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Dev Blog 205: Snowclaw’s Slug Fest!

01/27/2016

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Welcome back followers of the fearsome!

This week we’ll be taking a quick look at those scrappy Snowclaws and their smashing set ups! Once our Vikings get past the dig sites and dark caves of our first zone, they come upon the heart of the Snowclaw’s pub-based town. We wanted to have the first area start with the docks and then lead into a big brawling event! This was a fun direction to take the interior of the Snowclaws tavern-town, we got to paint up some super fun posters and cram the den with goofy training gear and other gym props.

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Above we can see the entrance to the Den with some advertising in the form of a big ol’ fight poster. This really helped the area feel like it had more of a pourpose and made for a great setting during the mini boss fight! It’s also always a fun time drawing those goofy polar bear men in serious fighting poses.

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The Scrapper’s were mentioned before but they’ve really tightened up in the game with faster attacks and a more aggressive play style, you’ll really need to be on your toes when you go toe-to-toe with these well-trained terrors!

Using props like posters, banners, and ticket desks really helps the area make sense and we’re getting a lot better at making areas feel special and different. Hopefully you’ll be able to jump into the ring with these guys soon and show them what you’ve got!

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And remember that today at 4pm PST is our Dev-Stream! Stop on by and hang around with the crew here at Slick and our friends as we slam some art out for Viking Squad!

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So that’s it for this week! Caley’s been tightening up the Mini-Boss behaviors and economy and Nick’s been deep into networking code. So until next time, be sure not to miss that Snowclaw Slugfest!

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Dev-Blog 203: Bringing up the Backgrounds!

01/13/2016

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Welcome back followers of the fearsome!

This week we’ll be checking out some of the ways we make our backgrounds in Viking Squad! Backgrounds have always been pretty challenging for me and they’ve gone through a few iterations during the development. It’s like simultaneously trying to make things efficiently and creatively all while mucking around in your weakest area.

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Above is a simple background we are using for the first area of the game. initially I was trying to cram as much character into the background as everything else in the game and it was visually fighting with everything on screen and just making a big mess. Our backgrounds are built out of a large matte painting with some elements that are linked to the camera at varying speeds so they have a bit of movement as you run across our game space.

Our camera also has some play when you go up and down the lanes so to keep the water layer matching there’s a safety “strip” of color at the bottom so we have greater control over our horizon. There is still elements we can add to the chunks themselves to bring out the character of our environments in interesting ways and now that the levels are super solid and fun it will be a breeze to add in those elements in an art pass!

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And speaking of art! We’ll be hopping on the Dev-Stream today at 4pm PST! come on by for some Viking Squad artwork and hang out with the whole crew here at Slick!

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And that’s it for another week here at Slick! Nick is working super hard on getting our multiplayer working and Caley is making mini-bosses and tuning up our bad guys to make them fun and challenging!  So until next time, keep those backgrounds looking beautiful!

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Twitter: Nick: @nickwaanders Jesse: @jouste Caley: @caleycharchuk SlickEntertainment: @SlickEntInc

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Dev-Blog 202: Welcome back! Here’s a Map!

01/06/2016

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Welcome back followers of the fearsome!

We took a bit of time off for the holidays and are ready to get right back to work on Viking Squad!  Bringing all you guys a scrappy experience loaded with treasures and gear!

We’ve been tightening up all aspects of Viking Squad and are looking forward to getting the game all together. Backgrounds are going to get some love, challenges are going to be tuned and the whole experience is going to keep on getting better!

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We’ve tackled the world map again! This was always a challenge for us but it feels like this latest iteration is really coming together. There’s going to be small animations that help bring life to the screen and try and get the area’s landmarks across in this big image.

Although my backgrounds have never been my strongest point, I’m super excited to be tackling them and bringing our players to places they are excited about!

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We’ve also been doing up some super fun stuff during our streams! It’s been a lot of fun interacting with our great community on Twitch and are looking forward to the future of dev-streaming! Drawing with our followers has given me confidence to try new things and bring Viking Squad’s art to an even higher level so thanks everybody!

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Speaking of the Dev-Stream, don’t forget that it’ll be happening again today at 4pm PST! be sure to stop by to interact with our team and check out how art get’s made in the crazy world of Viking Squad!

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And that’s it for this week! Welcome back and thanks for dropping by and checking out our progress! Until next time, keep your development process ever-evolving!

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Twitter: Nick: @nickwaanders Jesse: @jouste Caley: @caleycharchuk SlickEntertainment: @SlickEntInc

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Dev-Blog 201: The grave side of Mini-Boss Bros!

12/16/2015

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Welcome back followers of the fearsome!

This week we’ll be taking a quick look at some of the cool mini-boss stuff we’ve done over the last few streams! Caley has been adding some really cool and aggressive mini-boss behaviors that are sure to keep our players on their toes. Typically these guys come in groups of 2, this means that it’s super handy if we can make them a little visually varied so that players can focus their attacks on specific enemies and not get too confused.

The Lungers that we talked about a couple weeks ago now have a very cool swat attack, a hop back and a quicker lane wide lunge! These changes make for some really fun interactions. Hopefully you guys will think so too!

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Above is a couple of our upgraded lobber enemies! These guys deal a bunch of damage and are already super crafty. They lob explosive Draugr heads and try and stay out of your Vikings range as they hop around the level and bombard you. In the bottom left you can see one of our rough sketches we did on stream with everyone. We ended up liking the heavier armor but wanted to keep the yellow wraps and the multiple heads at this scale just ended up looking a little confusing. The back basket worked out great and really beefed up these guys so that our players will know that these bros mean business!

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It’s also a lot of fun to design different weapons that are the same type. Above you can see a couple variations for our heavier Draugr warrior. There’s the classic spiked mace we’re all familiar with and the Draugr head one that is a pretty classic move by those self-harming zombies. It’s been a lot of fun designing armor plating and weapon types on stream with everyone. People seem to really like how fast we can make their ideas drop right into the game and we look forward to interacting with our growing community every week!

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Speaking of streaming, we’ll be doing it again today at 4pm PST! So grab your hams and helmets and come hang out with the super cool crew here at Slick Entertainment!

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So that’s it for this week! Thanks a bunch for dropping in and checking up on us while we work hard to finish up Viking Squad! Hope your week is great so far and until next time, keep those mini-bosses challenging!

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Twitter: Nick: @nickwaanders Jesse: @jouste Caley: @caleycharchuk SlickEntertainment: @SlickEntInc

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Dev Blog 199: Playstation Experience and the Van-Corner!

12/02/2015

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Welcome back followers of the fearsome!

This week we’ve been tightening up our build for the very cool Playstation Experience that will be happening this weekend in San Fransisco!

The game is really shaping up and we’ve been playing through the build a whole bunch. Enemy behavior is tighter, super moves are in place, and the treasure progression is polished for the show! It’ll be the second year in a row that we’ve shown Viking Squad during the Playstation Experience and we are really excited to get the new build in people’s hands.

Another super cool thing that will be there is the very awesome VAN-CORNER! A whole corner of the Indie Area that has developers based out of Vancouver! We’ve got Ryan Clark with Crypt of the Necrodancer, Brian Provinciano of V-Blank Entertainment, Noel Berry with Skytorn, Tyler Sigman with Darkest Dungeon and us with Viking Squad! How cool is all that!? We’ll be easy to spot on the floor with all these awesome titles beside each other!

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Next week we’ll hopefully have a bunch of news and pics from our show so stay tuned! And if you can’t make it out to San Francisco, Sony will be Live-Streaming the event right here!

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Also the very awesome studio Klei Entertainment just launched their very cool Don’t Starve expansion “Shipwrecked” it’s going to be a very awesome time so be sure to check it out! It’s a single player experience that they’ve created with the help of another very cool Canadian Developer Capy!

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And as always we’ll be Dev-Streaming today at 4pm PST! Come drop by and check out some super fun game dev live with the whole team! OARBOYS!

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And that’s it for this week! We hope you enjoyed a quick look at what we are up to and are looking forward to next time! Until then, keep those Playstation Experiences memorable!

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Twitter: Nick: @nickwaanders Jesse: @jouste Caley: @caleycharchuk SlickEntertainment: @SlickEntInc

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