Update 52 – Past, Present, Future

Hello Reader!

Yes, it has been a while – how are you? Hope all’s well? Have you done something new with your hair? No? It looks good…

Enough of this flirting, it has been too long since there was an update and you deserve better! Hopefully this will all go some way to cluing you all in on what’s been happening, where I am / we are at and what’s up next.

Loads has been happening over the last two months and as much as I’ve wanted to share it with you all I just haven’t managed to find the time to do that AND get the work done at the same time. Need to sort my priorities out.

Oh – and my wife and I have had a baby… but mostly this is all about the game…

Right, on with the update!

Well the first bit of big and happy news from me is – as mentioned in the last mini update – is that the Alpha is complete! I can’t tell you how good it is to have an (albeit rough) entire game made. Playing through I’m thinking there’ll be somewhere in the region of 3 / 4 hours gameplay, more if you want to find and ‘collect’ all of the statues and complete the Hall of Heroes with every statue in game. Naturally for those that do there will be an easter egg or two hidden there.

Head down to Mac Kraken's for an ouzo or two... or just to find a hungover crew member or two!
Head down to Mac Kraken’s for an ouzo or two… or just to find a hungover crew member or two!

It has been pretty horrendous to be play testing the many weird and wonderful red skirt deaths. I have to say that you will NOT see these coming. They certainly didn’t…

Gardening and perfumery - hand in hand on Lemnos!
Gardening and perfumery – hand in hand on Lemnos!

Right now I’m near done creating the Sponge build. Not particularly well known in the Alpha, Beta, Complete route of things but basically its a case of taking the alpha and soaking up all the leaks in it so that it’s more of a competent and playable game.

Part of this has been creating a tutorial for people who haven’t played many adventure games and to give them more of an idea of how Jason plays as well as also adding a little more to the story and is a great excuse to bring in more of the original myth.

For those of you who aren’t as familiar with the myth as I am the story begins with Jason on his way to Iolcus to reclaim his throne and when he meets an old lady he helps her cross the river. I’ve tried to spice that part of the tale up a little…

Hmmn.. there was something else… what else… Oh yeah – our latest crewmember! Yes, the God’s have blessed Susi and I with another Son who we have named Luca Sidney Fosh, born on the 1st he has been taking his role as Chief Officer in charge of Poop and Sleep Deprivation very seriously.

Joking aside he is an absolute joy and seeing him and his brother Milo getting to know each other and bond as only brothers do ( albeit mostly screaming at each other / stealing each others toys)… well it makes a man proud.

Photo taken by the very talented Gaynor M, click on the image to see more of her amazing work
Photo taken by the very talented Gaynor M, click on the image to see more of her amazing work

From here on my focus is completing the sponge build, playing through, adjusting the designs wherever necessary, tweaking the puns and making sure that the ‘flow’ is right, that there are enough hints in the chats and that the red skirts are all right where they need to be (standing on an x below a precariously dangling tonne wait… that sort of thing

From there on its full sails to the beta! Ah, the beta – that truly will be the stuff of legend!

Is that someone chucking up into that amphora....
Is that someone chucking up into that amphora….
That box looks important...
That box looks important…
This looks like a good place for a fight...
This looks like a good place for a fight…

Her Majesty’s SPIFFING is (nearly) back!

Her Majesty the Queen of England kindly seeks one’s assistance in this intergalactic point and click adventure game. Her Majesty’s SPIFFING is a quaint point and click adventure game following the exploits of Captain Frank Lee English and his trusted regional accented colleague, Alad, as they travel through the cosmos in search of new planets to claim for the British Empire.

Nearly a year ago now (cripes) I stood kickstarting shoulder to shoulder with a group of talented Irish lads who were trying to raise the money to make the above mentioned game. I’m really glad for them and us that they’re trying again and will be relaunching the campaign next week.

If you like you can check out the prototype that they’re currently polishing to release along with the campaign, you can download the PC version here:www.billygoat.tv/hmsp_pc.zip or a Mac version: www.billygoat.tv/hmsp_mac.zip

Watch this space for further launch info – the countdown has begun!

Alright, Will, I did your update – we square yet or do I still owe you that sandwich..?

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

Legend foretold it. Prophecies predicted it. Chosen ones chose to believe in it. Now the adventure saga continues. A sequel is coming. Join Wilbur, Ivo, Nate and Critter in another classic point-and-click adventure in the wicked world of Aventásia. Help them fulfill their destiny. A destiny as yet unwritten.

The first chapter of The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is now available on Steam Early Access http://bit.ly/bout2early – make sure you check it out while I leave you waiting on Jason!

They have also we released an 11-minute gameplay trailer and have hosted it here for your entertainment: bit.ly/bout2gp.

This has all been made possible by one of our fellow crew members and I hope you’ll all have a look and give them the support they deserve! 

So, all that’s left for me to say is as ever a massive thank you for all your support on the game, well wishes and congratulations for Luca and I can’t wait to have you playing the game! Will post more as soon as there’s more to see!

aka Jason The Greek

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