Join me on a trip back in time.  My wife brought up some boxes I had stashed away in the basement so I could sort through them and decide what should be thrown away.  Earlier today I posted my archelogical findings on twitter (@plaidhatgames).

The year is 2009.  You can see that many of the things that have come out recently were in development back before the game even launched to the public.

The deeper I dug the deeper back in time we go.  Here is the earliest Summoner Wars prototype.  It was played on a felt board that I hand drew a grid on with a whiteout pen.

Finally this bloated monstrosity is a game I made that predates Summoner Wars.  It went by the name Summoner's Quest.

This concludes today's Summoner Wars history lesson.


Comments


Uncleeurope commented:

It looks like we have some SE, BD, FK, and VG. Very cool. In a geeky kinda way...

Posted on 2012-10-09.

tortugatron commented:

Auction the prototype off instead of throwing it away?

Posted on 2012-10-09.

joepinion commented:

Ahh! The parasite. Wow lol. My question is, I don't see any faction markings... was the game at any point going to be totally free build or was it always factions from the beginning?

Posted on 2012-10-09.

freezinpee commented:

Behind the scenes, evolution. Thank you for sharing

Posted on 2012-10-09.

Fataliomega commented:

In screenshot two, I see two interesting drawings.

The Hydrake and the Vanguard footman drawings either look inspired from, or directly copied from, the strategy computer game Heroes of Might and Magic V. The Hyrdrake looks very similar to the upgraded hydra in that game, the Vanguard fella looks very similar to the upgraded squire.

No shame in this, mind you. I just thought it was neat!

Posted on 2012-10-09.

thenightsshadow commented:

So Ice Elemental became Thwarter, Parasites always had the Life Drain ability, Reavers were way worse (Undying only worked when attacked by commons).

Interesting...

Posted on 2012-10-09.

tristak commented:

huh, walls had 12 life in the beginning it looks like

Posted on 2012-10-09.

I LIKE TAU! commented:

Fire Drake had 8 lives! I want to try that. Reaper looks like it has a summon cost of 1, too.

Posted on 2012-10-09.

Classicsmiley commented:

Grenade marker FTW!

Posted on 2012-10-09.

hextr1p commented:

Wow, those pics take me way back!

I remember when Colby first showed me the art he'd quickly put together (second pic), asking if I could help him out with graphics. The first image at the top shows the original design I came up with for the unit cards, which eventually evolved into the template we use today.

@JOEPINION: I'm fairly certain that factions had always been a part of the game, even in the early stages. In the top two images, you can see the different factions identified by colors (much the same way they are now).

@FATALIOMEGA: When Colby was first putting art together for the game to help make his prototype more "shiny", he did take images from various sources to use as placeholders in order to better convey visual direction regarding the look, feel, and theme of the game. Though never with the intent to steal the images or use on the final them and violate copyright laws.

Posted on 2012-10-09.

Killer Lawnmower commented:

Very, very cool.

Posted on 2012-10-09.

esper88 commented:

This is... amazing and inspiring. The game we know and love started out on pieces of computer paper- there's something so surreal about that. Thanks for this post.

Posted on 2012-10-09.

Phoenixio commented:

Haa, I knew there was something familiar with the top art. Looked a lot like yours, Hextr1p, and for a reason :)

I'm also glad the art evolved with more direction. The top picture show nice art, but without the same level of restrains for a faction. Old Parasite, for example, took colors closer to the Bender's style in the final product, and each faction got specialized more.

Is it possible to view that old art somewhere? On your website? I'm curious as to what the Fallen Kingdom's whole set looked like...

Posted on 2012-10-09.

I LIKE TAU! commented:

It seems like everyone wants more on this, including me.

Posted on 2012-10-09.

Roderic_Cliche commented:

Any old Dwarf stuff floating around, or is what we see what we get? :)

Posted on 2012-10-09.

hextr1p commented:

@PHOENIXIO: I might be mistaken, but I think you're referring to the character art. I didn't have much to do with that outside of coming up with the colors. Original character illustrations for 'Summoner Wars' are by John Ariosa. Gary Simpson also does character art now, as well.

As the graphic designer, I developed the layout for the cards (fonts, composition, textures, and icons). I also put together the color palettes for each faction (which the illustrators then use when putting together the character art), and I also designed the faction logos.

So to sum that all up, when looking at a unit card, if you take away the character art, I created everything else.

Posted on 2012-10-09.

Phoenixio commented:

Ahh, my bad, this was a case of two personalities I thought were actually one. Thanks for pointing it out. I feel silly now. :P

As for the layout, it did evolve, but the whole idea was there already. Nice job!

Posted on 2012-10-09.

hextr1p commented:

@PHOENIXIO: Not at all a problem. There are cases where the illustrator and graphic designer are one in the same. Thankfully, Plaid Hat Games is fortunate enough to work with a few talented illustrators (John Ariosa, Gary Simpson, and Sergi Marcet). This allows Peter Wocken and myself, as the graphic designers, to focus on everything else needed in order to visually and mechanically make the games look nice and shiny!

Posted on 2012-10-09.

tortugatron commented:

Anything in that pile that will surface with second summoners?

Posted on 2012-10-09.

Caleb Wolfbrand commented:

So cool! Thanks for sharing.

Posted on 2012-10-10.

BTBAM commented:

Does that say Mind Witch or Mr Nice? Please tell me there is a unit named Mr. Nice...

Posted on 2012-10-10.

tristak commented:

That's what I thought it said at first


Posted on 2012-10-10.

champrjk commented:

Very cool behind the scenes look at things. I enjoy this sort of thing very much.


Posted on 2012-10-10.

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