Factsheet

Developer:
Freehold Games, LLC
Based in South Bend, IN

Founding date:
March 1, 2013

Website:
freeholdgames.com

Press / Business Contact:
bbucklew@freeholdgames.com

Social:
Brian Bucklew (@unormal)
Jason Grinblat (@ptychomancer)
Jaana Heiska (@JaanaHeiska)
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https://www.facebook.com/freeholdgames

Releases:
Caves Of Qud
Mad Ball
Sproggiwood

Address:
69080 Sycamore Road
Walkerton, IN 46574

Phone:
(574) 656-9031

Description

Freehold Games is an independent studio dedicated to building imaginative games. It was founded by Brian Bucklew and Jason Grinblat, who grew up playing games together. In 2012, we began to collaborate with artist Jaana Heiska. Our mission is to build games we want to play, which usually involve offbeat settings, interesting tactical situations, and a whole lot of emergence in the tradition of the roguelike genre.

History

Caves of Qud

Brian Bucklew and Jason Grinblat began development on Caves of Qud in 2007. After stuffing the game with content for years, they released a beta in December 2010. The project is ongoing.

Mad Ball

Mad Ball was developed in 30 days for the 2012 Something Awful GameDev Challenge. Brian Bucklew produced and programmed, Jason Grinblat designed and wrote, Jaana Heiska made art, and Melanie Ehrlich and Lucas Nguyen voice acted. It won both the Judge’s Choice and Player’s Choice awards.

Sproggiwood

After collaborating on Mad Ball, Brian Bucklew, Jason Grinblat, and Jaana Heiska teamed up again in Summer 2012 for a bigger project. Sproggiwood was originally conceived as a roguelike / city-builder hybrid, but over the next two years, it was honed into a story-driven roguelike adventure set in a world inspired by Finnish mythology. Sproggiwood is slated for release in Fall 2014.

Projects


Videos

Sproggiwood YouTube


Images

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Awards & Recognition

  • "Caves of Qud - Roguelikes of the Year, Top 20" - Ascii Dreams, 2012
  • "Mad Ball - Judge's Choice, Winner" - SA GameDev 2012, "Balls"
  • "Mad Ball - Player's Choice, Winner" - SA GameDev 2012, "Balls"

Team & Repeating Collaborators

Brian Bucklew
Programmer, Producer

Jason Grinblat
Game Designer, Writer

Jaana Heiska
Artist


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