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Old 03-09-2001, 04:00 PM   #1
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Don't get me wrong i'll buy my copy I dont need a free one, I should be able to meet the requirments. Having my name in credits and first exciting peek is good enough for me so,don't bother with the free copy.
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Old 03-10-2001, 01:00 AM   #2
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I was discussing this with someone the other day. What we're going to do the next time it's time for testers is post a notice, and everyone can apply, and then we'll pick randomly from the applicants, however many we think we need. The thing is though, this time around it simply wasn't organized enough, so next time the rules will be very firm and scary, and if you don't meet the standards, then KABLAM, you're out! Of course, the only rewards for being a tester will be a free copy, name in the credits, and getting to play in advance (and having your ideas listened to!), so it will probably not be worth it to most people. Basically, it'll come down to something like this:

1. Every day that you play the game, you're required to submit a report, based on a form I give you (details like what areas you played, how it went, what went wrong, what has hard, what was easy, what didn't you quite understand).

2. One of those reports has to come in at least, say, 3 times a week, for you to be doing your job (in other words, you have to play it at least 3 days a week which can be tough for MANY people, and you have to actually be doing the reports each time you do).

3. You are expected to play with a pad of paper and pencil right by your side at all times - meaning your reports better be exactly detailed and hold a WHOLE LOT of info. I don't want general notes.

4. Questionnaires will go out once a week with various specific questions like "Which weapon do you think is the most powerful? Should the other ones be beefed up to match it, or should it be toned down?" and so on. You'll be required to fill these out and return them every weekend.

5. Anybody not keeping up with ALL that work is out!! No free copy, no name in the credits, no future patches/versions prior to the finished product, nothing. They'd probably get 1 week's warning or something, to improve. It sounds horrible, but you must understand, I completely rely on the testers to find what's wrong with the game. If they don't find it, a paying customer will, and I'll be very sad and possibly have to give out some refunds! This is my livelihood, not just a chance to play a free game. And another factor is that the more thorough and intensive the testing is, the faster I can release the game. Mostly the games are held up by my own procrastination, but testers not keeping up slow the process down too. We can't leave any part untested, so the sooner everything is gone over (repeatedly!), the sooner the game can go out.



Of course, all of this is just thoughts and discussions I've had, I'm just saying it off the top of my head. Official words will come down when it is in fact time for something to be tested. There wouldn't be age discrimination in the testing selection, as long as you can do a good job at it, and express yourself well enough in the reports to be of use!



So keep an eye on the forum. Maybe in a few months, there will be a notice calling for people to test Sol Hunt!

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Old 03-10-2001, 02:00 PM   #3
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Well, anybody who beta tests earns a free copy. That's one rule that I won't change! But I'd be VERY pleased if they then went and bought some more copies for their friends! Make sure you're signed up to the two newsletters so you don't miss it when there's a call for beta test applications! (does anybody think it would be wrong of me to put out the call on the Announcement list? It's not really a new game announcement...)

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Old 03-10-2001, 02:00 PM   #4
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Justin989,

I think it is great that you say your name in the credits and the chance to play is all you need. It is refreshing to hear someone of your age (13 right?) who isn't out to get everything they can for as little as possible. I hope you get a chance to beta test! Good Luck!



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Old 03-10-2001, 06:00 PM   #5
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thanks for the support sunangel , but my real award comes from the game coming out earlier and Jamul dosn't charge that much so it is no problem to buy the games he made ( The suspense is killing me completely I can't wait for looneyland). I already know a secret character from a snapshot on the page, great idea Jamul that character is cool , those things used to annoy me, but now I can be one on looneyland (if you know Dr.l you know that a light is always on the character , wich is very nice for dark areas).

Sorry about the commas i'm practicing my english so I can be better at it and make honoroll !!!!



Oh yeah and your right sunangel i'm 13 going onto 14 in september
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Old 03-10-2001, 07:00 PM   #6
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Remember, I'm NOT looking for beta testers! But when I need some, I WILL post an announcement, and anybody who wants to do it and is willing and able to go through all the torture I described above is welcome to apply! Then if there are too many (I sure hope there are!), we'll just do a random pick. I'm looking forward to it as much as you are! Anywhere in the world is fine by the way, it's all done online with really huge time consuming downloads.

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Old 03-10-2001, 07:00 PM   #7
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I doubt that where you live will have anything to do with it...the games go out all over the world don't they?



And you better register!!! Don't you want to see your nicknames as they change?? Common...everybody's doin' it!!!





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Old 05-09-2001, 08:00 AM   #8
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BOINK!

I'm just posting here to move this topic to the top of the list, because some people have asked about it, so now it will be easy to spot!

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