A lightning-fast indie brawler where bearded drag queens fight over cash tips that rain down from the sky.
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Aug 31, 2022

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Why Early Access?

“I want to involve players all along the way--in every decision! I hope to be able to use Early Access to provide players a sense of ownership in the direction of the game, and a sense of belonging in a community where their voice matters! Early access will allow me to get feedback on characters, character move-sets, levels, and story elements, and will allow me to integrate player-generated ideas for release in the final game. It will also allow me to build out the networked multiplayer components of the game, and test it with diverse audiences from around the globe. I want to be able to test every aspect of the game--including online multiplayer--as much as possible before release so that players have the best experience possible playing Bearded Dragons!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“About 1 year”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The multiplayer is mostly built out, but I'll be working to develop the story mode more, as well as adding new characters, new play modes, and potentially additional special abilities for each character. I'll also be implementing networked play so that players can get the best multiplayer experience possible.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Beta. Local multiple is basically fully implemented, and I'm working to add more levels. Eight out of 16+levels included for testing, with more to be added later. Currently includes a demo version of the single-player story mode, with a few levels, but more levels will be released as they are created.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“I plan to gradually raise the price as I incorporate new content and features.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“I plan to hold regular play-tests to get feedback on new features, and I will ask the community for suggestions on abilities, characters, and levels to add. I've also created tools to allow players to create their own player characters, so that they can be a part of the design process even when I'm not present. I will also invite the community to play test the game's networked multiplayer mode, so that I can ensure players can have the best experience, whether they are across the globe from each other or right next to each other on the couch.

I plan to communicate with the community primarily through the Steam community page, though I will also post synchronous updates to the game's social media pages and my email newsletter. I also hope to hold live AMA's and chats, where fans can learn more about the design process and can provide suggestions for future features.”
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About This Game

Bearded Dragons is a lightning-fast indie brawler that explores identity politics and gender expression through the tongue-in-cheek battles and cash-grabbing antics of bearded drag queens. Players face off in quick-pickup, samurai-style combat, using a variety of attacks and mobility techniques to best their opponents. For every hit landed or smash/kill secured, cash tips rain from the sky, and the player with the most money at the end of the round takes the crown.

In the story mode preview, follow a bearded queen on her journey of self acceptance, as she works to overcome loneliness, poverty, self-doubt, homophobia, and even discrimination from within the drag community. She faces off against headless torsos, street thugs, police officers, and a litany of other drag queens as she goes from busted to dusted and discovers the real meaning of drag.

In the versus mode (Face Off), up to four local players go head to head in quick-pickup combat, controlling a diverse set of bearded drag queens and kings. They explore a range of unique stages representative of real and virtual queer spaces, all the while grabbing as many cash tips as possible.

This is a passion project by a solo-developer, and it will continue to receive updates until it's ready to leave early access.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: 1.2 ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 video memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Intel i7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: (Integrated): Intel HD Graphics or AMD (formerly ATI) Radeon HD Graphics (Discrete): Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 (or greater) or AMD Radeon HD 7600 (or greater)
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 400 MB available space

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