I have been working on tuning the weapons and ships a bit as we get closer to a public alpha. I am also doing a lot of tuning and polishing on the “Swab the Deck” level which will make the first 4 levels ready to play, about 3 hours of gameplay. Once I am finished with that level, I think we will open up the alpha to a limited number of people. Apple only allows for 200 devices to be on my developer account, and I am saving some of those for review sites and journalists, so if you are really interested in getting into the alpha, let me know as soon as possible!
Anyway, here is the current configuration for the weapons and ships:
Letters of Marque Stats Guide
We submitted a press release to GamesPress.com yesterday and there are some sites picking it up already, like GamaSutra! We also got up to #54 in popularity on IndieDB, and #5 on SlideDB!
I am not sure yet where all of the traffic is coming from, but we have been very active on Twitter today. I look forward to reporting what brought in all if the analytics on Funonium show it.
We are also trying out TestFlight for the application, and we hope to offer a limited public alpha soon for iDevices. Keep watching!
Here is a video that demonstrates how the player controls work in LoM.
There are two ways to control the player ship. You can choose to “push” the ship with your finger, or you can use a virtual joystick which (I find to be much more natural on larger devices.) When using the “push” method, the ship just sails away from your finger leaving the view in front of the ship and to the sides clear of fingers. When the joystick is enabled, anywhere you tap will create a joystick control under your finger.
The player can also pinch to zoom the camera in and out. Larger ships allow the player to zoom out further so they can see more (just one of the many perks to upgrading your ship.)
Here are some sketches of the new characters that will help you purchase supplies, tell you about your journey, and threaten your crew!
Artwork by Ashley Kozicki
Letters of Marque – Male Pirate
Letters of Marque – Female Pirate
Letters of Marque – Privateer
Letters of Marque – Female Merchant
Letters of Marque – Male Merchant
We also now have a twitter account setup. Follow us: @funonium
So I decided to make a more polished trailer for LoM today, and I really needed to find a new tool for screen capturing and video editing. I was using FRAPS on Windows to capture, moving the clips over to Mac, running Handbrake on them to convert them into an iMovie compatible format, and adding in annotations by making text graphics in the GIMP. Whew, that even takes forever to type! I played around with a few trial products and I finally settled on ScreenFlow.
I am quite happy with this software! I was able to create this trailer in about 2 hours, including the time spent learning how to use ScreenFlow! This is a task that would have surely taken twice as long using my old method. Anyway, here’s the trailer!
The second gameplay demo video is up and there are some annotations about the new features. Would love to hear what you think, and if you are interested in a private beta on your iDevice, contact me!
There are no further planned features for version 1! Tim and I are working hard on wrapping up the levels so we can go to beta. Here are some overhead images of most of the levels:
Swab The Deck
Clear Water Islands
Blow Me Down