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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

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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

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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

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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

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

 

 

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Dev Blog 243: Fabulous Fan Art from Fantastic Folks!

10/05/2016

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Welcome back followers of the fearsome!

it’s been a crazy couple of days here at the Slick offices. Releasing the game and trying to keep up with emails and responses all while keeping cool mentally! This week on the dev-blog I wanted to cover something that is super important to me personally, and that’s fan art. I honestly don’t know if fan art moves any units, or can be quantified by advertising or anything but there is something pretty amazing about having your peers take time to create something for you.

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I’ve done my share of fan art but there’s so many great games and artists out there that I always feel like I’m missing some and I need to get creating more. Talented artists drive you to work harder and get better and I feel like receiving or creating fan art is a gear check that we all need once in a while. I always picked the smaller games because I know that they’d be appreciating it more, I guess I just wanted my art to do more work for the creators instead of the fans.

So for today while we fry our brains on forum posts and endure the waves of emails I wanted to share some really amazing pieces we’ve received from close friends who have been absolutely amazing to work alongside in this awesome industry.


 

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Trudi Castle is out of control as an artist. She brings this caffeine fueled energy to everything she does and nails accessibility and charm in the coolest of ways. She’s done amazing stuff with Red Hook and A Thinking Ape and continues to expand her super cool properties every day. She has a massive amount of fans who are constantly clamoring at her portals for more content and it’s well deserved attention. Here she did up our very own Hammer Gal! She really got her expression across in such an efficient way. Thanks so much Trudi!


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Please do yourself a favor and click on the image above to take in the grandeur of what local artist Lindsay Jorgensen brought to us this morning. Lindsay is the visual force behind the very awesome Fantastic Contraption of Northway Games. Lindsay seems to pull his ideas from an untouched area that feels whimsical, and familiar while original as all hell. Aside from being a very skilled 2D artist he also brings a technical mind to his work with Shaders, and 3d models, which makes absolutely no sense to me. I always thought you had to pick one direction until I met Lindsay and realized that a one man visual army is an actual thing. Lindsay does up this tour de force in this awesome picture of our whole team of vikings on the boat! Love the hams, love the energy, love the colors and love that Loki moon! Thanks so much Lindsay!


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Chris Bourassa of Darkest Dungeon is honestly my favorite artist in the business of game development. Where as I try to brute force my way through everything, he brings this efficiency and street smarts to the game of art and really shows that I have a long way to go. I was lucky enough to have him as an Art Director for a brief project and he made me realize what an Art Director is capable of when he unified an entire flaccid team of designers in under 3 days. Now he’s this amazing resource and friend I get to work alongside in this journey of game development. Chris hammers out our Hammer Girl in just the right amount of lines and composition. We love this piece! Thanks so much Chris!


And remember that we are doing the Dev-Stream week! Every day from 4pm-6pm PST! It’s a perfect way to break up the nerves when we hang out with you guys and get some drawing done! See you there!

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And that’s it for this Wednesday! Thanks for taking a quick art break for some shout outs with us! So until next time, be sure to show your fellow creators you care in any way you can! It means mountains!

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

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December 07 2016

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. […]