Chaos Reborn - All News
Saturday - August 16, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Post-Funding Updates
There have been several updates for Chaos Reborn, made by the original X-Com developer, after it was funded. The most recent ones are an update on some beasts from the game, wizards staffs and spells and the public release of version 0.15.
The new version of the Chaos Reborn prototype is now public.
If you find bugs, please report them on the Chaos Reborn Prototype Bugs forum. I will, of course, welcome any other comments on this version.
You will not notice many changes in this version, since most of the work for the last month has been re-working of the network multiplayer code. So here are the changes:
- Selecting a movement destination shows a movement arrow with attack lines to potential enemy targets. Clicking again on the destination confirms the move, or you can select another destination. There is no ‘undo’ move any more.
- There is a range guide displayed for creatures with ranged combat and wizards with magic bolts.
- A mount will now not be able to move in the turn a wizard mounts it.
- Combat bonuses/penalties for elevation in close combat increased.
- Unicorn charge bonus only obtained if distance between start position and enemy position is two or greater.
- You can spectate a game which is in progress.
- There is a link to Ped209s tournament site from the login screen.
- The client/server networking infrastructure has been completely rewritten. The unresponsive lobby buttons should now be fixed. There may, however, be other problems with this new networking system since it has not been rigorously tested yet.
- Problems reconnecting on Mac OSX. The client/web browser will need to be restarted to fix this, unfortunately.
- Some graphical problems with Goblin and Giant textures.
- Rarely the game seems to start without the arena in view
Friday - May 16, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Interview @ GamesIndustry
GamesIndustry has posted a new article with X-Com's Julian Gollop where he talked about the difficulties of Kickstarter based on his funded game Chaos Reborn.
The veteran British designer Julian Gollop warned the crowd at Digital Dragons to underestimate the challenge of crowdfunding at their peril.
In a talk called "Gooey Blobs and Chrysalids - milestones in my 32-year career in game development," Gollop finished with his experiences running a Kickstarter campaign for a remake of his 1985 Spectrum game, Chaos.
Ultimately, Chaos Reborn exceeded its $180,000 target, but it only did so by $40,000 and not until the final days of its funding period. Given his enviable track record - which includes the classic 1994 turn-based strategy title, X-Com - Gollop admitted to the Digital Dragons audience that he expected an easier ride.
However, Gollop did make a huge amount of effort prior to launching the Chaos Reborn Kickstarter campaign to ensure that it had the best possible chance of success.
"I had done a lot of work on PR and promoting the game: on my blog, on Twitter, I got journalists looking at the game so I had coverage in print and online," he said.
"For me that was an easier process than for most because of my history and people were interested in what I was doing anyway, but still, it was a lot of work. I even delayed the Kickstarter [twice] all because I didn't think the PR was sufficient yet.
"If you're going the crowdfunding route, you have to do your PR and promotion consistently for months before you even start."
And yet despite all of that effort, and despite having a playable prototype to show interested backers, and despite having the sort of reputation that allowed him to bring in a figure like Ken Levine to help with the cause - on TotalBiscuit's YouTube channel, no less - with just five days to go Chaos Reborn still hadn't reached its target and the donations had, in Gollop's words, "flatlined."
Saturday - April 19, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Kickstarter Funded
ulian Gollop is happy to announce his kickstarter game Chaos Reborn has managed to get funded. The game managed to earn $210,854 of the $180,000 goal.
We Did It!
Chaos Reborn has been funded with just 34 hours to go on the clock. Thank you to everybody who backed the project and promoted it. Thanks to my team for working after hours to make the prototype possible, and providing all the art and publicity material during the campaign. And thanks mum for being such a vocal supporter!
I will be posting a final update before the campaign closes with instructions about how you can continue to support the game and get rewards, including the possibility to contribute with paypal.
I have posted a lengthy explanation of the single-player Realms of Chaos mode on the Chaos Reborn website.
Animation in Progress
I have also posted some initial creature animations by our animator, Jason Pickering.
Tuesday - April 15, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Interview @ Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Rock, Paper, Shotgun had the chance to interview X-Com Creator Julian Gollop in a few videos about his gaming career, and his new kickstarter game Chaos Reborn.
Once upon a time Julian Gollop was one of the principle minds behind the original X-Com. Yes, with a dash. A dollop of Gollop’s design wizardry spawned a legendary strategy series, and now – somewhat fittingly, I suppose – he’s making a game about actual wizards. Chaos Reborn is mere days away from casting off its mortal Kickstarter, so Gollop and I are going to play a few rounds of a recent prototype while discussing the ups and downs of running a Kickstarter, the power (and lack thereof) of legacy, what made people fall so madly in love with X-Com, and which of said secret ingredients Chaos Reborn does and doesn’t apply. Expect a heady brew of history and reflection with a powerful note of future.
Saturday - April 12, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Preview @ CalmDown Tom
Calm Down Tom has a short preview of Chaos Reborn based on the games online demo, and asks the question should we be excited for the game.
There’s a whole host of little systems that make the game more interesting. For example, all spells have variable odds of success, and the most powerful creatures might only appear 10% of the time, with the other nine in ten attempts resulting in an embarrassed fizzle and a lost turn. This risk/reward system is complicated further by “illusions”. You can cast an illusion of any creature with 100% success, but they can be instantly dismissed with the “disbelieve” spell, which every wizard possesses.
Imagine the scenarios that can result from this: Your enemy conjures a Golden Dragon. Ahhhh! No wait, it’s probably an illusion. Maybe? Ok, I’ll cast disbelieve! And….. Ahhhh! It was real! Cue laughter from your enemy as you’re eaten by a golden dragon. Awesome.
It is early, early days for Chaos Reborn. What’s amazing though is that I was already excited, and after playing this prototype version, I can barely contain myself. Bravo Julian Gollop and everyone on your team. Keep working, but don’t rush it. We already love what you’re doing, now just take the time you need to make it perfect.
Thursday - April 10, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Interview @ Forbes
Forbes Contributor Daniel Nye Griffiths had the chance to interview X-Com Creator Julian Gollop about his new kickstarter Chaos Reborn.
There’s something decidedly intimidating about taking on Julian Gollop at his new game, Chaos Reborn. As the co-creator of 1994’s X-Com: UFO Defense (released as UFO: Enemy Unknown in Europe), he is the author of probably the best turn-based strategy game of its generation, and arguably – an argument I believe has significant merit – the best PC game ever made.
20 years later, Gollop, who has been quietly plying his trade across many different games and franchises, from his own Rebelstar to Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed, has taken to Kickstarter to continue the development of Chaos Reborn.
Hence the invitation to play the current build of the game, and the suspicion that this is going to be a massacre.
Wednesday - April 09, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Multiplayer Prototype
"A third of the spells are implemented, but most of the graphics are place-holder and none of the creatures have animations yet. However, the game is fully functional and great fun to play. With your help we can implement all the features in our game design, and deliver the final game to you by spring 2015."
Monday - April 07, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Preview @ IncGamers
IncGamers has posted a new preview of Chaos Reborn.
It’s worth noting that whatever connection code the game was using seemed to be working well, though as our games identified themselves as numbers 32-33 the relevant server probably isn’t exactly being overloaded right now. Tim de-synced at one point, but refreshing the browser window put him right back in the match.
That Chaos Reborn feels very close to the original Chaos is no bad thing, especially as “Chaos, but with decent online options” is something that’s been high on fans’ wish lists for quite some time now. I’m predisposed towards it thanks to my history with the series, but Tim professed to be having a decent time too (when I wasn’t summoning a giant spider near his face.) There have been unofficial alternatives put out there over the years, but this one has the evident care and attention to detail from the game’s original creator.
There’s a wonderful simplicity to the process of playing Chaos Reborn and a real drive to think on your feet when your spellcasting luck is ebbing away. In this era of popular resurgence for turn-based games, I can’t think of a more appropriate time to bring Chaos back to the public’s attention.
Saturday - April 05, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Update# 8, T-Shirts
The eight kickstarter update for Julian Gollop's Chaos Reborn shares information on a few Limited Edition T-Shirts You can add to your pledge.
Chaos Reborn Limited Edition T-Shirts
I am pleased to announce that we are now offering limited edition 30 Year Chaos Anniversary T-Shirts, exclusive to backers.
The design features a black T-shirt with the Chaos Reborn logo on the front and a special message on the left sleeve reading '30 YEARS OF CHAOS 1985-2015' and the gooey-blob sprite from the original Chaos, which is my personal avatar. It is an Anvil Jersey T-shirt made from pre-shrunk combed ringspun cotton (meaning it's very soft and comfortable).
I have created reward tiers which add the T-shirt to the original rewards, so if you would like a T-shirt all you need to do is change your existing reward for the equivalent reward plus T-shirt. Shipping is included for US residents. Please add $5 shipping for delivery outside the US.
NOTE: If you have backed at $250 or higher, you will automatically get a T-shirt included in your reward at no extra cost!
If you want additional T-shirts, please add $30 for each additional T-shirt you want to your existing pledge level. Shipping in the US is included in the price. For delivery outside the US, please add $5 per T-shirt.
At the end of the Kickstarter campaign you will be sent a survey for you to provide information for your mailing address and T-shirt sizes.
T-shirts will be delivered to backers before the end of May 2014. However, we will endeavour to be as quick as possible with this delivery, so I hope you will get them sooner.
Tuesday - April 01, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Interview @ Tacticular Cancer
Tacticular Cancer interview Julian Gollop in a new video to talk about his recent kickstarter Chaos Reborn, and shared his development philosophy.
X-COM creator Julian Gollop talks about his latest project. Chaos Reborn is a tactical tun-based game about battling wizards. It involves various types of terrain, unique and interesting spells, and deceptive illusions.
Monday - March 31, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Update# 7, Shrines of the Gods
Julian Gollop has posted the seventh kickstarter update for Chaos Reborn with information on the shrines for the gods, and shares some bear artwork.
Shrines of the Gods
For this update I am going to expand on some very interesting game elements which focus on Gods and their followers. If you have backed the game at 'God' level our art team will work with you to create a 3D avatar of your god head. It can be based on your own likeness, or you can create something entirely fantastical, such as a lovecraftian tentacled thing, as long as it is representative of a head (this is a special feature for backers only, otherwise known as the old gods, and other players who ascend to godhood through game play will be restricted to a selection of generic choices for their god avatar). Your avatar will then appear on shrines which are placed in battle arenas. Our artist Borus has created a hypothetical example of a player who is a god of Law and has an avatar closely based on his own image.
Finally - The Bear
Robert has created a concept for the bear, which is a powerful, neutral creature. He has a special attack - 'bear hug' - in which it rears up on his hind legs and batters its foe with a clawing action such that it can't move away in its turn.
Saturday - March 29, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Update# 6, Steam Greenlight
Julian Gollop has posted a new update for Chaos Reborn with information his game is now on Steam Greenlight, and needs youy vote to help het it on Steam.
Chaos Reborn is now on Steam Greenlight
I am pleased to announce that we are aiming to put Chaos Reborn on Steam. As with every other game, we have to go through the Steam Greenlight process, which means that people have to vote for the game to be approved.
Please go here to vote for Chaos Reborn on Steam Greenlight. Where it says 'Would you buy this game if it were available in Steam?' click on the 'Yes' button.
If you would like to help some more, please post some comments there about your thoughts on the original Chaos and Chaos Reborn. If we get some interest from the Steam community it could really help boost our Kickstarter Campaign.
If we get approved for Steam I will give you the option of having a Steam key to manage your Chaos Reborn download. It will not affect any rewards you have backed on Kickstarter.
Thank you for your fantastic support, and I will be sending some more game design related updates very soon.
Thursday - March 27, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Fountain of Life & Magic Castle
Julian Gollop has posted the next kickstarter update for Chaos Reborn with infomation on the fountain of life and the magic castle. We also get links to more game coverage.
The Fountain of Life and the Magic Castle
As I write this we are very close to $100k. We had a great surge on Monday because of a highly successful reddit AMA. Thank you to all of you who took part and asked questions or upvoted.
There are some more game play videos taken from the Chaos Reborn prototype. UnstableVoltage recorded a 2 vs 2 team match, in which our opponents battled against the odds with some excellently judged disbelieves by Fat Bat (aka Robert Faludi, one of our artists). You can see some more 4 player action over at Fire Water Gasoline.
The X-COM Files: How Alien Invaders, Rebel Squads, and Gooey Blobs Took Strategy Gaming by Storm is a new book by David Craddock which looks at the history of my earlier games all the way up to the first X-COM game. David's previous book, Stay Awhile and Listen: How Two Blizzards Unleashed Diablo and Forged a Video-Game Empire, is an excellent history of the early years of Blizzard Entertainment - I highly recommend it.
Wednesday - March 26, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Update# 4, Unicorns are Lethal
Julian Gollop's Chaos Reborn has managed to get $96,950 of the games $180,000 goal in eight days. He posted another update today with information on Unicorns.
Unicorns are Lethal
Wooo! we passed the half way mark. Thank you everybody for getting us this far, and a special thanks to our first Supreme Benefactor. We are planning some updates with more game design details and reward level details, but this update will be fairly brief.
Fire Water Gasoline has posted a few Chaos Reborn game play videos for you to look at. If you missed my reddit AMA you can check it out here. There were a lot of comments and questions about X-COM, Chaos Reborn and some of my other games.
Here is a new concept for our Unicorn. As you can see, it is not quite the cliche you might expect. The angular forms and cool colours are characteristic of a Law creature. It has a 'charge' ability which gives it a bonus to Attack after moving. It is also a mount, which means that it can be ridden by a wizard.
Sunday - March 23, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Update# 3, Proving Ground
Julian Gollop's Chaos Reborn is getting closer to getting funed , and so far he has managed to get $80,651 of games $180,000 goal in in five days.
He also posted another update with infomation on more videso, and anew AMA.
Forgemaster Proving Ground
I will be doing a reddit AMA on Sunday, 23rd March at 3pm EST / 7pm GMT in /r/Games. Please drop by to ask questions about Chaos Reborn, or ask me anything else.
UnstableVoltage has posted a Youtube video of a 3 player game of Chaos Reborn. The next video should be a 2 vs 2 team match.
As some of you have pointed out, designing equipment with Forgemaster tier could be a bit hit and miss without the ability to test a design before you commit to it. This is entirely understandable, so I am proposing to create a Forgemaster Proving Ground which will allow you to test your equipment designs. This is simply a local game creation mode where you can set up your wizard with his designed equipment to compete against AI or human controlled wizards which can be equipped with any other item of equipment you may own. You will have the ability to set your equipment to any level for testing purposes.
Saturday - March 22, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Update# 2, A Wizardís Staff
Julian Gollop's kickstarter for Chaos Reborn has managed to get $76,978 of games $180,000 goal in just four days. He also released another kickstarter update today.
The update talks being a forgemaster, and shares a new lets play video,
A Wizard’s Staff is his Best Friend
Check out this video of a Chaos Reborn game that I played with UnstableVoltage. It was a close match, and it could have gone either way at the end. Clearly I made some mistakes, but UnstableVoltage played a good game as well. Notice how important Victory Points can be in a long game like this one.
I am planning to do some more game play videos, which I will publicise in future updates, but if you want to get the latest, up-to-the-minute Chaos Reborn news please follow me on twitter @julian_gollop.
If you are a Chaos old-timer please share your experiences of the game on my reddit thread. If you are new to the world of Chaos, just add whatever comments you like.
Being a Forgemaster
In future updates I will expand a little on the game design and how the backer rewards work in more detail. To begin with I will explain some of the cool things you can do with the Forgemaster tier. This gives you the ability to create a set of equipment, which you can do once at any point in your Wizardly career. I will show you how it works by telling a hypothetical story about my wizard called ‘Joolificus’.
Friday - March 21, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Update# 1, Stretch Goals & More
Julian Gollop's new kickstarter Chaos Reborn has managed to earn $72,380 of the games $180,000 in just three days. He also posted the games first update today.
Extra copies, stretch goals, and more
Before we get to the juicy bits of this update I would first like to thank all of you who have backed the game, tweeted about it, talked about it, wrote about it or otherwise helped make the first few days of the launch a fantastic start. I would also like to thank my team for putting together great materials and a great prototype which really helped a lot. Well done guys! And thanks also to my business partner in Snapshot Games, David Kaye, whose wisdom and experience has guided me in the right direction.
I realise there is a long way to go still, so I will not be resting on my laurels. And if there is anything you can do to spread the word, it will help enormously. If you work in games related media, or know someone who does, I am available to demonstrate the prototype and talk about the game at great length!
Extra copies of the game
I am pleased to announce that you can buy extra copies of the game for $15 each. If you backed at the Apprentice tier or above, for each extra $15 above the price of your tier, you get an additional copy of the game. To do this you have to increase your pledge by multiples of $15 without changing your selected reward. For example, if you backed the game at Wizard Lord level for $50 and you increase your pledge to $80 you will get two extra copies of the game. I will send a survey out at the end of the campaign to check with you exactly what you required with your increased pledge amount. Please note that you can only buy a maximum of 8 extra copies this way.
Here are our first two stretch goals:
$200k pledge level reached - Localisation of game text - at a minimum French, German, Italian and Spanish, plus a small selection of other languages to be decided based on demand and costs.
$240k pledge level reached - Android/iOS platform support - a full version of the game available for mobile phones and tablets. The game will be a free download from app stores, and if you are a Kickstarter backer you will be able to unlock the full version without any additional cost.
Tuesday - March 18, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Interview @ Strategy Informer
Julian Gollop is interviewed on Strategy Informer to talk about his recently launched kickstarter Chaos Reborn. As usual here is a small sample of it.
Strategy Informer: It seems like you’ve decided to remain very faithful to the original, especially as far as gameplay is concerned.
Julian Gollop: Yeah, I’ve decided to keep the basic game mechanics pretty much the same. They make the game fairly quick playing and also it has this kind of brutal randomness which you have to be careful about – do you take a risk or do you not take a risk. As you saw in the game we just played, the tides can turn from one turn to the next. You can’t be certain of anything.
Strategy Informer: What’s your primary objective with remaking Chaos?
Julian Gollop: The main thing I’m trying to do is keep the gameplay immediate, fun, and not too overextended. I’m aiming for battles to be relatively short but interesting and exciting to the end. The other thing I’m going to do is expand on the spells so we get some more interesting combinations, because some of my favourite spells from the original were some of the more weird spells like the gooey blob (a spell which creates a randomly-spreading all-consuming goo) and the magic wood (a spell which creates trees which any wizard on the map can enter and sit in to get gifted a new spell for that battle) which are very useful but somewhat difficult to control and predict. So I want to put some more spells in like that which have some interesting and over-the-top effects.
Monday - March 17, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Kickstarter Now Live
Julian Gollop the creator of X-Com has finally launched his kickstarter. The game is called Chaos Reborn, and needs $180,000 to get funded in 30 days.
Wizard Tactics with Bluff and Deception, Procedurally Generated Realms, Online Multiplayer, Co-op and a Huge Single Player Campaign
Chaos Reborn is game with nail-biting decisions and twists of fate. Every battle is different, every realm is unique, and there is always something new to discover.
Based on my cult classic ZX Spectrum game ‘Chaos’, first published in 1985 by Games Workshop, Chaos Reborn is part sequel, part re-imagining of that original game brought up-to-date with high quality presentation.
The magic combat system remains true to the original Chaos. It is all about summoning a host of weird and mythical creatures, moving and fighting with them, and using your wizard to attack, defend, buff and de-buff with large array of spells. It is highly tactical and fast paced. But Chaos Reborn expands considerably on this by offering multiplayer modes, a single-player RPG system and co-op play.
Currently, we have an online multi-player prototype working, which you can see in the video. A third of the spells are implemented, but most of the graphics are place-holder and none of the creatures have animations yet. However, the game is fully functional and great fun to play. With your help we can implement all the features in our game design, and deliver the final game to you by spring 2015.
Thank you for your support, and I hope to be playing Chaos Reborn with you soon.
Friday - February 07, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Development Updates
Chaos Reborn has two development updates on the games webpage.
The New Terrain System in Chaos Reborn
Chaos Reborn features a 3-level terrain system with various types of environments and different objects like trees and rocks. Creatures may normally move one level height difference from one tile to the next, but they cannot wallk up or down two levels. These 2 level drops create impassable hex sides. When attacking from a higher level, creatures get a combat bonus. You can see this in the screenshot below. The Giant is selected and the interface shows information about movement and combat. The orange circles show where he can move, and the red circles show enemies that he can attack. The percentage chance of killing the enemy is displayed. There are two percentages below the Goblin, reflecting the fact that the Giant can attack from positions at different levels. From the higher position he would have an 85% chance of killing the Goblin, but from the same level it would be 75%.
So here are some new screenshots with some improved graphics. I also thought it would be a good opportunity to show the combat interface of Chaos Reborn. It is remarkably simple - on the surface. When you select a creature, every space you can move to is highlighted, and every enemy you can attack is highlighted. For each enemy there is a percentage number which tells you the chance of killing that enemy in combat. This number is derived from the ratio of the attacker's Combat Rating to the defenders defence rating. Combat always has two possible outcomes - either you kill the enemy or you don't. It may be obvious from this system that it is always possible to kill an enemy, no matter how unlikely. This is a major part of the Chaos experience - the uncertainty, the hope, the desperation. Everything matters and everything can change.
Wednesday - February 05, 2014
Chaos Reborn - Interview @ Anything Geeky
Anything Geeky interviews Julian Gollop about his upcoming game Chaos Reborn.
Julian Gollop is almost ready to launch a Kickstarter campaign to help him bring back the now classic, Chaos series under the name, Chaos Reborn.
Check out the video as Alex from AGR quizs the man himself on the new game and many other questions concerning past work and future plans.