PAX East 2017

A couple of weeks ago Jeff and Nick took Forts to Boston, MA, for PAX East., as part of the PAX Australia Roadshow. We had a great corner booth, with four stations set up, and a big screen running the trailers. The Boston gaming public really took a shine to Forts and there was barely a free moment to check our appointments calendar. Speaking of appointments, The Zero Review came by to chat and awarded us Editor’s Choice – Best Indie Game of the show.

Many a content creator came by and expressed how excited they were to play Forts against their friends on their channel. In fact, it was great to meet a few of them in person, including long time supporter Ctop, as well as Dreagast and Demo Storm. We also me a couple of Aussie YouTubers LazarBeam and Mr Meola. They’ve all been making Let’s Play videos of Forts as part of out Influencer Outreach PR initiative, so please check them out.

Being part of the PAX Australia Roadshow was a real honour. The guys at Surprise Attack did a great job organising the show, sorting out the booth, banners, padded flooring, and volunteers. These were all a great help, but the real value was them bringing round reps from various platform holders and publishers. All in all, it was great to be in the company of great aussie games like Armello, Think of the Children, Hacknet and Dead Static Drive.

Next stop, launch. Be sure to add Forts to your Steam Wishlist and we’ll see you on April 19!

 

Press round-up

As you know, since PAX Aus we’ve been busy developing the Forts, making great strides with the networking and the single player campaign. All the while, we’ve been getting a nice trickle of positve press, as the word gets out, through things such as Screenshot Saturday. Check out some recent mentions below.

GameLuv.com

Earlier this year, we submitted Forts to the 18th annual Independent Games Festival. Unfortunately, we didn’t win, but did receive a positive reception from GameLuv.com who selected us as one of the 20 best games in contention. There were more than 700 entries.

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Thumb Throne

This enthusiastic write-up from ThumbThrone.com that really sells what the game is all about, and makes a positive comparison to the classic game Worms, which is a definite inspiration. It’s great seeing people really connect with the concept, like this.

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Indie Game Enthusiast

As you might expect from their name, enthusiasm is again apparent in this article from IndieGameEnthusiast.Blogspot.com. It’s a well researched piece, which not only features the trailer, but also gifs and screenshots. Always welcome!

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Game Watcher

Forts is often compared to World of Goo, and this comparison comes up again in this GameWatcher.com article, which is no bad thing. Less good is when the Forts is mistaken for a ‘tower defence’ game. Nevertheless, the author has listed a lot of the features that makes Forts so unique, which is always welcome.

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Screenshot Saturday

Playing around in with chain reactions and Single Player map ideas.

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Drill Instructor Demo

While digitally painting the Drill Instructor character, Nick recorded his art process, which you can watch below. Complete with commentary, Nick shows you the techniques he uses in creating the Forts art style.

Screenshot Saturday

Tim ‘Crackshot’ Auld has made some jammy shots in his time, but this one takes the biscuit! #241

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Rocket Chainsaw Article

During PAX, we had the pleasure of showing Joseph Rositano the ins and outs of Forts, and he’s done a bang up job of writing up his experience with the game on Rocket Chainsaw.

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Screenshot Saturday

This week on : Laser vs Cannon – Direct energy beam vs High Explosives ballistic shell

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Geek.com Article

The fine people of Geek.com have compiled their list of the top ten most promising indie games they saw at PAX Aus, recently. Guess which game claimed top spot? 😀

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