Brb, Moving

Hey guys, all the battles in EBF5 have been defined. Most of what’s left to do is stitching all of the parts together, the title menu, tons of testing and balancing, translations, and the final boss. Then after that there’s still some promotional stuff like trailers and store pages etc. But it’s getting there. People who have volunteered to translate are getting a bit impatient, but I’ll get round to contacting you soon-ish. Still need a month or so before I’m ready to organise that.

I was supposed to be buying a house, but the seller is having trouble moving, so that’s been delayed. I’m moving back in with my parents for now – hopefully not for too long, but who knows. Maybe it will be a chance to take a break from work.

But while that’s happening, you guys can tell me what you want from Newgame+ in EBF5. Like usual, I don’t want to put much work into it, but I do want it to be a fun way to replay the game. Did you prefer it in EBF3 where you could just rush through the game again with super powerful players? Or did you like EBF4′s version where monsters got much stronger and you could keep levelling up for longer? If I do that again I’ll have to balance it a bit better.

In other news, I’ve been suffering quite heavily from nostalgia lately, and have been playing lots of games on Kongregate and Newgrounds again – old stuff and new. I’m probably too young to feel this way, but it feels like a huge part of my life is over. Flash games and whatever replaces them will still be around, yet I feel that some of the magic is gone, now that they’re no longer the cutting-edge of the creative space. I feel like the old man who doesn’t like what kids these days are into, because I had better entertainment in my day. Oh well. Maybe I’ll just have to keep making games in my style and prove it.

I read through my EBF4 postmortem, and I really need to update that soon. Back when I wrote that I felt like EBF4 was a failure and that I didn’t have much future making PC games, but since then EBF4 came out and Steam and was hugely successful there. Now my problem is that EBF4 might have been the height of my career and I won’t manage to make another game that’s so successful. That’s a bit silly of thing to worry about, I suppose.

I really need to blog more. It’s very therapeutic and a nice way to connect with people. I’ve got a few long ones that I’ve been meaning to write for a while, so maybe while I’m stranded at my parents house I can write some of those. I know I’m not the best at replying to comments, but I do read them all and appreciate them.

Bowls and Cats

My pottery classes are finished and here’s the final results. I didn’t quite manage to make a Zelda pot, but some of my bowls turned out okay. I guess I can use some of them for snacks.

I’m not very happy with the figures though. Making them bigger would have made them a lot easier to paint neatly (the tallest are about 2 inches). Also you really need some practice with the glazes to see how they turn out, as only the black came out as thick as I wanted.

I’d like to try using coloured clay at some point to make figures again. I think skipping the step of painting might lead to better results for me.
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EBF4 Speed Run

I found a super cool speed run of Epic Battle Fantasy 4 that was done a while ago. I’ve only watched the first 10 minutes and I’m already very impressed, so watch at least that much if not the whole thing.

There’s a very interesting bug being exploited here. :P
I didn’t think EBF had interesting speedrun potential, but this video shows otherwise.

If anyone knows other cool videos of my games that I might have missed, let me now!

EBF5: Boss Demo

Hey guys, the EBF5 Boss Demo is ready for Patreon supporters.
Throw any amount of money at me on there and you can test out all of the game’s bosses a bit early.
(but probably best to leave a few surprises for later)

Everyone else probably won’t have to wait too long to try the bosses, since the full beta might be only around 2 months away.

Also I’m sort of using Patreon for preorders, in the sense that people who have given me the game’s value on there in total will get a free Steam key later when the game is released. ($15)
But it’s turning out not to be the best platform for that sort of scheme, because while I can see how much everyone has given in total, I don’t think the patrons themselves have any easy way to see that information. So that’s a bit lame. :p

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EBF4 in Russian

A bunch of guys made an unofficial hacked Russian version of EBF4.
While I’m not super happy about sharing a hacked version, I don’t have plans to make an official Russian translation of EBF4, so here it is. Anyone interested can have a look at it and tell me if you think they did a good translation, as I might get the same guys to work on the official EBF5 translation later. Feedback is appreciated!

You can download the .exe file here.
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Bree

Hey guys, Ronja’s graduated from uni, so I thought I’d share her final 3rd year project.
It’s a 3D model of her Dungeons and Dragons character, Bree.

(Please hire her now)

Also the music used in the video is for EBF5!

Battle Demo Update

Hey guys, I updated the EBF5 Battle Demo with player dialogue, medals, and a bunch of bug fixes.
It’s all a bit hectic out of context. Medals haven’t really been tested, but dialogue has, and I’d like to know if you still see any dialogue triggering at inappropriate times.

Still a few bugs left, but I’m expecting the frequency of reports to be getting lower, or else kill me.

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Fanart: Anniversary

Here’s some fanart from Lost Pyromaniac to celebrate the EBF Discord‘s first birthday!
Running that place has been interesting. Mostly things go smoothly, but sometimes making people get along is tricky. It’s got over 4,000 members or something like that, but probably less than 100 regular users, so it’s managable.

It’s a useful platform for debugging and getting real time feedback while I work, and the EBF memes coming out of it are fun.

Anyway, EBF5 battle dialogue is done!
I’m fixing bugs now and soon I’ll have an updated battle demo up, which mostly just adds dialogue and achievements, which will drive you crazy because there’s no save system in there and you’ll keep seeing them over and over. A few days after that I’ll have the boss demo up for Patrons so they can test those out for me.

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