The source material makes it awkward, but I'll reward a link acknowledging my blogging advice from the last column's comments because it reminds me to state the following: If you believe I've missed something important, please have the sense to post the link in the comments. Don't whine about rejection. Fix the problem! Make the news accessible to readers!
I realize what I'm suggesting might be taboo on other websites. However, you're not posting a blipvert. You're a BYOND game developer or player within the BYOND community speaking on topics within said community. An occasional link in the comments shouldn't make you unwelcome. =)
Still planning a fighting game in the Feval universe, Aaiko is updating the acorn-exploding action that inspired it. Utilizing friend lists and clans on the official beta server, competitive players may enter tournaments and climb ladders while others cooperate against the AI in new modes and maps. All the while, acorns shall be collected to purchase customizations in Iccusion Entertainment's attempt at a developer-wide currency.
Falacy's Dead of Night is now listed. It's a board game where players attempt to survive against hoards of zombies. Cooperative play is encouraged and the survivor who best fulfills their objectives is deemed the winner. I haven't figured out the fundamentals yet, but I've heard enough good things about other cooperative board games to be curious. =)
Danlee13 has released a version of chess called SimpleChess. There are a lot of variants around the site and, like many, this one lacks AI. However, some players might enjoy the local play option and online scoring.
Testing and constructive criticism is welcome... How about not spamming me with multiple update alerts as I write? ;)
The Flash integration used to create the pretty title screens of Nefarious Development's Prism didn't leave me with many BYOND-focused details to note, but their additional rendering of 3D stock models into sprite sheets shows an overall get-it-done approach that I can get behind. Multiple demos for the MORPG's interface have been released. Hopefully an actual game isn't far behind.
With new music and a TIGSource thread, Makeii has updated the demo for his action RPG Edreoll. The focus appears to be on the interface, but the screenshots display new maps as well. Feedback from a recent test server has been summarized on Makeii's blog and the developer has been interviewed by the Journalism guild's Magnum2k.
For those willing to navigate some questionable use of footnotes, XxLucifersJesterxX has updated GreatFisher's gladiatorial Arena Game. In addition to bug fixes, interface improvements and graphical changes, AI has been inserted into the game to make it "almost playable".
Bravo1 updated his vehicular shooter Tanx with fixes, team balance and AI tweaks. He has also been exploring BYOND's native pixel movement with a new metroidvania called Chasm. Two videos have been uploaded. A multiplayer mode with tougher enemies is planned.
Delayed until the holidays due to school, Ill Im has offered details of the next version of his multiplayer shooter War Bots. Expect new maps, bot parts, interface improvements, subscriber options, tokens for microtransactions and more.
Toying with BYOND's new feature in a minigame called Spear Throw, Lige announced varying degrees of progress. Squad mechanics and developer cameos are being designed for the round/objective-based fighter Invasion. Testers have been requested through the Simple Developments Guild for the cops and robbers game Jail 'Em.
With a new Facebook page, Zane444 and Chris Gayle are continuing to channel their colonial world of Spirit Age. While screenshots display the ships used to travel between countries and the trains used once inside, a video depicts a little naked dude exploring the map on foot. No shirt, no shoes, no service?
Working with a variety of pixel artists and programmers, Heyya46 is creating a modern crime-based MORPG called Syndicate. (It's not like any other game is using that title responsibly, right?) Providing an outline of the team's progress, a request for activity ideas has been issued.
UPD4T3 has posted art assets from a new project. Described as an RTS action RPG, players will become mushroom-eating Vikings who use their clans to plunder the world. Converting his team's fangame, UPD4T3 has also announced the hatred and corruption of Oni with a request for programming help.
Obsidian Gaming's Reformist was interviewed by Avainer on DM Blog. Along with news that the team's fangame is no longer being converted, a background story for a project called Paths of Four has been posted. Frankly, I tend to be bored by such lore, but the fact that people in the comments actually recognize this game I can't recall makes me want to post it anyway out of self-depreciation. ;)
The Feed team is asking people to design posters which shall decorate the walls of their zombie action title. If drawing isn't your thing, artist Brettpenzer also offers the opportunity to select which female avatar will be available. Some thought it was sexist when Mass Effect did the same, but I figure it might take men one step closer to admitting they play with dolls. ;)
In another crowdsource event from The Teka Co. Mafia, El Wookie shall use an in-game item to immortalize the username of whoever submits the best title for his RPG. Impressing himself with the programming, details of the game's Pokemon-inspired battle system are available.
IainPeregrine's Game in a Day 2011 will be held this weekend. The rules have been posted and the theme will be announced when the event begins. Those with schedule conflicts may send an email to receive a personalized theme. (Comments on the blog will not be sufficient.)
Next weekend, the DMcast will be hosting a tournament involving the radish-collecting action of IainPeregrine's Plunder Gnome. Entrants are expected to sign up with two to three team members. A selection of $20 items and some hosting time with BYONDPanel are offered as prizes. Those willing to endure bad accents can watch a match between castmates Akto and Oasiscircle.