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Post by Juanjo_LS on 8th April 2017, 15:45

Thanks Roger? Terrible Joke
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Post by PythonBlue on 8th April 2017, 16:22

Juanjo_LS wrote:New screenshot: The landing in Ytria...

Looks very nice! Smile
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Post by Juanjo_LS on 8th April 2017, 16:34

Thanks Chris! Wink
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Re: Blue Moon: The Lucium Project [Juanjo]

Post by Juanjo_LS on 11th April 2017, 09:04

The Blue Moon page in Game Jolt is alive!
http://gamejolt.com/games/bluemoon/248676

Cool
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Post by RogerCAKT on 11th April 2017, 11:42

Another great game is going to arrive, I think!
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Post by Simon_Icehouse on 11th April 2017, 14:02

I think so. Well done Juanjo! It takes some time to create all these pages on different sites. I'll focus on IndieDB for Boïnihi, I don't think I need GameJolt if I plan to release the game on itch.io only.
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Post by Juanjo_LS on 11th April 2017, 14:25

Thanks!

I think IndieDB, Itch.io and Game Jolt are the three essential platforms for indie devs.

If I'm honest I don't like Steam and his abusive rules but I must to say that this platform is the most important for sales. So if you don't expect great sales Steam is not a good idea in my opinion.

My idea is to focus on IndieDB, Itch.io and Game Jolt... and I'm not to sure to use other platforms like IndieGameStand. I'm doing this game to see how far I'm able to get, not for the sales. But if I earn some money better! xDD
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Post by Josiah1221 on 12th April 2017, 05:50

Juanjo_LS wrote:

I think IndieDB, Itch.io and Game Jolt are the three essential platforms for indie devs.

I definitely agree Juanjo! I for one choose to visit those sites because the community is more about Indie devs and supporting them. Don't get me wrong though Steam is a great way to get a lot of attention if you get greenlight. But I think those sites are a much better choice for any indie dev.
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Re: Blue Moon: The Lucium Project [Juanjo]

Post by Simon_Icehouse on 12th April 2017, 07:34

I know that the Black Cube series wouldn't have "succeeded" without Steam. So many people care about this platform, they want their games on it in their library. The Steam keys are very famous and a lot of people love to receive new keys.
For me the main problem of Steam is that they take 30% of the sales, which is just huge. As I said somewhere else, if your banker was taking 30% of your monthly revenues, you'd certainly change of bank. With Steam there is no choice, you can't change of place if you want a bit of exposure for your game.

You need to know that 90% or more of my sales happened on Steam. That is why I am still interested in this place to sell my games. I've never been a big Steam user, never bought lots of games. I prefer GOG but they never wanted to publish my games Terrible Joke

That being said, I also much prefer smaller shops like itch.io and GameJolt (and IndieDB but we can't sell there, can we?).
The problem of these sites is that there is few done to give you visibility/exposure. I mean, if you don't have a strong marketing campain, you'll never reach a public. ASA and Catyph have been on itch.io for months (since the release of Catyph the game was there), but I sold less than 10 copies (I think?) despite a lower price than on Steam. (Because itch.io doesn't take 30%, I can affort to sell the game for a smaller price.)

Anyway all of it is more a business strategy. If you think, Juanjo, that selling quantities of games doesn't matter, which I agree, then you don't need to be on Steam. The smaller/indie market places such as itch.io and GameJolt are great and need to be encouraged more and more by smaller devs. They need to grow, expand, improve themselves more and more (but shouldn't become as big as GOG or Steam! Or they'll do the same business). GameJolt has made a lot of efforts in the past few months and it is totally going in the good way!

Personally I decided to try to make games for a living, so I need to increase my sales if I want to continue (even if I don't try to become rich, I don't really care about money, it's only a necessity), and so Steam cannot be avoided for my main projects up to date. On the other hand for smaller projects such as Boïnihi I'm going to try to release on itch.io (and GameJolt maybe). I won't reach a lot of people and the game will remain quite 'hidden' on the web, but at least it's only my real followers and Myst-fans who will download it and play it. Because on Steam you never know who will play your game, and it often happens that many people complain because it was not at all what they expected...

I'll stop right here, just wanted to share my past experience until now. Maybe it will evolve in the future, I'll let you know Wink
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Re: Blue Moon: The Lucium Project [Juanjo]

Post by Juanjo_LS on 12th April 2017, 08:14

I totally agree with Simon and Josiah.

Anyway I don't know how it will be the reception of Blue Moon by the people, maybe it is very successful and I have to put it on Steam and GOG xDDD (it's a joke).
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Post by Simon_Icehouse on 12th April 2017, 10:21

That is all I wish for the project (GOG) Very Happy
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Re: Blue Moon: The Lucium Project [Juanjo]

Post by Juanjo_LS on 3rd May 2017, 14:31

New screenshots (WIP) from Ytria's surface... this time the entrance of the Lucium laboratories:




I hope do you like it Wink

The progress of the game is slow but there is no hurry, I want to enjoy with the development and give the best of myself.
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Post by RogerCAKT on 3rd May 2017, 14:52

Beautiful images Juanjo!
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Re: Blue Moon: The Lucium Project [Juanjo]

Post by Simon_Icehouse on 3rd May 2017, 15:19

They are amazing pics. They were revealed in the interview with Chris here:
http://blog.theicehouse.fr/post/160228674481/interview-with-python-blue-release-of-asa

I will add them to the official Blue Moon page asap
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Re: Blue Moon: The Lucium Project [Juanjo]

Post by Juanjo_LS on 3rd May 2017, 15:29

Thanks Roger!

Of course Simon Wink
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Post by Josiah1221 on 4th May 2017, 03:52

Wow! So beautiful! I can't wait to visit there Smile But as I told Simon, don't rush, true masterpieces should never be rushed!
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Re: Blue Moon: The Lucium Project [Juanjo]

Post by Juanjo_LS on 4th May 2017, 09:11

Thanks Josiah!
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Re: Blue Moon: The Lucium Project [Juanjo]

Post by Juanjo_LS on 5th June 2017, 09:45

Small status report

After several busy weeks (allergy, adventure jam, Gameboss event...) I think I can continue with the development of Blue Moon.

I need to catch up to continue so I will spend a few days to do this.

I will keep you informed.
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Post by Simon_Icehouse on 5th June 2017, 10:22

Yeah! Good news!

How was Game Boss event?
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Post by Josiah1221 on 6th June 2017, 02:41

Good news indeed! Looking forward to more gorgeous screenshots Smile
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Post by Juanjo_LS on 6th June 2017, 08:38

Thanks Simon and Josiah!

The Gameboss event was exhausting... not very productive because this event is small but it was interesting.
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Post by Juanjo_LS on 8th June 2017, 12:17

Well, after a few days reorganizing the project I'm ready to continue with the development!

Right now my main task is finish the first level (Ytria's surface):
- Map of the Ytria's surface (almost finished)
- UI design (main menu included)
- Programming and implementing the basic mechanics
- Music and sound effects (almost finished)

I would like to finish this first level this month to see how it works and then the rest of levels, including the intro... but I will see.

I will keep you informed.
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Post by RogerCAKT on 8th June 2017, 12:20

Really looking forward to this!
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Post by Simon_Icehouse on 8th June 2017, 13:53

Yeah, me too!

With a very good soundtrack by Python Blue!
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Post by Juanjo_LS on 8th June 2017, 15:12

Thanks Roger and Simon for your support!

Of course, I don't forget the work of Python Blue... will be amazing!

I hope to show something in movement very soon Wink
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