Since www.SpaceFrigates.com is an online, multiplayer game I've been anxious to encounter somebody in the game for the first time. (somebody that is not a friend or family member that I begged to log on ;-) )
Tonight was that first encounter! It was brief but super rewarding anyway.
Because the game is new and I really have not marketed it at all I get very little traffic. So the odds of a random encounter is really small.
So what I did is put out an update today that integrates with Twillio. Then, whenever somebody connects I send an SMS warning message to myself.
A few hours later I got my first text and quickly in logged in. Sure enough, first contact!!! I don't think the folks at SETI will be more excited when they encounter their first ET! :-)
I really, really wish I had a way to communicate with that person. I think I am going to quickly add a chat feature. The game is already streaming data so shouldn't be too difficult.
I know I have a very long way to go from here but was a pretty awesome milestone anyway.
I future milestone is that I need to turn the SMS warning back off because of all the traffic! :-)