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Little Nemo and the Nightmare Fiends

Created by Team Nemo

An indie game based on Winsor McCay's groundbreaking comic strip.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Little Nemo pre-GDC update
9 months ago – Tue, Mar 15, 2022 at 11:59:47 AM

Hello dreamers! 

We apologize for being silent the past few weeks. We've recently had some run-ins with COVID on our end but are all recovered and back to it. We've also been keeping our heads down getting game development stuff done in anticipation of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco as well as some other upcoming opportunities. The good news is that the time spent focusing on development has really yielded some great progress! 

Gameplay updates

As we've said before, after the campaign last year, we started rebuilding the characters from scratch into a more final and stable form. If you've never put together characters in a video game before, making the art, animation, collisions, and all other technical parts of 1 character is tough, let alone 4! We're glad to say though that Nemo, Peony, Flip, and the Princess of Slumberland with their different platforming and combat abilities are finally in the game in their more finalized and stable forms, along with a radial menu for swapping between them at the press of a button. 

While there are some small-scale refinements to make, we have also started to flesh out the design of our levels. We've built out Nemo's house and most of the Night Sky, with production on the Mushroom Forest beginning in earnest soon. We've overhauled and tightened up the story and will begin work soon on our scripting system. We've also laid the groundwork of our enemy systems, so expect new monsters in these previews soon! 

On the artwork end, I'll be working on characters in the coming weeks as well as continuing to flesh out our levels. We've also started to finalize our audio asset list with our composer, so look forward to updates on the soundtrack soon! 

Incorporating artwork based on Winsor McCay's original comics in the Night Sky.
The Mushroom Forest
As Nemo explores the house, there will be some fun Easter Eggs to find!
In this "grayboxed" level area (meaning that we haven't added finalized art yet), you can see how character swapping is a quick and fluid process thanks to our radial character menu.

Fulfillment update

Regarding reward fulfillment, we're starting work on that process now. We're going to begin with some of the gameplay-relevant digital content like backers with custom interactive characters (at the Silas tier) first. We're also going to be adding everyone's Discord roles soon. We'll start reaching out to backers with VIP (animated and non-animated) rewards as we put in all the levels later this year so that we can find a good place for everyone in Slumberland. 

If you're testing the game for us ($75+), look forward to news on that soon. We're still finalizing plans, but our hope is to get demos in the hands of backers soon for testing! 

Physical rewards will take a little longer, as we're still working on the game itself and we want the content of those rewards to reflect the whole project - art and music for the whole game - and not just preview materials. We'll keep everyone updated though as we continue the process! 

Social media

If you want some of the absolute latest on the game as it happens, don't forget to follow some of our social media channels, where we update with screenshots as we are working. The game's Facebook page can be found at this link. You can also follow Ben, Adrian, or I at our Twitter accounts (lined in this sentence on our names.) Here, we share some of the rougher "work in progress" stuff as part of indie game dev hashtags like #ScreenshotSaturday. Finally, don't forget to check the Slumberland Discord (I can send a new link later this week), where we also share the latest art and gameplay updates with the community! 


Many thanks!

Chris and Team Nemo

Showing the game at Boston Festival of Indie Games TOMORROW (free online indie festival)
10 months ago – Sun, Feb 06, 2022 at 11:00:27 AM

Dear backers,

Happy Friday! We know that this is short notice (it's been a hectic few weeks), but wanted to make sure we spread the word about Little Nemo and the Nightmare Fiends' appearance tomorrow at the Boston Festival of Indie Games (Boston FIG) Virtual Fest 2022. It's a FREE online exhibition that will happen in Gather.Town between 9 am and 5 pm EST! If you're available (i.e. snowed in like we are) we always love meeting backers! We'll be streaming the game and hanging out. 

Info on the event is here.

We've added Boston FIG to our list of recent festival appearances and awards!

We hope to see you (virtually at least) there! 

Chris and Team Nemo

Developer Stream tonight
10 months ago – Mon, Jan 24, 2022 at 12:50:38 AM

Hi Dreamers!  I'll be streaming development tonight at twitch.tv/pxlplz.  The goal tonight is to get more of Flip's new grapple feature working.  If you want to stop by I'll start streaming about 9:00pm EST and go until about midnight.  Follow me on Twitch to get the go-live announcement.

See you there!

- Ben

Discord access check-in
11 months ago – Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 01:35:48 PM

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Brainstorming Podcast #30: We're back!
11 months ago – Mon, Jan 10, 2022 at 11:15:22 AM

Hey Dreamers! Adrian here.

We're back in action after our holiday hiatus, which means the brainstorming podcast is back as well! This time we're talking about Nemo's house, and the work we've been doing on it since the break. Specifically, we've been chatting about how our level layouts are going to work from a technical standpoint; how do we transition between rooms, what does it look like and how can we accomplish it, and we're using the house to run some experiments. Chris and I begin chatting about the layout and the work I did over break, and Ben joins us about halfway through to discuss the technical considerations so we can begin working on the finished structure.

 Click here to listen/download! 

Those of you watching our social media feeds or the Discord have probably seen the great work Chris has been doing set dressing the areas of the house, adding perspective and background details to rooms and such. 

Image represents game in production and does not represent final gameplay
Image represents game in production and does not represent final gameplay

It's these conversations that keep the momentum driving forward so we can start building cool scenes to show you, so we're always happy to give you a peek into the process. Keep an eye out for more info coming soon! And as always, let us know what you'd like to hear us chat about in the future either on Discord or in the comments!

Until next time Dreamers,

~ Adrian