Happy Lunar New Year! Here’s some Micro-Announcements!

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year! Even if you don’t celebrate it locally, the Lunar New Year is an important day for most of South-East Asia, and like many others, we wanted to join the celebration to spread the joy worldwide! We have a slew of new community activities and micro-announcements to make! Consider this your micro-Status Report for this month! 🥠🐁


Whales And Games Micro-Announcements

Let’s start with the spicy stuff! We have a slew of new Whales And Games micro-announcements to make regarding what you should expect in this upcoming year!

  • We will begin pre-production of our first commercial project starting in February with a considerable development time planned.
  • We will be returning to game jams this year making short one-shot game projects, with one of them being a Trivia game. They can also include updates to old projects.
  • Colossorama – The Champions Update will release sometime in the future but falls into the second category of projects.
  • And even more! You can expect this an even more announcements going forward! We will be going into more detail about our plans soon, so we hope you are excited for the slew of new things going forward!

You can expect this an even more announcements going forward! We will be going into more detail about our plans soon, so we hope you are excited for the slew of new things going forward! 👀


Find and Join your Chinese Zodiac!

It isn’t called the ‘Year of the Rat’ for no reason! Every birth-year on a 12 year cycle is associated with an animal in the Chinese Zodiac! Curious to find what’s yours? Well, we’ve set up a special #zodiac-table room in our Discord server you can find what animal is under your Chinese zodiac!

Even better! In that room you’ll also find commands that you can use over on the server’s #commands room! Using one of these commands will add your zodiac animal to your username and will also let you claim a special Lunar Celebrator and pinkish-red-name for posterity!


Join us for a Lunar Gaming Nights Club!

What’s a new years celebration without a loud party? We’re doing it gaming style! If you’re ready for a good old-fashioned Gaming Nights Club session, come join us on our Discord and we’ll kick off the Lunar Year with style! This rat den is gonna be packed!

Join us on January 26th (Sunday) at the usual time of 9:30 PM UTC for a night-long celebration of south-east Asian culture and gaming alike!


Whalechan and Polite All-Dressed Up!

And to close it all off, here’s our newest artwork with Whalechan and Polite all dressed-up for Celebration! This is one of our proudest and most complex works of art and animation so far, and a good window into the quality of what you can expect from our own game art going forward! Hope you like ‘em!

It’s Spooky Month! Join us for Halloween Server Events!

Boo! 👻 Were you spooked? Well, you should have, because we’ve made our Discord and Social Media all festively scary! That’s right, instead of cleaning away the cobwebs, we placed them around all over the place, just in time for this Halloween! And of course, we have to once again feature the incredible banner art from last year from VampyrOfSwords!

Festivities are a bit busy with our upcoming talk, Moski’s trip, making stickers and the upcoming (at this point that’s our actual Halloween monster) Colossorama – The Champion Update but we still wanted to do something special to vary things a little this season on our Discord Server! Here’s what we came up with!

Hope you’re ready to become the monster under your bed because you’ll have to pick between becoming a Skeleton ☠️, a Vampire 🦇 or a Witch ✨! The team with the most members by November 4th will result in a special Whalechan-design themed after that team’s monster, to be posted at a later date!

You can join a team by heading to #commands-cemetery on our Discord and typing !skeletons, !vampires or !witches to join each respective team! You can only be in one team at one time, but you can switch to another team by using that team’s command! You can also leave the competition entirely by using !leaveteam but that would be a bummer. 😱

We want to see your spooky art! No, really, any spooky art that you have around at all! From monster girls that you’ve drawn, to special Halloween commissions that you’ve been making! We want to see what you have been up too, and we would love for you to share it with us on the Server over at #creative-candy channel! In fact, there’s already been some spooky art shared there! 🍭

Also make sure to tweet it over to us , or send us a link to a tweet of some of the Halloween stuff you’ve made so we can share your stuff in all of its glory! ✨ We’ll be making a art-thread later on just for Halloween art, but you can tweet it at us at any moment!

It’s time to bring it back from the dead one of old server events for a one-off! Join us on November 1st (Friday) at 9:30 PM UTC for a night of spooky-scary glorious multiplayer video-game fun through our special Halloween Gaming Nights Club! Don’t know what that time-zone corresponds to? Check this link out!

We’re taking suggestions for games to play so we can announce them in advance for everyone to get ready at hand! Make sure to drop your spookiest suggestions down on the #gaming-ghouls channel!

A Whole New Sellout of Hero

In a world, where crime thrives at the top of buildings… where grandmas get stuck in trees in rooftops… and where guerilla marketing has reached new moral lows… A hero will rise, and so will the profits of his sponsors.

Coming this winter… a hero will sacrifice everything to save the people around him and to satisfy his sponsoring overseers. His dignity, his integrity, and his laundry budget. Because being an invincible superhero doesn’t pay the bills.

You won’t see the adventures of Monetization Man in the silver screen anytime soon, but you can always play Super Sellout, our Ludum Dare 43 entry, and hopefully have a laugh. It’s no blue furry man-legs, but it’ll suffice.

Here’s hoping you enjoyed this quick goof. If you want, you can always come chat and share your own Ludum Daregames at our Discord server! And of course, we’re also looking for Ludum Dare participants to follow through our Twitter account!


For those who aren’t Smashing right now

Happy Smash Bros Ultimate release! For those that aren’t skipping the rating season to try to unlock Isabelle or cry after getting the Waluigi spirit why would you do this, Sakurai, I made a goof. Your friends of Whales and Games are statistic as well.

We’re still celebrating being able to participate again on the Ludum Dare jam, which has given us the possibility to create so many characters. The latest, from Ludum Dare 43, is Monetization Man, from Super Sellout, which you should totally give a try. Turns out, in a way, I’m kind of a sellout too, huh? ?

The team and the community are freakin’ busy smashing each other at the Whales and Games Discord Server, so if you wanna hop in, or share with us your game, or just hang out, you’re oh so very welcome. And if you’d like to stay in contact through more traditional social media, you can follow us through Twitter too, and tweet us if you unlock Isabelle before I do, so I get freaking jealous! Other than that, continue enjoying the rating season! ?

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Looks like our cityscape is starting to shape up!

Now you can actually see some skyscrapers! In fact, we’re walking on top of some skyscrapers in endless fashion! And running! We think you get the overall point. ??

The game is coming alive right in front of our eyes! There’s still another two days of whole refining and making the game feel fluid, fun and engaging ahead of us! In case you are also participating, make sure you have a great jam! (We’d love to feature your games after the jam is over.)

Are you also working on your mind and are somehow still awake at 6AM working on your game? We’d love to see some of the progress of your own games over at our team’s Discord server!