Ancient Beast is a turn based strategy indie game project, played online against other people, featuring a wide variety of items and creatures to acquire and put to good use in order to defeat your opponents. Ancient Beast is free, open source and developed by Freezing Moon (and community). It uses technologies such as HTML, PHP, and JavaScript, so it is playable from any modern browser without the need of plugins. This project was carefully designed to be easy to learn, fun to play and hard to master. We hope you'll enjoy it!

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If you have been keeping an eye on the project, you probably know how much it has been struggling gameplay wise, since beginning. Hopefully that won't be the case for much longer. We wanna take things to the next level!

Current project status. The playable prototype has been tested in action for countless times by me and others, as I was constantly playing it on the same machine with buddies, or even with fans and testers from all around the world, by having me share my desktop using TeamViewer and taking turns with the cursor; also other fans did it on their own and constantly reported glitches and other issues. When something was bad, there was a flood of comments, emails and new github issues all addressing the same problems. This resulted in a lot of gameplay improvements and unit balancing, therefore most unit abilities got heavily tweaked and even totally revamped, sometimes even more than once, as many times as it takes to get the right feel required. We don't have deadlines and we're not forced to sit in some office while eagerly awaiting for the time to pass faster so that we can run home, eat sleep and repeat. Hell no, we do this out of passion and that sometimes means being stuck in limbo for quite a while until getting things straight and then we move on. The prototype was coded from scratch by one of the 3d artists volunteering on the project while building a portfolio, since he was a Heroes of Might and Magic 3 fan and also liked our concept art. He could have made useless fanart boosting some greedy lame phat franchise some more, but instead he decided helping out a project that was (and still is) in dire need.

Are you a javascript coder? We're looking for someone both capable and reliable who is also passionate about game development and has a hunger for tech related stuff. I'm talking long term collaboration, mainly working on this project, but I personally guarantee there are also a few other projects down the road. Anyway, one step at a time: for now to focus on fixing the current game prototype, which is currently rather broken for a while now.

The first step is to have about 20-25 units fully playable in the next 2-3 months; each creature has 4 abilities (passive one, basic attack and 2 more advanced abilities), which will get a small upgrade after a number of rounds or uses (so it will be a small condition with a bonus to the ability). After that the focus will be online multiplayer, since desktop sharing is not for everyone, as it's heavy on bandwidth, harder to set-up, nerdier and requires a bit of trust, so it's a no brainer that the project needs to do things the right way as soon as possible. You can apply via the Google Form. Main keywords: Javascript, Phaser (Lazer) and Backend-as-a-Service (Baas).

If you want to know a bit more about the project, feel free to read the latest number of BlenderArt Magazine, you can read it online over here.

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Let's Play A Match

Let's Play A Match

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I'm looking for a couple of testers (especially youtubers) to play a match of Ancient Beast against me (the project founder) while we voice chat and record...

Version 0.2 release date event!

Version 0.2 release date event!

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Version 0.2 has been scheduled for release on 15th June! This version will include more playable creatures, such as Uncle Fungus, Gumble and Abolished...

New great project around

New great project around

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Hello! Was told quite a few times to get this project here on indiedb. To be honest I'm not very familiar with this website overall, but slowly starting...

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Shadowolfy
Shadowolfy

How's work on the game going?

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DreadKnight666 Creator
DreadKnight666

Heya! Now you can subscribe to our new mailing list from here Ancientbeast.com - just enter your email address in that field!

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DreadKnight666 Creator
DreadKnight666

Sorry for late reply, I don't get an email notification hmm. Big refactoring going on along with engine update, will write more details on the website soon in the first development log.

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DreadKnight666 Creator
DreadKnight666

The project is now on reddit! Join and make some noise yo!
Reddit.com

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DreadKnight666 Creator
DreadKnight666

The project is now listed on Steam Projects (GreenLight), any support appreciated! Steamcommunity.com

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prof__yogert
prof__yogert

heroes of might and magic 2, now thats bringing me back to the glory days, i absolutely loved that game and its been LONG overdue to have a new game of that style,tracking, looks great, good luck in your future. really hope it does well

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DreadKnight666 Creator
DreadKnight666

We now have a mailing list, I'm trying to populate the list to at least 50 subscribers before sending the first update, I invite you to sign up from this widget Ancientbeast.com

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DreadKnight666 Creator
DreadKnight666

Big thanks! I haven't actually played HoMM2, but I'm a big HoMM3 fan. I do think HoMM2 has awesome graphical style, Ancient Beast will hopefully have a pixel sprite art pack as well eventually to resemble the old-school style even more for those who prefer that better.

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DreadKnight666 Creator
DreadKnight666

The game is becoming more and more playable and even if it doesn't have online multiplayer for now being just hotseat, it can be played just fine using desktop sharing software such as Teamviewer.com or maybe even Samesurf.com
I want to gather more people who I can play Ancient Beast with and figure out more bugs and issues.
Also I want to record a gameplay video for 0.2 against a player that's rather challenging.
If you're interested in playing against me or maybe others, feel free to reply with your skype username in this thread.

My skype is dk.vali
so add me up ^^

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Esciron
Esciron

Really awesome project, congratulations guys.

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DreadKnight666 Creator
DreadKnight666

We now have a mailing list, I'm trying to populate the list to at least 50 subscribers before sending the first update, I invite you to sign up from this widget Ancientbeast.com

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DreadKnight666 Creator
DreadKnight666

Cheers! Check out the v0.2 release on 15th June, we're working hard to meet all the proposed goals ^^

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