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Prismata Impressions

7d ago ... [b]From -Alpha[/b] If you value strategic games with no room for luck, RNG, player advantage, or power creep, Prismata is a fantastically built turn based game that will respect your appreciation of the genre. Created by Lunarch Studios, Prismata manages to merge elements of turn based card games like Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone, real time strategy games like Starcraft, and tabletop...

Win a Prismata Beta Key

7d ago ... Be one of the first to play and even possibly help to make Prismata the game it will be at release. [b]How to enter:[/b] 1. Comment on any and all of the stories we have running today from our IndieMonth account on Lunarch Studios! 2. Your comment should discuss the article you’re posting on. In addition to an entry towards winning a Prismata Beta Key, each comment is also an entry in t...

At a Glance: Golden Gear Games

8d ago ... [b]Golden Gear[/b] is a three-person independent studio out of Canada. Founded in 2010, the studio has worked on both their own projects as well as outside projects. One of their most notable recent works is working with Pop Sandbox to develop Pipe Trouble, the first video game ever featured at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. http://goldengeargames.ca/ [b]Fate Tectonics[/b] is a world...

An Interview with Andrew, Alex, and Rosemary

8d ago ... [i]Kyle Gaddo fields questions about Fate Tectonics and Gold Gear Games from Andrew Traviss (Co-Founder), Alex Bethke (Co-Founder/COO), and Rosemary Brennan (Lead Artist and Professional Pixel Wrangler).[/i] [b]Kyle:[/b] Hello, and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions for us! First off, what were the major inspirations for Fate Tectonics? This is, of course, not limited to...

DevBlog: Design Insights of Fate Tectonics

8d ago ... [b]From Andrew Traviss, Co-Founder, Golden Gear[/b] Sometimes when you're working on a game for a very long time, a particular design problem keeps coming back no matter what you throw at it. I believe the one we've been facing is a fairly common one; Fate Tectonics is open-ended and lets players do their own thing for the most part, so it's not often clear to many what is expected from them...

Preview: Fate Tectonics: A Prelude To Ruin

8d ago ... [b]From Kyle Gaddo[/b] Fate Tectonics from Golden Gear is a lovable spin on the classic “god game” genre that sees you building a world, but also integrating something akin to a dating simulator where you simultaneously court several beings of immense power (the Fates) in order to placate them while you micromanage a working world. A mouthful, eh? That is, however, the shortest explanation o...

Enter to Win a WASD Custom Keyboard

8d ago ... Today we have one custom keyboard to give away to one lucky winner! See below on how to enter! [b]How to enter:[/b] 1. Comment on any and all of the stories we have running today from our IndieMonth account on Golden Gear! 2. Your comment should discuss the article you’re posting on. In addition to an entry towards winning a WASD Custom Keyboard, each comment is also an entry in the fo...

At a Glance: Behold Studios

9d ago ... [b]Behold Studios[/b] is a small indie game development studio, from Brasilia, capital of Brazil. The studio was founded in 2009 by Saulo Camarotti, and has been nominated and awarded several times since its beginning. http://beholdstudios.com.br/ [b]Chroma Squad[/b] is a tactical RPG about five stunt actors who decide to quit their jobs and start their own Power Rangers-inspired TV show....

An Interview with Saulo Camarotti

9d ago ... [i]Kyle Gaddo talks with Saulo Camarotti, Producer and Founder of Behold Studios, on inspirations and goals with Chroma Squad, Kickstarter, and a bit about their past and future.[/i] [b]Kyle:[/b] Hello, Saulo! Thank you for being here with us to answer some questions about Chroma Squad, Behold Studios, and more! Let's start nice and simple—what were some of the inspirations behind Chroma Sq...

Review: Chroma Squad: Chromatize Me, Captain!

9d ago ... [b]From Kyle Gaddo[/b] Behold Studios are best known for their pixel art, tongue-in-cheek RPG Knights of Pen & Paper, the meta-RPG that has you overseeing an actual pen-and-paper RPG as your intrepid nerds delve deep into their fantasies to overcome imaginary creations. Dozens of nominations and 1.5 million downloads later, Behold were happy to bring its successor to the front. The Brazilian...

Win a Chroma Squad Steam Key

9d ago ... We have 7 Chroma Squad Steam Keys. Want one in order to fulfill your fantasy of running your own Power Rangers-inspired TV show? See how below. [b]How to enter:[/b] 1. Comment on any and all of the stories we have running today from our IndieMonth account on Behold Studios! 2. Your comment should discuss the article you’re posting on. In addition to an entry towards winning a Chroma S...

At a Glance: Artplant

10d ago ... [b]Artplant[/b] is an independent game studio out of Norway. Previously focusing on MMO games, including Battlestar Galactica Online and G.I.JOE Special Ops, the company has released their first FPS game, Block N Load. http://artplant.no/ [b]Block N Load[/b] is a 5v5 online FPS. The catch? You have to protect what you build. Build up fortifications using blocks, work together to preve...

An Interview with Trond Johansen

10d ago ... [b]Alpha:[/b] I'm joined today by Trond, who is a producer from Artplant! Tell us a little bit about your team, Trond! [b]Trond:[/b] Sure. We have a team spread across Norway, Russia and England, that’s been working together for some years now. We’re a quite diverse bunch, with a common goal of creating online games we would like to play ourselves. Of course, for Block N Load, it’s also been...

Block N Load Impressions

10d ago ... [b]From -Alpha[/b] Block N Load is a game by Artplant, that successfully merges elements from Minecraft and MOBAs like League of Legends to create a really unique yet familiar First Person game. You can expect to shoot, brawl, and dig your way to success as you work with a team, select a unique character, and battle and build to victory. How does a round of Block N Load start? Well, yo...

Win a Block N Load Steam Key

10d ago ... Today we have 10 Steam Keys to give away of Artplant's game, Block N Load. Want one? See how to win one below. [b]How to enter:[/b] 1. Comment on any and all of the stories we have running today from our IndieMonth account on Artplant! 2. Your comment should discuss the article you’re posting on. In addition to an entry towards winning a Block N Load Steam Keys, each comment is also a...

Thank You, Satoru Iwata

10d ago ... The news has struck from this month that Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata passed away. The sudden and heavy feeling of loss has not only been seen from Nintendo, but the entire video game industry. Death is a hard subject to talk about. It's hard enough when the person who passed away is someone who played a significant role in your life. For many gamers, Satoru Iwata was present for many of their gam...

Halo 3 ODST: A Retrospective

10d ago ... “The year is 2552. Humanity is at war with an alien race known as the Covenant. We are losing.” // It’s raining. The Rookie sticks to the shadows, his movements deliberate, measured carefully against the delicate downpour of a windless rain. Around him, the veins of a sleepless city continue to glow, the luminous tendrils weaving between decadent plazas and beyond towering high-rises. Yet...

At a Glance: Studio MDHR

11d ago ... [b]StudioMDHR[/b] is an independent development studio founded by brothers Chad & Jared Moldenhauer. While working on their first title ever, Cuphead, the studio has won notice and even awards for an experience that looks unique and hearkens back to the days of early 90s run and gun games. http://studiomdhr.com/ [b]Cuphead[/b] is a game about taking classic run and gun action and pitting...

An Interview with Chad Moldenhauer

11d ago ... [b]Valenka:[/b] Tell me about Studio MDHR; I know Cuphead is your introductory game, but are you and your brother Jared the only two people involved? [b]Chad:[/b] We started out as just us brothers. After we established the initial (small) scope we expanded the team to about five. Now we have over 14 amazing and talented people working with us. Without them, we could have never made Cuphead...

Cuphead Preview

11d ago ... [b]From Valenka[/b] Cuphead, an upcoming indie, run-and-gun platformer, made headlines last year during E3 2014 when Microsoft showcased a montage of forthcoming indie titles, including brief scenes of the game from Canadian developer, Studio MDHR. Back then, there wasn’t much information surrounding Cuphead aside from its classic animation aesthetic, and that was more than enough to capture...