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Game Promotion: Laying the Foundation

Discussion in 'Promoting the Game' started by Post Captain, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. Post Captain

    Post Captain Seamanship Advisor Coordinator QC Advisor Storm Modder

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    When are you planning on making the profile next week? I have some very good* concept art that hasn't been scanned yet, and using it would help get our ideas across, especially since we don't have many WIP images.

    *I've been practicing a few new perspectives and weather types, and I've finally been able to make them presentable.
     
  2. Pieter Boelen

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    I get back home on Tuesday and will be trying to set up the ModDB profile shortly after. I want to get it over and done with because as soon as it is THERE, we can ALL start improving on it and working with it.
    But we can't use it if it doesn't first exist. ;)
     
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    Post Captain Seamanship Advisor Coordinator QC Advisor Storm Modder

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    I'll try to get at least half of the stuff up before then. I'll have the time, and the more we start with, the better.
     
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    True, that. You don't have to rush though; the public won't NOTICE the profile until we start ADVERTISING it. And even then it'll take them a while to take proper notice.
    So we can set it up, fill it up with some good content and once we're happy, THEN we will post it on all our advertising means so that everybody interested will be able to find it.
    Ideally, I'd like people to start posting their own stuff on there as well, similar to what I've been requesting for PotC and CoAS too.
    The more people post and the more stuff is posted, the more active we seem and the higher the chance that people will take note.
     
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    Hey, I'm not complaining. If you want to do it this weekend, by all means DO SO! :onya
     
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    I finally got around to doing a bit of promoting myself, better late than never! :wp
     
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    Very cool! Once we've got our ModDB profile in place, you'll be able to show them what we've done already and what where we intend to go.
    In the meantime, do you think there should be a link to some of our other works in there? For example a link to the New Horizons ModDB profile?
     
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    Doh! I knew I forgot something! :facepalm


    **EDIT**
    Link added to contact info!
     
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    Something came up, and it looks like I won't have time to get those images uploaded today. Feel free to use anything I have in the concept art thread, though.
     
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    I'll see which ones I can use. Quite a few good ones there. :onya
     
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    Hearts of Oak: Conquest of the Seas ModDB Profile

    We officially have a ModDB profile for Hearts of Oak now! See here: http://www.moddb.com/games/hearts-of-oak
    Of course this is the first version. Now we need to improve on it.

    Soon, I also intend to post:
    1. A Feature article indicating in full our intentions with the game
    2. An announcement News post once we're happy with the rest of the content (this will be advertised on all our other profiles

    So everybody, please pitch in and give me your feedback, comments and suggestions on what should go on there!!!
     
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    Bookmarked. An article giving FULL intentions would be good. The size of this world will be huge as it will be over 2,000 miles north and south, east and west. That is approx. 25 degrees latitude by 40 degrees longitude at the start from looking at a globe. In a sailing ship that is a huge world! And all of the land to explore! Aye, there be adventure enough for everyone in that world.
     
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    We have a lot of work to do, then. I've seen no further changes to the Design Document since I uploaded it, and in its current state, it's nowhere near sufficient enough to get an article together.
    Our exact intentions are still up in the air, and need to be compiled from the Brainstorming threads. In fact, I think I'll start doing just that. :checklist
     
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    Would you mind waiting a bit? I'm intending to write down my own thoughts on a whole bunch of subjects based on what I've read here.
    Then people can post their comments on that and we'll take it from there. If everything goes as planned, I'll get to work on that write-up tomorrow.
     
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    So you're saying this won't be of any use to you?
    Just a rough outline of the game based on most of the brainstorming threads. Needs expanding.
    Theme: The Age of Sail
    Genre: Realistic role playing
    Type: Single and Multi-player
    Description: Single-player features an open-world environment for players to explore and do as they please, along with scripted quests to play. Multiplayer features separate game modes for cooperative and competitive play.

    Setting
    • Locations
      • Caribbean islands
      • Others TBD
    • Time periods
      • TBD spanning 1500 - 1820
    Playable Factions
    • Britain
    • France
    • Holland
    • Pirate
    • Portugal
    • Spain
    • United States
    • Others TBD
    Models and Textures
    • Architecture
      • Towns and ports
      • Other TBD
    • Characters
      • Pirates
      • Privateers
      • Traders
      • Soldiers and marines
      • Various naval ranks
    • Sailing vessels
      • Merchantmen
      • Naval vessels
    • Weapons
      • Swords
      • Pistols
      • Muskets
      • Other TBD
    Gameplay
    • Boarding and land-based combat
      • Health system
    • Naval combat
      • Damage system
    • Trading and economy
    User Interface
    • Character and hand-to-hand combat
    • Sailing and naval combat
    • Customisation
      • Characters
      • Sailing vessels
    Music
    • Classical
    • Contemporary
    Multiplayer
    • Cooperative modes
    • Competitive modes
    :p
     
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    Added the ModDB link to the GameDev article, thanks mate! The article is no longer on the front page, but it is well over 400 views, so at least we are getting some notice! :onya

    I still need to get around to posting on the UDK forums, I'll see what I can do this weekend. :wp

    I haven't had a lot of free time the past couple of months, it doesn't look like that is going to change much any time soon either. :rolleyes:
     
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    Ok, Ok. I reckon I CAN put that to use, Armada. Just wanted to prevent us doing double work. :facepalm
     
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    Well you don't HAVE to use it at all. I had already done that before you posted, so thought it was worth mentioning before you got started.
    Otherwise, it might have ended up with me wasting my time again; apparently I did just that with the recent FastGalleon model fixes.
    If nothing else, maybe it could be used as rough guidelines or a check-list. :shrug

    Thagarr: That's good news! Hopefully we can grab a few talented people from the UDK forums too. :onya
    We're going to need some proper organisation around here very soon, with more and more people joining and asking for specific work...
     
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    VERY true. Once we've written down what it is that we want, the next crucial step will be figuring out how to get it done, how to work together and assign tasks, etc.
     

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