Some conclusions about Greenlight

So, we’re past Greenlight, so we can draw some conclusions, and maybe they’ll help those who are just planning to apply for it. Generally, most of it already exists on the internet in some form, but we’ve decided to sum up our own experience.

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AUDIENCE

It’s been said a lot in other articles, but many people still don’t get it. It’s pointless to try to greenlight an unknown project without your own player audience. Greenlight itself does bring some traffic, even when your project disappears from the list of new games. In fact, it exceeded our expectations, but it still wasn’t enough to get into Steam. So first, create some topics everywhere you can (forums, gamedev communities) and make some pages in social networks. It makes sense to go to Greenlight when you’ve got at least one or two thousand subscribers (our group had 1500). It’ll give you a good start, and according to some developers, what matter in Greenlight isn’t the amount of votes you get but how quickly you get them. That means you have to attract as many players as you can in the first couple days of the campaign. Continue reading

Steam Achievements

Player achievements is now a must have feature for all modern games. But creating them can be a challenging tasks, especially if you want to avoid plain dull “kill another 1000 monsters”-achievements.

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So if you have any great ideas about what achievements can be used in our game – feel free to post them in comments, or in our facebook group https://www.facebook.com/AuroraRLgame

0.5.0

New version is out!

What’s new:

  1. New tutorial – at game start player now can choose an optional tutorial mission in a Solar system
  2. New quests: Heritage and Quarantine
  3. Modding support. Currently modding documentation is available only in russain at http://ru.aurora-roguelike.wikia.com/wiki/Быстрый_старт_по_созданию_модов
  4. Humanity upgrades – now player can distribute points received for research between 3 branches of humanity development. These branches unlock new ship upgrades, humanity expands into outer space, major changes of life on Earth and much more.

Windows installer (you should better uninstall old version manually if you have it, as installer sometimes fails to perform correct update):

https://bitbucket.org/e_smirnov/aurora/downloads/AuroraRL_windows_0_5_0.exe
Cross-platform zip version (requires java):
https://bitbucket.org/e_smirnov/aurora/downloads/Aurora-0.5.0.zip

Please report bugs at
https://bitbucket.org/e_smirnov/aurora/issues