Watch: Shadowhand Dev Offers Peek At Card Combat

Hello! I’m back from holiday and easing myself back into the week by watching a developer video about the dueling in upcoming highwaywoman solitaire combat game, Shadowhand [official site].

Here’s the vid which focuses on taking down some jerk called Rich Turnpike who wields two blunderbusses. Blunderbii?

I’ve seen the game at an earlier stage of development but it’s interesting to hear Jake Birkett (one half of Grey Alien) talk about the actual mechanics relating to the weaponry – piercing damage, time to charge up weapons and so on. There’s also a smidge of info about how the enemy AI works which was interesting for me because last time I spoke to them that was still something that was being debated and refined.

Shadowhand is due for release pretty soon – “Summer 2016” – although speaking from a British perspective that season is always the most elusive. I feel like we could more accurately say that the game has a release date of “During the weeks of slightly warmer rain which people spend their time trying to guess when it might abate in order to attempt a trip to the beach or mow the blasted lawn 2016”.


  1. KastaRules says:

    Finger OFF the friggin’ trigger !!! Is it that difficult ???
    Shees, these people never learn.

  2. Kefren says:

    I will play the gubbins out of this just as I did with Regency Solitaire. No doubt my mother will end up addicted all over again too. She is a serial replayer: every time she completes Regency Solitaire she starts a new game.

  3. trjp says:

    The plural of Octopus is Octupuses or, if you’d like to be Greek (the word is originally Green) about it, Octopodes.

    Same applies to Platypus – so Platypuses or Platypodes.

    Octopii and Platypii are faux-Latin, not Greek – so unless Blunderbus is Latin, it’s not Blunderbi(i…).

    **This is brought to you by watching too-much QI**

  4. trjp says:

    The developer did a really good speech at GDC about surviving as a developer – it’s available here

    link to

    I know a few people at GDC probably said “he makes card and match-3 games” so headed off to the room discussing emergent dialogue gender fluidity portalling but they missed-out, his was one of the highest-rated talks at the event!

    I am looking forward to this…

    • trjp says:

      The more interesting bit in that talk is where he says that Steam amounts to only a small percentage of Regency Solitaire’s income but it changed how people view the game.

      On Steam, you get attention from the press/Youtube etc. you don’t get from the casual gaming sites or self-promotion…