Posts Tagged ‘Maia’

Give It A Trya: Maia Lands On Steam Early Access

By Nathan Grayson on December 4th, 2013.

The Maian Prophecy came true after all! Just as was foretold by a news post I wrote a couple months ago, so shall it be. Maia is now available on Steam Early Access, and I’m aching to worm my futuristically gloved hands into its steaming, ropey gut pile of systems and AIs. The Dungeon Keeper and Dwarf Fortress-inspired colony sim is, however, currently not working for me, as it launches at a weird, choppy resolution and I can’t find any way to fix it. Boo. Maybe you’ll have better luck, though?

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Oh Me, Oh: Maia Coming To Steam Early Access In Dec

By Nathan Grayson on September 24th, 2013.

I feel even worse for the other band of colonists that got stranded while excavating that sun.

Maia really does sound insanely marvelous, doesn’t it? It’s got all the complexity of a whirring, churning management simulation paired with the more down-to-earth-space personal side of something like The Sims or even Dwarf Fortress. The game’s planet is a harsh, unwelcoming place, but it greeted Adam with a brain-warming embrace. He quickly fell in love, and – via the ropey spinal strands of our official hivemind apparatus – so did the rest of RPS. But when can you pluck your own bendy straw into Maia’s thick systemic stew? Well, you’ve still got a bit of a wait ahead of you, but December’s not that far off.

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Colonial Conundrum: A Lovely New Maia Video

By Craig Pearson on August 23rd, 2013.


Philosophy would be so much easier if we could use console commands. Here’s a conundrum people in the new Maia alpha are asking: “What comes first? The door, or the workshop that you need to build to build the workshop door?” It’s actually a trick question, and the answer is that you need to build the workshop first, then use debug commands to place a door. So technically the workshop. As the video shows, the door to the workshop is the first step on the space colony’s sodden road to self-sufficiency, with the systemic strategy game’s colonists using the workshop to build a table to use the table to get to work. If you add lights to the workshop, the people will be able to build things in a more efficient manner. Brilliant!
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Satellite Reign, 7 Days To Die, Maia, More Greenlit

By Nathan Grayson on August 9th, 2013.

The Steam Greenlight machine keeps right on churning, and I have to say: it’s getting a little more efficient. Initially, batches of new games were wheezing out in sickly trickles, but now we’re getting 15-game shotgun bursts every couple weeks. There’s still plenty of room for improvement of course, and it remains to be seen whether or not Valve can keep pushing this pace, but it’s good to at least see some baby steps in the right direction. With that said, let’s dive into this week’s selection. Standouts include Syndicate spiritual successor Satellite Reign, the ever-popular (and hilarious) Viscera Cleanup Detail, open-world zombie sandbox 7 Days To Die, extremely ambitious god game Maia, and quiet, thoughtful ghost romp The Novelist.

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Oh Me Oh Maia: Now On Greenlight

By Craig Pearson on July 3rd, 2013.

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Questioning crowds about their commitment to Maia caused one of the most tense Kickstarters ever. It eventually cleared the goal with room to spare, but for a time the future was not so certain for the space colony management simulator. With the game on firmer footing, and the alpha in the hands of backers, developer Simon Roth has taken the next and inevitable step of dropping it on Steam Greenlight and hoping for a positive community reaction. He’s even rustled up a new trailer for the very purpose. Let’s look.
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Systemic Shock: Maia’s Science And Stories

By Adam Smith on June 24th, 2013.

At the first Rezzed, a year ago, I saw Maia for the first time. Back then, before the nail-biting Kickstarter campaign, what I was shown was more engine than game, an almost frighteningly impressive technical achievement, created by one person and almost tentatively shown to a few eager onlookers. A couple of days ago, I saw the game again. It isn’t finished but it was one of the most intriguing propositions at a show packed with variety.

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Kickstarter Katchup – 1st December 2012

By Adam Smith on December 1st, 2012.

As we enter Christmasember and the elves enter the sweatshop, it seems only fitting that today’s Kickstarter Katchup is filled with merriment. More winners than EVER BEFORE! Two projects that DOUBLED THEIR FUNDING IN THE FINAL DAYS! I doff my comical Santa hat to Maia and Sui Generis, both of which are hugely ambitious and required more than small potatoes to fund their dreams – and both convinced the world to pledge. They’re not the only winners though and even the week’s loser (I might change that word in future Katchups because I’m a softie) has a positive spin, with hardy developers planning to continue their hard work. Bless ‘em all.

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Roth Rejoices: Maia Makes Mega-Money

By Alec Meer on November 26th, 2012.

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Three cheers for the small god. A couple of days ago things looked a wee bit shaky for Simon Roth’s Dungeon Keeper and Dwarf Fortress-inspired god game Maia, but a flurry of Kickstarting over the weekend has seen it beat its once faintly ridiculous-seeming £100,000 target and reach the esteemed status of A Thing That Is Happening.
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Maia Maker On Molyneux, Marmite & Management Games

By Alec Meer on November 23rd, 2012.

Peter Molyneux’s unnervingly vague but tear-jerking Project GODUS isn’t the only god game revival on the crowd-funded block. British indie dev Simon Roth is in the last mile of seeking pledges for his sci-fi-themed, Dungeon Keeper and Dwarf Fortress-inspired, procedurally-generated management game Maia. Between its rather spangly proprietary engine and the fact that there’s a whole lot of it being shown off already, I’m personally much more interested in this modernised, maximised rethink of the house that Bullfrog made than I am in the wild promises of Dungeon Keeper’s oft-disproved original lead.

With £63,000 of the required £100,000 in the bag and just four days left on the Kick-clock, it’s looking likely that Maia will go down to the wire. I chatted to the game’s lead, Simon Roth (ex of Frontier and Mode 7) about whether he thinks he’ll make it, the game’s procedural cleverness, his 70s sci-fi inspirations, why god games declined and, opportunist that I am, what he makes of Molyneux’s accidental rival project.
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Roth Explains His Maia Hypothesis

By Jim Rossignol on November 1st, 2012.


With Britstarter well under way, it’s time for me to point to one of the most interesting projects to have appeared, which is Simon Roth’s Maia. The project – we’ve mentioned a few times – proposes a planet-colonising God game which will see players “excavate an underground colony to escape the hostile surface of the world.” Needless to say, there’s plenty of base-building and colonist-caring staples going to go in there too. It’s one of the more promising indie ideas to have brought its pitch to Kickstarter this year. Brit indie Roth cites both 70s sci-fi and Bullfrog-era God games as major influences, both things which make our glands release the Want enzyme. Roth explains himself – somewhat disconcertingly – to camera in the pitch video, which you can see below.
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This One’s A Keeper: Maia’s First Person Mode

By Alec Meer on September 3rd, 2012.

The view from the other side of trippyvision

Maia, the procedural, Dungeon Keeper-esque space management/god game from newly ex-Mode Sevener Simon Roth, is right up there in the top branches of indie games to stare at with creepily unblinking desire. A procedural world, taking a few notes from the likes of Dwarf Fortress and Minecraft, and a highly ambitious proprietary engine to realise it all in. And, now, a first person mode, straight outta Dungeon Keeper. Here’s the trippy view from behund the eyeballs of one of Maia’s IMP bots.
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