Hail fellow digital gamebook fans and well met to all wanderers that happen upon the Tin Man Games blog! It’s been an incredibly busy September, and October is quickly turning into a MASSIVE month for us down under at Tin Man Towers. Here’s what we’ve been up to and what is in store for the Winterfylleth!
Gamebook Adventures 11 and 12 released on iOS and Android!
In February 2010 we released our very first digital gamebook app on to the App Store. As many of you may know, An Assassin in Orlandes, was the start of a epic series of gamebooks set in the land of Orlandes and along with The Siege of the Necromancer was the platform on which Tin Man Games was built. Therefore it is with immense pride that we have released Gamebook Adventures 11 and 12, Songs of the Mystics and Asuria Awakens, on to the App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore. We made it to 12 titles! (okay – so not quite as many as Fighting Fantasy or Lone Wolf, but still pretty good hey!?)
Written by the very talented Kieran Coghlan and Stuart Lloyd, you can find out more about both titles by clicking their respective links above or the links over on the right. If you’re an iOS user you may also be interested to know that both titles have been bundled up with Lords of Nurroth too, to create the Gamebook Adventures Collected Bundle 4, which essentially gets you 3 digital gamebooks for the price of 2.
Legacy of Dorn: Herald of Oblivion is nearing release!
On October 15th our very first Warhammer 40,000 licensed digital gamebook, Herald of Oblivion, will be hitting the iOS App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore.
We’ve taken Jonathan Green’s epic tale about Brother Nabor of the Imperial Fists Chapter and thrown it into a Tin Man spin, turning your digital device into cogitator complete with a holographic combat simulator. This new feature removes the dice-rolling elements of the original Black Library/Games Workshop print book and turns them into a turn-based, first-person combat scenario, where your placement in the battle arena (4-axis movement), weapon choice (ranged or melee) and the decisions of the enemies can impact the outcome of the fight. This is a completely new departure for us but one which we felt would really enhance the experience of battling the denizens of a space hulk. We’re really pleased with how it turned out and hope to expand on it for future Warhammer 40k titles!
Melbourne International Games Week!
From the 23rd October to 1st November, Australian gamers, developers and press will be descending on Melbourne for the International Games Week. We’ll be taking part this year in a variety of ways, most notably at our local developer conference, Games Connect Asia Pacific, and the massively awesome consumer show, PAX Australia, which is held just up the road from us here at Tin Man Towers. During PAX we’ll be showing off Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain for the very first time and inviting attendees to play it at our booth, using game controllers. Yes, game controllers!
You can find out more about Games Week here…
Over the last 12 months we have been developing a brand new Gamebook Adventures Engine. Some of the roots of the engine can be seen in Appointment with FEAR and To Be or Not To Be and it’s almost time to properly unveil our very first release using the new engine, the grand-daddy of all fantasy gamebooks, Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain. But we (and Zagor) need your help! While development has been progressing really well, we have come to realise that we need more art for the gamebook. Why more art for a text-based adventure book you say? Well, that’s because we’ve taken the map for Firetop Mountain into the tabletop realm, complete with digital miniatures and a brand new miniatures based combat system. It’s still the gamebook we all know and love, but taken in a sparkly new digital direction!
We’ll have more news on the Kickstarter in the coming weeks. There will be lots of amazing opportunities to be involved with the development of this new chapter for Tin Man Games and the Fighting Fantasy series.