Monday, October 30, 2017

New Knot Games operating routine poll on patreon

We've been thinking a lot about our operating routine on Knot Games and we are thinking about to change it. Since this is an important decision we would like to ask our patrons if they would be okay with it but also share what we are thinking with everyone and listen to your opinions and suggestions if you want to share them with us. Even so, it would be a testing period so, if we decide to change into to the new way of working and we see it's not working well, we could always change back.

 We know that some of you don't like us to mix different art styles in the game. We've been working on matching the styles but, despite of  making  progress in this way, it seems we are not achieving it. Also Xanazz, because of personal matters, has started working by commisions with us (like U53ful 1d1o7), instead working day by day in our office. This makes more difficult to adjust the images and either we wanted or not, the workflow it's not the same.  
Because of this, we've though of a way to keep including content to the game, while rewarding supporters and not mixing art styles in the development of the game (art already done will stay but from now on, if the pool succeeds, only Root will be working on the game's regular art).  
Also, to compensate that the artists doesn't work on the regular development of the game, Berserk will increase his work hours and also his tasks on the project to help Knot and Root work faster.

How would we do this?

Xannazz and U53ful 1d1o7 would do 3 exclusive arts and 5 battle sketch (of 1-2 hours per sketch) each one, per month (aside of some UI modelling as icons, menus, ragdolls...).  

Root will keep doing 2 exclusive arts with the polls or sketch comics and he will also do 5 sketch battles.

This arts and sketches will be distributed between the tiers.

For example, 1$ tier will receive 1 exclusive art from Xanazz and one from  U53ful 1d1o7, 5$ tier will receive 2 exclusive art from Xanazz and 2 from  U53ful 1d1o7 and +10$ tiers will receive 3 exclusive art from Xanazz and 3 from  U53ful 1d1o7 and 2 exclusive arts or sketch comics from Root. Sketch battles will be public for everyone but we'll only accept suggestions for next sketch battles from patrons.  

All this work will be part of the game too.

We were planning a reward image every time a villager is fully influenced to make it more rewarding. We already have a couple of images on this direction (preview):

Still we're also working to make the mechanics on the villager's influence more fluent.

Once Chapter 2 reaches Beta stage, we'll use all this exclusive arts from Xanazz and  U53ful 1d1o7 as this reward images once the villagers are fully influenced (Since those in-game images from U53ful 1d1o7 and Xanazz will be exclusive arts, they'll be much more accurated and polished than this 2 preview images). Also the sketch comics will be the reward of a completed area, creating a large and assorted gallery in-game, yet not affecting the regular art of the game.
About the sketch battles images, those who've been following us for some time know that we've been planning or a least thinking about including a card game inside Elana, Champion of Lust.

This sketch would be used for the cards of this game and, since we would have three different art styles for similar scenes, opening the possibility of doing a game with three different kind of decks and making it more interesting.  


  1. This may be offtopic but, can you explain me how to progress with scylla storyline? :(

    1. Sorry, it will take some time until we'll work on Scylla again... But she'll appear more on chapter 2 for sure ^^

  2. Sorry for bothering but the free 1.3.3 alpha will be published tomorrow?

  3. Having only root work on the art is a great strategic decision in my opinion. Good job!

  4. I dont know why, but it feels like the art style of Roots is more... "alive" than the pictures in the game that are made by other artists. So to have only Root working on the art is, according to me, a good decision

  5. Thanks a lot for letting us know of the changes you're wanting to introduce.
    I have to admit that redefining which artists work on what art is a great strategy, and one that is sure to pay off. I love Root's art, and as I've mentioned in a previous post, it's one of the main reasons I love this game so much and am supporting it. And so by getting Xanazz and U53ful 1d1o7 to work on art to be used in different elements of the game, it makes a lot more sense :)

    In short: hell yes! This sounds like it should work great ^_^ You've got my support guys!