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Defense Grid set the standard for tower defense games and now we're giving you the power to make Defense Grid 2 real for everyone.
Defense Grid set the standard for tower defense games and now we're giving you the power to make Defense Grid 2 real for everyone.
6,291 backers pledged $271,726 to help bring this project to life.

24 Hours remain to get Defense Grid: The Board Game

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Hello Protectors of the Cores,

We just wanted to share a short reminder that the fine folks at Forged By Geeks have only 24 hours remaining in their Kickstarter campaign around Defense Grid: The Board Game and before it ends, there is still time for you to obtain one of the copies of the game for yourself should that interest you.

Defense Grid Board Game Prototype
Defense Grid Board Game Prototype

 

By all accounts, they've had a fine and successful campaign where they've increased the miniature count that they now will include in the box (more alien miniatures than they started with and a special Raspberry resource tracker), they've unlocked three stretch goals adding Foil AI cards with 12 card sleeves, pre-sorted AI decks in the box for a more immediate jump right into gameplay, and they've upgraded cards and map tiles to have a linen finish on them.  The box wrap will now be foil inlaid, and the box will now be UV Treated and numbered.

We've been so pleased with how the board game has progressed here at Hidden Path Entertainment, we decided to buy a copy for each of our employees here so they could all enjoy the game and have it in their own collection.  We were happy to help out the Kickstarter and we're excited to play the game and enjoy the miniature towers and aliens too!

Some of us can't stop thinking about the METAL miniatures add-on as well, they are so cool looking and such a special bonus add-on, even at the extra cost.

Metal Miniatures Add-On
Metal Miniatures Add-On

Today you can defend the cores on PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, in VR on Oculus Rift, and soon on your own game table.  

Raspberries might not yet be in season (unless you live in the southern hemisphere of the planet), but the board game is ripe and ready for you until time runs out tomorrow.

Defend the Cores!

The Hidden Path Team

Defense Grid Becomes a Board Game. You can back it on KICKSTARTER!

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Defense Grid: The Board Game

Two years ago, we heard from some local Seattle, WA board game designers.  They had a tower defense board game they were working on, and wanted to know if they could show it to us.  They wondered if we'd consider licensing the Defense Grid property to them for their board game.  It was an unusual request.

To be open, we weren't sure what to think at first.  We love board games.  We love Defense Grid.  But, Defense Grid has so many things happening in the simulation behind the scenes, we didn't see how it would translate well to board game play. 

Suffice it to say, the Forged by Geeks folks showed up at our doorstep, pulled out their prototype boards and pieces, demonstrated their game designs, and over the next two years, they not only showed us how it could be done, they convinced us that it HAD to be done.

TODAY, that dream is a reality - and YOU can actually BACK their Kickstarter - a Kickstarter that already successfully funded  - just 31 hours after its start a few days ago!  You can back these board game aficionados and see this actual Tower Defense Board Game dream make its way to your very own domicile. 

Defense Grid: The Board Game is a co-op game experience (or solo experience) with all the art and flavor of the video game.  Oh, I haven't yet mentioned the MINIATURES! Each board game box comes with 68 of them.  We here at Hidden Path sure like the look of the actual towers sitting there all in a row FOR REALZ with them aiming at dozens of aliens mobs sitting there FOR REALZ.  

Board Game Pieces
Board Game Pieces

 

Anthony and Rico brought several miniatures by the office the other day to show them around, and folks here for some reason kept "wandering" in the conference room "just happening by" and then took a real close look at the physical manifestations of the cool towers they had created in the virtual world.  That got people around here pretty excited.

What's most important of course is how it plays, and a gentlemen who goes by the name of Rahdo (we understand that he may play a few board games in front of a camera from time to time) came away fairly impressed himself.  That seems to carry some weight too.  

Other folks have already reviewed early prototypes of the game, others have met the guys at conventions over the last year and have had a chance to play multiple iterations of the design as it gets finely tuned and ready for manufacture.

We've been super impressed with the work, dedication, and how well they've captured the FEEL of Defense Grid in a board game.  If that sounds like something you'd be interested in, please check them out and consider backing their cause and getting a game for your very own self!

Protect the Cores!

The Hidden Path Team

The Defense Grid 2 Journey - One Last Reward Below

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Hello DG2 Team,

We come to the end of a long road started right beside you, on a journey began together some 2 1/2 years ago today.  

Defense Grid: Containment was created with your help and support, adding new levels, new puzzles, continuation of the story, and expansion of the world first introduced in the original game. 

And once we had the support and backing of a few others we were then able to take on the adventure that became Defense Grid 2.  All the tower building and alien invasion of the first, but now with new levels, new game modes, new multiplayer modes, user created content, dynamic levels, tower items, multiple levels of difficulty, real time score comparison, a new graphics engine, and more.

Along with the Defense Grid 2 game, you've had the opportunity to watch behind the scenes as we make games at Hidden Path Entertainment, whether it be through the 10 part Polygon series or the deeper version of the electronic Making of Defense Grid 2 book included in your special edition by Russ Pitts.

Author Mary Robinette Kowal not only contributed to the expanded story in DG2, but also wrote the standalone Defense Grid: Matter of Endurance audioplay which also shipped with your special edition and created an additional story experience separate from the game featuring General Fletcher, Simon, Cai, and a new character Governor Teydell.

Electronic or hardcover versions of art books from both games have now been sent your way inside the special edition or via postal service (the hardcover Art of Defense Grid 2 books have all shipped out now including those requiring international shipping which just went out this week).  

There have been thousands of shipments of video cards, mice, posters, t-shirts, audio buttons, and gun tower USB sticks.  We've delivered ringtones and the soundtrack from the first game and wallpaper images in multiple high resolution formats. We created private forums and provided early beta access to different backers.  Cheat codes were designed and included in the first game and personalized voicemail messages from Fletcher were provided. Names were incorporated into the story and the backstory. 

And the credits - so many names have made it into the credits, both of an updated original game and in DG2 (where you could speed up / slow down and go backwards through the credits to find your name if you didn't know that).

Only one last perk remains and today we're delivering it to you right here and right now:

  • Click THIS LINK to download the DG2 soundtrack, audio notes, and ringtone versions of the soundtrack for your mobile phone.  We hope you have a lot of fun with these assets.

And with that, more than anything, we hope that you were able to enjoy the game that you helped get made.  We hope you have enjoyed the entertainment that we've created for you and that you've been able to "protect the cores" in the way that you do so that is so different from how others protect their cores.

Our team will continue to monitor and address issues found in the game where we can.  Our recent conversations with Microsoft appear to have led to Xbox One multiplayer becoming active again as it seemed down and matchmaking wasn't available for a few weeks.  We're still not sure exactly what happened there as we didn't do any updates on the game.

We've recently addressed several Mac bugs, but are waiting as our colleagues at AMD release a new driver through Apple that update a group of their video cards that have some lighting issues that we aren't able to work around.

And on the topic of User Created Content, we're excited to see the map download sites that exist and expect to be able to add several new levels to the In-Game Store once the Steam Workshop for partners fully opens up and becomes operational - which should happen any day now.

If you've played through the game feel free to drop by Metacritic or the Steam Page or let others know how you feel about the game.  Game Informer is running a poll on what players think are the Top Games of the Year (including the Strategy category).  They'd love you to swing by and Vote for what you think. 

Thanks so very much for your support along the entire journey!

The Hidden Path Team

DG2 - November Book Release!

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Greetings and Salutations!  

We're happy to announce that Russ Pitts has completed his 312 page book on The Making of Defense Grid 2, and your Defense Grid 2 Steam Special edition has just been electronically updated today so that your launch-day preview of his ebook has been fully replaced with the final complete edition!

Here's the official "inside the book cover jacket" BLURB:

THE MAKING OF DEFENSE GRID 2 brings you behind-the-scenes of the creation of a modern video game. Over nearly two years and hundreds of hours of interviews, veteran video game journalist Russ Pitts (Polygon, The Escapist) has been given total access to every stage of development, and dives deep into the technological innovation, creative artistry and hard-nosed business that combine over weeks, months and years to make a game. From moments of startling inspiration to times of crushing stress, the author has been present for every aspect of production — major milestones, critical beta tests and sometimes contentious design meetings. 

Sit back, relax, and read the pdf file included with your Steam special edition on your computer screen, or feel free to email it to your favorite e-reader device and read the book on the go.  It's yours to read and enjoy, and you can revisit the events behind the scenes and learn more about all the folks on the development team you met reading the Polygon series, but in greater detail and with thousands of additional words of new content.

Thanks much to Russ Pitts for sharing his book with all the folks on Kickstarter and who purchased the Steam special edition.

Protect the cores!

The Hidden Path Team

To view, launch the game and you'll find in the left-hand corner of the launcher a tab for the book. Click that and enjoy! 

DG2 To You - Now

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Hi,

I've spent the last 40 minutes working over a hot mail-generator program and it looks like all the one key and three key emails have now been sent.  

Congratulations, your DG2 keys should now all be in your possession! 

Before sending I downloaded the latest and greatest email address that your accounts have on file with Kickstarter and 6,264 emails appeared to leave without problem with about 27 of the emails bouncing back as undeliverable.  We'll try to investigate the bounces and the DG2 keys to their rightful owners, but in the meantime...

Protect the cores!

Jeff