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Evil Hat Interview and Playtest Update

January 11th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Hey folks, and welcome back from the holidays!

Fred Hicks, Chad Underkoffler, and Leonard Balsera got interviewed recently by RPG Virtual Tabletop. We say a few things about the Dresden Files RPG in the interview, so run on over and give it a read.

In playtesting news, we’ve gotten over 600 (not-spam!) applications since the we opened up the door for it in late 2007. Thanks very much to everyone who submitted an application — and rest assured, even if we don’t end up selecting you at some point in the process, we’ll be doing what we can to show our appreciation for you taking the time & effort to fill out those applications as we get closer to publication.

Of those 600+ folks, we’ve narrowed the field down to less than 5% (about 30) applicants to get an opportunity to participate in our first phase: the “bleeding edge alpha”. These folks are the ones who are going to get an experience most like seeing how sausage gets made, and honestly we don’t envy them their jobs. The documents are still messy and occasionally disorganized, not to mention incomplete, and we’re going to be relying heavy on these folks’ familiarity with Spirit of the Century so we can shorthand some parts of the system for them (“like SOTC, only something nasty can eat your face as follows!”)

This is just the first step of many we have planned. Eventually we’ll get past the bleeding edge and on into an alpha-test proper. Once we get past the alpha stage, we’ll start one (of possibly several) beta tests. How long will it take? We aren’t Cassandra, people — and besides you’d never believe us!

Still, if you put in an application and haven’t heard from us, *don’t despair*. We may yet have use for you in the months to come. And regardless, as I said, we will be saying *thank you* in some way once we’re past all of this, whether you end up as a playtester or not!

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  1. Greg
    January 13th, 2008 at 01:12 | #1

    Any chance of getting in on the next round of playtests at this point ?

  2. Fred Hicks
    January 13th, 2008 at 11:16 | #2

    The playtest application remains open for the moment (see the left sidebar on this website). We may be taking it down shortly, so if you want your hat in the ring for later rounds, get ‘em in soon!

  3. Hieu
    January 29th, 2008 at 02:35 | #3

    Any chance you can get the documents up on PDF? I am curious to see what you guys have “Worked out” so far.

  4. January 29th, 2008 at 02:37 | #4

    The docs aren’t going public in their current state. The bleeding-alpha folks are getting a look, though; that’s sort of the point.

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