Launch Party Fun Time: help us launch Sunless Sea!

[color=#0066ff]Our community is the smartest, funniest and most attractive on the whole internet. (Is that a new hat? Is it supposed to be… smiling? It looks great!) With your help and brilliant feedback, we’ve made a game we’re really proud of. Your kind support got us this far.[/color]
[/color][color=#0066ff]Our aim is to be in the top ten selling titles on Steam on our launch day. That kind of visibility could make a very meaningful difference to the future of Failbetter (and the future of the game, DLC, etc), so we are massing all of our efforts to get there on 6 February.[/color]
[/color][color=#0066ff]To make this happen, we need your help! Here are:[/color]
Ten Easy Ways YOU Can Help Us Crack the Top Ten on 6 February[/color]
[/color][color=#0066ff]This is the most important link for sharing and shouting about on the day: [/color]
[color=#0066ff]1. Tweet or Tumbl about the game.
It takes a few seconds and will help hugely. Your endorsement means a lot to us.[/color]
[/color][color=#0066ff]2. Write a review of Sunless Sea on Steam.
Help people get to know the finished product. Upload a review (after the Early Access stuff has left the page) and help our finished game make a good impression on the public. [/color]
[/color][color=#0066ff]3. Reassure people that we do not practice cannibalism.
This rumour has been dogging us for more than a year now and it simply will not do.[/color]
4. Facebook-post.
This isn’t for everyone, but if you have friends and family who play games, or are a member of any Facebook groups who would genuinely enjoy the game, then this is the time to share it with them.[/color]
[/color][color=#0066ff]5. Get a prominent Sunless Sea tattoo, like we did.[/color]
[color=#0066ff]I’m almost afraid to leave this one here in case someone actually does it. You all have previous (I’m looking at you, Seekers).[/color]
6. Stream the game on launch day, on Twitch, YouTube or Steam.
Promote the stream to your friends and followers, we’ll feature our favourites and may even drop in if you give us some notice. Just playing the game on Steam on the 6th will help drive awareness! [/color]
[/color][color=#0066ff]7. Paste the Steam URL into any chat windows you have open.
Add the phrase ‘REJECT THE DAWN MACHINE.’ They must be warned.

[color=#0066ff]8. Reddit with us!
We’re doing an AMA on launch day, where we’ll be talking about Sunless Sea, Early Access, Fallen London and probably whether we’d fight one giant crab or a hundred small ones. More details to come.

[color=#0066ff]9. Whisper ‘Sunless Sea’ into your cupped hands. Breathe it into bottlenecks, sing it down drainpipes, sign it to silent password-keepers. Only those two words. Do not explain. Do not stop.

[color=#0066ff]10. Join us for our Virtual Launch Party![/color]
[color=#0066ff]Details are to be confirmed, but a number of hardy Failbetters will be sticking around on 6 Feb (UK evening/night time) to join YOU for an almost-actual, actually-virtual party. Things that we can neither confirm nor deny will happen: streaming Sunless Sea, dares, rats, the opportunity to chat to the team while we get progressively more drunk and emotional. Bring friends, rivals, cousins, people you’ve just met and want to impress.[/color]
[/color][color=#0066ff]If you’re planning something for launch, let us know, and we’ll use this thread to keep you updated with timings for the actual launch, AMA and virtual launch party. :D[/color]

Will most certainly do a Steam Review :)

edited by Owen Wulf on 1/23/2015

Would “which sub will you be AMA-ing on” count as"more details to come"?

I’ve got the review done, as well as a couple of guides and some Facebook posts.

I uh, can’t do the tattoo. Sorry.

I will concentrate my efforts on #3 and #9, as they seem clearly the most important!

[color=#0066ff]Yes. Sort of. We did one on r/gaming before, will probably do that again and cross-post to some others.[/color]

[li]I’ll be making a call-out to my American friends in the industry (I know, I know… hooligans, the lot of us, but Turbine and PAX are over here, and I promise I’ll only bring in the most eloquent and upstanding colonials from my heathen brethren in the Boston area…)

I’ll leave little notes tomorrow containing the words, “Sunless Sea”. c:

You mean I shouldn’t have been leaving post-its on every available surface at work with nothing but the words “Sunless Sea” on them before now? Well, don’t I feel silly…

I still haven’t gotten around to getting my earthquake memorial tattoo from four years ago, but I can definitely do #3 and #9 and maybe even #1

(I was so excited I started already by assuring Twitter that as PROFESSIONAL cannibals you have no need to practice at all.)
edited by thelittlepakeha on 1/26/2015

[color=#0066ff]There’ll be a moment where we press a button, something magical will happen at Valve and the cocoon of Early Access will slither off the game; that’s the ideal moment to post, if you’re planning a review. And thank you. :)[/color]

So much hate for the Dawn Machine. I think it’s just misunderstood. And it’s so pretty!

With your mention of Seekers, would you be satisfied if were to tattoo Mr Eaten’s name onto ourselves?

Hello delicious friends! In celebration of launch day I, NiteBrite, will stream for you live game play of my adventures in Sunless Sea this coming Friday, February 6th, on Twitch. Stream time and other details to follow on my blog as we draw closer to the event itself.

I hope to see you there :-)

edited by NiteBrite on 1/28/2015[li]
edited by NiteBrite on 1/28/2015

Woo, release day on its way! I shall be social media-ing and Steam-promoting, and I shall have to remember to wake up early on Saturday to catch the equivalent of evening London time. And, I have to admit that I’m already fantasising about &quotif Sunless Sea sells well maybe FBG will Kickstart an expansion pack and now that I’m working full-time maybe I’ll be able to pledge at the Officer level this time and I could design an officer and he would meet a nice unicorn and they will pick flowers together on the moon.&quot 'cause I’m a huge nerd.
edited by Sir Frederick Tanah-Chook on 1/28/2015

[color=#0066ff]Thank you, Fred. You know that huge nerds are more than welcome around these parts. ;)[/color]
[color=#0066ff]I hesitate to imagine what might happen on a Sleepy!Stream. I’ll certainly try to be there and watch it unfold, though.[/color]
[color=#0066ff]An update: We’re pretty sure that we’ll be officially launching at 5:30pm, GMT, on 6 February. This is to allow for time zones - Valve won’t be awake if we do it any earlier and we may need their support.[/color]

[color=#0066ff]Another thing to talk about! We’re going to be doing a stream from FBG towers (we’ve just started our channel: Twitch), so if anyone has any requests for places to visit and stories to play then post them here. :)[/color]

If I had one request, it would be to take the biggest, most powerful engine and strap it to the smallest, lightest boat, and go vrooooooooooom.

If we were keeping with a strong attempt at realism in zailing, it would more likely go vrooblubblubblub…

(Do what I did! See how many seconds it takes to sink beneath the waves when you put the fulgent engine into the steam launch)[li]
I would love it if you went into Teneb (for tenebrous, right?) to doom your captain.[/li][li]
edited by fortluna on 1/29/2015