In this newspaper sim, you're the new Editor-in-Chief! Can you turn a small local newspaper into a well-respected media power house? Grow your staff of reporters, get subscribers, win awards and more!
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early Access enables me, as a solo developer, to finish the game while also making it the game, its audience wants to play. The basic mechanics are more or less done, but balancing, content and polish still all need work. Your input is valued and invited.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The goal is a late 2020 release.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Besides a LOT of polish and balancing, there are many core elements that still need work, from graphics to in-game content, audio and so forth. These are all things at the top of the road map. By showing your support in Early Access, you help make these things happen faster and better.

The basic game play will not change drastically, but there are many levers to pull and elements to tweak, each of which can end up providing very different experiences when added up. That balance is likely to change several times before the final release-worthy balance is found.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“All the features listed in the main description are in the game at this point, and you can both win and lose. Most of the features are not yet fully balanced or fleshed out, and there is still more content to add.

Main features, that are still to be added include:
  • Event series that tells a story (campaign)
  • Events that are caused by previous decisions
  • A Competing newspaper
  • Music

    It still crashes from time to time, and with every major new release there is a chance your old save game will become outdated.

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes! Early Access players go out of their way to show support, and that should be recognized. There will be a price increase once the game actually launches.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“For those who are interested in providing feedback, I have set up a bug report/suggestion box on the website for the game. One of the main reasons for doing Early Access is to get that feedback, to help make the final game the best it can be.

Those who wish to engage in a more direct manner can do so via twitter (contact @theprint) or Steam.”
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May 17

Alpha 9.6 : Let There Be Weekends!

Weekends have arrived in Above The Fold. Continuing the theme of adding progression to the game, you now have to unlock Saturday and Sunday editions for your newspaper. You (can't yet) do this by completing Challenges! More on this below. For a quick overview of all the changes, scroll to the last part of this post.

Challenges are huge new feature coming to the game. I say coming, because at the time this update goes out, they are not yet fully implemented. Everything is there, but needs a little more testing and balancing. That said, you can access a list of them, which gradually fades in as you unlock new challenges to complete (2 per game stage). Actually being able to complete a challenge is coming in the next patch, but some of the stats required are already tracked - like your highest scoring themed issues, per theme!

Contentwise, more than 100 new headline elements have been added, giving you much more variation and potential silliness in the random story headlines in the game. If you get a funny or noteworthy front page, please upload a screenshot to Steam - I love to see what you get!

In terms of balance, not publishing on weekends means less time between bills, in which you can make the cash you need to keep the paper afloat. The weekend is good for some things though - your Reporters recharge and may come back to work happier than they were at the end of the week.

Besides this, this update has a truck load of bug fixes and quality of life adjustments.

Changes in Alpha 9.6

  • 100+ new headline elements added for greater variation and absurdity
  • Added 1 new music loop, which plays on Fridays. One away from having one for every day.
  • Each in-game hour is 2 seconds longer* to allow more fine tuning (+/- keypad keys adjust speed)
  • Saturdays and Sundays are now skipped by default, until weekend editions are unlocked
  • During the weekend, there is a chance Reporter happiness will go up slightly
  • Ticker now shows the date and weekday (easier to see when weekend is approaching)
  • Every time you break your own record with a themed issue, you get bonus score points (50-200)
  • Ticker now shows when your last themed issue scored higher than similar and/or all themed issues
  • Challenge screen accessible via the Office, and you can see what your available challenges are
  • Fixed male reporter's hair, sometimes floating 1 pixel above where it should be
  • Fixed happiness-related Strategic Goals*, which could trigger prematurely
  • Fixed an issue related to advertisements carrying over into a new year*
  • Fixed Reporter cards having overflowing text in cases with several long trait names
  • Fixed issue where newly unlocked story types wouldn't appear until the game had been restarted
  • Larger responsive area on screen, when right-clicking to remove a story from the front page
  • Typical Reader algorithm messed with some
  • Various bug fixes, incl. at least one typo-related crash

*Only tested with a fresh save game.
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May 4

Alpha 9.5 : The Road to Progression

The newest update for Above the Fold is the first to focus on progression, and as such comes with some fairly drastic changes. Chief among them is that story types now unlock gradually.

Where before, you had access to everything from local news to global conflict from the start of the game, you now unlock topics as the paper grows. The locked story types are now darkened in the guide on the map, and the reporters for hire will mostly be interested in the story types already unlocked.

Content wise, this update comes with new daily quotes and one new music loop.

While there is nothing in this update that will mess up your save game, you may want to do some staff changes after updating, if your reporters are mostly specialized in story types that are suddenly locked - or accept the additional challenge of making it work.

As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts on these changes, and any requests you might have for future patches.

Changes in Alpha 9.5

  • Story types now unlock as you progress in the game
  • 1 new "Hump Day" loop added to the Map
  • Added 22 new things your reporters might say, depending on their state of mind
  • Changed the button for deleting saved games
  • Updated the in-game map key to distinguish locked story types
  • Lunches bought and upgrades completed are now counted (for later achievement use)
  • Reporters wanting a raise are now more vocal and may lose more happiness
  • Reporters for hire are more likely to have (dis)interests that match available stories
  • Until the mid-game, certain story types will not appear as Theme of the Month
  • The word count now updates correctly, when stories are replaced
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About This Game

The year is 1998 and in the small town of Goodbury, a mysterious business man just bought the local newspaper. He fired everyone already working there, and hired you to rebuild the paper as the new Editor-in-Chief.

Above the Fold is a newspaper simulation game, where you grow and manage a newspaper. Hire the right reporters, assign them stories they like to write, and make sure to please advertisers, subscribers and the paper's owner. You also need to upgrade your paper and balance the finances - make sure to save a bit of cash in case you need to bail a reporter out of jail, or fix a plumbing issue.

Can you grow this unknown rag into an international household name?

  • Hire and manage a staff of reporters
  • Assign them stories that fit their interests
  • Prioritize the stories you want on the front page
  • Get new subscribers for the newspaper
  • Buy upgrades for your office
  • Handle random and historic events
  • Please advertisers and the mystery Owner
  • Become the leader of a world famous media outlet!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: AMD FX-6300
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 640
    • Additional Notes: vsync support required

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