Desperate Gods is an open source “digital board game” developed by Wolfire Games for Fuck This Jam, a week-and-a-half-long game jam based around making games in genres you generally dislike. In his design overview, Wolfire’s David Rosen describes how he enjoys board games but feels that their video game counterparts lack a lot of what makes them fun. Check out the video above to see how he and artist Aubrey Serr tried to overcome these problems while developing a unique board game from the ground up.
Wolfire has released the first content update for their “7-day” FPS Receiver, which includes a flashlight, a S&W Model 10 revolver, a Glock 17, and the ability to move your guns closer to the screen through the settings menu. Players who already own Receiver can get the update free from the Humble Store. You can purchase the game for $5 on its website or by pre-ordering Wolfire’s main project, Overgrowth.
Steam Greenlight: Receiver
Receiver is a new game from Wolfire Games, created as part of the 7-day FPS Challenge. Set in a randomly-generated building complex, the most exciting concept in Receiver (at least for me) is the realistic weapon handling, which lets you, for example, remove your pistol’s magazine to count your ammo. The movement and physics are also quite impressive but that’s not a big surprise, considering that this is the team currently working on Overgrowth.
You can play Receiver for free by pre-ordering Overgrowth or you can purchase it separately for $5 from the game’s website.
Wolfire Games has teamed up with Frozenbyte to put out the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle, which features three of Frozenbyte’s games: Trine, Shadowgrounds, and Shadowgrounds: Survivor. As bonuses, it also includes Jack Claw, an unreleased prototype, and the upcoming Splot, which you get as a preorder. As with the previous bundles, it’s pay-what-you-want, the games are DRM-free, and you can choose to give as much of your payment to charity as you like.
After the jump I’ve included the Overgrowth Alpha 125 video and the latest trailer of Trine 2:
Wolfire Games has hardly missed a beat with their steady stream of blog posts over the past few years, covering everything from the development of Overgrowth, their latest game, to the Humble Indie Bundles, to topics like DRM, software piracy, and iPhone clones. They’ve even created a number of helpful tutorials about stuff like art and linear algebra. Pretty inspiring lads, they are.
I thought this new Photoshop painting tutorial, by Wolfire artist Aubrey Serr, was worth posting on the front page. It’s not the first timelapse painting session they’ve put up on their YouTube page, but it’s certainly the most in-depth, with Aubrey discussing his process and giving tips as the video plays out for 23 minutes. Apparently there’s a Blender tutorial planned at some point, too – I’ll be sure to post it on TIGSource when it comes out!
For more tutorials, check out our Tutorials subforum. For a recent Overgrowth alpha video that I think is cool, hit the jump:
Hey, let’s take a look at some indie fighters that are coming down the pipeline!
First up is a new alpha release video of Wolfire Games’ bunny beat ‘em up, Overgrowth. The team reached a big milestone recently and began working on the game’s combat engine. To celebrate, they’re throwing a Beard Drive to get fans to subscribe to their YouTube channel.
The pay-what-you-want Humble Indie Bundle was an amazing success, raising over 1.2 million dollars, with nearly $400,000 going to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the wonderful Child’s Play Charity. We were really blown away by the response to the bundle and the buzz it generated across the internets. Definitely a win-win-win situation all around! Thanks to everyone who participated and helped spread the word on this!
To keep the love flowing, four of the bundled games had pledged to go open source toward the end of the bundle: Aquaria, Lugaru HD, Gish, and Penumbra Overture. Well, I’m happy to say that the source code for those games has finally been released! You can find out more (including all the relevant links), at Wolfire’s blog.
Natural Selection 2 was voted Indie Game of the Year by the members of Mod DB. According to developer Unknown Worlds, the above video reveals “the first game footage of the skulk, marine, gorge, command station, the sentry and a marine base chock full of marine toys”.
The other games honored are Wolfire’s Overgrowth, 0 A.D. (an open-source ancient history RTS), FOnline: 2238 (a pretty amazing-looking free-to-play Fallout MMORPG), and Platinum Arts Sandbox, a free, open-source 3D game creation program. Really cool stuff. I need to pay closer attention to Mod DB, apparently!
By the way, for those of you who were curious about the results of the NS2/Overgrowth Preorder Promo that happened last month, Wolfire’s provided a postmortem. And for those of you who were curious about Wolfire’s John Graham, Wolfire’s John Graham’s beard, and more importantly, Wolfire’s John Graham’s beard’s color, check out this video. Warning: it’s hot!
FOR ONE WEEK ONLY, pre-order Overgrowth and Natural Selection both for just $40 (normally $70). Pre-ordering will give you access to early builds and tech. You’ll also be supporting two great, fully-independent 3d game developers – all the money goes directly to them.
People who have already pre-ordered Overgrowth or NS can still participate – you get the other game for free!
By the way, John… regarding the pink beard thing… can we get a promise that the carpet will also match the drapes?