Savage is equal parts inspired by the Conan stories by Robert E. Howard, my fascination with Zelda II (yes, yes, I know - the black sheep of the Zelda family), other games of its ilk (like Gargoyle's Quest) and a healthy dose of general barbarian fetishism.

The final product will (hopefully) include a varied, somewhat open world to explore, an interesting little tale filled with machismo, magic and muscles, day/night cycle, overworld hunting/tracking, lots of action/platforming, fun melee system and some mild RPG elements (item use, leveling up, gear, crafting and the like).

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'Tis The Trailer!

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Merry (post) Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

You've got one more present to open before the year's over:

2016 Pre-launch Trailer!

The credit for direction, cinematography and visual FX goes to the insanely talented Christine Carstairs!

Go check her site out and other works here:

Escapingwestlawn.com

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Sorry this wasn't shot to you all sooner -- I've been in and out of consciousness all week thanks to a cheerful little holiday flu ('tis the season!). As soon as I'm able, I'll fire off the next update to the live playable build!

Updates that you can expect:

  • New NPC interactions and story events
  • LOTS of traversal bugs fixed for the main character (game feels MUCH better now)
  • UI fixes
  • Gamepad and keyboard fixes (especially as it relates to the UI)
  • LOTS of new stuff (including enemies)!

Expect a more in-depth change log once the build goes live!

Until then, have a safe and happy New Year! See you in 2017!

- Matt

Seven Palette Army

Seven Palette Army

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Talking about new and palette swapped enemies, area and level tuning, and a bunch more!

I Have Something to Say!

I Have Something to Say!

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Update to dialogue and Quest systems. New quest, sub quest, and dialogue events added!

Super (re)Sized!

Super (re)Sized!

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Patch notes for 5.1.2. Bug fixes, issue fixes and more!

Hammer Time, Saving the World (and everything else)!

Hammer Time, Saving the World (and everything else)!

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New build up! Tackling the new save system! New forge hammer stuff!

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SAVAGE The Shard of Gosen Public Alpha 5.1.2

SAVAGE The Shard of Gosen Public Alpha 5.1.2

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2016.09.04 - Updated to 5.1.2 Alt tabbing no longer causes certain screens to become unresponsive When application loses focus (alt+tabbing or clicking...

SAVAGE: The Shard of Gosen alpha 4.5

SAVAGE: The Shard of Gosen alpha 4.5

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SAVAGE: The Shard of Gosen alpha 4.5 - Lots of new content in this update, including shields and the undead!

Savage: The Shard of Gosen (public alpha 03)

Savage: The Shard of Gosen (public alpha 03)

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This public alpha build has been rebuilt on a new architecture, and is what I'll be using throughout development from now on. This build fixes a number...

Halloween Goodies Bag

Halloween Goodies Bag

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I threw together some goodies for you (or anyone who's interested) to consume! The "bag" includes: Wallpapers, NES retro controller overlays, and a few...

Savage: The Shard of Gosen (second public alpha)

Savage: The Shard of Gosen (second public alpha)

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Second playable build, alpha 0.4.2.3 is out! - 10/21/2013

Savage: The Shard of Gosen (first public alpha)

Savage: The Shard of Gosen (first public alpha)

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So - I have shamelessly copied/pasted the following from my ​Game Jolt page (because, no sleep for a billion hours!! :D ) - I made it! I managed to...

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AvatarSCA
AvatarSCA

The new build looks awesome. It's really neat to see all of the extra story you're putty into it.

One question about the build though. I got to the part where all the villagers are mining and there is an iron door and gold door near by. Watching your playthrough it seemed like this was where I can talk to them and receive a pick axe. However for some reason I can't interact with anyone or with the doors even though I have iron keys.

Might just be a big on my system or perhaps I'm totally brain dead and am just missing something :)

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Intel Core i7 920

Thanks!

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toborprime Creator
toborprime

Oh crap! Sorry for the late reply -- IndieDB doesn't alert me to new comments (every blue moon the notification system decides to work).

The NPC dialogue and interactions are coming in the next patch -- as of now they aren't implemented yet and you do not need the pickaxe to progress. If you go to the room immediately to the left of the slaves, one of the crates will contain an iron key that you can use to get into the iron key door.

From there, the rest of the demo is accessible.

Of course, you can always wait til the patch is deployed to engage in conversations, the new quests, etc.

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Egg_Jav
Egg_Jav

Looks awesome!

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toborprime Creator
toborprime

Thanks!

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Scrabbit
Scrabbit

Really good stuff so far! It's quite tough but really satisfying and it looks and controls brilliantly.

If you don't mind me saying though, the sound design and music style doesn't quite seem to fit. Visually, it looks like a Super Nintendo game and the chiptunes and simple synthesized sounds feel a bit out of place next to that kind of visual fidelity. The melodies and such are really cool, but I think they'd fit better played by orchestral instruments. Preferably using less realistic/cheaper sounding VSTs to capture that early 90s SNES sound. The walking sounds can be a bit loud as well, but it's an alpha so I'm guessing sound levels are really not a priority right now!

Just my two cents anyway, really looking forward to playing this in full!

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toborprime Creator
toborprime

Thanks Scrabbit! Yeah, I have yet to do a real audio pass on everything (those pesky footstep noises included) -- and the music will get a bit of a makeover as well. Won't be quite the synthesized midi-esque symphonic stuff of, say, the SNES, but it will sound more high fidelity than straight up NES chiptunes. The stuff in the game right now is mostly place holder.

This is all stuff on the todo list to be tackled once the game is nearly complete.

Thanks again!

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InaudibleSound
InaudibleSound

nice

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NotGamerButPlayer
NotGamerButPlayer

Hello
I played the first alpha version and the latest version. I noticed that in the first version, you could move faster on the map by holding "A" and moving with the arrow keys. In the last version, it doesn't work anymore. Anyway, i love the concept of the game. Awesome graphics and gameplay, but there's one thing i noticed... Wooden Club does almost the same damage as the sword, but the club hits a lot faster than the sword.

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toborprime Creator
toborprime

Hey, thanks for giving it a shot! Holding the 'A' button while on the map screen was a debug thing I forgot to remove that allowed me to zoom around the map.

And yes -- for that build you played (which is around 2 years old by now) I did almost no balancing and just sort of threw a prototype together.

These issues, and more, are getting fixed up. Thanks again for playing, and for commenting!

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TheUnbeholden
TheUnbeholden

Any plans on a early steam release?

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toborprime Creator
toborprime

Good grief - sorry for the late reply. IndieDB refuses to alert me to comments.

Are you referring to Early Access? I want to avoid releasing the game in that way. I don't think a game like this would do well in a retail system like that, since it's not a "living" game - i.e., procedurally generated with tons of modular elements added over time each year, and all that.

It would be like playing Super Mario Bros. 3 or something, where like, every month a new zone or handful of levels was added.

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LordofGilneas
LordofGilneas

Is Savage dead? We haven't received any news.

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toborprime Creator
toborprime

Never!

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