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Brunette Games' Year-End Giving Is All About Gardening

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Many of the games we write feature a garden as a key renovation space. In Merge Mansion and Lily's Garden, the garden is the main game-play focus - at least at the game's outset. Lily's great aunt was a somewhat eccentric gardener and beekeeper, and in Merge Mansion, Grandma Ursula seems mysteriously reluctant to step back inside the mansion she's kept hidden away all these years. That's quite all right, as Maddie's pretty content to putter around outside. While the grounds are secondary to the interior decorating in Matchington Mansion, it's an exciting moment when you move out to tackle the overgrown yard, especially when your neighbor-the-gardener shows up. The first thing the protagonist in Ava's Manor does is spruce up the garden, before she's even set foot inside the old British manor. And while we love decorating the many shops in Sweet Escapes, it's the outside areas that often pique our greatest interest: Who can forget the moment when Duncan jumps through the giant donut hole?

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Designing and writing within garden spaces comes naturally to us. Half our team is comprised of avid gardeners, and even those who are relegated to apartment living excel at indoor houseplants. Dexter and Anthony both grew up in farming families. Sara inherited a native plant garden when she and her husband bought their first house last year, and Anthony and Lisa own a 1/4-acre plot of land they've transformed to something they call a 'homestead habitat.' They even blog about the project.

So when we mulled over how to go about our year-end giving for 2021, we naturally thought of gardens. Two organizations stood out as great candidates for our support: Wild Ones and Seed St. Louis.

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This past year, the St. Louis chapter of the national organization Wild Ones blew the doors off membership, growing to become the largest chapter in the U.S. It's easy to see why, as the community here is super volunteer-focused, with active citizen involvement and a great deal of cooperation between organizations when they can share a mission. One example is the St. Louis Audubon Society's Bring Conservation Home program, which enjoys terrific support from Wild Ones in their shared mission to promote native plant gardening.

Founded in 1998, Wild Ones encourages landscaping with native plants in residential, business, and public landscapes. They accomplish this through monthly gatherings at member gardens, grants for native plants to schools and organizations, educational outreach, and annual plant and seed sales and giveaways. Brunette Games is happy to support this important organization.

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Lisa has fond memories as a volunteer during her college years at Saint Louis University in the 1990s, putting in community gardens for a group called Gateway Greening. The organization is still around and serving as a tremendous resource for urban and suburban gardeners, though they've just changed their name to Seed St. Louis. Anthony and Lisa have personally benefitted from the plethora of free workshops on topics like 'how to create an organic backyard orchard' and 'how to extend your growing season.' Seed St. Louis also sells seeds they save from their demonstration garden directly to the public for as little as a dollar a packet, and their 'New Kuroda' carrot variety is phenomenal.

Since 1984, Seed St. Louis has connected people to the land, to their food, and to each other. The organization supports a network of more than 250 community gardens, school gardens, and urban orchards in neighborhoods throughout the St. Louis region. Their purpose is to provide communities with the tools, education, and empowerment to grow their own food.

With crucial issues like climate change and food security top of mind for all of us, Brunette Games is proud to support this amazing organization.

We also want to take this opportunity to thank our clients for trusting us with your game stories. Our work together throughout the year is our joy and sustenance. And finally, a shout out to all the people who play the games we help design; without you, none of this would be possible. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


New Release! 'Magnum Quest' for Tuyoo Games

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By Anthony Valterra

Brunette Games is proud to announce the release of the fantasy idle RPG, Magnum Quest. Tuyoo came to us with the world and character design, including the truly impressive 3D art. We re-wrote the character descriptions to localize them for a North American audience. We had the opportunity to work on a large number of characters, the majority of which have been released! I led our work for Tuyoo, with Amanda VanNierop handling the bulk of the characters as her very first project with us back in the winter of 2020. Dexter Woltman and Lisa Brunette also contributed.

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From the Google Play store:

An Imaginative IDLE RPG. Become a wise and powerful master, an amazing Hands-free adventure for you. Easy to play, Fun to win!
Start a great adventure in this visually-stunning 3D RPG strategy game and have fun with players from all around the world.

Game Features

[Outstanding 3D Graphics]
Exquisite 3D scenes, detailed character models and cool special effect skills. Get frozen in the BOSSES storm, touch the flames of the dungeon dragons and experience an immersive visual feast.

[Summon Legendary Heroes]
Collect legendary heroes from six factions: Fortress,Forest, Wild, Shadow, Divine and Abyss. Master factional attributes and counter strategies, build the strongest 5-player team to dominate Armuda continent!

[Form Strategic Skills]
Shield, taunt, leech, freeze, repel, stun...Each hero possesses unique skills. Strategies and skills will let you win unexpected victories, apply wisdom and you will never be bored of this game.

[Explore Imaginative Worlds]
Armuda continent is a world full of imaginations, lead your heroes to fight in fantasy forests and endless deserts, explore mysterious ruins and frozen snowfields.

[Unlock Diverse Stages]
Adventurous storyline, Hero trials, Dungeon conquest, Roguelike-battle, Raid enemies, Arenas, Guild bosses and Rich gameplay. All waiting for you to unlock and experience!

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Read Our Latest Article from ironSource!

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By Dexter Woltman

Recently, global software company ironSource LevelUp published an article written by yours truly on Medium. Expanding on my other blog topics about humor in casual gaming, this article discusses how to use comedy to bridge connections with players. With valuable insight on the mobile gaming industry and plenty of funny examples to go around, this is one read you won't want to miss!

To check out the piece for yourself, head over to Medium by clicking on the link or image below.

Punchline: How to Use Humor to Bridge Player Connection

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