The Eagle's Heir -- BETA TESTERS NEEDED


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The Eagle’s Heir: As the best friend and confidante of Alexandre Walewski, the illegitimate son of Emperor Napoleon, you must help him navigate aeropilé courses, marriage, and politics of 1830s alternate-history Paris. The fate of the French Empire just may rest in your hands!

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 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.


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#3

id be willing to test it


#4

I would be willing to test it as well!


#5

If you wish to test the game, it is of the utmost importance that you

READ THE FIRST POST AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS!


#7

what is your email? i prefer gmail.


#8

Jason’s email is: jason AT choiceofgames DOT com


#11

New draft posted!

  • Spanish background removed.
  • Achievements added.
  • Typos and continuity bugs addressed throughout.
  • Earlier romance opportunity with Eugenie.

#12

So, apparently my updating of the beta didn’t take yesterday, so if you’ve played since then, none of the fixes were actually there. But now they’re there. Sorry!


#13

I’m going to hold off on admitting new people until the next draft is posted. Please stay tuned!


#14

New draft up! It should be going into copyedit at the end of the week, so feedback needs to be prompt.

  • Fixed intro with Julien if you didn’t meet on the Brittania; further flirtation at the opera; tragic goodbye at the Hotel de Ville.
  • Added (more) consequences to breaking a deal with Amalia.
  • Expanded some of the rarer endings.
  • More resolution to Alex and/or Eugenie romances.

#15

New draft posted!

  • When meeting with Napoleon, you now get some feedback on what Alexandre wants, based on his traits.
  • Napoleon is less grumpy with you if you didn’t get into trouble in England.
  • A few other typos and continuity bugs fixed.

Not taking new testers, but if old testers want to look again…!


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