Welcome! This blog has been created to chart the development of Tumbleweed Express, a "Travel Defense" game in which the player controls a steam-powered train that travels along the countryside utilizing mounted weaponry to fend off attacking enemies in a "Western Steampunk" setting. This project originated at the 2011 Fall Game Jam that was hosted by the DC Chapter of the International Game Developers Association.
This past weekend a few of the Dirigiballers took our latest
build to “Too Many Games”, which is an awesome convention just outside of Philadelphia.
This was a major milestone for our team for many reasons. First, we hired two
new developers (Duy Le and Ben Heard) this year and this build represents the first
major release of their work alongside the continued efforts of our more senior
team members. We saw the release of: (1) Track Switching, (2) Activate-able
Bridges, (3) improved Dirigible behaviors and capabilities, (4) polished new
menus centered around the improved Battle Menu that provides micromanagement of
the players train, and (5) further integration of story and tutorial elements.
I could go on about all the improvements, but let’s just say that we set our
goals earlier this year and we exceed expectations.
Too Many Games: Pushing builds and playtesting!
The audience at the convention really seemed to enjoy all
the new features and they provided ample feedback that we hope to incorporate
into our next build shortly. It was a real pleasure to interact with the Philadelphia crowd, you
guys really make game development worth it! I wanted to mention a few of the
awesome indie developers that we got to speak with. The crew behind “Default Dan” was awesome to network with and their game is excellent. There was also a neat student project by the “The Automatic Gentlemen”, which was a great throwback to the
platformer days of old though with an updated modern look and cheeky
characters! Finally, a quick shout out to Horizon’s End and Broken Crown Games, LLC. Please check out these titles as well as all the other great Indies that
attended the convention.
Too Many Games: A portion of our awesome audience and playtesters!
You might ask, what is next for the Dirigiballers? Well were
still looking for support on our recently launched Steam Greenlight Concept page.
We have an upcoming jam in two weeks where we will be setting our priorities
for the rest of the year. We should also be working on updating our game trailer
to show off the new content. We are really hoping to make it back to MAGFest and demo our
planned co-op experience for the audience. In the immediate future, we will be bringing an
intermediate build to “Indie Con DC”. This is a free and open to all ages event that is
hosted by “Gaming in Public” and features many great Indie developers from
around the DC area. The event will take place on August 3rd, 2013 at
PUBLIC tenley.Additionally, Indie developers
can get in touch with the organizers to get their games into the event. Please come out and support all the organizations that are making this unique event possible!