A Game Within A Game: Ambitious Indie Project Uses Gameplay to Explain Why we Like Games


A previously unknown indie developer is kickstarting an ambitious multiplayer game project that aims to address the question: why do we like games in the first place?

San Mateo, California -- Jan 19th, 2014 -- Wayward Terran Frontier is the first project of a brand new game studio Reason Generator Inc. "I like the scifi setting because it lets me tell a story about the human condition" explains George Hultgren, founder and only employee of Reason Generator Inc. "It seems that in the past, humans were at their best when they had a frontier to explore, but these days many of us use games to pass the time. I wanted to explore that idea in the story of my game." The game's trailer ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuVc8TV7rLA) is slow paced and clearly low budget, but its space-western story and smooth frontier style slide guitar music gives it lots of character.

Part of the design process involved playing games that were fun even though it seemed like they shouldn't be. "I played cookie clicker for hours and I asked myself...why is this fun? There is nothing redeeming in this. Is there something wrong with my brain?" the goal was to imagine the antics of an ideal antagonist intent on enslaving all of humanity. "I wanted to create a game that plays like a deep engrossing RPG, except as you play through it you learn that the mechanics are designed as a form of mental slavery for your character. The villain of the story is the one handing out the quest rewards, constantly encouraging you to do RPG type things in a freedom and frontier themed game world."

It's impossible to know how the full story will play out because the game is far from being complete. George's biggest challenge is funding his ambitious project. "I think it's a hard sell because the project offers some really tough engineering problems, especially around multiplayer in a user-hosted world. My hope is that people will play around with the alpha and see that many of the hardest problems have already been solved." Indeed many sci-fi fans are already having a good time creating custom space ships and sharing their creations on the game's forums. The ability to walk around inside ships and command a large battleship with friends is the game's main selling point right now.

Wayward Terran Frontier is a work of passion created by a gamer trying to design the game he wants to play. The full game will retail for $15 on multiple platforms but the multiplayer client will likely remain free forever.

Wayward Terran Frontier alpha client available here:


Kickstarter campaign is here:


About Reason Generator Inc.

Reason Generator Inc. is based in San Mateo, California, just north of silicon valley. It was founded by George Hultgren in 2013 for the purpose of producing Wayward Terran Frontier. George is most easily contacted via email or on his website's forums

( http://wtfrontier.com/forums/)  

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