Playdek here with a digital version update for everyone to give you some information about the upcoming beta test and Backer Kit closure. When the Beta build is released later this month, it will feature the Online game mode. With this mode you will be able to create games, join games, and find games to play against other players.
The Online game mode will include customization options to allow you to play how you would like to play. Aside from playing the game how it was originally designed, you will be able to select whether or not you wish to play with the Optional Cards, you will be able to choose the Chinese Civil War variant option if you’d like, and you will be able to select the Late War game option. You will also be able to mix and match these modes as you see fit for the style of game you want to sit down and play.
The team has been hard at work making sure the interface will be streamlined,informative,and intuitive enough for both new and old players alike. We have been able to take the information from the physical board game and lay it out in a design that flows and that will work on multiple devices, so every player will be able to have the same game experience. Below is a screen of the layout as it is currently set up in our internal build:
As you play online, you will be able to see your personal game rating change and will be able to keep track of your Win/Loss ratio. This rating will be visible to others as well so you will be able to see where you stand against everyone in the beta. We do have plans to add more to the ranking system in the future, but for beta we will at least have the standard ranking system found in our other games.
When the beta is available, you will need to have a Steam account if you don’t already have one. Steam offers the easiest method of distributing the beta builds and for updating the game, so this is the route we decided to use for Twilight Struggle Digital Edition. We are still looking into other distribution channels for the retail version of the game, and will release more information on that as we move closer to the official launch. If you already have a Steam account, then you are all set up to receive the beta build. If you do not have an account, you can make one on the Steam website here: https://store.steampowered.com/join
Remember, for now the beta will be for PC only.
In order to make sure all of your physical items ship on time, we will be closing Backer Kit next Wednesday, August 26th, 2015. If you have already answered your survey, then you are good to go. However it would still be wise to double check your answers and to make sure your shipping address is correct. Although you may have updated it in Kickstarter, Backer Kit may not have the most up-to-date information so you will want to verify that the information in Backer Kit is correct. This also means that if you added on any additional items through Backer Kit, your payments will be processed so please keep that in mind for next week.
If you still have not received a survey or are experiencing issues with your survey, please email us at email@example.com and we will work with you to complete your survey.
This is also your last chance to order a Twilight Struggle Digital Edition t-shirt. This is a Kickstarter exclusive shirt, and we will not be selling these to anyone outside of this Kickstarter campaign. We have finalized the design, and after much debate and designs we are staying with the original design idea we shared with everyone during the campaign. We have an example of the final shirt below:
Again, if you have any questions about Backer Kit or your survey, please email us and we will work on this with you. Thank you for reading, and we will continue to update everyone again as the beta release approaches.