Articles Written By: Mathias

Chapter 2 pre-orders available!

Oh joy, we’ve finally got a release date set for TJD2 :D

The game will be available on PC, Mac, Linux and iOS on the 25th of August. Today we also start taking pre-orders so you can get the game at a discounted price of $5.99 ($8.99 retail price), with Steam keys and a free copy of the first game included at no extra cost.

Some of you might remember that I wrote about the Mavuno girl’s school project a while back. Ever since I was working with Mavuno in Tanzania I’ve been trying to find a way to continue supporting their work, and now we’ve decided to share 50% of the pre-order revenue with this project.

Indie game development + community development = AWESOME

/Mathias

Mavuno Secondary School

The Mavuno Secondary School under construction in Chonyonyo.The Mavuno Secondary School is under construction in Chonyonyo village.

Hey everyone, I’m hijacking the dev blog to share some important news from Tanzania!

Back in 2008, when I was doing field word for my master’s thesis on IT and poverty alleviation, I got to work four months with some really skilled and inspiring people at Mavuno Project, a local grassroots NGO in north-west Tanzania. Mavuno supports the local population in different ways, e.g., providing education, microfinance services, rain water harvesting and support for organic farming.

Mavuno has just unveiled the its newest and most ambitious project: the constructing of a secondary school for girls aged between 14 and 20 years in the village of Chonyonyo. The project is an initiative designed to empower women in the Kagera region and it’s carried out together with Engineers Without Borders.

Check out the official website here: Mavuno Secondary School

Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world. According to the CIA World Factbook, over one third of Tanzanians are living in poverty. In addition to that, only 60% of Tanzanian women over the age of 15 can read and write. African women, especially those in rural areas, rarely have the opportunity to receive a proper, secondary school education; instead, their roles fall in the household.

The need for education of women and the overall emancipation of women is undoubtedly among the most important challenges that Tanzania faces today. Female education has proven to be the most essential tool to improve the living standards of societies all over the world.

StudentsFuture secondary school students?

There’s a lot of things needed to get the school ready, such as doors and window frames, so if you want to support the construction of the school you can send a donation. Any amount will be greatly appreciated!

There’s a fundraising campaign on Betterplace where you can follow the progress of dollars collected (like on Kickstarter) and even specify exactly which cost you want your donation to cover (but unfortunately the campaign page is in German only right now).

Check out the donation page here: Mavuno’s Betterplace Campaign

I just sent them €50 for building materials and we’re looking into supporting them with SkyGoblin money when we get some!

iOS update

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If you’ve got TJD on your iPhone or iPad you may have already noticed that there’s now an updated version of the app with a chapter 2 preview thingie that you can access from the main menu. The updated app also has push notifications (you’ll be prompted for permssions when the game starts) so that we can message you when the second chapter is out.

Unfortunately, the update came with a whole bunch of unforeseen compatibility issues that caused crashes on older iOS versions, especially on iPad 1 which cannot update to iOS > 5. The compatibility issues have finally been patched (thanks Markus for the help!) and everything should be working flawlessly on all iPhones and iPads. It may not sound like such a big deal but these bugs have really haunted me and last week’s patch is a huge weight off my shoulders!

iOS version stats, courtesy of David Smith. iOS version stats, courtesy of David Smith.

Patching the update also meant I could finally send a code dump to our friends over on Apportable who are helping us port TJD to Android. We’ll have to wait and see just how tricky that’s going to be!

This week I’m taking a break from programming and writing applications for development grants from the Nordic Game Program and Creative Europe. With some luck we’ll convince them to co-finance the development of TJD chapter 3. Keep your fingers crossed!