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Meet the Team is a regular feature in which we interview members of the Pipeworks team working on Prominence Poker to give you a brief introduction to the people working behind the scenes to maintain and improve your favorite poker game. Today, our subject is Mike Kruse, Senior Producer.
 
Can you give us your name and title?
My name is Mike Kruse and I am a Senior Producer. Been here at Pipeworks for six years now.
Where are you from, and how long have you been working in games?
I am originally from the Bay Area in California. I started working in games in the early 90’s as a tester at the original Atari Games. Yup, that’s a long-@$$ time ago! I even have credits on some 8-bit console games, so you know I have seen a lot.
What have you worked on in the past that people might know?
I have worked on a wide variety of games in many different roles, but I will just list projects that I have either worked on in QA or as a Producer: Prominence Poker, World Series of Poker: Full House Pro, The Sims 2 Console, Gauntlet: Dark Legacy, San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing, Primal Rage, Dr. Muto, and R.B.I. Baseball 4, to name a few.
Can you tell us what you do on the Prominence Poker team?
My role is to organize and track progress of the team against budget and schedule, and to ensure a timely, high-quality delivery at each milestone – and anything else that needs to get done! I am the administrator, and the interface between everything and the team. Sounds important, right?
What makes you passionate about working on Prominence Poker?
I have a very talented team. We are doing big things with very few people, and there is a level of passion about this Pipeworks-born game that keeps us motivated.
What would you like to tell players about the future of Prominence Poker?
I would like to tell them that we have only just begun! There are so many features and directions we can go with this game that the sky is the limit. We want to know what our users want to see!
 
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We are absolutely flattered to have been awarded "Best Card & Board Game" of 2016 by the TrueAchievements community!
Instead of simply patting ourselves on the back though, we'd like to thank all of you for making this possible. We've said from day one that Prominence Poker is a collaboration between our developers and our players, and without your honesty, insightful feedback, and attention to detail, our game wouldn't be nearly as good as it is today. 

That said, our best days are still ahead of us. Prominence Poker is a growing, ever-evolving game, and if you like what you've seen so far, we encourage you to stay tuned. We've got big plans for the future, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts as we continue to build the best poker game available! 
https://www.trueachievements.com/n26158/the-trueachievements-game-of-the-year-2016
ClearConscious
Prominence Poker has made some incredible strides since our Closed Beta in April with frequent updates that included tons of new features, bug fixes, and tweaks that helped us understand what you, the player, really wanted. It wasn’t always easy, but this has been an incredibly rewarding experience for the entire development team at Pipeworks. 

Believe us; we couldn’t have done it without you. 

We are happy to announce that today Prominence Poker is exiting Early Access and officially launching on Steam; giving thousands of new players their first look into the world of Prominence. 

While our path in Early Access is coming to an end we will continue to support the game with additional patches that add new features, tweaks, and fixes in 2017. 

Our journey to keep expanding what we believe is the best poker experience on Steam is far from finished, and we hope that you will continue to follow our developments as we move into 2017 and beyond. 

See you at the tables! 

The Prominence Poker Team 
ClearConscious
Today is the big day for Prominence Poker! At long last, we’re thrilled to announce that our much-anticipated update is now available to download on Xbox One & PlayStation 4. This update brings a ton of new features to Prominence Poker and lays down a great foundation for the game going into 2017. Many thanks go out to the community for all their support, patience, and feedback since launch; we couldn’t do it without you!
 
Big Updates
 
        The Spades Affiliation o   New Venue: Motherland Meats
o   New Underground content
o   New Rewards
        Affiliation Rank 4 o   50 additional levels per affiliation
        Ranked Games o   Ranked Rewards
o   Ranked Seasons (1 calendar month)
o   Ranked Leaderboards
o   Ranked Nameplates
        New Achievements
Notable Changes
         Daily Cut Reward values have been increased 5X          New Shop Items (including holiday specific items)          All Shop Items will have their unlock levels removed and can be purchased at level 1
Bug Fixes
 
Fix Summary
         Various crash bugs have been fixed          Various disconnection bugs have been fixed          Fixed localization bugs          Various fixes have been made to the UI, including the Radial Action Menu (RAM) Notable Fixes
        Fixed a bug where joining the game through the friends list after the friend had left triggered a pop-up and prevented the player from joining the game         Fixed a bug where the game would enter an unresponsive state for an extended period of time when the player exited a tournament during an all-in situation         Fixed a few issues with voice chat in which certain conditions prevented people from using it         Fixed a bug that caused players to force check/fold         Fixed an instance where voice communication would persist outside of the game in some instances
ClearConscious
Today is the big day for Prominence Poker! At long last, we’re thrilled to announce that our much-anticipated update is now available to download on Steam, with a console release coming early next week. This update brings a ton of new features to Prominence Poker and lays down a great foundation for the game going into 2017. Many thanks go out to the community for all their support, patience, and feedback since launch; we couldn’t do it without you!
 
Big Updates
 
        The Spades Affiliation o   New Venue: Motherland Meats
o   New Underground content
o   New Rewards
        Affiliation Rank 4 o   50 additional levels per affiliation
        Ranked Games o   Ranked Rewards
o   Ranked Seasons (1 calendar month)
o   Ranked Leaderboards
o   Ranked Nameplates
        New Achievements
Notable Changes
         Daily Cut Reward values have been increased 5X          New Shop Items (including holiday specific items)          All Shop Items will have their unlock levels removed and can be purchased at level 1
Bug Fixes
 
Fix Summary
         Various crash bugs have been fixed          Various disconnection bugs have been fixed          Fixed localization bugs          Various fixes have been made to the UI, including the Radial Action Menu (RAM) Notable Fixes
        Fixed a bug where joining the game through the friends list after the friend had left triggered a pop-up and prevented the player from joining the game         Fixed a bug where the game would enter an unresponsive state for an extended period of time when the player exited a tournament during an all-in situation         Fixed a few issues with voice chat in which certain conditions prevented people from using it         Fixed a bug that caused players to force check/fold         Fixed an instance where voice communication would persist outside of the game in some instances
ClearConscious
Greetings Tourists! As you may have seen already, we've released our first patch for PS4 & Xbox One. If you're interested you can check out the patch notes for the Xbox One version here, and the PS4 version here.
This patch included months worth of fixes, additional customization items, another buy-in, and additional hidden content that will unlock over time. Looking toward the future, we're working on getting additional affiliations out, ranked, and some other neat things that you'll be excited about.
We appreciate everyone's support as we continue to make Prominence Poker the best it can be.
Regards,
The Prominence Poker Team.
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