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  • The Tale of Doris and the Dragon - Episode 1 is now available on Steam

    THE TALE OF DORIS AND THE DRAGON IS OUT NOW ON PC

    The game is officially released following a great reception on Steam Greenlight and App store releases

    The Tale of Doris and the Dragon, the debut title from indie developers Arrogant Pixel, has officially launched today (8th September 2016) on PC via Steam, after a hugely successful Steam greenlight campaign.

    Get the game for Mac, PC and Linux here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/516840

    Released earlier this month on both iOS and Android, following strong praise and support from the gaming community, PC gamers can now join Doris on her adventures in life after death. A point-and-click episodic adventure game, players will guide the lead character Doris on her journey through purgatory.

    We've had some fantastic reviews and articles come out over the past few weeks following the release of the iOS and Android versions of the game. Ben was interviewed by the online tech magazine editor, Thomas McMullan from Alphr.com:

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    “I'm a big fan of Terry Pratchett and a big fan of the old Discworld games, so that was the feel I was going for with the humour,” Ben Simpson says. “But I don't think many games have taken on the British comedy mantel and have done it justice. I'm really looking forward to see what we can produce.”

    We were also very pleased with a 7/10 rating from PocketGamer.com who also thought that The Tale of Doris and the Dragon Episode 1 deserved the PocketGamer Bronze Award!

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    The Tale of Doris and the Dragon was also reviewed by ten real consumers in the PocketGamer App Army segment. These reviews were so important to us since it gave us a real indication of how the game was likely to be received on Steam.

    The App Army is Pocket Gamer's very own community of mobile game experts. Each week, they are furnished with a bunch of free codes and early access to the hottest upcoming games so they can provide their thoughts. It was great to receive comments like this:

    "What a funny little game this is - one of the best I've played in a while. It's got lovely voice acting"
    Kainen Ryan

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    “The Tale of Doris and the Dragon combines the classic story-telling and humour of Terry Pratchett with traditional elements of point-and-click adventure games” said Ben Simpson, founder of Arrogant Pixel. “We’ve spent the last year crafting an experience with sharp wit, cutting one-liners and pop culture references that is truly a love letter to classic graphic adventure games”

    To be completely honest, it has been a completely crazy and amazing journey up to this point. I can't tell you how much hard work and stressful times there were but I wouldn't have had it any other way.

    If you do check out The Tale of Doris and the Dragon, we are forever grateful and you can feel good for supporting a small indie team with big dreams! Thank you everyone for all your support and we are confident that Episodes 2 and 3 will be much bigger and better.

    Don't forget to keep up with us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook where we post almost daily!

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  • Doris and the Dragon is now on App stores!

    This week, we are pleased to announce that Doris and the Dragon has received an advanced launch on both iOS App and Google Play stores!

    Get the game on iOS App store: [CLICK HERE]
    Get the game on Google Play store: [CLICK HERE]

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    The game will also be making the jump from mobile to PC with a planned release for 8th September. Following a hugely successful Steam Greenlight campaign earlier this month, the game was approved by the community in only 18 days, thus ensuring the game reaches a wider audience and fans of Doris can continue their adventures at home.

    Ben Simpson, Founder and Lead Designer at Arrogant Pixel, said: “We’re thrilled that our hard work, passion and determination has seen The Tale of Doris and The Dragon receive an early launch on both iOS and Android. We’re incredibly proud of our debut title and to see Doris coming to life and fans now having access to the game is truly amazing. We can’t wait to see the reaction from gamers and we’re looking forward to the Steam launch in September.”

    We've been working hard to get Steam integration added in time for release which means PC and Mac users will be able to receive achievements, Doris themed trading cards and badges! We are very excited about this as well. Can't wait to show you what we've been working on recently.

    It has been the most crazy, hectic few months of our lives. For Ben, especially, it's been a long project starting last year and finally, it is coming together. We hope it's all been worth it! We've been documenting our small team working hard on this title on Instagram and Twitter. Every day we do this, we get better and faster. We are confident that the following episodes in this trilogy will be even more polished and refined.

    You can also keep up with the team with their regular podcasts on Soundcloud:

     

    Don't forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook where we post almost daily!

    We are so grateful to be part of this community on Newgrounds. You guys are awesome! :D

    AP team x

  • Doris and the Dragon has been Greenlit! Thank you so much!

    It has been an incredibly stressful few weeks for the team here at Arrogant Pixel. I think that as a group I can say, it has been a really tense experience waiting for the Steam Greenlight to come through.

    Luckily though, after only 18 days, we woke up to the best news ever! Last Thursday was the day that we got accepted on Steam!

    You can follow us here on Steam: Steam Greenlight

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    We found that the first few days of Steam were really important in driving traffic to the page. There were a few articles online suggesting that there is a real drop in voting activity after the first 24 hours. This was absolutely true for us.

    This meant that after the initial launch of the campaign, we really needed to continue promotion on the game and whip as many votes as possible. We concentrated most of our efforts on Twitter, Instagram and IndieDB to drum up as many clicks to the page as we could.

    We had Saf come up with a simple, animated Steam icon which ended up looking really eye-catching:

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    As I said before, it was a stressful and tense couple of weeks since we had no idea when the campaign was going to go through. We turned our attention to the app releases while we waited. During that time, we began submitting builds to iOS and Android app stores for approvals since we were aware this could also take some time.

    Registering our company and getting compulsory documentation filed was a very long and boring struggle but something that we got through together, as a team, out of sheer determination. Here is a quick photo of the 'almost finished' build on the ipad:

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    We were offered some group promotion opportunities on Steam which we turned down and opted to take on all the marketing for the game ourselves. I'm sure that this route has helped other Indie developers to get through the process very quickly but since we are also launching on app stores, it was not a viable option for us.

    We don't believe that we would have been Greenlit any sooner if we had taken any group promotion offers. I imagine that we may have been tempted if we hadn't already been preparing for this for a while. They offer a lot of page views and the possibility of getting Greenlit sooner but clearly, this is not guaranteed at all and we would have to give up over 1000 free copies of the game or pay them on top.

    If we had taken the group promotion offers, we felt that we would not get a realistic idea of how many of the voters would actually purchase the game. Not a good deal when everyone in your company is relying on the game to make some money in order to continue to do this!

    By not going for this route, we had a good idea of the interest and built a strong following behind the game. We ended up with a great take-up rate for voters and overwhelmingly positive feedback! We were sitting at 69% of the way to the top 100 and before we knew it, it had happened - we had been accepted!

    Thankfully, we've been getting some press jumping on board the Doris hype train with some really awesome write ups! We even had our first print article on page 31 of the Irish Sun next to Mystic Meg:

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    It is important to me and the rest of the company that "The Tale of Doris and the Dragon - Episode 1" is appreciated for the quality of the writing and the work rather relying on flashy graphics and addictive clicker mechanics to sell it. Doris isn't a typical indie game release.

    A lot of hard work went into the BETA version and now even more work has gone into make the game release ready. You can find out more about how stressed we've been lately by listening to our latest podcast:

     

    That's all for now. We'll be posting more about our voice over process with Ryan, our audio guy hopefully this week.

    Thank you everyone for all your support so far. It really means so much to us and we are excited to finally get this game out there! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook where we post almost daily!

    Ben

  • The Arrogant Pixel Podcast Ep.1: Introductions

    Ryan has kindly put together our first official podcast for Arrogant Pixel. You'll get to hear our voices! Excuse our awkwardness, we'll get better hopefully as we continue to do this.

    Don't forget we are still running a Greenlight campaign for the game. If you haven't voted already, please head on over: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=720101210

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    In this week's podcast, we introduce ourselves and discuss Doris and the Dragon stuff. The topic is BETA vs Official release - feel free to comment or ask questions via Twitter!

    You can also follow the podcast playlist on the following link:
    https://soundcloud.com/arrogantpixel/sets/arrogant-pixel-podcast

    Feel free to e-mail us questions or get in contact for press enquiries.
    PRESS CONTACT: jay@arrogantpixel.com
    ONLINE PRESS KIT: www.dorisandthedragon.com/press

    TO KEEP UP TO DATE WITH ALL THINGS DORIS, sign up to our mailing list!

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    INDIEDB: http://www.indiedb.com/games/the-tale-of-doris-and-the-dragon-ep-1

  • [TRAILER] What to expect in the official release - Launch blog by Ben

    Hey folks,

    I'm Ben Simpson, the founder and lead designer / programmer at Arrogant Pixel. This is the first in the series of technical posts in the run up to the official release of our new game coming soon to app stores this autumn.

    For those of you who have been following The Tale of Doris and Dragon since the BETA release last year, there are several major changes that we have made in order to release the game officially this year.

    We are launching a Greenlight campaign [link coming soon] and uploading to app stores for approvals this week!

    I'm really pleased after all this time to reveal the official release trailer for The Tale of Doris and the Dragon - Episode 1.

    • Built in Unity

    The first big decision that we made was to change the software that we were using to build the game. I was using GameMaker Studio at the time of BETA release and coding in GML. I decided to move from GameMaker Studio to Unity because the team had increased in size and I wanted to have a more modular system.

    It was a pretty hard pill to swallow as it meant that the entire first game had to be rebuilt in the new engine. I thought it would be a good test to see how much time it would take me to put the game together in the new software. Still, it wasn't a quick and easy thing to do by myself considering I had only used Unity for only a small number of projects.

    Generally, GameMaker is very good for rapid prototyping but we found that with projects such as GlitchBoy (sadly, no longer in production), it was actually slowing us down; the team down relying on one person (me!! ) to hard code the game from scratch. After a while, it was clear that there had to be a better way of working as a team. We abandoned the project in order to concentrate our efforts on Doris. I still see myself using Game Maker for certain smaller, maybe two-man projects but judging by the size of Episode 1, the next two episodes definitely need this new software in order for the builds to be as bug-free as possible on release.

    Changing over to Unity also gave us access to post-processing effects that we didn't have before. This meant that we could really put the polish on the graphics to make the game more presentable than ever and play around with the settings in real-time, like photoshop. I found that, if you are trying to do complicated things in Game Maker, my code would become "spaghettified". A lot of objects would be dependent on other objects. It doesn't make it a modular system that can be easily understood. With Unity, the stuff I write becomes more like an asset that I can use in other games because the system is so modular. Unity itself is heavily class based so it encourages good coding practices. It is really important that your programming bolts together easily without interfering with anything else.

              • New graphics and animations - but not too many

                It was important to us that the title remain a pixel art game. We had a few difficulties with consistency and quality of artistic content prior to taking on Saf (DarkLitria) and at the end of the day, it did receive some good feedback. I don't consider myself to be the best artist in the world but when you are working on a game largely by yourself, stuff just needs to get done. I had to do it myself. I'm just glad that people didn't hate it.

    Right now, it feels really good to hand over most of the art to Saf as it was the thing that I felt that I struggled with and I trust her to do a great job. She's a fantastic artist and animator and it's great to be working with her. Whether you think I'm a good artist / animator or not, it takes up a lot more of my time than it should. I'd rather concentrate on writing the dialogue, building the game and organising the business.

    • New music and sound effects

    To be honest, when we released the BETA, I just got fed up of polishing and wanted to be done with it. I wasn't really expecting the game to do that well. Although Assad had worked hard on the music, I felt the foley and sound design overall had not had enough time dedicated to it.

    We've spent a lot of time since re-recording new sound effects and really thinking about how we were going to improve what we had originally. Ryan had a lot of equipment, knowledge and experience to help us achieve really high quality recordings and believable sounds.

    By devoting more time to rebuilding the game, it gave Assad an opportunity to create a new track for Episode 1.

    • Additional dialogue

    Releasing the BETA game last year gave me a chance to reflect on the feedback and think about what I wanted to improve dialogue wise. There were lots of elements of the BETA release that I think felt unfinished. Some comments also confirmed my fears that Norb didn't appear enough as a character in Episode 1.

    I also re-structured some of the conversations between Doris and Norb that I thought were too long or awkward. I had also used some British colloquialisms that did not translate well...or people just didn't get my joke.

    It was important to me that the characters came across how I imagine them in my head. Which leads me onto my final point...

    • Fully Voice-acted

    I think the most obvious and startling change that most people that played the BETA will find is the fully-voice acted dialogue. We took great care to include every single interaction. However, we do not have triple A budgets. Luckily, we have a very talented friend in Jamie Wood who was willing to give up his free time to help us. By himself, he is just a power house of an actor. I learned so much just by watching him work and it helped me with my own performance.

    I guess you're all wondering who ended up voice acting Doris? It was me. It wasn't my choice really and had lots of reservations about committing to the voice. I've been told many times that I am a very good mimic so it was a kind of "what-the-hell" sort of moment and I just went for it. I don't know if people will be able to tell but...I think I make quite a sweet old lady. I'd love to know if you think it sounds odd though.

    Jamie ended up taking on most of the characters because the man can seriously act. His training and experience really made a difference in this case - it brought something really special to the game. His performance of Norb the dragon will melt your hearts, I'm sure of it. We love Norb.

    Anyway...this concludes my blog post and I'll leave you with our release trailer. You can always reach me directly via the forum or twitter. I'll try and answer your questions as best as I can.

    Until next time, folks.

    Ben


     

    Feel free to e-mail us questions or get in contact for press enquiries.
    PRESS CONTACT: jay@arrogantpixel.com
    ONLINE PRESS KIT: www.dorisandthedragon.com/press

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    INDIEDB: http://www.indiedb.com/games/the-tale-of-doris-and-the-dragon-ep-1

  • Things have been so crazy...Official release coming soon this summer

    Last year, Ben had spent almost four months not looking up from his laptop in order to create the BETA build of The Tale of Doris and the Dragon.

    Fast forward to today and the team has grown to include two more members; Ryan Callard, a new director who has completely taken care of all of our voice acting and Dark Litria (Safiyah Khan) as our main concept artist and animator for Episodes 2 and 3. After receiving all your amazing feedback, we're so nearly ready to show you the game that we were trying to create from the very beginning.

    In order to establish a definitive style for the trilogy, we felt it necessary to go back and finish Episode 1 before starting to produce Episode 2. This included recording voice acting, adding more dialogue and new animations where it made sense, loads more polish - so far, we are really proud of what we have achieved. Stay tuned for the next blogs for a detailed break down of what to expect from the official release of Episode 1.

    Episode 2 is always in our minds, especially as production on Episode 1 is finally drawing to a close. Ben has been toying with selecting the best software to plan and write the dialogue. This week, we've adopted a great productivity tool called Slack in order to bug each other 24/7 and make sure we're not......slacking...? Sorry, bad joke.

    With the new team and new game release on the horizon, you will be hearing from us and we will be updating the website more regularly. If you want more content and sneak peeks then you can always follow us on Instagram or Twitter where we post almost daily!

    We'll leave you with the gorgeous new cover art for the release of the new game:

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  • We are now on Instagram!

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    You can now follow our progress with The Tale of Doris and the Dragon on Instagram! We are back with a vengeance and will be updating the website soon. For now, enjoy some of our latest posts on Instagram.

    We can't wait to tell you what we've been up to. It's been a very busy year since the last BETA release. Enjoy some more awesome art by DarkLitria

     


     

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  • News on The Tale of Doris and the Dragon remaster

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    We are pleased to announce a new member of the Arrogant Pixel team that will be helping us out for our future games! Check out this fantastic piece that she did for us featuring the Daemon and Doris stand-off!

    The fantastically talented DarkLitria Saf will be joining the art department along with Ben and Alex who are already busy working on Episode II and of course, The Adventures of Glitchboy in Bit land (which is also still in production). You can check out her Deviantart profile here: [clickety-click]

    As we mentioned in previous blog posts, we are working to implement voice acting for the re-master and full release of Episode 1. The beta release on Newgrounds and GameJolt went so much better than expected and we are completely staggered by the near 60,000 plays and downloads it received across the web.

    For now, that's all we can reveal. We have a lot in the pipeline and we are excited to reveal everything that we've been doing these past couple of month.Thank you to everyone for all the support and feedback.

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  • The Adventures of Glitch boy in Bit land

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    Unfortunately, Glitch boy will not be in production for some time. Please keep checking back to the website for any updates regarding this project!


    We are back after a long period of...well..not posting about games. We've been really busy with music projects and website projects (check out the new #HASHMATIKS site!) and working on Doris and the Dragon episode II. We are so overwhelmed with the support that we've received for the game, we are so happy that it has reached so many people.

    However, since we have been working on this since January, we decided to take a small break and over the past couple of weeks we started to create something completely different. We will be back on production soon - don't worry! If you want to keep up with news about Doris, then sign up to our mailing list!

    For those of you with eagle eyes, you may have seen some posts on twitter about an upcoming Arrogant Pixel game. We are pleased to announce "The Adventures of Glitch boy in Bit land" will be released in September 2015.

    It's a twitch action platformer with a glitch-y twist! This unique mechanic allows Glitch boy to glitch through walls and platforms.

    There's trouble in Bit Land! Evil is stirring and it seems that nothing can stop the relentless corruption from taking over the save file. Help Glitch Boy fight off the maleficent terror that is tearing apart Bit land.

    Get ready for some ram-riding, glitchy goodness coming very soon! We are planning to release on mobile app stores and steam!

    gb6

  • The Tale of Doris & the Dragon Episode 2 - First writing session

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    We've been spending a lot of time talking about the future of the company and how to proceed with Episodes 2 and 3. This week, we thought that the best way to get started was to just get on with the writing and start throwing some ideas around. So that's what we've been doing for the past few days.

    The general feedback from what we saw in the comments section of the game that we posted as an open BETA on Newgrounds and Gamejolt really helped us out. We are looking to implement some key GUI changes in the next game and work towards a cleaner and more polished game for the paid episodes. We were pleasantly surprised at our reception on Jayisgames.com who published a short article about Doris and started what I can only describe as a chain reaction. Thank you guys so much for the support! - [CLICK FOR ORIGINAL REVIEW].

    We are really happy that so many people enjoyed the story and that some people solved the ribs puzzle in the first game! Watch Rayofpanda completely boss the game with no walkthrough! Since we got featured on Gamejolt a few days ago, it has inspired a small group of Let's Players to record their reactions to the game. I can tell you, it is a very surreal experience watching somebody else play a game that you have made. It's the first time it has ever happened and I don't think we'll ever get used to it.

    Watch the incredibly talented, up and coming YouTuber Maedrix for cheeky banter and his clearly excellent taste in games :P

    The Tale of Doris and the Dragon Episode 1 is our first release and we had no idea that people would like it so much. Basically, it means that we are completely on track with our plans to make Doris Episode 2 even bigger.

    How much bigger you ask?? Our whiteboard reveals how intense one of our writing sessions can get. It is blurred because (obviously) its full of spoilers.

    We are slowly going to get some video posts out to you announcing some exciting developments to the website that I'm sure some of you have noticed already if any of you have been checking back regularly.

    Hold tight. Things are going mental on this side.

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