Received an email this morning from Manifesto Games saying they’re keen to distribute Dispell.
I’m pretty stoked about this, firstly I’ve been closely following the creation of Manifesto since seeing one of it’s founders, Greg Costikyan speak at the FreePlay event in Melbourne. He was mostly on about how there wasn’t as of yet a viable channel for “indie” games on the scale of the music or movie industry, then after talking about it he went out and created one!
The Manifesto of Manifesto strikes a cord with me and my opinion of the state of the game industry, it’s great that someone is having a go at making a change and if I can support them in that then even better.
Secondly they’ve only just gone live after a reasonable beta period and the site looks great (gamasutra article), they’ve got a great library of “different” games up there, real indie titles warts and all, I think Dispell will sit up there with them really well.
Where Dispell sits is something I’ve struggled with since I’ve started wrighting about it to promote it, it’s certainly not a “casual game”, a common response I get from non/very casual game players about my age is “there’s shit flying everywhere”, “where am I”. It doesn’t really hold it’s own as a hardcore shooter either, it works best as what it was written as.. a game to be played along with kids by older gamers.
I’m hoping that if I can get my wrighting skills up to a level so I can convey that in a simple statement, that I can service a niche in the market.
Still got a bit of work to do to finalise the deal (contracts and so forth) but it’s great news that has pulled me out of the slump I’d hit as I realised how big and hard the whole marketing thing is going to be!
Heading up bush with the boys this weekend for some more dirt squirting 4×4 action, really looking forward to a good unplug and multi beer re-boot.