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July 2009

 

July 2009 Development Update

In the latest development blog, David Allen updates the community regarding the rapid progress being made in developing Alganon. He gives a brief outlook on what beta participants will see implemented in the next few weeks as well. Head over to MMORPG.com to read the update!


Game Your Way to a Beta Key!

24-HR Gaming is running an online arcade game competition for Alganon beta keys!

 

We're Feeling a Little Blue...

Well, not exactly. Blue's News just mentioned our upcoming public beta on their site!

 

Alganon on Massively.com

Massively just picked up on the latest beta news about Alganon and has featured us on their site!

 

Community Roundtable No. 17

Topics for this week's community Q&A focus on user interface (UI) questions.

 

Wham! Bam! ZAM!

Our fine friends at ZAM have posted ten exclusive screenshots as a follow-up to their story on The Continent of Harraja. We've also posted a few new screenshots which spotlight some of the UI changes that have been made recently. Check them out on our screenshots page.

 

Community Roundtable No. 16

Topics for this week's community Q&A include: consumables, Dual Roles, and powerful magics (ooooh).

 

The Alganon Invasion Has Begun!

We're making every effort to spread the word about Alganon and wanted to make sure you knew about some of the bliggity blogs, facey spaces, and tweety pages (thanks Denis Leary) where you can find out more about the game!

 

4th of July Community Spotlight

Happy 4th of July weekend everyone! We're releasing this week's spotlight announcement a little earlier than usual, due to the long holiday weekend. Today we're listing all those that have previously been spotlight members, and thus early public beta access recipients. Congratulations to all that have been spotlighted so far!

 

Community Artwork

We've seen several talented community members design amazing signature forum banners, icons, avatars, and calendar pages using Alganon artwork and screenshots.

 

 
 

The Hype - (July 21, 2009)

The most frustrating part of a new MMO for me is being let down from all the "over hype." I hate it when developers brag about a million cool features that they never deliver.

 

I never want to do that to the people reading these blogs...

 

I want you to know that we are open, honest and direct with everything we say here - even when that means we have to say "Sorry, that feature will not be available at launch."

 

Alganon is being designed to be a service, not a product. We will not exchange a box for cash and then walk away never to see each other again. That's not how Alganon works. It's a relationship. It is "our" game - yours and mine - and I want to make sure you get your say...

 

But actions speak louder, and in most cases, are truer than words. I've heard countless people say they hate to raid, only to have them squeal with joy when we 40-man a boss together. I've heard people complain about how much they absolutely hate kill quests, and then turn down a night at the movies because they would rather kill just three more rats. I've known people who complain about how foolish it is that a boar can carry a wizard's staff in its gut, but then get so excited that they call me at 3 am because an epic two-hander just dropped from a plague-ridden swine. These are moments of pure joy, and they would be lost if the designers had listened to the words, and not the actions.

 

To make sure that your experience in Alganon is full of these moments of joy, I need to listen to what you do, not just what you say... and the only way to do that is to get you in the game as early and as often as I can. If that means holding back some of the more extreme ideas until after launch, so be it. I'm willing to make that sacrifice.

 

The game we make together will be better that anything we could have designed alone.

 

Hue's 3 Rules of MMO Design

 

Hue's First Rule: Hue's First Rule: Designing an MMO is always more work than you expect, even when Hue's First Rule of MMO Design is taken into account.

 

Hue's Second Rule: The collective intelligence of an MMO's players is greater than the collective intelligence of that MMO's designers.

 

Hue's Third Rule: There will never be enough time to complete every feature you design for your MMO.

 

Corollary One: If you focus on fixing bad features, you will run out of time and have to cut the fun ones.

 

Corollary Two: If you focus on adding fun features, you will run out of time and have to cut the bad ones.

 

Hue "Hyuu" Henry

Lead Data Designer

Quest Online, LLC.

 

 
 

Issue #06

 
 

Current Game Phase:  Private Beta

 

- Private Beta underway

- Public Beta in September!

- New Beta Sign-Up Page posted

- MyAlganon.com updated

 

Be sure to sign up at MyAlganon to reserve your game account login name!

 
 
 
 

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- MyAlganon Website

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- An Introduction
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- Races & Classes
- Deities & Crusades
- Why Alganon?

 

- Alganon Official Website

 

 

Zanyana, a deity of Alganon

Zanyana is the goddess of justice, light, and fire. Her cleansing flame spreads across the lands, cleansing it of evil. The sun is a reflection of her light, and the heat it gives is a reflection of her wrath. She will stop at nothing to purge the world of evil.

 
 

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