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The next chapter in the Reemus series. A classic, Lucas Arts inspired 2D point and click comedy adventure game for PC/Mac/Linux.
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40 Years Later...

Posted by Jay Ziebarth (Creator)

So I turned 40 last week, I was actually in the process of writing an update when my wife whisked me away to a surprise weekend retreat where I participated in a sweat lodge and then later a Wim Hof Ice Bath. It was actually an amazing experience and totally reset my batteries. 

So now I'm back to reality and ready to share. A lot has happened in the last few months, things have started to pop and progress is finally being made. 

In some ways I feel like I'm repeating history a little bit, 10 years ago I made the Visitor and followed it up with The Several Journeys of Reemus. Right now I'm making a NEW Visitor and following it up with The Ballads of Reemus. Strange but exciting, ha.

So where am I?

Well I now have an office...

The Official Office of Zeebarf Games Inc
The Official Office of Zeebarf Games Inc

I have two full time programmers, Dom and Dan who are grinding away with me on a brand new VISITOR game. 

I started working on art and design for this game in January but I really felt like I was beating my head against the wall for the first couple months. I was rusty both art and design wise, I knew roughly what I wanted to do but nothing was coming out. 

So I just started drawing characters and animating them, hoping one of them would tell me a story...

None of them really did, until one day my nephew Austyn came to hang out at the office and I ended up sketching out this kid. From there everything started to come to life...

So I'm going to name him "Austyn" and this game will be his story. It's dark, campy and over the top. I'm pretty excited to watch it come to life. New characters are starting to crop up and the game is really taking shape.

You'll be able to explore the country side freely in this game, evolve your Visitor how you want and enter houses for a classic Point and Click adventure. 

The goal is to have this ready for September 2017 to showcase at the Fan Expo in Toronto. 

After that we'll be moving into finally finishing off Ballads of Reemus 2, which we're aiming for January 2018 release. A mere 5 years after I set out to make it and about 4 years late :)

With the advent of facebook live video I'm going to start recording some production videos to showcase the process a bit so join the Zeebarf page if you're interested.

Overall I'm super relieved that things are moving and I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I know the first game isn't Reemus, but I had to do it this way to push things forward. Plus Ballads is almost a prequel to The Visitor, in a bizarro cross over way. 

So a big thank you for being so patient and allowing me the space to twist, turn and evolve to this point. 

Now I'm off to devour some unsuspecting campers...

PS.  I will make sure you all get a free copy of this game! Thank you for your ongoing support. 

Konstantin, Kevin Kthulhu, and 11 more people like this update.


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      Jon Rike on

      In the vein of browser switching to mobile, will this game still be just a PC/Mac/Linux release (vs Android/iOS)?

    2. Jay Ziebarth Creator on

      Ty - Essentially the gaming space changed on us, browser switched to mobile and we couldn't transition fast enough. I ran out of money and had to get another job. I didn't want to hamper Steve so I left Clickshake to re-evaluate my situation. Took me a few years but I'm happy I made it back!

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      Ty Simpson on

      Also, congrats on the progress! I'm super excited to play another Zeebarf original!

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      Ty Simpson on

      Jumping on top of the Castro question since that question made me remember it, what ever happened to Clickshake Games? Looking at the website it's mostly spam posts on the forums at this point...

    5. Jay Ziebarth Creator on

      Brian - Yes, I'm going to do another update about that. It's a pretty cool project too!

    6. Brian Baker

      Welcome back! It's nice to hear an update. I was also surprised to see a boardgame version of The Visitor will be shown at Gen Con? Consider me intrigued!

    7. Jay Ziebarth Creator on

      Don't worry Bob, I'll make an exception and ensure you get nothing :)

      KSIMMS - No, Steve is working at another game company and currently working on his own project as well.

    8. Palindrome Bob-XSF-I'm in AGL589-BG5.22

      But, but but, I'm on a 'no rewards' tier. :P

    9. Helskel Thatguy on

      Keep it up, Z! Your shit is gold. And the longer it takes, the more it's a part of my childhood I can't wait to revisit. Go man go!

    10. Uri Chachick on

      Great to hear! looking forward to play both games :)

    11. KSimms ✵ ✵ on

      Is Steve Castro not working on this one?

    12. Kevin Kthulhu on

      Happy Birthday, Jay! Thx for the update!