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Netherguild is a game about assembling an expedition deep into earth, exploring and bonding with your team members-it's also a turn based strategy-roguelite game set in a fantasy world with no magic.

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Walking you through my development of Netherguild up to the present moment!

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100 Weeks of developing Netherguild


Huddle around the bonfire, friends- it's storytime!

Characters sitting around a bonfire


About two years ago, I asked my closest friends- "which one of these games should I make?"

Words in a notepad file describing two game ideas

Most (if not all) voted for the second project, and thus, my indie game was born!

A few months afterwards, I had something that looked like this-

Simple graphics, dark dungeon


Then, after struggling for a long while with 2D art (that story deserves it's own future article), I decided to use 3D voxels-

Two characters standing in a rectangular cave room.

But, this looks too flat and artificial for a natural or partially natural cave- and the red light (meant to be torch-light originally) feels a bit off-putting...

A bit of underground hills using pelin noise-

Looks much better!

Partially inspired by "made in abyss", I added some height to my game!

But these rooms felt empty- and I wanted them to feel a bit more like they were designed by a person. So, with the help of procedural generation and visual effects I slowly built it up;

Our rooms are looking much better

And ended up with this!

From there on, I designed the game to have both combat;

Shooting exploding barrels! Shooting bandits! Pew pew pew!

And things you can interact with-

Knight looking at a crushed skeleton

Then, I added a whole bunch of new features-
For example, I added skills:

Skills are shown to the player to pick from- a ranger and blue tiles are in the background.


I also added equipment for characters to hold and use!

A knight holding a procedurally generated hammer in each hand. It's pretty cool.


And then even more tweaks, like an initiative system, character following, and changing the fire from sprites to voxels-

Charactrers sitting around bonfire. It looks comfy.


Now I'm planning on finishing up some (final!) small improvements, then adding more content, and then more levels below the first 3 ones (and the thing below them).

An assassin in a cheering animation

WIP Cheering Animation! 🙌


But, working on Netherguild hasn't been smooth sailing the whole way- frankly, I was contemplating dropping this project early on because it seemed like it'd be too huge and I'd never finish it, I also didn't know if it'll turn out well or not- and it's not like the difficulties and challenges are over quite yet- (though I'm definitely not going to stop working on it until it's finished!)

With that being said, if you ever struggled with working on a something for a long time, let this motivate you. As much as I know I'm posting this in IndieDB and there's a lot of talented people here, being a solo or indie dev can be really tough at times- but as long as you put the effort and attention in, your game will ultimately get better and more complete, one step at a time- and maybe you can improve and learn from it too.

A player presses the

My game is named "Netherguild"- it's a turn based strategy game & dungeoncrawler, partially inspired by roguelikes (random levels and enemies, but you keep your characters between runs)- it's currently in a free early alpha state.

If it sounds like your jam, or if you want to support me by trying it out, you can try it out here:

Discord (I post builds here before they go public & discuss development):
Discordapp.com

IndieDB (If you're too lazy to scroll up, I got you):
Indiedb.com

Site: www.netherguild.com


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