0.8.4 Release: “I hate stupid robots”

Download here.

Major changes include:

  • Many, many bug fixes.
  • The AI is way less stupid

On Saturday, September 22nd, I will be demoing Neocolonialism as a finalist at the Boston Festival for Indie Games showcase. If you are attending, you should totally stop by my booth so we can swap secret lentil soup recipes and be best friends.* I will also have a signup sheet for the upcoming beta release.

On Monday, September 24th, I will be giving a talk at Boston Indies about educational games. Hope to see you there too!

*I don’t know any lentil soup recipes. But I do like lentil soup.

***Edit 9/21/12***

v 0.8.4b release! Many bugs have been fixed that I missed on the first go-around.


Neocolonialism is one year old!

Give a take a day. As far as I can decipher from last year’s daily planner, September 14th was when I first started talking to my friend Rob (listed in the credits as the Visionary of the project) about what a game about globalization might look like.

I first released the game in the spring and since then thousands of people have played it and hundreds have provided feedback.  I want to take the time to thank the astonishingly large amount of people that have provided very generous positive feedback, and all the people who have provided critical but constructive feedback, and all the people who did not provide critical or positive feedback but were still very amusing.

I still don’t know quite what the future holds for Neocolonialism. Ideally, it will be complete in the year, and the final build will be sold for a small amount of dollars. I have for long had ambitions of crafting additional educational video games, and I am already several steps further down that path than I could’ve hoped for last year. Which is awesome.


Two updates:

As of a few days ago, I’ve been selected as a finalist at the Boston Festival of Indie Games, so I will be there on the 22nd showing it off.

I am working furiously on the next release. It will fix bugs and make you happy.

Thanks again to all that have checked this project out! May this year being even more awesome than the first.

Steam Greenlight: One Week Later

What a week it has been for Neocolonialism! Thousands of visitors to the Greenlight page, hundreds to this blog, tens of downloads, squillions of comments about the map being upside down. Much thanks to the many people who have commented here and on its Greenlight page. With a little (or maybe more than a little) luck, this project could really become something.

Highlights from the week include:

This amazing article on Killscreen!

Donations happened! Wow!

And my favorite comments from the Steam Greenlight page:

  • Southern Gentleman: “Looks like an economist’s wet dream, not mine though, not nearly enough banana hammocks.”
  • bosspatrone: “I’ll buy this game just because of the entertainment value I’ve gotten from all of the “world is upside-down” posts.”
  • RangerGxi: “*Is ardent capitalist… *Whatever, +1”
  • Yando the Man: “I’ll buy this like 3 times whether it’s on steam or not, make it”

Again, much thanks to the amazingly positive response!

Several players have (extremely helpfully) informed me of bugs present in the game. Such is the life of a game in its alpha-infancy, but expect a patch within a week or two.