this is going to be an entire re-code of the site, and i'll be dropping a number of quality of life updates that will hopefully make the entire playing experience even more enjoyable. this new site will also remove many of the woes that we experience with code management, as i'm planning tying in some sort of cms that allows for us to get help with everything from content management (what pages say) to the creation of randomizers and tons of automated crap.
there are a few things that i'd like your opinions on, and i would appreciate a lot of honesty from you guys in terms of your experiences, your preferences and whether or not my big ideas are going to cause you pain and suffering.
i may add to this post at some point, but for now... let's begin!
#1: no more external sites
i haven't asked this in a very long time, but i'm curious about what your responses will be...
we've toyed with the idea of doing away with hosted sites and keeping all cards and trading contained within idolise. the biggest issue i've heard in the past is that it would remove the ability to really customize your page...
this whole time, i have continued thinking about it, especially with the slight decline of member activity. i like the idea of people being able to join and play with you guys without the setup woes of needing a trade post. it's difficult to get into trading card games, because managing your own trade post if you're unfamiliar with etcg and coding in general creates a huge gap.
if we had highly customizable "tradeposts" that are contained within the site, i wonder if that would make a difference.
if we did decide to go this route, i am imagining a whole new way of enjoying idolise. you would have the ability to very easily search for the cards that you need. we would be able to make trades right through the site and continue to receive notifications for them. you'd be able to see who has new cards added to their trade posts. we'd be able to very easily make suggestions for people you should trade with based on your trading pile and the cards that the other person is looking for. we'd add the ability to "trade post" colors, maybe backgrounds/headers... something along those lines... the possibilities are really endless and it's something we could very easily develop over time to get even better as you guys make suggestions around it.
i also think that one of the interesting benefits of having everything contained within the site is that we could have historical card data. we'd be able to see the journey that cards have made in their lifespan. we'd be able to say "[card] was rewarded to [user] in [game] on [date]. they traded it to [user] for [card] on [date]. its deck was mastered on [date]." maybe that it isn't interesting for everyone to be aware of, but it could be fun.
we would also have the ability to determine when a card in question is the first of its kind through a smarter database. that could also be interesting and alter how we play the game.
let me know your thoughts. if we did make a change like this, would you be likely to stop playing?
#2: you're not going to like this... trade pile wipe?
something else that i want to ask you guys about... how do you feel about a wipe?
this is a difficult question for us to ask, but we know that the site's card economy has reached a pretty dangerous level for some of our users.
there's absolutely nothing wrong with card wealth, of course, but the gap between new players and old players is so wide, that it would be really nice to have a fresh start and have the ability to really monitor this.
i want to know what you guys think about this, because we wouldn't want to do break any hearts. but a big part of what makes tcging fun when the game is brand new is trying to make your trade pile work. it's fun to need to trade your deck pulls, and it's fun to make a series of trades to get cards that you really need. i think those little challenges are what makes the game really fun.
just for the record, i really am talking about a trade pile wipe. i think custom content should be moved over, even if it's looked at as a legacy item. old mastery stats and other things could come over as well. i'm not suggesting that we erase all of the hard work our members have put in, but rather, bringing some challenge back to the game.
again. like my previous question... would this kill idolise for you? would you be less inclined to keep playing if we were to do something like this?