Mr Lemon of Gilded Skull Games wrote to me! He had this to say about the making of Galactic Keep:
When I was 8 or 9 I’d play ‘solo’ adventures based on mythological stories where I’d make up rules for ‘boardgames’ with cut-out paper warriors and creatures and hand-drawn dungeons that you’d roll dice to traverse. I think that some of them might have had elements of Ultima in them, the creatures were drawn to look like they were blocky, simple video game characters. Looking back, I was almost doing the opposite of Galactic Keep: Making an analogue version of a video game.
Later, I’d watch my highschool D&D group play from the sidelines. I probably should have focused on becoming a DM but the guy who was the only DM that I knew was somewhat intimidating, a rule stickler. He guarded his games in a way that made me feel like I wasn’t ‘into D&D enough’ to actually play.
Before Galactic Keep, I had worked a lot on creating digital versions of books as art projects, creating a book in a digital space, adding animations and linking through it to create a tangental story. I think that Galactic Keep was an attempt at digitally representing a tabletop game in a similar way. It wasn’t about the graphics at all, as you mentioned, it was about capturing something analogue digitally, taking the tediousness of calculating hits out of playing while still retaining the feeling that there was math involved every time that a character did anything.
I think that fits my description of the game being mechanically a video-game, not mechanically a board-game.
He also had this to say about Galactic Keep part 2:
We were planning on releasing another episode, episodes actually! Several are in the works. I think that life has gotten in the way, for now. We have to pay the bills. We currently don’t have a timeline for releasing new content but we would really like to. Recently, in my spare time, I’ve been working on an RPG card game. I’m also thinking of making an actual tabletop game (with Galactic Keep…).
I am the game designer. I also wrote the game, drew everything and worked on some of the sound effects. It took some time, almost 6 years! It was certainly, by far, the largest project I have ever worked on.