Newsletter 17

Hello and welcome to the WGU newsletter #17!

In this issue
1) Game Progress
2) Fan sites and Message Boards
3) WGU website

1) Game Progress
Most of the game progress this week has had to do with putting our development team together. More interviews were conducted last week and I continue to be amazed a the level of talent I'm seeing. It's such a shame that most of these guys have to take crappy jobs just to make ends meet when they have more than enough ability to create some of the best games out there. Only one week of interviews are left after which the final decisions will be made and the team will be in place. The official announcement will be made when the new WGU website launches in late August. Animation tests have been coming in and I have yet to see even one animation that wasn't perfect. I'm looking forward to sharing them with you in the coming weeks.

Distribution of the game has been an issue I've been dealing with this week as well and it looks like we'll be able to get the game in everyone's hands even without a major publishing deal. At least one popular retail outlet appears willing to work with us on an independent level. More news on this as it develops.

2) Fan sites and message boards
As I mentioned last week, fan sites and message boards are beginning to pop up on all over the net. I'd like to thank those gamers who took the time and trouble to support the WGU project in this way. Fan support like this adds a credibility to our project that money just can't buy. This is especially encouraging considering the fact that the game isn't even done yet. No screenshots, no confirmed features, no movie clips, nothing. And yet people have so much faith in what the WGU is doing that they're donating their time and effort to actively support us. Thanks, guys.

One of the first WGU fan sites is up and running. The two guys that built this site regularly catch me on ICQ and they've already submitted tons of ideas for the game. I plan on distributing screenshots and other material to fan sites like this to help them grow in the future. The site is still under construction and there are a few broken links but I wanted to share it with you anyway. Check out the crazy box art they designed just for fun...

Fan Site

There are at least three public WGU message boards that I'm aware of and I encourage all of you to check them out and get involved in the conversation. The people that run these boards scan them regularly and send me updates of all new ideas left on the boards. They do a great job of collecting and organizing so much information and I hope you support them by dropping by voicing your opinions.

Chocoburger's WGU Message board

Penmonicus's WGU Message boards

Keep up the good work guys!

3) WGU Website
The new WGU website is shaping up nicely. It'll have a much more professional design than the last one which I whipped up in an afternoon. One of the new areas of the website will feature pictures and bios of the WGU design team. You'll get to know each and every member of our team and give them the credit they deserve for all the hard work they'll be doing to bring this game to life for all of us. Finally, animators and programmers will be accessible to the public and able to bask in the glow of your loving admiration and praise. The launch date for the new WGU website has been set at August 30th.

In the meantime and in between time, that's it. Another edition of Wrestling Gamers United.

Thanks for your time and support,

Dave W.
ICQ# 140047363