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I have been an avid computer gamer since 1989.  I only did FPS and Sims (Flight and Mech) before 2004, and then I started playing City of Heroes (RIP), which hooked me hard!  I have played almost nothing but MMORPGs since.


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  • Combat Alpha Coming in the Latter Half of February - Ship of Heroes - MMORPG.com


    What the team is looking for is input. They want people outside of the dev team to try their hands at the game. They invited me to help with network stress testing, but I was unable to because their testing times are when I am starting work. They want to make sure they are heading in the right direction, and they need testers for that. They plan on inviting small groups so they can get fresh eyes on 'their baby'. They will test a couple of days, adjust for a week, test for a couple of days, adjust, etc... So this is really pre-alpha testing. Once they are satisfied with the basic game, they will have what people now consider a 'real' alpha test.

    I want to to say a couple of things. I've met the CEO. I've met his family. I've seen dozens of hours of testing video. I have talked to several members of their dev team. I get regular updates from the CEO and the lead developer, and I am working on my third article on this game to submit to MMORPG.com for consideration. I've seen ideas submitted by their forum users being implemented in the game. This project is the real deal, and aimed at former CoH players looking for a new home.

    This project started in April 2016. I think the progress they have made is pretty impressive. Even if this escorted alpha testing is limited, how many games would even be this far in 22 months with a part time, mostly unpaid or very underpaid dev team?

    Later this year, they will have 'real' alpha testing and at the end of the year they are going to start a paid beta phase, so that they will have the funding needed to finish the project. If you want to help support the game to fruition, join in! If you want to wait, their open beta will be starting sometime in Q2 2019 and their release is planned for early July 2019, which will be 39 months after they started.
  • Ship of Heroes - Discord Q&A Wrap Report - MMORPG.com

    I enjoy these updates on Ship of Heroes, but isn't there ever any news on Valiance or City of Titans? Or is there some sort of exclusive arrangement here?

    I think their marketing/PR guys just happen to be better than the others. Plus, I don't recall the others updating the public this frequently. It's been a while since I've checked their sites however.

    While SoH does have a marketing guy on board who is very good, a lot of the visible updates and reports comes from fans, like me. This is the 2nd article I have written about SoH, and fans have written/ made other articles, such as Nephthys on this site and on 2P.com, and the Positive Gamer on YouTube.
  • What's Your Most Wanted Game in 2017? - General Columns

    Megaton Rainfall and Bless Rebuild, and Sea of Thieves when it releases, although that is likely 2018...
  • PAX Plans: A Panel Discussing Designing a Superhero MMO - Ship of Heroes - MMORPG.com

    LOL IGNORING THE TYPO... I really want to see what each of these teams is bringing to the table. Hopefully there will be a recording we can watch!

    I am really, really, really anticipating something to make me forget about City of Heroes...
  • Devs Test Out New Gameplay Element - Mission Instances - Ship of Heroes Videos - MMORPG.com

    It was a short mission to check the basic elements of an instance, and they worked well.  Combine that with the test for team persistence and you have the makings for a good mission!