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Updates to FAQ page

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Frequently Asked Questions
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**How far along is this product in development? What is the timeline for testing phases? When will this be released?**
How far along is this product in development? What is the timeline for testing phases? When will this be released?
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I am an independent developer working on this as a hobby project. I am not working on this full time, however, I am
making fast progress. The software has gone through successful Alpha testing from November through March and is now in
closed Beta testing for Patreon supporters.
I am an independent developer working on Foundry Virtual Tabletop as a hobby project, not as a full-time job. However,
progress on software development has gone extremely quickly with a full release anticipated in Q1 or Q2 of 2020. The
release date has not been announced, and is subject to change depending on the pace of development, the quality of
implemented features, and the amount of work still remaining in order to satisfy my original product vision.
The Beta testing process is used to actively collect feedback and continue improving the software along the path
towards a full release. Beta testing is expected to continue without interruption until the full product release in
late 2019. This schedule is subject to change, depending on the rate of development progress, the quality of implemented
features, and the amount of work still remaining in order to satisfy my original product vision.
The software was in pre-alpha development from August 2018 through November 2018 with closed Alpha testing until
February 2019. From February 2019 until present the software has been in closed Beta testing with a large and dedicated
community actively working together to get the software ready for release.
Opportunities to participate in the current phase of Beta testing is available by supporting the project on Patreon at
https://patreon.com/foundryvtt.
The ongoing Beta testing process if organized through Patreon until full software release and is used to actively
collect feedback and continue improving the software along the path towards a full release. Beta testing is continuous
without interruption, allowing you to use the current state of the software and receive ongoing updates as long as you
maintain your Patreon support.
Please consider supporting the project and gaining access to ongoing Beta testing by supporting the project on Patreon
at https://patreon.com/foundryvtt.
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**Why are you creating this software?**
Why are you creating this software?
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My primary investment in this project is not as a business venture but rather as a fan of the tabletop gaming genre
and a dungeon master who loves creating rich experiences for players. I believe the tabletop RPG community deserves
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**What will this cost? What is your business model?**
What will this cost? What is your business model?
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While my foremost objective is not business development, I do want to approach the project with a level of seriousness
that could allow for it to grow and support whatever community chooses to form around it.
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**How long will beta testing last? What does Beta testing mean for Alpha supporters?**
What are the hardware requirements to use Foundry VTT?
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It is not possible to share exact hardware requirements for the software because performance of the application depends
heavily on the type of content and features that are used within a World. As a general rule of thumb for common usage
patterns, the following hardware would be recommended:
**Minimum Requirements:**
* Relatively modern computer running Windows, MacOS, or Linux operating systems.
* An integrated GPU to enable hardware acceleration.
* A monitor no smaller than 1366x786. At this minimum resolution many aspects of the UI will feel cramped.
* Download/upload network speed of 5MB/s or faster.
The closed Alpha testing will continue through release, along-side Beta testing. Both test phases will continue
concurrently. I want to provide some perks/rewards for those of you who continue supporting at the Alpha tiers. My current
plan is to have two build versions, one for beta testers which is (hopefully) more stable but receives less frequent
updates and another for Alpha testers which has more frequent updates allowing them to get their hands on new features
first. Alpha testers will, of course, have the option of using the stable Beta build if they prefer that to the latest version.
**Recommended Hardware:**
* A discrete GPU for better rendering performance of large maps.
* A monitor with 1920x1080 or higher resolution.
* A mouse. You *can* use the software with a touchpad but the current software is designed for mouse and keyboard.
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**How frequently do the software updates occur?**
How long will Beta testing last? What does Beta testing mean for Alpha supporters?
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Since the beginning of Alpha testing in November, 2018 I have been maintaining a pace of releasing a new update version
approximately every 7-10 days. I intend to maintain this pace (with some exceptions) until the full product release.
The $10 Patreon tier ("Council") was initially the tier which had access to closed Alpha testing. This supporter tier
continues to have access to the software through release along-side with Beta tier testers. The key difference for
Council tier supporters is that they gain access to major updates 5-7 days before those changes are released for all
Beta testers. This jointly reflects the fact that major changes are a bit more prone to errors and closer to an Alpha
software experience while also giving a way to reward more invested testers for their support of the project.
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**Will there be an open beta that is available to anyone, free of charge?**
How frequently do the software updates occur?
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Not at this time. My plans are to only do a closed beta for Patreon supporters.
Since the beginning of Alpha testing in November, 2018 I have been maintaining a pace of releasing a new update version
approximately every 10-14 days. As the software approaches launch, the pace of updates has slowed slightly in order to
be more cautious about not introducing new bugs or regressions. Since mid 2019 now software updates have been released
every 14-21 days. You can view the change notes and dates in the archive of `_patchnotes`.
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**What will be the Patreon support fee to participate in the closed Beta test?**
Will there be an open beta that is available to anyone, free of charge?
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Just before the beta test begins I will be locking the $3/month supporter tier as a way to say "thank you" to everyone who has
been supporting this project since an early date. Those supporters will lock-in that support level throughout the closed beta
cycle. For additional supporters I will be opening a $5/month tier to opt-in to the closed beta phases.
Not at this time. My plans are to only do a closed beta for Patreon supporters until the full software release.
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**Will worlds or content created using the Beta build be valid for use once the release is made available?**
Will worlds or content created using the Beta build be valid for use once the release is made available?
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Yes. All your content or creations will carry forward. I do not anticipate any significant issues with changes that break
backwards compatibility. Please feel empowered to begin creating worlds that you plan to use for a long time!
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Thanks and Attributions
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