Monday, March 30, 2015

Champions TD is evolving! Trainer VS: Picking your avatar, wins streak!

Want to get the Shiny Starters? Shiny Zorua? Shiny legendary dogs? Shiny Mew? or any other shiny pokemon in the game? Adopt them today using SnD coins! Click here for more info.

Visit the PTD: Pokemon Center - a place to trade pokemon, get your Daily Code, adopt Pokemon, view your items and change your avatar!

Welcome to the Sam and Dan Games Developer Blog!

PTD2 Trainer Pass! Get it today!

A great way to support us while getting amazing rewards!

So let's talk about what you get:
  • Increased chance for Shiny/Shadow pokemon to appear in the wild
  • No ads while you play the game
  • Get a copy of shiny giveaway pokemon automatically every week
  • Faster Breeding - Breed with only one visit instead of 2, essentially breed something everyday!
  • Faster Leveling - Get twice the experience on every battle!
  • Giveaways for pass holders only
You get all of this for only $1.99! One time payment! Get it today!

Champions TD is evolving!
These past few weeks I've been really thinking about what Champions TD is becoming and where it is headed. Game Design is such that it is an evolving living thing. Game change direction all the time. Mostly in secret where only developers see but here at Sam and Dan Games we try to be really open about our process so that you are involved in it.

Also I'm looking at how the game performs in different platforms. We want to release the game for mobile devices and so the performance of the game is important.

In an effort to really focus the game and give more meaning to individual units the game will have some big changes.

  • New Valor System (Unit Upgrade system) - This Valor system will work like the resources in most Tower Defense game. You start off with some amount of Valor each level and you use it to temporarily upgrade units for that level. As you defeat enemies you will earn more Valor that you can use to further level up your units. Very similar to how you would upgrade a "tower" in most tower defense games.
  • Only 5 units can be used on a level - Similar to PTD1 and 2 you will only be able to bring in a certain amount of units to a level. This is to increase the strategy involved in who you bring, make each unit much more important and to make performance much better.
  • Tent will only hold one unit/levels will have more tents - Each tent will only hold one unit and so you will usually have 5 tents each level.
  • You will only have 1 of each class of unit (but can keep the ones you have!) - You will no longer be able to get an infinite amount of Bandits, you will only unlock one unit as you play the levels. For example you can have multiple healers but only one timothy or only one Cave Mystic. In the future I will add different types of healers that you will be able to use. Including some hybrids. After some thought and your feedback I think it will be okay to still have some units be able to be recruited more than once. Thanks for the feedback!
  • Player Activated Moves - Some units will have attacks that will be player activated and aimed. An example is the Yeti's Avalanche move.
  • More Skin Selections when creating your character - Finally got around to adding more skin variations for your character.
Due to all these changes most levels will change. You will be able to keep your units and the items you have collected so far.

Trainer VS: Picking your avatar, win streaks!
For Trainer VS I will be adding the ability to pick from avatars that you have unlocked, I will also add a new win streak mechanic. Win a number of fights before losing 3 times. If you lose 3 times then the win amount resets and you start over. If reach the goal then you will win new TMs for your account.

Weekly Progress

Champs TD - Evolving

  • Valor System (0%)
  • Only 5 Units per level (0%)
  • Tent will only hold 1 unit (0%)
  • Only 1 of each unit/Unlock units by beating levels (0%)
  • Player Activated Moves (0%)
  • New starting levels to unlock units and better tutorial (0%)
  • New Graphics for menus and UI components (50%)
  • More Skin Variations when creating your character (100%)
  • More Hair Colors for the existing styles (100%)
  • Human characters will now have a shirt on when you remove their chest piece (100%)
PTD 2 - Trainer VS Moved to next blog

  • Pick your avatar (0%)
  • See more opponent info (0%) - See their wins and their trainer ID
  • Win Streak Mechanic (0%)
  • Win Streak TM Rewards (0%)
That's what I'm working on this week if you have any questions or comments please please please contact me by email, twitter or in the blog comments. Thanks!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Still getting it done! Champions TD game fixes!

Want to get the Shiny Starters? Shiny Zorua? Shiny legendary dogs? Shiny Mew? or any other shiny pokemon in the game? Adopt them today using SnD coins! Click here for more info.

Visit the PTD: Pokemon Center - a place to trade pokemon, get your Daily Code, adopt Pokemon, view your items and change your avatar!

Welcome to the Sam and Dan Games Developer Blog!

PTD2 Trainer Pass! Get it today!

A great way to support us while getting amazing rewards!

So let's talk about what you get:
  • Increased chance for Shiny/Shadow pokemon to appear in the wild
  • No ads while you play the game
  • Get a copy of shiny giveaway pokemon automatically every week
  • Faster Breeding - Breed with only one visit instead of 2, essentially breed something everyday!
  • Faster Leveling - Get twice the experience on every battle!
  • Giveaways for pass holders only
You get all of this for only $1.99! One time payment! Get it today!

Auction House and Champions Item Variety

Game Fixes
Thanks to some great fans (who am I kidding you are all great!) we've managed to find some pesky bugs that I want to fix plus some changes to some abilities for units.

Drag Flag Colors - Right now you always see a blue flag when you drag a tent flag. I'm making it so it will show the proper color and remove the massive confusion this causes.

Summoned Units Not Taking Level Lives - The Lacky that the Bandit Boss summons is very weak and so he dies pretty quickly. This change makes it so you won't lose a level life when a summoned minnion like the lacky dies.

Changing attacks to be more viable for player - When I design enemies I make sure their attacks are appropriately strong but slow enough to give you time to dodge the attack. Once you recruit an enemy their attack becomes part of your arsenal, and while very strong they are too slow for actual play and so I will make these slow attacks be faster but only when you play the unit, the enemies themselves will still have their version.

There are other changes that will happen but these are the ones that I'm focused on this week along with the Auction House and Item Variety.

Weekly Progress

Champions TD - Item Variety and Auction House  Released!


Same item but different stats under the new item variety system
  • Game Fixes (100%)
    • Drag Flag Colors (100%)
    • Summoned Units Not Taking Level Lives (100%)
    • Changing Attacks to be more viable for player minions (100%)
  • Item Variety (100%)
    • Creating Item Level System (100%)
      • Prefixes (100%)
    • Dealing with current gear (100%)
    • Apply to Auction House (100%)
    • Made Selling prices consistent based on item rating (100%)
    • Item comparison screen will now compare the item's rating to each other (100%)
  • Auction House (100%)
    • Add Check Sum for sending and receiving (100%)
    • Money Text Stuff (100%)
    • Others (100%)
    • Transferring Items/Currency over to Auction Box and back to account (100%)
      • Creating Auctions from Game (100%)
      • Sending Money from Game (100%)
      • Receive Items and Money from Auction House Storage (100%)
That's what we have for this week, as always, let me know what you think!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New Multiplayer Feature for PTD2, Trainer VS! Champion Items Variety and Auction House Opening!

Want to get the Shiny Starters? Shiny Zorua? Shiny legendary dogs? Shiny Mew? or any other shiny pokemon in the game? Adopt them today using SnD coins! Click here for more info.

Visit the PTD: Pokemon Center - a place to trade pokemon, get your Daily Code, adopt Pokemon, view your items and change your avatar!

Welcome to the Sam and Dan Games Developer Blog!

PTD2 Trainer Pass! Get it today!

A great way to support us while getting amazing rewards!

So let's talk about what you get:
  • Increased chance for Shiny/Shadow pokemon to appear in the wild
  • No ads while you play the game
  • Get a copy of shiny giveaway pokemon automatically every week
  • Faster Breeding - Breed with only one visit instead of 2, essentially breed something everyday!
  • Faster Leveling - Get twice the experience on every battle!
  • Giveaways for pass holders only
You get all of this for only $1.99! One time payment! Get it today!

Trainer VS!
A much requested feature will make an appearance in Pokemon Tower Defense 2. You will be able to battle other trainers in 1v1 battles! Here is how it works:

Battle other Trainers
  • In the Story Mode in the game pick 3 pokemon in the order that you want them to come out with the attacks that you want them to have.
  • Pick from available command styles (This will determine what pattern of attacks your pokemon will use when battling other trainers. The default and only one available when I realease will be to do the first attack once then switch to the second attack. More will be added in the future. Fun fact: This is the behavior of a lot of the enemies you fight in the game.)
  • Pick Ability for that Pokemon.
  • After you do that go to your Pokepad and press Trainer VS press the battle button and you will be paired up with another trainer to battle!
Once you get into a battle you won't get to switch out your pokemon or change attacks. You will have to rely on the order that you place them in and the attacks, abilities and command style you picked in order to win the battle.

Eventually there will be different things like different ranks and different avatars you can win for this mode! So look forward to that!

Champions Item Variety
A much needed feature will be added to Champions TD. Item Variety! What does it mean you ask? Well it means that the same item can now have different stats. For example you can get a Sword of the Bear that has stamina and strength or you can get the same Sword but it will be called Sword of the Wolf and instead of stamina it will just have strength but more of it. This will add more variety and more reasons to possibly replay levels to get the loot just the way you want it. If the loot isn't right then you can put it up for Auction or search for the item in the Auction House that has the stats you want.

Auction House Opening!
Speaking of the Auction House, after a looooonggg lonnnggg looonnggg time the Auction House is almost ready to be opened! I look forward to it so I hope you guys do to!

Lots to do this week so keep checking out my progress and cheer me on Twitter!

Weekly Progress

Pokemon Tower Defense 2 - Trainer VS Released!
After setting up your team in PokeStorage go to Trainer VS

You can see your total wins! This is my team at the moment, still need to work on it...
  • Saving Trainer's Setup (100%)
  • Saving Trainer's Winning Stats (100%)
  • Showing your wins (100%)
  • Screen for selecting and saving your team (100%)
  • Battle Set up (100%)
    • Loading Trainer's Pokemon and putting them in battle (100%)
    • Removing options for selecting pokemon or their attacks (100%)
    • Putting your pokemon in battle (100%)
    • Recording your result (100%)
Champions TD - Item Variety and Auction House Moved to Next Week
That's what we have for this week, as always, let me know what you think!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Gym Challenge Heats Up! VS Blaine enter the battle! Auction House progress!

Want to get the Shiny Starters? Shiny Zorua? Shiny legendary dogs? Shiny Mew? or any other shiny pokemon in the game? Adopt them today using SnD coins! Click here for more info.

Visit the PTD: Pokemon Center - a place to trade pokemon, get your Daily Code, adopt Pokemon, view your items and change your avatar!

Welcome to the Sam and Dan Games Developer Blog!

PTD2 Trainer Pass! Get it today!

A great way to support us while getting amazing rewards!

So let's talk about what you get:
  • Increased chance for Shiny/Shadow pokemon to appear in the wild
  • No ads while you play the game
  • Get a copy of shiny giveaway pokemon automatically every week
  • Faster Breeding - Breed with only one visit instead of 2, essentially breed something everyday!
  • Faster Leveling - Get twice the experience on every battle!
  • Giveaways for pass holders only
You get all of this for only $1.99! One time payment! Get it today!

Gym Challenge Heats up! VS Blaine enters the battle!
Late last week I got some great ideas for how I would do the Blaine battle for the Gym Challenge. I've been watching a lot of World of Warcraft on Twitch (while I work), especially guilds trying to beat Mythic Blackrock Foundry (the latest raid dungeon in World of Warcraft). So I think this battle is very influenced by different MMO bosses that I've seen lately. I hope you guys will enjoy! I'll try to make it pretty challenging without making it feel unfair. That is the ultimate goal for game development. I've also added a new poll so that you can vote on what reward you will want for the gym.
Blaine - Cinnabar Gym Leader

Auction House Progress
The Auction House is still in progress, it is slow and steady but things are coming together, I didn't think it would be fair for you guys that I spent another whole week just on it so I'm also doing the gym challenge for PTD2. I'm very excited for the auction house, it won't be super pretty at first but it will be functional.
Work in progress

Weekly Progress

Pokemon Tower Defense 2 - VS Blaine Released!
  • Background Graphic (100%)
  • Level Layout (100%)
  • Blaine Graphic (100%)
  • Level Menu Setup (100%)
  • Oak's Helpful dialog (100%)
  • New Boss Attacks (100%)
    • Molten Rock Throw (100%) - User focuses on a target for a while then throws a Molten Rock at their last location. The rock hits and creates a lava puddle around the location. The less damage the user has the more molten rocks it will throw at more targets.
  • Level Waves (100%)
  • Mega Evolutions Pokemon (100%) 
    • Graphics (100%)
    • Stats (100%)
    • New Item (100%)
    • Server Code (100%)
  • Made Legendary Dogs less likely (but still pretty available) to show up once you beat the game (100%)
Champions TD Auction House Moved to Next Week
  • Log In (100%)
  • Creating/Changing your Auction House Nickname (100%) - This shows up in your auctions and bids.
  • Pagination for certain pages (100%)
  • Creating an Auction (100%)
  • Ending Auctions (100%) - this happens as needed
    • Sending notifications (100%)
    • Sending Items (100%)
    • Sending Money (100%)
  • Bidding/Buying on Auction (100%)
    • Buyout (100%)
    • Bidding (100%)
    • Return Money to person that was outbid (100%)
    • Send Notification to person who had bid on item (100%)
    • Return Money to person that was outbid when somebody else buys out the auction (100%)
    • Send notification of a successful auction to auction owner (100%)
    • Send money to auction owner after buyout (100%)
    • Don't Allow bidding or buyout on your own auctions (100%)
    • Don't Allow bidding if you are the highest bidder (100%)
  • Removing an Auction (100%)
    • Most things (100%)
    • Sending a notification to person that was bidding (100%)
    • Returning money to whoever bid (100%)
  • Auction Notifications System (100%) - You will get messages on the outcome of your bids and auctions in the Auction House Website.
    • See all notifications page (100%)
    • Removing Old Notifications (100%)
    • Delete All (100%)
    • Other Stuff (100%)
  • Sell Storage Items (100%)
  • Searching for an Auction (100%) - more searching options will be added in the near future.
  • Game Change (100%) - Trogg Leather will now be called Cave Leather.
Have any questions, idea, feedback? Let me know in the comments below or on twitter! Thanks!