What is FirstAccess?
We're a small independent software company - that offers us the flexibility and freedom to do things differently. Sometimes the decision to do things apart from the norm is by choice - sometimes by necessity. One thing we truly rely on is the help of our community members. That's why we do our best to offer the highest level of service we can to you and we greatly appreciate the help and support you provide to us as well. That's why we began the FirstAccess system.
FirstAccess allows anyone to pre-order a copy of our upcoming release for a 15% discount off of the retail price and then participate in the beta testing process of the game if you wish to do so. We've got a great deal of loyal customers who are always willing to purchase our products right out of the gate. This is our way of rewarding you for that loyalty. It also hopefully provides new people interested in the game a chance to get in for a substantial discount as well. When you order from our webstore you will immediately receive your license ID for the game sent to your email.
That license ID can be used for one of two things. You can either sit back, relax and wait for our official release of the game at which point you will be able to download the game files and start playing or you can participate in beta testing the game. After you have pre-ordered the game there will be a download available of the most recent beta version of the game. You are welcomed to download this beta and do whatever you like with it. We hope that you will take the time to help make the game as good as it can be by volunteering some time as a tester. We have a special FirstAccess section of the forum for the game which is open to the public to view. We ask that you post all comments regarding the beta versions in that forum so that our development team can have one central location to review and respond to questions and errors. Again, this is completely optional. By pre-ordering the game you merely have the option of participating as a beta tester and you cah participate in whatever fashion you like. If you just want to test a little - that's fine. If you want to pour hours and hours into helping the game become as good as it can be - that's even better! If you simply want to use this as an opportunity to save 15% on a game you want then so be it as well.
We do want to remind you that during the period that FirstAccess is available that you are downloading and playing beta copies of the game. You will experience bugs, errors and quite possibly changes to the structure of the game that force you to end your current saved games and start from scratch. Such is the beta testing process. Again, there is no obligation by you to participate in any way in the testing process. Because we're a small independent company this is the avenue that gives us the best opportunity to get the largest number of testers possible and because the quality of our games is important to us we hope that you will take the time to lend us a hand with the testing process. It will make our games better and our company stronger and help us to continue to be able to provide great games and great service in the future.
As we near the end of the beta testing period the FirstAccess option will also end. At this point the game will once again be priced at its normal retail price and there will be a free demo to try as well so if you are the type of person that prefers to be able to test the game out before purchasing that option will of course be made available to you at the full scale release of the game.