Develop 2019, awards, eldritch noms and hello Canada.
Some more meetings/interviews occured, games were checked out and a very important ice cream reprieve was had before the preparation process for what was to come.
NERDPOST: Content Frameworks in Cultist Simulator and Book of Hours
This is probably interesting to about 2% of the already select audience of this blog. Sorry, everyone else! But for those who are interested, this is from a Slack discussion about how the content framework in Book of Hours (which we’re calling ‘Vak’) looks like it’ll differently from the content framework in Cultist Simulator (retrospectively called ‘Fucine).
Cultist Simulator mobile: the all-singing, all-dancing data dump
I intend to experiment further with other platforms, but have no official news on the subject right now! Let me know your thoughts on our data above, and if you have any additional numbers you’d like to see. Hope our figures prove useful for devs considering mobile porting themselves. 🙂
A month full of pride
Finally, I hope you can find time to spare some empathy for me as I fully intend to send myself into a diabetic coma inhaling all the rainbow themed food I can get my hands on! I’M COMING HOME LAWD!
Cultist Simulator Updates/Fixes for May: Research makeover!
Finally, you might have noticed that both Skills and HQs are involved in the research mechanic, because this change is what we were leading up to. So high-end Reason and Passion skills now finally have a proper use, and swapping HQs is now a lot more than just flavour.
The Busiest Week of Our God Damned Lives
We haven’t posted for a bit, and I don’t think Lottie is going to manage a sprint update this week unless she works over the weekend which she definitely ain’t doing, so I wanted to talk about what’s been happening. It’s a lot.
Splash Damage – Women in Games Event
Thank you again Splash Damage for hosting this and for the million bottles of prosecco. BIG SHOUT OUT TO THE PROSECCO!
Marketing Hot take: The value of community.
The merits of community to the success of any art project – especially in the indie space – are obvious. This post is meant for anyone that would like some general insight into what I believe are the intentions needed when creating a community for your game. I apologise in advance for how many times I say “community”. I’d replace that with “cults” but we don’t...
MAR #1: EDWIN DROOD
Next sprint’s a bit of a squib for Alexis and myself, who are off to GDC for a week of dev talks, dev meets and definitely no alcohol whatsoever. Claire will be holding down the fort in our absence so ALL OF YOU BEHAVE YOURSELVES. ‘Til next time!
NOW HIRING: UI-Focused Unity Developer [Applications now closed]
Weather Factory is an indie studio founded in 2017 by Lottie Bevan and Alexis Kennedy (creator of Fallen London and Sunless Sea) to make experimental narrative games, and joined recently by Claire Sharkey of Sharkbit. Our first project, Cultist Simulator, exceeded all our expectations, and we’re growing the studio.
ONE WEIRD TRICK TO GET STARTED IN GAMES WRITING NO SERIOUSLY
Here’s the good news. This blog post really does contain one weird trick. The bad news: it isn’t a reliable list of steps you can follow, or a career track with an exam you can do, or the email address of someone who wants to hire you. Those things don’t exist. Games writing is a very competitive career. More on what that phrase, ‘competitive career’, actually...
Irish Introductions: The Sassy Legend of St. Brigid’s Cloak
Oh hi there folks, I’m interrupting your usual blog broadcast from Lottie and Alexis to introduce myself. I’m Claire and I support the Marketing and PR for Weather Factory and have been slowly using techniques I learned off the telly, to convince Sulo and Chi to run away with me.
(PS! A number of actual librarians, only one of whom got cross, engaged with us on Twitter about this. if you’re a librarian, please feel free to drop us a line at email@example.com with Interesting Librarian Facts or Things That People Don’t Understand About Libraries That Annoy Us. This is a game set in a fictional alt-universe 1920s library so I can’t promise it will address...
The Long Midwinter
Feedback is super welcome – more than that, it’s the whole point. I wrote a thread of protips on how to get devs to listen to feedback here, but honestly even if you just @ me on Twitter it’ll be useful. The balance needs a lot of tweaking, and there’s no Dream attacks to speak of, but you’ll probably find smart things to say that I...