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Title: Blackwell Deception is now available!
Post by: DaveGilbert on September 14, 2011, 11:01:01 AM
It has been a long time in coming. It is with extreme pleasure that we announce the next game in the Blackwell series!

(http://www.davelgil.com/boe/dec/BD_poster.jpg)

Street psychics. Their blinking neon signs are everywhere, promising love and wealth and happiness. They make a fortune preying on the gullible and milking them dry. So when these victims begin dying and leaving confused spirits behind, it can only take a genuine psychic (and her wayward spirit guide) to clean up the mess.

From seedy downtown nightclubs to penthouse apartments to a luxury yacht on the Hudson River, Rosa and Joey will unearth the truth about the underground world of street psychics. Including some secrets that Joey would rather be left buried.

Available for pre-order NOW!  (http://www.rosablackwell.com)
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: Akari on September 14, 2011, 11:59:49 AM
Woot! Finally! I've been waiting for this for a while :) I hope the game will appear on bigfish soon enough as well :)

And very nice art for the poster. I got the one with Joey and Lauren and wouldn't mind having this one as well :)
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: Chaosprower on September 14, 2011, 12:25:33 PM
Nice cover.

Damn BMT micro and their non-included 18% VAT in the price.
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: DaveGilbert on September 14, 2011, 12:52:17 PM
Sigh, yes.  Sorry about this.  I talked about the VAT issue in another thread: http://www.wadjeteyegames.com/forum/index.php?topic=887.msg4317#msg4317.  It's not something I can easily remove.
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Post by: frederic09 on September 14, 2011, 02:35:56 PM
oh lol, funny way to finish the demo. You really want to test our nerves, Dave.

Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: DaveGilbert on September 14, 2011, 02:56:08 PM
Well, like I wrote on my blog: (http://nygamedev.blogspot.com/2011/06/game-demos-part-1-how-ive-gotten-them.html)

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So what's my plan for the Deception demo?  To leave you hanging as much as possible.  You're welcome, everybody.

I did warn you. :)
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: Jim Gamma on September 14, 2011, 05:04:55 PM
Excellent! Pre-ordered. :D Sorry to make more envelope-filling work to take you away from coding the next great Wadjet Eye game! :p
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: DaveGilbert on September 14, 2011, 05:06:03 PM
Heh.  We're going to use a pick-and-ship service this time, so no apology is needed!
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: susansuth on September 14, 2011, 09:24:17 PM
Hoo-ya!

I'm so excited!

And a demo to boot!  Hurrah!

I'm off to check it out.

October 12th can't come soon enough.   ;D
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: susansuth on September 14, 2011, 10:49:08 PM
Gah! 

I yelled, "You're leaving it THERE?"

And I shook my fist at the screen.   ;D

Now looking forward to October 12th even more!!
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: stutum on September 16, 2011, 09:18:24 AM
This is going to be awesome. Can't wait for October 12th!  ;D

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Post by: Lulumonster on September 16, 2011, 03:32:50 PM
Yay, my favorite game series is back!

I'm trying to figure out which pre-order I want.  Dave, is there any more info on what these 'Blackwell animated shorts' in the limited edition?
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: DaveGilbert on September 16, 2011, 06:06:22 PM
Sure.  A few years ago I had a bunch of shorts like this made: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoSaJfgxwf4

I uploaded two of them to Youtube.  The DVD will contain both of them along with a third that I hadn't released.
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Post by: mrkwang on September 16, 2011, 06:21:13 PM
Stuck through the demo. -_-; Any walkthrough for demo?

Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: cmilano on September 17, 2011, 07:25:57 AM
Grrrr Dave you sure know how to tease your fans.

No matter! I pre-ordered before trying the demo and now I can't bloody wait for the release.
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: DaveGilbert on September 17, 2011, 08:54:53 AM
Stuck through the demo. -_-; Any walkthrough for demo?

Where are you stuck?
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: medtransportation on September 18, 2011, 11:37:28 PM
YES....! After an unspecified period of time! We've been waiting for this for a while :) I hope the game will appear on bigfish soon enough as well :)

Nice poster...!
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Post by: Puzzler46 on September 19, 2011, 01:53:28 AM
Hi Dave,
I have been waiting for this new one too, but am concerned because the demo will not play on my PC.  I have a 22 inch wide screen that only goes down to a 800 X 600 resolution and the game says it has to go to a lower resolution - any ideas on how I can get the demo to play? I am running XP sp3 pro and have a Radeon 9200 series video card.  I would be really sad  :'( if I am unable to play the new Blackwell game. 
Thanks,
Kathy (puzzler46)
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: DaveGilbert on September 19, 2011, 07:06:26 AM
Hi Puzzler!  Try futzing with the settings.  Go to the folder you installed the game in, and run the "Winsetup.exe" file.  Go to the "graphics filter" dropdown box and select "2x nearest neighbor filter."  That should bump up the graphics resolution for you.  If that doesn't work, try selecting Windows mode and play it that way.
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: Puzzler46 on September 20, 2011, 12:59:46 AM
Thanks Dave - I tried fussing with the setting above that but wasn't sure about the graphics settings.  I'll try and let you know - wish me luck.
puzzler46
Kathy
I tried that and the next setting - no luck - then I tried windowed and it still said I didn't have the correct setting for 32 bit.  I didn't have any trouble playing any of the other Blackwell games - any ideas?
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: DaveGilbert on September 20, 2011, 07:14:27 AM
Hm.  I'm curious about something.  Try setting the graphics driver from "Direct3D" to "DirectDraw" and see if it magically works.
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: Puzzler46 on September 23, 2011, 01:48:48 AM
Hi Dave,
I did set the graphics to DirectDraw and the filter to 2x and IT Works - yea!  I am so pleased that I can play it.
Thanks so much for your help with this.
Kathy
PS Finished it and can't wait for the release of the final game!
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: DaveGilbert on September 23, 2011, 07:40:50 AM
Swank!  Glad it worked. :)
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Post by: Livie on September 24, 2011, 07:15:09 PM
Arrrrgh! You evil, evil man! I've just played the demo, so now I've had no choice but to pre-order the DVD for all the goodies, even though I already own all the previous Blackwell games. I hope you're happy!
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: Puzzler46 on September 28, 2011, 08:04:58 PM
Hey Dave,
I just tried to order the DVD and got a Visa Verification window - I don't want to be part of that - do I have to do that to order my DVD?
Kathy
It's ok, I just used Google check-out instead and that worked fine.  It just gives a different email address than I usually use for games.
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: Jim Gamma on October 05, 2011, 04:43:42 PM
Oh you CAN'T end it there! That demo was fantastic!

Not long now... but in may ways too long!
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available for pre-order!
Post by: Chaosprower on October 10, 2011, 05:06:25 PM
Just pre-ordered the limited edition DVD. 8)

Although I haven't received BMT Micro's confirmation yet.
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Post by: jkuci on October 12, 2011, 05:53:12 PM
I have been waiting, watching and hoping for this 4th Blackwell release for quite awhile and I'm very happy that it has been released!!!

 I have all the other Blackwells (from BFG) and I couldn't wait for this latest adventure so, I bought it here today.

 Thank you Dave for your distinctive gameplay with interesting characters and stories!!!
 ;D
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Post by: kemmccauley on October 12, 2011, 07:18:58 PM
Blackwell is on BigFish?  I didn't know that.   Way to go Dave for going to BigFish games to have people play Blackwell!  I love BigFish and buy most of my games through them......except yours of course...lol!!

Kem
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available!
Post by: Akari on October 13, 2011, 02:48:53 PM
when will the game be released on BFG? :) Can't wait :)
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available!
Post by: DaveGilbert on October 13, 2011, 02:54:44 PM
Hi Akari.  I'm still debating whether or not to go to BFG or not.  It's a long story, and involves some NDA issues which I can't get into right now, but BFG's low price points are a major concern for the direction we are going in.  This "new direction" will become clear in about two weeks.  But if we do go on BFG, it won't be for a few months at least. 
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Post by: susansuth on October 13, 2011, 03:36:23 PM
I just finished the game (after, uh, going to bed WAY too late last night and immediately working on it again after getting up  ;D).

Fantastic!!  And I have to say that Jamie's story, especially, made me sad.  I really liked that character.  It's too bad she was so unhappy and died.  :(

And more about Joey!  Hoo-ya!  :)  Not enough, of course, but I was really, really excited to get a little tidbit about him.  And I was glad to see some old favorites mentioned again.  ;)

But you really freaked me out near the end there!!!   :o

And now, I'm hankering for more and have to wait...so.  very.  long.  for the next installment!!!

Terrific game, Dave.  Your storytelling skills are absolutely top-notch.  :)

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Post by: kemmccauley on October 13, 2011, 10:29:32 PM
Hey Dave did you know that your a member of the millionaire jetsetters club as well as the playboy club in New York according to the game?  I was trying to find a name on the phone and I happened to type in yours to see what would happen and that is what came up.  LOL!!

Kem
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available!
Post by: Akari on October 14, 2011, 11:51:25 AM
oh :(
then i will have to consider buying it here, pity there not much time left to order a dvd
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Post by: keregioz on October 14, 2011, 03:00:32 PM
I started playing the game yesterday and it's great so far.
Some criticism:
I was disappointed with the quality of the graphics, they're kinda average, especially compared to the graphics on Blackwell convergence which were amazing. I can honestly say that it was one of the most visually impressive 320x200 games I've ever played. I assume that for some reason you weren't able to work with the same artist on "deception" which is a shame. I really hope he'll be back on any future releases.
One other thing, which maybe is just a personal gripe I have, the guy that is singing "aaahh eeehhh ahhhh" in a couple of background music themes annoys the crap out of me. Thank god it's only in a couple locations that you don't have to stay too long or I would honestly preferred to turn the music off altogether.
Other than that, the basic reason I keep playing your games, which is good writing/storytelling, is still there and in the end that's what counts for me.

That's all, I'm off to finish the game now. :)
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available!
Post by: Ilyich on October 15, 2011, 09:11:18 PM
Just dropping by to say congratulations on releasing another indie gem!

 Maybe it isn't my favourite game of the series (probably due to the simpler graphics and a lower degree of New York-ishness), but it's definitely the best designed one - the flow, the puzzles and the character dynamics are at a new high here, and that's what makes it such a joy to play. The script is great, as usual,  and the voiceacting sounds a lot better with the new mic.

All in all - it's a very welcome addition to the series, and I'm really looking forward to the next one. Ones. Thank you and good luck!
Title: Re: Blackwell Deception is now available!
Post by: DaveGilbert on October 16, 2011, 07:36:44 AM
Maybe it isn't my favourite game of the series (probably due to the simpler graphics and a lower degree of New York-ishness),

Funny, I realized this while we were making it.  Indrek (the background artist) was like "Oh look, another living room and/or office to draw!"  I suppose in a game like Blackwell, it's harder to justify meeting people on the street.  I'll see if I can rectify that next time. :)
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Post by: Jackie on October 16, 2011, 05:40:57 PM
Maybe Joey & Rosa can take a train/subway to somewhere and encounter a ghost who rides it from station a to station b, turns around and gets back on to go back to station a.    lol  I think the nightclub scene, it was done really great.
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Post by: kemmccauley on October 16, 2011, 06:24:31 PM
i personally enjoyed making Joey try to pick things up knowing that he couldn't and listening to how mad he would get when I wanted him to try.  I don't know why that thrilled me so much when I was frustrated during the game.  Maybe I have ghost issues that I don't know about. LOL!!

Kem
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Post by: CrimsonKnight on October 25, 2011, 09:47:43 PM
Did anybody find it strange that when Joey goes somewhere by himself Rosa automatically knows what he's seen? This has probably always been present in other blackwell games, I just thought it stuck out moreso in Deception.

I thought it might have been an issue of production speed, ie. having Joey come back to Rosa and say "I saw this" would be a waste of player time.

I also thought it might be a function of the spirit/guide relationship, a mystical aspect neither of the characters realise yet.
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Post by: arj0n on November 05, 2011, 09:52:38 AM
DVD just arrived 2 days ago, awesome!

Thanx Dave!
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Post by: Grimm on November 20, 2011, 10:54:33 PM
Yet another thank-you and congratulations on the job well done, Mr Gilbert!

Deception was simply sublime, along with Gemini Rue, it's the best adventure game of the year. After finishing it, I just had to write about it. So, I did (http://gejm.net/recenzja_273_blackwell_deception.html). The review is in Polish, though ;)

To summarize: great storyline, neat voice-acting, user-friendly interface, puzzles with logical solutions, and above all - great "retro" feel. Now I have to play all other Blackwell titles.

And that's my second game from Wadjet Eye, a returning costumer is always a great sign, right? ;)

Take care and keep up the good work!
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Post by: Midnight_Knight on December 03, 2011, 02:09:08 PM
Hi,Dave.The Blackwell deception is great,realy great piece of artwok..:-)With all the commentary and babbles it brings back so much memories,that I searched my archive and then two days was playing all "old" Blackwell games(with listening all the comentaries it take long time to the end).Ya know,I was never in NY and always takes it just like a big anonymous city,but due to all comments about the game locations-where it is,why You choose just this location and not another-it now feels ,well,friendly to me,like I lived there for many years.Thanks..:-)By the way,have you any plan,which fate awaits Rose in her future..dementia..or will she survive..?..:-))..Oh yes,just one thing,in each Blackwell game i  always searched comp or Golden pages for Dave Gilbert,Chris Jones(and many other characters ot events),in each game found some results,only for Abe Goldfarb,the main voice protagonist,there were no clues..pitty,i think..
MK