August, 2014 Company Newsletter: There’s Good Stuff in Here!

Hello my friends, and say hello to our August company newsletter!! August is already underway, and stuff has already happened! In July we had an excellent first Science Behind the Sci-Fi panel, and we had a new one just the other day, both of which will be linked below. We also have an upcoming Kickstarter campaign we’d love your help with, so without further adieu, let’s dive in!

I. Latest Posts

First off, we have a post covering last month’s Science Behind the Sci-Fi Panel, which covers the past, present and future of space exploration! It was a dang fun panel, and we’re thrilled at how the new video format is working out. Check it out!

Beyond this, we just did a new panel a couple of days ago entitled, “Stresses of Living in a Multi-Planet Society,” which you can already watch on our YouTube channel or by clicking below!

If you’d like to go directly to our first panel, click below!

We’ll have more detail on September’s Science Behind the Sci-Fi Panel in our upcoming newsletter in a few weeks, so stay tuned for that!

II. Latest Happenings

Beginning with Broken Crown, besides the Science Behind the Sci-Fi panels, we’re still sending out our monthly ebooks covering the Escaping Titan story, and remember, if you want your own copies, you can get them here!

Broken Crayon had their first Summer Sale this past month! I hope everyone was able to get their own copies of Quibbles, Wizardous and more at some fantastic prices. We’ve also seen some random sales pop up, so keep an eye out on our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages for updates on new sales and other interesting tidbits.

Besides that, we have a bit of big news…

III. Upcoming Items

Broken Crayon will be launching our first Kickstarter campaign ever in September, and we could really use your help to make it the best campaign it can be! The game is called Dinosaur Island, and it’s a dinosaur simulator made by award-winning game designer Ezra Sidran, who in the 80s and 90s delighted fans with his award-winning Designasaurus series of games.

Now, the Kickstarter campaign launched September first, but we could use your help before then. Our campaign is currently in a draft mode, and we’re accepting feedback on how we can make it as engaging and entertaining as possible. We therefore invite you to head over to Kickstarter and give us your honest, constructive feedback on how well the campaign page is laid out, how effective are the videos or writing, and so on. With your help, we can not only successfully fund this game, but get it into the hands of teachers and students at schools in need as well!

That’s it for this month’s newsletter folks! Thanks for reading, and have an amazing day/week/month!

May 2013 Newsletter

Before we get into this month’s normal content, I have a few special announcements:

  • The first announcement is a shout out to our very own, Robert Hampson.  Do you remember this post discussing our game’s use of futuristic brain implants to enhance natural human abilities? Well this month, Robert was interviewed for a CNN article to discuss a real-world application of this very idea!
  • While we’re speaking about great news regarding our ‘Science Behind the Sci-Fi’ panel, after a few talks, our team has worked out a deal with Astronaut.com, to have our ‘Science Behind the Sci-Fi’ posts featured on their site as well, which will further our goal of spreading science through entertainment.  They’re a new site, that like us, shows the lighter side of science, and I’d encourage everyone to go check out them out if you have the time.
  • Finally, one last bit of news: after our successful Kickstarter, we have purchased the Pro version of the forums…no more ad-words!  It’s easier to navigate – go start a Science Behind the Sci-Fi thread of your own!

‘Science Behind the Sci-Fi’ Panel Overview

  • Science Focus: Paleobotany
  • Author: Jamie Boyer
  • Overview: Jamie continues the trend from his last post, discussing a different view of how plants can aid in space colonization – exploring how even non-edible plants are still of value in space as medicine, fuel, or toxins.
  • Up Next Month: The Varied Uses of Plants, Part 2
  • Science Focus: Neuroscience
  • Author: Robert Hampson
  • Overview: This is the first of a three part post regarding the hypothalamus and how it could interact with the “SSI” implant abilities in Escaping Titan.
  • Up Next Month: Hypothalamus: Where, When, & How
  • Science Focus: Astrobiology
  • Author: Jacob Haqq-Misra
  • Overview: Jacob takes you to school, giving you a crash course on the concept of terraforming and the term’s origins – all things to wet your palate for next month’s post.
  • Up Next Month: Terraforming Titan
  • Science Focus: Astrophysics
  • Author: Amitai Bin-Nun
  • Overview: Another post on the Dangers of Space, this time Amitai gives you a glimpse into radiation in space.  Even showing how US astronauts’ exposure limits compare to those set for nuclear plant workers — which will make a pretty cool trivia fact to stump your friends.
  • Up Next Month: Dangers of Space: Asteroids & NEOs
GUEST PANEL: The Future of Crowdfunding Space Missions

  • Science Focus: Space Colonization
  • Author: David J. Geaney
  • Overview: David explores the realistic side of the ‘Terraboom Era’ found in the Escaping Titan backstory.
  • Up Next Month: We’re extremely excited about next month’s guest, Kate Greene, who will be posting from HI-SEAS, after 2 months in seclusion with only her 5 other crew members, and another 2 months to go in their space exploration simulation experiment!

This Month in Science

Just like last month, there are a ton of great things to showcase, and so few spots to highlight it all.  Here are our selections for this week’s featured science news:

  • So to start things off, let’s give out a shout out to all the mothers out there since Mother’s Day was this month.  The Sun wanted to celebrate the day with some fireworks of its own.  And it wasn’t done there, welcome to the solar maxima everyone!  (Funny side note, just before Mother’s Day, I was joking with an astrophysicist that with these flares getting larger and more frequent, we might not get our sci-fi game out in time before it becomes sci-fact.)
  • Next I’d like to take things away from the space realm since that’s our most common science showcased.  Instead, since in Escaping Titan we’re going to use the concept of 3-D printing, I wanted to showcase a cool post I found with respect to a man who is using 3-D printing to make limb prosthetics.
  • And to wrap things up, we wanted to say our goodbyes.  RIP Kepler Space Telescope.  The confirmed planet count is at 132.

That’s all for now!

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Thanks everyone,
-Tyler