Elemental Alpha: Invites going out

By on August 4, 2009 3:48:15 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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We’ve picked a tiny handful of the pre-order group to become alpha testers based on how many other betas they’ve participated in, forum karma, and a number of other criteria.

Those of you not in the alpha, fear not, you’re not missing very much. The beta is scheduled to come out around PAX (Penny Arcade Expo).

Be forewarned, we plan to close the beta shortly after PAX and it will remain closed for some months. Those who want to get the beta can pre-order the game.

I am leaning towards beta 1 being only cloth map in order to let beta testers have more input on the game mechanics (fewer assets to change if we accept a suggestion).

There will be an Alpha tour later this week (possibly tomorrow). Stay tuned.

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August 4, 2009 3:51:58 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

 

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August 4, 2009 3:58:37 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Ok, so minors definately can't sign the NDA, right? (Please say I'm wrong).

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August 4, 2009 4:00:56 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

 

Well I'm keeping my fingers crossed to be one of the lucky alphas, but usually I have bad luck with lotteries.

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August 4, 2009 4:01:06 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I am leaning towards beta 1 being only cloth map in order to let beta testers have more input on the game mechanics (fewer assets to change if we accept a suggestion).

I think that's a good idea all around. Inevitably beta testers will disagree with and/or have suggestions on mechanics, and it will be handy to be able to change them around more easily.

If you're closing the beta for a few months, does that mean you've settled on a longer development schedule?

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August 4, 2009 4:04:28 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I am not provided with the capability to pre-order. I'll have to wait for you to start charging during PAX. Plan to get my teeth sunk in.

 

When is this strange PAX?

 

Also, start doing more world wide expos! (By which I mean, expos not just in the USA, you're a world wide company, come to the ones in UK, Europe, etc!)

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August 4, 2009 4:05:01 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Scoutdog,
Ok, so minors definately can't sign the NDA, right? (Please say I'm wrong).

I'm going to guess that it's almost certainly a 'no'. NDAs are legally-binding documents.

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August 4, 2009 4:07:54 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Scoutdog,
Ok, so minors definately can't sign the NDA, right? (Please say I'm wrong).

Unfortunately, you're right. I'm a minor, too (by only a couple months), and Yarlen confirmed to me that you have to be 18+ to participate

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August 4, 2009 4:07:56 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Scoutdog,
Ok, so minors definately can't sign the NDA, right? (Please say I'm wrong).

Unfortunately you're probably right.  An NDA is basically a contract, and a minor can't really be bound to a contract like this. It's just a legal thing.

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August 4, 2009 4:11:16 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

When is this strange PAX?

September 3-6.

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August 4, 2009 4:13:02 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Oh, me wants more screenshots.

 

Btw. last time I played a lottery I won...

 

 

 

nothing of course.

 

Anybody knows when the Pax is. (Too lazy to google. )

 

Edit. Ah, Annatar flew back in time to answer my question before I've asked it. Sneaky Annatar, very sneaky.

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August 4, 2009 4:14:58 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

ERK!!!!!! Guess I'm gonna have to be stuck 'till PAX... andf the worst part is, the beta will probably come out at the second most homework-intneisve time of year for me! (Late January is the first)

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August 4, 2009 4:20:19 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

bah, delete post. Im having forum issues today!

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August 4, 2009 4:27:58 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Oh man now the fun starts or the waitin".....

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August 4, 2009 4:27:59 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

here is where we are all afraid to check our e-mail for fear of the e-mail be missing.

 

Looks like Ron was right (I recall he said if he were in charge it would be sent out today at the latest)

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August 4, 2009 4:29:09 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Annatar11,

I am leaning towards beta 1 being only cloth map in order to let beta testers have more input on the game mechanics (fewer assets to change if we accept a suggestion).
I think that's a good idea all around. Inevitably beta testers will disagree with and/or have suggestions on mechanics, and it will be handy to be able to change them around more easily.

If you're closing the beta for a few months, does that mean you've settled on a longer development schedule?

I concur. Focus, feedback and augmentation will be paramount keys to a top class development scheme.

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August 4, 2009 4:32:33 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Oh man now the fun starts!(or the waitin'.... )

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August 4, 2009 4:35:28 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

And there I was still thinking about beta this month.

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August 4, 2009 4:35:36 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Oh well, looks like I didn't get it.  One more month.

 

 

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August 4, 2009 4:49:36 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

0.o IM STARTING TO PREY MORE FOR ALPHA TESTING! Please!...

 

If I dont get it ill bet money on it was cause at the end of the DEMIGOD beta I was like what the heck Ill join in but I was too late it was closed...

 

Ohh ya more waiting now too...

 

Actually one more question will we get an email or a private message in the forums for the alpha?

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August 4, 2009 4:53:09 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Looks like Ron was right (I recall he said if he were in charge it would be sent out today at the latest)

I'm always right.

 

Except when I'm wrong, or left.

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August 4, 2009 4:55:26 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Wintersong,
And there I was still thinking about beta this month.

"This month" is still pretty darned close to 'around Sept. 3-6.'

Also, IMO, it wouldn't be all that bad a thing if the beta 1 date moved towards the end of the month on account of an unexpectedly interesting and productive alpha. And I'm saying that has someone who's wanted this game since well before folks around Stardockia started calling the thing 'NotMoM.'

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August 4, 2009 4:57:17 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Nevermind its email... ill shut up.

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August 4, 2009 5:07:27 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

For those of us who didn't get in, take solace in the fact that alphas are traditionally very broken. The "lucky few" are in fact guinea pigs who will go through much pain to make our beta experience that much better! 

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August 4, 2009 5:10:03 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Are sending emails saying if you got in or not. The not knowing is driving my insane! 

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August 4, 2009 5:11:02 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

rough times.  I kinda expect a riot of disapointment.

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