• AI Needs and Shifts

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    Hey Folks! Since I have a few more days before the announcement kicks-off, I decided to do some more dev today. And one of the higher priorities I've set for myself is to get crew management up and running. My thinking is that the core game loop is going to hit this system a lot (possibly more than anything), so I should make sure it's operational. And ideally fun to tinker with/

  • Announcement Planning

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    Hey Folks! A bit of a mix today between announcement content work, and planning. The planning is the biggest thing, so I'll start with that.

    I was tentatively going to launch tomorrow morning with the teaser, and fire on all cylinders throughout the day to ramp-up the new game's presence. Updating forums and subforum structures, adding new pages, answering questions and

  • Setting Wiki

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    Hey Folks! Hope everyone had a good weekend. We managed to sneak in some yard work before a freak snowstorm hit Seattle. And now it looks like a proper Rocky Mountain winter out there. Pretty!

    Back at the office, I continued gearing-up for the announcement. I decided over the weekend that I should really publish the vast setting info Michael and I have been working on over the past year

  • Steam Page Approved! Email Newsletter Prep, etc.

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    Hey Folks! Inching forward on marketing push each day, here.

    I received word that Valve approved the Steam "Coming Soon" page for the game, so that can launch at any moment now. I made a few adjustments there, hooked it up to my developer/publisher page there, and I think it'll be good to go after one final review.

    I also managed to finish the email newsletter

  • Steam Page Submitted

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    Hey Folks! Short update today, as I'm still doing marketing materials. The Steam page is finally done, though, and I've submitted it for approval. Next up are the pages on this site. And then mailing list stuff.

    Probably some more out there that I'm forgetting, too. But we're getting there!

  • Bullet Points

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    Hey Folks! More marketing speak and bullet points today.

    I think I've got the short and long versions of the game description done for Steam now. Plus the full list of required images and screenshots. Still have the mailing list version to setup, plus the content types for this website. Then forums, channels, and all that.

    Launching involves quite a bit once you get into the

  • Marketing Assets

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    Hey Folks! Still plugging away at the marketing assets for the announcement. A lot of time spent searching for the right screenshots today, both for use on the store page, and in smaller bits of marketing art. E.g. the Steam "capsule" images used at varying resolutions to represent the game in lists, store pages, etc.

    I've also been testing the teaser out with some other

  • PR Spool-Up

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    Hey Folks! Short post today, as it was most PR prep work today.

    James and Joshua finished their trailer work, and handed that off to me around the middle of the day. And since then, it's basically been full-bore preparation for the teaser launch. Accounts to setup, domain names, coming soon pages, art assets. And descriptions. Loads and loads of descriptions. Every place you go

  • Duties and Roster

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    Hey Folks! Made a bit more progress on the duties UI today, and now it is on par with the roster UI in terms of completeness. I.e. load and save data per crew, but no effects yet.

    Getting the duties UI up and running didn't take too much more time. Like I mentioned earlier, I was able to copy a lot of the code from roster to do similar things here. There were some slight

  • Crew Duties, and Teaser Audio

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    Hey Folks! Split day today between coding and audio review, as James sent his first draft this afternoon.

    The coding started with a handful of smaller bugs I've been meaning to fix. And then I dove into a larger feature that has been missing so far: crew duties.

    Currently, I can hire crew in a really basic UI, and they become part of my crew. I can then dictate whether they