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Re: A few ideas (Brainstorm)
« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2009, 05:56:32 pm »
It happens again and again that someone makes some suggestions, often enough to fill in some blank spaces in the wiki or  to redefine unclear passages, and you answer that they shouldn't bother, because it is already decided.

It appears (at least to me) that a lot of important information is passed between you Mattn and Winter, that is not as readily available to everyone else.

If you want to do the project alone that might be fine, but as it is now a lot of people, who just want to help get constantly rebuffed and more often than not, in quite a rude way.

The way you are answer sometimes, I wonder why you bother answering at all. (and I noticed I'm not alone there)

If you don't need or don't want to bother with certain kind of input you should take the time an remove the parts from the forum and the wiki that are not relevant anymore. And maybe add those parts that you agreed upon in thought, but haven't yet written down.

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Re: A few ideas (Brainstorm)
« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2009, 07:53:10 pm »
Sad to say but I agree with the post above me.

But lets be constructive, not destructive. I invite all that want to brainstorm into the MOD section were developers only saying is how we can abuse what they have created :>

Lets not fight over how the game is done till it is done and we like it. I know from experience that to much documentation can drown a project :/ Plus, some ppl do such things like this one for free as they do not have to obey anyone, any time schedule, any strict rules of management. It is their free time.

This is an open source project but, like BTAxis pointed out, this doesn't mean this project belongs to the community. We all can copy the project source files and start our own 'branch' elsewhere. This is guaranteed by the license. The license however doesn't force the dev team to implement anything that they do not want, it is their project and we have to take this with all their good and bad implementations [not saying that there are any bad implementations,...hmm, maybe beside my MOD changes ;)]

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Re: A few ideas (Brainstorm)
« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2009, 10:27:16 pm »
It happens again and again that someone makes some suggestions, often enough to fill in some blank spaces in the wiki or  to redefine unclear passages, and you answer that they shouldn't bother, because it is already decided.

It appears (at least to me) that a lot of important information is passed between you Mattn and Winter, that is not as readily available to everyone else.

If you want to do the project alone that might be fine, but as it is now a lot of people, who just want to help get constantly rebuffed and more often than not, in quite a rude way.

The way you are answer sometimes, I wonder why you bother answering at all. (and I noticed I'm not alone there)

If you don't need or don't want to bother with certain kind of input you should take the time an remove the parts from the forum and the wiki that are not relevant anymore. And maybe add those parts that you agreed upon in thought, but haven't yet written down.

You quite possibly have a point, but it seems to me you (and many others) fail to recognize the position one is in as a developer. Everything you do is subject to feedback, and you quite simply can't go into involving discussions with everyone who "wants to help", which is all too often the same as "offer suggestions", which is the same as "I can't do anything except talk about stuff". Removing parts of the forum isn't going to help, either. This kind of input will just keep coming anyway, and besides we are trying to attract people who can contribute in a real way. So that's why sometimes we have to put it in no unclear terms that the game isn't made by the community.

As for the documentation, I already said that it grows as we make the game. Raw ideas aren't written down on the wiki. Why would they be? Doing it like that would constitute much needless overhead. Ideas come up and are shot down all the time. Forums or the wiki aren't practical for this, so it happens on IRC. There are logs of this, feel free to read them.

If the way we run our project and the way information is made available really bothers you, find me in the IRC channel and we can talk about how you can help to improve this.

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Re: A few ideas (Brainstorm)
« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2009, 10:55:29 pm »
Good for you man!

I for one am grateful that I get to play a cool successor of x-com FOR FREE. Thats why I even bother to participate in the forums in the first place. I like the fact that Winter and BTAxis are kinda rude, I think it weeds out the emo people.




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Re: A few ideas (Brainstorm)
« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2009, 12:36:41 am »
Well considering how this seem to be a mature enough place to discuss, i will throw what i really think so far without being afraid of making someone butthurt. I'll give this as friendly advice.

Your position as a developer is to point us out (those who wish to help) where you need help.

It's fine that you choose to restrict design and major development for the team already working on the game and im cool with it, it's your choice. But you guys have real problems if you design out of the blue as stated. It's one of the major reason there is almost no ''people who contribute''. How the hell do you want people to contribute when all you do is push them away, refuse to give them a direction at which they can help and have literally NO design planned, it's all in your own heads but we're not in your heads. Might work if you are developping a project alone but if you want to draw people in you seriously need to give them concrete information. I find really silly the fact you would turn away help when you can't even complete your own stuff. I told this before but if your design is nothing but a name, you might as well scrap it because there is no purpose to it. If you read my first post again, i offered help with design, concept art, texturing and potentially modelling yet received no answer. Guys, where is the leadership in this Dev team? You need help yet im ignored, to be honest i think i see where this is heading and frankly, im feeling like it's not worth my time anymore.

I had my share of ''game projects'' who failed when i joined as a texturer and concept artist, why? Poor Leadership and poor design, when no one has any idea of what you want, how can they do something? If you don't point them out at something, they will leave or ignore you. I know for a fact that if you can't offer me solid design with information, i won't be modelling or texturing out something of my bottom so it can ''possibly'' interest you. If i model something or texture i don't want to waste my time. Modellers and texturers are one of the easiest thing to find. Considering how low poly this game is, almost anyone with basic modelling skills can contribute so it's not exactly a technical challenge to find artists. Any project i ever been part of and failed miserably had modellers and texturers yet no offense but i can hear crickets in your Artwork section. Give us real design and you will see people willing to contribute, so far the wiki is a piss poor way to express what you want when you don't even release complete information or keep it up to date.

Just an example, you have stats in the game. There is mention of strength affecting some equipment yet i never ever found how it affect them. There is mention of encumbrance but how does it work? How do i know when im encumbered? The stats in general don't even have an ingame description of what they do.

Another example is the particle weapons, they don't even follow the same structure as other weapons ingame, you can't even see what they really do and what skill they take because the only information displayed is the numbers of shot left in the weapon and a small description of how the weapon is made.

Again i don't want to be a jerk but seriously, why not simply make a structure to follow when your team is working on design, it takes literally 2 min and make sure everything are related. I know im a freaking nobody in this project but what im offering here is a piece of friendly advice that will simplify your life and those of your potential contributors in the near future. By having a structure you at least introduce the basic information you need ingame and the information to be provided when you design a new thing. All you need is Word, or if you have the proper softwares, create a .PDF out of the whole conception and pass it down to everyone on the team. That's how the designers work in industry and it is that way because it is an efficient way to communicate with everyone without having to pull meetings all the time and put everyone on equal ground. I seriously want this game to progress as i love it but i think it's a shame you are crippling yourselves that way. Hell if you guys are willing to start using structures i can even start pulling out every information on the wiki, start structuring it for you and hand you the whole thing in a bunch of nice pdf. The point is, you should have at least some design docs.

I might be a nobody in this place but i know how design work, i already wrote my own designs and they go around 40-50 pages in length just to give you an idea and those are just the basics.

That is a simple example of how you can establish a simple structure to follow for weapon design. Take the advice or not but trust me when i say you will hardly find anyone willing to contribute if you aren't providing them with any sort of organisation.

Weapon name
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Weapon Description
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Weight and required str
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Weapon Damage Type
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Type of ammo that can be loaded
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Numbers of shots
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Skills used and possible actions

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Re: A few ideas (Brainstorm)
« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2009, 01:17:46 am »
Your position as a developer is to point us out (those who wish to help) where you need help.

It's fine that you choose to restrict design and major development for the team already working on the game and im cool with it, it's your choice. But you guys have real problems if you design out of the blue as stated. It's one of the major reason there is almost no ''people who contribute''. How the hell do you want people to contribute when all you do is push them away, refuse to give them a direction at which they can help and have literally NO design planned, it's all in your own heads but we're not in your heads. Might work if you are developping a project alone but if you want to draw people in you seriously need to give them concrete information. I find really silly the fact you would turn away help when you can't even complete your own stuff. I told this before but if your design is nothing but a name, you might as well scrap it because there is no purpose to it. If you read my first post again, i offered help with design, concept art, texturing and potentially modelling yet received no answer. Guys, where is the leadership in this Dev team? You need help yet im ignored, to be honest i think i see where this is heading and frankly, im feeling like it's not worth my time anymore.

I call shenanigans on this. We have quite comprehensible lists of where we need help. We have requests for 2D art, models and maps in the artwork section. For coders, there is a list of features to implement on the TODO, as well as on the Proposals section on the wiki. Hell, people can even come up with stuff we didn't ask for, and we'd be happy to use it, testament Sitters' contributions in the past.

If you think the developers don't specify what they want from contributors, then that's because you haven't looked.

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I had my share of ''game projects'' who failed when i joined as a texturer and concept artist, why? Poor Leadership and poor design, when no one has any idea of what you want, how can they do something? If you don't point them out at something, they will leave or ignore you. I know for a fact that if you can't offer me solid design with information, i won't be modelling or texturing out something of my bottom so it can ''possibly'' interest you. If i model something or texture i don't want to waste my time. Modellers and texturers are one of the easiest thing to find. Considering how low poly this game is, almost anyone with basic modelling skills can contribute so it's not exactly a technical challenge to find artists. Any project i ever been part of and failed miserably had modellers and texturers yet no offense but i can hear crickets in your Artwork section. Give us real design and you will see people willing to contribute, so far the wiki is a piss poor way to express what you want when you don't even release complete information or keep it up to date.

Now I'm beginning to really suspect you don't know what you're talking about. Not a challenge to find artists? Capital. Then, given the aforementioned existing lists of stuff we need, I cordially invite you to find us some artists. Seriously. We'd be grateful.

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Just an example, you have stats in the game. There is mention of strength affecting some equipment yet i never ever found how it affect them. There is mention of encumbrance but how does it work? How do i know when im encumbered? The stats in general don't even have an ingame description of what they do.

There is currently no encumbrance in the game. I only described what I had in mind - not what was in the game! As for the exact effects of the weapon stats, it's basically just accuracy. I see no point documenting this in the game. The higher the stat, the better the soldier is at that weapon. How hard can it be?

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Another example is the particle weapons, they don't even follow the same structure as other weapons ingame, you can't even see what they really do and what skill they take because the only information displayed is the numbers of shot left in the weapon and a small description of how the weapon is made.

The only difference between the PBWs and other weapons is that you have to research the ammo separately, and that you can't produce that ammo. The rest of your claims are bull.

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Again i don't want to be a jerk but seriously, why not simply make a structure to follow when your team is working on design, it takes literally 2 min and make sure everything are related. I know im a freaking nobody in this project but what im offering here is a piece of friendly advice that will simplify your life and those of your potential contributors in the near future. By having a structure you at least introduce the basic information you need ingame and the information to be provided when you design a new thing. All you need is Word, or if you have the proper softwares, create a .PDF out of the whole conception and pass it down to everyone on the team. That's how the designers work in industry and it is that way because it is an efficient way to communicate with everyone without having to pull meetings all the time and put everyone on equal ground. I seriously want this game to progress as i love it but i think it's a shame you are crippling yourselves that way. Hell if you guys are willing to start using structures i can even start pulling out every information on the wiki, start structuring it for you and hand you the whole thing in a bunch of nice pdf. The point is, you should have at least some design docs.

Okay, I'll admit I didn't quite understand what you were trying to say with this last part, so maybe I'm missing the point here, but what you describe sounds like something we don't need. We're not some big corporation with 500 members that needs memos and distributed design. We're making a game, everyone knows what the game is about, and some people know more about some parts than others. As for the shape of the "final" product, we make that up as we go along, as I said. You say we're crippling ourselves, but I beg to differ. It's precisely the overdone beaurocracy you're suggesting that would choke the project to death.

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Re: A few ideas (Brainstorm)
« Reply #21 on: March 31, 2009, 03:36:42 am »
I call shenanigans on this. We have quite comprehensible lists of where we need help. We have requests for 2D art, models and maps in the artwork section. For coders, there is a list of features to implement on the TODO, as well as on the Proposals section on the wiki. Hell, people can even come up with stuff we didn't ask for, and we'd be happy to use it, testament Sitters' contributions in the past.

Im the one calling shenanigans on it. This is from the NEEDED MODELS post in the Artwork forum. It would seem like the proper place to look right? But this is how up to date it is.

« Last Edit: November 21, 2007, 10:39:54 PM by Winter »

From the Armour types and their models - PHALANX

« Last Edit: February 13, 2008, 08:20:46 AM by Mattn »

The only topic up to date is the UFOPaedia images, the wiki and TODO list is listing some of the stuff as WIP since 2007, some of the requests are seriously lacking information.

If you think the developers don't specify what they want from contributors, then that's because you haven't looked.

That's exactly what im ranting about. Where should i be looking when there is outdated and incomplete information everywhere, why should i have to look and find it across the pile of stuff in the first place? It's extremely confusing for absolutely nothing. Why is it not simply organized in a simple way in a single place and updated frequently? I think it's time you guys do some serious cleanage with both the forums and the Wiki because for any newcomers, it's extremely confusing to know where to look for accurate information as to what needs to be done.

Now I'm beginning to really suspect you don't know what you're talking about. Not a challenge to find artists? Capital. Then, given the aforementioned existing lists of stuff we need, I cordially invite you to find us some artists. Seriously. We'd be grateful.

I can point you out ways to gather artists, you know they won't magically appear in your face, you have to look for them. Simple way, start advertising and sending private messages, you already have solid and playable material, it's extremely attracting to anyone practicing their skills. There is talent everywhere just waiting for such propositions, this is the project leader job to find the ressources he need. Two example really quick, just search a bit for communities.

Newgrounds.com

A community focussing on Flash development both in game and animation, there is coders, artists, voice actors and musicians in there.
Here is a thread containing work from various 3d artists from all skill level. http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/693236

Another pool of talent, http://forums.cgsociety.org/

Its a forum dedicated to modelling, animating and texturing, what else could you ask for? If you feel like it, attempt to enter in contact with the owners and try to get your project advertised for a modelling competition or something. As i said you have the playable material, go for it and exploit it.

Just with those two, you should have plenty of potential recruits. Those places are training grounds buddy, the talent is all over the place and it's just asking for projects like this. It gives the artists the practice they need, the application of their models in a game (which is good if they want to get in the industry) and the motivation to keep practicing their skills.

There is currently no encumbrance in the game. I only described what I had in mind - not what was in the game! As for the exact effects of the weapon stats, it's basically just accuracy. I see no point documenting this in the game. The higher the stat, the better the soldier is at that weapon. How hard can it be?

Once again it's kinda confusing because ingame, some weapons make reference at needing specialized equipment or requires strength but can be equipped. I don't know but when a piece of equipment is saying in the description ''assuming they can lift it'', the gamer is making immediately the link with strength. You know it kind of make you wonder what the hell is the point of strength in the first place from a gamer perspective. When i meant Stats, im not talking about Close, Assault, Explosives and weapon stats but the attributes, you know, speed, strength, mind. Unless you look at the wiki, you have no clue what they are really used for, why? They have no description in game, it's not documented anywhere, it's not even in the Ufopedia. You have to put yourself in the gamer skin there, seriously not everyone is going to look up the wiki and start digging information.

The only difference between the PBWs and other weapons is that you have to research the ammo separately, and that you can't produce that ammo. The rest of your claims are bull.

A load of bull? This call for screenshots, unless you never played your own game you can see what im speaking about here. One has no stats or description but can be used in combat and the other has every info needed. Also don't get me wrong but damage type would be a nice addition to the information of weapons. Im talking about the relation it has with the armours protection, i know you can guess what is what but in the case of some weapons like the Bolt Rifle, it's not exactly clear and is different ammoes changing the damage type? aka: plasma grenades vs normal grenades

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Okay, I'll admit I didn't quite understand what you were trying to say with this last part, so maybe I'm missing the point here, but what you describe sounds like something we don't need. We're not some big corporation with 500 members that needs memos and distributed design. We're making a game, everyone knows what the game is about, and some people know more about some parts than others. As for the shape of the "final" product, we make that up as we go along, as I said. You say we're crippling ourselves, but I beg to differ. It's precisely the overdone beaurocracy you're suggesting that would choke the project to death.

You are not a big corporation, you are a dev team relying on the help of others, if anything that just prove my point even more. A dev team of average size is maybe 50 people within a ''big corporation'' and requires organisation to keep everything flowing and make sure everyone is headed in the same direction. Here it is, how do you communicate your vision to those who are not currently part of your small team? The answer: you can't because you have zero documents or structure for the newcomers. That is alarming, why? Because the team as it is will not be eternal, people leave and people join, you need to leave some vestige behind for others to keep up. You see where i am going with this? If you fail to see the problem in that, i don't know what to tell you. Not having design documents = bad design, pure and simple. Its not bureaucracy, it's called a structure, a basic layout that anyone can at first sight know what the hell it is about and where they are going. You need simplicity, which is found in a basic structure that everyone can quickly identify. From my own experience, it's what you are doing that chokes projects to death, the only sucess i had was when i had a very clear focus, organisation and direction. Your methods scares any potential recruits away since whenever they want precise information they need to run up to you and ask about it or dig up the mess that is the wiki and forum. I challenge you to ask on any board about game design if developping within your head as you go on with a team around you is a good idea. Professionals and amateurs alike will tell you that you need some sort of documentation.

In any case, i don't think there is any point arguing with this anymore since your position seems to be what it is and won't change no matter what arguments i may bring to the table.

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Re: A few ideas (Brainstorm)
« Reply #22 on: March 31, 2009, 09:15:35 am »
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Your methods scares any potential recruits away since whenever they want precise information they need to run up to you and ask about it or dig up the mess that is the wiki and forum.

And how would your 50 pages pdfs not scare ppl away then? Some ppl like it short and simple were everything can change if the tests go wrong.

Attitude of some replays is one thing, but bi***ing about the way a project is run is another. The project it self is a proof that you are wrong Saboera. Your words would make sense if the project was in a stop but it is updated pretty often, new features pop up like shrooms after rain. If you do not like the paste and the documentation then it is simply not a project for you.

I was pretty amazed when I visited the wiki for the first time. For me the documentation is good and I had no problems finding the 'to do' lists and 'how you can contribute' sections. Maybe you just have problems with reading, between the lines that is.

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Re: A few ideas (Brainstorm)
« Reply #23 on: March 31, 2009, 09:44:10 am »
Sigh. Well, I'll keep this short, since this discussion is fruitless. Saboera, you're basically wrong on all counts (except the last one), and you make accusations based on very old builds of the game, and some timestamps (just because something was edited more than a year ago doesn't mean it's outdated!). Nothing I say will change your idea that we're a band of blustering idiots who can't do anything right, so I'm just going to let you sit there and think that. In the mean time, you can try to put your money where your mouth is and document the existing game in whatever way you see fit. But you won't, will you?

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Re: A few ideas (Brainstorm)
« Reply #24 on: March 31, 2009, 04:02:44 pm »
Everything you do is subject to feedback, and you quite simply can't go into involving discussions with everyone who "wants to help", which is all too often the same as "offer suggestions", which is the same as "I can't do anything except talk about stuff".

Have you considered an idea of employing a sort of PR man? Maybe one from those who cannot do anything except talking, but is mature ans sane enough to filter useless ideas, has good nerves and has lots of time to spend online? So that other devs would mind their own business, while users are provided with a polite feedback for all sorts of questions, e.g.: "Saving in combat? Thanks for suggestion, but after some consideration we decided to wait with implementing such. Lightsabers? What a wonderful idea! Sadly, it doesn't fit with the setting."

P.S. I'm NOT a volunteer!

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« Reply #25 on: March 31, 2009, 06:29:51 pm »
And how would your 50 pages pdfs not scare ppl away then? Some ppl like it short and simple were everything can change if the tests go wrong.

Attitude of some replays is one thing, but bi***ing about the way a project is run is another. The project it self is a proof that you are wrong Saboera. Your words would make sense if the project was in a stop but it is updated pretty often, new features pop up like shrooms after rain. If you do not like the paste and the documentation then it is simply not a project for you.

I was pretty amazed when I visited the wiki for the first time. For me the documentation is good and I had no problems finding the 'to do' lists and 'how you can contribute' sections. Maybe you just have problems with reading, between the lines that is.

Do you seriously think a document of 50 pages does not contain any sort of subsections? It contains precise and quick information to look at, you go to whatever is in your interests. If you are interested in characters, you take a look in the table, see where your section is located page 31-38, read what you have to.

And yes, ''reading between the lines'' is an extremely efficient way to find precised information right?

I actually found out it wasn't a project for me the instant i was answered in a cheap and dismissive way. It seems clear to me that the original team is no longer around and only a bunch of veterans are left, keeping this rolling mostly because of their friendship with each others. There is no way this project has gotten this far with the current philosophy of the current team. What i did is give constructive critiscism, advice and possible solutions, yet i was dismissed again and again and again. They won't find help if they can't even help themselves. You don't build a house without blueprints and im not a programmer because i declare myself to be a programmer.

Sigh. Well, I'll keep this short, since this discussion is fruitless. Saboera, you're basically wrong on all counts (except the last one), and you make accusations based on very old builds of the game, and some timestamps (just because something was edited more than a year ago doesn't mean it's outdated!). Nothing I say will change your idea that we're a band of blustering idiots who can't do anything right, so I'm just going to let you sit there and think that. In the mean time, you can try to put your money where your mouth is and document the existing game in whatever way you see fit. But you won't, will you?

I never said you were idiots, you are a bunch of guys quite capable in your respective areas. But somehow i give you the truth which is like a slap in the face to bring you back on earth and you dismiss everything has if it never happened. Keep floating in your imaginary world if it's your wish because im done after this post. Your counter arguments have simply proven everything i said so far.

Im warning you, this next bit is insulting.

So in summary, you sit there in your forum, waiting for people to contribute. When they show up, you dismiss them or point them out at the wiki and outdated threads because saying ''oh we need this, can you do that?'' is too freaking hard. Your design is in your head and it's gonna stay that way, you would rather send any artist back on the drawing board because their contribution didn't match the vision you had in your head than take 2 minutes to come up with some form of written documentation (that my friend is lazyness). Then you proceed to tell me ''finding artists is hard! boo hoo hoo!'' and you don't question yourself why or consider that the problem might not be coming from the lack of artists but your methods. The fact that you have 1 years old TODO stuff is a proof that no one is willing to work with you or have no clues this even exist, as i said the ressources you need won't pop in your face. I even provided you links to start at yet you ignored them and again dismissed it. How did you even got started in this project? Someone recruited you or advertised their project and you took interest, you didn't magically appear and started helping.

As for the old build excuses, it's your job as a designer to freaking make sure the game is polished for a release, don't come and tell me ''oh im sorry, we're still in development and what you played is a old build'' Old build that is the last release thank you, it should be polished and stable unless you take pleasure in releasing incomplete stuff. The timestamp should be an indication that no one is interested into it no? Maybe it would be time to rethink it and give out new info but again i guess it's alright, in 5 years maybe someone will show up and do it. What piss me off in all this is your attitude, i already offered to document everything and i asked you if i do it, will you use it? If i am to work on something i want results, i don't want a ''maybe'', im not a retard and i came here offering something for free as long as you are willing to take it and communicate with me. You never got to the communication part because you did nothing but dismissing everything i said ever since the first post.

I guess i missed the part where this was a private party when i registered to offer help. It looks like we are not worth your attention and you like to masturbate your ego dismissing everyone willing to help or giving feedback. It's not only me, it's a common trend. Im sorry that i can't be part of your small elite team because you refuse to speak with us, lowly newcomers.

Have you considered an idea of employing a sort of PR man? Maybe one from those who cannot do anything except talking, but is mature ans sane enough to filter useless ideas, has good nerves and has lots of time to spend online? So that other devs would mind their own business, while users are provided with a polite feedback for all sorts of questions, e.g.: "Saving in combat? Thanks for suggestion, but after some consideration we decided to wait with implementing such. Lightsabers? What a wonderful idea! Sadly, it doesn't fit with the setting."

P.S. I'm NOT a volunteer!

That is a great suggestion and should seriously be at the very least taken in consideration.

In any case, what i gave is critiscism and suggestions, if you are somewhat angered by them im sorry but im sure many think the same yet don't dare saying the real words. I offered help and was dismissed, i don't intend to waste time running after you or kneeling. Take care and good luck with the future development of the game.

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Re: A few ideas (Brainstorm)
« Reply #26 on: March 31, 2009, 07:39:32 pm »
Saboera I have to thank you, you said a lot of what I wanted to say, but never found the right words for. If that doesn't wake him up, nothing will.

@BTAxis: You said sometime that you feel like 2.3 should have been out a long time ago, but you didn't manage so far and you can't even guess when it will be.
Saboera gave you a reason Why.

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Re: A few ideas (Brainstorm)
« Reply #27 on: March 31, 2009, 07:57:50 pm »
DuKe2112, do not over exaggerate. Saboera had some points but his attitude is completely wrong. There are more ways to run a project and if it is not the way 'you' like it you should not try and force ppl on the only and righteous path of documenting every step.

Maybe this project would use a road map, a feature list for each release and some organisation in wiki sections. But, you can not do it by a revolution, it has to be evolutionary: Stay with the project, know its formal and informal relations, contribute some and see the response, feedback, propose changes and see it they fit in the whole picture.

Every one can have a bad day, every one can misunderstand a sentence, things happen. Posting a biach post about how they 'mistreated me when I wanted to help' is not something anyone can tolerate.

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Re: A few ideas (Brainstorm)
« Reply #28 on: March 31, 2009, 08:06:20 pm »
2.3 should have been out long ago, yes, but that's not for lack of design. We know exactly what we want for 2.3. It's on the TODO. I've read it, and I don't think it's that unclear. It certainly shouldn't scare away anyone.

I've said before that you can come talk to me if you think you can improve our documentation, and that offer stands. It's easy to bitch on a forum about how badly run you think our project is. Why don't you try REALLY doing something about it?

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Re: A few ideas (Brainstorm)
« Reply #29 on: March 31, 2009, 08:48:57 pm »
2.3 should have been out long ago, yes, but that's not for lack of design. We know exactly what we want for 2.3. It's on the TODO. I've read it, and I don't think it's that unclear. It certainly shouldn't scare away anyone.

I've said before that you can come talk to me if you think you can improve our documentation, and that offer stands. It's easy to bitch on a forum about how badly run you think our project is. Why don't you try REALLY doing something about it?

My offer still stand, ill do it assuming as i said that you are willing to let me help and will make use of it. Leave me a simple yes in here and ill get on it and come back later this week with it. I don't really see what there is to discuss but if you want to know more, send me your info via private message so i can either add you on msn or aim. I don't currently use any other chat system. Alternatively, you can ask me any question you want to know either here or in a message.