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We’re participating in the Small Business, Big Dreams contest from Rockland Trust!

We could win $10,000 in funding from local bank Rockland Trust – and you can help.

You can watch the above video right here in this post, but please also click through to it and hit the little thumbs-up button. Every ‘like’ we get on this video counts as a vote, and every vote gets us closer to the top!

Voting is open, and closes May 14. Please help us out!

Click here to go to Rockland Trust’s YouTube page and vote for our video!

The XYZZY Awards are live! Here’s how to nominate your favorites.

The XYZZY Awards are one of the oldest and most respected awards given to works of interactive fiction. Each year, the IF games that were released in that year are made eligible, and considered for nomination.

We spent a great deal of time, money, and energy last year getting Susurrus: Season of Tides ready for release in August, 2017, to coincide with Gen Con’s 50th anniversary. Although Susurrus is a different kind of IF game than most – in fact, truly multiplayer networked interactive fiction may be a new thing – we are still listed in the Interactive Fiction Database, and therefore have been made eligible for voting!

If you are interested in IF in all its forms, we highly encourage you to go check out this year’s eligible candidates, and, once you have a good sense, go and vote for your favorites! The voting system is somewhat complicated, though, so here’s some handy instructions.

Have fun, and play more interactive fiction games!

GDC welcomes its Evil Overlords

The Evil Overlord seeks an opportunity, under cover of night, to gank a Speaker badge

We sent an Evil Emissary to the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this year, and it was a thrilling time. We showed the game to a number of Conference Associates (the splendid minions that help the conference run for the attendees), attended many useful talks, and said hello to some of our Massachusetts cohort at the Made in Mass party. It was all rather splendid.

GDC is a special event, in that it’s a developer-facing gathering, rather than a fan-facing one. This also makes it incredibly expensive to attend, but one of our ranks took on a volunteering slot with the Conference Associates program for the second year running, which meant an all access pass to the show in exchange for a lot of working hours.

Luckily, there are off hours too. So while we couldn’t manage a booth, we had some time to share Susurrus with fellow attendees and developers, folks we chatted up at parties, and so on.

The Evil Overlord takes a moment at the IGF and Developers Choice Awards to take a selfie

It was fantastic to watch a very narratively-driven game, Night in the Woods, take not only the Excellence in Narrative IGF award, but the Seumus McNally Grand Prize as well. More and more, people are looking for great stories in their video game experiences, and in many ways, the indie world is leading the charge in the growing-up of the industry.

In other ways, growing up – in the sense of leaving “childish things” behind – is nowhere in sight. The spirit of play and exploration was alive and well throughout the conference. While many of the talks were focused on Serious Industry Business(tm), the feel of the interactive experiences like the Indie Megabooth, Day of the Devs, and Mild Rumpus reminded us why we do this. There’s nothing quite like the smiles, laughter, and wonder of people discovering through play.

Gay drawing conspiracies are the best conspiracies.

We hope to see you at upcoming events, like the Made in MA at PAX East party, where we’ll be showing off Susurrus: Season of Tides on the first day of the biggest gaming event in Boston! Come play!

Get your T-shirts and other swag at our new Merch Shop!

A Surprise Guest, by Duncan Eagleson
A Surprise Guest, by Duncan Eagleson

We at Evil Overlord Games have been working hard to assemble a brilliant selection of Evil Swag for your enjoyment! To that end, we are proud to introduce our new Threadless Artist Shop!

Guru Dan, from the Church of Eternal Life
We all want to live forever, don’t we?

Through the shop, you can order fine art prints of Duncan Eagleson’s fantastic concept art for Susurrus: Season of Tides. Or, get T-shirts with our logo, the Susurrus logo, or a reproduction of Guru Dan’s shirt from the Church of Eternal Life. (Patchouli sold separately.)

Grab a mug of your favorite hot beverage and cozy up with Cody, or any of the companions or elders from the game. Sport the Evil Logo on your phone, journal, or water bottle. Or let your fellow beach-goers know that you’re evil with an Evil Overlord beach towel. (Yes, really.)

As we build out the shop, we’ll be adding more products, so you can get your favorite character portraits on a T-shirt, or get a print of That One Piece of Art that you love from the game.

Meanwhile, check it out and have a click around. We think you’ll find something you like!

 


Play the newest content at Susurrus: Season of Tides. And find your next fabulous t-shirt at our new Evil Shop!

Evil Overlords and Susurrus at Arisia!

Friends, fans, countrypeople. Lend us your ears. (We promise to give them back. Probably.) Next weekend, January 12-14, 2018, your Evil Overlords and Susurrus will be at Arisia, New England’s largest science fiction and fantasy convention!

Susurrus players at IndieCade ’17

We will have two main presences at the con, and we hope you’ll stop by and visit both!

First, Evil Overlords will be at the Indie*Expo, an expansion of last year’s Indie Game Expo to include the Artists and Authors Alley along with game creators! We’ll be there to demo the game, give out some convention-only swag, and say hi.

Venetian Wall in Evil Overlord Games

Second, our art director Duncan Eagleson will be showing his work for Susurrus at the Arisia Art Show. Gawk, get prints, and meet the man behind our spectacular art team at Arisia’s most anticipated yearly offering!

We hope to see you there, at the Boston Westin Waterfront Hotel, from Friday, January 12 to Sunday, January 14! Tickets here!

“Angels of Our Better Nature”: Our first premium story content is live!

Tufayyar, by Duncan Eagleson

For the first time in Susurrus: Season of Tides, we are offering premium story content! We have contracted with Bram Stoker Award-winning horror writer Michael Marano to create a novella-length interactive story within the game, and “Angels of Our Better Nature” is now available for $4.99.

This artfully crafted, novelistic experience will carry the player along into a vast and totally new exploration of the lore of our world. In the course of a routine mission for L, you stumble across a terrifying ritual. There’s cult activity afoot, and it’s using unusual means to tear out pieces of the human psyche. This horrific desecration of the spirit draws you into a desperate race to prevent further atrocities and save innocent lives.

“Angels of Our Better Nature” is illustrated entirely by our art director Duncan Eagleson, known for his work on Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics as well as decades of book and album covers, graphic novel work including Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour, and countless other projects in the TV, film, and music realms.

The story was edited and assembled by Phoebe Roberts, our writer and writer-wrangler, who is an emerging playwright best known in the local Boston scene for her Victorian lady-Batman series, Mrs. Hawking.

This exclusive content is available now in the Susurrus store; you can also acquire it (along with other in-game goodies) if you become a patron of our Patreon at the $10/month level.

Play at SusurrusGame.com now and go to the Store to get the 399 Crystals you need to play this epic questline! Once you unlock the story, go to the Brookside location to begin.

If you’d like to hear more from the author’s mouth about the process of developing the story and working with artists to create a cohesive product, read more at Michael Marano’s blog.

Play Susurrus: Season of Tides

This Black Friday, support your local creators on Patreon!

We know, lovelies. We know that the retail giants call to you, their tendrils waving sinuously, their guttural howls nigh-impossible to ignore. We know they cry to you with their bells tolling the year’s end, their slick, capitalist voices enveloping you in cinnamon-scented ichor and commercial lust.

We know, darlings.

But this Black Friday, perhaps a better way to spend your dollars would be to support those creators – like ourselves, coincidentally – that make the art you want to be a part of. Perhaps you – yes YOU – wish to become a part of that writhing mass of teeming souls – uh, that is, the discerning and self-selecting group of independent persons – who directly help us make our game continue to happen.

As the holiday shopping season grinds lurchingly to life, we ask you to consider becoming a Patron at our Patreon page

Also, don’t you want to do what Adric asks you to?

We have been working hard on improving Susurrus: Season of Tides and bringing it to its full potential. We’ve revised the UI, and will continue to tweak it as time goes on. We’ve added new premium content, by award-winning horror writer Michael Marano.

But to keep making this game – while still letting it be free to play – we need the help of people like you, people who love strange things, who appreciate literary games, who want their interactive experiences to be rich and full, like the fine Syrah offered in that screenshot…

So please, consider heading over there and joining the other wonderful folks who have already chosen to support us on a monthly basis. We will be thrilled to have you join the collective.  Patronage starts at just $1 a month. And, if you support us at higher levels, you might even get to see yourself in the game.

Haven’t you always wanted that…to be part of someone else’s game…

Susurrus at GaymerX East! November 4-5 in NYC

GaymerX East logoThe Evil Overlords are on the march again, showing Susurrus at GaymerX East the first weekend in November. This first-ever queer-focused gaming convention is now in its fifth year, and will explode its glitter-bombs into the Microsoft Technology Center in Times Square, Manhattan on November 4-5!

Portrait of Miguel De Soto

We’re a-quiver to be a part of all this, not least because it gives us a chance to highlight some aspects of Susurrus that we’re proud of, but don’t promote as often as other aspects. That is: our game is full of queer characters, and that’s on purpose.

We talk a lot about our deep and involving narrative, our unique system by which individual player actions shift the world subtly for others, our evocative and beautiful art. But we don’t talk a lot about our nonbinary-gender characters, or about our bisexual characters, or our gay characters – mostly because the world we’re creating gives space to all kinds of expressions of gender and sexuality, without making a big deal about it.

Portrait of Melinda Corazon

While the world of Susurrus is messed up in countless ways, it’s fun to imagine that gender/sexuality policing and homophobia aren’t among them. This is idealized, of course: in real life, that is nowhere near the reality. And in some supernatural fictions, exploring the consequences of those oppressions is a big part of the point. But we also feel, as gender- and sexuality-diverse developers, that being able to spend time in a world that’s more relaxed about those things is a refreshing change, and a chance to feel safe for a while, to feel centered in a fictive world that doesn’t often center us. In Susurrus, after all, someone might hack your mind and send one of your own nightmares after you in physical form, a megacorp might track your movements until your life is not your own, or a vampire might try to eat you.

Portrait of Red

But nobody is going to make you feel like less of a human for how you present or for whom you love.

We’re looking forward to bringing this world to GaymerX and letting the attendees play around in it. And if you like the idea, too, then you can play around, too.

Join us in the game and on the forums, and of course, at GaymerX East!

Join Susurrus at IndieCade!

We continue to be tickled senseless by having been selected for IndieCade this year! We know not everyone lives in Los Angeles, or can even make it if they do, but we want to encourage those who can attend to come see us in the Library of the Japanese American National Museum, starting Friday October 6 at 4pm!

For those who can’t join us, please tell your friends about it! If you are an indie developer, are friends with indie developers, or just love Susurrus and want others to play it, spread the love around. Use the hashtag #IndieCade17 on Twitter and other social places, and tag us @SusurrusGame.

We’ll be appearing along with the cult hit Dream Daddy, fellow text-driven mystery The Black Widow, based on the story of one of the first lady serial killers, and other awesome text-driven games that take a retro form and turn it toward new ends.

See the full lineup of games here!

It’s a crazy honor to be chosen, of course, but it’s also just awesome to be able to go to this gathering of the people who are riding the edge of the game industry today, and show off this thing of ours, with its dense, rich writing and its wacky cast of characters who break genre, gender, and any number of other norms. We love this little game, and we’re looking so forward to showing it to other people who, we hope, will see it the way we do.

And in case you haven’t seen it yet: play the game for free here, on any browser.