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JahJing – Shut The Box Game

JahJing is a new game concept based on the classic game of Shut The Box.  We were approached to develop the game from the ground up, and the multi-part development cycle is just reaching the end of phase 1 with the single player version of the game going online this week.

The game, also known as Tric-Trac or Canoga, is dice based.  Players take it in turns to flip all 9 tabs based on dice rolls.  Where JahJing differs from the classic game however is by introducing a betting element.

As the development of the single player version draws to a close, we’re now looking to a multi-player version with real money betting for future release… watch this space!

Check out the JahJing web site and game here

Jan 28, 2011 / Blog

Embarcadero Game Launches

It’s been very “hush, hush” but we’re finally allowed to announce that for the past month we’ve been working on a secret game for database developers Embarcadero.  The game is based around their infamous developer, David I, and you can read the full scoop and have a play of the game on our portfolio page here:

David I Underwater XE Challenge Game

Aug 30, 2010 / Blog

Duplicatable websites

Well the past few weeks have been quite hectic, with a mixture of game and web development, working on both existing and new projects.  We have an exciting new Flash game in development, along with a series of game design articles which will be released later in the summer.

Our latest project to be launched however is a new product aimed at the home business market.  We have developed a range of small, duplicatable lead capture websites specifically designed to meet the needs of network marketing distributors.

Speedy Websites offers a range of template based sites (more being added over time) and bespoke websites and CMS systems.  We have also teamed up with Imnica Mail to offer an autorepsonder service on the backend, meaning the Speedy Websites package is a complete solution for lead capture and followup.

The new site launched yesterday and we’re already had some great feedback, so if you’re in the market for a small and effective lead capture website check it out.

Jun 4, 2010 / Blog

Oxjam Festival 2010

Kernoweb are pleased to announce that once again we will be supporting this year’s Oxjam festival promoted by Cool To Be Kind, raising funds for the charity Oxfam.

C2BK - Oxjam

The website we developed last year for the event at the O2 arena is currently being revamped with a brand new design, new content and some fantastic cinematic animation.

This year the event moves to the Coronet Theatre and will feature Faithless Sound System as a headline act (full line-up TBA).  The new site will be up and running shortly but for a small teaser head over to the C2BK website.

May 28, 2010 / Blog

All work and no play makes web designers dull

I launched a new site this week, but for once it’s not for a client or in any way business related!  In fact, it’s the first ever personal blog I’ve started, and it will be charting my progress towards a massive goal I’ve set myself – training for, entering and completing the 2011 UK Ironman Triathlon.

If you’ve not heard of the Ironman before, it’s a gruelling three part race – a 2.4 mile open water swim, followed by 112 miles of cycling and wrapped with by running a full 26.2 mile marathon!  The three stages are completed back to back, with no breaks, and the cut-off time is 17 hours!

Anyway, if you’re interested in seeing what it’s all about, showing support, or just having a giggle at my painful training antics head over to The Action Geek.

May 2, 2010 / Blog

How to increase your web site traffic for free

As a website owner one of your primary concerns is attracting visitors to your site. There are many different ways to do this, from pay per click advertising to sponsorship, but the best type of traffic is free traffic. Here are 5 quick tips for getting more visitors to your website, without spending a penny.

1. Directory listings. This is an old technique, but true and trusted. Simply submit your site to free directories, such as the Open Directory Project or small niche specific directories in your market, and you’ll get both traffic and backlinks to help with your SEO.  The DMOZ is by far the largest and most useful of all online directories, and is free but all submissions are human reviewed meaning there is no guarantee of acceptance, and it can take a while to get listing.  It is however well worth taking the time to submit.

2. Social networking. Networks like Twitter and Facebook have come on leaps and bounds in the past couple of years, and are a fantastic way of getting in touch with your potential customers and getting traffic to your site. My adding re-tweet buttons to your articles you can even get your visitors voting for your content and driving even more new visitors to your site. If you won’t already have a Twitter account, get one today!  Linkedin is also worth joining, as are any social sites specific to your market.

3. Exchanging links. Google sees links to your site like votes, the more links you have the more authorative Google assumes your site is, and the higher you’ll rank. Find out which sites are linking to your competitors with this simple Google search: “link:yourcompetitor.com”. Then see if you can get links from those sites too!  They might accept guest posts or articles, or have a place where you can leave a comment, or they might simply want to link to you if your content would be of value to their users.

4. Offline. Traffic doesn’t only come from online sources. You should also take every advantage to promote your site offline, on your business cards, stationery, or newspaper and magazine adverts.  We have even designed signwriting for vehicles in the past and that also gets good results for local businesses.

5. Build a list. Once you have a visitor at your site, you should really offer them an incentive to give you there email address. A free report or newsletter in exchange for their subscription means you can promote to that same customer again and again, making list building the most profitable of all the traffic techniques in the long run.  Aweber is the best solution for building and managing a list, and is very reasonably priced.

Feb 2, 2010 / Blog

Poker sites and other projects

The Kernow Web network continues to expand, this time into the poker market.  Best Poker Sites is a portal which reviews and recommends online poker rooms, and also hosts a large number of poker articles, tutorials and videos.

We’re also looking into developing a multi-player Texas Hold’em game in Flash, so watch this space.

Other current projects are rather hush hush at the moment while we’re working out the details, but 1 involves a major games company and the other a large UK based charity.  We’re hoping to have the details worked out over the next couple of weeks, and once done they will be 2 very nice high profile additions to the Kernow Web portfolio.

Jan 19, 2010 / Blog

Kernow Web featured in FFD Magazine

Some great exposure this month with a full page spread profile in the current issue of Flash and Flex Developer’s Magazine. After an amazing 2009, developing games for some big brands like Orange, Elf on the Shelf and Kwik Kopy, having a featured profile in a magazine read by over 35,000 designers around the world is a great bit of recognition.

You can read the profile here, but I highly recommend heading over to the FFD website and subscribing to the magazine, where you’ll also find my tutorial on developing arcade games in Flash/Actionscript.

The tutorial is also featured on my Flash Games Classroom site where you can download the full source code to the game if you’re interested in learning Flash game design and development yourself.

With such a great start to the year, I think 2010 will be big for Kernow Web… a big thanks to everyone involved in Kernow Web collaborations over the past 12 months, and here’s to even more success in the future.

Billy

Jan 8, 2010 / Blog

Season’s greetings

Well I know it’s not quite Christmas yet, but all of the Christmas promotions we’ve been doing for clients are now done and dusted, and we’ve started work on January sales and new year projects already!

The run up to Christmas has been incredibly busy again this year with a number of clients wanting viral Flash games to promote their brands, and of course the Elf on the Shelf project continues to keep us busy year on year as we develop more games for them (they actually hit the nuber 1 best seller spot on Barnes and Noble this year – well done!)

So, just a quick heads up.  Kernow Web will be closing up shop on 23rd December this year, for a nice family Christmas followed by a spot of snowboarding.  We’ll be back to work properly from 3rd January but as usual I’ll have a cell phone and laptop with me in case of emergencies ;)

So merry Christmas to everyone, and a big thank you to all of our clients who have helped make 2009 our best year yet at Kernow Web… and 2010 is already shaping up to be even better.  We have some exciting new games projects already lined up, and our Flash Games Classroom project will continue to grow and move towards the launch of our course in a few months time.

Finally, we’ll be starting the year off with a bang as Kernow Web will be featured in the January edition of Flash and Flex Developers magazine so keep an eye out for us there!

All the best,

Billy

Dec 15, 2009 / Blog

All new Kernow Web

The old KernowWeb site

If you’re wondering what’s up with the site today don’t worry… we’re in the middle of a major overhaul of the entire site! Things should be back up as usual within a few hours so apologies to anyone having problems viewing the site today, but believe me it will be worth the wait!

The old Kernowweb.co.uk design was getting rather long in the tooth, and didn’t really show us in our best light. Most of our time is spent working on our cleint’s projects, so housekeeping on this site sometimes gets behind, but no more!

The shiney new site!

The new design is a vast improvement, as you can see from these before and after shots, and will focus primarily on our portfolio, the main reason people visit the site. We’re right in the middle of updating it right now, but check back in a day or two and you’ll see the featured projects in all their glory, and where possible there will be playable versions of many of our games!

Hope you like the new design, do leave a message and let us know what you think!

Billy

Dec 4, 2009 / Blog

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