We Tweeted earlier:
Getting closer every day. Doing alpha testing in August. Possibly beta testing by Oct. Patience, more info coming soon!
This led to us to receive several messages asking what’s the difference between Alpha and Beta testing? Well, each developer may answer this question differently, but for our own internal usage, we define these two stages as:
ALPHA stage: The main quest is completable start to finish, but several side quests are missing. Many maps are still missing details. Some secondary NPCs are not in place yet. Testing at this stage allows us to gain feedback on things like estimated play-through time and how the testers feel about the progression of the storyline. Major bugs are often uncovered which will need patched before Beta. Some early balancing takes place during Alpha testing. Not all developers actually test the Alpha version like this, but we have found that the feedback we get in this early stage is very, very helpful and can shorten the length of time we stay in beta.
BETA stage: The game is complete and not much will change before the release date. Testing at this stage is more about catching all the last minute bugs and spelling errors. We will focus more on balancing now, making sure the game is neither too difficult nor too easy for the testers. We can usually put a solid release date in place at this time, based on the response from the beta testers.
Posted: July 29th, 2013 under News - 2 Comments.
Well, it turns out things have gone from bad to worse. All of our forum backups are bad. How is this possible? Well, as our forums grew large and bloated, our backups were timing out (on our host’s side) before completing, but we were never informed of this. Instead, we received a backup file which we assumed was good. It turns out they are all bad, with “unexpected end-of-file” errors.
We have to take the ultimate blame for not testing our own backups, and we do, but I cannot stress how disappointed we are with phpBB forum software right now. Lack of notification when backups were not completing properly, and no verification of data after a backup was completed. We will definitely switch to something else if we cannot restore this database.
Our only hope now is that our host may be able to restore a database for us from a few days ago. Cross your fingers!
Oh, and in case anyone reads this and thinks it affects our game(s), it doesn’t. This is our forums database we are talking about, not our game data. Our game data is triple-redundant backed up both on and offsite. Do not worry yourselves on this.
Posted: July 26th, 2013 under News - 6 Comments.
Our forums (the beloved Drunken Lizard Pub) are down. We updated the forum software, ran into some problems, fidgeted with some code… and now it’s a big pile of broken. Last backup was 24 hours ago, so we shouldn’t lose a bunch of posts unless we run into a problem with that.
We will need to reinstall and restore everything. Could take a couple days to get it back to normal. In the mean time, follow our Twitter feed or visit our Facebook page. We’ll also keep you up-to-date right here.
Posted: July 25th, 2013 under News - 15 Comments.
GameBanshee has a new wiki-type page for Eschalon: Book I. It looks to be incredibly detailed, with all the information that you will need to get the most out of the game, including a full walk-through. They say a Book II site is upcoming, so we’ll let you know when that is live.
Continuing to give our fans regular updates as to the progress of Book III’s development, follow the link below for our July update!
Posted: July 2nd, 2013 under News - 2 Comments.
GOG has a Basilisk and Spiderweb combo bundle on sale for a super low price – 24 hours only!
Posted: June 21st, 2013 under News - No Comments.
User madeba has translated all of Book II’s text files in French. Follow the link below, and the instructions inside of Book II’s readme.txt file, to activate the language pack. Unfortunately, this doesn’t update the text of the graphic menus, but all the in-game narratives and dialogs are translated which should be enough to enjoy the game. If this benefits you, let us know- it will help determine how important other language translations would be.
Posted: June 20th, 2013 under News - 2 Comments.
It’s been requested countless times over the past year, so we are happy to announce that you can now purchase Eschalon: Book I and Eschalon: Book II on GOG.com! Head over there and get it at 50% off right now!
Posted: May 7th, 2013 under News - 7 Comments.
We must have missed this one when it first came out: Infamous PC Gamer magazine lists Eschalon: Book III as one of their “Best PC games s of 2013“. Thanks for the nod, PC Gamer!
We had a bit of downtime due to Spring Break. We’re back and getting caught up on emails. Give us a few days if you are waiting on a response.