Twin Blue Moons has been Greenlit!

After a couple of months in Steam Greenlight, Twin Blue Moons has been accepted to the Steam Store. Our entry was a bit rushed due to Valve’s announcement of ending Greenlight, but we were happy to get considerable support nevertheless.  Big thanks to all of you who supported the project!

As for the release of the game, our plans remain unchanged. Full version of Twin Blue Moons will be released during the fall (probably in October) and a playable demo version a bit earlier. The exact release dates will be announced later.

Makai Wiki #4: Mana

Mana is the magical energy generated and stored in all living beings. It is required to cast spells which may be trained or, in case of some creatures, used instinctively. As the aptitude for magic tends to scale with intelligence of the species, so does the maximum amount of mana an individual can carry, the ‘pool of mana’.

Of all species humans have most variation in both the mana pool and the rate which they regenerate it. Like mental and physical abilities, mana  is tied to both inheritance and practice. Daily training of spells will increase the mana pool, just as regular exercise will increase lung capacity. Talented individuals may see their ability grow faster than their peers.

Spells are not completely harmless to the caster. Heavy mana usage will result in weariness and complete depletion of the mana pool may knock the caster unconscious. The caster’s abilities determine what counts as heavy mana usage. Seasoned mages are hardly affected by a spell that could deplete the whole mana pool of an inexperienced caster.

Mana regenerates all the time at a pace which is affected by numerous factors. Hunger and weariness greatly decrease the regeneration, which is why most mages sleep long and never miss a meal. Physical fitness is beneficial, but often neglected.

Mana can be transferred to another person, an application of magic often used to aid healers in difficult medical operations. Draining mana from an unwilling subject is also possible, but highly illegal in most countries. There is a lot of grey area between these two, as mana is highly sought after and traded with all kinds of agreements.

Makai Wiki #3: Home button

Early Super Magic-Relayed TelePhone (SMaRTPhone) models required complicated incantations to reset the phone spell state, a process also known as ‘returning to home screen’. Failing to recite the spell properly could lead to various undesirable outcomes, including but not limited to complete reset of the phone memory, detonation of the phone and switching the locations of the phone and the nearest pigeon.

After years of minor hand injuries and confused pigeons, a young SMaRTPhone pioneer Stephanie Tasks managed to script the required spell and bind it to physical mechanism. Thus, the home button was born, the easy and mostly safe mechanism of returning to home screen.

Makai Wiki #2: Luna and Selene

As the red-and-orange twilight passes and the sky turns into deep blue, two moons show their face. Luna and Selene they are called, the two daughters of Mother Earth. One will not grow tired of watching their beautiful faces, for they are ever changing.

Unlike many other rocks floating in the space, Luna and Selene have cloudy skies and rich biospheres. No two days are alike, for a plethora of lifeforms are constantly striving to make best of their lives on the moons’ surfaces.

Vast oceans cover the azure Luna, making it a paradise for marine life. The occasional islands are actually tips of the highest underwater mountains.

The turquoise Selene on the other hand is dominated by lush rainforests. Although there are no major seas, countless lakes and rivers are found across the globe.

Originally only plants and animals inhabited the two moons, but since the development of advanced portal networks a  few hundred years ago, numerous human settlements have been built on the moons’ soil. They have become popular locations for spending holidays, but permanent residence is difficult to obtain due to strict international regulations.