Fest Anča is an international festival of animated film that has been taking place in Slovakia since 2008 and is considered the most prestigious festival of its kind in our country. Our artist namely Štefan Niktulinec attended with his co-developers this competition last year representing a game Zen Duckies. Their impressive performance had captivated a panel of judges and the audience which resulted in amazing winning the first place. This is evidence of high professionalism, commitment and exceptional abilities of Štefan Niktulinec in his field.

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Excellent success was recorded by Michal Harčár, Štefan Niktulinec and Boris Rédli together as a team as well. They attended an event called Bratislava Game Jam, during which young creators presented their little games developed on the ground within 48 hours. Our talents had definitely not lost amongst the others, since they won the main prize with their game Sprout. The Redbull website also ranked this game among the best free games of 2016.

This great news just confirms that although Moonfall is an indie game, it is made by professionals and young talented artists who are undoubtedly destined for a bright future.

The Moonfall team is therefore extremely proud of its employees, who not only that successfully represented themselves and our Fishcow studio, but also proved that if a person applies himself to something and puts his heart into it, one day he will be paid off by a great success.

Congratulations and a big thank you guys, great job!

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Štefan Niktulinec sitting at the laptop and laughing (Fest Anča 2016)

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Michal Harčár and Štefan Niktulinec in our office working on Moonfall

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Sprout – the best game of Bratislava Game Jam 2016

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Zen Duckies – the best game of Fest Anča Game Jam 2016

The known part of the world of Tera Nihill was inhabited by several empires that have existed in perfect symbiosis for centuries. Some of them were larger than others, some were smaller, some were more developed and some were developing more slowly. Despite these differences, peace and stability have been maintained in those empires by efforts and wisdom of their kings.

One of those smaller ones was an empire situated in the east side of the continent. Even since the very beginning, during which the whole land was covered only in separated settlements, strong and valiant leaders headed its people. The very first one named Adelmund united all the tribes and developed a writing system. His son, whose name was Ansgar, continued in his footsteps and initiated compulsory education, while the third king in a row named Kalle, the son of Ansgar, enacted the first basic human rights.

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The empire had many kings, in one case even now already a legendary queen Ruperta, whose power about as ten bulls was a background for many legends known till these days. The land was a witness to a lot of destinies and heroic deeds, but as for now, let us move straight to the penultimate king, whose name was Lorand III., also known as Lorand III. the Great, the son of Delbert IV., whose decision has brought the empire to the long awaited times of great advancement.

The sovereign Lorand III. had his wife Deloise which gave birth to two sons, Ellard and Thelonius. Both were looking to him with respect and humility. Lorand III. ruled righteously and benignantly and that is why he was so popular and enjoyed by the people and the royal court. Given the fact that he loved his land, he could no longer look at the misery of the least developed parts of the empire and the very slow development of the most prosperous ones, therefore he had summoned the greatest wise men, mostly alchemists, who after many years of experimentation and research invented an element capable to make life in the empire easier and help the land to the advanced development. They named it Lunarium.

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A flask of Lunarium

Lunarium is a mixture of synthetic oils and natural ingredients enriched with radioactive rays collected from Moon’s radiation through huge towers called Lunarium Gathering Devices. This element brought an unlimited source of light and heat and thanks to it the empire was quickly able to bring feeble industry and the commercial sector back to life. Lunarium was manufactured in special factories mainly by volunteers and prisoners and delivered to the whole empire through a complicated network of infinitely long pipes and reservoirs. The empire was experiencing its best period at that time.

One day, the royal family was hit by a tragedy. To these days still an unknown offender took advantage of the situation, that Lorand III. was participating in a traditional hunt, overcame the high walls of the castle and murdered the queen Deloise. This unfortunate event has hit hard the entire land and the royal court, but especially Thelonius, who loved his mother more than anything.

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A Lunarium Gathering Device

Not so long after the murder of Deloise, the empire was hit by another terrible fate. Ellard, the son of Lorand III. the Great, was found dead on a path leading to the neighboring empire. He was travelling there with a couple of ambassadors in order to present the might of Lunarium and offer it as an opportunity for further development. His death is still being shrouded by mystery, since even though the official results of the investigation says about an unfortunate incident, several clues found on the scene indicates that it was an another murder related to the royal family.

Those times were too difficult for Lorand III. to handle and due to them he fell ill. His illness was so serious that he could no longer continue as a ruler of his land and so knighted Thelonius as a new king. Thelonius continued in the father’s footsteps and was advancing in development of the empire. Beside that, he also used Lunarium in order to make the army stronger and also developed a special military unit, so called Lunomancers, but that all was against the will of his father, the former king. Thelonius has defended his decision aiming on the protection of the empire and the magical element from a potential invasion of armies of the other empires which could plan an attack in order to gain Lunarium by violence and terror.

On January 21, 1298 Lorand III. the Great died and soon after that Thelonius was appointed as a supreme commander of the military units. The Empire has began to write its new chapter.

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A Lunomancer with a strange device on his back

Did you ever want to visit a forest full of mysticism, wild tribes and legends, that are older than the oldest trees? There is one, but it bears no name. Nobody knows why and nobody better asks why. Once upon a time it was a beautiful place full of greenery, but now it is only a sinister location covered in darkness and blood. With the Empire spreading its fearfull wings many eerie creatures appeared, monstrous beasts that no one had ever seen before.

It was a land of peace, now it is the land of terror. This is how it looks now, full of sadness and without life. Only strange entities live here and amongst them even a big blue Ogre, The Humanslayer. Do you still want to visit this forest? We hope so.

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And yes, that Ogre… There he is.

Development Update: Moonfall News

No, we have not been sleeping in cryosleep. No, we have not been traveling across the universe. We have been hard-working 24/7 on Moonfall since the announcement trailer to be able to bring an exciting, deep and fun action RPG for all of you, fans of Moonfall and all lovers of action RPGs, especially those having hand-painted graphics.

We still live and do not worry, we have not forgotten you. This is just a reminder that we still exist and cannot wait for the launch day. Of course, the quality first, so that is why the first rule of Fishcow Studio is „No need to rush!“. But on the other hand, we think we can safely say, that you can expect Moonfall to be released in Q1 2017.

We have made a lot of changes and improvements since our first trailer and we will be sharing new info about the development, the game mechanics and the story in the coming weeks. We hope you will enjoy it and have fun.

We would like to sincerely thank you for your support and mainly patience since we have not posted any blog arcticles for a long time. We are, of course, aware of that and we sincerely regret it.

At the end only one thing – do not forget to look at the night sky where you can find the Moon, mysterious Luna where all knowledge is carefully hidden…

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