Wow. It’s been a bit. Sorry for the delay, guys and gals. I’d like to take a moment and provide an update to the goings on.
I was working on Passhackwords pretty steadily until a few things changed in my free time. At that point, I began working on Bukkit plugins for Minecraft with most of the time I wasn’t spending administering our gaming group’s Minecraft server.
Why I didn’t keep this updated with those items, I can’t begin to tell you. They were development, but I didn’t see them being as relevant as other things so I just posted them to the Bukkit site and called it good. I doubt these even still work, as I haven’t kept them up to date, but just so you know what I’m talking about, here are a couple of the project I’m referring to.
So, essentially, with those projects and our Minecraft server becoming much more lively, I halted development of Passhackwords… but that was still a long time ago. We will more than likely resume Passhackwords work in 2013.
For a while, it was just me. Me and my projects. Nothing really special; just some guy writing some code and putting out the occasional idea or toy. No more.
Just so everyone knows, Nekoyoubi Games has finally picked up its second employee! Amazingly enough, long before there are even paychecks… go figure.
Clayton Hunt has joined me as a co-developer on two projects thus far, and I’m guessing many more to come.
He came in to start working on the Epixtory project, and we’ve made some awesome progress on that front (it really is going to be a kick ass game).
We’re now working on our B&B game (that I’ll write more on later), and we’re knocking it out of the park. I don’t want to be too official in this statement, but we should be submitting it over to Steam within the month thanks to his help.
Having Clayton around has been a serious help and a huge leap forward for Nekoyoubi being a profitable game development shop.
We’ve changed the direction of Epixtory slightly from my initial post regarding it. Epixtory is currently too much to fill you in on in one of these posts, so I’ll be sure it gets its own. For now I’ll just say that its development is slightly halted to finish and release B&B, but we’re still looking at releasing it this year.
B&B is getting its own page, but I’ll post a brief overview here. Essentially, B&B is a roguelike (rogueliek*) fashioned after a comedic approach to tabletop gaming (D&D). Players take on the role of a miniature adventurer against a configured board of walls, traps, monsters, secret passages, and treasure.
As mentioned above, we’re expecting to submit the game (crap, I just lost) to Steam this month. We will also, hopefully be getting some pre-Steam testers to help us make sure it’s good. Let us know if you’re interested.
Wow. I’ve been out for a while. Things have been really crazy at the day job so I had to somewhat stop things on Twitter and here and for that I apologize. I believe things have gotten to a more manageable level now, so I think I’m back! Even in my social absence, I have still wracked up a couple of things to talk about at least…
My Minecraft texture pack has been updated to include pistons and shears, and to fix the modifications made to beds and cake. I’m not sure what else is missing from 1.7, but if anyone finds anything, please let me know.
As always, you can download it here: http://bit.ly/nekoyoubitp/
I’ve updated a couple of things and fixed a bug or so. All and all not a big update like I was hoping for, but alas, that is still in the works. For now, here are the update details:
Unfortunately, I won’t be implementing haptic feedback as I was intending, as Unity seems to be very weak on that capability. Perhaps this will get updated in Unity 3.4 (which I hear is coming soon) and I can rethink this.
For those of you that remember my Tempest Saga property, I’d like to bring you up to speed. As I stated at the beginning of this year, I ceased development on Tempest Saga and waited until I felt that I had a medium to deliver it to the world as an awesome game and do right by it as the introduction to the property. I am pleased to announce that I have found that medium.
Over the coming months I will be posting information about Tempest Saga (and hopefully some development progress). As of right now, I don’t want to throw too much out there, but I can say that it will be a lot of randomization where it counts, simple control scheme, cartoony 2D graphics and will be released for Windows initially.
An array of characters with various advantages and special abilities will help you navigate a vast (and sometimes complex) platformer world. Enhance those characters’ weapons, armor, and abilities as you progress from town to town. Level up the way you want; the way you play.
I was actually not going to say anything about this for a while, but I was inspired to speak about it by the recent Steam release of a couple of retro-RPGs that were done in a similar spirit (all pun intended). If you are an active Steam gamer, then you probably already know the ones I am referring to. If not, be sure to check out Breath of Death VII and Cthulhu Saves the World from Zeboyd Games. These games look just as amazing as I could hope. I haven’t been able to get into them myself yet, but I hope to over this upcoming weekend.
As for Epixtory, I’ve told a few people in my gaming group – though nothing overly formal, but this should serve as some form of announcement I guess. I will be working on Epixtory right along side Tempest Saga (unless something changes there). This shouldn’t be much of a problem since they are so different in style (I doubt there will be much overlap).
So what is it?
Epixtory is a retro-RPG fashioned after a combination (but not a direct duplication) of the Dragon [Quest|Warrior] and Final Fantasy styles of the [Famicom|NES] system. The setting is not some far away land where magicks and dragons reign, however. It’s right here; right now (“Right here! Right now! Right here! Right now!”) – with real places and people we know in all their pseudo-8bit glory.
Not to say that magicks and dragons don’t play a part right here and right now… Okay, so that part’s not on the tour…
Let’s just say it’ll be an Epixtory. At least that’s the goal. 😉