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The Godfather of turn-based RPG action is making its comeback! Mercenaries, guns and sarcastic humor galore!

Art Concepts & New Site

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Dear Backers,

Once again it’s time to share some news on the progress of Jagged Alliance: Flashback. As always it’s been a really busy month and we’re happy that we now have some of the artists from our team totally devoted to JAF. There’s been a lot of planning and research going on, keeping our concept artist busy. As inspiration we even set up a weekly movie night for research and social purposes - Commando with Arnold Schwarzenegger was the first in line.

We have a lot to share, so lets get to it.

New Site is live

The New site is finally live and we apologize for the delays on that account, setting up took a lot longer than we anticipated. It’s a site that’s been built from the ground up and therefore doesn't have all the fancy features and fluff that one may be used to from other forums. We chose this approach because we needed a system that would fit with the Kickstarter setup, which simply wasn't available anywhere else.

Please register with the email you used for Kickstarter (Or PayPal)

If you run into any issues with the site, please send a mail to support@fullcontrol.dk

Click HERE to go to the new site

Behind the scenes Forum and Badges

To make it easier for us to administrate we made it so that anyone who pledged $100+ will have access to the behind the scenes forum, which means it’s not tier specific. However, we have placed people in tiers because of the Kickstarter badges, but since we’re not able to do all of the surveys at this time, we won’t be able to place all people in the correct spot from the get go. We will be updating once we have the final details along the way.

Content for the Behind the Scenes Forum

The idea with the behind the scenes forum is that you will be able to communicate and discuss elements directly with the people, who are responsible for a specific part of the game. e.g. Game art, level design, sound and animation. We also see the behind the scene forum as an opportunity for us to discuss certain elements of the game, in more detail, before making any decisions on the topic and implementing it in the game. Additionally, we want to share a bit more content here than on the regular forum and host small unique competitions.

Kickstarter Survey Clarifications

Following the GOG and Humble Bundle mess up I, Andreas, made with the Kickstarter surveys I wanted to make everything perfectly clear.

SO, here goes. You can get a DRM-free version of Linux through Humble Bundle and at the moment we’re counting people’s GOG answer as Humble Bundle, but if you chose Steam instead because there was no DRM-free Linux version in the survey, then send an email to support@fullcontrol.dk and I’ll make changes in the database.

I baked a cake and bought some beer for the team to make up for my “minor” mistake :) 

There’s a few thing we’d like to mention about the Kickstarter surveys.

1: The system is very limited and also very inflexible, so we can only send out 1 survey and you have to answer all questions in there even though it doesn't apply to you.
2: Add-ons are something you add on top of your initial pledge, so if you didn't pay for anything extra during the kickstarter you can’t get it now and it’s not something you get for free.
3: There are other survey options for us out there like “BackerKit” but that would mean that a % of the money you backed JAF with would be spent on that instead of the game, which if why we chose not to use such programs. 

Remaining surveys

So far we've only sent out surveys up to $42 Tier

We’d like to get more of the surveys sent out, which is why we’re looking at some alternatives e.g. some easy way of getting people’s shipping details without having to micromanage every little detail, but until that’s possible they won’t be going out.

Art Concepts

Since the artists joined the JAF team the office has been buzzing and we’ve had several meetings, discussions and looked over loads of research material. Together with the design team, we’ve agreed on the overall art style, tile and sector sizes and what sort of environment we plan to have in the game. As you know our first focus will be the vertical slice so the first concepts have been targeted at that, see below: 

The plan so far is to create a sector that contains a worn down gas station with a connecting junkyard out back. 

Gas Station Concepts: 

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Prop for the Junkyard: 

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A Concept Overview of the full Sector: 

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That’s all for this time! 

We look forward to bringing you even more details on the vertical slice and features in the game. 

Until next time 

The JAF Full Control Team

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Comments

    1. Creator Shanga on October 19, 2013

      @Scott - it's quite an common pledge reward on KS. But beside the gold plated watches, the free hoes and all the coke you can sniff, I tell you, the hidden dev forum is nothing special.

      Seriously now, even if you don't have direct access to that forum doesn't mean you don't get heard. That's why we mirrored them at Bear's Pit. And be sure if it's a great idea you have, it will be passed on:

      http://www.ja-galaxy-forum.com/board/ubbthreads.php/forums/82/1/Jagged_Alliance_Flashback_Gene.html

    2. Creator Scott on October 15, 2013

      Not going to debate who was promised what kind of forum for what kind of backing, but segregating backers by the amount they contributed is straight up bollocks, and no way to build a community. Do you suppose you'll make a better game if you privilege the feedback from people who could afford to give you a hundred dollars or more? And if that's not your motivation, why on earth do it?

    3. Creator Hoder Jensen on October 15, 2013

      Sounds about right, but waiting for Full Control to confirm.

    4. Creator Nakano on October 14, 2013

      @Chet Well $100 pledge tier (and reward sheet) says: "Behind the scenes access to developer forum". So it's 500+ people that can see the hidden area. But everyone can still participate on Community Wishlist etc. threads. I am not sure whether registering is only possible to pledgers so "Backer forum" may have been separated that way. Though is there somewhere said it would be only limited to backers? All backers are rewarded with badge, though.

      @Hoder & @Rabutaan I think you choose one of those 4 response types. I think it could be more than one sentence, though. Like for dismissal: "God you're ugly. GO AWAY! I don't like to talk with you!".

    5. Creator Hoder Jensen on October 14, 2013

      @Rambutaan - That's my question also, can't figure out if they want ONE sentence or three.

    6. Creator Chet on October 14, 2013

      Let me see if I understand, if we didn't back with at least $100 we are to be left out of any development discussions or surveys even though a backing as low as $25 was promised a "Backer" forum?

      So, what is the difference between not backing and backing for less than $100 on Kickstarter?

      It seems to me that the group that will be involved in design and surveys isn't but about 300 people, that's not a large pool to garner opinions from.

      It's a good thing you kept this a secret until after we had backed, I'm sure many folks, including me, would have just waited for the game to release.

    7. Creator Stampfcora on October 14, 2013

      Wonderful concept art!

    8. Creator Rambutaan on October 14, 2013

      @Full Control - Cheers mate, just got the survey. For the last question, did you want only ONE response that could be a greeting, dismissal, busy or odd remark or did you want one of each (i.e. one greeting, dismissal, busy and odd remark)? I'm assuming it's the former considering there's only 100 characters max...

    9. Creator MikeHumphreys on October 14, 2013

      "3: There are other survey options for us out there like “BackerKit” but that would mean that a % of the money you backed JAF with would be spent on that instead of the game, which if why we chose not to use such programs."

      Here's a better option IMHO. I frequently use Lime Survey (limesurvey.org) with my own info-product and consulting businesses. I have no affiliation with the software BTW... it's also open-source PHP script that you install on your own site and has a ton of flexibility to how you set up the survey. If you have a Cpanel based Fantasico system on your website hosting, it's a 1 click install program. So you could set up a survey on your own site... invite backers to it as many times as you need to. You could even set the link to the survey inside the backers-only section of your website and send an email out to log into the backers area, confirm your info and take the survey.

    10. Creator Full Control on October 14, 2013

      @Hoder
      I made them in advance...but ofc there wasn't enough space in the Kickstarter Survey option:

      Here are some quick examples:

      Greeting: Howdy, where did you come from?
      Dismissal: God you’re ugly, GO AWAY
      Busy: Can’t you see i’m busy here!!
      Odd: I really like buttered up grapefruit

    11. Creator Kaeroku on October 14, 2013

      Communication really needs to be more clear when you put it out. You've got to consider your audience, and realize that there are many intelligent people here but if your message lacks clarity and directness you're not going to give a very good impression to the people who supported you.

      When posting your updates, take a step back, think about what you want to say, get all your ducks lined up and THEN execute the update. We appreciate the information, but we need to know what you're saying. Clarity is more important than speed, which is the same thing as saying quality is more important than speed.

      Typos are understandable, everyone makes them, but the goal needs to be to minimize them. Poor phrasing is understandable - it happens - but the plan should be to make everything as clear as possible.

      I offer this criticism only because I believe in your company - I like what you've been doing so far, and would like to see you continue to succeed - and this message is one that I can't stress enough. Successful start-ups communicate well. Please consider this.

    12. Creator Hoder Jensen on October 14, 2013

      "The response should be a greeting, a dismissal and a busy or odd remark. "

      a dismissal? Not 100% sure what that is, can somebody give me an example, thanks :)

    13. Creator Steve Dozniak on October 14, 2013

      Mm, wait. A gas station on the beach?

    14. Creator Full Control on October 14, 2013

      There was never any agreement with GOG..the answer ended up there because I just spoke to another Kickstarter Project owner about the best way to setup the surveys...the last thing he told me was doin't for get Steam and GOG and the GOG has no linux support....SO ...got messed up

      @Alex last time it said GOG -DRM-Free PC, MAC ...so I tried to specify that you can also get a Linux version DRM-free

    15. Creator Alexander Dietrich on October 14, 2013

      Yeah, this is slightly confusing, I can choose between "Steam" and "Humble Bundle" on the survey, so what's the "GOG answer"?

      Also, you make it sound like only the Linux version can be DRM-free, or is that a misunderstanding?

    16. Creator Andrey Schour on October 14, 2013

      Great update! Glad to see the project is in motion!

    17. Creator Kennan Ward on October 14, 2013

      "SO, here goes. You can get a DRM-free version of Linux through Humble Bundle and at the moment we’re counting people’s GOG answer as Humble Bundle"

      Not sure I understand that. So all GOG answers are being considered Humble Bundle, meaning that there is no planned GOG release? I'd change my answer to Steam if there is no GOG release.

    18. Creator Turk on October 14, 2013

      Hey FC

      keep up the good work! Still got away to go and we are looking forward to more

    19. Creator S.D. on October 14, 2013

      To clarify the clarification... *everyone's* GOG selection means Humble instead, correct? Since the survey did not ask us which platform we game on, rather it asked which service we'd like to redeem on, that means you don't actually know whom is Win/Lin/Mac, just who is a Humble user and whom is a Steam user. As a Linux dude, I'm happy with this result. My friends on this project may well be expecting GOG keys, though... just a friendly head's up that they might not be as happy as I am :-)

    20. Creator Full Control on October 14, 2013

      @Rambutaan
      It should be out, but seems like the $42 may not be..sending now

    21. Creator Full Control on October 14, 2013

      We've only sent out survey to backers in the who have no possibility of having physical goods in their teir = up to $42 Tier, which was mentioned in the last update. Have added it to this one as well now.

    22. Creator YOUser on October 14, 2013

      Survey? What survey? I didn't get one either.

    23. Creator Rambutaan on October 14, 2013

      So the sending of surveys are still in progress? When do I have to be concerned that I haven't received one? :)