Alright. I’m gearing up for beta testing for Community College Hero. Here’s how I would like to do it.
When will it start?
Not until Sunday, February 1st at the earliest. That would be Wave 1
Please only post if you’re willing to devote at least 3-4 hours to the beta. I figure it will take at least 2.5 hours to carefully/slowly read the entire story making notes along the way, and then I’d hope for specific feedback from each beta tester (discussed below)
How will beta testing begin?
On February 1st or perhaps a few days later, I’ll invite the first wave to a Private Message thread. I would assume waves would take about a week each. That means Wave 2 should get a PM invite from me around Feb 8th, and so on.
What am I asking of beta testers?
typos/grammar/spelling errors - if you’re not sure if it’s an error, you can tell me anyway
continuity errors - this is a big one! I just can’t play the game enough times to test this. I need your help
any awkward spacing or issues with flow/pagebreaks
any stat or relationship math errors - like if you’ve been butting heads with Character A from the beginning but she’s all friendly with you anyway, that might be an error! tell me! Or if you’re pretty sure your character should be able to do task A based on her stats, tell me! It might be an error. I have pretty much mapped out where the possible character relationship scores can be (max/min) at any given point, and I’ve tried to plug that into how characters should react, but I’m sure there are lots of places I’ve misjudged those things.
any specific comments for improvement - I’ve accepted and appreciated a TON of feedback in the thread over the last year, and I’m forever grateful for all the help. At this point, I’m pretty much finished and I don’t plan to make any significant further changes to the actual story. However, if enough testers feel really strongly about a particular scene, I’d be foolish not to consider that feedback.
6)a little mini report including
A) favorite character and why
B) favorite scene and why
C) hardest choice and why
D) what you would like to see in Part II
I’m using PM threads to try to save the beta testers time. I was considering individual emails but I was afraid that would result in many of you making detailed notes on things someone else had already pointed out to me and that I had already fixed. I respect your time, and I have no problem with 20 or so folks sharing their thoughts with the others in the PM thread. I just ask that everyone actively participate!
And since someone asked, folks in Wave 3 will still be very helpful! My goal is to make CCH as polished and professional as anything CoG/HG has published. I know I’ll likely fall short of that goal, but it’s the goal nonetheless. The more input I get during February, the better.
UPDATE 2/11/15 - Testing continues with Waves 1 and 2. Lots of typos, commas and spacing issues but few continuity errors. I’m working every night on a huge update that I want to finish before starting Wave 3. So Wave 3 folks will get a fair amount of new content. I’ll send PMs when I’m ready.