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Interview Whalenought Studios Interview on Shane Plays

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  1. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    Tags: Serpent in the Staglands; Shane Stacks; Whalenought Studios

    Joe and Hannah Williams of Whalenought Studios are the guests on this week's episode of Shane Plays, the radio show/podcast run by Codexer Shane "sstacks" Stacks. Shane has been playing Serpent in the Staglands this week, and so much of the interview is spent randomly chattering about various aspects of the game that impressed him, in particular the setting and the monsters. He also asks them a few questions about the game's development, and about how they became game developers.

    According to Joe and Hannah, with the help of word of mouth, Serpent in the Staglands has now sold just enough to justify further RPG development. Development on the free expansion, the scope of which has now increased beyond what was originally planned, is set to conclude "by the end of the year", though they're not sure it will be released this year. The expansions from the Kickstarter campaign's unmet stretch goals will unfortunately not be made, but Whalenought do want to return to the Vol setting in the future someday. Their next RPG after Serpent in the Staglands, however, will be something else. Something with a different ruleset and mechanics, a different non-pixel art graphical style, and an "80s sci-fi cyberpunk" theme.


    At the end of the interview, Shane once again passes on various questions from Codexers. Joe and Hannah say that yes, Serpent in the Staglands' difficulty is where they wanted it to be, yes, they are considering turn-based combat for future projects, no, they aren't planning on ever returning to mobile game development, and yes, they do plan on changing up their UI design for future projects. Nice.
     
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  2. karnak Arcane Patron

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    Nice indeed.
    Even though Cyberpunk is not my scene we definitely need more Sci-Fi RPGs.
    May the gods give them strength for more Incline.
     
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  3. mindx2 Codex Roaming East Coast Reporter Patron

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    I wonder what this could be all about... :smug:
     
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  4. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    What are you implying?
     
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  5. mindx2 Codex Roaming East Coast Reporter Patron

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    Just looking forward to what they have in store next. All part of the :incline:.
     
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  6. Rivmusique Arcane Patron

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  7. getter77 Augur

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    A damn shame about the fate of the unmet stretch goals, but balanced somewhat by this one upcoming expansion apparently getting fortified far beyond the initial scope for it---hopefully picking off choice bits and pieces of The Unmet. That or the hope for a robust sequel should they get to revisit the setting later on down the line. Fantastic that they are at operating strength though, doubly so from the sound of their next project being enticing indeed.
     
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    Yes!
     
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  9. m_s0 Arcane

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    Clearly, the implication is that Avellone has joined Whalenought full-time.
     
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    Well done Turner! OHH YEAH!!!

    I like these guys, good to hear they will made another game. )
     
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  11. sstacks Arcane

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    Clearly.
     
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  12. Kz3r0 Arcane Sad Loser

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    Move to Seattle=Join Shadowrun team.
     
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  13. ArchAngel Arcane Sad Loser

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    I bought this game precisely because I expect their future projects to blow people away. They have the right idea thay just need to becime trained at turning it into a game. Unlike Obsidian that is opposite of that.
     
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    :yeah:

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  15. Whalenought_Joe Whalenought Studios Developer

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    Thanks for having us on sstacks ! That was a lot of fun.

    I scanned the other thread and I think we answered all the questions. We'll have any big updates posted on our blog in the coming months for the expansion or anything else new if you're interested.
     
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    What ho, Joe! :)
     
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    :takemymoney::codexisforindividualswithgenderidentityissues:


    EDIT: I became a fanboy of this duo when
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    at the beginning of SITS I found a tree with a hole....morphed my caster into a cat, walked through the hole, found some weird guy in there, and was subsequently killed once I transformed back to my human form
    ....so great. Can't wait to finish this game once it's fully patched. If they make a TB game then I'll buy two and give one away to spread word of mouth.


    EDIT2: Also, sstacks seems to have a good channel. Subscribed. Thanks for the link.
     
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  18. Roguey Codex Staff Sawyerite

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    Abandoning the pixel graphics was a given, RIP pixels.

    Owners: 3,378 ± 1,476

    Hmm and yet Dead State with its $10 higher price and its 58,271 ± 6,130 owners did not sell enough to justify further RPG development. How very interesting.

    (yes I know they needed more than two people to make theirs. :P)
     
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    Codex 2014 Serpent in the Staglands Shadorwun: Hong Kong A Beautifully Desolate Campaign
    It's a bit like that when you get snubbed by the media.
     
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  20. ArchAngel Arcane Sad Loser

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    They will get lots more sales once the game goes on Steam sales and the daily steam sale sells a LOT of copies and maybe they get lucky to get offered one of those by Steam.
    I read post mortem of the Papers Please dev and he earned more money during steam sales than outside of it.
     
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    Yes, that is quite normal.
    Sales & indie bundles usually earn more income than the normal selling.
     
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    Which is too bad as this is one cRPG that is actually worth full price... :negative:
     
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  23. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    Papers Please has over a million owners on Steam. I am pretty sure it sold more than 4000 copies long before it went on sale. Comparing the two games is rather silly.
     
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    Paper Sorcerer has like 70k owners... but it was a $5 title to begin with, and I'm fairly sure most of those people got it for $1 or less as 'bundle fodder'.
     
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    My hope is that sales will surge with the now big expansion release---few things other than a big whack of new content and whatnot that can essentially give a second shot at life for a game, actual media coverage excuse, and so forth.
     
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