Friday, August 1, 2014

A Mad Men Football update...

First, credit where credit is due, and a big thank you! The new AE Games logo above was designed by a fellow indie developer, Clayton Belcher, who runs Jolly Crouton Media and has already developed and published the PC puzzle game, Splotches! (Like on Facebook, follow on Twitter, or on Google+.)

I have been pretty much silent on the site since the last character reveal in March. So, being the start of a new month, I thought it would be a good time for a little update, and also a good time to answer some questions that have arrived via email and some statements/questions I've seen in comments around different sites in the last few months.

One post you might have missed over the last few months was about a Mad Men Football promotional package I sent out. Shawn Long, of, did a video of the promotional package he received, and you can watch it below:

Some that have been following announcements since the game announcement in February and Julius Caesar's reveal in March, noticed that the characters in the promotional package were the same characters revealed in February and March. One big reason for using George Washington and Julius Caesar in the promotional package, is that even with the great coverage the initial press release, game announcement, and Julius Caesar reveal received on many sites, there are many more sites that didn't cover any of the announcements, or some that just covered the February announcements. For example, Shawn had not seen Julius Caesar before he received his promotional package, which was over 2 months after I had revealed Julius Caesar as a player for the game. As an indie developer and self-funding this project, I'm trying to make sure that as many sites can/will cover the game as possible (and your help in this is appreciated!). And I understand that on some general Nintendo news sites, this might mean some see the same thing(s) a few times.

Shawn also mentioned a new Mad Men Football logo on one of the concept art pieces included in the promotional package, and that new logo was also designed by Clayton, like the new AE Games logo.

Development? Is development still happening on the game? Yes! Development has continued on Mad Men Football, and if any of you missed it or were wondering if my non-developer status with Nintendo has changed since February, I shared with Nintendo Life in early June that I have been approved as a Wii U developer.

Screenshots? Why haven't I released any images of in-game assets, screenshots, or even a video? In short, proper timing and encouragement. When the game was announced in February I had stated, "And I will probably be releasing screenshots from the prototype in the next few weeks, but I didn't want people to get discouraged at the art assets I'm using (if you can call MY assets art)."

I also said in that post (and it was obvious to many before I even stated it), that I'm not an artist. I'm focusing on the programming side of the game. But, I also said that, "Being a self-funded project, and as a developer (programmer) first, the art and animation will be done by an actual artist/animator."

So far, I haven't shown much outside of the concept art for two of the players in the game, and before I show any current in-game assets, screenshots, video, or announce any other characters, I am going to show the assets I created last year for the first prototype and programming purposes.

The first asset(s) shown will be done by what I'm calling a retro-reverse reveal, and shared in a fun way that will be detailed soon in another post. These won't be bullshots, but will be the actual horrid assets I created. A fair warning would be, what the game was, is not what the game is becoming.

And as always, if anybody has any questions or concerns, I think I have responded to every single email I have received since the initial press release and game announcement, feel free to contact me via email.


  1. Love the new logo! Keep at it. We can't wait for the final product. Keep us posted.

  2. As mentioned in the post, all credit for the logo goes to Clayton of Jolly Crouton Media! Thanks for the coverage support and feedback on it, and leaving a comment!

  3. Will the game be released this year?