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Bigosaur / Re: Son of a Witch: Devlog and general discussion
« on: November 27, 2020, 09:43:11 PM »
especially the dungeon which only & always has the wolf wheel thing, and the desert which doesn't really have any unique special rooms.

The idea behind the dungeon one was that prices in shops are high and you might need to gamble if you see an item you absolutely need but cannot afford. Although, with Monkey pet and Steel boots not slowing you down, it became much easier to rob dungeon shops than before, so maybe a couple more special rooms would be a good idea.

The desert has the altar room, but yes, that's about it. I guess I never "finished" that level properly. I will have to add something there.

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Bigosaur / Re: Son of a Witch: Devlog and general discussion
« on: November 27, 2020, 08:58:02 PM »
Oh wow! Let me know when things need testing :)

Don't expect it to be soon. I plan to add a lot of stuff, so it will be a month or two before it gets anywhere to "beta" stage.

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Will you have any additional rooms for current levels? I think one or two of them could maybe do with extra possibilities for special rooms, which would help freshen up the replayability.

I didn't really think about it, but I have added it to my list now. The list of possible features/fixes/changes has about 230 items currently, so something will probably have to be discarded or I will have to work on it for the next 6 months :)

We shall see. I love working full time on SoaW again. It just feels good when you know there are so many players waiting for this update. So, maybe I will add more stuff than usual.

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Bigosaur / Re: Son of a Witch: Devlog and general discussion
« on: November 27, 2020, 08:31:32 PM »
A couple a days ago I started to work full time on the next Son of a Witch update. I'm currently preparing all the art pieces for the hell level:



The plan is to make it an optional area which you can reach if you collect all the ingredients for a ritual in the catacombs. Going through hell would alter the story a little bit and allow you to take an alternate route through the game, skipping the ice level. I'm still not clear on all the details. I have a lot of possible ideas, but need to test them first. In any case, it should be the most challenging area of the game.

The update should also come with new weapons, pets, scrolls, potions, items and I plan to add more heroes using Jubal's skins. Those will all unlock by completing some quests in Hell.

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Bigosaur / Re: The Game is ON
« on: November 21, 2020, 07:27:19 PM »
Finally I went back, re-recorded the material and re-edited the video. Here's a version with the new Boris:


This one should be final.

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Announcements! The Town Crier! / Re: Updates from the Forge 39: Autumn 2020
« on: November 21, 2020, 07:26:05 PM »
Hi,

I updated the YouTube video. Could you please change the video in this thread to: RO19YFK3kI0

The full link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO19YFK3kI0

Thanks.

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Shouldn't this be that "you are competing in a tournament" instead?

It's "running" as in "organising".

Well, I think I was right then. But maybe I didn't explain it properly. If you are organizing a tournament, you aren't competing in it. The usual sim game has you only organizing, not competing. As I understand, Tourney allows you to both organize and compete, but the sentence on KS page doesn't really say that. It seem to imply that "running" is an extra, unusual feature.

Or did I misunderstand the game completely?

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Well I've been busy the last while putting together a kickstarter to crowdfund for some remaining elements on the game! Pretty nervous  :-X

I have a preview link here I'm only sharing in a couple of places to hopefully get a little feedback. Please check it out if you have a a moment.

Hey, I'm not a native English speaker, so I could be mistaken on anything I write below. Anyway...

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Where Tourney differs from more traditional sim games is that you are running a tournament, so you will be able to get involved and try to win!

Shouldn't this be that "you are competing in a tournament" instead? "You are running a tournament" sounds like you're the organizer to me. Maybe something like "Where Tourney differs from more traditional sim games is that you aren't just running a tournament, you are also able to get involved and try to win!"

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Budget

There are two things here, and they are connected. Your target of £3,200 seems a bit low to me. When I look at the budget allocation, it looks like it's structured in such way to cover external costs and you would be working for free. I have talked to some people who back up KS projects on regular basis and they stay away from such projects, because they feel it's too risky. I have also seen many successful campaigns where developers added "cost of living" to the equation. You expect 8-9 months of development and you should eat and drink at least during that time.

If you have some independent source of funding, it should be stated (you don't have to disclose what it is, only that your life doesn't depend on this project succeeding). Escape From BioStation with 4 user reviews on Steam doesn't look like it's bringing food to the table every month, so there must be something else.

I'm just saying this from a funder perspective: if I'm going to fund a project, I want to make sure I know the developer will be there to push it all the way to the end.

I know you only collected £1,000-something for Escape from BioStation, but Tourney is much more promising game. It's got nicer graphics, more appealing genre and I believe there is an actual market for such game on Steam. I wouldn't be surprised if it sold 5000+ copies on Steam, provided that you do proper marketing.

Now, you don't need to increase the target sum, but at least add a couple of sentences that would ensure the backers that you know what you're doing financially, and that your own cost of living is covered.

Good luck with KS!

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Bigosaur / Re: The Game is ON
« on: November 13, 2020, 09:29:25 PM »
Do you need any more playtesting?

I might need more soon. Not sure when, maybe tomorrow, maybe next week. I'm doing some changes for the Nintendo Switch port, so I want to make sure I don't break anything in the Steam version. So it all depends when I finish porting.

If you are interested, I can send you a Steam key once I have a new build ready. Just send me your e-mail at dev@bigosaur.com and I'll e-mail you the key once the build is up.

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Bigosaur / Re: The Game is ON
« on: November 12, 2020, 08:06:05 PM »
For low hanging fruit

That could work. I can leave the hidden object in the game - to be used to get the secret puzzle piece.

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I think drinks on the house works fine if you just change the idiom text and leave the puzzle as is - a wine bottle can contain multiple drinks worth of wine after all unless you're really going at it hard :)

Oh, ok. That's easy to fix then ;)

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I think with the text-scrambling ones you need a fairly big clue, or the range of options is just way too high.

Alright. I have no idea how difficult it is, because I already know all the answers. I have fixed that now.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

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Bigosaur / Re: The Game is ON
« on: November 12, 2020, 04:46:10 PM »
The last puzzle piece I've not managed is

It's very simple, you can move one of the
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You probably never hovered the mouse over there. I'm amazed how you did all the rest so quickly, as I thought some of the puzzles would be confusing  :)

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Could the zoomed in image get a goatee added

I'll try to draw one and see how it turns out. As I've been practicing a lot with this game, my artistic skills are in a flux currently, so I'm not sure what I can do. Some stuff I think "no way" and I just draw them perfectly. Some I think "that's easy" and I cannot produce anything that looks good in multiple tries.

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, is more of a hidden object puzzle

I tried various approaches for that one, but couldn't make it work without it being too easy. If you have some ideas... I'm all ears.

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Skeleton...the text the guy says

I will change that.

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Hm, looks like I forgot about that possibility. I will try to change it so that you can only do one of the solutions. I could even change it to be 2 separate puzzles, but now I'm reluctant to go into that direction as there are exactly 200 puzzle pieces.

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Will fix.

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I'm not sure what to do with that one. At first I wanted to do the plural variant, but then you need to have at least two bottles and placing one in the spot would still give you a possible solution (the current one). I even tried a singular without 's, but that sounds bad.

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I wonder if the secret-generating bit is too obvious to begin with. Perhaps you should click Boris to make that speech bubble show up.[/li][/list]

Not a bad idea.

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I think has a real issue in that there are too many possible idioms about days, I was trying "any day of the week" and so on. I think if you change "You =" to "Me = "

I thought it would be too easy if it said "Me"?

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I found it a bit odd when revealing the secret was a complete requirement of the puzzle, like in
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I wanted to use those to misguide the players, have them thinking "oh, this one is just for the secret puzzle piece".

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I wanted it as well, but on the other hand, I wanted to allow the players to solve the puzzles in any order they want. Hm, maybe I could split that one puzzle I mentioned above into two puzzles, and move this one to the end of the game, so it unlocks when you have all 200 puzzle pieces?!

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I enjoyed it all anyway - well done, was very good fun :)

Thanks!

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Bigosaur / Re: The Game is ON
« on: November 11, 2020, 10:08:19 PM »
I re-did the animation with a different character and he's back in the game. I'll probably make a new trailer with him as well, but it's enough to explain the story.

The game is complete now and ready for testing. There are 200 puzzle pieces in total over 61 levels. The level selections are the following areas from South-East Europe:

  • The Bosnian Pyramid
  • Dracula's Castle (Bran Castle in Romania)
  • Đavolja Varoš (natural monument in Serbia)
  • Radan Mountain (anti-gravity hill which is a natural optical illusion)

Each area has 4 hidden puzzles.
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I have update the build on Steam. If there are no bugs or things that need fixing, this will be the final version.

Hopefully I can iron out any bugs in a week or so, and then go back to developing the big Son of a Witch update.

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Bigosaur / Re: The Game is ON
« on: November 03, 2020, 07:20:21 PM »
Mm, I agree that the new movie does mess the semi-reference up. That said, I think it's maybe sort of good for the game to have a core viewable character as a mascot/puzzle intro, so I'd maybe replace him with something rather than just cut out from having any central puzzle-introducing character at all?

The problem is that I would have to redo the whole animation. We shall see.

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Bigosaur / Re: The Game is ON
« on: November 02, 2020, 06:56:39 PM »
I look forward to playtesting! I do wonder if Boris looks a little too much like Borat?

Perhaps you are right. I have thought that people have mostly forgotten about Borat and similarity wasn't that important, but it looks like he released another movie now, so I don't want to risk anything here. I'm removing the Boris character and all the references from the game.

BTW, I'm nearing the final beta test version. 52 out of 60 puzzles are ready and I already have the graphics ready for puzzles 53-56, just need to cut out the pieces and program the game logic. My plan was to have to complete game ready before December 1st, but it might be sooner.

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Bigosaur / Re: The Game is ON
« on: October 24, 2020, 03:14:01 PM »
I'm making some progress with game art this week:

https://imgur.com/gallery/Y94fRVO

Plan is the have the playable beta with all levels in by December 1st.

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This is very interesting. I will download and try it out the next weekend.

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