Sunday Progress Update: 30th July 2017

Hi all! Here’s our roundup of this week’s progress, playtesting results, an overview of what’s available and what’s coming soon. Stay tuned!

What have we been working on and playtesting this week?

Emotions version 1.0 Release

Emotions has been released, a quick matching game for all ages with vocabulary descriptions and cute artwork. See here.

Emotions is available for download for all Patreon Subscribers or from the TES store. We are currently looking into ways of making it more widely available.

Patreon changes to early access

With the release of Emotions it makes sense to make some changes to our Patreon model. We’ve changed from a ‘pay at the end’ model to monthly. In practice this means I can budget any income for the club each month alongside any paid resources from the TES store into improving the club for our students as well as printing copies of our educational / mental health resources for local schools. Its not much at the moment but it all helps keep it running! Consider joining us here and get early access and discounts on our games, resources etc.

New Educational games: GCSE Keywords Dominoes and flashcards.

We recently created a set of GCSE RS Dominoes and flashcards available on the TES store. I am hoping to expand these out to other subjects, especially to expand our mental health reach like with Emotions. These are currently available here.

Any profit from this store will go to creating further resources and providing them to schools as with the Patreon.

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Instagram and Facebook initialisation
Have opened a page on facebook and an Instagram

Playtesting

End of Summer Term! Playtesting on hold in the club until September.

What’s available to download or order now?

Free for Anyone

Tabletop Simulator

Graveyard Jazz 1.0 – see here! (Also P&P)

Village life 0.5 on TTS – see here!

(Want to check out the original inspiration? The Regent: Check it out here!)

Cat Academy Battle! – Original version – see here!

Print and Play

Graveyard Jazz 1.0 – Details and download available for free here!

Let’s Photograph 1.0: Photography ideas cards – see here!

Pocket Munch 1.1: Silly quick and simple card game – see here!

Free to all Patrons (see changes above)

Cat Academy Micro Battle: a wallet game version of Cat Academy, see below.

The Lowest Bidder: a simple wallet card game where player’s compete to sell their products.

Emotions 1.0: see above!

$5/20 Early Access for August: 

SS Sandbrook latest pre 1.0 version print and play, see below

Sandbrook Heist Alpha

Cat Academy Beta

Village Life 0.5

Sins of Satan Beta


Current progress of all games not mentioned above:

Betas

Village Life 0.5: Explore, Expand, Elect. 

Village life printed pieces

Latest printed version

New updates to the artwork shown below:

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Latest tile artwork

How to play here!

We have been working on ideas for expansions too! – see here!

Sins of Satan / Demon Controller: Beta 0.8b.

A social deduction game in the likes of Avalon, Secret Hitler, Warewolf etc. Players try to play either sins or virtues, with corresponding effects for each. There are more virtuous players than demons, and more virtue cards in the pack, but players need to work together if they are going to prevent the demons from winning and taking control.

There is also a new quick paced tile collection game in the works in the same theme. Will put up photos when it arrives in the post!

More info here. A quicker playthrough designed for a younger audience.

0.8 available to download to Patrons!

Picture of all the demon controller cards showing virtues and sins

Demon Controller with the new artwork

SS Sandbrook 0.8a

A social deduction card game for 3- 9 players. More info here and here.

Sandbrook Heist! 0.4b

A quick social deduction card game. 0.4 updates and standardises the characters, makes the cat burglar more effective and introduces a final character “Herr Doctor”, a kind of evil doctor that can both harm and help the Mastermind.

Cat Academy Battle 0.7: a fun, fast mix and match game about getting the best Cat you can. Players match adjectives to their Cat cards to earn the most points they can in a round. In Battle! Mode, players also fight for their team – friendly or ferocious.

Other inventions!

Evolve! A 3 round board game where players build up their plant and animals over 3 seperate rounds. Taking on a different plant/animal each time with winner takes (eats?) all. Printed but not Playtesting due to time restraints. Pre-alpha stage.

Tranquility Station: Players arrive, job cards in hand to their first job on a space station. Chaos ensues as traitors, aliens and viruses spread through the ship. Board game for up to 8 players. More info here. Pre-alpha stage. Check it out on TTS here, but it is unfortunately not feature complete…


A note on game versions, alphas, betas etc.

Alpha means it is in a playable state, but either untested or needs a lot of work.

Beta means it is playable and has been well playtested, but requires some additional work or finishing off.

Version number: How close we are to completing the game overall.
0.0 – 0.4: Game is in early stages.
0.4 – 0.7: Game has been well Playtesting but requires work.
0.8 – 0.9: Game is in the final stages of completion, usually lacking final editing, artwork etc.
1.0: Game is completed and released. “Free for all” games will have a blog entry with download. Others will be available to download through Patreon as completed.

Comments and suggestions? Want to see something not shown? Got an idea for a game you want making? Let us know in the comments below!

Emotions Colouring Book
Emotions Colou…
How do you feel today?
By Simon Palmer
Photo book

Emotions public release!

Hi all, checking in before the weekly update to tell you some exciting news!

We’ve been working hard and have finally released Emotions 1.0 as our first release!

Download is available on the TES store (as its predominately an educational game) but we are also using Patreon and personal money to professionally print it for local students in our West London schools.

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Cards are available in both 72 card game version or 52 card version which includes the game plus poker lettering (2-10,JQKA). Let us know if you need a professionally printed copy!

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We’ve also been hard at work updating Village Life to 0.5 and beyond! 0.3D is available to all Patrons to download but the latest 0.5 version is available to $5 and higher Patrons for the next month as an early access bonus. Get involved with out new Instagram @harlegames or find us on Facebook for more information.

Village life cards online

Want to help provide educational resources to local schools and help run a tabletop club for students to design, create and play games as a daily activity? Join our patreon today!

New places, new resources…

Busy an aside to let you know before the weekly update of a few changes.

1. we’ve finalised and released Emotions to our Patreon subscribers.

2. We’ve changed the Patreon to monthly early access to reflect more our business model.

3. Weve also opened a new store on TES (Times Educational Supliment) to reflect some of the other games and materials that we have been working on, especially during Summer break. You can check it out below!

Thanks all!

Sunday Progress Update: 23rd July 2017

Hi all! Here’s our roundup of this week’s progress, playtesting results, an overview of what’s available and what’s coming soon. Stay tuned!

What have we been working on and playtesting this week?

New Educational games: GCSE Keywords Dominoes

Currently created GCSE RS Dominoes for next year. If they work well and are popular I will expand out to other subjects. These are currently available here.

I have also set up a TES account to sell the educational resources. Any profit from this will go to creating further resources and providing them to schools.

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Patreon Changes

Looking to make Patreon more like a monthy early access – see below for changes and let me know what you think

Current: Sign ups pledge a certain amount and when a full game is completed, Patreons are charged and recieve the full game. Patreons recieve Mini-games for free and get to help create the games and fund the tabletop club

Future? Patrons pledge a certain amount each month and recieve early access to the latest versions of games and print-and-plays a month early. The rest as above except its monthly instead of only when a game is finished.

Instagram and Facebook initialisation

Have opened a page on facebook and an Instagram

Emotions: 0.5

See more information here.

Matching game based on emotional vocabulary. To be used in schools / young parents, especially those with learning difficulties etc. Likely to be released free to Patrons​ and given to school SEN departments.

Update: Artwork now done! 

Colourblind check, Emotions game

Checking cards with new artwork for any problems with colourblindness

PlaytestingEnd of Summer Term! Playtesting on hold in the club until September.

What’s available to download or order now?

Free for Anyone

Tabletop Simulator

Graveyard Jazz 1.0 – see here! (Also P&P)

Village life 0.5 on TTS – see here!

(Want to check out the original inspiration? The Regent: Check it out here!)

Cat Academy Battle! – Original version – see here!

Print and Play

Graveyard Jazz 1.0 – Details and download available for free here!

Let’s Photograph 1.0: Photography ideas cards – see here!

Pocket Munch 1.1: Silly quick and simple card game – see here!

Free to Patrons (see changes above)

Cat Academy Micro Battle: a wallet game version of Cat Academy, see below.

The Lowest Bidder: a simple wallet card game where player’s compete to sell their products.

$5/20 subs: 

SS Sandbrook latest pre 1.0 version print and play, see below

Sandbrook Heist Alpha, see below

Cat Academy Beta, see below

Village Life Alpha, see above

Emotions pre-art version, see above

Sins of Satan Beta, see below

Don’t forget Patrons are only charged when a full, complete card or board game is released, not every month, and it doesn’t cost you a penny to sign up!

We are looking into changing our Patreon model to an early access one following our first game release. What do you think?

What’s also in the pipeline?
Current progress of all games not mentioned above:

Betas

Village Life 0.5: Explore, Expand, Elect. 

0.4 Arrived in the post this week and we have moved onto upgrading the artwork and updating a few things.

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Latest tile artwork

How to play here!

We have been working on ideas for expansions too! – see here!

Sins of Satan / Demon Controller: Beta 0.8b.

A social deduction game in the likes of Avalon, Secret Hitler, Warewolf etc. Players try to play either sins or virtues, with corresponding effects for each. There are more virtuous players than demons, and more virtue cards in the pack, but players need to work together if they are going to prevent the demons from winning and taking control.

There is also a new quick paced tile collection game in the works in the same theme. Will put up photos when it arrives in the post!

More info here. A quicker playthrough designed for a younger audience.

0.8 available to download to Patrons!

Picture of all the demon controller cards showing virtues and sins

Demon Controller with the new artwork

SS Sandbrook 0.8a

A social deduction card game for 3- 9 players. More info here and here.

Game mechanics: 0.8a
Artwork: 0.6 (updated all artwork to a mix of CC0 and commissioned work)
Rules and rulebook: 0.7
Costings: 0.7 (base game runs at approx 100 cards)

Currently being printed professionally so will do a photo update when it arrives!
Sandbrook Heist! 0.4b

A quick social deduction card game. 0.4 updates and standardises the characters, makes the cat burglar more effective and introduces a final character “Herr Doctor”, a kind of evil doctor that can both harm and help the Mastermind.

Game mechanics: 0.5
Artwork: 0.4 (artwork updated to CC0 only)
Rules and rulebook: 0.5
Costings: 0.9

Currently being printed professionally so will do a photo update when it arrives!

Cat Academy Battle: a fun, fast mix and match game about getting the best Cat you can. Players match adjectives to their Cat cards to earn the most points they can in a round. In Battle! Mode, players also fight for their team – friendly or ferocious.

Version number: 0.7
Game mechanics: 0.7
Artwork: 0.6
Rules and rulebook: 0.5
Costings: 0.8 (base game is 54 cards)
Alphas

Evolve! A new 3 round board game where players build up their plant and animals over 3 seperate rounds. Taking on a different plant/animal each time with winner takes (eats?) all. Printed but not Playtesting due to time restraints. Pre-alpha stage.

Tranquility Station: players arrive, job cards in hand to their first job on a space station. Chaos ensues as traitors, aliens and viruses spread through the ship. Board game for up to 8 players. More info here. Pre-alpha stage. Check it out on TTS here, but it is unfortunately not feature complete..

Tranquility station being played online

 Tranquillity Station on TTS


A note on game versions, alphas, betas etc.

Alpha means it is in a playable state, but either untested or needs a lot of work.

Beta means it is playable and has been well playtested, but requires some additional work or finishing off.

Version number: How close we are to completing the game overall.
0.0 – 0.4: Game is in early stages.
0.4 – 0.7: Game has been well Playtesting but requires work.
0.8 – 0.9: Game is in the final stages of completion, usually lacking final editing, artwork etc.
1.0: Game is completed and released. “Free for all” games will have a blog entry with download. Others will be available to download through Patreon as completed.

Comments and suggestions? Want to see something not shown? Got an idea for a game you want making? Let us know in the comments below!

Status

Summer Shutdown

Morning all!

Those of you who follow this blog know that as a teacher the bulk of my playtesting is done with my students in a school club at lunchtimes and after school. Well today is the last day of the Summer term!

What this means is that you’ll see a change in the weekly schedule as there isn’t likely to be any playtests – however that doesn’t mean that work stops! We’ve got a few things lined up in the pipeline including :

Will link to these as they come out above 👍

Keep up the good work all – have a great Summer break!