That favouriting system sounds solid. Especially the bit about how looting immediately distributes to people who have favourited it. That's a great way to make the system convenient and minimise the busywork.
It's not as impressive as the first footage we got, but it still looks really fun with some great little moments to try multiple skills for a solution (animal whisperer to lure goats onto mines is a hilarious way to make such a weird skill useful). The UI looks pretty neat now as well, it went through a lot of periods of looking really rough.
Having said that I really dislike Chris Keenan constantly saying "reactivity" and "choice" for every little minor thing in the game. Acting like helping a trader with his stuck cart is a choice with consequences like "he'll trade with you" is really dumb and makes the choices sound kinda fake. I understand that we can't really be told the big choices without spoiling the game so I'm ok with not finding out how reactive the game is until it comes out, but there's no point pretending basic side quests are "choices".
Technically speaking, it would be a choice if not helping the merchant causes him to come back later and hire mercenaries after you as revenge Its just that helping random people is pretty much what everyone does in rpgs so that it doesn't ever register to people as "choice".
But yeah, I agree with you that advertising that as choice is kinda silly.
Great stuff so far; it has a few notable flaws, but generally there's lots of love put into the game; the writing so far is cool, the underpinning ruleset is great, and the combat is fun and hits the right spot between accessibility and complexity.
Not sure how to get in on the closed beta. Do you sign up somewhere?
The beta players are mostly backers of a certain tier ($55 during the Kickstarter, $60 for late-funders) which is no longer available. However, there are plans to put the game out on Steam Early Access sometime between now and the full release.
In the meantime, you check out the reference card to get some idea what you're in for (I assume this is publicly available).
Yup. So who's getting into Early Access? I'm not at this time because I can't afford it, but the bonuses look interesting (free copy of the original Wasteland, a couple of novellas, an artbook, and the game's soundtrack).