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Play Expo & Classic Foes

Hey guys, me and Ronja will be exhibiting Epic Battle Fantasy 5 and Bullet Heaven 2 at the Play Expo in Glasgow this weekend. This time I’ve got the full version of EBF5 – not just a demo, and we’ll also try to get some 4 player games of BH2 going. It’s not a big event but it’s still lots of fun.

In other news, I’ve finished updating the animations for the classic foes that are coming back to EBF5. The animations haven’t changed much, but I’ve balanced the sound volume, added flee animations, and fixed other little things. I’ve already spoiled a lot about the update, so I’d like to keep which foes are coming back as a secret. But so that you don’t get your hopes up, I’ll tell you that there’s no final bosses. If you really want to see the full details, they’re up on my Patreon.

So that’s 23 new foes and 27 classic foes confirmed for the EBF5 version 2 update, with many of those being bosses or minibosses.
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EBF5: Foe Competition Runner-Ups

Hey guys, here’s 4 foes that I strongly considered using in EBF5.
They don’t win anything, but I’d like to share them with ya’ll, since they’re pretty cool.

The main issue with these is that I just couldn’t imagine them being as interesting to fight as the other foes I picked. Some really unique attack sprites could have helped.

My main consideration when picking winners was “Do I really want to animate this?”, and usually that means the design has to feel really fresh, and be something that I wish I had thought of. I don’t know exactly what I’m looking for until I see it, I suppose.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a lot of fun with their pixel art, and thanks for participating. I’ll probably keep playing around with the retro style in future.

Poss by Silkmoth:
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Goblin by Alan900900900:
hroom by Ploomutoo.


Frog by Matvey:


EBF5 at Play Expo Glasgow

Hey guys, me and Ronja will be exhibiting EBF5 at the Play Expo in Glasgow on the 9th and 10th of June! They’re nice enough to give free tables to small local game devs, so I have to take advantage of that. It’s our first time exhibiting, so we’ll probably embarrass ourselves. I wonder how many fans I have in Glasgow… probably enough for at least a few people to recognise me I hope. Mostly I’m expecting the kinds of comments I get on YouTube: “I remember EBF3, I didn’t know the series was still around!”

The timing is a bit unfortunate, as I’m in the middle of moving and would also need a bit more time to finish the EBF5 beta. I’ll probably just polish the Battle Demo a little bit and make it more presentable. It would have been nice to get feedback on the beta, but oh well!

Anyway, the Play Expo is pretty cool. It’s not as big as some of the events in England, but it’s got a lot of fun stuff to see like classic consoles, arcade games and pinball machines, and can easily keep you entertained for at least a day. If you live near Glasgow, you have no excuse not to go now.

London and IGC

Hey guys!

I’ve spent most of the week in London with my girlfriend, Ronja, partly for business and partly for fun. We checked out the British Museum, King’s Cross station, Big Ben, lots of pubs, a wee church, and some other stuff. Didn’t get to see as much as I wanted to because of time and energy constraints, but oh well.


Pretending to be a Harry Potter fan and failing miserably at faking enthusiasm

We attended IGC15 (the Indie Game Conference, sponsored by Microsoft!) and met up with tons of cool developers, a bunch of which I already knew from my previous visit to London. Unfortunately this conference wasn’t centered on web or Flash games like the last one I went to, so I didn’t recognize as many people as I had hoped, and a lot of the content wasn’t interesting to me. But that also meant I experienced quite a lot of new stuff, including trying a VR headset for the first time! I briefly played Smash Hit Plunder, and it was an awesome feeling. It worked much better than I expected, and I’m now really looking forward to seeing what sort of games take advantage of VR, while previously I wasn’t very interested.

Had a good time drinking with the other Flash game devs, and chatting about Kongregate and Armor Games and how that market is mostly dead. A lot of them are moving onto other stuff, including mobile games, client work or Steam games.

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At the pub with Jimp, Chris Jeff, Kupo, and Ronja

Anyway, the trip went really well overall. The train journey and hotel were way more comfortable than expected, the weather was decent, and we had a lot of fun. I’m feeling motivated to make some games!