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Title: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on November 26, 2017, 03:25:13 AM
Hi all! I'm Chris AKA Silver Spook, a one-person indie developer from Hawaii. I have recently released my game, "Neofeud", a dystopian cyberpunk point-and-click adventure game in the vein of Blade Runner, but with an overlay of Game of Thrones-like political intrigue, and hand-painted, stylized visuals.

The art, stories and gameplay of Neofeud are a reflection of my experiences as a STEM teacher for the underserved youth of Honolulu’s inner city. Teaching robotics, programming, and sustainability is an often difficult, stressful, and even Kafka-esque endeavor -- being in one of the richest, most beautiful places on Earth, yet dealing with families with working parents, who are living out of a van, or sleeping on the street. It is hard trying to keep the kids out of gangs, off of drugs, and on a path towards better opportunities, such as the ones I had growing up in a slum area of paradise while going to an upscale private school.

Here is the trialer:


(https://img.itch.zone/aW1nLzkxODA1Ny5wbmc=/original/WmMkru.png)

Features

-15+ hours of gameplay in an original dystopic sci-fi world and story
-Fully voice-acted with an over 76,000 word script
-Tricky yet satisfying, point-and-click detective work, interspersed with tense action shootouts.
-Handpainted, surrealist cyber-noir futurescape.

Reviews

“A Diamond Of Storytelling In The Scrap Pile... Past endless conspiracies and a spiraling story, the characters of Neofeud are developed so much more than characters in nearly any other game I’ve recently played.”

--Sprites And Dice (http://www.spritesanddice.com/2017/09/review-neofeud)

“An ambitious, atmospheric cyberpunk scenario and essentially the work of a single person (voice acting excluded). Oh, and it might also be one of the best adventure games I have played in a while... The world building is something else. It has a thickness, a density to it.”

--Indie Games (http://indiegames.com/2017/09/neofeud.html)

“The conspiracy runs deep and is quite massive in scope. Politics meet technology, philosophy meets madness. But even beyond the intrigue itself the world of Neofeud is quite a detailed and intriguing construct, with its own history and lore.”

--Indie Game News (http://www.indiegamenews.com/2017/07/review-neofeud.html)

Neofeud is on Steam now (and on sale till the end of November) http://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/

It was initially released to Itch.io on March 25 this year. https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud

Platforms

-Windows, Linux at the moment. I currently have a Mac port in the works, but needs further testing.

Price

$15 (33% off on Steam now)


More About Silver Spook Games

Silver Spook Games is a one-person-team consisting of Christian Miller, a Hawaiian writer, artist, and game developer with a passion for creating works of depth and relevance. Growing up Native Hawaiian in Honolulu, Hawaii, he experienced a somewhat 'postmodern' and dissonant existence of clashing cultures, peoples, and extreme inequality. Inspired by games like Fallout, System Shock, and films like Aliens, The Matrix, Bladerunner, District 9, and Elysium, he has gone on to write stories and create games in the tradition of dark, cautionary, and (hopefully) groundbreaking science fiction. Neofeud is an adventure-puzzle game that aspires to be complex, compelling, and challenging. Christian now lives on the Big Island of Hawaii with his loving, geeky, cosplaying Canadian wife, and two kids.

Neofeud was also recently featured in the native Hawaiian print publication the Ka Wai Ola: https://twitter.com/SilvrSpookGames/status/918766258077581312

I am currently working on a sequel to Neofeud along with other projects, which you can support through my Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/neofeud). Buying Neofeud or the soundtrack (https://silverspook.bandcamp.com/album/neofeud-soundtrack) would also help me keep working on these indie projects!

I am also doing a weekly podcast where I talk to to creators mostly in the cyberpunk/sci-fi genre, though not exclusively, to connect with the community and help promote other indie projects. I also stream live every Saturday where I hang out, do Q&A and game dev live with whoever wants to come hang out. You can get these podcasts and streams through my Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/twiliteminotaur).

I'm also fairly active on Twitter (https://twitter.com/SilvrSpookGames).

Thanks for your time!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on November 26, 2017, 10:24:10 AM
Hi, welcome to Exilian! :) Neofeud looks exciting, I'll try and actually get a copy and take a look sometime soon - I'm very much a fan of adventure games of all kinds, I'm developing a (rather more light-hearted) text-parser game myself. The personal aspect and background to it is really interesting as well, I love discovering how different people ended up making their particular creations.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on November 26, 2017, 07:49:46 PM
Thanks for the welcome, Jubal, and for the kind feedback.  :) I have a friend who likes to make text-parser games, and I used to play some of the multi-user type ones back in the day. Neofeud itself was made using Adventure Game Studio.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on November 27, 2017, 03:07:21 PM
Well, if you know anyone who likes text-parser games and would like to playtest a new one, throw them my way :)

How did you find AGS to use? I've heard of it, but I don't think I've ever chatted to anyone who actually used it much.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on November 27, 2017, 09:16:01 PM
I'm friends with the creator of this online sci-fi/fantasy zine, and he is definitely into the text-parser games. http://www.mythaxis.co.uk/ I think his contact details are up there.

AGS is basically the best possible engine to use to make classic LucasArts / Sierra style point-and-click adventure games. Better even than Unity (I started Neofeud in Unity and switched later). The only issue at present is it doesn't build to as wide a variety of operating systems as Unity. AGS only builds by default to Windows and Linux, although if you have some programming skills you can get it to work for Mac, iOS, Android, etc.. I'm currently working on a Mac version for Neofeud, which I can confirm has at least run on a Mac machine, although it's not quite ready to be rolled out, yet. (If I could afford to get a Mac, it would speed up the process!)

Oh, and if you were thinking about it, today is the last day to get Neofeud on sale on Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/). There will be future sales of course. :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on November 29, 2017, 09:21:45 AM
I've now got a copy :) May be a while before I get time to play it, though - I've been ill recently so a lot of work to catch up on :(

Thanks for the link - the zine looks really interesting, and I know a lot of good amateur sff writers who might be interested in it...
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on November 29, 2017, 08:32:22 PM
Hey thanks for buying Neofeud! Hope you like it when you get a chance to play. Sorry to hear about the illness and hope you get better soon!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on December 04, 2017, 11:57:15 PM
Thankyou! Mostly recovered now :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on December 08, 2017, 07:31:33 AM
You probably didn't yet have time to check out Neofeud, but if you have by any chance, please consider voting for it for "Indie of the Year" on IndieDB!

(http://media.indiedb.com/cache/images/games/1/36/35501/thumb_620x2000/NeofeudVote.1.png) (http://www.indiedb.com/games/neofeud)

Also, I think I read somewhere that you made a point-and-click adventure somewhere, Jubal. Is it up somewhere, by any chance?
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on December 10, 2017, 02:26:28 PM
I think the only ones I ever got actually released are text adventures, excluding an HTML based point & click I made when I was about twelve and of which the less said the better - I've got a lot of plans for point-and-clicks, but I've never got so far with them as my parser-based ones unfortunately.

Voted for Neofeud, anyhow :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on December 15, 2017, 08:41:39 AM
Thanks a lot! And yes point & clicks are a bit more to bite off.

So here's some news:

(https://i.imgur.com/42xycOr.png) (http://www.indiedb.com/games/neofeud)

NEOFEUD MADE IT TO THE TOP 100 INDIES OF THE YEAR! Thanks for your votes and support! Neofeud can now use your vote again in the final round for ultimate indie of the year on IndieDB! :)

http://www.indiedb.com/games/neofeud
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on December 17, 2017, 10:16:37 PM
Voted again - good luck! :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on December 21, 2017, 08:55:41 PM
Thanks!

Neofeud is now on sale on Steam, if anyone was waiting for that. :)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on December 23, 2017, 09:21:04 PM
Thanks for the heads up :) I'm hoping I'll be able to finally carve out some playing time and get some feedback to you on the game over the next week or so!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on December 28, 2017, 10:40:13 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DSFOEudVoAAmnS7.jpg:large)

First up, Neofeud is still 40% (http://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/) off in the Steam Winter Sale for one more week! If you haven't picked it up yet, you've got until the New Years firework retina-burn wears off and the red firecracker paper biodegrades. :)

Funhaus, a Youtube comedy channel with over *1.3 million subscribers* just did a short play / comedy video with Neofeud! The video has only been out for a few days and it's already got over 200,000 views! It's mostly sillyness, but as a one-guy team with zero budget this is a huge Christmas present, especially considering a bunch of those 200,000 viewers commented "This looks awesome!", "I just bought Neofeud" or "Why haven't I heard of this before!?" so thanks for that, Sir Lawrence!


I also spoke to Lawrence Sonntag (the guy playing the game) briefly on Twitter and he gave it a thumbs up. A very cool guy that you might consider following to spot indie gems. :)

(http://media.indiedb.com/images/members/1/898/897010/profile/Larr.png)

Here's another review by Steam User Luigi From Fiji:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DSKYJpYU8AAp361.jpg:large)

"Neofeud is on par with Technobabylon and Primordia," I doubt it, but it is neutron star-dense with technobabble and primordial Kabbalah mysticism!

I will be doing some livestreaming gamedev and hanging out Friday 12/29 at 2 PM EDT on my Youtube channel. (I usually stream on Saturday but I'm having a belated holiday family-invasion at our place this weekend!) Here's the latest stream, where I play a bit of Neofeud and do some developer commentary.



While Neofeud didn't quite beat Cuphead in the Indie Game of the Year competition, Neofeud did make it to the  Top 100 Indie Games of 2017 (out of over 10,000)![/http://www.indiedb.com/groups/2017-indie-of-the-year-awards/top100]  And in the top 3 point-and-click games!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/816108862101041152/SPkPeV1q.jpg)

Finally, check out [url=https://twitter.com/SteamShovelers]Steam Shovellers (http://www.indiedb.com/groups/2017-indie-of-the-year-awards/top100) a great game journalism site that does an excellent job spotting the hidden gems in the massive steaming piles of Steam... releases. :) Steam Shovellers will be playing Neofeud on Twitch on New Years Eve afternoon, Eastern Time. Here's their comment on the game:

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"We’ll also be doing a special block of time for Neofeud in the late afternoon/early evening Eastern US time. Given 2017’s political climate, it’s a game everyone should experience."
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on December 31, 2017, 05:18:23 PM
That's fantastic news, well done! :) I mentioned it at the top of the latest "Updates": https://exilian.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=5474.0
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on January 03, 2018, 09:10:21 PM
Thanks, Jubal! And also thanks for adding Neofeud to the Exilian update!

Also, the Neofeud sale is ending today, if anyone was thinking of picking it up on Steam. :)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on January 06, 2018, 10:52:51 PM
(http://media.indiedb.com/images/games/1/36/35501/NeofeudMacSmall.png) (https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud)

Neofeud, a cyberpunk adventure and one of the Top Indie Games Of 2017 on IndieDB is now available on the Mac! Get it here: https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud

In addition, I have recently interviewed Francisco Gonzalez of Grundislav Games (maker of Ben Jordan, Shardlight, A Golden Wake) on adventure games and his upcoming game, Lamplight City!

Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on January 08, 2018, 12:44:35 AM
Ooh, I'm not sure I realised you had a podcast :) Do you mostly/wholly cover adventure gaming, or?
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on January 10, 2018, 06:59:27 AM
Not exclusively adventure gaming, no. I generally cover indie game devs, writers, often in the cyberpunk / sci-fi genre, although I don't really have any strict rules about who/what I cover. It's partly a way to help co-promote folks and also to have an excuse to socialize as indie dev is often a kind of voluntary solitary confinement. :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on January 11, 2018, 10:23:22 PM
Ooh, I'll try and have a listen once I've caught up with Monster Man :) (Also, feel free to put up a separate thread for the podcast if you want?)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on January 12, 2018, 12:30:15 AM
Ok great! Should I post the podcast thread in this forum? Let me know if that works or if there might be somewhere else appropriate for game-related podcasts.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on January 15, 2018, 10:11:18 PM
I guess the "general gaming" section would work if it's more general than you feel fits in the "Indie Game Development" banner for this area?

Link: https://exilian.co.uk/forum/index.php?board=11.0
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on January 17, 2018, 04:24:34 AM
Ok I've added a thread for the Silver Spook Podcast there!

Here's a sneak peek at some of the latest work on Neofeud II:

(https://img.itch.zone/aW1nLzEwMDY5NzIucG5n/original/Ov9RuF.png)


In the above livestream I do some work on the actual game involving implementing this background in Adventure Game Studio, adding character walkable areas, point-and-click hotspots, etc.

I also received the "ballistic missile alert -- take shelter immediately!" message right before doing this stream as I was in Hawaii. Pretty insane experience and I also react to having my phone inform me that my wife, kids and I were about to be nuclear annihilated in this stream.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on January 20, 2018, 11:13:28 PM
Guess who finally had a chance to go play through Neofeud :) I messed up a fair few times along the way, but completed some sections of it pretty smoothly. I'd guess it took me about 5 hours?

It's got a really good plot, and I definitely got very sucked into the world/storyline, good job! :)

The ending was interesting (spoilering for any reader who hasn't got there yet):
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Oh, and the one plot point I never worked out:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on January 21, 2018, 06:56:46 AM
Thanks for both buying and playing through Neofeud, Jubal!

I did intentionally want to not give any clean, "And then everyone lived happily ever after!" sort of conclusion to the game. At the end of Neofeud, the "Ascendant Leader" has a final line that is intentionally very, very ominous: "Perhaps I'll dabble in some foreign regime change", which is a definite reference to the United States' imperial policies in the 20th and 21st centuries. Because I feel that pure happy endings, while they feel good, are often too forced, and aren't really true to reality. Revolutions, even reforms, never end with a society living happily ever after, but rather just with new leadership, new challenges, and all the same human weaknesses and flaws that existed beforehand. The fall of the USSR left the US, the West, and capitalism victorious -- but that did not mean the world and all its people lived happily ever after in a capitalist utopia. Quite the opposite, I would argue -- just turn on your TV or mainstream social media for evidence. For example, the average person in the US now has the worst quality of life of all developed countries. It also has over 37 cities that have poison for drinking water, and half the population is at or near-poverty. And things are getting worse.

(Mind you, that particular character I mentioned isn't necessarily a metaphor for America, I just made all this analogy up right now.)

Even the characters themselves I wanted to be very flawed, and not always acting in the most "morally righteous" way, because that is how I find human beings actually are most of the time, and in the way that they are portrayed in great fiction such as the characters in Breaking Bad. While there are outright autocrats, yes, a big part of Neofeud is the way that power is abused, at every level. From the "honest-to-Jobbs" royalty to the business class to the executives, the legal class, the bureaucrats, the police forces, and at the most basic level, just taking advantage of marginalized groups for your benefit -- for example when Karl threatens a particular robot kid knowing that they can be locked up for almost no reason whatsoever, just because he wants a cigarette. It's about a struggle, on every level, not between the 'good' fighting an 'evil', but between human weakness and human strength -- between people choosing to abuse their power and oppress or ignore the oppression of someone beneath them if it's convenient, means a promotion, more dollars, tenure, etc. and if choosing to stand with the oppressed might mean losing personal status, power, getting fired, or even possible physical harm (i.e. like Karl and Jezebel in Sentient Services). In this sense, each of the main characters, while they may wind up in some good circumstances at the end, all have some serious flaws, and times which they chose to use their various degrees of power in very questionable, if not outright nasty ways.

Anyway, those are just some of the things that were in the back of my mind while I was making this game. thanks again for playing Neofeud and your feedback!

As for the question about the "blood"; I can't really answer that without giving things away which will be incorporated into Neofeud 2. Stay tuned! :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on January 21, 2018, 11:14:13 AM
Sure, that makes sense :) I guess there was just this hit of "hang on, this is still a regime I'd probably go protest against" which was interesting for me!

And yes, definitely looking forward to part II. Also, if you want an extra character voice and can put up with a British accent, give me a shout; I'd love to voice someone! I do spoken-word storytelling so I'm fairly used to performing a bit vocally, but I've not gotten my voice in a computer game yet. :)

A couple of things about Norton:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

And a terminological-mixed-with-worldbuilding question: there are a lot of references to "liberals" through the game, which is a term I have a lot of interest in. I got the vague sense that in Neofeud, "liberals" is primarily code for "middle class or fairly wealthy, essentially status-quo/centre on the fundamentals of the system, but with philanthropic tendencies and opposed to direct violence against the poor", rather than the definition of "someone on the centre or left with a strong democratising and anti-statist streak" definition which is more how I'd think of liberalism (as someone from the UK). Would that be accurate?
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on January 21, 2018, 08:56:47 PM

A couple of things about Norton:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

I haven't heard that one before myself! Norton's reference certainly wasn't meant that way. The entire concept of what a "person" is has of course been completely altered in Neofeud, in which individuals who are part animal, by design or by choice, are commonplace. I think in Neofeud it isn't a matter of making fun of trans individuals by saying, "They'll claim they're trans-species next", but rather that there *literally will be* trans-species individuals, and what will that mean for us as a society, and for the (post)-human condition. Given the facts that human-pig hybrid organisms have already been created (https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/human-pig-hybrid-embryo-chimera-organs-health-science/), both the Chinese and American militaries are investing hundreds of billions of dollars into genetic research, and regulatory agency capture by the ultra-rich is essentially total in many countries, I see this as a very likely possibility. While the specific reference to, "Having a trans-species operation" might only happen in that one line of dialog, there are many references to transgenic individuals, genesplices, chimeras, etc..

I think part of the point of that particular bit is that such a trans-species operation "Ain't that cheap," which implies that while the ability to alter one's physical nature, even substrate or species is possible, it is very expensive and reserved for the privileged who can afford it. I'd argue this is even the case for gender reassignment surgeries, which can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars if one has no access to medical care, which is the situation of many not-privileged and marginalized individuals in our world today. Similarly, the Neofeudals who can swap entire bodies like changing clothes, as a form of fashion, is a conspicuous signifier of their wealth and status, in the way $100,000 bespoke suits, gigayachts, and having several luxury mansions and condos in places like London, Monaco, and Hawaii are signifiers today. 

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And a terminological-mixed-with-worldbuilding question: there are a lot of references to "liberals" through the game, which is a term I have a lot of interest in. I got the vague sense that in Neofeud, "liberals" is primarily code for "middle class or fairly wealthy, essentially status-quo/centre on the fundamentals of the system, but with philanthropic tendencies and opposed to direct violence against the poor", rather than the definition of "someone on the centre or left with a strong democratising and anti-statist streak" definition which is more how I'd think of liberalism (as someone from the UK). Would that be accurate?

Yes, liberal can mean a lot of different things, but in the US it has often come to refer more to the "socially liberal", meaning pro-choice, for racial equality, gay rights, decriminalization of marijuana, and generally letting people live however they want. The wealthy or "JFK-liberal" / "Limousine-liberal" can refer to that sort of middle-class / wealthy who don't rock the boat so much, but give to charity. A lot of Hollywood celebrities, Democratic Party insiders would fit into this category. So yes, liberal can be a confusing term, without even having to understand "neoliberal". But I'd argue that everything can mean a lot of different things in our post-truth world, depending on what the consensus reality manufacturers decide things should mean! 

In Neofeud, when they refer to, "Those Bleeding Heart Liberals", or "Do some photo-ops holding poor transgenic/robot children in a mixed-species community garden makerspace to get the liberals on your side," etc. they are definitely talking about those like one of the particular female main characters, who are coming from a middle/upper-middleclass or ultrarich background but who care about or at least don't like to see the underclass, poor, marginalized races, species, substrates, etc. stomped on. Incidentally, the motto of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is, "All people deserve a chance to leave a happy, productive life," which that one princess mentions at one point. (The particular female main character may be a bit of an outlier in that she is a more "radical" liberal.)

Perhaps one of the darkest suppositions in Neofeud, that I'd wager may be even more dystopian than any William Gibson novel, Bladerunner film, or Black Mirror episode, is the idea that the mechanisms of revolution and reform -- such as the combined social mobilization of the underclasses in the socialist, communist, and Trotskyist parties in the 1930's -- have been utterly mastered and controlled by the very sophisticated global oligarchy. Controlled by not just things like teargas and agent provocateurs, but mass-media manipulation, disinformation, routine co-option of movements into pro-capitalist fold (rock and roll -> stadium rock, punk reduced to mall-punk fashion, "resistance" becomes cat ears and a hashtag, truth-to-power hip hop becomes gangsta rap $ worship / Kanye West) control of a post-net-neutral internet and a complete obsolescence of nearly all humans by AI/automation ("I have literally thousands of ex-doctors, ex-lawyers, ex-professors, ex-EVERYTHINGS waiting to take your place").  Neofeud suggests a near-future where popular resistance is *not even possible* and the only fleeting hope is that the children of Royalty become so disgusted with their horrible parents that they kill their own mothers and fathers.

It's pretty bleak, but also one of the underlying themes of Neofeud is of course the way in which cyberpunk dystopia is already here, it is just human society is very good at papering over the dystopic parts. As I mentioned, being from a ghetto and having been a social worker working with homeless children, marginalized and immigrants, much of Neofeud is not sci-fi speculation but my personal experience. It's reality. In Hawaii, where we have the highest concentration of billionaires on the planet, and entire tent cities of *working* homeless people who have their personal possessions routinely destroyed and told to "move on", where 80% of condos in many areas are uninhabited being used as wealth vaults for Mark Zuckerberg or some Chinese magnate, we are already  at the whim of the neofeudal elite, as is the case in many cities like San Francisco, New York, etc..  Major US cities are currently offering up their entire tax bases (https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon/this-city-hall-brought-to-you-by-amazon/) to Amazon Corporation that are supposed to be used for fire departments, roads, police, in exchange for setting up shop there. In some cases, control of the government, democracy itself, is on the table.

By overlaying pre-French Revolution-era visuals -- the levitating Palace at Versailles, obscene amounts of gold and manicured lawn, etc. -- over a near-future sci-fi reality in which the titles of analagous modern ultra-rich and powerful are intentionally blurred (i.e. "King / CEO" Warren Clington-Busch, "Viscount of Marketing", Kanye XII, etc.) I wanted to highlight this fact that we've returned to or are heading toward essentially the pre-enlightenment, Bourbon King / Game of Thrones / feudal era degree of inequality, and autocracy as a norm. What is a billionaire that can buy entire governments (such as is the case in the US), but a King or an Emperor? Why bother with the distinction and call a spade a spade?

That said, I don't think our situation is entirely hopeless, but I do think we are in much, much more dire straits than many people imagine, and being horrified and (constructively) outraged is the appropriate reaction.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on January 21, 2018, 10:52:05 PM
Sure - I certainly understood how you meant that line and didn't think you meant it as I've often seen it used at all, but I figured you might not have come across the present connotations of it so I thought I'd flag it up - mainly since it's something that'd make me a bit reticent to, for example, badger friends in that community to play NF, which is otherwise a game I think several of them would love. It's not, I should clarify, the reference to trans-species characters in itself that I think could be an issue at all, that's fine, just that the only reference to gender issues you make is in the context of that species/genetics issue, which can be a bit of a sore point for people at present due to the heavy use of "genetic essentialism" arguments to attack trans folk. And yes, the point is well made on the costs, gender reassignment is definitely a massive expense - in countries like my native UK, it's available on the National Health Service, but with a massive waiting list; there are very few clinics that can do it and people are literally waiting years. Anyway, it's your game etc, I just thought it was worth pointing out :)


And yeah, the reason the particular term of liberal interests me is mainly that I am a liberal (in the sense of "a member of the UK's Liberal Democrat party") and so the meaning of the term a debate I get caught up in regularly. I guess the sense of liberals being "socially liberal" holds in the UK, though perhaps with an added sense of liberal implying opposition to statism and entrenched power, so the UK's liberals are also traditionally pro-civil rights, anti-surveillance, anti-monopolies, anti-hereditary wealth accumulation, in a way that I guess isn't necessarily implied by "liberal" in other countries. Though I'd also be considered part of the (explicitly named as such) "Radical Liberal" faction within my party... whilst I didn't feel like I very strongly identified with any of the characters in NF, I guess the female lead comes closest - not that I could ever dream of having that level of power or birth or resources, but the feeling of "I'm trying to fix this, I can see that people are suffering, I don't really know what I'm doing and I'm not really acting from personal experience but ultimately I know I have to do something" feels quite familiar.


And yeah, I felt like could definitely see your experiences running throughout the plot and through Karl's character, which was a really strong part of playing through the game. I think a lot of it hits home really well and I very much agree about society's ability to paper over dystopia. One thing I've noticed from moving country last year is to what extent people are always more horrified by basically the same thing happening somewhere else: Austrians are baffled at how Brexit could have possibly happened and mock the insularity of Britain, whilst shrugging their shoulders at the literal neo-fascist faction that now forms nearly half their government, whilst Brits will happily decry the rise of a fascist party in Austria whilst not really making the connection to the increasingly brutal raids and information networks that their own Home Office is using to terrorise migrants. There's always a big incentive to deny the problem in front of you, because that's the one you'd have to do something about.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on January 22, 2018, 01:05:13 AM
Oh, are you in Austria now? I have recently interviewed the creator of a game called Spinnortality, which deals with a lot of these topics. I believe he is also from the UK but living in Austria. He mentioned that same development happening there.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on January 22, 2018, 10:19:06 PM
Yeah, I'm originally from eastern England but I live in Vienna nowadays :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on January 23, 2018, 08:48:27 AM
The Adventure Game Studio Awards for 2017 are now open! Neofeud is one of those games that was made with AGS in 2017, so feel free to nominate it for any awards you feel it should be consider for. :) http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/awards/nominate/

(http://www.clowdergames.com/stuff/awards2017.png)


(http://media.indiedb.com/cache/images/games/1/36/35501/thumb_620x2000/CyberpunkBartenderNeofeudPoster2.png) (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/awards/nominate/)

Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on January 25, 2018, 11:12:25 AM
Awesome - good luck!

I keep wondering if Exilian should organise some sort of awards for the projects we have here, but I'm not sure we have the manpower to deal with much more stuff at the moment...
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on January 26, 2018, 03:26:11 AM
Haha, yeah I wouldn't worry about it too much. You may consider setting up a Discord or something, if you don't already have one?
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on January 31, 2018, 03:53:22 AM
Post moved to the podcast thread (https://exilian.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=5504.msg117541) - JB
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on January 31, 2018, 11:11:31 AM
^I might shift the above post into your podcast thread, if that's OK?
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on January 31, 2018, 08:16:50 PM
Oh oops! My bad, I totally forgot that I had a podcast thread elsewhere. Sure, go ahead and move it over!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on January 31, 2018, 09:53:43 PM
Sorted :) (I actually technically cloned the post, reposted it and reassigned rather than doing a split/move/merge shenanigans, but the effect is the same.)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on February 04, 2018, 07:54:33 PM
Awesome, thanks, Jubal!

In this episode, I talk art process, show some of the latest material on Neofeud 2, talk about the podcasts and feature some music by Primordia's James Spanos, Dimi Kaye, and my friend Scott Smigiel!


The Silver Spook Podcast has also been featured on the front page of Exilian, an awesome democratically-run online community! https://exilian.co.uk/index.php
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on February 11, 2018, 09:41:36 PM
My latest artwork on Neofeud 2, the sequel to the dystopian sci-fi adventure!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DVrEJYcVQAAgP3a.jpg)

This particular scene is now more-or-less finished up, although it will probably go through another phase of modification when it gets implemented in the AGS game engine.

Finally, to learn more about the latest Neofeud 2 artwork, the "Anarcho-Holonistic" concept I'm mulling over the sequel, as well as the art process I used to create this sort of surreal art, have a look at this livestream:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZT92sh8tIP0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZT92sh8tIP0)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Caradìlis on February 11, 2018, 10:49:58 PM
Wow! This looks amazing!! Though it does seem like seriously uncomfortable living conditions... (I am occasionally glad of the world I live in)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on February 12, 2018, 03:36:32 AM
Hah, well this particular piece of architecture is one of the 'better' places to live in, compared to some of the other locations the character will explore. :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Caradìlis on February 12, 2018, 09:10:27 AM
Yes, I imagined so, it's very planty, that's nice, but it just has this very convincing cramped look, ergo, uncomfortable... :) I know that in dystopian settings it's probably a really nice place... :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on February 13, 2018, 11:37:09 PM
Not sure I ever asked - will Neof 2 include most of the same character case as Neof 1? Or do we get a different dramatis personae/different take on the world?
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on February 14, 2018, 11:45:07 AM
As of now I'm planning to have some crossover characters, yes. Although there will definitely be new ones as well.

For Valentines Day here’s what Neofeud might look like as a @SukebanGames  VA-11 HALL-A style cyberpunk bartending game. This is not Neofeud 2 btw, just a joke thing. Although those visual novels are damn popular nowadays! (Plus Neofeud is on Sale on Itch.io :) ) https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud

(https://i.imgur.com/musH38v.png)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on February 15, 2018, 10:40:24 PM
If you haven't picked up Neofeud yet or known anyone who might be interested in it or you want to gift it to someone, Neofeud is on sale now till February 20!

(https://i.imgur.com/YUXwMdO.png) (http://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/

Also you can now vote for Neofeud for game of the year and several other categories in both the Adventure Game Studio Awards (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/awards/vote/) and the Adventure Gamers Awards (https://adventuregamers.com/articles/view/34557)!

Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on February 17, 2018, 11:23:07 PM
Nicely done! :) And good luck with the awards!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on February 17, 2018, 11:24:52 PM
Thanks Jubal! I am not sure about the Adventure Gamers awards, there's some tough competition there (Observer is voiced by Rutgeter Hauer himself, and there's Life is Strange to contend with!) but I'm crossing my fingers, or robotic digits, anyway!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on February 25, 2018, 09:45:38 PM
Greenscraper autonomous aircar system test! :D (From the sequel to Neofeud)

(http://media.indiedb.com/images/games/1/63/62675/output_ASvzGv.gif)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 04, 2018, 03:24:02 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/gIinSac.png)

Neofeud 2: Novus Ordo Seclorum city in progress! I spent about 16 hours straight painting this and not quite done! DX But I am at least not beating myself up over having writer/painters block with this scene for about a week. Which sucks when you're the only person on the dev team, as you can't blame the slow progress on anyone else!

If you'd like to support this one-dev cyberpunk adventure game being completed, Neofeud 1 is on sale on http://Itch.io  :) https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud  There is also Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/neofeud
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Caradìlis on March 04, 2018, 07:24:24 AM
Wow, this looks absolutely fantastic... What do yo mean it's not quite done, it looks amazing!!!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 04, 2018, 09:20:30 AM
Well hey, thanks a lot Caradilis! I'm glad you like it. I just always see what needs to be done, but yeah I am at least happy with the overall look. :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Caradìlis on March 04, 2018, 09:47:59 AM
I guess one is always the harshest critic of one's own work... :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 05, 2018, 06:58:37 PM
I think there's truth to that. :)

Here is the stream where I work on this a bit during a live devstream with some fellow indie gamedevs and creators :) Also you can see how the follow-up game is coming together, as well as some cozy industry gossip.

Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 10, 2018, 03:55:23 AM
(http://media.indiedb.com/cache/images/games/1/36/35501/thumb_620x2000/TrechCoatGirlCityVizContrast.png)

Work-in-progress on a Neofeud 2 character design, "Egalite Enforcer". (She's not a giant robot, just trying to see how she blends color/value wise into the scene :) )
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 15, 2018, 10:42:34 AM

In this video I focus in on specifically showing you the step-by-step process of adding "holographic" characters, flashing neon signs with lighting effects, and a thrumming city of flying cars in the Adventure Game Studio game engine, for Neofeud 2!

(https://i.imgur.com/4sNaESH.gif)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Caradìlis on March 15, 2018, 12:12:16 PM
Wow, that is looking really good!!! :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 21, 2018, 09:33:15 PM
Thanks! :)


 In other news, I will be livestreaming from the AGS Awards this Saturday!

(http://cdn.edgecast.steamstatic.com/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/30434709/f2f040389002929a95bb587920ac67659d71c2bf.png)

Neofeud has been nominated for seven awards including Game of The Year, Best Writing, Best Art, Best Characters in the Adventure Game Studio Awards. As such, I will be livestreaming the AGS awards this Saturday March 24th at 20:00 CET from my Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/twiliteminotaur/videos) with live commentary. The ceremony itself, if I understand correctly, will have characters from Neofeud present in the virtual "audience" and will also feature music from the Neofeud soundtrack. I hear the voting was extremely close, so it's anybody's competition! :)

I am also going to be devstreaming some work on Neofeud 2 tonight around 10 PM Pacific Time, focusing more on the actual dev process like last week. Stop in if you have a moment! I like to chat with and promote indie creators of all sorts that drop in. ;)  https://www.youtube.com/user/twiliteminotaur/videos
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 23, 2018, 10:13:13 AM

This is the best Let's Play of Neofeud yet. Really fascinating commentary on the fusion of dystopian cyberpunk future with traditional feudalism in Neofeud, as well as how it relates to our present and future.

In addition to the analysis regarding feudalism, cyberpunk noir, the greater satire and socio-political commentary of references regarding Terminator, Adam Jensen, Brazil, etc. is also spot-on. I haven't seen anyone understand what I was trying to do with Neofeud to the degree that  (at least those I've heard from). Which makes sense as Dr. Brian Ballsun-Stanton has a Ph. D in philosophy and as well as being an information technologist. All around, fantastic work! This kind of thing makes the 2 1/2 years grinding away on Neofeud worth it. :)

Also, I believe someone from the Exilian community recommended Neofeud to Dr. Ballsun-Stanton. If so, thanks a ton!

Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 25, 2018, 07:05:58 AM
Neofeud takes home best music and sound award from the AGS Awards 2017! :D

If you wanted to have a look, here is my livestream of the Adventure Game Studio Awards ceremony 2017, featuring live commentary from myself, several other AGSers and the Neofeud team, as well as the Six Billion Dollar Baller character from Neofeud (as voiced by myself :) ) and my impression of the best Alan Rickman impression performed by the customs officer in Captain Disaster. 

Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Tusky on March 25, 2018, 09:42:24 AM
Awesome! Great job
I do like the music you have in the game. Very melodic and sets a good tone
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 25, 2018, 12:51:51 PM
Thanks, kinklade! I do have a penchant for the melodic music that isn't always in games nowadays but was big through the 80's and 90's.

Here's the Neofeud soundtrack that won the AGS Best Music award, composed by yours truly, complete with howling 14.4 kbps modems, Vangelis Vibes, and Clint Mansell-esque overtures. :) https://silverspook.bandcamp.com/album/neofeud-soundtrack

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DZKgbeYU8AAeZyB.jpg) (https://silverspook.bandcamp.com/album/neofeud-soundtrack)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Tusky on March 27, 2018, 10:25:44 AM
Are you only making the soundtrack available on bandcamp? Or are you going to release it elsewhere. Especially the spotifies. I have an "instrumental soundtrack" playlist I'd certainly like to bolster with some of these tracks!

I've had some more time to absorb the soundtrack, and here are some additional thoughts (other than: well done, It's ace):

I really like the synth wave style. The modem motif that features throughout is great, and I see what you mean about the vangelis vibes - esp in the zenith or superposition. They could almost be put in blade runner somewhere and I wouldn't notice.



I've not played the game yet, and I do intend to, but I wonder are there spoilers if you read the track titles?

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on March 27, 2018, 06:28:38 PM
As someone who has played the game: I guess that's sort of spoilery, yes, though not too badly... It could be renamed to simply "sacrifice" to unspoil it?
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 27, 2018, 07:08:53 PM
Are you only making the soundtrack available on bandcamp? Or are you going to release it elsewhere. Especially the spotifies. I have an "instrumental soundtrack" playlist I'd certainly like to bolster with some of these tracks!

I've had some more time to absorb the soundtrack, and here are some additional thoughts (other than: well done, It's ace):

I really like the synth wave style. The modem motif that features throughout is great, and I see what you mean about the vangelis vibes - esp in the zenith or superposition. They could almost be put in blade runner somewhere and I wouldn't notice.

  • krome street & Title theme - Love the tracks. The 80s guitar is rad
  • Attach of the SWAT - I like the d&b fills and industrial guitar juxtaposed with the mournful synth
  • the stratoplex - drop dead lovely
  • iconoclast queen - also nice
  • fulcrum fight - nice tempo and melody
  • Neofeud for The Throne - Good track to round it all off


I've not played the game yet, and I do intend to, but I wonder are there spoilers if you read the track titles?

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Thanks for the kind feedback!

I should definitely put the soundtrack up on Spotify, then. Are there any other sites or platforms that a lot of people get their music from? I am pretty old school about things so I'd be interested to know the best places to put the soundtrack.

I also have it on Itch.io (https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud-soundtrack) (probably not many people get music there, but worth a shot I guess!)

Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Tusky on March 27, 2018, 07:24:26 PM

Yea there are a few. Google play, itunes, deezer, groove off the top of my head.


I released my one through tunecore which does have a small upfront fee (don't think I've quite made it back actually! oh dear). If you don't mind that though then they can distribute it to pretty much everywhere for you and then you just have one bit of admin to deal with. Plus it centralises reporting & payments in one place https://www.tunecore.co.uk (https://www.tunecore.co.uk)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 27, 2018, 08:27:13 PM
Thanks for the suggestion! I am currently adding the soundtrack to Distrokid who should distribute the music up to Spotify, iTunes, etc.. Hope this works!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 29, 2018, 08:09:36 PM
The Neofeud soundtrack is now up on Spotify! (https://open.spotify.com/search/results/neofeud)

It's also up on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/neofeud-original-soundtrack/1364793847?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4) and Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Silver_Spook_Neofeud_Original_Soundtrack?id=Blxcyeesv6jukkaufsi2fm2ciiu)! More platforms coming soon. :)

(https://i.imgur.com/b9W5Va6.jpg) (https://silverspook.bandcamp.com/album/neofeud-soundtrack)

If you have a moment, please let me know what platforms you listen to music on and/or buy music with. It would help me greatly, thanks!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Tusky on March 30, 2018, 08:43:23 AM
Awesome!


Although I just ran a search in my Spotify client and it's not there just yet. I think sometimes it can take a few days to process from the time that you submit it?


I'll keep checking and let you know.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 30, 2018, 06:37:10 PM
Hm, it appears to show up when I search in the Spotify site for me. Still not working for you?
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Tusky on March 30, 2018, 06:54:01 PM
Ah it is showing up when I search on the spotify site. Must be something to do with my actual client & caching a previous search or something. I should think it'll be there for everyone else.


I just added it to playlists from the web :p
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 31, 2018, 11:33:51 PM
Excellent :3  I haven't used Spotify much, being an ancient and archaic being from the 80's (lol). Do you know Spotify pays the artists out per play or do folks have to buy the songs, etc.?

Anyway, here's the hot new, "Egalite Cooperative Enforcer" car of Neofeud 2's 20xx future. :)   

(http://media.indiedb.com/images/games/1/36/35501/output_2ql89M.gif)

And here's a closeup on that animation of the Neofeud 2 character.

(https://i.imgur.com/DEO67LE.gif)

I complete the entire walkcycle character animation for this character in this marathon 4-hour stream. (I know kids are running their mouths playing games for 12 hours straight nowadays, but 4 is a long for this ancient 14.4 modem-loving 80's baby!)


If you'd like to support this one-person indiedev in seeing Neofeud 2 completed, please consider picking up Neofeud 1 (http://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/) or helping me out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/neofeud). Thanks :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on March 31, 2018, 11:40:10 PM
Honestly, I feel old fashioned and a mile away from the modern world of long-form game streaming and I was only born in the mid 1990s...

Anyway - Updates from the Forge 23 is out, and I included the soundtrack release in that :)
https://exilian.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=5576
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Tusky on April 01, 2018, 08:40:22 AM
Do you know Spotify pays the artists out per play or do folks have to buy the songs, etc.?


It's per play on there.


Checked out some of your dev stream. It was interesting. I knew animating took a while - but was illuminating to see you working first hand. Like the thought you need to put into shading to make it look correct for 2d.
You're right in that 3d you don't necessarily need to worry about it so much particularly since the engine renders the lighting etc for you and the model will just pick it up - makes me feel lazy!!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on April 01, 2018, 12:12:14 PM
Thanks Jubal for putting Neofeud in that update!


Checked out some of your dev stream. It was interesting. I knew animating took a while - but was illuminating to see you working first hand. Like the thought you need to put into shading to make it look correct for 2d.
You're right in that 3d you don't necessarily need to worry about it so much particularly since the engine renders the lighting etc for you and the model will just pick it up - makes me feel lazy!!

Yeah it can be tricky and time-consuming animating! Neofeud is higher res than most games made in that engine, so it might be slightly less time to animate for others. But thankfully I only have to do a few of those per char for these p-n-c adventure games. Some don't even need animations if they're standing around.

Thanks for checking out the stream!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on April 08, 2018, 01:25:42 AM
​"Please come back, valued customer."

​(http://media.indiedb.com/images/games/1/63/62675/output_yZqGLE.gif)

Currently working on animating this particular scene. :)

Also probably going to be streaming tomorrow, probably around 8 or 9 PM CET.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on April 09, 2018, 06:36:16 AM
Today's stream, in which I make some exciting announcements about Neofeud 2 / Dysmaton! Also a shoutout for Exilian and Jubal's "Life" Whovian adventure game. :)

Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Tusky on April 09, 2018, 06:41:58 AM
The first hour and a half was great!  ;D I did start to think you were a being a bit fast and loose with what 8 - 9 CET meant!!!

Good to catch (some of) the live show this time though. 

Oh and sorry for being confusing at one point - when I said "It's under Pangolin games" in the chat I was just trying to help because you were on the forum looking for Jub's LIFE game and couldn't see it
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on April 10, 2018, 10:39:34 AM
Thanks for tuning in, Tusky. Sorry I totally hit the "record" instead of "stream" button there.

RE: Pangolin games - Ah! I see now. No problem.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on April 11, 2018, 11:06:20 PM
Ah, yeah, I dump most of my game stuff in there to avoid clogging up the rest of the forum where the real devs hang out :P Though it's annoying that you then can't see posts in the LIFE forum on the main index (it only grabs posts from up to 2 layers down).

Really liking the new graphics work, SvSp :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on April 13, 2018, 09:38:06 PM
Aha, I see. Thanks Jubal! Here's the latest stream, which had a bunch of technical difficulties, but oh well!

Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on April 14, 2018, 09:31:22 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/psoZaxE.jpg)

Neofeud 2 start menu :D Bringing back that early-noughties cyberpunk fashion sense.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on April 28, 2018, 10:27:39 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DbTWxZtVwAA7C0I.jpg)

Sentient Revolt, coming July 5 2049. Proto-j Overwatch streaming with discorporate cyber-Drake and transgen T'xelsee Lanning. Get ready, yo!


This will be the last stream for about a month. Be back soon!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on May 02, 2018, 11:44:19 PM
Hope you're doing something nice in the meantime :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on May 10, 2018, 02:47:15 AM
Just interviewed William Gibson. The future is unevenly distributed, but the author of Neuromancer et al. has graciously fenced some atemporal sci-fi-continuum to Silver Spook.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DcxZC5pU8AAbJ0Y.jpg)

Podcast coming here: https://www.youtube.com/user/twiliteminotaur …


Also, Neofeud is on sale for the next week! https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DcxclwiVMAAEno2.jpg:large) (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)

Or if you prefer hallucinating to marks etched on paper or electrons, my Neofeud Short Story Collection is also up here: https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeudstory

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dcr1eFDVwAAo2Lb.jpg:large) (https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeudstory)


Yeah, I think this interview, probably the biggest cyberpunk interview I could ever have was pretty well worth it. :)
Hope you're doing something nice in the meantime :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on May 17, 2018, 06:33:12 AM
Hey guys, just a reminder that Neofeud is still on sale on Steam and will be so for another week.  https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/

Also, I'll be getting the William Gibson interview up shortly, and returning to streaming schedule. :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Tusky on May 17, 2018, 07:56:51 AM
I grabbed a copy!

Looking forward to hearing the William Gibson interview actually. He's written some interesting stuff.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on May 17, 2018, 11:53:28 PM
Thanks, Tusky. :)  Going to try to stream tonight, and hopefully get the whole interview edited and rendered! I'm having to re-cut a lot of the audio as it's from three separate recordings. Keep getting this chorus-ey flanger effect when I try to mix in the video editor
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on May 21, 2018, 01:28:07 AM

My William Gibson Interview, Living Near Active Volcano, And More! We now return to your regularly scheduled program :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on May 22, 2018, 07:10:22 PM
Last day to get Neofeud 50% off! https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on June 04, 2018, 07:12:38 AM
Neofeud 2 work-in-progress. The green and blue is more evenly distributed... for a time. :D

(https://media.indiedb.com/images/games/1/63/62675/AnarchoHolonCommunityWithCars.png)

Also an update on the volcano that's erupting a few miles from us (we are ok!), and a bunch on Neofeud 2, etc..

Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on June 07, 2018, 10:47:28 PM
Nice! Very much liking the look for the new stuff :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Caradìlis on June 08, 2018, 06:08:19 AM
Ooouuuh! Wow! That looks awesome!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on June 11, 2018, 12:53:54 PM
Thanks Juban and Caradilis for the kind feedback. :)

(https://media.indiedb.com/images/games/1/36/35501/output_gKFf6K.gif)

Hand painting all of this for Neofeud 2 takes ages, but I'm always happy with the surreal/impressionistic effect. Trying to go for more something more consistent and readable, but still hallucinatory. Also, yes there may be a bit of a Monkey Island vibe going on here. I'm from an actual tropical island so I have all the reference in the world. :)

(Here's the still version) (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DfQ2ZMFUYAEHmgP.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Tusky on June 12, 2018, 08:59:38 AM
Looks brilliant! I like it.

I wonder - did you draw some inspiration from the eruption outside your home for the one on the hill in the image there?!  :D
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on June 12, 2018, 02:01:29 PM
Hypetech looks, um... classy? :P
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Lizard on June 14, 2018, 02:29:49 PM
I feel somewhat late to the party on this one, but I also teach STEM and this looks like an amazing project tackling some important issues! I will definitely add it to the Steam wishlist!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on June 18, 2018, 07:28:07 AM
Thanks Lizard! Good luck with your STEM teaching. I coached a lot of Lego robotics and some VEX during my time working with the at-risk urban kids, and it was some very rewarding work.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Lizard on June 18, 2018, 03:08:25 PM
Thanks Lizard! Good luck with your STEM teaching. I coached a lot of Lego robotics and some VEX during my time working with the at-risk urban kids, and it was some very rewarding work.


Lego robotics workshops are actually my favourite to teach! Especially with at-risk/SEN/'disengaged' students. I'm definitely interested in getting a copy of Neofeud when I've got the funds to invest, it might provide a nice jumping-off point. Would I be alright to develop something around this work, if I could come up with something? Obviously you'd be fully credited and I wouldn't be messing with Neofeud itself - and I'd be happy to provide you any resources around it that I come up with.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on June 20, 2018, 08:38:18 AM
Thanks Lizard! Good luck with your STEM teaching. I coached a lot of Lego robotics and some VEX during my time working with the at-risk urban kids, and it was some very rewarding work.


Lego robotics workshops are actually my favourite to teach! Especially with at-risk/SEN/'disengaged' students. I'm definitely interested in getting a copy of Neofeud when I've got the funds to invest, it might provide a nice jumping-off point. Would I be alright to develop something around this work, if I could come up with something? Obviously you'd be fully credited and I wouldn't be messing with Neofeud itself - and I'd be happy to provide you any resources around it that I come up with.

Go ahead! Feel free to develop whatever you'd like based around Neofeud.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on June 21, 2018, 07:23:31 PM
If you've been waiting to pick Neofeud up, it's currently in the Steam Summer Sale at 50% off (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)!

(https://media.indiedb.com/cache/images/games/1/36/35501/thumb_620x2000/NeofeudThroneroomSaleFinalist.2.png) (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)

Thanks everyone who has already bought and played Neofeud! If you liked the game and have a moment to leave a review, even a sentence or two, I would really appreciate it!  (Thanks Jubal for leaving the review earlier :) )
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on June 29, 2018, 03:12:23 AM
May be of interest to anyone developing or interested in getting into indie game development, especially regarding business, marketing, and attempting to make it as a sustainable indie game company, based on my own experiences running Silver Spook Games.

Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on July 03, 2018, 05:19:58 AM
Hey guys, just a heads up: Neofeud sale ends in 3 days!

Some recent reviews on Steam: “Neofeud is an ambitious, atmospheric cyberpunk scenario... Oh, and it might also be one of the best adventure games I have played in a while."

https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on July 03, 2018, 09:43:20 AM
Oops, I should've mentioned the sale in the newsletter... Hope it's going well!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on July 04, 2018, 08:36:19 AM
No problem! Yes the sale has gone quite well this time around. :)

Speaking of the sale, Neofeud sale ends tomorrow!

(https://i.imgur.com/zJEs0kM.jpg?1) (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on July 17, 2018, 09:28:03 PM
How's everything going? :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on July 29, 2018, 11:21:32 AM
Oh hey! Sorry I haven't been in for a bit. Things are going well, especially since Neofeud is on sale right now! (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)

But yeah, things have definitely been improving over time it seems, as more people are hearing about Neofeud mostly by word of mouth (or wishlist of Steamfriends, or playthrough of 'Tuber, etc.). When I set out, I figured that Neofeud would not be an overnight success or do well because it was "popular" or "viral" or anything like that, but that if it did ever find an audience, it would be something more like a cult following or something people come to by hearing from others who really enjoyed it and understood it (which I knew would not be a subset of gamers, not everyone). I was going to quit gamedev to be honest after Neofeud sold less than 100 copies in the first few months. But it has been slowly picking up with each sale, and as it grows in recognition in certain circles. It could of course always be better, but I am at least not homeless and starving like when I had just finished Neofeud and the family and I were eating peanut butter out of the back of the SUV. :)

Here is some of the latest art work from Neofeud 2, also:

(https://i.imgur.com/BNwF908.png)

I call it "The Wall". :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on August 01, 2018, 05:39:52 PM
Heh, nice :) And glad you're picking up players, too!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Tusky on August 03, 2018, 08:23:20 AM
Your new artwork is looking really great. I'm enjoying seeing it progress
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on August 04, 2018, 08:49:17 PM
Thanks Jubal and Tusky!

Also, Neofeud just made it into the top 25 Cyberpunk Games! (Up there with Deus Ex, what an honor!)

http://www.gamersdecide.com/pc-game-news/best-cyberpunk-games-pc

Also, if you were thinking about it, Neofeud is on sale for 6 more days! :)

https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Djn3pEbU4AERvH1.jpg) (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)

I will also be streaming at around 1:30 Pacific Time today :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on August 07, 2018, 05:01:14 AM
Woohoo, Neofeud is in the top 25 Cyberpunk Games! (Up there with Deus Ex, what an honor!)

(https://media.indiedb.com/cache/images/games/1/36/35501/thumb_620x2000/top_25_cyberpunk_games.png) (http://www.gamersdecide.com/pc-game-news/best-cyberpunk-games-pc)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on August 09, 2018, 11:45:24 PM
Neat, congrats! :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on August 16, 2018, 03:25:42 AM
Thanks! :)

And thanks everyone who picked up Neofeud this sale! If you played and enjoyed Neofeud, don't forget there's also the Neofeud Short Story Collection, which contains 3 other stories set in the world of Neofeud, including "The Six Billion Dollar Baller" prison-break, the story of a cosplayer who struggles to eat by gaining followers and winning cosplay competitions, and more!

(https://img.itch.zone/aW1nLzEyMjIwMTIuanBn/original/%2BzmJvz.jpg) (https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeudstory)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on August 23, 2018, 11:31:09 PM
Latest stream, where I talk about a new cyberpunk RPG/FPS-hybrid game I'm working on!


(Screenshot of that game)



(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DjkscODVsAA-rB4.jpg:large) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOVzyN_txgc&t=381s)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on August 30, 2018, 12:01:16 AM
Just got round to watching some of this - looks really interesting, though definitely brutal!

It'd be cool if you did a few more blogpost type things on some of the dev updates - might just be me, but I know I read fast but find it hard to carve out a full hour for your devlog videos so I'm often worrying I've missed stuff.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on August 31, 2018, 09:45:50 AM
Ah, ok. Yeah those videos are more sort of livestream / devstream type things, some people just put them on in the background while working on other things. I'll see about putting something out there in text format in the future though.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on August 31, 2018, 10:38:15 AM
I guess when I'm doing desk-work it's rarely brainless enough to be taking in what you're saying at the same time - downsides of most of my work being either fairly in-depth coding, learning a stupidly obscure language, or trying to hack data out of badly written historical sources with a proverbial machete. :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Tusky on August 31, 2018, 11:13:41 AM
Just got round to watching some of this - looks really interesting, though definitely brutal!

It'd be cool if you did a few more blogpost type things on some of the dev updates - might just be me, but I know I read fast but find it hard to carve out a full hour for your devlog videos so I'm often worrying I've missed stuff.

Not just you. Due to time differences I'm often not able to join for the live ones, so watch a little of the video/blog afterwards (especially your last blog - really powerful). I'll try and dip in to the live ones where I can though, because they are pretty interesting as well :)

But yes I agree I'd 100% read more of a text / image based log.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on September 01, 2018, 09:29:54 AM
Thanks Tusky, feel free to share that one around btw whom might benefit from it. My hope is it prevents anyone else from taking their own life or the lives of others or causing harm in any way.

If anyone knows an easy way I could like automatically convert those videos from speech to text, that might actually be pretty helpful. :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on September 30, 2018, 06:47:36 AM
Thanks everyone who picked up Neofeud! There've been some really nice reviews so far. If you've played through and have a second to leave a few words about Neofeud on Steam I'd much appreciate it! (Also, you can apparently now play Neofeud on Linux through Steam!)

"It's been too long since I've played a game with this much soul in it" "A cyberpunk masterpiece" --Steam reviewers
https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/

(https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/42852494_962291907295685_6243697187734159360_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&oh=8d82a8413476e241d39120190ec31a72&oe=5C20DE11)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on October 06, 2018, 08:57:45 PM
Neofeud is 50% off on Steam! https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Do2XxdwVAAAY_-F.jpg:small) (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on October 13, 2018, 09:35:47 AM
Just a reminder, Neofeud is still on sale for 6 more days :) https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/

I'll also be doing another devstream around 8:30 PM GMT Saturday!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on October 19, 2018, 08:54:56 PM
Last day of the sale! https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/

I've also got a new comp and will be able to stream that new RPG game that I'm working on now! I guess I'll need to make a new thread for it. :D
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on October 19, 2018, 09:41:40 PM
Yes, please do! If you want to keep your threads in a dedicated subforum we can arrange that too :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on October 21, 2018, 09:43:39 PM
First up, let me know what you think of this new Neofeud 2 title screen I am working on. Painting these scenes takes forever, but it's well worth it, I think!

(https://img.itch.zone/aW1nLzE1NzYzMTEucG5n/original/n%2F6tW0.png) (https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud2)

And if you liked the cyberpunk dystopian world and story in Neofeud, I have just released the first batch of some new stories in a similar vein but in a different world. And they're just $1.00! https://silverspook.itch.io/terminusstory1

(https://img.itch.zone/aW1nLzE1NzYzMDUucG5n/original/1Yf0Qh.png) (https://silverspook.itch.io/terminusstory1)

Here's a little synopsis:

The Future. If the climate apocalypse after 2030 doesn't get us, there's the economic collapse to worry about, or maybe the rising fascism. But hey, maybe Benevolent God-AI will run the world on an even keel? Maybe the liberals will right the tipping ship of hypercapitalist neoliberalism? Or at worst, the Illuminati League of Evil Asshole Masterminds manages the clockwork Earth from the shadows?

Nope. Just a lot of buggy paramilitary drones blowing up schools, incompetent elite wrecking the planet with endless environmental, economic, financial crises, and mass unemployment as robots shove workers out of offices and into endless breadlines run out of bread in bankrupt states. Yeah, it's a mess.

But you don't fight fascism because you will win, you fight fascism because it's the right thing to do.



Also, thanks everyone who picked up Neofeud this most recent sale! I have used some of the proceeds (along with the knowledge this is a business expense for my tiny indie business!) to pick up the cheapest gaming computer I could find so I can actually *run* one of the new games I'm working on, Terminus Cyberstar (https://twitter.com/TerminusC). (The other is Neofeud 2 (https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud2)) My current laptop is from ye olde antediluvian noughties and, however enamored I am with it, having created Neofeud on it, often while sleeping in a rusty Mazda tribute eating Jiffy from the jar with the family while homeless, I can now move up to the 'good life' of a computer that can barely run Deus Ex Human Revolution on medium settings, lol. :D

I have used some of the rest of the money pick up a drill and chainsaw to harvest some logs from the forest here to make a new porch for the old condemned house we are living in in the lava zone on the Big Island volcano. Thankfully, the volcano has stopped erupting 3000 degree lava for now! The current porch is quite rotten and I didn't want the kiddos falling through into rusty nails, etc.. Can't afford to get a new porch made or even by two-by-fours so I am making the lumber myself from Hawaiian Ohia wood.

(https://img.itch.zone/aW1nLzE1NzYzMDAuanBn/original/E0EZEc.jpg)

Finally, here is the most recent livestream, where I actually read some of the Terminus Machina stories! (Skip to near the end, about 1 hour 30 minutes in.)

Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on October 21, 2018, 09:55:04 PM
Great work :)

Thoughts on the title screen: I really like it for the most part, the visual impact is excellent. The pillar placement being asymmetrical vis-a-vis the walls twitches with me a bit but that might just be me. I love the sort of "Egyptian decadence" atmosphere. I'd maybe change the title style/backing/colouring somehow? Having it in gold when gold is such a dominant colour in the picture means it doesn't stand out so much as I think you might want it to.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on October 22, 2018, 08:06:17 PM
Thanks for the feedback Jubal!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on October 27, 2018, 11:28:32 AM
From the sequel to Neofeud, my cyberpunk adventure! Here's a creepier scene for Halloween ;)

(https://img.itch.zone/aW1nLzE1ODk5OTkucG5n/original/mZyv1c.png)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on October 27, 2018, 03:12:09 PM
Ooh, interesting! Bit of a matrix vibe...
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Tusky on October 28, 2018, 06:50:10 AM
Wow, really stunning artwork SS. It looks amazing!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on October 29, 2018, 05:29:13 PM
Thanks Tusky and Jubal! Yeah the pod farms was a great scene from The Matrix.

Neofeud is on sale, Happy Halloween!

https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DpjMUMKVAAEB42c.jpg:small) (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)

Here's a very cool recent review also:

Two things right off the bat:

1) This is game is WEIRD AS F$!@

2) I absolutely loved it!

Fun and hugely engrossing gameplay for a single developer game!

Pros
------------------
-Cool main characters! Even the background characters added alot to the atmosphere of the game.
-Well designed animation and backgrounds. The artwork has kind of a Mission Critical/Harvester/Darkseed vibe to it that I enjoyed but may not be everyones cup of tea. They really put you in a cyberpunk futuristic mindset and meshed well with the story of the game.
-Excellent writing . This game definetly satisfied my cravings as a big sci-fi/cyberpunk fan. Interesting use of cyperpunk
tropes and existential philiosopy.
-Certain scenes were really engrossing and felt like i was watching a movie. (Vistiting the Arcade and Proto-J coming to terms with his father stand out especially)
-Awesome music (2017 AGS awards winner for Best Music). I'd strongly consider buying the standalone soundtrack
-Point and click puzzles are challenging yet mostly logical

Cons
--------------------
-Setting up graphics settings in adventure game studio was a pain.
-Voice acting was hit or miss for me. I enjoyed Proto-J despite what other reviewers said. Other characters came off lacking emotion in certain cases. Some recordings of voices didnt sound like they were done in a professional setting (Goetzel at times sounded like he was being recorded in an office or something)
-Minor glitching and bugs (overall pretty stable though) that required a restart or two
-Certain in game interfaces have a clunky appearance (OK and EXIT buttons that don't fit the overall game aesthetic)
-Action/stealth sequences rough around the edges
-Animations can be a little "stiff" at times. Character movements can be awkward.
-Walking routine can be slow for larger scenes.

The cons overall I would say are just roughness around the edges and I attribute to the clunkyness that can come with a game designed on Adventure Game Studio. And I can hardly place blame for these minor issues considering the overall work that went into this game by a SINGLE developer.

You can tell that this game was a labor of love and it really shows in all the pros it has going for it. Again, it's very impressive AGS game from a single developer! Overall length came in about 10 hours which for someone that picked it up half off was a good value. This game is frequently on sale and I'd say you'd have no regrets picking it up if your a fan of sci-fi point and clicks! I am definetly looking forward to the sequel. If Neofeud 2 is every bit as ambitious as this one it will be a must purchase for me!!

And like the game says:
Remember, winners don't use drugs... Mostly;)~
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on October 29, 2018, 05:37:28 PM
Yeah, that's the sort of review that's fantastic to get - really positive whilst also picking up on some good improvement-y thoughts :)

I may have said this before, but the voice acting comment reminded me - if you want a British-accented voice for anything, do give me a shout and I'll happily volunteer to read some lines etc.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on November 16, 2018, 06:00:20 AM
Thanks for the offer, Jubal! Will keep that in mind.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on November 21, 2018, 08:25:07 PM
The only cyberpunk game where a social worker for homeless robots takes on a cabal of billionaire CEO-Kings :) Neofeud's on sale!

https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/ (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)

Also on Itch.io, where you can get the Neofeud Short Story Collection, and the Terminus Machina stories too!: https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DsjC8FwUcAAgAt-.jpg)
 (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)

Here's another review by an actual social worker for the government, another one of my favorites:

"In 2018, when I am writing this review, there is a loose collective of passionate AG developers on the internet. These developers have formed a small community where they support each other and promote each other’s work. For a lot of these folks, their games are passion projects – despite limited development resources and relatively modest sales numbers, each pixel is labored over and rendered with love. For these AG enthusiasts, the work is a passion project.

I used to be a casual AG fan but in the past few years I’ve gotten increasingly into the genre and now you could say I am something of an enthusiast. I’ve been seeking out or revisiting old classics, I’ve been following the development of new games and buying them at release, and I’ve also been becoming increasingly invested in the community of small devs like Silver Spook who are putting out titles like Neofeud. It’s pretty neat, as it’s not unusual to see these folks livestreaming their development on Twitch while hanging out with friends and fans – if you pop into a few of these things, you begin to feel less like a passive consumer and more like an active member of a community. I find myself really rooting for Silver Spook, folks like him, and the games they make.

With that said, I am pleased to give Neofeud a big ol’ thumbs-up. I am always very impressed by one-person games, and in this game, this one dude did the writing, the art, the programming, the music, and a sizable portion of the game’s VO.
Neofeud feels a touch rough around the edges, but the issues I encountered were minor and did not really affect my enjoyment of the experience. In fact, I would argue that on some level they added to the game’s charm. While I found the game’s art to be a bit odd at first, it really grew on me as I played. My initial impression from the trailer was that the art had sort of a glued-together kidnapper-ransom-note quality to it. However, it feels really unique to the game and I think it ultimately lends the whole experience a surreal quality that serves the game well.

Some of the other reviews here have mentioned that the game is a bit ham-handed in its exposition, and that’s a fair criticism. I would not use the word “subtle” to describe the game, and its characters tend to monologue a perhaps little more than strictly necessary. The game also throws a lot of very detailed flavor text at you which is all very interesting – but it does feels like a bit you’re on the receiving end of an idea-machine-gun. I hope a Neofeud 2 would maybe kick it back a notch and shoot a little less broad but a little more deep. There’s some great stuff here, it just needs some space to breathe.

Here’s what I enjoyed about Neofeud:
First, it’s classic cyberpunk. You are a disheveled government worker who goes from the slums to the highest halls of a corrupt aristocracy to take it down. I love how honest and earnest and straightforward the game is in its love for the genre and belief in its message. There’s some great sequences – my favorite bit was a really effective portion of the story where have to perform a child protective services visit and get confronted with some ethical questions. There’s a solid and memorable cast of characters. There’s a really neat soundtrack that I think was at least partially based on sampling a dialup modem.

Go play this game. It needs your support, and you need more ambitious, intelligent, from-the-heart one-man cyberpunk adventure-game tour-de-forces in your game library."

--DeluxeTux
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on November 24, 2018, 12:17:57 PM
I wish we had more AG devs on Exilian, it's a genre I really like too. I dunno really how to improve what we do here to attract those folk though...
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on November 26, 2018, 05:50:23 PM
Yeah, it's tough to get a crowd anywhere. :/

In other news, today is the last day to get Neofeud on sale! https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on December 09, 2018, 04:53:52 AM
Some art work from my cyberpunk adventure Neofeud 2! Neofeud 1 is on sale right now go grab it :)

https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud/devlog/59375/neofeud-2-art-sale

(https://media.indiedb.com/cache/images/games/1/63/62675/thumb_620x2000/SpacePort5.png) (https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud/devlog/59375/neofeud-2-art-sale)

Also on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on December 20, 2018, 08:01:15 PM
Neofeud is 60% off on Steam! https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Du4mQRlV4AA0qpV.jpg:small) (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)

Another recent review: "The art and writing are stellar. It's a great cyberpunk adventure."
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on December 24, 2018, 09:05:20 PM
Doing a Christmas stream for everyone who wants to escape the turkey and trying relatives- or has no food or relatives to escape. Tomorrow 12:30 PST! https://www.youtube.com/user/twiliteminotaur

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DvNRsJ-VYAApG11.jpg:large) (https://www.youtube.com/user/twiliteminotaur)

Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on December 24, 2018, 10:31:28 PM
Nice :) Hope you have a good day yourself (is Christmas something you celebrate much?)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on December 25, 2018, 10:42:08 AM
We do have Christmas presents and a Christmas tree over here, although we're not very Christian. :) Most of the presents are from grandparents and relatives.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on January 14, 2019, 07:13:09 PM
Neofeud is on sale! https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on January 21, 2019, 02:02:14 AM
Latest stream: Cancel  Save changes Post It Notes and Cyberpunk Workouts - Silver Spook works on Neofeud 2 live!

Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on January 25, 2019, 12:01:55 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DxnosnXVYAAeecu.jpg) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifsPs_JgOxU)

Check out my podcast with Jamie Patton, creator of cyberpunk management sim, Spinnortality - "Grow your megacorp. Influence media. Warp culture. Start riots. Spread fake news. Topple governments. Become immortal." Coming Feb 1!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifsPs_JgOxU

Also, Neofeud is on sale for 3 more days! https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on January 27, 2019, 05:17:30 AM
Crankin' out some new anims for my cyberpunk adventure, Neofeud 2. Neofeud 1 is on sale a couple more days! I'm a one-person dev on this so all purchases go to help me pay bills while making the sequel :D

This is in 1360 / 768 so it takes forever to paint but worth it in the end! I'd like to go shopping in this glitched-out cyber-supermarket with some haunting vaporwave piped in.

(https://media.indiedb.com/images/games/1/36/35501/output_M93GUI.gif)

(https://media.indiedb.com/images/games/1/36/35501/Untitled-32Small.png)

Neofeud sale ends in 2 days! https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/

Also you can get it Linux and Mac here: https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on January 27, 2019, 12:02:01 PM
I like the fact that the glitchy shop mascot thingy is genuinely cute :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on February 02, 2019, 06:36:36 PM
Thanks :)

Latest work on my #cyberpunk adventure Neofeud 2, adding some music to this scene :)



(https://media.indiedb.com/cache/images/games/1/63/62675/thumb_620x2000/CorporateFinishNarrow.png)





Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on February 04, 2019, 07:07:33 PM
Neofeud is 60% off in the Steam Lunar New Year Sale! https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/

(https://media.indiedb.com/cache/images/games/1/36/35501/thumb_620x2000/NeofeudThroneroomSaleFinalist.6.png) (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on February 10, 2019, 01:24:26 AM

Some of the latest animation and interface test from my cyberpunk adventure Neofeud 2!

Neofeud 1 is on sale for one more day: https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/

Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on February 17, 2019, 03:21:00 AM

Giving cyberpunk megacorporations the finger - in Neofeud 2! Neofeud 1 is here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/

Demo of Neofeud 2 (Dysmaton): https://silverspook.itch.io/forgotten-city

Help me finish this game: https://www.patreon.com/neofeud
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on February 24, 2019, 02:48:14 AM
Latest work on my cyberpunk adventure Neofeud 2! Finished adding in new portraits, holograms, and automated dynamic lighting in Adventure Game Studio.


Neofeud 2 site: https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud2
The first one: https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on February 24, 2019, 07:52:02 PM
"Rest in pixels" is an excellent line. Very solid :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 02, 2019, 08:06:41 PM
Thanks :) Trying to get back into the groove of the Monty Python / Douglas Adams-satirizes-cyberpunk sort of writing of Neofeud 1.


Literal Coffin Apartments for the 99% and Palaces for Trillionaires! Latest art and animation I'm working on for my cyberpunk adventure Neofeud 2

Site: https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud2

Neofeud 1: https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud

(https://media.indiedb.com/images/games/1/36/35501/LythRoomWIP2Small.png)

Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 10, 2019, 07:17:14 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D1ODj4kUcAAQjPP.jpg) (https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud2)

Latest scene I'm working on for my cyberpunk adventure Neofeud 2! (https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud2)

Dystopian Cyberpunk Coffin apartments... I mean, "Minimalist Residential Inhabitations! Cool, trendy, chic microhomes for the modern urban citizen!" :D

In the latest stream I worked on connecting this external area to the actual coffin apartment from the previous post.

(Even larger version of that image) (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D1ODj4kUcAAQjPP.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on March 14, 2019, 11:37:40 PM
Quote
Cool, trendy, chic microhomes for the modern urban citizen!
Depressingly nail-on-the-head stuff...!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 16, 2019, 08:07:11 PM
Unfortunately yes! My family and I have lived in spaces of about that size, in both vehicles and 'housing units'.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D1xpDzOVYAA2ijf.jpg:large)

Zooming in on more of that cyberpunk city street. Working on flying cars, holographics, and trying to hone my volumetric lighting painting techniques for Neofeud 2 (https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud2). :) The first one: https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on March 18, 2019, 10:20:54 PM
Yeah. Makes me very glad I live somewhere with at least a decent basic social security system and some rent caps/controls.

What's the minotaur-like creature in the housing units? I don't really recall seeing many things like that in this setting before.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 24, 2019, 02:08:12 AM
Neofeud did have some transgenic human-animal hybrid type creatures if you recall. Although Neofeud 2 will be taking place on a planet other than Earth, to give you an idea of what's going on without spoiling things :)  May be alien species involved!


New gameplay footage from Neofeud 2 featuring some of the stealth gameplay, flying cars, flying car hacking, autonomous drones, AI-cops and more!

Working on some new animations for some new Neofeud 2 characters. :) Haven't tried doing one of these 'walking with gun down' style anims before so it was a bit more time consuming but a good learning experience.

(https://media.indiedb.com/cache/images/games/1/36/35501/thumb_620x2000/output_1U3ng7.gif)

And here's a schematic sheet for more info on that particular character:

(https://files.mastodon.social/media_attachments/files/012/731/098/original/87d67ab86eb17b63.png)

Neofeud: https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/
Neofeud 2: https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud2
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Tusky on March 24, 2019, 07:13:09 AM
Tyr X8 Looks really nice! Like a souped up (and cooler) Chappie.


Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 26, 2019, 06:24:25 PM
Thanks for the feedback! Yeah I am a big fan of Chappie and all the Neil Blomkamp material. Big inspiration behind the first Neofeud.

Also, Neofeud is now on sale! If you're into anticapitalist, antifascist cyberpunk adventures, can't wait for Beyond a Steel Sky, and want to help me pay bills in cyberpunk dystopian America, Neofeud is on sale on Steam + DRM free on Itch!
https://store.steampowered.com/app/673
silverspook.itch.io/neofeud

(https://media.indiedb.com/cache/images/games/1/36/35501/thumb_620x2000/NeofeudThroneroomSaleFinalist.6.png) (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on March 26, 2019, 06:38:05 PM
I guess the GNOSSIS/gnosis thing is intentional :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on March 31, 2019, 04:54:17 AM
Yes, you will have guessed right! :) I try to make everything have a deeper meaning or significance in the games and writing... which is why it can take quite some time!

Here's the latest work on Neofeud, illustrating liquid crystal hallucination in a cyberpunk dystopia of cells, interlinked. :)


Also just a reminder that Neofeud is still on sale! Get one for that special adventure game and cyberpunk-loving someone. :)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D2qE_axUwAElkgU.png:small) (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)

"A cyberpunk materpiece"It's been too long since I've played a game with this much soul in it" -Steam Reviewers

https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/

Also recently Neofeud got mentioned in a "Choose your top 10 games of all time" thing everyone was doing, which is pretty neat.

Steamshovelers also commented:
"Neofeud is such a powerful game and knowing it draws from personal experiences as well as broader national discussions makes it more so

It’s difficult to play for all the right reasons and makes players question and reevaluate their places of power and privilege"

(Here's a link to that Tweet) (https://twitter.com/SilverSpookGuy/status/1111820995378085888)

If you have a moment to give Neofeud even a short review on Steam I would greatly appreciate it!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on April 06, 2019, 09:28:56 PM
The brave new hyper-automated cyberpunk dystopia of Neofeud 2 is better than 2019 because at least it's more stylish!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D3eTDb6U4AE6dvL.jpg)

Some of my latest work on Neofeud 2. I'm experimenting with different transparent material types as well as new gameplay elements like facial rec and other biometric surveillance. Neofeud 1 (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/) is also on sale for a couple more days!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on April 11, 2019, 09:05:42 PM
What's the secondary language/code/alphabet on the gates that isn't English?
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on April 17, 2019, 09:12:16 AM
Jubal: good eye! That language doesn't technically exist. It's supposed to resemble some Asian characters and ideograms but I intentionally constructed a fictional alien writing system for Neofeud 2.
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on April 21, 2019, 06:21:17 AM
Neofeud 2 WIP, testing new cam behaviors. Because any Deus Ex-inspired cyberpunk dystopia that doesn't kick the Orwellian surveillance up to 11 may have its silverized mirrorshades revoked. :)
Neofeud 1: https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on April 27, 2019, 08:29:57 PM

Latest from my cyberpunk adventure Neofeud 2! Took all day to animate  frame-by-frame the restocker-bot, the holograms, facial recognition scanners, etc..
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on May 04, 2019, 12:44:17 PM
"Fake It Till You Collapse" - Latest work on my cyberpunk adventure Neofeud 2!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D5tl_hHUEAAi9MB.jpg:large)

Alternative title was, "Death of an Influencer" :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on May 13, 2019, 02:01:33 AM

Animation work-in-progress from my cyberpunk adventure Neofeud 2 of a heavily augmented 'Sentient Humanoid' playable character. May be helpful if have trouble parallel parking. :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on May 19, 2019, 06:11:11 AM
"Cyberpunk Sleuthing in the Homeless Village" Some of the latest animation and art I'm working on for Neofeud 2!


Neofeud 1: https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on May 19, 2019, 10:09:59 PM
Very neat - I'm interested to learn more about who the new characters will be :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on May 20, 2019, 09:45:14 PM
Thanks Jubal! :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on May 23, 2019, 10:28:53 PM
Neofeud is 60% off right now! https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/

(https://media.indiedb.com/cache/images/games/1/36/35501/thumb_620x2000/NeofeudThroneroomSaleFinalist.6.png) (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)

"Wow, what a journey. Took me more than 12 hours, and it felt like I played through 2-3 sci-fi games, that's how much content is in the game. The art style is something I've never seen in video games. The puzzles are fine (a few times had to check a walkthrough, but that's normal in adventure games). User interface can be a bit clunky at times, but overall a very unique experience, with an interesting sci-fi story, fleshed out characters, and top-notch soundtrack.

Neofeud is a very underrated game, only has 42 reviews on Steam. Also the sequel is under way, so its a good time to jump in. And by doing so you support a passion project of one man. I cannot fathom how can one person be so multi talented, to be able to write(story and dialogue), program, voice act, and make art and animation. A strong recommendation for adventure games fans, if you like Wadjet-Eye Games, this is up your alley." --Steam Reviewer (https://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198015857674/recommended/673850/)

If you played and enjoyed Neofeud and have a second to leave a short review on Steam, I'd greatly appreciate it! If not, no problem! :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on May 24, 2019, 11:37:18 PM
I think I got round to leaving a Steam review quite a while ago, but I've seen so many reminders that now I'm doubting myself...

Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on May 25, 2019, 05:40:10 AM
No I think you already did leave a Steam review, thanks a lot Jubal!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on June 02, 2019, 07:47:30 AM
Neofeud 2 Teaser: "Motherships and Moonwalking"

Also don't forget the Neofeud 1 sale ends in a few days!

https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on June 09, 2019, 05:40:53 AM
"The Border Wall", added smoke and drone-swarming animations to my cyberpunk adventure sequel to Neofeud (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)



Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on June 09, 2019, 10:09:00 PM
Drones seem to be a fairly major theme in NF2, from what I'm gathering so far? :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on June 16, 2019, 04:57:39 AM
Jubal: yeah they will play an important role, along with general non-sentient artificial intelligence!


"Alien" asylum seekers wary of Thought Policing in my cyberpunk adventure Neofeud 2 (in progress!).
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on June 23, 2019, 11:28:09 AM
Ah, getting into deepfake stuff as well - very topical!

I've been wondering for a while if there's an interesting way one could plug something like the "this person does not exist" website into a game context...
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on June 23, 2019, 11:35:50 AM
I made a Deus Ex total conversion about ten years ago where you play a homeless socialist hacktivist trying not to get drone-striked in downtown San Fran outside of barbwire-walled billionaire enclaves or caught by the AI-automated robot police and thrown in the smartphone sweatshop. 60% AI/automation unemployment rate and global subprime meltdown redux.

I streamed some of Terminus Machina tomorrow in honor of it being about five minutes from reality!


Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on June 25, 2019, 07:07:10 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D97OZKjU8AArqsQ.jpg:small) (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)

Neofeud is 70% off this week! (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)

One of the recent reviews:

"I love this game. I freaking love it. The voice acting is pretty good for a one-person dev team with some help from some friends and family (maybe a couple hire-ons I've no idea) to do voice acting. This guy drew *everything* and it's quite charming and detailed art. I spent a long time staring at every screen looking for small details and references, and they never disappointed. The music is fun, the script is phenomenal, and the philosophy is excellent.

Buy this game. Then give $45 dollars (filling out a $60 price tag) to Christian Miller because he obviously worked his ♥♥♥ off to make this wonderful piece of art. Then go work in a soup kitchen or do something else positive to affect the real world you live in in a way that matters. Things aren't simple, but we've all got to support each other in real ways. Playing this game is not at all a bad way to give your brain some fuel for how to think about doing this. This game was made because a community of people helped a person express himself, and worked together. How things should be for a workable and healthy society.

Thanks Christian Miller+cast+support,this is a wonderful game. I am very much looking forward to Neofeud 2!"
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on June 29, 2019, 06:44:14 PM

"Homeless Cyborg To Neofeudal Success" Neofeud 2 teaser!
Neofeud 1 is 70% off in the Steam Summer Sale :)
https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on June 29, 2019, 11:04:42 PM
Like I said on Twitter - blunt but hard-hitting stuff. Really like it :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on June 30, 2019, 10:44:38 AM
"Science fiction is always about the moment in which it is written," William Gibson / Ursula K. Le Guin. :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on July 05, 2019, 12:09:25 AM
This is also, interestingly, true of history, in many ways :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on July 05, 2019, 11:28:48 AM
Just a reminder, you've got a few more days to get Neofeud 70% off!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D97OZKjU8AArqsQ.jpg:small) (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)

Neofeud is 70% off this week! (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)

One of the recent reviews:

"Neofeud is a hidden landmark title for the cyberpunk genre and spin-off of Terminus Machina. Dark, but hopeful. Funny, but also tragic. Stylish, but also has a lot of depth. Neofeud has become an inspirational game in my own creative work. !"
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on July 07, 2019, 04:27:59 PM
Included a little section on Neofeud II's progress in Updates from the Forge :)

https://exilian.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=5985.msg133668#msg133668
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on July 07, 2019, 09:46:14 PM
Thanks a lot Jubal!


"Sentient Revolt on Cyberpunk Street"

Just a couple more days to get Neofeud 1 70% off in the Steam Summer Sale :)
https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/

Currently in some not-so-good financial straits (not sure where we're going to live after July 31) so every sale of Neofeud goes to keeping a roof over myself, my wife and kids head while trying to finish Neofeud 2!
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on July 14, 2019, 01:22:06 AM
Thanks a lot!

Here's some of the latest work on Neofeud 2, with some more of the world and potential areas to visit showcased!

Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on July 21, 2019, 08:18:08 PM
(https://media.indiedb.com/cache/images/games/1/36/35501/thumb_620x2000/NeofeudThroneroom70.png) (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)
"Secretly the greatest and also funniest cyberpunk point and click adventure game on Steam." --Steam Reviewer
https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on July 28, 2019, 04:47:17 AM
A short teaser for my cyberpunk adventure Neofeud 2 :D
Neofeud 1 is 70% off right now! (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on August 01, 2019, 09:06:18 PM
Just a reminder: The Neofeud sale ends in 2 days! https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on August 11, 2019, 06:28:40 AM

Singularity-worshipping sentient robots, space-time continuum noodle-tangling, & surprise neuromancy in Neofeud 2! (Neofeud 1) (https://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on August 17, 2019, 07:59:48 PM
Here's the latest work-in-progress, playing hide-n-seek with giant freakin' robots in Neofeud 2 :)


Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on August 17, 2019, 11:34:18 PM
Is that meant to be an infra-red vision thing when it goes into red/blue, or? :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Silverspook on August 18, 2019, 11:06:55 AM
Yep that is an infrared mode! :)
Title: Re: Neofeud - A Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure / Visual Novel
Post by: Jubal on August 18, 2019, 07:11:42 PM
Ah, OK. :) It confused me a little because I expected that the whole robot wouldn't heat up in IR, just the hydraulics/motors/CPU areas, but that's probably me being waaaaay too picky!