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Outsider philosopher, game designer and author
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Last week, we shared the last of our Personal Advisor Portraits for Silk on the devblog. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank every one of the Backers who helped these come about. It is literally the case that there would be no game if you hadn't chosen to... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Silk: Wilderness Adventures
We don’t talk about religion, right? That’s what ‘secular’ has come to mean... we don’t talk about religion. Unless of course you want to make criticisms against religion, which are still fair game – indeed, are all but encouraged among... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Only a Game
Over on Gamasutra today, an interview with ihobo's founder Chris Bateman, talking Discworld Noir, player motives, and Silk. Check it out! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at ihobo
It's been a hell of a month for the ihobo games team getting Silk where we wanted it to be, but I'm proud to announce that on Monday this week we submitted our Master Candidate to Nintendo. Yes, Silk is coming to Switch later this year. It's a perfect for... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Silk: Wilderness Adventures
Knowing I wanted to make a game in tribute to The Lords of Midnight, the question was: how? Because making a direct spiritual successor to it was clearly not going to work – Legions of Ashworld had already tried, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at Only a Game
Fixed. Thanks for pointing this out! Chris.
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2019 on Big Two: Rules at Only a Game
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It gives me great pleasure to announce that, following the victory of 'verbose and detailed' over 'clear and compact' in a recent Twitter poll, I have completed work on the Silk Manual and Almanac. You can find it in the usual place for the Silk manual (it's always available via... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at Silk: Wilderness Adventures
Ha! You're right. Well spotted. Chris.
Toggle Commented Sep 5, 2019 on Big Two: Rules at Only a Game
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It gives me great pleasure to announce that v1.4 of Silk has just shipped on Steam! This is the first non-Beta build... we're not quite releasing the game (controller support for PC is still missing for instance), but this version is the foundation of the Switch release and is very... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at Silk: Wilderness Adventures
In 1984 and 1985, amazing things were happening in the British videogames industry. The following year, Japan would overshadow this with titles like Metroid and The Legend of Zelda that transformed videogames forever by having the ability to preserve player... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at Only a Game
Silk is about 200AD. Silk is about 1984. Silk is about Glorantha. Silk is about religion. Silk is about Brexit. Five seemingly contradictory statements, all absolutely true. The fact that all these claims are true doesn’t spring from any conceptual... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2019 at Only a Game
We're very close to shipping v1.3, which includes a Control Summary on the pause menu and a How To Play tutorial (like the image above) on the start menu, plus a huge number of minor map and script bug fixes. We have also fixed the last of our major bugs,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2019 at Silk: Wilderness Adventures
The Silk manual has been updated, including the map of the seventeen key cities, and an explanation of the goods bar. The latest version of the manual is always available from the Steam page. Check it out! Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at Silk: Wilderness Adventures
Next week I'm at Gamescom speed dating publishers again, and then I'm on vacation. A Hundred Cyborgs is on hiatus now until Autumn, but will return later this year with more ponderings about the strange creatures we become with our... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at Only a Game
The v1.2 builds are ready to ship out, but the person who installs them into Steam won't be in until tomorrow. So I'm afraid you'll have to wait until Wednesday for this update.
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2019 on Another Update Today at Silk: Wilderness Adventures
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