Bloom: Memories - All News
Monday - January 06, 2014
Bloom - Interview @ Indie Game HQ
Indie Game HQ interviews Dani Landers about his funded kickstarter Bloom: Memories.
Javier: Congratulations on the success of your Kickstarter Campaign. Now that you’re all good and funded, would you mind sharing some of the secrets? I know you had other two unsuccessful funding campaigns for Bloom. In your opinion, why do you think those two campaigns didn’t reach funding?
Dani: Thanks so much. I guess the biggest secret is to create something you believe in, and never give up.The first two campaigns failed for a lot of reasons (the first one largely being simple we were very naive in how Kickstarter works). The other time was largely because we were unknown and there was a lot of skepticism surrounding our abilities. Pushing forward and showing progress was a great way to let people see our hard work, and get them to understand our passion behind the project.
Javier: What would be your advice for those starting their Kickstarter Campaign?
Dani: Biggest advice is to study other campaigns and try to learn from their presentations. Also getting a stronger understanding of reward tiers (and just how severe shipping costs can be). Besides that, you need to have something about your project that makes it stand out. Why would someone want to pledge to your unfinished game when they can buy from the huge pool of existing games? You need to offer them something they don’t have today…something they wished existed…and something that could only exist if they stand up and support it.
Thursday - December 12, 2013
Bloom - Post-Funding Update #10
In the first post-funding update for Bloom: Memories Studio Fawn details what happens next now that the game has been funded.
What Happens Next?
Hey there everyone, Dani here again. I’m sure you have already realized, but we have officially made it through Kickstarter!! Thank you all so so much for all the amazing support getting us through. Not just the pledges, but the great feedback and all the support spreading the word and everything else you have been doing to help us reach even further than our original goal.
While we fell just $1,500 short of the prologue chapter stretch goal, don’t worry, we will be adding paypal onto our website in the next day or two to continue the campaign for a bit (for those that missed us on kickstarter, or the many backers who simply weren't able to use kickstarter). Basically, things should hopefully work out for the prologue chapter :)
So, what happens from here?
Well, in this next week or so I’ll be sending out surveys and a few messages to collect the details on add-ons and shipping addresses for those that need physical rewards (this might be a little slow, I'm actually in the middle of moving and need to be out of here by the 15th...amazing timing right? :| ).
Then, I will be creating more designs for the small print before finally putting them all up for everyone to vote on before being printed out and sent. Don’t worry, the vote will remain up for a while on our website, so there will be plenty of time to let your voice be heard. I'll be making a small announcement with an update here to let you all know when that is ready.
Of course, between all this we will also be pushing ahead with production on Bloom (since, well, that is the main goal after all). For those who selected the alpha updates, this should begin in a month or two when we have our alpha update system set up and are ready to push more builds out (so we will be sending you messages on that when it is ready).
Monday - December 09, 2013
Bloom - Update #9, Loose Ends
Studio Fawn has a new Q&A for Bloom: Memories in the games latest update.
Loose Ends - Q&A
Since we are nearing the end of the campaign, I thought it would be a great chance to answer some questions that have popped up.
Q: How long will the game be?
A: Judging the total game time in the final game is pretty difficult this early and without testing, but I can safely say the final game won’t be a short 2 hour experience or anything like that. In fact, even just the small pre-alpha demo took most people roughly 15-25 minutes to run through… and that was a tiny extra bit added before you even enter the “proper” more open world or have even gained your most basic skills.
It takes a little time to tell the story and build the experience we want, so we plan to take all the time we need to do it right.
Q: And what is the replayability like?
A: First off, I expect players to be able to play through the game several times on normal settings and still find it very rewarding. Since one of the biggest features is the ability to approach and handle situations differently, replaying the game and trying something new will definitely give you different experiences.
Beyond that though, we are planning a + mode (after you have beaten the game on normal, for an extra challenge), as well as some more involved ideas (such as the prologue chapter, or other ways to unlock additional content).
Added to all of this is a world filled with secrets and accomplishments…and you have quite a bit of content to keep people busy (as well as a game that might make quite a few completionists happy; what fun is achieving things if you aren't rewarded?).
Q: How does your character grow?
A: Well, the progression of your character depends on how you play and what type of person you are. Instead of more traditional “skill trees”, we like to approach abilities in a more grounded way and provide them through the actions you take (certain challenges, or exploration, or making certain choices).
Of course, there will also be a “core set” of abilities that are needed to make sure everyone is able to finish the game. But we see these more as key story events, instead of real individualistic character progression.
Outside of abilities, you also grow in terms of who you meet and the characters (or items) you have access to which help you on your journey.
Saturday - December 07, 2013
Bloom - Update #8, The Music
In the latest update for Bloom: Memories we get a look at the games music.
The Music - Adding Depth to Bloom
Hey everyone, Dani here (for just a moment) with another update. Thanks so much for all of the support in getting us this far, it has been an amazing week :)
But first off...big news! We made it through greenlight!! Now with less than a week to go, we are in our final push to reach some stretch goals.
Speaking of stretch goals, you might have noticed a new one added to the front page -
$65,000 - Prologue Chapter (Unlocked when you complete Bloom on normal). Play as a key character in the Bloom story leading up to the beginning of the journey. Completion of this chapter unlocks new options in the main story on future games.
Also, here is a new concept for that $5 add-on. Of course, there are still plenty more left to do before voting for the top 2 to print!
In other news, we have officially teamed up with curse.com who will be providing the Bloom wiki! As more information is released, the wiki will slowly be growing to include all the various bits about Bloom. http://bloom.gamepedia.com/Bloom_Wiki
Anyhow, with those out of the way, onto the update!
Since the last update was about the programming, and before that the artwork, we thought it would be a perfect chance to cover some of the music (which, to us, is much more than "just music"). So, who better to talk about this than our composer Jose Mora-Jimenez.
Tuesday - December 03, 2013
Bloom - Update #7, We Made It!
In the latest kickstarter update for Bloom: Memories Studio Fawn announces the game has reached its goal, and is now funded.
We Made It! Goal Reached!
Hey everyone! We have officially made it to our goal! ~celebrates~
Thanks so so much for the amazing support from each one of you!! It truly means a lot to the entire team that so many people have chipped in to help us move Bloom forward; we won’t let you down.
Good news is, we still have over a week left! So everything from here just means bigger and better! Starting with our first stretch goal at 50k for additional language support on release.
Also, we added a new digital add-on today which might be of interest.
- Alpha Access - $35 (Get access to regular builds as we create them, along with a reporting system to report bugs or suggest changes. These builds will be bleeding edge and will probably break often, but you will get to see Bloom grow as we build it.)
And, of course, we still have a lot of other great add-ons on the main page for you to check out.
But for now, we can finally relax a little bit and breathe. :)
Anyhow, thanks again so so much for helping us finally get through Kickstarter! It is definitely going to be a busy (but exciting) year!
Monday - December 02, 2013
Bloom - Update #6, The Invisible Magic
The next kickstarter update for Bloom: Memories gives a small update on the project, and Lead Developer James gives a look at how the game was developed.
The Invisible Magic of Bloom
Heya everyone, Dani here again... but only for a bit. This update will actually be in the hands of James (the developer, who handles the techy side). First off, thanks so much for all of the support! We are just around the corner from reaching the goal, so please keep spreading the word and we can push through.
To help things along, I'm also happy to announce a special $5 add-on.
Small Print - An 8.5" x 5.5" art print! ((Note: This is not the final version, I will be doing several versions and a vote will decide the most popular TWO to print. So if you get two of these add-ons, you will get both different prints)).
Also, we just made it into the top 10 on steam greenlight, so things are definitely moving in the right direction!
Anyhow, take it away James.
Outside of the amazing artwork and beautiful music of Bloom, there is something equally impressive and it’s almost invisible unless you know where to look. Because this is a passion project, every team member has poured their heart and soul into Bloom – and I am no different.
I am James, the lead (and only) developer. My job is building the game engine; to pull all the amazing assets together to create the game.While many programmers view code as a means to an end, a tool… I see it as an art form. To produce beautiful code, to achieve the impossible, to turn a bunch of unconnected stuff into an amazing experience for the player.
Wednesday - November 27, 2013
Bloom - Update #5, The Bridge
Studio Fawn has posted the next update for Bloom: Memories talkng about a core feature of the game called the bridge.
Hey everyone, time for another update! Since we have been covering a lot of the more technical / creative aspects lately, I thought it might be a good idea to shift focus towards a bit of the game design and some of the unique aspects of Blooms game mechanics and world.
As some of you have noticed, we haven’t spoken about “the bridge” in this campaign very much. This is actually one of the features we are most excited about, as it plays an important role in how we can offer and expand upon non-violent options in the game.
To catch everyone up, “the bridge” is where the energy of life exists overlaying the normal world and its inhabitants. Rumor has it that with enough training, one can begin to open themselves to seeing and even walking within this space at will. Inside the bridge one can see the true nature of friend and foe, past their physical aspects and directly into their hearts.
Sounds good enough on the surface, but let’s talk about how that actually translates to game-play.
First, this can be used at a distance to get a sense of enemy’s moods and understand the reasons why they are hostile. Hopping into the bridge to get a deeper feeling for the situation, and better strategize how to approach. Is an enemy only hostile when you get close? Are they hostile because they are hungry? Or, do they have a deep hatred for you? Knowing the “why” behind aggression is a valuable tool to being able to combat it.
Second, if you are able to focus enough in these areas, you will get the ability to move in the bridge; only you move apart from your physical self. At first, this distance is very limited, but eventually you will find yourself being able to spend more and more time exploring. Also note that the flow of time in the normal world is paused when inside the bridge, adding a new layer of complexity to your strategies.
As your “bridge self”, you are then able to touch other creatures to try and connect with them on some level. This lets you try to manipulate moods, or even try to calm the anger of the most violent of creatures. The “how” you do these things after touching a creature is still a secret… but let’s just say we are trying to make this non-violent option just as engaging as the violent option is in terms of fun and game play.
Wednesday - November 20, 2013
Bloom - Update #4,The Art of Characters
Studio Fawn has posted a new kickstarter update for Bloom: Memories that gives us a look at the art of the ingame characters.
The Art of Characters
Hey everyone, Dani here again (as always). Thanks so much for sticking with us. For those who haven't tried out the demo, it seems like most of the big bugs are sorted out (so worth a look in update 1). Sadly we saw a bit of a slowdown this week on the campaign though; but at least we are inching closer.
If you can, please tweet or post to facebook (or post to forums or anything else) about Bloom and let’s push to reach more people. With your support, we can push through to the goal and start hitting some stretch goals (such as the first one, Russian + German + 1 additional language supported on launch).
Anyhow, onto the update!
Last time we talked about how I approached the maps in the game. From early concepts, down the line through what happens to bring it into the game. This time I want to talk about the creatures and characters in the game.
In much the same way as I approach maps, characters also begin in a rough sketch phase. These are kept loose and revolve around quick exploration of ideas as I draw. I actually have quite a lot of these to work from, and many are roughed out into 3d already (but more on that later).
Saturday - November 16, 2013
Bloom - Update #3, The Art of Maps
Studio Fawn talks about the maps of Bloom: Memories in the lastest kickstarter update.
The Art of Maps
Hey everyone, Dani here again. It is official; we have passed the 60% mark!! Thanks so much for all of the support in getting this far! We still have a bit to go though, so please keep spreading the word and we can make it! :)
Anyhow, for this update I want to give everyone a bit of insight into the art side of the game. Since I handle all of the artwork and writing, it is the perfect subject for me to cover.
---Before we start, keep in mind that everything you see are from various stages of development, and likely will be fairly different in the final version.---
So, for this update let’s talk about the maps!
These all began as a series of large over-world sketches to test ideas and generally brainstorm. Basically I was trying to get a feeling for the overall shape of the world, major features, and the pallet shifts needed to keep the game a bit more interesting. In the end, it came down to 4 main sections; forest (green), ruins (red), water (blue), and darkness (black)... of course, with variation within these areas.
Outside of these over-world sections are also a range of hidden areas and “dungeons”, but this first map gives us the solid foundation to branch from.From there, I take the maps and refine them a bit, thinking through exactly what needs to start happening within the maps to give them a bit more life.
Tuesday - November 12, 2013
Bloom - Update #2, Add-Ons & Reddit
Studio Fawn posted the next update for Bloom: Memories that brings talks about new add-ons, the alpha versions, and mentions reddit.
Hey everyone, Dani here again. We have officially crossed the 40% mark!! For less than a week, we are doing pretty good! Thanks so so much for spreading the word and helping us move forward. Don’t forget to check out / vote on the Steam Greenlight as well if you haven’t already.
In an effort to keep the email spam from updates down, we have set up a sub-reddit for everyone. This saves the kickstarter updates for larger substantial posts. http://www.reddit.com/r/bloommemories/
Then, if you are having trouble with the pre-alpha, make sure you are running the latest version (new builds now check to make sure you have the latest). The last few days James has been tirelessly working to get all the bugs sorted out. On the bright side, it has helped us clean up the engine a lot as we try to support more machines! Just some of the growing pains of alpha and developing for PCs.
And, for those having trouble donating, we will be setting up a paypal as we get closer to the goal, so stay tuned :)
Anyhow, I've gotten a lot of requests for specific items (those who ONLY want the game and the plush, for example), so we are adding add-ons! Basically, these work by simply upping your pledge by the amount of the add-on. Then, after the campaign, we will be sending out a survey where everyone can select how they want to divvy up their pledge amount. This cuts down on confusion and makes sure no one gets lost.
The tiers themselves are a better value, but if you only want a specific thing, add-ons can be pretty great savers.
- Extra Copy of the Game – $10
- OST (Music) – $10
- Digital Art-book – $10
- Companion – $15
- T-shirt – $30 (+10 for shipping outside of US)
- Signed Archival Print – $35 (+10 for shipping outside of US)
- Plushy!! – $45 (+15 for shipping outside of US)
- Signed Extended Art-Book – $75 (+15 for shipping outside of US)
Hope this helps, and please let me know if there are any topics you want us to cover as we go on. Thanks again for all of the support!
Sunday - November 10, 2013
Bloom - Update #1, Pre-Alpha Engine Demo
Studio Fawn has released the first update for Bloom: Memories to annouce the Pre-Alpha engine demo is ready for everyone to download.
Pre-Alpha Engine Demo! Ready for Download!
Hey everyone, Dani here, time for our first update…the demo! First off though, thanks so much for all of the support. With your help we made it into staff-picks and are near the top of the games list on kickstarter! We still have a pretty long way to go though, so please keep spreading the word to everyone you can.
Anyhow, onto the demo!
Demo Link (for PC) - http://www.studiofawn.com/alphadownload.asp
NOTE:: For best results, use a gamepad! 16 direction support in a 2d RPG? You bet!
Over the last 6 months, James and I (mostly James :P) have been building this 2d engine from the ground up to handle the demands of Bloom. What we have now is only the first step forward. This is the solid foundation from which we can expand….so expect everything to get a lot better, with environmental effects, particles, improved AI, full sounds and much much more.
Still, we have included a sampling of various engine mechanics; such as base AI, puzzle scripting, dialog, and even a bit of combat.
Keep in mind though that this is still very early pre-alpha, so you might run into some rogue bugs and errors (and, of course, placeholder graphics). Please visit our help section on our website to see a list of bugs, and how you can handle them if you encounter any (such as pressing J if you get stuck).
Hopefully this early glimpse into the world gives you a sense of where we are headed and the possibilities as we continue. Enjoy!
And, again, thanks so so much for all of the support!
Wednesday - November 06, 2013
Bloom - Kickstarter Relaunched
Studio Fawn has restarted their kickstarter for Bloom: Memories. Here is a new video with details about the game if you forgot, or simply never heard of the game before.
Bloom: Memories combines many classic game design elements into a gorgeous unique action adventure / rpg.
At its core, we are creating a game that moves away from the cliche of violence and domination. In fact, you can play the entire game without harming anyone or anything if you so choose.
Of course, we understand that there are different types of players, and we are dedicated to building a world that accounts for each of them in a rewarding way. Combat, stealth, story or collection … it is up to you to decide how you want to face the challenges ahead.
- Consider talking. The world is filled with strange creatures; sometimes taking a moment to talk to them can be well worth the time. Every now and then, as you consider how to kill the imposing monster standing before you. . . you might instead simply try and say hello.
- Use stealth and strategy to fool those who block your path. Careful planning may be a bit slower and generally safer . . . but of course, nothing is without risks. One misstep and you might find yourself in a very tricky situation.
- Grow stronger by feeding off those you defeat. This is an extremely challenging road, and one that will take you on a very different path as you slowly grow more powerful through taking the lives of others. In the end, you may find yourself with a great deal of strength. . .but at what cost?
Along with your choices also come consequences: Be violent…and the world will react more violently in return. Be kind, and the world may soften, revealing a more loving side.
Tuesday - April 23, 2013
Bloom - Update #11, What's Up?
An update of the current status is given for Bloom, which unfortunately has not made it in their Kickstarter campaign.
ey everyone, Dani here again (I really need to come up with another way to start these), I just wanted to drop in and let you all know how things are progressing (abridged version - things are going great!).
This last week was been pretty crazy as we get everything set up to move forward with the limited resources we have. Thanks so much to everyone who jumped over to our PayPal (and amazon) campaign to make this next phase a little easier! It is definitely helping us out and we will be keeping it up as we forge ahead (so, plenty of time to hop over and take a look for those that missed it).
We've also been extremely lucky with some amazing offers of help on the project (including an animator from Dreamworks!)! So, we are taking advantage of the opportunity and over this last week we added on a couple more people to the team to get this out faster and better than we could have before.
Anyhow, for the next couple days we are continuing to get everything settled and sort out a few production details / who does what (I got dibs on the art! :D). Then we jump into full production and keep pushing ahead! In addition to all this we've also come up with a couple new ideas that should be pretty exciting (like I said, it has been a crazy week!). I’ll be covering them once we have everything nailed down a bit more (so stay tuned :)
Also, once the dust clears expect loads of new artwork / creatures / concepts. And, as always, feel free to chime in with suggestions or thoughts as we go along (feedback is always welcome).
Thursday - April 18, 2013
Bloom - Update #10, The Campaign Continues
With 14 minutes to go and their goal still $15K aways there is no hope for the Bloom Kickstarter to succeed, but they are determined to go onwards and come back.
So, here is what we are going to do! For next 4-6 months we will be working as much as possible on continued development. This will result in the polished first section of the game adding onto our current build. From there we will take that game section and offer it as a strong public demo up and ready for the world to play. The resources we are working with are tight though, so we need your help to keep us going strong.
In order to make things easy on everyone, we have moved the pledge tiers over to our website ( www.studiofawn.com ) and set up a PayPal ( http://studiofawn.tumblr.com/donate ) to run while we keep going (some of the tiers have been adjusted a bit with better rewards and all rewards tiers will also be your choice to interchange with the next campaign if they are altered). So, please take a look and let us know what you think.
After the demo is released (the first section of the game), we will be coming back to Kickstarter stronger than ever before for a “round 2” of fundraising. Effectively, this is just splitting up the funding campaigns into two stages (the first now through our website to help see us through the polished demo phase).
Every bit helps as we move into these next months and we are counting on your support to make the road a little less rocky. Of course, rocky or not, we will make it happen.
Wednesday - April 17, 2013
Bloom - Update #9, Unwavering Dedication
With 38 hours to go and a $17K gap between where they are now with the Bloom Kickstarter and their goal of $50K a new update is presented on the dedication of the team to finish the game. They have been picking up some steam over the last week, so it isn't entirely impossible.
Basically, we are pretty passionate about what we are doing. It was actually pretty obvious before we even started that indie development was an uphill battle, especially if you are trying to do a project that takes more than a few months (and especially if you are relatively unknown)! We knew trying to go further with art, story, game play, and even music as a tiny indie team with no resources would be a pretty rocky path .. .but nothing worthwhile is ever easy. ;)
We want to assure everyone that our commitment to this project and seeing Bloom through to release isn’t dependent on this campaign (though, it would definitely make things a little smoother!). At the end of the day we believe in what we are doing as developers, as artists, and as gamers. So, when bumps appear in the road (of which I’m sure there will be plenty along the road), it is our unwavering dedication that forces us to find a way over them.
Thursday - April 11, 2013
Bloom - Update #8, Answering Questions
In the eigth update for the Bloom Kickstarter, some questions are answered. Next to linkin to ours and Jace Hall's interviews, two more questions are answered. One on choices in the game and one on platforms:
What’s the deal with platforms??Basically the situation with the platforms is this. For the initial release (day 1), we plan to release the game on PC and Mac (simply because distributing on steam and giving downloadable links is the easiest and lowest cost for us).After that, we plan to continue forward with additional platform support (eventually hitting all of the major platforms from Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, Android ~Ouya~, and Linux). This isn't the type of game that can be played on a phone, but a tablet version should be doable and something we have yet to explore (since the way we are making the game is very flexible and light, pretty sure it will be ok). We have actually already begun chatting with Microsoft and Sony, so as we move forward we will be lining everything up to get out to additional platforms as soon as possible.
Monday - April 08, 2013
RPGWatch Feature: Bloom - Interview
Bloom is a game in development, which is currently on Kickstarter and is tagged as an adventure-RPG. We asked Project Lead Dani Landers some questions to see if we could get more information on this game that is quite different from other games on Kickstarter.
Sunday - April 07, 2013
Bloom - Update #7, Adding Depth Through Music
Here is update number 7 of Bloom (currently $19K of an asked $50K, with 11 days to go), which is about the depth music adds to the game.
Last time we went over a bit of the evolving visual art behind Bloom, so this time it seemed fitting to cover a bit of the music. We strongly feel games are about the entire experience and music definitely offers some amazing opportunities.
We touched pretty briefly on this on the main page, but basically our goal is to use the music to reinforce the narrative of the game on a subtle (though substantial) level.
In order to accomplish this our composer, Jose Mora-Jimenez, works closely with me while we move step by step through the story in the game. We then break down the feelings and narrative at that point and Jose interprets this into music using different instruments to represent the various actors in the game.
There are some samples of music to listen to when you hit the link.