Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 5, 2013
The sale on Frayed Knights: The Skull of S’makh-Daon continues! 50% off until the 16th. That’s the day after tax day for us U.S. dwellers. If you are trying to figure out what to do with your weekend, this is a great choice! And guess what? It NEVER requires you to be online to play!
(If you wanna know where that came from – check out this big “up yours, gamers!” controversy that broke just as I was finishing up this post…)
Yesterday’s free game was won by David W. The game – 3079 – is a little on the weird and rough side, but in a good way. But today,
Today… I just want to share this video from Felicia Day’s “Geek and Sundry” channel. Some indies and gamers have been offended by it. Me? I think it’s hilarious. But then I don’t make the kind of games that are getting teased here. And – from what I understand – the makers of the video are friends with some of the indies they are joking about here, so it’s all in good fun.
Watching this video, I thought a little bit about Andy Schatz’s opening speech at this year’s IGF award ceremony. He noted how indie is slowly becoming mainstream, and the mainstream industry that used to dismiss us now treats us as if they like us. He said, “We’re still punk, but the whole world is a little punk now. Like it or not, we’re not The Clash anymore. We’re Green Day.” Indie has won. This is a good thing, and it’s a healthy development for the medium. But indies have gone from being the little tiny rebels-with-a-cause to… something else. It’s a weird transition.
And we’ve become popular enough that people are starting to make jokes about us.
But meanwhile – while I love innovation and the occasional weird game, I’m also pretty jaded and know dang well that 90% of innovation doesn’t yield good results, and weirdness is not strictly a virtue. I’m a fan of busting outside of the comfort zone and blazing new trails, but I’m also keen on using our roots, our legacy, as a base camp.
So for the weekend — I’m not giving away a free game this time. INSTEAD – I’m going to give someone here the chance to have a character named after them in Frayed Knights 2. Someone from today’s comments gets to pick a name (including their own) for a character in Frayed Knights 2. It’s my little thank-you to the community. Or, if you prefer, my little way of being a lazy bum and outsourcing design work to the community. Either way. You’ll have a choice of one of several options, including whether they’ll be a friendly or enemy character. You can provide the name (within reasonable limits – in other words, don’t be obnoxious about it).
This contest will run the ENTIRE weekend. The winner will be contacted on Monday. Ish. (It’s fun working with an entire world of time-zones).
To participate, just leave a comment for this post. About indie games. Possibly inspired by the above video. Some suggestions:
#1 – Why indie games are cool.
#2 – Why indie games are becoming annoyingly pretentious
#3 – What is your favorite indie RPG? Or favorite BESIDES Frayed Knights: The Skull of S’makh-Daon, if you prefer, because Frayed Knights is obviously everyone’s favorite, and not just because it is annoyingly pretentious and everybody who plays it totally gets it.
#4 – Now that mainstream games are starting to get friendly with indies, what sort of things would you expect to see? What would be an epic (or an epically STRANGE) mash-up between AAA and indie?
Or whatever else you wanna say. Have at it! And have fun!
(And remember to use a valid email address so I can contact you if you are the winner. I’m the only one who’ll see it, and that’s the only use it will be put to…)
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