine (like paid libraries or assets), or I'll not share any code that can mean a security breach for the game (like analytics code, tool passwords, etc). Instead of sharing the hole code base, I'll share modules or sections that you can find useful or interesting. 



THE HUM RELEASE, PLATFORM AND DETAILS

I have no defined release date for The Hum, but I can say it's realistic to plan one playable alpha at some point of 2020. Of course Patreons will have access to all the builds from that point and future ones.

The current target platform is PC/Windows but Consoles are a dream for the later stages. 

WHO ELSE IS WORKING ON THIS?

The main person is me. I'm in charge of the coding, art, writing, marketing and some other stuff. However, my wife Adriana is a big part of this process. She is an artist with experience working in projects for Disney and others, and she's been always involved helping with UI, Writting and other stuff. 

Another person that is commited to be part is  Jon Wachoru. He was in charge of audio (and sometimes music) in games like Outlast, Visage, Conjuring House and others. You can rest assured that with his magic touch audio in The Hum will be awesome.

For the music, my main composer is  Christian Perucchi. He worked in a big range of projects and was making most of the ost of The Hum Universe in the past and mostly, He is a genius at understanding the mood these games need!

And, of course, my idea is to be able to also outsource elements like art, code, tools and others, and that's something I also hope to do with your galactic help!



FAQ

I'm only here because of the VR.. what about me?
As VR lover like me, I can't think about not having VR in the game. However... I'm not including VR in the early plans. The reason is that I want The Hum to be available for everyone and not just for the VR nitche. But, definitely, I'll integrate VR at some point of this journey. 
Also, I plan to do VR support for some of the MiniBuilds.

I was more interested in The Hum:Abductions than The Hum:Alien Invasion... will you cancel that game?
Abductions is not cancelled forever but put on hold...
I know.. there is a thin line between both things, but with the help of you Patreons and the potential earnings of The Hum:Alien Invasion, I hope to be able to retake Abductions at some point!

Tiers
lost in space traveller
$1 or more per month
A huge thanks from the outer space!
Alien Companion
$2 or more per month
 
  • Special role on Discord for Patreons
  •  Access to Patreon-only posts! This includes posts with update of the projects, an overview of how things are being made, etc. 
  • Access to light novel chapters, wallpapers and other similar content I might decide to release.
Space Travellers
$5 or more per month
 
  • Special role on Discord for Patreons
  • Access to light novel chapters, wallpapers and other similar content I might decide to release.
  • Access to Patreon-only posts!
  • Your name (or nickname) will be in the credits of my creations in a Patreon Thanks List. 
Stellar Builder
$10 or more per month
 Special role on Discord for Patreons
  • Access to Patreon-only posts!
  • Access to light novel chapters, wallpapers and other similar content I might decide to release.
  • Your name (or nickname) will be in the credits of my creations in a Patreon Thanks List.
  • Access to MiniBuilds that don't include builds of the actual games (read post). They are the mini games, assets or maps visualizations, etc.
Galaxian Conqueror
$15 or more per month
 
  • Special role on Discord for Patreons
  • Access to Patreon-only posts!
  • Access to light novel chapters, wallpapers and other similar content I might decide to release.
  • Your name (or nickname) will be in the credits of my creations in a Patreon Thanks List.
  • Access to MiniBuilds that don't include builds of the actual games (read post). They are the mini games, assets or maps visualizations, etc.
  • Access to any type of builds I create for The Hum Universe games or stories, including alphas of The Hum: Survival Game and any Steam Key when this products are released.
  • All patreons from this tier and above will also have an special mention when the list of collaborators is displayed.
Alien SuperMinds
$25 or more per month
 
  • Special role on Discord for Patreons
  • Access to Patreon-only posts!
  • Access to light novel chapters, wallpapers and other similar content I might decide to release.
  • Your name (or nickname) will be in the credits of my creations in a Patreon Thanks List.  

  • Access to MiniBuilds that don't include builds of the actual games (read post). They are the mini games, assets or maps visualizations, etc.
  • Access to any type of builds I create for The Hum Universe games or stories, including alphas of The Hum: Survival Game and any Steam Key when this products are release
  • Patreons from this tier also are highlighted in the Patreon Thanks list as Alien SuperMinds to reflect their tier.

    I'll also think some additional perks for you!

Intergalatic VIP Alien
$50 or more per month
 
  • Special role on Discord for Patreons
  • Access to Patreon-only posts!
  • Access to light novel chapters, wallpapers and other similar content I might decide to release.
  • Your name (or nickname) will be in the credits of my creations as Patreon.
  • Access to MiniBuilds that don't include builds of the actual games (read post). They are the mini games, assets or maps visualizations, etc.
  • Access to any type of builds I create for The Hum Universe games or stories, including alphas of The Hum: Survival Game and any Steam Key when this products are released.
  • You will have exclusive early access to the Patreon content. This could be from 3 days to 1 week before the other Patreons.
  • You'll also be highlighted in a more shinny credits section of Patreons to reflect this tier.

    I'll also think some additional perks for you!
Men in Black Producer / Sponsor
$500 or more per month
 
  • Special role on Discord for Patreons
  • Access to Patreon-only posts!
  • Access to light novel chapters, wallpapers and other similar content I might decide to release.
  • Your name (or nickname) will be in the credits of my creations as Patreon.
  • Access to MiniBuilds that don't include builds of the actual games (read post). They are the mini games, assets or maps visualizations, etc.
  • Access to any type of builds I create for The Hum Universe games or stories, including alphas of The Hum: Survival Game and any Steam Key when this products are released.
  • With every Mini Build I release I'll do a stream to show it and you are invited to join! If there are many in this tier, I'll organize different hours. You'll also be highlighted in a more shinny credits section of Patreons.
  • You will have exclusive early access to the Patreon content. This could be from 3 days to 1 week before the other Patreons.
  • Infinite thanks for you Rich Man/Woman in Black Patreon! You (or your logo) will appear in a splash screen at start of the Mini Game Buils and the Final Game.
Goals
13 of 250 patrons
By reaching this goal, we can assure that we have a Close Encounter of the Third Kind happening in here.
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Welcome to The Hum Universe Patreon.

My name is Ariel (aka Epik, aka MonkeyDonkey, aka TheHumAnubis) and I'm creating The Hum Universe, currently focused in The Hum: Alien Invasion Survival, a survival game setup in the aftermath of an Alien Invasion. In the past I've worked in games for companies like Disney, EA and many other smaller ones. 

If you like the idea of a game based in Alien Invasion or Alien Abductions stories, I hope you join me in the journey of creating this projects. 

THE HUM: ALIEN INVASION SURVIVAL GAME



In 2014 I started creating The Hum, a survival game setup in the aftermath of an alien invasion Sadly I had to put it on pause around 2016, but in 2018 I resumed development. The game is being developed using Unreal Engine 4.
I stream often the development in Spanish/English in my Twitch Stream
https://www.twitch.tv/ariel_thehum


ABOUT THE HUM UNIVERSE

(old trailer from 2014)

The Hum Universe is collection of games and books, all set within the same fictional universe that I have been creating since my childhood. Initially it had other names (or not name at all), but in 2014 I started to create a alien invasion survival game called The Hum and it started to have the lore of my universe. That's why, I now call it all together The Hum Universe.

In this universe I'm making: a series of written stories, video games, virtual reality experiences and a tabletop role playable game. It's my DREAM to be able to release all of these at some point.

Currently my main focus is on The Hum:Alien Invasion Survival Game, a survival game setup in the aftermath of an alien invasion.

Another game I started but put on hold is The Hum:Abductions. While Abductions is paused, it's part of this dream!

What is the The Hum:Alien Invasion Survival Game about?



I take the survival inspiration from games like The Forest, The Long Dark and Subnautica. But while those games are sometimes heavily based on open places like landscapes or ocean, The Hum also includes urban environments and they are an important part of the game.

While some survival mechanics are still evolving and being decided, one thing is for sure: the stars of the game will be the aliens, the spaceships: the AI. I want to make them feel believable and natural, because they are not monsters after all.. but intelligent advanced races.

You'll see different types of aliens and ships. Maybe some are even slaves of others? Maybe they are not bad but just don't care about inferior beings like us? Or maybe they have a very complex agenda that we will struggle to follow? All this lore is something that I want also to evolve and make interesting to play and discover.

Aliens also will have a hierarchy command. The mother ship will be on the top of that hierarchy, and it will use beams to command other aliens, send drones, ships and of course, make The Hum sounds all over the planet. What will happen every time this sound is heard?


WHY PATREON

As you might know, doing a game is hard, and making a living from that is even harder. While I've been working in the gaming industry for at least 8 years (and that grants me a good experience to do personal projects), my dream is to make The Hum a reality. For that, I need to spend more time on it and potentially contract freelancers for art, some code or tools. 

Since I plan to do from The Hum a game with incremental updates and ongoing content, and because I know there are many alien geeks outhere like myself, I thought that Patreon is the ideal place to find a supporting community to make this happen!

Mini Builds for Patreon

Patreons will have access to  builds I'll create over time. Since doing a whole game is challening and can take some time, I found a way to do content for all you to enjoy and also very useful for the game's development. 

Every 1 to 3 months, I'll release a small build with content from The Hum. This builds could be:

  • Mini games or alternative game modes using the main game mechanics. Examples: Do you remember that side sealth simulation in Metal Gear Solid for PSX? Or the almost MOBA vs game mode in Future Cop? By doing something like this, I can focus in concrete features, create smaller builds and you can already play, enjoy (or suffer) and help the game feeling to evolve!
  • Short Cinematic Experiences (for VR and not VR) using the main game content.
  • Maps and 3D Model visualizers/sandboxes: builds with maps and 3D models in which maybe you will not have the game mechanics, but you can move around, make things explode, etc. 

With you help I'll be able to do (or pay for):

  • Work more time on this project
  • More concept art that you can use as wallpapers
  • Artbooks based on the art
  • Chapters of the The Hum Universe Light Novels (currently only transcribing Tales Of Anubis, the history of how a gray alien discovered enlightment centuries ago and a galaxian war that happened around that event).
  • Give more structure to the tabletop rpg game (currently is based on D&D 3.5 but doesn't have any good structure to be considered a proper standalone game).

More perks you will receive:

(Please check the tiers)

  • Mini builds from The Hum as mentioned above
    (expected to be released every 1 to 3 months, depending on the complexity of the feature)
  • Custom Digital Artbooks
  • "Backstage" video updates.
  • Techcnical/Tutorial Videos. With every new feature, I'll create a video describing how I've done the features. This perk is mainly for game developers or people that want to discover what kind of black magic is happening behind the scenes. 
  • SourceCode Yes! I'm sharing parts of the source code for the Patreons of the Alien SuperMind Tier. Please take into account that I'm not able to share code that is not mine (like paid libraries or assets), or I'll not share any code that can mean a security breach for the game (like analytics code, tool passwords, etc). Instead of sharing the hole code base, I'll share modules or sections that you can find useful or interesting. 



THE HUM RELEASE, PLATFORM AND DETAILS

I have no defined release date for The Hum, but I can say it's realistic to plan one playable alpha at some point of 2020. Of course Patreons will have access to all the builds from that point and future ones.

The current target platform is PC/Windows but Consoles are a dream for the later stages. 

WHO ELSE IS WORKING ON THIS?

The main person is me. I'm in charge of the coding, art, writing, marketing and some other stuff. However, my wife Adriana is a big part of this process. She is an artist with experience working in projects for Disney and others, and she's been always involved helping with UI, Writting and other stuff. 

Another person that is commited to be part is  Jon Wachoru. He was in charge of audio (and sometimes music) in games like Outlast, Visage, Conjuring House and others. You can rest assured that with his magic touch audio in The Hum will be awesome.

For the music, my main composer is  Christian Perucchi. He worked in a big range of projects and was making most of the ost of The Hum Universe in the past and mostly, He is a genius at understanding the mood these games need!

And, of course, my idea is to be able to also outsource elements like art, code, tools and others, and that's something I also hope to do with your galactic help!



FAQ

I'm only here because of the VR.. what about me?
As VR lover like me, I can't think about not having VR in the game. However... I'm not including VR in the early plans. The reason is that I want The Hum to be available for everyone and not just for the VR nitche. But, definitely, I'll integrate VR at some point of this journey. 
Also, I plan to do VR support for some of the MiniBuilds.

I was more interested in The Hum:Abductions than The Hum:Alien Invasion... will you cancel that game?
Abductions is not cancelled forever but put on hold...
I know.. there is a thin line between both things, but with the help of you Patreons and the potential earnings of The Hum:Alien Invasion, I hope to be able to retake Abductions at some point!

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Tiers
lost in space traveller
$1 or more per month
A huge thanks from the outer space!
Alien Companion
$2 or more per month
 
  • Special role on Discord for Patreons
  •  Access to Patreon-only posts! This includes posts with update of the projects, an overview of how things are being made, etc. 
  • Access to light novel chapters, wallpapers and other similar content I might decide to release.
Space Travellers
$5 or more per month
 
  • Special role on Discord for Patreons
  • Access to light novel chapters, wallpapers and other similar content I might decide to release.
  • Access to Patreon-only posts!
  • Your name (or nickname) will be in the credits of my creations in a Patreon Thanks List. 
Stellar Builder
$10 or more per month
 Special role on Discord for Patreons
  • Access to Patreon-only posts!
  • Access to light novel chapters, wallpapers and other similar content I might decide to release.
  • Your name (or nickname) will be in the credits of my creations in a Patreon Thanks List.
  • Access to MiniBuilds that don't include builds of the actual games (read post). They are the mini games, assets or maps visualizations, etc.
Galaxian Conqueror
$15 or more per month
 
  • Special role on Discord for Patreons
  • Access to Patreon-only posts!
  • Access to light novel chapters, wallpapers and other similar content I might decide to release.
  • Your name (or nickname) will be in the credits of my creations in a Patreon Thanks List.
  • Access to MiniBuilds that don't include builds of the actual games (read post). They are the mini games, assets or maps visualizations, etc.
  • Access to any type of builds I create for The Hum Universe games or stories, including alphas of The Hum: Survival Game and any Steam Key when this products are released.
  • All patreons from this tier and above will also have an special mention when the list of collaborators is displayed.
Alien SuperMinds
$25 or more per month
 
  • Special role on Discord for Patreons
  • Access to Patreon-only posts!
  • Access to light novel chapters, wallpapers and other similar content I might decide to release.
  • Your name (or nickname) will be in the credits of my creations in a Patreon Thanks List.  

  • Access to MiniBuilds that don't include builds of the actual games (read post). They are the mini games, assets or maps visualizations, etc.
  • Access to any type of builds I create for The Hum Universe games or stories, including alphas of The Hum: Survival Game and any Steam Key when this products are release
  • Patreons from this tier also are highlighted in the Patreon Thanks list as Alien SuperMinds to reflect their tier.

    I'll also think some additional perks for you!

Intergalatic VIP Alien
$50 or more per month
 
  • Special role on Discord for Patreons
  • Access to Patreon-only posts!
  • Access to light novel chapters, wallpapers and other similar content I might decide to release.
  • Your name (or nickname) will be in the credits of my creations as Patreon.
  • Access to MiniBuilds that don't include builds of the actual games (read post). They are the mini games, assets or maps visualizations, etc.
  • Access to any type of builds I create for The Hum Universe games or stories, including alphas of The Hum: Survival Game and any Steam Key when this products are released.
  • You will have exclusive early access to the Patreon content. This could be from 3 days to 1 week before the other Patreons.
  • You'll also be highlighted in a more shinny credits section of Patreons to reflect this tier.

    I'll also think some additional perks for you!
Men in Black Producer / Sponsor
$500 or more per month
 
  • Special role on Discord for Patreons
  • Access to Patreon-only posts!
  • Access to light novel chapters, wallpapers and other similar content I might decide to release.
  • Your name (or nickname) will be in the credits of my creations as Patreon.
  • Access to MiniBuilds that don't include builds of the actual games (read post). They are the mini games, assets or maps visualizations, etc.
  • Access to any type of builds I create for The Hum Universe games or stories, including alphas of The Hum: Survival Game and any Steam Key when this products are released.
  • With every Mini Build I release I'll do a stream to show it and you are invited to join! If there are many in this tier, I'll organize different hours. You'll also be highlighted in a more shinny credits section of Patreons.
  • You will have exclusive early access to the Patreon content. This could be from 3 days to 1 week before the other Patreons.
  • Infinite thanks for you Rich Man/Woman in Black Patreon! You (or your logo) will appear in a splash screen at start of the Mini Game Buils and the Final Game.