Atomic Blog

semi-coherent ramblings from the developers of Atomic Brawl

It’s Hard to Sell Free

Anything of value has an inherent monetary equivalent. When you present someone with an item and offer it for free, it’s not uncommon for them to think “what’s the catch?”. The psychology of free has been well documented, and in most cases “free” implies a level of quality that is not worth charging for. So how can you sell a free video game?

State of the Game - December 11th

Who’s this shady “Ken” character, you ask? Why, it’s me! Chris came down with the flu this week, so I’ll be bringing you the State of the Game in his stead.

This week we cover the deck size changes, and some plans for getting more people into the land of Atomic Brawl.

State of the Game - November 27th

You may of noticed the absence of the State of the Game last week. We’ve decided to move to a guaranteed State of the Game every two weeks. This will allow us to devote more time to development while still keeping everyone in the loop.

This week we cover the most recent patch, along with what didn’t make it into the patch.

State of the Game - November 13th

Balance week! This week we talk about the upcoming balance patch. We know that a lot of the long-timers are quite excited about this one since it should shake up the metagame.

State of the Game - November 6th

Another week, another weekly update. This week we talk a bit about our philosophy on how we balance, our new friends feature, sounds, leagues and cosplay.

Building an Awesome Indie Game Community. The Scary Parts.

When Ken and I started Atomic Brawl, we had many discussions about the type of game we wanted to build. This of course included mechanics, art, and tech – but it also included what we wanted the game to become.

Throughout development, this vision became more clear. We wanted to build a game that people loved. We wanted to build a game that people obsessed over. We wanted to build a community.

State of the Game - October 30th

We’ll let you in on a little secret. While we release these posts on Wednesdays, we actually write them on Tuesday. This Tuesday, however, Ken and I made our way to a local indie meetup to socialize, drink and let some people play Atomic Brawl. With that in mind, this one is briefer (and later) than usual.

State of the Game: October 23rd

Remember last week when we said week when we said we were going to make our State of the Game a weekly feature? We’re happy to report that we’re not dirty liars!

This week we’ll talk about what’s next in our work queue, highlight some interesting community goings-on, and introduce a Random Thing of the Week.

State of the Game: October 16th

We’re bad at blogging. We admit it. A friend (tip of the hat to @mttalxndrgrrtt) recently advised us to write more – this is us taking that advice to heart.

The State of the Game posts will be posted weekly and lay out where the game stands, what we’re working on, or anything else that’s on our mind. Please let us know if you’d like to hear about anything specifically.

This Post Took 3 Years to Write

Three(ish) years agos we began working on Atomic Brawl. Two years ago we thought “maybe we can launch this Christmas”. One(ish) year ago, we thought we would launch in the summer.

Making software is difficult. Making software whose objective is as abstract as fun compounds that.

Last Sunday, we launched Atomic Brawl. Atomic Brawl is an in-browser strategy game where you can take turns in bite-sized chunks, allowing it to fit into any schedule. You collect brawlers, formulate strategies, and compete online against other players.