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Merchant to the Stars - Out This Thursday!

05-28-2013, 01:01 PM
#1
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 430
Merchant to the Stars - Out This Thursday!

Hi Everyone,

I've been been silent for a long time. But it's because me and Mark Levin have been working on a new game. For those of you who don't know me and Mark, we are former Freeverse guys who did such games as Top Gun and Warpgate.

Merchant to the Stars is our all new game. You are a simple merchant where all the RPG heroes come to your shop to buy new weapons and sell what they find in dungeons. Buy all their loot (of different rarities), upgrade it and try to sell it back to the right hero so he can find better loot. Wash rinse repeat!

The entire game is procedurally generated, with Millions of items in the game.

The game is Universal, has Game Center and you can post the procedurally generated stories of the heroes to Facebook.


Youtube link | Pop Up


(Video says available now, but it's a sneak preview, goes live on Thursday)

Oh one last thing.

The game is $.99 and has NO IAP.


Hit me up with questions, comments, etc... And you can follow me on twitter @hippiemanx
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I've made a lot of games. You've played them.
05-28-2013, 01:48 PM
#2
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Germany
Posts: 6,457
I'll grab a copy, for sure. Looks cool and I actually was waiting for this.

Wish it were Thursday already.

Hi, you seemed to be lost on the Internets.
This is TouchArcade, where 2$ for a game is too much, 5$ is an outrage, and 10$ or more is putting sugar in their car tanks whilst killing puppies.

Last edited by Vovin; 05-29-2013 at 01:17 AM.

05-28-2013, 01:57 PM
#3
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 14
I'm really glad we can finally break cover on this; it's exciting to release a finished, focused game. No roadblocks, no tricks, no clever strategy to drip-feed more money out of the player, just a fun idea and all the variations I could build on top of that. Can't wait until everyone can play it!
05-28-2013, 02:27 PM
#4
Joined: Mar 2013
Location: Madrid, Spain
Posts: 189
Very original plot!

Didn't know you're an ex-Freeverse. Jared FTW!
(Used to have it in my old Mac, and even transcripted the letter!).

Waiting for this game.
05-28-2013, 04:21 PM
#5
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 430
Glad to see a Jared fan!

I did the Jared app for iPhone also. I love the reviews on it in the App Store. Its either a 5 star or a 1 star, nothing in between.

I've made a lot of games. You've played them.
05-28-2013, 04:42 PM
#6
I always wondered what happened to all that loot that I sold off in RPGs. Cool idea guys - best wishes on a great launch for the game.

Do you have a release day ritual?
05-28-2013, 04:55 PM
#7
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 14
The president of the Merchant's Guild will appear in front of the App Store and cut the ribbon with a Barbed Steel Rapier.
05-28-2013, 05:04 PM
#8
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 430
Quote:
Originally Posted by BXP_Thunder View Post
I always wondered what happened to all that loot that I sold off in RPGs. Cool idea guys - best wishes on a great launch for the game.

Do you have a release day ritual?
I like to curl up into a ball in the corner and cry to myself.

For the most part it's just cross fingers and hope for the best.

I've made a lot of games. You've played them.
05-28-2013, 06:22 PM
#9
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 430
If anyone would find it interesting, it is really different releasing a new app when you are a 2 man shop vs when Freeverse was around.

There's a lot of freedom in doing it on your own like this. Mark and I just were able to work on the game as long as it took. We didn't have to conform the game to fit any kind of marketing research data. I"m sure some focus group would hate the name, or the 1990s 3DO look we gave the UI.

But we set out to make the game we wanted. It started with Mark's brilliance, and I just stepped in where I could to help, without hurting the gameplay.

I've made a lot of games. You've played them.
05-28-2013, 06:40 PM
#10
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Ankh-Morpork
Posts: 2,564
Ah, looking at this makes me wish there were plans to bring the iconic RPG-item-store-owner-sim Recettear to iOS.