While I’ve been too busy to work on Samurai Showdown as much as I’d like due to a combination of family responsibilities and Global Game Jame 2017 being a thing, I have managed to find some spare time in which to work on the game. While the next PlayUp Perth (read: the one on the 3rd of Feb) is dedicated to showing off the games we made during GGJ17, I should be able to take Samurai Showdown out in public again soon and get some feedback. Furthermore, and speaking of Global Game Jam, I should have a blog on it, our game, and the PlayUp GGJ event for it sometime after the event has passed.
In any case, let’s talk about what’s been added, what’s been changed, and what’s being planned for the future!
I’ve been working pretty flat-out on other uni assessments since my last update, however, I was able to find the time to take both Samurai Showdown and Small Gods to the Perth Games Festival and (attempt to) showcase them both to the public. I’ve actually been to previous Festival’s as part of the Murdoch student showcase that they do there every year, however unlike last year’s visit which was solely so that I could pass a unit, this time around I put significantly more importance on people’s experiences and feedback as Samurai Showdown has turned into a properly commercial venture and so a great deal more rides on it than ever did on my past work.
This year I once again went as part of the Murdoch showcase and so in exchange for equipment and a space at the event, I had to hand out Murdoch branded items such as puzzle panels and wristbands —the latter of which I gave away so many I was only able to steal one for myself 😦 :P. It was still a pretty good trade, though, as I meant that I didn’t have to worry about bringing anything with me to the event and all the setup was basically done by the time I arrived. Despite this, however, there were some unfortunate technical issues that meant that I was unable to show off Small Gods and so I wasn’t able to get any of the feedback I was hoping for. Anyway, without further adieu, let’s talk about what it was like at the Perth Games Festival!