Saturday, September 30, 2017

Whim Independent Studios - Development Log #41

Hey readers - back with the 41st development log! This entry will likely be a bit shorter than usual, but I also want to keep the monthly updates on our projects going. So let's get down to it.


Gameacon 2017

At the beginning of this month, we demonstrated Selatria and ANTics at Gameacon Las Vegas. Unfortunately, due to this being their first convention outside Atlantic City, it seemed to be a relatively lower turnout than we expected. That being said, we still had a few players come to try out our games and we got some valuable feedback on some of the upcoming content of Selatria.

Namely that our boss was way too hard! We are going to adjust the battle itself for when the game comes out proper, but if you want some extra challenge, the original designed fight we had for demonstration will be implemented as an optional Selactic Battle.

Some pictures from the event!




Hope to see you at Gameacon in Las Vegas next year!

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Selatria

Work continues on Chapter 4 of the Selatria project. Due to the amount of branching and mechanic heavy dungeons, development of this project is taking a lot longer than I had anticipated. We have completed the rough mapping of the Chapter 4-2 dungeon and its mechanics, a lot of it now lies on battle balancing and implementation/polish of cutscenes. Some new pictures below!


Gnats, desert beetles, and scorpions. Oh, my!



The Endless Desert is an expansive, yet dusty dungeon with two mechanics. The accumulating heat gauge which you take damage over time if you let it fill up (like in the bottom shot). Due to the size, if you get lost, look for the sand sailers path (shown on the top) to try and find your way out. In order to reset the heat gauge, you'll need to find shade (to have it gradually decrease), or water (to reset it completely). Stay hydrated!


Art development by Deborah Groves and Jenny Gilliland

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Whim Indie @ Anime Game Night at Reboot Game Lounge!


One last thing before ending the development log for this month. Jonathan Dishaw from our team will be demonstrating some new Selatria content at the Reboot Game Lounge's Anime Night on Oct 7. If you're in the Las Vegas area, be sure to stop by!



That's about it for this development log. We'll have some new information about our other games in development in the next log for October. Please look forward to it!


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Whim Independent Studios - Development Log #40



The 40th developer log! To maintain the promise of a new development log every month, I wanted to make sure that I finished this entry by August 31st.




We'll be at Gameacon Las Vegas from September 9-10 at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada! We'll be showing off Selatria and ANTics there. Come check out our booth for special prizes, stickers, and t-shirts! We'll also be selling itch.io codes for Selatria for $5.

Come and say hi!





  The new logo for our game!
 
 
In my last development log  we unveiled our upcoming PC/Android game "The Dastardly Dairy Debacle". This post, I'd like to show some new promotional art.








We are still aiming for a Fall release for this game, so please stay tuned to future developer logs when we'll show more screenshots and release information.

Dastardly Dairy Debable art developed by Jessica Jacuinde



Work is developing steadily on our flagship project as well!


First, some new art!



The Grandma who lost all of her cats! Any lost cats you've saved in the game you can turn int to her for rare prizes and rewards. Also, rescued cats will be able to be played with in the Cat Garden in the backyard!



Did you see him in Part 1? :)


Since the last developer's log, we've funneled all of our studio into prioritizing work on Selatria and Dastardly Dairy Debacle and ensuring we get these two games complete before we go off on developing other ideas.

With this change in structure, Matt Estrada rejoined the team and he's currently heading the development of the final dungeons of the game. If you've played Selatria Chapter 1 and 2, he's been behind the development of the Slime Boss, the Mirage Fairies, the Engineer fight, and the Wit puzzles in the Pirate Cove. If you like difficult content, you'll be very pleased with the way Selatria is going to end.  We also brought on a new intern by the name of Donald Alfieri who is assisting with development as well. Some screenshots of what's to come in the final chapter.




Sliding puzzles are here. And they get pretty intense later on.




The Ice Passage will have both indoor and outdoor elements.


As for myself, I've been doing a bit of everything. Mostly dialogue/cutscene implementation and checking over the voices and art to make sure everything sounds good for the second part of the game. Unfortunately, a lot of my work as of late can't really be shown in pictures just yet. As a bit of insight, I port the script into the game first, then separate it into scenes, and then fill it in with character movements and voices. Almost done with the Chapter 4 part of it, and by the next developer log, you will see some more screenshots of cutscenes that have been completed by then.

Anyway, you'll be able to check out some of the Chapter 4 content I've implemented at our booth at Gameacon so please check us out then!

Oh yes, almost forgot! WASD implementation is coming! So you'll be able to play the game with WASD, arrow keys, or the numpad if you please. A big thanks to Jonathan Dishaw who was able to mess with a lot of underlying code to get it up and running. Players at our Gameacon booth will be able to play some of the new content with this implemented.

Art development by Deborah Groves and Jenny Gilliland



That's all I have for now. See you in the next development log or at Gameacon!



Friday, July 7, 2017

Whim Independent Studios - Development Log #39




Hey everyone! Back with the 39th development log!

First and foremost - our new 2017 team picture!



E3 2017 picture
L to R:
Matthew Estrada (Director/Game Designer)
Christopher Huber (Game Programmer)

Jasmine Baro (Game Tester/QA)
Ryan Homme (Writer)
Toria Bell (Voice of Melanie/Fairies/Writer)

Myself (Producer/Director/Game Designer)
Deborah Groves (Co-Lead Artist/Social Media)
Matthew Hawkins (Game Programmer)

Jenny Gilliland (Co-Lead Artist)
Shadoe (Sound Engineer)
Jonathan Dishaw (Programmer/Battle System Designer)
Leigh-anna Griswould (Game Programmer)
Jessica Jacuinde (Artist/Video Editor)
Paul Vela (Administrative Director)
Kevin Flores (Game Tester/QA)
Geno Quesada (Artist)


Since the last development log, we have since come back from two conventions: LVLUpExpo and E3! I'll be lying if I said I still wasn't pretty exhausted from all of it. LVLUpExpo was pretty fun and interesting, we had quite a turnout at our booth. 




Shadoe, the sound engineer on our team, is also very talented at cosplaying, and came dressed up as Shopkeeper and Mage for our booth!

Jen also worked on brand new art to be displayed for the very first time at LVLUpExpo, showing some of the new characters from the second half for the very first time!











LVL Up Expo was our first time demonstrating our games to a large convention-sized audience. It went mostly well, and we are excited to announce where we're heading next!


Next Whim Indie stop: Gameacon!





Our next showcase will be at Gameacon 2017 at Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas at the beginning of September! If you liked the special challenges and prizes we had at LvLUpExpo, we’ll have more challenging obstacles and fun things to show at Gameacon!

If you can complete the challenges, you'll be able to get special stickers of Selatria characters like what you see below!





New game announcement: The Dastardly Dairy Debacle!



First and foremost, we kicked off our with our own E3 announcement, our third game "The Dastardly Dairy Debacle", coming later this year for Android and PC. It's meant to be a small mini side story game that will keep you entertained.

For the project, we have Jessica Jacuinde with the art development, she previously worked with us on the trailers for Selatria: Advent of the Dakk'rian Empire and ANTics, Christopher Nuño, who worked on the soundtrack for all of our other games. Programming it is Matthew Hawkins who developed some of upcoming Chapter 4 of Selatria. Here's a preview of what to expect!












More information for this game is to come, and we’re aiming for a release later this year.


More information can be seen on our website!

Note that some content shown is not final and subject to change.


Selatria Development

Patch 1.22 will be coming later this month! It will feature unique sprites for knocked out characters (both in-cutscenes and battle), difficulty adjustments to certain boss encounters, and unique cat sprites! We also plan on making some adjustments to Chapter 2-3A Mirage Forest with visual cues to assist those who are hearing impaired.

If you have already collected the cats before this update, fear not! We will be implementing a special area in a future update where you can see all of the collected cats frolicking around.

We are also working very hard on cutscenes for Chapter 4-2, some of the sandstormy screenshots you'll see below is a part of a dungeon called the Endless Desert. The later screenshots show a preview an example of the new cat designs and the new fallen KO sprites for each character. Chapter 4-2 will be implemented with the release of the second half, and as mentioned previously the cats and fallen sprites will be updated with the release of Patch 1.22.











 
New voiceover casts!

We have started the casting for the character of Roussell. I know we previously had auditions for this role, but major errors on our part for getting the tone of voice, the accent, and character background prevented us from getting the auditions we were looking for. For that reason, we’ve since reopened it for people to give the role a try, and auditions are open until July 14th (a week from today!)

Auditions are available on our website.



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That's about it for this development log. Until next time!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Whim Independent Studios - Development Log #38

Hey everyone! Happy May! Time for the newest development log!

It has been quite a while since I was able to post a development log for our studio. I kind of wanted to time this post with a reboot overall with my blog. A big shoutout to Deborah Groves who was commissioned to come up with a new tile like background for the blog. I'm going to try and give a public update every month or so going forward. Just as a heads up that we're still working on things and very much alive and existent! Anyway, back on topic, we are back with some really awesome progress since the last post.

Take a look!

GDC 2017

This past March, I flew up to San Francisco and met with Chris Nuño and Jabari Smith who drove from Los Angeles for 2017's Game Developers' Conference. I learned a lot, and found a great list of books to get for the studio development.

L to R  
Christopher Nuno (Composer for our games)
Myself
Jabari Smith (Voice of Mage in Selatria and Casting Director)

There were a lot of really interesting books that I saw in the bookstore at the convention. Just to show a few. I plan on purchasing all of them eventually, but I got a few of them that immediately help the teams make some progress. There are a lot of pictures below but you can click them to see the original sizes if you please.
















Selatria



First and foremost, were able to get a publisher for Selatria: Advent of the Dakk'rian Empire with Aldorlea Games. Under Aldorlea's label, we are able to bring the first three chapters of Selatria to the Steam audience as well as their own website/portal for independently-produced RPGs. After a hilarious (for me at least) three month delay, we were also able to launch Selatria on GameJolt as well. That is four awesome distribution channels to enjoy the game!

While it's not set in stone, we are currently eyeing new distribution channels as well as Twitch streamers, YouTube Let's Players, as well as reviewers. If you're interested in a code, please send me a facebook or twitter message with your site/channel and maybe we can work something out.

Patch 1.21


As of this time, Patch 1.21 is now online (on itch.io, GameJolt, Aldorlea's portal and Steam once it passes publisher verification). It includes several fixes to game content, and we will be adding a visual to check your location on the world.

The new Overworld Map indicator implemented in Patch 1.21

We hope this will make navigating to the Southern Isle for Chapter 3 via ship a lot easier than it has been. We are also making changes to how navigating back from the Overworld from the Southern Isles are navigated.

You can read the patch notes in further details with the patch notes on our website.

New character announcements!




Saewo

Saewo is a new party member that will be joining the cast in Chapter 4 of Selatria. He is a former fighter of the resistance and old friend of Waltear. When the Dakk'rian Empire slaughtered Narrosh, the guardian of Oreya, the soul of Narrosh inhabited a new host in Saewo. The resulting uncontrollable rage of Narrosh's spirit inhabiting Saewo causes him to lose control of his mind and spirit and therefore has taken up recluse in Mount Oreya.


Saewo is portrayed by voiceover actor Ryan Raydarke.




Narrosh

Narrosh is the Fire Dragon that resides within Saewo as well as the guardian of Oreya and the surrounding volcano. After being killed in the battle of Oreya by invading Dakk'rian Forces, the soul of Narrosh inhabited Saewo. When Saewo loses control to Narrosh, he takes over and can use devastating attacks on the enemy at the expense of large amounts of AP.

Narrosh is portrayed by voiceover actor Jalen K. Cassell.

Character Art provided by Deborah Groves and Jennifer Gilliland.

Audition decisions:

We have selected/narrowed down our choices from the last audition session. Please visit our auditions section on our website if you made the cut! We will be sending information about callbacks and confirmed roles and paperwork via email later on Sunday May 7th.


LVL Up Expo 2017

 

We will be attending LVL Up Expo at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 13-15! We will be at Booth 181 demonstrating Selatria and ANTics! We will be showing a world first exclusive look at Chapter 4 of Selatria which will be releasing in the future. It's pretty challenging, and we will be giving out special treats and prizes to those who can complete the dungeon.

We will also be selling digital codes and bundles, and Shadoe our sound engineer will be cosplaying as some of the characters at the show giving out cards to check out our booth!

Here's a preview! Shout-out to Deborah Groves for the look of the cards we will be giving out and the design for the digital codes.





Preview shot of the Digital Code cards and postcards we'll be handing out at LVLUpExpo!
Photos courtesy of Paul Vela 
Art by Deborah Groves
We will also be having a world-first demo of Chapter 4 available! Players will be able to explore some of the puzzles in Mount Oreya and attempt to reach Saewo! We will send this Chapter 4 demo as a free download for anyone who has purchased the game on itch.io, GameJolt, or Aldorlea at a future date.

Chapter 4 will include more complex and dynamic dungeons that require more of thinking on your feet. Using some feedback from the forums, we will implement a mechanic that makes it easier after repeated failures for those having extreme difficulty completing it. For advanced players who are able to complete the dungeons at their intended difficulty, they will release bonus treasure at the end of the dungeon.

As for some screenshots! Do note that some content you see here is not final and we might change it before retail release.






 


Get Selatria and ANTics bundled until May 31!

Also to celebrate our attendance at this year's LVLUpExpo, we are digitally selling Selatria and ANTics as a bundle for this month for $5.29! You can purchase it here if you please.

Making of series!

Earlier this year (or maybe it was last year) we recorded a series of interviews with Jabari on how we do business at the studio. I'm very camera shy and awkward, so I feel like I came out as such, but we plan on doing more on the future. We released Episode 1 a few months ago which you can see below.


And as of today, here is Episode 2! Enjoy!





Whim Indie comes to E3 2017!

 

Our studio will be attending our fourth consecutive E3 next month! We are aiming to announce our newest game to coincide with the E3 conference (though not at the conference itself). It's a secret for now, so you'll just have to wait until then!

 

Open Positions/Internships



Last but not least, I'm looking for game designers (specifically battle system programmers) to assist with development of Selatria. We are also looking for artists and a sound effects designer for a soon-to-be announced game that we can't talk about just yet. If this might fit you, feel free to apply at the link below. Do note we commission by the asset.