First, let me show you the official Artillery Royale logo! If you ask me, it’s beautiful.
Now let’s talk about Artillery Royale community. If you follow the game you now that we have a discord server where people can get news and give feedbacks about the ongoing alpha: https://discord.com/invite/fq78teW
Growing a community is hard, starting like me from nothing and nowhere — I don’t have any pre-existing network — I’m often wondering how I can get people look at the game and more than that, join the discussion.
On the game side, the technical base is working, know I’m going to iterate and add content. More weapons, more features etc. but what I’d love is to have player engaged in the process, so I’d know that this game will be enjoyed as much as I enjoy making it.
You will probably see me all around the Internet posting on Twitter, YouTube and other game related platforms. I don’t know how to do that, but I’ll report on that blog in a few months, hopefully with some results!
Right now I have some pleasant news, first Artillery Royale is coming soon on Steam (as a “Coming Soon” page) and because — or thanks to — the hard work I had to put in that store listing (Steam is asking a bunch of assets and other questions) I have a bunch of nice screenshots, banner, icon and… an official trailer!
It’s not one of my specialty + the game is alpha, so is the trailer, but still I’m proud of it
You can find me on YouTube too, I’m not yet sure of which channel I’ll choose, but I let you know! Follow and subscribe to everything, and we will see which platform wins.
Meanwhile, it’s Discord where all the news are aggregated, and where future player can take part in the development process!
Finding a name is a very hard task, and for a non-native speaker even harder. I thought I had something with Chess Battle, it’s distinct, has some meaning and straight forward to spell. Not bad.
Unfortunately on some very early blind play tests people got confused about the name. Some warned me that they were not good at the chess game and were hopping that the game did not need much chess skill.
Even if at the start, the chess theme sounded great for me, I did not think about that.
A game of chess is hard, and for most people, not even fun to play with. In that way Chess Battle sends a wrong signal about the game. And to be honest, it’s not that much chess related.
So here we are: Chess Battle is now called Artillery Royale!
When I spend too many hours on Artillery Royale trying to solve a problem or even iterating, sometimes I fall into periods of doubts.
I play my own game and I don’t see what I’m looking for. It’s not fun, not pretty, not well balanced. Full of bugs. In a word: it’s not good. From here it often escalates to the point where I realize the amount of work left. I feel overwhelmed. I don’t know where I’m heading to.
Mentally it’s hard to handle. The only solution I found for those moments is to step back a few hours, or even days. And hopefully, when I’m back to work it’s gone and I’m full of faith again (so far it worked like that).
I guess looking back at the accomplished work help too, hence my previous post about current progress.
I thought it’s important to share those bad feelings too because as indie developers we face many challenges, but self-doubting seems to be one of the worst (at least for me).
Do not hesitate to take a break!
On that note, it’s holiday time for me, see you in a couple of weeks.