Siralim 3: Life Mage Perks

Welcome back! Last week, we revealed the perks for what appears to be the most popular class: Chaos. This week, we’ll look at all the Life Mage perks! Life Mages are all about survivability and sustention. They have the most powerful healing effects in the game, and have countless ways to ensure their creatures can survive even the most powerful of attacks.

Below is a list of perks that Life Mages can choose from. In italics, I’ve added my own commentary as needed. Numbers surrounded in {brackets} increase as you invest additional points into its respective perk.

  1. Power – You gain {1}% more power from battles.
  2. Healing Received – Your creatures gain {1}% more benefit from healing effects.
  3. Healing Given – Your creatures’ healing effects are {1}% more powerful.
    • This perk is particularly interesting because it enables a host of offensive options as well. For example, some traits allow your creatures to cause damage to enemies based on their healing effects, so this perk would amplify that damage significantly.
  4. Damage Reduction – Your creatures take {1}% less damage from all sources.
  5. Chastise – When your creatures heal an enemy, they instead cause damage to the enemy equal to {1}% of the amount of healing the enemy would have received.
    • See what I was talking about with the ‘Healing Given’ perk? These two perks work very well together.
  6. Overheal – Your creatures can trigger healing effects even while they’re at full Health.
    • This perk is incredibly powerful, but many people don’t understand exactly how it works. Normally, when your creatures would receive healing, that healing is ignored if the creature is already at full Health. That means that any on-heal effects and traits will be ignored as well. Thanks to Overheal, these on-heal effects will activate even if the creature is already at full Health.
  7. Luminesce – When one of your creatures are healed, and the amount healed exceeds the creature’s Maximum Health, store the extra healing in a Barrier. The maximum strength of the Barrier is equal to {1}% of the creature’s Maximum Health.
    • This perk combines quite nicely with the ‘Overheal’ and ‘Healing Given’ perks. Your creatures’ Barriers will be massive! And best of all, Siralim 3 introduces a few traits that allow you to use your Barriers offensively. Those traits will be more powerful than ever thanks to this perk.
  8. Spell Block – You have a {1}% chance to negate enemy spells when they are cast.
    • Simple yet effective, if this perk manages to stifle a massive area-of-effect spell even once per battle, you’ll most likely have the upper hand.
  9. Attack Block – You have a {1}% chance to negate enemy attacks.
    • Same idea as with ‘Spell Block’.
  10. Guardian Angel – When your creatures are about to die from damage, they have a {1}% chance to prevent that damage.
    • This is arguably one of the most powerful defensive effects in the game. It doesn’t matter if an enemy deals 5 kazillion damage to your creature with 10 Health – if Guardian Angel activates, that damage will be ignored entirely. This perk, coupled with ‘Spell Block’ or ‘Attack Block’, ensure that your creatures can avoid some serious damage. And if all these effects fail to activate, you can quickly make up for the incoming damage with your powerful Barriers and healing effects.

Siralim 3: Chaos Mage Perks

Welcome back! Last week, we revealed the perks that will be available to Nature Mages in Siralim 3. This week, we’ll look at the Chaos Mage! Chaos perks focus heavily on boosting your creatures’ attack damage and making their attacks more powerful in various ways. Chaos Mages also capitalize on dealing critical damage with attacks.

Below is a list of perks that Chaos Mages can choose from. In italics, I’ve added my own commentary as needed. Numbers surrounded in {brackets} increase as you invest additional points into its respective perk.

  1. Brimstone – You gain {1}% more brimstone from battles.
  2. Critical Chance – Increases your creatures’ chance to deal critical damage with attacks by {1}%.
  3. Critical Damage – Increases your creatures’ damage dealt with critical attacks by {1}%.
  4. Attack Damage – Increases your creatures’ damage with attacks by {1}%.
  5. Magma Diver – Your creatures deal additional damage equal to {0.5}% of the target’s Current Health.
    • This perk is great for cutting through your opponents’ defenses. It is also an excellent choice to use against bosses who typically have much higher Health than normal creatures.
  6. Pandemonium Presence – Your creatures start battles with {1} random buff.
    • With this perk, your creatures can start fights with massive advantages. While some buffs are more useful at the start of fights than others, the prospect of starting with Shell, Invisible, or even Multicast/Multistrike is too good to pass up.
  7. Touch of Chaos – When your creatures attack, they have a {2}% chance to afflict the target with a random debuff for 1 turn.
    • As a Chaos Mage, you’ll probably build your party around creatures that do a lot of attacking. While they’re doing that, why not debuff your enemies at the same time? This perk could become pretty crazy with the help of effects like Multistrike (which you might gain from Pandemonium Presence!). This also means that some creatures like Plague Doctors and Masochists can really shine once the enemies have 10-15 debuffs.
  8. Mania – When your creatures cast a spell, {1}% of their Attack is added to their Intelligence to determine the damage dealt.
    • Your creatures will still need to cast spells every now and then, of course, so this perk will allow them to deal respectable damage with spells without the need for a high Intelligence score.
  9. Chaos Magic – When your creatures attack, they have a {1}% chance to cast a random spell.
    • This is just plain fun.
  10. Threat Signal – Your creatures’ Provoke command has a 100% chance to divert enemies’ attention.
    • This perk allows you to take control of battles by forcing enemies to attack whatever creatures you want. The possible synergies with this perk and your creatures’ traits are endless.
  11. Chaos Guardian – While your creatures are Defending, they have 100% more Defense.
    • This perk is a bit more niche than the others, but when combined with the right traits, it allows your creatures to become exceedingly powerful.

Will Siralim 3, The Negative, and our future games be available on Nintendo Switch?

Many of you heard the good news yesterday – GameMaker 2, the engine we use to develop our games, will support the Nintendo Switch later this year! This means that we can easily (well, not that easily) port our games to the Switch. With that in mind, many of you are wondering if our current and future projects will be available on this console.

The answer is… hopefully. Nintendo is a lot stricter about which games and developers they allow on the Switch compared to other companies like Sony and Microsoft. The first step is for me to contact Nintendo directly and pitch my company and games. While I’m confident that this won’t be a problem, it is very possible that Nintendo will decline us.

If we’re accepted, however, I’ll start working on it immediately. Keep in mind that very few developers are actually using GameMaker to create games for the Switch, so I’m guessing there will be a lot of issues on GameMaker’s side early on. This means that I’ll have to report a lot of bugs, wait for them to get fixed, and repeat this process until everything works. For that reason, it’s hard to predict how long a port to the Switch will take. But either way, I’ll do whatever is necessary to get it all working!

I am still not sure if I’ll port Siralim and Siralim 2 to Switch. That would take a lot of work because not only would I need to port the game from GameMaker to GameMaker 2, I’d also have to port it to the Switch afterward. It might be a better use of my time if I focused on Siralim 3 and The Negative, then move on to new games. So for now, the answer is no.

Someone also asked if our games will ever be available for 3DS. The answer is no. GameMaker doesn’t support 3DS and most definitely never will.

Anyway, I’m very excited about this news and I look forward to the potential of getting our games on a Nintendo platform! Thanks to everyone who asked about the potential of a Switch port for Siralim 3 and The Negative.

Maintaining motivation as a self-employed game developer

I’m normally not one to dive into topics like this one, but yesterday, someone who likely wishes to remain anonymous told me that they’re struggling to stay motivated as a self-employed game developer. I, like every other game developer out there, have struggled with similar issues at some point, so I offered my advice and they gladly accepted. I decided to post this information to the public in case it will help anyone else out.

I’m not claiming to be an expert on this subject by any means, but I’m now at a comfortable point in my career where my low-motivation days are few and far between, so I feel like I might have a few good tips to offer. Feel free to agree or disagree on any of these points, and if you have any advice of your own to offer, I encourage you to leave a comment at the end of this post.

I could probably write a book about this subject, but I’ll try to keep things clear and concise for this post. Again, this post is aimed at the self-employed game developer who struggles to maintain the discipline to work every day. We’ve all struggled with procrastination at some point, and others get so burned out by this that they stop development altogether. And even if you’re not a game developer, I hope you’ll find some of these tips useful. Let’s get started!

Make a checklist for absolutely everything.

And I mean everything. You should have a Notepad document open on your computer and smartphone at all times that allows you to quickly add and delete lines to keep track of your daily progress. Pick one day per week to plan out every day for the next 7 days. Add one task per line, and break up larger tasks to make them seem less intimidating. The goal is to be able to delete a line after every 15-20 minutes of work, so break your tasks up accordingly.

I add absolutely everything I need to do for the day to my checklists. Yes, that includes showering. It doesn’t matter what the task actually is, as long as it involves you doing something other than wasting your time on social media or watching Netflix.

Here’s an example of my checklist for tomorrow:

  • shower
  • brush teeth, floss
  • workout
  • walk the dog
  • write a chapter of my book
  • take vitamins
  • meditate
  • go to bank and make a deposit
  • read books [note: I read one chapter from each of these books per day. I just give each book a nickname on my checklist to make my life easier]
    • bach
    • money
    • mentors
    • meditations
    • knight
  • dishes
  • laundry
  • unity lesson [I’m a GameMaker user, but I’m learning Unity on the side for future projects]
  • implement runewords for Siralim 3 [This is a huge task, so I’ve broken it down. Runewords belong to 1 of 5 classes in the game, so I’ve decided to break this task down into 5 smaller ones]
    • chaos runes
    • sorcery runes
    • nature runes
    • death runes
    • life runes
  • design new Pandemonium Token effects for Siralim 3
  • implement new Pandemonium Token effects for Siralim 3
  • re-write looting script for Siralim 3

These tasks aren’t in any particular order. Order is irrelevant. I just want to jot down everything that I need to do; even the trivial things that I know I’ll do every day like take a shower. That way, I can pick an easy task, complete it, and delete the line. That gives my brain a tiny blast of endorphins…or dopamine, or really, who cares what it is. The fact is, completing one task drives me to complete another. And another. And yet another. And before I know it, my task list is done for the day and I can do something fun with my free time, guilt-free. And on a much larger scale, this snowball effect carries over to the next day, and I’m much more likely to complete my tasks for the following days and even expand my task list to take on more work over time.

Yes, this tactic is all about your personal psychology, but it works wonders. As an added bonus, you’ll never forget about appointments or deadlines ever again. When utilized habitually, the checklist is a life-changing tool. Give it a try for a few days and you’ll notice immediate results.

Start a morning routine.

Create a short list of things to accomplish each morning, and follow through with it every single day. These things shouldn’t have anything to do with game development – it’s all about getting yourself ready to have an excellent day. You’ll likely have a lot of overlap between this list and the checklist I mentioned above, and that’s even better – it’ll only help you to feel more accomplished early on in the day when it matters the most.

It’s important to repeat these steps every single day to turn them into habits. Here’s what mine looks like:

  • Wake up at 7:00am. [If you’re one of those people who sleeps for 12 hours until noon, stop. The earlier you can wake up without sacrificing your health, the better off you’ll be.]
  • Brush and floss teeth.
  • Drink a liter of water. [By the way, make sure you stay hydrated all day.]
  • Workout for 30-45 minutes.
  • Meditate for 10 minutes.
  • Start a pot of coffee.
  • Shower.
  • Eat breakfast and drink coffee.
  • Take vitamins.
  • Do the dishes.
  • Read for 45-60 minutes.
  • Learn Unity for 30-45 minutes.
  • Now that I’ve accomplished a lot, and my body and mind are primed and ready, it’s time to work!

Obviously, not everyone has time for all of this, and you’re probably not going to want to do the same exact things that I’m doing. Feel free to adjust your morning routine according to your own lifestyle. Just make sure you create a routine and stick with it. You’ll be much more likely to do more work if you follow organize and follow a schedule like this one.

Fight depression and stress.

Whether you’re suffering from severe depression or just a little stressed out, I believe everyone has at least a little bit of depression building up inside of them. It’s important to keep this depression away because it is what will ultimately rob you of your motivation. Here are some ways to relieve depression and get rid of stress. Ideally, combine all these steps to ensure you’re always feeling energized and upbeat.

  1. Stop ruminating. We all have a habit of thinking negative thoughts. What if my game doesn’t succeed? What if no one likes it? What if people leave bad reviews about my game? I didn’t get much done yesterday – I’m so unmotivated. Or, from a more “real world” perspective, you might be thinking about some injustice that a person did to you in the past. Stop it. Rumination is a habit, and a bad one at that. You need to break it. You’re wasting time dwelling on a past that can’t be changed. If you’re a chronic ruminator, this will be one of the leading causes of your depression and stress.
  2. Get some sun. I don’t have the time or space to give you the scientific breakdown about why sunlight is so important for your brain, but I know there’s not a single game developer out there that gets enough sunlight. This is awful for you. Try to get some exposure to the sun, and if you absolutely can’t do this for whatever reason, consider a Vitamin D supplement since I can almost guarantee you’re deficient, and that causes depression.
  3. Exercise. This is not an option; it is essential for both your physical and mental health. You don’t need to go to a gym or anything like that. Just go for a walk if that’s all you want to do. In fact, if you want to kill two birds with one stone, go for a 30-minute walk outside and you can get some good exercise while also drinking in the sunlight.
  4. Sleep. You’re probably not getting enough sleep. Shoot for at least 7 hours per day, and make sure you’re not waking up in the middle of the night. Your room shouldn’t make any sudden noises (so make sure you silence your smartphone) and there shouldn’t be any lights at all (including the LED lights on your alarm clock or cable modem). In terms of temperature, keep your room a little on the cool side – you’ll sleep better that way.
  5. Take Omega-3 fatty acid supplements. Again, there’s not enough room for me to break down the science behind this, but I’ll provide a link to deeper reading about this later on. For now, trust me that you need to find a good, Omega-3 fatty acid supplement. Some people are afraid to take these because they make you burp up strange odors, but if you shell out a couple extra dollars for a good supplement, this won’t ever happen.
  6. Social activity. I don’t care if you don’t have any friends. Go to the grocery store. Walk around the mall. Be around people and you’ll feel more energized. This will show you that there’s a much bigger world out there aside from the confinement of your little office room.

These tips were taken from a book called The Depression Cure. If you’re curious about the science behind these tips, check it out. And no, that’s not a referral link – I’m not writing this post to make 36 cents off of referral hits; I’m writing it to hopefully help others.


No, I don’t mean for you to sit on a cushion in the middle of a candle-lit room with your eyes shut and fingers pinched together. Of course, if that’s what you want to do, that’s fine, but I’m talking about something a little different.

It’s important to take a few minutes out of your day to turn off the phone, the computer, the television, and any other distractions and focus on yourself. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and slow your breathing for 10 minutes. Acknowledge whatever comes to mind. Don’t try to think about anything in particular – let the ideas come to you. I’ve found that this is not only a great way to decompress when I’m stressed, but also to come up with new ideas for my games that I would never have thought about if I hadn’t taken the time to give my brain the opportunity to think freely.

After 10 minutes are up, open your eyes. You’ll probably feel energized as if you just woke up from a nap, except you won’t feel like a zombie. You’ll feel rejuvenated and be brimming with creativity.

Cut back on drinking alcohol or consuming recreational drugs.

I get it: you’re stressed. You want to wind down at the end of the day. But in the end, alcohol and drugs are simply hurting your ability to produce. I used to drink heavily every night once I was done with my work, but then I realized how much it was hurting my business in the long run. It caused me to gain weight which sapped my motivation, health, and quality of sleep. It also gave me brain fog the next day. This caused me to feel very negative, so I’d drink some more to make myself feel better, and the cycle continued. It’s better to spend your time and money on something more worthwhile.

Hopefully you’ll walk away from this post with a few ideas about how to stay motivated while you’re working on large-scale projects such as video game development. There are countless other ways to become and stay motivated, but the ones in this post are the ones that worked best for me.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with any of these points? Do you have any tips of your own to share? I’d love to hear about them, so feel free to leave a comment here.

Siralim 3: Nature Mage Perks

Welcome back! Last week, we took a look at the perks that will be available to Sorcery Mages. This week, it’s Nature’s turn. Nature focuses on two core aspects: 1) enabling your creatures to adapt to the situation at hand, and 2) rewarding players for composing their parties in interesting ways.

Below is a list of perks that Nature Mages can choose from. In italics, I’ve added my own commentary as needed. Numbers surrounded in {brackets} increase as you invest additional points into its respective perk.

1) Crystal – You gain {1}% more crystal from battles.

2) Dodge – Increases your creatures’ chance to dodge by {1}%.

3) Stat Increase – Increases the potency of your creatures’ effects that increase your creatures’ stats by {1}%.

This perk allows your creatures to snowball into absolute powerhouses thanks to an increase in the stats they gain from their traits and spells. Be warned, however, that there is now a limit to the amount of stats that a creature can gain past the amount they had at the start of battle.

4) Survival Instincts – When your creatures dodge an attack, they have a {2}% chance to counterattack for {2}% extra damage.

Dodging is a lot easier to do than it was in Siralim 2. Not only do your creatures gain much more dodge/crit benefit from the Speed stat, but there are also a lot of new traits and effects that grant your creatures independent dodge rolls, much like the Aspect family’s traits. With this perk, you can dish out some major damage while your creatures maintain safety by dodging.

5) Forest Pact – Traits and spells that are affected by the number of a certain creature race or class act as if you have {1} more of those creatures in your party.

Players who enjoy using “mass creatures” such as a team full of Diabolic Horde or Familiars will enjoy this perk. Forest Pact artificially increases the number of creatures in your party when these effects are calculated.

6) Adaptation – Your creatures can equip Morph spells from any class. At the start of battle, your creatures’ classes are changed to their corresponding Morph spell’s class. In addition, your creatures take 15% less damage and deal 15% more damage to creatures of their own class.

This perk allows your creatures to turn into any class in the game. Death Dragons? Nature Unicorns? Chaos Angels? It’s all possible thanks to Adaptation.

7) Hybridization – Your creatures have 7% more Health, Attack, Intelligence, Defense, and Speed for each different class of creature fighting on your side.

Hybridization rewards players for creating a diverse party.

8) Lone Wolf – Your creatures deal 30% more damage, take 12% less damage, and have 30% more Health for each creature missing from your group. In addition, your creatures have a 20% chance to resist debuffs for each creature missing from your group.

Lone Wolf was a fan favorite from Siralim 2, and there’s no way it couldn’t make a return in Siralim 3. This perk rewards players for not traveling with a full party. Many players choose to use only one creature in conjunction with this perk, allowing them to focus all their breeding and enchanting efforts on a specific creature.

9) Raid – Your creatures each have a {.5}% chance to start each battle at the top of the Action Queue.

10) Purebred – Each of your creatures have 7% more Health, Attack, Intelligence, Defense, and Speed for each creature of the creature’s same class fighting on your side.

This perk is the opposite of Hybridization (#8), and synergizes well with traits like Forest Pact.

11) Acrobatics – Your creatures deal additional damage equal to {1}% of their Speed.