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From the creators of the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, HEX is a TCG / MMO that combines the best of both for your PC & MAC
17,765 backers pledged $2,278,255 to help bring this project to life.

Alpha is Coming! Alpha is Coming!

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Hi HEXers! It's the first week of October. How many of you are celebrating the very best holiday of them all-- Halloween, of course-- by dressing up as HEX characters? I know I need to find myself some mandibles and extra legs! We're going to make this month extra awesome with the Alpha release of HEX, currently scheduled for Tuesday, October 8th. We hope it's the best thing since free candy, but that'll be for you to judge.

Twitch Stream - Tuesday, October 8th at Noon PDT

We'll be streaming on Tuesday, October 8th at Noon on our Twitch page. It's Crypto vs. the Community. In one corner, we have the Cory Jones! In the other, we have none other than Colin McRavey! 

An aside, Colin has been an incredible community member. He's truly gone above and beyond any expectations. He's personally run contests to bring other HEX fans to Gen Con, he went to Dragon Con to make sure everything said there was available on TheHexVault.com to fans who couldn't make it, and he's brought people into the game through Slacker Backer gifts. He even brings us cupcakes when he visits the office for Wednesday game night! Colin has been an incredible fan both online and in-person, so when we were thinking of ways to kick off the Alpha launch of HEX, we instantly thought of him. So, thank you to all for supporting HEX, but a special thank you to Colin for being such an incredible friend to the game and friend to the community. 

Client Update and Alpha Forum  

On Monday, we're going to create an Alpha subforum in the HEX section of the Cryptozoic forums That'll be the place to discuss the alpha specifically, as well as discuss bugs you've reported via the client bug tool. You'll also find a sticky forum post that we'll update nightly with alpha information. HEX team members are working over the weekend and we're racing against the clock to finish packaging the client and getting it ready for Tuesday. 

You'll want to check that forum post for any information on alpha such as: any potential delays on the alpha client release, when we've sent out group invites to the alpha, scheduled downtime, updates to the client, patch notes, and anything else that falls under the "Alpha" umbrella. You can also follow the HEXTCG Twitter for any update news, announcements, or messages.

Rules and Set List

HEX team members are currently finalizing a downloadable Set 1 spoiler, as well as a quick rules guide for anybody unfamiliar with Trading Card Games. Hopefully the streams, website, and videos have given you a general idea of how the game plays, but we wanted to have an introductory document available to help new players along. In the future, the tutorial will play the primary role of teaching people how to HEX. 

When those documents are ready, we will highlight them on the HEXTCG.com homepage.

Alpha is Alpha

Since there's no NDA, you're all free to stream and create content as you wish. Typically publishers don't allow this since alphas are buggy and any prospective players may get confused that the alpha product is the final product. However, this is the game you all helped build, and we want you to feel free to do what you want to do. Please just note that this is an alpha build whenever you're creating content and make sure it's emphasized throughout any content you're creating. That will avoid any confusion with potential new players. Thank you in advance.

Slacker Backer

Since you're out there helping other gamers see how much fun HEX is and how great the community is, we don't want your friends to be left out. So, we're keeping Slacker Backer available during the alpha and when we eventually take it down sometime in the future, we'll give people a heads-up so anybody on the fence about joining can get in before that window closes.

Jobbies from the Job Tree!

The HEX team is growing and we know you want more content from us. So, we're looking for a Community Manager to come to California and be one of the faces of HEXTCG. Where better to look than our own HEX backers? You'd be joining our small but growing team doing everything from improving our social media presence to creating gameplay videos to collecting community feedback for the R&D team.

We're looking for someone who's deeply passionate about HEX, is a great communicator, has experience generating content across all different platforms/mediums, and has experience in data analysis in order to show other teams within HEX how the community programs are performing against goals you've set.

If this sounds like you or someone you know, check out the job listing. Then strap on your job helmet, put your resume and cover letter in a job cannon, and send it on over. 

Community Content

We eschewed our weekly card preview on HEXTCG.com to give our HEX fan websites an opportunity to show off some Set 1 cards. If your website wasn't chosen, don't worry. We only had a limited amount of cards to show. We'll have PVE previews and Set 2 previews coming up in the future.

Cloudwatcher: http://www.thehexvault.com/blog/2013/10/02/embracing-the-hex-magics-exclusive-card-spoiler-cloudwatcher/

Crimson Clarity: http://www.thehexvault.com/blog/2013/10/01/threshold-resources-in-hextcg-exclusive-card-spoiler/

Chimera: http://www.hexrealms.com/content.php?265-Exclusive-Card-Spoiler-Chimera

Carrion Ooze: http://www.hexrealms.com/content.php?277-Card-Exclusive-Carrion-Ooze

Survival of the Fittest: http://hextcg.gamepedia.com/Survival_of_the_Fittest

Wind Whisperer: http://hextcg.gamepedia.com/Wind_Whisperer

Reginald Lancashire: http://www.thresholdpodcast.com/reginald-lancashire-exclusive-reveal/

Gearsmith: http://hextcgpro.com/?p=1246

Eye of Oblivion: http://hextcgpro.com/?p=1257

Persecute: http://www.digitaltcg.com/persecute-the-exclusive-reveal/

Hop'hiro, Samurai: http://www.casualhex.co.uk/2013/10/03/exclusive-preview-hophiro-shinhare-samurai/

Shrewd Manipulation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlHvYpHiAps

That's all for this week's update. Look for the Alpha forum to open on Monday, then the stream on Tuesday! Enjoy your weekend!

Jeffrey, Anthony, and 66 more people like this update.

Comments

    1. Creator Eric Biggs on October 9, 2013

      3-5 mins until invites are supposed to go out. Thank god I'm a producer, I'd hate to have to wait for this. Will be streaming, Twitch.tv/Proziam

    2. Creator Chris Strybosch on October 9, 2013

      Around 10 minutes until GK and up start getting invites :D

      I will be streaming as soon as I get mine - www.twitch.tv/hexedhavoc

    3. Creator Martin Nicolas on October 9, 2013

      @Leao Carvalho, no alpha yet. Check here for more&updates:

      http://forums.cryptozoic.com/showthread.php…

      https://twitter.com/HexTCG

    4. Creator Leao Carvalho on October 9, 2013

      Alpha where?

    5. Creator Chris Strybosch on October 8, 2013

      Come join my guild - Elementary
      http://elementary.enjin.com/

      Everyone welcome :D

    6. Creator Gijs van Dun on October 7, 2013

      @ Poudigne, it's up now.

    7. Creator poudigne on October 7, 2013

      I dont have access to Alpha subforum.. Is it created or it's just me ?

    8. Creator Clayton Pollard on October 7, 2013

      Well... In regards to the guild thing in the forums... I'd post this there but my account says
      "You may not post new threads
      You may not post replies
      You may not post attachments
      You may not edit your posts"
      And I always hate contacting customer support... -.-
      But anyway... I'm happy to have guild level ups that give cosmetic things... but I don't want to see guilds give out bonuses in PvE or something really dumb like an extra card per booster... In WoW they added levels and people just flocked to the guilds with high levels and it was next to impossible to get a new guild going... I'd hate to see this happen in HEX.

    9. Creator Luke Stibbs on October 6, 2013

      Is there an official "Alpha" graphic for Streamers etc to add to the streams?

    10. Creator Clayton Pollard on October 6, 2013

      。。。I'm not going to play during school I just want to get my name before someone takes it.... -.-'

    11. Creator Mike Grigg on October 6, 2013

      Dont encourage school skiving !! lol, put his account on school hour curfew so he cant play during school hours :P

    12. Creator Clayton Pollard on October 6, 2013

      Is there an estimated download size for the client? Also, what time of day on Tuesday do you think you'll start? I'm planning to skip a day of school to download this game and reserve my name, but I don't to skip 2 if you don't end up releasing until Wednesday...

    13. Creator Michael Lattanzia on October 5, 2013

      Have you/when did you gather the emails for our accounts? I changed my emails around after last update (so I could try and get at least 1 of the accounts on the right email address from the start). Is that going to work or did you guys already have the emails saved?

    14. Creator Ryan "Keokuk" Smith on October 5, 2013

      Hi, I won a promotional contest from Zam.com and was supposed to be contacted, by Cryptozoic about how to redeem it, do you guys have any details on when you'll be contacting contest winners?

    15. Creator Colin on October 5, 2013

      @Moises You question has already been answered in a previous update - no account merges until Beta

    16. Creator Moises Pera Tadey on October 5, 2013

      What happends with the ones of us that pledged several tiers? will we be able to merge accounts at this point? I myself pledged for 2 Gran Kings and 2 Collectors. What will I have to do to merge all the accounts in one??

      I think this question hasn't been anwsered yet....

      Thanks!

    17. Creator Matthew Ferland on October 4, 2013

      I just realized that since I'm only in the warrior tier, I won't be in until October 11th or so ... one day before Pokemon X and Y comes out! Curse you Cryptozoic and your release dates! XD

    18. Creator Cryptozoic Entertainment on October 4, 2013

      Daniel: Don't know at this point. It would be nice to allow people to download the client and patch it early so people coming in later aren't spending their first day installing.

    19. Creator Daniel Wilkins on October 4, 2013

      Quick question: Will only the producers to GKs be able to download the client initially, or can every download the client while waiting for their turn to be let in to alpha?

    20. Creator Cryptozoic Entertainment on October 4, 2013

      Keoni: Players will receive invitations per the pledged tier whether on Kickstarter or PayPal. So, you will receive your invite with the Grand Kings.

      Terence: Addressed in the answer to Andrea in a previous response.

      Kevin: You'll receive invites via email, but the Alpha forum will have the information you need.

    21. Creator M4nt1c on October 4, 2013

      Good luck in your match Colin and thanks for the games of Hex the other night. Just remember that Cory plays the long long long game plan ; )

    22. Creator Kevin Bates on October 4, 2013

      Should we be refreshing the forum, kickstarter or our email for the alpha download?

    23. Creator Joshua Johnson on October 4, 2013

      will there be a wipe at the end of the alpha or will we be keeping all our stuff going into beta?

    24. Creator ivan on October 4, 2013

      Hard to believe we have actually arrived ... Super fun times await.

      Congrats to the team, hitting an alpha date correctly is actually no small feat!

    25. Creator Vandoom on October 4, 2013

      Was about to ask about those inbetween Producer and GK since last weeks update the wording was confusing. But your answer to Tev answered my question. Last weeks update seemed like only GK and Producer were getting in first, leaving out the guys in the middle. But glad to hear we are getting in too.

    26. Creator Terence Bowlby on October 4, 2013

      Hope Mac is close behind...

    27. Creator Keoni Davey on October 4, 2013

      Also thanks for the dedication and hard work!

    28. Creator Keoni Davey on October 4, 2013

      Since I pledged Grand King via Paypal (not KS), when should I expect the invite?

    29. Creator Cryptozoic Entertainment on October 4, 2013

      Tev: All backers will receive alpha access. Producers down to Grand Kings get in first, then we'll progressively bring in more people as the engineers give us the greenlight.

      Stewart: We'll try to get everyone into the game as soon as we can per our hardware, server stability.

      Neonyx; Sometime next week.

      Matthew: Everyone will be able to download them.

    30. Creator Matthew Ferland on October 4, 2013

      Will you be releasing the Spoiler/Quick Rules Guide only to the initial wave or to everyone?

    31. Creator Neonyx on October 4, 2013

      What is the timeline on the downloadable Set 1 spoiler and the Quick Rules Guide? Later today, this weekend, Monday?

    32. Creator Stewart "Zoot" Wymer on October 4, 2013

      I got really excited for a moment ... checked my pledge and went "awww."; For those who are doing the alpha testing, please give as much feedback and bug reports as you can so it can be released as fast as possible for the rest of us! For the moment, enjoy your fun :)

    33. Creator jimmywolf on October 4, 2013

      @ Cryptozoic Entertainment

      thank you for the update an fast response too others post! I look forward too alpha an beyond.

    34. Creator Tev Kaber on October 4, 2013

      Will alpha access be only for certain tiers, or all backers?

    35. Creator Cryptozoic Entertainment on October 4, 2013

      Keoni: That's covered in last week's update: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cze/hex-mmo-trading-card-game/posts/611776

      "Our plan for releasing pledges has the Grand Kings and Producers hitting the servers first, and we'll plan our waves around how the servers handle that load and steps we need to take in order to prepare for the next wave."

      Michael: We'll be covering that sometime in the future, either close to beta or during the closed beta. We certainly don't people stuck in scenarios like the one you outlined for long.

      Andrea: That is correct, though we're always looking at our engineering resources to find a way to get the Mac client parallel with the Windows client. It may take some time since we're in such a crunch right now and we understand the worry of OSX users since games often see Mac users as "second class citizens," but we sold the game as multiplatform and we're committed to that.

      Ismay: Sorry to hear that! Everyone in that tough situation is in our thoughts here at the office. Hopefully we can bring a little bit of joy during this tough time.

      False0start: That's on the list of things to do. I think you'll be able to get most of the bugs without comp rules, but some of the finer points will require that document.

    36. Creator Mobieus on October 4, 2013

      Please let me get an invite!
      I hope just lurking on the forums doesn't diminish my chances of getting Alpha access..

    37. Creator Matthew Whetzel on October 4, 2013

      I want to stream the living daylights out of this Alpha.

    38. Creator false0start on October 4, 2013

      I'm very excited but would like the comprehensive rules. I mean, there have to be bugs we won't be able to track down without them.

    39. Creator Ismay Vidal on October 4, 2013

      I'll have something to do while being furloughed

    40. Creator JusticeBolt on October 4, 2013

      Awesome! Can't wait!!!

    41. Creator Andrea Sansone on October 4, 2013

      As far as I can remember, alpha was described as windows-only. Is it confirmed?

    42. Creator Michael Lattanzia on October 4, 2013

      Any word on being able to change email/login info for accounts so that I can gift an account to my friend and one to my girlfriend without them having to use my email?

    43. Creator Keoni Davey on October 4, 2013

      How many invites will be going out in the first group and who will bee receiving them?

    44. Creator Naeternam -Weresheep of Original Sin on October 4, 2013

      Great job. Next tuesday is going to be a great day.