We are (NEARLY) Go for Launch!
Yeah, that definitely sounded less corny in my head, sorry guys! I'm not used to being in the limelight and having to compose my thoughts on paper, digital as it may be, for public consumption. Please bear with me here as I work my way through my first blog post, I promise things will improve with time!
First things first, I suppose I should introduce myself and my role here at Descendent Studios.
My name is Jon Bartus, though most know me by my handle 'Fallarnon'. I'm a 25 year old IT consultant and web developer based in Massachusetts. I've been with the team for around two months and I am the principle front-end and user experience developer for the Descendent Studios website. I'm positively pumped to be here working on this project and have been toiling away with my teammates on the Web Admin team to mold the systems we've chosen to launch this project with into a cohesive and user friendly experience for all visitors here.
While a lot of our work isn't ready just yet, indeed we have many things in the works that won't be released for a bit longer, it will not be too long until we are ready to publicly implement phase one of our website development plan for you all to enjoy.
As I sit here writing this we've just finished a team meeting with Eric 'Wingman' Peterson wherein we reached a crucial decision on which platform fits the best for our front end user experience. After much healthy debating we think everyone will be happy with their ability to engage on our website. In addition, it will allow us to meet our internal deadline for our upcoming crowd funding campaign. (Not saying when, but SOON)
I'm sure you're all deeply interested in the inner workings of our web team, I'd like to talk about something perhaps as interesting. Eric's expressed to the team, and publicly as well, that his hopes and intentions for Descendent Studios go far beyond simply starting another development company and producing STFU as a game, He also wants to develop Descendent Studios into a company that fosters and helps aspiring developers around the world in their efforts to learn the trade, develop their own ideas, and become successful in their own right. That's right, this game could be your way into the video game development industry.
With that in mind, I thought it would be fitting for me to showcase another game that just went Early Access on Steam that's captured my heart and has already provided hours of enjoyment. This game is 'The Escapists' by Moldy Touf Studios.
In 'The Escapists' you take on the role of a prisoner going about his day-to-day life in a prison doing the usual prison things. You sleep, eat, recreate, labor, exercise, do favors for other inmates.... oh yeah, and plot your grand escape! 'The Escapists' provides a light-hearted pixel-art setting for what is, in fact, an incredibly deep and diverse gameplay experience. There are a myriad of different items you can craft, steal, or buy to aid your escape, a selection of different prison jobs you can take to earn money and gain access to different tools and material you may require for your grand escape plan, and a set of stats you'll need to work on to improve your fighting or crafting abilities. You can take the brute force approach of incapacitating the guards until the warden finally caves and unlocks the front gate for you, or tunnel your way out in the dead of night to steal away unmolested, but be careful! The guards and warden are always vigilant and you'll have to be crafty if you want to elude a discovery that might ruin your plans and get you thrown in the clink.
Beyond the gameplay, which is superb, the thing that most impresses me about 'The Escapists' is that the developers have done Early Access right. The game plays very smoothly, I haven't run into a single bug in the hours I've played and have only seen mention of one bug in things I've read about the game. Clearly Mouldy Toof Studios has paid attention to other games and seen what not to do resulting in a release that is truly a pleasure to behold. I heartily recommend that if what I've described here catches your interest, you pick it up for a very reasonable $15 on Steam.
Get 'The Escapists' on Steam
In the meantime, I need to get back to work on making everyone's website experience a fun and engaging one. It is awesome to be working in the new "Verse" and we hope you will enjoy being a part of it too.
Fallarnon - signing out!