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DD Extreme Mod update!

Greetings diligent Kingdom Administrators!

Some of you are far too diligent. Far, far too diligent… We’re getting reports that few puzzle remain unsolved, rainbow borders surround dungeons galore and even Goatpeople are welcome in taverns under your watchful reign(s). This simply will not do! Which is why there’s a dedicated group of incensed Desktop Dungeons fans hard at work on a mod for the game to add new challenges, new classes, new dungeons and new puzzles for you.

Welcome to the mod!
The Extreme Edition has just received an update that adds more to the Eastern regions of your Kingdoms, as well as bringing the mod up to the current version of the game (so no more switching to legacy mode via Steam). All told, this update adds:

  • 4 new classes to play, with 6 new class challenges.
  • More than 25 new items to discover.
  • 11 new dungeons spread out over 2 quests.
  • 8 new ways monsters will mess with you.
  • And additional secrets that they didn’t tell me about and I haven’t found yet…

Seriously, this mod is an amazing project by loving Desktop Dungeons fans that are doing amazing things and sticking true to the game we loved developing. It’s a complete blast playing new classes and challenges in a game we otherwise know inside out and we hope you’ll enjoy this update as much as we have. The modders have even found ways to add new art to the game, which blows our minds, we didn’t think that was possible.

If you’ve enjoyed Desktop Dungeons and want more of it, download the mod and follow the installation instructions. And please, backup your saves!

Humble Mobile Bundle 17!

Desktop Dungeons is in the Humble Mobile Bundle 17 right now! Simply pay above $6 to add Desktop Dungeons and Grim Fandango Remastered to your haul.

Please note that some players have experienced crashes if the game doesn’t have write access to your storage. This is easily solved by granting write access to the Desktop Dungeons app.

Desktop Dungeons hits Android and iOS on May 28!

We get a lot of complaints about Desktop Dungeons: It’s too difficult, I can’t stop playing, What’s with the goats, etc. One thing people seem to be glad of is that they’re able to escape the game by moving away from their computers. This upsets us immensely! To rectify this huge oversight, we’re releasing Desktop Dungeons for both Android tablets and iPad on May 28th, 2015. It’ll set you back a mere $10.

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We were initially quite worried about getting the game onto Android (there are times that being an African studio really makes indie life difficult) but thanks to our friends at Finji, we’re able to bring the game to Android at the same time as we publish it on iOS. So, Desktop Dungeons is getting a simultaneous release on those two platforms.

We’re sure some people are going to be curious about the $10 price. It’s actually really simple: We don’t think that Desktop Dungeons would work as a F2P game, not without huge changes that we feel would make the game experience worse as a whole. We’re focused on bringing the same game from PC to tablets, trying to rip out and rewire the guts of the gameplay to allow the game to nickel and dime people to death just doesn’t feel good. So, $10 it is. We feel like that’s a good deal for a game with as much replay value as Desktop Dungeons.

The Cloud Sync saving system that grew up over the beta and keeps the game up to date no matter where you play it has been extended to include iOS and Android as well. All your current Kingdoms will be playable on any device that’s online and logged in to DesktopDungeons.net. This was actually a significant amount of work over the last couple of months, but I’m sure we’ll blog about that later; We feel that more developers should offer this kind of portability.

Desktop Dungeons on tablets will contain all of the extra Enhanced Edition content, so you’ll be able to play the Chemist and Rat Monarch right off the bat. Each mobile platform does have different Daily Dungeon seeds and leaderboards though, so you’ll be able to do a maximum of three different dailies if you feel like it. There’s no Goatperson DLC planned for the tablet versions as yet, but if you log in with a DD.net account that has the DLC you’ll be able to play the Goatperson and the triple quests as much as you’d like.

We’re super excited to be releasing Desktop Dungeons on mobile. This has been the number one request that we’ve received since we started working on the game and it’s been a long road to get to this point. Next week it’ll finally be real. See you on the 28th!

 

Be sure to check out our presskit for more information on the game, screenshots and trailers like the one above.

Free Update – Desktop Dungeons: Enhanced Edition

We’re very happy to announce the Enhanced Edition of Desktop Dungeons. If you’ve been visiting our forums, you might have gathered quite a lot of what this entails, but we thought it was time to actually collect it all in one place and clear up some details:

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As you already know, we’ve been working hard to bring Desktop Dungeons to mobile platforms. While we’ve been streamlining the interface and reworking chunks of the game, we’ve also added things, because, well… because we couldn’t really not, there just too many interesting ideas to explore with this game. This has culminated in the expansion that we’ve called Enhanced Edition.

The Enhanced Edition is a free expansion to Desktop Dungeons that adds new classes that create fascinating interactions and quests that push your thinking in how to deal with them. It comes with parts of the streamlined interface changes that make understanding the game a little easier. It has also had a pretty major overhaul as far as optimization goes, but that is distinctly less sexy to talk about, let’s move on. There’s a new building that houses…

Daily Challenges

Your Kingdom is being audited, but in order to check the correct boxes and fill what seems to be an infinite void of incomplete records, you have to recreate lost adventure reports as part of the Daily Expedition Re-enactment Program, or DERP, every day a new DERP. You’ll be able to pit yourself against your friends with this seeded adventure each day. The daily expedition preparation choices also allow you to play with combinations that you might not actually be able to have in the game and select multiple preparations from the same building. These auditors are all about the hypothetical, so it’s time to explore your ideal power combos! Daily expeditions will reset at midnight, GMT.

This seed will be different on each of the mobile platforms, so while you can only play the daily once per day on PC(inc. Mac and Linux) you’ll be able to play a second hypothetical re-enactment on your iPad and then a third on your Android tablet. Each with their own leaderboards.

Let’s talk Mobile

The mobile version is a full one-to-one port of the game with a spiffy new interface for touch devices. All of your cloud saved kingdoms (built in if you log into your Desktop Dungeons account) will synchronize across the various platforms. So you won’t even lose your kingdom progress when you leave your PC and whip out your iPad for a quick run of Ick Swamp whilst on the bus.

When? WHEN?!

The Enhanced Edition will roll out on Steam, GOG and Humble on the 20th of April, with the mobile release following soon after that.

Desktop Dungeons goes to Gamescom!

Desktop Dungeons will be part of the first Indie MEGABOOTH at Gamescom this year! So if you’re in the area, come say: “Hi!” or “This game is the best game ever!” (really loudly in front of member of the press please) or “I hate you guys and this game’s too hard!” (also loudly in front of press, pretty please) or any one of a number of phrases you might come up with yourself. We’re really excited to be exhibiting the game in Europe for a change so that we can practice our German.

We promise not to bring any goats… Not even our favorite travel-sized portable defense-billy.

Desktop Dungeons now available via GoG!

We’re happy to announce that yet more people are no longer safe from the time-eating clutches of Desktop Dungeons, as you can now pick the game up at GoG.com – there’s even a release week 33% off sale to sweeten your slide into goat-themed dungeon clickery. Enjoy!

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Desktop Dungeons + Linux = <3

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That’s right, Desktop Dungeons is now available for Linux! Tell your friends that don’t have the game yet that their excuses are rapidly dwindling… Especially because Desktop Dungeons is part of Midweek Madness on Steam right now for 50% off!

Like goats, Linux comes in many flavors. Also like goats, sometimes Linux can be recalcitrant and kill you in one hit… If you have any problems with the game, let us know and we’ll fix it ASAP. And finally, if anyone’s got a Steam box, we’d love to know how it plays!

Free for GDC ends…

The GDC has ended. We have fled San Francisco and the indie hostel will once again have free IPs. Unfortunately this means that the Free for GDC period is coming to an end as well. 2233 people took the opportunity to take a look at where Desktop Dungeons is now, it is our sincerest wish that they had a good time. And, just in case any of them would like to continue having said good time, here’s the link for pre-ordering Desktop Dungeons.

In the spirit of having good times, here’s a picture of Marc and I hanging out with the astounding duo of DannyB and Grant Kirkhope at the Mojang party last week. Yes, it really did get that silly, but what else would you expect?

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Beta Free For GDC!

Click here to sign up and play the Desktop Dungeons beta for free until the 31st of March!

Our annual pilgrimage to the GDC in San Francisco has begun (in fact, it’s well enough underway that we’ve had nearly enough time to recover from our 29hr transit) and, as is our custom, we’re throwing open the beta to anyone that would like to play it this whole week!
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All you need to do is click here, enter your email address, prove you’re not a robot and you should be receiving a validation email from us within 15 minutes! As an added bonus, your progress will be saved should you find you can’t live without Desktop Dungeons next week.

P.S. The Desktop Dungeons forums are a great place to look for tips and tricks or give us feedback on the game.

Hammering in the Deep

This blog post was hastily penned down in the midst of a catastrophic meltdown within the Kingdom. An ancient, evil entity known as the Server has risen up and cast the realm under its vile shadow, leaving even the most powerful Kingdom Administrators stranded and confused. It is uncertain whether these written words will ever make it through the dark maelstrom: hopefully, by the time you come to read this the lands will be in a happier era.

Letting all the magic smoke out...

… unfortunately, we really do have to apologise about this week: many of you have probably already noticed the extensive downtime recently and we’ve lost several good work days due to web host issues. There’s the whole wailing and gnashing of teeth thing going on in the office right now.

We still managed to get some changes in this week, so behold (if you can) the perky new additions such as Binlor’s puzzle pack, a new quest toast system (mmm, toast) and a revolutionary new game paradigm which, uh, hopefully decreases those horrific crash problems which reliably plague the longer /more extreme game sessions.

Here’s hoping that things will be a whole lot better next week. The changelog follows, fueled by desperation and blood magic: Read the rest of this entry »