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A Question to Fizzer: 1/3/2011 22:53:51

Eli
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Two questions actually.

Question #1:
Why does such a great game like this have a population of under 10,000? I see other risk clones having more than twice that population, and they don't have nearly as many features of this.

Question #2:
How do you keep this game running with no income and lots of expenses? The server must cost a fortune to keep up, and I don't see any premium features or advertisements on this site that would make you money.
A Question to Fizzer: 1/3/2011 23:34:51


Duke 
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I don't know the answer to either question, but I'll speculate.

#1 cause it's in beta and will eventually "launch" as a fully formed game/product.

#2 I suspect the costs are lower than you think, but even a modest $500 a month is still an expense worth avoiding. The income is probably zero. I suspect it's the Facebook model and it's better not to commercialize while you're building a user base (and beta testing/developing). That said, I don't see why an entirely voluntary and discreet contribution method, e.g. a donation page would pose a problem. It would deter no one, and would likely generate sufficient income to defray costs. Perhaps Randy is sufficiently wealthy (and/or the costs are sufficiently low) that it's not worth it.
A Question to Fizzer: 1/4/2011 02:42:03


Perrin3088 
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#1 it was invite only until relatively recently, and he doesn't use false advertising like the evony games just to get people to play...

#2, as i understand it, many people have *asked* him to put in a donations page, because they desired to donate, but he hasn't done it.. his intentions are unknown to me of course..
A Question to Fizzer: 1/5/2011 07:46:18

The Impaller 
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"he doesn't use false advertising like the evony games just to get people to play..."

Which is obviously a mistake... Where are all the Warlight ads featuring excessive cleavage and a phrase loosely related to game play?
A Question to Fizzer: 1/6/2011 16:21:22

BM123432 
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"This isn't your father's risk game!"

"Board games / seem a bore? / perhaps try it / with fog of war / WarLight"

"Julie wants to play a strategic 1v1 with you! Accept?"

"RISK XXXTREEEEMMMMMEEEE"

Can I be hired as advertising manager yet?
A Question to Fizzer: 1/6/2011 18:04:52


Duke 
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You're living up to your name :)
A Question to Fizzer: 1/6/2011 18:09:43

BM123432 
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Harsh!
A Question to Fizzer: 1/30/2011 23:05:32


The Dark Prince
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You know, I was wondering the same thing. How does Fizzer keep this game up and running?
A Question to Fizzer: 1/31/2011 08:05:38


Polaris 
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he's either rich <_<

>_> or he's a jedi
A Question to Fizzer: 2/3/2011 01:20:17

Pinkbladder
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i was talking to him once, he seems to be taking a break from working at a company. and how long has this been in beta?
A Question to Fizzer: 2/3/2011 11:50:20


Matma Rex 
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Changelog sez:

2008-06-18: New features for pre-alpha phase 0:
(...)

2009-02-14: New features for beta phase 0:
(...)


So that's about two years in beta, two and a half in existence.
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