Rampage Knights – October update

By Chmelar Frantisek

Hi everyone, who is still waiting for news for our co-op brawler Rampage Knights!

As the release date is approaching we are getting things together. Our main problem right now is the network code, which is too slow to run the whole world with all the levels at once. That’s why we are changing it to handle the campaign one map level at a time.

We’ve added exit screens in between levels which count some statistics of the players like kills, damage dealt etc. It immediately spawned fierce competition to the point, where we focused on knockning each other out of the way to steal the kills and gold more than on surviving the fighths with monsters :) .

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Meanwhile we are adding more stuff to the game – items, special encounters and enemies. Just like this beholder-like creature below:

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Loot Hunter version 1.0 is released!

By admin

Hi! I would like to inform you, that we released Loot Hunter version 1.0. You can download it at our page http://www.rakeingrass.com/game_loot_hunter.php

Some changes:
- Added more than 50 items that can be used to improve your ships
- Improved battle gameplay
- The action Captain’s Order gives bonus to the boarding (attack damage)
- The boarding bonus icon is shown in the batlle now (if you have any bonus)
- The action Maneuver adds more cannonballs on the battle board
- Actions in the battle are sorted by action point cost
- There are more pirate ships generated on the map
- If you buy a level 2 action, the teacher will not offer the level 1 action anymore
- You cannot combine more than one of the same items on your ship
- You can scroll the items in your inventory, you can have unlimited number of the items now
- And tons of small changes and bug fixes

Rampage Knights post-Indiegogo update

By boovie

The Indiegogo campaign for Rampage Knights is over and it’s time to think about how we will handle the game from here. The campaign was not successful at all, so let me share what are our plans for the future.

The goal of the funding campaign was to test the interest of public, get feedback and start some buzz around the game. The money was intended for outsouring music and sounds, improved networking, Mac and linux ports, and for more content in the game.

Despite the fail we will try to finish the game the best way we can. For now we have to strip the unnecessary extra features we were planning. We will support only 2 players online co-op. We don’t have budget to implement 3 or 4 players at the moment. If we have enough time we would like to focus on local co-op on single machine instead (it is high on our priority list thanks to the feedback we got), but this feature may be delayed after the release. Hopefully the game will be successful enough after the release to implement the additional content in later updates.

One positive thing is that the game was accepted very quickly on Steam and I think it’s a good candidate for Steam Early Access program. If we don’t manage to finish and release the game this fall, we are thinking about starting the Early Access instead and delay the release to the beginning of 2015 to avoid very crowded time around Xmas. We are also considering releasing the game on Steam only at first (PC and Mac version) and adding non-Steam builds and purchase options later on.

We would like to thank all of the Indiegogo backers who supported us and the game. We really appreciate it and hopefully the game will be more successfull on its release. Thanks!

Right now we continue to work on content for the game. Here is a small preview of one of the bosses in the game (work in progress):

Rampage Knights on Indiegogo and Greenlight!

By Chmelar Frantisek

We just started an Indiegogo and Greenlight campaigns for Rampage Knights!
Please visit the pages, support us, vote for us on Greenlight and tell everybody about the game!

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Here you can visit the Indiegogo page for more info about the game and perks available:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rampage-knights/

Here is the Greenlight page. We need your vote!
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=272377354

Demo is available here:
http://download.rakeingrass.com/rampage_knights_demo/demo.html

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Thanks!

Rampage Knights: update

By Chmelar Frantisek

After a long hiatus and a little detour with the JnG on Steam I’m back with some news about Rampage Knights. Yes, the project is still alive! In fact we plan to start an IndieGoGo and Greenlight campains really soon to get some attention and funds for outsourced stuff (mostly music) and to possibly push the game on Steam. Along with these campaigns we are going to release the first playable demo of the game! So here I am with some behind-the-scenes info for those who are interested.

You might guess the development so far was quite a labor. The initial idea seemed easy enough. After we enjoyed the hell out of The Binding of Isaac, we thought, it will be cool to take this random generating formula (we have some experience with that thanks to our old game Larva Mortus) and mix it with melee combat! Something we like and know well from games like Golden Axe or Castle Crashers. We were sure this is going to be epic. And an epic struggle it was :D . I don’t remember ever having to rework so many things that looked fine on paper, but didn’t work once we created and tested them. Here are the three main changes that happened to the game:

THE PERSPECTIVE

First thing you may notice, as we start to pump out some new screenshots, is the change of perspective. The old version used these weirdly skewed side walls, which allowed us to make them partially visible. But later on we realized, how much this limits, what we can do with the rooms. They all had very similar trapeziod shape, chasms didn’t work very well, object placing was quite complicated, it was a letdown. We decided to start from scratch and build everything on a simple rectangular grid. A lot of work ended in a dust bin and we lost visible side walls, but now we have tons of rooms with different shapes and obstacles and also positioning of any new features is much easier.

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THE MAP

Initially we wanted to follow the lead of The Binding of Isaac and create a fully explorable 2D map with all kinds of side rooms and branching. Sounds great, right? After many months running with this model and testing lots of map layouts we saw, how annoying this “exploring” actually is in our game. The game never felt like proper “dungeon crawling”, the wandering and constant backtracking created a lot of frustration. What works in other games, didn’t work in ours. Rooms in RK are too big (fighting in small rooms is bad, especially in multiplayer) and despite very high run speed of the characters it simply takes too long to cross them. It’s one of those small differences that make a huge impact on the game.

After a much discussion we did a serious cut and dropped the map entirely. In current version players move constantly forward to the end of level via linear path, yet we kept all special side rooms with treasures, traps and various special events along the main route. The progress through the campaign is now much closer to Golden Axe or maybe Left 4 Dead instead of “rogue like” games.

THE FIGHTING

We put a lot of effort into the fighting, as it is the core mechanics of the game. The original system was based on combining of weak and strong attack and surprisingly it fell completely flat. Last summer we tested it on a bunch of experienced gamers and it turned out, that most of them ignored one of the attacks most the time and rarely (if ever) used the combos.

We decided to streamline things with only one attack button and one magic button. Special attacks are now triggered by combination of movement and attack button (for example: pushing up + hitting with an attack does an uppercut strike, which slings the enemy upwards and starts juggling with him in midair). Also magic in our game is mostly very combat oriented so it serves as another form striking, making the action fairly variable.

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Ok. This is a selection of the biggest obstacles and changes we faced during the last year in the game. The text is getting too long already, so I’ll stop here. I’ll make another blog with more details about items, combat, multiplayer and new stuff in the game soon.