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Game Promotion: Laying the Foundation

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

  1. Post Captain

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    That, and I believe the banner will be vastly improved if the ship's course yards are visible. The hull looks very naked to me in the current version on Moddb.

    I'd advise against showing the tops'l yards, though. They're hauled up but there's no sail set yet.
     
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    Oh, the hull is white till this position? Actual the "white" is horizontal below the waterline. I have taken this because the ship was setup so and I think it is normal :rumgone

    This is changed fast and the ropes to the yards are now setup too, so please stay tuned here. I await the ocker tone from Post Captain and you get better pictures :walkplank


    EDIT: PLEASE paint me in the St. Albans Thread into the screenshots what is to do. I working every day at the ship and can realize the changes within the research process.

    EDIT 2: Gunports are missing the gaps, in reason of animation setup

    EDIT 3: Sails comes at least when all other setup is useable by Captain Murphy. In the meantime we animate the rudder and steering wheel
     
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    Would like to address this point.

    We were extremely proud to come to Pirateahoy last year to announce Naval Action. In fact Piratesahoy was a first place where we went.
    It is (was) a respected source of information on sailing and pirates games for everyone in the world. Some of our team members who worked on "City of Abandoned ships" and "Return of the Sea legend" said Piratesahoy community was one of the reasons of their success. Because of that we welcomed some of HOO team members to testing our game and our forums, and were very excited about your endeavor - making your own perfect game.

    While it is fine for common forum users to get carried away and attack products that potentially compete with their favorite game, It is extremely strange that some of your team members are berating our content. Post Captain's posting on our Indiedb page was accepted even with the HOO mention in the comment - because we like what you are doing. Seeing his sarcastic post now - it is becoming obvious that it was just a veiled attack on our temporary place holder banners with the goal to just advertise HOO. Flags and banners are easy to fix, but fixing honor will take time.

    Age of sail was a period when honor meant something. We believe that despite similarities - products are different and can mutually support each other.
     
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    Hoperfully he doesnt delete your post
     
  5. Captain Murphy

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    I am not sure you understand that his post was specifically a joke/witticism. The "[sarcasm]" wrapper is an indication that what they are saying is generally to be taken in reverse of the actual context. From what I read, I took it as the game is amazing, though a single item stands out, i.e. the pennant placement. Please understand that it was not a pointed comment.
     
  6. Pieter Boelen

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    @Maxizzz: I also see no need for friction between our two teams and members. As I said earlier on the same subject:
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    I know I am definitely well impressed by the work you have shown on Naval Action and I'm certain many of our members are looking forward to its release. :onya
     
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    Yes, that was a joke about the pennants, not an intentional criticism, and I apologies that it might have appeared orherwise.
     
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    @Maxizzz:
    I know I've made a few comments on your ships, but they were meant to be constructive criticism just as I would make on a ship building here. Your team is doing some fine work, and I always make an effort to state as much in my comments. I hope no offense was taken because of this, I realize now there might have been given the different nature of our respective forums. Wish you guys the best going forward, we are still eagerly anticipating your further progress here!
     
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    OK folks, back on topic now, please.
     
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    It will be much easier if we know the colors you want since the materials can then be changed in the engine and give a truer look at the game. If I can get a decent looking island and an updated TOD, I can always toss in some cannon effects too.
     
  12. Pieter Boelen

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    TOD? What's that? Temple Of Doom?
    [​IMG]
     
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    TOD is the Time Of Day file. It controls the colors of the sun and water throughout the time cycle. It makes a profound effect on the scenes. You can take the same scene and go from a cartoony appearance to something out of Fallout without changing anything but that file setting. I have a bare bones version that just has some water color correction. It might help to have some artist types take a look at that in the engine to get it tweaked to our liking. Drop a few assets onto the level and make sure they look correct.
     
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    What we need is some recognition from some major news outlets, the problem with that is once everyone sees what we are doing, they will want it NOW! It could also bring a lot of unwanted attention, such as companies wanting to buy us up before we can get in on their action, even though we want no part of their action!

    The last few years, I have seen a lot of things similar to this press release I ran across this morning, Indie game development is really taking off. I think mainly because of the exact same reason that we are developing Hearts of Oak, the big player only want to make cheap games that make them lots of money. Games with soul like ours cost them way to much, which is why we have to make it ourselves! Most of the contests lioke this I have seen are for commercial projects only though, but if we can get recognized with something similar to this, I think that would help take us a long way.

     
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    #Hashtags: How to Use Them?

    Is anyone here familiar with the use of Hashtags in promotional posts? I'm thinking we should start using those to see if we can increase our exposure.
    I've never done that before; always looked quite stupid in my eyes.

    So, what tags could we use as categories for this? I'm thinking #Pirates #History #Game or something.
    If anyone has any suggestions on this, please say so. :doff
     
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    Not a Twitter user myself, but I do often see hashtags integrated into the comments nowadays instead of tagged to the end of a post.
    Some examples we could use: "Just posted a new video for #HeartsOfOakGame! (link)" or "New update for #NewHorizonsMod now available!"
    If we used tags like those often enough, other people might start to use them as well.

    Of course there's always the option of adding #Pirates, #AgeOfSail, #POTC and such at the end of a post, to attract people looking for those tags.
     
  18. Pieter Boelen

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    From what I understand, the idea is that using common tags will make the posts pop up in searches.
    So referencing Hearts of Oak or New Horizons wouldn't work. But Pirates and PotC would.
     
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    Partly true, but creating tags for other people to refer to our content by is also useful. I've seen other game developers do this often.
     
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    That might indeed be useful if we can get people talking about us. Somehow.
     

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