Hi all! Sorry for the radio silence recently. I actually do have a new game design article in the works, but it’ll have to wait. The next three days are the last days before Gem Wizards Tactics will be RELEASED on Steam!
I’m actually feeling really good about the state of things with GWT. I think it’s the best game I’ve ever made, overall. I really feel like it’s “what I have to show the world”, like it feels like what I’ve been put on this planet to do. I got a few good signals that I’m really onto something. The first of which being watching streamers HOWL in joy upon finding out what’s possible in this game. The second is that I notice that whenever I’m watching someone else play, I want to stop watching them and go play myself.
I also want people to understand that this Steam launch is only the beginning of a long post-release development. Here are some of the things that I have planned for the game:
- More factions. Hoping to have an extra faction added to the game, in a FREE patch over the next few months.
- Expanding on Campaign Mode. I feel like Campaign Mode could have even more “roguelikey” stuff in it. I want to add items that you can equip to characters, for example. More special terrain types, special events, etc might all be possible!
- Even more gameplay modes. Particularly excited about doing a “Scenario” mode that has hand made levels, and a puzzle mode. Would also love to do some daily challenges or something like that. A story mode would also be cool to do.
- Multiplayer? This is a big one, and I’m not really even sure if I have the resources to do it, but I think this game would work great having an online multiplayer mode.
I’m also open to your other ideas for the game. I want this game to be BIG and feel substantial, which I think it already does, at least enough, but I also think there’s a lot more we can do. Let me know your thoughts.
Anyway, I’m now in “polish/bugfixing” and of course marketing mode for the next few weeks or so. Wish me luck! And if there’s any way you can help out with marketing, word of mouth, that sort of thing, it would really mean a lot to me! Thanks so much for reading.