Broadway: 1849 -- BETA TESTERS NEEDED

As the manager of a theater in the raucous and riotous New York of the 1840s, you must dodge green room drama, political machinations, and popular discontent. After all, the show must go on!

Email me, jason AT choiceofgames for access. DO NOT SEND ME A MESSAGE THROUGH THE FORUM MAIL SYSTEM. When you send your EMAIL, include your forumname, your real name, and the game you want to test.

(You cannot be testing two games at once. Send feedback on one and you can apply to another.)

I will send you a link, a username, and a password.

Return feedback TO ME. Preferably part of the same thread, rather than a new email.

I’m looking for “high level” and “low level” feedback. Not mid-level feedback.

Low-level = typos and continuity errors. A continuity error is when a character’s gender flips, or someone comes back from the dead, or you run into a plotline that just doesn’t make sense (because it’s probably a coding error).

For these low-level issues, SCREENSHOTS are VERY HELPFUL. If you see a problem, take a screenshot, or copy and paste the text that is in error, and email that. Also, the “BUG” button is great; but if you use BUG, make sure to say in your email who you are, so I can give you credit for the report.

“High level” feedback has to do with things like plot, pacing, and characters. “Scene A didn’t work for me because x, y, and z,” is useful feedback. “B character was entirely unsympathetic, because u, w, and v,” is also useful feedback.

“Mid-level” feedback describes things like grammar, style, or the use of commas. As I said above, I do not want mid-level feedback. In particular, DO NOT WRITE TO ME ABOUT COMMAS.

“I had a great time and saw only a few spelling errors,” is not useful feedback. In fact, it’s the sort of thing that results in you not being given access to future betas.

Some examples of useful high-level feedback:

In Choice of the Dragon, you get to choose what type of wings you have: leather or scaled. Someone wrote in and asked about having feathered wings. Great suggestion! Done!

In “The Eagle’s Heir,” someone asked about Eugenie. They said that the romance moved too quickly–because she only appeared in the last third of the game–and wished they could have had an opportunity to meet her earlier. So the authors added an opportunity to meet her and start the romance earlier in the game (in a scene that already existed).

In “Demon Mark: A Russian Saga” several people commented on how the PC’s parents were unsympathetic, so the authors added a choice or two to deepen the relationship with the parents in the first chapter, to help better establish their characters.

Similarly, pointing out a specific choice and saying, “this is who I imagined my character was at this particular moment, and none of these options seemed right for me. I would have liked an option to do X instead,” is really helpful feedback.


New draft posted. Mostly typos in 4 and some bugfixes in the latter half of the game.

New draft posted!

Query: is it too hard?

  • Pronoun mismatches throughout the game.
  • Bad gotos.
  • Extra spaces fixed.
  • Typos (repeated and out of place words)
  • First/second person mismatched in choices fixed.
  • Filled in missing bit of text.

New draft posted!

  • Fixed typos
  • Adjusted continuity
  • Tweaked the difference between Fame and Prestige for clarity
  • Enhanced Buntline’s character arc in the last few chapters

New draft up!

  • Continued to fix typos.
  • Added development for some NPCs.
  • Significantly lowered the difficulty level.

We could really use a few more testers to see if the difficulty is better calibrated now.

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New draft up!

  • Continuity fixes
  • New Dramatis Personae section added to stats screen.
  • Expanded Buntline and Macready scenes.