Hello Sami, everyone.
In this feature request, I will discuss and suggest a new feature we will call "permanent alliances". Currently, the system is set up on a per game basis. All data ends once the said game world is finished. What I propose is we create a permanent alliance page where we can keep track of our members, games, ratings ect. Please feel free to add or subtract to this. All opinions are welcomed. ( I can
hear you Dazz..)
Summary: The goal is to create a Permanent Alliance page, just as we have "Game Area" and "Information" at the top of the website. In between Forum and My Account, we can squeeze in "Alliances". This page will consist of the different alliances who "sign" up to have space on the website. Much like its set up in game, Alliances who "sign" up are allowed the following: A permanent forum, list of members, ability to invite players (via PM) and logos. The main benefit to this is provide the bigger Alliances a place for all there members to keep in touch and coordinate. Wheres in game, Alliances are limited to 24 payers. In this alliance page, there are no such limits. Basically, were talking about a command and control center for larger alliances. Its not so much a benefit for smaller alliance who struggle to gain more then 24 members. As such, this feature shouldn't be free. Because of the work involved in set up and coding, Sami should be getting paid for this! I will explain later on how to pay for it.
1.) Web interface: As mentioned above. This feature is not so much "in game" as it is out game. Not that is serves no propose in game, but that the main features are focused to provide command and control outside of each game world. As AWS continues to grow, the larger and mostly older alliances are finding it increasingly difficult to manage there respective alliances. In its current form, the Alliance feature is based on a "per game" basis. Thus it is limited in some regards. The feature was designed mainly as loose co-op
, as stated in the manual.
With this new feature. We can start to redesign the nature of the Alliance feature.
One of benefits of this feature is a permanent forum for everyone in the alliance to join and visit. This would be limited to members only
(IE:Cant be a member of two alliances and view both forums, ect). Meaning you would have to A) Be an "official" member or B) Be invited to become a member.
Invitations can be sent via the PM system by a pre-fixed statement (just as we have in game).
After pressing the Alliance button, it will bring the user to the Alliance list page. Where, the user can view the different, permanent alliances available in AWS. After the user selects the alliance he/she wish's to view. It will bring the user to the Alliance page. Listed on the page will include the following: Alliance name (duh!) Alliance logo, Founder and Co-founders of the alliance. Current members number, date founded and Link to "apply". If the user clicks on the Current members number, it should then link to a "master" roster of all members and the games they are currently playing. Along with date joined and alliance ranking status. This also allows members look at the different stats within the alliance.
There are are a few more ideas I have, but this will do for now.
2.) Alliance set up:
First off, we would need to "set up" an Alliance. For that, just as in game, it would require 3 players. One with the title of Founder and 2 Co-Founders. These players will have the same powers as there in game cousins. They would also be listed on the main Alliance page as "persons to contact" for players to apply and handle alliance matters. Theses titles are not to be taken lightly as they are to be held accountable for alliance actions. Be it player issues or even issues with Sami and/or AWS management. Thus, if your not up to managing and up keeping an alliance, this title is really not for you. I remember someone asking what the rewards are for managing an alliance. For which I said " There is none. Its alot of work and hours for no pay. But, if everyone in your alliance is happy, then, that in itself is a reward." Ok, ok.. back on topic...
3.) Permanent Forum: Well.. this shouldn't be hard to image. Currently we have our own forum when an alliance is created in a given game. However, it is limited to only that game. It can't be linked to other games nor is it saved or rolled over into other games. For larger Alliances, this becomes a problem with members greatly outnumbering allowed members in game for said alliance. Thus, a forum for everyone to have access to and view, helps keep the alliance together and informed. It can function just like its in game cousin, were the founding members serve as mods. Within there given power.
I would suggest that we add some more .. custom forum features. Such as ranks within the alliance, avatar ability. The kind of stuff you would find in an normal forum. As, this is basically what I propose we set up.
4.) Free? err Not! Payment plan/option: Well, I know what the first few things are going through your mind Sami. One of them is along the lines of "I guess I have to set this all up and code this @#$% for free eh?" Respectfully, No. I don't think this should be a free feature. Here is what I based my opinion on:
1.) This is mainly an "out game" feature. Thus, the credits we pay to play a game world don't really cover this feature.
2.) The work load in getting this set up.. wont be as easy as I typed it up to be.
3.) I don't see every alliance in AWS using this feature. Could it be a draw back? Maybe. But, since only a few alliance will set this up, that's even more of a reason to charge us for it.
4.) While this has strong potential
gameplay functions. One of the main or untold benefits for this feature are for us: The leaders/management of large alliances. Seattle, Blumage, Digifreak, myself and others in our position. We spend alot of our time working to make are respective alliances thrive. I can't tell you how many hours I've spent working outside of the game world on alliance issues/matters. Its the same for everyone in my position.
If there were a place we can command and control our respective alliances from, aka this feature, ask them yourself; they and I wouldn't mind paying for this to save us some time and hassle. In fact, Blueskies has there own off site web forum to coordinate with all there members. Im sure it helps them immensely!
So.. after explaining why you should make this a paid for feature, err.. how to charge us eh? What I suggest is to charge those who "sign up" for this feature. Upkeep of the feature should cost us no less then 3 credits per month to maintain the alliance page and features/functions. I think 4 credits would be ideal. But we can talk about this after getting the feature started.. we must crawl before we walk
Now, as stated above, there should be three players that form the alliance. Thus, theses three players would be held "accountable" for paying alliance upkeep to you. At first, theses three lucky (lol!) players would be required a down payment of 10 credits to "create" the alliance. After two months, upkeep will be charged on a monthly basis.
Well ok.. but again, how do I draw credits from you? Simple. What I propose is we create an "Alliance bank". Where by we can "donate" credits to pay for alliance upkeep. It is strictly under you and/or AWS management control. No one is allowed access to it. It serves as a place to put deposit credits into, for payment of monthly upkeep. This also has a backwards function to act as a "donate button" which alliance members can donate or pay alliance dues. However you want to think of its as. Thus, everyone in the alliance can pitch in to pay the monthly upkeep. 1 credit per member wont kill us. Well... it shouldn't anyway..
Does that mean all members are required
to pay into this "alliance bank" .. Meaning I have to PAY TO BE IN AN ALLIANCE NOW!!!111. No
, as I stated above, the three founders are responsible for Alliance upkeep. What this does offer is a way for members to .. help out. A few credits here and there wouldn't hurt. But, members would not be required to pay "alliance dues" to be in said alliance.
As I said, the founders are the ones responsible for alliance upkeep. If they fail to pay up, the alliance website gets shut down. Remember I mentioned being an alliance leader isn't for the faint of heart?
5.) In game alliance function and this new out game alliance feature.. connection?? Well, in its current version, v1
, there isn't much connection at this point. Which is why I want to leave it open for that, so we can fully combine the two to work hand in hand.
However, as I said earlier, we must crawl before we walk. Setting this up should be first. Then we can discuss and plan on combining the in-game alliance feature and the new out game feature into one greatly enhanced Alliance function. That is what I'm hoping to see in the future.
Thank you for reading and your time,