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Puppygames are making all their games free for Linux, with Basingstoke first

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Puppygames, a developer who has supported Linux for many years are now making their games free for Linux gamers and they've already started with Basingstoke.

What is Basingstoke? It's a dark and tense roguelike that mixes in stealth and action elements, it's not really like anything else and I'm actually a pretty big fan of it. I livestreamed it on our Twitch Channel around the release and had a huge amount of fun. That said, I'm a fan of basically anything that comes from Puppygames, with Revenge of the Titans being another awesome game they made.

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They're doing it on itch.io since itch offer more flexible funding models, as well as itch being more generous overall with developers able to give back whatever they want from sales to itch. While free, you can decide to donate money when you first go to claim it if you like the idea.

When they have time, they will be putting their other games on itch and doing the same.

Find Basingstoke on itch now. They also have a Patreon, to help fund their next game, Battledroid, which is "a massively multiplayer asynchronous online strategy war game" and of course that will support Linux too.

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Sir_Diealot 6 March 2019 at 7:08 pm UTC
Thanks lucinos, I have a RX 560 as well. All things are pointing at i3 WM so far. I guess the game can't handle that i3 tries to put it in a fullscreen window. Need to confirm with some other WM.
Player.log indicates an unhandled exception. Unfortunately there is no text config file to possibly work around it.

EDIT: starts on my old Laptop with almost identical software setup. Not a clue what's wrong, but at this point it's very likely some config issue on my part.


Last edited by Sir_Diealot at 7 March 2019 at 8:12 am UTC
Projectile Vomit 6 March 2019 at 8:07 pm UTC
Getting this one! :o
razing32 6 March 2019 at 11:49 pm UTC
Hmmm

Any idea WHY they are making their games free ?
mylka 7 March 2019 at 4:27 am UTC
razing32Hmmm

Any idea WHY they are making their games free ?

linux enthusiasts? help linux to thrive?
but linux is a very small market and they wont lose a lot of money AND you can donate, so they get some amount of money

something valve should to with their games... after they start making games again... real games, not card games
stretch611 7 March 2019 at 9:05 am UTC
Not to distract from the value, as this is generous of the developers...

But, as pointed out linux is not a huge market share.

Also, other than Basingstoke, the games are quite old and are probably close to market saturation... Not likely selling much due to age and the people that want them have them. Maybe a few sales from time to time, but not much continued revenue anymore. (And after looking at Steam DB, I am guessing that Basingstoke did not do as well as they hoped it would.)

According to Steam DB...

Titan Attacks, $9.99/$0.99(sale), 100k-200k sold, Released Feb 3 2012
Revenge of the Titans, $14.99/$0.99(sale), 200k-500k sold, Released Mar 16 2011
Droid Assault, $9.99/$0.99(sale), 50k-100k sold, Released Jan 9 2013
Ultratron, $9.99/$0.99(sale), 50k-100k sold, Released Mar 18 2013
Basingstoke, $29.99/$10.19(sale), 0-20k sold, Released Apr 27, 2018

Note: I bought a triple pack of Titan Attacks, Droid Assault, and Ultratron directly off the developer's website before Revenge of the Titans was released... So this means SteamDB is showing the release date on Steam... Not the original release dates. Also some of the titles were on Humble prior to steam as well, so it is likely SteamDB's numbers might be underreporting estimated sales of the older titles.
stan 7 March 2019 at 8:11 pm UTC
TcheyRevenge of the Titans was, is, one of the best tower defense i've played until today.
Revenge of the Titans is NOT a tower defense game…
lucinos 7 March 2019 at 9:19 pm UTC
Sir_DiealotEDIT: starts on my old Laptop with almost identical software setup. Not a clue what's wrong, but at this point it's very likely some config issue on my part.

interesting note about my initial experience with Arch. A lot of games do fail to start if needed fonts are not installed and there is no indication that this is the problem. So the first thing I would do, it would be to search and install every font that I could find. I can not say if this is the problem, but it was an experience with many games when I installed Arch for the first time.


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stretch611 7 March 2019 at 10:29 pm UTC
stan
TcheyRevenge of the Titans was, is, one of the best tower defense i've played until today.
Revenge of the Titans is NOT a tower defense game…
No?!?, thats a shock to me.

If not tower defense, what do you call it when you build offensive gun/laser turrets to prevent the enemy from reaching and destroying your base/buildings, especially when the enemy follows a predefined path towards your base?


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Sir_Diealot 8 March 2019 at 10:23 am UTC
lucinos
Sir_DiealotEDIT: starts on my old Laptop with almost identical software setup. Not a clue what's wrong, but at this point it's very likely some config issue on my part.

interesting note about my initial experience with Arch. A lot of games do fail to start if needed fonts are not installed and there is no indication that this is the problem. So the first thing I would do, it would be to search and install every font that I could find. I can not say if this is the problem, but it was an experience with many games when I installed Arch for the first time.

Thanks, that's one thing I never encountered before. I think most games ship the fonts they use. But yes, my Laptop's installation likely has more fonts, I'll experiment a bit.
Tchey 8 March 2019 at 11:14 am UTC
stan
TcheyRevenge of the Titans was, is, one of the best tower defense i've played until today.
Revenge of the Titans is NOT a tower defense game…

I checked because i thought that maybe i was confused and was thinking about another game. But nah.

RotT fits exactly the Tower Defense genre. Even Puppugames tag their game as a Tower Defense game, mixed with some RTS elements.

That said, you can call it whatever you like, the game is great anyway.
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