Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2! (All you need to know about FS2, NEWSLETTER)

[Post New]by dylansmom1979 on Mar 6, 10 11:40 AM
Not sure if this is allowed, if not then I understand if Big Fish moderators delete my post. I am sort of new to the site and hope me posting the Q&A's from the FS2 newsletter is not against the rules of either Big Fish or Subsoap.

For anyone that did NOT sign up for FS2 newsletter, here are the Q&A's.



NEWSLETTER:

We have been working on Faerie Solitaire 2 for some time now. This is the Q&A following up the survey which was made available when we released the preview for Faerie Solitaire 2 last month. If you have further questions after reading this Q&A then please contact me. We will always do our best to consider and accommodate your needs and interests.


Q: What are the prices?
A: Individual episodes will be priced at $6.99 USD. There will be a package deal with all nine episodes available for $49.99 USD (20% savings), and a special lower price of $29.99 USD (53% savings) for those who are on fixed incomes and need the lower price. Owners of the package deal will be sent each new episode the instant they are released and will be able to download them again at any time from their account. If you are in certain circumstances where your income prevents you from buying FS2 at the lower price, contact me and we will work something out.


Q: Why is FS2 being released in episodes instead of one game?
A: An episodic format for FS2 will allow it to have a deeper and more engaging storyline while still providing a longer playtime than FS1. Compared to traditional methods, we are also able to produce more episodes in a shorter timeframe because a great deal of the game's code is already in place for each episode, and this allows us to release more content at regular intervals.

For us, there are two motivations for why we want to try this. We want to release more quality games in less time, and we want to grow our team which in turn would enable us to make even better games. If this initiative is successful, we will be able to do both. We think this is the right choice, but we are still one of the first to try it, so it may not work out as expected. If this turns out to be a bad idea, you can be certain we will do what it takes to fix it. We are absolutely committed to building the best games which give you the best value for your money. We strive to make games at a level well above what you can expect from others.


Q: How does FS2 compare to FS1 in terms of length?
A: Think of the difference as FS1 being a feature film, and FS2 being a TV show. FS1 has

Edited on 03/07/2010 at 12:01:13 PM PST


 

Re:Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2!

[Post New]by dylansmom1979 on Mar 6, 10 11:42 AM
Q: How does FS2 compare to FS1 in terms of length?
A: Think of the difference as FS1 being a feature film, and FS2 being a TV show. FS1 has its length, and its whole story happens in just the span of the game without anything extra (relatively). With FS2, each episode can be as long as FS1 was. We can pack many more details into the games, and these details allow us much more than what could be possible with just one game. Each episode of FS2 on average will have about as many levels as FS1 had, which brings the total number of locations to ~360. With each episode, we can also include different and interesting variations, and you'll see what this means once you play the games.


Q: Will powerups remain the same in FS2?
A: In FS2, all of the useful powerups are granted from the start of the game to maximize playability and strategy early in each episode.


Q: How are pets different in FS2?
A: Everything about pets is better in FS2. Gone are the days of playing endlessly to find the last pet. Now, they appear in predetermined areas of the game. You'll want to find them all right away because pets are now much more than a nice collectable friend. When a pet is hatched, and fully grown into its adult form it can be sent out on pet quests. On these quests your pet can bring different items (which must be found under stacks in advance!) along with them; however, you must choose carefully which item and pet to send on each quest because, depending on the combination, your pet will either succeed or fail at their quest. Success brings rewards!


Q: Will my progress from FS1 be carried over in any way?
A: Money will not be transferred over because it does not exist in FS2 (!), and pets have dramatically changed in FS2; though, there will be some familiar faces. At some point there will be some bonuses for those who own both FS and FS2.


Q: I remember a project called "Faerie Solitaire Desktop Pets." What happened to it?
A: This project has evolved into its own game series: Faerie Tales. We will be releasing more information about FT when information is ready.


Q: What happens if I'm not done with an episode upon the release of the next?
A: Each episode will be a full featured stand alone game. Each episode is independent of the others. You will be able to play each episode individually at your leisure. When a new episode is released, whether you play it or not is up to you. You can complete all the previous episodes or jump straight into the new one. You can play each episode over and over as much as you want. Naturally each episode continues the overall story, so it would be a good idea to play them in order.


Q: Are there timers in FS2?
A: Each episode keeps track of the best time completed in locations, but there are no time based goals, and time does not have an effect on score at all.


Q: Will each episode have replay value?
A: Yes. Playing an episode a few times will be quite a bit more interesting than playing the default versions of solitaire included with your computer over and over.


Q: What purposes do the achievements serve? What did the player achieve?
A: Achievements are a sort of a goal based meta game usually without any greater purpose. In FS2 they have a little more of a purpose, but we'll release more information on that later.


Q: Will these episodes be released at the same time each month, or will the dates of release change?
A: Once the first few episodes are released, the release date for the last of the episodes should be more regular. We are aiming for the middle of each month.


Q: Are there still things hidden under stacks?
A: Yes, and there are more things to find in FS2 too; all of these things have a purpose. Locations of items are in fixed positions instead of randomly placed. We made this change to avoid player frustration when something is needed to be found to continue the game. You'll know you didn't clear a stack and can try the hand/location again to focus on other stacks. This also allows people to write guides and share with each other the exact location of things to find.


Q: My game froze at times when playing Faerie Solitaire 1 / the game was not always smooth.
A: If your game was affected by this bug please contact us! We've been trying to figure out the cause since FS1 was released without success.


Q: I would prefer to just buy the whole game all at once.
A: All episodes can be purchased as a package and each will be delivered to you to your e-mail the instant they are released. Each episode is longer and better than FS1 was on its own and will be able to be played independently without need of any other episode. These episodes can be downloaded from our site as many times as you need to download them in the future.


Q: Can I save the first Faerie Solitaire on a CD for a backup copy?
A: Yes, and if you ever need a new download of FS contact me, and I will get it for you.


Q: Can I share a copy of the game with a close friend or family member?
A: Yes, and we encourage you to do this, especially for people who normally would not be able to afford the game, though for those who can afford the game it would be better for us if they buy their own copy! This does not grant you permission to distribute the game online to any number of people. Please do not abuse our trust and goodwill.


Q: Who is Subsoap?
A: We are a few young developers who want to make games especially for you. Thank you for making this possible!


Q: Will each episode be updated like FS was when it was released?
A: Yes. We will maintain each episode and add improvements where they are needed. Updates will always be free of additional charge and will be available for you to download at any time on our site.


Q: When in February will it be released?
A: A number of factors have contributed to the first episode (The Wizard's Grimoire) not being released as soon as we want it. One factor is that we have not finalized a deal with one of our biggest partners. We are hoping to release very early in March, but I cannot guarantee a specific date. I personally apologize for the delay! This delay will not significantly change the release schedule of the episodes, but multiple episodes may be released sooner together because of this. As a member of our newsletter, you will be the first to know when Faerie Solitaire 2 : The Wizard's Grimoire is released. If you want to play sooner, contact me and I will see about getting you a pre-release copy / playable preview of the game sooner than later.


Q: Some levels in FS1 were too hard, as there were too few cards left in the deck.
A: In FS1 the deck size was always fixed, so if there were many cards on the field, less cards would be in the deck. In FS2 we have enabled double deck sizes on some of the larger layouts. Also, we have changed the game to allow players of all play styles to enjoy the game as they want to play it without limitations or blocks.


Q: Will there be a Mac version?
A: Yes, but only available upon request for the time being. There is a Mac version of Faerie Solitaire 1, and it too is available upon request, but there were some bugs which made us not want to release it publicly (currently only fullscreen is unsupported, the rest of the game works flawlessly). It's possible that in the future both games will have officially released Mac versions. Once everything is set up on our site and when you purchase the PC version, you will also be able to download the Mac version without extra charge. The same goes for localization, which means when you buy the English version, you can also download any of the other translations of the game which we release without extra charge. We're still planning to release the localizations of FS and will be releasing FS2 in multiple languages as time goes on.


Q: Will the new content keep people playing until the final episode?
A: We think so. There is special and unique content added in every episode, and the story has been developed to be compelling and interesting for the whole series.


Q: Does FS2 have DRM?
A: FS2 does not have any sort of DRM and neither did FS. We do not like DRM and feel is unnecessary.


Q: How many pets are there in all?
A: There are 45 pets in total with each episode adding five new pets to the total. Each pet must be found, hatched, grown to its adult stage, and then can be sent out into the world on quests.


Q: Will FS2 be released on X portal?
A: Possibly. All release dates are not guaranteed.


Q: Will the game work on older machines?
A: Yes. If the first game worked then this one will work too. The game is in part design to work on as many different types of computers as possible.


Q: When will the prequel be released?
A: It will be released some time after the last episode of FS2 is released and likely before the end of the year. It will be FREE to those who are subscribed to our newsletter before FS2's first episode is released (we are keeping a list of everyone who is subscribed and will send codes to those people so they can download the game without charge), but otherwise will be priced at $6.99 for everyone else. So tell all of your friends to subscribe to our newsletter now to secure their free copy of the FS prequel!


Q: Is FS2 a relaxed or skill based game?
A: It's both. It can be played casually, or it can be played for the best score possible. We've designed it so casual players will not be blocked from being able to continue play at skill gates without interruption. Those who want to get perfects on every hand, and get the best score possible on every level will be able to do so.


Q: What are puzzle doors?
A: Puzzle doors are fun distractions between solitaire levels. Puzzle doors each present different and interesting challenges, and once they are solved, more content is unlocked. A collection of items is required before an attempt can be made at solving a puzzle door. These puzzle door items are found under stacks of cards during normal solitaire play. Puzzle doors are not obligatory and can be skipped once all of the items for that door are found (but where's the fun in that!?)


Q: Will different difficulty levels be included in this game?
A: There are no set difficulty levels like there was in FS1. FS2 introduces a new end-of-hand scoring system that allows each player to play at their own pace. Its design allows you to play the game at your skill level. If you wish to play just to have fun, you are able to, and if you want to try for the best score possible, you can do that too.


Q: Will there be other forms of solitaire included?
A: Yes, and each episode will include different bonus variations. If you have a variation you really enjoy, there's still a chance we will be able to add it to a later episode, so please let us know.


Q: Will I still be able to play FS1 after getting FS2?
A: Yes.


I hope this Q&A has been an interesting read!

Again if you have further questions after reading this Q&A then please contact me.

Best regards,
Brian Kramer
Subsoap

Edited on 03/07/2010 at 11:57:25 AM PST


 

Re:Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2! (All you need to know about FS2, NEWSLETTER)

[Post New]by dylansmom1979 on Mar 30, 10 9:36 AM
FS2 is the game I am looking most forward to at the moment. I hope the legal issues get resolved soon.

 
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Re:Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2! (All you need to know about FS2, NEWSLETTER)

[Post New]by Dynastia on Mar 30, 10 1:30 PM
Hi Dylansmom,

I don't know if for any administrative reason this message will be deleted or not but for SELLING REASONS it will bring many more clients to this wonderful game. I don't know where you got the message though... haven't seen it on Subsoap's site.

I enjoyed Faery 1 so much I cannot wait for the other ones to be available. I just hope that the FREE GAME announced on their site will be attached to Faery 2 HERE.

I recommend this game to anyone - even at $6.99 (cause it won't come back at $2.99 for a while) - who loves Golf solitaire, nice and relaxing music, bright colors, extended length of gameplay, many challenges, excellent replay to get all the levels perfect.

I wish I could open a new discussion under Faery Solitaire so that anyone who enters the site would see it and not have to have learned about the game and have to go to the Faery game discussions.

We can play music with the numbers under the different eggs/pets in the Pet Land and with practically all the buttons on the screen. Good for kids to learn notes and for everyone to have fun and play piano. And the colorful popcorn that comes out of the cursor during combos is just delightful.





Edit April 24, 2010: Still in Solar Rift... can't get past it! Why does the game ask for 9 perfect levels under Master difficulty? As I wrote to Subsoap, under "Impossible" they ask for 10 out of 9? This game is no fun anymore but the one I have playing Golf. And I need only one more egg.

Edited on 04/24/2010 at 12:26:17 PM PST


 

Re:Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2! (All you need to know about FS2, NEWSLETTER)

[Post New]by dylansmom1979 on Apr 5, 10 4:37 PM
Dynastia

Check your personal messages because it has some important info about the FS Prequel. Those that want FS The Prequel for FREE, you have to subscribe to the FS2 newsletter before the game FS2 comes out and OWN FS and buy FS2.

I cant wait for FS2.

 

Re:Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2! (All you need to know about FS2, NEWSLETTER)

[Post New]by dylansmom1979 on Apr 5, 10 5:13 PM
I emailed Brian the other day and what I could understand from his email is the hold up is, I think, no longer to do with negotiations between Subsoap and Big Fish Games financial team. The email was slightly vague as to the current hold up.

His reply to me is this:

Hi Amanda,

Release should happen very soon (there have been several unrelated
delays but we're getting there), and we'll still work hard to get all
of the episodes out this year. Faerie Tales is a separate project
which we are also working on (there are some people working on just
FT) and its release date is uncertain, but we're doing our best. We
have some other projects that we are working on too but I can't say
anything yet about them!

Best regards,
Brian Kramer
Subsoap



So hopefully we will see it within this month, my words not Brian's. I just am hoping for a few days to a couple weeks from now at most, but like I said MY words not Brian's so if it isnt out this month please dont get upset with Brian. I just hope for before May.

 

Re:Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2! (All you need to know about FS2, NEWSLETTER)

[Post New]by dylansmom1979 on Apr 11, 10 8:51 AM
Anyone heard any news about FS2 lately? I am so wanting to play, but I know something other than legal issues has come up now, not sure what it is...

But hopefully FS2 will be released very soon. Every day that I get online, I am hoping the FS2 download will be available and in my email.

 

Re:Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2! (All you need to know about FS2, NEWSLETTER)

[Post New]by dylansmom1979 on Apr 15, 10 12:39 PM
I hope FS2 is available for download (At least the PRE-Release) by next weekend, thats when my husband gets paid again and I am going to do get the all in one price where you just pay for them all at once and get the downloads in your email each time they come out.

My husband gets paid bi-weekly so next Friday is his payday and it would be great if by then FS2 was available.

 
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Re:Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2! (All you need to know about FS2, NEWSLETTER)

[Post New]by Dynastia on Apr 24, 10 12:28 PM
I wrote a good review previously but seriously, fishies, how did anyone get pas Solar Rift (Master)?

It is SO HARD!



Edited on 04/25/2010 at 4:28:00 PM PST


 

Re:Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2! (All you need to know about FS2, NEWSLETTER)

[Post New]by dylansmom1979 on Apr 24, 10 1:09 PM
The challenges are hard but I beat the game a while back, have all power-ups, all eggs, all my pets are evolved and I have all achievements and a star on all 5 challenge modes so with nothing left to beat or unlock on FS makes me even more eager for FS2. Even if FS2 is going to be a while still, If Subsoap has any new info about FS2 release, I wish they would tell us because the not hearing anything in so long is what is got me wondering.

I do know on April 3rd I was told FS2 was going to be released very soon, but that was over 20 days ago so I am not sure when FS2 Chapter 1 is going to be released. 9 Chapters and 1 released each month will now put Chapter 9 out Dec 2010 and that is if Chapter 1 comes before May.

Edited on 04/24/2010 at 1:11:36 PM PST


 
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Re:Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2! (All you need to know about FS2, NEWSLETTER)

[Post New]by Dynastia on Apr 25, 10 4:31 PM
I don't get it. I am good at this game and even with the spares, the peeking at next card and the 3 Undos, I stil have not beaten Master Solar RIft. I came close like five times by one card or only a few in one of the 9 levels.

I wonder what I do wrong. I keep trying..... and trying.... :


Edited on 04/25/2010 at 4:32:36 PM PST


 

Re:Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2! (All you need to know about FS2, NEWSLETTER)

[Post New]by dylansmom1979 on Apr 28, 10 9:15 AM
It took me alot of tries to get all the stars.

FS2 is going to be so awesome.

 
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Re:Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2! (All you need to know about FS2, NEWSLETTER)

[Post New]by Dynastia on Apr 29, 10 4:51 PM
Hello Dylansmom,

There just might be something you have NOT done with this game... It is quite a challenge as well.

Have played Quick Replay? If yes, have you tried to get all 9 levels perfect in all locations? You also get a star each for perfect 9. The Quickplay comes in all three difficulties as well.

I do have all my pets evolved now and I am still trying to beat MasterSolar Rift. I come close so often. Unless a person is psychic - which you maybe are - this game will take forever to play. I even thought that at the Impossible difficulty they only put one location and one level... since it is "impossible" then why the need to put all the locations times all nine levels?

Anyway, Dylansmom, you are GOOD! Hope I gave you just a bit more to play with FS1.

 

Re:Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2! (All you need to know about FS2, NEWSLETTER)

[Post New]by MaddyLoves2play on May 8, 10 9:42 AM
I m new to FS, & Love it. just completed & was thrilled to see ad for FS2 !! I Need it Please tell me when , where & how to get it ???

 
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Re:Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2! (All you need to know about FS2, NEWSLETTER)

[Post New]by 1mouse53 on Aug 17, 10 10:08 PM
I registered at the Subsoap site for the newsletter almost a year ago, then again a few months back. Haven't heard anything other than the first response apologizing for the delay. I found recent info here and on Facebook, nothing from the newsletter or the site. I thought all the new info was suppose to come from the newsletter, wasn't that why we were supposed to sign up?

 

Re:Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2! (All you need to know about FS2, NEWSLETTER)

[Post New]by lillyalex2003 on Aug 18, 10 6:20 AM
Last update said it would be released "soon" and that they will release newsletter and the game together. This was released by Subsoap last week.

Hope that helps!

 

Re:Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2! (All you need to know about FS2, NEWSLETTER)

[Post New]by zerokrewl on Aug 31, 10 6:05 PM
Wonder if it's still too late to subscribe to the newsletter .. lol Don't see anything about the game being released so... I'm assuming it is NOT too late. I was horribly addicted to FS1 by my girlfriend and puzzled for many days why there was not even a whisper of FS2 (I didn't realize it was released so recently with the sys reqs so low, very nice to see a fun family game able to run on a wide array). Well I probably would have missed the release date for a few if I wasn't to set this p4 2.4 ghz compaq system up for my GF! Got bored and just started browsing the web for random stuff with her new computer and of coarse making sure Faerie Solitaire is Installed on her Desktop now, not just her laptop. So ya, going to find a newsletter subscription now. Thanks a bunch and keep up the good work guys.
Oh ya, mebe some info on release guestimate would be awesome! Or as a few others have mentioned, maybe a few hand demo or pre release to wet our mouths with until things get squared away for a solid gold release. Just my 2 cents, pocket it if you will. Bye All...

-ZeRoKrEwL-

Edited on 08/31/2010 at 6:33:38 PM PST


 

Re:Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2! (All you need to know about FS2, NEWSLETTER)

[Post New]by dylansmom1979 on Sep 1, 10 5:22 PM
I know a little more info on the game, so private message me if you want to know.

 

Re:Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2! (All you need to know about FS2, NEWSLETTER)

[Post New]by ANETTEREIB on Jul 25, 12 6:33 AM
My Mother in Law, wants to hear about when Faerie Solitaire 2 is released?

 
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Re:Q&A for Faerie Solitaire 2! (All you need to know about FS2, NEWSLETTER)

[Post New]by lisablue4369 on Sep 30, 12 4:26 PM
has it been released yet?

 
 
 
 
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