Archive | May, 2012

Update #20: Here’s a little game we call “Ask Jordan”

Hey everyone,

On Tuesday, May 29th @1pm PST, Jordan Weisman will be on Reddit.com for an “Ask Me Anything” session.

See you there!

HBS

Update #19: And the winner is. . .

First, we want to thank everyone for your support, your patience and your interesting debates on the shadowrun.com forums. It was great to listen to y’all discuss why you voted for the city you did!

It was also great to interact with you on the forums, in private messages, on Facebook, on Kickstarter mail–everywhere we could find you. The Shadowrun Community is full of great people!

Obviously, there were some technical issues with our survey tool–which is why we’re investigating a new survey tool! We want to make sure that when we go to you with the BIG survey for your swag that we’ve got a smooth system that gets you your swag!

But that’s just productiony stuff. Let’s talk about the game!!!

It was a hard-fought battle but as any geek can tell you, There Can Be Only One. . .

. . . and that’s BERLIN!

That’s right, Berlin came from behind and swept past Hong Kong, taking it’s place as the second city in Shadowrun Returns.

Congratulations to EVERYONE who participated in the voting (and the attempts at swaying the vote). It’s really a joy to make this game for you!

Talk to you soon!

HBS

Update #17: It’s a Horse Race!

Almost the minute our Second City Backer’s Survey went out, we began receiving responses. Within the first 2 minutes, we hit almost 500 votes!

It’s been fun refreshing the results page and seeing the votes come in. So fun, in fact, that we thought we’d share them with you.

HONG KONG emerged as an early front-runner but once our friends in Europe woke up, BERLIN surged forward! But wait, here comes the surprise contender: MORE SEATTLE!

Quick notes:

The survey will be open through Tuesday, May 15th 11:59pm PST and we’ll announce the results later next week.
If you haven’t received your email voting link yet, never fear! The survey system only allows about 10,000 emails to go out at a time.
If time starts running out and we find that people still haven’t received their ballots, we will extend the deadline so everyone can have their voices heard.
Around 20,000 people have yet to vote, so who knows what can happen?
We’re really excited about all of these places (no favorites here) and can’t wait to see how it comes out!

HBS

Update #16: Survey Away!

Hey howdy!

As promised, we sent our Second City Survey via email to our Kickstarter and PayPal backers today. We thought everyone would like to see which cities appeared on the list!

(Note that this list is in alphabetical order.)

Berlin
Berlin has seen many wars in its history and the Awakened World did not spare it. The EuroWars left it crushed yet again, but like a phoenix it continues to rise from the ashes. While the more modern western half turned to the corps, the more volatile eastern residents voted with their Molotov cocktails that anarchy was the way to go. The result is that Berlin is a dynamic dichotomy; home to many of Europe’s top corps, including the great dragon Lofwyr’s Seader-Krupp and Daimler-Benz, and home to Europe’s biggest collection of fixers, data thieves and gangs. Every runner considers it a badge of honor to run the streets of Berlin.

Chicago
In the early 2050s, Chicago was your typical massive American sprawl. At least it was until anarchists blew up the Sears Tower. The falling debris destroyed blocks’ worth of buildings crushing thousands of people. No one has rebuilt any of it in the years since; the ghosts of the dead are said to haunt the area, and the increasing presence of ghouls there earned it the name “Shattergraves.” The rest of the Loop was likewise left to rot, and eventually become fully controlled by the Mafia. And don’t even get us started on the bugs, more and more of these magical entities that see humanity as a good place to lay their eggs seem to appear there.

Denver
The Treaty of Denver balkanized this city and now 6 countries control of parts of this sprawl. In an arrangement that made almost nobody happy, the new “owners” decided to wall off their sections from each other. That turned Denver into a smuggler’s paradise and a shadowrunner’s secret love…so many borders, so much valuable goods to sneak across them … who could ask for anything more? And if that wasn’t enough to get a runner’s blood going, Denver is home to the Nexus. Known as the Denver Data Haven, it is the North American hub of information, and data exchange. And remember children, knowledge is power.

Hong Kong
Hong Kong finds itself now as an independent city/state in 2050. Both ancient and modern Hong Kong seems to be at peace on the same island. It’s corporate sponsored City Center rivals any in the world for splendor and corporate intrigue. All the megcorps are there as well as all smaller ones that love to think they can play with the big boys (and maybe even steal a secret or two). Yet, just outside the city center you will find ancient temples and shrines. Each one situated on the many dragon lines that cross the island. Dragon lines are mysterious and powerful paths of magic that the monks claim hold the secrets of the great dragons themselves. Protecting the monks and running the underworld are the mysterious syndicate called the Triads – gangs that control their island, protect their secret masters and really really hate the Yakuza.

London
Buckingham Palace, the West End, the Tube, the Castles, Big Ben…it all screams welcome to London, but in 2050 London is not the sparkling jewel it once was. Sure you get those sunny days that allow you to walk the cobblestones of history. But now, the fog and rain are toxic, forcing the creation of the West End Underplex – a thriving city that tries to keep the mood and feel of London artificially alive underneath the acid washed old city. London is a nightmare which contains the bright palaces and friendly pubs as well as the ghetto of lost humanity called “the squeeze” but all of it is under the very heavy thumb of the city’s Lord Protector.

More Seattle
Seattle is the home city of the Shadowrun Universe and where the game will be initially set. One option for the game’s “second city” is to add MORE depth to Seattle. Specifically we could add the following: a bigger chunk of the Renraku Arcology (remember it is home to 100,000 employees), a larger version of the Ork Underground, it’s an entire world beneath the streets of the Seattle metroplex, and Council Island where we can show the Native American Tribes flexing their newfound magical and military muscles.

The survey will be open through Tuesday, May 15th 11:59pm PST and we’ll announce the results later next week.

The survey company only allows 10,000 surveys to go out per day, so it may take a few days to reach you.

Can’t wait to see what happens!

-HBS

Project Update #15: May Day! (Not mayday.)

It’s May! It’s May!

And it’s also the official kickoff of Shadowrun Returns.

While the majority of the team bug-fixes, tunes, and polishes our new game, Strikefleet Omega, a core group has broken off to lay some of the groundwork for Shadowrun. It may not be exciting stuff from a player point-of-view but the team is really pumped that we are investing time now to maximize productivity later.

Speaking of pumped, we have to send a special thanks to everyone who hung out with us as we counted down the minutes until our Kickstarter close! It was definitely an exciting night for us. Feeling like we were sharing that moment with you was one of our favorite moments in game development. Together, we brought shadowrun.com to its knees! Another achievement unlocked!

A lot of people are asking us if we feel a lot of pressure to make a game with such high expectations. Of course we do! But that pressure is mitigated by your support.

Most of the time, when you start a game, you’re making an enormous guess. You create a concept doc, convince a publisher (and your team) that it’s the right thing to invest in and then spend months or years waiting to see if you’re right. It requires a giant act of faith for many.

This game is different (and strange and awesome) because we know you want it and that you’re as excited as we are. You’ve told us clearly (and often poetically) in mail, on the boards, and with your generous funding. It’s a fantastic feeling to know at the beginning of a project that you’re about to work very, very hard to make something people really, really want.

Thank you for that. It’s cool to be a part of it.

Okay, let’s talk business!

The Backer’s Survey to determine which city becomes our second location should go out sometime next week. We’ve been listening and a few cities are rising to the top but you still have time to discuss your favorites and why. Don’t worry about lobbying us—talk amongst yourselves! Your (thoughtful, respectful) debates are the best way for us to learn from you.

We’re also figuring out the best way to collect and manage all of your contact information, DocWagon card names and photos, shirt sizes, etc. You should see that in the coming weeks.

That’s it for this update. We’ll talk to you next week when we release the survey. Until then, look for us in the Shadowrun Returns forums on Shadowrun.com (yes, it’s much better now and will continue to improve with time).

Going forward, we’ll continue to update you whenever we have something useful to say—we don’t want to spam you with updates and we don’t have bandwidth to write these three times a week. We need to stay focused on making the game! But we promise to keep in touch regularly. It’s good for everyone.

Take care and thanks again,

HBS