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Zarkonnen

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I just set up a refinery thing for my game Concierge, using per-person download keys. This worked well in general, except that the game is an embedded web game, and so upon visiting the key page, the user is confronted with a message saying that there's nothing for them to download. Which is true, but they don't need to download anything!

Apart from this I'm really liking Refinery so far. :) (And if anyone on this forum wants to join Concierge's refinery, and is up for giving lots of feedback, let me know.)

In my case, I didn't understand about the concept of data structures yet. I knew about arrays, so I had all of those arrays with the same indexing, and I kept on messing up insert/remove operations, causing the data to shift between entities and creating really odd bugs...

I also very much like this idea!

I do feel that games with pretty predictable play times are easier to price. In my case, I'm currently heavily going back and forth on the final price for Airships: Conquer the Skies, which is a ship construction and RTS game. It has no plot or series of missions. So you might spend half an hour on it or 300 hours.

The elephant in the room for game pricing is that there's (almost) no marginal cost, which makes normal pricing strategies not work. You can't just slap a 30% margin on the game.

So instead, you have to pick a number where price x units sold is maximized. Which means you have to guess at the habits and psychology of potential customers. This is the big reason why discounts are so popular in game pricing. The idea is that a $20 game reduced by 50% sells more copies than a $10 game. You are signalling that the game is "really" worth $20, but you can save money by getting it for $10 instead.

In an ideal telepathic world, you would extract from each customer the exact maximum amount they're willing to pay for your game. So some rabid fans would pay $100 for it, and a fair number of people would pay $10, and finally a lot of people would pay $1 on the off chance they vaguely like it. Because you can't read people's minds and make them pay this theoretical maximum amount, you create a trade-off, wherein the sooner you want the game, and the fancier the edition, the more expensive it is. Want the Deluxe Edition at launch because you're a fan? Lots of money. Only vaguely interested? Get it in a bundle a year after the release, pay nearly nothing.

Reminds me of Langton's Loops, a type of artificial life. You could have a game-of-life-esque system where blocks of various colours interact with each other, and you need to try and accumulate useful sequences of blocks.

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I'm Zarkonnen or David Stark in human terms. I started making games as a kid by abusing FileMaker Pro. After a few years post-university doing sensible normal boring work, I once again make games. My current long-term project is Airships: Conquer the Skies.

itch.io is a pretty neat place, and I hope this new community aspect will evolve into something good too.