Leading up to their Kickstarter for All Hands on Deck, Salamander Games co-founders Josh Fry and Chad Scott spoke with Cecil Robinson about what drives them to make table top games and to share a bit about their upcoming game All Hands on Deck. All Hands on Deck is a pirate themed card game. They will be launching a Kickstarter to fund development and distribution of the game on September 19th. The Kickstarter is now Live. Check it out.

To keep up with news about All Hands on Deck and all other news about Salamander Games, you can follow them on Twitter, on Facebook or just check out their website.

Thanks to Cecil Robinson for the work put into setting up and performing the interview. Additional thanks to Peyton Keith for the great camera and editing work.

crowdfunding Indiegogo Kickstarter

Every Monday, We link to the crowdfunding pages of games from Oklahoma developers and other interesting crowdfunding projects from Oklahomans. Music, comics, table-top games and more. If it might be of interest to gamers and game developers we will show them off.

I haven’t come across any new campaigns recently. If you know of any and have any requests for inclusion, let me know.

Here is the primary list of crowdfunding campaigns:

8-Bit Swordsman by John Bryan. 8-bit Swordsman is a retro Zelda inspired table top game in which 2-4 players compete with one another using attacks and counters inspired by the original NES Zelda game. Bryan is seeking $5,500 and has raised $220 with under 3 days left.

Overdrive Road Rally by Summit Interactive. Overdrive is a racing game with similar elements to Mario Kart and other racing games. It features a wide array of real life vehicles and off road driving action. Summit is seeking $15,000 and has raised $5 with 3 days left.

Unfortunately, these two don’t seem to be moving and will likely not succeed.  That is a shame as both are very nice looking projects and could really use a success.

That’s it for this week. We hope to see the progress of these and to see more come out.

crowdfunding Indiegogo Kickstarter

Every Monday, We link to the crowdfunding pages of games from Oklahoma developers and other interesting crowdfunding projects from Oklahomans. Music, comics, table-top games and more. If it might be of interest to gamers and game developers we will show them off.

Here is the primary list of crowdfunding campaigns:

8-Bit Swordsman by John Bryan. 8-bit Swordsman is a retro Zelda inspired table top game in which 2-4 players compete with one another using attacks and counters inspired by the original NES Zelda game. Bryan is seeking $5,500 and has raised $190 with 9 days left.

Overdrive Road Rally by Summit Interactive. Overdrive is a racing game with similar elements to Mario Kart and other racing games. It features a wide array of real life vehicles and off road driving action. Summit is seeking $15,000 and has raised $5 with 10 days left.

Unfortunately, these two don’t seem to be moving and will likely not succeed.  That is a shame as both are very nice looking projects and could really use a success.

That’s it for this week. We hope to see the progress of these and to see more come out.

From Soy Sauce has been hard at work on their latest game, Touhou Super Smash. This game, if the title is not clear, is a combination of Super Smash Bros. gameplay with the Touhou IP. As part of this development, FSS has begun a regular YouTube devlog of progress on the game. So far they have released 7 updates showing off basic move sets brought from SSB as well as a few original move sets.

Even if you have no clue what Touhou is, and I am still pretty foggy on it, this is still a fascinating inside look at a game’s development from concept to finished product. And if you want to see further into their development process, FSS has also been posting two other video series, one about Unity tips and another about using Maya.

crowdfunding Indiegogo Kickstarter

Every Monday, We link to the crowdfunding pages of games from Oklahoma developers and other interesting crowdfunding projects from Oklahomans. Music, comics, table-top games and more. If it might be of interest to gamers and game developers we will show them off.

After two weeks off with no campaigns, we are back with two new campaigns.

Here is the primary list of crowdfunding campaigns:

8-Bit Swordsman by John Bryan. 8-bit Swordsman is a retro Zelda inspired table top game in which 2-4 players compete with one another using attacks and counters inspired by the original NES Zelda game. Bryan is seeking $5,500 and has raised $130 with 23 days left.

Overdrive Road Rally by Summit Interactive. Overdrive is a racing game with similar elements to Mario Kart and other racing games. It features a wide array of real life vehicles and off road driving action. Summit is seeking $15,000 and has raised $5 with 24 days left.

That’s it for this week. We hope to see the progress of these and to see more come out.

Now You See Me is the latest game from Oklahoma based game designer Josh Maggard. With the help of Dan Konves, Josh made a great little magician game for the Game Boy Jam 3.

The game features a magician with a magic hat that allows him to teleport from place to place. Think Portal for how it functions. The Magician then uses that hat to rob people of their money while they are away.

Josh and his team were only able to complete two levels of the game during the jam, but are already working on more levels and some improvements to the core gameplay.

You can play Now You See Me on Game Jolt.

XPO Video Gaming Convention October 2015Oklahoma has a number of conventions throughout the year, comics, technology, anime, and even some gaming. Now we have a new contender in the gaming convention sector, XPO. XPO held a press event today to announce the first ever XPO Video Gaming Convention happening in October of 2015. XPO plans to be a massive regional gaming convention that will attract the attention of local indie developers as well as multinational console and game development companies.

From small independents to global publishing brands, XPO will showcase and celebrate the gaming industry and the players who love it. Everyone will have the opportunity to network, present their latest achievements and maybe discover the next big independent developer, Streaming personality or biggest fan! Come and enjoy a few days and remember why you love this industry.

Partnering with XPO for the announcement, Tulsa based Bonozo Apps president Matt Harmon expressed his support for XPO and his hope that it will be a major draw for game developers. Matt was also kind enough to record and upload the press event for all of us.

This is an exciting prospect for Oklahoma. While the state will continue to host the Oklahoma Video Game Exhibition and the Retro Gamer hosted Super! Bitcon, this will be the first Oklahoma hosted event that will rival events like PAX.

We certainly look forward to learning more about XPO and who they can attract as vendors and panelists for the event next year.

Casino RPG by Goldfire StudiosGoldfire Studios continues to do its best to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to find and play its hit game Casino RPG. To that end, Goldfire has launched Casino RPG on Desura. This allows anyone who uses the Desura client to launch the game directly from their computer rather than having to launch the game through their browser.

I gave the game and Desura client a quick go and it all seemed rather seamless and responsive. With the game being free of charge for Desura users, it looks like it will be a great way for Goldfire to attract a lot of new players.

If Goldfire keeps this up, they will have a much larger game on their hands. Best of luck.

Glass Wing by From Soy Sauce

Earlier this year, From Soy Sauce released the excellent platformer adventure game Glass Wing to the world. Now they are trying to get Glass Wing onto Steam via the Greenlight process. If there is any game I could pick from Oklahoma developers to be put in front of all of Steams users, I would probably pick this one.

While the Steam Greenlight landscape will be changing in the future, it is still an important part of getting indie game developers seen by many Steam users. And it already shows in Glass Wing’s case. So far the game has 76 comments at this time and almost all of them are positive. Continue Reading

Amazing Mazes by Divine Knight GamingDivine Knight Gaming’s most recent entry in their One Game A Month challenge is taking them into the realm of Game Boy game design. Divine Knight is taking part in the Game Boy Jam and wanted to test the waters before diving right into Game Boy territory. The resulting game is Amazing Mazes.

Amazing Mazes is a bit of a return to simpler fare for Divine Knight. After the ambitious Alex’s Meadow RPG, something simple helped cleanse their creative palette. The premise is a simpel one. Navigate the maze and find the flag. There is a timer that keeps track of your current and best time for each of the four mazes. Continue Reading