well, zip doesn't reserve the right to scan my computer for software it considers to be in breach with its license, and other stuff like that, so the comparison is not quite valid. I did list technical reasons further up, and as someone who rarely finds the time for a gaming session, I find the steam client quite unwieldy… for example, every single time I start it, it updates itself first. Plus, I can't use it in some of the situations I play games in, like in a hotel room with my work laptop.
But, as I mentioned before, it is your decision. If you feel the gain outweighs what I consider losses (and you obviously don't, so this one will be easy), then by all means do what you think is best for you.
Even if you put a DRM free game on steam, it is still DRMed, by the fact that you need steam to install it. Also, if you should, for whatever reason, cancel or lose your steam account, you also lose the game ( + all other games you have on steam, for that matter). But, well, it is your decision. If it is on steam, it is lost for me, but I'm just one guy, probably doesn't matter.
I feel that yes, a distribution outside of steam is desirable. While I acknowledge the fact that it is easier for you to only have one distribution channel, there are 2 things I really don't like about steam. Firstly, steam is DRM. And Secondly, it is a subscription service, meaning you don't own the stuff you have there. Then there is the necessity of the client, which means there are a lot of scenarios where I would not be able to play the game any more.
I know, us people who don't think steam is the best thing since computer games were invented are a minority, but please consider my arguments.
after playing for a bit more, I have a few more remarks.
– doors can only be locked if the workshop tab is open and doors are selected in that tab. That seems like an unneccessary restriction. – creatures can only be selected by clicking on them for ordering them around, when the creature tab is open. Dito. – I feel I should be able to take prisoners when raiding villages. Especially when torturing them is an additional source of mana.
I feel the alpha 7 is a big improvement over alpha 6, especially the locking doors feature is nice. A room full of rotting corpses is an excellent death trap for pesky adventurers, and being able to keep my own minions out of them makes this even better… I am very much looking forward to the next version. Speaking of which, I sent a link to your campaign to several friends who might be interested, however, I have no outlet many people read. I kinda feel you do need more publicity for your campaign to succeed.
I kinda like the idea. There was something similar in another game, can't quite remember the name… Obviously, creatures should also get experience from just doing a job, just a lot slower than by from learning from a teacher… should add some strategic depth.
Could the creature behaviour be altered so that when I explicitly give an order, this will still be valid after they sleep, or fight, or whatever takes higher prio? I find I give the same orders to the same ogers quite often.