Saw the news that the Big Alpha will start on Halloween. That is excellent news…almost.
Maybe I misread it a while back, but discussing it with @DamJess, I thought the Big Alpha was going to have a bigger window of time to play it and far more keys sent out than the first Alpha?
My group are all family men. We only get to play later at night after the family is asleep. And even then, half the group only has a few nights a week to play.
With the first Alpha, 2 of our group regulars didn’t get an Alpha invite, which I was told that many, many more codes would be given out during the Big Alpha. So they were excluded. Those of us that did get a code got to play Friday night for a little while and LOVED IT!
Saturday night is almost 100% guaranteed no gaming, because you know…family first.
And the Alpha ends before we even get on Sunday night.
So the 3-day Alpha window, leaves some of us 1 tiny window to play it and post our feedback.
I had a discussion during the first Alpha about the duration lasting maybe 4 days. Start it early Friday, end it late Monday. Surely it couldn’t hurt anything to add a little more time.
I personally do a lot of beta/alpha testing for software professionally and some games and try provide as much feedback to the devs/cm as possible to improve the game.
Spoke to my group about the Big Alpha. They all got really excited. Told them it started on Halloween and lasted 3 days. Every one of them said they wouldn’t even bother downloading it then. Halloween, nobody will be home much since we’ll be out with the family and it’ll be over by the time we do get to play on Sunday night.
Please, don’t make the duration so short so more can enjoy it and give our feedback.