Friday, July 28, 2006

Subpoena Power mailing list

I have created a mailing list just for Subpoena Power. Subscription is a double opt-in process. There is a form over on the right. Just enter your email address and watch for the confirmation e-mail. You must confirm or you will not be added to the list.

It is getting closer fan-weenies!

It looks promising that all of the features will be completed by the end of next week. Tom is busy with the writers creating the words; the good words to get out the words about this fantastic game.

The feedback is very postive and we can hardly contain ourselves. But we must keep checking and re-checking, every little thing. Thank you all for your feedback and suggestions. As soon as wee complete the game you can start to tell everyone and anyone!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

SubPow v0.72106 Released!

We are rocking and looking forward to hearing back from you all who get to have a sneak peak before we go live on August 7th.

The bugs have been exterminated after updates, upgrades, and many hours of testing. Expect some minor tweaks of the certificate graphics and a exciting ending End-Game animation, as well as some bonuses for those players who get to at at least 300 Honest Tribunes.

Read the new, improved Instructions. Check out the FAQ but most of all play the game. Hard to believe but I actually learned alot about the U.S. Congress by playing Subpoena Power (I was shocked that only 15% is female and this is true in both the House and Senate).

Thanks to you all that are taking the time to give us a review during this stage.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

A Quick Update

Over the past two weeks we have been busy implementing Stage 2 of the Beta version of Subpoena Power, the game. I am hoping that we will be ready to start testing the game early next week.

We've added levels and awards, and the Judge talks to you at each level (which is quite cool). It really IS an educational tool as well as a game that a gamer will be able to get into.

The math of it all makes my brain overheat, but Tom and Ermin have a handle on the blood and guts of the game. And Cindy and Carl have been doing amazing work on the graphics. It is a thing of beauty, and even I enjoy playing it.

I will let you know when it is ready for you to play!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

The Beta Phase Continues

There is more to games than just having fun, but that is a good place to start.

I am wondering how does a game hook players in the first 5 minutes of their first visit? Intuitive game play? Curiosity? Enough to keep you occupied and come to some kind of conclusion within 15 minutes; something to bring you back? Why do you play a particular game in the first place? A friend recommends it?? You see someone else playing it? Why do you play a game once and never try again? Why do you keep playing a game?

There are 535 people in the United States Congress; 435 Representatives in the House and 100 Senators in the Senate. Wouldn't it be nice to know WHO is honest and WHO are the scoundrels? Wouldn't be great if you could do something that could make the potential for GOOD in Congress increase?

Well that is what Subpoena Power, the Game is all about and we are still tweaking it. Things are still developing so there will be some changes. We're adding steps of achievement in the early part of the game where players get tips on the goals and game play. We've set levels where you will receive awards "suitable for framing" too. But what happens at the end? How to you acknowledge a player making it to serving all 535 of the politicians in Congress?? They'll have a certificate to prove it!!

The goal of the game has always been to determine who is good and who is bad, and to do whatever is necessary to encourage honesty by eliminating the temptations of corruption (the Lobbyist's money).

The game ends when you have served 535 subpoenas and the High Score will be the highest number of Honest Tribunes. I know I resisted it with my "I don't play games" attitude but SubPow just keeps getting more and more interesting to me. Maybe it will be ready to launch by my birthday, August 7, that would be a great birthday present!