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Game Updates & News / Re: Daily Updates
« on: March 20, 2019, 07:58:45 AM »
Streaming Game Development NOW!



Streaming game development of Summoners Fate NOW on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/d20studios. Today I'll be programming the Dragon Hatcher card along with several other exciting selections from our Discord community.

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Game Updates & News / Re: Daily Updates
« on: March 19, 2019, 06:42:59 PM »
Develop with Ross - Episode 11: 8 Awesome Cards to Make

I've got another developer stream planned for tomorrow Wednesday March 20th (9AM-11:30AM MT) on our Twitch channel Our community Discord helped me decided the following agenda of cards for tomorrow. Maybe I went ahead and threw in a few I wanted as well ;)

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In addition, I'll also be implementing the following balance changes:
  • Increase cost of Swarm from 3 -> 4
  • Decrease cost of Your Soul is Mine from 4 -> 3

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Events / Develop with Ross - Episode 11
« on: March 19, 2019, 06:42:22 PM »
Develop with Ross - Episode 11: 8 Awesome Cards to Make

I've got another developer stream planned for tomorrow Wednesday March 20th (9AM-11:30AM MT) on our Twitch channel Our community Discord helped me decided the following agenda of cards for tomorrow. Maybe I went ahead and threw in a few I wanted as well ;)

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In addition, I'll also be implementing the following balance changes:
  • Increase cost of Swarm from 3 -> 4
  • Decrease cost of Your Soul is Mine from 4 -> 3

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Game Updates & News / Re: Daily Updates
« on: March 18, 2019, 02:05:46 PM »
Single Player Update

Wanted to share a concept I'm exploring for our single player everchanging adventures - the dungeon minimap! Initially, I'd considered linear-only dungeons, but I'm seeing the potential for a lot of added value being able to explore a dungeon room-by-room, particularly when coupled with calculated decisions to avoid major threats and find alternative paths to achieving an objective.



We like weird.
We've also been exploring new ways to help get attention on our on-going prerelease efforts. Kelly and I came up with this concept of "We like weird" and have been exploring ways to showcase how the characters and mechanics you encounter in Summoners Fate will be unique and stand-out from other games. Here's our latest creation, what do you think?


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Game Updates & News / Re: Daily Updates
« on: March 15, 2019, 10:04:45 AM »
Summoners Fate is Going to PAX East!

We're an official selection of the Indie MEGABOOTH! We'll be showcasing on Saturday and Sunday 10AM-6PM in the MINIBOOTH. Come and meet us, play our PAX demo and have an awesome time!




Here's Summoners Fate in the IMB lineup trailer!

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Game Updates & News / Re: Daily Updates
« on: March 13, 2019, 04:28:35 PM »
NEW DLC NOW LIVE (v0.31.3)

Greetings everyone!

Today I did not 1, but 2 developer streams! Well, I had to because I left my first attempt on a cliffhanger, and I really wanted to deliver some new cards to our prerelease players today. That being said, new DLC is now LIVE (v0.31.3) - just boot up the game and you'll discover some new cards waiting for you including:

Dark Elf Sorcerer (New Summoner) <- A necromancer that can drain life and heal allies
Antarus, Battle Mage (New Summoner) <- He can make all damage spells cause knockback!
Your Soul Is Mine <- A pre-emptive necromancy spell
Celestial Barrier <- Equipment that lets you block magical projectiles, matrix style!

Plus a whole bunch of balance changes, read details here.

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The episode recordings are up on our YouTube channel, or just watch below!






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Game Updates & News / Re: Daily Updates
« on: March 06, 2019, 09:00:10 AM »
Develop with Ross Episode 9 - Single Player FIRST LOOK


Hey everyone! We're going live on Twitch now with episode 9. Today, I'll be creating and adding new cards to the game, making a few balance tweaks, and, for the first time, showing off our single player development.

Watch LIVE on Twitch here.

Here's a recap of last week's episode:

We completed 6 new Summoners and successfully added them to the game with an OTA DLC update:
  • Clik'Clik, Impaler
  • Sibylla, Conjurer
  • Rugged Mage
  • D'Orc Slayer, Orc Chief
  • Serpenta Deceiver
  • Kailyn, Valkyrie Mage

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I've updated the card images to reflect the player-suggested changes that I incorporated:
  • D'Orc Slayer's power of 5, reduced to 4, but we gave him the ability to summon a goblin whenever he attacks.
  • We removed Kailyn's gain 1 mana on attack in favor of making her completely disarm her enemy so that they can not attack until end of next turn.

We discussed some possibilities for Dark Elf Sorcerer. Here are some of the notes from my design backlog we can discuss further next time:
  • When you cast a Void or Arcane spell, enemy units get -1/-0 and ally units get +1/+0 until end of turn.
  • Summon Spiders when injured or after attacking
  • Could have some abilities that allow merging of spiders and dark elves to create mutations
  • Support: Sacrifice a spider to gain 1 mana.

Here are possible Warlock abilities:
  • When Chaos spell is cast, gain +1/+1
  • When Chaos spell is cast, Dreadnoughts get +1/+1 until end of turn.
  • Gain 1 mana when attacking (from Kaiyln's previous possible ability)

Here are possible Botanical Sage abilities:
  • Ally plants get +0/+3
  • Support: Summon Brambles next to an ally.
  • Inflict Poison

Check out the other Summoner cards here.

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Game Updates & News / Re: Daily Updates
« on: February 28, 2019, 12:08:36 PM »
UDEN #21 Showcase

Last night Peter and I showcased at UDEN#21 at Game Tyrant in North Salt Lake. Utah is an awesome place to work in the game industry because we've got great community and support from groups like UDEN that hooked us up with a free expo at this amazing venue. Check out some of our highlights.


This incredible dragon statue and Peter posing in front of our signage.


Jon Dean, former EA GM and head chairmen of UDEN talking up the excellent prospects of Utah's digital industry.


Attendees playing the game


New fans!


And me, excited to meet so many awesome people!

Learn more about the event and UDEN here.

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Events / Re: Develop with Ross - Episode 8 New Summoners
« on: February 27, 2019, 03:03:23 PM »
Thanks so much for attending the stream!

Together, we completed 6 new Summoners and successfully added them to the game with an OTA DLC update:
  • Clik'Clik, Impaler
  • Sibylla, Conjurer
  • Rugged Mage
  • D'Orc Slayer, Orc Chief
  • Serpenta Deceiver
  • Kailyn, Valkyrie Mage

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I've updated the card images to reflect the player-suggested changes that I incorporated:
  • D'Orc Slayer's power of 5, reduced to 4, but we gave him the ability to summon a goblin whenever he attacks.
  • We removed Kailyn's gain 1 mana on attack in favor of making her completely disarm her enemy so that they can not attack until end of next turn.

We discussed some possibilities for Dark Elf Sorcerer. Here are some of the notes from my design backlog we can discuss further next time:
  • When you cast a Void or Arcane spell, enemy units get -1/-0 and ally units get +1/+0 until end of turn.
  • Summon Spiders when injured or after attacking
  • Could have some abilities that allow merging of spiders and dark elves to create mutations
  • Support: Sacrifice a spider to gain 1 mana.

Here are possible Warlock abilities:
  • When Chaos spell is cast, gain +1/+1
  • When Chaos spell is cast, Dreadnoughts get +1/+1 until end of turn.
  • Gain 1 mana when attacking (from Kaiyln's previous possible ability)

Here are possible Botanical Sage abilities:
  • Ally plants get +0/+3
  • Support: Summon Brambles next to an ally.
  • Inflict Poison


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Game Updates & News / Re: Daily Updates
« on: February 26, 2019, 06:08:49 PM »
New Build, Lots 'O Changes and New Summoners on the Docket for Tomorrows Develop with Ross

Hi everyone!

Big update today: Build v0.30.1 is now live on all platforms! In this build, I focused on addressing all of the player feedback we've received so far during our prerelease including numerous bug fixes, balance changes and added some new cards. For the full details, click here to read the release notes.

Second big update: On tomorrow's episode of Develop with Ross, I'll be making new Summoners - our signature character types that represent the foundation for your creative deck building. These are among the hardest characters to design for that reason. I've got my current concept ideas posted here for you to check out here and I'm looking forward to you joining me on the stream to collaborate on the designs and get them implemented. Added bonus: I aim to deliver these to the game during the stream in what I hope will be our first successful OTA update and maybe play a game or two with you to test them out.

Third thing: Peter and I will be showcasing Summoners Fate at UDEN#21. If you're local in Utah, join us 6PM at Game Tyrant in North Salt Lake. Details here.

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Events / Develop with Ross - Episode 8 New Summoners
« on: February 26, 2019, 05:50:43 PM »
Develop with Ross - Episode 8: New Summoners

Hope you guys are as excited as I am for my development stream on Wednesday February 27th (9AM-11:30AM MT) on our Twitch channel. In this episode, I'll be implementing new Summoners and attempting to deliver them to you during the stream in what I hope will become our first successful OTA update.

Summoners are the hardest characters to design because they are your main character, and their core abilities (including what spell colors they can use) will be the foundation for your creative deck building. Possible powers have been simmering in my mind for some time and I've presented my most recent ideas here. My hope is to get your feedback during the stream, tune them appropriate and maybe get some inspiration for some of the characters still lacking designs.

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Game Updates & News / Release Notes v0.30.1
« on: February 26, 2019, 12:44:44 PM »
Release Notes
Latest Release: v0.31.4
Date Released: 3/20/2019


Hello players,

Thanks so much for continuing to provide valuable feedback in our Discord, Forums and in-game bug reporting tool. I've done my best to address the majority of your feedback in this release so that you can enjoy a stable and balanced build while I push forward to develop our ever-changing single player adventure for future release. Below are detailed release notes on all of the changes made in this build as well as past build releases.

Changes in v0.31.4
Released: March 20, 2019
New Cards Available
  • Dragon Hatcher
  • Dragon Whelp
  • Shadow
  • Preserver
  • Death Blossoms
  • Prison of Brambles
Game Changes
  • Increased cost of Swarm from 3 -> 4
  • Decreased cost of Your Soul is Mine from 4 -> 3
  • Increased Life of Scorpion from 4 -> 6
  • Changed Spore pod from Damage 1, Poison 1 to Poison (2). This means spore pods will no longer cascade explode each other.
  • Buffed Maltross (he needed it)

Changes in v0.31.3
Released: March 13, 2019
New Cards Available
  • Dark Elf Sorcerer
  • Your Soul is Mine
  • Antarus, Battle Mage
  • Celestial Barrier
Game Changes
  • Changed Cleansing Fire and Rust spells so that they can target any unit (instead of visible) so that they can be used to reveal Stealth.
  • Make it so card ALWAYS reveal on end turn. This fixed bug where players could reveal Wizard cards on opponent turn, breaking multiplayer matches.
  • Make it so that Necromancer cannot attack placables to summon skeletons.
  • Balanced starting spawn location on multiplayer maps to mitigate unfair first turn advantages such as dropping a taunt unit in the pocket of opponents entire team.
  • Added additional power to Rugged Mage allowing him to deal damage equal to his power when using his Farshot ability.
  • When Transfer consciousness is used on Red Imp, the player loses summoner. We need to make it so that isHero status transfers with red imp swap. Also fixed weird animation with Red Imp swap ability.

Changes in v0.31.2
Released: March 6, 2019
New Cards Available
  • Priestess
  • Reinmund, Wizard
Balance Changes
  • Added Vigil ability to Kailyn
  • Switft Strike now only triggers when adjacent unit attacks (so that it's not wasted when units out of range attack).
  • Changing the starting spawn locations of several maps to provide a minimum safe distance from first turn grappling.
  • Offsides spell now requires line of sight.
  • Psychic Blast can now target enemy summoners for damage.
  • Reduced the range of Grapple spell to 3 to.

Changes in v0.31.1
Released: February 27, 2019
New Cards Available
  • Clik'Clik, Impaler
  • Sibylla, Conjurer
  • Rugged Mage
  • D'Orc Slayer, Orc Chief
  • Serpenta Deceiver
  • Kailyn, Valkyrie Mage

Also added back the "Combo!" SFX/VFX that was missing with v0.30.1 update. See below for major change list.

Changes in v0.30.1
Released: February 26, 2019

New Cards Available
  • Marauder Metalist
  • Chimera
  • Demolish
  • Skeleton Hound
  • Swift Strike
  • Vigilant
  • Weaken
  • Lightning Elemental
  • Poison Blade
  • Orc Battlehorn
  • Plague
  • Orc Huntress
  • Revealing Light
AI Fixes
  • Fixed bug where AI turn would freeze and generate the timeout error when it tried to move and cast a spell next to a taunt unit. (#502)
  • Fixed bug where AI would generate a timeout error on the first tutorial mission on older iOS devices. This was due to card rasterization consuming all the resources in backworker. I added timed breaks between card rasterization so that the AI can take priority of the backworker resources. (#520)
  • Fixed bug where selecting a unit card while AI is processing their turn and defeats the player would result in the game becoming locked in the paused state. (#523)
Balance Changes
  • After triggering a combo attack, units may not move/attack/use support ability for remainder of turn. This change was made to reduce chances of a first-turn victory where opponent is unable to react.
  • Backstab abilities will no longer trigger from combo attacks, you must explicitly order the unit to backstab.
  • Freeze now removes Stealth.
  • Mana Burn - Increased the damage dealt to caster from 6 -> 8. This spell is incredibly powerful for the advantage it offers, so I think it warrants a greater risk being used.
  • Changed how Arch-Mage's draw card ability works to address player concern regarding the "scry" ability that can be exploited using the undo feature. Now, when he draws cards, they are drawn face down. While cards are face down, Arch Mage can undo his previous action like normal. But, once you click on the card to reveal it, the "cannot undo" (replay only) action is activated and you can no longer undo past that point. Cards will also reveal automatically when the turn ends and the discount wears off.
  • Taunt units no longer pin enemies if they cannot attack or cannot be attacked. This means you can now freeze a taunt unit to escape its pin. Players will see the taunt VFX remove when Taunt is inactive for that unit under these conditions.
  • Increased the damage of Blizzard and Ice Shards form 2 -> 3.
  • Changed Disintegrate from Deal 10 Fire damage to -> Deal 10 Fire damage with Pierce to target enemy and prevent Downfall.
  • Spike blocks now trigger Collide when pushed to surrounding space rather than just adjacent (so spear knockbacks from an angle impact can trigger damage).
  • Changed Animal Overrun from +2/+2 and Lunge until start of next turn to “end of turn”. The spell is intended as offensive, not defensive, and with the prior version change to eliminated buffs not reducing life, this spell was gaining too much defensive capability.
  • Changed Animal Growth from mutating only rodents to "Give ally animal +3/+3. If its small, mutate it." The following animals are now considered small: Squirrel, Killer Bunny, Snake, Fennec Fox and Red Starling. Yes, this means you can now create snake mutants (among others).
  • Changed Breed! from creating copies of only rodents to "Copy all small animals." to provide even more creative possibilities for synergies with animals.
Gameplay Fixes
  • Fixed bug where casting Dark Temptation on an already armored unit would result in their armor being removed and the new armor not showing visually on character.
  • Added support for OTA DLC content updates. This will allow Ross to distribute new cards during his weekly Twitch development stream.
  • Rust will no longer target characters with surprises nor remove surprises
  • Fixed bug where Cleanse could not be cast even when status effects are on the board. Also, Cleanse will no longer reveal locations of status effects being removed. Previously, the targeting of Cleanse would reveal locations of all targets with status effects which would allow player to determine location of hidden surprises.
  • Fixed bug where equipping a unit with an identical instance of a weapon (ex: a second Orc Warhammer) would result in its effects being stacked rather than replaced.
  • Fixed bug where Cleric could remove the armor granted by Dark Temptation.
  • Fixed bug where a unit would be assigned incorrect team, making it so you could target your own ally for attacks if they had Dark Temptation on them removed before it's control effect took place.
  • Fixed bug where Fennic fox could attack a diagonal enemy after swapping with an ally.
  • Fixed Gravity Well so it doesn’t pull units standing on the target space. This fixes bug where collide effects (such as standing adjacent to a spiked wall) could trigger on a unit standing on the gravity well target space.
  • Fixed bug where shadows were not appearing on quadrupeds, bugs, and snakes in the camp and on animated cards in the deck builder and collection.
  • Changed description of keyword "Block" to "Stop next physical attack from front or sides." to help clarify that side attacks are also blocked.
  • Warcry ability was changed to read: Triggers effect when entering battle.
  • Rally (X) keyword added as: Triggers effect when (X) enters battle.
  • Fixed bug where on screen items might not scale to fit a single atlas and result in unnecessary draw calls and performance drops.
  • Cleansing Fire can no longer detect surprises on units (it will be target units that only have surprise status effects). However, it will remove surprise status effects on units it is cast on.
  • Fixed bug where stacking a Life debug on a unit would result in the unit taking damage and (on armored units) this would cause the damage to be taken to armor instead of life, resulting in a life remaining that overflows the life bar available.
  • Fixed bug on Android when phone screen goes off due to inactivity and then is turned back on again, the game's sound levels restore to default despite the sliders being in the same position player put them in. (#529)
  • Fixed bug where an extra impact SFX played after a shield carrying unit blocked a combo attack.
  • Fixed bug where shield unit would play its impact animation before an arrow fired at it actually hit.
  • Fixed bug where sticky stats do not show on units that are newly summoned. (#537)
  • Animation System Upgrade: Made a special adaptation to the animation system to create more seamless animations when possible for multiple combined effects. For example, when multiple units collide into spikes or multiple units are poisoned, the animations will now occur together (if possible) rather than waiting for each animation to finish separately. Animations will group together when they come from an identical action as part of an uninterrupted sequence. If another action triggers (for example, as result of taking poison damage), the animation group will break apart at that point and show the animations to resolve that event tree before resuming the poison animations for the other units within that group. Note that the animation group will also break apart if the same action type targets an individual unit in more than one separate action so that each of the effects (ex: taking damage) are clearly shown as separate steps.
  • Fixed bug where you could not knockback or pull units through gateways.
  • Fixed bug where terrain obstacles were not getting colored or scaled properly when viewing their card.

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Game Updates & News / Re: Daily Updates
« on: February 15, 2019, 01:30:03 PM »
D20Studios to showcase at UDEN #21
Hosted by Game Tyrant Gaming Center in North Salt Lake, UT




As a proud Utah-based game developer, I'm excited to share I'll be showcasing Summoners Fate at the next UDEN meeting on February 27th. UDEN is a trade group dedicated to supporting digital entertainment industry in Utah and is head up by some truly exceptional individuals I have the honor of knowing: Jon Dean and Jeff Peters. When I do talks about the game industry, I'll speak about a philosophy of "Give to Grow" as the spirit of entrepreneurial success. Well, these two individuals embody that spirit like no other, giving so much of their time and energy to supporting others through mentorship and creating opportunities for networking and collaboration with UDEN.

If you're a fellow resident of Utah and haven't yet had the pleasure of attending a UDEN meeting, I highly encourage you check this out. It's the perfect place to make a connection in the industry. I'll be there showcasing Summoners Fate and would love to meet you.

Details and RSVP information available here.

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Game Updates & News / Re: Daily Updates
« on: February 08, 2019, 07:09:55 PM »
Streaming Live with A-Tech Gaming
Come join us on Twitch!

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Game Updates & News / Re: Daily Updates
« on: February 05, 2019, 01:40:53 PM »
D20Studios Developer Spotlight on A-Tech Gaming

I hope you're all excited as I am for the prerelease launch of Summoners Fate tomorrow. Certainly, our new friend Mike Lane at A-Tech Gaming is, and it's my pleasure to share his recent write-up about us on his website here. I met Mike last year at Dreamhack Atlanta and had the honor of speaking with him about our game and his amazing community of gamers at A-Tech who play games to support charity.

Special Stream Event - A-Tech and Ross from D20Studios
I have plans to join Mike's stream this Friday at 7PM MT where I'll talk about the game as he plays through. Details and sign-up for the Stream here.

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