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I'm honored to have The Space Quest Historian, a prominent and very entertaining personality in the adventure game world, doing a let's play series of Neofeud!

It's a great video series so far, very funny and enjoyable generally. :)

Space Quest Historian site: https://spacequesthistorian.com/

In addition, Neofeud has made it to the top 100 Indie Game of the Year list! Neofeud can use your vote, and it only takes a moment! (No registration necessary!) http://www.indiedb.com/games/neofeud 

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Hey guys, my game that I released to Itch.io this March, Neofeud, made it to the top 100 Indie Games of the Year! Thanks everyone for your votes and support if you did, and thanks Itch.io for being a great platform; I released Neofeud to Itch first and it is still my favorite. Neofeud can now use your vote again in the final round for ultimate indie of the year on IndieDB! You can learn more about the game, and also vote through the following link: http://www.indiedb.com/games/neofeud 

Hey guys, if you played and liked Neofeud, please consider voting for it "Indie of the Year"on IndieDB! If you haven't played it yet, Neofeud is on sale right now on Itch!

You can also support Silver Spook Games (me) and future games through my Patreon site!

In addition to working on Dysmaton, Neofeud II, and an as-yet unnanounced Deus Ex-1 like game (which you can learn a bit more about by becoming a patron!), I've also been trying my hand at some game journalism through the Silver Spook Podcast, and I've been livestreaming about once a week.  Here is the most recent podcast featuring Jonas Waever of The Nameless Mod:

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"Neofeud's is a much more complex world than what is shown in Blade Runner, which inspires, and this game also poses itself as a more in-depth and realistic reflection of the dilemma insinuated by the replicants."

"From the point of view of music and dubbing Neofeud has nothing to envy of major titles"

Man I wish I spoke better Spanish so I could read this great Neofeud review in its native language, but thankfully there is Google translate!

The reviewer also compared Neofeud with Neil Blomkamp and District 9, which is a high complement for me, since I consider D-9 as one of if not the greatest sci-fi films of the past few decades.

https://nerdando.com/2017/12/04/neofeud-unavventura-cyberpunk-profonda-e-retro/

Pretty cool idea! 

I'm not sure but I'm pretty sure I didn't add any keys there. I did try entering the in the url for my steam store in the section that says:

App store links
If your project is available on any other stores we'll link to it.

But then that didn't seem to show a link. Thanks for fixing the game state though. 

Hi, I noticed that under the purchase buttons on some game pages, it says, "Your purchase comes with a Steam key. " However, I don't remember enabling that, and I can't figure out what button or setting disables and enables that sentence. Thanks!

Today's stream! I lose my Wacom tablet drawing pen, talk weird Thanksgiving customs, and continue painting my cybergoth bartender chick. :)

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Hey guys! I'm an indie dev on Itch.io and I've recently started a podcast where I talk to game makers, and other creators, usually in the cyberpunk/sci-fi genre (though not necessarily), to spread the word and also to connect with the community. I try to do about one a week, and figure I could help give back to the Itch community where I launched my first initial game by helping promote some of you guys.  If you're interested in potentially being on one of these, podcasts, let me know! 

Here are some of the recent podcasts:


Thanks!
Chris

Silver Spook Games

Hey guys! So in addition to continuing work on Neofeud and the sequel(s) I am also running this podcast where I interview game creators, writers and other creatives mostly in the area of cyberpunk and sci-fi (although not exclusively) to promote great indie projects, share audiences, and connect with the community. I am always on the lookout for future projects, so feel free to let me know if interested!

Silver Spook Podcast #10 - Spinnortality: a game where you play an evil megacorporation.

In this episode, Silver Spook speaks with Jamie Patton, creator of Spinnortality, a groundbreaking cyberpunk game in mid-Kickstarter. Cyberpunk strategy/management game. In Spinnortality, you, "Run a global megacorporation. Manipulate culture, destroy governments and become immortal."

Spinnortality website: https://spinnortality.com/

Spinnortality kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...

Follow Jamie: https://twitter.com/james_d_patton

Just made this new Neofeud cover art for Itch.io, (where Neofeud is on sale, by the way!). Let me know what you guys think! 

I recently tried to add a Steam store link using the "App store links" section of the game editing interface. I don't see any link to the Steam store, but on my game page it says "In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $X.XX USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:"

I didn't mean for the user to get automatic access to a Steam key, and I can't figure out how to remove this sentence from my store page: "Your purchase comes with  a Steam key." Is there a way to take this down? 

https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud

First up, Neofeud is on sale right now!

In this dev stream, Silver Spook works on a cyberpunk character and shows some scenes from one of his previous games, involving half-cat transgenic girls and cyborg bartenders from 2011!

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Here's another recent review that just came in for Neofeud:

"Neofeud is a dystopian cyberpunk adventure that needs to be experienced. [...]

When we think of a cyberpunk dystopia we imagine a world controlled by robots or an evil AI, and a place where humans are in the down low, trying to survive day by day in the gutter. What happens when someone turns these tropes to their head and this world is filled with discarded androids that live in slums, drug addicted and oppressed by multi billion neofeudal corporations? Neofeud, a cyberpunk point and click adventure created by Christian Miller offers an answer to this question. [...]

An adventure that will offer you many hours of play and it will make you think about our world and where it is heading. Not many indie games do that, and it is really important."

http://www.hyperlightup.com/neofeud-review/

Silver Spook Live #25 - Silver Spook Cosplays a character from Neofeud! And re-enacts some scenes from the game in this Halloween special. :)

Hey all! Long time no post! Dysmaton progress is progressing as fast as humanly possible, as I'm also working on publicizing the other (completed) Silver Spook Game, Neofeud. Here's a little teaser of some of the most recent work that I'm pretty happy with:

I call this one, "Sun Goddess".  It took me a loooooong time to sort this out, about two weeks in all, but I think I've finally nailed what I was envisioning. Yes, there is some definite Blade Runner 2049 influence in there as I had seen the movie twice during the course of working on this. And the scene is definitely suppose to exude that Tyrell/Wallace "timeless, near-godly grandeur".

I'm going to look into animating the reflections in that pool of water there.  If I can get Roger Deakins or Ridley Scott to help me with the gold-aquatic lighting, it would also be much appreciated, lol.

Is there any way to get the ratings and reviews to show up on the game page? Would be nice to have the option to show them, to give potential players to try/buy the game. Thanks!

Neofeud is just $9.90 for the next week! If you've been considering picking it up, now would be a great time!

Here are some other recent reviews that have just come in on Neofeud:

A Diamond Of Storytelling In The Scrap Pile "When I play a game, I play to be compelled or immersed in some way. The game has to dig its claws in and drag me in. Walking away has to be difficult or that’s exactly what I’ll do. Neofeud grabbed me in just that way through its gripping mastery of storytelling, akin to how last I binged on episodes of Game of Thrones. Neofeud is a point-and-click game set in a sci-fi dystopia borne of the minds of every prominent science fiction writer from the past century, from H.R. Giger to Ridley Scott. The result is a disturbing yet strangly familiar dystopian society in which social inequality is systemic, the top one percent have their own one percent, and the birth of A.I has resulted in a massive population of unemployed sentient robots. Sound interesting? We're only just dipping our toes. Beginning by introducing the main character of the story, an ex-cop and currently social worker named Karl Carbon, the story of Neofeud quickly explodes into a story rife with psuedoscience and more twists than an M. Night Shamlyan movie. As a single conspiracy unfolds, others follow, creating a story layered so deep that by the halfway mark of Neofeud’s potential 15-hour game time I found myself questioning characters motives even more than the main character of the game itself. Past endless conspiracies and a spiraling story, the characters of Neofeud are developed so much more than characters in nearly any other game I’ve recently played. Karl and the cast that he interacts with are human to a tee. Interactions with them are immersive and real, a necessity when a majority of the game is dialogue."

http://www.spritesanddice.com/2017/09/review-neofeud

Neofeud is science fiction at it’s most raw and visceral. [...]
Neofeud is the debut game of native Hawaiian, Christian Miller. It’s an ambitious project, drawing on personal experience as a STEM teacher for underprivileged kids in Honolulu as well as a wide array of popular sci-fi films and books. The aesthetic is heavily skewed towards Blade Runner or The Fifth Element, while the story is reminiscent of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and the film version of I, Robot.
Players take on the role of Karl Carbon, a police officer turned social worker. I was immediately hooked by this detail. I had expected to play a character akin to Decker in Blade Runner; a sort of rogue-cop with good intentions. There are definitely cop-like qualities about Carbon, but he’s a social worker through and through. And this makes for a compelling story, and some truly heartbreaking gameplay.
Drawing from personal experience, Miller has delivered us a story that is so much more than “humans vs. automations.” Carbon has cybernetic enhancements, but they’re obsolete and he can’t afford to replace them. He works with AIs and robotic entities that society has deemed “defective” and “unhireable.” He understands what it’s like to be cast aside and denied resources at every turn.

http://steamshovelers.cool/neofeud/

Neofeud takes place in a dystopian future where faulty sentient robots and failed human hybrids form the bottom layer of society, while neofeudal lords live carefree in luxurious floating cities. The extensive storyline is very political, but also full of action and really entertaining. This game is an impressive piece of work, since it’s quite excellent on many facets. [...] This spectacular and complex story will take at least 12 hours to play through, and the writing is excellent and enjoyable. The characters are fun, the setting is really interesting so you’ll want to learn more about it, and there’s always so much happening which makes you want to continue playing to see where the story will take you next.

http://3rd-strike.com/neofeud-review/

In addition, check out this awesome article on Silver Spook Games and Neofeud in Hawaii print publication Ka Wai Ola!

This article is actually included in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, the biggest Hawaii newspaper, which is a pretty cool honor!

You can see the rest of the article here: https://twitter.com/SilvrSpookGames/status/918766258077581312

Want to see how I make these games? Come hang out! I livestream every Saturday around 4 PM EDT!


I do pretty regular livestreams of digital painting scenes from my games in progress on Saturdays around 4 PM EST.  Here's the stream channel: http://youtube.com/twiliteminotaur/live

And here's my regular youtube channel where you can see some of the previous streams: https://www.youtube.com/user/twiliteminotaur

Hi cambot, thanks for trying and getting Neofeud.  

Thanks also for that error report. And I'm glad that you got it to run OK.

As long as enough folks like you support and buy these types of games, I will be making them! :)

No problem! Thanks for testing the Linux version out and bringing in folks to test as well (I believe that was you on Steam if i'm not mistaken). 

Thanks! Yeah there is Dysmaton, which I'm currently working on. :)

If you know anyone who might be interested in Neofeud, do let them know it's coming to Steam September 19, as me finishing the next game will depend on how well Neofeud does! Thanks. :)

Thanks Infen for the kind feedback! I'm glad that you're liking the game. It was indeed a labor of love, sometimes too much love as I spent many 12-16 hour days working on this game over the past 2 years!

I'm also glad that you didn't get stuck with pixel hunting. I also really don't like it when you get stuck and thrown out of the game world to solve a puzzle that is mostly just frustrating. I'm also happy you made it through the arcade shooting section without too much trouble!

Thanks again for the response and for buying Neofeud!

Sorry about that, I have not heard of the mouse stutter issue yet, although I know that the mouse movement may be slow. You can change the mouse speed in acsetup.cfg in the "Data" folder.  The mouse stutter seems to be something within the AGS engine. If the AGS engine developers add a fix for the stutter, I'll  try to get a new build of Neofeud with the fix up.  

Thanks for trying Neofeud though!

A very bold and original idea!

Latest screenshot / work-in-progress from Dysmaton.  I call it, "Coworking"



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In other news, don't hold me to this, but it looks like I'll be having a chat with AGS veteran and adventure game maker extraordinaire, Fitz next weekend!  Stay tuned!

I was also interested in having the option to have reviews visible on the page.  So thanks for this!

Hi, I need to make some changes to a dev log post I made, but I don't see any way to change or delete a dev log post.  Is there a way to do this, and if not, can we get a dev log post editor?

Thanks

"Dysmaton" is Silver Spook Games' latest Project!  Formerly known as "Forgotten City", this demo version was created as part of the  Adventure Game Studio Monthly Competition.  

"Creating new homeworlds always means a lot of trial and error. Our world... well, this one's an error."

Synopsis:

Settlers of a new space colony got off to a rocky start, but eventually built up a happy, thriving metropolis... Then the machines took over.  Noria, a young engineer, lost everything the day the automated police forces went haywire. Now, on this failed new homeworld, she needs to survive the hostile environment, dodge the malevolent machines lurking everywhere, and manage her own painful memories of lost family and broken hopes.

The Creators Christian Miller (Neofeud) - Art, Programming, Game Design, Game Story Knux Vee One (Chaos Nova) - Original Story Laura Loolaid (Chaos Nova) - Story consultant

If you'd like to see this game completed, please consider becoming a Patreon Patron to support this one-guy indie in development of a full game!  

Also, check out Neofeud, an immersive cyberpunk point-n-click, over 10 hours in length, by Silver Spook Games.   

Player Feedback

"Awesome art, setting and game play, great work, even for a short game promises a lot. And I was glad to see I didn't instantly died when letting the robot see me. (nod) Voice acting top notch. Very well done." 2017-07-14 21:41:40 by Cassiebsg

"This demo has fantastic visuals and atmosphere, but it's just a small taste of what's to come. Still, Silverspook paints a well written and visualized world with a promising protagonist." 2017-07-12 14:16:28 by Blondbraid

"Although this was just a small taster for a larger project, this has got everything: badass music, great art & animation, decent voice acting, a couple of nice puzzles and heaps of cool. If I was ever on the fence about buying Neofeud, this has pushed me off of it (into the yes garden)." 2017-07-12 05:03:38 by Stupot+

"Dysmaton" is Silver Spook Games' latest Project!  Formerly known as "Forgotten City", this demo version was created as part of the  Adventure Game Studio Monthly Competition.  

"Creating new homeworlds always means a lot of trial and error. Our world... well, this one's an error."

Synopsis:

Settlers of a new space colony got off to a rocky start, but eventually built up a happy, thriving metropolis... Then the machines took over.  Noria, a young engineer, lost everything the day the automated police forces went haywire. Now, on this failed new homeworld, she needs to survive the hostile environment, dodge the malevolent machines lurking everywhere, and manage her own painful memories of lost family and broken hopes.

The Creators Christian Miller (Neofeud) - Art, Programming, Game Design, Game Story Knux Vee One (Chaos Nova) - Original Story Laura Loolaid (Chaos Nova) - Story consultant

If you'd like to see this game completed, please consider becoming a Patreon Patron to support this one-guy indie in development of a full game!  

Also, check out Neofeud, an immersive cyberpunk point-n-click, over 10 hours in length, by Silver Spook Games.   

Player Feedback

"Awesome art, setting and game play, great work, even for a short game promises a lot. And I was glad to see I didn't instantly died when letting the robot see me. (nod) Voice acting top notch. Very well done." 2017-07-14 21:41:40 by Cassiebsg

"This demo has fantastic visuals and atmosphere, but it's just a small taste of what's to come. Still, Silverspook paints a well written and visualized world with a promising protagonist." 2017-07-12 14:16:28 by Blondbraid

"Although this was just a small taster for a larger project, this has got everything: badass music, great art & animation, decent voice acting, a couple of nice puzzles and heaps of cool. If I was ever on the fence about buying Neofeud, this has pushed me off of it (into the yes garden)." 2017-07-12 05:03:38 by Stupot+

I think the only background that's ever taken me longer was the Neofeud Sky Palace.

Worth it, though, I think!

Today's art progress on the adventure game successor to Neofeud! Things just got a whole lot more H.R. Giger-esque.   I wasn't really feeling this city scene, until my subconscious vomitted up that somewhat Alien Covenant-like spacecraft / advanced alien building sitting way in the back there.  I call it, "The Anomaly", for now.  :)

You can watch the livestream of me working on this, here:

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So I have just released the Neofeud Short Story Collection on Amazon! It contains several stories from the world of Neofeud and I hope to help support the production of Neofeud 2 with sales of the book.

In addition, here is a sneak peak at some of the new design material from the upcoming game:

<a href=https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud></a>

Looks excellent! Hope to see more of this. :)

Looks pretty awesome, and I really like the concept of exploring some darker issues through this cartooney style. Good luck with this!

Support Neofeud 2 development by picking up the Neofeud Short Story Collection for just $2.99!

A big update on IndieDB!

A post-release hangout with myself and a bunch of the voice actors and contributors who helped make Neofeud! In it we discuss the $2 voice-actor sound-proof booth, pursuing one's passions while having a family, the robot / automation revolution, post-scarcity economics and universal basic income, how we're already living in a dystopic Neofeudal society, Canadian whiskey vs. Hawaiian Guinness, living next to a giant lava-spewing volcano, and more!!!

The complete cast:
Brandon C. Hovey - http://brandonchovey.net/
Chris R. Smith - https://twitter.com/Johnyliltoe
Scott & Deb - https://twitter.com/minxilla
Christian Miller - http://silverspookgames.blogspot.com/


Check out the website: http://silverspookgames.blogspot.com/...

Get Neofeud now! https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud

Help Neofeud get on Steam! http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles...

Want to know the $2 sound-proofed booth trick? How to gamdev while taking care of crazy toddlers? How to paint like H.R. Giger? Who is the Six Billion Dollar Baller!?!? Tune in this Saturday at 3 PM Eastern, when the Neofeud cast and yours truly will be doing a post-game hangout livestream!

Livestream link: https://www.youtube.com/user/twiliteminotaur/live

Neofeud site: https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud

Big devlog update from the Neofeud Patreon site! https://www.patreon.com/posts/9738374


First off, thank you to all my Patrons who've helped bring Neofeud to fruition. The good news is, Neofeud is at least meeting my baseline expectations at this point in terms of commercial and critical success. Currently, I'm still hoping that Neofeud will get Greenlit soon, before Steam takes Greenlight down. If you haven't already, please check out the Neofeud Greenlight page and give it your vote! http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=894789880

Neofeud hasn't yet broken into the "Quit my dayjob and focus on Silver Spook Games 100%" level, but it is at least moving off of shelves, and many folks have been generous and willing to pay more, sometimes *twice* the base price of the game to support us. If you haven't yet, you can still pick up the DRM-free version of Neofeud from the Itch.io store. As a thank you for picking the game up early (I realize most people want it on Steam), you get the soundtrack and the ebook-version of Neofeud free, and a Steam key, once Neofeud is released on Steam.

Itch.io store: https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud

In addition to swapping my gamedev-hat for the marketing cap / Neofeud evangelist for the past month, I've also had some tumultuous, but ultimately fruitful goings-on in terms of our big move to the Big Island of Hawaii. The wife and kids had been camping for a few weeks, and crashing with some rather fascinating characters, got stranded in a Burger King parking lot and an eternal-Burning Man commune... But we're now inside of an actual *house* house, with four walls and a roof! So in addition to supporting the development of Neofeud, thank you, patrons and purchasers of Neofeud for supporting a temporarily homeless homesteader family in getting started in this new land!

I have also entered the liminal phase of development, that is investigating potential projects. With the incredible amount of work it was, making Neofeud for the most part alone, I'm considering collaborating with others for future Silver Spook Games endeavors. There are a few possibilities on the table right now:

1.) Neofeud 2: I'm currently in the conceptual phase of this. I may bring on an artist and/or potentially a programmer.

2.) Collaborate with a writer to turn their story into an adventure game:I've been chumming the cyberspace waters, posting in forums, Facebook, etc. with the notion of taking a sci-fi / cyberpunk writer's story and making it into a game, which would be synergistic for both of us; I can offload the universe of narrative from my brain-space and the writer will get a visibility boost. One cool writer-group that have expressed some interest -- they are writers and also adventure-gamers -- is a circle called "Chaos Nova". They have some pretty interesting sci-fi writing as well, you can check them out here: http://www.chaosnova.co.uk/?page=samples

3.) Join a game development team as the writer:I met a guy who was a huge fan of both my earlier game, Terminus Machina ( http://www.moddb.com/mods/terminus-machina ) as well as Neofeud. He happened to be presently in development of a full-3D cyberpunk game similar to Deus Ex, which, as I've mentioned, is my favorite game of all time. :) He was interested in bringing me onto the team as a writer, which could be great as story is one of my favorite mediums of creativity.

Oh, also, the Facebook group I met the guy in? Bruce Bethke and John Shirley also apparently hang out there from time to time! Check out the Cyberpunk Writers Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/874654982584725/

Ultimately, I may do several of these projects simultaneously, depending on how the cards fall, schedules align, etc.. I am certainly excited to be back in the development saddle. I am not a master-marketeer by any means, but an indie must do one's best! :)

At any rate, I will be looking into new rewards for my gracious continued Patrons. If you would like something in particular -- like more behind-the-scenes material or a livestream or something of the sort -- do let me know.

Until then, here's another Neofeud 2 Concept art / Artist's rendition of our new house on the volcanic Big Island of Hawaii. (JK, we're not living on a barren lava flow, lol. Although we did visit one. ;) )