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Defender's Quest 2 March Update

MARCH 27 2014 - 9:51 AM

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Alrighty! Time for an update on where we are in Defender's Quest 2.Those of you who follow me on twitter know I've been active, but I sometimes forget that our followers are spread out over multiple channels - ...

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Flash is dead, long live OpenFL!

MARCH 18 2014 - 5:19 AM

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I've been a stalwart Flash developer for 15 years, so nothing bothers me more than greatly exaggerated reports of Flash's premature demise. Even today, Flash remains a very viable platform with a large install base and a relatively healthy commercial ecosystem. Many ...

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Playing Defender's Quest with the Steam Controller

JANUARY 19 2014 - 5:32 AM

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So I got back from Steam Dev Days. You might have heard that everyone who attended got a Steam Controller prototype from Valve, as well as one of the many Steam Machine models (courtesy of Intel).Bottom line -- it's pretty good! Read on for more details. This is the prototype we pl ...

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WhoLetsPlay - 2014 plans

JANUARY 2 2014 - 7:45 AM

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Hey everybody!So, now that it's officially 2014, I thought I'd lay out some plans for how to get this little movement off the ground before all of our momentum peters out.So, here's today's agenda1. Communication structure2. Removing me as a bottleneck3. Legal stuff4. Web stuff5. Raising a small amount of money ...

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WhoLetsPlay: Getting Started

DECEMBER 24 2013 - 9:02 AM

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Some quick context: read this Gamasutra post.I just sent this newsletter out for www.wholetsplay.com:Hey everybody! Thanks for signing up f ...

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The Stegosaurus Tail: when "The Long Tail" grows spikes.

DECEMBER 16 2013 - 11:41 PM

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You may have heard of "The Long Tail." For games, it means your sales start off strong and quickly taper off.  This force drives the retail marketing cycle -- launch a game to extreme hype, sell it like crazy, then immediately abandon it and move on to the next thing.The Long Tail ...

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On Procedural Death Labyrinths

DECEMBER 4 2013 - 2:07 AM

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A few weeks ago Tanya X. Short said, "Never Say Roguelike."I usually shy away from vocabulary fights and let smarter people than me hash it out, so I was pleasantly surpri ...

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Defender's Quest II's "UnKickstarter" approach to crowdfunding

OCTOBER 30 2013 - 3:48 AM

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Kickstarter is the go-to solution for crowdfunding these days, but I'm a control freak so I designed a custom solution for our upcoming game, Defender's Quest II: Mists of Ruin. ...

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Story-telling as Problem Solving: Defender's Quest (GDC 2013 Narrative Summit)

APRIL 3 2013 - 1:13 AM

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We (Writer James Cavin and Programmer/Generalist Lars Doucet) initially gave this talk at GDC 2013 in the Game Narrative summit. I'm posting the slides and script here as a blog post, but if you prefer a video, you can watch a recording of this talk here. ...

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Story-telling as Problem Solving: Defender's Quest (GDC 2013 Narrative Summit)

APRIL 2 2013 - 8:43 PM

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We (Writer James Cavin and Programmer/Generalist Lars Doucet) initially gave this talk at GDC 2013 in the Game Narrative summit. I'm posting the slides and script here as a blog post, but if you prefer a video, you can watch a recording of this talk here. ...

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Youtube and the new AudioVisual Literacy

MARCH 8 2013 - 2:10 AM

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I've been thinking about writing, journalism, and Youtube a lot lately, and I just realized something: we're moving to a new form of "writing" based on recorded oral culture.Traditionally, "oral tradition" had no recording method other than people's memory (which can be surprisingly ...

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Steam Linux Sale : Results

MARCH 1 2013 - 1:59 AM

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Shortly after we published our giant sales report, Defender's Quest: By the Number, part 2, the Steam Linux client officially went public and was accompanied by a site-wide sale.The Linux sale featured every single Linux-compatible gam ...

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Indie Solidarity - Telepath Tactics

DECEMBER 22 2012 - 3:09 AM

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Today a bit of a personal post.We have been pretty successful with Defender's Quest as of late, being fortunate enough to get on Steam, GOG, and reap the benefits of that attention. We're still not filthy rich, but we're now generating enough sales that if this keeps up I can switch from doing game design as a risky part-time hobby to a ful ...

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Tourette Quest - Media, Magic, and Nostrils!

DECEMBER 15 2012 - 4:39 AM

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The reaction to my super-dinky "Tourette's Quest" prototype has completely floored me.  For those of you just joining us, a few weeks ago I wrote a ...

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Free 2 Play and the Four Currencies

NOVEMBER 15 2012 - 11:12 PM

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One of my most popular articles was "Piracy and the Four Currencies", which explains the economics of piracy in terms of four "psychological currencies": money-dollars ($M), time-dollars ($T), pain-in-the-butt dollars ($P) and integrity- ...

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Tourette's Quest

NOVEMBER 10 2012 - 3:26 AM

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Ever since we launched Defender's Quest on Steam, GOG, and other ...

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Steam Launch Date: October 30th

OCTOBER 17 2012 - 4:16 AM

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Quick blog post because I haven't done one in a while.Defender's Quest STEAM launch date:October 30th, 2012That's pretty soon. We will also be launching on Desura, Impulse, GamersGate, and GOG.  We will launch at $9.99 USD and equivalent conversions in local currencies. This will be a ...

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Defender's Quest GOLD launches on Kongregate

SEPTEMBER 29 2012 - 4:53 AM

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The Kongregate version of Defender's Quest GOLD edition is now live. ...

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Defender's Quest GOLD launch

AUGUST 31 2012 - 1:24 AM

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Hey everyone! Time for an official blog post announcing the launch of Defender's Quest version 1.0, or "gold" edition. I've finished the deployment, and the new version of the game is live. If you've already bought it, just run the old version of the game to auto-update.  When we said free updates, we meant it!First, he ...

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Defender's Quest gold launches today

AUGUST 29 2012 - 10:59 PM

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Hey everyone, a quick heads up - barring unforeseen insanity, Defender's Quest GOLD will launch today!I wanted to make sure the new version of the game would be public before Anthony and I head to PAX tomorrow.  James will be manning the customer service account while we're gone.Mac and Linux users, be sure to read ...

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Defender's Quest coming to Steam!

AUGUST 15 2012 - 3:59 AM

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Before I give you guys the big announcement I've been promising, first thing's first - yes, we've heard all about Steam Greenlight, in fact you've all been emailing us pretty much non-stop about it :)Now for the announcement.Turns out, we won't be submitting Defender's ...

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Freeloadable content - an alternative to paid DLC

JULY 17 2012 - 9:40 PM

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Cross-posted on gamasutra.comA ...

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The Holy Grail of Digital Distribution

JUNE 7 2012 - 11:00 PM

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Cross-posted on Gamasutra. Twitter handle: @larsiusprimeThe challenge of being an independent developer is that so much of your game's success is out of your control. There's no ...

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Indie RPG's on sale TODAY

MAY 25 2012 - 1:04 AM

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So, the Because we May sale just launched today, and about 180 or so games are participating.I'd like to direct your attention to a select few of those that might pique your interest.Indie RPG's!Of course, you should defin ...

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Quick News

MAY 24 2012 - 4:21 AM

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Hey everybody! We've got a lot of awesome Defender's Quest news for you guys today!First and foremost, we're making good progress on gold version.Second, I'm pleased to announce that Defender's Quest will be featured in the upcoming Because We May sale, which starts tomorrow&nbs ...

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Defender's Quest: By the Numbers

APRIL 11 2012 - 10:19 PM

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So, in case you haven't heard yet, Gamasutra posted our first ~70 days of sales stats as a featured article today: ...

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Pay What You Want and the Four Currencies

MARCH 23 2012 - 2:44 AM

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Cross-posted on gamasutra ...

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Details on upcoming GOLD version

MARCH 6 2012 - 4:56 AM

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EDIT:For everyone who's been asking, YES! If you have bought any version of the game so far, you will most definitely receive the GOLD edition as a FREE udpate. With Level Up Labs "Free Updates" does indeed mean free updates :) Hey Defender's Quest fans!M ...

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Piracy and the four currencies, part 2

FEBRUARY 29 2012 - 2:17 AM

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Cross-posted on gamasutra.My previous article, piracy and the four currencies ...

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Piracy and the four currencies

FEBRUARY 23 2012 - 1:22 AM

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Cross-posted on gamasutra.Part 1 of a multi-part series. (Part 2) ...

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Version 0.8.9 is ready!

FEBRUARY 21 2012 - 8:24 AM

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Hey everyone! We've got a new patch out today and some news!First off, we're trying to commit to a patch schedule of one new patch every Monday.  This will usually be a bug-fix patch, but eventually as we finish new content and features we'll be releasing those, too. The only exception is a few features we'll be holding back on ...

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