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Pricing a Roguelike

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Price, funding, revenue, development costs… these are not terms traditionally associated with roguelikes. The situation has changed significantly over the past several years, though. Not only are there many more roguelikes these days, but some of them (*gasp*) even cost real money! Having made the leap from years of hobbydev to years of commercial roguelikedev, […]

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Year 3 of the Cogmind

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Unbelievable… I’ve been working on Cogmind for three and a half years now. Yet another year has gone by, and this time the end is very much in sight! To start off, as I did for 2014 and 2015 here’s a collage of development images from the past year: GIFs outnumbered PNGs about three-to-one, but an […]

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The Alpha Release Cycle: Running a Successful EA Program

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Just last week I put out Cogmind’s tenth alpha release, and as we speed towards the end of the open alpha period, now is a good opportunity to look back at the very deliberate pattern behind the development of each release, a repeating cycle that has continued for over a year now. And not just […]

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Tutorials and Help: Easing Players into the Game

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With a generally lower barrier to add content compared to other games, roguelikes have a tendency to be packed with features and mechanics, and while that doesn’t characterize every roguelike out there (notably 7DRLs and other quick hobby projects), there is an important need to help new players overcome the initial barriers to learning a […]

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Cogmind, 1 Year of Alphas

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Cogmind Alpha Access is one year old! (One could optionally end this sentence with “!?!?”) “Year 1″ since release in May 2015 overlaps with some previous postmortems I’ve done, so rather than rehash that content here I’ll just be linking to it where appropriate. That said, there is plenty of fresh data to share, too […]

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