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P3 Module: Drained - Join me in development - samples have shipped!

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    #201 79 days ago

    Thanks for all your updates, looks like a lot of time, work and money into this development. I look forward to seeing it all together.

    #202 79 days ago

    This is very exciting!

    #203 79 days ago

    Blank playfields 3 and 4 shipped!

    #204 77 days ago

    Received! That was super fast.

    Thank you, Cmartin1235!

    I know what I'm doing tomorrow.

    #205 75 days ago

    Sample 3 has been assembled! Waiting on a metal piece to be remanufactured, then I should be able to start wiring all three sample games.

    Also the cabinet head art has been completed, and cabinet body will start tomorrow.

    Today I am testing a few additions from the weekend's programming and mulling over the addition of a new (virtual) insert once the vampire battle has started.

    1 week later
    #206 68 days ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    I have been spending time refining the code in various ways. The latest experiment involved turning both upper flippers on. I was very concerned about this when designing the game, as there was (at the time) only one upper flipper. The release of Weird Al gave a second upper flipper! I've been playing the game with both flippers enabled, all flippers on one side mapped to red buttons, and one handed play to ensure everything works as expected.

    The geometry does support the upper flippers (in fact it makes the crucial gobble shot easier), but the game was not initially designed with upper flippers in mind. With this in mind, I've made upper flippers a per-profile option, and whether or not they are enabled by default will be a question for the beta testers.

    With a LOT more playtime with the upper flippers enabled, I've determined that the game just won't work properly - long term - with them enabled.

    Plastics could be redesigned and changes to the artwork, post placement, target placements, and more - but I think it's probably best to leave the game as it was originally designed.

    I did have to scoop out a lot of custom handling of the upper flippers and messaging/scoring related to them, but I feel it's a better decision for the reliability/longevity of the game.

    In completely unrelated news, I ordered myself a new plastic set...

    Artwork is proceeding well, the lower cabinet artwork is on track to be finished this week. That means I can get the artwork over for quoting this week/end and have the artist focus on tightening up and creating the remaining digital assets. There's a final -physical- component that I have not yet begun to work on. That is the speaker panel artwork, which applies to new cabinet builds only. I feel that I can circle back around to this later on (closer to release).

    I've also begun work on other promotional aspects. Some I know exactly what I'm doing, others I'll need to hire out. "Why start so early?", I hear you asking? Well, for a single creator/owner/operator, I want to make sure that any promotion fits within my budget and will show the game off well. I'm a text kinda person - if you've been following these updates, you know that's the case.

    Not everyone is a text person. I need to hire someone with expertise in connecting with people through photos/video, with the equipment to do it well. That's going to require some conversation and time. I've been doing research into ballpark pricing and portfolios of several companies that I think could do the job.

    Meanwhile... I have all of the electrical supplies either on order or received to start wiring. I can start laying out my final harnesses for almost all aspects of these samples this week!

    The next unknown is packaging. For shipping the sample games, I will re-use the module boxes of games I've purchased from Multimorphic. But the unknown is how to adequately protect them in shipping without causing damage to plastics in the heat.

    On the game front, in all the testing this past week, I found and fixed a variety of callout bugs in specific vampire battles, I found that I accidentally replaced one vampire callout's audio file (oops!), and found an incorrect handling of the bonus multiplier in one instance. The code feels really complete (aside from art+animations). I will be having a few local friends over to playtest and give opinions while I finish up the sample builds.

    1 week later
    #207 58 days ago

    The largest piece of artwork in the game, the cabinet side art, will be complete today, and sent to the printer for review and scheduling.

    Making several copies of the game has shaken out some supply chain issues, especially on the electrical side. As I mentioned in the last update, the final bits should be here this week, which will allow me to start testing the samples I've wired. I've found a few areas where dimples may need to be moved/added/removed. Still thinking about that.

    I got the three samples all documented and wired in one day for switch commons, coils, and GI. The supplies arriving will allow for the 'switched' portion of the switches, and the RGB LEDs. The final module took much less than half the time of the first one.

    I've added a new series of rules/animations/verbiage that impact the vampire battles and work really well (I think), and continue to polish the user experience.

    Promotion work continues!

    #208 58 days ago

    woot woot! it's moving along nicely!

    #209 58 days ago

    Getting accurate backside dimples with a hobby CNC machine has proven tricky. If the dimples are a millimeter or two off for a quadrant of the board, the problem may be in a rotational misalignment, not the design.

    #210 58 days ago
    Quoted from Cmartin1235:

    Getting accurate backside dimples with a hobby CNC machine has proven tricky. If the dimples are a millimeter or two off for a quadrant of the board, the problem may be in a rotational misalignment, not the design.

    Thanks for confirming my suspicions... I may not know enough to make the determination on whether to change yet.

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    #211 51 days ago

    Wow, a lot has happened in a week:

    1) Cabinet physical artwork is at the printer for testers. Should pick up tomorrow and I cannot wait.
    2) First promo item came in from France and it's awesome (I'll post some info soon).
    3) Some promo items for my company have started arriving (I'll post some photos soon).
    4) Ordered bound manuals for testers. There are a few things that need tweaking before production on those, but I wanted feedback.
    5) All samples are wired. The documentation portion was a LOT more intense than I thought it would be, but now I can really crank out builds.
    6) All samples are in testing now. I want to ensure that they not only function 100% but that I can play a number of games on them before sending them out.
    7) Some continued tweaks to the code. It's feeling really nice (to me). Hopefully testers enjoy.
    8) Started looking at shipping material for the sample modules. I'm reusing some shipping boxes from modules I've received for these. One of the great things about the modules is how easily they ship. I'm hoping to have all the modules tested and boxed by the end of the weekend.
    9) Reorganized my build stations last night and cleaned out any empty anti-static bags and the like.
    10) Completed an interview about Quest For Glory to be incorporated into an upcoming book.
    11) Other promo work has continued, and I've found folks to hire with solid portfolios and competent communication (and prices that fall in my budget-ish).
    12) The attract mode still background is almost complete. Once this is done, there are a few other key digital assets, then it's animation time! I've got animations storyboarded, but I can't draw AT ALL. Thankfully my artist is very patient.
    13) I guess this goes without saying, but the external artwork has all been approved by Multimorphic, and should be near-final if not final.

    I've also confirmed that I'll be at the York show this October 6-8th. All of my other P3 work (including Quest For Glory, making its first public appearance!) will be there in free play, along with the Multi-Bingo and Multi-Races. By request, I am bringing the 20 hole playfield for the Multi-Bingo, so if you give that a shot (and if you want one of the very limited promo items, you'll want to do so), expect a lot of math! Don't worry, I'll coach you through it. Anyway, I hope to see everyone there!!

    I'll post again once the samples are sent, and will update as changes are required to code.

    There are some other things happening in the background on this, but more will be revealed in time.

    #212 47 days ago

    Samples have shipped to beta testers, including full art packages. Assuming they all travel well, hopefully I will start receiving beta feedback at the end of this week.

    Each module has been through a testing process that involves not only ensuring that all lamps, coils, and switches work properly, but playtesting a few dozen games in Drained and a handful each of Barnyard and Shoot n' Scoot to ensure that everything works appropriately.

    Boxing up these samples involved reusing the boxes and packing foam (reshaped to fit Drained) from previous module purchases. The foam that worked best was that used for Cannon Lagoon. The shipping boxes for Multimorphic playfield modules are identically sized, so that, at least, was an easy decision.

    In other news, we had visitors over yesterday, and the evening was spent playing the game - with players from 5 years old to their 70s. All had a great time and they all enjoyed the artwork, music, callouts, lighting effects and gameplay. The youngest players verbalized that a bit differently than the older ones (hitting the start button over and over to play just one more game).

    The attract mode still background should be finished later this morning. Additional digital artwork will be updated throughout the week, and animation work will begin late this week or early next week. I'm also working on a few other game-related promo tasks.

    #213 46 days ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    Samples have shipped to beta testers, including full art packages. Assuming they all travel well, hopefully I will start receiving beta feedback at the end of this week.
    Each module has been through a testing process that involves not only ensuring that all lamps, coils, and switches work properly, but playtesting a few dozen games in Drained and a handful each of Barnyard and Shoot n' Scoot to ensure that everything works appropriately.
    Boxing up these samples involved reusing the boxes and packing foam (reshaped to fit Drained) from previous module purchases. The foam that worked best was that used for Cannon Lagoon. The shipping boxes for Multimorphic playfield modules are identically sized, so that was an easy decision.
    In other news, we had visitors over yesterday, and the evening was spent playing the game - with players from 5 years old to their 70s. All had a great time and they all enjoyed the artwork, music, callouts, lighting effects and gameplay. The youngest players verbalized that a bit differently than the older ones (hitting the start button over and over to play just one more game).
    The attract mode still background should be finished later this morning. Additional digital artwork will be updated throughout the week, and animation work will begin late this week or early next week. I'm also working on a few other game-related promo tasks.

    Can’t wait to see this thing!

    #214 46 days ago

    Thank you! I can't wait to show you!

    There are so many ducks to get in a row, and as I line up 10, I discover another 10 need wrangling. I'm sorry to keep serving this word salad to you.

    One of the testers received their module today! A few lessons learned on the packaging, but nothing catastrophic (thankfully!). Just some shifting where it was not expected.

    Curious to see how the next one looks out of the box.

    I'm putting the finishing touches on the website design right now, then I expect I'll be head down working on integrating beta feedback and digital art direction. The attract mode screen is gorgeous... but part of my direction wasn't followed, and it's created a problem with visibility. I spent some time with the artist today and we came up with a plan to (relatively) quickly correct the issue. Hopefully it works well.

    Once that is done, it will be time to focus on a few of the digital assets that I've created as placeholders.

    #215 40 days ago

    More time passed, more progress:

    1) Website complete.
    2) Attract screen redrawn/replaced
    3) Placeholder inserts redrawn
    4) Tester feedback implemented (so far!).

    The artist is now working on some of the assets related to one of the primary batches of animations.

    This weekend, I also built a small series of displays (digital) with some simple animations and realtime countdown clocks to indicate when players should come back for the next game swap at shows.

    #216 40 days ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    More time passed, more progress:
    1) Website complete.
    2) Attract screen redrawn/replaced
    3) Placeholder inserts redrawn
    4) Tester feedback implemented (so far!).
    The artist is now working on some of the assets related to one of the primary batches of animations.

    When does the website go live?

    #217 40 days ago
    Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

    When does the website go live?

    It will go live when I've got an idea of when the game will be for sale or when I do a full art/game reveal (whichever comes first, but realistically those will go hand-in-hand).

    Filming/photoing is really important, and I want the animations to be further along before that process begins.

    I'll have a small teaser to post shortly... stay tuned!

    #218 40 days ago

    Every year at the York show, I run a giveaway for those that do well in Bingo Row. In years past, I've given away books about bingo pinball signed by the author, t-shirts and limited art prints with the logo of Bingo Row, keychains with the Multi-Bingo logo, tokens from Multi-Races, and more.

    This year, I wanted to do a little promo work for Drained and continue the streak of giving away something really limited and special. I commissioned a company in France to cut a record postcard that includes a medley/slice of several tracks from Drained! I'm really excited about these!

    These are extremely limited. If anyone here would like one and cannot attend the York show, shoot me a PM and if there are any left over, I'll set one aside for you. No guarantees, and first come, first served.

    Here's your first look at some of the game's art!

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    https://photos.app.goo.gl/imuc6RTtmex5Jsus5

    https://www.vinylpost.co/sounds/NB3TC/

    #219 40 days ago

    Very Edward Gorey PBS Mystery intro, great design choice.

    1 week later
    #220 32 days ago

    Testing continues, I've continued to integrate feedback from the testers and continued to review my own work and attempt to improve and polish things to a mirror shine.

    I have a list which grows shorter by the day.

    Beta testing feedback has been very positive, which is really exciting (for me)!

    Quoted from ecurtz:

    Very Edward Gorey PBS Mystery intro, great design choice.

    Thank you! I look forward to hearing the reaction to the full reveal.

    #221 32 days ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    Testing continues, I've continued to integrate feedback from the testers and continued to review my own work and attempt to improve and polish things to a mirror shine.
    I have a list which grows shorter by the day.
    Beta testing feedback has been very positive, which is really exciting (for me)!

    Thank you! I look forward to hearing the reaction to the full reveal.

    HUGE Gorey fan here. I can't wait to see this game. Nick, are you bringing this to York?

    #222 32 days ago
    Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

    I can't wait to see this game. Nick, are you bringing this to York?

    Thank you - I can't wait to show you!

    I want to have the reveal materials complete before a public showing, though.
    So if I'm able to get everything prepped and edited before York, it could happen. It's very unlikely, though.

    I am bringing Quest for Glory, Flipper Foxtrot, Ranger In The Ruins, and Silver Falls on the P3, and the Multi-Bingo and Multi-Races, so lots of other Nick Baldridge games to try out while you wait for this one.

    #223 26 days ago

    Beta feedback has continued, but thankfully nothing earth-shattering has been found.

    I've started integrating more and more digital artwork into the game.

    I also reached out to several operator friends to see what kind of audits they would like to see and have implemented some of these to make their lives easier if they choose to route this game at some point.

    I've also added more clarity to the Drained owner's manual on certain points, particularly pertaining to the added/changed audits.

    As things have progressed really well with the beta (way better than usual, actually), I'm almost to the point where I'm ready to send it off to Multimorphic for review. I would still like some more animations added before then, so it's a bit of a balancing act as it is difficult to pin down an exact delivery date on some items.

    #224 26 days ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    Beta feedback has continued, but thankfully nothing earth-shattering has been found.
    I've started integrating more and more digital artwork into the game.
    I also reached out to several operator friends to see what kind of audits they would like to see and have implemented some of these to make their lives easier if they choose to route this game at some point.
    I've also added more clarity to the Drained owner's manual on certain points, particularly pertaining to the added/changed audits.
    As things have progressed really well with the beta (way better than usual, actually), I'm almost to the point where I'm ready to send it off to Multimorphic for review. I would still like some more animations added before then, so it's a bit of a balancing act as it is difficult to pin down an exact delivery date on some items.

    Amazing progress, once I get my machine, is there a list I can get on for being a potential beta tester for future titles as I would love the opportunity to help\contribute and put my detailed OCD skills\talent to good use.

    Congrats again.

    #225 26 days ago

    Thank you! I do have a list of potentially interested testers that I'll add you to.

    #226 26 days ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    Thank you! I do have a list of potentially interested testers that I'll add you to.

    Awesome and thanks, happy to help in anyway I can

    1 week later
    #227 18 days ago

    Another week and more feedback integrated. I have added some more digital graphics and onscreen animations and interactive elements, more Twitch-connect functionality, and more easter eggs.

    Things are progressing well and I suspect the attract animation (which should be the final animation) work will begin in a few weeks.

    1 week later
    #228 8 days ago

    Things are still on track! More digital artwork is being integrated, some of which requires new programming, but all handled easily.

    This coming week should include more of the remaining punchlist of artwork prior to the attract mode animation assets. I suspect that in two weeks I will have all of the remaining artwork complete and integrated in the game/animated.

    #229 8 days ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    Things are still on track! More digital artwork is being integrated, some of which requires new programming, but all handled easily.
    This coming week should include more of the remaining punchlist of artwork prior to the attract mode animation assets. I suspect that in two weeks I will have all of the remaining artwork complete and integrated in the game/animated.

    Eagerly sitting back and waiting in anticipation.

    Thanks for all you do and can’t want to get my P3 and add this module\game and I’m sure many additional games will be created using this module.

    Have a great and safe weekend.

    #230 8 days ago

    Thank you so much Pinball_Eddie! I'm hopeful that people like it once it is shown.

    Quoted from Pinball_Eddie:

    Have a great and safe weekend.

    I hope you do the same!

    #231 2 days ago

    Today the final pieces of art for the attract mode animation should be returned. Beta testing has been continuous since sample modules were received by testers. Once I have the final parts of the animation rigged, a 'final call' on beta testing will occur, then I'll move the software to release candidate status.

    At that point, I'll send Multimorphic a copy of the module for review. The software will be as complete and polished as I believe it should be upon retail release.

    I'm concurrently working on the marketing. I've begun work on a flyer, and have refined storyboards and angles needed for the video/photos.
    Now that all assets are in the game, I can actually work on getting that video produced while I incorporate any suggestions/changes from Multimorphic.

    #232 2 days ago

    What's the typical agreement between Multimorphic and third party developers? When is a review by Multimorphic needed?

    #233 2 days ago

    Is is a go to have on hand at the York show?

    #234 2 days ago
    Quoted from clempo:

    What's the typical agreement between Multimorphic and third party developers?

    You'll want to speak with Multimorphic for contractual details.

    Quoted from clempo:

    When is a review by Multimorphic needed?

    A review is needed before wide release. All of my commercial games have gone through the review process.

    #235 2 days ago
    Quoted from chillme:

    Is is a go to have on hand at the York show?

    It will not make the York show this year. I want the game announcement/reveal marketing released prior to public showing. It should be getting over to Multimorphic for review about the time York starts.

    However, the other games I've made will be there, and I will too! You'll still be able to win a vinyl postcard for Drained, if you like, which will hopefully tide you over until the game is officially announced.

    #236 2 days ago

    I don't know if you've addressed it at some point, but since you are the first 3rd party module developer I'm curious if this will be sold through MM store or through you directly?

    #237 2 days ago
    Quoted from BorgDog:

    I don't know if you've addressed it at some point, but since you are the first 3rd party module developer I'm curious if this will be sold through MM store or through you directly?

    Once Multimorphic has approved (fingers crossed!) the module and software, then we will review contractual terms, including specifics of sales.

    #238 2 days ago
    Quoted from BorgDog:

    I don't know if you've addressed it at some point, but since you are the first 3rd party module developer I'm curious if this will be sold through MM store or through you directly?

    All P3 games are distributed through the MM store; they perform the game builds using a bot, and once your P3 machine is tagged to the game, it becomes available for you to download.

    #239 2 days ago
    Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

    they perform the game builds using a bot, and once your P3 machine is tagged to the game, it becomes available for you to download.

    A difference with full modules - the software is not built on demand or tied to specific hardware. Owning the module hardware is your 'key' to playing the game.

    #240 2 days ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    A difference with full modules - the software is not built on demand or tied to specific hardware. Owning the module hardware is your 'key' to playing the game.

    Aah! Good point. So this would apply to 'Drained'

    #241 2 days ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    It will not make the York show this year. I want the game announcement/reveal marketing released prior to public showing. It should be getting over to Multimorphic for review about the time York starts.
    However, the other games I've made will be there, and I will too! You'll still be able to win a vinyl postcard for Drained, if you like, which will hopefully tide you over until the game is officially announced.

    Great, it will be nice to meet you and see the games. I have a year wait for my P3 to be built, so this will only amp things up for me

    #242 2 days ago
    Quoted from chillme:

    Great, it will be nice to meet you and see the games. I have a year wait for my P3 to be built, so this will only amp things up for me.

    I look forward to meeting you! See you in... a couple weeks!

    #243 2 days ago

    So excited for this and to get my P3 and join the club\family.

    Also can’t wait till my little one gets a little older and be able to go to some of these shows, expos and tournaments.

    Hope everyone is doing well.

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