Lansing Gaming Company Grows, Prepares Tuebor LaunchBy Jane Whitttington on December 9th, 2015 /
It’s the year 7235. Life is no longer as we know it. The earth has endured thousands of years of war and has been turned into wasteland. The human race is no longer as we know it. Mutation, technological adaptation, genetic change. Sky cities, populated by those who wish to live a life untouched by warfare, abound. Mutates roam the earth, struggling to survive. Other life forms vie for dominance, control, and power.
This is the fascinating world of Tuebor being created by Scott Reschke and his crew at Strength in Numb3rs Games Studios (S.i.N.) in Lansing.
Reschke previously owned a cybercafé/computer repair shop in East Lansing called The Frag Center. From 2003 to 2010, his business welcomed gamers who came in to play the latest games. Reschke bought games for his café and was always open to suggestions from his customers about what they most enjoyed and the kinds of games they hoped to see in the future. When the recession struck, and disposable income was just not there for gamers to indulge their passion at his café, Reschke shut down his business and started thinking about creating his own game, based on what he had learned over the seven and a half years he had operated.
Reschke says, “Over the years, I had thousands of gamers come in to play in the store. Based on feedback from my customers, I realized that I had created a blueprint for a product. After the store closed, I spent a couple of years researching business models, marketing plans, and funding options. I did lots of networking during that time as well. The biggest help was gathering a team of advisors from places like the SBDC and LEAP (Lansing Economic Area Partnership) who had experience in various industries.”
He continues, “These advisors saw the potential. S.i.N. is much more than just a video game company. We are developing a product that has a global reach. As a newer concept, investors were reluctant to put up the kind of money we needed to get started. Money in Michigan seems to follow automotive, healthcare and alternative energy. Investors didn’t understand what we were proposing to do.”
Finally, in March of 2015, an investment group backed S.i.N. with substantial funding, and the project was underway. They also received funding from the Michigan Film Office through the MEDC.
In just a short time, Reschke had gathered a staff of 20 highly skilled employees who had a passion for game development. Committed to Michigan, Reschke looks forward to the growth of his industry which can provide jobs in-state for graduates of MSU, Western and other schools which offer degrees in game development.
A long-time devotee of science fiction and fantasy, Reschke created a new world for Tuebor. The name, by the way, means “I will defend” in Latin and is also part of the state motto. Based far into the future, Tuebor posits a world where precious resources are viciously vied for and, once obtained, defended to the death.
Reschke describes the world of Tuebor as post-apocalyptic and dystopian. Tuebor is story-driven with ingenious plots and situation. In a nod to his home state, he has created a floating city called New Detroit, a gritty, never-say-die hub of industry. The characters in all the worlds are unique—some beautiful, some hideous, all with hidden depths.
Reschke hopes to launch the product in May/June of 2016. Internal testing has begun and pre-sales will be available in March or April. In the meantime, S.i.N. is looking for game testers to provide feedback about Tuebor. He believes that Tuebor will appeal to a wide demographic and bring an exciting new option to gaming.
Reschke says, “The story is told through graphic novels and comic books which can be accessed online. This adds to the richness of the game although Tuebor can be played without reading the online material. The player then picks characters and can play through various situations. It’s highly social and cooperative, and gamers play against others who are also playing.”
Unlike most video games, Tuebor will be free to play on personal computers. Players can then buy additional customization products to enhance their enjoyment.
Reschke says, “Playing video games is a break from reality. What we have created is a world where you get to be a superhero or supervillain and anything can happen.”
For more information and a chance to read the synopsis and even sign up to be a product tester, go to www.tueborgame.com.