Friday, October 31, 2008

Leaders: Blood, Sweat and Spittle!

What would a base be without a hyperventilating leader showering his troops with spittle as he bellows them on? Well, just a big empty building really. So here they are!

Leaders are a proud breed and are known to have a deep rooted fondness for their base. They can really get annoyed if anyone builds a base nearby just to show off. It's not entirely uncommon therefore to find two leaders duking it out over their bases' bragging rights. Unsurprisingly, they will use any means necessary to protect what is theirs and send dozens of troops out to make the opposing base a whole lot flatter.

Apart from treating their army as their personal battering rams, they will fulfil a few worthwhile tasks for you on the battlefield. They will warn you as soon as an upgrade is completed, yell at you when your gold is running low or seethe with fury when their beautiful base is under siege.

As a fun extra, here's a shiny wallpaper featuring the Viking and Aztec leaders. Perfect for decorating your personal S&S fan shrines. It even comes in different size flavours!

But who is that dastardly figure in the middle? Only time will tell!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Vikings, New Additions and Roasted Swine!

As the days are getting darker, and the temperatures colder, 12 brave souls march on to save Wiiware from evil puzzle games! Shields shall be shattered, spears shall be splintered, swine shall be roasted!

So... right now we're working really hard on getting all assets of the game together. A working menu, the campaign missions and all sorts of graphical tidbits are being introduced in the game, while old unit- and spellgfx get revised to be up to standard with how we want the game to look and feel. Things are going pretty fast right now as everyday there are cool new additions to the build we're running.

The best thing is: We still love to play the game ourselves! Playtests always are a lot of fun. My favorite faction right now is Vikings. It's always fun to brute-force-crush the insidious tactics the other two races can throw at me. The Vikings are also definitely the easiest faction to get into and the campaign will start off with them as the main story focus. Although the Vikings will allow for elaborate tactics, they always have the good ol' axe and a bad temper to rely on.

K, signing off, but not before I leave you with an all new screenie of the game, showcasing the freshly added Viking Warlord and devastating Aztec Statue: laser-eyes, pew pew! Expect more updates in the coming days! Skøll!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Instructional video!

To show everybody what Swords & Soldiers is all about, we created an instructional video. It basically shows you how to play the game, using some basic examples. Of course, the final game will contain lots more units and spells. And I'm sorry for all the fans, but the final game will not contain any stick figures.

The game itself is coming along nicely, the core gameplay and balace is nearly done! But there's still lots of work to be done. So, if you'll excuse us, we'll get back to work!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Two new interviews

Two new interviews I did for Swords and Soldiers:



Update on the status

Currently Joost, Maarten, Ted and Machiel are working on the port from pc to WiiWare. The game is already running on pc.

Gijs, Ralph, Olivier, Martijn and Marlies are making particles and visualisations for the campaign.

Myself, Jasper and Tom are building the campaign levels.

Tonight it's thursday so that means gamenight at Ronimo, probably some Rockband and pizza :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Ronimo Team

So let's introduce the team, from left to right: Joost, Marlies, Machiel, Jasper, Ralph (...The Ring?), Olivier, Fabian (the one sucking blood out of Olivier's neck, Martijn, Maarten, Tom, Ted and Gijs