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Addicting Indie Adventure Game – Spud’s Quest

SPUDSQUESTLOGOSpud’s Quest is a fabulous indie adventure game created by Chris Davis from Derby UK, that takes you back in time as it was inspired by classics such as the Dizzy series, Zelda and Metroid.

Talk about nostalgia, yes – I’m emotional!

Chris has been interested in making games since he got hold of the ZX Sprectrum age 12, since then has taught himself to sprite and code games.

Spud’s Quest was successfully funded 120% on back in November 2012 on  Kickstarter with its 475 backers raising £6000

I first noticed this game from chat floating around on Twitter – It seems that Chris, who is on @SpudsQuest has done a wonderful job raising awareness on this Game.  Somewhere I saw someone ask him, how many on the Dev team – “Just me,” he answered.

I love Platform Puzzle Games, and the name “Spud’s Quest” intrigued me,  so I had to check it out more –  I saw that @beetlebear of @indiegamehq was reviewing it on Twitch.tv and giving away keys – so I popped over to have a look, I was impressed!   Its not often that you see a game like this that is so charming , with a story so fascinating you just have to carry on. The graphics are fantastic, the music just fits so perfectly with very smooth gameplay – just awesome, I couldn’t wait to have a go, so  I went straight over and downloaded the demo. (link below)

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Spud’s Quest – Story

Spud, (who is a small, round and blue) and his friend the frog, who of course is prince charming go on a journey through many lands, dungeons and levels to uncover four ancient stones to free prince charming of his curse.

Spud’s Quest – Adventure

On your journey to save the prince you find and collect items that you will need to advance to the next part, such as a key to open a door.  One annoying thing – I mean challenging part is that you can only hold 4 items, well you are very small and round. So, you need to remember where items are, so that if you need to you can come back later to collect them.    Talk to all of the characters in the game and they will often give you clues or tasks to complete and you will get a reward, to unlock another piece of the puzzle.

There are little blue diamonds throughout the game, as on the image – this is where you save you game, remember to save as often as possible, as its frustrating having to redo a large section of the game, as always.

The controls you can change to whatever you like but the standard settings are..

  • Arrow UP – Jump
  • Arrow Left – Go Left
  • Arrow Right – Go Right
  • Space Bar – Action/Inventory
  • Z – Fire/Shoot
  • C – Switch between Spud and Frog
  • X – Jump
  • Esc – Quit Game

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Spuds Quest – Updates

Spuds Quest is in Beta and Chris is continually updating the game, just today he added 25 accolades (achievements) and said he will probably be adding more.  Things just got even better !

I can’t  think of anything that I would like to change about this game – Full screen? Got – Hints, done.

Spuds Quest is currently waiting to get on to Steam, you can help with this by voting for its Greenlight – it costs you nothing, please help Spud’s Quest go Green

You will be charmed, taken back in time and addicted to this game within minutes – check out the DEMO and tell me you weren’t.

The full game costs just £4.99 (on the same link as the demo) which is absolutely worth it – I’ve been playing for ages and am only 4% done!  Okay so maybe I’m slow due to testing reasons! 🙂

Support indie games, lets spread the word. #spudsquest

 

 

 

promote your blog

How to promote your blog

promote your blogSo you’ve started your blog and wonder if it’s all worth the effort…You feel like you are just writing for yourself.  No-one is reading it, no-one is sharing it, and definitely no-one comments on the words that you bled painstakingly on to the page.  You just need to know how to promote your blog.

Don’t get discouraged it all takes time, if you build it they will come!

You just need to shout a bit louder!

How to get more readers for your blog.

That’s the question often asked by bloggers, and even myself – I do get a nice amount of views on my website, I am very pleased my views especially as I am writing less and less now. It’s not a huge amount but it’s certainly enough to know that viewers are finding my posts and I am helping people.  However, we always want more people to visit our website and read our posts, otherwise why are we doing it.  Sometimes we do need to put in a bit more effort.

SEO

Of course the website needs to be Search Engine Optimisation friendly – which is a whole blog post in itself but you can get plugins or widgets to help with this – just search on Google – I use All in One SEO for self-hosted WordPress.  It contains so many tools it’s just amazing.

Keywords

You do need to use keywords or phrases – these are strings of words or a word that people might search for on search engines such as “Who is stalking me on Facebook”  but don’t be tempted to put loads of keywords in a blog post as this is classed as keyword stuffing and you will get penalised by search engines.  Google used to have a great keyword search, but they’ve changed it now and its not so helpful but it can still help – https://adwords.google.com

Another little tip is – I’m told that Google concentrates more on the first 60 words of your post so make sure your keywords are there.

Ok, so now we come to – how to promote your blog

You must share your content on social networks and various platforms – make sure you have AT LEAST accounts on

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Linkedin
  • Pinterest
  • Tumblr
  • Instagram
  • MySpace
  • Meddle.it – Meddle is quite new but you can post your blog here and it will send to Facebook and twitter – and then you can share your whole meddle profile on many networks.

Scoop.it  – makes it easy to share to these networks if you want an easy way – it will send one post with one click to Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, Buffer, Yammer, App.net, and Viadeo. Although I do prefer to share manually so that I can create some interesting text and or engagement the first time, I might use scoop.it later.

Share your content on Bookmarking sites such as

  • Stumbleupon
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • Delicious
  • Fark

To name a few, there are many more that might better suit your needs.

So, there is a basic start for you.  If you aren’t doing at least some these things then there is little wonder you are not getting many views.  Now you have some information on the subject of how to promote your blog, once you get into the swing of sharing it, you will find many more places.

Hope this helps

How Buffer dealt with being hacked

buffer-app-logoThis weekend Buffer was hacked; spam tweets and facebook status updates were seen about weight loss on facebook pages, profiles and twitter feeds but did Buffer hide and hope no one would notice? No , they did the exact opposite.  Infact how Buffer dealt with being hacked has ended with everyone thanking them for their swift work and notifications.

We have been a follower, fan and user of buffer for over two years now – Our sister blog Techieminx posted at the time Buffer added facebook back in August 2011. Founders Joel Gascoigne and Leo Widrich have always been very vocal, engaging, and friendly on the top social networks and they have always put the customer/client/business first.

To Buffer:

(n)Buffering is it to space out your tweets, if you cannot be online all day or you’ve read a post at midnight but you know that no one will want to read it then, so you can buffer it.

How Buffer dealt with being hacked

Buffer has actually given everyone a lesson in customer service, and of course they took advantage of social networks to their full potential.  Yes, their business is on social networks, but this is how everyone should deal with a problem – face it head on and be honest and open about it.

We first noticed the problem when a spam message appeared on our facebook profile page, at first we wondered what we had clicked for this to happen and we set to find out where it came from, the only thing that it pointed to was Buffer, so we quickly unauthorised Buffer from our networks.

Minutes later we saw a tweet from Buffer

Hi all. So sorry, it looks like we’ve been compromised. Temporarily pausing all posts as we investigate. We’ll update ASAP.

and a message from their Facebook page from Leo.

Hey everyone! We greatly apologize for this big mess we’ve created. Buffer has been hacked.

You can do the following to end this asap:

– Change your password on Facebook or Revoke Buffer as an app.
– Delete the spam posting from your FB timeline. 

Again, hugely sorry for this, we’re working hard on resolving this right now! – Leo 

After that came an email to all users…

Hi there,

I wanted to get in touch to apologize for the awful experience we’ve caused many of you on your weekend. Buffer was hacked around 1 hour ago, and many of you may have experienced spam posts sent from you via Buffer.

I can only understand how angry and disappointed you must be right now. Not everyone who has signed up for Buffer has been affected, but you may want to check on your accounts. We’re working hard to fix this problem right now and we’re expecting to have everything back to normal shortly.

We’re posting continual updates on the Buffer Facebook page and the Buffer Twitter page to keep you in the loop on everything.

The best steps for you to take right now and important information for you:

  • Remove any postings from your Facebook page or Twitter page that look like spam
  • Keep an eye on Buffer’s Twitter page and Facebook page
  • Your Buffer passwords are not affected
  • No billing or payment information was affected or exposed
  • All Facebook posts sent via Buffer have been temporarily hidden and will reappear once we’ve resolved this situation

I am incredibly sorry this has happened and affected you and your company. We’re working around the clock right now to get this resolved and we’ll continue to post updates on Facebook and Twitter. If you have any questions at all, please respond to this email. Understandably, a lot of people have emailed us, so we might take a short while to get back to everyone, but we will respond to every single email.

– Joel and the Buffer team

Buffer kept their promise they kept us all informed with tweets and facebook messages, responding to everyone, which I must say was mostly people saying thank you for dealing with the hacking situation so quickly and thoughtfully – really brilliant job.  I’m sure that rather than harm Buffer, this is going to make more people want to get involved with Buffer, this could have gone so differently.

The last message on Buffers Facebook

Good news! The Buffer hack has been resolved! Please reconnect your Twitter accounts. No steps needed for Facebook.

I can’t tell you enough how grateful we are for the incredible support and encouragement you have all provided us for throughout this rough day.

We would love to answer any questions and have written an update on the latest status here:

Our Tweet to them earlier and their quick reply!

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I’m sure we’d all like to say, well done Buffer!

Ironman Art

I love the Ironman films, and just had to draw this one.   It took many hours but I did enjoy it.

The Mark VI armor was created by Tony Stark to replace the Mark IV armor when it was discovered that the Arc Reactor could be powered by vibranium, which did not wear out or poison the user. It is similar to the Mark IV in appearance except for the triangular chest piece. Stark developed the new core via building a particle accelerator, then superheating the primary triangular core to a white arc, creating a source acceptable for the Arc reactor.
Here are the lines it took to draw him, before he got the colours