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Will To Survive
Kickstarter Update : The Gargantuan
August 1, 2013 - Liquidoodle

The Kickstarter is going well so far. We've now reached the £1K mark! There's still a way to go but the response has been great so far. Thanks to all those who have pledged and shared the project.

The Gargantuan
I've managed to sneak in a bit of alien concept art time in amongst the busy schedule of running a Kickstarter. This is one that I've been wanting to design for a while now. It's a rather big brute who has a rather devastating secondary attack capable of destroying both sets of cover during a fight. Scary!



As the threat level of the world increases, the scale, amount and sheer power of the aliens will increase with it. As that happens Will needs bigger weapons or a way to reduce the threat... maybe he needs to sabotage their way of calling backup?

In The Press
The project has had some more press recently which is fantastic. I've been mailing as many sites as possible trying to get coverage. Here are the articles that went up recently.

IndieStatik[indiestatik.com]
IndieGameMag
BeefJack[beefjack.com]
IndieRetroNews[www.indieretronews.com]

This line made me smile :)
"Oh my, this is the Milo game that Molyneux wanted to make! Well, almost. At least it has aliens." - Chris Priestman (IndieStatik)

The last one is in Dutch, so a translation may be required for some :)
http://www.gamestalker.nl/will-to-survive-kickstarter/

If you know of any other sites that would be interested be sure to comment or send me a message.

Update #2 Kickstarter Link

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Liquidoodle Aug 2, 2013 @ 7:37am 
@Wolfborn - Nice, actually I've just realised I've been in touch with RockLeeSmile already. My head is all full of names so it gets confusing! I'm popping a mail to him in the next minute once I'm done replying on Steam. I love the look of the turn based stuff in Shadow Run Returns, I think that kind of combat would be lovely but it would all come down to development time. It may be extra work compared to what I have at the moment but I'm going to have a sit down and plan all of that soon once the Kickstarter is over.

@ContraptionDay - Yes, definitely! I'm currently doing some art for a Kickstarter update to try and give an idea of how weapon customisation will work. We don't have a huge array of guns in the UK so Will has to grab what he can. Also, if the world has a finite supply of weapons and ammo stealing alien weapons will be key later down the line ;) keep your eyes peeled for the next two updates.
ContraptionDay Aug 1, 2013 @ 8:30pm 
Will there be an adapting feature with technology from the aliens?
I remember you mentioning XCOM was part of the inspiration for this so will Will try to use any scavengable items too his benefit?
Suggestion: Unstable Fuel Cells (Used like Grenades), Limited Usage Alien Weapons, and Biochemical Things?
Wolfborn8 Aug 1, 2013 @ 11:08am 
@Liquidoodle My pleasure, really; those two youtubers came to mind cause they tend to like most things permadeath-y and survival oriented (hopefully they'll check it out; I'll e-mail RockLeeSmile personally about it as well).

I guess the only way to have turn-based combat would be to replace the current model with a grid-based map whenever you'd have an encounter (you know, something like you see in a lot of strategy games such as the Might & Magic franchise, King's Bounty, etc). You could have randomised barriers in there as well, and you'd ideally have to move between cover while using your skills/abilities-- and in the end you'd be thrown back in the real-time overworld map. But of course I realise that's a ton of work! I'm just brainstorming, really :)
Liquidoodle Aug 1, 2013 @ 10:33am 
Hi Wolfborn. Thanks, I'm glad you're interested. The combat is still early stages at the moment so there's room for change on that front. Ideally each fight will be similar but I would like some extra mechanics in there to really make it shine. I've got lots of ideas that I need to have a go at putting in and seeing if they work. I have contemplated how a turn-based approach may work but have not yet come up with a concrete way to tackle it that works with the real-time nature of the game. This was how I ended up at the present real-time with Mass Effect inspired action select screen idea. It was originally inspired by Pokémon and Infinity Blade so that it would work on desktop and PC :)

I've sent it to a few YouTubers already but I wasn't aware of those guys, I'll be sure to send them a build on my next PR mail around. Thanks for that, it's very helpful!

Thanks for the support! :D
Wolfborn8 Aug 1, 2013 @ 10:20am 
Great concept art. I also watched your 16min gameplay video on youtube and I'm really loving the potential here. A couple of questions/suggestions: will the combat be like that for every encounter or are you planning to add more mechanics? Turn-based combat would maybe be interesting as well; just putting it out there.
Finally, one good way of bumping your kickstarter income is to provide playable demos to a few youtubers that might be interested in trying out your game. People like Northernlion, RockLeeSmile, etc come to mind-- they're usually really good at letting people know that they're only playing a prototype as well.
Anyway, best of luck, I really want this game to succeed :)