Hamilton start-up’s game up for national award

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 4:26 PM

Game was created by Hamilton’s Wraith Games

Local electronic-game maker Wraith Games hopes you and your friends will play its first major game to be released for sale, Collapsus, and then vote for it as the best independent game that will be released next year.

“Last year, we were actually chosen as (Slide DB, a mobile and tablet games website’s) best up-and-coming game, along with four other games,” said company founder Jay Kidd. “The thing with that is, Slide DB is a much smaller competition, whereas (the gaming website) Indie DB’s Indy-of-the-Year award is massive.”

Kidd hopes Collapsus can win in the category of Best Upcoming Game.

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Collapsus is a game where players win points by destroying blocks to connect four of the same kind in a row. Unlike most games of the kind, when the player turns the phone or Fire Tablet 90 degrees in either direction, or 180 degrees, the gravity of the game changes 90 degrees, or 180. Also unique: Eight players can compete simultaneously.

For that to happen, people must vote the game into the Top 100 of the games before Sunday evening, Dec. 10. Those who rank among the Top 100 will move to the second round, where votes are reset to zero. Voting on the final round ends in late December.

Wraith Games is part of the Hamilton Mill business accelerator, which helps startups grow with help of mentors and other assistance.

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“So far, Collapsus has gotten a lot of traction,” Kidd said.

To play a pre-release version of the game for free (a donation is suggested), go to https://wraithgames.itch.io/collapsus .

Voting for the game can be found at indiedb.com/games/collapsus .

Here’s an earlier story we wrote about Wraith Games: Local startup releasing first major video game

Here’s another: A local gaming company racking up awards is working to help more play

The company hopes to complete the game late this year, with the release for sale during the first quarter of 2018.

Wraith Games “started when I was in high school,” Kidd said.

“We were just a group of friends who decided to make some video games. We had absolutely no clue what we were doing,” he previously told the Journal-News.

Kidd started at Fairfield High School and graduated in 2008 from the Butler Tech School for the Arts in Hamilton. By graduation, Wraith had about 30 “small-game prototypes that we’d worked on, that we ended up releasing online for free,” he previously said. “… It was a learning process.”

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Middletown police warn of impersonators pulling people over

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 11:03 PM



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Middletown police are warning residents about a group of teens pulling people over impersonating police officers.

Police made the public warning on its Facebook page on Sunday evening.

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Police said four white teens are driving around Middletown in a blue or gray convertible that has a light on the dashboard as well as a loud speaker and air horn.

Anyone with any information about these people or who may have seen this vehicle are asked to call police dispatch at 513-425-7700, option 0.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches at Cape Canaveral 

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 5:30 PM

SpaceX preps for overnight launch of “state-of-the-art” communication satellite at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (Photo: SpaceX)
SpaceX preps for overnight launch of “state-of-the-art” communication satellite at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (Photo: SpaceX)


SpaceX lit up the night sky over the Space Coast this weekend with the launch of the Telstar 19 Vantage satellite around 1:50 a.m. Sunday.

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The space launch company said Saturday that its Falcon 9 rocket was vertical on the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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Telstar 19 Vantage is described as a “state-of-the-art, high throughput satellite optimized to serve growing markets in the Americas,” said Dan Goldberg, Telesat's president and CEO.

Telstar 19 Vantage will help improve mobile communication signals from Latin America to Northern Canada.

Following the launch, SpaceX will also attempt to land Falcon 9’s first stage on its droneship, “Of Course I Still Love You,” in the Atlantic Ocean.

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1 dead, 1 injured in Nevada church shooting, officials say

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 8:03 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 9:35 PM

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A man fatally shot one person and injured another at a Nevada church during service Sunday afternoon, officials said. 

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One person is dead. The other victim was taken to a hospital with a leg injury, Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford told KOLO. The identities have not been released. 

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The suspected gunman, John Kelley O’Connor, 48, walked into Fallon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around 1 p.m., started firing, then left and walked home. He is in custody, Tedford told KOLO

“Our hearts go out to the family members of those who have lost someone and those who were in the church today where the tragedy occurred,” Tedford told KOLO.

The shooting happened in front of about 50 other parishioners, KOLO reported.

“It’s really too early to understand the motive,” Fallon Police Chief Kevin Gehman told KOLO. 

Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) shared his condolences on Twitter

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Man drowns trying to save 3 boys from rip current

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 9:20 PM

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A man jumped into the Outer Banks in an attempt to save three boys caught in a rip current and was himself pulled out to sea on Thursday. 

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Kenny Ray Gooch, 32, of Powells Point, tried to save his girlfriend’s 12-year-old son,  who was swimming near the Kitty Hawk pier with two teens, when they were pulled 75 yards out by a rip current, WTKR reported.

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Gooch rushed in to help but was pulled out to sea and disappeared. 

Bystanders rescued the 12-year-old. The 19- and 14-year-old made it back to shore on their own, according to WTKR

Gooch was later found by water rescuers who brought him to shore but were unable to revive him, according to WTKR. 

Gooch is the eighth victim of the Outer Banks surf this year. Two years ago nine people died. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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