About the Creators
The Time Tribe, LLC, was founded to produce cross-platform, story-driven entertainment that is immersive, enlightening, and above all FUN, without ever losing sight of our mission to inspire and to educate.
We take gaming beyond the screen, and stories beyond the basics!
The Time Tribe is the brainchild of DR KAREN BELLINGER, Ph.D., parent of three and an anthropologist and historian trained at Yale and New York University. Karen spent 15 years in academic research and education, and is a regular contributor to the Science Channel’s T.V. series, What On Earth?
Eight years in the making, The Time Tribe grew out of Karen’s desire to channel her passion for the past to a popular audience, in a format that would capture the imagination of young people and their families:
“As an anthropologist and a parent, I’m frustrated by humanity’s failure to bridge our differences, across time and space, even as new technologies open previously unimaginable channels of direct and immediate communication between us.
For the first time in human history, the notion of a truly global society is more than just a pipedream. Technology has seen to that already. What remains to be seen is whether the global society we are hurtling towards will be grounded in harmony and respect, or riven with the same historical biases, cultural stereotypes, mutual suspicions, and simple misunderstandings that define so many of our international relations today.
Under pressure to perform to newly-mandated, measurable standards, few schools are equipped to prepare today’s kids for the global society they will inherit. And so I see The Time Tribe as one small salvo in the name of fostering engaged and compassionate global citizens, without sacrificing fun in the process.’’
Hear more about Karen’s vision for The Time Tribe, in an interview recorded at Boston Festival of Indie Games (BFIG), on September 14, 2013.
Co-Creator LUCAS J.W. JOHNSON is a writer and cross-platform experience designer by training, and a storyteller, gamer, and history geek by passion. Lucas holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.
“Helping Karen bring her vision to life in creating this project is a great joy for me. It represents a collision of everything I love — in gaming, storytelling, and education. I think The Time Tribe can do a lot of good and is a lot of fun. It’s the game I wanted as a kid.”
Creative Director, Experience Designer, Writer
Karen Bellinger, Ph.D.
Lead Game Designer, Experience Designer, Writer
Lucas J.W. Johnson
In Collaboration With
Additional Game Design
David Langendoen, Electric Funstuff
Concept Artist and Illustrator
Additional 3D Artwork
Richard ”Pipes” Piper
Additional Composition, Arrangement, and Sound Design
Brian Clark, Founder/CEO – GMD Studios
Sonya Conway, Middle School Educator, Milton Academy, Milton, MA
Laura Fleming, K-8 Educator and Library Media Specialist, New Milford Public Schools, NJ
David Langendoen, Partner – Electric Funstuff
Chelsie Olney, K-8 Educator and Curriculum Developer
Andrew Slack, Executive Director – Harry Potter Alliance and Imagine Better
Scott Walker, President – Brain Candy
Special Thanks to our Kickstarter Backers:
Time Tribe Angels
Jennifer Okin Santemma
The Choi Family
Rich and Sandra Trobman
The Herrmann Family
Shelagh van Kempen
Dr Jadis Blurton
Joan and Harrison Wehner
The Tandy Family
Kate Johnston – Westmount Charter School
James, Connie, Katherine and Angelica Hall
David and Jenni Monath
Mohammed Muazzam B. Sham Khiruddin
Time Tribe Leaders
Jaime del Valle
Bob and Lori Johnson
Time Tribe Patrons
The Honourable Sir Dr. Martin “D” Kess, Esquire, Etc.
Keith and Megan Anderson
Elana and Carl Dietz
Lorie and Dan O’Neill
Nancy A. Martira
Time Tribe Members
Ralph and Hilary Iden
The Waxman Family
Aoife and Ryan
Wright S. Johnson
Julius O. Einarsson
Rhys Miles Thomas
The Koss Family
Brian J. Dell
Nana Louise Nielsen
Barry D. Guertin
T.J. Fuller, Jr.
Suzanne and Tim Cummings
Greta and Gavin Zimmerman
Hopping Fun Creations
Oded Sharon, Adventure Mob, Corbomite Games
Marc “ThE_MarD” Bourgoin
Ricardo Neftali Arroyo
Hugh J. O’Donnell
Robert W. DellaFave
Catalin Marcu – 5minutesreviews.com
Jeremiah Lee, @Trifecta_Games