Letters of Marque Alpha 2 Available on TestFlight

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LoM Alpha 2 is now available on TestFlight!  If you want to try out the alpha on your iOS device, just follow this link and connect your device:

http://tflig.ht/149x7kC
For all of the current alpha testers, some changes were made in this build that will not work with previous saved game data, so this update will be starting fresh. This will likely be common during alpha releases.

Changelog:
– Added a crosshair to target the next objective
– In the ship level-up menu, you can now tap anywhere on the level up item to perform an upgrade
– Pause button now reflects that it contains a mini-map
– Added more docks to increase frequency of action and decrease boredom
– Many enemy ships now patrol areas in the water
– Enemy ships respawn at much further distances. So you can now clear out an area and return later without the enemy ships reinfesting the area so easily
– Performance improvement by combining textures for the buildings at the docks
– Collider meshes have been generated for all levels (instead of colliding with the terrain, a simple mesh is used)
– Weapons have been retuned so that a level 5 weapon is not many times more powerful than a level 1 weapon
– Enemy ships now start off with a random speed modifier making it more difficult to just stay out of their range while killing them
– Damage/second stats have been added to all weapon purchase menu items
– Treasure chests have been added to Fishermans Cove
– Existing treasure chests have been retuned so they don’t give too overwhelming of a reward
– Steering speeds have been increased to make the ships more responsive
– Pause menu now fills the whole screen on all iOS aspect ratios

Updated Letters of Marque Stats Guide

After playing through LoM Alpha 1, it became obvious that the weapon tuning was a bit off.  A level 5 weapon was many times more powerful than a level 1 weapon.   This meant that upgrading from the CatBoat (a single weapon ship) to the Sloop (a dual weapon ship) was a difficult transition as two level 1 weapons were far less powerful than one level 5 weapon.

I have retuned the weapons so that a level 4 weapon will be about double the strength of a level 1 weapon.  I look forward to hearing your feedback for this change in the Alpha 2 release (which will be available on TestFlight September 20).  The game is iOS 7 ready and I cannot wait to give it a try on the iPhone 5S.

LoM Stats Guide for Alpha 2

LoM Stats Guide for Alpha 2

Letters of Marque Alpha Release is Available

LettersOfMarqueBannerAlphaWell if you have been waiting to get your hands on LoM, then this is your lucky day!  I am running a TestFlight for the app.  If you have an iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPod Touch 5th generation or newer, just follow the link below from your device and connect your device to your new (or existing) TestFlight account:

http://tflig.ht/149x7kC

I will be manually approving recruits every day, so please be patient.  Within 24 hours of connecting your device to your account, you should get an email with an install link that will install the game right onto your device.  Since this is a development build, it is a rather large install and it may take a while to download (213 MB).

Hope you all like it!