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Update #46

Brief update on Fargoal 2 with more to follow

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Dear Fargoal 2 fans & supporters:

This will be a brief update, to be followed up with more details later this week.

  • Fargoal T-shirt proofs have been approved and final backer orders have been placed. The T-shirt printers will inform us (by Thursday or Friday) of the approximate delivery schedule to Seattle, at which point we will ship them off to individual backers from here (for "ROGUE" and "FUZZY WEREBEAR" levels and above).
  • Fargoal retro posters are at the printers now. and expected to be printed/completed within the next two weeks (for "MONSTER SLAYER" level and above).
  • Regarding the game development: Fargoal co-owner Paul (@madgarden) and I are in the process of discussing the solutions for the developer resource issue. I will include details about the results of our discussions later this week.

In the mean time we really appreciate your continued encouragement and support of Fargoal 2, and I will report new information about progress with both the final rewards delivery and the game beta updates as soon and as often as I can.

— Jeff


Update #45

T-shirt design samples have been ordered, and other Fargoal 2 news

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For supporters at the ROGUE level and above (including our FUZZY WEREBEAR supporters), thank you for updating us with any address changes. We have three Fargoal 2 exclusive designs and over 185 individual T-shirts which are now queued up and ready to be ordered once I receive and approve the three design samples from the T-shirt company.

We've also recently received the digital proof for the 24x36 "retro-styled" Sword of Fargoal posters, and they will be ordered this week for the MONSTER SLAYER level and above.

While the T-shirts and posters are being prepared to be delivered, we will also be taking care of the few higher-level rewards still due. I will post pics of the samples when they arrive, as well as posting another update specifically covering the status of our development progress as soon as I am able to.

Sincerely,

Jeff McCord

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Update #44

Fargoal, Steam Dev Days, and our goals about Mac/PC/Linux release plan

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Our experiences at Steam Dev Days 2014

We wanted to give you this update regarding our current plans for the Mac/PC/Linux versions of Fargoal over the coming months…

(image from Dave "HybridMind" Evans blog post — link below)
(image from Dave "HybridMind" Evans blog post — link below)

We had the good fortune of being allowed to attend Steam Dev Days 2014 in Seattle a few weeks ago (January 15/16). While there, we attended quite a few fantastic sessions, and much to our surprise (along with all of the attendees) we received a developer version of the upcoming SteamOS "Steam Machine" device — in this case a GIGABYTE BRIX Pro, provided to attendees courtesy of Intel®.

(image from Dave "HybridMind" Evans blog post — link below)
(image from Dave "HybridMind" Evans blog post — link below)

I'll talk more about our experiences the conference below, but for some great reading check out Dave "HybridMind" Evans' great blog post about the event.

What we hope to accomplish with Steam

We've always known that our PC/Mac/Linux versions of Sword of Fargoal and Fargoal 2 can be released as stand-alone, downloadable PC/Mac/Linux versions of the game. But we've also long-thought that it might be ideal if we can strive to be approved for Steam at some point in Fargoal's future. Steam is a great platform, and we think some of Valve Software's future plans will make it even better.

If you've had a chance to read much about it, SteamOS is being brought from your computer room into your living room (directly to your TV) with the upcoming "Steam Machines" that Valve Software (Steam), Intel, and several third-party hardware vendors have been developing the technology for. Thanks to Intel (and Valve Software) we have been given a chance to start playing around with that technology. You can check out the Steam article about Steam Machines here to learn more.

In addition to the Steam Machines, Valve has also been working on a rad new Steam Controller, with touchpad input, customizable button sets, and haptic feedback. Our minds went wild when we started imagining the monster sounds, traps and explosions, and the potential collapse of Fargoal's dungeon all having feedback in your controller, and action buttons customized just for the game!

(also from Dave "HybridMind" Evans blog post)
(also from Dave "HybridMind" Evans blog post)

We are still discussing the details of how we can accomplish this and by when, but our current plan is to try and inject an earlier success for Fargoal by working to release our current version of "Sword of Fargoal" (1) on Steam, if approved, and then work toward the ultimate Fargoal 2 release for PC/Mac/Linux concurrent with our iOS release when we push through our development hurdles and get Fargoal 2 complete.

Side-Note: One piece of news from Valve Software at the conference is that the Steam Greenlight program may start to get phased out over time, so we don't know whether our approval process will for-sure be through Greenlight or through some new process that Steam is developing.

Once our plan is pulled together, we will give you more details in our future updates, but we expect to be able to formulate our first push (Fargoal 1) for a Steam submission, and report more information back to supporters as soon as we are able to. We will also begin to research a way to give back some sort of perk or other benefit within the game to our current Kickstarter supporters, if we get onto Steam (no details yet until we learn more of the rules, but we will look into what we are allowed to do within their process).

The side-benefit of going through the Steam process with our current version will be that we will also establish a pathway for Sword of Fargoal 2 (potentially on Steam later) as we get closer to its release.

There was a lot more going on at Steam Dev Days, but much of it — like the sessions on the now world-ready Virtual Reality for use in SteamOS games — was not as directly applicable to Fargoal 2. But please check out these links to the Steam Dev Days VR slides if you want to learn more…

More about the GIGABYTE BRIX Pro "Steam Machine"

For curious readers, you can learn more about the BRIX Pro version of the "Steam Machine," which was a selection for "Best of CES 2014" just prior to being presented at Steam Dev Days that we attended.

Update on our Updates…

I also want to apologize for getting off to a rocky start on my promised more regular updates that I hope to get out to our supporters (planned for at least monthly on the first Sunday of each month). Admittedly, it has been a tough month for me personally (mostly work-wise; day job) from the last update on December 15th to today. I'm afraid I missed Sunday, January 5th, 2014, so I am a month-and-a-day behind. However, I can tell you that — post-holidays — I am *finally* getting to the point that I am getting back into the groove, and I know I will be able to be more prompt in the future.

This means that the next 'for sure' update that you can expect will be Sunday, March 2, 2014 (the day before my birthday). But honestly there is more that I plan to report on (regarding T-shirt orders and other things) prior to that date.

Thanks for reading this update!

Sincerely,

Jeff McCord


Update #43 - For backers only

Long-awaited “Sword of Fargoal 2” update and renewal of commitments

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Update #42 - For backers only

Current Status on Fargoal 2 Beta (and expected dates beyond)

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