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Achievements, Kickstarter link-ups and other topics...

Posted by elfindreams , 04 August 2016 · 3,844 views

Achievements, Kickstarter link-ups and other topics...

So this week you might see me as a guest on the Wingman's Hangar show.... talking about Achievements so I thought I should resurrect this old blog and put some more information out there for the people who would rather read or additional information for those that did watch the show.


Before I do that, just a few small announcements / reminders.


Wingman's Hangar airs on Friday at 11am Central and you can watch it at https://www.twitch.t...scendentstudios or afterwards on Youtube at https://www.youtube....ugOmyubzn6lzPPQ. You will even see me on it this week putting the K back in quality.


Those 912 of you who were Kickstarter backers and still haven't registered an account with us, you really should and join us in the game. The game has been making some huge leaps and the new survival and miner mayhem modes are a lot of fun! As a reminder, if you haven't linked your Kickstarter account, please go out to https://descendentst...m/backer-portal and fill out your information and you should be able to join us in the game. You can download the game or link your account with Steam to get it delivered there by going to the downloads area here: https://descendentst...ts&page=du-game.


Also, Keith "dunkelza" McCormic has been busy lately and as a preview of what is to come check out this link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JNIBV70. The other shirts will be up soon and a little bird indicated that some time in the future things other than shirts will be available too.... so keep an eye out for a blog post from him Posted Image


Now onto some boring details about achievements.


We have put in place an achievement system that activates achievements after the match is completed. So when you exit a match you should see any achievements you haven't had activated before activate. There are four categories of achievements we are looking at currently:

  • Achievements based on awards here on the site- Right now the only one of these we have active and plan to have active is the Steam Link achievement which you can earn by simply linking your account with Steam and completing a game. Easy achievement available now if you are looking for one for kicks.
  • Achievements based on medal criteria- These are currently the easiest for us to implement and are going through the art cycle now and you should start to see these pop up as the art is completed for them. These activate based on total number of medals earned over a career. Right now they only focus on medals earned after a specific point earlier this week when we added environment tracking to the medal tracking code and forward so there are very few people who have earned these yet. There are 5 active at the time of this post (all based on the Kill Streak medal) and more to come as the art is finalized.
  • Achievements based on more complex criteria- These require custom code in the API to detect and they will start showing up once we are done with the medal criteria achievements. They are based on more custom type criteria like "50 different medals earned over the players' career".
  • The Mystery achievement- If you want to know more about this one, watch this week's Wingman's Hangar but be prepared to be underwhelmed.
One thing to note about the achievements that is important is that these are all still in testing and while we are finalizing these we will be potentially wiping user statistics and resetting people's stats. We have no intention of retroactively removing achievements from people but be aware that achievements might appear and disappear as we test and review and decide what the final set of achievements will be. In short bear with us as we are under construction.


Either way, enjoy and I hope to see you all underground!




Gifting, Items and Websites oh my!

Posted by elfindreams , 19 August 2015 · 4,131 views

Gifting, Items and Websites oh my!

I am guessing some of you might know who I am :) For those of you that don't, I am Elfindreams aka John Tennyson. I am among other things, a member of the Advisory Board, the first backer and I even help out developing and managing servers for Descendent Studios in my spare time.


It is in that last role that I get to talk to all you good folks today. You might have seen something new show up in the site store on Monday. You might also have noticed that if you look at your purchases you have a lot more than you used to. We have been working very hard the last couple of weeks (special thanks to Stormwind aka Jason, Fallarnon, Stealthguy and Dunkelza for all their work on this) to get you gifting and start the database back-end work necessary to eventually get you your items in the game. Those two items are the visible parts of the fruits of those labors.


If you didn't notice them, that's what I am here for :)


If you have extra packages or packages that contain "giftable" packages, you should now be able to go to the Store and see a new tab named, appropriately enough, "gifting".


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It is from that screen that you can choose one of your giftable packages, scroll down to chose an email and message and send gifts. You can also see gifts that you have sent that haven't been claimed yet and resend or cancel them (in case you put in the wrong email, etc).


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When you send a gift, the recipient will receive an email with your notes and a link that they can use to claim the gift. If they are not already a member of our community, they will be led through creating an account and once the gift is redeemed they will have all the special items (ribbons, etc) that you graciously gifted them.


Speaking of ribbons and special items, if you go to the store and select the client area and choose purchases you should see a lot of new items.
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A part of the database work we have been doing to make sure you get your items in the game and to enable gifting meant we had the pleasure of breaking out the many, many sub-items. You may notice a few items missing. Ships that have not yet been unlocked (like the Torch), ship cosmetic items (skin packs) and currency (Pals and script) have not yet been awarded. Don't worry you will get them, there are just some dependencies that mean we will be adding them at a later pass.


You may also notice (if you have them) ship tokens in your inventory. Right now we do not have the user interface to allow you to select a ship from a token, but rest assured it is on our list.


We also know that the user interface on the client area is a bit cumbersome to work with. That too is on our list :)


In the mean time, I sincerely hope you enjoy gifting, thank you once again for all your support and most of all I hope to see you all underground.



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