Storyboarding & Battlefields

This week has been a touch more on the technical side, as we've been looking into how to configure our tiles, among other things. To explain, the battlefield that you might remember from the combat concept mock-up posted last week is made up out of a number of hexagonal tiles. The characters and enemies then move and attack based on distances determined by the number of tiles.

That is the most basic version of this type of turn-based combat battlefields, but we want our game to offer more than that. Hence we've spent a lot of time discussing how the actual battlefield itself will be actively changing during combat, in order to keep the fights more varied. A few examples we've discussed include benefits from being on high-ground, environmental hazards that come and go such as flooding, and various ways of messing with the tiles themselves.

In addition, we've also created a storyboard for the introductory cinematic that, surprise surprise, will introduce the player to some of the characters and the plot. There's not much to show or discuss concerning this as it's all just hand-drawn ink roughs, so instead, you all get to feast your eyes on this coloured version of one of our enemies. You know the drill, the image is not final and it may not appear this way in the actual game.



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Combat Concept Mock-Up and Discussion

So, as previously mentioned in earlier posts, the game we're working on draws inspiration from various elements of turn-based combat games, and thanks to our artists, I now have a visual example to help, well, illustrate the matter.

As per usual (and you'll likely see this fairly often in future posts) all of the art here is in very early concept stages, and thusly everything is subject to change.

Disclaimer out of the way, let's talk a little about how the combat will work. The game could be said to have three distinctly different stages of interaction, these three being world movement, conversation, and combat. When the player encounters an enemy while moving around in the world, the game transitions into a combat phase, much like in the Heroes of Might and Magic games.

Once in this combat phase, the player characters square off against the enemy in a turn-based manner, the player and the game taking turns to move their characters around the battle map, using abilities and attacking the opposing characters.

As a reward for reading through all of that, here's the combat concept mock-up, featuring a guest appearance of Sir Placeholder the Stick Figure.

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Well Would You Look at That

Today, we're very pleased indeed to be bringing you some of the results of our work so far. More specifically, today we'll be taking a look at some character concept art, and yet more specifically still, a PR/HR manager type of character.

As with our previous project, please bear in mind that concept art is not necessarily even close to the final version, so everything you see here is subject to change. The final character may look entirely different in every single way. With that said, we hope you'll find it interesting!

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Announcing the New Project & Lemon Curd Games Store!

Here we are, the day has come where we announce our upcoming project and disclose the surprise mentioned in the last update. The surprise may have been spoiled somewhat by the title but hey, I've got to catch your eye somehow!

After a process of drafting & reviewing submissions, we held a vote today where the winning project goes by the name of Allthamon's Amazing Adventure (tripple-A for short) which will be a colourful, humorous strategy game inspired by classics old and new, such as Heroes of Might and Magic 3 and the Darkest Dungeon. We'll be going through planning and research this week, but expect more tangible updates in the near future.

"So, what about that Lemon Curd Games store", I hear you ask? Well, thanks to Design By Humans, we'll be bringing a wide range of shirts ranging from hoodies to t-shirts, phone cases, art prints and mugs! Due to a serverside issue caused by the site recently switching to new hardware, the apparel and accessories will take some time to solve some printing issues, so they're currently not listed on the store. The store design itself is very much a very, very early prototype as well, so the site's design is subject to change.

With all that said, two different mugs are available right now, and you can find them at the link below:

Click Here to go to the Lemon Curd Games Official Store

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Cateau in Review

Before we begin, we hope you've all had a Happy New Year and that you'll all have a great 2019!

Poor pun aside, this is not a retrospective look on Cateau as a project (although that might make for an interesting article at some point), but simply a little shoutout to Jacklyn Pritchett at Jax's Reviews for taking a look at our game.

https://jaxsreviews.wordpress.com/2018/12/27/cateau/

Along with that, we simply want to remind you all that yes, we are still gearing up to start a new project soon. So soon in fact that it will be announced later this month.

All good lemons come to those who wait.

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Kept You Waiting, Did We?

Well today, we have a small, non-specific announcement for you. We have decided to undertake a new project during the spring of 2019, but at this stage, we have no particular details about said project. This is because of the fact that we're currently drafting ideas, which we'll be selecting a concept from in January.

In short, stay tuned to the page, and expect updates in January.

Until then, we wish you all happy holidays and a happy New Year!

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Cateau Quality Update

Hello folks!

We're pleased to announce a brand-new update for the Steam version that fixes a variety of bugs and other issues to improve the quality of the game. While we have done what we can to verify that the update fixes the listed problems, we have a fairly limited sample size of tested systems, so please report any issues you encounter with the following elements:

- Fixed the introductory logo not playing on some systems. The Lemon Curd Games logo should now appear, animate and play its sounds correctly.

- Corrected a number of typing errors.

- Fixed the credits not playing when the button was pressed or the game completed.

- Various bugs causing characters not to appear on the screen should now be fixed.

- Added text to correct a minor narrative error.

Note: If your game doesn't update automatically, you can uninstall the game and simply install it again. This will not remove your save. Once the new update is installed, you can resume your old save just as before. If you wish to backup your save manually, go into the Cateau folder and copy the save.bin file and save this copy wherever you like. You can then import it into Cateau by simply pasting it into the folder.

Cateau on Steam

Cateau on Google Play

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Cateau Hits 1,000 on Steam!

Just a few moments ago, Cateau broke into the four-digit range, exceeding 1,000 unique downloads on Steam and over 2370 units distributed.

Not only has Cateau been doing well on Steam, the Android version too has exceeded our expectations, reaching over 320 unique downloads at the time of writing.

We never expected our game to have such a following or for it to receive such good reviews from our players. We have said it before and may end up saying it again in the future, but thank you all for your truly amazing support.

Cateau on Google Play

Cateau on Steam

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Even Greater News and an Apology

Firstly, a quick apology for the somewhat outdated News feed on this page. It’s been a very busy set of weeks! Anyway enough about that, let’s bring this up to speed.

As of 8 p.m. Swedish time on the 19th of October, Steam has finally resolved the bug that hampered our launch for 29 hours. Now no workaround is necessary, you can simply install the game through the Steam Store as intended. So if you haven't already, now is the time to give Cateau a go!

Cateau on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/949370/Cateau/

Cateau on Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.LCG.Cateau

On the 20th of October, over 1,000 licenses for the Steam version had been distributed!

On the 21st of October, we released the trailer for the Android version of Cateau. And with that, the News section is current once again!

Great News Everyone!

A Steam user has found a workaround that allows you to install the game despite the technical issues Steam is having with the launch. I have personally verified that this works, and here is the step-by-step process:

1. Make sure that Steam is launched and running on your computer.

2. Press the Windows key and the R key. This will bring up the command window shown in the picture.

3. Replace the default text in the window with the command line as in the picture, then press Enter. Here's said command line for your convenience: steam://install/949370

Now Steam should give you the option of choosing where to install the game, and once you have you're good to go. Massive thanks to Steam user Riedy for providing us with this solution in their review on our Steam Store page! We contacted Steam about the issue yesterday, so hopefully it'll receive a proper fix soon but until then, this solution works perfectly.

Normally I wouldn't ask you guys to share this post, but it would be immensely helpful in this case as we had a troubled launch. Again, huge thanks for all of your fantastic support all along the way! SGC still has a few days to go, and we'll be there for every one of them, so we hope to see you there!

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Cateau Has Now Been Released!

Available on both Steam and Android, Cateau is now ready to be downloaded! We'd like to give special thanks to all those visiting our booth and joining us for the countdown! There may be a slight delay before the publishing has finished going through, but it should be accessible through both platforms within the next ten minutes.

Again, thank you all! You have helped make this journey something utterly unique for all of us, and we shall henceforth dedicate any lemons acquired in your honour.

Cateau on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/949370/Cateau/

Cateau on Google Pay App Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.LCG.Cateau

One Week To Go

Originally Published Wednesday, 10th of October

So on Wednesday the 17th, SGC will open for the year and Cateau will be released, meaning that today marks the one week countdown. As if to celebrate, another batch of our zesty custom items arrived - the bags!

Why yes, featuring a stylish four-tone print, these cloth bags are sure to be the talk of the town, here modelled by Sara Jonasson, writer & creative director. For extra professionalism we left the ripped and torn cardboard box and the traditional camera man shadow.

Our Steam Store page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/949370/Cateau/

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Here We Go Again

Well honestly, I'm out of witty ideas for headlines. Last weekend, we were notified that we have been nominated for the SAGA Award, which is a joint arrangement between Skövde Municipality and Sweden Game Arena, the folks that arranged the summer event we were at and won our current award from, as well as the Sweden Game Conference that we will be attending next week.

The winner will be announced during the Award Dinner on Thursday the 18th of October, so the day after the conference opens. Regardless of who wins, we'd like to thank Skövde municipality and SGA for the nomination, as well as congratulate the other nominees.

Stay tuned for more updates about us and SGC, more will be coming in the next nine days!

Our Steam Store page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/949370/

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The Order is Placed, the Shipments are Moving

As previously hinted at, we are in the process of acquiring some goodies to give out to those dropping by our booth at Sweden Game Conference. More specifically, we'll be handing out badges, custom cloth bags and, of particular interest to Swedish university students - patches!

However, as I'm a cruel and miserly sort, I will show but one of these at a time. Today, please take a look at our badges. These are 25mm metal badges, perfect for sticking onto bags or the collar of that sweet coat that you almost never use.

More pictures will be coming, and we hope to see you there!

Our Steam Store page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/949370/

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Release Date & SGC Update

Happpy Monday everyone! Well we remember, when life gives you lemons...


...announce that you no longer have a preliminary release date, but a final one! As of Sunday last weekend, our Steam release date has been confirmed and as such the game will release on the 17th October. No more guessing or wondering required, and I can finally stop writing up comedic replies to those asking, so it's a win-win situation.

Secondly, as you know we'll be attending the Sweden Game Conference on the 17th-19th of October, as well as the festival day on the 20th. Thirdly, I have previously unreleased information concerning something we'll be bringing along. Our very own flag, standing at a mighty 200 cm tall and 85 cm wide the banner of Lemon Curd Games will mark out our booth at the conference.

You might then, quite reasonably, be asking: "But Linus, why aren't you showing us the concept that became the final flag design?!" Well my inquisitive friend, why settle for the concept? Keep an eye out for a real photo in the near future!

That, and there may be more things other than the flag to show off soon...

Our Steam Store page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/949370/

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Cateau - Coming Soon

Cateau has, as of 51 minutes ago, been approved onto the Steam Store! It’s currently in a pre-release state and the release date is preliminary, but barring any unforeseen complications Cateau will be available, for free, on the 17th of October!

You can view the Steam Store page for the game right now as a matter of fact, and the link will be provided below, where you can also see a slightly modified version of our SGA trailer.

On a related note, I’d like to give special thanks to our artists for helping me provide the images required to Steam, such as icons and headers. Goodness knows that if it were up to me there’d be some slightly misaligned stick figures at best. They also created this, in my humble opinion, fabulous promo image.

Our Steam Store page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/949370/Cateau/

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Lemon Curd Games Confirmed for Sweden Game Conference!

Exciting news! Having successfully pitched the game to the folks over at SGC, we will now have a booth in the IndieCator section of the conference, open throughout the event. Two Lemon Curd Games members will be running said booth, but should you visit you're likely to spot quite a few of us, sporting our dashing shirts.

Later today or early tomorrow we'll announce who'll be running the booth, and hopefully a list of every attending member.

Come say hi, play our game! Discuss the superiority of the lemon as a citrus fruit.

And who knows, maybe we are plotting and scheeming for a surprise of some kind...

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The Good Old Lemon Gathers Steam

Good news everyone! Today we have the pleasure of announcing that we have begun the process of getting our game published on the Steam and Good Old Games platforms! While we are aiming for an October release date, nothing is set in stone at this point. After all, we haven't been approved for either yet. Expect an update regarding the subject during the week!

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Breaking the Radio Silence

Oh boy, what a summer! Here follows a short summary of what happened, please visit our Facebook page (click the Facebook icon on our page to be taken directly to it) to read each individual piece in full.

Summary:

6/8/2018: We were nominated for two awards, for Best Execution in Art as well as Best Execution in Narrative!

10/8/2018: We did it! While we sadly didn't quite manage to get Best Execution in Art, we hauled home Best Execution in narrative!

14/8/2018: We were interviewed by the provincial radio section of P4, the interview then published online!

Said interview is linked below, with a manually transcripted and translated version for those who don't speak Swedish:

Click Here for the interview.
 


                                              The Interview Transcripted

Here is the radio interview, in its entirety, transcripted into English. Apologies for the delay, here's the link again if you wish to listen along to the audio while you read:

https://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=97&artikel=7019734

                                                        Participants

Interviewer: Josefin Möller

Lemon Curd Games: Cecilia Höglund & Linus Persson Lundh

Text within () is for context, [] denote quick replies injected into the dialogue.

                                                         Introduction
"Last week the Swedish Game Awards were held in Stockholm, a game developer contest for students and independent game developers who want to gain some visibility for their games in the world.

A gang of  game development students from the University of Skövde brought home a prize in one of the categories with their game."

                                                           Interview

Josefin: So now I have gotten myself to the University of Skövde, sitting here with two people from Lemon Curd Games, which is the group that won a prize in Stockholm with their game.

Cecilia: Yup, my name's Cecilia Höglund, I'm a lead for the graphics department, as well as having done voice acting, i.e. voices,  for characters and the intro.

Linus: I am Linus Persson Lundh, author and the one who manages our Facebook page as well as various other things on the web.

Josefin: Then we'll begin with Swedish Game Awards, in which you partook with your game,What is it? (SGA)

Linus: Well the Swedish Game Awards is a competition mostly for students, as well as other enthusiasts and hobbyists within game creation, so not individuals who are professionally employed or have been in the past.

Josefin: And, so when you decided to participate. was that a goal that you have worked towards long term?

Cecilia: I would say that to begin with, we made the game specifically because we wanted to complete something and feel that we have actually created a game. It is our first year after all, so even just the feeling to have finished was a wonderful experience, but then later we received information that this contest existed, Swedish Game Awards as it's called. There you could send it in (the game), which is precisely what we did.

Josefin: And then you even won in one of the categories?

Linus: We managed to nab Best Execution in Narrative. [Cecilia: Yup.]
But it's also important to note that we got nominated in graphics, (Best Execution in Art) and it's also very important to keep in mind that regardless of the fact that the nominations concern very specific things, that we never would have gotten to that point without the group. Say for example that we had been dissatisfied with how the game was presented, then we never would have submitted it.

Josefin: So Best Execution in Narrative could be approximated to mean roughly "Best Execution in Story-telling". [Linus: Yes, approximately.] (Translating into Swedish for the radio audience)
So how did it feel once you found out that you had been nominated?

Cecilia: It's indescribable, really. I think that I'm not alone within the game group saying exactly that, it being the first year (of studies) and everything. To all intents and purposes, we'd been working within our fields for half a year, I really can't even explain it with words. It was your birthday too Linus, at the same time, so congratulations on that.

Josefin: And then you brought home the prize in one category as well, so then it must have been even more joyous if at all possible?

Linus: Being the author, saying that it (the sensation) is beyond description is probably a poor omen as to my future prospects, but that's simply the way it is, it can't be described, that emotion. I remember that having well received the prize I sat there with the plaque staring at it for some five minutes, completely oblivious to the fact that at the bottom there was prize money. So our colleague Anderson who worked on the music and did a fantastic job, he went "Have you seen this!?" and then I went "Huh, what? Oh!". It's plainly completely surreal.

Cecilia: And I do believe that we screamed the loudest in the entire room when the prizes were awarded.

Josefin: So the game that you won with, that you worked on with your colleagues, can you tell (us) what it's called and what it's about?

Linus: The game's called Cateau, which is a game about what friendship truly entails, to put oneself in a situation with which one isn't comfortable or familiar in order to help one's friend to get better. That's the story in a nutshell.

Josefin: Within the title then, Cateau, can one guess that it involves cats in some way?

Linus: You can, for it certainly isn't the battle (by the same name) during World War I that we're talking about, so it's cats that we are discussing here.

Josefin: So what do you get to do within the game then? Meet cats, something else perhaps?

Cecilia: Yes, precisely. So one plays as the protagonist, friend of the character Roselle. Roselle begins to feel very poorly, and then it's about friendship as Linus said before, so one might engage in things that you're very uncomfortable with. Particularly meeting cats in this case, which the protagonist isn't comfortable with. Doing so you encounter many cats with different personalities, and Roselle then begins to grow more and more with time in the game.

Josefin: And with the game looking as it does today, is it completely finished, have you been able to publish it in some way?

Cecilia: I would say that a game is probably never completely finished, but on the other hand we're extremely proud of what we have accomplished and the plan is to publish it within the near future.

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