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New Sci-fi Deck Building Game - Free, online, available now. Feedback Requested!

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Fellow Gamers, 

 

I'm announcing my first game I've developed, Galactic Council. I've been working on this project for about a full year now, and I think I've finally honed down the gameplay and interface to a "beta" phase. Or at least an Alpha.5 smile.png

 

That's why I'm here posting today, I need feedback on the game. I know the game too well and thus now suck at doing my own testing. I need to get some people in the game lobby!

 

A bit about the game, it is a deck building science fiction themed card game that utilizes a web interface. If you can open a browser, you should be able to play Galactic Council - no download required (just the most recent version of your preferred web browser and up-to-date Javascript.)

 

Here's a screencap: 

game_Jan2013.jpg

 

 

Time for some links.

 

A tutorial video for deck building games:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv2O9gGxhMg

-A video explaining the basic concepts of a deck building game with a traditional deck of cards. Check it out if you've never heard of a deck building game before.

 

This is the tutorial I've constructed for the game: 

http://www.samthewebsiteguy.com/galacticcouncil/onepage/tutorial/

-I'd also appreciate feedback on game's tutorial - let me what does and does not make sense to you.

 

Read a bit about what the entire project is about here:

http://www.samthewebsiteguy.com/galacticcouncil/promo_content/about_this_project.php

 

Finally, the game's lobby can be found here:

http://www.samthewebsiteguy.com/galacticcouncil/onepage/lobby.php

-You can create a game and wait for another player to join you, or you can copy and paste a generated link to a friend - easy peasy!

 

 

Please check it out for me and let me know what you think! See you in game.

Sam "h1ff" Minnis

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