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Early Dev / Re: Soulblight
« on: September 18, 2017, 03:23:25 PM »

This week we've been slowly going back to our routine after PAX West. To jump straight into the development we've took on the feature we've been excited to implement for a while now - Dual Wielding

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Early Dev / Re: Soulblight
« on: September 10, 2017, 06:29:08 PM »
Hey Everybody
PAX West is over and I’m finally back home. It was one hell of an adventure so after sleeping it off it’s time to write a recap of the event :) Before we go any further there is one thing you need to know. The gaming events from the point of view of a developer are a bit different. You spend at least 10h a day at the show but sadly you don’t get to play too many games. However the events from this perspective have their own unique charm. I personally really love it and I would like to share some of my feelings with you today :)
Let’s start with how we got there. For a tiny indie studio like ours showcasing a game at PAX West wouldn't be possible if not for the Indie Games Poland Foundation (IGP - www.igp.org.pl). Every year IGP chooses best indie games from Poland to showcase at PAX West. Soulblight was one of those games this year :).
Couple of my indie friends also got accepted so we’ve decided to team up together and rent a house. There were 7 of us: Piotrek & Paweł form Digital Melodies (Timber Tenis) Tom from Crunching Koalas (Mouse Craft), Sebastian from Transhuman Design (Butcher), Rafał & Bartek from Licht Hunt (Lichtspeer) and me (Kuba - Soulblight). Here’s a photo of our crew (I’m the short guy in the middle :) )
I got to Seattle around noon of AUG 30th and the first thing was to meet up with the rest of the crew. The airport’s Starbucks was our meeting point. After almost 15 hours in the air we really needed a cup of coffee :D Now we were ready to get to our place. I have to admit Tom who organized it really outdone himself. Just look at the view!
Next day started with a visit to Valve’s headquarters organized by IGP. Each of us got a few minutes to present their game. After that we had an opportunity to speak with people responsible for running Steam Store about its current state and about store’s future. By the way there is this huge Dark Souls statue in the middle of Valve’s HQ - a real treat for a souls-fan like me :)
After our visit at Valve we went to the PAX West convention center. The rest of the day was spent setting up our stands for the event. When the work was done Maciek Miąsik invited us to chill out at his place. Maciek is one of the most experienced Polish game developers. He used to work in CD-Projekt Red as head of production department during the development of witcher 1 & 2. Now he’s an indie developer (his game Beat Cop was released this year). We all like to refer to him as “The Pope of Polish Gamedev” as he always has a word of wisdom to share with us :) We were all really tired after all days work at the stand but how could we say “No” to an invitation from “The Pope” :) It was definitely a good decision though. The view itself was worth the trip :)
On the next day it was time to start the festival. During the event our daily routine was pretty much the same. We woke up early it the morning, went to the convention center, worked at the stand and then when the day was over we ran off to some new party :) As I said not much time to check out any new games :) There was a ton of other attraction though. When else can you get a chance to chat with people from team 17 (I was raised on their games) party with guys from 11 Bit Studios or just bump into the developers of that game you’ve been waiting for (Moonlighter).
A really unforgettable adventure :)

Cya Around,
Kuba

P.S
During 4 days of PAX i pitched the game to more people then I can count. It was an awesome excercise and the one I really needed. I think I finaly found a way of presenting Soulbligt game idea in just few words :) Now It's time to use it while redesigning our Kickstarter campaining :)

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Early Dev / Re: Soulblight
« on: August 31, 2017, 04:13:51 AM »
Soulblight - ‘ok’ is not enough
After over a month of intense work on our Kickstarter campaign last night we finally finished. We sat down to look through all the materials we've prepared. It seemed to be ready to go as everything was "ok". However deep inside we felt that "ok" was not good enough.
You see one of the things that we’ve learned while working on Soulblight is that making a good game isn’t enough this day. We live in an age of the information overflow. Usually you have only a few seconds to get someone's attention. Keeping that in mind our idea of “More literal approach to RPG” isn’t easily transferred into a single picture or a 5 second video. That is the reason we struggle when we present our me to new people. And this is also the reason our Kickstarter campaign at its current stage is just "ok".
Don’t worry. This doesn't mean we want to sacrifice our vision of the game to make it more “promotable”. The game will remain unaffected. What we need to do is find a new, more approachable way to communicate what we have to say.
We have some ideas on how to do it but now we just need some time to make them happen. This means that we have to postpone Soulblight Kickstarter campaign for a month or so Launching it without solving that problem might do more harm than good.

Once more thank you for all your support and sorry for the delay. :(

Regards,
Kuba

P.S Postponing the kickstarter doesn't mean we won’t be showcasing Soulblight at PAX West this year. Actually I'm writing this from the airport waiting for the plane. If you happen to be in Seattle this year drop by booth #6003 on the 6th floor and say hello :)

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Early Dev / Re: Soulblight
« on: August 18, 2017, 09:16:57 PM »


One of you members of our Steam Community suggested that I would post the Alpha Update change logs here to help you all follow on the development. This is an Awesome idea. Not sure why I haven't thought about it earlier :P It happens that I just recently uploaded new update so here comes the first one:
  • The alpha build is now in the form of Kickstarter Demo. It's a bit shorter as we don't want to show the locations that still contain assets in a concept stage(like camp and chapel)
  • Chrono Inhibitor armor set added. Armor of this type allows you to use time slowing mechanic.
  • Spiked armor set added. Armor deals passive damage to the enemy when in Grip.
  • First light armor set added.
  • Items made of black steel can no longer kill you. When you equip an item with that tag while on full wounds you simply don't receive the Black Steel Curse buff until you heal.
  • 6 light shields added
  • 6 medium shields added
  • 6 heavy shields added
  • Spear primary attack speed has been increased. This weapon type seemed to be a bit under-powered.
  • The loot you receive as a taint reward is now more varied.
  • Bosses movement speed increased. You should no longer be able to infinity kite him.
  • Now when you’re sneaking through the creaking zone the range in which the sound is heard depends on how fast you're walking (You can sneak slower by gently moving the analog stick)

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Early Dev / Re: Soulblight
« on: August 12, 2017, 06:25:32 PM »
Soulblight beta on the horizon as kickstarter reward



As I mentioned couple days ago our alpha test program will come to an end with our visit at Pax West 2017. This doesn’t mean though the game needs no more tests. Soon after the kickstarter campaign we will be beginning the beta test. The beta build will include much bigger part of the game. You will be able to face all 3 bosses we’ve prepared as well as acquire up to four taints. The access to the beta tests will be one of the kickstarter rewards.

Soulblight kickstarter will go live next Thursday (AUG 17th)

Don’t forget to support our thunderclap :)
https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/59652-soulblight-live-on-kickstarter

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Early Dev / Re: Soulblight
« on: August 11, 2017, 03:35:34 PM »


It's 6 days before Soulblight kickstarter launch. I wake up to learn we've been selected Intel Level Up Contest Finalist! :D Nice timing don't you think ;)

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Early Dev / Re: Soulblight
« on: August 08, 2017, 09:45:02 AM »


We’ve announced last week that as a part of Soulblight upcoming kickstarter we will be visiting Pax West 2017 Besides it being a perfect opportunity to spread the word about our campaigning. PAX will also be a culmination of our alpha tests

Don’t worry though - Certain things will remain the same!
  • If you have alpha access you will still be able to run the game any time you want
  • I will continue to sharing the steam keys every monday
  • You will still be able to sign up at www.mynextgames.com for the chance to receive the key

What does the end of alpha tests mean? Well… The only thing that will change is the fact that I will no longer update the build regularly. This doesn't mean though the game won't need testing. But how we will be doing it I will share with you next time :)

P.S Soulblight kickstarter will go live on AUG 17th. Don’t forget to support our thunderclap: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/59652-soulblight-live-on-kickstarter

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Early Dev / Re: Soulblight
« on: July 30, 2017, 06:08:09 PM »

Yes everybody! We’re going to Seattle! The main point of our upcoming Kickstarter will be our visit at PAX WEST. We’ve been selected by Foundation Indie Games Poland to showcase our game at their stand this year. If you happen to be at PAX this year drop by Polish booth and say hello :)

P.S Soulblight Kickstarter will go live on AUG 17th. Don’t forget to support our thunderclap: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/59652-soulblight-live-on-kickstarter

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Early Dev / Re: Soulblight
« on: July 26, 2017, 08:10:26 PM »


Something special came in a mail today :D Do you know what this means? ;)

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Early Dev / Re: Soulblight
« on: July 20, 2017, 08:33:10 PM »
Hey Everybody!
As I mentioned last week, today I have a big announcement :) We’ve been preparing it for weeks, and now we’re finally ready! Soulblight will go live at kickstarter on August 17th! We will be revealing more info on what’s to come as we get closer to the date. For now help us announce the news to the world and support our Thunderclap:



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Early Dev / Re: Soulblight
« on: July 15, 2017, 12:25:38 PM »


Today I have just a little update as we're preparing for a big announcement next week :) We've recently improved on our shopping mechanic. Now you will be able to acquire individual items instead of paying for entire batch. The interface became more intuitive as well!

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Early Dev / Re: Soulblight
« on: July 09, 2017, 07:16:18 PM »


This week our first character started to have something more to say then "MISSING TEXT" :D If you wish to have a lovely little chat witch Cecil you can sign up for #Soulblight alpha tests at: www.mynextgames.com ;)

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Early Dev / Re: Soulblight
« on: July 02, 2017, 11:13:38 AM »

By implementing certain level of inertia depending on how well armored your character is we’ve allowed the faster character to be able to outmaneuver the heavier foes. This way you can get on the back of the heavier opponents and gain a massive advantage by doing so. Though it isn’t easy it greatly increases the damage you deal as well as prevents the enemy from hitting you with his attacks.

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Early Dev / Re: Soulblight
« on: June 23, 2017, 09:38:27 PM »
This week I would like to talk in more detail how we build Soulblight tactical combat around distance control :) So each character during the fight is surrounded by the circle which represent its position on the battlefield. By pressing the right button you can light up a frontal part of it and activate what we call the grip. When the grip touches another circle the characters become engaged to represent the clinch combat. This maneuver besides linking the characters together also forces them to use a secondary attack


Depending on the weapon this attack might be less or more powerful than the main one. The wielder of the more cumbersome weapon now will be forced to find a way to disengage. The easiest way to do it is by performing a special slam action. He need to be careful though this maneuver burns through a lot of stamina.


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Early Dev / Re: Soulblight
« on: June 23, 2017, 12:14:28 PM »
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I didn't ask if it's good. I asked 'what makes it good'

Sorry must have miss read.

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If it's not secret, can you explain, how you'd *encouage* player to, for example, thinking twice before purchasing if character is greedy?

No it's not a secret :) So the game doesn't have leveling mechanic Instead we have something we call synergy/integrity. This special state greatly increases your damage output and resistance. So the more you have the more chances to survive you have. Now at the beginning of every part of the dungeon you get to choose a personality trait we call taint. What it dose is unlocks a way of gaining synergy but only if you act in a certain way. It dose it in a form a special buffs. Here are few examples:



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How much are you flooding mailboxes with that newsletter?

Try not too floood. I send out an e-mail once a month except at the beginning when i send 3 emails:
- Welcoming e-mail (after you sign up)
- Email explaining how to gain access to alpha tests (the day after you sign up)
- Email explaining in more detail the entire idea behind Soulblight and the taint mechanic (the week after you sign up)

The monthly e-mail usually consists of  news or explains in more details the design choices I took while creating the game. I'm writing the one for this month right now  - it's gone be about combat :)

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