03/31/15

[Blog] Future Plans

We started Skullforge: The Hunt late 2013 and at that time our main goal was just to see if we could even get the game rolling. I was new to Unity and had gotten back into programming after many years. We’ve been working on Skullforge for a little over a year and though we still have a lot of work to do, we’ve made some great progress.

Moving into the future, our goal is to ramp things up to prepare for upcoming trade shows. We hope to have the game at the show in some capacity and so our current focus is to make that happen. On a more technical note, we are working on getting more of the main systems in place now that we’ve finalized a lot of the basic design. The testing and prototyping took a little more time that I expected, but it should turn out for the better at the end of the day.

Finally, we will be working on getting the model for Desi finished. She’s gone through some iteration and probably will go through another one before all is said and done. Below is a new design for her that I think looks great. Once we have her basic look done we’ll start to work on the model. Hopefully we’ll be able to unveil the new model at E3.

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There are more things going on and I hope to share more details in the nearish future. With that said, let me leave you with a GIF of the new water we’ve added to the game. It’s an unfinished zone, but I really liked how it turned out, so I’m sharing it with you now. Take care.

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03/17/15

[Blog] Talent Trees and Builds

One thing I’ve been working on recently has been talent tree and abilities/spells for each spec. Deciding what skills should be available to the player and how they work is both fun and frustrating. My experience playing other games sometimes clouds my judgement and that makes it hard to be creative sometimes. It’s a natural thing, I suppose, but knowing when a spell or ability won’t work in the context of Skullforge is something I’ve had to struggle with a little bit.

In Skullforge: The Hunt, the player will be able to choose between three trees:

  • Elementalist: Specializes in hard hitting magic spells.
  • Astral Knight: A master of both light and dark magic.
  • Spellbinder: Conjuror of spirit beasts and debuffs.

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03/10/15

[Blog] New Screenshot (March 10, 2015)

There have been a lot of changes happening in the last few months and I hope that it all works out for the best in the end. So even though I haven’t posted much on the blog in the past couple of months, things are still rolling along. I’ve made a few milestones and that’s made me a bit happy. Still more to do, but it’s the small victories that really drive us, right?

So today I provide you with a new screenshot of Skullforge: The Hunt. This is of Kellum’s Inn, but a different part of it. This inn is relatively large all things considered. We put a lot of effort into the details, even though most players wouldn’t even notice half of them. It’s okay as it’s all about the “feel”. Still, I think the overall look is nice and that look should be shown throughout the game.

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12/24/14

[Blog] New Screenshot (Dec. 24, 2014)

The year is almost over and what a year it’s been. This week’s screen is showing off the new UI…or at least one aspect of it. I’ve always felt that the old UI wasn’t very interesting and had been trying to find a way to replace it with something cool. Looks like we were able to finally get it done. Here’s the first look at the changes. I made a point in snapping a picture out in the world of the game instead of in a building. We hope that you can appreciate the changes we’ve made. There’s still more work to be done, though it’s nice to celebrate these little victories.

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11/22/14

[Blog] New Screenshot (Nov. 22, 2014)

This week’s shot is just a little shot which shows off the early stage of the Mercenaries Guild. The structure has been completed and now we just need to populate the place with furniture and such. This place is pretty huge, so it may take a while to get it up to snuff. I’ll post another screenshot of the area once it’s all done.

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11/2/14

[Blog] New Screenshot (Nov. 3, 2014)

There are many places to visit in Skullforge: The Hunt. One of them is the Mercenaries Guild. At the Mercenaries Guild, you can get information on bounties that are commissioned by the local watch or foreign governments. As you travel around the island, you’ll stumble upon these unsavory men, women, or beasts and bring them to justice…dead or alive. It’s a great way to earn some cash and notoriety.

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10/19/14

[Blog] New Screenshot (Oct. 19, 2014)

I’m going to try to post a new screen every week or something close to that. More areas are being fleshed out so I feel more confident showing off the game and some of the new areas you can mess around in. This week we’re showing off Blackquill’s tavern. This place is a moderate level tavern that doesn’t get very rowdy.

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10/13/14

[Blog] New Screenshots (Oct. 14, 2014)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some new screenshots for the game on the site. Generally, I feel like most screens aren’t ready for general consumption, but these days things are going better than I’ve hoped so I have a couple new screens to show off. They’re of Kellum’s Inn in the main city of Hamlin. It’s one of the first places you’ll probably visit when you first arrive in Hamlin. Of course, you’ll have other options if you choose to wander around the city when you first arrive. I think the place is shaping up quite nicely. Hope you enjoy the screens.

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09/23/14

[Blog] Updated TIGSource Post and Other Comments

I updated my TIGSource development blog. You can check it out at the link below:

http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=40360.msg1063758#msg1063758

I try to keep this site for relatively important information which needs to be conveyed in a more public way, or if I want to provide information that should be a bit more public. The TIGSource blog I use primarily to throw down some thoughts about game development and where we’re going as far as designing is concerned. There are far more of those kinds of things going on since the game is still early in development, so that site gets updated more often.

Don’t worry, the game is still on track and is looking to be released next year. Remember you can donate to the development of the game from the link at the top of the page. And please vote for us on Steam Greenlight.

Thanks to everyone who has supported us and sent words of encouragement. You guys are awesome.

06/30/14

[Blog] Image of Desi

One of the things I wish we had when the Kickstarter went live was a good image of Desi. It’s one thing to talk about a character, but seeing that character has a bit more of a impact. I decided to work with an artist named Joe Rintoul who I felt like had a good style for the vision I had in my head. In the end, he was really able to do a good job with the character. Now I’m revealing it to the world and we’ll have more information in the future. We’ll be working on the in game 3D model in the coming weeks and when that’s done we’ll reveal that as well. Hope you guys think she looks as cool as we do.

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