Within inches of gaming heaven

HANNAH MCKEE
Last updated 05:00 13/12/2013
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ARE YOU GAME?: Bill Borman is crowd-funding to get his combat vehicle computer game Scraps off the ground.

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Bill Borman is a fan of computer games, but he's never found the perfect one. So he decided to make one himself.

He is currently running one of the first Kickstarter crowd-funding projects based in New Zealand for his brainchild Scraps, a combat vehicle game in which players can build their vehicles right from the chassis.

"The basic game mode is a combat environment where you're in an arena, you all have a price limit of how to build your vehicle and you can prioritise armour, speed, weaponry, it's your choice," he says.

"It's a game I've wanted to make for a long time.

"I played a few games in the late '90s like Interstate 76, which let you customise quite a lot of stuff in your car, and Lego Racers, a racing game where you could build your game from Lego blocks, but I didn't like that – none of it really meant anything. I wanted to make something with lots of customisation."

Borman, who grew up in Wairarapa, is a self-employed software applications developer and completed a bachelor of engineering at Massey University in Wellington.

He says Scraps is fairly hard-edged and simple, as he has programmed the project completely on his own.

"I make the sounds too, like the music with instruments. I record engine sounds too, one of which is actually my lawn mower."

This is the first complete game he has tried. "It's really good to be able to make something that I've been wanting to play for a long time, and it will be really good when it's finished."

The positive feedback has made the process all worth it, he says.

People have told him they had been waiting for someone to create something like this. "The highlight is everything coming together but when the people are enthusiastic, that's really cool."

He says the independent gaming industry is growing in New Zealand.

"One of the biggest things with independent games is just getting noticed. A lot of people in New Zealand have made great games but never marketed them."

Scraps has $22,047 in Kickstarter pledges, and must reach a goal of $23,000 by Wednesday to receive the funding.

The Kickstarter campaign is here.

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