Quoting Frogboy, reply 4I am lobbying against a new public beta this week but it's Derek's call.
There are a few very key feedback items that we think should go in.
While I understand your point, it seems like you keep pushing the next patch back further and further. It doesn't have to be perfect. The community would love even a small patch that fixed only the most broken things. You can always have another patch in a week or two.
It is a bit of an ordeal to make a public patch. Read through the forums and you can see plenty of drama from people who think some flaw in the beta means the whole game is ruined which in turns creates a bit of a death spiral for feedback.
That's why I think we should focus on getting the game to a point where we're ready for the next evaluation.
The beta feedback has been critical for (a) fixing bugs and ( Opening our eyes to some design weaknesses. The bug fixing part has reached the stage that crashes are extremely rare. But the other feedback still is being incorporated. Once we get to a good place with that, I think we'll be ready to put something out there.
We're just trying to take our time here.
First of, I agree, take your time. Nothing as bad as a bad patch. But you should realize that even a perfect "Beta" will attract loads of critiscim, and doom and gloom are common problems on any internet forum. Drama will come whether you like it or not. But you know this already right? And yes, reputation damage, E:WoM, yadda, bla... you've got a few enthousiasts here who want to play your game, even if it gives them a terrible disease, because they already have that other terrible disease, Fallen Enchantitis. I know I have
And best of all... its all your fault that I have it. Can I have another shot? Prettyplease?