Shadowhand Dev Diary #5: It’s a holdup!

August 2nd, 2016

Becoming an outlaw
In this blog post I’m going to share a little bit about the heroine’s journey from aristocrat to outlaw in our RPG card game, Shadowhand.

Transformation
Lady Cornelia Darkmoor takes on a new identity as the eponymous highway thief, Shadowhand. This enables her to cross the boundaries from polite society – with it’s various rules and expectations – into the darker, lawless world of late 18th century smugglers, vagabonds and thieves.

In over her head
On one of her early missions, Shadowhand holds up a horse-drawn coach leaving a ball. Two wealthy young aristocrats are inside. Shadowhand begins to strip them of their valuables and their coachman attempts to fight back.

His dog may look adorable, but it can also be used as a weapon.

Training
Shadowhand soon realises that she needs more skills to succeed as an outlaw. Throughout the game she takes various opportunities to improve her ability with different weapons. She often trains with people she meets in the daytime, as Lady Cornelia. A lady can do a little shooting or fencing for sport after all…

Payback
Lady Cornelia/Shadowhand hones her abilities and of course gets better gear and an increasingly wide range of attack strategies to choose from as the game progresses. And that’s just as well, because people she quarrelled with earlier could come back for revenge. Our female aristocrat from the coach holdup is a case in point, as she’s scouring the moors on horseback with hounds and a riding whip looking for vengeance.

Or maybe she just wants her jewellery back.

Shadowhand may be able to cross the line from heiress to criminal, but she also has to take the consequences. Fighting for justice is a risky business.

Shadowhand developer vlog #3

July 8th, 2016

A deeper look at strategy this week in Developer Vlog #3 on our unique RPG card game, Shadowhand.

Shadowhand is predominantly about strategic card play. This video shows some of duelling tactics that emerge from the solitaire-style mechanic that we’ve used to create a unique turn-based combat system.

How can we beat highwayman Rich Turnpike, armed with two blunderbusses? Jake talks about the nuances of damage types, strategic use of power-ups, how weapons charge, and how to build a long run to meet chapter goals. How far ahead can the enemies plan and how intelligent are they?

Shadowhand Developer Vlog #2

June 29th, 2016

Another sneak peek at our unique RPG card game, Shadowhand, in Developer Vlog #2.

Shadowhand is predominantly about strategic card play, all of which plays out against an adventure story set in wild and lawless 1770s England. Helen Carmichael looks at the setting for the game, and introduces some of the characters. We get to meet smugglers, highwaymen, a fortune teller and some wealthy gentry. We also learn how Lady Corneliea Darkmoor begins her career as the notorious highwaywoman, Shadowhand, as she sets out after her missing friend and companion, Mariah.