v0.1.6 – The Laserdome

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What’s up! Dropping a quick update for our beta testers today with a new map theme called the Laserdome! No video for now (they’re a bit time consuming to produce, so I’m waiting until I have more to show).

Each of the map themes has a gameplay flavor to it, and this one adds a whole new tile called a Toggle Space. If you were an Outwitters fan, you might know these as Capture Spaces – it’s the same mechanic with a very different movement system! Simply run (or swat, or dash) a minion across the space to claim it.

If your team still owns the toggler at the start of your turn, the map’s laser turret with automatically fire on a random enemy! It deals a reasonable two damage for a modest advantage that’s super satisfying.

I’m jumping straight into the next map now, which will feature more Toggle Spaces that control a different map advantage.

Other changes this update:

  • Lolli now needs 3VP to use his Captain’s Gambit.
  • Units like the Sniper can now shoot through allied units, just like their own.
  • Added legs to the Captains’ victory/defeat portraits
  • Added more rollover tips for special spaces, and changed the way hex snapping/hovering works.
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v0.1.5 – Enter The Punk

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An exciting update to the Hex Gambit: Respawned Demo and Beta today: the eighth and final minion class is here! The Punk is a combat unit that punches well above his weight.

  • His Roll ability lets hims cut through lines of minions, dealing damage to any enemies you can line up, and providing a little extra mobility.
  • Split Strike is the main reason I wanted to squeeze him in before calling the minion roster done. It deals damage equal to half your target’s HP, rounded up. So the bigger they are, the harder it hits!

Other fixes and changes in 0.1.5:

  • Redistributed the minion loadouts for extra variety.
  • Smarter AI is now smarter. Changed the way activate/deactivating minions works under the hood.
  • Overhauled camera system to behave itself.
  • Fixed floating minions on the Battle Hall maps.
  • Grim Drake’s Gambit will no longer target spawning minions.
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New Gameplay Trailer!

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The captains and map updates gave me a lot of pretty new content to showcase, so I thought it was time for another trailer! Wishlist Hex Gambit: Respawned on Steam today.

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V0.1.4 – New Maps & Springboard Barrier

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Just added to the beta: 9 total maps (three 2 player, three 3 player, and 3 four player with 2v2 versions of each!), plus a new tile type to enjoy: springboard barriers. Use them for cover, then hop right over when you’re ready to fight.

Here’s a breakdown of the new map themes:

  • Battle Hall: The vanilla version of Hex Gambit. Lots of open spaces around the pillars for tapping.
  • Courtyard: Crowdsurfing chaos with springboards galore.
  • Forest Ruins: Close quarters maps for the battle-inclined.

Other fixes and changes in 0.1.4:

  • Swapped the Cancel and Accept buttons for controllers!
  • Swapped Violet for Abbacus in the demo (because the cursor starts on him, but he was locked, which was awkward, and it was easier to just switch them than to make the cursors start in different positions for the demo and the main game)
  • Demo’s 4 player/2v2 map is completely new. Its other maps have springboards added.
  • Adjusted Lolli’s AI to be less picky about using his Captain’s Gambit.
  • Bjorgolf’s AI is now more picky about using his Captain’s Gambit .
  • Brute’s AI now takes Inspire into consideration when using Wrecker.
  • Fixed a bug with being able to crowdsurf the ghosts of dead frozen characters.
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v0.1.3 – Captains’ Gambits

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What’s new with the Hex Gambit: Respawned beta this month? 5 new captains to play with, and all 10 Captain’s Gambit powers are working! Your Captain’s Gambit will be familiar for those of you that played the original HG: it’s a power you can use when you’re losing to help you catch up.

Those of you enjoying the demo (see the link above) can also update to try the Gambits for the demo captains.

Here’s a rundown of those powers:

  • Abbacus: Hard Reset – Replace a minion with a fresh copy.
  • Bjorgolf: Cold Make Stop – Freeze an opponent for a turn.
  • Dr. Superior: Alter Fate Itself – Summon 3AP from the celestial void of cheating.
  • Grim Drake: No Mercy – Readies all cooldowns and lets moved units go again.
  • Hexpert: Glitch – Add 3 to any unit’s health, even above their usual max.
  • Lolli: No Backsies – Swap a minion with your enemy.
  • Molera: Immolation – Destroy your own minion and gain 2VP.
  • Penny Miser: Take a Penny – 1 damage to all enemies.
  • Salvador: Protect – Make an ally invincible for a turn.
  • Violet: Smackdown – Reduces any minion to 1HP.

Here’s what else is new:

  • Option of choosing No Captain with random loadout.
  • Pacifist’s Pacify now costs 0.
  • Fixed a bug with dying minions being crowdsurfable
  • Fixed some bugs with AI targeting/move use
  • Fixed a bug to let you undo a Player KO (when you kill all their minions and cover the spawn).
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Hex Gambit: Respawned’s First Stream Ever

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Did you miss my Steam Game Festival stream of Hex Gambit: Respawned yesterday? Had something better to do at 3pm on a weekday? Don’t sweat it, now you can watch the rerun at your leisure.

Don’t forget to grab the demo while it’s up and play it for yourself! And if you haven’t already added HGR to your Steam wishlist, there’s no time like the present! That would really help me out.

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Grab the Hex Gambit: Respawned Demo Today!

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Not in on the Hex Gambit: Respawned beta? Then don’t miss your chance to grab the free multiplayer demo today! It’s part of the Steam Game Festival, where you can grab demos for tons of other upcoming games, too.

You might even find someone on our discord channel to Remote Play a live match with.

Developer livestreams and chats are another part of the festival, and I’ll be streaming HGR tomorrow (June 17th) at 3pm Central on our Twitch channel. Drop by and ask me anything!

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Steam Remote Play

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For anyone that has Hex Gambit: Respawned beta access: I just tested Remote Play and it works great for live online matches!

If you and a Steam friend both have HGR launched, right click them in your friends list and invite them to Remote Play.

You’ll all share the mouse and keyboard for your turns. The first controller that’s connected is still considered P1 by the game no matter which computer has it (that’s just how HGR does controllers). Additional controllers that any of you connect are P2, P3, P4, and those don’t share control with anyone. That’s important for the controller assignments on the setup screen.

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Sticky Post of Progress

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You can try a demo and wishlist Hex Gambit: Respawned on Steam today! That would really help me out, as more wishlists increases the game’s visibility on the store.

If you’d like an invite to the Hex Gambit: Respawned PC beta, I’ve got a few spots left! Send an email to contact at onemanleft.com with Hex Gambit Beta Request in the subject to apply.

Currently working on: New maps! Maybe with new tile types?

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Beta Version 0.1.2

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I just got a new computer for the first time in 10 years, and noticed some issues when the game is running at super high framerates. Here’s a patch for our beta testers!

Fixed:

  • AI minions occasionally tried to attack targets that were already dying.
  • Motivator could intimidate spawning units.
  • Camera controls work better on faster computers.
  • Main menu hex background would spin really fast on fast computers.
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