Hello everyone! As you may have noticed, the forums have gotten a shiny new update. Since Marosia will be a game which is deeply dependent on and supportive of its community, it’s only right that we treat the foundation of that community with just as much respect as the gane by giving it solid modern support right from the beginning.
If you have heard of Discourse, then you may be familiar with its features, but some of the primary reasons I decided to make this transition are as follows:
Sleek, Modern, and Mobile
Discourse features a sleek look with all the modern features you’d never find in some of the older forum software out there, and it is fully mobile responsive (complete with push notifications!).
I have categories set because I am sure that is what most of us are used to, but Discourse was designed to be centered around discussions, not threads. That means we get real-time updates when new posts are made in a topic we are viewing, and there are no such thing as pages anymore with inifinite scrolling!
Slack and Patreon Integration
I know a few of you have been wondering how you can support this game, and I’ve replied by saying I am not allowing donations until the game comes out - well I have put some forethought into this. I plan to use Patreon after release, and I wanted our community to be able to get some benefits from donating with things like special badges as a additional way to thank our contributors. In addition, I wanted to address supporting a chat medium for our members, but I didn’t want to use tired old IRC. It’s time for an upgrade to Slack! - er, well, it will be. I still need to configure these integrations but they are in the works, so keep an eye out for more news on these features soon.
Now, onto the game development additions - these are the features of Persistance (Phase 1).
Discourse has a built-in immunity to spam by using trust levels. Users slowly gain priviledges on the forum based on how much they contribute and how. This also helps new members get acclimated to the interface, and the community. Regular users also get a special board to post in!
By default, Discourse supports achievements to reward members of the community for doing various valuable acts! However, I have turned most of these off (except for trust levels), and the reason is I have a totally different intention for this feature. Once the game is developed I want to tie in-game events to achievements that will give users badges if they meet the conditions. So your significant actions with your characters in game can be worn with pride on your profile
The features completed here, and for the next announcement, are all centered around the passage of time. Marosia is a persistant browser-based game (PBBG) which means that when you log off, the world doesn’t stop to wait for you. Time will pass, and the effects of this will be seen in this Persistance update in the following features.
Animal Spawning and Attacks
Lifespans, Old Age, and Natural Death
Genetics and Child Spawning