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ReignMaker has been Greenlit on Steam!

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After a few short months (that felt longer), and a few weeks before public launch, ReignMaker (formerly known as Tower of Elements 2) has been Greenlit by Steam!

“Our team has poured their hearts and souls into this game to make it as wonderful as possible. We have agonized over so many details and decisions to make ReignMaker a delight to play,” said Michael Hartman, CEO of Frogdice. “Being Greenlit on Steam is a testament to Frogdice’s progression as a studio. Each game builds on the last and they keep getting better and better.”

Frogdice will be an exhibitor at PAX East, April 11-13, 2014. Attendees will be able to play ReignMaker on PC, iPad, Android, and Windows Surface. Mac and Linux platforms will also be fully supported at launch.

“One of the features I am most proud of is the Policy System. It introduces role playing elements to a city building game,” said Pang Hartman, VP and Creative Director of Frogdice and lead designer on ReignMaker. She added, “I also worked into the story homages to players who have been with us for up to 17 years, and Twitch streamers that have supported us for 7 months.”

Frogdice devotes tremendous effort towards maintaining a positive and safe community for their players. This includes online and offline games. The result is a welcoming and fanatically loyal community of gamers and fans. Being Greenlit on Steam is yet another example of the community’s tremendous support.

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Dungeon of Elements: Pay What You Want Deal for Charity

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Gamers: Pay what you want for Dungeon of Elements.

10% of the proceeds go to charity (EFF.org).

Dungeon of Elements is an RPG dungeon crawler with combat inspired by Dr. Mario and Tetris. It also has crafting, collecting, achievements, gear, a branching story, pets, and many other cool features.

https://indiegamestand.com/deal/

  • DRM free for PC, Mac, or Linux.
  • Also receive a Desura key.
  • Also receive a Steam key when DoE is Greenlit.
  • Pay what you want. $1 and up.
  • Beat the average price and get the DoE Digital Soundtrack and Digital Artbook as well.
  • 10% of all proceeds from this sale will be donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Please help us get the word out about this cool deal and promotion.

DoE Trailerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coXemCeoCjc&hd=1

DoE web sitehttp://doe.frogdice.com

DoE Media Kithttps://www.dropbox.com/sh/6wnbsildpfaboe7/eviAvidFme

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ToE2 Kickstarter Success! 173% Funded

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The Tower of Elements 2 kickstarter was a huge success. We ended at 173% funding with 388 backers. Thank you everyone for your support and for helping us spread the word.

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Tower of Elements 2 Kickstarter Has Launched!

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We are extremely excited to announce the launch of the Tower of Elements 2 Kickstarter campaign. Perhaps even more exciting is the fact that before we even had a chance to get this news posted, the campaign funded! We surpassed our goal in just 26 hours!

Thank you to our fans both old and new for once again showing their support for our games.

How can you help with the campaign?

1) Back the project! That is of course the #1 best and most important way to show support.

2) Share the link with friends, family, gamers, blogs, web sites, Facebook, twitter, news entities, everyone. This link is easy to remember: http://kickstarter.frogdice.com

3) Post comments on the ToE2 Kickstarter page. We really need to get more discussion going in there. Ask questions. Chat. Anything! There are metrics that actually count comments as a way to raise our profile and boost our exposure.

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DoE Launch on Desura: Get it Now!

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Get Dungeon of Elements right now on Desura! Add it to your Desura library and have fun!
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You can also help us boost our visibility on Desura in two ways. You must have a free Desura account.

1) Give us a 10 rating!

NOTE: You must have an account for over a week to give a rating higher than 8. So if you want to give us a 9 or a 10, wait a week before trying to rate/review.

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2) Track the game.

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Thanks!

 

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DoE 2013 Halloween Contest heating Up!

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With 4 days left in the DoE Halloween ContestRegular, the Channel vs. Channel competition is really close.

The battle will continue until October 24th at 11:59 pm (EDT). Get your scores submitted! (UPDATE: Extending this deadline by 6 hours to give everyone at different time zones a chance to get their final submissions in. October 25th at 6am now.)

  1. 81 – LethalFrag
  2. 78 – ZeroGamePlan
  3. 76 – Quetzi
  4. 74 – NakaTeeli
  5. 72 – TorNis
  6. 72 – AwesomeMattG
  7. 71 – Sonikku2008
  8. 61 – Brotatoe
  9. 44 – Threshold
  10. 41 – SlimKirby
  11. 36 – RizeUpGaming
  12. 34 – AzuriteReaction
  13. 33 – YouPickGames
  14. 23 – 3nf0rcer
  15. 20 – EnjoiiPanda

Channels: It looks like the deciding factor is going to be which channels beat DoE on stream/video. Your viewers seem to have rallied hard to your support and really want your channel to take home the Grand Prize!

SCORES UPDATED 10/24/2013 – 1:20pm 

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Making Video Games a Positive Influence for Kids

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The good folks at GameSkinny interviewed CEO Michael Hartman and VP Pang Hartman about “Making Video Games a Positive Influence for Your Kids.” they wrote:

Michael and Pang aren’t just game developers with Frogdice, they’re also parents to two young (10 and 7 years old) girls who are avid gamers themselves. We caught up with them to chat about how they manage gaming to reinforce it’s positive benefits for their family.

 

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Just Press Start interviews Michael Hartman about Accessibility, Community, and Charity.

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Just Press Start logoGaming website, Just Press Start, interviewed Mr. Hartman for their one hour podcast. They covered a variety of topics including accessibility, community, and charity. From the Just Press Start interview page:

Michael Hartman from Frogdice Games is my guest this time for a great discussion about the match-3/tower defense hybrid Tower of Elements (available here), and the upcoming Dungeon of Elements.  We also spend time talking about the trials of indie development, how a company like Frogdice has survived since 1996 thanks to the amazing community surrounding games like Threshold, and why charity is so important to the team.  Frogdice Games has now become one of my favorite companies, and I think after you listen to this, they’ll become one of yours as well.

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Frogdice CEO Michael Hartman Judges “5 Across” Pitch Competition

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5 Across - April 24, 2013Mr. Hartman served as part of a four judge panel at the April 24, 2013 “5 Across” pitch competition in Lexington, KY.

5 Across is an informal gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers from Lexington, KY. Each 5Across meeting will features presentations from local entrepreneurs who pitching their ideas to a panel of judges.

From the 5 Across web site for April 24, 2013:

Teams included:

Arial Boulware pitched her idea for a 24/7 workspace for students to study, print, nap, and more. The business has no official title yet, but a working title is Growing Ambitions

LaShana M. Harris pitched Babylocity, a new baby bottle designed to make it easier for parents to mix powdered baby formula on-the-go.

Brock Klein pitched Givr, a native donor-facing mobile payments application optimized for giving.

Jeff Garrison, Darrin Croucher, and Andrew Wright pitched iReport360, an internet, cloud-based communication system for the construction industry.

Cyrus Adkisson pitched hoozon.tv, which watches a local TV station, uses biometric facial recognition to look for reporters’ faces, then drives traffic to the station by automatically sharing the live stream via media personalities’ social media posts.

Babylocity took home the $500 prize for their innovative baby bottle. They will be given the opportunity to pitch at the 5 Across Finals in December as well the Lexington Venture Club in May. Babylocity also won the audience text vote.

The night’s excellent pitches and heavy turnout resulted in another great event for Lexington’s startup community. Congratulations to all of the teams who participated and we offer a special thanks to our sponsors and friends who help make 5 Across happen! Be sure not to miss 2013′s third meeting of 5 Across Wednesday June 26th where five teams will once again compete for the $500 prize.

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How Frogdice Created a Gateway Game for Casual RPG Players

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This was a great interview from GameSkinny about our upcoming game Dungeon of Elements and the history of all our games. Amy did a great job diving into our core design philosophies and really giving us a chance to tell people about Frogdice.

How Frogdice Created a Gateway Game for Casual RPG Players

Thank you so much Amy and GameSkinny!

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