Community Announcements - Kent
Hey, everyone, we're very excited to announce The Orthogonal Games Bundle! It packages Near Death with The Novelist for a $5 discount, and if you already own one of the games you still get a discount on the other one.

So spread the world and tell your friends.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Joe Donnelly)

The Novelist was a thoughtful hands-off Poltergeist-meets-Gone Home-type endeavor, and Near Death [official site] marks a distinct change in direction for developers Orthogonal Games. Announced yesterday, the Californian outfit’s upcoming survival-a-thon pits you against the elements and is the result of the developer’s lifelong fascination with Antarctica. Come see it in motion after the drop.

… [visit site to read more]

Community Announcements - Kent
Hey, everyone, just a quick note to let you know that the Humble Store is doing its Spring Sale for the next two weeks.

The Novelist is on sale there for a cool $5.09, and it comes with a Steam key so it's a great way to pick the game up for your Steam library. If you've already got it, tell your friends or gift it to them. :)

Have a good weekend!
Community Announcements - Kent
Players have been requesting this for quite some time, so I’m very excited to announce that trading cards have been added to The Novelist! There are 6 cards, 3 profile backgrounds, 6 emoticons, and of course 6 badge levels.

It was really fun revisiting the game after a long time away from working on it, and while I’m not sure achievements will ever be the right fit (they might clash with the story content), I think trading cards are a nice addition to the experience.

To celebrate the new feature, I’m also putting the game on sale for 40% off ($8.99). So if you’re looking for some new cards to gather and trade, fire the game up and start collecting!
Community Announcements - Kent
Hey, everyone! The game is on sale at 70% off as part of the Steam Halloween Sale, and to celebrate I wrote a new blog post over on the game's site. The Novelist is full of references to old horror movies, so I created a guide that lists all of the specific references, complete with fun movie clips from the horror flicks.

I think it's a pretty fun read ... check it out here!
Sep 8, 2014
Community Announcements - Kent
Hey everyone, I just wanted to make a quick post letting you know that The Novelist is on sale for $5.99 over at the Humble Store. You can also pick it up directly at the game's website.

Each purchase comes with a Steam key, so it's a good way to support the game, support charity, and still add the game to your Steam library.

Spread the word!
May 6, 2014
Community Announcements - Kent
Hey, everyone, I wanted to quickly let you know the game is part of the Humble Spring Sale here.

I didn't know that the Humble Spring Sale was coming when I put the game on a Weeklong Deal here last month, and unfortunately there is a two-month waiting period for sales here on Steam. This means that I'm prevented from reflecting the same 50% discount here on Steam. :-/

That said, Humble sales do come with a Steam key, so you can buy it there and then activate your game on Steam via your Humble account.

Sorry for the confusion, but I hope you enjoy the deal!
Apr 7, 2014
Community Announcements - Kent
Hey everyone, just a quick note to let you know that the game is 50% off this week as part of Steam's Weeklong Deals.

There's also a new patch to the game with two important changes.

You can read more about everything here.
Announcement - Valve
Today's Deal: Save up to 85% on select games!
Offer ends Sunday at 10AM Pacific Time.

Community Announcements - Kent
Hey everyone, I know it's been a while since I've posted but today's a big day for The Novelist!

First off, the game is currently on sale for 40% off to celebrate Valentine's Day. The sale will run from today, February 14th, at 10am PST until Sunday February 16th at 10am PST, so take advantage of the discount this weekend and tell your friends to do the same!

But the sale isn't the only news; today there's also a big update to the game that adds two features players have been asking for: customizable controls and a Linux version. There are also a number of bug fixes in the build. Here are the full patch notes:

Major Changes
  • Added Linux support
  • Added customizable controls
  • Upgraded to Unity 4.3, which brings performance and memory improvements
Minor Changes
  • Improved rendering of thoughts above character heads to reduce popping
  • Added animation to the loading screen
  • Disabled the ability to flicker lights during sleeping sequences
  • Improved audio handling of character interactions
  • Fixed a bug where menu option descriptions would incorrectly show
  • Fixed a bug where resolutions below 800x600 could be selected
  • Fixed a bug where “The Story So Far” text would be misaligned on Retina displays
  • Fixed a rare bug where players would not be able to view objectives if they quit during a specific point in the intro
  • Fixed a bug where some UI elements would scale incorrectly in high resolutions
  • Fixed a typo in the objective screen
  • Fixed a black outline on the loading screen in some resolutions
  • Fixed a bad lighting seam in the art studio
  • Fixed a typo in a playtester’s name (sorry, Aaron!)
The patch brings the game to version 1.1. It was fun bringing the game up to this latest release, and I'm very happy with the polish and performance it adds.

And there are a few other bits of Novelist news. First, I'll have the game at the SXSW Gaming Expo, where it's been nominated for the Gamer's Voice Award. The show runs from March 7th to 9th, so if you're in Austin stop by the expo floor and say hi. It's free!

And lastly, I'll be talking about the dynamic narrative systems in The Novelist at GDC. If you're attending the show and you want to know how the underlying story systems in the game work, I'll be explaining them in detail. It's going to be a busy month and a half, so I'm looking forward to some downtime once GDC wraps up.

That's all I've got for now. As for what's next, I'm toying with a few ideas. New platforms for The Novelist? Novelist-related apps? Kicking off a new game altogether? I'm not quite sure yet, but it's an exciting time. Thanks, as always, to everyone who's supported the game or shared a kind word. I hope you enjoy the new update!

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