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Ogre storms towards its release, revealing more about Dark Future, and a secret

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Since we last spoke, we’ve had a bit of a whirlwind of interest in our Ogre project with Steve Jackson Games. The Ogre community has been wonderfully supportive of the game ahead of its launch on Steam, and the reaction from the game at Gen Con 2017 was also overwhelming.

We’ve generated a bunch of press too, here’s a small sample of the outlets that have covered us so far;

As an independent developer, we’re always very grateful for the coverage we receive from the press, and we’re equally thrilled when we see streamers and YouTubers playing our games too, such as this first play of the preview version of the game from Nitebytes.

Our friends at Unity also seem to like what they see, as they championed the game on the front page of their Made with Unity site, which was a huge honour.

Ogre is out on October 5th, so there’s not long left until it launches on Steam, and we can’t wait to see the reaction from fans.

On other projects, things are equally exciting. Above you see perhaps the earliest piece of marketing material we’ve ever made! It’s a photo from one of our designers of a rough physical prototype he’s been working on of an unannounced digital title we’re working on. We won’t be announcing this one for a while yet, but we’d love to hear theories on what people think it might be...

Plus the Producer of Dark Future: Blood Red States took part in an impromptu AMA on Reddit recently. There’s all sorts of questions in there about how we create video games based on tabletop IPs, so take a look if you’ve ever wondered about how we work.

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Ogre is coming soon to Steam, from Auroch Digital and Steve Jackson Games

We’ve been busy at work on our latest video game and its launch is almost here!

Ogre comes to Steam on October 5th, brought to you by Auroch and the legendary team at Steve Jackson Games. It’s a faithful digital adaptation of the award-winning Ogre tabletop game, which has captivated wargamers since the first edition back in 1977.

For more information about the game, and to add it to your Wishlist, head over to the Ogre Steam Store Page.

You can also watch the first trailer below;

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Auroch nominated for "best place to work in tech" at The SPARKies Awards 2017

We’re thrilled to announce that we were nominated at the 2017 SPARKies Awards, in the category of “best place to work in tech”.

The SPARKies Awards brings together 300 of the South West’s brightest and boldest from the tech and digital community, for a night of championing the success stories from the region. Nominations are public, with just 15 awards up for grabs, of which our studio was nominated for the “best place to work in tech” category.

This award highlights the companies that have made their company culture a beacon for others to follow, so we were obviously over-the-moon to make the shortlist.

On the night we were pipped to the post for the top spot by Edo - a huge congratulations to our fellow Bristolians! - but just to be nominated for the awards is a huge honour, so a massive thank you to those who nominated us.

If being part of a studio recognised for its work environment sounds good to you, why not take a peek at our vacancies?

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Elections of US America Election: The Card Game now available on Amazon

As many of you will remember, our collaboration with satirical political site Wonkette - Elections of US America Election: The Card Game - was a successful Kickstarter we ran in 2016, as well as our first major foray into crowdfunding and producing physical games.

Today we have a very exciting bit of news to share: the game is now available to purchase on Amazon!

We have a brand new store page on the online retailer's site, which was created in response to a number of our community who asked us to provide them this route to purchase the game.

And who are we to argue?

So if you're interested in getting hold of a copy of the game yourself, there's never been a simpler way of doing so. Head on over to our Amazon page to grab a copy, just in time for what we've got planned for the game in the coming months...

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Auroch Digital presents Jack the Ripper: Shadow Over Whitechapel at the London Book Fair 2017

Our studio is pleased to announce it will be showing an in-progress version of its interactive documentary and virtual reality title Jack the Ripper: Shadow Over Whitechapel at London Book Fair 2017.

Click for more info

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Elections... covered in the Observer and Guardian!

"With the campaign over and the game suddenly looking a lot less silly, we're very pleased that it is still being covered, reviewed and played around the world."

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We talk about the future of gaming on a new podcast

Producer Peter Willington appears on Pete CB's Futures and Skills Podcast, talking about the future of gaming!

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Rock Paper Shotgun talks to us (and loads of other great developers) about recent Steam user review changes

Steam's recent change to its policies regarding user reviews has been a hot button topic as of late.

We spoke with Rock Paper Shotgun – along with a whole host of other fantastic studios - about how the changes have affected some of our games on Steam, which you can read all about here.

A huge thanks to Adam Smith for putting together such a well-rounded collection of opinions on the subject, it was fascinating to read how other developers have responded to these changes.

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Auroch Digital's Peter Willington featured in Develop Magazine!

Auroch Digital's very own dynamo, Peter Willington, has this month been featured in Develop Magazine's August Edition!

Discussing the role of Producer within the games industry, Peter offers his extensive knowledge on what it takes to keep everyone working at their very best.

For his feature, click here.

Ever modest, Peter's expertise continues to help Auroch Digital grow and operate as efficiently as possible. 

Ever modest, Peter's expertise continues to help Auroch Digital grow and operate as efficiently as possible. 

You can also read the whole August edition here

For more from the man himself, you can find him on Twitter - @xeroxeroxero

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We're adapting classic boardgame 'Ogre' in collaboration with Steve Jackson Games!

Ogre, the classic game of future tank warfare, will come to PC via Steam next year in a hex/turn-based digital adaptation! We're incredibly excited and proud to be working with Steve Jackson Games. 

Originally announced on Kickstarter, the project raised nearly a million dollars for its giant Designer’s Edition, and one of the stretch-goal promises was “We will do a computer game.” We are thrilled to announce that Auroch Digital will be creating this adaptation, as massive fans of the original game.

 Work on the project will begin immediately, and the game should be released in late 2017.

ABOUT THE PUBLISHERS
Auroch Digital Ltd. is the acclaimed and multiple award-nominated Bristol-based indie games studio, founded by veteran game designer Dr. Tomas Rawlings.

Steve Jackson Games publishes OgreMunchkinZombie DiceChez Geek, and a lot of other board and card games. Its big upcoming project is Car Wars on Kickstarter.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Auroch Digital: Follow on Twitter & Facebook or see Presskit.

Steve Jackson Games: www.sjgames.com/ogre. Rhea Friesen, rhea@sjgames.com.

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Come and Play with Auroch Digital!

We'll be playing Chainsaw Warrior and Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night, trying to beat the highest scores and best times, as well as hardcore runs with no weapons and other such silliness. These will be happening on Friday afternoons, 16:00 GMT / 08:00 PDT / 11.00 EDT / 17:00 CEST.

Our latest title, Last Days of Old Earth, has a Multiplayer mode which our Community Manager, Jake, will be playing at the scheduled times below;

Thurs 30th June - 17:30 GMT / 09:30 PDT / 12:30 EDT / 18:30 CEST

Mon 4th July - 17:00 GMT / 09:00 PDT / 12:00 EDT / 18:00 CEST

Tues 12th July - 17:30 GMT / 09:30 PDT / 12:30 EDT / 18:30 CEST

If you would like to organise a game in advance, or you are not available at these times but would still like to play the game, drop me an email and we can look at when is best for you and us :)

Our reason for doing this is we want to open up a more collaborative and involved feedback process, so if users love our games, or have things they'd like improved, they can get involved and let us know. We will be active on the Steam forums for each game, or you can drop Jake an email with any feedback.

All 3 games are included in Steam's Summer Sale. Last Days of Old Earth has been discounted by 20%, while both Chainsaw Warrior and Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night are 50% off individually. If you're yet to pick up either CW game, both are included in the Total Darkness Edition, which is also 50% off.

So get involved! We'd love to hear from you, play games and have some fun! :)

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Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night Images

Last Days of Old Earth Images

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Last Days of Old Earth exits Early Access, 1.0 now available!

After a truly fascinating journey, four massive content updates, and plenty of feedback from our fantastic community, we're pleased to announce that Last Days of Old Earth has exited Early Access!

Version 1.0 is available for all those that supported us through Early Access as a free update, with plenty of improvements and balance changes for veteran players.

New players are now able to join the battle underneath a dying sun with all features of the game available instantly.

This includes the core game we launched with, the Deck Builder, all the content from Stealth and Air, plus the recently added Campaign too.

If you've yet to check the game out for yourself, visit the game's page on the Steam Store now to see what you've been missing out on.

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Auroch Digital set to speak at Develop 2016

Exciting news! We've been invited to speak at one of the foremost games industry events in the world: Develop 2016 in Brighton!

Tomas Rawlings, our Design & Production Director, is giving a talk titled "Second Generation Crowdfunding: How to Make Crowdfunding & Kickstarter Work for You" on the 12th July at 3pm.

He'll be going into depth on how Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms are maturing, why high profile IPs and developers with large communities are finding success, and what smaller indie studios can do to get the traction they need.

We're honoured and thrilled to be included among the prestigious list of speakers, which includes gaming legends like Kojima Productions and Square Enix, indie darlings Roll 7 and Revolution Software, and inspirational thought leaders Rhianna Pratchett and Shahid Ahmad, to name but a few!

If you're also headed to Develop 2016, which takes place on the 12th-14th of July, and would like to meet up with us, feel free to get in touch!

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Campaign Mode comes to Last Days of Old Earth in major new content update

What is the history of the Skywatchers? Why has the rest of humanity disappeared? Who are the Automata and why are they out to exterminate you? Are these truly the final moments of life on our planet?

Explore LDoOE's narrative universe and lead one of the last remaining human tribes through cold and hostile lands, as Last Days of Old Earth receives its massive Campaign Mode update.

Available right now, for free, as part of our journey through Early Access, Campaign Mode comes with a full suite of single player levels for the Skywatchers, as well as selectable levels of difficulty with which to test your strategic abilities.

This addition is the last of four major Early Access content updates, following on from the addition of Air-based gameplay, Stealth mechanics, a comprehensive Deck Builder, and the new Units, Heroes, and Facilities that have come with them.

Head on over to our Steam Store Page now for more details and to purchase.

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Chainsaw Warrior and its sequel joins massive Games Workshop sale on Apple's App Store

Surprise! It's the Games Workshop Digital Assault!

All Games Workshop titles for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are receiving a whopping 50% discount between the 12th and 19th of May. The sale coincides with Warhammer Fest 2016, a huge celebration of everything Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000.

The eponymous Chainsaw Warrior is joining in on the sales action, so if you're yet to pick up either Chainsaw Warrior or Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night, head on over to the App Store now and get yourself a bargain.

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Last Days of Old Earth takes flight with new Air Update

After our huge Deck Builder Update that brought custom decks to Last Days of Old Earth, and hot on the heels of the introduction of facilities and subterfuge with the Stealth Update, comes the opportunity to dominate the skies, in the form of the Air Update.

The Air Update adds three new gameplay mechanics;

Air Recon - send out your aircraft to scout ahead of your position and investigate unexplored areas of the map, quickly revealing your opponent's plans.
Airstrike - Strike at the heart of your opponent's forces from the air, softening up their armies and minimising the risk to your own Units.
Anti-Air - With the war now raging in the skies, you'll need this ability to fortify your defences and keep enemy aircraft at bay.

As well as four new Aircraft Units and two new Facilities;

Skywatchers
Huracan Aircrawler – Multi-purpose aircraft, equally useful for long range reconnaissance and Airstrikes.
Oryon Airship – Though its range is short, this bomber hits hard against enemy combatants.
Gunnery Platform – allows Skywatcher Infantry Units within the structure containing it the ability to perform Anti-Air against any aircraft foolish enough to get close to it.

Automata
Azor – Long range but light aircraft, perfect for spying on the activities of your opponent.
Neptuno – This attack craft is durable, impactful, and extremely deadly.
Pulse Shielding – adds to the Defence of Automata Units within the structure it resides, both during Airstrikes and normal combat.

With the addition of new cards you'll want to check them out as soon as possible, so the pre-made decks included with Last Days of Old Earth have been updated to include an assortment of these new Aircraft and Facilities. Alternatively you can also jump into the Deck Builder and start adding them to your own custom decks straight away.

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Stealth and Facilities Update

Huge news! Last Days of Old Earth takes its tactical depth to a whole new level with the Stealth and Facilities update. Within this update, we introduce new Heroes and units for both factions with the devastating new abilities, Stealth and Saboteur. With these, as well as powerful new Facility cards which will allow greater movement, Action Points and Supply and more, players will now truly have the ability to stamp a play-style on the frozen wastelands of Earth. 

Whether you wish to go all-out with Heavy units, overwhelm your opponents with waves of light infantry, or utilise the sabotaging ways of the new cards included in this update, there are now countless possibilities to discover!

Unit additions and changes

Skywatchers

New Heroes: Elena Rime-Treader, Brother Okubo, John Shiroma.

New Unit: Amarok Marksmen

Facilities: War Council, Absolution Font, Caravansary, Chullpa Beacon

Note: Tracker skill added to Wyrmbane Huskies and Spear Sister Trackers.

Automata

New Heroes: Nerrivik, Tele-MAT, Heironer

New Unit: Cazadore Drones

Facilities: Deep Core Generator, Quantum Processing, Sentient Network, Ourobos Recycler

Note: Tracker skill added to Mattocks and Brumby.

Stealth and Facility Abilities

Stealth - Heroes and Units with Stealth can slip past enemies undetected, revealing themselves to opponents just before they deliver a fatal blow.

Detection - All Heroes and Units have the capacity to Detect hidden Heroes and Units, though this chance is likely very small unless augmented by an Ability like Tracker.

Assassination - A card with the Assassination skill allows that Hero or Unit to kill enemy Heroes outside of battle, after having snuck up on them using Stealth. This dramatically weakens the opponent Army that Hero was leading.

Sabotage - There are two forms of Sabotage. Supply Disruption - Sabotaging an HQ, Outpost, or Collector using Supply Disruption will remove the Supply that Building provides, placing any Armies within at a very distinct disadvantage. Facility Destruction - Destroys the Facility at that Building, thwarting an opponent's best laid plans.

Pinpoint Targeting - Enemy units adjacent to a unit with this Ability have diminished Defence.

Repurposer - Bring back cards from the Discard Pile and add them to your hand.

Movement Bonus - Armies within supply range of the Structure are granted a movement bonus.

Extend Supply - Extends supply range of the Structure.

Increase Hand Size - Increase maximum hand size.

AP Boost - Generates +2 additional AP per turn.

Energy Stabilizer - Provides an additional +1 Energy per turn.

Enhanced Processing - When deploying from the structure an Army's movement cost is reduced.

Material Recovery - Refunds Material from the cost of playing a card.

Security AI - Buffs the Detection of this Structure's Garrison.

Tracker - Increases Detection rating of an Army.

This is the second of four major updates planned over the Early Access period. The Deck Builder was met with lots of great feedback and this update will not only make for more exciting decks, it will also hugely increase the strategy involved in overcoming your opponent.

The next Early Access update will be the introduction of Aircraft, which will allow players to rule the skies as well as the wastelands. If you haven't picked up the game yet, head on over to the Steam Store page, and keep your eyes peeled on the Community Hub for news, updates and discussion!

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Deck Builder Launches!

Today is an exciting day in the development of Last Days of Old Earth. The first of our four major updates over the Early Access period, the Deck Builder, launches today! The Deck Builder allows you to have full control over the Units and Heroes that will make up your deck for use in Single Player Skirmish mode, as well as Multiplayer, which further opens up the tactical possibilities that the game has to offer.

In addition, we’ve added a new card, per faction, as part of the update. Check out the Clanship and VN Walker cards and let us know what you think!

Alongside the exciting new update, this version also contains numerous bug fixes and tweaks;

  • Deck Builder added
  • Custom deck selection for Skirmish & Multiplayer game modes

  • New 'Sudden Death' game mode, triggering a new Victory Condition based on territory under Supply

  • Two new cards! Clanship for Skywatchers and VN Walker for Automata!

  • Option to Tab through units that have not exhausted their movement

  • Fixes for various Card UI issues

  • Sprite changes for abilities

  • Fixes for issues around hero-only army engagement

  • Hang on engage overlay after engaging AI owned hero-only army (single player)

  • Various changes for Multiplayer Lobby UI

  • Movement AP cost display on tile displayed now removed after paying cost

  • No longer possible to start an empty skirmish by cancelling custom deck select for the first opponent

 

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Last Days of Old Earth now out on Steam Early Access!

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Last Days of Old Earth now out on Steam Early Access!

We're incredibly proud to announce that our latest project, Last Days of Old Earth, is now available on Steam's Early Access program.

Last Days of Old Earth is a tactical, hex-based strategy game set on the freezing remains of our planet, as humanity fights for survival against the mysterious, mechanical Automata, as well as nature itself.

Published by Slitherine, the game focuses on exploration and combat, as well as resource management to ensure players have the means to hold their own in the face of overwhelming adversity.

The plan over the Early Access period is to introduce new gameplay systems such as Stealth, Facilities and Aircraft, plus a full Deck Builder and Campaign Mode. All of this will be introduced over the coming months and will be free of charge for those that have already purchased the game.

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Endgame: Syria Featured on Top 50 List

Back in 2012, Auroch Digital's newsgame initiative, GameTheNews, released Endgame: Syria, a news game commenting on the civil war in Syria and almost four years later, it's still making waves! Earlier this month it was listed in The Guardian's 'Fifty Apps that are Reinventing Mobile Gaming'. 

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It is an honour to be listed amongst such other amazing games and projects, and to be credited for making a difference in the gaming world.  

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