White Rabbit: Royal Scheduler available now!

I am pleased to announce the release of SkyBearGames’ second major game, White Rabbit: Royal Scheduler, available on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1238710/White_Rabbit_Royal_Scheduler/ and itch.iohttps://skybeargames.itch.io/white-rabbit-royal-scheduler

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The four nations of Wonderland meet every year to agree on shared policies and enact their various schemes against each other. There are personal vendettas to resolve and enchantments hidden everywhere, and did someone mention the dreaded Alice? You are the White Rabbit, and your job is to organise the schedule for the annual summit. Every decision you make affects the destiny of Wonderland!

Will the King of the barbaric desert of Clubs declare active war on the pastoral paradise of Hearts? Will Prince John of the psychedelic land of Spades be able to elope with Princess Julie of the wealthy Diamond nation – two nations that are deadly enemies? What’s up with the King and Queen of Spades’s weird marriage? Does the King of Hearts suspect his loyal Duke Jorge of having an affair with his wife? Explore this and much more as you negotiate the likes and dislikes of the twelve guests of the summit.

Features:
– lots of replayability with 42 achievements, 14 characters, and 25000+ words in almost 3000 lines of dialogue – each playthrough only reveals at most 1/12th of the whole fabric of the story
– gallery with 24 pieces of unlockable art
– choose between simple choice menu for first time players, and the drag and drop choice menu for the power players, with randomizer, repeat and reset functions
– player codex containing unlockable information about characters’ relationships, secrets, motivations, and player goals and event history

ALSO! Prince of Cats is available as part of the amazing itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality https://itch.io/b/520/bundle-for-racial-justice-and-equality . I cannot recommend this bundle enough! Over 1000 games, assets, zines and more for $5, and for a good cause. Please check it out, and if you must prioritise buying one thing over another, get this bundle before you get White Rabbit ūüôā

LOTR: The Death of Isildur

Well, the title says it all! James did give me a chance, however, to change canon by winning or fleeing. But Isildur got surrounded pretty early on and went down in one round.

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An ambush lies ahead!

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The Orc captain awaits…

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The column advances…

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Isildur and the ring sink to the bottom of the Anduin

LOTR: The Last Alliance of Elves and Men

We played Sauron vs. The assembled elves and humans last night. The heroes on the side of good were Isildur, Elendil, Gilgalad and Elrond. We didn’t have a Sauron figure, so… well, you’ll see.

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The Last Alliance lines up

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Sauron makes his entrance

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Orcs clash with elves and men

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The heroes face Sauron

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Cast the ring into the fire Isildur!

LOTR: Tutorial Shenanigans

Hey all! James introduced me to the LOTR war game recently. He ran me a little tutorial session in which I had to rescue a bunch of besieged elves and humans with Isildur. All the Numenoreans died… Racist elves…

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The Numenoreans prepare to defend the hill

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The orcs storm the hill

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Forget Sauron! What’s that in the sky?

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They are coming…

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The funeral for the last Numenorean to perish. He died on the last turn!

D&D: Into the Robe

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Today’s episode:¬†https://archive.org/details/SBGPlaysDDIntoTheRobe

Today’s episode of D&D is just a one hour one-off, in which James improvises a little quest for me so I can create my first uncommon magical item, the Robe of Useful Items. Combat-light, I really enjoyed this one! Here’s what ended up on the robe:

2x dagger
2x bullseye lantern
2x steel mirror
2x 10-foot pole
2x 50-foot rope
2x sack
a riding horse with saddlebags
a silver coffer worth 500 gold
a 24-foot long wooden ladder
20 gems worth 100 gold each
a portable ram
a 10-foot cubed pit
a 10×10-foot iron door
a 2×4-foot window

Prince of Cats – an anime-ish life-sim game

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Tomorrow, March 1st, is the start of something called NaNoRenO. Along the same lines as NaNoWriMo¬†for novels¬†and NaGaDeMon for game design, it’s a contest where you basically compete against your own procrastination and create something in one month. NaNoRenO is the version where contestants use the Ren’Py game engine to create a visual novel and/or life simulation (or dating sim) game. Think about games like¬†Magical Diary or¬†Long Live the Queen (or yes, even¬†Hatoful Boyfriend…)

And I intend to take part!

Last year for a little bit I worked on a game in the Ren’Py engine and I found it wonderfully intuitive to work with. On the forums people said things like “Go out and make your first game, then throw it in the bin, cos it will be rubbish”. Well that’s certainly true, my first game was pretty terrible but it taught me how to use the system and how to make a better game.

So now I am coming back to it with my experience and further research into the genre, and starting tomorrow I will be making a game called “Prince of Cats”. You play a female cat-spirit, in the Fae court of cats (or cat-like things). The Prince of Cats has gone missing and you fear that without his protection your place in the court is too dangerous, so you venture into the mortal world to find him. What will become of you in the mortal world? Will you retain your spirit powers, or forget them and become a simple animal cat?¬†Will you find the Prince? Does he even want to go home?

My rough timetable for making this will be along these lines:
1. Work out the event scheduling system
2. Work out the stats
3. Work out the different possible endings (there will be many, in the style of Princess Maker 2)
4. Write the events
5. Write any leftover bits of the story
6. Create character art
7. Create background art
8. Create music (or find free music)
9. Create a gallery so you can look back at all your achievements and endings
10. Create custom UI

And all within a month! But I’m really looking forward to starting. Wish me luck!

It’s Official! We’ve got a game coming out this year!

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So we’ve kept this under wraps for a while now, but we can finally announce it… James and I are having a board game published, and it will be on the shelves in time for Christmas shopping!

The game is currently called Cat Tales (a working title). You and the other players are cats, and the aim of the game is to have as much fun as possible before your humans get home. At that point, which ever cat is the happiest wins!

We’re collaborating with Cheeky Parrot Games to get it tested, manufactured and distributed among other things. Visit Cheeky Parrot’s website and Facebook to find out more. The first few rounds of testing are going to happen at the St Heliers¬†TableTop Day, Board Games by the Bay (Auckland) and WellyCon. Do you want to be part of the testing, or even be part of blind testing? Follow this link to find out more. We’re really excited to be working with Julia of Cheeky Parrot Games and can’t wait to test and develop and eventually sell our first real actual board game!