So I had a great time at the London Anime and Gaming Convention, even despite some unfortunate setbacks. Indie Zone Administrator and developer at Grandpa Pixel (Folks behind the RPG Legenda series) was unable to make it at the last minute. What made it all the more unfortunate was that there were only three indies at the Indie Zone this year: myself, Crystalline Green (developer of Flight of Light and Atlantis Dare) and Hei Stories (Indie Animation Studio working on Seeking Scarlet At The End Of The World). Needless to say we brought attention to the many attendees who were walking around the gaming area, looking for something to play outside of the retro games in store.
I also did a short talk on game development in general, talking about my game development process and answering questions on topics such as piracy, game engines, looking for feedback and much more. Despite the small numbers, demoing the game did help find a few bugs and it was great hearing people say they love the visuals and the challenging gameplay. There was one kid who went back to the game multiple times, which was unexpected.
In a weeks time on Saturday the 18th to the following Sunday I’ll be at GEEK Expo in Margate. Unfortunately unless some other plans come up this will be the last event I’ll be exhibiting Gemstone Keeper before release, as I was unsuccessful with my application at the Leftfield Collection at Rezzed. I will be sure to attend Rezzed as well as GDC in San Francisco so there might be a chance to see me around. Till then I’ll be making my usual posts on social media.
Over a week ago, I was at the LGAC 2014 at the Rocket Complex. Secret of Escape was shown amongside nine other amazing indie games, and it was a brilliant experience to see hundreds of gaming and anime fans come down to the indie zone to check us out!
The Animeleague staff were brilliant to work with, providing us tables and equipment if needed, we were invited to speak at the opening ceremoney and a Q&A on indie games development so we had plenty of opportunities to get involved with the attendees.
I also had a chance to play through some of the other indie games on show, including some watch worthy titles such as Kraden’s Crypt, Legena: Union Tides, Narcisistic and #Dungeon, as well as other titles with potential such as Bard to the Future, Playtanic and some current releases like Spelmy and Space Farmers.
Of course several people had a chance to try Secret of Escape, and were thrown back by the challenging gameplay. While there were some technical issues, it’s good to see a lot of people enjoy the difficulty and showed a lot of determination to finish the eight level demo, some of them even succeeding in the LGAC exclusive challenge of finding the hidden passage to win a random mystery Steam Game Key.
In fact, you can now download an updated version of the demo right here.
The original LGAC demo had a video and the hidden passage challenge which have been removed to provide a more closer experience to the released game.
Many thanks to Animeleague for arranging the Indie Zone, as well as the other indie developers, exhibitors, vendors and attendees for making the convention such an awesome experience, I hope to return next year.
Just a quick reminder of what’s happening this weekend (5th-6th July). I will be showing off Secret of Escape in the Indie Zone along with 9 other awesome indie game developers and their awesome indie games! Alongside us indies, there will be Capcom, Ubisoft, Namco Bandai and GAME in the gaming area! There is also lots of anime, music, TV, film and web related events as well, so it’s a weekend worth going to!
Here’s the full list of indie games at the Indie Zone
More info on the London Gaming & Anime Convention