Lab2014 - Part 2 - The App, 2v2 Rules, and a Contest
There are two campaign promises to all the backers that we need to complete. We want to make good on those: the rules app and the 2v2 rules. So check it out...
The app has the full set of rules with a sweet coin flipper and spirit tracker.
But we wanted to make the app more than we were planning. Since the game is played with a single card, it was pointed out to us that you could play it with just your smart phone. So we're going to add the ability to buy cards in the app. When you download the app you get a free card, so if you wanted to play Shift with an uninitiated friend, they could easily download the game and play with you. No commitment.
It's really almost done. For realsies. We're looking to have the iOS version submitted to the app store by the end of February. As soon as we can really, around the other stuff we're working on (more on that next week).
When we said Android, we didn't know enough about the ecosystem. It's very hard to support well. The number of devices out there is staggering, and they're very different. We have a plan to obtain at least one Android device and get a version on the Google Play store as soon as we can, but it will take longer. We apologize for this, our development framework makes compatibility seem easier than it actually is. We were misinformed.
2v2 Rules and Contest
This is the thing people ask about the most. We've been waiting for a time when we've had a block to sit down to refine these, and it hasn't come. But we do have players, so here's what we're going to do:
We need some help testing them, and we want to make this more interesting; so we'd like to have a little contest. Here's how it will work:
- Try out the new rules and record a video. Post it on your video site of choice. That will get you three entries!
But that's not all you can do to enter! We also need help promoting the game. NEED. So these thing would be baller too:
These are simple things. And they count even if you've already done them! Each is worth a single entry:
- Sign-up for for our monthly Lab Report
- Follow us on Twitter
- Like Laboratory on Facebook
- Rate the game on BoardGameGeek
- You can also post photos of your games to the Shift page on BoardGameGeek (one or more photos counts the same).
These are more work and are also worth two entries:
- Post a separate single player game video or video review on your video site of choice (either not both).
- You could also write a full written review on BoardGameGeek.
The limit is ten entries per person with lots of options for effort. Once you've done all the stuff you want to do, let us know what you did and include the links (where applicable!) by sending us a message on KS or sending an email to Clayton.
A new paragraph for emphasis on the last part. You need to contact us to let us know you want to enter!!!
We'd like more feedback, and we would like to see some of your games! We'll be doing more this year to promote the game, and your help is critical.
But what do you get out of it? Where's the contest part? What are the PRIZES?
Many of you already have everything that we've made for Shift. If you've been following us on Twitter you may have seen that we've been teasing a new Promo Card. Meet Sharfton The Dog:
Sharfton is actually the last card we designed while working on Season 1. The card is super-duper weird and has a totally unique play-style: Notice how Sharfton has only one gear. That's because Sharfton is just a dog. But it has a few tricks to hold it's own.
- There will only be a few of these specific cards. They will each be signed.
- We'll also be giving away away other Shift stuff.
- The amount of prizes will depend on the number of entries. Probably a prize for every 60 entries, which is 10 people doing the 4 easy things and one of the two point things. Sounds reasonable, but subject to change!
To be clear, we have no idea how many of you will help us with this stuff, but we want to give you stuff! So get busy!
Next week we'll be posting one more update where we answer a number of questions. If there's a question you'd particularly like an answer to, post it in the comments. : ) Until next week, there are Sharftons to be won!