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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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

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  It still crashes from time to time, and with every major new release there is a chance your old save game will become outdated.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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January 15

Alpha 8.3 : Ad Inches Hot-Fix

Astute players found a game breaking bug in one of the strategic goals. If you had a quest to sell X inches of advertising, and you opened up the panel to view your progress, chances are your game would crash. And keep crashing, every time it would attempt to load said panel.

A misplaced parenthesis, it turns out, was to blame.

Alpha 8.3 is a hotfix just for this issue. Going forward, selling advertisements as a goal should once again be safe.

If you already had this issue, and for some reason it persists even after updating to Alpha 8.3, the manual fix is to delete the settings.ini file (which stores what panels you have open). This won't affect your save game progress at all, but if you muted the music, you will have to do that again.

You will find the settings.ini file at:
"C:\Users\[your Windows username]\AppData\Local\AboveTheFold\settings.ini"
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January 11

Alpha 8.1 : Strategic Goals Have Arrived

With the shift to Alpha 8 one of the last missing major features is added to the game, namely Strategic Goals. Really, that is just another word for quests. Every so often, the mysterious Owner will present you with three options to choose from. Each has a deadline and a goal to reach.

If you reach your Strategic Goal in time, the Owner will reward you with cash and forgive a few more angry letters. But if you should fail to meet your goals, you're in trouble. Do it 4 time total, and you're fired, so choose your quests carefully.

Besides the new goals, there are a number of other changes and fixes in this patch.

Note: There is a strong possibility that existing games from Alpha 7.x will break with this update. By all means try to continue with the old one, but no promises!

As this is the first patch with the quest system included, I fully expect some weird behavior or unbalanced quests. Let me know if you spot anything by posting in the Steam Discussions, or logging a bug directly via the game's website.

Changes in Alpha 8.1
  • New Win Criteria: Meet 100 Strategic Goals to win the game.
  • New Game Over Criteria: Fail 4 goals to lose the game.
  • New Way to End: Retire the game if you want the final bonuses before starting a fresh game. Button available under Reporter Management.
  • Quest System: Pick 1 of 3 Strategic Goals (aka quests) to pursue. After a goal is completed (whether successfully or not) each new passing day has an increasing chance of triggering a new goal selection. There are 9 basic types of procedurally generated goals. Choose wisely!
  • Strategic Goals: You can pursue 1 Strategic Goal (aka quest) at a time. Each goal has a deadline and (hidden) difficulty rating which is used to generate a reward of game score points, Cash, and Angry Letter forgiveness, based on a weighted ratio.
  • New background graphics on the Main Menu, Upgrades, Reporter Management and the Office screen
  • Options: You can now toggle full screen/windowed mode via the Options Menu (Esc). F9 still works as well.
  • Map: Data under the active reporter now includes the genre of the story, if one is assigned to that reporter.
  • Keyboard shortcut: In Reporter Management, you can now use the right arrow key to deselect all reporters (restoring the "Buy Lunch" / "Retire" buttons).
  • Monthly Award Event: Reworded to fit better with what is actually going on in the game.
  • Balance: Award Win criteria has been changed to 50 awards, down from 100.
  • Balance: The minimum score needed to win a monthly themed-issue award was lowered from 65% to 52% above your issue average.
  • Balance: Happiness decrease now has a less steep curve as you level up through the chapters. Previously chapter 3+ was too aggressive.
  • Balance: Reporters with kids are 3% per child less likely to quit from unhappiness. They suck it up and make it work for the kids!
  • Bug fix: After winning an award for Theme of the Month, the theme would not reset and no further awards were offered. Now fixed.
  • Bug fix: If you donated ad space to the homeless that you didn't have, they would respond as if you'd rejected them. Now triggers a separate response.
  • Bug fix: In Reporter Management, if you use the mouse you no longer have to click the name to select a reporter. Anywhere on the line will now work.
  • Bug fix: Story Card would remain floating if you kept the right mouse-button pressed. Now they follow the icons as expected.
  • Bug fix: Reporter Cards now switch sides around Reporters on the map, instead of getting cropped off screen.

UPDATE: Mini hot-fix aka Alpha 8.2
After learning that alpha 7 games would end due to too many failed quests (before you even got one), I issued a small fix that could potentially save alpha 7 games unless you already got that error.

I recommend starting fresh, but understand if you're attached to your newspaper and want to try and keep playing. So, if you haven't updated yet, make sure the main menu says at the top, before you load the game.
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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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