Will there be a wider beta test after the alpha test? For pre-purchasers, as with the original game?
I’m hoping for a Wing Commander: Armada simplicity to the campaign game. A simplistic strategic facilitator of interesting and fun tactical battles. Minimal chores of clicking ‘Build Granary’, ‘Change Taxes’ and ‘Research quantum quantisers’. Star Wars: Empire At War did a good job of having a simplistic, yet fun, strategic campaign mode.
Don’t forget to tout that this is probably the first ‘Massively Singleplayer’ game created. Then every reviewer will comment on it and some people will buy the game just to see the concept in action.
What? No acknowledgement of my hard work? (joking - the opportunity was reward enough :))
For those of you who don’t know, which is everybody, the reason I disappeared from playing the NECs and DuelDowns has been because I have been testing the campaign!!
Since 21 Sep 2010 until now I have been diligently testing the campaign. Last night I stayed up way too late trying to reproduce a bug.
Now that there will be other testers and that knowledge is public, all I want to say about it is:
You’re all in for a treat. I think the campaign is awesome. My one prediction about the campaign is true (at least to me), it will be interesting to see how that plays out for the rest of you. I can’t say enough positive things about the campaign, it may not be all the things you expect, but it is good GSB.
And, at first, it will kick your but. Fleet design and ship design is radically altered. Good luck, have fun, and I will see your fleets…and hopefully smash them!
And lastly, Thank you Cliff! For the opportunity to add my 2 cents, and to expose the bugs I have (or hope I have helped to)!!
Despite its numerous short comings, the marketers behind that game did an amazing job. However, it was only after I bought it that I discovered the draconian DRM EA stamped into it. Boooooo! Thank goodness GSB wasn’t like that. I actually purchased a couple copies once I found out it was an indie developer that put it together. And yes, for the lucky few that made the alpha testing list: I’m envious. Go ahead Ramcat rub it in!
Although I would love to help out in any way regarding suggestions and feature ideas and so forth, I don’t envy the testers, and don’t relish the thought of picking something apart for bugs. Therefore, I thank the alpha/beta testers for their contributions to the overall project but will gladly wait patiently for the actual release.
I wish everyone the best of luck. Remember: the only good bug is a dead bug!
RamCat is right in that the campaign changes your design philosophy. In no way can you get away with your ‘anti-tribe-with plasma’ designs any more. Now you need more generic designs, that can fight whoever attacks next. The race of an opponent at a specific system may be fixed, but as you push forwards, the fleet that conquers world A, suddenly comes under attack from planet B, which could be a different species.
It should be interesting
Just wondering if all the beta testers have recived there builds? I sent a e-mail and got nothing in return yet. So I’m wondering if they have all been sent out and I just missed out. Or if there is delay in getting them out. And like a noob I forgot to say my fourm name in the e-mail >.<