PAX AU Indie Showcase


Looks like Ben and I will be going to the inaugural PAX Australia. On account of MacGuffin’s Curse being selected to be in the Australian Indie Showcase.

This will be Brawsome’s 3rd PAX, 2nd time exhibiting at PAX, and 1st time exhibiting in Australia. It’s a little weird, exhibiting so close to home. Normally when going to a conference such as this I have to travel for about 24 hours, instead of say… 1 hour. I’m sure many people coming from overseas are looking forward to PAX Australia, I’m looking forward to hearing how they find the trip over. 24 hours of travel is… well, 24 hours of travel. If you’re coming from overseas, make sure you give yourself a few days to recover!

I’m personally hoping to bump into Ron Gilbert, and Mike or Jerry. I wonder who they get excited about bumping into? I love chatting with the indie developers at these things too, and they’re always a favorite with the crowds. You’d be well advised to make time to check out the indie booths and talk to the cool devs there. Of all the games conferences/festivals you can go to, indies seem to have the best run at PAX.

If you’re coming by the booth, we’ll have “Macca G” (Australian for “MacGuffin’s Curse”, probably) on display, and likely be throwing out free copies of the game at random. Anything else you’d like to see while we’re there? Buttons? Magnets? T-shirts? Red mutton chops? Would YOU buy merch with a werewolf on it? Maybe a pirate dog? Let me know, I’d be very interested to find out!

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Halloween and Hero-U


If you’re coming here for the first time, or the first time in a while. Hey, how’s it going? I suppose I’d better mention again that I’m working with the legendary Quest for Glory creators on a new project Hero-U. OMG! Right? Well, technically no-one’s working on anything yet, that’s why YOU have to go to the kickstarter page and become a backer for some truly awesome rewards!

You’re already a backer!? Well, aren’t you awesome! You’re in for a treat! While Corey, Lori and I aren’t making another Quest for Glory game, we’re making something much better! A NEW game that has all the awesome of Quest for Glory. It’s an adventure game, with RPG elements, much like Quest for Glory, but told from a top-down perspective, with conversation closeups, branching story, inventory, complex relationships, rivalries, combat, quests, STATS, STUFF! Even if you don’t end up backing the project, do check out the kickstarter page for a the lowdown on what it’s all about. Going to the page is FREE!

But heeeyyyy, I hear you wail, where’s the Halloween part of this post? Maybe THIS will explain things…

MacGuffin & Blackwell Crossover

No? Well, okay, that’s pretty understandable. The image above was commissioned by Ben in his excitement over a big event coming up. You may notice MacGuffin’s Curse’s Judy and Lucas in an impossible crossover with Dave Gilbert’s Rosa Blackwell and Joey from his Blackwell series of games. This was created to be a nice bit of promotion surrounding MacGuffin’s Curse’s FIRST EVER BUNDLE! The Indie Royale Halloween Bundle!

Jolly Rover didn’t do too badly in the last Indie Royale Bundle earlier in the year, in fact, it was in the highest grossing Indie Royale bundle of all time! So when they approached me about putting MacGuffin’s Curse in their Halloween Bundle, I thought that sounded delicious. Like a pumpkin and maple syrup cupcake.

We were initially going to bundle with one of Dave’s Blackwell games, hence the top-notch piece you see above by artist Matt Cummings, but due to the ever-changing nature of these Bundles there’s no guarantees on who you’ll be sharing it with until it actually launches, and Dave’s game was put into an earlier bundle, much to Ben’s displeasure (i’m sugar coating here, much like the sugar coating on that pumpkin and maple syrup cupcake!). I can assure you though, that even though the lineup changes, we’re always sharing the space with awesome titles.

Since PAX I’ve been talking to all these cool indie devs about possibly bundling together, because Steam has gone Greenlight on that process too. Everything is outsourced now. Power to the people! (Don’t be mad Steam, you know I love you!). So I was going to do a bundle around now anyway, and when Indie Royale approached me about doing it I thought that would be a pretty good idea. They have some pretty strong marketing backing their bundles, and actively support it with a lot more time than I ever could. Their mailing list is also a lot bigger than mine. And they’re better dancers. So I’m hoping this is a good one. If you’d like to pick it up with a bunch of other awesome indie games you might never have heard of (but are probably awesome) go check it out! And if you see Ben, give him a hug and tell him you like the crossover piece, or he won’t be doing nice things for you ever again!

Now that the bundle is live, here’s the official list!

Now, if the awesome piece above wasn’t enough (and the heap of other quality MacGuffin’s Curse wallpapers here), I’ve got some extra bits and pieces to give away, in the form of some beautiful Hero-U artwork that has a distinctly Sierra flavor to it, owed to the talents of Eriq Chang and John Paul Selwood, who worked with AGDI on their amazing Sierra remakes. Below is an official bit of art, which you can make into a wallpaper somehow (Hey, I’m outsourcing. Just like Valve!). And a DIY wallpaper I made by mashing up some of my favorite Hero-U concept art to fit my 1920×1080 display.


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Quest for Glory

So, the meep is finally out of the ground and I can talk about the fact that I’ve been working with a couple of real-life heroes of mine – Corey and Lori Cole!

You may remember Corey and Lori from their work on the beloved Quest for Glory series, from Sierra back in the 90′s, unless of course you were born after that, in which case you’re making me feel old, go away! If you haven’t checked it out though, I highly recommend picking it up from GOG, it’s a steal at only $9.99! Though take my advice and substitute the second one with AGDI’s amazing VGA Remake.

Alas though, Corey and Lori only own Quest for Glory in their hearts, which means they’re not able to continue the series, at least not without a lot of legal wrangling. But that doesn’t mean they can’t stop creating games with their unique touch, which brings us to their new RPG-Adventure Hero-U.

Now, you might be wondering where Brawsome fits in in all this. Well, I’ve been sending the Cole’s copies of my games since I released Jolly Rover in 2010. I send copies of my games to all my heroes, and sometimes I even get a reply! Corey and Lori were one such pair of heroes that got back to me and we’ve been chatting sporadically about this and that ever since. The sticking point in all these grand plans though is funding, but earlier in the year Tim Schafer showed the way to a new path of funding via kickstarter, and suddenly these dreams had a chance at crossing over into the physical realm. A true resurrection of the spirit of gaming!

Corey and Lori could likely approach just about any developer to work with them on a new title, but they particularly liked the look and feel of MacGuffin’s Curse, so last month we started talking about how we could make this work and they shared their plans to launch a kickstarter to fund the project on October 19.

If you’d like to stay abreast of all the latest information on the project, go on over to their facebook page and give it a like. They regularly discuss ideas for the project on there and are welcoming feedback from fans. So if you ever wanted to have input on a new Corey and Lori adventure, what are you waiting for?!

By the way, check out this podcast Chris Pope did with Corey and Lori on the Two Guys from Andromeda podcast. And if you like Sierra nostalgia, stick around on the site for more podcasts with other legends of adventure gaming.

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Be a Brawsome V.I.P. at PAX!

It’s been a while since the last update, partly because the news I DO have I can’t talk about yet, and partly because I don’t have any new news I CAN talk about. Until now!

You may have deduced from the not-so-cryptic headline that Brawsome is going to be in the home of Microsoft, Starbucks and Valve for PAX this year. This will be the second time attending the overwhelming nerd love-in that is PAX, but the first time actually exhibiting. I wouldn’t say we’re in a big booth, not quite medium either, and calling it small would be too generous. Let’s just say if you were at Starbucks ordering a Short, Tall or Grande Latte, we would be the Demi size that no-one knows about, or maybe the sugar.

Nevertheless! We say we’re the smallest house in the best street. Location, location! Check out our neighbors, SEGA, EA, Sony, Nintendo. You know, the usual crowd.

Now, if you want to come to PAX to see Brawsome, well, it’s probably (definitely) WAAAY too late for that. All 60,000 or so tickets tend to sell out in a few days, several months before the expo. I wouldn’t be surprised if they put tickets on sale for the next 5 years of PAX and they sold out in a week. But if you managed to snag a ticket to PAX, or find some way to sneak in dressed as an Orc, or some Manga character I’ve never heard of, then stroll up to Booth 158 (pictured above, but not even CSI could enhance that text) and have a chat to us. We’ll likely fire a limited edition V.I.P. card at you for either Jolly Rover or MacGuffin’s Curse, containing a Humble Store code for your very own copy! Well, additional copy, you’ve already purchased it, right? We thought about selling copies there, but I’d have to pretend I was from the SEGA booth, and it was for something Sonic related (which I’ll no-doubt try anyway). We’ll also have some neat postcards to give away, and copies of the game on display for all to play.

If you can’t make it to PAX, you can still get in on the Brawsome action with the sale that will be running during the conference. On Steam, there will be a Brawsome bundle, featuring MacGuffin’s Curse and Jolly Rover for $6.99, and MacGuffin’s Curse will also be 50% off on the App and Mac App Stores.

Now, there’s some super secret information about a project Brawsome is working on with some awesome designers that have been relatively dormant for a while. The information was leaked recently, and is out there for anyone who is looking in the right place. But you’ll not find any more about it here until the time is right. There’s a little project for you.

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MacGuffin’s Curse Treasury!

What horrors await you in Alphonse’s Treasury? Find out in this free update for MacGuffin’s Curse, which is on sale for 50% off today only! You might have thought Alphonse was an egotistical homicidal megalomaniac before, but nothing thus far has prepared you for what you’ll find in his his inner sanctum!

Warning: Contents of the treasury update cannot be unseen!

Aside from the fact that you might need to go and watch The Ring to get a good night’s sleep again, the Treasury update also adds:

  • 13 lovingly hand-stitched rooms with more of the MacGuffin trademark humor and puzzles
  • 9 unique items to be fleeced for in Harvey’s shop
  • 5 side quests
  • 2 inventory items of polarizing awesomeness
  • 1 achievement of questionable copyright
  • Loads of dialogue, including new developer commentary

This update is now available to all those who have already supported the game with their purchase, simply because we think they’re swell, and we don’t believe in stinging them for new content for a game they’ve already bought. What? You haven’t bought it yet? That’s okay, grab a DRM Free copy for PC & Mac with additional Steam key here. Or buy a copy for your BFF. They’re your BFF after all, don’t be so stingy!

iOS and Mac App Store users. We’ve crammed this update into Apple’s system, and it’s currently working it’s way through. We’re not sure when the shocking new content will be approved and pop out the other end, or come back up for changes, but when it does, you’ll know.

Oh and finally, if you like the fine Treasury art by the talented Paul Bowers, you can get your very own copy in your desired dimensions below

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MacGuffin’s Mystery #5

Aaand… another piece. Where’s the big announcement? And is there a version of this in color? Without all those tears? Will it be tomorrow? Next week? Next month? This side of the singularity? How will we ever find out? Maybe a little bird will tell us.

Maybe you can find out from…, well, you’ll have to get to know her first.

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MacGuffin’s Mystery #4

Have you put the pieces together yet? Looks like something is coming, right? Could it be a limited offer? Something you might miss out on if you weren’t quick? Better like that facebook page, just to be on the safe side. Oh, there’s this twitter thing too.

Don’t ask Lucas for answers, it seems he’s on his way somewhere.

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MacGuffin’s Mystery #3

Is it an update? A sale? When? You could just keep refreshing this page every hour, or you could Like the facebook page so you don’t miss out!

But in case you need a reminder to keep hitting refresh, maybe I can interest you in this complementary wallpaper?

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MacGuffin’s Mystery #2

Looks like something fancy. Is that the focus of Lucas’ ire?

Or is it something in this new wallpaper?

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MacGuffin’s Mystery #1

What’s got Lucas so riled up? And what’s with that statue?

And more to the point, what’s with this awesome wallpaper in various shapes and sizes?

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