This has been a very interesting week, but with Jona being away giving lectures on real-time rendering, VFX and shaders at Uppsala University things have been rather slow, at least for him.
J This week I’ve been quite busy with a lot of behind the scenes things, we got our first pre-pre-alpha screenshot out and after some more work I’ve now updated it, this is the first reveal of the first second screenshot!
We also published a new article over at IndieDB, here are some stats some of you may find interesting.
To the left are before the post and to the right are the new stats, while the numbers may not look like much, if you think about it in percentages instead, it’s a huge difference.
30% more views, 100% more followers (discounting us devs), while we were on the front page we also reached into the top 25 popularity ranking.
So keep writing those articles, if your content is interesting and well written enough, the front page will be yours for roughly 24 hours.
K This has been a great week where I have been able to put more focus on the actual game design beginning to flesh it out some more, now say what you want about game design documents but they sure will help us while discussing and planning the game.
Putting programming aside for the the week we have started thinking about different aspect of Eco Tales: My Item Shop like what locations we want in the merchant mode and the adventure mode and drafting when they should unlock and their timeline even though they will always have value for the player to revisit as shown in the image below, I’ve blurred out the different locations for now to keep some of the mystery, but why don’t comment on some locations you would like too see, you can do so on Facebook, Twitter or IndieDB?
We have also started drafting a backstory that will lead up to the mysterious events taking place in Ecbatana that will bring endless possibilities to those entrepreneurial enough to seize the opportunity, that and with your sales skill you will surely be able to maximize profits and soon enough be a part of Ecbatanas capitalistic top living on Easy Street.
We come up with ideas all the time and put them up for discussion, now we have a greater structure for it that will surely help us keeping focus and to remember what decisions we have made and as soon as we have set a few things, talked them over we will be able to reveal some more information.
Well ok, just because it is a glorious Monday when I write this I will mention some small secret ideas, just don’t tell Jona I’m doing this for you and I will have to write it really small so that he can’t see it because I might be a self-proclaimed wordsmith but he is the one that actually knows how to spell and stuff and we have not even discussed this text yet.
The inhabitants and visitors of Ecbatanas mindless waste management have over its long history abused the lands of Eco to the point where it finally reached the depths reserved for the wicked powers of this Earth.
What laid dormant awoke and started transforming itself in physical form and with a single thought in mind… Destruction!
Using the corrupting waste of the mortals that seeped down to their depths they manifested it, molded it into their companion to wage their war against humanity.