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Looking forward to trying this and enjoyed the interview.


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Bug report:  I see the update has G.I. Bunker, but G.I. Bunker has no art.


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The official artwork for G.I. Bunker and America's Greatest Legacy will be available when the cards are released. We included them in Sidekick anyway so that people can play them.


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Is that made clear somewhere in the app?  'cause it just looks like a bug when you're using it.  :)


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Not really, but we could add it to the app description and/or in the help screen somewhere. It'll be a moot point in February though =)


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We added a note to the app description, since we can update that without a new version. Thanks for the sharp eye!


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Aaron Stark wrote:

Awesome stuff.  The one thing I think could make this feature better is a way to add universal modifiers, such as all environment targets or all of a single type of damage.  This coud work by adding the notes to an area off the cards, if that's even possible.

I thought of a place for that! You can add notes to the Environment itself and they display on screen. So there you go =)


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This is really awesome. However, i must ask, as a Kindle user, do you have any plans of gettign this for us Android users?I understand that Android uses a different language so it might take a while for this to actually happen. If it does happen I would gladly get this for my Kindle ASAP and I would love you forever if you guys did this.


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Yes, such plans exist. :)


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*Does the Snoopy dance at his desk*

 

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Rabit wrote:

*Co-workers look at him oddly... (Although that's not uncommon.)*


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Ha! I wish I could get away with that. I get weird enough looks as it is. I'm in a very conservative environment where the fact I attend Gen Con is looked down on. angry Luckily, I've learned to channel my frustration of the abuse to point out the idiocy of their anti-geek attitudes and biases. angel


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There's no way to run this on pc?

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No, Sentinels Sidekick is currently only available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

We're working on a few interesting things though..


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The best thing in that post is the thing they didn't say (says the guy who just bought an Android-based smartphone and is eyeing up a Google tablet).

Even still, the peer-to-peer connectivity looks awesome.  Great job, guys!

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While I wasn't looking my iPhone downloaded the new version with all those cool features. Can't wait to try them

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Awesome update!! With this peer-to-peer connectivity I think a good feature to add would be to be able to zoom in to a specific player (unless there already is a way and I can't find it). That way I can have the entire game up on the iPad in the center, but only my hero showing in front of my on my iPhone. 

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jagarciao wrote:

Awesome update!! With this peer-to-peer connectivity I think a good feature to add would be to be able to zoom in to a specific player (unless there already is a way and I can't find it). That way I can have the entire game up on the iPad in the center, but only my hero showing in front of my on my iPhone. 

+1

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Hey MigrantP, love the app and the newest update.  I sing your praises to all my friends; I basically can't play this game anymore without my ipad nearby, it removes so much of the fiddly bits and lets the theme shine through!  Before the new notes keypad, we would place the status markers on top of the ipad itself, which got pretty silly.  No more of that! :D

Just a few minimal suggestions for the next update, as long as we have your ear:

1. If you placed the gear/options button alongside the sentinels logo (to the right or left), there would be more room for managing hero targets without scrolling within that tiny playspace currently below the gear.  I know a few Unity fans who would love some more room down there.

2. Same with environment targets, but the extra space isn't so obviously found over there.  Maybe you could do a zoom-in effect like iOS 7 does in its app drawers?

3. Or to solve them both, (and to incidentally encourage app sales) you could allow users to assign a whole device (say an iphone) to handling just the environment, or just the villian via the new connectivity feature!  Then the villian would disappear from the main device and more space opens up on that screen for environment and hero targets.  That would be super cool, because I have a friend who tends to watch the villian's various effects and damages primarily, while another watches the hero's.  Right now they both just poke at the ipad, which ends in disfiguring slapfights.

Otherwise everything is amazing, and I can't wait to support you guys by upgrading with a "targets art" in-app purchase!

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Great ideas everyone! Since this is the first iteration of the nearby game feature we wanted to get it out there and see how people are using it, before making major UI changes around it. I like the ideas of allowing the UI to focus on certain things. We'll be gathering in everyone's feedback for future changes, so keep it coming!


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Just downloaded the mini-update, and I wanted to say thanks for hearing my suggestion on moving the gear upward to free up more space for hero targets!  Looks great. :D

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You're welcome, it was a good idea and was easy to do in a mini update =)


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Once again, you guys have come up with a feature I didn't know I needed, and now won't play without if I can help it. The multi-device synchronization is really slick and saves a lot of neck-craning at the table! We happily bought a second copy of the app because of that.

Also, my buddy called me at almost 10:00 p.m. the other night, which is unusually late for old fogeys like me. My first thought was, "Uh oh, there must be an emergency!" Nope, he just noticed the latest update, saw the networking feature, and simply couldn't wait to geek out about it with me. :)

 

 

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Happy Thoughts wrote:
I can't believe I used to play with physical dice on each card...

 

I know, right! A couple of nights ago we accidentially left the iPad off the charger and when we went to play a game of #SotMv we didn't bother with it because we didn't want to drag out all the dice and markers, lol.

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Has anyone tried using this with an IOS 7 emulator?

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grim88 wrote:

Has anyone tried using this with an IOS 7 emulator?

Such things exist? Must check that out!


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Happy Thoughts wrote:

Once again, you guys have come up with a feature I didn't know I needed, and now won't play without if I can help it. The multi-device synchronization is really slick and saves a lot of neck-craning at the table! 

When I first learned about the new Multipeer Connectivity framework in iOS 7, I also geeked out and couldn't wait to add it to Sidekick =). I'm glad you're enjoying the feature! Be sure to let us know if you have any problems with it.

I'm not exactly sure what an "iOS 7 emulator" is supposed to be, but cursory Google searching indicates it's probably some sort of virus people are spreading around.


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Some developers at work use one for developing our apps. They thought there may be some free ones out there.

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When developing iOS apps, you use the iOS simulator. It cannot run apps from the App Store, only in-development apps from Xcode.


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jagarciao wrote:

Awesome update!! With this peer-to-peer connectivity I think a good feature to add would be to be able to zoom in to a specific player (unless there already is a way and I can't find it). That way I can have the entire game up on the iPad in the center, but only my hero showing in front of my on my iPhone. 

Yes!!  Thank you for adding the zoom ability!! and the target artwork is amazing. 

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You're welcome! I hope you enjoy it, it's great for playing Unity especially.

Here's our blog post about the update: http://handelabra.com/blog/2013/12/3/a-zoom-with-a-view-sidekick-22

Android users take note =)


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Woohoo! Looking forward to having Sidekick on my phone and Kindle! laugh (Assuming it works on the Kindle. Stupid Amazon... frown)


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Speaking of Kindle, will this be available at all outside of Play?  While I don't have a Kindle, I also don't have a Google account, and have no desire to get one (in fact, I am against the idea of ever getting one, final decision, I'm not here to explain myself, and no arguments will persuade me otherwise).  I'm assuming you will charge for this app, which will limit where it can be obtained.


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TheJayMann wrote:

Speaking of Kindle, will this be available at all outside of Play?  While I don't have a Kindle, I also don't have a Google account, and have no desire to get one (in fact, I am against the idea of ever getting one, final decision, I'm not here to explain myself, and no arguments will persuade me otherwise).  I'm assuming you will charge for this app, which will limit where it can be obtained.

honestly, we hadnt yet considered this. We've had an app on both play and amazon before but it was a free app, so we didn't have to deal with how amazon messes with people's pricing. as far as kindle, it will really depend on their android compatibility.

consider this confirmation that I will now look deeper into it. At the very least, it will definitely be launching on play, and we'll work out the options for other distribution as soon as we can. we'd love to have it available as widely as possible.


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FYI: Kindle Fire HD doesn't work with Google Play (without hacking it and voiding the warrantee, which I'm tempted to do, at this point ), so having a way to make it available outside of Google Play would be great.

Honestly, though, if you don't find a way to do that, I'll probably just hack the stupid thing and be done with it...


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I try to buy apps on the amazon app store as much as possible so that I can use them on both my android phone and my kindle fire.

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Hmmm, I just tried to download the card art to my Sidekick App on my iPad and I got a strange message saying:

"This is not a Test User Account.  Please create a new account in the Sandbox Environment"

Anyone have any idea what that is all about?  Any ideas on how to fix it?

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jagarciao wrote:

Hmmm, I just tried to download the card art to my Sidekick App on my iPad and I got a strange message saying:"This is not a Test User Account.  Please create a new account in the Sandbox Environment"Anyone have any idea what that is all about?  Any ideas on how to fix it?

I would start by gathering a trowel, a bucket, and a number of those tiny flags for your sandcastle's parapets. (probably delete the app from your ipad, reinstall, then attempt to restore purchases)

As for everyone talking about various Android preferences... This is what you get when you are part of a fragmented environs like android. :/ Honestly as much as I hate apple for restricting certain features of their products (single app store, app approval process), they build a heck of a walled garden that makes things manageable for devs. 

PS: Loooooooove the new zoom feature. My ipad just became the "large display" that everyone will access with their smaller personalized devices. Anyone try this with the screen mirrored to an apple tv yet?  I would but I lack the hardware.

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jagarciao wrote:

Hmmm, I just tried to download the card art to my Sidekick App on my iPad and I got a strange message saying:"This is not a Test User Account.  Please create a new account in the Sandbox Environment"Anyone have any idea what that is all about?  Any ideas on how to fix it?

Weird, it's like it thinks you have a development version of the app. Try deleting and downloading the app again. You can also try going to Settings, iTunes & App Stores, and signing out of your account, and trying again.


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A quick 2.2.1 update is awaiting review and will bring the new December promo cards to Sidekick, just in time. Merry merry!


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And I say again, YAY!


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So, I've been waiting for months to ask.... How is Vengeance going to affect the sidekick app? Will there be a setting to take the extra villains and ridiculous number of villain targets into account? Or is there another plan? Also, the Sentinels?

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Any update on when the Android version might hit?


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broccoli wrote:

Any update on when the Android version might hit?

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Great job guys the app is looking better and better!

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Love the new update! But the Sentinels do not register for lowest life. Otherwise, awesome!

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As you guys have seen, the Vengeance update to Sidekick is available. We'll have a blog post up shortly with details, including a preview of the Android version! I'll be sure to post here when it hits.


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Blog post is up, with details, screenshots, and an Android preview!

http://handelabra.com/blog/2014/2/10/another-helping-of-sidekick


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Just let me know when the Android version is ready, and my money will be yours.


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