Got a game idea? A design document? A short pitch document?
Want to know if you’re pitching it well?
Try pitching it to us and we’ll help you refine it.
This Sunday at 10am, Leigh will be on a panel at Game On (part of the Vivid Festival in Sydney) at the Australian Technology Park to do just that! The panel is all about helping you figure out how best to pitch your game, regardless of the idea.
So if you want to know if your game idea is sticky, grab a ticket to Game On and email your game pitch to Leigh and show up at 10am on Sunday to have the panel talk about how you could best present your idea to the world.
Perfect for budding developers who want to know best how to describe their vision to other people – a key component in getting that first bit of attention from press, other developers or whoever might need to care about your game idea!
See you there, and do check out the full speaker program
for a full list of all the awesome talks and panels which are happening this weekend!
One of our co-founders Leigh Harris will be at Game On in Sydney shortly presenting panels on multiple topics! Game On is part of Sydney’s awesome Vivid Festival, and will be taking place from 22nd to 24th May at the Australian Technology Park.
Leigh will be on panels discussing his experience in starting Flat Earth with his brother Rohan, as well as being freely open to offer feedback on games people bring to the show.
You can check out the full program of speakers here.
First up, Metrocide, the relentless cyberpunk arcade stealth-shooter (with very positive reviews on Steam) is in this week’s Humble Bundle! This comes through our Aussie distribution label Surprise Attack, which has us bundled with a whole HEAP of other amazing Australian games, including Over The Top Tower Defence (self-explanatory, really) and Particulars, a weird quantum physics arcade puzzler which was developed in the same office space as Flat Earth! (Hi, Paul and Saul!)
Then there’s TownCraft, our very first baby, which is going on this week’s Indie Gala bundle.
So grab Metrocide for mega-cheap here: https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly
Or grab TownCraft for mega-cheap here: https://www.indiegala.com/weekly
And hey, tell your friends! The Humble pack is in support of Oxfam and Save the Children.
It’s taken a while, but TownCraft is now available on PC! No, I swear! No, it’s not Early Access… full release and everything!
Here’s proof. Share the trailer around, let your friends and family know you won’t be seeing them for a while, and give the dog some extra food for the next few days.
So with TownCraft releasing on PC and Steam next Thursday, we though it’d be fun to do a Screenshot Saturday post, but capture it in the highest possible resolution!
I give you the largest TownCraft screenshot ever taken… (click to enlarge)
FUN FACT: We actually had to manually shrink it to 60 per cent of its size in order for the upload to work.
With a very special thanks to those of you who have been helping us out with the beta (hint for n00bs: beta keys which are still valid once the game hits version 1.0 were given out to those interested who had subscribed to the Flat Earth Mailing List), TownCraft on PC is almost ready, and will be available just ONE WEEK from today on Steam, Humble Store, Greenman Games, Gamers Gate and many more digital retailers.
At the same time as the PC/Steam launch, we’ll be updating all existing versions of the game with the final challenge map. Entitled ‘The Kitchen Sink’, it’ll throw in everything but! (badum-tish!) So expect all the quirks and kinks from each of the previous challenge maps to all make an appearance.
It’s the ‘Eden Valley’ (the first story map) of challenge maps – heaps of resources and a variety of terrain. This will be the only map where you can do all your favourite things in one handy area: pan for gold, make coconut apparel, fish in swamps, craft scary pike-o-lanterns and anything else from TownCraft that you’d care to name!
Thanks to all our fans for waiting so patiently for the Steam release to come! And stay tuned, as we’re already hard at work on our third game, and have been for some time…
So we freely admit we may have gotten a little carried away with releasing Metrocide, but it’s out so now, as promised WAAAAAAY back at PAX Australia in 2013, we’ll be bringing TownCraft to PC!
It’ll be hitting Steam and all good digital retailers (including DRM-free ones) on 26th February.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking ‘Leigh, you devilishly handsome rapscallion! That’s a remarkably near date! Are you certain you don’t mean next year?’, and I’m saying no! No, folks! That date is not in error. It’s actually just 4 short weeks away.
Hardcore Flat Earthicans who have subscribed to our mailing list are already playing it to help us iron out the bugs (you really should subscribe to that there mailing list, by the way), and since it already dropped on Mac in early 2014, this version has actually been pretty free and easy.
So tell your friends, grab your nearest cowbell and take to the streets, hire a skywriter because TownCraft is finally hitting PC! Sorry it took so long everybody!
Wherever there are digital stores which aren’t Origin, there you’ll find Metrocide! The game has launched on Steam, GOG, Humble Store, Gamers Gate, Greenman Gaming and HEAPS MORE!
To celebrate, we’re very please to present the Metrocide launch trailer, now up on YouTube and COMING SOON (read: once you click on the link) to your laptop, TV, mobile, tablet or 1979-era Intellivision!
Please do spread the word if you’re a fan, hit us up for a review copy if you’re press, enjoy the game if your a fan who doesn’t like other people and give us a polite nod in the street if it’s not your sort of game!
Thanks so much to everyone for the support in getting to this point, and we’re thrilled that it’s finally out there.
Oh yeah! And get ready to die a LOT. It’s not easy. Not. One. Bit.
It’s official! We have a release date for version 1.0 of Metrocide! 15th of December, 2014 will see T.J. Trench spill ALL the blood on the dank, squalid streets of Metro City!
True to our word, we’ve been on Early Access just for a few weeks while we polish and tweak the difficulty, and now it’s time to actually get it out there. We’ve sent word to press far and wide (if you’re a press person who didn’t receive an email, hit us up for review codes) and folks are beginning their reviews as we speak.
That said, PC Powerplay decided to do a full review of the game in its Early Access state anyway! They’ve given the game 8 out of 10, and had much praise for the emergent gameplay (buzzword apology here) and called the game ‘classy’. Hell yeah!
Meanwhile, Destructoid called Metrocide ‘a thinking person’s Hotline Miami’, which kind of blew me away, and Rock Paper Shotgun chronicled their many, many, many deaths at the hands of police drones and vigilantes left, right and centre.
The ball is rolling now, folks! Two short weeks and we’re out!
As we prepare for the imminent launch of version 1.0 of Metrocide, Flat Earth is pleased to announce that we’ll be at iFEST (Canberra and Sydney) and Haven Pop Culture Expo (Mackay) talking about our journey and discussing released and upcoming game(s)!
To start, this Saturday at 2.30pm, Leigh will be talking about the value of structure or a lack of it within development teams and our experiences with both in creating TownCraft and Metrocide at iFEST in Canberra via Skype.
Then in May 2015, both Rohan and Leigh will be talking live at iFEST in Sydney about their design methods.
Finally, Flat Earth has just been announced as one of five developers who’ll be present at Haven Pop Culture Expo in Mackay, Queensland in July. At this event, Rohan and Leigh will be there in person to reveal their next, currently unannounced game!