• Holly Welch

Studio Spotlight: Greystone Games

This week, I'd like to shed some light on an indie studio - Greystone Games! They've been hard at work getting their game Net King's Call built and ready for the world to see. We've been keeping up with their progress for some time now, and let me tell you - you guys are in for a treat. We love our friends over at Greystone Games, and we know you will too. Let's meet them!

Our journey began in September of 2016, when Kevin Kershaw had the idea of creating a card game, known today as Weapons Inc. The game was worked on throughout Kevin’s time as a biology student while attending University. Early on, Kevin asked his long time friend, Max Thind, to help with the business side of making a card game. In the Fall of 2017 Max asked his startup partner Dante Novoa to aid in the marketing of Weapons Inc. Soon after, they had launched their first Kickstarter. The Kickstarter’s launch & subsequent failure taught these friends some hard lessons about this new field they had joined. Armed with the newfound knowledge they were given, they sought out ways to improve their work. The following Fall of 2018, Max was approached by another long time friend, Anthony Woo, who was studying interactive media & design, focusing on game development. Anthony and Jeffrey Lopera had an idea for a hybrid strategy game, which took inspiration from classic strategy titles. This game came to be known as Net King’s Call.

In 2019 we stepped up our game & attended as many events as we could in order to meet real players, obtain real feedback & make a name for ourselves. The team proceeded to compete in the Mass Digi Pitch Competition 2020, where Weapons Inc. & Net King’s Call not only made it to the finalist round, they both won awards. The team is now well on its way for the launch of both Weapons Inc. & Net King’s Call in the near future.


We plan on making games for years to come, sharing our vision of worlds for our players to explore and immerse themselves in. At heart we are Greystone Games, the home of solid games.

Premise for Net King’s Call:


As technology has progressed, so too has the internet! A new virtual world was created where people can live digital lives separate from the physical. People could explore this new world, build cities, and make great profit.


However the entity that held it all together, “The Net King”, has mysteriously died. Upon his death came a single message that traveled throughout the net. A challenge.


“…whoever is valiant enough to reclaim my estates and restore order, shall become the next Net King…”


Individuals and corporations began to search the Grand Network for the Net King’s Castle, but no expedition was successful. Soon there was a power vacuum, factions formed, and war was fought to see who could control this virtual world.


Now filled with viruses and hostile programs, the internet has become too dangerous to use by its netizens. Only “Operators” with special rigs can dare to dig through what’s left and create manageable webspace for others who can afford it.


As a new operator, can you stake a claim for yourself? Will you be able to find and conquer the Net King’s Castle? Do you have what it takes to answer the Net King’s Call?



About Net King’s Call:


A new take on the strategy genre! Net King’s Call is a blend of Turn-Based Strategy and Real-Time Battles! Ever been hit by an unexpected critical hit killing your favorite unit? Have your perfectly planned attacks failed because of an accuracy chance mechanic? Do you want to be part of the action? If you want to control a digital empire while fighting on the front-lines yourself, answer the Net King’s Call!


Fight your own battles: Every battle, you’ll be controlling one unit and commanding the rest. Dodge attacks and return fire to deal as much damage as you can to your enemies in quick 30 second battles!


Create custom squads of soldiers: Put up to three different units in a squad to deploy into battle. Each playable unit has their own stats and abilities which can be synced with their squad to make your army stronger!


Control the battlefield: Move squads around the field to take advantage of the terrain, capture buildings, and beat your opponents back!


Cast crippling spells: Support your troops on the frontlines with spells that will mend their wounds, annihilate your foes, or otherwise create a tactically advantageous position!


Manage a digital empire: As you take control of more space on the Grand Net, you’ll need to grow your army, research new technology, and recruit allies to your cause! Will you rule by the sword or by the olive branch?


A campaign in 3 acts: Follow Peter and his allies on a quest to restore order to a fractured net. Bold decisions will need to be made in order to secure the throne!

Net King's Call will be available on the VoxPop Games store later this year. Join our Discord to keep up with their progress and download our Open Beta to check out plenty of other indie titles that are available right now!



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~ Holly