Hey Folks! Hope everybody had a good weekend. I did my best to rest-up after the stresses of launching, but couldn't help occasionally dipping back into the dev seat here and there to address questions and concerns. And to kick off an ad campaign or two! (Which you might have seen on Google, Facebook, or Steam.)
Hey Folks! As we close launch day plus two, the flurry of PR activity is getting under control. I've caught-up on most of the threads and discussions (and reviews and questions) here and there. And while there are still others I've missed, this is a good time to start bug-fixing.
I've already had some fixable bugs reported, as well as good suggestions to improve the user experience. I can't solve everything just yet, but I can at least start.
Apart from a pricing mistake I made on Apple's App Store, which was pretty much nightmare-grade screw-up, the launch seems to have been a success! Most users seem to really dig the mobile version (check out those review scores so far!), those affected by the pricing error are getting refunds, and the world is well again.
Actually, we're kinda there. Apple has approved the iOS version, and Google (reportedly) automatically vets the app before letting you launch it. So I think all that remains is for me to click the launch buttons on each site at just the right time (i.e. guess) to make them appear to the world simultaneously. And then...hope for the best?
Tomorrow morning, I'll likely do this pretty early in the day. And once I've verified they both launched, I'll begin sending announcements out on all channels.
Hey Folks! Hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was quieter than expected, largely due to the app status. There's little to do right now on NEO Scavenger mobile except to wait for Apple to verify the latest build.
Apple reviewed NEO Scavenger's release build, and found a flaw. They're saying it has in-app purchases but lacks a "Restore Purchases" button. The thing is, we have an "IAP Restore" button for this, but it's on the Main Menu->Options sub page. So it's unclear to me if they missed this button, don't like the name, or if the button needs to be moved. I've replied to their message for clarification, but it could be a while before they reply.
Hey Folks! Sorry for the news lapse yesterday. After taking care of some more administrative-type tasks, I decided to quit early and watch Rogue One. Not bad. Not bad at all! And K2SO had me laughing within minutes of the opening :)
Getting ready to launch the mobile version here! So far, no major bugs have been reported, and it's still looking like this is the one. So I spent the whole day working on marketing materials. That means things like:
Hey Folks! Hope everyone had a good weekend. I think we finally got around to relaxing this weekend. Instead of running around doing errands and heavy-lifting, we hung around the house, visited the beach, and ate yummy food. Nice! (And I also rekindled my interest in Factorio, which is good, too!)
Hey Folks! I was a good boy and tackled some mobile bugs today. The website had me distracted for a bit, but with that stabilized for now, the next priority is to get this mobile beast out the door!
The first fix involved crafting page swiping. When the user picked up and dropped an ingredient, then switched to quick recipes and tried to swipe, things got weird. Ingredients would all be moved around and sometimes ghosted when they returned to that tab.
The BBG website is back online, stumbling from its cryo pod like a hapless amnesiac. Only instead of a hospital gown and amulet, this website's got some fancy new duds. And new tricks!
First of all, we now have a newsletter! At the bottom of most pages, you'll now see a sign-up form for the BBG newsletter. In it, you can specify whether you want to get email updates about NEO Scavenger, the upcoming Space Prototype, or both. (Or neither, I guess.)
Hey Folks! Hope everyone had a good weekend. We ended up doing a lot of yard work for some reason, including climbing a 22' ladder into a giant tree, and digging up some bizarre concrete lamppost base with trash can lid bird bath on top. It had crumbled and rusted beyond use, and currently sits against our back fence as a monument to the past century of homeowners.
Hey Folks! A bit more work today on the new game title and logo, while Tiago swept-up the remaining mobile bugs.
Tiago was able to figure out a bug in the demo that caused paragraph breaks to be ignored. It turns out this was not only due to platform-specific line ending characters, but also the way git converts them on check-in/out. As if line endings weren't complicated enough, we now have git to worry about :)