Friday, January 31, 2014

High time to introduce myself

Hi everypony!

I'm known as Xinef, and I've been a member of Silly Mare Games for quite a while, mostly giving Night Breeze feedback and suggestions about Nightfall, since I was too busy at that time to work on my own projects.

But now, since my first game, Battle Royale: Forward to the Past, is ready and published, I've decided to introduce myself.

If you are wondering who I am and why does it matter, my results for the Pony Personality Test may give you a hint, what to expect from my games.

I'm a novice indie game developer from Poland, mostly interested in genres such as strategy, RPG and simulation. Right now I'm working on 2D games, but in the future you'll see some 3D games too, since that's my specialty. I also draw a lot of inspiration from older games, since I'm a bit of an old school gamer.

Anyway, when I'm not developing games, I try my hand at 2D/3D art, pencil sketches, or playing tabletop role playing games like Roleplaying is Magic. Or I'm watching ponies. Or listening to symponic metal. Or training ninjitsu with Fluttershy, but more on that later.

Games that I draw inspiration from include Heroes of Might and Magic series (II is my favorite), 4X games, such as Civilization and Master of Magic, the X-Com series, Neverwinter Nights, Diablo 2, Starcraft Broodwar, Fallout 1 & 2, Dungeon Keeper and Theme Hospital, Stronghold, Tropico, Final Fantasy I through VI and FF Tactics, Settlers (II and III mostly), The Sims, Minecraft, Dwarf Fortress. Also free remakes of some of those games and games inspired by them, such as Freeciv and UFO:AI. As for MMOs the only one that I'm still sometimes playing is Dungeons&Dragons Online.

For now, I'll keep working on Forward to the Past, adding features such as online multiplayer, android support, difficulty levels for AI mode, more ponies to choose from etc. Once FttP is mostly done, I'll return to my older project, a physics based 2D game with Luna trying to navigate through space to get back from the Moon. And once that game is finished too, I think I'll begin work on 3D games with more strategy and RPG elements.

I'll also let you know that I'm not working alone. My team consists of Fluttershy, who is the team leader, myself, the main programmer, and Mruczek (a little tiger), who contributes art whenever we can't find something freely available under a permissive license. I'm always amazed by Fluttershy's freaky knowledge of game development...

She's my source of inspiration and a great team leader. And she looks cute.

You can expect more ninja ponies in the future...

Keep calm and flutter on!

Xinef ^_^