Development Update

Dare Teaser Trailer

Protoplay

It’s been a month since my last blog post, can’t believe how quickly time is going by and I’ve been working exclusively on polish, meaning the plan to have finished the second Act of the game by the end of the quarter isn’t feasible so I’m moving back the projected release date to the 2nd Quarter 2015, as always though and while there’s no pressure to finish it and less time to work on it the release date will move again if I’m not happy with it. I’ve committed to a playable build of the game at Dare Protoplay on August 9th and 10th which I’m excited about as it will be the first time other people play the game and will inform the direction of future development quite a lot.

Why the delay

I’ve been pretty accurate for the most part with my milestones except when it came to the things outside of the games development, which I have next to no experience with. The time it takes to produce marketing material has ballooned lately and it’s thrown off all my deadlines. Fortunately I’ve got to pressure to hold to them and a when it’s done attitude has always been on the cards. tbh I probably shouldn’t be public with my soft deadlines at all but if it helps other devs plan projects it’s a good thing and it costs me nothing.

Exhibit on a budget

poster

I really can’t spend too much money on Alaska development right now and so I’ve been shopping around at where to exhibit and what to spend when I do. Where to exhibit is a pretty easy choice basically divide the amount you are spending with how many people are going to be there and then again by how many devs are going to be there and you get a very primitive cost per mind share metric, I’ve been looking at a few options between The Scottish Games Expo, Dare Protoplay, Rezzed, EGX and Develop. For me the maths don’t work for any but Dare Protoplay and EGX, The Scottish Games Expo was too new, Rezzed was too small when compared to EGX and Develop had a low public to developer ratio. Protoplay being the clear winner because it was free and being in Dundee will help me practice for any future exhibitions I go to.

So now I’m taking the game on tour what do I need to exhibit it. I settled on an A0 banner and t-shirts for exhibitors as well as my business cards and the game of course. I’ve already had the banners made up and they’re actually very cheap if you are on a shoe string and add a lot of professionalism to your exhibit. The T-Shirts weren’t that cheap as far as t-shirts go but I think it’s a good idea and I got them from Zazzle which means I can add them to a store page and other people can buy them too! The store page is at http://www.zazzle.co.uk/ratusapparatus* and will include other themed products like mugs too. I’ll be adding the store to my site soon.

What to prioritise

When exhibiting it’s important to have a build people can play easily without your input and that means, tutorial, gamepad support, and polished signaling. On top of that I will be filming people playing which I hope isn’t a problem for people, at the very least I will be watching and taking notes because the value of having other people playing your game is incalculable.

So if you’re around Dundee on August 9th & 10th come along and play the game! Give me feedback and maybe I’ll make a decent game! it’s also likely the first and last opportunity for anyone outside a select group to play the game for quite some time. EXCLUSIVE!

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