Book of Travels opens early access for ‘nomad’ backers, emphasizes NDA

    
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Tiny MMO Book of Travels is continuing its staggered early access rollout today. While “settler” ($52) tier players were invited in at the top of the month, now “nomad” tier backers ($31) have been welcomed into the game, leaving only those of us in the “traveler” cheapie seats to go. If that’s you, you can go pick up your Steam key through BackerKit. Just note that there’s still something of an NDA or embargo on sharing in place for now.

“In order to build the maximum momentum that we need to make the game a success, we kindly ask you NOT TO SHARE screenshots, reviews, or any details of your experience beyond our private channels (namely Discord Book of Travels Beta Channel),” Might and Delight says. “We cannot stress how much it means to us that you keep your game play between us until the day before launch day on October 10th – this game has been nearly five years in the making, the manner and mood of its public debut matter greatly to us.”

The formal Chapter Zero early access launch is still slated for Monday, October 11th.

Source: Kickstarter
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GumpsGang

They released their development roadmap on Discord and Steam. This is a true early access, still a lot of development to go. I suspect they while they want to show off the uniqueness and beauty of their game, they also don’t want to make the error of over-hyping this early.

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Relmharver

An NDA until the day before launch? They have learned well the lessons of the Crowdfunding Standards and Practices guidebook.

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tykytys

Well I’m one of those Settler people so I have logged into the game etc. I’m very supportive of the game concept. I hope I’m not violating the spirit of the NDA when I say that any game that has tea as an element is a winner for me… in concept at least.

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SkySharkX2

Anyone else get red flag feelings when they mention the NDA going on till the day before it comes out? I mean wouldn’t you want to build hype by letting people talk about it?

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Michael Fuchs

Yes

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Aord

I’d consider it a smoke test and since there’s only a handful of days to wait till NDA lifts I would not call sky’s falling just yet.

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Vanquesse V

My guess is that it’s to keep spoilers to a minimum. It seems like a game that would be quite fun to jump into with almost no prior knowledge.
I’m not even just story spoilers, but also how the game works on a mechanical level, what skills do and all that.

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EmberStar

If the game was a complete dumpster fire, someone would go ahead and break the NDA, I think. It’s not great that they’re holding it to right before release, and that *IS* a thing that dumpster fire games (and movies) tend to do. But yeah, maybe it’s just that they don’t want people posting a full wiki for it before it’s even launched. Dunno. Not sure I’m in the target audience even if it is any good.

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agemyth 😩

No. NDAs for games not in open testing or release is normal. You can wait a few days for opinions to come out. Don’t pay to test games.

As someone who is a fan of this studio’s work and is looking forward to this game greatly, I expect most people will not like it. They don’t have a history of making games that appeal to normal gamer sensibilities. The controls in their other games all suck. There is barely anything to “do” in the games they have made. Don’t expect this game to (especially in testing phases) have broad appeal. Niche title from a niche developer.