Sunday, April 20, 2014

InDee Toons Kickstarter cancelled & preparing for relaunch

Reasons for the stop and upcoming changes

With one week left of the funding duration, the Kickstarter of InDee Toons has been cancelled for various reasons:
  • Due to the changes of the concept within the first days of the campaign from stock characters to customizable characters, the rewards had to be changed. 
  • The old rewards that already had pledges, could not be removed, which caused some confusion.
  • Apparently, most people interested in InDee Toons want to have the whole package as the main reward (of course at an affordable price).
Since day one, many things have changed and the direction I am now going with the customization package doesn't fit the concept of separate characters anymore.

The good news is: I learned a lot and I plan to relaunch the project with the whole package of customizable toons as the main focus, containing various theme packs like the pirate pack introduced with the most recent update.
If you haven't seen it yet, you can take a look at the preview of the pirate theme pack here:
Update #3: Introducing the pirate theme pack of customizable toons!

Thanks again to all backers and everybody who supported InDee Toons in Forums, Facebook and on Twitter.

Of course I appreciate any feedback on the campaign, the toons, the new concept and everything else that could help to make the project more attractive and useful.
Happy easter everyone!
I'm looking forward to the relaunch, hopefully together with you.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Introducing the pirate theme pack of customizable toons!

A detailed preview of customizable pirate game characters!

The Kickstarter of InDee Toons has been updated with a preview clip of the new pirate theme pack.

In this clip, you can see some randomly chosen pirate toons with custom heads, skin color, different body shapes and clothes varying in shape, pattern and color.
There are six hats to choose from and two different weapons so far with unique animations.

The custom head generator has evolved into an unstoppable custom character creator with ear rings, eye patches, monocles, blind eyes, a belt, different legs, chests and arms and a simpler way of creating the blinking and talking view of the head: you can now simply change the skin to export them, which allows you to create every frame with a single click, even for heads you have completely customized yourself.

Enjoy the video clip of customizable pirate characters!

We have only 9 days left to make the Kickstarter of InDee Toons a success, so please keep spreading the good word.
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Monday, April 7, 2014

InDee Toons now fully customizable!

Custom head generator, exchangeable body parts and source files included!

InDee Toons now work like paper dolls, the body parts and their attributes can be freely changed

The Kickstarter of InDee Toons has been modified to give developers the opportunity to create their own unique characters, without having to create assets themselves.
A lot of people have requested customization options for InDee Toons, because nobody wants to use the same characters others have in their games.

To achieve this, several changes had to be made:
  • The concept has been simplified, no more standard and epic toons, every toon is now epic!
  • The source files for Spine will be provided for every toon, containing skeleton and animation data
  • The images for the body parts will be provided and can be mixed to create unique toons
  • Every toon now comes with a custom head generator

The custom head generator

As the heart of customization, every toon now has its own custom head generator.
This is a Spine file, allowing you to create a unique head for your toon.
There are different head shapes, hair styles, eyes, ears, noses, and more to choose from.
After selecting the facial features for your toon, you can adjust their position, scale (X and Y), rotation and color.
A long animation with billions of predefined head combinations is also included, together with a copy for the blinking and talking view of the unique head.

Some automatically generated heads created with the custom head generator of a female toon, after application of rim lights.

These adjustments to the project bring you infinite customization options for completely individual 2D game characters.
We have 20 days left on the funding duration of the Kickstarter of InDee Toons and we are about 15% funded at the time of this article.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Have you been april fooled?

Trendy Tim was an april fools joke and will be a free gift to epic backers

Trendy Tim as the kickstarter-exclusive EPIC InDee Toon for the "early giant hawk" reward tier was an april fools joke.
Of course, the backers will decide what the exclusive toons will be.
However, everybody with a pledge at the "early giant hawk" reward tier or higher will get him as a free gift.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Kickstarter-exclusive EPIC toon revealed!

Limited exclusive EPIC toon: Trendy Tim

The limited EPIC toon only available to Kickstarter backers of the "early giant hawk" reward tier will be "Trendy Tim".
That cute guy is modeled on a kickstarter pioneer of adventure game design some of you might know.

You can preview Trendy Tim with all of his animations in the following clip:

This is the first update for the Kickstarter project of InDee Toons.

More InDee Toons video clips will soon be on YouTube

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