Thursday, 29 May 2014

Let's Play TinyKeep by Noaksey

Dean Noakes (Noaksey), is an awesome guy I met on my Rezzed and Insomnia travels. Yesterday he posted his Let's Play of an early build of TinyKeep. He's done a few pretty entertaining runs here (which reminds me I need to make the spike traps break after a couple of activations, as I keep seeing people abuse them :P)

Noaksey has a fantastic collection of Let's Plays and other entertaining gameplay videos, and already he is starting to get a pretty respectable following on Twitter. Recently he has been trying to hit his first 100 subs all week, so if you like his content please Like the video above and subscribe! It would mean an awful lot to him if we were all able to help him make his target :)
Today I will be meeting up with our resident audio guy Jey to discuss the final details of our sound production. I'm pretty excited about this as I've been putting together the final plans for our level design and it's going to be awesome bringing this all to life with a proper soundscape.
Three months to go now until Beta testing.
Wish me luck!
Phi

Monday, 19 May 2014

A TinyKeep Saga

Hi all, just a quick one to let you know I'm about to commence on my journey for Sweden to attend the Nordic Game Conference (NGC). I've been invited by Unity to present a talk there about TinyKeep's random dungeon generation but I'll also try and sneak in a bit of the game in there as well for publicity's sake.
Here's a list of all the fellow speakers joining me at the Unity Track. Mike Bithell of Thomas Was Alone and Volume fame will also be doing his presentation a couple of hours before mine, which is actually pretty crazy!

I think the talk will be recorded so I will post up a video of it when it is available - if you happen to be interested in this kind of thing!
Hope you are all enjoying the beautiful start to the summer so far!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Art

I think Matthias (our artist) was bored today because I found this in my inbox this morning. (Click here to view the image in full size!)

Along with the following message:

"Hey Phi! How's it going? Just wanted to send you this image. Perhaps you can find a use for it. It's the skeleton crew and some other critters celebrating because they are starring in an actual game project. Their first real gig so to say. :). Cheers! Matt"

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Back to Normality

Hey everyone! What an absolutely crazy month it's been for myself and the team. Most of March and April was spent on crunching an ungodly amount of man hours getting the build ready for the three big events that we attended: EGX RezzedUpdate and Insomnia 51. But now it's time to settle down and get back into the full swing of development again - there's a huge amount of content still left to add in the next four months.

Insomnia

Multiplay's Insomnia Gaming Festival was a blast, very different to the consumer focused Rezzed as it was more about playing games and having fun rather than selling and announcing stuff. We managed to set up two machines this time and actually got over three hundred people to play the demo. As usual we gave out some of our lovely Kickstarter mugs to those determined punters who actually managed to beat the first level!

Let's Player and Game Reviewer @NoakseyV1
Let's Player and Game Reviewer @NoakseyV1

Alex Rose, Vorpal Games
Alex Rose, Vorpal Games
I also managed to get the guys running the event to let me have 15 minutes or so on the Expo stage showing off and explaining the game on the big screen. Hopefully a few people managed to steal themselves away from all the Minecraft stuff and catch a glimpse of TinyKeep in action!


Roguelike?

Since the slight shift of focus towards more roguelike/permadeath gameplay elements I've so far been getting mostly positive feedback from the pre-alpha and pre-order testers, gaming press and from people attending the live events. However there have been a handful of people who have messaged me their concerns, in particular the level of difficulty in the current build and also whether I'd still be including more relaxed modes of gameplay focusing on character progression. I'll try and answer these as best I can in the following points below.
  • The extreme level of difficulty for the current pre-alpha version was intentional as it was part of a live challenge we set up for the events we attended in April. However, the full version of the game will include a tutorial and a much gentler difficulty curve to ease you into the experience. As with most games of this genre, completing the game will still require a lot of practice but we definitely do not want to drop the player into the deep end right at the very beginning!
  • Someone asked me if I could include a more "relaxed" mode that would allow the player to explore the dungeon at a more sedate pace. While the current build obviously does not represent what the game will eventually feel like, I will still be adding a sandbox/practice mode to allow the player to choose the dungeon seed as well as set a number of environment and monster spawning parameters. So you will be able to set up a custom scenario to best match your playing styles.
  • Procedurally generated swords from this old post - yep this is still planned!
  • Character progression and inventory. Okay, this one is a biggie. Traditional roguelikes of course focus on permadeath, which means if you die you lose everything, and I understand why this would be a major concern for some of our backers. However with TinyKeep we have always wanted to blur the lines between roguelikes and RPGs. So we will be including a few elements of permanence in the form of unlocking legendary swords (see the procedurally generated swords post above). I don't want to give too much away at this point as it is basically our unique selling point that Ben and I have been discussing for years, but essentially you'll be able to save some of your items from the inventory between games, even between roguelike and sandbox/practice modes. It's a solution that I hope will strike a balance between tense permadeath and classic RPG progression, without including any elements of tedious grinding. I know it's a little vague right now but I ask you all to please trust us in our vision to make TinyKeep different from the so many other similar themed games out there!
That's it for now! Time to get my head down and continue working on the game...