Towards the start of last week I gave out the first dev preview keys. So this should be the end of this thread series. The intention was to keep people informed about what we were doing to give access to people, and it has served its purpose.
I spent last week thinking about the developer experience. Setting up a discord, cleaning up the wiki, walking in developer shoes.
Giving people access has been really beneficial for us. It’s highlighted problems and accelerated our development. It’s made it really obvious where we needed to focus energy to get people on the first steps, and it found a bunch of bugs too.
We’ll be giving keys out in a trickle, when we need more players, when things are more stable.
Can I just emphasise - the way to get a key isn’t to make a thread about a gamemode idea you have. This does not by any means increase your chances of getting a key. Can we stop with the concept gamemode threads that are being made purely for this purpose, please.
I’ve got no easy answer to how to attain access. The people who have gotten keys so far have gotten them because they’re either known to us or they’ve been actively interested in messing with s&box in the past.
I suspect right now the majority of people that want a key want it to play the game, and lets be clear - there’s nothing to play yet. It’s janky and has very little content. Please step aside and let someone who wants to develop content for the game step forward.
That said - if anyone has any decent low effort ideas on how to prioritize access, I’m all ears.