Starting in early 2014 he started modding Space Engineers before it had support for mods on the Steam Workshop, it was a grueling process figuring out how to mod without much help from the developers or his fellow modders. After a few months support for mods on the workshop came and the modding community for Space Enginneer grew significantly. Many people were seeking help for getting into modding and he took it upon himself to educating others on how to mod and helping them with any problems they ran into. In the beginning he was easily spending 12+ hours a day 7 days a week helping people and creating his own content.
Early 2016 he started dealing with Crohn’s Disease. Since then it has been a debilitating disease that he has had a very hard time getting it under control, even today. From January to June 2017 he was bedridden every single day and that’s when the planning for creating his own video game really began to take off… it sort of happens when you have nothing, but time to spending thinking and planning on how to improve your life. Since then he’s nearly died several times due to complications with Crohn’s Disease, but he doesn’t let it get in the way.
Fortunately for him, he’s been involved with video games for a very long time and has been building a community for years! On January 29th, 2019 he officially announced to his community he had been building from his years of modding that he was going to stop modding and begin developing his own video game called Project Universe. Many people have already joined in on development since then and more join the community every day, just check out that community tab or join us on Discord!
Unfortunately for the game, it’s only funding present consists of what it makes on Patreon. Whenever he can, he provides hardware upgrades to his community and software licenses, these are however are very expensive and at the present time, it takes a long time to save up enough money to pay for anything. He is however working his hardest to establish funding and investor support through a myriad of communities, companies, corporations, and even the US government. He strongly believes in the power of community, in that even if the fans of his work only donated $1 or even 10 cents to the cause, he’d be able to pay for plenty of hardware/software and even be able to pay some of the developers for their hard-work and dedication to the project this early on.
Dear everyone, this is my please. Despite Crohn’s Disease and lack of funding, I’m developing a video game called Project Universe with the amazing community I’ve built from my years of modding. Our funding consists mostly of just this Patreon. Despite this limited funding there is an ever increasing number of supporters and developers collaborating on the project that believe in my vision and leadership.
Many of our developers are not in a good spot right now and need help financially, some of which are even homeless at this point in time, but they still help regardless when and where they can. Some of these kind and generous souls just need a little bit of help for new hardware and some just need licenses for software that make the process of development a whole lot easier.
I’m putting all of my heart, soul, time, and money towards this project and doing everything I can to help everyone that helps with the project. Thanks to Crohn’s Disease, I can’t do this along, seeing as I can’t work due to health complications that have nearly killed me several times. I’ve been reaching out to every single individual, small and large businesses, and even the United States government in hopes to establish funding for the project. It’s not been a very long time since we first announced the project on January 29th, 2019, so we do not yet have any significant financial support, yet.
I’ve been playing video games since 1992 and modding them since 1994 with a plethora of titles. I understand that you may not believe in me yet and that’s okay. I don’t have much to show you, but I will not stop working on this project until it is completed. This is my best chance at living a life beyond disability and one not of mediocrity. Over time, I guarantee that you’ll begin to believe in my, our community, and this project.
I’m begging you for help, I can not do this alone in a remotely timely manner and am getting all of the help I can to make this project a reality as quickly as possible.
The first and easiest thing to do that doesn’t cost you a dime and that is to share this website.
The second thing you can do is join our Discord community and interact with everyone. This’ll give you the opportunity to see just how passionate everyone really is about this project.
The third thing you can do is fill out a application to collaborate on our Discord server. This will give us the opportunity to see what skills you have to offer to the project and we can help you figure out where you fit in.
The last thing that you can do is to help out financially. Just head on over to our Patreon and subscribe for $1/month and that’s it. With enough people supporting us with $1/month subscriptions, we’ll be able to get new hardware and all the software licenses we need. If a ton of people start supporting, then we can even start paying people for their help! For every $2000/month that we acquire, we’ll be able to pay another developer.
If you’re a sponsor or investor and want to help out financially, please do, I highly encourage it! As the project gets more features added, we’ll be able to work with you to show off your support in a myriad of different ways. If you’re a retailer, we can have store front in-game that people can actually purchase goods from your store. If you’re a live-streaming service, players will be able to view or listen to your content live and in-game! If you’re a intellectual property rights holder, we can incorporate content from your IP directly in the game. The list goes on and we can support just about any sort of service within the game itself. If it’s available on the internet, it can be available in the game.
Please do what you can, where you can. It’s with people raising awareness that this project will begin to truly blossom.
Michael “Shaostoul” Boisson