|We denied it's existence, yet people figured out the
SpeedRunners ARG. During the
Holidays held the King of Speed Tournament.
During the 2 weeks leading up to January 1st, over
150,000 online matches of SpeedRunners were
played, in which we tracked progress of each character. Each
online-based match with only human players added a point to
whichever character won.
(note: 150,000 matches count online, it doesn't count any local
matches, or matches with bots included. So the overall amount of
SpeedRunners played is actually much higher)
- When we launched King of Speed, there was a
twitter account in the stats
- The account was linked to
KingOfSpeed.tv which is the
coverage website for King of Speed - a reality TV show existing in
the SpeedRunners universe
- The website is run by
Tweetch.tv - the parent
- Tweetch is password locked
- Through playing the game enough, users uncovered a way to crack
- When logged in, you get
medical profiles (embedded lower) of all
contestants (SpeedRunners characters) and an
- The handbook revealed how to unlock the game's most requested
feature, allowing those who figured it out to seemingly become gods
of the Roulette -- "Game Options"
- You could trigger custom game settings, allowing you to make
rockets always fly from the sky, everyone to run super fast,
|We've decided to use the ARG to unveil a major game feature,
and it took exactly
6 days for people to figure out. We believe tying
it with something like a point-counter for all character allowed us
to have a real tournament between players.
Cosmonaut Comrade won btw, and now we have a lot of players from
Russia. Like twice as much. Coincidence?!
He now wears a silly crown. He is proud of it.
|We are very happy with the reception of the tournament, the new
feature, and the ARG. It was absolutely shocking to see the number
of games WON per character.
both an online and offline multiplayer game, and
as indie developers we are convinced that if you're going to do a
multiplayer game - you'd better make it work online as well. It's
incredibly difficult to do online, especially with a very small
team. But seriously, it's worth it. Invest into it, don't restrict
your game to offline only.
King of Speed Employee
Handbook is a useful read on the universe of SpeedRunners
Here are the medical profiles of SpeedRunners
|The glossary to help with medical stuff:
An annual racing tournament that takes place in New Rush City
New Rush City is the largest sound-stage on the planet! Over
one hundred square kilometers of carefully maintained
King of Speed’s gracious parent company. A
humble family-founded trading business in the 18th century,
Tweetch’s honest, hard-working philosophies has built
them into the face of wholesome entertainment today.
Runners are contestants in the annual King of Speed
Boost pads appear around New Rush City and feature heavily
in the King of Speed tournaments. Acting as regulated vectors
of recycled turbotine.
Turbotine is a boosting vapor synthesized from
fastronium concentrate. Completely harmless in regulated
doses, we strongly advise against recreational usage in
Turbotine without consulting a medical
Fastronium is a rare earth mineral, and an expensive
commodity in the energy industry. The mineral is used as the
primary boosting catalyst in most modern swiftanium-based
Swiftanium is a naturally occurring ore that becomes
agitated when it comes into contact with velocitine at a
temperature over 138* centigrade.
Velocitine can be a volatile substance when boiled to
a temperature of 138* centigrade, but is otherwise a priority
ingredient in synthesizing everyday household boostanoids.
Boostanoids are a synthesized compound used in
speed-focused medicines to increase the human body’s
natural quickophyllic output.
Quickophyl is the body’s natural counter enzyme to
Sleepanol is an speedacylic acid secreted from the
sprintamino glands when the body is producing carbon quickahol
at a speedier rate than it can digest into runnage.
|So is SpeedRunners taking place in a sadistic universe where
people are being drugged and experimented on to run really fast for
the sakes of entertainment? Who would come up with this stuff.
Silly. We'll probably reveal what's actually going on in a a later
Happy Russian Christmas! (that's today, look it up)
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