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Barkley 2: Another Fantastic Week

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It's been AT LEAST a few fortnights since we talked last, and honestly I planned on it being a little longer because our updates always suck nards. But then some twitter fellow caught me with a response and I said "I PROMISE" to send an update. So here we are.

Unlike Jean-Marc, B2 development hasn't completely derailed. Yet...
Unlike Jean-Marc, B2 development hasn't completely derailed. Yet...

THE DEVELOPMENT CONTINUES!  

So you all might remember Laz, the Wyld Finn, and his disturbing cavalcade of horrible game ideas. Well, we've given him a bigger role in the project, so Barkley is starting to veer off course and into a realm where gam3r pride and g4mer self-loathing painfully crisscross. Laz is working on a Legenday Dojo set a top the mountains, and also the mind-boggling puzzles you must complete to gain entrance to said Dojo. These puzzles of course, the machinations of the diabolical Fary-kin of Necron 7.

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High atop "Gilbert's Peak" are other sinful dangers. Such as the Mythical and MystiKal Jalapeno Stags, abbreviated to "'peno Stags." These enigmatic beasts seem to lumber across the ice-capped ranges of N7's southern regions, and then suddenly, vanish into the cold fog that persists as such high altitudes. To battle the 'peno Stag is to stare down the Red Face of F.A.T.E. itself.   

'Peno Stags are wild beasts filled with cruelty and malice.
'Peno Stags are wild beasts filled with cruelty and malice.

Then there's the Mines, where you must sneak around and execute certain secret plans for an enigmatic secret someone to obtain an item shrouded in mystery...

Drink colloidal silver to gain Blueface and bamboozle the Duergs.
Drink colloidal silver to gain Blueface and bamboozle the Duergs.

OH YEAH WE ADDED FISHING  

So now you can fish in the game. What does it get you? Well, more gun's of course. WHY would you do it? Well there is no reason at all to do it because videogames are meaningless. We're glad we added it. You'll love/hate it, too.  

Will you catch the "Ultermate" Lunker?
Will you catch the "Ultermate" Lunker?

BOSSES   

We also started adding some punk-ass bosses like Catfish Queen, Doppelkuwanger, the B.A.B.B.Y. System, and Running Mantis. Each offers their own puzzling combat design for players to decipher not only how to overcome but also to consider why we made such bold and rambunctious gameplay notions in the first place.  

Use your enemies tricks against them.
Use your enemies tricks against them.

WHAT ELSE ARE WE WORKING ON

Ever feel like a character is yapping too much? Maybe it's your 5th playthrough seeing the same cinema / dialog again? Or perhaps you're simply sick of whatever it is that you see on the screen? Worry not! B2 has a cinema fast-forwarding feature to make your gaming experience slightly more tolerable.

Custom Anti-Yapper System.
Custom Anti-Yapper System.

The tutorial is more or less done. This dramatic opening sets the stage for the tribulations of X114JAM9 and we gave a diaper-filler teaser of it on twitter a few months ago. We're pretty happy with the DARK UNDERTONES of the opening scene and I think some of the more... dark-minded gamerkin will feel the same.  

Wait a fortnight more and we'll drop some more B2 on ya. There seriously is a lot we are adding.  

Remember: you can't rush quantity.

sexualroofer6 sends his regards.
sexualroofer6 sends his regards.

 

We're streamin' again!

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Mystical Greetings,

Bhroom here, writing to let you all know that we have begun showing off the game on a more consistent basis, starting THIS WEEK.  We still have a ways to go for the game to be DONE, but I think we are comfortable enough to start demonstrating the game and answering backer questions about gameplay, length, B-BALL Quotient, and possibly other's.

DEV STREAMIN (Mondays/Fridays)

GZ and bhroom are going to plan to stream development on Mondays and Fridays for the next two weeks. We actually did a test stream last Monday and things went well. But we didn't want to make it a big deal just in case things went ... horribly wrong.  Luckily it didn't!

The game is complex to say the least. We had an idea that we could stream, encountering some bugs here and there and make it our goal to fix them by Friday, where we'll show the game again but working THE RIGHT WAY.  On Monday we came across a few things we wanted to change:

  • There was a weird balance issue with NORMAL Damage
  • There was a surface_stack error that happens randomly
  • There was a crash with a particular gun affix (Adhesive)

 We started on Monday by showing Gun's Breeding. We went over Genetic's of Gun's, Gun Parents (LINEAGE) and Types and Materials. Then we did a few quests from the early game. If you missed the stream don't worry. We'll update more regularly from now on. You can also see the archive here.

Catch the dev stream here!

Times are IN FLUX but because we are on Mountain Time Currently, we are thinking to start around 12:00pm here, so 2:00pm EDT tomorrow!

Entering the Utility Station
Entering the Utility Station


ART STREAMIN (Tuesdays/Wednesday/Thursdays)

In the middle of the week you can watch Frankie's Stream of Art on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays. He draws sprites on Tuesdays and Thursdays and makes effects for the 2001 unique gun's in the game on Wednesdays.

Frankie streams at 8PM EDT!

Catch the art stream here!

Party Time with Gutterhound
Party Time with Gutterhound

 

(wow these gifs are shit quality... well whatever... sorry)

An Update through the Fog

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Mythical Greeting's

An update has been long overdue, and now you shall have it. Below you will find two things: First off there is a short summary of what's going. Second there is a collection of pics, gifs and vids that will hopefully satiate your gamer's lust for the moment.

What's the haps, paps?

The game is still being worked on despite every evidence pointing to the contrary. What exactly is going on right now is mostly the clean up of NPC's and Quests, making sure every permutation is taken into consideration, fixing inconsistensies in the dialog and overall making sure they are all as they should be.  It is a slow, tedious churn but it will be done.  Ol' Frankie is about to finish all his 2001 gun's sprite's within the next week.

That will free him up to solve a quagmire of missing sprites and temp grafix.

That's really all that's happening at this time that is worth pointing out.   

Let's see the goods.

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Wasting a lot of time trying to pay the mortgage.

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Bootypocalypse is "thundering down"

Weaving around enemies with some recoil boosting.
Weaving around enemies with some recoil boosting.

 

A novel concept...
A novel concept...

 

Navigating the Sewers
Navigating the Sewers

 

Mysterious dwarfs chained to the walls giving you treasures.
Mysterious dwarfs chained to the walls giving you treasures.

 

Local Streettuffs
Local Streettuffs

 

The Library contains Ancient Tomes
The Library contains Ancient Tomes

 

The Tir na nOg Petstore
The Tir na nOg Petstore

 

There are stealth segments in the game.
There are stealth segments in the game.

 

Dank Donjons
Dank Donjons

 

The booming economy of Tir na nOg
The booming economy of Tir na nOg

Helping out Eric with his resume
Helping out Eric with his resume


As we pile on to Barkley, A Humble Vidcon with Heart Reveals Itself

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Greets to Thee,

So we have a slightly different update today, one that I hope will hopefully bring us good tidings and less chidings. But here goes:

In the long-ass course of Barkley 2 Development, two particular ToGsters have been working in in parallel on a lot of the content creation of the game. This means, minigames, menus, our cutscene and "event" system … (you know, pretty much all the stuff we've been avoiding showing anyone…)

Everyone's favorite Finnish bog hermit, laz, and "The Vidcon Don" himself, GZ, have been working incredibly hard on the game, and through their collaboration something a bit more … S.I.N.I.S.T.E.R. has been brought to life:

POZZO JELLO CRUSADE

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Check out the game HERE.

In their free time, GZ, helped laz put the ol' "HD REMIX" treatment onto an old game of his from 2005. ToG stepped in to help publish the game and we also used it as a test run for Steam app sales.

The game is a little puzzler vidcon that sneaks up on you. What at first may seem rather elementary turns out to be more like middle school or at least summer school level … They also went through and added a few secrets … one of them might even be … ahem, something pertinent to Barkley itself.

Here is what is included in this release

  • 40 Puzzle levels of Intenze Action
  • An "indie-first": full TELEDILDONICS support
  • Aforementioned Secrets
  • Characters, colorful and otherwise like:
  • Pozzo the Eponymous Jello Janitor
  • Herbert a Supervisor with "Everything to Lose"
  • Reginald the Dream Angel
  • The Forest Imp … who follows his own dark agenda.
  • PC Only … for now, and probably for a while

ToG is especially proud to include the TELEDILDONICS support. It is no secret that as We The People move away from the physical bounds of intimacy in favor of the virtual realms of satisfaction and pleasure, our most bosom desires will be fulfilled by someone or something where separation by thousands of miles is considered nothing more than a "mouse-click away."

We are very aware of the lengthy development of Barkley and another offering of a vidcon while we "take our sweet time" might come off a little uncouth. We just want you to know that the profits from this game go straight to the people who made it: laz and GZ. They and the rest of us at ToG are essentially working for free on Barkley at this point to get it done, so if you are interested in checking out Pozzo, just know that it's going to two upstanding fellas who are sacrificing a lot of their time to help keep Barkley 2 as their main focus.

News on Barkley

Work continues. We added a rather unique aspect to the game, that we're not sure exists anywhere else: procedurally generated menu borders. That's right, as you navigate the extensive menus in the game, the information described therein tend to be rather dynamic. For example, if meet certain requirements, you might be able to rent certain equipment as well as just purchase it. Since the inherent nature of the game is to represent itself based on player knowledge and not just what has been designed, we want the menus to adjust and take the form of whatever you the player have the options to do.

So menus adjust to what you have the ability, and by that, they need dynamic borders. A single line that just stretched out is too boring. Frankie made a bunch of pieces here:

We'll keep at this damn thing and we hope to have a good visible VERTICAL SLICE in the next few months.  Thank you again for waiting.

As Kurzweil once said "the only thing that's gonna get me in bed with that Sexy Blue Hedgehog is Patience."

The Gun's Kingdom Family: RIFLES

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Rifles update here, the second of the Gun's Families These are similar in behavior to the breakdown of the Handguns in that they have representations of both single-shot-high-damage, and automatic-lower-power attacks. Rifles allow the player more distance to the enemies, with combat generally taking place on the extreme ends of the screen.

A Note about Game View

If you notice, our game view is very zoomed in. We run at a native resolution of 384x240, but we use some shaders that require twice that resolution to work, so you'll be playing the game at effect 768x480). 

Pixel Heights Analysis of B2
Pixel Heights Analysis of B2
 

Looking at the 384x240 resolution, the HUD is 30 pixels tall. X114JAM9 and most of the common enemies of the game are about 44 pixels tall. This only leaves 166 pixels of y-height combat potential. There is a little more range on the x-axis and we are building maps around that fact (you'll be moving more left to right than up and down in combat areas.) So the action of the game is taking up a huge amount of the screen.

This is generally a lot closer view in than most games. Look at how big your character is in Titan Souls:

Titan Souls from Devolver Digital
Titan Souls from Devolver Digital

We feel that the close view, and the combat built around this view, gives a more "encounter-based" feel to the combat, and this hopefully intimates the turn based encounters of the previous Barkley: focus on character animations, attacks, zaubers, balls, slams, brasts and the like. You'll be dealing with 2 or 3 enemies at a time, then moving onto the next "encounter." Since those 2 or 3 enemies are all you can really see on the screen at a time.

If you'd like to know where we got the inspiration for such a close-up view, check out this great write up of The Chaos Engine and compare Barkley to the Amiga 1200 version. 

The Chaos Engine for Amiga 1200
The Chaos Engine for Amiga 1200
 

Okay so back to Rifles. These gun's will give you the maximum range given the viewable area of the game. Keep you distance and you'll be able to "brast from beyond."

Reminder of the stats:

  • DMG - (damage) the overall damage rating the gun delivers.
  • RTE - (rate) the firing speed of the gun
  • CAP - (capacity) the amount of ammo the gun can carry
  • SPC - (special) this could be considered the magic power of the gun, it increases the power of special affixes and properties any gun can have.
  • K+S - (knockback and stagger) while separate systems, gun's and their bullet's deliver a certain amount of force to the target that can knock them down or interrupt their attack
  • RCL - (recoil) how much this staggers or knocks you back when you shoot it 

Now to the gun's:

"Rifle"

Rifles
Rifles
 

Standard boring, and common. Handy to pick off those pesky Tengus in the Mountain Pass while they are still perched on their roosts and not aggressively circling above you. 

  • DMG - medium
  • RTE - low
  • CAP - low
  • SPC -medium
  • K+S - low
  • RCL - low

"Musket"

Muskets
Muskets

Much like the Flintlock Handgun, there is a fused-delay before your shot. This allows for much higher affinity to your Special attribute.

  • DMG - medium
  • RTE - very low
  • CAP - very low
  • SPC - very high
  • K+S - medium
  • RCL - low

"Hunting Rifle"

Hunting Rifles
Hunting Rifles

Faster and more versatile counterpart of the Rifle. You'll gain a speed bonus while brasting with this bad boy.

  • DMG - medium
  • RTE - medium
  • CAP - medium
  • SPC - medium
  • K+S - medium
  • RCL - low 

"Dart Rifle"

Dart Rifles
Dart Rifles
 

Low ammo but very high affix power, also attributes various combat effects due to the darts it fires.

  • DMG - very low
  • RTE - low 
  • CAP - low
  • SPC - very high
  • K+S - none
  • RCL - none

"Sniper Rifle"

Sniper Rifles
Sniper Rifles
 

Extremely powerful, low capacity. If you time your shots to your heartbeat, you'll gain a huge boost to affix power.

  • DMG - very high
  • RTE - low
  • CAP - very low
  • SPC - variable
  • K+S - high
  • RCL - medium 

"Assault Rifle"

Assault Rifles
Assault Rifles
 

Fires 3 round bursts, but lacks the pinpoint accuracy that benefits most rifles. Lots of ammo.

  • DMG - low
  • RTE - high
  • CAP - high
  • SPC - low
  • K+S - low
  • RCL - medium
Rifles vs Tengus
Rifles vs Tengus
That's it for rifles, next up are SHOTGUN'S.