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Title: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Dan Dixon on November 27, 2013, 04:39:34 PM
This is where the alpha testers will be sharing their ideas and comments about the new version. We've decided to make this board public and be open about our development process.

Welcome!

Minimum system requirements for running Universe Sandbox 2 Alpha:

Graphics:
- DirectX9.0c
- 512MB Video Memory
- Shader Model 3.0

System:
- 1.6GHz dual core
- 1GB RAM
- 1GB free disk space

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The Alpha test sign up is closed and we're not accepting any more right now. We'll begin taking pre-orders in a few months that will give you early access to the latest version of the new version of Universe Sandbox.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Breakfestbacon on November 27, 2013, 04:50:26 PM
Awesome.
Thanks Dan! ;)
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: smjjames on November 27, 2013, 04:52:43 PM
Wouldn't it be Ubox3 alpha? Not that it matters THAT much.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: blotz on November 27, 2013, 04:57:38 PM
i feel giddy :)
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: matty406 on November 27, 2013, 04:57:51 PM
first order of business: spaaaaaaaaaaaaace
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Darvince on November 27, 2013, 04:59:31 PM
I've never witnessed the birth of a new board before omg
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Breakfestbacon on November 27, 2013, 05:02:21 PM
Wouldn't it be Ubox3 alpha? Not that it matters THAT much.
Oh yeah hahaha. I just noticed that too.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Jar on November 27, 2013, 06:15:00 PM
Wouldn't it be Ubox3 alpha? Not that it matters THAT much.

Yes and no.  You're not wrong.

Check out my reply to Darvince: http://universesandbox.com/forum/index.php/topic,10547.0.html (http://universesandbox.com/forum/index.php/topic,10547.0.html)
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: JAW1002 on November 27, 2013, 06:15:34 PM
Nice one Dan! Can't wait to dive into the alpha!
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: tuto99 on November 27, 2013, 06:29:37 PM
So, when will alpha testers receive their steam code?
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Breakfestbacon on November 27, 2013, 07:03:14 PM
So, when will alpha testers receive their steam code?
This is just a guess but, when Dan posted his schedule to release Ubox3(2) he said that we were about a month away from the alpha release. he posted that November 6. So I'm guessing early December. But if he wants to send them out earlier, I would be fine with that ;)
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: tuto99 on November 27, 2013, 07:27:03 PM
So, when will alpha testers receive their steam code?
This is just a guess but, when Dan posted his schedule to release Ubox3(2) he said that we were about a month away from the alpha release. he posted that November 6. So I'm guessing early December. But if he wants to send them out earlier, I would be fine with that ;)
Okay. Thanks. :D
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Kevin1994 on November 28, 2013, 05:11:16 AM
can't wait!  ;D
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: blotz on November 28, 2013, 05:12:57 AM
Kevin we got our steam codes; check your email
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Josh on November 28, 2013, 02:23:36 PM
Hello everyone! My name is Josh and I registered on the forums a few minutes ago.
I'm one of the alpha testers, and I recently installed it on Steam; so far so good. I'm going to be posting on here on behalf of my experience, as well as reporting any bugs. I'm very excited to be a part of this.  :)
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Breakfestbacon on November 28, 2013, 02:25:32 PM
Hello everyone! My name is Josh and I registered on the forums a few minutes ago.
I'm one of the alpha testers, and I recently installed it on Steam; so far so good. I'm going to be posting on here on behalf of my experience, as well as reporting any bugs. I'm very excited to be a part of this.  :)

Welcome to the forums Josh!
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: davtk8 on November 30, 2013, 04:46:03 PM
Will all the bugs explained in the feedback sections be ironed out when the beta version becomes available, say January 2014?
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: blotz on December 02, 2013, 04:35:36 PM
i think it's impossible to fix all these bugs in a month; there's the beta version to continue fixing them
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: seanjenkinsjr on February 17, 2014, 04:32:37 PM
yeah i have been playing it. its a great game but with all the bugs it would get too much negative feed back and would not sell [like warZ] 
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: WitheHole18 on February 18, 2014, 06:54:15 AM
La beta pubblica di Universe Sandbox sarÓ da pagare?
Grande Dan,ho visto degli Screenshot spettacolari!
SarÓ il miglior simulatore di sempre 8)
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: DDR2402 on February 22, 2014, 12:43:24 PM
This is where the alpha testers will be sharing their ideas and comments about the new version. We've decided to make this board public and be open about our development process.

Welcome!

Minimum system requirements for running Universe Sandbox 2 Alpha:

Graphics:
- DirectX9.0c
- 512MB Video Memory
- Shader Model 3.0

System:
- 1.6GHz dual core
- 1GB RAM
- 1GB free disk space

---

The Alpha test sign up is closed and we're not accepting any more right now. We'll begin taking pre-orders in a few months that will give you early access to the latest version of the new version of Universe Sandbox.

I could not register for a long time only a week ago I registered. Please add me to the Alpha testers.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: seanjenkinsjr on February 22, 2014, 02:39:53 PM
La beta pubblica di Universe Sandbox sarÓ da pagare?
Grande Dan,ho visto degli Screenshot spettacolari!
SarÓ il miglior simulatore di sempre 8)
sý che lo farÓ. yes it will
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: JiliTheSpaceboy on February 23, 2014, 03:07:43 AM
NOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: WitheHole18 on February 23, 2014, 03:13:30 AM
cosa no JiliTheSpaceboy ?
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Chaou on February 26, 2014, 06:06:45 PM
I have a question Dan, depending on how easy it is could you change the minimum mass for a brown dwarf to fuse hydrogen and become a star from 93.0 Jupiter Masses to 83.8 Jupiter Masses?
M-Class stars go all the way from M0 at the highest and M9 at the lowest. 83.8 Jupiter masses is supposed to be the point where hydrogen fusion is hot enough in the core, and I have baskets upon baskets of ideas to put into action that involve stars below 93.0 Jupiter Masses.
Thanks for listening, I hope I didn't come off as demanding, I'm just really hoping it makes it into the final release.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Dan Dixon on February 28, 2014, 03:53:32 PM
The way we were handling stars in the original has been completely overhauled in the sequel... so you should be able to create the lower mass stars you're envisioning.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: WitheHole18 on March 01, 2014, 01:54:40 AM
WoW it's fantastic!
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: PhilippSilver on March 06, 2014, 07:10:45 AM
Please,add me alpha test :3
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: gvout on March 09, 2014, 07:52:38 PM
Any way I can get added to the Alpha.  This is incredible!
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: ManiaCookie on March 16, 2014, 04:50:49 PM
can't wait ::)
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Xriqxa on April 05, 2014, 03:33:10 AM
I don't think we need anymore Alpha Testers. We have pretty frequent bug reports already.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Stevodoran on April 05, 2014, 08:29:42 AM
I don't think we need anymore Alpha Testers. We have pretty frequent bug reports already.

And your evidence for enough bug reports? Personally I think that we could do with more, the more the merrier  as they say right? Not all alpha users are submitting regular bug reports, myself included since my leaving cert is coming up.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Xriqxa on April 05, 2014, 08:32:32 AM
BUT all Alpha testers get a free Beta. So less money!
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Stevodoran on April 05, 2014, 08:35:33 AM
BUT all Alpha testers get a free Beta. So less money!

Ah yes but by the way the game is looking it should be a massive hit on steam, when universe sandbox was first released on steam it was a massive hit aswell.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Xriqxa on April 05, 2014, 08:53:29 AM
They need all the money they can get! It took hundreds of thousands of dollars to make this!
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Darvince on April 09, 2014, 10:13:07 PM
Source?
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Xriqxa on April 09, 2014, 10:35:42 PM
It's in a different thread... Trying to get a quote from a different thread on iPad would be madness... Or I'm just lazy :P
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Xriqxa on April 15, 2014, 06:59:32 AM
Well actually the page it's on is taken down, so... Just ask Dan.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: physics on June 29, 2014, 05:12:38 PM
i'm new to this universe sandbox thing. when this new version comes out, do we have to pay for the new version? or is it an update, where you just buy the game and every time there's something new like this, it'll update?

i was planning on buying what there is now, but i hear there's a new version coming.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Bla on June 29, 2014, 06:23:09 PM
i'm new to this universe sandbox thing. when this new version comes out, do we have to pay for the new version? or is it an update, where you just buy the game and every time there's something new like this, it'll update?

i was planning on buying what there is now, but i hear there's a new version coming.
Hi and welcome. :)

The next version which is currently an alpha will not be free if you buy the current version.

Source:
http://universesandbox.com/forum/index.php/topic,8350.0.html
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Enraged Plantera on August 02, 2014, 04:14:53 PM
Hello, i am one of your best gamers yet. I've played universe sandbox for almost 100 hours on steam! I would love to say that i would like a copy of universe sandbox 2 whenever you reply? i'll be making a bunch of stuff. even playing almost 5 hours a day! this game is WAY better than GTA 5. I cant wait for it!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Winsley on August 02, 2014, 05:41:34 PM
Hey guys, I'm Mike, and I recently got accepted to be an alpha tester. I haven't gotten the code on steam yet, but I'll be expecting it in the next two weeks. I'll be posting here about any bugs, or anything curious that I find in the alpha.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: huppy4 on August 02, 2014, 07:30:46 PM
I am alpha tasker.I don't understand you said needn't anymore tasker,why?
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Cryo on August 02, 2014, 08:20:03 PM
This was a while ago im not sure that Xriqxa would have the same opinoin now that he or she has signed up for the second alpha.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Xriqxa on August 03, 2014, 12:09:22 AM
Hello, i am one of your best gamers yet. I've played universe sandbox for almost 100 hours on steam! I would love to say that i would like a copy of universe sandbox 2 whenever you reply? i'll be making a bunch of stuff. even playing almost 5 hours a day! this game is WAY better than GTA 5. I cant wait for it!  ;D ;D ;D

Why
do you think playing for 100 hours will allow you to get a free copy of the sequel? In fact, how does this even remotely make sense?

Why

Do you think you are the best player? There are people out there who have +1,000 hours in Universe Sandbox.

Why

Would you think you would earn Dan's favor by saying you play so much? Do you think it gives him money or something?

How

Do you think your chances of getting the game will be improved if you say you'll play it five hours a day? Again, do you think that playing the game supports him? It doesn't!

Why would you ask this when

There are so many threads out there about the people with early access to the sequel, etc. There's even a message at the top of the thread that says "Alpha Signups are closed and we (Giant Army) will not be accepting any more testers."!!!

Do you even know

What it means to be an Alpha Tester? It means checking the game for bugs and actively reporting them with the feedback button, not playing the game for hours on end!

And the cherry on the sundae is that narcissism will get you nowhere.

My God, you people! In the end, I might leave the forum altogether because of you guys!

(P.S. A sincere apology to Dan, I'm so sorry about this post. I've been trying my hardest for you to keep my temper around the forums but this one really set me off. I hope I never have to do this again. Again, I'm really sorry about this incident.)

I am alpha tasker.I don't understand you said needn't anymore tasker,why?
WHY IS 100 ALPHA TESTERS NOT ENOUGH FOR YOU!? Lol, but on a more serious note, 100 alpha testers. Surely there will be a diverse amount of operating systems and video cards, etc. for the Alpha to be tested under any circumstances. Plus, the game is months from release, another Alpha Signup is pretty pointless, don't you think?
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: dechireur77 on August 03, 2014, 04:36:50 AM
Hello, i am one of your best gamers yet. I've played universe sandbox for almost 100 hours on steam! I would love to say that i would like a copy of universe sandbox 2 whenever you reply? i'll be making a bunch of stuff. even playing almost 5 hours a day! this game is WAY better than GTA 5. I cant wait for it!  ;D ;D ;D
AAAAAAhhhhhhh !! !! !! hilarious :D
I have hundreds of hours of game on many video games and I do not ask the developer a copy of their upcoming games ^^ You are one of the best players? There are no ranking in Universe Sandbox so you could not be one of the best players.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: PrimeMinisterTom on August 05, 2014, 02:17:35 AM
BUT all Alpha testers get a free Beta. So less money!

Wait, what?
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Xriqxa on August 05, 2014, 02:42:18 AM
Yep! All alpha testers get a free copy of the initial release X3
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Mrclimix on August 05, 2014, 06:31:31 AM
Guys I'm "quite" new to steam but if i used the code that is already used .Aka. the code that i used in my current laptop can i still use it to a new computer or could i install it already just by logging in to my account in steam?
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Vince77 on August 05, 2014, 06:45:44 AM
Guys I'm "quite" new to steam but if i used the code that is already used .Aka. the code that i used in my current laptop can i still use it to a new computer or could i install it already just by logging in to my account in steam?
Of course yes !
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Xriqxa on August 05, 2014, 06:49:54 AM
It will stay in your Steam Library and you can download it from the cloud at any time without having to enter the code.

Guys I'm "quite" new to steam but if i used the code that is already used .Aka. the code that i used in my current laptop can i still use it to a new computer or could i install it already just by logging in to my account in steam?
Of course yes !
Which one lol? Try to be clearer next time.
Title: Thanks for the info! Xriqxa
Post by: Mrclimix on August 06, 2014, 12:09:37 AM
It will stay in your Steam Library and you can download it from the cloud at any time without having to enter the code.

Guys I'm "quite" new to steam but if i used the code that is already used .Aka. the code that i used in my current laptop can i still use it to a new computer or could i install it already just by logging in to my account in steam?
Of course yes !
Which one lol? Try to be clearer next time.

That was helpful Xriqxa.
Now i don't have to worry that i will require to use another code to install it.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: PrimeMinisterTom on August 06, 2014, 04:34:29 AM
Yep! All alpha testers get a free copy of the initial release X3

Woah - that's the real deal! :D

Can't wait for the Alpha nor the Beta x3

Quote
WHY IS 100 ALPHA TESTERS NOT ENOUGH FOR YOU!?

And yeah, I agree with you on this one - I don't think seven billion free copies of the game, when only a billionth of them would actually report bugs, would be a great idea, don't you think? That would be chaos for Dan and Giant Army.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Xriqxa on August 07, 2014, 12:21:25 AM
Good point.

Actually, I think the real deal is knowing that you are practically a member of Giant Army now.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: PrimeMinisterTom on August 07, 2014, 02:09:07 AM
Actually, I think the real deal is knowing that you are practically a member of Giant Army now.

*rereads*

Just realised it when you told me. I kinda regret what I said earlier. :P

So, I'm proud to be a part of the team. :3
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: DouglasSiqueira on August 09, 2014, 06:31:47 PM
my pc support this ;D 8)
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Breakfestbacon on August 09, 2014, 06:35:56 PM
my pc support this ;D 8)
You don't need to post that... farming posts isn't needed here.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: EthanNRAGE on August 10, 2014, 04:10:35 AM
This is where the alpha testers will be sharing their ideas and comments about the new version. We've decided to make this board public and be open about our development process.

Welcome!

Minimum system requirements for running Universe Sandbox 2 Alpha:

Graphics:
- DirectX9.0c
- 512MB Video Memory
- Shader Model 3.0

System:
- 1.6GHz dual core
- 1GB RAM
- 1GB free disk space

---

The Alpha test sign up is closed and we're not accepting any more right now. We'll begin taking pre-orders in a few months that will give you early access to the latest version of the new version of Universe Sandbox.
how do I apply for alpha test?
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Lord DC on August 10, 2014, 04:12:20 AM
Its too late.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: kamikaze15 on August 11, 2014, 11:07:50 PM
Hello, glad to be part of the alpha testing. Are the requirements still the same as the original post? I can't get it to launch in Windows XP.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: C7 on August 11, 2014, 11:36:12 PM
Hello, glad to be part of the alpha testing. Are the requirements still the same as the original post? I can't get it to launch in Windows XP.

If you can't get the game to launch, please post your debugging logs, or any error messages you receive. You can see how to find the logs in the link below.

http://universesandbox.com/forum/index.php/topic,12458.0.html
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: jbrown11 on August 31, 2014, 10:46:54 AM
oh snap. my graphics card is like 13 years old. Hope i will be able to run it.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Xriqxa on October 05, 2014, 02:13:14 AM
We should make an FAQ and LFAQ sticky topic in this board.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Cryo on October 09, 2014, 06:49:30 PM
WhAt would be the max requirements for the game? If I plan to run it with max settings, Yahoo see I plan to purchase an Origin lap top and I'm marketing sure it can run it smoothly (assuming I get it).
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: raxo2222 on October 15, 2014, 06:08:33 AM
I have this Universe Sadbox :)

Can't wait, when you can see effects of supernova on planets with intelligent life depending on distance. Buts that in 10 - 30 years, computers/programming isn't that sophisticated yet.

For now its still waay better than previous version of  Universe Sandbox :D
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Xriqxa on October 15, 2014, 06:29:50 AM
10-30 years? More like a couple months of hard concentrated work.

And what effects would a supernova have on intelligent life?
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: raxo2222 on October 15, 2014, 06:48:22 AM
10-30 years? More like a couple months of hard concentrated work.

And what effects would a supernova have on intelligent life?

I was thinking about something like accurate life/civilization simulation (like climate simulation/stellar evolution/collision on full release), that would require low time steofor accuracy.
Now you can't just zap thousands of years in planetary system/climate simulation to see effects of changing orbit/precession of Earth. These calculations are done in supercomputers now, but in 20 years our computers will be more powerful. Just compare with average computers of 1994 year.

It depends: Closest planets would lose all life (or even get molten), farther ones would lose multicellular/intelligent life or civilizations depending on distance.
Farther ones would get disrupted, or notice it shining and reacting to it, displaying some flavor text in planetary information.
For now supernovas just fry everything.

Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Xriqxa on October 15, 2014, 07:21:57 AM
*Time step

That still would only take less than a year to do if they really focused on just that.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: raxo2222 on October 15, 2014, 07:26:17 AM
*Time step

That still would only take less than a year to do if they really focused on just that.

Well, but then time step should be much larger than one day. I can't run solar system faster than 200 days/second before mercury's orbit deteriorates.
I was thinking about hardware requirements for running solar system at 10 or 100 years/second, not difficulty of programming ;)
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Xriqxa on October 15, 2014, 07:37:36 AM
Oh, I see. But that too would probably only take a max of 10 years, I think.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: raxo2222 on October 15, 2014, 07:48:58 AM
Oh, I see. But that too would probably only take a max of 10 years, I think.

Dan has bright future - he can add more and more complex features, as computers gets better ;)
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Xriqxa on October 15, 2014, 07:55:25 AM
Not just Dan. He has a whole team now.

The bright future you speak of will also be in the hands of Christian Herold, Georg Steinr÷hder, Thomas Gr°nnel°v, Eric Hilton, Naomi Goldenson, Chad Jenkins, and Jared Meier.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: raxo2222 on October 15, 2014, 08:02:02 AM
Not just Dan. He has a whole team now.

The bright future you speak of will also be in the hands of Christian Herold, Georg Steinr÷hder, Thomas Gr°nnel°v, Eric Hilton, Naomi Goldenson, Chad Jenkins, and Jared Meier.

Nice :D

I wonder what will be in finished product.
Title: Re: Welcome to the Alpha Board
Post by: Xriqxa on October 15, 2014, 08:08:01 AM
Oh goodness. Playing that would like being wearing God's Glove.