Saturday, January 7, 2012

Poach And Horses

Alright, well, remember in the last post from all those months ago when I said I was working on another free game? Well, that's still the case. And here's a trailer I made for it while messing around with VirtualDub, which will suffice as an announcement, I suppose. Maybe watch the video in a resolution larger than this blog's format will allow because it looks a bit shit otherwise.



The game's called Poacher, as can be inferred, it's a Metroidvania-style platformer that's somewhat influenced by Cave Story amongst other games. You play Derek Badger, unflappable Yorkshireman, who stumbles upon a strange underground kingdom and gets caught up in a conflict between two mysterious magical races. I'm making it in Game Maker because current generation technology frightens me.

Sorry, I can't say when it'll be in a fit state for release. As I mentioned I'm waiting on some music, and I also need to get some proper focus testing done (don't volunteer, it's in hand). Also sorry it's not a playable demo. Trust me, I hate game trailers too, but most of this one actually shows gameplay. Sorry, also, for using Times Roman as the font in it. I showed it to someone and they said that was a horrible choice of font but I couldn't be bothered to go back to my source files.

And sorry for not updating for ages again. Rest assured the Mogworld audiobook project still weighs heavy on my mind. Sorry about going quiet on that, too. Basically I'm sorry. I-I'm sorry for everything.

54 comments:

  1. Don't be sorry, it looks fantastic. Not biased because I'm from Yorkshire at all...

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  2. I'm highly intrigued. Oh, and happy 2012!

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  3. Game maker happens to be the tool I use, it is an excellent piece of software, especially for 2d games.

    Are you using the language or the basic D&D functions, I am fairly confident you can't get a game of that level using only D&D but I would like to know.

    While I'm at it, do you have an account on the YYG website? I would like to friend you.

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  4. I'm currently on holiday in Brisbane and have caught myself looking for an attractive british man in a cool hat.

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  5. Please please let him say "Ayup". What kind of music are you looking for?

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  6. Why yet another game in which you, you know, jump and shoot? I'm genuinely interested in the answer.

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  7. Looks cool! I hope you're having enough fun making it to actually finish it.

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  8. I'm looking forward to both, there's been far too few killer-rabbits in videogames. And Mogworld in your voice is surely a thing which will make most people feel funny in their pants.

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  9. Please tell me that these are "placeholder graphics" and this is not a representation of how the game is going to look. Conceptually, the game looks fantastic, but the art style just looks like something a 10 year old made in Game Maker. >>

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  10. Now then, focus test - ey? Now as a Yorkshireman myself I reckon I could be help with that. If I can suspend my disbelief then any fucker can.

    Should you need an actual voice for Derek, ;D

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  11. Liking the look of the gameplay, not liking the look of the sprites, unfortunately.

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  12. You forgot to be sorry for using Lux Aeterna in the clip.. LoL

    Awesome news :) Stop being lazy and make more games.

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  13. Yeah, this looks like another excellent game to add to you collection.

    Perhaps a DVD-ROM of all your games, plus a copy of the Mogworld audiobook?

    All for the nice low price of, say, $50?

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  14. Yahtzee, I've uploaded some generic dungeon music I "wrote" a while back. If you like what you hear you are free to use as you see fit.
    http://genericentity.blogspot.com/2012/01/generic-dungeon-music.html

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  15. Jesus Christ, cheer the fuck up, Yahtz. You've never been more successful yet I've never seen you act this self-loathing.

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  16. Okay I can understand about the not updating thing, cause of shooter season 2011, and the audiobook, and the game; but that's not your fault, you're only one person trying to balance too many things at once.

    Take a breather, list your priorities, and for christsakes pace yourself.

    No good will come out of you running yourself into the ground.

    Hope that helps a bit

    P.S game looks great by the way and there's nothing wrong with the font.

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  17. you mean requiem WONT be playing the entire time? :'(

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  18. Yahtzee, I hope you understand that if this game doesn't feature voicework from you as in that old Duke Nukem mod you made (Age of Evil?), a lot of people, including me, are going to be very very cross.

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  19. Not to sound like a needy child screaming for milk from their mother's tit but ... post a preview of the Mogworld audio project plz!!

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  20. As a yorkshireman and indie games developer, I'm glad to see more Yorkshire based protagonists in games :D

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  21. I was sold when I saw Yahtzee had made it, but I was doubly sold when he said it was influenced by cave story. Yahtzee plus Cave Story can't result in anything that isn't awesome.

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  22. Although I vowed to myself that I wouldn't point out the hipocrasy of making a trailer for a game, a few days before releasing a video saying that you hate trailers, I think this was quite well made. I look forwards to the game being released, whenever that it. If you ever need beta testers, let me know!

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  23. Hmmm, stumbled over here from RPS. Been keeping up with your game... roasts, for a while now. Anyway, I like your trailer. At first I was thinking "Wow this looks like crap.." But as I kept watching the game started looking more and more interesting! Looks like a cool gameplay mashup, keep it up.

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  24. this is an accurate depiction of what it is like to live in yorkshire

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  25. More games need to quote the Red Dwarf Smeg Ups.

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  26. Well now I have to change my last name to Badger.

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  27. I think you should stick to writing, Yahtzee.

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  28. Why won't you modify AGS's source code for your own needs now that's it's been realesed Yahtzee?

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  30. This looks fun as hell. Can't wait!

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  31. Looks like an awesome game in the making. XD And having been to Yorkshire myself, thank you for the horrible...horrible...horrible flashbacks.

    And damn straight you should apologise. For everything? Including the toast I burnt this morning?

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  32. Looks interesting. It would have been funny if Derek's sprite had its little fingers extended.

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  33. This looks neat! I will definitely play it, and lay out a few of my sparse, wicked USian dollars to do so.

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  34. Hi Ben, Poacher looks dead good, kinda like a playable Viz comic strip. I also think it's pretty damn impressive that you make your own games. It adds another layer of weight to your voice as a critic. Love your work, can't get enough of it.

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  35. The term "I just caked me pants" sealed the deal for me. Yahtzee you magnificent mad bastard...

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  36. Oh snap, I just bought the book-version of Mogworld. Didn't realize there was an audio book on its way. Doesn't stop me from getting the audio version too though, I may enjoy it in different ways and have two experiences... and the book looks better in my bookshelf ;D

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  37. I'd give this a blast yeah! You've sold it to me Yahtzee!

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  38. The graphics look pretty ok. The animation on the rabbit guts is superb!

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  39. i like your use of requiem for a dream lol

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  40. Yahtzee you twat, nobody likes you and you should go die...sorry I was talking to another yahtzee. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS GAME!! And hearing your sexy voice while reading mogworld is making me hard... of hearing...which was a counter productive pun now that I think of it

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  41. Audio book? Mogworld audio book? Hurray! The very prospect makes my eardrums tingle in anticipation. :D

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