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    📰 The PixelCount Post - Issue #19

     






    ISSUE #19                         THE VALE, QUILL                         9 FEB 2018                         ONE BRASS






    The Fantasy Role Play
     



     
    Well, one fantasy down. A preview in PC Gamer, a magazine I read from Issue #1 in the Nineties, was such a thrill (even though I haven't bought my copy yet at the time of typing). Now we can concentrate on the big fantasy...a mention in Edge magazine.

    There's a long way to go til that I expect, and the 40/40 in Famitsu (another fantasy). Eurogamer Essential, a million Steam sales, and a BAFTA are all also on the bucket list. I really really don't expect any of those, but it is nice to let the mind wander into the realms of unbelievable craziness if only to keep motivation going.

    Other stuff I have been doing this week includes placing down hundreds, if not thousands, of bits of grass. I get annoyed by plain green bits so did a full pass of every region. Flowers is next...this might take some time. After that it is just detail, bug fixes, collisions, and layering work. I say just.

    I might just fantasise about Neal making a tool that does it all for me. (That one is actually a feasible fantasy...)



    Cursing about Curses
     



     
    This week we had the anticipated payoff of our work from a few weeks back: an article in PC Gamer! It was great to finally see it and get a copy from the stores. As an avid past reader of the magazine ('til my bedroom shelves were a bit too full of gaming magazines), it's a great pleasure to see our humble game in there. It's a nice motivator given how it came out of the blue and shows that we're perhaps slowly building awareness for the game.

    The next step on our journey to further interest is getting the Steam store page ready which was some of the focus of this week. Matt may well have more to say on this so I'll not say too much on it, but suffice to say that things are never as easy as they probably should be...

    After last week's slump it seems that I've not necessarily fully recovered, but the Steam store gave some good focused targets to quickly work on. I also looked into some editor features that will make level editing easier in addition to continuing to pave the way for some larger updates for sequence editing and layers which didn't quite fit in the time.

    When working on a large project like this, it can be difficult to make headway because deadlines feel artificial. The truth is they probably always are, but if you dig in enough and commit to them then that's when they start to stick and that's when the drive is there to get them done or make sufficient headway so that it can be moved to a more realistic time to finish off what remains.

    I think I've also found there's a tendency in making deadlines/predictions for them to become a curse in a way. By putting such a fixed point in time, it often assumes the perfect run up of time to that point - that every waking hour is focused solely to that end and that nothing will come up that distracts or causes a problem delaying that end date. Rarely, if ever, is that true though! Perhaps my perception is a problem, in that it defaults the assumption that a deadline cannot be achieved and in some ways sabotages the chances of it happening.

    Whatever the case, we are definitely getting to a point when we need to put some strong deadlines in place. And then I guess we will see if the curse is real or not!



    This Little Ditty Went to Market
     



     
    Near the town of Candlewych, there are fields where the towns people hold markets and festivals. When such a festival is going on, there's lots of people there and things to do. But when there's nothing going on there, the player can still visit these fields. This week it was my job to figure out what those empty fields should sound like. Not in terms of ambient sounds of birds, the wind, etc., but rather in terms of the music. What should the general atmosphere be?

    I decided to go for a very bare-bones setup, using just an acoustic guitar, ukulele, harp, and Spanish guitar. The tricky part was not making it sound overly sad. Just because there's nobody around doesn't mean the player should be unhappy about it. Rather, I tried to make it relaxing. Like solitary reflection one might do when you find yourself in the middle of nowhere with nothing else to do. I reckon the result might work especially well when it starts raining, either inside the game's world or outside your window.

    The fields won't stay empty forever though. Soon the market stalls will be set up again and pig races will be organised. The time for self-reflection will be over and the time to peruse the wares being sold at the market begins.



    Play Date
     



     
    As my trusty colleagues have mentioned, we managed to get into PC Gamer this month! This is one (of many) things that we'd been preparing assets and text for in recent weeks. It's a bit wild to see Kynseed in print, let alone in a games industry titan like PC Gamer. This issue is being run in the UK but from what I understand they do a reprint one month later in the US (and possibly other places). There's also a digital copy which you can find here or, alternatively, you can ship yourself a physical copy here. (That link works for international orders as well.)

    That was just one such thing that we've been recently cryptic about. There is, however, another thing that I've been toiling away on that I've referenced a few times in recent weeks. I've been waiting for some final bits of info to come through before revealing too much, hence why this week's issue of The PixelCount Post was a bit delayed, as I was extremely keen on sharing this info this week. Now that these final puzzle pieces have fallen into place, I am happy to say:

    Our Steam 'Coming Soon' page will be going live next week!

    This is essentially our store page, with the only difference being that you can't yet obtain the game (yet). I don't have an exact day next week that the store page will go live, but I'll be sharing that information in the very next issue of this fine periodical. Also, the day we make our Coming Soon store page public, I'll also be sharing another tidbit of information:

    We'll soon confirm our projected release month!

    Huzzah! We're still hammering out the specific launch date itself, but we're finally approaching the part of the game's development where we can tell you what month to expect the game (barring any last minute wrenches). Suffice it to say, it's been a very busy past few weeks for me between PC Gamer and all the Steam store preparation. It's incredibly exciting to be reaching these milestones in the project and I can't wait to talk to you all again next week with more information on when you can come visit us on Steam!



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    Congratulations!!!

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    congradulations you guys~~!!
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    Congrats! That has to be such a great feeling!

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    Congratulations on getting an article in PC Gamer! I am excited for the Steam page and the elusive release date...😃

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    The 20th issue of The PixelCount Post is now live. Give it a read to find out when our Steam store page is going live!
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