Dev Diary #1: Dire Introduction to My Spunky Dracula Game

Dracula’s Castle Begins

Where to start?

So, I’m going to give this Dev Diary thing a crack for Dracula’s Castle. Hopefully it sticks because historically, I have been monstrously notorious at making a couple of posts and then vanishing into the ether, never to be seen again (what a *terrible* way to start marketing your game! -Marketing Ed). The thing is, these past blogs were a bit too generic. Well… This time there is one major difference, I’m pouring my heart and soul into this game. I think that should keep me going this time. We’ll see!

So first things first, where to begin? (Well, the real first thing is getting over the daunting idea of starting a dev diary but I digress…)

I think that perhaps talking about Dracula’s Castle’s core pillars on a rotation could be promising. So far we have:

– Build
– Explore
– Combat
– Customize

A good plan – *I think*, I legit have no experience doing this whatsoever, you can tell right? (/facepalm -Marketing Ed)

Every now and then, I’ll talk about a minigame or a concept (I’ll have to be careful here though, I don’t want to get everyone excited about a feature I may end up dropping). And occasionally I’ll talk roadmap or release strategy. Two of the big ones being the alpha demo and whether or not for Dracula’s Castle to go Early Access (I think demand will probably end up driving this). And who knows, as I go maybe you’ll be there to give me tips and advice on this scary endeavour.

If I have time I may even do a separate Programmer’s Corner type entry for the technically minded. We’ll see.

Dracula's Mountain Train
An accurate simulation of me heading into the unknown.

OK, that’s probably an alright intro. Marketing Ed is giving me the cut comms signal. Or maybe he’s just telling me he’s gonna kill me after this. /shrug

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Announcing Dracula’s Castle!

I’m very proud to announce Dracula’s Castle today. In development for the last 20 months or so, it’s my first foray into the world of 3D. I expanded the scope in comparison to my earlier games as I felt I was ready to tackle something bigger. I did not anticipate the sheer amount of work I had laid out for myself!

It’s been an incredible year so far with the birth of our first child, and quite the schedule trying to get work done on the game at an acceptable rate. I feel like the game is in enough of a decent base state to announce it now.

I have a bunch of dev notes handy so hopefully, given the time, I’ll start a bit of a dev diary going. I’m not expecting to be able to post every week or anything like that, but I will try to update the site when I get the chance. Here’s to 2021 and to Dracula’s Castle!