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  1. 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 [email protected]$$ 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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    Happy Hour

    During Happy Hour, all "drink" table items (such as the Glass O' Vodka, H2O, and Bottle O' Green Beer) award players a DOUBLE Rep boost!
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    Havana Nights

    During Havana Nights, all "smoke" table items (such as the Cigarette, Crimson E-Cigarette, and Cigarillo) award players a DOUBLE Rep boost!
  4. Who's comparing? I gave you two answers for the resets because you asked about both player rankings and Ranked leaderboards. Both reset for similar reasons. (PS: I took the liberty of deleting the duplicate message you created.)
  5. It would have two effects: 1) It would drastically decrease the difficulty of gaining those rewards (in turn upsetting players who previously earned the rewards the hard way). 2) It would probably do little to increase the number of people playing in those high-tier, ranked tournaments, as the issue there is not "people sitting on a tier because they're scared of losing a relatively small number of chips" but is instead an overall lack of players capable of and interested in participating in those high-tier tournaments at times that line up with whatever schedule a person might have in mind.
  6. Realistically? It's not a strategy. It's somebody doing whatever they feel like, and it happened to work out for them.
  7. You're welcome to disagree, but letting people attain a rank in a matter of days then rake in millions of free chips forever whether they're playing or not is not something we're going to do for reasons that should be pretty obvious. As for player ranking resets, we don't want players to get complacent. If you're good enough to be at the top of the rankings, great! But that's a lot less impressive than if you've got the skills to stay at the top consistently. Without resets, the rankings would be dominated by one or two players who put in very little effort after achieving the goal. Let's use the bankroll rankings as an example, and let's say a player drops $10,000 on chips. They would immediately rocket to the top of those leaderboards, and outside of spending significant cash, there's very little chance anyone would be able to ever catch them. Since we don't want to push people toward spending cash, that leaderboard suddenly becomes pointless in the eyes of competing players -- unless there are periodic resets. We'd rather not have one or two people climbing the ranks, then sit there forever with very little effort required. Hence, resets.
  8. Same thing happened to me on the stream yesterday. I only won one match, but since I was playing against high ranked players, I started in Silver, despite ending last season in Bronze.
  9. First, congrats on all your hard work! Second, the Diamonds affiliation is coming in our next major update. It will include a new Affiliation, boss, singleplayer games, clothing items, a higher level cap, and a number of other things.
  10. We care. Nuking the game's economy for the benefit of people who aren't playing the game is something we're trying to avoid.
  11. Sorry, but I've gotta lock this one. Don't call people out on the forums.
  12. That depends on a number of factors including where they placed at the end of the prior season, and the ranks of the other players in those provisional games.
  13. Try to keep the personal attacks to a minimum. You've now got a warning.
  14. That's very odd! I've got a few questions: 1) How long has this been occurring? Is it a new issue, or is this something you've been dealing with for a while now? 2) What platform are you playing on? 3) When you say "constantly changing," what exactly do you mean? Is the timer wheel running down faster than it should be? Does the wheel not show up at all?
  15. Oh! Well, that's great! I'm glad things worked themselves out. If it ever happens again without reverting back to normal, let Customer Support know.
  16. Yeah, pretty much. At least with this one central thread, all of the information we've presented and all the arguments around that are in a single spot.
  17. It sounds like you should submit a ticket to Customer Support: There's a link at the top-right of that page where you can submit a ticket. Explain what happened, include as much detail as possible (when this happened, your bankroll before and after), and they should be able to look into things.
  18. Those of you wishing you could dive into a game immediately upon firing up Prominence Poker should be pleased with today's update. Along with a handful of minor fixes and tweaks, we've added a Quick Play option to both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game. Here's how it works: At the top of the Main Menu, you'll now see an option called "Quick Play." If you click that option, Prominence Poker will add you to the first available game with minimal wait. By default, Quick Play will attempt to find tables with buy-ins that are 5% of your total bankroll, but if you'd prefer higher stakes games, you can change your Default Buy-in in the Game Options menu to any level from from 5% to 80%. As always, the team behind Prominence Poker relies on your crucial feedback, so give Quick Play a try and let us know what you think!
  19. The Boost Bonus you're referring to can't be activated by players. Currently, it's used for special events. For instance, when a new player starts playing Prominence Poker, they have a Boost Bonus for 72 hours.
  20. I was gonna answer the question, but flowerror covered everything.
  21. Glad you like it! We're going to keep an eye on things and continue to tweak stuff as necessary, but it seems like things are moving in the right direction.
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    For a solid two hours, we'll be streaming live gameplay from the latest build of Prominence Poker! All Prominence Poker players are invited to join the game. At 2PM, search for a public ring game with a 1,000-chip buy in hosted by a player named "Nex." We'll be playing for quite a while, so if you can't get in immediately, don't worry, a spot at the table should open up shortly. Best of all, during the stream we'll be giving away additional keys for the Prominence Poker closed beta test. If you aren't already in the test, you're not going to want to miss this stream!
  23. You've got me. All of the components of that computer you described meet the Prominence Poker recommend specs, except for the graphics card.
  24. Sounds like it's the graphics card. It's not quite powerful enough to run Prominence Poker properly, and is struggling to maintain a reasonable framerate.