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The End of an Alpha Era

Posted by The Toontown Team on April 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Heya, Toontown fanatics! I'm the toon known as Shockley, here guest-blogging for Sir Max (his arm is sore from all the pie throwing).

This weekend's event, as you may know, marks the end of the Toontown Rewritten Alpha Test. And boy, what a smash hit that was-- literally! I wasn't able to make it to the Election, unfortunately, but I enjoyed seeing the community's overwhelmingly positive response to the many surprises we had in store. We've poured our very hearts and souls into our work these past few months (Not just the Election, either!), and seeing how well-received it was made it all the better.

Now that the Alpha testing period is over, I think it's only fitting that I take this time to say a few words...
*ahem* mongoose, lampshade, jocular.
I would also like to talk about the road ahead. What's next for Toontown Rewritten?

When I joined the team last August, I had a general idea of what challenges we had in store: We were all just regular folks with little background in game development, no organization, and most of us barely knew each other. We hadn't even decided on a name for the project at that point. However, even with those hurdles, what really brought us together quickly was that we all shared the exact same goal: To rebuild and preserve our beloved Toontown.

What I didn't know back then was how much steam we'd pick up along the way. In under a month, we went from a small, unknown project to the continuation of Toontown itself. In a under 2 months, we had already begun our alpha test and set a specific plan for our entire future. It's been about 6 months now - not even in beta - and we've already began adding our own original content to the game! It was amazing to see our creation come to life, rather than restoring something that has already been done before.

During my time with the project, I've come to know many talented developers, and working alongside them so far has been a great honor. Don't even get me started on the community, either. I will forever cherish every joke, story, and memory that you guys have shared with me. Some of you have even written in kind words of support, which we read whenever we're having an off day. We know that we've disappointed you at times, but most of you know our vision and understand what we have to go through. So, here's to the community: You all rock!

As Alpha is now over, it's time to gear up and talk about Beta. With the transition in the game's testing cycle, we are also changing our focus. During Alpha, the main question in my mind was, "Can this crazy idea of ours actually work? Can we not only restore the game, but bring life back to it and bring back the community?" I can tell you with full certainty now that the answer is "Absolutely." I would like to present the next challenge: "Can we make Toontown Rewritten return to the glory days of the game? Can we go above and beyond, and make this a game that is not only fast and stable, but also exciting and fresh?"

Although we have a general idea of when Beta will start, we don't have an official date to give you. We just need a short breather, both to rest and to give us time to rebuild some of the less robust components of the game. I can't share many details about the beta yet, but I'm going to share a few anyway!

1. The timeline of Beta will take place shortly after the Election. The cogs have invaded the streets of Toontown, and toons are just starting to learn how to fight them off through street battles and Toon Tasks. However, the cogs are learning a few things as well... Cog Buildings are beginning to tower over the streets of Toontown as more local shops are turned into mega-corporations.

2. To keep you occupied during the break, we will be releasing all sorts of entertainment. There are a few videos that we're really wanting to work on for beta, as well as a comic that will be released to fill you in on what happened in the town while you were gone.

3. One of the main points of Beta is to give our servers and game technology a massive overhaul in preparation for the public release to ensure that everyone has a chance to play smoothly without interruption - and hopefully even more smoothly than ever before.

4. If you already have a Toontown Rewritten account: Congrats! You're officially a Beta tester! All of our Alpha Testers, as a thanks for helping us, will be given extra keys as well so that they can play with their friends throughout Beta. As Beta goes on, those friends will be given keys to invite their friends, and so on.

5. Beta will start out small, and become massive before the end. Next week we'll announce even more about Beta Keys and how they will work. We've listened to your suggestions!


Even with all of the excitement, with the end of Alpha there is one more thing that isn't quite so good: The end of the Daily Alpha Updates. The Daily Updates were a great way to keep in touch with you guys, although the reason we did them was because frankly, the game is quite boring without any features. Everyone knows that a toon gets sad when they're bored, so we made Daily Updates out of the smaller features to make sure the game stayed interesting for everyone throughout development. Now that we're getting into the really huge parts of the game, we have to focus on making them work perfectly rather than updating daily. We'll be updating on our own time -- but never fear! We'll do our best to keep you entertained every few days with the many shenanigans of Sir Max and the rest of the crew.

One final commitment I want to make when Beta launches, however, is to spending more time actually playing. It's easy to get caught up in the rigors of development and lose sight of the objective: building a great game, not a piece of software. Make sure to keep up with our website for updates as we move on in this transition from Alpha to Beta. Trust me, we have quite a bit in store!

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King Tricky said on April 21, 2014 at 2:02 PM
You guys are making so much progress with the game. Keep it up :)

Poppy Cheezycorn said on April 21, 2014 at 2:10 PM
Oh man, I am pumped for beta! I hope i can finally get my grubby little mitts on an Beta key!

Pretty Pumpkin said on April 21, 2014 at 2:13 PM
You guys have done wonderfully so far. Keep up the great work!

Fireball said on April 21, 2014 at 2:14 PM
AWESOME!

Bobby said on April 21, 2014 at 2:16 PM
I have to say, as excited as I was about TTR, I couldn't help but doubt it was all too good to be true, especially when the election delays came about. But after seeing the election play out and hearing your future plans, I can say for certain that all those doubts are gone. You're all doing great TTR Team, better than I ever imagined. Keep up the good work, and I can't wait to see what else you have in store!

Little big toon said on April 21, 2014 at 2:17 PM
"If you already have a Toontown Rewritten account: Congrats! You're officially a Beta tester! All of our Alpha Testers, as a thanks for helping us, will be given extra keys as well so that they can play with their friends throughout Beta. As Beta goes on, those friends will be given keys to invite their friends, and so on." So if we don't have any friends with an alpha key, it will be hard to have a beta key ?!

Dudley said on April 21, 2014 at 2:19 PM
Really really looking forward to the progress of this project, keep it up everyone!

Spunky Pinkerseed said on April 21, 2014 at 2:22 PM
It's a great job you guys are doing! Keep it up!

Captain Chip said on April 21, 2014 at 2:35 PM
Thank you all so much!! I cannot wait for TTR!! :)

Spike said on April 21, 2014 at 2:41 PM
Thank you so much for updating us! I can't wait to share TTR with my friends in beta!

Brady said on April 21, 2014 at 2:43 PM
I will see you on TTR beta!

Sir Goopy Whiskerspeed said on April 21, 2014 at 2:45 PM
Thanks TTR Team! Toons of the world Unite!

Lucky said on April 21, 2014 at 2:48 PM
Whoa Beta is coming sooner or later Thank You! for playing Alpha Testers!

Buggsie said on April 21, 2014 at 2:59 PM
I'm so excited! Great job guys! I can't wait until we can all play again!

snappyspacklefussen said on April 21, 2014 at 3:33 PM
My brother got in Alpha, I needs to be really nice so he can give me a beta key so I can play easily my first favorite game of all time. Thanks TTR, you guys are so beast! :)

Guy said on April 21, 2014 at 3:42 PM
WOOHOOO! Thank you so much TTR Team!

Prince Waddles Much said on April 21, 2014 at 3:48 PM
Awesome, keep up the great work TTR devs!

Paranoid said on April 21, 2014 at 4:01 PM
This is absolutely TOONTASTIC! I've been watching the development of this game since BEFORE you even had anything on the home page! Wow... This is just.... Wow... I don't know how to explain how excited I am. My childhood game... *Raises gloves above head* REBORN! *Comes down like a rainbow* Maybe I'll get a key :3 Nahhh It's pretty cool watching you guys advance!

Lucky Kitty said on April 21, 2014 at 4:12 PM
This is exciting! Cant wait to play TTR!

Kiara said on April 21, 2014 at 4:39 PM
My eyes are watering. Literally so excited!

Lucky Mchopper said on April 21, 2014 at 5:09 PM
Hoping for a Beta key!! Thanks for creating this game for us!

TTR Brian said on April 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM
See ya'll in beta! Toons of the world, reunite!

Trixie PickleSmirk said on April 21, 2014 at 5:51 PM
Keep it up guys! I am VERY excited for the beta and the future game! My family and friends are both ready to try for beta keys! thanks for everything you are doing!

Doctor Popcorn McBurger said on April 21, 2014 at 6:35 PM
Thank you guys so much for all you've done! Toontown Rewritten is going to be amazing! I was skeptical at first, but now I am a believer!

Corporal CJ said on April 21, 2014 at 7:41 PM
You guys have done an awesome job with this. I can't wait till beta comes out!

Sheriff Popcorn Snifflesplat said on April 21, 2014 at 9:05 PM
Wowza! I cant wait to actually play the game in beta, thats if my friend invites me. Hopefully someone does. Cant wait. This is awesome!

Peanut SourWoof said on April 21, 2014 at 9:30 PM
"If you already have a Toontown Rewritten account: Congrats! You're officially a Beta tester! All of our Alpha Testers, as a thanks for helping us, will be given extra keys as well so that they can play with their friends throughout Beta. As Beta goes on, those friends will be given keys to invite their friends, and so on." So if we don't have any friends with an alpha key, it will be hard to have a beta key?! Toontown rewritten staff is trying hard very to get it out to public for everytoon to play just see the news everyday and you might just get a surprise like toontown has come to the public TODAY!!!

Nuttyquac said on April 21, 2014 at 9:40 PM
It makes me feel so happy knowing such an excellent group of people are reviving a big part of my childhood. Toontown was my first online game so when I see Toontown revived like this, it makes me feel like a part of me has been revived too, key or not. Keep up the amazing work guys!

LadyLaverder said on April 21, 2014 at 11:14 PM
Ahh! i cannot wait. Everyday it gets closer and closer I can almost taste it~

Hippiedood said on April 22, 2014 at 1:23 AM
Are beta keys going to be easier to get than alpha keys??

Dialga said on April 22, 2014 at 1:53 AM
Wow you guys make this game better and faster than disney better yet we don't need to pay you make toontown a better game but I am so afraid of not getting a beta key! Good luck to all ;)

Puff123 said on April 22, 2014 at 3:34 AM
My litlle sister cryed when we yesterday saw that toontown is deleted forever, but now when I found you, woohoo we can play again... Thank you!!!

Milky said on April 22, 2014 at 3:40 AM
Keep it up Toontown Rewritten! You had made it this far, don't stop now!

DAJ said on April 22, 2014 at 4:26 AM
Hey everyone, I just wanted to say that you guys are doing a awesome job for supporting Toontown Rewritten. I also wanted to say TTR did a great job by ending Alpha with the cogs Invading. Keep it up TTR I cant wait what you guys are gonna come up with next.

sir thunderclash said on April 22, 2014 at 5:08 AM
I really hope I get a beta key!!! This is going to be epic!!! Keep up the good work! ;)

Ice Cat said on April 22, 2014 at 5:10 AM
Awesome!!!!! Cant wait for Beta

Whimsical Wabbit said on April 22, 2014 at 5:30 AM
Over at MMO Central Forums (Where you hosted the knock knock joke contest) I found some EPIC screenshots of BETA! I saw toontasks, cog buildings and the lava room in Sellbot Factory! I can't thank TTR enough for this, as they are bring back the game we all love for free!

Miss Molly Magic said on April 22, 2014 at 5:36 AM
You guys are really great for doing this. Can't wait to play toontown rewritten.

Angryoldman said on April 22, 2014 at 5:45 AM
I was surprised at how well you handled the new event. That type of stuff is hard to make work properly! Even your server stability is better than many games at launch (Marvel Heroes has more problems and in Alpha? I lol) so impressive work guys!

LadyFancyTwinkletoes said on April 22, 2014 at 6:03 AM
I'm so happy I could cry!!

Little Funny Boo Boo said on April 22, 2014 at 6:38 AM
The work that has been done is unbelievable! Hope i'll be able to join Beta :)

Super Violet Whiskercrumbs said on April 22, 2014 at 7:26 AM
TYVM Guys! I cant wait for beta and possibly a beta key for me and my friend dizzy! Way to go for working so hard on the game people who are doing this! I want to add you to my friends list as soon as I start playing!!!!

Squeaker said on April 22, 2014 at 11:46 AM
:D You guys are the best! You have come up with the most amazing ideas and we all are extremely grateful that you are bringing back our favourite game for us to relive our childhoods again. :-)

Sky said on April 22, 2014 at 1:22 PM
This is good news to hear! You guys are doing an amazing job!

CoolSlappy said on April 22, 2014 at 3:53 PM
Woo! Can't wait for the BETA!!

Tyler said on April 22, 2014 at 5:51 PM
This is going to be the next best thing since sliced bread!

TTR Rocks said on April 22, 2014 at 6:47 PM
Thank you so much guys! We appreciate the work you guys have done! When my friend and I found out about TT closing, we thought our favorite game was gone. You guys gave us hope!

Master Popcorn said on April 22, 2014 at 8:29 PM
Its about time! Haha nice work guys. Keep it up! Thx for bringin back my childhood memories :)

Nicole said on April 23, 2014 at 11:25 AM
Wow, I can't believe from where TTRW began and now we've reached Beta <3! Looking forward, since this will be the best game ever, once again :) Love ya, TTRW Staff :*

King Duke Bananagargle said on April 23, 2014 at 6:14 PM
Keep up the great work! I'm beyond excited for the return of this game, you are all making dreams come true! :)

Crinklecorn said on April 23, 2014 at 9:58 PM
Every day is a day when I miss toon town online and I think about this game so I wish that I could play as soon as possible that would make my life so much better but the public version is just as good to wait for. And the fact that I need a new username. :-)

Beegle beffle bopper said on April 24, 2014 at 2:21 PM
Yeah i cannot wait to see the stuff you guys created and added in toontown its going to turn out great!

Treetop Jim said on April 26, 2014 at 2:04 AM
Good luck and keep up the work with your progress so far! The elections doomsday was really something!
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