Starting today till the 23rd of February, 2015 — community members & indie game developers, Poinfive Team, will be making available three copies of the Android version of their indie puzzle game, RAM BOE.
Originally conceived as an entry into the 2015 Indie Game Maker Contest by Pointfive Team, RAM BOE is the retro puzzle, Sokoban, inspired narrative of one Beauregard Pete — a rock climbing, tree hugging adventurer who decided to spend one weekend attempting to slay the Ice Demon that terrorized the very mountain tops he so loved. Unfortunately, neither his wit nor strength were any match for Mr. Icey — leading to his soul being trapped in a rune stone for the rest of his life.
Or so he thought; managing to free his soul and possess a passing Ram. With four hooves, two horns, plenty of fur and lots of cuddly — what ensues is 40 levels of brain-squashing puzzles that will involve him moving blocks around and into a ‘well of revival’, in order to free himself and save others that might fall victim to the same fate. While the Android version of the game was released earlier this month at the break of New Year, the PC version of the game has been sitting for quite a while in its completed state on Steam Greenlight.
This is where you come in. For the next 21 days, Pointfive team is inviting Community members & puzzle game enthusiasts alike — to head down to RAM BOE’s Steam Greenlight page linked at the end of this announcement and simply provide Feedback on the game via the Greenlight page’s comments.
On the 24th of February, Pointfive will then enter the names of all those who commented into a draw — before randomly picking three winners, each of whom will win a copy of RAM BOE for their Android devices. The winners will be announced by the team on both theirs and Higher Eclectic Ground’s Facebook pages.
In the months since their membership within the Community, Pointfive have been it the Community exclusive insight into RAM BOE’s inception and growth. To catch all that and learn more about the game before opting to vote or provide feedback, be sure to drop by its Higher Eclectic Space.
Last weekend witnessed yet another addition to Higher Eclectic Ground’s clique of YouTube gaming artists; 15 year old Multimedia enthusiast, Sam Pettican from London, United Kingdom.
Pettican of course, brings along with him his channel Sam Central — a youngling in the world of YouTube gaming, given that it was founded exactly a month ago on the 1st day of the New Year. And yet so, it’s arguable that his current body of video series, or the channel’s introductory video for that matter, bares no visible sign of quality struggles that often plagues gamers jumping into the realm of YouTube streaming & commentating for the first time.
From the eye-catching little introductory animation to the audibly crisp commentary that ensues, Pettican attributes a large part of this prevalent quality to his interest, understanding and experience in Video creation & editing as a Media student in school. ‘Couple that with the fact that I’ve always been influenced by YouTubers such as All-A and Ziovo’, he states. ‘It was only after a few of my friends started their own YouTube channels that I decided to do the same as well.’
As one would expect, Sam Central focuses on streaming content from games Pettican and his current audience base of nearly 50 subscribers enjoys — Minecraft, Rocket League and Star Wars: Battlefront being the subject of his current batch of videos with challenging outings such as Dark Souls III and an annual coverage of Call of Duty games being on the agenda. It’s not all smooth though, Pettican admits, having to often deal with rude and sometimes less than constructive criticism on the Internet as a growing YouTuber. ‘ It would upset me but I’m slowly starting to learn to ignore what’s not constructive. At the same time, I keep trying to improve based on the feedback I do receive — always listening to what my viewers are saying at any given time.‘
Meanwhile, Pettican is open to all sorts of collaboration and Video requests — with few of the Community’s member YouTubers, namely Craig Evans and Toby Burn of Channels Evanzo7 and Gaming Now respectively, having already expressed interest in working with him via the member forum. He’s is also up for any Game coverage requests, mentioning that he’s more than willing to try out some of the indie games within the Community. As always, he can be reached either via the Community’s member forum — the Bulletin — or by getting in touch personally via the details on his Higher Eclectic Space, which will also hold all his posts within the community henceforth.
For now, take a gander at his Channel’s latest addition — the start of a play through of Dark Souls II: Scholar of the first Sin.
Feel free to welcome him to the Community in the comments below.
After over two months since the finale of their grand Ninth season last year, Community partners British Sim Racers are now set to return with the 2016 season of their increasingly popular IRacing based touring car championship — the BSRTC PRO Series. Scheduled to span more than three quarters of the year from the 17th of March to the 8th of December, while the forthcoming touring-car based season is already looking to be the most spectacular one yet — we have been working harder than ever to help develop the Series into a platform for our members to gain greater exposure for their independent game creations.
Followers of the community from last year will recall that towards the final couple of months of the BSRTC’s 2015 Season — one that witnessed 50 drivers come together over 102 races for a piece of a $10,000 prize fund amidst MOTORS TV television broadcasts — Higher Eclectic Ground’s partnership with the British Sim Racers had resulted in the development of a unique structure of self-promotion for its independent game members. Courtesy of the ingenuity of Apex Racing TV — broadcasters & commentators of the PRO Series — our indie game developers & other game related media creators were given the opportunity to not only sponsor drivers on behalf of their creations for the duration of a race, but were also granted advertisement slots during the races’ live streams on YouTube & IRacing Live along with specially designed pop-ups during the races’.
Watch members debut their creations’ trailers pre-race during last season’s finale.
The result was not one, but nearly ten of our members — majority being indie game developers — opting to debut exclusive teasers & trailers to their games & creations during the widely streamed & telecast final few races (Read the full report here). Coupling that with the general response received by the rest of the community, it was only natural for us to discuss with the British Sim Racers’ administration over the holidays, the possibility of turning the Series into a more mainstream Video Game event for the benefit of our members.
The previous Season, sponsored by Engine Oil Direct, comprised of Teams of drivers — each of which were sponsored by various motorsport and non-motorsport related bodies such as Apex Racing, New Homes Digital, Peter Newman Media, Euro Chip Digital and so forth. What’s more, although the Series was broadcast on MOTORS TV halfway through the year, it was yet to be recognized as an official league by IRacing.
As announced in our quick article on the 30th of January this year though — IRacing has now picked up the official title sponsorship of the Series, making it IRacing’s 2016 BSRTC PRO Series and bringing along with it 130 hours of MOTORS TV International screen time for the Series’ upcoming season. With over 40 drivers having already put down their names for the Season — the BSRTC is also hoping to amp up its prize fund to a whopping $20,000.
While it was envisioned to have this prize fund come from a more solid Team sponsorship structure this year around — wherein third party companies would sponsor a Team/Teams of drivers for the course of the season — we thought a little different, suggesting that mainstream Video Game bodies such as established publishers, news outlets and Hardware companies be involved as full team sponsors. Why? Involving these Video Game companies would not only bring the Series additional coverage and recognition within the more mainstream Gaming community as a thriving Video Game event — but also provide our members with greater incentive and exposure to debut their games on a platform that will have not just sim-racers but other gamers tuning in every week.
And so, a structure regarding the same was devised and has now been put up on the website for our members to read and understand at the bottom of this article. Also accessible via the newly added banner advertising the BSRTC PRO Series on the home page, the BSRTC PRO Series’ 2016 plan goes into the fees required for sponsoring a full team over the course of the Series and how accumulated fees will be split as winnings amongst the drivers. The full team sponsorships are primarily directed towards established Video Game bodies, although our members and indie game developers willing to have their own teams for the series for the stated fees can avail of the same as well.
What’s more, readers will also notice that the package devised for our indie game members over last year — wherein paying a small fee granted them a space for advertising on a single car, live stream ad slots & television pop-ups — makes a return with a few more enhanced packages allowing for per-race team sponsorships as well.
The next couple of weeks will see us reaching out to potential Team sponsors in earnest, while our members will be approached for per-race advertisements closer towards the Season launch. That said, if one would like to express their interest in sponsoring a Full Team or a driver for a Single Race, they can do so by dropping us a line via the Contact Form on our website.
Stay tuned for news as it unfolds. Meanwhile, do share your thoughts on the same in the comments below. To learn more of the BSRTC PRO Series and its partnership with Higher Eclectic Ground, visit the British Sim Racers’ Partner’s page.