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The Fishman

THE FISHMAN

[set, roughly, to the meter of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven"]

bedOnce upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
having just returned from GDC a couple days before,
lying in my bed with con flu, none too happily sorting through
the impressions of the journalists who visited before.
“They struggled with the game,” I muttered, “having never played before.
These struggles I do so deplore.”

clickingAh, distinctly, I remember, it was in my warmest sweater,
as each JIRA ticket crashed like waves upon the ocean shore.
Eagerly I watched the replays, studying hard and searching for ways
to improve the user’s gateway into CE’s dreadful lore.
The mouse clicks were not working, as they once had worked before,
for putting things onto the floor.

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The Canadian Indie Bundle Is Here!

Edit: Looks like that’s it folks!  Thanks for spreading the word and helping us promote our awesome country of maple syrup, igloos, and great indie games!

 

We’re in a bundle on Steam right now with a number of other *great* Canadian titles! For only $14.99, you can get Dungeons of Dredmor, and a number of other fabulous indie games featuring everything from Sworcery (whatever that is?) to a bandana-wearing, knife-wielding lunatic, to … some kind of game about quantum waveforms. Quantum physics has never been so exciting!

(look at banner, Michael!)

You get:

  • Dungeons of Dredmor (obviously)
  • Capsized!
  • Shank!
  • Shank 2!
  • Waveform!
  • Superbrothers: Swords and Sworcery EP
  • Space Pirates and Zombies
  • HOARD

Honestly, though, these games are fantastic – as are the wonderful indie devs who made them.  Buy the Canadian bundle today! And Blame Canada!

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Clockwork Empires: The Press Release

aka: “Project Odin”

August 27th, 2012 – Gaslamp Games, Inc., independent game developers and makers of the critically acclaimed Dungeons of Dredmor, are pleased to announce their new title, Clockwork Empires, for the Windows, OS X, and Linux platforms.

The Clockwork Empire is expanding! Brave people, seeking glory and wealth, are setting forth for uncharted lands in search of fame and fortune. This is a new age of Science – fearless naturalists, clever tinkerers, and brilliant inventors hold sway over the imagination of the common folk, wielding voltaic energies and constructing chromed brass clockwork engines. It is an age of The Arts – poets lie expiring on every street corner, crying for Reform and more laudanum, while the Empire Times spews forth from the great presses of the Capitol, filled with stories of inspiring hubris and adventure from The Colonies. It is an age of Trade – the many arms of the Imperial Chartered Antipodean Trading Company lurch across the oceans like the limbs of a commodity-crazed octopus, dredging untapped markets for wealth and glory. It is an age of Politics – scheming agents of the Empire skulk through the slums and grottoes of the colonies, dodging anarchist schemes and cultists’ rituals, and fulfilling secretive missions on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. Meanwhile, in the Capitol, favours are curried in the Houses of Parliament and the Panopticon between the artistocratic Lords and the rising classes of Industrial Barons.

Fly the Union Cog over all three identified corners of the world!

But not all is well in the Empire. Strangers gather under lampposts and in bars, telling stories of Those That Live Beyond The Stars, operating in invisible geometries from another dimension. The Queen, some whisper, has been locked away at the behest of her own Prime Minister… but to what end? The Church of the Holy Cog prays for the salvation of the Empire, yet everybody fears the indescribable colors that trace lines through the darkest woods and beyond the reassuring glow of the gas-lamps. The fortunes of the Clockwork Empire are watched, silently, by unseen eye-clusters and malevolent entities trying to breach the walls of reality into this world.

Take on the role of a Junior Bureaucrat (Colonial Grade), sent forth to seek fame, promotions, and natural resources to feed the ever-hungry maw of industry and commerce. Build mighty colonies, fill them with magnificent factories and tortured machinery, and harness the power of steam and energies brought forth by determined, unregulated men and women of Science!

Glory is yours to seize; the world is yours to do with as you please. For fame and fortune, for Science, and for the Queen and the glory of the Clockwork Empires!

But wait, there’s more!

Herein, the good folk of Gaslamp Games present a small selection of their “penny dreadful” game development features, demonstrating wonders never-before seen in plebian entertainment:

  • Dynamic, city-building, citizen-simulating action. Every imperial subject has a purpose and agenda of their own, and their interactions are rich, exciting, and often lethal!
  • New “procedural extrusion” technology lets you design your colony the way you want! Buildings are procedurally generated and extruded directly from the aether to your specifications!
  • Tame the uncharted continents by land, sea, and air! Set forth in mighty Zeppelins to do battle with Sky Pirates, or take to the seas in search of fortune and probably sea serpents!
  • Create magnificent acts of plumbing, link together mighty gears, and build ominous Megaprojects!
  • Tangle with the machinations of malevolent entities! Scry the legacy of the Invisible Geometers, fumigate the baleful moon-fungus of the Selenian Polyps, and cleanse the scuttling creepiness and poor personal and moral hygiene of your everyday, average cultist.
  • Losing is still fun! When your colony fails miserably, earn medals, promotions, and titles as befits a true politician and scion of the Empire!
  • Multi-player mode, with up to 4 players, lets you co-operate with your closest friends to build a glorious city… or fight a horrifying economic battle to total annihilation!
  • Round-Robin mode lets you share your Clockwork Empires with friends! Take turns running a colony directly into the ground then argue for fun-filled hours about whose fault it was! (Like Monopoly but with more exploding Zeppelins!)
  • Rendered in glorious GaslampVision! Thrill as the colours are brought to life by Gaslamp’s team of caffeine-addled artists labouring under the technical specifications of our elite programmers* to bring you a game that is rendered in Each of the Three Dimensions! New multi-core technology by Actual University Students lets you use every last ounce of power in your computer to run a thrilling and vivid simulation!
    (* We’ll see about that, Nicholas. Soon. – David)
  • Featuring the new Dynamic Soundtrack Orchestra – the Soundtrack that Adjusts to Your Gameplay! (Mr. M. Steele, conductor)
  • No always-online DRM requirement, unlike certain other games we don’t want to mention. You know who you are and your mothers are very disappointed.
  • Comes complete with the Gaslamp Games Quality of Excellence that you know and love, and if you don’t like something you can mod it yourself in the best tradition of Empire Craftsmanship!

For more information, Gaslamp Games invites you to subscribe to their Awful Circular, available at www.gaslampgames.com on the Inter-Net Tubes.  For more exciting information about the latest Gaslamp Games endeavor, visit PC Gamer!

Cog Save the Queen! Huzzah and all that.

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Well, You Sure Conquested Those Wizardlands

The feedback from CotW has been overwhelmingly positive, and in some cases stark raving bonkers. We also didn’t expect to break the Steam Top 10 yesterday; we ended up at #8, failing to defeat our hated nemesis, Skyrim. Not bad for DLC for a 1 year old indie game that’s about Drunken Wizards. We are thrilled that everybody is enjoying it, and we encourage you to keep enjoying it. (Enjoy responsibly, lest you end up like the Wizardkings themselves.)

Some minor service announcements:

  • A hotfix for some of the save game compatibility issues with 1.0.11 save games (and below) has been posted to our forums.
  • We have two critical bugs that we’re trying to fix as soon as possible. First is a crash upon entering/leaving mysterious portals (the ones from Diggle Gods, *not* the Wizardlands) and entering the pocket dimension (from Wizardlands.) In the mean time, we strongly suggest avoiding Mysterious Portals, no matter how tempting they may appear, as they may occasionally corrupt your saves. (This is actually good advice for surviving the Dungeons in General)
  • Second, users with non-ASCII user names on Windows may not be able to save the game at all. (This happens with Polish and Korean versions of Windows.) We’re trying to reproduce this and resolve it ASAP.
  • There will probably be a minor “first round of seriously patching” patch in about a week. We’ve fixed a number of the worst issues (a handful of crashes, some severe bugs with encrusting instability) and have sorted out some gameplay stuff, and we’ll keep putting up fires as we spot them.
  • HIB users: you should be getting your builds either tomorrow or Monday. Desura users, you should be up to date; we have now finally sorted out the issues with selling the final two expansion packs on Desura as well, so we will hopefully be up and running sometime next week over there. We’ll let you know when this happens. HIB customers, we hope to have the ability for you to buy our expansions directly from us any day now as well through our new Humble Store.

As always, we thank you for our patronage and are thrilled to see everybody enjoying yourselves and discovering new things. Watching the forums exploding in laughter and death is one of the best parts of the job.

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A Dredmor Patch And A Very Special Dredmor Sale

As if today wasn’t exciting enough, we’re also releasing patch 1.0.11 for Dungeons of Dredmor – and we’ve put the game on sale for a fairly mad 70% off!

Brax is not pleased with this sale.

Buy Dungeons of Dredmor at 70% off! And the Realm of the Diggle Gods expansion, or the whole collection, or just pay 70% off nothing for the just-released free expansion pack (Which Must Be Named.)

There are also piles of mods available right now in the Steam Workshop for Dungeons of Dredmor!

Patch Notes Follow

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Dungeons of Dredmor Free Expansion Available Now!

At long last the time has come.  You know what must be done.

You Have To Name The Expansion Pack :  now on Steam

What’s new? Here’s what:

  • Rebalancing of many original skills (now you can smith more flesh into zombys with Fleshsmithing, find more loot with Perception, fire more cannons at the same time with Piracy, and much more)
  • 29 new skills in 4 skill lines from the minds of mad Dredmor modders
  • 100+ new rooms filled with Tesla coils, lots of breakable stuff, and fine dining furniture (which is also breakable).
  • 20 new monster variations (including one new monster type)
  • 30 new crafting recipes
  • 47 new items from the Clockwork Grappling Bolt to the Rusty Caltrop Eruptor Trap
You want to know the details? Well it’s a good thing we have all kinds of details:
  • Battle Geology, a wizard-like warrior skill that involves killing people with rocks and a solid appreciation for tectonics – by Null
  • Clockwork Knight and Rogue Scientist, crafty steampunk skill lines that grow more powerful as your craft skills increase – by Ruigi
  • Warlockery, the wizard skill for wizards who would rather be warriors and want to blow stuff up with brute force application of mana as well as a massive overhaul of a large number of core skills and abilities -by Essence
  • Scads of twisty little rooms, all different, and decorated as befits the lich’s dungeon – by Bergstrom
  • And a horde of new monster variations from Poorly Cloned Heros to Diggle Rocketeers - by FaxCelestis
Go now. The expansion pack is not going to Name itself. 

(And anyway, it’s free. I did mention that, right?) 

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We’re Having a Sale!

Yes, folks, it’s Autumn Sale time at Uncle Gabe’s Crazy Discount Warehouse. For the next week, you can get Dungeons of Dredmor at a whopping 50% off – that’s $2.49, less than the cost of a latte!

What are you waiting for? Go! Go buy all the games!

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Crashes, Cynical Brit, Feature Request FAQ

First: Crashes

There is known crashing due to problems with the SDL sound library or something. Nicholas is chained to his work station with a coffee IV (Foul Liqueur of Yog Sothoth!) and is enjoying the effects of The Motivation Stick. Ye shall receive another patch post-haste.

Cynical Brit / Total Biscuit

… did a lovely video for Dredmor. Check it out:

Wonderful stuff! (By the way, his Blade Being spell kept going to random squares because he targeted a monster directly – if you do that, the spell will get pushed off to a random tile.)

Feature Request FAQ and Other Nonsense

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