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OverCharged
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You guys ever considered releasing on Steam? Wed, 28 July 2010 01:06
Just curious if the Days of Wonder folks have given any thought or consideration to selling ticket to ride and memoir 44 online via steam?

I think both games would find a much larger audience with that exposure.

As is though Iam looking forward to memoir 44 online since setting up the game board is a pain Razz

[Updated on: Fri, 30 July 2010 19:03]

      
rasmussen81
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Re:You guys ever considered releasing on Steam? Wed, 28 July 2010 05:00
OverCharged wrote on Tue, 27 July 2010 16:06

Just curious if the Days of Wonder folks have given any thought or consideration to lselling ticket to ride and son memoir 44 online via steam?

I think both games would find a much larger audience with that exposure.

As is though Iam looking forward to memoir 44 online since setting up the game board is a pain Razz


I've never heard of "Steam". What is that?

Considering that DoW just passed the 20,000,000th mark of online games, it seems that they are doing pretty well selling Ticket to Ride on their own website. Cool I imagine they'll do well with Memoir '44 too, but I guess time will tell.

Welcome to the forum, by the way!!! It's good to have you join us online here.

[Updated on: Wed, 28 July 2010 05:03]

      
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Re:You guys ever considered releasing on Steam? Thu, 29 July 2010 01:13
Yes, we have (considered releasing our Online games on Steam).

Frankly part of the issue is getting the powers that be there to return our calls, though. I guess they're busy with their new Mac version.

This being said, if you know someone (or even just want to mention our name on their forums) please feel free to do so and let us know Very Happy
      
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Re:You guys ever considered releasing on Steam? Fri, 30 July 2010 19:03
With so many small time indie devs releasing unheard of games iam surprised Valve isnt more open to a established company calls.

Its good to hear you have considered it I have bought alot of games off Steam that frankly I never would have if I had not seen them thrown up there. Hopefully they will get back to you.
For those who havent heard of STEAM it is the largest online gaming distribution system in the world at the moment. I have heard of and played ticket to ride and memoir 44 because I have a father in law who is into board games but to be honost not a single person my age (20s) that i know has ever heard of Days of Wonder or any of the games they make. STEAM is a way to get yourself put on the front page for a day or 2 of a mass younger generation market.

Looking forward to open beta.
made that post on the STEAM forums for ya

http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13854 53

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Dasher
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Re:You guys ever considered releasing on Steam? Fri, 30 July 2010 21:58
I would like to put myself in OverCharged's corner here and say that STEAM is a great venue.
STEAM automatically updates your games, keeps all your purchases on record so you can un-install or re-install as you like and overall provides very good support.
If something clicked between DoW and Steam, that would be great.
      
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Re:You guys ever considered releasing on Steam? Sat, 31 July 2010 01:32
We haven't given up on them quite yet! We're just a tad busy right now. Rolling Eyes

Anyway, bringing our name up on their forums wouldn't hurt. Very Happy

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rasmussen81
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Re:You guys ever considered releasing on Steam? Mon, 02 August 2010 16:30
OverCharged wrote on Fri, 30 July 2010 10:03


For those who havent heard of STEAM it is the largest online gaming distribution system in the world at the moment. STEAM is a way to get yourself put on the front page for a day or 2 of a mass younger generation market.

Looking forward to open beta.
made that post on the STEAM forums for ya

http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13854 53


Sounds interesting. I had never heard of STEAM but it looks interesting, thanks for sharing. Cool I can see the appeal of having such a large audience for a game like this!

Do you know, would DoW have to only sell the games through STEAM or could they do a system that uses both their own web site and the STEAM web site?
      
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Re:You guys ever considered releasing on Steam? Tue, 03 August 2010 16:54
Ras, it seems Steam has their own interface to use with all the various programs there. So my guess is that there would need to be some tweaks to the current programs to use them on Steam. How much of tweaks I can only guess.

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LtRock
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Re:You guys ever considered releasing on Steam? Tue, 03 August 2010 21:50
Great idea,

This platform would allow this fantastic game to be enjoyed by a much bigger audience and bring in a useful revenue steam, oops Embarassed stream, at the same time to allow further development work on expansions etc. Can't wait to see the online version complete.



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Re:You guys ever considered releasing on Steam? Thu, 25 November 2010 18:27
I'm going to take the opposite track, and mention that I abjectly despise Steam.

I agree that it opens up a larger audience and greater exposure, plus the Steam client has nice benefits.

But on a customer support, technical, and privacy side, Steam is horrid.

Run a packet sniffer on your Steam account in "offline" mode and watch how much information that Steam "collects" on you while you are "offline."

Throw in the added "feature" that Steam occasionally breaks/crashes games because the Steam client needs to update and you are just asking for a headache.

Lastly, DOW folks trust me on this one...Steam support is so bad that when Steam breaks Memoir '44 Online, it will ALWAYS be DOW's fault. I have a couple Sega games through Steam and I get better support on fixing Steam Client issues from the Sega help desk than Steam.

Last time I had a Steam account issue that had to be fixed by Valve (because Sega could not help) I ended up having to get my credit card company's legal department involved and threatening to sue Valve for fraud before I received a response.

So yeah, it has some benefits, make sure you understand the risks.

[Updated on: Thu, 25 November 2010 18:56]

      
    
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