Watch the video and then come back to me…..
Back? how cool was that!? If you had your sound up you’ll have heard
Gareth (awesome beard) dropping some hints about the new stuff you’re
gonna be able to playtest soon as we gear up for our closed Alpha.
We ran our first community event in May and we’re really happy with how it
went. Here’s how it happened ……
About a month beforehand I got in touch with Woody and the team at
BelongLDN to see if we could hire their arcade to run a community and
industry friends event to show off the game in a purpose built gaming
space. I was impressed that the BelongLDN guys were aware of the game
from the Rezzed event at Tobacco Dock in March and we were able to
work out a date to go ahead. After a lengthy tech recce to sort out the
networking configuration we were all set, now we just needed everyone to
The space could only really accommodate 30-40 people maximum at a
time, and we wanted everyone that came to be able to have a proper
chance to play the game for several rounds to get a good feel for it and
start to try out team tactics, something that you just can’t do on the
crowded showfloor of a big consumer show like EGX. We also put our
broadcast mode up on the big TV and cleared some space around the PC
driving it so we could have a proper chance to showcase our broadcaster
controls, Twitch voting triggers and how the match statistics overlays work.
That stuff is pretty powerful and we’re looking forward to holding more
events like this to gauge your feedback as we work through the Alpha.
If everyone comes along, then what are we gonna give them!? With about
5 days to go the accepted invite list was looking really healthy but we didn’t
want people to go home empty handed so we quickly put our heads
together and drew up a list of extras we could make in time.
A very big thanks to everyone who came along, the feedback is so
important at this (still) early stage of development and it all gets fed into our
design process. A further big thanks to all the team at BelongLDN both on
the day and in the lead up to it and in particular to Volkan Kacar who shot
and edited the video at the top of this post, awesome work!
We’re really looking forward to staging more of these events later this year
and if you’ve got any good ideas for other events we could try and run then
please get in touch via the ‘get in touch’ link on our website.
See you in New Tokyo,