Boy howdy am I excited!!!
The first reason--I have a daughter! As you can see from the picture, she is a 1-up mushroom with a bow. Our adorable little baby was born just a few weeks ago--both she and her mother are very happy and healthy. We are ecstatic, but as you can imagine the wee one was kept us pretty busy--I've become very good at holding a sleeping baby while typing code at my desk.
The other reason I'm so excited: the much anticipated Age of Grit Battle Demo has arrived!!! It's certainly been a heck dang ton of work but now Age of Grit is the proud owner of a fully armed and operational battle system. This is an absolutely huge milestone for the project! It's a massive part of the game we can check off the list.
We originally planned on doing a single web build for the demo, but unfortunately Unity's web player is being depreciated by most major browsers. So instead we have three different builds--one for PC, one for Linux, and one for Mac. Follow the link for your platform below, unzip the folder, and dive right in. There are four battles for you can check out--see if you can beat all four!
Age of Grit Battle Demo - PC
Age of Grit Battle Demo - Mac
Age of Grit Battle Demo - Linux
The two purposes of the demo are 1) to give you guys a taste of the game and how combat will work, and 2) for us to get some glimmering pearls of priceless feedback. We'd really appreciate all the constructive criticism you can possibly critically construct. Let us know what you like and what you don't like. Share with use any ideas you have on how we can improve things. For brief general feedback just post on over on the main comment section of the Kickstarter! For more detailed suggestions email us at email@example.com. It's difficult to build anything creative in a vacuum--we desperately need your comments, positive or negative.
There's still a few issues and we'll certainly make some tweaks and adjustments--especially after getting some valuable feedback from our beloved play testers (that's you). And again, this isn't representative of the full game but rather a demo of just the game's battle system. It's a big slice of the pizza but by itself it's not the whole pie. The rest of the game--traveling across the game world, visiting towns, talking with NPCs, upgrading your ship--all that stuff is well underway but still needs time and love and won't be a part of this demo.
If you have any trouble downloading or running the build please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you out right away.
And when you're done playing through the demo, if you're in the mood for some cowboy video game goodness there's currently a Humble Bundle that includes Call of Juarer: Gunslinger. For as little as $1 you pick up what I thought was a really fun and well crafted cowboy shooter--along with a bunch of other games too. I had a blast playing through it, it really captures a great fun cowboy feel. Crazy good deal if you ask me!
A huge thanks to everyone for all your help and support!!!