Countdown: 2 days to release

By on October 21, 2012 8:25:19 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Frogboy

Join Date 03/2001
+1495

Only 2 days left until release

I don't want to sound sappy here but we have been really touched by all the support we've gotten from you guys over the past couple of years that we've been working on this.

One of the motivations for making so-called "niche" games is that we really enjoy our tight knit communities.  We enjoy hanging out with you, listening to your ideas, arguing different game designs, etc.

Earlier today, we went "gold" which simply means 1.0. I like to think that games are never truly finished. They simply ship.  For me, that just means that 1.0 is the beginning of our journey together -- not the end.

In the meantime, let me share with you some of the things we've been doing since the last public beta and 1.0...

New Content

  • Trogs don't get +1 attack anymore, instead they have the Berserk ability that increases their attack but does damage each turn
  • Added the tough faction trait, +10% hit points for all units, Yirthril begins with it
  • Removed the Berserk spell
  • Curse is reduced from Death 2 to Death 1
  • Added the Shadowbolt spell (Death 2, does minor damage and reduced the spell resistance of the victim)
  • Added more tactical maps
  • Enabled Fallen Enchantress Scenarios
  • Enabled the Workshop

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a missing icon for Zealotry
  • Fixed the Hurl Boulder ability
  • Upgrading units correctly costs the full resource costs
  • You can only select 1 faction weakness for custom factions
  • Fixed the likelihood of quests (so they will be better distributed instead of getting the Alchemy, Nobleman's daughter and Rats in the Ruin quests all the time)
  • Fixed floating cloaks
  • Fixed a pause when using Double Strike with a two handed weapon
  • Fixed an issue that can cause a quest location to not have a quest
  • Fixed an issue that could cause naked, headless custom sovereigns when restarting a game
  • Fixed crash bugs and hangs

Balance Changes

  • Spears ignore 50% of Defense instead of 33%
  • Reduced the max growth from Undying Curse from 9 to 5 units
  • Reduced the level of the named Wilding Shamans slightly and increased their upgraded versions
  • You can't get a Maul from a Bone Ogre anymore
  • You won't get crude clubs as loot anymore
  • Darkling Shamans can cast Shadowbolt
  • Troll Shamans can cast Curse
  • Reduced the power of Dirge of Ceresa
  • Faction traits rebalanced, starting faction points increased from 2 to 3.  The factions stay the same, but it makes it more balanced when creating custom factions
  • Binding faction trait split into Binding (elementals) and the Cult of a Hundred Eyes (trainable spiders)
  • Enchanters faction trait split into The Decalon (spellbooks and arcane monolith) and Enchanters (magic staves)
  • Master Scouts faction trait split into Master Scouts (no terrain costs) and Stealth (ignore by monsters)
  • Heroic, Betrayers, Master Smiths and Slave Lords faction traits cost 2
  • Removed the blocked buildings from the Slave Lords trait

UI Changes

  • Fixed typos
  • Fixed a missing string when trying to equip an accessory if you already have one equipped
  • Removed the unused context area at the bottom of the custom faction screen
  • Removed the unshadowed gap at the bottom of the screen when the intro book is up

I've gotten a lot of questions from people over the past couple of years about why we are giving away Fallen Enchantress to the early adopters of War of Magic. They say people won't remember War of Magic (it was 2 years ago). They say it won't "buy" good will back from those who didn't like WOM. 

It doesn't matter. The reality is, our job is to make some of the world's best PC games. Period. Regardless of the reasons, War of Magic didn't live up to that standard. And since we developed it internally, we had the ability to make good on that.

The budget for Fallen Enchantress was about twice that of War of Magic. I am a firm believer that people DO remember when companies backup their stated beliefs with deeds.. They remember when companies make good on their word. I think that in the *long-run* (and Stardock is one of the oldest non-public game developers in the industry so we think long-term), people will have confidence that we mean what we say: If you buy a Stardock game, it will be excellent.

A huge thank you

Tuesday is the big day. It's hard to believe that in the next week or so we'll have a pretty good idea of the fate of Fallen Enchantress. We hope that people out there like what we've done here.  We have you to thank for it.  Few games have had the opportunity to spend so long in a public, no-NDA beta where people could give their suggestions, criticisms and ideas. The game is better for it. And that couldn't have happened without your help.

We look forward to reading your feedback and deciding together what we should do next with this game that we love so much.

Locked Post 88 Replies
Search this post
Subscription Options


Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 11:36:20 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting ,

I've gotten a lot of questions from people over the past couple of years about why we are giving away Fallen Enchantress to the early adopters of War of Magic. They say people won't remember War of Magic (it was 2 years ago). They say it won't "buy" good will back from those who didn't like WOM. 

 

I`m getting Fallen Enchantress for free. I can`t speak for "everyone" like the smart marketing guys always do but I would not have been following Fallen Enchantress if it wasn`t for how Stardock responded to WoM`s difficulties. I would have been gone and probably not care about anything Stardock released for a while.

 

Brad`s response though not only kept me here but also reassured me that my faith in Stardock is not misplaced. I even bought The Political Machine while waiting for FE, I would never have bought that if I had been left in the dark after WoM`s debacle.

 

I would not have bought FE, I would never buy it`s expansions. Saying I would never buy a Stardock game again, is looking too much into the future, but I would definetely have moved Stardock from the "buy whatever they release" status to a more EA-like status of "don`t buy for many many months before it is proven that this is worth getting".

 

I think FE will get a many new fans that will buy the game because of the hype and goodwill that this business decision creates. Reviewers will mention it, friends will mention it. The people that get it for free? Those will buy whatever expansions you have in store.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 11:38:21 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Jythier,

Quoting Wizaerd, reply 47Even though I'm getting it for no cost, I was so impressed with it over the weekend, I'll be buying a second copy to add financial support for your on-going endeavors.  While it is very generous of you to give it away, it'd still be nice to get something for your time and efforts.

 

If you really want to financially support their endeavors, you could gift me GalCiv2 Complete.

 

Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition?  And who do I gift it to?

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 11:43:09 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Yes, and Jythier.

If you want. 

I don't know why you would though.

I just posted a thread to get a better understanding of how FE compares to GalCiv2.  I'm hoping it leads to me buying FE, because I really miss the land-based Civilization games.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 11:51:30 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

"Fixed an issue that could cause naked, headless custom sovereigns when restarting a game"

Oh, come on, that's so awesome, it should have been categorized as a feature.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 11:58:12 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Jythier,
Yes, and Jythier.

If you want. 

I don't know why you would though.

I just posted a thread to get a better understanding of how FE compares to GalCiv2.  I'm hoping it leads to me buying FE, because I really miss the land-based Civilization games.

On Steam?

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 12:03:23 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

That's me.  Jythier on Steam, JoeUser, AOL back in the day...

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 12:05:14 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Jythier,
That's me.  Jythier on Steam, JoeUser, AOL back in the day...

I need your email address in order to gift it

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 12:15:29 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

@gmail

 

Yay, now I don't need to decide between GalCiv and FE!

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 12:16:39 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Wizaerd,

Quoting Jythier, reply 57That's me.  Jythier on Steam, JoeUser, AOL back in the day...

I need your email address in order to gift it

Giving away a copy of GC2 to a complete stranger just to support Stardock? If that doesn't deserve karma, nothing does.  

Karma for you! 

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 12:17:35 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Jythier,
Jythier

 

sent... Enjoy.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 12:20:36 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting vieuxchat,

I've gotten a lot of questions from people over the past couple of years about why we are giving away Fallen Enchantress to the early adopters of War of Magic. They say people won't remember War of Magic (it was 2 years ago). They say it won't "buy" good will back from those who didn't like WOM.

 


I do remember when WoM was only an idea on the forums.

I do remmeber when there were the first announcement.

I do remember some discussions about game design.

I do remember the huge fail.

I do remember when you said Fallen Enchantress would be given to those early adopters.

I do remember when you announced that Kael was hired.

And I'm glad to see a company that has some ethic.

 

Thank you.

I also remember the announcement of the game and the alphas ('ALPHAS ARE NOT MEANT TO BE FUN' comes to mind).

I remember the CTD's on my laptop and gaming desktop.

I remember the stuff that wasn't that fun (dynasties anyone?)

I stuck in after the poor reviews BECAUSE I had faith that it would be made right (I'm doing the same for Sword of the Stars II)

I'm HAPPY to see a company following through on the promise of the next 2 game in the Elemental universe being made available FREE to purchasers before a certain date (a $50 game AND a $40 standalone expansion AND a not-yet priced third one for the $70 I paid for the WOM limited edition in 2010? worth it to me).

There is a reason Stardock will get my money and that is because they stick to their principals (although having all my games downloadable through steam is nice using my full speed to download direct from the dev is good too)

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 12:24:21 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Quoting Wizaerd,
Quoting Jythier, reply 59Jythier

 

sent... Enjoy.

 

Woohoo!  I'm enjoying the thought of it until I get home! 

 

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 12:25:59 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Jythier,

Quoting Wizaerd, reply 60Quoting Jythier, reply 59Jythier

 

sent... Enjoy.

 

Woohoo!  I'm enjoying the thought of it until I get home! 

 

 

It's the first time I've ever gifted anything on Steam, so if it's not there, let me know ASAP so I can rectify it.  wizaerd at gmail dot com

 

 

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 12:32:24 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Oh, and, thank you very much!

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 12:46:10 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

If so I hope frogboy can share what the problem is so modders can give it a try

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 12:49:33 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting ,
 I've gotten a lot of questions from people over the past couple of years about why we are giving away Fallen Enchantress to the early adopters of War of Magic. They say people won't remember War of Magic (it was 2 years ago). They say it won't "buy" good will back from those who didn't like WOM.  

I pre-ordered War of Magic. I didn't like the game at release. I DO remember War of Magic. I appreciate that I was given Fallen Enchantress (including Beta access) for free. This DID "buy" my good will. After playing the Fallen Enchantress Beta, I went out and bought the complete set of Sins of a Solar Empire (I usually stay away from Real-Time games, but Stardock is a good company, so I figured I'd give it a try.)

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 1:00:19 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Quoting mlepinski,
quoting post I've gotten a lot of questions from people over the past couple of years about why we are giving away Fallen Enchantress to the early adopters of War of Magic. They say people won't remember War of Magic (it was 2 years ago). They say it won't "buy" good will back from those who didn't like WOM.  

I pre-ordered War of Magic. I didn't like the game at release. I DO remember War of Magic. I appreciate that I was given Fallen Enchantress (including Beta access) for free. This DID "buy" my good will. After playing the Fallen Enchantress Beta, I went out and bought the complete set of Sins of a Solar Empire (I usually stay away from Real-Time games, but Stardock is a good company, so I figured I'd give it a try.)

 

How'd you like it?

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 1:24:01 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I've gotten a lot of questions from people over the past couple of years about why we are giving away Fallen Enchantress to the early adopters of War of Magic. They say people won't remember War of Magic (it was 2 years ago). They say it won't "buy" good will back from those who didn't like WOM.

 

Just because of this you will probably be still here when all the others crap makers that call themselves Game Companies will disapear in the void of bankrupcy.

Really, best luck for the release ! Hard to wait until well... 2 days.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 1:29:32 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I can only join in the chorus:

Thank you for your excellent work!

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 1:44:43 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I think what everyone really wants is a 1 day until release thread. 

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 1:45:24 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Does anyone else keep checking the Stardock.com store page "just in case" ??

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 1:45:37 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums


Woot! Woot!

Over the flu  in time for the release!

 

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 1:47:34 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I didn't buy WoM, I saw it was a game that fit my interest, but I read the reviews and choose not to.

After seeing FE coming, I read the reviews and was shocked to find a company standing behind their product so strongly. I "Pre-Ordered" the Beta without hesitation because of it. I can't say I'll buy every Stardock game now, but I plan on buying every expansion and will continue to watch their website for new games I might like.  I believe in the customer service they proivde and WANT to put more money into supporting it. Perhaps I should buy a 2nd copy for myself or a friend.

 

 

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 1:54:14 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Woot! Woot!  Over the flu in time for the release!

Glad to see you are well.  Without good health, it's difficult to enjoy anything. 

Happy gaming!

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
October 22, 2012 2:19:52 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting vieuxchat,

I've gotten a lot of questions from people over the past couple of years about why we are giving away Fallen Enchantress to the early adopters of War of Magic. They say people won't remember War of Magic (it was 2 years ago). They say it won't "buy" good will back from those who didn't like WOM.

 


I do remember when WoM was only an idea on the forums.

I do remmeber when there were the first announcement.

I do remember some discussions about game design.

I do remember the huge fail.

I do remember when you said Fallen Enchantress would be given to those early adopters.

I do remember when you announced that Kael was hired.

And I'm glad to see a company that has some ethic.

 

Thank you.

Ditto and amen.

 

Edit: while I would not have followed the game without the promise of a free FE, I will say that FE is so much fun, I would be willing to drop up to $40 on it tomorrow if I had to.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
Stardock Forums v1.0.0.0    #101114  walnut1   Server Load Time: 00:00:00.0000313   Page Render Time: