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Dev Blog 251: World Events and a Merry Christmas from Slick!

12/21/2016

Welcome back followers of the fearsome!

This week we wanted to wish everyone some happy holidays! The year is almost over and it’s been a really crazy ride. Conventions, shows and updates all around as well as some super fun live streams.

So just like our last holiday, be sure to fire up Viking Squad with your pals over the Christmas break and check out a couple of the additions we added to keep your brawling experience festive!  Be sure to check out the town for classic decorations and see if anyone might need your help over the holidays.


We are also starting to add our super cool world events! Now whenever you visit the world map, after stopping by town for some upgrades, you’ll be shown some random events that you can re-visit in completed levels. These range from a new store, to an even more craftier treasure goblin. We have been having a lot of fun adding these elements to our game so be sure to check it out!


And as always, we hope you have been checking out our recently moved dev-stream! We’ve been front paged for the last little while so have had a great time meeting new people! Be sure to drop by Tuesdays 4pm-6pm PST for some more good times.


And that’s it for this week’s Dev-Blog! There’s a few new things happening over the holidays that we’ll be sure to keep you guys posted on. But until then, hope you guys all have a great time with friends and family this holiday season!

From everyone here at Slick!

 -Slick Entertainment

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SlickEntertainmentInc

Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/slickentertainmentinc

Merch: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/slickentertainment

 

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Dev Blog 250: Black Marketing!

12/07/2016

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Welcome back followers of the fearsome!

This week we’ll be checking out some of the super cool new additions for the world map! The world map is going to be getting some neat events that happen on levels the player has already completed. These events will range from new treasure opportunities to dangerous new bosses. Today we’ll briefly talk about the black market Snowclaw.

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If you’re familiar with Viking Squad you may have noticed the blue crystal hoarding trader that will sell you some cool equipment if you’ve gathered enough gold. Now he’s figured out what to do with all those crystals and is passing the upgrades onto you!

With this new update, there will be a chance that the Black Market trader will appear in previous areas and you can visit him and buy his tonics for a permanent upgrade to your character. There are also a few more world events but we’ll be showing those next week!


Our Dev Streams are now on Tuesday! It’s been great meeting tons of new people and fans of art and game development. Be sure to drop by and say hey to the whole crew.

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And that’s it for this week! Thanks a bunch for stopping by and checking out what we are working on. Until next time, keep visiting that black market!

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SlickEntertainmentInc

Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/slickentertainmentinc

Merch: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/slickentertainment

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Dev Blog 247: Streamer Squad Cards!

11/02/2016

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Welcome back followers of the fearsome!

Hope you’ve all had a spooky Halloween, full of ghosts and ghouls and a few runs of Viking Squad! This week we’ll be taking a look at a creative way we’ve been trying to get some more visibility on our game. It’s pretty tough as a smaller company to get eyes on your project alongside the torrent of games and news that is constantly getting reported on and covered.

We are a big fan of streamers and you tube content creators here at Slick so we thought it would be a fun idea to create some custom “Viking-ized” fan art of them. We’ve packaged them into fun and goofy “Trading Cards” that we release every Thursday!

Growing up in the 90’s, I have a fond memory of the old Marvel and DC trading cards. Comics were a really big influence on my art style and the cards had awesome stats, power levels, and information alongside really cool artwork! I never really liked the “Masterpiece” collections because I found them to be way over rendered and much preferred the quick and lean comic artwork on the regular releases.

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So we decided to use some of our strengths to do something fun for all those streamers that stopped by our booth and who have also just made some great content that we are fans of. Luckily I’m a pretty quick artist and can keep up the pace of 6 streamer cards a week. It’s been a lot of fun trying to tie in little details and other things into these quick drawings and we hope the streamers and their fans alike enjoy them! We tweet them out every Tuesday but you guys can check out the ones on this Tumblr that we’ll be updating every week as well.


And be sure to stop by this Viking Vednesday at 4pm-6pm PST! We’ll be doing some more fun Art for Viking Squad and catching up with our crew. Hope to see you guys there!

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And another week fires by here at Slick! Thanks a bunch for stopping by and checking out what we are working on. The Halloween update was super fun to work on and gave players some new gear to play with and we are hoping the future holidays have even more interesting things for everyone that’s picked up Viking Squad. So until next time, keep those trading card collections coming out at regular intervals!

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SlickEntertainmentInc

Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/slickentertainmentinc

Merch: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/slickentertainment

 

 

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Dev Blog 246: Happy Halloween!

10/26/2016

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Welcome back followers of the fearsome!

It’s that spooky time again, where those bomb-bats screech in the night, and those draugr brawlers smash through the streets! We like all the holidays here at Slick and we wanted our Vikings to be able to celebrate as well as us. We are adding some very cool and festive elements to our home base as well as some super cool new helmets that make you feel perfectly into the spirit of the season!

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So if you have a copy of Viking Squad on Steam be sure to check out your home town during the holiday seasons! We’ll be working hard to get some new content out to all our awesome players. So hope you guys get bunch of candy and have a spooky time with movies!

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And be sure to drop by today at 4pm – 6pm PST for some more Dev-Streams! we’ll be having a super cool time working on some more stuff for everyone’s favorite lane-based brawler!

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And that’s it for this week! We’re working on some creative ideas to get our game in front of more eyeballs. So until next time, keep those seasonal settings spooky!

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SlickEntertainmentInc

Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/slickentertainmentinc

Merch: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/slickentertainment

 

 

 

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Dev Blog 244: Launch Week and Dev Days!

10/12/2016

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Welcome back followers of the fearsome!

This week Nick’s hit up the very cool Steam Dev Days with a whole bunch of great people! Steam Dev Days is a really cool event that Valve throws for game developers annually. They hold talks and it’s a great time to reconnect to your fellow developers and see what’s happening with the platform and new technology! Have a great time Nick and say hey to all of our developer pals while you are down in Seattle!

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Phew! Launch week just flew by with our daily streams and firefighting! Nick and Caley have been on the Steam Forums and answering emails from everyone who has had a little trouble with the game and we’ve been trying to respond to reviewers and content creators as efficiently as we can!

Last week’s extra Dev-Streams were a fun way to connect even more with our Twitch community and explore some of the older ideas we had for Viking Squad that never made it into the game. We’ve been getting asked a lot of questions about what we’d like to add to the game and the answe is a whole bunch of stuff! The tricky part about adding things like DLC and more characters is that a game needs to be successful enough that it makes sense to do all that. Hopefully with a few creative marketing plays from us we can make Viking Squad played and enjoyed by more people because we are super proud of our game!

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And remember to stop in today’s Dev-Stream at 4pm-6pm PST for some searing art tips from your neighborhood Drawbarian! It’s always a great time when our Oarboys show up to the stream and help spread the word of Viking Squad!

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And that’s it for this week! We’ll hopefully be updating you guys next week with more info on our launch! until next time, keep those Steam Dev-Days full of great info and fun!

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SlickEntertainmentInc

Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/slickentertainmentinc

Merch: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/slickentertainment

 

 

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