our new office is finally finished and this is the first post I write from my new desk. Technically, it is the old desk in the new office, but that does not count, does it? After weeks of grouting, wallpapering and painting, we’re done!
Also, you might have noticed the lack of being able to backup your characters in the cloud and the multiplayer being offline. I tried to move the server in time, but it just did not work out, so we have a server downtime at the moment (see the last post why we have to move servers). I’m currently in the middle of setting up the new server and if everything works out, it will be online today, but it might take a couple of days. Our main problem is that due to the updates to meteor (the base of the app), we need to test the app on all mobile devices again before being able to activate the new server. This is because once you connect to the new server, it will push the new meteor version to your device, which might break some things.
Thanks and have a nice day!
you may have already noticed a change if you opened this blog via our website. If not, go to http://www.dizelabs.com immediately! I’ll wait with writing until you saw the new page and returned 🙂
I hope you like the new lean approach. The website is now fully responsive and should work on all devices. Also, it is faster and easier to maintain. I’ll have to add some additional features like SEO optimization, being able to use the return button and bookmark subpages, but overall it works.
Also, with this website redesign we also opened a brand new community forum, which is available here: http://www.dizelabs.com/forum. If you like to talk about our apps, get support and tipps from other users or want to find a group to play together, our new forum is the place to be. As with every new forum, it is empty right now, but we hope it does not stay that way.
The new bugfix update for the DH1 and DH2 apps is in the works and I hope to push it to our servers as an easter present.
Which brings me to the last subject for today’s blogpost: Unfortunately, our server host is shutting down at the end of April. This means we will have to migrate to another host. If everything works, you may not even notice it, but maybe the multiplayer servers will be down for a few days.
And now, to the new forum and have a nice day!
You might have noticed that we were very silent during the last months. This will change now. Starting today, I (Thomas) am back working full time on the Warhammer40k Digital Character Sheet Apps. I will tell you about the past months and our plans for the future in a few days in a detailed blogpost.
I will start with bugfixing and updating the current versions of our Dark Heresy Digital Character Sheets. So if you have had any problems or found any bugs, please report them to email@example.com. I will also update the systems and the framework as well as our servers. There will also be a redesign of our website, including a message board.
Thank you for your support, and have a nice day!
PS: In case you are wondering what happens with our Urban Explorer Golf Game, it is not dead yet, but we will focus on the Digital Character Sheets for now.
Yes, the title is click bait, I know. But on the other hand, it is true! I’m offering my new game Urban Explorer Golf for free right now on itch.io (https://dizelabs.itch.io/urban-explorer-golf). This is the current alpha with all the content there is right now. All I ask in exchange is for you to give feedback! Mail, Twitter, Blog Comments, or the itch.io discussion board at the end of the game page, use whatever you like.
I could not work in the last two months due to serious health problems in the family, everything stand still as other things were more important. I hope the worst is now behind us, and it is time to move forward. Of course, right before I had to take this unplanned absence, our try to get the game greenlit on steam was a big failure, and I’m still not sure why that happened. But I’m determined to improve the game over the course of the next weeks with your feedback, and I’m confident that this time it will be a success. It is a good game, and it is fun, but there seems to be something missing which I cannot find.
Thanks in advance and have a nice day!
Some might have read the news already, Fantasy Flight Games has ended its business relationship with Games Workshop. This means no more Pen & Paper Roleplay Books for the Warhammer franchise. But what happens with our Character Sheet Apps? Well, here is the current situation:
Our contract with Games Workshop ends at the end of March 2017. Until then, everything will stay the same. Contact us if you have problems with the apps or questions and the DH2 multiplayer server will also remain online.
On April 1st, things will change. We will have to pull the apps from the stores, so you won’t be able to download them anymore. Also, the multiplayer server for DH2 will be shut down. You can still play with the apps if they are installed on your devices, they don’t require any kind of internet connection. We hope we can find a solution together with Games Workshop to be able to continue working on the games, as we have so many cool ideas and concepts yet to be shown.
What is changing right now:
We will stop working on new builds and patches for the character sheet apps. For a very small company like us, it is just not viable to keep working on an unknown future. We will keep support up and running until the end of March 2017, and we likely will release one more patch for the second edition app, because there were some really annoying bugs which have to be fixed.
There might be a chance to continue with the character sheet apps and even expand them to the other pen & paper roleplay systems like Deathwatch and Rogue Trader. For this, we need your help! Take a moment and write a mail to Games Workshop to tell them how much you love the character sheet apps! If we can get enough support from you, I’m sure we can keep this adventure running 🙂
If you have any questions, problems or advice, feel free to contact us via all of our channels: firstname.lastname@example.org, twitter (@dizelabs) or our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/dhdcs
Thank you and try to have a nice day!
We have a new version for you! Don’t forget, just go to http://www.urbanexplorergolf.com and buy the game right now to gain immediate access to the current version and all future updates!
Changes in version 0.4.3:
Continue reading Urban Explorer Golf Version 0.4.3 released
Urban Explorer Golf has started its Early Access phase! Just go to our Website http://www.urbanexplorergolf.com and you will see the new “Purchase the Game” section. The game costs 5,99$. For this price, you get instant access to the game and all future updates (weekly updates are usually uploaded on Fridays). We also have a Mac OSX version for Apple users in this package.
If we succeed with our Steam Greenlight Campaign, every buyer (even if you buy the game right now) gets a Steam key attached to the order. To be able to do this, we need your support! Click on the big green banner underneath the Purchase the Game section or go to the Urban Explorer Golf Greenlight Page via your Steam App (Community -> Greenlight -> Search for Urban Explorer Golf) and vote for the game!
You can watch the development of the game every weekday on twitch (http://www.twitch.tv/dizelabs). If you have questions, problems or suggestions, write us a message on Facebook, on Twitter (@dizelabs) or via mail (email@example.com).
Have a nice day!
Sorry for the slow updates regarding our character sheet apps, there are currently some problems outside of our control. As soon as there are news concerning the problems we will post them immediately.
In the meantime we have something special for you. Starting today, we will stream every week day from 9am to 12 pm and from 2pm to 5pm on twitch doing game development! Follow us here: http://www.twitch.tv/dizelabs
We are creating a small mobile game at the moment, a 2D urban golf game. This game will be created with an open game development approach, which means you are encouraged to take part in the process! Watch the streams, give comments and post ideas, work with us on the game design document and more!
And here is the inevitable bugfix release 🙂
Some minor fixes are live via the auto update and google play. The iOS version will follow in a few days as usual.