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Touchhour Inc. Co-founders and 9Lives Arena creators Ralph Laemmche and Cindy Gomez joined us for the second Reddit AMA of our Early Adopter series.
Ralph Laemmche is CEO of Ontario, Canada-based Touchhour Inc. and producer of 9Lives Arena, a member of Enjin’s Early Adopter Program and the Multiverse. A games industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience, Ralph created Touchhour alongside Cindy Gomez, a singer/composer best known for singing on Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. The team recently had an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign, which was fully funded in less than 24 hours.
Ralph and Cindy, thanks for joining us! Why don’t you give us a little background on how 9Lives Arena and its AI companion Ooogies came to be.
Hi everyone! Thanks for joining us on the Enjin AMA!
The idea for 9Lives Arena was born in 2015 as a true passion project. We wanted to do something that doesn’t exist in the industry and that related to our passion (competitive fantasy PVP). No one had done a game focused on 1vs1 and games lately don’t really have any true risk versus reward. We felt in order to create the right atmosphere for a 1vs1 focused game, there needed to be a lot more at stake than simple respawning without consequences. So, we came up with a permadeath system, which needed something to balance it out, and the idea of the Ooogy was born. Ooogy is a little in-game companion that works for the player while he is playing the game, but if the player feeds him, he will continue to work while the player is offline. This way, players have persistent progression that works well with the fact that you can actually lose your heroes in combat. You train your heroes and can duel as much ...
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