Hello from the cold part of Australia,
Been getting psyched for this for a while now, looking forward to trying out an idea I've had for a long while, I may even do a 2nd game if time permits!
Torque 3D will be my game engine of choice as I've gotten the most experience with it, it'll allow for simple online which is going to be a focus for my game, with some basic AI on the side for those who want to play offline.
I'm primary a 3D artist but recently taken up some programming as to be more self efficient in game development. Come check out my companies site, http://galaxysoup.com