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Re: Ask the Studio

by magicmetal03 » Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:01 pm

If Ironhide hires more people, do you think in the future someone will replace you, Tats?
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Re: Ask the Studio

by bolin » Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:45 pm

Sinque Productions wrote:How hard would it be to make a map creator/editor thingy?


I'm assuming you are talking about KR.

For the existing games I'd say it's hard because they weren't designed with this in mind. In the steam version of KR, for example, all levels are created within unity, which means we'd have to rework completely how the level's data is stored, loaded, saved, etc.
Also, there are "higher level" questions: do we let people draw whatever background they want and load it as the art for the level? Or do we have custom base terrains for grass/dirt/wasteland where you can draw paths over, place props like trees, water blah blah?

In a new game making an editor should be easier. For a tower defense game I'd say they most work would be in the UI design and not programming. Make a good, easy, accesible UI to design waves, paths and whatnot.

Big Bad Bug wrote:Will KR4 be addressing any nit picks about the KR series, such as barracks rally points not being able to easily rally at the edge of their range or group together, and towers not selling for 100% of their cost before the battle even starts?

If not, then is there enough time to fix any of those issues still? I can make a thread for KR4 suggestions in the Kingdom Rush suggestions subforum. :)


There hasn't been any talks regarding this (that I know of).
It's not my call but I think it could happen, I'll float the idea around and see what happens. I'm pretty sure everyone would be okay with both.
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Re: Ask the Studio

by The_TaTs » Thu Jun 02, 2016 5:23 pm

Ninja wrote:Hey, what about my question about Google Bot private messaging, and BBB's further inquiry concerning other possible secretive bot activity?


I rather not know what the Bots are doing most of the time. Those cheeky bastards.

Big Bad Bug wrote:Will KR4 be addressing any nit picks about the KR series, such as barracks rally points not being able to easily rally at the edge of their range or group together, and towers not selling for 100% of their cost before the battle even starts?

If not, then is there enough time to fix any of those issues still? I can make a thread for KR4 suggestions in the Kingdom Rush suggestions subforum. :)


Yes and no.
The barracks issue is a real thing that has to do with limitations of the engine, so I think it will probably work better. But the tower price is a balance decision, not a bug. You might have good reasons to disagree with it, of course, but it's not something that we consider broken... it doesn't mean we will not change it though. Just trying to clarify.

About having time to fix things, then yes, KR4 is currently on the early stages of development. So many things can be improved at this point. ;)


magicmetal03 wrote:Does people in the KR universe speak English?


They speak Ironhidean... a weird language that has over 500000 words for pizza, but none for "sanity".


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The_TaTs wrote: We changed some aspects of how the players create new units, we added more units, more upgrades and more visual details for when those upgrades are purchased. We also added a few more levels.


1)So does this mean we will be getting more than the traditional 15 levels in the campaign stage???
2)Also will there be challenge modes accompanying each level not unlike the heroic and iron challenges from Kingdom rush???
3)In the same way that we have the more expensive, flying (dragon) heroes, will there be a similar sort of hero in Iron marines??
4)Do you have any intentions on releasing another newsletter for Iron marines and if so, how soon??
5)Do any of the members of the Ironhide team watch ExtraCredits (on youtube) for help with designing certain elements of your games??
6)And finally, why is your avatar so ugly?? Seriously. :|


1) No. This means that we will try to reach the 15 level mark. Iron Marines levels are considerable larger than the average KR map, so at first we were going to make only 10 levels.
2) Something of the sort.
3) Similar but not the same. We will do something different for the Hero system.
4) The newsletter will be sent between today and Monday, depending on some revisions that are pending.
5) Yes and no. Most of us watch Extra Credits, but the design advices they provide are a bit on the beginner level (nothing wrong with that, but they aren't really saying anything we didn't know already). We do enjoy the series though, specially when they ponder about the direction of the video game industry or some other complex issue.
6) Well excuse me, MR-handsome avatar! Real abominations have curves. Body shaming is wrong!

GeminiSparkSP wrote:Does Eridan know about Catha's crush on him? If not, what do you think would happen if Eridan found out?

Actually, what would happen if the members of the love triangle found out about each other's feelings?


Eridan is too focused on getting better as a Ranger so he can be closer to Alleria to notice Catha's feelings. Alleria knows about both Eridan's and Catha's feelings because, of course she do, being smart and level-headed. She doesn't really mind though. She is young but already has a grown up attitude towards the whole thing.

Eridan would be ashamed if he realised that Alleria knows about him. He would be very confused and flustered about Catha's feelings, and eventually realise that she is going through exactly the same thing as he is... unrequited love. That doesn't means that he'll choose the pixie over the elven princess.

Catha would be jealous, but she respects Alleria too much to hate her. She would also stay optimist and undeterred in her intent to conquer Erindan's heart.

Alleria would pretend she doesn't know, unless either Eridan or Catha bring it up, in which case she would try to be the voice of reason and keep her feelings to herself.

Atherian wrote:I just read through the last 12 pages of this forum and I must say that it has been the most enlightening experience ive had in a long time except for one thing.... why is TaTs an abomination....


What's wrong with being an abomination? Jeez, this forum is full of intolerant people. I was born as a massive blot of meat in a creepy swamp, but I have feelings, I have dreams... I AM A PERSON. :x

Big Bad Bug wrote:If you were to change your avatar to any other KR character, who would it be?


I always wanted to be a Rocket Rider. I loved the Rocketeer movie when I was a kid... back in 1845.

magicmetal03 wrote:If Ironhide hires more people, do you think in the future someone will replace you, Tats?


Awww... want to see me gone already? :twisted:
I suppose someone will eventually take my place. It's the natural way of things in modern companies. But I'm telling you right now, even after moving on from this job, I fully intend to remain a part of the community. So you won't get rid of me so easily.
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Re: Ask the Studio

by Finwer » Sun Jun 05, 2016 4:49 pm

Will Kalio, the studio that handles the KRF port for Steam, improve the original KR too after they finish with KRF? :)
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Re: Ask the Studio

by GeminiSparkSP » Sun Jun 05, 2016 6:40 pm

Which shipping do you think will work, and which do you think won't?
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Re: Ask the Studio

by Pencil » Mon Jun 06, 2016 3:18 am

The original KR is a closed book for now. We're moving forward with a whole bunch of projects that require all of our attention.

Maybe for the 10th year anniversary we'll do something, you never know ;p
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Re: Ask the Studio

by Finwer » Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:11 am

Pencil wrote:The original KR is a closed book for now. We're moving forward with a whole bunch of projects that require all of our attention.

Maybe for the 10th year anniversary we'll do something, you never know ;p

Ok thanks for responding! :mrgreen:
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Re: Ask the Studio

by The Propellord » Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:52 pm

When you post a trailer for Iron Marines with gameplay included, will it be posted a week or two before the release of the game, as it was with KRO, or sometime earlier- e.g; a month or two before the release??

Also what are Liliths ranged weapons??- because apparently they're not chained bolas- you shut that idea down. :( Now I'm just plain confused- because I thought that throwing chains were reserved for oil rigs. That being said you should make a hero or tower that utilizes chained bolas. Otherwise I will pioneer a chained bola uprising- when I'm not at the forfront of my propeller domination campaign that is. :P
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Re: Ask the Studio

by Oof_Shunt » Mon Jun 06, 2016 3:40 pm

Sooo KR4 next summer?

EDIT:
Also so is
[+] SPOILER
Kara
going to be the Catha of Iron Marines?

Also could we maybe get a sneak peek at the 'alien ninja' units (thats how Lekku who was at PAX described them anyways)?
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Re: Ask the Studio

by The_TaTs » Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:09 pm

GeminiSparkSP wrote:Which shipping do you think will work, and which do you think won't?



Malik and Bruxa would be awesome together. Ellora Wintersong and Vez'Nan have a doomed relationship. Obviously.

The Propellord wrote:When you post a trailer for Iron Marines with gameplay included, will it be posted a week or two before the release of the game, as it was with KRO, or sometime earlier- e.g; a month or two before the release??

Also what are Liliths ranged weapons??- because apparently they're not chained bolas- you shut that idea down. :( Now I'm just plain confused- because I thought that throwing chains were reserved for oil rigs. That being said you should make a hero or tower that utilizes chained bolas. Otherwise I will pioneer a chained bola uprising- when I'm not at the forfront of my propeller domination campaign that is. :P


We are not sure when we will release a full official trailer for Iron Marines, maybe a bit earlier than we did for KRO.

You keep using the word "bolas"... we call that specific weapon "boleadoras" here in South America, but even then, you are mixing the weapons Lilith uses.
The weapon you describe is composed of a cord (usually made of braided leather strings or rope) with two spheres made of stone, bone or some other hard substance... it's used to immobilise targets as much as to do damage. It was used by natives in Uruguay, Argentina and the Inca Empire. It's a throwing weapon, you swing it to gain momentum and then throw it at your target.

The weapon Lilith uses is a variation of the kusari kama. A scythe (kama) with a metal chain (kusari) and a heavy metal weight (fundo) at the end. This is not a "throwing" weapon, it works more like a whip or a laso. The chain can be used to either hit or capture your target before you deal a killer blow with the scythe.

Oof_Shunt wrote:Sooo KR4 next summer?

EDIT:
Also so is
[+] SPOILER
Kara
going to be the Catha of Iron Marines?

Also could we maybe get a sneak peek at the 'alien ninja' units (thats how Lekku who was at PAX described them anyways)?


Hopefully, yes.

Kara is more like the Malik of Iron Marines. Tough, damage dealing, brave.

We totally could give a sneak peek of the alien ninja thingies, I'll take it to the IM team and if they are ok, I'll share some images. :)
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Re: Ask the Studio

by RZRider » Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:33 pm

I don't know if this has been asked before, but are you ever considering making the company have different locations?

And the other question I am almost sure has not been asked before. If someone made a version of kingdom rush, but did not sell it, they basically took the game and changed it a little, for example making the level 4 towers look and preformed different, would that turn into a huge lawsuit, even though they did not sell it or make any profit off of it?
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Re: Ask the Studio

by Oof_Shunt » Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:27 pm

Can we have any info on the mystery game now?

:P :P :P
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Re: Ask the Studio

by magicmetal03 » Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:49 pm

Does anybody in the studio have glasses?
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Re: Ask the Studio

by The_TaTs » Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:58 pm

RZRider wrote:I don't know if this has been asked before, but are you ever considering making the company have different locations?

And the other question I am almost sure has not been asked before. If someone made a version of kingdom rush, but did not sell it, they basically took the game and changed it a little, for example making the level 4 towers look and preformed different, would that turn into a huge lawsuit, even though they did not sell it or make any profit off of it?


We consider it but we are far from it yet. Overexpanding is a very common way to kill your own studio. In fact, we might've grown too fast already.

About your other question... If I understand copyright laws correctly, only commercialising and distributing are illegal. You can make your own version of whatever you want and keep it to your self.
Do keep in mind though, that "distributing" is an important word here. It doesn't matter if you are not making a profit. Giving away some one else's intellectual property for free is equally hurting to the original creator. That's why torrents are illegal.

My two cents about this is, if you are skilled enough to make a version of a KR game, then why not push it further, change things, create your own visual style and compete fair and square?

Oof_Shunt wrote:Can we have any info on the mystery game now?

:P :P :P


Soon... very, very soon. :twisted:

magicmetal03 wrote:Does anybody in the studio have glasses?


Colo, Agostina, Esti, and Leo. :)
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Re: Ask the Studio

by magicmetal03 » Sun Jun 19, 2016 6:46 pm

When an equipment, say, a PC is broken, who fixes it? Or do you just hire someone to do it for you?
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Re: Ask the Studio

by The Propellord » Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:11 pm

Do you have any female developers on your team (aside from Anna)??
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Re: Ask the Studio

by warbot1000 » Sun Jun 19, 2016 8:11 pm

The_TaTs wrote:My two cents about this is, if you are skilled enough to make a version of a KR game, then why not push it further, change things, create your own visual style and compete fair and square?

Its probably easier for them to use a game which is already successful like KR. It would be nice if we could see some more games in different categories as well though. e.g. A reverse tower defence, maybe some flash games that would otherwise not be made into apps. I have no clue about the laws for that though. I personally would love too see strike force heroes, raze and the kings league odyssey (and many other games) in app form.

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Re: Ask the Studio

by FeedDaKingdom » Mon Jun 20, 2016 2:20 pm

What are the fonts used in Kingdom Rush?
the 'Rush' part of the title, fonts used on most descriptions, also the font of the level briefings on steam
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Re: Ask the Studio

by Big Bad Bug » Mon Jun 20, 2016 2:23 pm

You mentioned things being hectic in the studio earlier. What's been going on recently? Do you guys feel pressured to complete the game sooner?
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Re: Ask the Studio

by Mushmellow » Tue Jun 21, 2016 1:27 am

Why is the game called "Kingdom Rush"? How did you come up with that name for the game?
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