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Hi everyone!

My name is Midio, Lead Artist on Wargroove 2! I had the pleasure of crafting the visual development and design of the Faahri Commanders and Units. Today, I’m going to dig into the process of creating the Faahri faction and characters you’ve all come to know and love since the release of Wargroove 2!

When I joined the team, Simon- our art director- already had in mind a “cave dwelling folk” faction, and flirted with the idea of them being dwarves and even monks at some point! As the conceptual exercise dove deeper, he suggested them being rodents and the team was completely in love with the idea of introducing a cute little mouse faction to the Wargroove universe. The essence of the Faahri Republic’s early lore from pre-production stayed almost intact throughout the development of Wargroove 2: a nation of mouse-folk from another land, who reside in sprawling underground networks.

I got to work developing the visual identity of the mice, blending Simon’s designs and Wargroove’s distinctive style. Wargroove’s armies often draw inspiration from a tapestry of global cultures, and the Faahri faction finds some of its inspiration in the Golden Age of Islam and the influence of the Abbasid Caliphate and the Arab world on the West. This period is well known for the discovery, assimilation and flourishing of complex math, science, cartography, new technologies, culture and education that would be carried onto western societies. One of the main themes around the Faahri are their geometric designs, a theme commonly seen in the islamic’s architecture and art, symbolizing the clarity and order these little mice pursue in their society.

Once the general aesthetic and colour scheme were defined, we moved along to developing the Commanders. The beginning of this process was also through geometry: Pistil was thought as a cylinder, Lytra as a small circle and Rhomb as a big square. Pistil was born almost as we see her in the final design. I thought she could embody some diversity with a prosthetic limb and a robotic eye (both super ornate, of course). Rhomb firstly wielded a huge axe, but ended up with two forms once we started exploring the depths of crystal technology and how the Faahri use it and its more sinister uses…

Lytra became the Commander who went through the most iterations. We loved each of her designs at every step, with some of her earliest designs making their way to other units and characters! Early on, Lytra wielded a fierce flamethrower, which eventually ended up being part of Nadia’s design! Our plan for Lytra had always been that she would be the misfit of the whole Faahri outfit. Our initial approach was to make her differences clear using her visuals by giving her a punk look with spiky, colourful hair – now used for the Faahri merfolk! Eventually, we decided that Lytra’s feelings of distance from her peers should be less outward to create nuance and make her character not so easy to define. We knew we wanted her to have a deeper connection with the magic of the world she inhabits and so we decided to give her oversized mage clothes and turned to music and experimented with instruments as a weapon.(Fun fact: Lytra once had a trombone!)

There it is, I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey down development-memory lane with me! I’ve really enjoyed seeing all the love you’ve had for the Faahri faction – I’m going to also leave you with a bit of an art-dump full of mine, Simon’s and Marion’s development sketches. We’ve loved bringing something completely new to Wargroove 2 and we’re happy to know you’ve all enjoyed getting to know Rhomb, Pisil, Lytra and their friends!

Until next time!

Midio

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Multiplayer Update – v1.2.5 Live Now

Hi everyone!

Wargroove 2’s v1.2.5 “Multiplayer Ranking Update” is now live on PC & Switch. If you’re in the Discord you’ll know this one has been a while in the making, and full of some highly requested updates.

Thank you for your patience while we fixed some particularly tricky multiplayer bugs. As Wargroove is a cross-platform game, all updates have to release simultaneously, so the approval process for consoles can make things take a little longer. So without further ado, here’s what v1.2.5 has in store:

Multiplayer Ranking + Changes to Quickplay experience

This update we wanted to focus on improving Wargroove 2’s multiplayer experience. Now when you enter the Multiplayer section of the game, a new ‘player rating’ is now visible. This rating is used in matchmaking. If you haven’t played a quickplay match before the rating will start at 1200. After finishing a quickplay match, a new screen has been introduced detailing how your rating has changed based on the previous match.

(Please note: If you’ve already started ranking up on the Preview branch, the v1.2.5 release version will reset all rankings to 1200 for fairness across platforms).

We can’t wait to see players battling and sharing their rankings!

An important note on potential transition conflicts once the patch goes live – once updated you won’t be able to join lobbies, or continue ongoing games which were opened with previous patches. To finish playing any matches started during an update prior to v1.2.5, please access our “legacy” branch which will be staying as version v1.2.3.

If you were playing a match while the update went live, this shouldn’t have affected play, but you will need to update to the latest version on Steam to continue further matches.

Quickplay Map Pool

For this update we lowered the amount of quickplay maps in rotation to give players a better chance of learning them, and removed some maps which weren’t a good design-fit for quickplay. We will be rotating the pool of maps for subsequent updates/seasons, so for now, please find below the selection of quickplay maps now in rotation for this season:

  • Wyvern Isles
  • Brimouth
  • Life in 19×19
  • Moonlight Meadows
  • Heartsong Gardens
  • Dusty Oasis
  • Ban Ban Beaches
  • Harmonious Hideout
  • Brimwin Valley
  • Snowdrift Harbour
  • Pearlescent Valley
  • Lost in Riparia

Other updates to Multiplayer include:

  • Quickplay will now play a different music when queuing for a match. Once a match has been found a notification sound will play.
  • When a player abandons a lobby during quickplay, a more descriptive message is now displayed to the other player.
  • Players now have 90s instead of 60s to ready when a quickplay lobby has been found

Balancing Changes

  • Kraken: Cost increased (750g->850g) and they receive more damage from water units.
  • Ragna: Tier 1 now charges at Medium speed down from Slow.
  • Nadia: Both tiers charge at Slow speed now.
  • Nuru: Nuru’s Tier 2 affects now all recruiting structures.
  • Valder: Tier 1 now charges at Medium speed, up from Fast.
  • Caesar: Tier 2 now charges at Very Slow speed, up from Slow.

The following multiplayer maps have seen tweaks in this update:

  • Pearlescent Valley
  • Lost in Riparia
  • Moonlight Meadows
  • Ban Ban Beaches Beyond
  • Brimouth Channel
  • Brightfall Plains
  • Frostbite Plains
  • Swamp of the Damned

Fixes

  • Vespers groove has received several fixes and should now work as intended
  • Fix bug that would sometimes prevent recruiting with the Enter key
  • Fixed Zawan’s supercharged vines showing missing description when right clicked.
  • Fix various navigation bugs when using arrow keys to navigate recruit/map lists
  • Fix optional Kraken crit objective being wrongly rewarded in “Return to Eight-Arm Bay”
  • Fix target portals not being available to use for team mates
  • Fix crash bug that could occur if player placed Lytra at a specific spot during the second prologue mission
  • Fix softlock that could occurred when player cancelled progress during tutorial campaign.
  • Optional objective in “The Fortress” is now properly fulfilled if enemy commander is defeated with the twin’s groove
  • UI: Fixed Tenri’s groove icon
  • Ultra widescreen monitors are now better supported
  • Controller: Improved usability in editor by showing button mapping for functions like undo/redo and toggling symmetry tools.
  • Improved visual readability of Vesper’s and Errol & Orla’s grooves
  • Fixed issue that caused Ryota’s groove often not being available in Fog of War maps
  • Neutral structures no longer take push/pull knock-on damage
  • Fixed a bug which could cause desync and “Invalid unit order” crashes in multiplayer
  • Fixed occasional crash after leaving multiplayer lobby screen
  • Updated translations for the Power Gauntlet item description to match its actual properties
  • Fixed a few spelling errors in all languages
  • We have made some updates to the server to help with issues people have been having in multiplayer.
  • Kraken units can no longer tentacle other tentacles
  • Editor: Fixed issue that caused placed units to be invisible on very large maps
  • Editor: Fixed crash issue with controllers that could occur when deleting triggers and conditions
  • Editor: Fixed missing strings in “Units: Verbs used” condition
  • Editor: Removed a few placeholder items in “Display tutorial box” action properties
  • Editor: Fixed several objects being misaligned with the mouse cursor when placing
  • Editor: Fixed “invalid config error” that could occur equipping certain items in the editor
  • Editor: Fix neutral units causing crash when using Unit Action event trigger action.
  • Editor: Fixed several inconsistencies with groove charge. The editor should now properly reflect the game’s use of groove in %.
  • Editor: Fixed Valder’s (No Glove) and Lytra’s (No Harp) voice over lines being wrong.
  • Editor: Several story props have been made available that were previously hidden
  • Editor: Removed “Delete All Progress” option from editor
  • Fixed issue that caused a certain fish not being unlockable when using Mercival’s groove
  • Fixed crash that could occur in conquest mode when transitioning levels
  • Fixed issue that caused items to be purchased immediately when selecting in merchant
  • Fixed issue that caused a crash when purchasing discounted merchant items
  • Fixed various typos in codex and game in general
  • Fixed a visual gap in the tile info screen that appeared for several water units
  • Fixed bug in “Firebird & The Oaracle” that would cause no music to be played during this level after skipping the intro
  • Fixed issue in last mission that marked unsafe tiles as safe.
  • Fixed buggy beach texture in “Ice Low Water” biome
  • Fix custom difficulty description not updating properly on change
  • Removed duplicate tracks from jukebox that had appeared under a different name
  • Fixed crash that could occur when quickly clicking buttons in conquest menus
  • Conquest: Fixed a merchant in Felheim conquest not being interactable
  • Conquest: Fixed several issues in Saffron Isles prisoner event
  • Conquest: Fixed issue in Training Camp events when player didn’t have troops available to train
  • Conquest: Fixed issue in unit transformation event that caused dialogues to go out of order
  • Conquest: Fixed issue that caused several events to not show their Fog of War status correctly
  • Conquest: Unlock icon no longer shows exclamation mark when there’s nothing left to unlock
  • Conquest: Fixed issue in item duplication event that could cause player to be offered the choice to duplicate more than once.
  • Conquest: Fixed issue that allowed player to give money to Fritz, even if they had none.
  • Conquest: During unit duplication event, player is now returned to the conquest map right away if they decline the offer
  • Conquest: Fix soft-lock when player was facing a witch as the only remaining enemy with no means to defeat it
  • Conquest: Fix issue that caused Emeric to have full groove charge on start of conquest
  • Conquest: Fix issue that caused units to not retain their item abilities when they get transformed/changed to new unit types
  • Conquest: Fix possible softlock after finishing the Donut + Fenris fight.
  • Conquest: Fix artwork of training camps being swapped.
  • Conquest: Fix occurence of unit stacking
  • Conquest: Fix several issues in the Prisoner event map during the Saffron Isles conquest.
  • Conquest: Fixed Amphibian Lucky Coin (“Alacrity”) to correctly show +1 movement instead of +2.
  • Conquest: Fixed crash that could occur during the Unit Transformation event
  • Conquest: Merchant dogs can no longer be moved by player

Phew! That was a big one. Thanks everyone and have fun!

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Wassup Groove Gang,

Exciting news!
During the September Nintendo Direct we announced that the much-awaited sequel to our beloved turn-based strategy game, Wargroove 2, is set to march on to PC and Nintendo Switch October 5th 2023. And even better, pre-orders have commenced with a 20% discount over on Steam and Nintendo Europe and America eShops!

Haven’t played Wargroove before? You can grab Wargroove and Wargroove 2 as a complete set for 10% off on Steam.

Check out our Yarghhhhsome new launch trailer here

Wargroove 2 takes all the elements players adored in the original game – the charming pixel art, the big-brain turn-based combat – and amps it up several notches. Say hello to 2 new playable factions, meet new Commanders, and brace yourself to embark on three new interlacing campaigns: Breaking Grounds, Rising Tides and Dark Skies.

We also revealed the latest faction coming to Wargroove 2: The Faahri Republic. A nation of curious mouse-folk who have landed in Aurania on a scholarly expedition. What the Faahri Republic lacks in military experience, they more than make up for with academic theory. Equipped with mysterious crystal technology, Commanders Lytra, Pistil, and Rhomb must work together in pursuit of information for their mysterious benefactors.

What’s more, Wargroove 2 introduces a Supercharged Groove system, giving you an upper hand in turning the tide of battle to your favour. But if you’re up for a true test of your tactical genius, the all-new roguelike game mode ‘Conquest’ awaits you.

About Wargroove 2Trouble stirs on the shores of Aurania. An ambitious new faction has unearthed forbidden relics capable of catastrophic consequences. But how far will they go to achieve glory? Take to the battlefield, sea, and sky with a cast of new Commanders, using your wits to wage turn-based war!

  • An all-new Wargroove adventure for new recruits and veteran wardogs alike!
  • Return to the frontline with new Commanders, as mysterious new factions join the fight
  • Supercharge your Commander’s Groove with a newly updated Groove system
  • Follow three new Campaign arcs, interwoven in a fierce conclusion
  • Battle with or against your friends in Co-Op & Multiplayer mode, locally or online for up to four players
  • Put your strategic abilities to the test with a new roguelike mode – Conquest!
  • Develop new tactics with five new unit types to master
  • Level-up ordinary units by picking up special items
  • Battle after dark with new night mode
  • Get more creative than ever with new & improved map, campaign & cutscene editors
  • Captivating soundtrack written by composer Dale North (River City Girls 1 & 2, RWBY Arrowfell, Alchemic Cutie)

Wargroove 2 is coming to PC and Nintendo Switch on 5 October 2023 priced at $19.99 / £16.75 / €19.49.

Strap on your strongest boots and prepare to march into the wonderful world of Wargroove 2 this October! Get your pre-orders in, and gear up for an unforgettable strategic journey that’s bigger, better, and groovier. 

Join our Discord community to catch up on the latest Wargroove 2 news and join the strategy fans replaying Wargroove ahead of the big day!

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Community Maps Spotlight #1!

Hello everyone! Can you believe it was just 1 week ago that Wargroove launched? Since then we’ve been completely blown away by the positive reaction and amazing custom content that you’ve all been coming up with. So today we’re going to highlight some of our favourite community-made creations, some of which feature epic cut-scenes and branching campaigns, others strategically sound with clever use of rules and some just plain old silly fun.

Before we start, don’t forget that you can enter your awesome maps into a competition to win a Nintendo Switch, 2x tickets to EGX Rezzed and a bundle of Wargroove merchandise (incl. a signed vinyl), which is currently being held by Nintendo Life. The competition is open globally, and closes midnight GMT on Thursday February 14th, so get in there quick!

Right, on it with the list!

1. Patsgroove by Caesar – Code: H48BVDRY

Patsgroove is an adorable branching campaign created by user Caesar in just one night. The story sees you following Caesar in his quest for pets from various other Commanders. It uses a clever question and answer mechanic to a very cute effect, and also features a shocking scene exposing the truth behind Tenri’s broken vase…

2. Twisting Rift by Siv – Code: Q85FCS86

If you’re looking for a fun free-for-all 2 player map to get stuck into, this one that was made by Twitch streamer SivHD and his chat is worth checking out. It features an awesome swirling island design, and just one lone Tower in the centre which is sure to cause some chaos. You should also download another of Siv’s creations, Oasis Ruins (Code: LH5CRDVH), which is a rather pretty desert 1v1 map.

3. World’s Tiniest Wargroove Map by Valdyr – Code: HGY22KA3

They say the best things come in small packages, and this skirmish map certainly fits the bill! You might think that Player 1 would generally have the advantage on this one, but from what we’ve played the second Player can also reign victorious depending on what moves are made. Perfect for short tactical bouts!

4. Simple Defense v2 by Sicilica – Code: 9GFKQJ9H

If you’re looking to take down waves of enemies in a horde attack mode, look no further than this fun little competitive scenario. Your objective is to outlive your opponent, but it won’t be easy – each time you kill a unit, it will respawn on your opponent’s lane. However, if you go too aggressive and let your own unit die, it will come back to haunt you! If you push your units to the top of your lane, you’ll be able to hurl them directly at your opponent. Different types of enemy units will become available as you progress through each wave, so make sure to keep an eye at the bottom for what unit is coming up next!

5. Puppy Bowl LIII 1 v AI by Jed – Code: EMRFN3K3

As a Brit I have a pretty limited understanding of American Football, but one thing I now know for certain is that every Super Bowl should feature dogs as the players on the field. Jed’s map sees you leading Caesar and his dog squad to victory against the AI, challenging you to get across the endzone to win. My personal favourite touch of this map is the adorable group of puppy spectators on the side.

6. Capture The Flag by Of Monsters and Ken – Code: FCC6ZECY

Another clever scenario map here, this one using custom rules to create a ‘capture the flag’ mechanic. By sending a non-Commander unit to the highlighted enemy flag zone, your unit will be changed into a villager in order to capture your opponent’s flag. You’ll then need to bring your villager back to your base to win. However, skirmish rules still apply, so you’ll need to watch out for any attacks on your Commander or Stronghold too.

There’s plenty more excellent examples of creative custom content on Wargroove’s servers for you to browse through, including some awesome recreations of classic Advance Wars and Fire Emblem maps, and even a few Pokemon and Stardew Valley designs! If you’re looking for somewhere to share your map online, feel free to post it on our Wargroove subreddit using the Maps flair – we can’t wait to see what else you come up with this month.

See ya next time.

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Wargroove is out now!

Hi everyone,

It’s been nearly two years since we’ve first announced Wargroove to the world, but the wait is finally over, and the game is out right now! It’s currently available for purchase on all of these platforms:

You’ll also be able to do cross-platform multiplayer and content sharing with all the platforms listed above.

The game is also coming soon to PlayStation 4, Mac and to the Japanese eShop on Nintendo Switch, so please stay tuned for more information! News will, as usual, be posted on this blog and on our Twitter, so make sure to follow us.

We’re proud to be launching the game in ten different languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Japanese!

The game grew in scope enormously since we first announced it (see this article if you want a recap of everything the game includes), and we’re very happy with the package we’re shipping with. Custom map and campaign creation tools are live from day 1, as is sharing those maps online. We’re also planning robust modding support for the PC version of the game – we’re very excited about it, but it still needs a bit more work, so it’ll be coming as soon as possible! We’ll let you know more details about PC mods, and how they interact with online play in an upcoming post!

When I joined Wargroove, it was a small team of four people, and I was the only programmer – it has now grown and matured and developed into a project that I’m extremely proud of having been part of since such early days. At its peak, Wargroove reached nearly 20 people working on it, and it has been a marvellous experience to work with all of those incredibly talented people! We’re all super proud of the positive critical reception for the game, and we’re now excited to hear what you all think when you boot it up today!

Before I go, we have a competition going on Twitter right now. Send us pictures of your majestic dogs and tell us why they’re worthy of joining Caesar’s ranks before this Sunday 3rd February at 11:59pm GMT. Ten pups will be chosen, and their human companions will be awarded a Pupgroove t-shirt from The Yetee!

Thanks again for all of your ongoing support, and have fun!

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The Weather Report

Hello! I’m Krakauer, the newest programmer at Chucklefish. I’ve been here for about a month now, and am having a blast working on Wargroove. I’ve been in the games industry for about six years, and am originally from the US.

First of all, thanks to all of you who visited us and played Wargroove at EGX Rezzed last month. It was great to meet so many of you, and see you getting hands-on with the game. We brought along some cute Wargroove stickers to give out, and our Cherrystone Kingdom Doggos were a big hit! You could even say, they caused a storm of excitement…

The first feature I’ve been working on is Wargroove’s weather system! Weather adds a degree of unpredictability to each battle. Will favourable winds give you that extra push you need to reach an enemy, or will a blizzard bog your units down in snowdrifts? Weather forces commanders to think on their feet when conditions change.

Each map can have three weather types: sunny, windy, and severe. Severe weather is based on the map’s biome, and can be rain, snow, or sandstorms. These effects can also be disabled in multiplayer.

Weather can affect each commanders’ units with bonuses or penalties to their stats.  Wind lets boats move further, archers shoot more distant targets, and flying units do more damage. Severe weather has the opposite effect, slowing down the battle as the storm rages.

We’re currently still testing these, so there may be some tweaks in the final game, but we’re excited to see how this changes up your gameplay!

I’ve enjoyed working on this feature and hope to talk to you again soon. Cheers!

Post any feedback on our forums or the Wargroove subreddit!

Follow us on Twitter and join us on our Wargroove Discord channel to keep up with the latest news or check out our official wiki!

 

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The New Challengers

Hey everyone! It’s been exactly one year since we announced Wargroove to the world. How time flies! We’re hard at work on the game and looking to release in the second half of 2018. Until then, let’s take a look at some brand new Commanders!

For those of you who are joining us for the first time, Commanders not only act as your avatar in Wargroove, but as a playable unit on the battlefield. They are very powerful, and each have a unique ability called a Groove that can change the course of a game. However, if they fall in battle then you lose the game. So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look!

Emeric is the Cherrystone Kingdom’s royal mage, and a close friend of the late King Mercival II. He now finds himself tasked with guiding the newly crowned Queen Mercia through her royal duties. A strong believer in the diplomatic process, his tutelage of the headstrong new queen can test his patience.

He may have thought his adventuring days were behind him, but Emeric is still a force to be reckoned with. He channels powerful magic through his set of cherrystones – you don’t want to be on the receiving end!

Sigrid is a High Vampire and one of the most powerful warriors in the vast wastes of Felheim. Don’t let her youthful looks fool you – she’s much older than she looks.

Whilst she may usually seem soft-spoken and quiet, she hides a feral persona that she unleashes in battle – delivering a flurry of vicious claw slashes into her enemies.

Koji is the son of the Empress Tenri and heir of the Heavensong Empire. A prodigy inventor, Koji spends much of his time in his workshop, tinkering and inventing things. His excitable and inquisitive nature often gets the better of him and lands him in trouble – mostly with his mother!

His most recent creation is a towering puppet swordsman, big enough to carry Koji on its back. It has an astonishing amount of mobility for a puppet, and is even able to attack with its huge katana.

The Greenfinger of every Floran tribe acts as a steward and leader – guiding and teaching the typically less civil Floran masses so that they may survive among other races. To help them shape Floran society, they are gifted with an innate control over plant-life itself. Kind and patient, Greenfinger Zawan has spent many years among the Floran people in their jungles, and hopes for their continued survival.

In battle, Greenfinger Zawan is able to instantly create a mighty steed of wood and leaves, using only the seed bag they keep with them at all times.

For those of you in the UK, you’ll have a chance to play Wargroove before it’s released at EGX Rezzed 2018! For more news and information on Wargroove, you can follow us on Twitter, join our Discord channel or check out our official wiki!

Until next time!

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