Galactic Battle League and PAX

So, with not posting here in a while, I realised I haven’t talked about Galactic Battle League yet. I ought to do so.

Galactic Battle League 3015 is a game I’ve been working on all year. I’ve been working on it through Swinburne with a team of 8 other students. It’s the final project I have to do with Swinburne, and let me just say, I’m very excited and proud of it. We have a presskit site here if you’re interested:¬†http://panzershark.com/gbl

It’s a Hovertank Arena Battle Game. It’s got familiar elements from a whole bunch of games, but nothing is quite like it. I personally find it really fun, and most of our playtesters have also really enjoyed it. Currently it’s set to only do 4 player local splitscreen, but that’s all we need for now.

Why?

Because we’re taking this to PAX Aus 2015. It’s both extremely exciting, and extremely terrifying. I’ve never actually been to PAX before, and so the first time I’m going to be going to it, I’m going to be exhibiting.

There’s not long left, but I’m pretty confident we’ll be ready when it comes.

Web Hosts are sneaky buggers

I just noticed I haven’t posted anything in exactly a year…I really need to stop not posting. So, I’m going to endeavour to post here more often, but I’m quite aware that I’ve said that before…

Anyway, until yesterday, the site had been down for about a fortnight. I hadn’t been notified per say, because my contact details were stored in somewhere on their site that didn’t exist 3 years ago when I signed up. That’s fixed now though.

But yeah, they’d sent a few emails to my other email, the one that inundated with spam from everything under the sun, and thus I rarely check it. But I went onto dezonus.com, noticed it was down with a HostPapa message, and then thought to check it. Lo and behold, yeah, there it was.

Anyway, went to renew, and the charge was almost twice as much. I rang them up to find out what the hell was going on, and the rate I paid first was their “Introductory Rate”. Turns out, there’s a page on their site, that you can’t find unless you’re linked to it, that lists the renewal costs, and that’s how they can get away with it. It’s the same story as my previous host.

I was pissed off, and decided to look around to find better deals…but it seems that even at the higher cost, I’m still doing well.

Still, I think it’s really dodgy that they do that, and that most of them seem to do that. It’d be much better if they were honest upfront, and said “Hey, just be aware that when you renew, it’ll cost this amount”. I probably would have looked that amount up, gone yeah that’s good, and been fine with it. Honesty is the best Policy.