Concealed Intent is a simultaneous turn-based game of tactical space combat. Players control their ships in a fully 3D world - hunting down their enemies, just as they are being hunted themselves. In Concealed Intent you know your enemies are out there, but not exactly where, or even what they are.
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April 6

Version 1.2.0 Released

The Concealed Intent 1.2 release is out now! You may remember I said it would be out before the end of March. My apologies I am a week late, but on the bright side I now know a great deal about password hashing and HTTPS.

Tell me about the 1.2 Update

Among the bug fixes and minor improvements there are a few niceties added. Truly randomly generated skirmish maps (the 3 ‘?' option when configuring a skirmish). The Skirmish configuration page will now remember the last settings and return to it on restart, or just after a scenario. Also, there are two new types of drone: the Stealth Drone, an underpowered laser drone with some countermeasures; and the Detonation Drone, a heavy drone mounting an improved multi-pulse laser that unfortunately has a 95% chance of exploding when fired. Have fun!

The biggest change is a new version of the game without Steam’s DRM. This will go up on other online stores like Humble and Itch.io. However, that does not seem fair to Steam purchasers. Thus if you send me a message from your Steam account (so I can confirm you have a copy of the game in your Steam account) I will send you a link to a a non-DRM version download. Personally, I would not recommend this, the Steam DRM version is the best version as it handles online logins, challenges and turn notifications automatically for the player, but if you have a philosophical problem with DRM (then why are you using Steam?) there is the non-DRM version available.

The full list of changes is below. It is sadly a little shorter than I had hoped as the some items took far longer than anticipated.

What is next?

As always any bug fixes will take priority over other tasks. Assuming I am not busy fixing issues, I will be completing all the tasks required to move to another country/continent in May (tasks which have been delayed a week while finishing this update). Afterwards there will hopefully be time for some work on my next game.

So, the plan is I will get back to the Concealed Intent towards the end of this year with work on a 1.3 update. That will start with the items left out of this 1.2 release due to running out of time. Then back to working down the list of suggestions (I read them all). As I get closer to starting, there will be a post here with more details.

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Current Version: 1.2.0 (6th April 2017)

Known Issues:
* See Forum thread: http://steamcommunity.com/app/374150/discussions/0/490125103634714520/

Immediate Roadmap:
* Bugfixes

1.1.3 (14th November 2016) -> 1.2.0 (7th April 2017)
* Fix online server bug where signature for movement incorrectly calculated
* Speed of pulse and multi-pulse lasers now scaled by turn time
* Online refresh button
* Non-Steam online login screens and system
* State more explicitly that the helper ships in various missions are controlled by the player
* Randomly generated map option in skirmishes
* Make randomly generated Gather skirmishes a little easier
* Resize turn control according to screen size
* Fix crash bug when an unarmed entity attempts to orbit at optimal weapons range
* Added Stealth Drone
* Added Detonation Drone
* Remove Steam ContentPrep from OSX builds
* Check the player is visible at the start of a mission and move the camera if not
* Fix bug where focussing on a ship could move the camera behind a natural (blocking the focussed view)
* Store and display last skirmish settings between restarts and scenarios
* Fix bug on Linux builds in certain countries where ships' decimal stats are incorrectly parsed
* Fix bug where friends' Steam status is requested multiple times in a row due an incorrectly sized sliding window

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February 15

Events and Updates

Hello everyone,

A few events have recently occurred, with a few more on the horizon. Thus it is time to replan work for the next couple months. First the important stuff - what I'll be doing. Then I'll explain why.

Concealed Intent 1.2 Update

It has been too long since touching the Concealed Intent codebase. I'm getting withdrawal symptoms. Over the next month or so I will start work on an update to Concealed Intent. Aiming for around 3 weeks worth of work, plus testing. Assuming I haven't forgotten too much, it should be out by the end of March.

The first and main task of this update will be producing a version of the game without Steam DRM. Then a couple of new gameplay features will be added (a truly random map option in skirmishes, new drones). I have collected a few good suggestions to improve the UI, and I hope to get them done too. If there is still time after that I'll just keep going through my list.

What is Steam DRM doing in Concealed Intent?

Concealed Intent uses Steam DRM to identify and authenticate players. This information allows the game to automatically login players into the online system without the need for a username or password. This is why you can start Concealed Intent and immediately play online. The problem with Steam DRM is that it locks the game to the Steam platform, which is not a bad thing for people playing the game on Steam, but means I can't sell the game on other platforms.

Considering the potential impact of Steam Direct (see below), I think it is important to loosen this restriction on myself. Players on Steam will not notice any difference, but it will mean I can sell non-Steam versions of the game. These non-Steam versions will have online registration, logon and password recovery screens (and players will need to login before playing online), but will otherwise be the exactly same.

Steam Direct?

Steam Direct will be Valve's replacement for Steam Greenlight as the method to get a game onto Steam. Coming in a few months, it will require a flat fee be paid to Valve in return for each game added to the Steam platform. Estimates of this fee range from US$100 to US$5000. At the bottom of this range I fail to see how the fee will have desired effect (preventing exploitative games). At the high end of the range some small devs, like me, will struggle.

I should point out that I know Valve has every right to organise their platform how they want, and their stated goal is laudable. However, as a small indie dev it would be very easy to be crushed by any changes as an unfortunate, unintended and unnoticed side effect. Although I think it likely that the fee will fall towards the low end of Valve's range and I will probably be ok, it is still a wake up call. At the moment I am completely dependent on the Steam ecosystem and Valve's benevolence. To protect myself, I am going to start looking towards other platforms. Thus the non-Steam DRM version of Concealed Intent as an initial learning exercise and start upon this path.

What happens after Concealed Intent 1.2?

First, I will fix any bugs that appear. Otherwise I will get back to work on my next game and look to start promoting it. However, this will be affected by the fact I will be moving country around May. This is likely to also require me to find a new job as developing games will not pay the bills in the vastly more expensive country I will soon reside. I cannot make any guarantees as to what I can achieve in the the second half of the year. However, I hope to finish my second game and release another small Concealed Intent update.

So what have you been doing the last couple of months?

After taking a break over the holiday season, I have started work on a new game. I don't have a name yet and it is still all developer artwork (amazingly ugly!). So I am not ready to show people or talk much about it yet, although I am happy with the way it is progressing. Right now it has reached a natural pause point. After finishing the CI update I will get back to it with some refactoring, prettifying and expanding out of the already completed vertical slice of gameplay. Oh, and decide upon a name. Then it was supposed to be time for Greenlight... not sure what will happen now.

I have also been playing games again! While developing CI, there was little time to play games, but now I set aside a couple of hours per week to play games of interest or just from my backlog. To help keep this up I record my sessions and put them up at A Gamedev Plays... on YouTube.


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About This Game

Concealed Intent is a simultaneous turn-based game of tactical space combat. Players control their ships in a fully 3D world - hunting down their enemies, just as they are being hunted themselves. In Concealed Intent you know your enemies are out there, but not exactly where, or even what they are.

To defeat your enemies you need to devise a range of strategies to gain enough information to successfully shoot at them. All the while they are trying to do the same to you.



Space is big and empty. Finding something can be like looking for a needle in a haystack, but there is nowhere for the needle to hide. To stay concealed a ship needs to fade into the background as much as possible. Everything a ship does will signal its presence and increase the ability of those nearby to detect it. A big ship may blot out stars as it passes. Heat from engines can be detected against the cold of the void. Lasers can be traced back to their origin. Eventually as detection increases, a firing solution can be calculated so that a beam of coherent light a few millimeters in diameter can cross thousands of kilometers to strike an evasive enemy - hidden no longer!

Key Features

  • Turn-based - play at your own pace
  • Single player campaign
  • Instant procedural PvE skirmishes, with various objectives:
    • Duel - Head to head duel, only one team can survive!
    • Bases - Destroy the enemy base for victory.
    • Waves - Endless waves of enemies assaulting your base, how long can you hold them off?
    • Savior - A number of civilian shuttles are trying to reach a base while under attack, can you identify friend or foe quickly enough to save them all?
  • Challenge your friends to online PvP duels & play at your own pace - over minutes, days or weeks.
  • Numerous playable ship types with configurable offensive and defensive ship components
  • Rewatch turns
  • User editable colors - colour-blind friendly
  • Non-cheating AI - all the AI enemies have no more information than the Player would have in the same situation, and the same equipment
  • Further skirmish options - set the number of player and enemy ships, apply modifiers (like "Harder AI" or "Loot Drops"), or even change the loadout of your opponent.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7/8
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 +
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.8 +
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 +
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 +
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 +
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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