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A unique ARPG with classic design sense meets fast-paced action, inspired by Japanese themes and the Red Riding Hood tale.
A unique ARPG with classic design sense meets fast-paced action, inspired by Japanese themes and the Red Riding Hood tale.
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Aussies and Linux! Ouya!

Greetings Hunters!

There's an awesome band of merry developers here at Spicy Horse, cranking away on Akaneiro, aiming at a full launch this Friday. As you might suspect, a fair number of them are Chinese (like Joey), but there's also a contingent of scruffy Expats from exotic places like Australia, Russia and the U.K. Two of the design/production leads on Akaneiro hail from the "City of Churches," Adelaide, Australia. 

Matt Razzano came to Spicy Horse 5+ years ago by way of an introduction from Ken Wong (our former Art Director). He left behind an exciting career in web development to build a life in China and try his hand at the game industry. Starting, as newbies often do, in QA, Matt helped make "Grimm" an awesome barrel of insane fun, before becoming QA Director on "Alice: Madness Returns." These days Matt guides and directs design and production on Akaneiro. 

Alex Egan started with Spicy just 5+ months ago, but has quickly integrated himself with the Akaneiro team. His background in statistics and programming has him right at home tuning and balancing the massive amount of game-driving data underlying all the wolf-slashing and demon-whacking. Oddly, Alex also came to Shanghai the Wong way, except this time through Ken's sister, Emily. Nothing Wong with that. 

"Ah, shut your mouth with puns and people!! Tell us about the new rewards for today!!!" You guys are no fun, but alright. Today, more Alice art! 120x limited edition prints on 80lb archival paper, being inserted into the campaign as an Add-On. Said image can be found below. These are *really* beautiful when printed. They are 16"x28" printed on a hand-pulled press. Each is an individual work of art! Get them while they last! 

And lastly, but certainly not of least importance... an update about Ouya and Linux. The nice folks at Ouya sent us a development kit and we're happy to report the hardware is similar to what we're targeting for the Android tablet port (i.e. Nvidia Tegra chipset). That's good - it means we can do the Ouya port with relative "ease," but it's still going to mean directing limited resources towards the effort. With that in mind, we're adding the Ouya port as a stretch goal. BUT we're putting it at the same place where the Linux port was sitting. What!? Read on...

Linux port is getting moved into the main goals, inside the 200k campaign target. We're doing this because so many Linux people seem... unclear on the concept of, "prove your desire by helping us hit our Stretch Goal." We're hearing a lot of, "why should I commit if I don't know you're going to make it." Fine. Help us hit 200k and we'll give you a Linux client. Fair deal? If so, let's see some support! Seriously, help me... help you. Come on Linux people!!!

All of this brings me to my last point (for this post)... We've rejiggered the Karma pay-outs at various levels so that by supporting the campaign you're buying in-game currency (and items, pets, etc) at a discount to the final pricing in-game. F2P games sometimes suck, and I know there's some resistance to the model out there, but our model, combined with Karma linked to support tiers = a really fair deal. 

From Shanghai with an Ouya in my Pants, 


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    1. Kenny Nierwienski on

      Glad to hear you've got your hands on an Ouya, as well as the good news regarding the games integration to the platforms hardware.
      I'm curious though as to the news of the Vita release? Has this garnered any attention what-so-ever?

    2. Nate Wiebe on

      Pledged due to Linux support. Does the $105 tier include the penguin? (I know it says all previous, but sometimes certain tiers are exclusive to that price point)

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      Jason on

      Totally agree with Nicole, Peter, and Andrew. I think this project sounds sweet and have already backed it, but I think you need to be more clear about exactly what is in each tier. (Now wish Kickstarter had a "upvote comment" :P)

      It would also be nice to see monetary amounts tied to the stretch goals. It's difficult to get excited about pushing towards a stretch goal when you have no idea how far away the goal is. I have no idea if the new expansion unlocks at $224k, or $500k. Also, it feels like (from a consumer standpoint) that guilds should be easier to implement than a new expansion, so having guilds further down the stretch goal list makes things confusing.

    4. Yuri on

      Thanks! It was definitely right thing to back you.

    5. Andrew on

      Hmm I see you actually kind of already did that, in a sense, but I mean that each tier should have its own graphic that shows everything included with that tier. Obsidian did a great job with that, for example, at

    6. Andrew on

      Oh, let me add that it would be very useful for you guys to create graphics of every tier and everything you get for each one (as well as all the add-ons). I know it's a pain, but it will make it more immediately clear to people coming across your KS campaign and they can more easily compare their options. A clearly outlined section of all the rewards will make it much more likely for people to back your project and maybe even get enticed to higher tiers... ;)

    7. Andrew on

      Any chance on a print of the Hobby Horse weapon poster? Would be super cool. ^_^

    8. American McGee 3-time creator on

      @Nichole, @Peter, I'll see what we can do.
      @Cory, it's more of the printing process, limited availability, it's numbered, never again to be printed - and it costs us more. Sorry not to be clear.

    9. Cory on

      ok. I'm a bit confused. How does this print cost more than the previous Alice one? It's smaller dimensions on a lighter paper.

      Then again I have no idea what you mean by 75lb paper and 100lb paper in the first place...

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      Peter Smith on

      Seconding Nichole's request. I got an email this morning saying if I upped my pledge to the next tier I'd get more Karma but there's nothing to indicate that on this page. For that matter I don't know how much I'm getting now.

      Just a web page with current reward levels would be really appreciated. I have no idea about these add-ons people talk about, either.

    11. killx_den on

      Instant pledge.

      Thank you so much for setting the Linux version to 200k =)

    12. SKArcade on

      Hey, fellow Adelaide peoples. I guess the most important question is....Crows or Port? :)

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      Nichole on

      Is there any way we could get some sort of updated list of what is included in each tier and also what the adds-ons are? I understand that you can't update the tiers on the side of the page, but it would be really nice to know exactly which tiers come with what. I've completely lost track of the add-ons and that makes me sad because I don't know which ones to get...

    14. nadeem on

      well thats a fair deal for us linux fans

    15. Daniel Sato on

      That is one *puts on shades* sharp looking print.