How to find all the bugs

Step 1: Ship it.

Step 2: Listen.

Here’s what went wrong with #nlgs18 in the first 24 hours…

  • Players couldn’t log in.
  • Players couldn’t access the forum.
  • Players could only view the first activity.

And most people don’t even know what #nlgs18 is.

The login issue was caused by missing activation emails. An easy fix. The forum access issue was caused by an incorrect, top-level access setting. And the activity issue was caused by an unchecked box forcing strict course progression.

But that last one. Man. That’s a real facepalm moment. Talk about missing the forest for the trees.

My most ambitious undertaking yet: #nlgs18 starts TODAY

Perfection is the enemy of done.

In the last month, I’ve bought an LMS, finalized a list of 50 summer activities, expanded it to almost 60, installed a forum, connected that forum to the LMS, spent a full week troubleshooting login/permissions issues, and lost track of everything I’ve done regarding email list segmentation.

And I just sent an email to… to… shit. I don’t even know how many people have signed up to play as I type this just before midnight last night. Guess we’ll find out.

If you’re a gearhead like us, I think you’ll enjoy this game. It’s the most ambitious thing I’ve ever done online. It’s going to run all summer long—three months—and it starts today.

Join us –> https://mailchi.mp/366fe810b214/nlgs

T-minus 2 days to #nlgs18

So busy I almost missed three days in a row!

We’re up to something like 60 special activities for the next level gearheads this summer. I’ve got some placeholders stood up in the LMS and Google Drive. Only about three actually have content behind them, so I’ll give you one guess what I’ll be doing with every minute of free time between now and Thursday, when this thing officially launches.

Yeah. I’ve got a literal shit-ton of copywriting to do in the next 48 hours.

But I’ve also got to do the following:

  • Build out the sub-forums & connect to the activities
  • Pre-populate those subs w/ conversation starters
  • Figure out the easiest way to get players access
  • Email the players basic instructions by TOMORROW NIGHT
  • Check on our magical scoring box

It’s gonna be crazy. But it’s gonna be awesome.

Here goes nothin’