10 years of Submachine – and now what?


I’ll try to keep it short, however we’ve got a lot to cover here, so bear with me. The Submachine is over, and with it, an actual era of my career. 10-year long era. I’ll explain in detail what will happen right now and the reasons why it’s happening. It’s all caused by the patreon-induced transparency, as this is the first year where I feel obliged to keep you guys in the loop about what’s going on and why. I’ll break the wall of text into smaller chapters, each named appropriately. That being said, here’s the first one:

 

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Submachine 10 questions


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So, guys, here’s the thing.
As you probably know, sometime ago I asked you to send me questions that you think should be addressed in the upcoming Submachine 10. Your response was swift, precise and… uhm… avalanche-like? Not sure if that’s the right expression. Anyway. I’ve collected 112 questions, and as you can imagine, I will not be able to answer them all in the upcoming game. Not even close. Maybe I should just write a book about Submachine. Like a dictionary, or digest.

I’m pretty sure I will cover some of those questions in Submachine 10, however I believe rest of them will have to wait for standalone Submachine games that will come later on. Those, while being stripped from the main storyline, will have plenty of room to discuss all those subjects in question. So, more Submachines, yay.

Here’s the full list of Submachine questions I’m supposed to tackle:

  1. In Submachine 9, the Player see the graves of Mur and Liz. Are they actually dead?
  2. Is the Player dead and the Submachine is some sort of purgatory?
  3. What really is the submachine
  4. who Mur and Liz really are
  5. who are all the others that explored the maze of the network of places we have been
  6. Was it all just a dream, an amazing place existing in the mind of the character we play as, or is this a story of someone traveling to a place we all want to visit, where travel is done by a machine, a portal and such?
  7. What’s so important in the fifth layer
  8. why don’t we ever see the main character
  9. elaborate a bit more on the plan
  10. How humans discovered the Subnet, the layers
  11. why Murtaugh (and Liz?) were chosen
  12. What was Shiva’s intention
  13. why the structure prevailed after the deaths of Mur and Liz
  14. Did the Player’s journey have some purpose?
  15. How did the Player begin all this
  16. where did he come from
  17. Who is the player?
  18. what time period is he living in compared to when Mur and Liz were alive?
  19. I would like if it gets cleared up if there is time travel involved in the series and in what way.
  20. why the karmic portals are destroying the subnet,
  21. what implications this has for the submachines and the player
  22. further explanantion to the time layer
  23. how Thoth and Shiva are both involved
  24. And where is Einstein?
  25. Clearly even if the player can’t interact with Mur, Liz, or Einstein directly, they’ve interacted with each other directly at some point – how can they have done so but none of the other people in the subnet have encountered each other?
  26. Where is sunshine_bunnygirl_17
  27. how much more connection there was with Covert Front.
  28. if there will be answers about the nature of the Submachine (location.. infinite? growing?…).
  29. Where are the corpses of people lived in the submahine?
  30. Is it possible the player was everyone of them in his/her past?
  31. Who buried the lighthouse and why?
  32. Did the events that the game discusses happen centuries ago or did the player participate in them?
  33. Will we ever see an actual human character?
  34. what happened to all the other, unnamed people who left notes throughout the Submachine?
  35. Where did they all go?
  36. Or were they ever really there?
  37. Why did Mur and Liz die?
  38. How could we talked with Mur, not so long time before his death?
  39. Why we didn’t meet anyone in Submachine?
  40. explain the links between different parts, so that we know if we are travelling in time and/or space/dimensions
  41. if everything is happening in chronological order.
  42. how Mur and Elizabeth came from that hostile situation between each other to that marvelous plot twist on sub9.
  43. In sub6 , where we have to hack the system, did human create/build that place ??
  44. I’d to know who and why created Wisdom gems  and what they really are
  45. Are we alone?
  46. Why are we
  47. Kim był Mur i Elizabeth jak to się stalo, że się poznali, a może razem pracowali nad czymś?
  48. czy tą grę da się ukończyc?
  49. czy postać w którą się wcielamy kiedykolwiek wyjdzie z submachine?
  50. Kto tym wszystkim steruje po smierci Mur?
  51. Can we just see M’s face?
  52. Or atleast is arm?
  53. Einstein, how he is able to transport himself through portals and such, but where did he end off?
  54. everything what has happened in the subnet is the reality, or the machine was done in order that the persons were living in a virtual reality because in the earth or the reality happened a collapse, for this way saying, the apocalypse?
  55. How important the light is?
  56. more about what happens when you create a portal inside a portal
  57. things about the history of the submachine, at least the history that’s connected to humans somehow, knowing more about how the humans found the subnet (did someone create it and other people found it later on?
  58. did humans just stumble upon it somehow and decided to add their own creations to it? how did that happen?
  59. is there something outside the Submachine?
  60. How Sub_1 fits in with the overall plot since it’s brief story
  61. I finally want to know what those bells are exactly for!
  62. Where is Kent? a submachine location or a place on Earth?
  63. What’s the connection between submachine and Earth/The computer that surpassed human inteligence?
  64. What’s the connection between the Kent waterfall and karma?
  65. What is the rough timeline of the events in the series?
  66. ow do the places we visit in the series fit within the structure of the Submachine, and how are they connected? For example: which layer(s) were we during Sub1-Sub6? Did we travel from the Outer Rim to the Core at the end of Sub1?
  67. Who is Shiva/the Computer? Are they one and the same?
  68. Where’s the Loop in respect to the 8 Layers?
  69. Do Defense Systems and Subbots operate in all the Layers of Reality?
  70. Does the Plan have anything to do with the cubic shape of each room?
  71. Are the persons who wrote the notes in latest Submachines the former Basement Exploration Team?
  72. How did he get to Subverse and Basement from Sub1?
  73. Did he has some special purpose in Sub1-Sub4 except escape from the trap?
  74. If Subbots do exist in subverse…Show them and tell about them at least in one note, please?
  75. What connection do Sub0, SubFLF, SubFLF HD, Sub32 have with main series?
  76. Who are protagonists of these side games? Their purposes?
  77. What does “MAP” symbol mean? (Symbol we can see in all submachine games’ main menu)
  78. Why does ikentt have karma flow/water?
  79. Where is it located?
  80. Why there were excursions in Winter Palace, South Garden and Lighthouse?
  81. Does “our real world” exist at all in Submachine game universe?
  82. Did we really make time travel in Sub2, or in some other game?
  83. How is important the time in Submachine universe?
  84. How many people organizations are there?
  85. What is the company? (Sub4 Ship note)
  86. What organization ordered to scientist who called this place as “Submerged Machine” to work with submachine?
  87. What is Fourth Dynasty?
  88. What happened with “Temple/Murtaugh/Shiva Cult” (Sub9)?
  89. What happened with Lab workers? How did they ended there at all?
  90. From what organization are guys from Sub8?
  91. Who are guys from Sub9 secret notes?
  92. Is there God? aka Shiva Or all is just technology? aka Computer (or something like this…)
  93. explanation what happened in Sub2 intro and Sub2 outro…
  94. If we/Payer have one-dimensional mind (Sub9 secret note), then why do we can’t meet any people in Submachines? What is the problem?
  95. Way in the past you talked about the creator of the first Submachine, and how his creation went haywire. I would very much like to get to know how he reacted to it and felt about it all. He seems like such an important, yet underrepresented character.
  96. What happened to Henry O’Toole when “Murtaugh’s” religion began gaining traction. Was he forgotten or did his works become widely acknowledged.
  97. How do the people of the Subnet see their history, which eras do they revere and which do they condemn. Related to this, maybe we could finally get the sub-eras if not explained, at least listed.
  98. Murtaugh is a surname, you’ve admitted as much. What was Murtaugh’s first name?
  99. Are we alone in Submachine? Is there something there, lurking in the shadows, or are we just the only explorer traversing the subnet?
  100. Will the Third Layer ever be repaired and brought whole again?
  101. In Sub_9’s super secret bonus area, it was mentioned that Murtaugh was shown the future by Shiva that left him quite happy before he died. Perhaps this is what he saw? Perhaps we, the Players, will have our hands / cursors on this kind of conclusion?
  102. Who happened to commission the Submachine network (if it can be called that)?
  103. Why is there no life, inside the Submachine?
  104. What was the need for the limited appearance of firearms in Submachine? (Think I remember seeing something akin to a machine gun, in one of the games? Not sure.)
  105. What is the purpose of the cultural deities in Submachine?
  106. What happened to the notes we have collected along the way, with the exception of Sub5 notes?
  107. Who put the golden seals in Murtaugh and Elizabeth’s tombs?
  108. What is the purpose of the four symbols we see in Sub2? We never used them in the game.
  109. Where did Murtaugh obtain plans to draw the teleporter in the lighthouse
  110. Who was the man that left mentioned in Sub7, and why did he leave, did he also have power like Murtaugh’s?
  111. Why did Murtaugh teleport to the loop? What happened that caused him to enter the loop and not some random location in the outer rim, or is the loop the outer rim?
  112. sub4 – What on earth is behind the metal plate? (beginning on the roof)


10 Gnomes in Montaigut-le-Blanc


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Today I want to show you the power of what’s going on. That whole Patreon situation. How it liberates me to basically do my creations just for you, and not entire internet (as I don’t have to scratch and claw for ads anymore). Remember the predicted release date for new 10 Gnomes game? September? Scratch that, I made it already and you can play it right now. Not only I’m giving you this game two months before schedule, it’s in full HD, 1920×1080 and, naturally, free. All thanks to people supporting my art on Patreon.

Thank you again.



Daymare Morphs, the new face of Morfolaki series


This is what the second life on Morfolaki series will look like. The revival, under the Daymare brand will be aptly named Daymare Morphs, and will start in January 2016.

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New 10 Gnomes in full HD? Of course.


So I’ve been thinking.

Since the browser-based game market is dying, (at least for me), why shouldn’t I ditch it entirely. This process in my head actually started two years ago when I begun creating HD versions of Daymare Town and Submachine, which became games playable on PC and MAC desktops, with all it’s perks, like being able to create better immersion through full screen gameplay, addition of original soundtracks in separate mp3 files etc. I expect the process to let me also switch platforms, so I will no longer be constricted only to flash games. But more on that some other time.

This year the sentiment grows stronger, with the advent of my Patreon campaign and diminishing returns from ad-based browser-gaming. I don’t have to cater to countless online masses of anonymous players anymore. I just need to deliver to few thousands of you who genuinely like what I do to the extent of following me on social media. That’s all. That’s you guys – reading these words right now. And don’t worry. If you’ve been able to play my games in the past – you will be able to play them in their new form. Flash wasn’t compatible with handheld market anyway. And those games which were free will remain free. There will be an online, free version of Submachine 10: the Exit, alongside paid, fullscreen desktop version (free for all my patrons).

The first symptom of the inevitable switch from browser to desktop gaming will be newest episode of 10 Gnomes, as it’s the first game on my release list. On my Patreon page, one of the rewards is getting all games I create this year in HD for free. That will probably include Submachine 10, 10 Gnomes and Where is 2016? at the very least. And I noted that 10 Gnomes will not be scalable to full screen since it’s not vector graphics and will look bad when rescaled (pixelated). But then I thought to myself – wait, why am I thinking in terms of browser restrictions. Why not create just larger 10 Gnomes game. Like, already in HD and just let people download it for free instead of releasing it as a browser game. And that’s exactly what I’ll do, come August.

Take a look at the screen below. Click on it to see it in it’s full, 1920 x 1080 glory. Doesn’t it look nice?

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Mateusz Skutnik on Patreon


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This is it guys.

If I ever needed your strong support – it’s right now. And I don’t mean only financially (that too, naturally), but you can help me spread the word about this project. Share, tweet, retweet, email, post on message boards, tell your friends, do whatever you can.

If you’re thinking – wait, why do we have to pay you now, since all your games have always been free – let me explain.

The online games will stay free of charge. I’m not asking you to pay for my games, or in broader sense for my content that I create (games, comic books, possibly web comics). I’m asking you to support me, the creator of that content. The content itself will remain free.

The thing is – The Times They Are a-Changin’. I can talk to you for hours about how many times the business side of online game development has changed over those 10 years. In detail. I’ve been through multiple monetization models, and with the advent of smartphone market few years back, all those solutions just slowly faded away. Yeah, I’m that old, my games predate iPhone, Android and even YouTube. Can you imagine?

The bottom line – now is the perfect opportunity for us to connect on the closest level imaginable. Just you, me, and my games and comic books delivered straight to your desktop.

So please, take a look at my patreon page, read all the projects that I listed there and consider becoming more than just a Submachine player. You can become a part of Submachine itself.