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A picture blog for our new game

As some of you may already know we currently work on a new project, which was named "Morituri" for some time but has now the title Behind Stars and under Hills. Its prototype is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and the MDM.

Behind Stars and under Hills will be a Dungeon Adventure with detective elements and animal people. It puts emphasis on story and atmosphere, on interaction with NPCs (dialogues) and exploration. While there probably will be fights (of low complexity), those won't be the main focus of the game. Instead, players have to find hidden ways and items, translate scriptures, talk to the inhabitants, trade with them, circumvent and/or find ways around dangers (like enemies and traps), and use the light by placing torches.

There are no real hard facts to announce yet (hopefully soon though), but we started a picture blog for the project, especially for the prototype we currently work on. You can find it here. We post everything visual, i.e. drawings, scribbles, animations and screenshots from the game and the level editor. Our intention is to link the blog whenever we post those pictures on Twitter or Facebook, so people don't see a single slice of the game only, but can inform themselves more about the look of the game instantly. It also makes it easier to follow the project as long as we don't have a dedicated website.

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https://behindstarsandunderhills.tumblr.com

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New website

If this isn't the first Rat King blog post you ever read, then you probably noticed it already - we have a new website! Some parts are not finished yet - especially this blog. We had to move it to a subfolder, so it's very likely a lot of hyperlinks to some of our posts won't work anymore, and other stuff too.

Anyway, we thought a soft launch might be okay, and maybe try different WordPress themes on the go. We mainly wanted to make it all simpler and cleaner, which we wanted for a long time, but only now I had the motivation to actually do something about it. For some time I tried out different frameworks for responsive websites (for the home page, not the blog, as this would keep being WordPress), but then I read an article about Hugo, a generator for static websites, and thankfully it had everything we wanted, responsive themes included.

So now here we are - the content is mostly the same, but we wanted to put some more emphasis on our games this time, as we didn't have that much when we uploaded the second version of ratking.de back in 2012... wow, time flies. A redesign really was overdue.

Have fun, and if you find any glitches or errors on the new website, just contact us!

Farbenspiel released!

We released Farbenspiel 1.0 on itch.io - have a look!

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But wait, what is this game!? It's true, we never talked about Farbenspiel on this blog here, but it seems we're a bit behind blogging anyway. One reason is that Jana is doing marketing for the Indie Arena Booth 2016 at the gamescom and is writing a lot already that way. (Check it out!)

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But back to topic - Farbenspiel is a Local Multiplayer-Only Deathmatch Action game we did as a side project. 2-4 players with gamepads gather and shoot each other. To make it more interesting, the players collect power-ups (eggs) which allow them to splatter colored puddles. In these puddles they can hide - while the enemy becomes slower in it.

As you can't see yourself in a puddle of your color, and bullets reflect at walls, Farbenspiel becomes a bit of chaotic fun. ;-)

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The game is now officially "version 1.0", which means its fully playable. Just get it for $2.50 on itch.io, the finest indie sales platform there is! But there are a lot of things we'd like to see improved in Farbenspiel, like the balancing, and additional levels. So there will surely be updates in the future! Be aware though that it is still more of a side project for us, while we concentrate on planning, funding and prototyping our next bigger project.

Last but not least, here's a somewhat older gameplay video of Farbenspiel: