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This is my first public indie game. My goal is to create a game in which you make your own dungeon while defending it from Heroes.

Dungeon Colony is a game influenced by one of my favorite games - Dungeon Keeper - and it adds Tower Defense waves of enemies with resource collection and crafting.

The game is in alpha and many features are not complete yet. I am updating the game quite regularly, sometimes multiple times a week. Download the alpha release on the web-site at www.DungeonColony.com. The game requires Java and it auto-updates itself if a new version is available.

About the game:

Dungeon Colony is a 2D fantasy real-time strategy game in which you take control over a Dungeon Lord and his loyal Minions to explore and build a Dungeon and save your colony from the brink of extinction. Command your Minions to dig out tunnels and rooms, craft items from resources they collect, and set up traps to defend your new home against greedy heroes. The mountain harnesses powerful magic that has the potential to give you control over the lands around you. But it's up to you to uncover its secrets before you are overrun by your enemies.

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1 comment by w01fram on Aug 15th, 2014

It's been almost 2 weeks since I've had a larger sale where you were able to set your own price and buy Dungeon Colony for as little as $0.01, yes one cent. The reason for the sale was the completion of version 0.2.1.x - Game Audio. I love these kinds of sales as they give everyone a chance to get the game and play it during alpha development. This can be a really good thing if you need to get a bit more feedback from actual players. And so it did: The response was great and the demand crippled my server. Moreover, I received an influx of emails which took an eternity to respond to. To overcome all of these issues I created a new way for players to communicate with me which I'm releasing today in version 0.2.2.14 (Try it now here free).

The In-Game Feedback System with Votes:

In order to organize all the bugs, comments, questions and feature requests in one place, I've long been wanting to use a forum of some sort where players can post such things. One solution had been to use an existing forum that's on some website, but there are forums just about everywhere: There is a forum on steam, indiedb, tigsource etc. And players have submitted bugs on all those platforms before, which leaves me with the problem that bugs are scattered around the web making it difficult for me to track them.

As a result I'm releasing a new experimental system where players can send me feedback from within the game.This system can be accessed from the Main Menu (see 'Feedback' button), but you have to be a registered user in order to send me something. Demo users do not have access to this.

The following screenshot is the Feedback List page. It shows all of the currently open bugs, suggestions, questions and feedback:


Any feedback that is submitted will not be shown immediately on the list page. I will first review it to make sure it is relevant and not spammy.

Vote Count, Up-votes, and Yes/No Votes:

Every player who as purchased an account gains access to the voting system. There are 4 categories of requests:

  • Bugs
  • Suggestions
  • Questions
  • Feedback

Users can vote on each of these categories, however, for bugs and suggestions each player gets only a total of 2 votes to distribute. For example, if a player likes a particular feature request she can vote for it. That leaves her with another vote to be used on another feature request or another bug. Votes cannot be undone. So be careful what you vote on. However, once a bug or suggestion has been completed, the vote is recycled back to the player, which she can use again on another item.

On the other hand, votes for Questions and Feedback are unlimited and help reveal the more interesting questions or feedback submissions.

Bugs, questions and feedback can only be up-voted, which causes the most voted item to appear at the top of the list. Suggestions on the other-hand have a YES or NO vote. This should help me determine the sentiment of the community over each feature request and whether I will end up creating it or not. Suggestions are merely for smaller feature requests and I will generally not take any larger game design requests.


The above screenshot shows how a request is submitted.

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Dungeon Colony Open Alpha

Dungeon Colony Open Alpha

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mairazl
mairazl Nov 29 2013, 4:09pm says:

Hey there! I hadn't played this game in a while and now that I did I'd like to give some suggestions, if I may.
Can you have the heads of the minions appear in the gui so that I don't have to scroll the screen to find them?
I'm still having a hard time finding and killing boars. Isn't it possible to make them killable by right clicking them after left clicking them, as it currently is to fell trees?
The dungeon master walks too slow!
I understand that the mountain should be black in the map before you explore it, but I find it really annoying that the forest around it also is. Surely the minions surveyed the area before settling down in the cave?
Oh, one more thing. A hero destroyed my workbench and I got stuck, I think... If I understand it right, there's no way to make a new one?
Btw, I still love this game! Thanks for making it!

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w01fram Creator
w01fram Dec 2 2013, 1:19am replied:

Hi... Thanks for the feedback and suggestions. Got some follow up questions/answers for you:

The heads of the minions in the gui: Do you mean like a short-cut ? so that you can click on it (the shortcut) and them have the map center around the unit you selected ? One of my tasks is actually to allow the player to store units in the numbers 0-9, like most RTS allow you to do.

Boars: Yes, I shall add a bit more at start up. FYI, over time, boars do reproduce.

Workbench: You can have a Minion build a workbench in his own inventory. Make the minion collect a few wood (best harvest a large tree). Then open the minion's inventory (select the minion and click on the bag button on the right hand side). From there, craft the workbench as usual.

As for the rest, I have noted your suggestions and weigh those along with other feedback. If enough testers suggest the same thing I will change it.

THANK YOU!

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fkuva
fkuva Nov 20 2013, 6:28am says:

keep it up (y)

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Gn0meSlice
Gn0meSlice Oct 14 2013, 6:30pm says:

Tracking, but it would be nice to have a video of some sort.

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w01fram Creator
w01fram Nov 21 2013, 5:17pm replied:

Yes, I'm going to start working on one soonish. I'll post it here when it's done.

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Kacktus
Kacktus Sep 27 2013, 5:49pm says:

I like what I've seen this far. But please, work on the controls. The whole left-click - right-click stuff is kinda confusing imho. Not in the general strategy control, but mainly when it comes to placing crafted objects (standard procedure in RTS games is left click to select building -> left click place / right click abort, what you're doing is left click abort/ right click place) and crafting stuff. The crafting menu in itself is something I find rather unusual and to some extent unneccesary in a RTS game.
Damn, this ended up sounding way more negative than I actually feel about it. Don't get it wrong, I like the game so far. It's really promising.

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w01fram Creator
w01fram Sep 28 2013, 1:20pm replied:

Thanks Kacktus & WolveNZ for the comments. Yes, the left/right click will be changed before beta, since I want to also make it work uniformly on tablets.

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WolveNZ
WolveNZ Sep 28 2013, 6:51am replied:

Yea, the crafting system took awhile to figure out, but I do like it as it makes sense with the work bench (ie, the avaliable workspace)

really needs more explaination, that im sure will come on later builds

With the Right Click/Left Click, Really does need re-doing, might be worth putting out builds with differnt forms of Clicking and having a poll to see whats best, I find right now its very easy to get a bit confused and move stuff around by mistake etc... and Selection Minion while moving is quite hard, maybe remoave the selectability of grounds?

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Kacktus
Kacktus Sep 28 2013, 1:39pm replied:

Sounds like a plan. My idea of buildings structures would be more like a normal RTS game though: you issue the construction of a structure, and guys get to work carrying stuff to the site, and once all is there, boom.

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w01fram Creator
w01fram Sep 28 2013, 1:22pm replied:

My plan is to also allow players to configure the keys. But I also like the polling idea =).

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