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BareHand                                                                                        Summer 2014                                              
Based in Lawrence, MA

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BareHand History

Prior to founding BareHand, Edwin Jack (from Maryland) flew out to California for the GDC career fair after graduating college to pursue a gig in the game industry. He applied for many jobs, decided to wait and live in California in case he received any interviews. Six months later after no reply, Edwin moved back to Maryland, worked irrelevant jobs, then moved to New York doing web development while working on his animation portfolio after work. He was laid off from this job and finally managed to land a gig in the industry months later. Months into this gig, Edwin enters work on his Birthday to find out he is apart of a layoff wave at the company.

Edwin Jack then founded BareHand in 2014 within Lawrence, Massachusetts.  Edwin formed an alliance with his teammates Kris Carter and Nicholas Biondi to become the independent game studio working on Cede. The company started with no money within an unfinished basement in Lawrence. Edwin funded the company out of his own pocket through teaching animation classes to adults. The company entered a business accelerator named "Entrepreneurship For All" where BareHand won award money of $3000 as a finalist. BareHand also received a grant of $3800 from Lawrence Community Works, $2000 from MassMoca, and $1000 from Matchlink. The studio used the money to build a prototype for Cede. 

BareHand is a studio built on the foundation of their faith in God. To make games that are fun as well as edifying for the mind, body, and spirit. As a direction extension of their faith, BareHand has value in being real with people instead of sugarcoating.  The Bible has beautiful and ugly situations in it, miracles happen as well as violence and killing. The studio decided to display this in Cede where the game references the story of Joseph from the book of Genesis. 

Cede Description

Cede is a 3D Action-RPG combining the best experiences of Diablo and Plants vs. Zombies/Harvest Moon, modernized by a unique mechanic "Combat Farming",
Combat Farming in a post-apocalyptic universe. Conflict between brothers has cracked your planet into pieces with barely any crops and plants to survive from. Our main character Seph and his Lil Boi's combine their abilities through Combat Farming in which monsters are burst into seeds becoming vegetation.  This vegetation can assist you in combat in various ways. One plant grown may fire projectiles at enemies while another plant increases your speed. Seph's Lil Boi's all have Combat Farming abilities that can level up your plants making them stronger thus making you stronger in combat. 

Story Synopsis

“Cede” is a Combat Farming Game in a Post Apocalyptic Universe where Seph, after the death of his father and the betrayal of his five brothers to govern and protect the worlds crumbles, it is up to him and his Lil Boi’s to restore order to all of the regions that remain of Earth and set everything right for him and what is left of his world. But in order to do that he has to take back the power he rightfully had stolen from him by his brothers before it is too late. Determined to make things right for the world, and rectify the famine and devastation of "The Fall,"Seph still hopes to bring his family back together united, without the hate, anger, greed, resentment, and  decimating power that is destroying them and everything else surrounding the expanse of their wake… by using love---- or the universe as they know it will cease to exist.

Cede Game Features

Burst enemies into seeds transforming them into combative vegetation. Each enemy in the game will have a unique transformation that assists you through combat in various ways from flaming plants firing projectiles to glowing crystals that increase your speed. Through our dynamic planting system, you and the Lil Boi's can move these plants thus building your own unique strategy to take out enemies. Transform wastelands into beautiful worlds through Combat Farming!

Switch between up to 3 Lil Boi's at once all with unique Combat Farming abilities. Using Lil Boi's on plant transformations will level up your plants making them stronger in combat. 

Seph and his Lil Boi's fight for their lives constantly against overwhelming hordes of enemies.

Bring materials that you've found in worlds back to your own personal hub farm to grow crops. Use these crops to level up your Lil Boi making them stronger for Combat Farming!



Edwin Jack                            Nic Biondi
Founder,Game Director              Lead Programmer

Kris Carter                            
Lead Concept Artist                    



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