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I talk about game dev for 100 minutes

2016-09-16 17:20:11 by matt-likes-swords
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A few days ago I was interviewed by Simon from Berzerk Studios.
The full video is up on YouTube now: It’s 100 minutes of us talking about Flash game development.
Watch it (or just listen to it) if you want wisdom, or if you want to cringe at my social awkwardness.

Also, I'm beta testing a game called Sentry Knight Tactics.
It's a lot of fun and it's coming to Steam soon. It's a sort of mix of real-time-strategy and RPG gameplay.

You might have played some of the earlier Sentry Knight games on here.
Anyway, I know the developers and we swapped some character cameos!

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Epic Battle Fantasy 3 is live on Steam, and it’s free!
Tell all of your friends, leave a review and take some screenshots!

The soundtrack will be up as free DLC in a few days – I messed up and it’s not been approved by Valve yet.

For the most part it's the same as the web version, but there's some new options and user-interface fixes.
Here's a full list of changes.
 

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Epic Battle Fantasy 3

2016-08-12 08:57:47 by matt-likes-swords

Hey guys! I'm releasing Epic Battle Fantasy 3 on Steam for free!
It's up on Greenlight now, so please vote on it and share it!

Here's a list of the new features:
• Ads removed – except for links to EBF4 and BH2.
• Options menu with mute, fullscreen, fast forward, and window size buttons.
• Less file compression on jpegs and music.
• Steam achievements!

And here's some fixes to the gameplay:
• There’s a wave counter now!
• Scanned foes’ information can now be viewed at any time during your turn.
• Minigame achievements are noticeably easier.
• Considering more if I get enough requests.

Really the game's not much different, but you won't have to play it inside a web browser anymore.


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Foes, as usual

2016-07-28 14:23:31 by matt-likes-swords

Hey guys!
I'm still alive and still working away on foes for Epic Battle Fantasy 5. My art and animation improved while I was doing it, so now I'm going back and updating the older ones. Pfft. I'm happy with the art now though.

There's 148 foes in the game so far, and there's probably going to be aroung 165 in the end.

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Hey guys, I’m calling off the EBF5 foe competition. I’ve got enough foes planned out now and I don’t think I’ll be needing any more from fans.

The winners were:
Haunted Mirrors - The Fallen - Voodoo Dolls - Creeps

You can browse most of the stuff submitted in this DeviantArt collection, plus a couple more in the art portal if you search with the "ebf" tag. There’s a lot of good ideas in there. Super big thanks to everyone who contributed!

In related news, EBF5 is almost 20% finished. All I've been doing is working on foe animations, and I'll still be doing that for quite a while longer. 

Here's some fanart of the Voodoo Dolls, by Lost-Pyromaniac.

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EBF5 Monsters + EBF4 On Sale

2016-04-28 12:40:07 by matt-likes-swords
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Hey guys! I've been working on EBF5 monsters, and have made 77 of them so far.
You can browse through them on my website and see all of their animations.
But there's also some secret foes that I won't be showing off until the game's ready.

Anyway, I've still got a lot more to do. EBF4 had almost 150 foes, so I'll have to beat that number I guess.

Also, Epic Battle Fantasy 4 is 75% off in the Steam Anime Weekend Sale!

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EBF5 Foe Competition

2016-03-31 09:07:56 by matt-likes-swords
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Hey guys, it’s time to get the Epic Battle Fantasy 5 Foe Competition started!

When developing the previous two games, I asked fans to design enemies that they wanted to see in the game, and I’ll be doing the same thing again. Here’s an example of a winner from last time:

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The EBF4 Foe Competition got hundreds of submissions, and I think there was about 8 or so winners in total. They got their foes into the game, and also got their original drawings featured in the game’s gallery section!

Requirements

• Drawings must be your own work, and original. No recolored Sonics!

• Drawings should be in a similar style to the EBF games’ battle format. The foes should have a similar level of detail and be facing to the side.

• The foes should be reasonably easy to animate by motion tweening, meaning they shouldn’t have too many different movable parts. I think Pokemon designs are a good example of the amount of complexity I’d like.

• I want creatures, not humans. Human-like creatures are okay if they’re not too complicated.

• Extra drawings of the foes’ attacks are not necessary, but can be very helpful. You could also just give some more details in your image description. I already have a lot of breath and claw attacks, so if your foe can do something more interesting that would be great.

• Extra skins/variations of the foes are also appreciated but not necessary. For example, ice and fire varieties.

• They should be different from foes that already exist in EBF. Go for creature types that haven’t showed up in EBF yet.

• Image dimensions should be high enough so that it can fill a reasonable portion of a 1080p screen. This totally depends on how much stuff you've got in the image, but it's best to keep a high res backup in case I need it.

• Drawings don’t have to be specifically be for this competition. You can submit something you drew a long time ago if it works.

• Foes that win will be the ones that I find most convenient to include in the game. They won’t necessarily be the best designs or most amazingly drawn ones. For example: if I need more fire foes, I’ll pick one of those.

Ideas

The EBF wiki is a good source of screenshots and information of just about everything in the series, so you can find some good references there.

Foes should fit well into the EBF battle mechanics, so you should consider what elements they might use or be weak against. The EBF elements are: Fire, Ice, Thunder, Earth, Wind, Water, Poison, Bomb, Holy, and Dark.

I’m not sure what sort of environments EBF5 will have yet, but they will be inspired by the elements listed above, and will be a mix of some common tropes, like: sandy desert/beach, forests in different seasons, jungles, small islands, dark mushroom/crystal caves, factory/fortress, snow/ice, old castle, haunted house, holy temple, high mountains in the clouds, volcano, and space/void. So you should imagine your foes living in some of those environments.

You can browse all of the submissions for the EBF4 for competition here.

Submission

Please post your drawing on either:
• Your DeviantArt (I’ll add it to my collections)
• The Newgrounds Art Portal (use the ebf tag)
• The EBF Facebook page (visitor posts – not ideal but it’ll do)

Make sure it’s public and send me a link. If you post it anywhere else there’s a risk it will get lost.

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Prizes

You’ll get to see your foe come to life in a popular game series!
Your original drawing will be featured in the game’s art gallery, and you’ll have your name in the credits!
You’ll get a free copy of EBF5 and EBF4 on Steam! (Or on Kongregate, if you prefer)

Legal Stuff

By submitting your drawings you agree that I can use the designs in Epic Battle Fantasy 5 and any possible future games, on all platforms, forever. I will not own them and you can still use them in whatever way you like. You will not own any part of the EBF games and will not receive any compensation except for the prizes listed above.

Deadline

The Foe Competition will run until I have designed and animated all of the foes for Epic Battle Fantasy 5. So that gives you a few months from now at least. Winners will be announced on my blogs as I make each foe.

Good luck and let me know if you have any questions!
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EBF5 Ladies

2016-03-23 11:29:15 by matt-likes-swords

Hey guys, I finished the armor and animations for Natalie and Anna in EBF5, check em out.
Let me know what your favourite new equips and details are!



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EBF5 Items!

2016-03-05 11:46:13 by matt-likes-swords

I finished drawing item icons, it's time to start working on player animations and armor!
Which items are your favourites?
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EBF5 Weapons!

2016-02-25 08:45:47 by matt-likes-swords

I finished all of the weapons for Epic Battle Fantasy 5!
I posted all 105 of them in the art portal.

I'm moving on to other types of items now, still got tons of them to do. 
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