Spell of Play News

Game Category Improvements in hUb

hUb has just been released in version 1.23. The most notable change is improvements to the categories both in user interaction and meaning. You can now click the labels of the categories as well as the check box itself. Games can now reside in multiple categories making it easier for you to find a game of your choice. Finally double clicking a category will either exclusively select the category or exclusively deselected it.

Other notable improvements are increased performance on server lookups and correct scrollbar height when not all games are shown.

This update is automatically applied when you start hUb.

Finally we have a question for you:

Should hUb remember your category selection when it closes? Answer here

SoPCON 1 wrap-up

Hello all!

At about 16:45 (GMT + 1) today our rented WLAN broke, and we took that as a sign to start wrapping up Spell of Play CONference 1.

The event was a big success, seeing the release of a Iteration 6 of Hero as well as the launch of the new game Sentry. Big thank-you's go out to everyone who turned up both digitally and IRL!

You can see the quite lengthy and sometimes quite silly live streams from both days over at Bambuser.

Expect photos soon as well as an informative video about the event that will be posted we can get it edited!

Again, thanks so much to everyone for their support, and hope to see you all next time!

Hero SoPCON release

So after a few hours of coding at SoPCON 1 I´m proud to release a new iteration of Hero. This iteration features:

  • New lighting with HLSL shaders
  • Tilted tiles
  • Pickable doors
  • feedback when, inventory is full
  • Height advantage bonus
  • Light to hit bonus and penalties
  • No backstab with ranged weapons
  • Ranged weapons get penalties when used too close

Big thanks to everyone for testing and support!

SoPCON 1 Live

Wooot! SoPCON 1 has started (well just barely...) and we even got the live streaming up and running! Feel free to join the SoPCON 1 stream and chat over at bambuser!

SoPCON Day 2 Live Stream

SoPCON Day 1 Stream

Update: Awwwh... SoPCON 1 day 1 is coming to an end! Thanks for all the great comments on the chat! See you all tomorrow! And don't forget to check out the two new game releases on hUb Laughing out loud

hUb Server Troubles (resolved)

We are currently experiencing problems on our hUb server. Right now hUb only works in offline mode and you can play the games you have previously installed.

We are working on resolving the problems and hope to have the server up and running in a short period of time. Sorry for any inconvenience.

edit: The hUb server is back online again at 10:26! (GMT +1, i.e. Swedish time)

More dungeons to the people!

Hero forrestHero forrestAfter 25 long hours of work over two weeks (I´m on vacation), I´m proud to the fifth demo of my turn based role playing game "Hero".

The new demo has a few more dungeons for you to explore, I have also added items, bushes and other things to decorate dungeons with.

You can also enjoy a new user interface, some of you will recognize it from Caribbean Pirate Quest, but I think the theme works great for Hero.

I have added a options menu so you can set your favorite resolution, or play in windowed mode if you like, I also added a option to change the brightness for all of you with dark monitors...

On the technical side I have rewritten the ray-tracer so you will experience more accurate and faster lighting and shadows. I have removed some of the flickering graphics.

Hero optionsHero optionsUser interfaceUser interfaceGame play has been changed so now you pick items with LEFT mouse button, and you can zoom in and out with the mouse wheel. Equiping armor and drinking potions now takes time units, so you can be stabbed when enjoying your 75% potion.
I have started to work on the skill-system, so when you raise "melee weapon skill" you also unlock new weapons, similar system will be done for the other skills in the future.

I have corrected a few bugs including the ALT-TAB bug from iteration 4.

I really hope you enjoy playing Hero and write a line or two in the forum what you like or dislike!



As every game developer with self respect has their own conference we're happy to announce SoPCON 1!

Spell of Play Studios has been active as an indie game studio since 2004 and using our own digital distribution platform hUb and our unique view on game development we have slowly but surely built a vibrant community of gamers and developers.

We now want more developers and partners to join us to increase the breadth and quality of the games released on hUb.

SoPCON 1 is the place to meet us and other developers for some gaming, jamming and ranting.

When and Where

Gothenburg, Sweden, 11-12 July 2009.


A limited number of invitations have been sent out to a select few developers. If you have not got one you are free to contact us at; sopcon1@spellofplay.com, and tell us who you are.


No, though you have to arrange your own meals and accommodation.

More Info

Contact us at sopcon1@spellofplay.com or make a post in the SoPCON forum


Would you like your company exposed on SoPCON? Feel free to contact us for any marketing and/or sponsorship opportunities.

Dark dungeons, music and Ogres in iteration 4, now on hUb!

After two weeks of hard work, I´m proud to present iteration 4 of Hero!
Download an play for free today!

The focus of iteration 4 was to make dungeons a bit more interesting, previous iterations have had generated dungeons, but now I got a in game editor and can create great custom dungeons. I also introduce stairs, water and floors on different levels. Hero iteration 4 contains 3 different dungeons so check them out!

Stealth now works better in dark areas, so put out that torch and back stab your enemies to oblivion!

Hero I4 also got some great music from mad!

Iteration 4 is the result of 30 hours of hard work, and it is only two short weeks to iteration 5 so help me prioritize by giving feedback in the Hero forum!

Spell of Play One of the Hottest Young Game Developers in Sweden

We have just been listed as one of the 15 hottest young game development companies in Sweden by Metro Teknik. In all of our humbleness we can just agree on our supreme hotness Eye-wink

You can read the full article and take a look at some other fine Swedish indie developers in the list here.

hUb Updated Fixing Minor Login Snags

hUb 1.22 has just been released as an automatic update. This is a very minor release fixing some login issues and doing some user interface enhancements.

  • You will now be correctly remembered if you decide to logout and login during the same session
  • You can now login multiple times during the same session.
  • Some login user interface widgets are grayed out during login procedures

As usual this update is automatically applied when you start hUb.