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Active Promotion and Recruiting on Other Sites

Discussion in 'Promoting the Game' started by Pieter Boelen, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. Pieter Boelen

    Pieter Boelen (Not So) Old Seadog Staff Member Administrator Storm Modder Hearts of Oak Donator

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    We need to get MORE people to know about our project!
    But the chance of people stumbling onto us at random is pretty small, even if we do post frequent news articles.
    So what we need to do is to ACTIVELY seek out sites to post about our work.

    There have already been discussions about us on the CryDev and SubSim websites.
    It would be a good thing to have things a bit more active there, with actual PiratesAhoy! members posting there.

    Once we have a new Development Trailer done and the Tech Demo Requirements posted,
    I reckon we should also send messages to all sorts of major gaming websites.

    What we are trying to accomplish is not a small niche project;
    eventually we want it to reach the size of games like Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
    But it'll be better. And also free. So a lot of sites should be able to bring up interest for us.

    So what sites should we approach? And who is willing to join in doing this?

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    Sites to approach:
    http://www.indiedb.com/games/hearts-of-oak via @Pieter Boelen, @Armada, @Captain Murphy
    http://forum.unity3d.com/threads/hearts-of-oak-an-age-of-sail-rpg.266732/ via @Armada
    http://www.subsim.com/radioroom/showthread.php?t=188692 via @Thagarr
    https://piratesforums.co/threads/hearts-of-oak-conquest-of-the-seas.9869/ via @BenJ30
    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/forums/showthread.php?17841-Hearts-of-Oak&p=666027#post666027 via @icanfish
    http://www.polycount.com/forum/showthread.php?t=137822 via @Hylie Pistof
    http://seadogs.ru/games/hearts-of-oak/about-game.php via CdreNerison on YouTube
    http://forums.corsairs-harbour.ru/showthread.php?t=5085
    http://www.gamedev.net/topic/660558-hearts-of-oak-conquest-of-the-seas via @BenJ30
    https://forums.epicgames.com/threads/931174-Hearts-of-Oak-Conquest-of-the-Seas!-Recruiting-Dev-Team via @Thagarr
    http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=58360.0 via @Thagarr
    http://forums.taleworlds.com/index.php?topic=289976.0 via @Bava and @Post Captain
    http://fhpubforum.warumdarum.de/index.php?topic=19567.0 via @Radetzky
    http://www.juniorgeneral.org/smf/index.php?topic=11267.0 via @Radetzky
    http://lifeisfeudal.com/forum/what-games-are-you-playing-well-waiting-for-lif-t202/page70/ via @Flannery
    http://forums.nexusmods.com/index.php?/topic/1693438-hearts-of-oak-conquest-of-the-seas via @Mikeydmc
    http://rusmnb.ru/index.php?topic=19006.0 via @Alexey1906
    https://forums.robertsspaceindustries.com/discussion/173816/hearts-of-oak-conquest-of-the-seas via @Andrew Maxey
    http://www.neoseeker.com/forums/54/t2054998-hearts-of-oak-conquest-of-seas-free via @BenJ30
    http://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?661065-Hearts-of-Oak-Conquest-of-the-Seas
    http://www.rpgwatch.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18529
    http://www.sailsofglory.org/showthread.php?1889-Hearts-of-Oak-Computer-Simulation-Game
    http://bucanerosdeoro.bestforo.com/f5-hearts-of-oak-conquest-of-the-seas
    http://conquest198.rssing.com/chan-5790505/all_p1.html
    http://brethrencoast.com/Pirate_Games.html
    http://www.swat-portal.com/php/forum/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=36650
    http://www.norbsoftdev.net/forum/other-games/45576-age-of-sail
    http://insidegamer.nl via @Levis
    http://www.youtube.com/user/Dukely1 via @Dukely
    http://steamcommunity.com/greenlight/faq/?l=english#developers - [Not until we are closer to tech demo ability]
    http://www.desura.com/games/publish/hearts-of-oak - [Not until we are closer to tech demo ability]

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  2. Dukely

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    I have built a little community on my YouTube channel that is really into simulation games. I think between myself and my subs we could get some exposure on a number of sim sites, mainly SimHQ. Also if we hit any forums and fansites that are big into AC4 a post there would bring a lot of curious people.
     
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    Dukely HoO Team Member Promotion Quest Writer News Gatherer

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    Would it be alright for me to use the screenshots and videos in any YouTube videos I might make? I was going to throw together a video for my channel explaining what the game is and how people can get involved. Also have you guys thought about getting this game listed on Steam Early Access or Desura? Both places will give you a lot exposure and its more likely a big YouTuber will come across it.
     
  5. Pieter Boelen

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    I'd definitely like to see what video you can come up with! :cheers

    Is that also for free non-commercial games? And how far in development do we need to be for that to be possible?
     
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    To be put on Steam the game needs to be voted for on Steam Greenlight. They charge a one time fee. All the info can be found here: http://steamcommunity.com/greenlight/faq/?l=english#developers

    As for Desura it seems to be very easy. Make an account and submit.
     
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    I would think we wouldn't want to submit to anything until we are closer to tech demo ability. I really hate games that are exposed WAY too early. We have at the least a year or more of development and that is too much to be trying to pass this off as a playable near alpha. Just my .02.
     
  8. Pieter Boelen

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    True, that. We can advertise just fine, but actually submitting our game on Desura/Steam might be better left until later.
    Still a good idea, though.
     
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    If we entered a special phase or have something good to tell I could hook you up with one of the writers at insidegamer.nl . He is a friend of mine and would probally wanna do a little interview with you then or something like that.
    I think other gaming websites would also wanna feature you if you really have something special to tell. Just be patient untill there really is something to show.
     
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    If we post more progress or more screenshots it becomes more popular by itself I think. Make it nice, so people tell eachother about the game.
     
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    Pieter Boelen (Not So) Old Seadog Staff Member Administrator Storm Modder Hearts of Oak Donator

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    Would it be worth for someone registering there so we can talk with them person-to-person?
     
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    I have updated the opening post with all mentioned links so that we will not forget.

    So.... anyone up to the task of posting something on those spots again?
    Some of them have recently been updated. But some others.... not so much.
    And some are just other people talking about us, but not us talking with them.

    Edit: I also added various sites where we are mentioned that I found through a Google search.
    Perhaps worth approaching those as well!
     
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    I can't seem to access those sites. :confused:
     
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    I think it's intrigues of the FBI.:D
     
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    Now that our first Weekly Progress Update has been posted, we have to ensure as many people as possible get to see it!
    Who is up for posting about it on the pages from the opening post? And perhaps others too?
     
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    Added to the list. :cheers
     

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