Indie Links Round-Up: Putting Your Feet Down

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It’s a mixed bag in today’s Indie Links, where a card game gets mixed in with RPGs, The Binding of Isaac somehow infiltrates Team Fortress 2, and Minecraft makes its way to an unexpected platform.

How Does One Hunt Cards? Like This, Says Card Hunter (Rock, Paper, Shotgun)
“Slowly but surely, though, the phrase “card game” took on a rather unsavory stigma – relegated to pitch black basement dungeons and videogames without punching or explosions. But the mad card and mustache scientists at Blue Manchu have engineered a means by which to hunt cards, and the end result – Card Hunter, naturally – is quite a different creature from standard cardboard slip trading fare. Basically, if you normally flee at the sight of anything with “card” or “TCG” in its description, this might make a believer out of you yet.”

Brilliant-Looking Mod Mashes Up TF2, Binding Of Isaac (Rock, Paper, Shotgun)
“Sometimes, modding is a delicate, subtle art – its inspirations many and nuanced, and its results unexpectedly evocative. It’s akin to the flap of a butterfly’s wings – barely even a whisper on the wind, yet capable of breathing pollen-dappled life into countless fields and genres. Other times, modding’s about taking one crazy and thing and cramming it into another crazy thing to make a third, orders of magnitude crazier thing. Which brings us to a completely insane Binding of Isaac mod for Team Fortress 2. The objective, so far as I can tell, is to do normal TF2 stuff (teamwork, friendship, murder) while also dealing with an onslaught of decidedly un-bound bosses. It looks completely wild.”

Review: Towns – The Pursuit Of A Better-Looking (Don’t Call It) Dwarf Fortress (Indie Game Reviewer)
“Towns is one of a precious few games that, in some ways, strives to achieve the seemingly unachievable; Dwarf Fortress with a more approachable interface. To describe Towns simply as a better looking Dwarf Fortress, however, would be doing a disservice to the game. Towns has many unique characteristics of its own.”

Indie Pleas: Indie Game Crowdfunding Roundup For November 30, 2012 (indiePub)
“This week’s Indie Pleas includes: Pathfinder Online, a game where your actions are persistent, your characters can build kingdoms and you are the storyteller; GODUS, is a delightful reinvention of the god game from 22cans; Dizzy Returns, a sequel to the most successful European computer game brands in the late 1980s returns with all new adventures, new characters, new locations and many more puzzles; Worm Run, a game where you swipe to survive; and Oxygen, a turn-based strategy game in a strange world that moves, rotates and, in some instances, suffocates.”

Indie Arcades And Wu-Tang Joust: Photos From The Motherboard Relaunch Party (Kotaku)
“Last night, Vice’s sub-site Motherboard celebrated its official relaunching the best way possible: by throwing a giant party, having Rza play and getting everyone drunk. Indie arcade-makers Babycastles were also there to bring their own brand of gaming weirdness along with the whole gang behind Sportsfriends.”

Minecraft: Pi Edition Advocates Do-It-Yourself Programming (Gamasutra)
“Have you picked up a Raspberry Pi yet? Perhaps you had a fiddle with it and then buried it in a drawer — or maybe it’s become part of your development set-up. Either way, it’s hard to deny that this little-computer-that-could is a huge breakthrough for game development, especially where kids learning to code are concerned. And now there’s even more reason for both small and big kids alike to pay attention to the device, as Minecraft studio Mojang announced a special free edition of the ultra-popular indie game for the Raspberry Pi.”

TIGSource Devlog: Dom2D’s Visual Showcase Of Awesome New Games, Issue #9 (Venus Patrol)
“As the month of November ends, we see the Sports game competitionnearing completion. Blood Ball, Flog, Home Run and Unicorrida all seem pretty much finished, and we can’t wait to try them out. A surprising addition to the compo roster is Spelunky‘s creator and TIGSource guru Derek Yu’s own entry – a funky tennis game called Boogie Tennis.”

Kerbal Space Program 0.18 (TIGSource)
“The jump to 0.18 is the largest update KSP has seen and brings with it many new additions, including new resource and flight-planning systems, new parts like solar panels and unmanned probes, the ability to dock ships together, two new celestial bodies to explore, and more.”