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 It still crashes from time to time, and with every major new release there is a chance your old save game will become outdated.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

Alpha 7.6 : Recognition Awards and Historic Events

New feature: Recognition Awards
Themed issues build your recognition in the media industry and can lead to "Recognition Awards". These are earned through cumulative work, so the more themed issues you publish, the greater the chance of winning one of these.

Revisited Historic Events
These are being revamped and rewritten. The first 2 years of the game are being done first, and these are already added in this patch (1998-1999). Historic events are non-random events, based on actual things that happened on that date. Some will ask you to take a stand or make a decision, others have a general effect. A historic event is triggered at least every other in-game month.

Angry Letter Forgiveness has been tweaked, so it is slightly easier to raise the limit beyond chapter 2.

Crash fix: "Your mom called" event had a typo in it.
Crash fix: Burglary event.

Should work with existing save games.
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December 9

Alpha 7.5 : Angry Letters Revisited

No, not angry letters from players of the game - thankfully!

This first update post Early Access launch is very much inspired by the initial feedback, the players have sent my way. I highly appreciate your help in making the game better for everyone, so thank you!

One request I got multiple times, was the ability to see an actual angry letter from a reader. So that became the main feature for this update, but it's more than just a random collection of insults - their content is based on where you are in the game, taking several factors into account.

There were also a couple of crash fixes (I hope), and a few other improvements. They are detailed below.

Note: This update should work with existing save games.
  • Sample Angry Letter. Each new issue that generates angry letters now comes with a sample letter for you to review (click the frownie-faced button). The complaints/insults in the letter are based on things like your progress, political extremism, reputation and credibility.
  • Time Bonus. If you win the game before the 4 years are up, a special bonus is applied to your score. Does not apply, if you end the game without winning.
  • Reporter Management. You no longer need the mouse to select the first reporter. Arrow up/down will select the top/bottom reporter respectively.
  • Map Guide. When pressing G to show/hide the map guide, your setting is now remembered from day to day. Previously, it would reset daily.
  • Crash fix: when a reporter is poached
  • Crash fix: when a reporter is fired, but there was already an event lined up where that reporter was going to quit.
  • Added a "your mom called" event to catch exceptions such as the above.

If you want to add suggestions or report crashes and bugs, there are several ways you can do it. The discussions on the Steam Community Hub is a great place, or you can log bugs directly through the game website (look for the blue tab on the right-hand side). Finally, if you'd like to chat with me and the other fans of the game, you are welcome to join the discord channel.

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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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