Research & Innovation staff launch Kickstarter for video game project

Three Niagara College graduates, currently working for the College’s Research & Innovation division, launched a Kickstarter campaign on Nov. 10, 2014 for their first title – Seasoned Tactics.

“Seasoned Tactics puts the power and strength of summer, autumn, winter, and spring into your hands,” explains Sarah Lepp, a senior research associate and one of the game developers.

Lepp, along with Brett Didemus and Tom Koole, formed Manic North Software Inc., a software development and game studio, in 2013, after working together in the college’s Agriculture and Environment Innovation Centre at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus. Lepp is a graduate of the Environmental Technician – Field and Laboratory (co-op) program, while Didemus and Koole are graduates of the Computer Programmer/Analyst (co-op) program.

During their time working together, Didemus and Koole have honed their programming talents while building the infrastructure for the award-winning PrAgMatic project, while Lepp has been refining her GIS and research skills as well as becoming a strong leader. The PrAgMatic project involves developing precision agriculture and farm management tools.

In Seasoned Tactics, gamers will take over one of the seasons and spawn minions to fight and earn control of the board. This tactics-style arena will be available for desktop platforms as well as mobile devices – including your iPhone and Android device.

The Kickstarter campaign runs from Nov. 10 to Dec. 12. Depending on the tier, contributors can gain access to the game, exclusive access to private forums, and awesome swag such as T-shirts and mini-game characters. Manic North is seeking funds to continue game development so the title can be released next fall.

For more information on the Kickstarter campaign and the game itself, you can engage with the Manic North team online and through social media: