It's been a while since my last post. If you are curious, blame the awful hot weather.
I wanted today to do two things;
1). Tell you all about something that I did that I a very happy about.
What is this?
Well it's upload First Law: Override up to WargameVault.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, WargameVault is a wonderful resource site. They offer rule sets, game aids, paper dolls, and paper craft terrain - Basically if it's wargame related and printable, it's on WargameVault!
2). The next thing I wanted to do was explain why I did this compared to the present local hosting on firstlawoverride.com.
Well there are a couple of reasons for this.
The first is flexibility. One thing that I want with Override is to make sure the flexibility remains paramount. Until we are ready for hardcopy publishing, and I'm not going to lie - that is quite some time away, I want to keep this as available to people as possible.
So flexibility and availability.
There are a couple of things that needs to be present for this:
Free! The game while it is in open beta needs to be free.
Available to download. For that we need minimal downtime. While the domain firstlawoverride.com is paid for, the actual hosting itself is free from Wordpress. Therefore it is low on the priority list for remaining up and active.
Hosting on WargameVault answers both of these requirements, with an added bonus.
WargameVault doesn't actually offer 'free to purchase' products. Instead they have 'pay what you want' with a recommended price.
If you check out our page (here's the link again in case you missed it) you will see that you can 'buy' this product for free, but it also allows you to pay money if you want, and I would be pretty stupid to not accept money if someone really wanted to hand it over.
Yes, another major issue with getting the game out there is people knowing when there are updates to the rule sets. As it stands, it is likely possible that someone might hear about the game, go to the .com, download the rules, give them a read and never look again.
Whenever I update the downloadable ruleset, I want people to know about these updates. We are changing the rules in ways which may not appear very impactful at the moment, a tweak here or there, but these minor changes are being tallied up and will be put out in a singular update. When this hits, I want people to know about it. As it stands that's not so easy.
With WargameVault they can receive updates on products they have purchased, so assuming they are opted in for such updates, they will see that an uodated version of the rules is available. When combined with social media, this is looking promising.
What is more, there is an option to send an email to everyone who has purchased a copy of the game! Yet another method of contact available!
Oh and lastly, printed editions! That's right, everything on WargameVault, you can pay an amount to get printed copies! Which means people will be able to do the same (should they wish) with Override!
I hold this is of interest to you, and so until next time, stay safe and be excellent to each other!
- Your friendly neighbourhood Doctor Loxley