Subvein v0.53 will go up within 24 hours!!!!

Tue 13 Oct 2009, 22:21 by bencelot



Yay! It's about damn time!!

As you know the youtube video has been finished.. which means we're ready to launch our full scale advertising assault!

Skills were the focus of last version - players and community are the focus of this version. I wanted to go advertising crazy for v0.52.. but once I discovered so many bugs I stopped posting and wanted to fix the bugs instead. First impressions and all.

Now Subvein is bug free (we hope), balanced and in the best condition of its life! If we all push now to advertise we can reach the critical mass where the community grows on its own. We just have to get it there first.

Here's why v0.53 is the version where Subvein goes liftoff:

1: IMPROVED GAMEPLAY
1) The game is simply better. Bug fixes, balances, new maps, new features. All good! More to like, more to play!

2: CONSTANT USER ADVERTISING
2) I'm going to advertise it non-stop and you can too! We were doing this before and in a few days got an 18 player game going! Then as mentioned above I stopped.. simply because if I spent all the time playing the game and advertising then I'd never get a new version out and too many people would leave due to bugs and/or OP seek rifles. Not a problem anymore.

This is the main area where you can help, and I urge you to post about Subvein anywhere you think they'll like it. At the very least, go back to the community that told YOU about Subvein in the first place and start a new topic showing them how much better it is. Make sure to include links to both the website and the youtube video and maybe some screenshots too. :)

Another way you can help is by clicking that little SHARE button down the bottom left of the screen right now. It makes it very easy to post links about Subvein to facebook, digg, stumbleupon, email, etc.. go ahead, give it a go!

3: GAMEPLAY VIDEO
This is a BIG one and helps in 2 ways. Firstly it brings extra traffic directly from youtube. We've all seen the RIDICULOUS amount of views some videos get... and even if this video gets a fraction of that it'll still bring thousands of new visitors. If you want more players in the servers, very simply view, favourite, rate and comment the youtube video to help make it popular. Even something as simple as advertising the link on msn or facebook will bring your friends and network into the juicy fast-paced goodness!

The second way that this video helps is that it'll make the previous point far far more effective. How many people read a forum post.. look at the screenshots but click away unconvinced because they can't see the gameplay in action. Could it be a virus? Is it worth my time? I'm so hesitant, yadda yadda. I expect a much higher percentage of visits from all forum posts that provide a link to the youtube video.

4: PAID ADVERTISING
Ohh yeah, that's right.. we're getting pretty official now!! I'm going to start paying for facebook advertising to bring in a constant stream of visitors. This is using real money to share the word and it's very very effective. You'll also notice that I've added a new "Donate Subvein" button down the bottom right of the page there. All money donated will go directly into extra online advertising, in addition to what I'm paying out of my own pocket.

5: PROPER INSTALLER & AUTOMATIC UPDATES
This final point is different from the rest, but still very important. Now you can install Subvein to your computer, making it much easier and more convenient to start up a game. No longer will you have to create your own shortcuts or keep an annoying Subvein folder on the desktop. The shortcut is in the start menu now baby.. use it.

Now new players who like the game but are fairly casual about it will continue to play. Think about it.. unless you're hardcore you're not going to want to keep this annoying folder on your desktop forever. It'll just get deleted eventually. But if Subvein is INSTALLED then it'll stay on their computers a lot longer.

For example, I would call myself a casual Soldat player. The only reason I still play it is because it's installed on my computer.. but I know that if it wasn't installed I wouldn't bother downloading it again. So I'm VERY interested to see how this works out.


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Anyway!! Wrapping up now.. After listing all 5 of those points I'm VERY excited to see how it's all going to turn out. All 5 of these factors will play a major role in the development and growth of our lovely little community. All I ask of you is to play the game and tell your friends.


9 Comments


elricsfate says:

Tue 13 Oct 2009, 22:51


Did you get the free advertising thing I told you about on facebook? You get 100 dollars of it free.


Snipufin says:

Tue 13 Oct 2009, 22:52


elricsfate wrote:
Did you get the free advertising thing I told you about on facebook? You get 100 dollars of it free.


What 100 money?


bencelot says:

Tue 13 Oct 2009, 22:53


I haven't done that yet. I'm just doing the last finishing touches on the game and website then I'll upload and start advertising.

Apparently the results are pretty immediate.. with the ad being displayed to thousands of people immediately upon submission, so I want everything to be perfect first. :)

What was the link again? Cheers


elricsfate says:

Wed 14 Oct 2009, 01:08


http://apps.facebook.com/visabusiness/adcredit/step1


yeh its pretty neat. I tried it out myself and it works pretty well. I got the money they offered then just paused the ad after the hundred dollars ran out.


bencelot says:

Wed 14 Oct 2009, 01:54


ahh thanks :)

and how long did it take for that $100 to run out?
I guess it depends on how narrow your target audience is.

Were doing pay per click or pay per impression?

How much was each?


elricsfate says:

Wed 14 Oct 2009, 03:57


I would do pay per click. That way u only pay if someone is directed to ure site. Make sure u use subvein.net as the site and not ure facebook page or group


bencelot says:

Wed 14 Oct 2009, 04:24


Yup, that's what I was planning on doing. How long did it take you to burn through $100 worth of advertising?


Ragnaros says:

Wed 14 Oct 2009, 12:26


*speading the video all around teh internet right now*


elricsfate says:

Wed 14 Oct 2009, 17:46


I think it was about a week. You can limit how much money is spent per day before the ad will cut itself off for the day. Thats entirely up to you.

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