Update 5: Feedback Mailbag and new Let's Play videos!
Lots of exciting news to cover. Let's start with the most important: your feedback! I've tried to pick examples of the most commonly reported issues and display them here. Please remember, if your feedback isn't listed here that doesn't mean I'm not listening.
However, for another opinion on the matter of balance, we turn to this Totally Fair and Balanced Monster:
Well my friend, I'm going to have to respectfully disagree. You will remain cool, tough, and strong, but being able to one-shot well equipped heroes at level 5 is going to stop.
This is a super common complaint, and it will be rectified soon. In the mean time, don't forget you can toggle on enemy health bars in the Options menu (press ESC), maybe that will help you along.
This came about from my ears being terrible, desktop mixer being constantly out of wack, and thinking I actually had muted the game. This will be fixed soon, and Fighter you can be all the King of Carrot Mountain you want to be.
Awful! Good news ahead though, in 1.07 any knockback ability (player or monster) will break doors apart, as well as breakable objects like urns and barrels. Smash everything!
Right now, crypts come in three flavors of difficulty, not the nice gradual curve that overworld encounters and dungeons have. The plan is to add more monsters to the crypt (including more that aren't undead) and create a better gradient of monster power across the range of crypt levels.
New Backer Tier!
Multiple people have asked about a tier where they can get Alpha access without needing to buy in for the (awesome) physical copy of the Dungeonmans soundtrack. This is a fine idea, especially for monster crushers outside of the USA who would be forced to pay extra for shipping.
I've introduced the DIGITAL EXPLORER tier which will get you into the Alpha as well as provide you with a PDF copy of the Dungeonmans Almanac! Perfect for those of you who want set out into the earliest Dungeonmans experience but like to pack light.
Let's Play Dungeonmans!
Some awesome Let's Play videos have made their way to the interwebs. If you want to see more about the game while doing something else, or just laugh at some misadventures, there's plenty for you here.
Johnnyliltoe picks up from his last ignoble defeat and gets back into the dungeon with a brand new Rangermans! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vts6Oj9AVdI
The Game Hunter, known for cruising through ALL of the recent 7DRL roguelikes, has made three videos as he adventures forth to become the strongest. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLefBsUqEQ6aHOWjjD5_CcVJIumV59VrBL
Kawa tries her luck in the Convenient Scrobold Warren in another Rangermans journey! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04JIrCrKR5w
Dungeonmans In The News
RPGFan writes a full preview of Dungeonmans after spending some time crushing monsters and exploring the world. http://www.rpgfan.com/previews/Dungeonmans/
Kotaku makes a brief mention of Dungeonmans, thanks for helping spread the word! http://kotaku.com/you-can-play-a-demo-of-the-roguelike-dungeonmans-desig-788884448
Check out a full developer interview with the Jace Hall Show. What's this cryptic crapola about secrets!? http://www.jacehallshow.com/news/gaming/preview/20130715/star-wars-republic-developer-jim-shepards-roguelike-dungeonmans/
The Next Build
I'm going to delay 1.07 for a bit. I've been just overwhelmed with the media / business side of the Kickstarter and I'm not going to rush things. 1.07 features include:
- New dungeon layouts, as explained here.
- A smattering of new monsters.
- Bug fixes, balance changes, and a really difficult Dread Spire.
- Actual hidden things! Hidden on purpose, not just obscured by the UI!
It won't be too long before you see 1.07, I've just go to clear aside the time to focus on getting the T's dotted and I's crossed. It'll happen!
Thanks for your support!
As always, the Kickstarter thrives and survives based on the support from fans of the adventure. Every mention, tweet, and share helps the game get into more hands, which means more financial support, which in turns means a successful Kickstarter and a better Dungeonmans. I really appreciate it!
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ADVENTURER: One DRM-Free digital copy of Dungeonmans on all platforms it is released on. Should Dungeonmans end up on Steam, you'll get a key for a Steam copy as well. If you like, you can also submit one line of wisdom to be added to the Wall of Text, the in-game monument to talky tutorials.Estimated delivery:
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TRAILBLAZER: A true Pioneer, you'll get all the Guild rewards above with EARLY ACCESS to the Dungeonmans ALPHA, which will is scheduled to begin sometime in the fall of 2013. See features as they are implemented and provide immediate feedback. Find powerful exploits, test monsters to help define their behavior, and marvel at crash after crash. In addition to the digital soundtrack, you'll receive a glistening physical copy of the Dungeonmans soundtrack as well! Finally, you'll receive a PDF copy of THE DUNGEONMANS ALMANAC, a combination Academy Yearbook / Dungeonmans Artbook full of both in game information and behind the scenes detail.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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FRONTIERSMAN: All Trailblazer rewards included. You'll receive a SIGNED physical copy of the Dungeonmans soundtrack, and the DECK OF IDENTIFICATION, a full color physical deck of cards covering all the ferocious beasts to be found in the wild! Picture and vital stats on the front, detailed information about diet, migration patterns, and preferred flavor of Dungeonmens on the back. Hero-saving information at your fingertips!Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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MANS AT ARMS: All Frontiersman rewards. Work with the developers to design a WEAPON found in the world of Dungeonmans. You provide the name and the details, we'll smooth them out together, then get a fancy sprite made to represent the weapon.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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ARMORSMITH: All Frontiersman rewards + awesome HARDCOVER physical edition of the Dungeonmans Almanac signed by the team. Work with the developers to design a 4-piece set of ARMOR, complete with set bonuses. You provide the name, the details, and what you'd like the armor to do, and we'll work it out together. Players will be discover your armor and if they have the right Academy upgrades, be able to store special set pieces for future generations!Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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BEASTMASTER: All Frontiersman rewards + awesome HARDCOVER physical edition of the Dungeonmans Almanac signed by the team. Work with the developers to design a MONSTER for Dungeonmens to crush! This monster will get thrown into the mix and appear in dungeons based on the location and monster level. Provide the name, the details, we'll work it out together and build a badass monster, including a unique sprite.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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WARLORD: All Frontiersman rewards + awesome HARDCOVER physical edition of the Dungeonmans Almanac signed by the team. Work with the developers to create a MONSTER SQUAD that will work together and attack as a group! Build up to 4 monsters that will appear together in dungeons, overworld encounters, or other appropriate locales. Together we'll come up with art, style, and behaviors that make for a challenging fight. Put your old D&D group back together, sworn to the service of evil!Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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SPONSORS LIKE YOU: All Frontiersman rewards + awesome HARDCOVER physical edition of the Dungeonmans Almanac signed by the team. Have an entire CLASSROOM of the Dungeonmans Academy dedicated to you or someone you choose. Work with the developers to decide what feature this provides to the Academy, how it is upgraded, and what it looks like. The end product will be similar to the Alchemy Lab or Library in the preview build. Together we'll decide on custom art and a naming scheme, and you'll have built something that every player can use.Estimated delivery:
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CHAMPION: All Frontiersman rewards + awesome HARDCOVER physical edition of the Dungeonmans Almanac signed by the team. Work with the developers on having your own HERO and MASTERY built for Dungeonmans. This includes a unique hero sprite, and a Mastery with 3 to 5 powers that we'll build together. Players will be able to weave these skills into their own builds and choose your hero sprite to sally forth towards great adventure.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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DUNGEON MASTER: All Frontiersman rewards + awesome HARDCOVER physical edition of the Dungeonmans Almanac signed by the team. Work with the developers to create YOUR VERY OWN DUNGEON. The look and feel, layout, whether it will be randomly generated or a static encounter in every world. New art, a new collection of monsters, and a unique piece of background music that will complete the experience. We'll do this together, and if you are in the US and would like to travel then we will provide arrangements to get you out here to visit with myself and zircon to make sure we plan everything just right. You will learn first hand about game development, as well as create something that is part of the very foundation of the Dungeonmans adventure.Estimated delivery:
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