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Dev-Blog 240: Twitch Con and Something Awesome This Way Comes!

09/28/2016

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Welcome back followers of the fearsome!

This week we are getting everything ready for the very awesome Twitch Con! We’ll be repping Viking Squad at booth number 105 in the Indie District! If you are making it down to the convention this weekend be sure to drop by and meet up! Last year Kevin Regamey of Power Up Audio and I (Jesse) hit up Twitchcon for a few panels and really enjoyed our time there. It’s actually a very different crowd from the PAXes and PSX where we have shown our games before. The streaming culture is super cool and has really played an interesting part in our development so it’s really great that we can show off our game this time!

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Also we have a super cool announcement that’s happening REAL soon! So be sure to keep your eyes peeled and your ears to the ground because we’ll be hitting you guys with the news super soon!

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And a reminder that we’ll be Dev-Streaming today! It’s been a lot of fun keeping up with familiar faces and meeting new people as well so be sure to drop by and say hey to the crew at 4pm-6pm PST!

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And that’s it for this week! We are totally ready to rock out at Twitch Con so come see us on stream this afternoon if you can’t make it down to San Diego this weekend to see us! Until next time, keep an eye out for our announcement!

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

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Dev-Blog 238: Working on that Background Game!

09/14/2016

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Welcome back followers of the fearsome!

Hope your week has been good! We’re here at Slick working towards wrapping up Viking Squad! It’s feeling really tight and we are really excited to get it out to you guys!

Large art changes to the game definitely aren’t happening as we submit it and get it all ready to go. So I’ve been tackling some of the store art and other things that could use a bit of a visual upgrade. This is great for me because it helps me get better at a weaker element of my art skills and that’s backgrounds! Here’s just a small amount of what I’ve been getting up too.

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I’ve started to get the hang of clouds which has always been tricky. Clouds are wispy and still have a lot of volume and I typically rely on my lines to visually describe all my stuff. This always made clouds that “fit” into my art a bit of a challenge, but as with most challenges, if you hammer your head at it for long enough you eventually have a breakthrough! Or at least beat yourself into a delusion of marginal success.

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Above there’s a quick step by step of how I approach the clouds now. I think the most important thing is to start with a direction and use that to build your clouds. eventually, after a few passes of shading and some line color shifts you have yourself a cartoon cloud to match your bright, 1990’s style characters!


And remember to stop by our Dev-Stream today at 4pm-6pm PST! We’ll be having a great time as usual with all our regulars and new viewers! Be sure to tell your pals to stop by if they are after some Drawbarian art slams!

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And that’s it for this week! The game is so close you guys! Hope your week is a good one and remember to always be perfecting your skills!

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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 236: Gone Paxin’ and some Artwork!

08/31/2016


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Welcome back followers of the fearsome!

This week we have a quick dev-Blog with some of the artwork we’ve been working on for marketing images. I always make the joke that “By the time this game is out I’ll finally be good at drawing all the guys!” and It’s pretty much there! I got to have a lot of fun drawing our characters in super cool poses and embellishing details while we get the game ready to ship!

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We can also use these images in a multitude of other things like posters, banners, and anything really as long as we keep them all separate and can align them in a pleasing image! We are also pretty lucky that we draw all our images so large so we can shrink them down to fit pretty much any format without too much quality loss.


 

Also, this week we are hitting PAX West! We’ll be at the very awesome Indie MEGABOOTH! We always have an awesome time showing off the game and meeting new faces! We got our build ready to rock so if you are down in the Seattle area and are hitting up the Penny Arcade Expo be sure to drop by and hang out with the whole crew!

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So that does mean that we won’t be able to do up our Viking Vednesday dev-stream but be sure to come by next week when we’ll have news and fun things to share about PAX!

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And that’s it for this week! Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out our stuff! Online is feeling super tight and the game keeps getting more and more close to those docks! Until next time, keep on going to PAX and play great games by great Devs!

 

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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 235: Bow flairs and Twitch Con Giveaway!

08/24/2016

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Welcome back followers of the fearsome!

This week we’ll be going over some quick art updates that we’ve managed to get into the game in the last stretch that really added a lot of value to our favorite bow blasting battler!

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There’s quite a bit of weaponry that you can unlock in Viking Squad and everyone gets their own variation on a weapons theme. The Bow guy has always been a little lack luster in the weapons department because the only thing that got updated was his dagger which isn’t really his primary “Hero” weapon. That always bugged us a little and as the game gets ready to ship there isn’t a lot of areas where we can cram in more art which is simultaneously frustrating and relieving in equal parts.

Luckily we found a pretty easy solution to the problem! Adding some upgrades to the tips of the bow that matches the equipped weapon really brings out a lot of visual interest. It also didn’t take too long to have every weapon in the game have it’s very own flair. A very cool and easy way to give Bow- Viking players a bit of a surprise whenever they unlock new gear!


We also want to announce that we’ll be showing the Squad at this year’s super awesome Twitch Con in San Diego!  We are super stoked to be showing our game at a very cool convention. Last year Kevin Regamey of Power up Audio and I (Jesse) went to Twitch Con to connect with people and get into the Twitch scene. It was a great experience and now we’ll be all going down to represent Viking Squad on the convention floor!

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Also we’ll be giving away some tickets while we ramp up to go so be sure to follow us on facebook and check out our twitter for a chance to win ’em!


And speaking of that super cool streaming service; we’ll be jumping on the Dev-Stream today at 4pm-6pm PST! Be sure to drop by for a whole pile of fun and art slams with the Drawbarian!

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So that’s it for this week! Thanks a pile for checking out what’s been going on here at Slick! Nick and Caley are hunting down bugs and passing our game through those rigorous Technical Requirements Checklists to make sure Squad can hit the masses! Hope you liked this weeks gander at the game and until next time, keep those bows looking super cool!

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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 232: Getting into Merch!

08/10/2016

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Welcome back followers of the fearsome!

This week we’ll be checking out some cool merchandise we’ve been starting to design! We decided to use Spreadshirt as our avenue for T-shirts because they handle pretty much everything as far as printing and shipping. We were influenced by the super cool Fantastic Contraption T-shirts and they’ve been super helpful in giving us some advice on the whole thing so thanks Northway Games!

Designing t-shirts has always been pretty tricky, I’ve never really been happy enough with a design I’ve made to put it on a shirt. Luckily with the help of our dev-streams and some discussion we’ve come up with a few super neat designs!

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Above you can see the store layout and a couple examples of what designs we made! We didn’t want to make them all just branded with Viking Squad, we were more interested in having a fun design that you could represent however you like! So we came up with a coat of arms, our sturdy walrus, a delicious healing ham and our stream’s very own Canada Crab!

Creating Marketing images has always been a bit of a struggle for me. Sometimes the images you work on the longest turn out the worst while a few simple lines really resonates with people. It really just comes down to practice, keep on creating and eventually something will land and feel right.

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So if you’d like to rep Viking Squad with a Slick T-shirt hit up our store on Spreadshirt right here! The store is pretty easy to change so we’ll be updating it as we go!


And don’t forget that we’ll be Dev-Streaming today at 4pm-6pm PST! We’ve been getting closer and closer to shipping every day and  have had a lot of great times hanging out with our crew and meeting new people!

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So another week sails by here at Slick! There’s been bug fixing and testing happening like crazy as well as getting together trailers and a whole pile of stuff! Thanks for stopping by the Dev-Blog and until next time, keep those T-shirts readable at a distance!

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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

 

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Welcome back followers of the fearsome! This week we are getting everything ready for the very awesome Twitch Con! We’ll be repping Viking Squad at booth number 105 in the Indie District! If you are making it down to the convention this weekend be sure to drop by and meet up! Last year Kevin Regamey of […]