Posts Tagged ‘Nordic Game Program’

Gogogic Receives Grant for “Rupture: A Collectable Card Game”

December 14, 2009

On December 10th 2009, Gogogic was formally awarded a grant for 400.000 DKK (just shy of $80.000) from the Nordic Game Program.

This is the second time in a row that Gogogic receives this grant so we feel extremely proud and happy. Like with Vikings of Thule, we think the grant will allow us to create yet another innovative gaming experience.

The grant is specifically tied to the development of a collectable card game for both the iPhone and Facebook, which currently goes by the working title of “Rupture”. The game is set to launch in the summer of 2010. It won’t be long until we leak more information, shiny teasers and some wild concept art.

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Open Beta Launch for Vikings of Thule

September 15, 2009

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Welcome to the experiment
Launching an Open Beta for Vikings of Thule is not only a major milestone for us, it is also an experiment and a huge bet. We are actively asking you – the players who participate in our Beta program – to be our Quality Assurance team. The first days are guaranteed to be raw and rough, with buggy clients and unstable servers, but we are forging an agreement. You get to help us set the course, prioritize what comes next and decide on where we go from here. We promise to listen, update the client as often as necessary and do everything we can to build a benchmark when it comes to online social games.

How this works
On October 15 th 2009 we will reset the game and that will signal the end of the official Open Beta period. If everything goes according to plan that will be the only time we will intentionally reset the game. This reset is planned so we can use the Beta period to balance every aspect of the overall experience – even re-calculate values and parameters within the period. Up until the reset, we ask you to actively work with us to create the best experience possible. Of course, those of you who participate will have an advantage after the reset, as you already know how the game works and how it should be played.

· Use the Feedback Box at the top of the application site to send us your thoughts, comments and ideas.
· Use the Beta Testers Group forums for additional feedback and open communication with us/others.
· Everyone who creates a Viking avatar and sends us a comment during the Open Beta period will get a special item which will only be available for Beta Testers. This item will be available to avatars after the reset.
· 10 people who we feel gave us the most valuable feedback during the Open Beta Periodwill additionally get limited edition items which can be worn and used after the reset.
· The person who leads the game just before reset will also get a handful of Silver Coins which can be used to buy more expensive items after the reset.

Please Donate
As we see it, the Beta is only the beginning. It only includes a small portion of the world we want to create. There is so much more to explore. The world of Thule is set to expand and grow with time. The Vikings are coming.

If you want to help us realize this, please donate. The official release will include an item economy but until then, we are completely dependent on your goodwill and support.If you donate, you will receive special in-game jewelry that indicates your special support for the game.

Features & Roadmap
A detailed list of features will be posted to the Beta Testers Group. We will also publish a roadmap which outlines the features that we are currently working on or want to include in future releases. Please help us prioritize and add to that list.

Here is the Beta: http://apps.facebook.com/vikingsofthule/

Symbol6 Updated and Nominated

April 6, 2009

nomination1Okay. Short, sweet and to the point. If you’re a regular reader then you know that posts like these are pretty rare. Usually they just go on and on and on. But this doesn’t. Promise!

  • An updated version of Symbol6is now available : Online leader boards with daily and overall leaders are now accessible (also viewable on the web). Play the game, write your name and submit your score to see how good you really are!
  • Symbol6 is currently available for just 99 cents! Check out the App Store reviews and grab your own copy (we’re confident you will, after reading those reviews).
  • Symbol6 has been nominated for the Nordic Game Awards 2009 in the “Best New Nordic Talent” category! The winner will be announced 5/19/09 at The Nordic Game conference in Malmö, Sweden.

Over and out 🙂

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Vikings of Thule : Update

March 16, 2009

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Last December we announced that Gogogic had been formally awarded a grant for 400.000 DKK (about $ 72.000) from the Nordic Game Program to develop Vikings of Thule, a casual MMOG specifically designed to integrate with Facebook and Facebook Connect.

Since then we’ve immersed ourselves in Viking lore and tried to reconcile our ancestral heritage with our inner geekdom. We’re stormed around the office wearing fourteen layers of sheepskin and horned helms*. Virtually.

Basically, we’ve put in a lot of hours and the project is well underway. Soon we’ll be putting up a special Vikings of Thule site, where we’ll post concept art, detailed background information, back-story stuff, item lists, assets, news and other stuff that is directly related to the game and our overall progress.

Until then, here are a few “sneak peak” points:

  • Casual Massively Multiplayer Game – Free to play, with in-game options, extensions and items that can be purchased.
  • Viking theme (obviously) – The game is loosely built on old Nordic and Icelandic sagas, heroes and myths. The intent is to depict the vikings in an exaggerated version of reality that is cool, harsh and adventurous.
  • Setting – Iceland, circa 930 AD.
  • As a player you’ll be able to build and customize your character, fight  and conquer your enemies, upgrade your house, weapons and equipment, buy land and gain followers, exchange gifts and interact with friends, create alliances and increase your overall abilities.
  • Strategy, cunning, guile and courage will help you rise through the ranks.
  • The main battle system is transactional and somewhat based on collectible card game concepts, where different moves, spells and actions can be used and played out on a “chess-like” board.

Stay tuned 🙂

P.S. And yes. We are already thinking about iPhoneextensions and applications for VOT, although they would be released later.

*Actually, vikings never wore horned helms. Apparently, they were added to the stories, at some point during the romantic period, because they seemed heroic or something…

Gogogic Receives Grant for “Vikings of Thule”

December 12, 2008

Last Wednesday, December 10th, Gogogic was formally awarded a grant for 400.000 DKK (about $ 72.000) from the Nordic Game Program.

The grant is specifically tied to the development of Vikings of Thule – a Casual MMOG for Facebook. The game is set to launch in the beginning of summer, 2009. Follow this blog to learn more about the game, as we start leaking some inside stuff on how it will work and what it will be about 😉

Vikings of Thule - early concept art

Vikings of Thule - early concept art

Gogogic is the first Icelandic company to receive a grant from the Nordic Game Program. This year, 138 grant applications were processed and 18 were accepted.

Of course, we feel extremely proud and happy. We think the grant will allow us to create a great game experience in Vikings of Thule. It also recognizes the basic merit of the game concept itself and where Gogogic is going, as a company.