Regency Love App Update: iPad, bug fixes, metaphorical fireworks

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Remember, remember, the fifth of November:
Darlington townsfolk and plot;
No need to wait,
So grab this update,
And start your next character slot.

While many parts of the British Isles are partaking in Guy Fawkes Day with all sorts of fireworkery today, Darlington remains relatively quiet, since Mrs Norris is most vocally against such tomfoolery. Although we at Tea For Three Studios would be the first to encourage any sort of silliness, we wouldn’t want to disagree openly with Mrs Norris—so we’ve decided to set off some metaphorical fireworks, and hope that with this latest Regency Love update, our sparks will light every corner of your heart!

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Note: It may take up to a few hours for the update to be available, depending on Apple and/or your country’s App Store, but we’ve released it on our end!

This update includes the following major features:

  • Various bug fixes;
  • An iPad version with full compatibility and a separate interface;
  • In-game button to report any potential bugs (those pesky things!);
  • Some sneaky polishing of the graphics—and perhaps a surprise or two.

Specifically, we’ve fixed these bugs:

  • Schoolchildren weren’t showing up in the memoirs, but are now visible to keep your inner “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” mode happy;
  • Sometimes the database becomes corrupt during the migration between updates. We’ve fixed a few of the bugs, but we’re not always sure what causes it. In case you do encounter a bug we’ve missed, there is a way to start a clean game while keeping your achievements;
  • Players couldn’t progress in the story despite maxing out their stats, which has been fixed.

We want to thank everyone who has contributed to the bug-fixing by contacting us through all sorts of platforms, including our official reporting post. Since our in-game “Report a Problem” button will be a much easier way for you to help us weed out any bugs, typos, and other nasties in the future, we’ll be closing comments to the post—it’s certainly had a good run!

And before we go, you know what we said earlier about not having fireworks in Darlington? Well, as long as Mrs Norris doesn’t find out…

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Release party and Twitter live-chat

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As mentioned on a blog post a few weeks back, we’ll be holding our delayed Regency Love 2.0 release party this Friday (18 Sept). As part of the celebrations, we’ll be on Twitter from 6-7pm AEST, ready to answer any questions you have about the game, the stories, the characters, and anything else you might have been wondering. Up until now, I (Samantha) have been answering most of the questions about future updates and technical glitches, but since all three of us are in the same country/hemisphere/physical space for the first time in over a year, we’re welcoming all sorts of questions, since we’ll be able to answer directly without having to exchange a dozen emails and/or texts. Additionally, if you have any questions for us individually in relation to our work (e.g. “Jenny, how many drafts of Mr XXX did you go through before the final thing?” or “Melody, how long did it take for you to create the initial database?”), please feel free to ask those, too. Basically, we’d love to talk about anything and everything related to Regency Love, Costume Theatre, and our possible future projects, so please ask away!

When joining us in the live chat and asking all your awesome questions, please use the hashtag #T43Chat. Our Twitter is @TeaForThreeTime, but you don’t have to mention us–the hashtag itself is perfect!

We also know that 6-7pm AEST (Sydney) on Friday mightn’t suit everyone–that’s 9-10am BST, 4-5am EDT, and 1-2am PDT (for more time zones, please consult this converter). But never fear: if you can’t make the live chat, you can ask your questions ahead of time using the hashtag #T43Chat, and we’ll answer them during 6-7pm AEST on Friday.

Please also check our Frequently Asked Questions, in case your question has already been answered.

And of course, it ain’t a party without some cake and tea (possibly of the spiked variety)! We’ve received some fan chocolate, and will definitely crack them open. Mel and I are also brainstorming some culinary ideas, including a whole bunch of gentlemen-themed cupcakes–that way, we can certainly have our cakes and eat them, too (and increase our Gluttonous personality trait). We’d love you to celebrate with us, so if you decide to om nom nom on anything lovely in honour of Regency Love this Friday, please share your photos and tag them with #T43Chat!

Hope you all have a fantastic week, and we look forward to chatting with you on Friday!

Updates, Sutton, and release party

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Hello again, super awesome Regency Lovers! We at Tea For Three Studios have just had our latest cyber meeting (random titbit: they usually happen on Fridays), and now have a few announcements to share with you.

The next update
Melody and Jenny have been working on the next update, which will fix most of the bugs that have been flagged. This update is taking a while because they are also working on a proper iPad version, which means cleaning up some images for higher resolutions, and fiddling with screen space for the optimal iPad interface. We will also be including an in-game bug-reporting feature, in case there are any nasties we’ve not managed to squash this time round.

We can’t give you an exact timeline, but hope to have the next update available in two months or so.

Super Secret Sutton Shinies
Since mentioning there’s something Sutton-related in the works in our FAQ, we’ve seen a number of speculations across the Interwebs, travelling almost as quickly as gossip generated by Mrs Norris. Although we really want to say more about the shinies, we’ve decided to keep things under wraps until we’ve created a substantial amount of the work. Currently, we’re estimating a full announcement by mid-2016, and for the product to be launched in late 2016. This particular project involves something we’ve never done before, so we hope it’ll go smoothly, and that you’ll eventually enjoy our humble offerings.

Unofficial (and epically delayed) release party
Samantha will be in Sydney next month, so the team will be in the same country again for a bit! As such, we’ve decided to get together and have a mini-release party for Regency Love 2.0 on Friday, 18 September 2015, where we’ll be consuming celebratory cake (and perhaps some tipple) at Tea For Three Studios’ headquarters. If you’re looking for an excuse to eat cake, we’d love you to join us! We’ll also be hanging around Twitter and possibly Facebook to chat about Regency Love and to answer any potential questions—more details to come.

And that’s all for now. Have a great weekend!

Wikia, plans, and other shinies

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It’s been two months since we released Regency Love 2.0, complete with Mr Graham’s story, and we’ve been so pleased with all the feedback we’ve received. We have read and delighted in your comments and emails, and want to thank you for being so super supportive and awesome—especially with regards to a new character. 😉 We’re particularly grateful towards everyone who has helped spread the word, or who has decided to make a donation with the in-app patron letters—every little bit helps!

We also finally got around to creating an online space for all you lovelies to share your thoughts and tips with one another, to which everyone can contribute. And so, we’re happy to present the Regency Love Wikia—please do check it out, and add anything you’d like to it. We’ll occasionally visit the pages to do a bit of house-keeping and to answer any questions to some of the more difficult things (such as how to obtain certain achievements), but for the most part, the Wikia is in your hands. We hope you’ll have lots of fun!

Additionally, we wanted to update you on our current progress and plans for Regency Love:

  • We have received your bug and typo reports, and Melody is working on fixing them. Some bugs can be super sneaky, so they might take some time to hunt down.
  • We are working on an iPad version, which will contain a new User Interface to maximise the screen space and make reading the text more comfortable.
  • There is a related project in the works: something a little different,  which we hope you’ll enjoy. More will be revealed in the next few weeks, when a few things are finalised.

And finally, I’m giving a presentation about Regency Love at this year’s BSECS postgraduate conference. I’ll be filming the presentation so I can post it afterwards—there’ll be lots of behind-the-scenes and methodological shinies for those who are interested in some additional geekery.

As always, thank you so much for your wonderful support. Until next time!