Community Maps Spotlight #11

Happy Friday all!

What an exciting week it’s been. We had the launch of the PlayStation 4 version on Tuesday, and also discussed a bit more about what you can expect from future updates of Wargroove, including a sneak peak of the new map editor tool ‘gizmos’ in action!

There’s still plenty more to reveal this year, including the brand new content we currently have in development, as well as something else… But more on that soon!

Before we start, our congratulations goes out to Red-Jams, the winner of the community-run Groove of War tournament! The Grand Finals took place on Thursday night, with Red-James vs Vitto, streamed on Twitch by host GimbleB. A big thanks goes to the Groove of War tournament organiser team who did a fantastic job of running the sessions. If you’d like to find out more about competitive play or get involved ready for the next tournament, feel free to join the Groove of War Discord.

Alright, on with the maps!

1. Forgotten Island by MeowMeow – Code: R7FVVNXQ

This nicely arranged island archipelago map is designed for 1v1 play, connected by numerous bridges and book-ended by two Towers to support both ground and air unit play. We liked its simplistic design, based around a smaller map size to encourage fast play. The creator recommends trying out recruiting a few Balloons for easier movement around across the stretches of water.

2. Obstacle One by Bust Baby – Code: XTV6NV47

This puzzle map by Bust Baby is a great brain-teaser, with some false leads to try and coax you to down the wrong road.  Having some units (the Knight, Wagon and Spearman) locked behind gates poses an extra challenge that you’ll need to resolve in order to take out Emeric in just one turn! Remember to use those crits and your Groove to your advantage…

3. Hyper Arcade – Outlaws by Eevee – Code: HZ6672C9

We love playing through quirky custom campaigns – especially those with a sprinkling of humour! The story of Hyper Arcade introduces a rather unique Commander, Steve the Outlaw, an Archer who has gone up in the world, netting himself his very own Groove called ‘Revolution’, which allows him to take control of adjacent enemy structures and puts all friendly structures back to 100% health. Each level plays out Arcade style, where you fight against a different main story Commander, using Steve’s Groove to steer you to victory. A lot of love and effort has gone into making this one, so be sure to check it out!

Last but not least, our first Community Choice Award winner, as voted by players on the Wargroove subreddit:

Community Choice Award: Life in 19×19 v1.5 by Fadedsun – Code: DY6YWXV2

Life in 19×19 is a straight-forward skirmash map designed for 1v1 competitive play. Creator Fadedsun created the map with the intention of designing a battlefield where Wargroove players new to the competitive scene could learn more about PvP. User Red-Halo from the Groove of War tournament community also recommended Life in 19×19, describing it as “really popular map in competitive play” and that the design allows reasonably quick play to boot!

That’s all we have for today. If you’re making maps this weekend, do submit your wonderful designs on this thread via the Wargroove subreddit for the chance to be crowned the Community Choice Award winner next time! And if you’re just in it for the map fodder, don’t forget to vote for your favourite.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

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Future Tactics!

Hi everyone!

Happy Wargroove PS4 launch day! Wargroove is now officially available on the PlayStation Store across European and North American regions, so we hope PS4 fans will enjoy delving into the game today – thanks again for all your patience while the PS4 version was finalised.

But that’s not all we have for you today.

The Wargroove Discord members among you may have seen that last week Chucklefish CEO Tiy divulged some information on what the development team are currently working on, and details on what you can expect in upcoming minor and major patches across all versions. Today we wanted to go into a little more detail!

An official caveat though, the below isn’t a finalised list of content, nor can we 100% confirm that all of these features will make it into the upcoming updates, as some are still in development / testing stages, so keep that in mind! Updates also still need to go through various approval processes, so we can’t estimate exact release dates just yet.

So what’s next for Wargroove?

While we’ve been keeping our heads-down in development since the last major QoL patch, we’re constantly reading and listening to feedback from all around the player-base – be that from the online competitive scene, map-making fans as well as casual players who are keen to see more content to get stuck into. As such we have 3 updates in the works:

v1.3.0 ‘Minor’ Patch

  • Korean Language will be added! 이제 워그루브를 한국어로 만나보실 수 있습니다!
  • Bug fixes
  • Some technical stuff laying the foundation for PC Mod support

PC Mod Support Patch – PC Only

  • Adds mod support via Steam Workshop – check out this Commander mod preview where we recruited one of our office dogs!
    This patch will follow closely behind v1.3.0 and will be in open beta to get player feedback

v2.0 ‘Major’ Update

  • BIG brand new content – full details to be revealed at a later date…
  • Lobby listings, so that players can find publicly hosted games
  • Unit balance adjustments to a number of units and Commanders
  • Quickplay map rotation – New maps will be chosen and weather will also be turned off in Quickplay mode.

This update will also include new Map Editor options – there’s quite a lot of ideas we’re testing at the moment, so here we go…

  • Gizmos – New place-able entities with an on and off state such as levers and chests. Using gizmos you can override terrain (e.g. draw bridges) and will also be able to enter new actions to set and toggle the gizmo state, as well as new conditions to check it.
  • Counters – We’re adding new actions to perform arithmetic between counters as well as setting the counter to random value, and load/storing counter values to some other variables (HP, Groove etc.). There’s also a new condition to compare counters.
  • Actions can now play sounds
  • Metalocations – We’re adding support for ‘metalocations’ which indicate where things last happened on the map, for example the last attacker, last defender, last recruit, last unit used, last movement path, last death etc. There will also be new actions for locations, such as copying a location area, moving location by (x,y) and boolean operations between locations.
  • Unit Modifiers – We’re also enabling players to modify the damage that any unit/structure receives as a percentage, including making them invulnerable. We’re also looking into a teleport unit action for the editor.
  • Map upload slots will also be increased so users can upload more maps at once.

As we mentioned earlier, we want to keep you updated on what we’re working on, but be aware that not all of the above may make it into the final update list as we continue implementing and testing new features, so do wait for the final patch notes which will be revealed when each patch is ready to deploy!

There’s still even more announcements on the way for Wargroove, so plenty still to look forward to in 2019! For now, come join us on the Wargroove Discord where we’ll be chatting about some of the changes we’re making, and don’t forget to submit your maps ahead of the next Community Maps Spotlight this Friday. You can also vote for your favourite map to receive the Community Choice Award in the Wargroove subreddit.
Bye for now!

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Wargroove PS4 launches July 23rd!

The wait is nearly over!

Wargroove’s PS4 edition will be available digitally on the PlayStation Store on Tuesday July 23rd!

As we mentioned in the last PS4 Progress blog post, our main priority for this release was to ensure as much parity as possible between each platform version of Wargroove. The PS4 version will have all the content you know and love (aside from cross-platform multiplayer);

  • A 20hr+ story campaign told through dynamic cut-scenes
  • An Arcade mode where you’ll take on a series of opponents in quick succession
  • Puzzle mode challenges you’ll need to solve in just one turn
  • A robust map, cut-scene and campaign editor, where you can even change the rules of the game without any mods or external tools
  • Both local and online play with competitive and co-op play, as well as complete rule customisation
  • Secrets and unlockables, including a fact-filled Codex, Jukebox and Gallery

Rest assured – PS4 players can also download any of the many community-made map designs on the in-game Share tab, as well as uploading their own maps and campaigns to share between platforms.

Big thanks to Blitworks who worked on both the PS4 port, as well as the Xbox One version. The team here at Chucklefish can’t wait to see what new PS4 players will make of the game, and we’re looking forward to checking out what creative maps, cut-scenes and campaigns you come up with! Do join us for a chat in the Wargroove Discord server, or you can find us on Twitter or Facebook too.

P.S. Don’t forget to submit your maps ahead of the next Community Maps Spotlight on July 26th. Even if you’re not a mapmaker you can take part too by voting for the Community Choice Award in the Wargroove subreddit!

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Community Maps Spotlight #10

Hey everyone!

The PS4 launch is inching ever closer (release date to be revealed soon!), and we’ve got plenty of other Wargroove news on the way too, including a date for PC mod support, future content plans for all platforms and some other exciting surprises… In the meanwhile, the community-run Groove of War tournament is also still ongoing, and you can get involved and watch matches via GimbleB who has kindly been streaming battles live on Twitch!

Since we’re now on our 10th edition of this series, and with more community members on the way alongside the PS4 release, we want to shake things up a bit and involve you more, by giving you the power to decide which maps should be featured. Next spotlight we’ll be adding a special ‘Community Choice Award‘, where you’ll have the chance to vote and celebrate one map you think deserves some attention each Spotlight. To submit a map, just head over to the Wargroove subreddit and post on a comment on this thread with your map code, a short description and ideally a link to a screenshot. To vote, playtest the maps submitted and upvote your favourite!

Now, on with the maps!

1. Madea & the Six Guardians by Jev – Code: 2MBTDTXF

Jev has put a huge amount of work (and 200 hours according to their Reddit post!) into this full-length, 18 stage campaign, which sees you using forest spirits to vanquish your foes and eventually take on 6 guardian boss fights. The forest spirits you’ll fight alongside have an interesting gameplay quirk, where once killed they’ll return to the shrine of the villages you’ve captured – but you’ll need to watch out as your undead enemies will do the same. If you’re smart about it, you can block enemies from respawning by standing in the way of their shrine!

2. Mind of Caterina by Rule 34 – Code: C3ECNBS6

Take on this symmetrical sandy fortress and pit yourself against 3 friends, with a rush to the centre to take control of the Tower. Once you’ve claimed the central Tower you can start your path to total destruction by spawning air units to pick off your foes one by one. While Player 1 of course has the first move advantage, the extra units provided to Players 2-4 at the start of the battle to balance things out give you the opportunity to overpower and take back control of the Tower.

3. Pincer Lane 2.0 by Sikey – Code: GCW9576Z

If you’re looking for a 4 player free-for-all map that really turns up the heat and requires your full attention, then walk this way towards Sikey’s new and improved Pincer Lane. Scattered across a very long and thin stretching grassy plains, players situated in the middle of the map will need to protect their structures and units from enemy attack on both sides, and weigh up the pros and cons of sending your units forth to engage in battle. We love how this map really makes you think about where you spend your resources and plan your strategy accordingly.

4. Double Event by Best Sakuya NA – Code: CR8S783D

We do love seeing our pixel art decorations go to good use, and Sakuya’s maps definitely deliver on that! This symmetrical 2 player map is a fun bout in the desert sands, split by small sections of water tiles which you’ll need to plan some short ferry rides for accordingly. Grab a friend and give this map a go!

That’s all for this time. Remember that mapmakers can submit their creations here for the chance to be bestowed a Community Choice Award by your fellow Wargroove players.

Until next time!

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PS4 Progress Report

Hi everyone!

Today we wanted to give you a quick status update on how Wargroove’s PS4 version is coming along.

We know a lot of you have been excitedly waiting for it’s release, so we’re pleased to say the wait is nearly over! The PS4 version is now in the final stages of CERT (the platform-holders approval system) and we should be able to announce the release date very soon! As always, we really appreciate your patience and support during the porting process.

The PS4 version took a little longer than anticipated for a number of reasons – some of which we can talk about about, such as some technical problems that had to be solved around how multiplayer and content sharing would work, and other elements we’re not allowed to talk about for NDA reasons!

We wanted to ensure as much parity as possible between all the different platform versions of Wargroove, so the PS4 version has the exact same content as all the other versions, aside from cross-platform multiplayer which unfortunately will not be supported. Players can however still download community-made map designs and content share between platforms, including PS4!

Big thanks to the team at Blitworks who have been working hard to deliver the PS4 port and also worked on the Xbox One version of the game.

We’ll be sure to share the PS4 release date as soon as we can, but in the meantime do join us on the Wargroove Discord server where the developers are lurking, or reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook with any questions.

Until next time!

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Community Maps Spotlight #9

Happy Monday everyone!

We’re starting off the week strong with another look at our favourite community-made maps. It’s a great time to get into map creation, with Wargroove currently 33% off in the Steam Summer sale (complete with some nice Steam Grand Prix rewards for playing), and the community-run Groove of War tournament ongoing! The 3rd edition of the tournament kicked off 3 weeks ago, and is now down to the final 8 players – so congratulations to Vitto, Vyte, RedJams, Deliscore, shoe, Ash, Linx, and Luis07! Members of the Groove of War community, as well as the team here at Chucklefish will be donating prizes to the winners, so do check in on the match streams as the final battles start heating up…

On with the maps!

1. stop the end. by A Ghost of Mango – Code: 4EA6XT9Q

This delightful scenario map from A Ghost of Mango gives you precisely 20 days (that’s 20 turns) to stop the end of the world happening, by destroying the enemy base. But even with your army of ground units, it won’t be quite so simple as enemy Commander Valder has a few tricks up his sleeve, such as a Fellbat, some well-positioned trebuchets and even two ominous looking corridors adorned with skulls, hiding a nasty trap…

2. Struggle Within the Walls by Chaos – Code: RAT8WH45

If you’re on the look-out for another 4-player chaotic scuffle, Struggle Within the Walls is a good option to try out. The map has a nice castle-keep design, with just one lone Tower structure in the centre. It’s a race towards the middle, with several gates to crash through on the way, and plenty of structures to capture for good measure. While there are some slightly frustratingly placed Barracks, this map is definitely worth a go.

3. Oasis Fortress by bengui – Code: T2T34ZEV

I’m always drawn to desert maps – they just look so darn inviting when they’re nicely decorated with plenty of hardy flora, sand-buried walls and small refreshing pools of water. Oasis Fortress is not only an interesting battlefield layout, but it’s also a fun symmetrical 1v1 map, designed by bengui with competitive play in mind. We charged straight for the centre with this one to station some ranged units around the middle Barracks.

4. Puzzle Quest World 2 (demo) by Chocos Ramabotti – Code: 5HD5ZPXW

If you’re in need of a bit of a brainteaser this week, look no further than Chocos’ Puzzle Quest World, a lengthy campaign comprised of a series of challenging one-turn-to-win puzzles. As you progress with each round the harder the puzzles get! There’s some nice intro screens too before each challenge to help break up this campaign of conundrums.

That’s it for now. We’ll be on the look-out for more awesome maps in the next edition of the Spotlight. If you enjoy playing any community-made maps don’t forget to rate them by going to the in-game ‘Share’ tab, and then selecting a map from your ‘Downloaded’ list. You can also downvote maps you wouldn’t recommend and report any which need reviewed by selecting ‘More Info’ and then ‘Report’.

Until next time!

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Community Maps Spotlight #8

Hi everyone!

We’re fresh from E3, and what an exciting show it was for us! Last Monday we showed off a new Starmancer trailer at the PC Gaming Show, so do say a big congratulations to the lovely development team at Ominux Games, and hit wishlist on the Starmancer Steam page. We know a lot of you are waiting to hear more Wargroove news on the PS4 version, PC modding and what’s next for the game, so we hope to share that with you as soon as we’re able to.

Last time on Community Maps Spotlight we challenged you to design and share your very own forest biome themed maps, to celebrate the Starbound’s 1.4 Bounty Hunter update which launched last week (wahoo!). Some of you may not know that Wargroove and Starbound actually take place within the same universe. Wargroove is actually set after Starbound, although the humans and Floran on Wargroove’s planet don’t seem to have any knowledge of the events of Starbound – except from Nuru of course.

On with the maps!

1. Sea Vs Air v1.2 by Sikey – Code: TGCR4B4K

Symmetrical maps are usually pretty popular within the community, which is why we’re always pretty excited to try out a competitive asymmetrical Wargroove map. This one by Sikey is inspired by Advance War 2’s Navy vs Air map and is a fun skirmish to gain dominance. The creator recommends playing as Emeric vs Valder or Sigrid when you’re selecting Commanders, so you may want to keep that in mind!

2. TinyGroove Campaign v5 by Derek – Code: SLHK8ASC

If you’re a fan of tiny maps and are keen for more content, TinyGroove by user Derek has you covered. The campaign story is set in an alternate, dark version of Aurania (which looks oddly familiar to Arthuria…) and has you playing as Dark Mercia. It contains a whopping 20 missions, consisting of 10x main and 10x side-challenges, each with Fog of War enabled. We especially love the Floran forest map (Chapter 5, Mission 1) set in the ‘Channelwood’, featuring Nuru, Sedge and Greenfinger. The visual design of the map itself is really impressive, and with so many triggers and flags built in, we definitely think you should give it a go!

3. Vanilla Island by tst5381 – Code: C6ELC9ZY

We had a great time trying out this fast-paced competitive 1v1 map. While simple in style and small enough for a quick bout against a friend, Vanilla Island provides a good mix of Ground unit based play, as well as the opportunity to recruit some Air and Sea units to mix up the play too. Great work!

4. Summoners of Moosecreek by Ulysse – Code: KGZH2EFZ

It’s always fun to see the creative ways players utilise our mischievous Floran Commander Nuru, and Summoners of Moosecreek is no exception! This 1v1 map limits you to only deploying units by using Nuru’s Teleport Beam groove – but don’t worry, the groove meter is set to always be at 100%. This means you can only recruit one unit per turn, but instead you have the advantage that units are immediately active for battle. You can’t use the Barracks, Port or Tower as you would usually, but by taking control of these structures you can increase the different types of units at your disposal. Ulysse has created a map which really makes you carefully consider every unit you spawn, so make sure to check it out if you’re looking for something new!

Thanks to everyone who submitted maps for this challenge. There’s no set theme for next time, so get creating and sharing your new maps and campaigns in time for the next Spotlight. As always, do check the in-game Custom Content section for new community-made content, as well as the Wargroove subreddit and Wargroove Discord! Bye for now.

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Community Maps Spotlight #7

Happy Friday everyone!

Before we get started, those of you in Japan may be pleased to hear that Wargroove will be at this year’s BitSummit in Kyoto on 1st – 2nd June. You’ll find Wargroove (and Stardew Valley!) at Nintendo’s Indie World stand, so do pop by and play if you’re going to the show.

While this Maps Spotlight had no theme requirements, next time we’d like to set another map design challenge! As many of you know, we’re soon to be launching Starbound’s 1.4 update, where players will be able to take on the role of an intergalactic bounty hunter. Since Wargroove’s Floran (as well as our quick-witted Commander Nuru) originally appeared as a playable race in Starbound, what better way to celebrate the upcoming 1.4 update than to create some luscious forest biome themed maps, with maybe even a bonus cutscene featuring the Floran Tribes or Nuru in particular!

To make sure we spot your map when we come to selecting the Community Maps Spotlight #8, make sure to post your creation to the Wargroove subreddit using the ‘maps’ flair, or drop them in the Custom Content channel on the Wargroove Discord before June 14th (you get an extra week this time while I’m away).

Now, on with the maps!

1. Legend of the Mirror Pool by Lyle – Code: X5TNNX22

We’ve been sharing a lot of competitive multiplayer maps lately, so here’s a cool single player campaign worth checking out! Lyle has created a fun, non-linear Commander collect-a-thon, which follows the story of Mercia and Emeric’s quest in search of the fabled mirror pool. Legend has it that the pool makes copies of whoever stands before it, so you guessed it, you’re in for a battle against your reflection! To help you on your quest you’ll need to get help from other ally Commanders, who you can recruit along the way to build the ultimate party. A lot of hard work has gone into each level, so give it a go!

2.  After the Flood by Fadedsun – Code: UPGQELWP

Fadedsun is on a bit of a roll. Last time we featured their Port Island Panic map, but we’re equally impressed with this well-executed 1v1 competitive skirmish. Having the terrain split up with swathes of water tiles, and the odd floating bridge adds an interesting dynamic to the battlefield, making you consider your unit movement and best route carefully, using amphibian and flying units to your advantage to move more freely.

3. Burning Sands v2 by Kodama – Code: AML3DSB2

If you have a few friends over (3 to be exact) and are looking for an awesome 4 player scenario map to challenge one another at, this one is absolutely delightful. Burning Sands splits you into 2 teams for a good ol’ fashioned desert brawl. Each day you’ll take damage from having units placed on the harsh desert sand, whereas finding shelter in the cool oasis water dotted around will heal you instead. The aim is to wipe out all enemy units, not just the opposing Commanders. There’s also a rather handy Commander-reviving mountain to the centre which you might need to scramble quickly for.

4. Groovehold – Team Defense by RibbonPen – Code: S69EU6UD

If destroying waves of enemies is your jam, grab 3 friends and team up to take on Groovehold, a great 4 player team defence scenario. Player 1 sets the number of waves (5x waves is a ‘short match’), and jump straight into the phases, looping between Recruitment, where players each have 1250 gold to spend to bolster ally ranks, and then the Battle phase, where you’ll take on hordes of AI outlaws. To win you and your allied Commanders will need to survive each wave, and keep your Stronghold safe and sound!

That’s about it for now. As always, we look forward to seeing what wonders you create for your forest biome / Floran themed maps, so be sure to share your map or campaign before June 14th. If you’re looking for even more community maps, or want to create and share your own strategic masterpieces, you can find them in-game in the Custom Content section, as well as a great selection on the Wargroove subreddit! Until next time.

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Community Maps Spotlight #6

Hey everyone!

Some of the eagle-eyed of you may have already spotted that we had two exciting Wargroove-flavoured tidbits since our last blog entry. On May 2nd we announced that Xbox players can now get access to Wargroove via Xbox Game Pass (Xbox Wire post here!) – we’ve been super pleased with the reaction so far, and are of course excited to welcome more players to the Wargroove community.

Last week we also teased a preview of Wargroove’s modding support for PC, which Programmer Krakauer has been working on lately. The below image is an example test mod of our tiny office dog Tolstoy, flexing his might as a Commander – complete with his own totally-not-Caesar-based portrait.  With the upcoming PC mod support, he could even have his own Groove and new abilities too! We’ll be letting you know closer to the time when you can expect it.

Floran fans may also be interested to hear that our first in-house game, space sandbox Starbound, has a new update (v1.4) on the way. In v1.4 players will be able to take on the role of Bounty Hunters, chasing down wanted galactic criminal gangs and restoring law and order in the universe! There’s also lots of other content to discover including new dungeons, monster variants, new items, furniture pieces and more. If you want to test it out and provide feedback, we have released v1.4 on Starbound’s unstable Steam branch. Please be aware that the update is still in development, and the unstable branch isn’t necessarily representative of the final implementation. Expect some bugs and incomplete content, so back up your saves before playing. You can find more info about the v1.4 update and Starbound in general on our Dev Blog.

Now, on with the maps!

For this Spotlight we tasked you with showing off your best desert biome themed maps, to celebrate the recent release of fellow pixel art strategy game, Pathway, by our friends at Robotality. We’ll go back to random entries for the next Spotlight, but will return to more themed challenges in the future!

1.  Port Island Panic v2.2 by Fadedsun – Code: 8AUM5FQE

I’m a big fan of small PVP maps, which encourage players to get stuck into the heat of the battle as quick as possible. This little skirmish from Fadedsun is a nicely executed battleground, with some skirting deep sea tiles to encourage naval movement/combat around the island, with space for strategic action to kick off on the central island. You’ll need to quickly utilise the ports and barges on this one to recruit and distribute troops swiftly, in order to take control of the sandy mass in the centre.

2. Crossfire 1.2 by Val-Valdor – Code: 3QTZTTQN

Player Val-Valdor uploaded a few clever desert-themed maps recently (Mountain Throne – EP8KW55S &  Income War – ZKYGA4E7 to name a few), but Crossfire is probably our favourite to play. It’s a 2v2 skirmish map which takes place across a wide island connected by tiny bridges. Together with your teammate you’ll need to gradually build up your forces to assert dominance across the sandy plains. You’ll need to watch out for the sandstorms reducing ground unit range in particular though!

3. Turtle Island 2v2 by SGswift – Code: TY3JXHS8

Another 2v2 map, but this time designed for fog of war play. The central island is littered with various structures to capture, so you’ll have to carefully plan out your movement across the map in order to balance recruitment and aggression with income management, together with your allied faction. User SGswift has a number of very pretty map designs, so if you give Turtle Island a go, make sure to click on ‘More from Author’ too and check out their others.

4. Shipwreck Showdown by Pnoir – Code: QFEMX42S

This map by Pnoir has a fun theme around a shipwreck with sunken treasure at the centre, but has a lot of chokepoints and long bridges to contend with! As their first map submission, we thought this was a great initial attempt, and with some balancing tweaks to sort out areas which could be exploited by smart positioning of defensive ranged units, Shipwreck Showdown could be refined into a fun, small rectangular free-for-all!

That’s all for today’s Spotlight. Big thanks to everyone who shared their desert-themed maps. If you’d like to see more community maps, or create and share your own, feel free to peruse the in-game Custom Content section, as well as taking a look over at the Wargroove subreddit (there’s a ‘Map’ flair for easy searching too)!

Until next time.

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Community Maps Spotlight #5

Hello everyone!

Things have been busy at Chucklefish HQ, with lots going on behind-the-scenes. We’re currently working on implementing modding into the PC version, as well as other exciting, secret things! The PS4 version is also still on the way, just taking a little longer than anticipated – thanks for everyone’s patience so far! In the meanwhile we’ve also been addressing minor bugfixes. Nintendo Switch players can now find the latest patch update (v1.2.5), which resolves issues when resigning from matches – full version history for all platforms can be found here.

Community Maps Spotlight #6 – Desert Biome Challenge!

Before we crack on, for the next Maps Spotlight we’ll be setting a specific theme as a map design challenge. To celebrate the launch of fellow pixel art strategy game Pathway by our friends at Robotality we’ll be looking for desert biome themed maps! It doesn’t matter the format, Commanders involved or subject matter, so long as it takes place on some burning hot sand. To make sure we spot your map when we come to selecting the Community Maps Spotlight #6, make sure to post your creation to the Wargroove subreddit using the ‘maps’ flair, or drop them in the Custom Content channel on the Wargroove Discord before May 10th.

Now, on with the maps!

1.  Cells Interlinked 1.1 by Andrew – Code: 94UTH6LD

While we were obviously drawn in by the Blade Runner reference, we stayed for the fast-paced gameplay of this tiny 4 player free-for-all map. You start with your Commander, units and captured buildings divided across different cells, already with your opponents locked in the cell with you. Expect lots of mini battles to erupt all over the map, as you battle your way through gates and extend your reach across each cell. Within cells interlinked…

2.  Night of the Spooky Scary Skeletons by Nanuq – Code: BNCQBZS8

Looking for a longer challenge to play with 2 other friends? Night of the Spooky Scary Skeletons sees you taking on hordes of the undead who have come to wreak havoc on the City of Dawnlight. Surviving the siege will be tough! However the death of an individual Commander does not necessarily eliminate you from the match, although it will weaken morale! You can arm fleeing refugees from Dawnlight by sending them to the highlighted areas in the armoury at no cost. As the allied forces, you’ll need to try and hold the City until the start of turn 41 (eek!) to win, or else lose the legions of the night.

3.  Pacdragon by Dustin – Code: KM7U4P8Q

If you love both Pacman and dragons equally – and let’s face it, who doesn’t – then this is the map for you. Pacdragon is a really fun 1 player scenario map, where you control the Heavensong dragon, gobbling up treasure to win. You’ll need to collect all 11 pieces of treasure scattered about the winding map, avoiding the ‘ghosts’ on your way. To temporarily make the ghosts vulenerable to attack, you’ll need to destroy a Crystal, which turns the ghosts into sweet little Dreadhounds!

4.  Fyre Festival by SummersEve – Code: S6ETYGZY

Now this one really made me chuckle. Based on the events of the notorious Fyre Festival (watch the amazing Netflix documentary!), SummersEve has faithfully recreated some hilarious moments of the supposed world’s hottest party which never happened. Mercia is cast as an influencer, with the first act seeing her take an Uber to the airport, before arriving at Fyre Island to be greeted by Billy McFarland (portrayed perfectly by the Floran Shaman) and the horror of his unfinished campsite, full of soggy tents. One of my favourite moments is the cutscene where Mercia is seen slumped to the floor as the rain pours down, in the sudden realisation that Blink 182 aren’t even coming anymore. Pure poetry.

That’s it for this time! We can’t wait to see what you come up with for your desert biome themed maps, so be sure to submit your marvellous creations before May 10th. If you’d like to check out more community maps, or create and share your own, you can find them in-game in the Custom Content section, as well as a great selection on the Wargroove subreddit!

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