Getting to the Good Stuff


Hex Gambit: Respawned (wishlist it please!) started its life as the local multiplayer resurrection of the original Hex Gambit. Then it got some AI to play against, and a full-on single player campaign, and a porting deal for every major console… It’s already so much more than what I had originally set out to do. And if all that wasn’t enough, here comes online multiplayer with cross-platform play!

This week began the first discussions of what the actual scope of HGR’s online play will look like, and I am EXCITED! This part of the game will be a collaboration between myself and HGR’s publisher, Blowfish Studios.

Nothing is set in stone yet, but here’s a list of some things that seem likely to make it in:

  • Unlockable characters and maps can be earned in either single or multiplayer, so play however you want!
  • Quick Matches with reasonable turn timers to keep things moving.
  • Live in-game tournaments! Details later.
  • Cross-platform friendly matches, just enter your room code. This will pair well with our discord.

It’s looking like all this cool stuff will push the game’s release into 2022, but we’ll be working our butts off to make it worth the wait! Check back for details as things come together.

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No news on the Hex Gambit front so far. Porting is a long process, and there are some online features being explored on top of that. Still, I’ll try to keep the blog updated monthly so you know I’m not dead.

That ‘Goldeneye’ multiplayer prototype is still being picked at. Every time I think I’m done with it, I bring it to a family function and the kids get a kick out of it. So I’ll add a few weapons or whatever before shelving it again. It’s got a few super abilities to choose from like a Jetpack, and I added a flame thrower and a grenade launcher. I’ve also mashed up all the Tilt to Live music for a placeholder soundtrack, which is just the best. Would be fun on the Switch.

I’ve also put a bunch of time into a “Hex Bones” project. This is like a bare bones framework for everything that Hex Gambit does, plus some stuff I wish it did (like handle pits). It’s a groundwork for prototyping more hexy games. I could make Hex Gambit 2 with it, I could make Outwitters (probably not), or any of the other ideas I have floating around that work with characters on a board.

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Steam Next Fest Stream


The Hex Gambit: Respawned Demo is available right now as part of the Steam Next Festival! If you missed my stream last night, you can catch the rerun anytime on YouTube. And if you’re very quick, you might even snag one of the 3 keys for an early copy of the game that I’ve hidden throughout the video.

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Coming Soon to Everything


We’ve all been waiting patiently for the full list of platforms that Hex Gambit: Respawned is headed to, and my publisher Blowfish Studios has finally pulled back the curtain!

Grab the Steam Demo here!
Upcoming Streaming event, this Sunday

This is the most platform logos that a One Man Left game has ever had to squish onto a marketing piece. Kickstarter backers will be thrilled to hear that the promise of a Hex Gambit game on Switch, years in the making, is finally happening (and then some).

I’m also excited about this mysterious little blurb on the Steam store page:

To be clear I didn’t put that there, and I don’t exactly know what it means, but I have heard that it’s a thing being worked on. Pretty neat.

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Beta Updates


These are some changelogs for internal Hex Gambit: Respawned builds. Just dumping them here because it’s where I tend to look.


  • Fixed a bug where the Captain’s Gambit Ready animation was playing when Gambits were set to Stock and opponents had a handicap (only supposed to play if set to Comeback)
  • Fixed a bug where Captain’s Gambits were setting two Undo snapshots instead of one, so you had to undo them twice to undo the previous action.


  • Adjusted menus to work better with localized text.
  • Improved 4:3 aspect ratio support.


  • Added internal ‘hide UI’ mode for footage capture. Only works in Cheater builds.


  • Hiding language options for the time being.
  • Slowed down loading screen for the demo by 0.8 seconds so you can read.


  • Demo: Added wishlist nag to the level select
  • Fixed icon on Steam- was the Unreal icon
  • Demo: Added full game nags to the multiplayer setup screens
  • Demo: Updated style of Custom Rules nag
  • Custom Rules: changed Captain’s Gambit options’ display text, changed default to Stock to match Campaign.
  • Demo: Added “only in full game” to Captain Select for locked captains
  • Added Enter as a more widely-supported Confirm input

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Epic News


One Man Left is proud to announce that Hex Gambit: Respawned was awarded an Epic MegaGrant!

You might remember that for the first eight years or so of my career I was an indie game artist and a game designer, but not a programmer. When my programmer, Alex, had to bow out in 2019, I was desperate for a way to keep making games. I asked whether he thought it was possible to ship an entire game with Unreal’s Blueprint Visual Scripting. He said yeah, pretty much, and that was good enough for me.

So I spent an entire year, full time, watching Youtube, reading docs, and experimenting. Then around November 2019, I started applying what I’d learned to start my first solo project, a complete reimagining of Hex Gambit made entirely in Blueprint called Hex Gambit: Respawned.

All of HGR’s 3D artwork and animation was done for free in Blender. Everything else (aside from sound and music) was done for free in Unreal Engine 4 by one very determined guy in his basement. It has single player, local multiplayer, full controller support, AI, you name it. Blueprint is amazing!

This crazy endeavor was not without risk, and Epic’s grant money is a MUCH needed shot in the arm as HGR approaches the finish line. I’m eternally grateful to Epic for making Unreal Engine freely available for broke game devs like me, and for choosing to support my project. If they hadn’t made Unreal free to use, OML would have been done for a long time ago.

So THANK YOU again to Epic Games. Let’s keep going and ship something awesome.

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v0.2.6 – The Real Deal


Today I’m excited to get the “final” version of Hex Gambit: Respawned into the hands of our beta testers! If you have a preview Steam key for HGR, update today for the full campaign experience, with dialogue and jokes and an EXCELLENT new soundtrack by our Outwitters composer, Mike Reagan.

Check back later for news about Hex Gambit: Respawned’s launch date on Steam and some unannounced platforms!

0.2.4 was the build that added all kinds of polish and cinematic stuff to flesh out the campaign, and I’ve done some bug fixes since then. Here’s what’s new:

Big Changes in 0.2.6

  • Added all single player cinematics, lots of visual tweaks.
  • All new battle soundtrack! No more Outwitters placeholder music.
  • New Crown Match arena background.
  • Added outlines to make enemies easier to identify.
  • New KO standards for team battles. Teammates can be individually KO’d now.
  • PC back button prompts use Esc instead of Backspace now.
  • Molera AI is more aggressive with her Captain’s Gambit.
  • Increased Hard Mode’s turn timer to 45s.
  • Reduced Crowned Minion HP to 2.5x for Normal, instead of 3x
  • Made Royal’s Revenge level more difficult on Normal
  • Made Medic! more difficult on Normal and Hard
  • Made Long Live the King less frustrating
  • Made Final Gambit level more difficult on Normal

Little Fixes

  • Fixed a bug with pausing/unpausing during cinematics.
  • Tweaked when the End Turn nag appears and dismisses.
  • Made End Turn nag text clickable
  • Lolli no longer magically steals unoccupied toggle spaces when using his Gambit.
  • Resetting Campaign Progress no longer resets your user preferences.
  • Modified cursor snapping when using controllers. Auto-snaps less now.
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Having gotten Hex Gambit: Respawned into a launch-worthy state, the project has been passed along to a publishing partner to explore some porting options! This is pretty exciting stuff, but I won’t have details for you until that’s all further along. Check back later for info on platforms, release date, etc.

The porting and certification process will take months, so what’s a One Man Left to do? I’m fixing the odd Hex Gambit bug here and there, but mostly I’m prototyping!

My current experiment: a split screen FPS like the ones I sunk hours into as a kid. Am I serious about making this one? I dunno, but it’s something to play with my nieces and nephews.

I’ll get this prototype into a decent state, and then I’ve got a short list of other project premises to play around with while I wait for Hex Gambit news.

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Still Alive!


I had planned to release 0.2.4 today for the beta players, and do a little playthrough video of the first few levels of the game for you in their completed state, but development has gotten slightly more complicated this month IN A GOOD WAY.

There are things about Hex Gambit: Respawned that I can’t say yet, and I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say why I can’t say those things, so I’m just not gonna say much of anything. Suffice it to say, I have very good news that I can’t wait to tell you.

What’s the state of the game?

Campaign mode: DONE. It has 21 levels, three difficulties, some story/dialogue/jokes sprinkled in, and a brand new soundtrack by our excellent Outwitters (etc.) composer Mike Reagan.

Local multiplayer: DONE. 2-4 players, free for all and teams, AI players, lots of match customization options, seven maps per number of players.

That was pretty much everything I set out to do, so why no release date yet? Because… I’ll tell you when I can! We need a few more months for exciting, magical stuff to happen. Follow us on Twitter or sign up for our mailer if you want to stay on top of it.

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Quick Update


Long time no post! It’s been a pretty intense few weeks. The single player campaign now has 30+ little dialogue cutscenes, some neat cinematic shots of the arenas, and trophies for beating easy, normal, and hard mode! Haven’t been able to push a beta update for 0.2.4 yet, but hope to have something for you guys this month.

I’ve got a few new background elements to finish up, then I’ll be adding achievements and calling single player a wrap by the end of March. The excellent Mike Reagan (our composer for Outwitters, Space Food Truck, and Tilt to Live 2) is working on some new tracks to finally replace the old Outwitters placeholder music.

This thing is huge, and fun, and I can’t wait for you guys to play it. I haven’t even gotten to announce the best part yet.

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