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Title: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: CaptainD on 03 Nov 2019, 16:26
On 11th November seven #indiedevs are joining forces to release a bundle on Itch:
- the Super Comedy Adventure Bargain Bundle!

Today the first game was announced - Captain Disaster in: Death Has A Million Stomping Boots.

I will announce the next game tomorrow. Trying to build suspense and all that! rolleyes

Not all games in this bundle are made with AGS, but our beloved Adventure Game Studio is very well represented amongst the bundled...


(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-r_FhvvwBTK0/Xb7-94ijIII/AAAAAAAAwII/gZu4n3Lu_GMyZKkRsN4dt0TdVnrkROSqQCLcBGAsYHQ/s400/IMG_1335.PNG)
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: CaptainD on 04 Nov 2019, 12:27
The second SCABB game is The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KwqAMaez6uw/XcAXvFZ6g7I/AAAAAAAAwIY/uRSRio_cNEEkuSPlLtk2nu51mFm6Vl17wCLcBGAsYHQ/s400/IMG_1336.PNG)
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: Frodo on 04 Nov 2019, 12:41
The first 2 games are impressive - can't wait to see what else is in the bundle.   :cheesy:

Roll on 11 November.   :wink:
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: TheFrighter on 04 Nov 2019, 18:44

Bad thing I have both...  :-\

_
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: lorenzo on 04 Nov 2019, 19:29
Great idea!
I have played Captain Disaster in: Death Has A Million Stomping Boots and it's a fantastic game: great puzzles and very funny. I wholeheartedly recommend it!

I don't know the other game, but it looks really nice.
Can't wait to know the rest of the rest of the bundle!
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: CaptainD on 04 Nov 2019, 19:58
@Frodo - hope you're not disappointed!  May be a surprise or two in there for you?
@TheFrighter - sorry mate, but still 5 chances of games you don't have...
@lorenzo - thanks for the kind words mate!
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: CaptainD on 05 Nov 2019, 12:05
Ready for game number 3?

I bet ThrFrighter already owns it (clearly has impeccable taste!  ;-D)

It's none other than the...

Pointy
 Clicky
  Kicky
   Punchy
    Dancey
     Eat Oriental noodlesy

Legend of Hand!

Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: Privateer Puddin' on 05 Nov 2019, 12:51
This is cool - good work chaps
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: CaptainD on 06 Nov 2019, 12:01
Thanks Tom!


I can now reveal the fourth game - the very, very retro and quite, quite wonderful The Beard In The Mirror!

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V-6sqvA84oQ/XcK0r2nCr4I/AAAAAAAAwJU/mJlduRluU8QCXZJYhRJXrLUKUU1zerfygCLcBGAsYHQ/s400/IMG_1338.PNG)
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: CaptainD on 07 Nov 2019, 17:25
Game #5 is Clam Man

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3hY2mD5M71M/XcRPYKzhflI/AAAAAAAAwJs/Wh5zRP3Agi4Fn3uU8gfr-hOne8DTbpFDACLcBGAsYHQ/s400/IMG_1339.PNG)
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: CaptainD on 08 Nov 2019, 15:08
The penultimate game is...

Yet Another Hero Story - a classic point and click adventure set in a fantasy, cartoon world.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FKqF2w7KcEw/XcWCqe9pbFI/AAAAAAAAwKI/WgqhOglXW2ofcQ1nyVtjA0Gve69zLr1JwCLcBGAsYHQ/s400/image0.png)
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: Click'd on 08 Nov 2019, 16:47
What's the price point?
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: CaptainD on 08 Nov 2019, 17:01
What's the price point?

$9.99
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: cat on 08 Nov 2019, 19:47
Exciting!
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: Stupot on 09 Nov 2019, 01:03
This is cool. I’ve played a couple of these but it’s worth getting the bundle for the ones I haven’t.
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: CaptainD on 09 Nov 2019, 12:23
Thanks Cat and Stu!

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zOdz5pnZ4gE/Xcar1yAkYbI/AAAAAAAAwK4/gMtxgTZjSxwBRWMSn-kqQnfqxWBXS5iRgCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/image1.png)

I can now reveal the final game...

Trails and Traces: The Tomb of Thomas Tew



So the complete lineup is:

Captain Disaster in: Death Has A Million Stomping Boots
The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle
Legend of Hand
The Beard in the Mirror
Clam Man
Yet Another Hero Story
Trails and Traces: The Tomb of Thomas Tew

Price: $9.99
When: 11th - 25th November 2019
Where: https://itch.io/b/389/scabb (https://itch.io/b/389/scabb)

All 7 games DRM-free on Itch, 3 of the games (Legend of Hand, Beard in the Mirror and Yet Another Hero Story) also include a free Steam key.
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: Frodo on 09 Nov 2019, 14:25
A brilliant collection of games.   :smiley:

And even better - they're DRM-free.   :grin:

Can't wait for 11 November, so I can buy them.   :cheesy:
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: lorenzo on 10 Nov 2019, 09:26
Nice selection of games! Doubly so, because I only own Captain Disaster!
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: ManicMatt on 10 Nov 2019, 14:17
Frodo and Lorenzo - Honestly I'm tempted by the bundle myself and I already own Captain D and I made one of the other games as seen in my signature!

Here's a convenient playlist for all 7 trailers!

Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: CaptainD on 10 Nov 2019, 15:25
I own 3 and made one, and I'm still planning on buying the bundle! Which either means it's crazily good value or simply that I'm crazy.
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: ManicMatt on 10 Nov 2019, 15:28
I think its a bit of both. :)
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: CaptainD on 10 Nov 2019, 16:15
I think its a bit of both. :)

I expect you're right!  :-D
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: Durq on 10 Nov 2019, 19:52
I own just one, so I can't wait to get SCABB all over me.
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: CaptainD on 11 Nov 2019, 09:44
Today's the day - now you can pick that SCABB!

https://itch.io/b/389/scabb

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zOdz5pnZ4gE/Xcar1yAkYbI/AAAAAAAAwK4/gMtxgTZjSxwBRWMSn-kqQnfqxWBXS5iRgCLcBGAsYHQ/s400/image1.png)


(Also if anyone's on Twitter, retweets of the announcement - https://twitter.com/IndieGameNews1/status/1193830201102348288 - would be massively appreciated!)
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: shaun9991 on 11 Nov 2019, 10:40
HYPE!
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: Frodo on 11 Nov 2019, 10:57
Today's the day - now you can pick that SCABB!

I picked that SCABB   :grin:

Itch.io charged me extra VAT on top of the purchase price though, which is annoying.   :confused:
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: CaptainD on 11 Nov 2019, 11:28
Today's the day - now you can pick that SCABB!

I picked that SCABB   :grin:

Itch.io charged me extra VAT on top of the purchase price though, which is annoying.   :confused:

Sorry about that, it just depends on where you live and we can't do anything about it.  (In fact Shaun and I have both bought the bundle ourselves and been charged tax!). 

Looking at the sales so far it charges you tax in the UK, but  not in Hong Kong or Germany for some reason! 
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: Laura Hunt on 11 Nov 2019, 11:29
Today's the day - now you can pick that SCABB!

I picked that SCABB   :grin:

Itch.io charged me extra VAT on top of the purchase price though, which is annoying.   :confused:

Bandcamp does this too, it's an annoyance all right. But I bought it this morning from itch.io too and I got charged exactly $9.99. Maybe it's because my IP is German, or because I said I live in Vanuatu and there's no VAT there :-D (Sorry, I'm not giving out my real address!)
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: lorenzo on 11 Nov 2019, 12:34
Bought it!

I also got charged VAT. :-X
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: CaptainD on 11 Nov 2019, 12:38
@Laura Hunt - it's okay, we're not going to stalk you and try to find out your true address!  (laugh)
@Lorenzo - aw dude I see it even charge you an extra 20 cents on top of the UK tax!   :~(  Good job this bundle is such good value that it's STILL great value after the added stuff...  ;)

Thanks everyone who has bought the bundle already, wherever you hail from and whether Itch decided to tax you or not ;-D
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: CaptainD on 11 Nov 2019, 12:55
Okay weird, someone from Germany just bought and was charged tax.  I have no idea what the system is and I can't find specific details in Itch's documentation - all I know is that you may be charged around $2 tax, you may not.   ???
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: shaun9991 on 11 Nov 2019, 13:42
I think these extra little tax payments are related to VAT MOSS. I remember itch having to add this a few years ago. From memory it only applies to EU sales. It helps itch/developers ascertain if tax is due in certain countries.

I might be wrong!

Thanks for the purchases so far!!!  :-D :-D :-D
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: The Last To Know on 11 Nov 2019, 14:56
Okay weird, someone from Germany just bought and was charged tax.  I have no idea what the system is and I can't find specific details in Itch's documentation - all I know is that you may be charged around $2 tax, you may not.   ???
Maybe that was me, but I thought it was okay. This bundle is worth it.
I also wrote a little news article on a german gaming website about your bundle:
https://www.gamersglobal.de/news/166523/scabb-sieben-indie-adventures-in-einem-neuen-bundle

Good luck with you sales!
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: ManicMatt on 11 Nov 2019, 15:29
Thanks to everyone who has bought or is going to buy the bundle! I do wish itch would be clearer on the tax. Still, we see a better percentage of the money on itch than selling anything on Steam.

Thanks The Last to Know! From what I can tell, point and clicks are very popular in Germany! I might have asked this before but is your avatar drawn by the artist who does the album covers for KMFDM?
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: The Last To Know on 11 Nov 2019, 15:42
I might have asked this before but is your avatar drawn by the artist who does the album covers for KMFDM?
My avatar is from an album by Faith No More called King for a Day... Fool for a lifetime (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_for_a_Day..._Fool_for_a_Lifetime).
The cover art is taken from a graphic novel called Flood: A Novel in Pictures by Eric Drooker.
I googled for some KMFDM album covers and I see the resemblance. Google also told me that the artist of the KMFDM album covers is Aidan Hughes.
So, I guess the answer is no.  :wink:
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: ManicMatt on 11 Nov 2019, 15:55
Oh yeah I've seen that album cover before as well! I only have a few songs by em off The Real Thing, and a couple of songs from Nevermen of which the lead singer is a part of.

Okay back on topic, naughty Matt!

SCABB! A nod to both Monkey Island and LucasArt's naming of stuff like SCUMM.
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: cat on 11 Nov 2019, 18:36
(Sorry, I'm not giving out my real address!)
Is the address forwarded to developers or others or is it just stored by itch? I understand your reservations, just wanting to make sure what the situation is.
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: Laura Hunt on 11 Nov 2019, 18:59
(Sorry, I'm not giving out my real address!)
Is the address forwarded to developers or others or is it just stored by itch? I understand your reservations, just wanting to make sure what the situation is.

I'm not totally sure. There was something in the wording of the VAT form that made me think that addresses are forwarded to developers, but I might just be paranoid. Still, what better chance to learn The Truth than here and now! :) Captain, Matt, Shaun, or anybody who's sold their games on itch.io, what info exactly do you get from each purchase? Just country? Address? Paypal account?
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: ManicMatt on 11 Nov 2019, 19:07
I think its just your email addresses, I haven't seen anything else. We're also sworn to not divulge them to anyone! We  wouldn't do that anyway, of course.

Oh and the country is shown, but not the region or anything.
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: Laura Hunt on 11 Nov 2019, 19:10
I think its just your email addresses, I haven't seen anything else. We're also sworn to not divulge them to anyone! We  wouldn't do that anyway, of course.

Yeah, but what if YOU are the stalking, serial-killing creep? Huh? Thought I hadn't thought of that, did you :P

Oh and the country.

That's great to know! I've been extremely reluctant to purchase anything through itch.io so far, but this definitely changes things. Should have asked before ;) Thanks for the info!
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: ManicMatt on 11 Nov 2019, 19:17
It's interesting to see where in the world your game is selling, my Bishi platform game on Steam sold in all sorts of places I didn't expect like Hong Kong and Poland!
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: CaptainD on 11 Nov 2019, 21:27
Yeah we don't get your addresses or anything so we can't send round DA BOYZ to make sure you're actually playing our games!  :grin:
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: lorenzo on 11 Nov 2019, 21:42
Really?! Then can you explain who are these people armed with clubs banging at my door, demanding that I replay Captain Disaster?
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: CaptainD on 11 Nov 2019, 21:57
Really?! Then can you explain who are these people armed with clubs banging at my door, demanding that I replay Captain Disaster?

I don't know these people, I've never seen them, and this answer is not rehearsed.
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: cat on 12 Nov 2019, 11:49
I think its just your email addresses, I haven't seen anything else. We're also sworn to not divulge them to anyone! We  wouldn't do that anyway, of course.

Oh and the country is shown, but not the region or anything.

Wait - every developer where I buy a game on Itch will get my email address?  8-0 Now this I find highly alarming. I was planning to start buying games from Itch and supporting developers there, but this is a no-go for me. Country statistic is okay, but the buyers should be anonymous. That would be like buying a can of beans in the supermarket and the producer gets your data.
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: morganw on 12 Nov 2019, 13:57
It seems this was the case but it was meant to stop:
https://itch.io/t/222345/gdpr-and-itchio-sellers-questions
I would agree that this isn't acceptable.
Title: Re: SCABB - coming 11th November 2019
Post by: CaptainD on 12 Nov 2019, 17:39
This is what Itch has above any list of buyer information:

The private information listed on this table can not be publicly shared, sent to third parties, or used for unsolicited (eg. marketing) emails. We show this information for your records, and if you need to get in touch with someone with an issue specific to their payment. Sharing private information is a violation of our terms and may result in account suspensionq

They have further guidelines here:
https://itch.io/docs/creators/faq#can-share-the-information-itchio-collects-about-my-buyers-publicly-or-with-third-parties

Other than that I can only tell you that in several years of selling on Itch, I have never used anyone's email address, nor have I ever been contacted by a dev whom I bought a game from there.  Obviously if anyone is still uncomfortable about using them that's understandable and there are certainly many other ways to support indie devs!  ;-D