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General Outline of Alpha and Beta Testing

#1
Since we're being all optimistic here lately :D , I thought I might bring this subject up again to see what the current plans are.

(Note: Alpha and Beta happen whenever they happen. I'm not asking about dates.)

Josh has previously mentioned having a "closed Alpha" testing phase and presumably a somewhat more open Beta.

So: based on current thinking and planning, what do these mean in a practical, specific sense?

What's the definition of "closed" in "closed Alpha?"

Who may participate in Beta testing?

LT is not a game like most other games. I think it's going to need testers outside the Big Three to confirm that it substantially delivers on the spirit of the promises made in the Kickstarter.

So if 2018 is going to be the year, I'd be interested in hearing some official word on specifics for Alpha and Beta testing. (Again, not dates -- just who participates and what the expectations for them are.)
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Re: General Outline of Alpha and Beta Testing

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It would seem from what Josh has said before that the beta will be available to all kickstarters who backed at the beta level or above. He's said more than once that there is no way of getting beta access unless you either backed the kickstarter at that level or you have subsequently bought someone else's pledge at that level or above.

Now as to the alpha, that's anyone's guess, but I would surmise that it'll be the subset of the beta backers who are active on the forums.
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vector67 wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:03 am
It would seem from what Josh has said before that the beta will be available to all kickstarters who backed at the beta level or above. He's said more than once that there is no way of getting beta access unless you either backed the kickstarter at that level or you have subsequently bought someone else's pledge at that level or above.

Now as to the alpha, that's anyone's guess, but I would surmise that it'll be the subset of the beta backers who are active on the forums.
I don't recall mention of Alpha ever actually being a playable thing.
I was under the assumption that Beta was marked by the release to Beta backers, but was more or less actually an Alpha version (ie. not with fully complete features, and also probably buggy).
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My original comment was only going to be about Beta testing, but as I went back through older posts I saw Josh's comment about a "closed Alpha."

It's a measure of how optimistic I've become, based on the presence of an actual team working on LT as well as Josh's most recent devlogs, that I feel like looking ahead to the "is the whole game fun?" verification-and-tweaking phases is worth doing now.
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i think the alpha will be the current team plus a couple of known forumites like Flat, BFett, and so on.
short some people that are a known and trusted factor in here.

and the beta was a kickstarter reward so i guess thats just going to get sent out to whoever is eligible (plus whoever in the alpha group isnt eligible for beta by throwing money)
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Cornflakes_91 wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:47 pm
To backers likely not, yeah.

But to a couple of trusted people?
Maybe
I would both not be and simultaneously be surprised if Josh recruited the active forum/IRC members for Alpha.

Though I think it would make more sense to recruit beta backers that are also active forum members, if anything.
This way it's a logical process and not Josh saying "I trust these special people more, also frak all you beta backers these guys get the game first for free".
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Black--Snow wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:39 am
Cornflakes_91 wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:47 pm
To backers likely not, yeah.

But to a couple of trusted people?
Maybe
I would both not be and simultaneously be surprised if Josh recruited the active forum/IRC members for Alpha.

Though I think it would make more sense to recruit beta backers that are also active forum members, if anything.
This way it's a logical process and not Josh saying "I trust these special people more, also frak all you beta backers these guys get the game first for free".
Hmm...I'm sure Josh could trust me with Alpha but I don't think I would make a good tester. I'm not entirely sure why there would be a need for Alpha as the Beta will involve a much better cross-section of players who would probably do a better job of weeding out any flaws that may be present. Knowing that "perfectionist Josh" lurks in shallow waters beneath his present persona I'm sure the game will be played to death by the LT Team until there will be very little in the way of gremlins.

I could do "this is a fun game to play" with ease though. :D :angel:
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Black--Snow wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:39 am
"frak all you beta backers these guys get the game first for free".
This is always such a difficult perspective to address for any game whose developers have been friendly to regular gamers.

A lot of gamers look at alpha access or some similar friends-and-family testing phase as a special reward for a favored few. The thing is, though, the developer perspective Alpha is more like "OK, I think this is finally playable, but I'm too close to it and I need some friendly/professional folks to give me their unvarnished opinions before I let the high-expectation general audience see it."

In other words, the Alpha testing phase IMO is best understood not as just one more perk purely for PR purposes (even if that's how some developers of conventional AAA games treat Alpha) but as the last opportunity to get serious private feedback that helps an indie developer deliver the game he really wants to make. Gamers who are only thinking about "what's fun for me?" can't help with this -- what's needed in the Alpha phase are objective testers who have the developer's interests in mind even if they don't personally share those interests.

Beta testing, by contrast, is about opening up the game to a limited but representative subset of the full range of gamer types who'll play the game. These testers emphasize the player's perception of the game. This is also an extremely valuable perspective prior to the full release of a game... but it's not the same thing as what Alpha testing delivers.

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