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Adapt: Brutal Survival Skills WILL BE TESTED


The newest card game made for casual and competitive gameplay now at your fingertips.

Charlotte, NC — December 4, 2015 | North Suns Entertainment announced today the release of the core starter set that is going to change the way people view survival card games. You will be able to purchase the game online for $24.99 starting December 7, 2015. That’s $5 off during the month of December!

Adapt is a highly strategic survival card game where you take on not only the environment, but your closest friends. Players take turns facing challenges on the island, exploring, hunting, and deciding when to betray the other players all while they are hunting down the precious relics to win the game. You can avoid dangerous misadventures by collecting and holding onto the right supplies, like the fanny pack! Fight your way to ultimate survival and collect the relics around the island for a fun game night with the family or a group of friends!

The game was created by Joshua Long, Full Sail University Graduate, 2014. He feels the game works great in party situations and he would love to spread the game around the world if possible. That’s where you come in; you can buy the game now!

“I am really looking forward to future expansions for the game and see where the community wants to take the game.” – Joshua Long

Contact Information

Joshua Long
Game Designer / Founder
North Suns Entertainment
jlong@north-suns.com
www.adaptsurvival.com  | https://www.facebook.com/adaptsurvival/ | http://www.twitter.com/radethdart

 

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Strategic Survival Card Game


The newest card game made for casual and competitive gameplay now at your fingertips. 

 

Charlotte, NC, October 29, 2015 – North Suns Entertainment announced today that it is raising funds via a rewards / equity crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to launch the development of their newest game. The company set out to raise $800 on Kickstarter to finish development of their first expansion and core starter set that is going to change the way people view survival card games.

Adapt is a highly strategic survival card game where you take on not only the environment, but your closest friends. Players take turns facing challenges on the island, exploring, hunting, and deciding when to betray the other players all while they are hunting down the precious relics to win the game. You can avoid dangerous misadventures by collecting and holding onto the right supplies, like the fanny pack!

As the game progresses, you will start to notice others hiding their cards, taking less risks, and trying to steal from other players. Those are the people holding relics.

Fight your way to ultimate survival and collect the relics around the island for a fun game night with the family or a group of friends!

The game was created by Joshua Long and Alex Kruchten, Full Sail University Graduates, 2014. They feel the game works great in party situations and we would love to spread the game around the world if possible. That’s where you come in; they can’t distribute this game without you.

“I could just release the game online and be very impersonal about the launch of Adapt, however, I would love to see everyone who wants the product first get some exclusive content made just for them!” – Joshua Long

So, if you are into card games or survival or cold-hearted betrayal, then please help them make this game become a reality.

“We think you would love it as much, if not more than we do!” – Joshua Long

 

Joshua Long

Game Designer / Founder

North Suns Entertainment

jlong@north-suns.com

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/radethdart/adapt-survival-card-game

 

 

 

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Holy Steam Summer Sales! – Purchasing the right game for you


Release The Steam Sales

So Steam is having another sale this summer. You are sure to enjoy your daily specials, flash deals, and games that you couldn’t find any cheaper! You may be asking yourself, “Which games do I buy?! There are so many different games that I could find myself playing! That one is only $5, that one is $20, but originally $60!” The choices are limitless during the Steam Summer Sale, and I am here to help you limit yourself to games you will love; forget the pricing!

I know that the summer sale is almost over, but who’s to say this information couldn’t help you in the future when you are deciding which $60 game to buy if you can only buy one.

1. Compare and Contrast Feelings

You might be asking yourself, “Is this going to be a fun game? Should I buy this game, or should I buy this game?” The answer is not as simple as one might think. Your first reaction usually comes from the cover art of the game, or the trailer that you are presented with when loading the game’s page. These are pretty harsh ways to judge a game (you know, don’t judge a book by its cover). So, what should you do with this option presented?

Go with your gut.

If you sit there second-guessing yourself about a game purchase before you get the game, then is it really worth your time? Is this the game you truly wanted to spend $20 on? If you are picking the game that brings up emotions, you will find the one you can at least spend 6+ hours playing. The second-guessed game will leave you asking Steam for a refund.

2. $5 is $5 is $5 – Don’t waste your money

With each great sale comes hundreds of GREAT deals that ask you to spend $5 (or less) on a $20 game. Your initial reaction is to pick up quantity over quality at this moment. This is the time to spend $5 on those games that you second-guessed the first time around!…or is it? Let’s say you pick up 5 games for the whopping $5 a piece. $25 goes right to buying 5 games you may never play through or even install! So, 2/5 games get played and installed. This leaves you with the remaining $15 that could have gone towards getting that heart-throbbing, EPIC RPG game you always wanted!

Only buy what you’re going to play.

3. Read the Reviews

If you are anything like me, you NEVER read the reviews. I don’t care what other people have to say about a game that I THINK looks awesome! Why should I let their opinions ruin my thoughts on the game? This is a terrible way to see the reviews. Yes, some people will be trolls and tell you how crappy the game is based on their first 5 minutes of gameplay. You can usually sift through those reviews and find the truly passionate people. Read the good, read the bad. If you are having a hard time picking out a game (the art is beautiful, the story is gripping, and the characters are 3-dimensional, but it’s a short game), make sure to read what passionate people have to say about the game. Like it or not, the reviews can give you a quick insight to the core mechanics of a game.

Sift the crap, read the good and the bad.

Conclusion

If you are still weary about picking out a game with all of the pressure of sales going on, maybe you should step back away from Steam and do some research. Find the next game you want to play. Maybe your library is full of games already; pick a game and force yourself to play one of your past decisions! If there are games you haven’t installed yet after the last sale you splurged on, go install them and see if that impulsive buying gets you the game you REALLY want to play.

Happy Gaming. Play Smart. Buy Smart.

www.north-suns.com

 

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Alpha/Beta Opt-ins and Releases


Overview

I know I am not the ONLY one who is getting irritated with game developers releasing alpha/beta access to their unfinished pieces of what could be a cool video game idea. If I released every single one of my games in alpha, you guys would have well over 100 games to play developed solely by yours truly! That’s not the case though. Developers are releasing their video games in pre-alpha, alpha, private beta, beta, public beta, etc.

They are snaking you!

Does the public REALLY know what all of those stages of DEVELOPMENT mean though? Maybe not, maybe so. In short, it means that these games are still in development, and the developers are looking for extra development money that publishers normally offer.

My thoughts?

As an indie developer, I would love for people to enjoy my games. Who wouldn’t? I want my players to enjoy my games to their full potential, not pieces of full potential. When you release a video game to the public in a stage that isn’t even near beta, you opt yourself in, as a developer, to unwanted changes to the game. Basically, you get the feedback from the public and then tailor the game towards what THEY want, not what you originally wanted the game to depict. This, in my opinion, ruins the beautiful video game you wanted to share with the public. If you want the public to judge how your game ends up, by all means, please go work in the AAA industry.

An indie game is supposed to tell a personal story. An indie game needs to inform the players about what you truly desire and love. Indie games are an external reflection of our deepest passions as a developer. When you release a game into the public, every little comment (good and bad) goes straight to the heart. Why would you open that wound for people to pour salt into before your idea is even completed? Developers, come on. Think! Just develop your game a little longer before releasing it. Make sign-up pages where people can opt-in for beta testing. Make the release special! Stop giving into the public pressure of getting your game out as soon as your idea hits the paper! I know that over-hyping a game, and then releasing it’s unfinished inbred baby, makes for a really bad taste-in-the-mouth release. Slow down, love what you are making, and then show the public your beautiful new born when you originally intended to show it off.

Conclusion

If this is the direction of indie, then that’s shady: it means the indie developers are making the public (you) stand in as the publisher without all the overhead direction and management…meaning you don’t choose where your money goes towards the development of that game.

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North Suns getting some changes


A “new” beginning for old ends

Hello everyone, it’s about that time of year where everything shiny comes out and North Suns isn’t going to be skipping this one either! We have some new games in the air, a new change to development, and even a new website to show all of those changes coming your way! Why stop at making a new year resolution? Why not go all the way and start working on that resolution by giving the public what they deserve? I would like to introduce to you, THE NEW BLOG!

What about the old blog content?!

I already took the liberty in importing the old posts, so don’t you worry about losing some of those beautiful articles you once loved! Make sure to bookmark www.gamedesignstorm.com and keep up-to-date with the news for North Suns Entertainment!

I know, your next question is, “Why are you calling yourself ‘Game Design Storm?'” My answer to that is simple: I thought it sounded cool as a developer blog name.

What can you expect to find on this blog:

  • North Suns Entertainment updates
  • Game development progress on your new favorite games by Joshua Long
  • Great articles about the game industry that I found in my random searches
  • Tutorials on creating games
  • All around fun content

 

Please feel free to let me know what you think jlong@north-suns.com. If you want to write content for the blog, please shoot me an email and we can talk about getting you publisher status up in here!

Where is all this new content you are talking about?

Sooo….speaking of new content, have you seen the new design that we have coming out for the website?

www.north-suns.com

 

Cheers!

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