Alarameth TD Logo
Divider

The Change from Desura to Steam

Desura's parent company "Bad Juju Games" filed for bankruptcy in early June 2015. With the uncertainty this has created in regards to the future of the Desura platform, the cross-platform editions of Alarameth TD are being migrated to Steam, and owners of the game through Desura are strongly encouraged to obtain a Steam key as soon as possible.

To request a Steam key, I need to verify that you own the game through Desura. Please request a key via the following steps:

  1. Log into the Desura website at www.desura.com.
  2. Edit your profile (by selecting your own username), and set it to be "public" via the dropdown as seen below:



  3. Send me a private message on Desura letting me know that you've set your profile to be public, along with the email address you'd like the key sent to. You can send a private message via http://www.desura.com/messages/compose. Format the email as seen in the following image, addressing it to "Alarameth":


  4. Additional step as of July 2016: Send an email to alarameth-td@mattgadient.com with a quick message to let me know you've finished the Desura process. This is now necessary because Desura does not notify me when a message is waiting for me on that platform and I can no longer commit to manually logging into and checking Desura for new PMs on a regular basis as I had been over the previous year.

Double check that you spelled both Alarameth and your email address correctly.

As I must process these manually, it may take up to 72 hours to receive your Steam key. Be sure to keep an eye on your spam folder just in case! If you have questions about the process, please contact me at alarameth-td@mattgadient.com.


Note that if you have not installed Steam, you can do so by hitting the "Install Steam" link at the top of http://store.steampowered.com/.


FAQ

Q: Can I just email you my Desura account name?

A: No. You must send the message through Desura as shown above. This is to prevent somebody else from seeing the game in your game library, emailing me (claiming to be you!), and then getting your key.

Q: Why do I need to set my Desura profile public?

A: This is to verify that you actually own the game (have it in your account). Unfortunately, key scamming has become so prevalent that these things have to be verified (this developer estimated that 70% of the keys they sent out were fraudulent). I know verification is both time consuming and inconvenient, but please bare with me here - I don't have a lot of other viable options, and I want to make sure that if I'm spending time sending keys, I'm definitely sending them to the right people!

Once you have the key, you're free to set your profile back to private if you'd like. If for whatever reason you really don't want your profile public even for a short period of time, make it visible to friends, and add Alarameth as a friend (just until you have your key: don't worry, I won't be upset if you un-friend me 30 seconds later ;).

Q: Does this mean that there won't be any more updates for Alarameth TD on Desura?

A: Probably. Because their parent company filed for bankruptcy, their assets (including the Desura site) could go to anyone. In a best-case scenario, a reputable company would pick up Desura and all-would-be-well. However, there's always the possibility of a worst-case-scenario, where somebody nefarious picks up the Desura website and ignores/violates the previous agreements that developers had with Desura.

Q: Why not just upload keys in bulk to Desura?

A: When the bankruptcy filing took place, employees stated on Twitter that they were locked out. So there's no way to ensure that keys get distributed. In addition, if the Desura site goes down at some point, someone's unused key may disappear into the void (or go into the hands of whoever obtains the site). Manually sending keys is the safest route.

Q: How long do I have? Is there a deadline?

A: I suggest doing it right away. If Desura goes down, there won't be a way to verify who has/hasn't purchased the game. And if an untrustworthy entity picks up Desura and decides to make thousands of accounts and grant themselves every game... well... you get the idea. Even if you don't plan on using your key right away, I recommend getting it now while you still can!

Q: I don't want to use Steam, and it looks like there won't be any updates on Desura, at least for now. What other options do I have?

A: If your reason for avoiding Steam is technical (finding it tricky to get running on Linux for example), give me a shout and I'll try to give you a hand.

If DRM is the concern, note that the game itself remains DRM-free even through Steam. After it's been downloaded through Steam's client, you can find the game files (normally within Steam's folder by default) and copy it out to another one of your computers, back it up, etc. It doesn't require Steam to run.

If you have other reasons for not wanting to use Steam, send me a message through Desura (similar to the above example), but let me know that you do not want to use Steam. If you have an alternate distribution platform you'd prefer, I may look into getting something set up there. If nothing else, I can probably send you the latest version for the operating system(s) you were interested in.

Q: <insert other question here>

A: Other questions? Send an email to alarameth-td@mattgadient.com!



Alarameth™ and Alarameth TD™ are trademarks of Matt Gadient.

© Matt Gadient. All rights reserved.