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Intelligence Bulletin Vol 2 * No 37

intelligencebulletingvol02no37 Another server stress test is coming up. This time it’s our goal to hit a really high number of concurrent players (players logged on at the same time), so we’re going to use the help from all who already have a betakey. But we’re not stopping there, we’ll also send a helluvalot (pardon my broken french) new betakeys to new players.

The goal of the upcoming stress test is to see how many players our servers can handle before they put their hands in the air and wave the white flag.

A stress test usually is a quite messy affair, with chat channels being flooded, servers crashing and loads of new players trying to figure out how to maneuver the game, while veteran players usually are trying to help the new players get in to the game. And at our end almost all developers are online playing the game, chatting with you, monitoring the servers and trying to support you if you run into problems.

We know that it’s not the best introduction to the game for new players, to log in for the first time during a stress test, but it simply is a nessecary evil, in order to be able to scale up the game for more players.

We hope that you will join us for the stress test, and that you will forgive us if the servers crashes (which will mean that you have succeded ;) ). And we also hope that veteran players will help the newcomers out and give them a great introduction to Heroes & Generals.

If everything goes as we hope, we’ll do the stress test end next week. But more info will follow as soon as we have a confirmed date and time.

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New forum layout finally online

Just a quick update – Today we’ve rolled out a new forum layout that we think is much better than the old one :-)
As always if you have questions, comments, or find something that is broken in the new layout. Please let us know in the forum thread here:

H&G Newspaper 3rd edition

From the desk of Dondergod:

Welcome to the third edition of the H&G newspaper. In this newspaper I will show you: War 83: Aftermath, War84: day by day (multiple articles) and the first Dondercolumn (isn’t it a great name!) I am still hoping on some more community feedback. Either simply on what can be improved, or articles which you of course can sent to [email protected]

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Awesome community art

One of the really nice things about this game is working with a community of heroes and general (I only KNOW of one general, but there might be more lurking). We have started to see more and more community art showing up and recently londonsmee has performed the heroic deed of creating a batch of nice banners using assets from the game. So take a look below (click to enlarge) and thanks ‘londonsmee’! :-)

Here is a link to the forum thread where they were first posted and you can click here to grab them all as one image.

H&G Newspaper 2nd edition

From the desk of Dondergod:

Welcome to the second edition of the H&G newspaper. In this paper you can read about the previous war, number 83 and about the current war, number 84. You can read the very first interview with one of our forum-moderators: Chlodovech. And all the way down you can find a short video showing some of the Generals gameplay. If you want to add one of your stories for the next newspaper, you can send me a mail at [email protected]

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Intelligence Bulletin Vol 2 * No 36

intelligencebulletingvol02no36 Today, Reto.KenSolo is unavailable. He is sitting at home, in his workshop, tinkering with a new intelligence gathering device. I imagine the place looking like a cross between Grimeton Radio and Bletchley Park with Enigma rotors and half-assembled Bombe devices lying everywhere.

Therefore I, Reto.Robotron3000 is typing up this week’s intelligence bulletin. This week we have spent a lot of time planning and working on both the next feature build codenamed ‘Felber’ and fixing bugs on ‘Eisenhower’. We are currently deploying new builds with fixes on (almost) daily and we are gathering player feedback and stats to help us improve the process for getting new builds out, so it will be smoother in the future.

The first issue of the community driven H&G Newspaper has been posted, and I have heard from a trustworthy source that a new edition is right around the corner. If you want to tell YOUR stories take a look at the newspaper’s first edition and grab hold of Dondergod.

Oh, and winter is coming to Copenhagen. Temperature dropped to just above freezing so we are gathering firewood and woolen blankets so we can spend all winter building the game without freezing to death.

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Assault Team Progression

In the last update about the strategy game, Reto.Vashu briefly introduced some of the new upgrades that are in the works for the Assault Team screen. Instead of only cosmetic uplifts of the screen, the new update will include some fundamental changes to how Assault Teams behave in the strategy game. In today’s post I’ll be introducing you to the ideas we’re working on related to progression of an Assault Team, and providing incentives to active and efficient generals.

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Intelligence Bulletin Vol 2 * No 35

intelligencebulletingvol02no35 The Eisenhower build was deployed to the live servers Thursday. And yes, we know there still are bugs and that it might not be the most painless experience to play it right now. But thanks to your feedback, we’ve identified a series of issues with the current state of the Eisenhower build which we are in the process of fixing. We also believe that some of the issues are related to the current number of active users, so in the coming weeks we’ll start to send more beta-keys to get more active users playing at the same time.

In relation to some of the heated forum threads the Eisenhower build has spawned we need to remind you that we’re still in Closed Beta, and we’ve invited those of you who have access to the game in to play the game at an earlier stage than most other developers usually do.

In a Closed Beta it should be expected that the game occasionally will be less playable than usual. We’re also still experimenting with the features and wish to try out new stuff to see how they will work when they go live, so quite often we’ll deploy something which might not be all done, just to get it live and to show it to you out there, so we can get some valid feedback and data, which we’ll use to improve the game.

This is the absolute essence of our Open Door Development strategy; design a feature, implement it in the game, get feedback from the community, improve the feature, get feedback from the community, and so on.

Oh, and we’re sorry that the previous Intelligence Bulletin didn’t go out last week, but we were simply swamped in tasks related to get Eisenhower out – hope you forgive us! ;)

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