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Picking The Brain Of Tangledeep’s Legendary Lead Developer On Inclusion, Game Accessibility choices, Future Titles



Picking The Brain Of Tangledeep’s Legendary Lead Developer On Inclusion, Game Accessibility choices, Future Titles

Obsession with Impact Gameworks beautiful roguelike RPG Tangledeep is widespread, well over a year after the initial release. A painstakingly crafted love letter to the 16-bit era of RPG’s, Tangledeep boasts strategic combat, robust class systems, ever-changing dungeons, crafting, and even a pet capture & training system. Add all of this to a vibrant world that serves as a simple platter to serve the player all of their dungeon-crawling wants and needs, a beautiful soundtrack, and near-flawless user interface that frames the game well, and players could be well forgiven for logging hundreds of hours into this Roguelike JPRGesque indie.

Impact Gameworks didn’t stop there, however; Tangledeep also heralds a unique (yet welcomed) menu at the start of each run, allowing players to alter how the game acts to change the playstyle to better suit their desires. If you’re looking for more elite enemies (which rewards you with greater loot while active), health regeneration, or even your pet not passing away every time you step into a slog bigger than you can handle, Tangledeep‘s accessibility modifiers add a tremendous amount of replayability using only a couple of global variables, that has arguably not been seen in such depth and presentation before.

I happened to catch Andrew Aversa at an opportune time and used it to pick his brain about the inclusion and usage of these accessibility modifiers in the past, present, and future.

What was the inspiration behind adding these modifiers to the game?

  • The main inspiration was actually the game Celeste, especially after I watched a “Game Maker’s Toolkit” video analyzing it. The goal of difficulty modifiers or accessibility options should be to let a wider audience of people play your game, while not overwhelming them with up-front options and simultaneously not making people feel like they’re cheating or “wrong” for using them.’

Were they always planned, or did this feature develop closer to release upon feedback?

  • I knew I wanted to have gameplay options like these pretty early on, but it all came together after the game was already in Early Access and I had lots of player feedback to work with. I could see at that point that some people felt the game was really difficult, while others were looking for even more challenge. Since the initial implementation and even post-launch, we’ve added even more.

Are you tracking the usage statistics of these modifiers? If so, have you seen greater than expected usage of these options?

  • I’m actually not tracking usage, only anecdotally listening to and reading player feedback. It seems like the most popular options are enabling health regeneration, and automatically rescuing your monster pet when it’s defeated. These things don’t make the game substantially easier and won’t save you from dying in a heated situation, but they are quite convenient.

Do you believe that this was successful enough that you’ll add these options to future games you work on?

  • I absolutely plan on providing options like these in future titles. Particularly for options that mainly affect under-the-hood gameplay variables (as opposed to major graphical or control changes), designing and implementing them is quite easy, so why not do it?

The inclusion of these options has been heralded in most reviews across all platforms that Tangledeep currently resides, and one can’t help to wonder what these options would taste like in larger undertakings.


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A Few Things to Check Before Hiring an Electrician



A Few Things to Check Before Hiring an Electrician

Hiring an Electrician

Many homeowners attempt to do home improvement projects themselves, and the results are often disappointing. However, trying to handle electrical work independently can lead to costly errors and injuries. Discover a few things to check before hiring an electrician to get the job done right and stay within the budget.

Proper Training

When looking for an electrician, the first thing to consider is whether they are properly trained. The electricians should attend a vocational school or other recognized institute to learn how to perform the work correctly. Discuss the training process to find the right team for the job.

Review Experience

Comparing electricians includes reviewing their relevant experience performing similar work. Homeowners should discuss the project scope with potential electricians and determine whether they have experience in that area. Also, ask for recommendations and referrals from previous satisfied customers.

Check Reviews

Once homeowners have a list of prospects, check online reviews to narrow down the possibilities based on customer experiences. Often, people discover more about an electrician or other service providers by reading reviews and talking to others. Also, discuss referrals with neighbors, co-workers, friends, and families to determine which services handled the work most efficiently.

Licensed and Insured

Verify your state’s requirement for license and insurance and then ensure the electrician is compliant to protect your most valuable asset. It is often tempting to hire an unlicensed or uninsured electrician to cut costs, but that often adds up to spending more money in the long run. Plus, you could be liable if an accident or injury occurs on your premises, adding even more to the costs.

Verify Credentials and Permits

The first step to verifying an electrician’s expertise is to inquire about licenses and insurance. The next step is to verify these credentials and permits to ensure they are valid and current. A quality electrician will immediately provide documentation for customers to verify.

Talk to Several Electricians

After comparing reviews and verifying credentials, consult with several electricians to find the right one for the project. While all of them might be qualified for the job, homeowners should find an electrician that understands their vision and wants to work with them every step of the way. Take notes during the interviews to review and determine the best candidate for the job.

Compare Costs

While qualifications are crucial to getting the job done correctly, homeowners must also stay within their budget to avoid financial stress associated with unexpected surprises. An electrician should provide a precise estimate and include everything to be done to complete the project for homeowners to plan for payment. The goal is to find a qualified electrician that provides all the services needed for the most competitive price. 

Look for Outstanding Customer Service

Finally, it helps to work with electricians dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service and that stand behind their work. Inquire about warranties and other guarantees to verify the project will be completed according to specifications. Then choose the electrician who communicates clearly and makes you feel comfortable about their skills.

Hiring an electrician is often critical to getting the job done right and avoiding additional costs related to injuries and errors. Use this checklist to find a qualified electrician that provides outstanding service within your budget.

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