Registration & Site Streamlining

Published by in News on November 18th, 2012

Have a look at http://islandforge.com/ - it's now easier to register and get into the game. You no longer need to wait for email verification to log in and play. You can download the client (Windows, Mac, or Linux) from the home page. Linux users now have a shell script that launches the game, which makes sure Java launches with the proper command-line arguments.

As always, community input is most welcome.

Island Forge Free-to-Play

Published by in News on October 9th, 2012

I am excited to announce that Island Forge is now Free-to-Play, with non-subscription (one-time payment) Membership and other Upgrade options! This change was prompted by community input and the success of my Kickstarter project.

If your prior 30-day free-trial-period has expired, you should now be able to log back in, and continue playing where you left off! The new free-play mode has no expiration. There are benefits to becoming a Member (explained on the Membership page).

I'm still working on rolling out changes for the new Membership system, but you can upgrade your account right now!

Island Forge Kickstarter Success!

I am ecstatic to announce that my Island Forge Kickstarter project is a success! The final day saw a lot of activity, and funding reached 113% of the base goal.

My sincere thanks go out to all those who visited, commented, helped spread the word, and pledged to my first Kickstarter project. It was a good experience, and I was pleased to meet a number of folks and read so many positive comments about Island Forge.

The community has been very positive and enthusiastic about Island Forge. The most requested change has been to offer more free-play and non-subscription options. Thanks to your generous Kickstarter funding, this will be my next focus.

This Kickstarter campaign consumed my existence (in a good, but exhausting, kind of way) for over a month, and now I'm looking forward to the next wave of progress!

Island Forge on Steam Greenlight

Island Forge is part of the wildly popular Steam Greenlight program! Steam's 30 million gamer audience can now evaluate Island Forge for potential release on the Steam game distribution network. Greenlight is based on community voting, so check it out today and vote it up! You can also comment and make the game a favorite of yours.

Island Forge on Steam Greenlight »

Lifetime Membership Kickstarter Reward

Published by in News on August 29th, 2012

I am excited to offer a new Lifetime Membership reward for only $60 at Kickstarter!

If you haven't yet backed the project, this is the time to show your support! The project ends on Sep 13, 2012, and the goal has not yet been met.

I'm excited by the community buzz that is starting to form around the game, but I still need everyone's help to spread the word.

You can help by becoming a project backer at Kickstarter, and letting others know about Island Forge. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter. Thank you for your interest and your support!

Island Forge @ Kickstarter!

Published by in News on August 14th, 2012

I am excited to announce a Kickstarter project for Island Forge:

Island Forge: Establishing A Creative Player Community!

I appreciate the initial players who have found Island Forge. The goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to help me reach more of these creative players, who enjoy participating in an engaging community.

See me (Nathan, a.k.a. Nyhm) talk about the game, myself, and the future of Island Forge.

You can help by sharing on Facebook, Twitter, your own blogs, and with other communities you participate in! As I say in the video, "That's exactly the kind of community participation Island Forge is all about!"

Thank you very much for your interest in Island Forge. As always, community feedback is most welcome.

Island Forge Accepts Bitcoin

Published by in News on July 6th, 2012

Bitcoin is and experimental online digital currency, and we're totally enthralled. Bitcoin is a very new technology, and the Bitcoin market is still rather volatile. Nonetheless, we are proud to be an early adopter, to help Bitcoin expand into more mainstream applications.

As an experimental offer, we are excited to announce that interested players may choose to pay with Bitcoin, rather than signing up for a traditional subscription. We provide a simple (manual) process for paying with Bitcoin. If there is sufficient community interest, we would be eager to streamline and enhance our Bitcoin service.

Players can still subscribe to Island Forge with PayPal®.

Beta Concludes – Island Forge Released!

Published by in Beta, News on July 2nd, 2012

Potential Games is extremely excited to announce that Island Forge is no longer in Beta!

Island Forge has matured tremendously through the Beta testing phase, and we're grateful to all those who participated during Beta. We have preserved all Players, Characters, Islands, and other game state from Beta, so you can continue playing exactly where you left off.

As the Island Forge community continues to grow, we will continue to enhance the world, and your input is still most welcome. The latest release (v1.0) is the culmination of many ideas and suggestions, and the potential for the future is boundless.

From the developer: This is a rather ambitious project, to which I have devoted a great deal of time, thought, and care, and I am both humbled and proud to have achieved this important milestone. There are many interesting developments on the horizon. I look forward to greeting you in the world! - Nyhm

Be sure to like Island Forge on Facebook and follow on Twitter to help us spread the exciting news and get the latest updates.

Island Points

Published by in Beta, News on June 28th, 2012

Island Forge Beta v0.9.9.4 introduces Island Points (IP), allowing you to choose how to upgrade your account. Earn IP each month by subscribing. Spend IP on account upgrades, such as more Character slots, Island slots, and upgrading Islands to large size.

More upgrade options are planned for the future, so start earning Island Points today!

Island Forge: Now with Coinage!

Published by in Beta, News on May 21st, 2012

Island Forge introduces the last major gameplay component of Beta!

Towns now have a new Market shop. Sell items to the Market for GP (Coinage).

Heal, level-up, craft, and train with GP. Crafting also requires Materials, which are gained by processing raw Resources that you earn on Expeditions (by defeating Creatures). Character level is tied to Hit Points (HP), so you must maintain your health to maintain your level. Healing cost increases with level, making higher levels more difficult to attain (and maintain). Reaching higher levels allows you to craft higher-level items, which are worth more at the Market.

Authors are encouraged to add a Market shop to your islands and re-publish, so other players can enjoy the new economy system on your island.

As with everything in Beta (and beyond), player feedback is most welcome, so please provide your comments here, on the player forums, or elsewhere.

Be sure to join us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up on the latest developments. Thank you for your interest in Island Forge!

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