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Update #31: Dig The Vote 2013!

What’s up Shovelers and Shovelettes!? Lots to talk about; let’s excavate!

Playable Boss Knight Campaigning Begins!

Long ago, in the olden days of Shovel Knight, we met a stretch goal to include 3 boss knights as playable characters in the main game. Instead of Shovel Knight, you could play as one of the Order of No Quarter (or the Enchantress!), with different gameplay and story! We promised that backers would be allowed to vote on who goes in.

But who’s it gonna be? There can only be 3!

We know it’s hard to choose, because we’ve been arguing about it amongst ourselves for months! That gave us an idea, so we are happy to announce...

Dig the Vote 2013!

Everyone at the Yacht Club has opinions about who is the best, and we’re sure that you do too. We’re gonna write some op-eds about our favorite candidates… and you should too!

If you need help deciding, we made an update! check out how each boss might play, and see their awesome art!! CLICK HERE NOW!

Send us your video, art piece, essay, animation, or whatever to convince everyone that your favorite knight is the best. We’ll feature the most impassioned pieces as the campaign continues… and maybe even have a fabulous prize or two! At the end of all this we will open the polls. That’s gonna be on Friday, October 4th: two weeks from today. Send everything by then! Let’s do it!!

We’d be sooo happy to receive your tweets @yachtclubgames

and you can also email us at

Awesome Indie Roundup Time!

Wow, there are tons of great games all the sudden! Some are out, and some are just starting their Kickstarter campaigns. Luckily, the Yacht Club is here to separate the wheat from the chaff. Here are some of the cool things that have caught our eye recently.

Legend of Dungeon is OUT! 

We Love Robot Loves Kitty. We love their game, Legend of Dungeon, too! We’ve showed you Legend of Dungeon before, and asked for help on Steam Greenlight. Well guess what? Thanks to you (and many others!), Legend of Dungeon passed Greenlight, and it’s OUT!! If you want multiplayer dungeon crawling with unique graphics and a wicked sense of humor, go get it!

Volgarr the Viking is OUT!

When Shovel Knight was just a twinkle in our eye, Volgarr the Viking was one of the first Kickstarters that we backed. We booted up the game and it immediately kicked our butts!

Seriously, Volgarr is the real deal. The design and character control are excellent, showing restraint and precision in ways that few games do. It’s available now on PC, so if you like crazy pixel vikings killing stuff ( and feeling AWESOME after beating a tough level )... get it!

Hyper Light Drifter on Kickstarter!

We have also been talking with Heart Machine, the team behind Hyper Light Drifter! This game looks crazy crazy amazing and it’s spreading like wildfire! It’s already reached more than 900% of its goal, but why not keep a good thing going? We might do a stream to help promote this game, so look out for that. And in the meantime, click here to feast your eyes on the beauty!

Robot Turtles!

And now for something pretty different! We are video game geeks, but we love board games too. Robot turtles caught our eye with its premise: a board game that teaches programming concepts to young kids. One of Yacht Club Games’ missions is to make sure that great gameplay is experienced by young people, so that they will become creators of their own some day. So, if you have young kids or know someone who does… and you want to help create a word of future game geeks... check it out by clicking here!

Shantae on Kickstarter! 


We have been all atwitter on our social networks about WayForward’s Kickstarter for Shantae: Half Genie Hero! Our talented friends and colleagues there are pulling out all the stops to make this game happen, and it looks awesome! WayForward are masters of sidescrolling platformers, and this looks like the greatest one yet. With luck, they’re going to make their goal any day now, so now it’s time to really get the word out and hit those stretch goals! Check them out here!

That’s it for now, everyone. Keep on Shovelin’, and think about the boss polls!!!


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    1. Yacht Club Games Creator on October 1, 2013

      @Godewijn: Yeah having each of them being totally unique is really important.
      @Andy: Jolly good times all around! Mood is a very important aspect that we'll definitely keep in mind!
      @Reading Owl: That might be because we haven't given real details for challenge mode! They will be different!
      @Jeff S.: We definitely want to make sure that the playstyle archetypes are unique and engaging.

    2. Jeff S. on September 30, 2013

      Oh, Mole Knight would also fall under #3 with his dirt teleport ability!

    3. Jeff S. on September 30, 2013

      No matter which Knights end up winning I think we need the following:
      1. One resource management type knight (e.g. Tinker Knight, Plague Knight)
      2. One speed run type knight (e.g. The Enchantress, Specter Knight)
      3. One special platforming knight (e.g. Treasure Knight w/ his grapple, Propeller Knight)

      ->I think Polar Knight would be cool and okay for replacing #3 because he is the biggest and also has a shovel. :)

      ->Please no Black Knight. He would be less unique play-style-wise.

      ->Also, King Knight looks like he would be funny, but I am afraid the "cheating" ability will just skip sections of a level instead of giving fun tools to progress through. King Knight would depend on what you do with the "cheating" ability.

    4. Reading Owl on September 27, 2013

      @ Yacht Club Games: Honestly, Black Knight just feels like another version of challenge mode.

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      Andy on September 27, 2013

      1) Specter Knight
      2) Propeller Knight
      3) Treasure Knight

      a good mixture of serious mood and jovial mood as well as extremely different gameplay styles to play around with and master sounds like a jolly good time.

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      Godewijn on September 26, 2013

      @ Yacht Club Games:
      Why? Well: Enchantress is the odd one out (Not a knight), Specter looks cool and seems interesting mechanics-wize, and mole because it's also pretty different and I like the earthpowers he has.

    7. Yacht Club Games Creator on September 24, 2013

      @William Cass: Glad you like the Dance animation! We look forward to having you join us for the next design hangout! Hopefully no weddings happen on that day :P
      @Ernest James Barron: That would be suuuuuuper cool!

    8. Ernest James Barron on September 24, 2013

      Maybe we could get Shantae or even Mighty no 9 as a playable character? ;D

    9. William Cass on September 24, 2013

      I LOVE The Shovel Shantae dance! Hahaha.

      As for DIG THE VOTE... I'll surely get my vote in, but I'm sad that I won't have enough time to make some kind of thrilling animation to make more of an impact. I'll try to get something out to you guys. Also, I'm sorry I missed the recent design hangout! I was at a wedding. :)

    10. Yacht Club Games Creator on September 23, 2013

      @Stephen A D Paul: That's a hard choice!
      @JD: Radio The Universe does look cool! I can see the resemblance to Hyper Light Drifter, but both seem really exciting!
      @Ray Olsen: Obviously! The enchantress is the best one on there! (Woz's opinion...but also the correct opinion)
      @Johnny Jenkins:Black Knight is pretty menacing....
      @Dascylus: That 100% mimics my vote. Though I think you'll have to fight Ian over Propeller Knight not being included
      @David Wagaman: Propeller Knight does bring the Flair......:)
      @Cameron W.: Whoever thought that managing an inventory could be so exciting!?
      @Ryan Bell: Thanks for the votes Ryan, at the end of this little campaign we'll have an offical pole setup so you can give official voice to your knight preferences. Also, RCR 2 looks really cool!
      @Rian Turner and BH: Shield Knight being playable has come up a few times, but we aren't sure yet how we want that to play out....maybe?
      @Curtis and Fiel Veredus : Variety would be really great to have, especially when thinking of the type of player that will want to play them
      @Jordan Hall: Lol Scepter Knight
      @Zerukin: We'd have to change the design of Propeller Knight a lot to have him say that :)
      @Jathis, Godewijn, Keyan Shokraie,
      Jim Redding, TysonQ7, GaijinGuyJim, and
      DuskShark: but WHY did you choose them?!?!
      @BladedFalcon: Yeah having the anchor chain does pretty much make Treasure knight a Rad Spencer kinda guy.
      @sabata2: Glad you like the Gif, though the game does look pretty cool i think :)
      @Brian McBehrer: I can tell it's gonna be a hard vote! But yeah, Specter Knight and Black Knight are a pretty cool team
      @Lutherian: Release Date Knight is away on a trip and will return sometime this winter!
      @Daniel: Flying and Throwing! The pillars of any good gameplay
      @Bradson Goldie: Specter Knight has such a mysterious past!!!
      @Tiago Morelli: ooooh the rare Polar vote!
      @Michael Pianta: That's really the best way to approach this conundrum, but I don't envy your decision!!!
      @Pink-Pummy: YEAH Volgarr!!!!
      @Matt Hughson: You should at least read the gameplay ideas! Those are the REAL interesting part!
      @J: We would choose! Yacht Club would have to fight it out and let you guys know how it turns out. This would likely not happen though...
      @Daniel Reynolds: Specter Knight does seem like a guarantee in!
      @Juan Rodriguez: Yeha Playable Females!
      @Alex Warner: Finally, someone sees the wonderousness that is Tinker Knight!
      @Reading Owl: No Black Knight Love?
      @Dascylus: Ooooh a hashtag!!!! Specter Knight tweeters rejoice!
      @Calliopé Nguyen: I like the way you think :)
      @Brett Morehouse: Ooohhhh someone interested in the Lore eh?
      @Tyler Head: An interesting line up, I like the way Polar Knight's gameplay really seems to match his intimidating visual design.
      @Msyk: That DOES sound pretty boss:P I think Specter Knight is going to take people by surprise when he's more challenge than they are ready for!!!!
      @Alan Manganti Lalonde: Mole Portal! Yeah he sounds like the craziest design we have up there.
      @Wesley Garland: Yeah Tinker Knight is pretty small, I wonder how that will play out in his gameplay? Seems pretty technical though
      @Owen Sayers: Looks like I know who you'd vote for if we had write-ins :)
      @Alex Ladzinski: Official votes will START Oct. 4th. This period now is more like a campaign.
      @Christopher Earnhart: Plague Knight and King Knight do seem to have pretty unique gameplay ideas!

      Keep em comin guys! Reading your takes on all the different gameplay ideas is great and we're really looking forward to where this will land!

    11. Christopher Earnhart on September 23, 2013

      Man, getting more excited for this. I'm liking King Knight and I don't particularly care who the third is, because they are all cool.

      But I am sooo hoping for Plague Knight! I love his old plague-doctor gas mask, I love throwing bombs in games, and in fantasy worlds, I love throwing some plague. Also, his mysterious background seems a lot different than the others, and it would be nice to have one humor/one serious/one different style.

    12. Alex Ladzinski on September 22, 2013

      I'm a little confused. Do we vote on October 4th or by October 4th? And if it's before, where do we vote because the only thing I can find is the list of bosses. :(

    13. Owen Sayers on September 22, 2013

      Black Knight seems like a must, as does Scepter Knight. I guess the last would have to be Shanta- er, the King Knight, depending on the implementation, the Royal Decrees could be really good.

    14. Cat Fight on September 22, 2013

      black knight - hard mode is a must! he sounds great, and would be an amazing character for the "hardcore" gamers who backed this game.

      scepter knight - our speed running character. lots of mobility and swift attacks + teleport. desperation attacks sound cool.

      tinker knight - the only character with a vastly different shape. very tiny, and lots of mobility. love all the ideas for his tinkering type stuff. + armor, + mobility, + attacks.

      these are my picks!

    15. Lunept_Lundea on September 22, 2013

      Hmm...I'd vote for Black Knight, King Knight and...Specter Knight!

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      Alan Manganti Lalonde on September 22, 2013

      Here are my choices right now. I'm still debating the swapping of one boss for the Enchantress, since she's awesome.

      Black Knight - I love Hard Mode/rival characters. BK being more technical also makes it a lot more appealing. It would also be a great way to familiarize people with boss characters.

      Mole Knight - Solely because I love the last design idea. You're basically saying we'd be playing Portal in each stage, which is beyond amazing! HOWEVER, depending on how you'd want to implement it, I might swap out this character with the Enchantress.

      Specter Knight - I must seem to love quick attacks. Anyway, this one's a perfect balance against Mole Knight: You're moving and striking fast and can dodge a ton with scythe teleportation.

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      Msyk on September 22, 2013

      Spectre Knight - Swift, Mobile, fun gameplay. High-risk high-reward gameplay with low health for continous special attacks. Sounds like a great time.

      Black Knight - Archnemesis of Shovel Knight. A Hard mode of the same, default game (give or take). Sounds like an interesting concept.

      Enchantress - Glass Cannon that obliterates everything? YES PLEASE! The most boss thing that we can do is play as THE boss. Also, female representation.

    18. Tyler Head on September 22, 2013

      a)Polar Knight, b)Black Knight, and c)Enchantress!
      a- breaks dirt in one hit, shakes the screen to stun enemies
      b- arch nemesis of shovel knight, must be in game
      c- the most OP character by description, ALSO female alternative +1

    19. GaijinGuyJim on September 22, 2013

      Propeller Knight, Plague Knight, and Specter Knight!

    20. Brett Morehouse on September 22, 2013

      I meant Black* Knight...

    21. Brett Morehouse on September 22, 2013

      Ugh... It's hard for me to choose... I think I'll go with the three I think have the most interesting stories to tell.

      Specter Knight, Shovel Knight, and the Enchantress.

    22. TysonQ7 on September 21, 2013

      Propeller Knight, Specter Knight, and Enchantress.

    23. Call on September 21, 2013

      Propeller Kinght, Plague Knight and TInker Knight !

      The three of them have badass way to be played ! (fly, bombs, gears)

    24. Dascylus on September 21, 2013

      Seeing a lot of Specter Knight here, let's keep that undead train rolling! Promote you fandom on Twitter using #SpecterKnight2013

    25. Jim Redding on September 21, 2013

      Propeller Knight,
      Specter Knight,
      Treasure Night.

    26. Reading Owl on September 21, 2013

      My favourites at the moment:
      Specter Knight
      Propeller Knight

      This wasn't easy at all. The only one I can do without is the Black Knight.

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      Alex Warner on September 21, 2013

      1. Treasure Knight - I loved Bionic Commando on Nes, grappling just feels great in 2d games (and makes you look skilled, even if you aren't). Once more I imagine based on the treasure mode idea they would draw from sonic style damage system, which i liked.
      2. Mole Knight - Sounds really fun, has tons of design space and sounds like it would feel far more distinct than the others.
      3. Tinker Knight - Quasi RPG aspects where I build up a repetoir of limited use power-ups: yes please!

    28. Keyan Shokraie on September 21, 2013

      1. Enchantress
      2. Specter Knight
      3. Plague Knight

    29. Juan Rodriguez on September 21, 2013

      I loved Polar Knight, and the Enchantress because she's a girl and games need more playable females. My third vote would go towards SpecterManKnight

    30. Daniel Reynolds on September 21, 2013

      Following the crowd big time with Specter Knight.

      Polar Knight is my vote for the twist on a shovel-toting player over the Black Knight if he is just a S.K. Hard Mode.

      Last vote is for Treasure Knight... a treasure hunter with a grappling hook/anchor sounds good to me!

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      J on September 21, 2013

      As much as I'd like them all to be in the game eventually, I'd pick the Enchantress, Black Knight, and Specter Knight. I'm personally quite fond of King Knight, Plague Knight and Tinker Knight as well, but they fall a bit below the others in voting priority for me.

      From the look of comments so far, there seems to be roughly even votes for all of them. What would happen in the event that all bosses get pretty much equal votes?

    32. Matt Hughson on September 21, 2013

      Based soley on art (too lazy to read all that text sorry ;) i would go with:

      1) Specter Knight
      2) Black Knight
      3) Polar Knight

    33. Pink-Pummy
      on September 21, 2013

      Tough decision, but my #1 is for certain the Polar Knight (sort of reminds me of Volgarr ;D )!

      Polar Knight
      Specter Knight
      Mole Knight / Enchantress ( I can't decide between these! The former sounds really fun to move around with, the latter is more mysterious, completely different looking and could play alll differently!)

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      Michael Pianta on September 21, 2013

      Oh my gosh! How could I pick only 3?!?!? I had a sense of which ones I was going to pick based purely on their designs, but then I saw your cool gameplay ideas and I DON'T KNOW!

      My thinking is that it should be whatever has the biggest impact on the gameplay - whatever changes the game the most. Plague Knight appeals to me because that would really be a different game. Having to gather resources to make potions and concern yourself with that - do I have enough bombs for this or that situation? It would be a very different type of gameplay problem. Meanwhile King Knight appeals to me too because of the sense of humor and the sheer awesomeness of his kingly strut! It would be such a lark. But Propeller Knight is another good choice, as flying around the level would be another major gameplay change. Plus I like the sound of that character - brash mis-adventure? Yes please! But The Enchantress - I mean what could be more cool than playing as the final boss? Plus, she's the only female right? That might be a nice change of pace. But then Black Knight - how can you vote against Black Knight? He looks so awesome!!! And then Specter Knight? Don't even get me started.

      The problem that you have guys is you've made all your designs way too awesome. In the future, you might consider making some of your designs less awesome so that it will be easier to choose between them. ;)

    35. Tiago Morelli on September 21, 2013

      I think Polar Knight need to be playable mostly because he also has a SHOVEL!

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      Bradson Goldie on September 21, 2013

      Specter Knight
      Propeller Knight
      Tinker Knight.

      I really want to know more about Specter Knight. Propeller Knight and Tinker Knight just look like they would be super fun to play.

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      Godewijn on September 21, 2013

      The Enchantress
      Specter Knight
      Mole Knight

    38. Tim on September 21, 2013

      Plague Knight, Propeller Knight, The Enchantress.
      Think of all the fun flying around as Propeller Knight.
      And throwing potions as plague Knight!

    39. Lutherian on September 21, 2013

      I wanted "Release Date Knight", a boss that gives people the final release date when you meet him !

    40. Brian Denning on September 21, 2013

      Absolutely Spectre knight and Black Knight. I'd also be ok with the Enchantress, Plague Knight, or Tinker Knight.

    41. sabata2 on September 21, 2013

      Plague Knight, Spectre Knight, and Enchantress are my picks.
      I may write up something for them at a later date.

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      Jason Knox on September 21, 2013

      The Enchantress
      Specter Knight
      Plague Knight

      I'm always interested in having more story to discover, and these 3 have stories to tell, like how they came to be who they are. If I was to choose 1 alternate though, it would be Mole Knight

    43. sabata2 on September 21, 2013

      I think the Shantae gif is better than the prospect of actually getting the Shantae game.

    44. BladedFalcon on September 21, 2013

      @ Yacht Club Games

      Whoops! my bad! In my mind I still keep seeing Spectre Knight as reaper knight ^^; I'll try to rell that in though :P

      And well, I love treasure knight not just for his design (which IS pretty baddass.) but because gameplay-wise, he sounds like a beefed up version of Rad Spencer from the bionic commando games, and I love that because it sounds like a very different style of gameplay than what shovel knight uses.

      Variety is also why I favor Plague knight and Specter knight, all three of them sound so different and fun to play in their own way, and I do tend to lean towards more "badass" looking characters than comical ones ^^;

      This begin said though, I love that every single character sounds pretty unique, so even if I don't get my way entirely, I'm definitely looking forward to whichever characters emerge as champions ^^

    45. Jathis on September 21, 2013

      Propeller Knight
      Plague Knight
      Mole Knight

    46. Zerukin on September 21, 2013

      My choices will likely be:
      -Black Knight
      Rival should be playable.
      -Specter Knight
      He looks like a freakin reaper! Reapers are badass!
      -Propeller Knight
      Give me the Power of Flight Lady Palutena!.... Oh wait. wrong game.

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      Jordan Hall on September 20, 2013

      Dang... I want them ALL!!!

      But seeing as how I can only choose three:
      - Propeller Knight
      - Plague Knight
      - and Scepter Knight

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      BH on September 20, 2013

      Does Shield Knight count? Wouldn't mind seeing how that playstyle would work. Plus, w/ the Enchantress, it might be kind of cool to have 2 boy options and 2 girl options.

    49. Fiel Veredus on September 20, 2013

      I have an idea that each character should represent type of player that play the game so
      here is my votes :
      King Knight
      - It's for fun purpose that can cheat through stage.
      Black Knight
      - It's for harder gameplay purpose.
      Spectre Knight
      - It's for speedrun lovers.

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      Curtis on September 20, 2013

      My two cents is that we should have at least one serious character and at least one funny character. If we can get that then most people who want one type of back story or the other should be satisfied. I like the idea of the Black Knight as a hard mode story, and the idea of King Knight literally cheating his way through the levels amuses me greatly, so I might pick him for funnys. For my serious character I'm torn between Specter and Plague, both their playstyles sound like a lot of fun. I guess I'll decide when the proper vote comes out.