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Welcome one and all, to a very special Kana Quest devblog. This is the last time I will be writing to you before the game comes out on Steam. Kana Quest has a release day: March 12. And we are in full marketing mode to try get this game out there, and make it as big a success as physically possible.

But first things first. Why don’t you all enjoy the release trailer I’ve been working really really hard on.

 

And there it is. I hope you liked it. Making this made me more than a little batty. If y’all are interested down the line we can do a “making of” devblog, but we will leave that to another time.

So now we are going to get into the real meat of things. And that is this devblog I would like you do something for me.

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So what am I asking of you? If you are able, please do the following.

  1. Wishlist the game on Steam. You can do that here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/725850/Kana_Quest/ . The reason this is so important is that it helps Steam’s algorithm figure if my game is worth anything. If we do not get a good enough threshold for wishlists Steam will bury Kana Quest.
  2. Follow the official @KanaQuest twitter account, and like and retweet the big announcement posts. This increases our reach a huge amount and puts the game in front of more folks.
  3. Tell your friends about Kana Quest. If you have a friend who you think will like Kana Quest. Please tell them about it. If possible try to get them to do steps 1 and 2 as well.
  4. Once the game is out. Please leave a review on Steam. This is another one of those things that can cause a game to get buried by Steam’s algorithm. If you do not have enough reviews the game will get perceived as a “junk game” by Steam’s algorithm. And I am not saying you have to leave a positive review either.

So with that out of the way. What else do I have to tell you?

Well Kana Quest is going to be at PAX East at the end of the month. I know most of you who read this are based in Australia, but if you’re up there, please come say hi. And if you are up there, we will be selling Kana plushies again. But they are improved on the first iteration we did in 2017. They are bigger, and they have nicer fabric. They are still handmade though, so stock is extremely limited. If we still have stock when I get back I’ll put out an announcement and whoever messages me first will get it. 86358616_509955723230863_6127210008150016000_n

We will have a restock of the pins we sold at PAX Aus. So if you would like to get your chance to get your hands on one of them.

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And with that, I just want to say a big thank you to all of you for being a part of this crazy little journey of mine to make this game. I really appreciate you all for turning up and reading the devblog each month. And I hope that when the game comes out, I did a good job and that you love it.

And with that, I’ll see you on the other side of this release. Take care until next time.

Theo

Sorry for the late blog post. I promise I have good excuse!

Here is my excuse –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wjyHFURurU

I made a trailer for Kana Quest in the lead up to PAX! Speaking of PAX what do I still have to do? Well a lot. We are less than a month out and hooo boy am I scared as all hell! Here is my list of things I still need to get organized.

  • Tablet Hire
  • Order more business cards
  • Pay the official PAX for any of the additional furniture I need.
  • Rigorously play-test the new tutorial.
  • Find and Squash as many bugs as possible.
  • Make a convention mode.
  • Try to get into contact with as many media people as possible.
  • Organize a convention survival kit.
    • Lots of water
    • Butter Menthols
    • Gaffer tape
    • Scisors
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Wet Wipes
  • Organize shifts for everyone helping me exhibit.
  • Set up my Steam Storefront
    • This one is going to be a blog post all to its self so I’m not gonna get into it all now.
  • Set up a video loop of some stock game-play footage for the booth so people can always see the game being played.

The thing that is really getting to me is I don’t know what I don’t know. There are so many things that need to be doing, and I feel as though I’m probably making a bunch of mistakes with all of them. But I don’t know what they are. This is also a large part of my own personal insecurities coming out here: I fundamentally don’t trust myself not to make an ass of myself.

Anyway I’m getting sidetracked. Let’s talk about how I made my trailer. Well for a start I used After Effects to make it. It’s the only video editing software I’ve used before so it was a natural choice. I really didn’t want to spend time learning a new tool. I only bought it for one month of use though. I don’t see the need for buying for a year when I’m probably only going to use it for two months in a year at max.

That said, After Effects is awful and I hate using it. I think I just hate video editing in general (guess that I’m not gonna be the next big youtube sensation). And I got to experience someĀ fun little bugs from After Effects.

  • Upon installation, After Effects decided that I didn’t need my windows settings. So it just discarded all the stuff I’ve added to windows 8 to make it run like windows 7. Also this just in windows 8 base interface is still awful.
  • The phantom youtube music. While I was importing assets and setting up my composition I was listening to youtube music. I hit the preview button and somehow my youtube music got encoded onto my preview. Every time I played my preview the same bit of youtube music would play. I ended up having to re-import some assets to get rid of it.
  • Not a bug per say but AE particles suck. Guess I’ve been spoiled by Unity’s particle systems but the restrictions are stupid. For example you cannot lock your particles Z axis, which sucks if you have a 2D game. You also can’t have your particles animate off a sprite sheet. So I couldn’t use any of the particle assets I already had made in the game. Oh, I just remembered another thing AE particles can’t do. You can’t have sub emitters.

That said AE has added a few things that do make life a hell of a lot easier. Namely the graph editor is way easier to use than it was the last time I used AE. Oh and the inclusion of the “shy” layers made keeping my timeline a bit more organized way easier.

Anyway, that’s me for the week.

See you next week.