Phew, after a year of hard work I’m pleased to announce that we’re just about ready to release Undermine in Early Access! The Steam store page is live now, give it a wishlist and/or follow if you are so inclined. We’ll be sending out preview keys a couple weeks in advance of the Steam launch; if you’re interested please drop me a line.
I’m stoked to announce that I’ll be opening for Aussie band OKA at The Carleton in Halifax on July 31st! This show has become something of an annual tradition for them, and I’m really excited to be on board for this one!
I’ll be kicking off the night with a live set of original deep/downtempo bassy stuff, and will have keyboardist James Spray (UFO) and guitarist Phyl La Ferrierer (Landing Sound) on board for a few songs.
Well, it’s official… Operation Hardcore is on Steam! Still a long way to go before I can happily say “it’s done” (if ever?), but still, a huge step towards this ludicrous idea of trying to make video games for a living (and music, of course) 🙂
So, a lot has happened since I first announced the game a few months back.
Firstly, I’ve partnered with a old internet acquaintance, Ricardo Chirino, to assist with art. He’s also stepped up on the marketing and promotion front in a big way.
Little known fact: he and I worked together on a submission for a 72 hour game dev competition over a decade ago. In fact, the game did fairly well (2nd overall, 1st in sound, as I recall).
Secondly, our Indiegogo campaign came and went. Though we were able to raise a few hundred dollars, it was nowhere near enough to support the cost of developing for Wii U. This led to a decision to instead focus on PC release first.
Ricardo and I then spent the next couple months polishing up a demo, which was released a few weeks ago. In parallel we worked on promoting the game on Steam Greenlight, including putting together this gameplay video:
Well, it looks like everything is coming together! The game was Greenlit on Steam yesterday and we’ve had quite a few downloads of the demo, as well as some feedback/reviews rolling in (make no mistake, the game is hard!)
What’s next for us? Well, another few months of development, for sure. While we already have a full alpha build of the game there’s still a long list of bugs, additional features, and a whole lot of polish that needs to be added.
To those who have supported us over the past few months: I just wanted to say thanks! We’re in it for the long haul, and we promise you it’ll be worth the wait 🙂
Most of you know that music is a big part of my life, and last year was a big year for me: I released 2 EPs, an album and several remixes; 17 or 18 tracks in total, I think!
What you might not know about, however, is my other passion: video games. (well, there have probably been some indications that I play a lot of video games, but I also have an interest and history in video game design and development.)
For 2015 I’ve resolved to really push this envelope, much like I pushed the music envelope in 2014.
On that note, I’d like to officially announce my first independent game title: Operation Hardcore. (well, the original name was “Badass: Operation Hardcore”, but sadly the folks over at Nintendo are likely to veto this so I thought it best to preemptively change the name)
Operation Hardcore is a 2D action game with the heart and soul of a retro game, but the mind and body of a current-gen game, including modern sound design and music (by me), analog controls, HD output, etc. I’m targeting a Wii U release later this year and, depending on how that goes, may be exploring additional platforms in 2016.
While the project is entirely self-funded, I am hoping for some help from friends and family. I’m running an Indiegogo (crowd-funding) campaign for the next month and a half. Anything you can contribute is greatly appreciated, and I’m offering several perks in exchange. Here’s a link to the campaign.
Feel free to reach out with any questions, words of encouragement, words of discouragement (you’re crazy/what the hell are you doing!), or whatever else you can think of 🙂 If you’re a fan of this genre and want to help in other ways, I will be looking for play-testers throughout the course of development (you don’t need a Wii U for this, just a PC and an Xbox 360 controller)
Thanks for your support,
ARM YOUR WEAPONS! PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE ALIEN INVASION!!
In the distant future, mankind is ruthlessly invaded by a violent species of alien that have wrenched control of our solar system, targeting the most densely populated planet: Earth.
Accompanied by a select squadron of elite marines, you are enlisted in a covert mission to infiltrate the heart of the invasion forces. The human race has placed its faith in you to overcome supreme evil and take back planet Earth!
The soundtrack to the greatest game you’ll never play!
“Battle for Planet Earth” is an 8 song concept album from Snug & jfspray inspired by classic action/shooter video games of yesteryear, complete with original box art and a track progression that tells a story of alien invasion, inter-planetary conflict and the subsequent fallout.
The album officially releases on August 5th but is available for pre-release now via Bandcamp: http://snugsound.bandcamp.com/album/battle-for-planet-earth
I’m excited to announce my next release, “Time & Space”, a 4 song EP due out on Influenza Media at the end of August. Keep an eye on the Fokuz page for release details. In the meantime here are some clips:
Anyone who’s ever talked to me about these shows knows that I’ve wanted to combine chill/deep electronic music with board games since pretty much day one but there simply hasn’t been a suitable venue in Halifax, until now…
For those who don’t know, The Board Room is a LICENSED board game cafe on Barrington St. with over 400 (!) games. In addition to a bar and a cafe they also have a kitchen.
As always my goal is to create a very low-key and INCLUSIVE environment, so don’t be afraid to bring people who you might not normally think to bring to a “show”: co-workers, family, etc.
(BTW, fear not, they have *3* copies of The Settlers of Catan plus expansions… phew!)