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The most kid-friendly video game creation platform, ever.
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Bloxels is "Co-Creation"

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Hello all! This is our first big content update coming off a huge first two days. We're excited to have over 300 backers (YOU) and are well over 50% of the way toward our goal.

We've been receiving a ton of awesome responses on Bloxels, and most frequently we are hearing two things very encouraging things, [1] “Awesome for kids getting into game design and huge learning potential, show us more.” and [2] “Will there  be more game types we can build with Bloxels? Show us more!”

We hear your feedback and hope that this post is helpful in mapping out how Bloxels is a hugely relevant learning tool and to share more on our pipeline for game development after we release our first game, B.R.A.V.E. Squad. As our story develops, please continue to let us know what you think, share with us your input on how we are crafting the message around this complex but awesome product, and most importantly keep sharing what we are building!

So first off,  we want to show you why Bloxels is an amazingly powerful experience for kids, and it's all about what we've seen working directly with them.

Kids Getting into Game Design

The following video is from an play test session we did in Hillsboro, MO a few weeks ago. A huge thanks to the students and teachers there for letting us share this experience.

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What you just saw was something our friend at co.lab, Esteban Sosnik, explained to us as a great example of co-creation group discussion and strategy, teamwork, trial and error, iteration & more. We really like that term, and think that it captures the learning value of Bloxels without having to push it “on the front of the box” as an educational game, something we believe doesn't help sell learning experiences well to kids. And most importantly it's all wrapped in fun!

We'll be sharing more of these types of videos along the way. We're also shipping out a few sample boards to some of you as part of our Bloxels NOW! reward package and hope you'll share your own experiences in photos, video or text. 

If you're interested in testing and sharing your experience but just don't have the means to contribute at this level, let us know! We're going to set aside a few extra of our sample gameboards to send your way for a few days - we already have two box sets going out today.

More Game Types

Next, we mentioned MORE GAMES as one of the common questions we are seeing.

Our team (all 7 of us!) are hard at work on B.R.A.V.E. Squad, the first game for Bloxels, built around a game style that we think works very well for our first fully Bloxels-supported game. However, we sat down today and talked about all the excitement and the interest in the larger potential of Bloxels as a game creator and learning tool - something we're excited about too. We've decided that during the Kickstarter we're going to build a few prototype games using the Bloxels gameboard to show off the longer term potential in your Bloxels Box Set.

Rob, Rob and Mark fighting over who gets to work on the Music Generator prototype.
Rob, Rob and Mark fighting over who gets to work on the Music Generator prototype.

Below is a video from Mark and Rob after spending a bit of time last night on a music generator concept game for Bloxels. You'll see Mark holding the gameboard up to our testing camera and it's reading the placement and color of the blocks to generate sounds! It has a ways to go as you'll see, but the idea is that each block color will represent a different instrument, the order of the blocks will define the sequence, and the height will define the range.

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Also check out the video again – in the background you'll see something else we're prototyping. Josh pulled out our original 20x20 gameboard (which we decided this was too big for our first gameboard so we reduced it to 13x13) where he recreated the original Pac-Man level. We're working on a game like this as well. Expect more footage on these games soon.

So when will we release these games? They are just concepts for now, but we hope they show you some of the exciting new games coming in the future for Bloxels.

We want to hear your ideas! What game styles would you be interested in us prototyping and why? Want more learning based games, more programming based games, or just more silly games that you have you thought of for Bloxels? Please post in the main page so we can come up with a new ideas as a community and make Bloxels even better.

Other Bloxels Happenings

Rob Bennet, our CTO, will be speaking on a panel at Wizard World's Comic Con in St. Louis this coming Sunday, titled "How to be Impactful in Game Dev". Click here for more details and here is link to the event website, and if you are there keep an eye out for Rob and others for our team.

We shared a link today of our recently completed B.R.A.V.E. Squad for Bloxels Guide Book – a fancy term for instruction book. check it out if you missed it!

That's all for now. So excited to have you on board, exploring the next generation of Pixel Press with us.

- The Pixel Press Team

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    1. Retro Geek's Style on November 20, 2015

      Hi! sorry for the message, but I'd like to change my adress for receiving Bloxels, but I don't find where is it...can you help me? thanks :)

    2. Pixel Press Creator on May 21, 2015

      @Cheryl your Bloxels Kit will arrive just in time for Christmas! Love hearing the excitement from young creators and future game designers. Lots in store for Bloxels and many educational ways the board can be utilized. Thanks for the kind words and for backing!

    3. Pixel Press Creator on May 21, 2015

      @Brent and @Griffin we are really pumped to create new ways to utilize the Bloxels Board. There are so many possibilities and we want to hear what everyone thinks!

    4. Pixel Press Creator on May 21, 2015

      @Heather we feel the excitement!

    5. Pixel Press Creator on May 21, 2015

      @Marcia Love seeing Bloxels being used in a classroom setting! Kids really love collaborating to build the best level ever! Thanks for backing and being with us!

    6. Pixel Press Creator on May 21, 2015

      @Vampie Pac Man creator seemed so right!!

    7. Cheryl Howard
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      on May 21, 2015

      I loved the Floors app and also backed it in your previous campaign.

      For future versions of Bloxels, perhaps you could include different design themes as you did in Floors? I think the game elements could perform in the same or very similar way, just change the look-and-feel to the various elements. This may make it more appealing to a broader audience.

      I also liked the idea you mooted about "puzzle" game elements. This could add a lot of extra educational clout to your already awesome app. This could really emphasise the "non-violent" application of "knowledge and skill" over a "beef and brawn" approach to solving levels!

      My grandkids are already hounding me for access to this ... I shouldn't have shown them the video, now I'll never have any peace until my Bloxels package arrives!

    8. Brent on May 21, 2015

      The potential for this type of game, is endless. There is so much you could do with this. It would be really cool to see, the Music Creator, integrated into the game board, even if it is a single row, where you could edit the range to create the music for say a Boss Fight . . .
      Brilliant :D

    9. Griffin Patterson on May 21, 2015

      Really like the music editor. Reminds me a lot of mario paint. Could be like the x axis is the time and the y axis is the note. You could string multiple boards together to make a song. It would be fun to see multiple kids create different bits and see what the full song sounds like. Great project idea!

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      Heather on May 21, 2015

      Cannot begin to explain how excited I am!

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      Marcia Keefe on May 21, 2015

      Not Finished!
      I became a Mega Pack backer on day one with the intention of donating to a school. Now I don't know if I can give it up. Think I will need to back some more!

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      Marcia Keefe on May 21, 2015

      I'm hooked! I'm officially coming out as a Pixel Press Groupie. I'm so EXCITED about Bloxels and it's potential. As a former teacher, I love the classroom video and seeing the "co-creation" at work. I see great potential for classroom use. I became a MegaPack backer on day oneto donate to a school.

    13. Vampie on May 21, 2015

      OW yeah, awesome... custom pacman level creator :)