As you may have noticed, we’ve reorganized the site a fair amount in the last few weeks. Most of the pages and menus look just as they did, but many of the page addresses (URLs) have changed. We’ve been doing this in stages to try and minimize any potential fallout from moving all the pages around at once. So far, we’ve seen extremely minimal ramifications, as we’re being very careful and deliberate in what we’re doing. Of course, if you see anything that isn’t working quite right, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
Breaking the site up into modules as we have will make for more readable links and make life for our web development team much easier going forward. We’ve also been using this time to clean up and update older, legacy code, so everything should be running just a little bit faster and better. We know this isn’t terribly exciting for our members compared to new features (trust me, those are coming) but our code team is positively giddy to have this work done, and everything we do from now on will get done faster, easier and better as a result of these changes. Of course, website work will likely be on the back burner a little bit through the summer due to convention season.
Wherever possible, we’ve added redirects from the old page addresses to the new. We’ll leave these up for a month or two, until we see people stop hitting them. We strongly encourage you to update any bookmarks / favorites you may have in your browser, and check any links you may have added to your Web site, Facebook profile, or other digital platform. If you’ve printed any changed URL in any game material, contact us about leaving a permanent redirect in place so the links don’t break.
Thank you for your patience as we make this change. There’s no great time for upheaval and reorganization, but it’s almost always better once you get through it. Thank you also to those Minions who have been helping us test the changes and identifying problems.
Members: Link your Kickstarter Profile to Your IGA Account
Hey there! We’ve added a quick new feature that will help us out a lot in promoting our members’ Kickstarter campaigns: you can now link your Kickstarter profile to your IGA account. You can find the field to do this on your Studio Profile page at https://www.indiegamealliance.com/account/studio/profile.php.
Your Kickstarter profile link should look like https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/your_profile_name. To find it, log into Kickstarter, click your avatar in the upper right hand corner to open your account menu, and select Profile to visit your public profile.
Just cut and paste the link from your browser’s address bar into the field on your IGA Studio Profile, click Save, and you’re all set!
IGA will use this information to proactively start sharing and supporting your current and future Kickstarter campaigns without the need for you to let us know before launch. It’s one more thing off your plate during the busy pre-launch period, and it makes sure that IGA can get to work promoting your project on day one, every time.
Announcing Minion Certifications!
We’re stoked to announce an often-requested new feature for member publishers: certification programs! IGA Pro members can now link a rulebook and/or a how-to-play video to any game in their Game Catalog and create a custom certification exam for it.
The exam editor interface is very similar to our easy-to-use survey module, so it should feel immediately familiar to IGA Pro members.
You can specify whether a certification is optional or required for demos – although we strongly recommend that members not set certification as mandatory except in situations where there are frequently tournaments with high-value prizes. This is, however, a simple and intuitive way for you to communicate the basics of gameplay to Minions, and for Minions to show off their expertise. Our Minions already do a fantastic job of quickly picking up and mastering game rules!
Minions can complete the courses online in their own time – there’s no need to schedule a session with a trainer. Simply watch a video – in most cases, the same how-to-play video from the Kickstarter campaign – and answer a few simple questions.
You’ll get a cool little certificate you can print out, and the publisher will get an email letting them know someone else has mastered their game. Your certifications will appear on your public Minion profile — and there might even be some new achievements associated with certifications.
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