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With just a week left in Spiderweb Software's Kickstarter campaign for Geneforge 2 - Infestation, Jeff Vogel brings us another project update that teases the next stretch goal, directs us to his blog packed with articles on game design, engages in some cross-promotion, and shares a couple of screenshots.
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The Geneforge 2 - Infestation Kickstarter is entering its final week! We’re really thrilled with how it’s turned out. We’re still a ways from our next stretch goal (a new storyline with a bunch of content), but there is always a surge of backers and interest near the end. Fingers crossed!
To try to get attention, I’ve been writing a flurry of blog posts on our Substack. There isn’t a huge market for really long articles on game design, but we’re working every angle to get attention. Also, though it’s a lot of work, it is a nice hobby.
Meanwhile, we’re working on the game. Our freelancers are producing a bunch of really nice new art, including a variety of new creatures. Hopefully some of it can be shown off next week. We’re also doing the million things necessary to write a new game: Picking through the code and updating things. Looking at new versions of the game engine. Loading in new graphics assets and making chest sheets with bits of into I constantly need to refer to.
We’re also looking at how the game will be expanded. Geneforge 2 has some much-loved characters and factions. They will be fleshed out with expanded dialogue, side quests, and other things to make them more fun. This takes a lot of planning, and we’re starting early.
Finally, we have a cool bit of cross-promotion. From Lone Shark Games comes the new base set and expansions for Lords of Vegas, a game that I helped playtest! It's a modern classic city-building game about sprawling giant casinos across Sin City. Lone Shark is releasing the game's first-ever 6-Player Base Set, plus the multicity expansion Americana and the convention deck Con Jobs. If you've ever wanted to build a gambling capital from the ground up, Lords of Vegas is the game for you.
Anyway, it's time for the final push! Wish us luck, and we’ll let you know how everything worked out when the Kickstarter is done. See you on the other side!
- Jeff Vogel