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Nuntar
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Joined recently? Wait, does that mean such a thing is still open? Where?

Since the project is on a beta board, you would have to have CaravelNet membership and turn on "Available for beta testing holds" in your profile.

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09-30-2020 at 08:30 PM
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In the next few weeks/months I'll have a lot of time to spend on things at home, so if possible, I'd like to participate testing this Entry Point hold, just to do something fun and probably useful. I've enabled the "available for beta testing" setting.

What would be the next step? :-)
01-30-2021 at 10:13 PM
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I've sent you an invite, so next time you are on the forum main page, you should see it at the top of your page with "Accept" and "Reject" buttons. Naturally, we would prefer you to click "Accept" :P

This will give you access to both the latest version of the hold and its beta board, which is where feedback should be posted. You could also drop into CaravelNet chat any time, and there are often a few members of the EP team around.

One word of advice: the hold is very large, and Chapters 1-5 are almost completely finished now, so you may prefer to skip those chapters and concentrate on the later ones, where feedback is most needed. If you want to play through from the beginning, though, any feedback you choose to give will be welcome.

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01-31-2021 at 09:33 PM
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I'd also like to test Entry Point, though, to be honest, I'm not sure how useful my critique would be. I am a rank amateur, though, so I can at least gauge how useful the guides are to me!
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I would be interested in testing as well if there is still ‘room’.

I am still working my way through TSS, but, um, it’s kind of hard in some places?

Josh

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07-11-2021 at 12:49 PM
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jbluestein wrote:
I would be interested in testing as well if there is still ‘room’.

I am still working my way through TSS, but, um, it’s kind of hard in some places?

Josh

Entry Point is slightly harder than TSS IMO. I myself have to resume testing the hold, because I was neglecting it for a while

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Assigning a single difficulty level to EP or TSS is pretty much impossible. EP starts significantly easier than TSS starts, closer to early GatEB, but ramps up to probably around Complex Complex difficulty.

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07-18-2021 at 05:33 PM
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Time for another update :thumbsup

We're still making great progress -- with 2.8% gained over the last two months, at the current rate of progress we should be finished within another six, even without compromising on any of the content we'd like to have. That's not a guarantee, of course, but it means that things are very hopeful.

Those who have signed up recently have been great additions to the team and have helped enormously. So, as always, the door is open if anyone else wants to take part.

Dragon Fogel's streams are now midway through Chapter 4, and pretty much all issues before that point have been resolved. There are only twelve remaining unfinished levels -- most of them in varying states of partial completion and some nearly finished -- and an ever-shrinking list of levels we are looking for more testing on.

I know I've said a few times in the past that I hope we can get this finished in the next year, and each time that hasn't worked out, but this time I feel confident that we will be releasing some time in 2021. I don't know exactly when, but the current plan is that around Christmas we will look at where we are up to and decide on a tentative release date.
Have there been any updates since this?
10-23-2021 at 02:39 AM
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Nuntar has unfortunately been severely preoccupied. He expects things to get better for him in January. I'll leave it up to him if he wants to clarify the situation any more than that.

This has unfortunately resulted in a lack of main hold updates. I've been trying to get some of my own architecture work done to keep things moving in the meantime, though.

Because of this delay, it's still going to be a while before we finish. However, it's likely that early next year we'll make a shift from "finishing the levels" to "work on just getting the hold out even if we don't finish all the levels we wanted to do".

The good news is that the last year or so of work has greatly reduced the number of things that might get cut out. At this point, all but a few levels have either a full draft or something close to one. A lot of what still needs to be done is testing and making changes in response to feedback, and we've made good progress on the levels that needed the most changes.

It's good to hear that people are still interested, and I for one will be doing what I can to make sure that next year is when this finally goes out the door.
10-23-2021 at 03:17 AM
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So... it's been a long time since I posted an update. :P I was hoping to be settled down in my new flat in January, but things look a lot longer than expected. However, I finally completed the purchase a month ago today, and two weeks ago got the internet connected and permanently moved in. So, it will be a lot easier for me to keep up with EP work from now on.

Dragon Fogel has been doing awesome work in the meantime, keeping up with streaming his playthrough of the entire hold, which has helped us to structure our feedback and editing so that more and more levels can be shunted to the "finished" pile and we can focus our energy on the remaining ones.

We have finally crossed the 95% barrier -- in fact our bar on the beta board is now at 95.25%. Fogel's streams are now more than halfway through Chapter 8, the last story-based chapter (although there is one more tier of content after this). Clean-up is going very well, and most of these levels are now finished -- which says a lot more about the skill and hard work of the original architects than it does about mine :P

At this point I don't want to speculate about a release date -- a lot depends on what happens as we transition from mostly clean-up to trying to build the rooms we need for unfinished levels. But I will keep posting here to keep everyone updated, and I might be doing some architecture streams soon.

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06-11-2022 at 12:50 AM
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Today, we celebrate having kept this thing going, through all manner of circumstances and difficult times, for eight years.

And we are still going :) Our bar is up to 95.75% -- maybe we will pass Treacle Stew soon? -- and clean-up work has moved on from Chapter 8 to what we, internally, call "Tier S", the very final tier of optional levels. In fact we are almost halfway through this now.

I haven't been able to do architecture streams yet -- for one thing, I started a programming course in July that has been taking up most of my time -- but it's still a possibility for the future, especially after my course ends in October. We'll see.

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09-13-2022 at 08:56 PM
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We are making really good progress. Treacle Stew pulled ahead, but we have nearly caught up, with our bar now at 96.6%.

We now expect that by the end of this year, Dragon Fogel's testing streams will have gotten through all the complete levels, and those can be moved to the "absolutely finished, no more changes" pile. Then all that's left will be finishing what is now a small handful of incomplete levels.

I don't know exactly how things are going to go, and I've been wrong about things before, but it really does look like we can have this all wrapped up some time in 2023. Huge thanks to everyone for being so patient! :thumbsup

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Really looking forward to it! :thumbsup
So much DROD content!

As I'm really bad with gel it'll probably be out months before I mastered Treacle Stew! :lol

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