As promised, here is the result of Britt's painting demo at Gen Con. She also put together a video showing her work in progress which you can check out on YouTube or in HD.
The painting depicts the Theban Sacred Band following their defeat by Philip at the battle of Chaeronea in 338 BCE. They're Britt's favourite Greek dudes and you can read about them more here or of course you can always just try the game.
Continuing his podcast tour, Rick joined Stalin in the War Room last week to talk about Hegemony and life as an indie developer. You can listen to it here.
An in other news ... we're at Gen Con! I know we said we weren't going, but at the last minute a booth space opened up so here we are. We're a little harder to find this year but head towards the back of row 1200 and look for the big purple banner. We've got lots of free buttons and for the first time at a show we're offering upgrades ($10) as well as the full version ($30). Britt's also doing a live drawing demo which we'll post online after the show.
The guys over at Three Moves Ahead just posted the latest episode of their excellent podcast, and this one is very special to me, because it stars me! The guys also had some really nice things to say about Hegemony, like this:
"I really love how true it is to the period and how it understands the period."
"Hegemony is the only game that really captures Greek history really well, that really understands Greek history."
We'll also be giving away a couple copies to listeners, so go listen!
We always appreciate it when the press takes the time to cover indie developers so to return the favour check out the links below:
- For our Italian readers, VGNetwork.it just posted a great review (google translation) giving Hegemony's gameplay and longevity both a 9 / 10!
- And for our French readers, the guys at Net4War published a very thorough review of Gold in Les Cahiers de PC4War n°04 which you can preview online here. My copy is still in the mail so I don't know exactly what they said but they gave it an 8 / 10 so I assume they liked it. They're also publishing an interview with us that should appear in their July issue.
Update: Just got my copy of PC4War ... my highschool French is pretty rough but with the help of google translate their concluding line: "Hegemony Gold is a game too unknown to the public, yet it has tremendous qualities that make it truly a 'must-have' for any lover of ancient Greek history." If your French is better than mine they've done a very thorough job covering the game and you can order a copy from their website.
Hot on our return from the Origins Game Fair, we're ready to launch the boxed copy of Hegemony Gold: Wars of Ancient Greece. The boxed copy includes a full-colour printed copy of the manual, and you'll also get a digital copy, so you can start playing right away. Click here to buy your copy now!
If you've already purchased a digital copy, you can also buy the boxed copy by logging into the Download Centre and ordering a "replacement CD".
Let us know what you think!
In case you missed our press release, Longbow will be heading across the border to the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio next week to launch the boxed version of Hegemony Gold. We had a great time last year talking to fans, meeting other exhibitors, and showing off the original Hegemony. This year the focus will be on Hegemony Gold but if you ask nicely we might also drop some hints about what we're working on next.
For those who haven't witnessed our travelling show, there will be multiple stations where you can play Hegemony, crazy people in costumes, big discounts (50% off) and this year our art dept has been slaving away making really cool Hegemony collector buttons which will be free to anybody who finds our booth.
Just a notice to anybody who is following our Twitter feed: if you've been following @LongbowGames, you should know that we'll no longer be posting development tweets there anymore. From now on, that feed will only be corporate tweets.
If you want to see developer tweets, follow the @LongbowGames/LongbowDevs list, which follows our personal accounts. Currently that includes me, Britt, and Rob, although he's clearly been slacking.
You might remember back in April when we released a beta of version 1.5.3 with some minor bug fixes. It was so minor, in fact, that even we forgot about it! After over two months, we haven't heard a single bug report, so we're going ahead and releasing this one. You can update by downloading the demo from the Hegemony page or logging into the Download Centre.
Better late than never! If you've purchased Hegemony: Philip of Macedon from us, and would like a physical copy with a printed manual, you can now order a "Replacement CD" when you log into the Download Centre. If you ordered Philip of Macedon from a different site, you can always register your purchase here.
Remember, this is for Philip of Macedon, although we should have news on a physical version of Hegemony Gold: Wars of Ancient Greece soon.