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Dev Blog 207: Draugr Tombs and another shout out!

02/10/2016

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Welcome back followers of the fearsome!

This week we have a quick look at some of the cool locales in our spooky zone 3! The Draugr infested graveyards and mausoleums!

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Above you can see which area we are talking about. Zone 3 has been a lot of fun creating and it has some of the most varied areas in the game so far! The beginning has some rolling hills with flowers and twisted trees and after the players tackle the first area they sneak into the mausoleums and battle some even stronger enemies. We grabbed a lot of inspiration from old graveyards for this area to really twist it up and make it spooky. After coming from the friendly and goofy Snowclaw tavern, this area really swings the other way but manages to stay wacky!

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After you manage to tackle the mausoleum and cathedral areas you’ll delve into the super nasty slime tunnels and undertombs! there you’ll run into all kinds of strange monsters and ultimately the boss of zone 3! We wanted to get a really crazy neon-pink for the slime to contrast the stone background. The idea is that the slime is super concentrated ectoplasm and it flows like a river underneath the whole zone. Below is a slimy creature that could attack our Vikings as they slosh their way through the tunnels!

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Also we’d like to give a quick shout out to those cool guys over at Campo Santo for their release of Firewatch! A very cool narrative experience you should definitely check out on Steam or your ps4! Big congrats guys! It really looks amazing!

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And remember that we’ll be dev-streaming today at 4pm PST! We’ve been lucky enough to be on the front page of creative the last little while and it’s gotten a bunch of new voices in the chat and checking out Viking Squad! So hop on into the stream and catch up with the crew here at Slick!

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So that’s it for this week! We are honing out our final zones for Viking Squad and we’ll be getting some super cool stuff in super soon! Thanks for stopping by and checking out what we are working on and until next time, keep watching those fires!

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

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Dev Blog 206: Steam Stuff and a Necrodancer Shout Out!

02/03/2016

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Welcome back followers of the fearsome!

Part of developing the game is setting up the store fronts where people can actually get your game when it comes out. It’s a great place to show what your game is about, and allows people to wishlist it or mark it as ‘Want it!’, and they get updates when the game actually comes out. We have had our Playstation store page up for a little bit, and it probably needs some updating before we actually go live with our game.

We’ve been wanting to set up the Steam page for a while, and we finally got around to it this week. It takes a fair amount of time to do these things, and while doing this, you don’t work on the game itself, but it’s equally important!

Anyway, without further ado, here it is (click the image) :

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take a quick click on the image above and check it out for yourself!

Caley Has been working super hard on Boss behaviors and Nick’s getting that Networked Multiplayer set up while I’ve been getting more content into the game. It’s super exciting to have your project up there in the Steam store, and on the community pages. We are looking forward to getting Viking Squad shipped and available for everyone soon!

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And we’d also like to give a shout out to those super cool guys at Brace Yourself Games for getting Crypt of the Necrodancer out on Playstation 4 and the Vita! huge congrats guys! It was awesome watching the project from the beginning and sharing your experiences!

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And as always we’ll be doing a Dev-Stream today at 4pm PST! Come on by and hang out with the whole team here at Slick while we get some Viking Squad stuff done up! We’ve been interacting with a whole bunch of new people and it’s been a great time.

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So that’s it for this week! Thanks for stopping by! And until next time, be sure to check out Crypt of the Necrodancer on your Sony devices!

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

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

Google+: Nick: +NickWaanders Jesse: +JesseTurner Caley: +CaleyCharchuk

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Dev-Blog 204: Big Shout out to Darkest Dungeon!

01/20/2016

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Welcome back followers of the fearsome!

This week we’d just really like to give a shout out and congratulations to all those awesome guys at Red Hook Studios for their release of Darkest Dungeon!

Those guys really put together something incredible. Just take a look at their steam page and all those great reviews! Teaming up with those amazing guys at Power Up Audio made for a really superb experience on all fronts so those guys deserve some major props as well.

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You can really feel the amount of passion on this project, and it’s been super cool watching this project grow and become the amazing game it is today. Awesome job to everyone involved!

So be sure to check out Darkest Dungeon! Although they seem to be really tearing it up all over the place so it shouldn’t be to hard to find! Way to go guys! And a huge congratulations from your pals here at Slick!

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And as always, we’ll be lighting up a dev-stream today at 4pm PST! So strap on your helmet and come aboard as we answer questions and build some more stuff for Viking Squad!

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So that’s it for this week! Nick’s been working hard on our multiplayer and Caley has been crafting some really cool stuff in the levels. Viking Squad is coming along and we are super excited for it! So until next time, keep on fighting back the Lovecraftian horrors of Darkest Dungeon!

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

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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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February 10 2016

Welcome back followers of the fearsome! This week we have a quick look at some of the cool locales in our spooky zone 3! The Draugr infested graveyards and mausoleums! Above you can see which area we are talking about. Zone 3 has been a lot of fun creating and it has some of the […]