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    I too would like to showcase my game: Trip the Ark Fantastic - an immersive story-driven scientific adventure set in the Animal Kingdom on the verge of industrial and social revolution. Here is the Trailer on Youtube! “Under our homes and under our hearths, civilization itself stands on a story. Words tied us all together, and they could unravel the world. Find it, Charles; uphold the Myth!” Trip the Ark Fantastic features A deep and immersive secondary world set in an Animal Kingdom on the verge of industrial and social revolution, content-rich and filled with intrigue, side-quests and flavor at every step Completely original gameplay mechanics based on the scientific method: research, discuss, experiment, and finally publish arguments in the Animal Kingdom's papers An exploration of how myths, science, and philosophy can influence society, and how monarchies, democracies, and anarchies view power, authority, and legitimacy of rule Gorgeous art including frame-by-frame animation and vibrant landscapes inspired by the golden age of animation, as well as music inspired by the works of R. Wagner A gesamtkunstwerk approach in which the art, music and gameplay all tie closely to the story of scientific discovery and the role of myths in different types of societies The entire development completely done in open-source technologies, including Godot Engine, Krita, Ink and MuseScore, among others Story Trip the Ark Fantastic is a story-driven roleplaying adventure set in the Animal Kingdom on the verge of both industrial and social revolution. The story follows Charles, a hedgehog scholar on a mission by the lion king to save the monarchy, but his decisions could end up helping reformists or even to bring about anarchy. The story revolves around an ancient myth that forms the basis of the Animal Kingdom’s caste system - the myth of the Ark Fantastic. As the myth goes, the ark was built by lions millennia ago to save all animals from a great flood. The king’s gambit is that, amidst whispers of reform and revolution, a reputable scholar such as Charles proving the existence of the mythical ark might sway animals toward a royalist stance, and thus uphold the monarchy. Charles is accompanied by the king’s trusted advisor Philippe the Fox and the captain of the royal guard - Andre the Boar. Their task will lead them to the fringes of the Kingdom and beyond, in search of elusive truth. Gameplay The player progresses through the game by solving the Kingdom’s various problems and mysteries, but his method of solving them is a scientific one - he publishes compelling arguments in the Animal Kingdom’s scientific papers to prove his theories and disprove those of others. Only arguments with sound logic and solid evidence will have the power to sway public opinion and change the course of history. The evidence itself can be found by talking to the local denizens (after learning their language, such as squirrelese), by using scientific equipment (a microscope, or a chemist kit), or, as a true scholar, by “standing on the shoulders of giants” and using evidence from the works of other scholars found in libraries across the Kingdom. The player’s main challenge will be finding all the relevant evidence and then choosing the right conclusions, which are then published and reviewed by his peers, potentially resulting in a boost to his scholarly reputation. Additionally, since Charles’ scientific conclusions can have large-scale consequences on the Animal Kingdom and the monarchy in particular, there is a looming moral dilemma over whether the player should publish a certain argument or not. Themes and inspirations We draw inspiration for the game from modern fables of classic literature, such as Animal Farm or Watership Down, as well as deep story-driven games from the roleplaying and adventure game genres, and games with unique and experimental gameplay mechanics. Our goal is to use the game to explore various types of society (monarchy, democracy, anarchy) and to tackle questions such as how rule is legitimized, what role myths play in the shaping of society, and so on. The animation is drawn frame-by-frame to be reminiscent of early animated classics, and the music takes cues from 19th century romanticism with the use of leitmotifs inspired by Wagner and gesamtkunstwerk opera. The game is developed using open-source software, such as the painting tool Krita and the Godot game engine. Gamechuck studio is also a sponsor to both Krita and Godot Engine and, in the case of Godot Engine, actively contributes to its development. Hopefully you like it and if you have questions, ask them here or on any of our channels. And be sure to check out our website!
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  4. It's what I expected when Valve acquired the studio, but this is definitely a case where I'd rather have been wrong than right.
  5. love a soft-reboot wait a minute... is Half Life: Alyx a soft reboot? Retreading familiar ground, revisiting familiar characters in similar predicaments, telling a story that whilst at once an untold prequel, also mirroring past and future events setting up whats to come like poetry, they rhyme. By jove! i think i'm on to something What if... i'm the Gman from the future? I have so much to learn, so many reboots, rebirths, re-imaginings, re-tellings, reliving, past and present becoming one, becoming whole, becoming i must start building my cocoon at once.
  6. I'm getting flashbacks to the Half-Life 3 thread: I think HL-related discussion does something funny to you, Mington. Maybe it soft-reboots you?
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  8. But seriously video games no seriously video games my take away from that thread is that it suckkks working in video games fucking wild that there’s a new half life game, like, what if it’s “really good” like wins game of the year 2020 “really good” because all the critic that vote on this shit gets a chance to experience it whilst 0.01% of joe public can’t. And obviously as a game critic you take that into account... but what if it’s actually acccctually that good. Like I know less than 0.01% of “gamers” hasn’t played this shit dog, but yo dog, GOTY! What do?
  9. This is a very good thread worth reading if you want to be even more mad about the news. I knew they'd never be able to continue Important If True while working at Valve and was afraid that In the Valley of the Gods would be the last game they ever made, which just goes to show how little imagination I have for how things could go wrong. There is zero chance I will ever be able to play a VR Half-Life game, nor do I know anyone who ever would, so this is such a bummer.
  10. NIXED! when your animator got his first recognition doing half life first person hand animations. Gets job at Valve with a contract saying you can work on any project, whilst a new VR half life game is in development. What do? seriously though, I wonder how development was shaping up on Valley. Was there going to be an AI controlled partner running around with you the whole time? Perhaps that was a bit janky, as AI companions often are, but in a grounded narrative focused game, potential immersion braking. And required an absolute ton of bespoke animations, that didn’t warrant the work/time /effort for a 4-5 hour game (I bet this was shaping up shorter than firewatch). Could be a case biting off more than you can chew
  11. We already briefly discussed good trailers for (not universally thought of as) bad movies in the Ep 8 thread, where I mentioned Watchmen and Sin City. I often wish there were some way studios could monetise making amazing trailers for non-existent adaptations of comic books etc, because the trailers are often better and really all you need - you get to see what all your favourite bits of the property would look like in live-action and what the general vibe might be, but you don't have to watch two hours of bad decisions. On a tangent, as someone who hasn't played any of the games, I liked the Silent Hill movie! It really felt like being trapped in someone's disturbed mind (I'm sure the games did a lot of the prep work there). The only stuff I didn't like was the pointless Sean Bean subplot, which it turns out was forced into the movie by studio execs who didn't want a film with no male roles in it.
  12. [Dev Log] Dot Gobbler in Sock Justice

    I love it, but it's pretty tricky! The sweat beads coming off DG are a nice touch!
  13. My appologies to Mington in that other thread. I thought he was being overly doomy and gloomy, but he was right! Man, this Valve open structure thing. I'm sure it's great for people who work there, but it doesn't seem especially great for maintaining focus or actually finishing projects.
  14. [Dev Log] Dot Gobbler in Sock Justice

    Congratulations, very cool. I love the look.
  15. [Dev Log] Dot Gobbler in Sock Justice

    Okay, I don't know who's still paying attention to this, but I finished the game! Almost 6 months after starting it. Have a look at this: PICO-8 BBS / itch.io So, this obviously got away from me a bit. If I'm honest, I'm not really sure why it took so long; I think it's mostly because some other stuff came up, and after a certain point I figured it had already taken so long that there was no point in just rushing it out without getting all of the features in and fixing the bugs that had plagued me for most of the game's development! I didn't quite get all of the features in, because I wanted Dot Gobbler to have a jumping dash attack (and there's an animation frame in there for it, which isn't being used, and seems pretty wasteful given how precious spritesheet space is in PICO-8 [you get 128x128 pixels for all sprites and background tiles, and half of that is shared with the map]), but in the end I just ran out of space. That happened as I was implementing the enemy fireballs, so I had to start refactoring the code in order to allow them to collide with the scenery and the player. It's tough to fit a game into 15K! So yeah, give it a try and let me know what you think!
  16. Free Music Resource - Over 1800 Tracks

    I hope everyone had a good holiday! Here are this week’s brand new music tracks…free to use as always with attribution: On my Fantasy 9 page: “FARAWAY WINTER WONDERLAND” – (Looping) “FANTASY STREET PERFORMERS” – (Looping) https://soundimage.org/fantasy-9/ And on my Sci-Fi 8 page: “CYBERPUNK GAME MENU” – (Looping) https://soundimage.org/sci-fi-8/ Enjoy…and keep being creative!
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  18. "Firewatch team’s next game ‘on hold’ as it works on other Valve projects" - article at Polygon including statement from Jake: https://www.polygon.com/2019/12/3/20994257/valve-in-the-valley-of-gods-campo-santo-half-life-alyx
  19. Frontier failed to balance an online economy?! I am shocked! Shocked I say!
  20. Cover Your Eyes is an traumatic 2D top down survival horror experience, focusing upon family, and the sacrifices we make to keep them safe. You will have to fight, think and escape out of escalating circumstances as the town of Verwood undergoes an unprecedented metamorphosis. Steam Twitter Trailer Take on the role of Chloe, married mother of two working nine to five to support her family. One night, she finds out her husband has been having an affair with another woman. The shocking discovery is soon eclipsed by the town being struck by a supernatural catastrophe and her husband disappearing into the night. Looking for answers, Chloe takes her two children and heads out after him. The town has changed and monsters have come out to play. Inspired by survival horror past and present, balancing both resident evil style action and the psychodrama of Silent Hill. The player will have to loot for valuable ammo, shoot or run from hostile encounters and use problem solving techniques to overcome puzzles. All while keeping your two children and sanity in check. Features Reunite your family and escape the town of Verwood. Solve the mystery of who or what is behind the disaster. Face off against other worldly forces. Loot and manage supplies. Decide when to fight. Those shotgun cartridges might come in handy later. Think your way out of conundrums. Keep a look out for your house cat. 30 plus enemy types to encounter. 7 weapons to acquire. 15 important locations to visit. 40 plus optional buildings to loot. 3640 animation frames for Chloe. Screenshots
  21. Three Moves Ahead 483: Planet Zoo T.J. and Fraser are joined by Bruno Dias (@NotBrunoAgain) to talk about Planet Zoo, Frontier's spiritual successor to zoo tycoon. Animals are great, but is managing everything around keeping them happy? Why are there 30-50 feral hogs on my trade screen? Zoo-ne in to find out! Planet Zoo Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  22. Steam store downish?

    Huh, I got a blank page, but refreshing fixed it. Interesting.
  23. I was going to say the same thing. Darkness also comes much faster near the equator too. You also wouldn't get the long sunset/twilight that you do up north. That said, on the subject of design choices, it would have been handy if there were designer notes to give a more detailed explanation for design intent and choices/if they were available for the panel to read. There was an RPS interview with the designer on some of the design choices, which were interesting.
  24. Free Music Resource - Over 1800 Tracks

    Brand new music tracks are ready for your projects. All free to use with attribution: On my Fantasy 9 page: “OF LEGENDS AND FABLES” – In a faraway place. https://soundimage.org/fantasy-9/ On my Funny 7 page: “FUN WITH DOCTOR STRANGEVOLT” – (Looping) – Another day in his laboratory playing with gazillions of volts of electricity. Fun fun! https://soundimage.org/funny-7/ And on my Sci-Fi 8 page: “STRANGE THINGS 2” – (Looping) – More freaky goings-on in the night. https://soundimage.org/sci-fi-8/ Have a good weekend!
  25. Steam store downish?

    For some reason the Steam Store doesn't load for me in the Steam app nor Firefox, my main browser. If I go to chrome, it loads. Anyone else having trouble with it? Maybe this is my chance to ignore the sale... just started playing through my long backlog a bit. (PS. I tried deleting the cookies for steampowered.com in Firefox, didn't help) [edit] Anyway it seems I'm able to buy stuff through Chrome. PPS. Even in Big Picture mode it's not available in the app.
  26. Firewatch Spoiler Thread | Henry Two Hats

    can someone mod Firewatch so at the end of the game when you walk into Delilah's tower you find Norman Reedus just chillin with some Monster
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  28. Don't know the exact radio message, but the helicopter guy complaining about darkness at 6pm- vietnam is near the equator so they wont have long summer days like up north in Canada. Looking online, daylight is going to end between 530 and 620 depending on the time of year-
  29. Filmmaking

    Oh man, I shot this Kickstarter video on the weekend and although the acting is very basic (card game developers acting) the material turned out quite nice, because we had done some planning and got a good location that provided a nice natural lighting after some tweaking. Can't wait to share the results in January or so.
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