Wait, that colour doesn’t come as standard…

Month 6 of Landlord’s Super Early Access.
With the Lout update out for nearly a month now, you’re probably beginning to wonder, what’s next? Well, let us go through what we’ve been working on this month. Hopefully it’ll help paint a better picture for you…

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New Plasterboard!

WALLPAPER & PAINT

The world will soon be your canvas, or at least, the parts of the world that have plasterboard on them will. Wielding a variety of paint brushes and rollers, you’ll soon be able to paint or draw upon any secured plasterboard in-game. Draw anything you can imagine! Paint epic scenes or apply a minimalist approach. If you’re anything like me you’ll shriek in horror when looking upon your creations. Cower not, you can just cover your work up with a variety of wallpaper designs.

NEW PLASTERBOARD

With the added ability to paint onto and apply wallpaper to secured plasterboard, we soon came to find that visible seams became an annoying occurrence. This was due to the fiddly nature of applying plasterboard (an issue many of you have raised before), and it being very hard to line up plasterboard “flush” to one another. To solve this, plasterboard will now snap into the “flush” position automatically. This means that you’ll never have any unsightly seams, and much of the frustrations of placing plasterboard have now gone.

Another way we’ve improved plasterboard is to group all plasterboard sizes into a single order. This means that there’s only 1 plasterboard order in the catalogue now. You’ll no longer have to worry about matching sizes with the correct number, as the single plasterboard order will automatically resize to fit. The game will handle the annoying work for you.

We’ve also given the player the ability to cut off any nails with the circular saw, so you can make your walls look really pristine.

REPAIRING FOUNDATIONS

Included in the next update, you’ll be able to repair foundations directly with either the shovel, the all new storage buckets, or the cement mixers.

STORAGE BUCKETS

A big request in the Discord Suggestions room was the ability to store and keep various cement mixtures. We’ve taken this suggestion onboard and are adding storage buckets. With storage buckets, you’ll be able to pour up to 250 litre of concrete, no-fines or mortar into a resealable bucket to be stored away for when you need it.

You’ll also be able to use these buckets to mix paint colours. Enabling you to create a specific colour for painting onto plasterboards, or if you’re really inquisitive, mixing into a no-fines mixture…

Wallpaper and paint coming soon(tm)

COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHT

We were both so blown away by Mar’s contributions this month that we thought we’d dedicate the community highlight spot to her work. Her paintings capture the spirit of the game so well that we’ve started drawing inspiration from them. I mean, can you imagine a better haircut than the one she’s pictured on H. Abiff here?
She’s also available for commissions, right now!

Thanks again for your continued support. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow Ruta & Greg on twitter, and to join the discord!

Till next month,
Ruta & Greg

There goes the neighbourhood! (Officially now)

NOVEMBER

Month 5 of Landlord’s Super Early Access.
The Lout Update has been finished, and will be launched shortly (4:00pm 30th Sept). Most of the time this month was spent on getting this update as stable and polished as possible, though more recently I’ve begun to move over to working on the next content update for Landlord’s Super.

Special shout out to everyone who opted into the In-Dev branch over on Steam. Your input continue to help the game grow and expand in exciting new ways. 

Thank you!

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Lout Update will update automatically on Steam if you have the game downloaded.

Formally known as the Tenant’s Update, the Lout Update will go live at 4:00pm, 30th of September. You should receive a separate email detailing the contents of the update when it goes live. If you’re reading this on the website, then the details will be contained in the previous blog post to this one. 

NEW PLASTERBOARD

With the added ability to paint onto and apply wallpaper to secured plasterboard, we soon came to find that visible seams became an annoying occurrence. This was due to the fiddly nature of applying plasterboard (an issue many of you have raised before), and it being very hard to line up plasterboard “flush” to one another. To solve this, plasterboard will now snap into the “flush” position automatically. This means that you’ll never have any unsightly seams, and much of the frustrations of placing plasterboard have now gone.

Another way we’ve improved plasterboard is to group all plasterboard sizes into a single order. This means that there’s only 1 plasterboard order in the catalogue now. You’ll no longer have to worry about matching sizes with the correct number, as the single plasterboard order will automatically resize to fit. The game will handle the annoying work for you.

We’ve also given the player the ability to cut off any nails with the circular saw, so you can make your walls look really pristine.

With the foundations for the game loop laid in the Lout Update, it’s time to start expanding upon the building options available to players. Particularly interior decoration. 

Whilst yet to be named, I can reveal the next update will focus on allowing the players to make the inside of the property much more appealing. Work is likely to focus on the following:

  • Ability to install Plasterboard on the interior and exterior walls of the house.
  • New Tools including Paint Brush and Paint Cans.
  • Ability to Paint and Wallpaper Plasterboard.
  • Ability to “dye” Concrete and No-Fines mixtures.
  • Ability to lay Carpet, Tiling and Flooring.
  • Squatters!

Work on this update has only just begun, so it’ll still be several more months before it hits the main branch on Steam. Expect features to gradually start hitting the In-Dev branch towards the end of October.

REPAIRING FOUNDATIONS

Included in the next update, you’ll be able to repair foundations directly with either the shovel, the all new storage buckets, or the cement mixers.

Champion of the game and exceptional writer, Jeremy Peel did a piece on the “Making of” Jalopy for Edge Magazine. It’s available in the November issue and contains never before seen in-development shots and an interview with Greg!

Spot the Laika…

NOVEMBER

Hot and fresh off the Discord this month. James Garwingle possible the first person to have the Landlord’s Super soundtrack on cassette (In it’s current carnation, anyway)?  and Jimmy looks rather dashing in this pencil sketch by Horn.

Thanks again for your continued support. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow Ruta & Greg on twitter, and to join the discord!

Till next month,
Ruta & Greg

We’re delighted in presenting you with the Lout update for Landlord’s Super.
Available on Steam Early Access Now.

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LOUT UPDATE NOW AVAILABLE

We’re delighted to announce that access to the Lout update for Landlord’s super is now available on Steam Early Access. If you have Landlord’s Super already purchased and downloaded on Steam, your game will automatically update. For everyone else, you can purchase Landlord’s Super Early Access here.

The Lout Update marks our arrival at Version 0.1 and what is the first in many big content updates for Landlord’s Super. The Lout Update introduces lots of new features, reworked systems and plenty of bug fixes.

Lout Tenants

Rent out your property to a collection of loutish characters. Beware, their low expectations may mean they are high maintenance guests…

Enhanced Construction Gameplay

Mix aggregate, cement and water to make no-fines concrete. Destroy and rebuild the entirety of your properties no-fines walls, foundations and roofing. 

New Tools

Strike the earth with the shovel or work comfortably at night with the all new work light and pocket torch.

Scrapyard

Earn your fortune at the scrapyard with the all new scrap system. Your wheelbarrow has been reworked to accommodate much larger haulages!

Tool Shed & Supply Yard

A new area to store your tools and place your unused supplies.

New Characters

Meet your dodgy loan shark and property agent Mitchell (& Sons). Sell scrap to Totter & her old shire horse Six-pence.

And Much More

Interior doors, new audio, animations and tons of bug fixes make this the most polished and stable update yet.

CHANGE LIST

For a full list of changes, please refer to the Steam In-Dev announcement updates here.

And finally, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the In-Dev access. Without your suggestions, bug reports and patience, this game might not be half what it is today.

Thank you.

Earn your fortune with new scrap to sell.

SEPTEMBER

Month 4 of Landlord’s Super Early Access.
Mostly bug fixing this month, but we did get to add some new content to the In-Dev Branch, such as Interior Doors, more scrap to collect and sell and white dog poo (remember that?). We also took some time off to visit family, which was much needed after so much social isolation (thanks COVID). Oh, and Totter has also been rewritten as a “bonnie Geordie lass”. Why? Aye. 

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Make you’re fortune with the expanded scrap trade!

INTERIOR DOORS

Long awaited, not much to say regarding these other than they make the property look nicer and add to the total value. Oh, there was a spelling mistake regarding “Cream Doors” being written as “Crean Doors” which the community loves so shout out to that (RIP 2020 – 2020).

MORE WORK ON SCRAP GENERATION

More work has taken place on the Scrap Generation system. Greg has added a bunch of new scrap items for players to scavenge and sell. They come in all shapes and sizes and the wheelbarrow has also been given a rework so that it is now much easier to use. One example being you can now drop items on top of one another. You’ll be reaping the benefits of a scrap empire in no time. 
Work is going to continue on this system throughout development. It’s our aim to have this be the backbone to how players earn money in the early game. Eventually we’ll remove the dishwasher job for this system to replace it. For now it’s still not quite ready so the dishwasher job remains.

Well?

TIN CAN

One of the scrap items was a “Tin Can”. Greg wanted to know what we should refer to it as in-game, so we hit up twitter for the answer.
As different parts of the country refer to it as a different name, the thread was a bundle of contradictions. Neither “Tin” nor “Can” seemed to come out on top. As a result, we’ll be referring to it as a “Tin Can” in-game.

WHITE DOG POO

Remember when dog poo used to be white? What ever happened to that? Well, it’s now a feature of Landlord’s Super. Totter will even pay you for collecting it… We’re not sure why exactly, fertiliser maybe?

LOUT UPDATE RELEASE

For those of you not on the In-Dev branch and eagerly wanting to play with these new features but are waiting for it to hit the main (stable) release, we’re looking at a release for the end of this month. 
Hooray, but do remember that delay can happen.

COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHT

Discord regular Tuinkers claimed he would pet the horse 1000 times once it was available in-game. Few believe Tuinker’s bold claims, how could one person fulfil such ambitious claims? Yet…

Thanks again for your continued support. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow Ruta & Greg on twitter, and to join the discord!

Till next month,
Ruta & Greg

The Scrapyard introduces a more involved way of earning money in Sheffingham.

AUGUST

Month 3 of Landlord’s Super Early Access.
This month, a look at even more content being added for the Tenant’s update. Introductions to some of the new faces joining Sheffingham. Lighting to help you work at night. And access to the in-development build through the InDev branch. 

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Meet Totter, Sheffingham’s very own scrap merchant.

TOTTER & THE TIP

Introducing Totter, Sheffingham’s Rag & Bone Lady! 
Totter will buy any scrap you bring her, and pay you the same day for it. She lives on a canal boat next to the Tip (Scrapyard) and also looks after an old horse called Six-pence (who loves to be pet). She can be found next to Mitchell’s, over the road from the Old Bill police station and is available to do business as soon as you arrive in town.

SCRAP GENERATION

To compliment the addition of a dedicated scrapyard I’ve added a Scrap Generation System. At the start of every season in Landlord’s Super, a flurry of passers-by will travel through West-Berklands and dump their unwanted items all over the county. The shame! Well, one person’s rubbish is another’s treasure, as they say. So why not seize this opportunity to earn some extra money. You might even find something useful, and if not, Totter is sure to take it off your hands for a bit of cash. Just make sure you don’t forget your wheelbarrow.

TENANTS & RENTAL GAMEPLAY

The first phase of Tenant AI has been finalised and ready for the update. This first phase only includes the Lout class of tenant – Squatters will unfortunately have to wait for a future update. 
I also managed to get the Property Value system setup. This essentially evaluates a players property and assigns a Sell Value and Potential Daily Rental Income value to it. As you develop your property (with future construction features and additional furnishings,) the Sell Value will go up. This will then allow you to ask for more rent from tenants, or attract a higher class of tenant entirely. The Property Value can be viewed in your player Notebook.
Beware though, whilst lower classes of tenants will accept a rougher living situation, they may also degrade the property at a faster rate, lower the Sell Value and Potential Daily Rental Income Value. Tenants will also refuse to pay rent if their property becomes unlivable. If this happens, you’ll need to move your tenants out and get to work before it’s too late.

SHOVEL

Astonishingly, I’m re-adding the Shovel. Whilst all the features of the shovel aren’t there yet, it’s a good investment for retrieving some of the move valuable scrap that has got stuck in the ground. You can also use it to manipulate the dirt of the property, or for interacting with the cement mixers and foundation frames. An insider tip: Whilst holding the shovel, try using right-click on a freshly laid foundation to smooth the top of the cement. 
Even better tip: Expect this one to be buggy.

Need a loan but the banks won’t approve? Mitchell may be your solution.

MITCHELL & SONS

Finally making an appearance is Mitchell and his two boys. You’ll remember him from the loan you’re given at the start of the game. In the Tenants update, Mitchell plays a much more prominent role, granting loans for not only the property but the new Supply Yard & Tool Shed area.
Mitchell will also work with you on getting your property occupied through the forwarding of tenant applications and also get his boys (His other boys) to move any scaffolding or loose supplies from the property over to your Supply yard once your’re ready to move a tenant in. Mitchell will even help you evict particularly troublesome tenants (for a fee).

InDev branch coming to Steam soon.

WORK LIGHT & POCKET TORCH

Often requested was the ability to use work lights so players could work at night. It seemed like a simple enough task so I managed to sneak not only Work Lights into the Tenant’s update, but also a Pocket Torch that the player can keep on them at all times.

IN-DEV BRANCH COMING SOON

As the update is taking time, I’m opening up an in-development branch for people to test the Tenant’s update before it launches on Steam. This branch will not be content complete, and will have even more bugs than the main game branch, but it will allow fans of Landlord’s Super to get a first look and hands on at the upcoming features and help guide us in the right direction.

Expect news of this to be announced through the newsletter, over on Discord, over on Twitter and on Steam in the coming days.

COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHT

While eagerly waiting for the Tenant’s update, Hamster boi 2.0 has been recreating West Berkland’s in Minecraft. User bf3125 managed to catch a ride in one of the cars passing through town. And Mar (commissions open) created this wonderful rendition of The Anchor’s Tamsin. Phwaor!

Thanks again for your continued support. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow Ruta & Greg on twitter, and to join the discord!

Till next month,
Ruta & Greg

Construction gameplay is about to get a lot more involved…

JULY

We’re now 2 months into the release of Landlord’s Super. After spending a month on support and bug fixing, our focus has redirected towards producing the first major update for the game; the Tenants System.
Before we cover what this update will entail, an important statement from MinskWorks. 

We’d like to use this platform to say Black lives matter. Over the last month it’s been our aim to boost voices we think need to be most heard right now. Some of the voices worth sharing are below, but there’s much more that can be done :

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TENANTS UPDATE

The Tenants update is the current focus of the game. This update aims to bring a much more involved construction system, a refinded focus on how the player earns money, and the ability to rent out and maintain your property to varying tenants. 

There currently isn’t an estimated arrival date, but I can share some of the details of this update below.

ENHANCED CONSTRUCTION GAMEPLAY

As the tenants entering the world of Landlord’s Super can degrade the players property – forcing them to be called out to fix a variety of issues – deeper changes to the construction mechanics were needed. A brief insight into some of these changes below.

Roofing

Roofing has been completely reworked. Players can now remove and replace every single tile and wooden plank on the roof. Starting damage to the roof is also now arranged differently for each players game.

Foundations

Every foundation on the property can now be destroyed by using the sledgehammer, and replaced with a new foundation mixed by the player. Foundation visuals also now blend in together a lot better than they did.

No-Fines Concrete

Players can now mix No-Fines concrete which can then be used to repair or replace the outer walls of the house. 

A new location to store your tools and supplies.

TOOL SHED & SUPPLY YARD

Putting the property onto the market opened up another issue, what to do with all the players excess supply and loose tools? They couldn’t be left on the property with the tenant, and they couldn’t be left strewn across the street either…
To solve this problem, we’ve introduced an additional area where the player can store their tools and supplies. This unfortunately incurs an additional loan from Mitchell, who will provide the land for the Tool Shed & Supply Yard. Though, as a sweetener, whenever the player has a tenant move into the property, Mitchell will get one of his boys to gather up any tools or supplies lying around, and have them placed neatly within the supply yard without the player ever having to lift a finger. (That means more time down the pub).

FUN EXTRAS

While beautifying the notebook, we added Cement, Mortar & No-Fines mixture tracking. Each time the player creates a new stronger mixture of one of these compounds, details of the ratio will be added to the notebook. This allows players to refer to their own ingenuity when mixing a compound, and helps them track the strongest mixture ratios. 

Also, Greg thought a lot of players will be curious to see what their tenants are doing once they’d moved in. So to make players feel creeping for peeking through tenant windows, glass now fogs from player breath. Players will also begin panting if they have been running and jumping about a lot. Steamy fun. You can view this here.

LANDLORD’S SUPER IN MVC

Landlord’s Super appeared in this months issue of MVC Develop! You can view the article here.

LANDLORD’S SUPER IN WIREFRAME

Landlord’s Super appears in this months issue of Wireframe mag! You can order your copy here.

JALOPY IN TOP GEAR ESPANA

alopy got a mentioned in Top Gear España. You can view the article here. It’s in some really great company and is an honour to be featured. 

COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHT

Courtesy of Falphaugh, enjoy a space Laika. 

Thanks again for your continued support. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow Ruta & Greg on twitter, and to join the discord!

Till next month,
Ruta & Greg

Landlord’s Super; best enjoyed with a sprinkle of ingenuity

Note: This feature is taken from our monthly newsletter. As such, the content included is a month out-of-date. Though the following states the game releases tomorrow, Landlord’s Super is available in Steam Early Access right now.

June

We released a game last month. After 26 patches, containing hundreds of fixes and changes, let’s take a look at how this first month went.

First though, I must say thank you to the Yogscast for believing and supporting the project, all the journalists that covered ups, all the influencers that made content on us and a huge thanks to Seb for the community support. I owe you all a beer once this pandemic is done. 

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There was a request for the key layout on twitter, so here’s a reference for anyone else interested

Landlord’s Super Release Overview

We released a game into Early Access last month. The second game under the MinskWorks moniker. For those unaware, Landlord’s Super is a “Quintessential Construction Simulator” set during the polarising years of 1980’s Britain. 

Expectations

Knowing the niche appeal of a British construction simulator, I expected Landlord’s Super to do markedly smaller units than our previous game, Jalopy. But then I never expected Jalopy to be anything more than a portfolio piece, so it’s success is something I’m still wary of. Using the established wisdom that your launch wishlist’s convert to 45% of your first month’s sales. With a launch price of $19.99 (10% discount), I had the goal in my mind of aiming for 10,000 wishlist’s before launch.

Wishlists

The barometer I opted to use for predicting success was Steam wishlist numbers. The main reason for this is there just isn’t much else you can work off to help predict how well a game will do.

Two weeks out from launch, we sat at about 4,000 wishlists. This meant we’d likely be losing money on the project long-term.

On launch day, following a great trailer, great pickup on the social medias, great influencer campaign by Yogscast and great traditional outreach by Honest PR, we managed to hit over 11,000 wishlist’s. Thus, the project had surpassed our internal target.

At close to 70%, our first month wishlist to sales ratio has been much, much stronger than expected. I think this probably indicates that the game has a larger appeal than the current niche we’re targeting. Especially considering our actual wishlist conversion rate is about as expected.

There’s been a lot of talk about the value of predicting sales through wishlist’s. With people often citing Goodhart’s law (“When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.” – which, appropriately, was used to criticise Margaret Thatcher’s monetary policy). Whilst the established guidance of a 45% sales prediction from wishlists numbers was off for Landlord’s (Incredibly in the more positive direction). I still think it’s a valid metric to use. Like I mentioned above, what else do we have at our disposal?

Higher Price Point

One aspect I wanted to cover was why I priced the game so high. First, development of Landlord’s Super is planned to be continued for a few more years. I wanted to make sure I could support this financially without having to resort to price increases down the line. We raised the price of Jalopy by a dollar when we exited Early Access and the review score hit was significant enough that I wouldn’t want to launch lower than our target price again. The messaging of Jalopy’s price increase was consistent and clear but did little to prevent a backlash. 

Another reason is that, while of course we want to make sales, we’re really not ready to handle support for much more than cheerleaders and the enthusiast crowd right now.

Jalopy Audience Conversion

Due to a dispute with Jalopy’s publisher, we have very little access to that audience. We launched with no announcement on Jalopy’s store page, and no real access to our previous fans. Couple that with the fact Landlord’s is entirely new assets and code, we were for all intents and purposes starting from scratch again.

Regardless of not being able to access our previous audience didn’t concern me much for several reasons. Firstly, any goodwill we had built up from developing Jalopy had largely been burnt by the publisher’s actions. Before launch, we tried try to clear this up.

Thankfully, none of this seemed to matter much.

Conclusion

(I feel like I’m back in school writing a scientific paper with how I’ve structured this.)
 Landlord’s Super has been a bigger success than I hoped or predicted. With the benefit of keeping the player-base small enough that I can reply to everyone’s support emails and even some steam reviews. We’re in a position now where the game has hit the ground running, and I can continue to add content, breathing more life into the project as it develops.

Remember that this is just the start. I’d like to again thank everyone for their understanding and patience with this project, but most importantly thank you for your support. 

Community Highlight

(from left to right) Einin discorving their own free build glitch, Jonthefuzz with a cryptic meme, tuinkers with a visual representation of gameplay and Seals3051 with probably our first meme post launch. Thank you all for the content!

Remember to Join the Discord to get involved.

Jalopy A Story in Three Parts

Beginning.
Middle.
End.

Thanks again for your continued support. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow Ruta & Greg on twitter, and to join the discord!

Till next month,
Ruta & Greg

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Landlord’s Super now available in Steam Early Access

Note: This feature is taken from our monthly newsletter. As such, the content included is a month out-of-date. Though the following states the game releases tomorrow, Landlord’s Super is available in Steam Early Access right now.

May

While we’re still in lock-down over here in the UK, MinskWorks is a part of those lucky few still able to do their jobs from home. This means the release of Landlord’s Super into Early Access can still go ahead tomorrow. We wanted to extend our thanks to the key-workers carrying us through this unprecedented global pandemic. It is because of you all that we’re able to continue working and living in safety. Thank you.

We’d also like to thank everyone for promoting the game. Special mentions towards the Yogscast, Fourth Floor and Honest PR. All the influencers who have created great content, and helped with bug fixes and suggestions. With all your work we’ve managed to hit our internal wishlist’s milestone. So thank you!

 

 

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A white van trundles through the undergrowth

 

Landlord’s Super Releases in Steam Early Access Tomorrow!

Can you believe that the day is almost here!? Landlord’s Super enters Steam Early Access tomorrow!

While the game is very much playable, and contains a glut of quality-of-life features, I’d like to take this time to remind people that this is a work-in-progress. While you can renovate and repair the property. Purchase tools. Order supplies. Load a wheelbarrow full of bricks. Get drunk or wash dishes. There are still major features missing. The Rental System, in which you lease the property out to potential tenants – ensuring to attend to their needs, isn’t included. There are no driveable vehicles. And earning money is limited to one job.

While we can give you our personal promise that these features are coming with future updates. We ask that people only buy into the Early Access of Landlord’s Super if they are patience and understanding. Game development can be a precarious effort. Things can (and often do) take much longer than first anticipated. Features, once implemented can be thrown out if they aren’t working. Ideas can be dropped. If you understand this process, then I believe that whatever form the final game takes, the journey will be worthwhile.

With that said, the game is bigger and better than we ever thought, and we can’t wait to see you all down the Anchor!

 

 

 

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Landlord’s Super Development Road-map

Landlord’s Super Development Roadmap

This is the road-map we’re sharing with content creators. The column on the left side of the road is the current development road-map. Keep in mind that this can and will change. It is used only as a visual explanation as to where we intend to work towards.

For more accurate and up-to-date access to what I’m working on, Join the Discord and check out the #Change-Log channel under Landlord’s Super.

 

 

Landlord’s Super Development Road-map

How much will Landlord’s Super cost?

$19.99, £15.49, 16,79€ with a launch discount of 10%

Do owners of Jalopy get a discount?

Unfortunately, as  Landlord’s Super and Jalopy have different publishers, we can’t offer any discount to owners of Jalopy.

What is the goal of Landlord’s Super?

Players are tasked with renovating a dilapidated, old property for the purposes of selling or renting out to tenants. While attending to the needs of their tenants, players can use the rental income to improve the property with hopes of attracting more lucrative renters. A clearer representation of this gameplay loop can be seen here. Additionally, players can ignore the core gameplay loop, and enjoy the open-world folly’s found within West Berklands.

Is there more than one property?

As with Jalopy choosing to explore how deep we can make one car, Landlord’s wants to explore the depth of gameplay within one property. With the focus on one property, this allows us to explore deep content, such as brick by brick placement, renting, plasterboard installation and more, rather than development being focused on setting up more instances of what would only be repeated content.

Can we build the house from the ground up?

No. We originally tried this approach but showcasing in summer 2019 showed there was little interest in the concept. Players were quickly confused and annoyed at the slow and punishing concept. In order for this concept to work, we would have had to fall back onto already established building systems found in games like Rust and Conan Exiles. As Minskworks is a tiny indie developer, we cannot try to compete with juggernauts like these, and instead need to focus on niche and interesting gameplay concepts.

Okay, will there be a free build mode where we can build the house from the ground up?

Probably not a separate mode. It’s more likely I’ll add cheats that allow you to ignore things like energy & money.

Multiplayer?

No. Minskworks is a tiny developer also lacking any experience with multiplayer game design or programming. If we were to try adding this it would probably be a disaster.

Mod Support?!

No, again for the same reasons as above.

Will Landlord’s Support my language?

Probably yes, it’s English only for the moment as the script files are still being worked on. Once the game is closer to being content complete, we’ll begin to add more language support.

Can I translate Landlord’s to my language?

Yes! We used community localisation for Jalopy and it’s something we want to look into again.

Is there a feature road-map?

Yes, the current road-map can be found over here. Though this is subject to change.

When will Landlord’s Super leave Early Access?

Once the game features the core rental gameplay loop, a complete story arch, achievements and trading cards and is as bug free as possible. There is currently no accurate timeline for this. Leaving Early access will not mean the game is no longer updated.

 

 

Landlord’s Super Youtube Content

If you’re struggling to hold your excitement, there’s various gameplay videos up on Youtube.

 

 

 

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Jalopy in Eurogamer

Greg was by Jack Yarwood over on Eurogamer. The piece covers the backlash aimed at him and Jalopy when Excalibur announced Road to Guangdong – A project he had no involvement in or knowledge of till it’s announcement. Yet received a large swathe of criticism for.

While it’s a great peace that looks to educate players on the difference between a Publisher & Developer, it leaves out a lot that has yet to be said on this whole saga. For legal reasons we’re still not confident in sharing these details.

 

Thanks again for your continued support. If you haven’t already, be sure to Wishlist Landlord’s Super, follow Ruta & Greg on twitter, and join the discord!

Till next month,
Ruta & Greg

 

 

The developer of Jalopy is proud to introduce you to the world of their next game. Coming to Steam Early Access April 30th

 

The Quintessential Construction Simulator

 

Landlord’s Super, is a First-Person Life-Simulation set in the murky midlands of the British Isle during the polarising years of the 1980s. Build stuff, get drunk, build stuff while getting drunk. Your choice.

 

 

Explore the Fictional County of West Berklands.

Interact with a diverse cast of characters, during the polarising years of the 1980s. An honest insight into ‘English Culture’.

The Quintessential Construction Simulator.

Order supplies! Mix your own cement! Assemble scaffolding to reach high places! Build walls brick by brick! The most ambitious construction gameplay ever seen!

Plan & Execute

Carefully manage your time and energy around time of day, weather, seasons, world events and your own well-being. Some days it’s better to soak yourself down the pub than risk working in the rain.

Speak the Queen’s English!

The game is localised in both American English and British colloquialisms.

 

 

Landlord’s Super, has been in development for close to 2 years already. If you’ve been following us since the announcement, you’ll have been with us since we added dynamic seasons & weather. Shared with you the Motors of Landlord’s Super. Were with us when we expanded the open-world of West Berklands to 20x it’s original size. And by our side when we delved into the inspirations and influences around the game. Thank you. While there’s still plenty of work ahead of us, we’re really grateful you stuck by us and we can’t wait to get you into the game on 30th April. Wishlist if you haven’t already, and we’ll see you down The Anchor tavern – it opens at 12:00 by the way.

Early Access coming 30th April.
Wishlist on Steam Now

 

 

An old Bromich 1100 trundles over Sheffingham bridge. Not here to stay, it is only passing by.

April

Dear reader. We wanted to start off by offering a message of support during these unprecedented times. Whether you or your family are working on the front lines of the NHS, or holding up the logistical backbone of the country delivering packages or food, simply collecting the bins, or ushering people at the local Tescos, thank you. Your determination and courage are inspiring and we feel more indebted to your services than ever before.

As I am not a key worker, and certainly no expert in the current times, I won’t pretend to offer much in the way of medical advice or attempt to predict at what length this pandemic will last. All I can presume is that our best path to recovery is through self-isolating. So allow me then, dear reader, to offer you the words of Dumas. Pertinent as always but even more so during these times.

-Greg

“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.
“Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, ‘Wait and Hope.”

― Alexandre Dumas

Stay home, save lives.

 

The Quintessential Construction Simulator

 

As clear as it gets in gloomy West Berklands

 

 

Click above to see the latest boozy gameplay footage!

 

Banned for Peeing in the Pub!

Remember those things called Pubs? Often deemed the anchor of a community, they were social hubs for the working folk. Packed with things to do. You could share a drink with your friends, watch the footy on the TV, play drinking games with the darts.  Yes, after a long old week of work, a trip down the local tavern would really revitalise ones spirit. Though you’d pay the price should you over indulge too much…

In Landlord’s Super, we look back to this time. What better way to unwind after a hard days graft, than heading down to the Anchor Tavern to see what the “craic” is.

 

 

 

Click above to see the latest Building gameplay footage!

 

Bricklaying Gameplay

“I needed to start work on the house, and I saw someone had left some bricks over by the Anchor Tavern. I though cor’, my lucks changing. So I set off to fetch them and began patching up the brickwork on my house. There were a couple hiccups, and some mental drivers about, but I think all in all I did a splendid job.”

You can watch my progress here.

 

 

A rag-andbone man with his cart.

Rag-and-bone Man

Rag-and-bone men typically lived in extreme poverty, collects unwanted household items and sells them to merchants. [wikipedia]
Though perhaps considered a relic of Britain’s past, due to the soaring price of scrap metal, the blow of the rag-and-bone man’s horn can still be heard amongst the morning haze of some UK communities.

We’ve added a Rag and Bone Man to the world of Landlord’s Super. He’ll collect any junk you leave in your Skip then pay you for it the following day.
We wanted a more involving way to earn money in Landlord’s Super that wasn’t so reliant on the Job Centre being open.
The rag-and-bone man system also adds a really great loop of tottering about Sheffingham, looking for scrap to chuck into your Wheel Barrow to be taken to your Skip to sell. Who knows, maybe in the future you’ll be collecting scrap in your car to take home to sell, sounds awfully familiar though…

In-game receipt from Sheffingham’s own rag-and-bone man

 

 

Discord Change List

So during Jalopy, I used Toggle to record all hours working on the game. I only ever ran the timer while working on the game, which helped discipline me and keep my time focused towards actually making the game and not farting around on Twitter. It’s a great approach that I can highly recommend (if you like feeling that you have a manager watching over your every action), with the added benefit of being able to view all your tasks broken down at the end of a project.

For Landlord’s Super, we’ve been working from the Yogscast’s offices. Being surrounded by other developers meant that the accountability factor wasn’t really needed anymore, and so the timer has slowly lost it’s purpose. I also wanted a change of setup. So to achieve that, I’ve set up a Discord bot that posts each SVN commit I push, automatically.

This should also highlight to people what I’m currently working on with little need for me to interact. I hope it also quells any fears that the game is DEAD, but we’ll see!

Join the Discord if you haven’t already, to check it out.

Discord bot giving you all the insider info.

 

 

 

Tamworth Boxing Club needs your help

Tamworth Boxing Club Needs our Help

Way back in the early 2000s, as a young teen, I was privileged enough to be a member of Tamworth Amateur Boxing Club. The Charity, run by Claire and Alan Keast, is now in need of our support due to the current crisis.

Tamworth ABC taught me that, while a big right hand might take you round the block, a smart head, respectful manner and good work ethic would take you round the world. The charity, which is more than just a boxing gym, helps to guide youth back to the path, which they can so easily stray from. They give people the tools they need to rise up from the grips of drug addiction. They consistently accommodate for and care for the disabled with regular sessions. They allow for and create safe spaces for those who identify as women. And they even manage to penetrate through my thick skull in order to teach me the difference in nutrition between a chicken breast and a KFC leg… Sorry I could never make lightweight Alan…

With Covid-19 threatening to destroy our pubs, cafes, and community spaces, this is the one place that I believe is paramount in ensuring that we don’t fail the next generation. We’ve donated a small amount to help out, but we humbly ask that you donate a little, only if you’re able to.

Thank you for allowing me to rattle the tin cup, now here’s a very old picture of me as a junior welterweight with my old boy. Back when he still had colour in his hair, and I still had a full set of real teeth.

Thank you, and stay safe. Together we can #KOCOVID19 !

 

Thanks again for your continued support. If you haven’t already, be sure to Wishlist Landlord’s Super, follow Ruta & Greg on twitter, and join the discord!

Till next month,
Ruta & Greg