Aug 292013

What Happened?

“Hey,” you might be grumbling, “what happened to last Thursdays’ Dev Update?” You might even use a face like >:-|

Nothing happened to it, because it doesn’t exist! I made the call to scale back the weekly updates to every other Thursday instead. I’m doing a lot of work that isn’t quite flashy or exciting, and a lot of it involves cleaning up old code systems to work better, as well as adding mouse and gamepad support to the game. There’s also an art overhaul in the works, but I don’t want to show that off until I’m ready.

The other reasons I kept the updates going every week was to make sure people knew the project was constantly being worked on, and that the game would have new approaches to old standards. I think the Kickstarter proved both those points pretty well, and now there’s a playable version available for anyone who wants to crush monsters for themselves. Bottom line, as long as I remain available on FacebookTwitter, and get to Livestreaming some development every now and then, I think things will be just fine.

Work Continues!

The two biggest and loudest complaints about the UI were fortunately ones I’d anticipated. Keyboard only control is too obtuse / confusing, and oh boy is this inventory terrible beyond terrible, please send help.

True facts, both of them. I accepted them during the Kickstarter and knew I’d tackle them as soon as things settled down. The tackling has begun. The goal of making the entire game playable via mouse is well underway, and item sorting is starting to take shape.

  1. Picking up an item you’ve never seen before will mark it as new, and it could rise to the top of the inventory list with a little sparkle on it.
  2. Weapon and armor can be sorted by category, and the UI might adjust for that.
  3. Magic items appear above regular items, and I’m thinking that plain, unenchanted weapons and armor might stack in the inventory to save space. No need to clutter up the screen with 10 pairs of Blandals you’re just going to sell anyway.
  4. Skills can be activated via mouse and dragged to an action bar on screen! You can click the icon there to cast them, or use the assigned hot key.
  5. The Masteries window can now be navigated entirely by mouse as well.
 No screenshots yet since the look of the UI hasn’t yet changed much, though I might throw the occasional behind the scenes shot up on to Facebook. Thanks to those of you who sent in your feedback, as well as those who contributed to the Facebook thread about the topic.

Dungeonmans Tales Need Telling!

Even though the mad-dash of fundraising is over, it helps the project greatly to build up stores of information about the game wherever such things are welcome.

Dungeonmans has a Giant Bomb page, and which is a requirement for being counted as a Real Game TM on Twitch. If you’re a Giant Bomb member, maybe you can make some edits to the page to help bring it to life, adding insight or screenshots of your own!

Dungeonmans player Fusoya has set up a wiki for Dungeonmans, and it could use some community support. Maybe you’ve got a build you want to share, or some data on monsters or treasure you think would be useful? Throw it up there!

Other Adventures: Race The Sun

I’d like to give some recognition to an inspiring project, a team who filled the promises they made and set an example for anyone making games with Kickstarter.

There’s been some unfortunate headlines about Kickstarter projects in recent weeks, when large profile games encounter setbacks and have to change scope, or ask for more coin. That’s unfortunate, but it shouldn’t cast shadow on the successes of Kickstarter, and I’ll share one of their stories here.

Race The Sun, from Flippfly, is the perfect example of a focused and polished indie project. Simple concept, executed masterfully, with the right amount of bells and whistles. They were funded via Kickstarter as well, and with 48 hours to go they were at 12k/20k dollars, it looked quite grim. Word got out about them at the end (as it always seems to do) and the brothers San Filippo went into overdrive getting the community excited about the project, streaming the game, answering questions, and sharing the experience of building the game live with the fans. It worked.

The campaign succeeded, they got their funding, and delivered the game as promised. Maaaaaybe a touch later than intended, but so goes game development. Hard work and community engagement leads to fun game and happy fans. That’s the dream for anyone in this business.


Aug 152013

Mouse-based control for Dungeonmans is coming into shape. This won’t be the quickest of tasks but it’s coming along. I was able to put some of it together on today’s developement stream but a sudden bluescreen cut that short. When more features are in place, I’ll put together a video.

Movement is super important in Dungeonmans, and careless steps can cost you dearly. The keyboard is the superior input device when it comes to precise tile-by-tile movement, but the mouse can do quite well. Left click is the action button. Clicking a tile adjacent to your hero will move you exactly one step, and clicking on her directly will pass her turn. If you want to move farther, hold the left button down while the cursor is farther away, and you’ll move toward it Diablo style. Movement stops immediately on damage, so you won’t accidentally step through a bunch of turns and get wrecked.

Left click also melees enemies at close range, and if you have a ranged weapon equipped you’ll be able to shoot them! That’s pretty cool right now actually, clicking enemies to blast them feels nice. You’ll also be able to click to use powers, either by clicking on a hotbar first or just pressing a hotkey to prime the power and then clicking on the target to activate.

Mouse controlled play is pretty fun to develop, and I imagine that fun will dry up once I get into coordinating the mouse with the UI. Remember, the goal is that you can play the entire game without touching the keyboard. I imagine for most people it’ll be a mix of both, but we’ll see how that goes.

In other news: Dungeonmans has a subreddit!

The time will come one day (perhaps around Alpha) to set up a forum, but in the mean time here’s a great place to talk about builds, ask questions, and just Dungeonmans it up. Check it out!


Aug 082013

The Dungeonmans Kickstarter Campaign was a success!

The goal was set at 35k, final tally 43k and change. Outstanding! For a full post-victory write up, check it out here:

Dungeonmans Build 1.08 went live today, follow the link to grab the latest version and read the patch notes.

This is the last update for the Summer Preview. It will remain free and available here on, as a thank you for everyone who helped make the game possible. Now it’s time to get back to work on full development.

Paypal Support?

Coming right up! Now that the build is squared away and things have settled down, I’ll put up some Paypal options for people who want to support the project or get into the Alpha or Beta.

Let’s stay in touch!

While I’ll continue to update this site with Development Updates and other important news, you can catch more information through the Dungeonmans twitter or FB page:

Twitter: @Dungeonmans
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