“Dark Heresy: Digital Character Sheet” Launch Post-Mortem

dhdcs iconIt’s been two weeks now since we launched our first major app, the “Dark Heresy: Digital Character Sheet” (DHDCS) app. DHDCS is a companion app for the Warhammer 40,000 Dark Heresy Pen & Paper Roleplay system by Fantasy Flight Games. Basically, it turns the old paper character sheet, where you keep your characters properties, skills, equipment and more into an application capable of managing all of your characters, calculating dice rolls and much more. It also takes the hour long character creation process and breaks it down to a fast five minute process, keeping every option available.

But this post is not about the app itself, it is about our less than perfect launch. A lot of stuff went wrong, and we still recover from it.

What happened?

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We are still waiting for the DHDCS 1.0.1 update to get approved by Apple, so sorry, no progress here. But I do want talk briefly about how YOU can help us a lot with 2 minutes of your time.

If you bought the Dark Heresy: Digital Character App or downloaded one of our other apps, please rate the app. And if you are super-nice, leave a short review. It means a lot to us and it is a very important factor for others who are considering to buy the app.

And, as usual, you can always mail us or get in touch via our social channels on Facebook and Twitter. We answer every mail and for our new version, we added a lot of features requested by the users, like the Enemies Within supplement.

Patch 1.0.1 in review

Dark Heresy: Digital Character Sheet IconHello!
We have just uploaded the patch 1.0.1 for Dark Heresy: DCS to Apple and are now waiting for their review. For everyone who is not an app developer and does not know how Apple’s App Store works:
First, we create the app or the patch on our development machines. Then we upload the final version to Apple. After that, we wait for Apple to review and check the new version for errors which might affect the customers iPhone or iPad in a bad way. This usually takes a few days (if you want detailed times, check this site: http://appreviewtimes.com/.) After the review is done and approved, we can put the new version on the store.
The Google Play Store (for our Android App) works quite similar, but is a lot faster because they don’t test every little piece of the app. Therefore, once the app is approved by Apple, we upload the new version to Android and they are going live roughly on the same time.

For the 1.0.1 version, we have done some serious architectural changes in the app itself. We hope that does not break anyone’s app, but we encourage you to make screenshots of your data before updating. In the new update, we added a backup/export/import system for characters, which is really easy and awesome. You can now export your characters as a file and store it save on your pc’s hard drive. If your Tablet or Phone breaks or (which we hope does not happen) we crash the app with a bug, just download a fresh version from the app store and import your characters from file.

There are other major improvements in the new patch, but I will post a separate patch notes blogpost for this.

If you have any feedback, questions, ideas for improvement or just want to chat about the app or Dark Heresy, just mail us 🙂

Have a nice day!

DHDCS: Patch 1.0.1 Progress

Good news everyone! We are making progress with the new Dark Heresy: Digital Character Sheet patch and will include a really nice function, which allows us to push updates onto your devices without having to wait several days on the apple approval queue. We will be able to hotfix bugs in minutes after the report comes in.
I’m really excited about that, as it will improve the whole development process. Every few weeks, we will bundle up all the changes and also release them as a patch on the stores.

Dark Heresy Character App Launch today!

Dark Heresy: Digital Character Sheet IconToday is the big day we worked so hard for over the last year. Our Warhammer 40k App, the “Dark Heresy: Digital Character Sheet” is NOW available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. If you have any questions, send us a mail or get in touch via twitter. Also, if you need a review copy, please send a mail to Thomas, and we will provide you with one.

New Website is now live!

Finally, our new company website is now live on the internet, together with our new company logo and a summary of our current and future applications. If you want to know more about what we do, sign up for our newsletter or contact us with any questions you might have. If you’ve got any problems with one of our apps, mail our compentent support team. And if you can’t live without your social media experience, follow Thomas on Twitter (@dievo).