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Hello and welcome to the latest Boss 101 update

Work continues towards the final release. This week we look into quality of life interface improvements for the hat store. This is a great example of the little things we look to help YOU with when it comes to playing and enjoying Boss 101.

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The Hat Store

As you might have guessed – we have hats in Boss 101. A lot of them. A little over 250 hats and counting. For you that means we have hats for sale, hats you can earn via a quest, hats you own - and on and on. There are a few things to note here, the most important to us being you quickly getting the information you want when you’re in the hat store. Here’s what we see happening and what we are doing.

A Store

Yep, this place sells hats. So you needs to see prices, abilities and any relevant shopping information when you are making your buying decision. This is what the place started as and it evolved from there.

Hats for Sale Sort
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A Dressing Room

The hat store is one of the places you can equip your character in hats they own. This is a function closely tied to the purchasing of the hats. We made a decision earlier in development to allow the player both a Costume and an Ability hat for maximum fun.
- Costume Hat: what you character outwardly looks like
- Ability Hat: What abilities from which hat do you want to use. This allows you to LOOK like you want and have the POWERS you want without tying you down to one or the other.

Sort by owned hats
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A Quest Room

Some of the hats are only available after completing some missions or tasks. We use the hat store to show you the known requirements and, where possible, we show you the progress you are making

Sort by Quest hat
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Sorting and quick jumping around

That is a LOT of stuff going on and we KNOW it. We added a couple quick ways in the hat room to sort the categories YOU want to see as well as jump quickly through the hat collection. 

Various Sorting Options in the Store
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Jumping through the hats quickly
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In conclusion

As you can see, these are the little things we are working on to make the game as fun as we can make it. Do we need to do every little thing like sorting hats into groups or allowing quick movement through your hat collection? Technically no but we thing it MAKES YOUR GAME BETTER!

And that’s what it’s all about right?

OK Talk with you soon and REMEMBER TO LIVE YOUR DREAMS!

-Tim

Boss 101 Info Roundup
Release Date: 2017
Planned Price: $9.99
Boss 101 Steam Store Page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/380920
Please wishlist us if you would be so kind!


2017.06.14 Boss 101 Screenshot of the Day

2017-06-14 20:32:39 by DarkTimmy
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Boss 101 Screenshot  

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Hope you are enjoying your day! 

YES!



Hello and welcome to the Boss 101 weekly update!

We have something to talk about we all love! ACHIEVEMENTS! You love to get them and we love to give you achievements for YOUR HARD WORK IN BOSS 101!

You know your pals here working on Boss 101 made sure you have cool Steam Achievements (which will translate to console achievements when the time comes). Did you also know we have in game quests which have their own achievements and rewards? Some of these dovetail with the main game achievements but some are simple as collecting a new pet. You know what? We want to celebrate EVEN THOSE!

Mini Quests and Achievements
We created these little popup to tell you about adopting a new pet in the Command Center or maybe winning a new hat. Let’s look at the basics here.

We setup a structure with the achievement plate and allowed for text identifying the achievement name and reward name. 

Starting with the plate setup and animation in Spine:
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Here’s a sample of a few layouts:

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We setup these to show up in the bottom left corner and stack if needed. Some examples:

Command Center – Get a Pet:
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Stacking example:

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When you are in something like the Upgrade room and complete a row of upgrades you can also get a special reward.

Complete Damage Upgrade:
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Complete Health Upgrade:
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Closeup of achievement:

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The deal is we wanted to have some fun with the reward system and instead of just dropping a little “NEW” icon on the menu we went a little further and put some oomph into the presentation. For us, it's work like this which helps bring you a really fun experience and ideally enjoy the game a lot more.

It’s all part of bring you the best we can!

BOSS 101 Video Peek by RobJ

Rob J Nova did a video peek at Boss 101 earlier this week. We really think he did a great job catching the spirit of the game and the feel we were aiming for. Check it out here:

Boss 101 Video Peak
Link here:  >>> Click Here <<<

OK – that’s all for this week and remember to live your dreams! 

Talk with you soon!

-Tim

Boss 101 Info Roundup
Release Date: 2017
Planned Price: $9.99
Boss 101 Steam Store Page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/380920
Please wishlist us if you would be so kind!


2017.06.07 Video Peek at Boss 101

2017-06-07 14:38:28 by DarkTimmy
Updated

Boss 101 Video Peek

Our pal Rob did an amazing look at our game Boss 101. Check out his video right in the link below. Thank you so much Rob for the look and your time! 

Boss 101 Video Peak
Link: https://youtu.be/OyCf5pv7BTM

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Check it out, see what you think and hit Subscribe if you like his style!

Thank you and talk with you soon!

-Tim

Boss 101 Info Roundup
Release Date: 2017
Planned Price: $9.99
Boss 101 Steam Store Page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/380920
Please wishlist us if you would be so kind!


2017.06.03 Boss 101, June Development Progress Update

2017-06-03 18:46:56 by DarkTimmy
Updated

Hello and welcome to the Boss 101 Weekly Update! Thank you for joining us here again.

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Development Update – Let’s talk about Progress!

First off we have the THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT DURING BOSS 101's development. It's been a long road and we are heading towards the finish line. We could not have made it without your encouragement! Thank you!

“So, when will Boss 101 be done? You said you were aiming for Early 2017 and it’s Summer now!”

That’s a legitimate question and the answer now is the same it's always been. The ONLY reason for any delays in release is simply us polishing and bug fixing. At this point we are close to final. The last 4 months have been a LOT of quality of life fixes for YOU THE PLAYER! If you add in the general big fixing then it’s not too hard to imagine where the time has gone.

I know we spoke about this before but a refresher on Boss 101 might be in order. Let’s review what exactly is happening in our day to day.

Behind the Scenes
We work pretty much all day, every day on Boss 101. This is mostly about playing, testing and looking for ways to make the game a clean and fun experience for you. For now that means playthroughs to see if we are hitting the goals of a fun, cohesive experience. We are not looking to have an endless development cycle but at the same time ‘hitting a date’ doesn’t get us much if the game has bugs or obvious usability issues (bad interface, crashes, etc).

Money and Funding
We are ENTIRELY self-funded and working off our OWN DIME. We have taken no one else’s money, we are beholden to no publisher at this point nor did we do a Kickstarter. The idea was to make sure we could create a game for you on the terms we felt best about. This would allow a level of organic development. Aspects of the game could be discovered and worked on as we found them.

The general idea someone can sit in a room and write up a 300 page design doc covering all aspects of a game before development starts is pretty outlandish if you think about it. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try but the meat of development is, well, during development. Ideas come into play as you insert new mechanics. Things that didn’t seem like they would be much fun become VERY fun and things you were sure would be amazing are, perhaps, less than stellar.

The point here is we can take advantage of all the ebb and flow of a natural game development cycle. All this means Boss 101 is really its own game and has its look and feel. Whether you like that or not is another question BUT we can assure you this is something we are working with all our might to make SUPER ENTERTAINING AND FUN FOR YOU!

The Team
We have three people. That’s not an excuse but a fact. We are dedicated to Boss 101 and pore over the game daily but that’s the size we have. Would a bigger team get things done faster? Perhaps. Would they be better? That's debatable.

I've worked on and managed teams close to 300 people in size. That is a ton of people and many moving parts. You can imagine it is like herding cats to keep the team on the same track. We don’t have that issue on Boss 101. We’re on the same page, working towards the same goal at all times. Again – the proof will be in the release but this is something we feel you will directly benefit from.

Release Date News
So, we are still in the 2017 release window and if truth be told we expect you to have the game in your hands in months, not years. 

No one, please hear me NO ONE READING THIS wants the game to ship more than us. We aren’t holding onto Boss 101 like some overprotective parent. We’re gamers and we know what we demand in a game. When Boss 101 hits the quality bar we demand and has the fun we want it will ship!

Check out our three years of updates nearly anywhere we post regularly. You can see we work all the time and ideally it shows the progress and love we are putting into Boss 101 FOR YOU!

Let’s get over to some weekly touchups and developments shall we?

Boss Bombs

We spoke about this a little last week but we the bosses have the ability to catch sneaky players who hang around near the bottom of the screen. They teleport in a giant weight and drop it on them. You can’t hide down there buster!

On the land
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One the sea

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Even with a train!
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A look at some of the guns for sale. Check out this handy dandy blasters!

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Ok – that’s all for this week and thank you for all the support. Yes, will have Boss 101 in your hands as soon as POSSIBLE!

-Tim

Boss 101 Info Roundup
Release Date: 2017
Planned Price: $9.99
Boss 101 Steam Store Page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/380920
Please wishlist us if you would be so kind!



Boss 101 Screenshot of the Day

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Don't fly too low or the boss might bomb you with a shockwave!



Hello and welcome back to the latest Boss 101 update! Hope you are doing excellently today!

Wanted to peel back the curtain again for those interested in how we make our magic behind the scenes.

Gun Store Extra Info

So check this out. We have our gun store and there is an option to see some extra helpful info about each of the guns you are preparing to buy. By hitting a button you can pop up a small panel showing you the ammo loadout and extra stats about any gun.

We were talking about the gun store (and all the stores) recently. Now that we are near the end of the development of Boss 101 you can imagine it’s easy to look back and see all the amazing things we could, should or MIGHT have done. Specifically the stores in Boss 101. As they stand they are the product of a lot of testing, updating and rejiggering to give you the player the best information. The process was pretty organic (like most of the game’s development) and the end result certainly has the feel we wanted. 

In fact, one nice thing about the Command Center design aesthetic was the choice to make it a repurposed, built up place. The guys are using alien tech and creating things as they go. A lot of the machinery and layout are the result of ‘as needed’ design choices.  

Let’s get on with the images!

You can bring up a panel for extra info (shown for the bows here)

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You can cycle through similar weapons


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On a slightly different note – we have a special shop for purchasing secret equipment. Once you buy said equipment it gets sent back to the main stores for you to use.

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Boss Battles and more!

Next week we will be looking at some of the ways you can battle a boss. Check out this short preview of a boss boom bomb! BOSS BOOM BOMB! You heard it here first!

Teleporting in the BBB!
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Idle for the BBB

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All right – hope you enjoyed the latest look and we will talk with you soon.

Remember to always LIVE YOUR DREAMS!

-Tim

Boss 101 Info Roundup
Release Date: 2017
Planned Price: $9.99
Boss 101 Steam Store Page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/380920
Please wishlist us if you would be so kind!



Boss 101 Screenshot of the Day

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Don't worry if you lose a round in the Endless Boss, we have an ambulance to take you home to rest.



Awesome Boss 101 Fan Art

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Check this out! Our old pal Alyssa Wright did some awesome Boss 101 art! She's so freaking good!

There's more of her work on her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alyj_art/

Remember to live your dreams and talk with you soon!

-Tim



Hello and WELCOME back to the latest Boss 101 update for friends and fans. Thank you so much for joining us again.

WE APPRECIATE YOU!

Let’s get down into it! 

So, we are basically down to little knick knacks to round things out. I recently wrote up a summary of where we are with the game. It was written to establish exactly the mindset we are using to wrap up Boss 101 and bring you our best. I’ll put a few parts of that below so YOU TOO can share some behind the scenes action.

What’s Left in Boss 101 Update

The actual amount of work is easily explained. It’s only polish. HAAAAAAAAA!!

That can mean a lot of things but mostly we are talking about taking all the systems we already have in and features we’ve already done and making sure it all works together as bug free as possible. That is really about it. 

This means crash bugs obviously but it also means things I call ‘connective tissue’ between systems. This is stuff that is not TECHINCALLY a bug but SHOULD be in the game since it helps link two systems together. This can mean a UI addition, a new VFX or sound to help the player understand something. It can mean a lot of things and none of them are actually hard to do or take much time. The more we do the better off we are. The balance is stopping when it’s feature creep yet still recognizing when things are needed.

While we are avoiding feature creep things have been added. The defining choice for any add to the game at this point is “Does it help make the game experience that is ALREADY IN better?” examples - Does this UI help explain to the player a system we already have? Does this change to the guns make the combat system more versatile for all players? Etc. 

The big things ahead are playthroughs and soak tests to clear out any possible day one grade A bugs. These are those things which would pop up in a typical player playthrough. This is stuff like testing guns, effects, rewards and in game progression. Kinda tedious if the truth be told but it has to be done. 

Simply put….

The amount of time remaining is sufficiently small we are focused on shipping a high quality project. That will do more for us, for our fans purchasing Boss 101 and our future than ‘hitting a date’. Our aim is to hit a high quality bar and ideally the rest will take care of itself.

LOVE YOU!

Ok – today’s inside look at the SUPER BOSS WARP GATE!

This is a little gem from when you are taking on big bad bosses near the end. Here’s the process of taking an existing art asset and re-purposing it for another use. In this case we grabbed a regular warp gate and made it SUPER!

Here’s a regular warp gate in a level – this is the player’s version
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We took that one and added some note about what needed to change to make is deluxe
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Here is the sample of the regular one setup for animation
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And the NEW super boss warp gate getting prepped in Photoshop
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Now here is the super gate prepped for animation
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And finally – just a SAMPLE of the super gate in the game- you can see the massive scale! Don’t worry, you’ll see even more of it in later levels! 

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All right – THANK YOU AGAIN SO MUCH. Please remember to always ….

…. LIVE YOUR DREAMS!

Talk with you soon!

-Tim

Boss 101 Info Roundup
Release Date: 2017
Planned Price: $9.99
Boss 101 Steam Store Page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/380920
Please wishlist us if you would be so kind!