Gearing up for MagFest

Less than a week and we will be at MagFest!

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We’ve been working around the clock on code, design and booth preparations and were pretty happy with where things are landing. There is still a ton more to do, but the game is fully playable and will look pretty nice on our Kiosk stands we bought to showcase the game. We’ve also got nice black floor tiling, and new roll up banners that should arrive [fingers crossed] today on Friday to liven up our area visually.

We were hoping to have both Android and iPads on display to go with our Mac and Windows laptops but sadly the Androids didn’t get here in time to demo the game.

That said we should have 7 devices with us, 2 for playing tutorial missions, 4 for playing full games and 1 for showing off an image gallery and collecting visitor email addresses.

Turns out we will also be getting some cool chairs sponsored by Yogibo including a mini and an ipad case to go with it.

Game Progress

There’s been a ton of updates over the last couple of week to the game, so many that I struggle to even remember what is new anymore. Just yesterday we added 4 new UI buttons to the game so that you now have more than one way to colonize a world, send troops, attack and reset your attack choices. Here are some shots of these new UI buttons:

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The buttons for information were also moved to the sides of the cards and enlarged to make them easier to tap on tablet devices. Below the “I” button you can now see buttons like the blue icon for colonize, or the red cross hair for setting a target in battle.

We still want to improve the UI further by adding similar buttons and contextual highlights for a lot of other aspects of the game like movement, but

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this will have to wait now until after MagFest since we need at least 5 days now of stability testing to make sure there are zero bugs remaining.

Tutorials (Puzzles)

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We’ve got single player tutorials in the game now! Seven so far, these are set up like puzzles with tips to get you started. Completing all 7 of them should give you a pretty good basic understanding of the game so that you are then ready to play vs. another player. We plan on making at least another dozen puzzles as time goes on that will increase in difficultly while simultaneously showing off the more refined level of thinking you can achieve in the game. Our AI opponent logically fights, invades and brutalizes you on these puzzles but they are all set up to last a maximum of 1 to 2 turns. So they are intentionally short and very focused, think chess puzzles you might find in a news paper.

Interviews, Streams and Pod cast

Since we last spoke we’ve also had an interview on eXplorminate and a live game stream-interview with Space Game Junky. Plus on our own Podcast we also had a quicker recap of last months progress too.

Alpha Test Event

After MaScreen Shot 2016-02-10 at 4.39.15 PMgFest our next big milestone is the big public Alpha test event we want to schedule for mid March. This is going to be your chance to play the game in what hopefully should be an active weekend with a full lobby of players. You’ll be able to play the game as a single-player vs. the computer to learn the basics and then online vs. other players and us on Twitch streaming live if you want to play us or ask us questions. So please sign up to our Alpha event to let us know you are interested and tell your friends! Everyone can join in, we want it to be extra fun.

New Cards

Yes we have new cards we could show you! But I’m out of time for today, so I’ll leave that update till next time. Until then don’t forget to also jump on our twitter and subscribe to our twitch if you want to catch us in the act of playing and jump in for a game.

Space man out, Seb.

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Greetings friends, much has happened in the last few weeks!

MagFest

GalaCollider was selected to present at MagFest! We’re very excited to have a new opportunity to show the game to the world. We’re working hard to get a nice humble booth all organized and prepared for the event.

UI Progress

We have made tremendous progress towards getting the UI of the game improved. We still have a lot to go but there is already a world of difference in the game.

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We’ve also been working on various kinds of visual feedback for different game effects, like red spirals to show a planet is being raided or flowering purple-blue rain when an ability reveals a sector at range.

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Sectors now have colors that are more clear to show ownership, the core world glows brighter, sectors that are not selected have various visual indicators disabled.

The half way point

Alpha4 isn’t done yet, but we’ve decided to make a mid-way marker in the development. Our goal in the next two weeks is to make a stable build of Alpha4 in anticipation of MagFest. We will also use this stable way-point as a means to get everyone on the team playing the newest build too.

Only a few actions remain that can’t be undone with our new Undo button – which has proven to be such an essential feature.

It’s also very easy to load custom decks into the game now, and we’ve got 16 new ships and another half dozen or so other new cards in the current pool to play with.

Progress on the single player mode is currently hampered by a few last features we need to finish. Namely we need to code the game to permit us to set the player’s deck, and the order of the cards in their hand at start. Once we have these things, and a few bugs resolved, we can then work on refinement and testing on our puzzle missions.

Planetary 3D models

The game uses 3d models for many things. Everything on the map is 3D but still linked to a card. There were a number of planets added in Alpha3 but they had some problems, pinched textures at the poles, odd colors, rotation problems, or they just simply glowed too much and didn’t match our concept designs close enough.

I’ve spent the last 3 or 4 days going back to the source files and rebuilding all the planets in our game to be a better representation of what we want to achieve.

Tonight I wanted to see all the planets together and measure which ones are too similar and what some of them should be called / renamed into. Here is what I threw together to help me get oversight:

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Alpha 5 designs, first look

Starting in Alpha5, your hand will hard-cap at 7 cards. If you have 7 cards you just can’t draw more (or you get fewer cards). You can still discard at will, so it won’t stop you from getting new cards if you clear some space. There are many benefits to this change, first it will mean that turns are faster because we never have to wait for a discard phase. Secondly it will also mean we can show more of each card to the player, gone will be the days of only seeing card edges until roll-over. Ghosts on empty slots and lights that glow to show you your hand-spots filled will also make it quick to count and see if you have space in your hand remaining.

We had always planned on having enemy information displayed on an “Intelligence” tab (bottom left corner) – the problem is, that tab doesn’t exist yet because intelligence mechanics (controlled by playing Spies) is a whole world of mechanics that remains in the future… rather than the present.

It’s important to see information about your opponent, especially their star count, so you know if they are about to win. I wouldn’t say this design I made is done, but it’s starting to go in a good direction.

The idea is to leverage the traditional “street fighter” split, me on the left, enemies on the right. I also really like the idea of seeing avatars – you want to identify as much as possible with your side and your enemy. I have ideas in mind for multi-player games, but this current UI assumes a 1-on-1 arrangement.

Finally the menu, done and undo button will move to be more central – I think that makes more sense? But playing and you – will let us know if this indeed true. So here it is, my first draft for Alpha 5 design changes:

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Podcast the GalaCast

Hi Folks,

GalaCast

The big news this week is that we started a podcast that will go behind the scenes of GalaCollider. We start off with Trevor and Sebastian the game developer and game designer behind GalaCollider, but you can expect in future episodes more from other members of our team, like lore and programming:

Once we have a few more episodes we will get things up on itunes as a real “podcast”.

Balance changes for November 1st

Our cards have also just undergone another bigger balance change round and we’re moving some of the current cards in the demo/starter deck out from the demo deck and to the core set while putting some cards planned for the core set into the starter deck. Some cards are even switching sides! (a topic for another time)

Deck building and game length

We’ve also been having fun with deck building lately, just with plain text files that we load up into the game. This did uncover some issues with game length where stalemates can happen between high level players on maps with abnormally low star counts. To address this we are experimenting with stars being generated rather than claimed and also a smarter map system where the star values of each map are now calculated based on the map generated rather than a fixed number based on the number of sectors.

We want most games to last around 30 to 60 minutes, unless you opt for a really large map (and therefore know what you are getting yourself into!) – these changes should be a step in the right direction to ensure that game length does indeed remain within these constraints.

You can watch a recent game where I ran a custom deck with lots of frigates and the map had too few stars on it to trigger a star victory. The result was a really fun game, but it lasted too long for what we want the game to do.

Granted this is with zero turn timer in place, which will really help to speed up the game, but even so a game like this needs to reach conclusion in fewer turns:

Other news

Over the last week we worked out the last of the critical bugs on 3.x and now we are just knocking off all the final major and minor bugs before we begin work in earnest on 4.x.

Work on the deck building part of db.galacollider.com has begun.

Sebastian has been busy getting the graphics ready for the giant design overhaul in 4.x.

Finally we also submitted our game to IndieCade, Magfest and IGF recently. Wish us luck!

Looking for

We are currently looking for:

  • More Alpha Playtesters
  • QA Testers
  • Marketing analysts / social media / strategists
  • Unity3D VFX animators

Thanks for tuning in!

Kickstarter Post #16- “Preludes and Previews”

Hello everyone,

Welcome to our last update, actually no it’s not our last update! We will have another one for you on Sunday with a small treat in it.

With the Kickstarter coming to a close we are taking this time improve our internal systems and expanding our various teams. In particular our Playtest team is undergoing growth right now, if you would like to join our chat space, talk about the game and meet other nice players…? Now’s a pretty good time to jump in and get involved!

Internally we’ve been expanding the team further, shifting people over to areas they want to work in, put into place an HR department, posting many new hires and testing out alternative systems like HubSpot, Slack and Trello.

Within the game, testing of a first-step tutorial “tooltip system” should begin shortly. Our turn replay engine is nearly done and an improved lobby system is just about to start getting coded too.

The online website deck builder we mentioned before is nearly ready to become public. Our current estimate is about two to three more weeks and we will break some champagne for it.

We also started the process of designing the first expansion of the game this week; beyond it just being something in our heads. It is important to understand where the story will start and what the theme of it will be in order to ensure that the current game slots in properly with where things are going. One of the net results of this process was a redesign of an existing Sylith card, the Workshop:

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The current Workshop as designed made Sylith Frigates be more durable, the new workshop costs a bit more but now makes them more aggressive. It’s a subtle change but combined with the increased card draw they get from their core world:

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It reinforces the idea that Sylith ships are fast, aggressive and numerous. If we gave them both hull bonuses AND quantity bonuses we would be essentially saying they are designed to be both high quality [increased hull] and numerous [card draw]; leaving little design space to contrast them.

Long term this also leaves the design space open for other factions to be king of control-type strategies. Ships with higher hull values are harder to destroy, which increases a faction’s ability to win by contesting all sectors (one of the three ways to win a game).

The Sylith are already masters of invasion and I can’t tell you how many times my core world has been captured by now…

The workshop change, as well as many other small balance changes are currently being laboriously tested and developed – by the playtest team you should join!

Featured Artist

Artist: Lorcan O’Shanahan
Location: Canada
Portfolio: http://lorcanoshanahan.com
About: Lorcan is an accomplished UI Designer and Motion Graphics artist whose credits include Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Ender’s Game, and Continuum. His experience on such projects gave him the confidence to go freelance as of last year. Music is vital to his creative process, and he’s always searching Soundcloud for new music to add to his collection.

Lorcan was of our original designers on the game and was instrumental in creating our space UI, the minimal look you see throughout the game’s interface and our intro video of our Kickstarter:

Here are some of his concept images of our initial UI:

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Which lead to some initial 3D comps of how the game might be experienced, note the ships are rectangles and lock into a square grid that would also function as a way of visually telling you how big a ship was (bigger ships would fill more squares):

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From here other iterations were done and we decided to move the planet below the battle and to indicate ship size by changing the size of the shape below it. You can also see on this image we were experimenting with putting ship-data on the “table” surface:

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The battle UI eventually become more table-top miniature in feel, streamlined and simple, but we did still experiment with various ways of displaying the card data:

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As for the “feel” of the UX. Some examples of the multi-stage zoom UI transitions, here is a render of the game switching from galactic to sector view. As you will see in this video we are translating from motion around a disk (galaxy) to rolling the stars along the surface of a “magic eight ball”:

And putting it all together, here is the concept transition between all stages:

Note: Sadly we didn’t hit our funding goal this Kickstarter, so we will have to wait to implement this in the game a bit longer, but we are planning on making some immediate enhancements to the game’s UI to bring it more in line with our desired end goal. We will get there!

Artist: Ali Ries
Location: United States
Portfolio: http://casperium.deviantart.com
About: 
Ali we met at the start of our campaign and paints beautiful Nebulas. She was kind enough to let us use some of her artwork for this Kickstarter. Some of her work might even fool you into thinking it’s from hubble. 😉

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Kickstarter Post #10- “The Leviathans”

Hello everyone,

We’re almost to $20k! Thank you all for your continued support, it means so much to us! We’ve got two weeks to spread the word and get as much press and public awareness brewing as possible. Let’s break the $20,000 barrier and continue to build support up for the project! We might still be far from $70,000 but anything is still possible.

Today we have Trevor again here to talk about some of his favorite cards in demo deck. Come and see these cards in action by downloading the demo and playing a game.

Card Spotlight

Hiya, Trevor here again and I’m here to talk about some GalaCollider cards today. In particular, I will be focusing on some of the powerful Dreadnaughts used by the Coalition faction. So let’s take a look, shall we?

kesteron(Clone)The coalition coreworld, Kesteron, makes Dreadnaughts quite scary.

Dreadnaughts are the most expensive ships in GalaCollider and, as a result, they tend to have the highest attack and hull of the ships in the game. They take up a lot of command which limits how many of these ships you can have in a given sector and cost a lot of energy to move each turn.  As such, it’s important you pick and choose when to play these powerful ships carefully.

card_human_oracle(Clone)Kujata is common among the various sapien fleets

The Kujata is an early game tech 1 dreadnaught that the Coalition will lean on in the early game to control key areas of conflict. They can be used well both on defense to hold an area with their massive 5 attack and ability to retaliate for 1 on any ships that attack it. Conversely, the bombard ability will allow them to harass enemy planets. You will typically want these ships as close to the front lines as possible!

human_techdeck_hell(Clone)Guaranteed to rain hell on your opposition!

The tech 2 Hellfire Dreadnaught must be purchased from your techpool before you can play it. It’s definitely worth the cost, however, as it is an even more powerful Dreadnaught than the Kujata. It has 1 less attack, but in return it gets more bombs, more retaliation, and the ability to invade. Invading sectors is how you take sectors away from your opponent so you can use these behemoths to win the game directly. The Coalition have less invasion options than the Sylith and this makes this card even more attractive. Dreadnaughts like to carry you to victory.

human_techdeck_coa_ship_cetus(Clone)The Cetus is one big Ship. Beware.

The tech 3 Dreadnaught, Cetus, is the strongest Dreadnaught currently available to the Coalition. It costs 8 research to buy but it is worth the price! It has an absurd hull clocking in at 15, the ability to fire at multiple ships a turn for 3 damage each, and prevents opposing ships in a sector from fleeing with the pin! Use this ship when your opponent is fielding multiple smaller ships at a time, or in combination with damage augmenting effects to increase the strength of your ship’s attack. The Cetus is a Dreadnaught that will both force fights AND win them for you.

That wraps it up for our Coalition Dreadnaught card spotlight. I hope you liked what you see! Even more powerful ships await if you back the game today! Your support is greatly appreciated. This is Trevor signing out.

Featured Artists

Artist: Leonardo Peñaranda
Location: Germany
Portfolio: https://www.behance.net/llpdesign
About: Even though Leonardo has been creating art since an early age, he never saw it as a profession until he finished his degree in Industrial Design. It was his dream to work in the video game industry. He enjoys working on GalaCollider since it has so many sci-fi elements to it while still retaining realism, like it could exist in this world, being more than just fantasy.

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Sylith Cruiser 3D Model

Artist: Amanda Kiefer
Location: United States
Portfolio: http://amandakiefer.com

SylithElder_SebEditSylith Elder Concept Art

Artist: Neil MacCormack
Location: Switzerland
Portfolio: https://www.artstation.com/artist/bearfoot

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Kickstarters We Like

The 13th Doll is a horror adventure game which was successfully funded earlier this month, and is still available to preorder via PayPal on Attic Door Production’s website. It’s inspired by the classic game “The 7th Guest” and features the original voice actor Robert Hirschboeck who plays Henry Stauf in the game. Explore the mysterious old house and watch out for mystifying spirits, dolls, and toys. We’re excited to see this project come to life and can’t wait to immerse ourselves with the story and challenging puzzles.

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Kickstarter Post #8- “Techup: A Closer Look at Techpools and Music Design”

Hello everyone,

In the past couple of days, we’ve received a bunch of new backers and would like to extend our welcome to them! Right now, we’re sitting at nearly 200 backers and are less than $100 shy of $19k. So share that link and let’s keep the momentum going! http://kck.st/1MQLPHR

Remember, that as a backer, you have access to our public demo. The link can be found on our 6th update here. Let us know if you run into problems finding the link or running the game, and we’d be happy to help you out! This weekend much of the team will be online so come and join us for a game. We’ll give you more details in Friday’s update.  

For this update, you’ll get an in depth look at the development of GalaCollider in the Mechanics Spotlight, Musician Spotlight, and Artist Spotlight.

Mechanics Spotlight

Heya, Trevor (GalaCollider’s Game Developer) here today to talk to you about a rather exciting feature in our game: the techpool! The techpool is used to alter your starting 30 card deck by adding in even more powerful cards into the mix. I’ll go over some of the cards you can expect to see in your techpool so let’s get started.

TechpoolDecisions, decisions. Another ship is always a good thing to have!

So, at the start of the game, your deck will be full of tech level 1 cards. Your techpool will have a certain amount of slots (15, for example) that you can fill it with tech level 1, 2 or 3 cards. Only 3 of the 15 slots will be available for purchase each turn with 1 slot being rotated out for a new card each turn. Tech 1 cards cost 2 research to buy, tech 2 cards cost 4 research, and tech 3 cards cost 8 research. As you would expect, the higher the tech level, the more powerful the card. When you buy a card from the techpool, it will be sent to your discard pile. This is because you shuffle your discard pile to make a new deck once you run out of cards to draw from your deck.

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The Nuwa is a powerful tech 3 Frigate that is exceptionally good against Dreadnaughts

Using the Nuwa as an example, we have a Sylith tech 3 ship that has 2 different damage bonuses that will be applied against dreadnaughts (Nukes and Torps) as well as the ability to Raid opposing sectors such that they provide no resource generation at the start of the turn (giving the opponent less resources to build ships/developments with).

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Don’t let the lack of ability text deceive you! Stars win games

The Metropolis is a Coalition tech 2 development whose only purpose is to provide you more stars. This particular card will give you 6 stars towards winning the game for 4 materials. For reference, a small sized map requires 50 stars to win, so a Metropolis is giving you a good chunk of stars for a single building. Sometimes the cards will be used to help answer your opponent’s deck, other times they will be used to help you win the game. Metropolis would be an example of the latter.

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A very valuable insight, indeed

Insights is a Sylith tech 2 operation that allows you to draw more cards. Sometimes you just want more cards and insights is the perfect tech option to give you just that. It gives you 3 cards at the low, low price of 2 energy! Insights’ true value is the fact that it will get you through your deck quicker so you can keep buying and playing more powerful tech 2 and 3 cards.

The techpool is sort of like having a sideboard you would see in other card games that can be used as a part of actual gameplay rather than in between games during a best of 3 match. It gives you the ability to answer opposing strategies, mask your own plans, and gives you additional ways to win. It’s a very versatile mechanic and we love the impact it has been having on the game so far. Backing our kickstarter will bring this really cool concept to life and it’s only going to get better as time goes on so don’t hesitate to get your friends to join as well!

Featured Musician

Musician: Erik “Viking Guitar” Peabody
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Portfolio: http://www.vikingguitar.com
About: Ever since he got a cassette of a live Black Sabbath performance when he was 14, Erik has loved making music. While he’s mostly known for his hard rock, metal style, for GalaCollider, Erik composed more synth and ambient tracks, trying to capture the empty silence of space while still creating a sense of urgency and action.
Listen: Nebula for GalaCollider:

Behind the scenes, watch how Erik made Nebula

Featured Artists

Artist: László Magyar
Location: Hungary
Portfolio: http://lacza.deviantart.com
About: Magyar tries to push the boundaries with his space art, creating brilliant new themes and twists on what’s generally seen. Each of his pieces has a special feeling to it, but still retains his signature style.

Magyar_TheUniverse“Ti Surge” Development Card Art

Artist: Mark Connett
Location: United States
Portfolio: http://xxkonanandpain.deviantart.com

Connett_ClashingNebulas“Combustible Cloud” Sector Card Art

Artist: Martin Parker
Location: United Kingdom
Portfolio: http://mjparker.blogspot.co.uk

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Kickstarters We Like

Infinium Strike is an “Arcade-Style Spaceship Survival Game” by our friends at Codex Worlds. It combines classic tower defense lanes with arcade style action. You can build a variety of towers, send out ships, and use special abilities to decimate your enemies. The game includes multiple levels of difficulty, a full story campaign, and endless arcade modes with tons of replayability.

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Update August 11th, 2015

Two weeks!

Yeah, you read that right, it’s less than two weeks now until our KickStarter campaign launches! While there is always the potential for a delay, we are looking good for launching our campaign on August 25th 2015. That’s nearly two years of working on this game, from nothing more than an idea to full time with an awesomely big team, all leading up to this moment. Pretty crazy.

Thunderclap

thunderclap-logoIf enough of you join our Thunderclap campaign it will mean a big wave of social media posts on the first day of our Kickstarter and could make a big difference getting us up over our initial funding goal so we can start to dig into the really exciting parts: the stretch goals.

Haven’t heard of Thunderclap? It’s a service that lets us prepare tweets and Facebook posts about something (the GalaCollider Kickstarter campaign), recruit people to sign up (like you, our biggest fan), and then everyone who signed up will post on social media simultaneously like a Thunderclap!

We’ve pre-written a message that will go out on Day 1 of our campaign, but we need your help to spread the word. It’s quick, easy, free, and will be a tremendous help in kick starting our Kickstarter campaign.  To sign up, click the big “facebook,” “twitter,” and “tumblr” buttons on our Thunderclap page, and click “yes I’d love to support these awesome people” and you’re done! Visit our Thunderclap page for more information.

 

Kickstarter video 95% done

KS Video preview stillOur Kickstarter video is now 95% done, and only needs some very minor tweaks and the audio mixing.

3D Modeling progress

Sylith Frigate

A gazillion new 3d models are showing up right now daily as Rafael goes berserk with his computer. Rafael is focusing on pumping out a ton of tiny specialized smaller frigate ships for the Sylith faction. In fact, you can watch him hyper-create some of these models in one of our new time-lapse 3D modeling videos, from our YouTube channel:

New artists

Please welcome two more artists this week that we’ve added to to the team. Bringing the number of exceptionally talented artists up to 27! And yes, we are still recruiting.

Neil Maccormack

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https://www.artstation.com/artist/bearfoot

Dmitry Vishnevsky

Vishnevsky GalaCollider

https://www.artstation.com/artist/dimon

Core set card designs

We recently just finished designing the first 120 cards of the game, how many of these cards we will be able to get into the core set will depend on how well our Kickstarter is funded, but it is pretty exciting to see all the cool different kinds of decks people will be able to make already.

Our test and play balance team is up to over 30 people! We can’t wait to get some of these new cards in their hands…

We also coded a new tool that will allow us to output all the cards used in the game, from Unity into high-res PNG image files. The final glitches are being sorted out as we speak.

This will let us craft up card ideas, attach images and then just batch-generate images like nobody’s business. This will be a godsend for setting up any kind of online deck builder, sharing spoilers and previewing cards with you here, or on our Kickstarter.

Bonus content

tablet_promotionalAnother reminder that you have about two weeks left to sign up for our newsletter if you haven’t yet. Signing up will ensure that you don’t miss our Kickstarter and early bird rewards. Signing up will also guarantee you bonus in-game credit and a bonus card. So surf on over to our home page and kindly bless us with your email address, we’re doing our best to make sure you will have lots of fun and that you’ll be happy you did so.

Sylith 3D model explored

Today we look at our new Sylith Cruiser 3D model and flip between the various modular components. Our models are in low and high poly renders. And every part of it can be turned on/off to create new variations.




Update, August 5th 2015

New Look!

Not just the homepage is redesigned, but the entire website. There is alot more we would like to improve on our site, but this should be a nice move in the right direction. Should also work better on tablets and phones too!

Gen Con recap

Gen Con Indie was really intense and rewarding. Zach Strebech, Nina Park and Sebastian Chedal were there on-location. We did an interview with BGG iOS blog take a look!

BGG Interview:

Below is the video of our interview with Board Game Geek on their iOS Board Game Blog:

Kickstarter update

Video is making huge progress, we are working now on B-rolls and fine tuning the timings, but the rough-pass is all finished.

We did decide to give ourselves a bit more press time though, so the new Kickstarter launch date has been moved to August 25th 2015.

PAX Prime

We are also planning on being at PAX Prime so if you want to see us there, let us know! We should be doing demos and handing out more bonus reward key fliers. Don’t miss us if you want free content and want to play the game!

3D modeling progress

New 3D model renders from Rafael, based on initial modeling done by Leonardo:

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New Artists

This week we introduce two more artists to you who have joined our team. Take a look their work is great!

Maciej Wojtala

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http://m-wojtala.deviantart.com/gallery/

Mark Connett

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http://xxkonanandpain.deviantart.com/gallery/

UI Improvements

Our game has had massive improvements to its UI. All our cards are now in a new mini format, crisp and suitable for 1024 displays:

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Newsletter

As usual, don’t forget to sign up for our Newsletter to know when our Kickstarter (KS) will begin! If you sign up before day-1 of the KS you will qualify for extra bonus content – plus you’ll get an email on day-1 of our campaign so that you don’t miss it!

Next spoilers

See you on Friday when we do another video reveal of our game!

Update, July 22nd 2015

Kickstarter update

Our Kickstarter (KS) video is well on target and we just went over the first draft of it this week. It’s looking really nice! We can’t wait to show it to you. As of today we are exactly 4 weeks from our currently planned KS launch date: August 19th.

(note that we might move this date back a week or two if we need to!)

This is both really exciting and daunting at the same time! We’ve been working really hard on this game for what seems like forever and the moment of truth is now rapidly approaching.

If you haven’t already, please sign up for our newsletter on our home page. We will send you a note when our KS is live and if you sign up before August 19th we will also put you on our bonus list. Everyone on our bonus list will get $5 in-game credit plus a bonus Core World card for signing up before the KS! So stop reading, sign up and then keep going. 😉

Product shots

In anticipation of the KS we’ve been finalizing things like our card-packs, deck boxes and so forth, here are some draft versions for them:

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Card Spoilers?

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 1.05.05 PMWe are going to share card spoilers during our Kickstarter campaign on other websites that are interested in sharing content.

Do you run a blog or a website about games? Are you interested in us giving you a card spoiler to post on your website to get traffic and more fans? Contact us.

More artists

Adam Sondel joined our family this past week. Here is an example of his work:

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Adam Sondel

Coding, testing, press and tournaments

Otherwise, a lot is going on all over the place: Chris and Omari coding away the final features for Beta 2, a busy test team cracking bugs, and a team-tournament planned to run next week where we all get to play Beta2 competitively before the press does. Press releases have begun, games with the press are being scheduled and we should know in the next week or so if our August 19th KS date is solid or if we might need to move it back a week or two.

Press kits

Are you from the press? Would you like a press kit? Would you like to schedule a demo of the game? Let us know!

Pricing model

There really aren’t many digital card games out there that are of the non-Collectible kind. Currently if you want the depth of a collectible card game, but you don’t want to hunt random cards, you mainly have to go for physical card games; like Android: Netrunner, Star Wars: the Card game, and Game of Thrones.

Instead, we are bringing the cost-predictable game to you, delivered to your desktop or portable device.

What is unique though, is that we are also accommodating the Free-to-Play (F2P) players. It is important to us that the game permit everyone to participate, irregardless of their funds.

Most F2P games survive because of the small 2-10% of the player base that drops money into its game. By making them collectible games, they need the collectors – who want all the cards – to spend large amount of money, thereby supporting the F2P player base. This is why most digital card games are collectible (random rewards) and not expandable (predetermined).

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 1.41.49 PMOur solution to this, ultimately, is to cut up our releases into multi-mini-packs that can be acquired separately. We will offer you several packs for each faction, each release. These mini packs we are calling X-Packs (X for eXpansion). Each X-Pack contain 15 cards ready for deck building: 3 copies of 5 unique cards. You will always be able to look at all the cards in an X-Pack before you buy it. So there is no guessing or random draws.

F2P players will be able to grab packs through the credit they earn by playing, but not all of them. This means that F2P players will need to select packs that they think are either fun, or from deck lists that they want to combine to create tier-1 (tournament winning) decks.

The end result is that buying content in our game shouldn’t net you more than it would to keep up with your favorite paper-expandable game (similar to the above aforementioned LCG™s fom FFG®), while still enabling F2P players with a means to play competitively (by picking their earned-packs wisely).

Closing thoughts

It is now definitely “crunch time”. We have a pretty tight schedule to hit the 19th and everyone on this big project is doing a really great job to make this happen. This project has become very substantial in such a short amount of time, we’ve all been pouring our souls into it for such a long time, all for one big Kickstarter splash. We all really hope you will love what we have put together and will support us to supply you with what we envision to be an extremely captivating, engaging, evolving, deep strategy game.

Thanks again for reading this, your continued interest inspires us.