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JeeWeeJ #1 Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:16 AM

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So, you want to know about testing, eh? Good for you! Here is some info you should know about testing in general and how it relates to WoWs!
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WHEN DOES TESTING START?
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SOON...ISH!­™
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At this moment recruitment has just started on the EU forums and is ongoing on the RU forums. No date is known at the moment for the NA forums.
The post on the EU forums looks like this:

View PostEv1n, on 04 November 2013 - 02:33 PM, said:

Captains!
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This is the announcement you’ve all been waiting for! We are starting recruitment for the World of Warships Closed Alpha Test. We’re looking for people dedicated enough to spend time participating in test sessions and write feedback in good English.
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If you meet the criteria below, feel free to post your interest in this topic. We will be looking at (in decreasing order of importance):
  • World of Warships forum activity (at least 150 good posts, no spamming)
  • WoT and WoWp alpha test veterans
  • experience in alpha testing other games
  • being a professional tester, or an IT specialist
  • proactivity and decency
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What has NO effect on the application:
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  • amount of battles in WoT and WoWp
  • win rate
  • age
  • country
  • city
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A few words of clarification:
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You will notice that most of the requirements are the same, but the post count is lower than on the Russian forums - we did this because the overall post count and attendance are higher there, although I don’t think it will make a significant difference.
Unless you meet this minimum requirement you will not be able to post in this topic, but please do not start spamming posts just to meet it - we can see what you post and will verify.
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This criterion is there to help us mitigate the risk of leaks by finding people who are really interested in this project and dedicated enough to spend time posting on these forums.
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Also, be aware that we reserve the right to add, remove or change these requirements in the future and to withhold access to the CAT.
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Access to and participation in the CAT will also depend on you signing a legally binding Non-Disclosure Agreement with Wargaming Europe, accepting test rules and regulations and attendance during testing sessions. Details on this and other particulars will be provided to eligible applicants.If there are any questions to this, please ask them in a separate thread.See you on the bridge, Captains.
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OK, BUT HOW DO I ENTER ALPHA/BETA?
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See the quote above, initially there will be an open invitation if you meet certain criteria or there might be a quiz/lottery of some kind.
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And now some generic info about testing (which most of you might already know):[/b]
Alpha / Beta:These are the two main stages in game testing (i won't go into unit- and focus testing, as that is usually done "in-house"). Generally speaking, in alpha testing the focus is on testing the core game mechanics. Does the engine work properly? Is everything working as intended? This phase is to squash major bugs in the core of the game and checking, as said before, if everything works as intended. Then there is Beta testing. Beta testing is focussed on finetuning the game. Bugs will still be squashed but it's more fucussed on game balance, tweaking ingame values etc. Please note that WG is free to do as it pleases in both stages, so it might add major game elements in beta. It's all up to them!To compare it with a car engine: Alpha is getting the engine to run and making sure it keeps running. Beta is making sure the engine runs smoothly and getting as much performance out of it as possible.
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Is testing fun?:Sure, it CAN be! However, especially in Alpha testing, one can expect a LOT of gamebreaking bugs, server issues/restarts and more irritating stuff like that. Most importantly: DO NOT EXPECT IT TO BE A REPRESENTATIVE GAME DEMO AT THIS STAGE!!! While the Beta stage might be a lot like the final game, in Alpha a lot can change! Game elements might be added, removed or completely overhauled. Like i said earlier: the aim is to make sure the game works properly. The devs can issue test goals for testers (like: test if collision damage is handled correctly) or restrict what you can and cannot do. Testing can be a lot like normal work at this stage. It can be fun, but it can also be frustrating.Remember: the primary goal of testing is helping the devs to build a better game, not to have fun!
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NDA:So, you got selected to start testing! Congrats! But you'll have to agree to a NDA, or Non Disclosure Agreement. And even though you only have to click an "I Accept" button, these are generally regarded as a binding contract, meaning that you, by law, have to be 18 years or older in order to agree with it  (or have your parents consent, might vary per region where you live) even though WG has no restriction on your age when applying for Alpha or Beta do keep this in mind. Now there will be nothing stopping you from clicking that button, but if WG finds out that you're younger (which is -if i'm correct- their responsebility), they may ban you from testing. Breaching the rules described in this NDA may result in you getting into legal trouble and getting a letter from WG's legion of lawyers.You don't want that to happen.
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BUGSBUGSBUGSBUGSBUGS!!!!!!:Bugs, the nemesis of every tester! You'll never know when they appear, but when they do. Stay calm. (DO. NOT. PANIC!) Take another sip of coffee. And fill in a bug report! In this bug report you'll have to describe things like: Where did you encounter the bug? What did you do? Can you reproduce it? Can you provide a screenshot? How game breaking was it? Etc. Now, the most important part: REPORT ALL OF THEM!!!! No matter how small or trivial a bug is, when you are a tester it's your job to report them all! The devs will decide to fix them or not. As they say in the world of testing: an unreported bug is a possible recipe for disaster!  Also, a bug does not have to be something gamebreaking. If the design of a menu is bothering you, let the devs know! Usability (ease of use) is just as important as actual gameplay.
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What kind of PC do i need?:Doesn't really matter, as long as it's equal or better than the minimum specs. These haven't been specified yet, but the devs have stated these to be "roughly equal" to the specs needed for WoT and WoWp. Having "obscure" hardware (stuff that you wont find in the average PC like industrial grade graphics cards with a Quadro GPU) might be a pre, as the game has to run on all sorts of machines.
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What do i get out of it?:Being an active Alpha or Beta tester might be rewarded by the devs ingame with a special premium ship, like special tanks were handed out after the Beta of WoT, but this is just an assumption on my side. One of the biggest rewards you'll get is a stable, relatively bug-free game and the knowledge that you helped making the game this stable and fun. And the biggest reward of all: other people saying that they enjoy the game!Thank you for reading and happy spamming on these forums!(note: i'll try to keep this thread up to date as info becomes available)
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Changelog:
10-17-2012: Edited the "How to enter Alpha/Beta" bit with new info provided by Gaea.
12-18-2012: Edited the info on alpha start date
09-29-2013: Added quote from Teit regarding Alpha
01-10-2013: Added quote from Teit regarding Alpha, fixed layout a bit.
11-04-2013: Added latest info on Alpha

Edited by JeeWeeJ, 04 November 2013 - 03:50 PM.


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Crag_r #2 Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:23 AM

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Highly probably there will be some sort of test, quiz or question-air as in WoWP, also to take from this, is the Devs are not looking for the "right" answer, but the level of knowledge / time available / PC specs, associated with what is needed for that focus group or stage of testing, NOT how long you have waited to get in. :Smile_honoring:

So pretty much it is based on a bit of chance and a bit of luck!

Edited by Crag_r, 20 September 2012 - 11:31 AM.

 

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Radix4257 #3 Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:25 AM

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Nice, a +1 for your sardonic humor...lol.

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Nice job on making a topic like this JeeWeej, hopefully this wil stop the crying etc.
This also gives some nice information about what testing is all about. +1

"Consider WoWs like WoT but slower and with bigger guns" - don't remember where I saw that.



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JeeWeeJ #5 Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:28 AM

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View PostCrag_r, on 20 September 2012 - 11:23 AM, said:

Highly probably there will be some sort of test or question-air as in WoWP, also to take from this, is the Devs are not looking for the "right" answer, but the level of knowledge / time available / PC specs, associated with what is needed for that focus group or stage of testing, NOT how long you have waited to get in. :Smile_honoring:
Yeah, thats what i meant with the quiz, but questionnaire might be a better word. And totally agree, thanks! :Smile_honoring:


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View PostRadix4257, on 20 September 2012 - 11:25 AM, said:

Nice, a +1 for your sardonic humor...lol.

View PostMathayus, on 20 September 2012 - 11:26 AM, said:

Nice job on making a topic like this JeeWeej, hopefully this wil stop the crying etc.
This also gives some nice information about what testing is all about. +1
Thanks guys! Happy to help. :Smile_honoring:


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Spanisharmada #7 Posted 20 September 2012 - 01:56 PM

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sorry but I have a question. Im a bit younger than 18. does that mean even if I have one of my parents click that button I could be banned?

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View PostSpanisharmada, on 20 September 2012 - 01:56 PM, said:

sorry but I have a question. Im a bit younger than 18. does that mean even if I have one of my parents click that button I could be banned?
That depends where you live and what the NDA actually says (as i haven't seen it). It has to do with at what age you are -by law- allowed to sign legally bound contracts. This is usually the age of 18, but varies per country or region (like the US or EU) When you "sign" with the consent of your parent, that means that IF something happens that results in a breach of the NDA and legal action is taken. Your parents will be held responsible for your actions. And action (like banning your account or something like it) will only be taken if you are in breach of the NDA, and even then it varies with how severe the breach was. If you're doing nothing wrong, nothing will hapen!

So if you're chosen for testing, please consult your parents about the NDA. Just to be sure.

And i know that this is all legal crap and i don't like them any more than the rest of us, but companies must have these clauses to protect themselves and their assets.

Edited by JeeWeeJ, 20 September 2012 - 02:07 PM.


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Great post JeeWeeJ :Smile_great:. I'm sure this will help some..some :Smile_sceptic: people out


NargilFenris #10 Posted 20 September 2012 - 04:13 PM

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Can we get this stickied now so that we can maybe hold back the tide of repeatedly asked questions? Also very good post.

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+1 for pinning it!

"Consider WoWs like WoT but slower and with bigger guns" - don't remember where I saw that.



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Thanks for the information hopefully this should keep down the threads on it, about it :)

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Very nice. For all those who have never done alpha or beta for anything it's a very good resource. 1+ for you.


 

 


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Very nice post JeeWeeJ. I hope the majority of the people who want to get into alpha understand that its not supposed to be a preview of the game but rather a way to help the developers make sure the game works properly.
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Horray! Informative posts! +1

No more need to explain testing stages anymore, just referring to this post will do!

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Pinned.

Thanks JW for writing this up.


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View PostGaea, on 20 September 2012 - 10:33 PM, said:

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Thanks JW for writing this up.
Thanks Gaea! :Smile_great:


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View PostSpanisharmada, on 20 September 2012 - 01:56 PM, said:

sorry but I have a question. Im a bit younger than 18. does that mean even if I have one of my parents click that button I could be banned?

Look i have been under that NDA for a few months now for WoWP. Basically if you don't talk about it or if you do you can put a link to it on the WoWP or in this case WoWS website, you will be fine.

 

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Hi

Thanks JW for ALL the info in your post

Very helpfull, short and for that a +1 for you

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I was told alpha testers of world of warplanes would be invited first.  is that true?

 


 

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