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ItemBuildr

One idea that came up at a recent meeting was to build an ItemBuildr site similar to ForumBuildr. I wanted to run it by you guys:

The idea is a contest where people build items for the game. The winning items are automatically put into the economy and can be purchased.

The reasoning for this is that ForumBuildr remains popular after all this time. Also, when we ran the Junk contest it was also insanely popular. People just love the idea of their items becoming part of the game universe.

Here’s how I was thinking it could work:

Rounds would last a couple of days. The site would predetermine the stats, category and price, say something like:

Category: Glasses
Price: 1,000 Flezz
Stats: +3 charisma

Then people have to submit the rest. That would be: the name, the description and the image.

Right now I was thinking that all three of those could be submitted by one person. We would have to make sure the image is creative commons or something, so there might be an additional field where you provide a link to the source image you used.

Then, people would vote on the various items. The winning item automatically gets put into the game, and the winner gets one.

What do you think?

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Written by eviltrout

November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

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  1. ItemBuildr FTW! We’re also considering using a buildr app for the describing of .moar files, so we haven’t forgotten about that.

    Jalapeno Bootyhole

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  2. Yes. I like.

    markchd

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  3. Great stuff. I missed the dumpster diver and would like to out something into the game

    Aldo

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  4. Actually I would gladly give an E-Peen(tm) to all people who get an item in the game too as a core contributor. So there would be even more incentive to play.

    Evil Trout

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  5. definitely not: forumbuildr’s complete lack of intelligence and creativity would just be carried over to here

    Veer

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  6. Sweet idea! It sounds like a awesome addition. To see player’s ideas being turned into items must be a facinating sight.

    Leaf Runner

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  7. Good Idea imo, but we need to keep it devoted rather than INCIT and ForumBuildr’s shit.

    IE, if you’re making a parody Glasses/Tattoo/Fetish, You’d need every bit to make sense. You wouldn’t want your fetish to be Straight Shotacon and have the picture be an image of a dead turkey with buzzards.

    Therefore, you need a complete submission, or at the very least keep the name/picture together option/requirement

    Master_Troll

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  8. Are you not worried about the users getting you in trouble by using copyrighted images? I feel like the average person isn’t going to be nearly as judicious as you guys about only using royalty-free or public-domain photos.

    Jick

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  9. I agree with Master_Troll here – people are going to have different ideas on the elements (picture, description, name) of a given item are gonna fit together – either that, or they won’t care at all. Crowdsourcing item production sounds cool, but it would probably cause a lot more problems than it is worth (i.e., Master_Troll’s shotacon-dead-turkey-with-buzzards fetish and other such thematically incoherent items) So yeah, sorry, nix that idea – it wouldn’t work out very well.
    A MoarFileBuildr might be more (no pun intended) workable, since there’s no picture or description involved, just a name.

    xXxJUNEGUY1xXx

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  10. Dont release it till its perfected but if its anything like Forumbuildr I am salivating as you type.

    Raepdog

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  11. Methinks people are taking stuff a wee bit too seriously. Lets give it a go – see if it works. Sounds like fun to me.

    Catt although

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  12. I think this could work, provided that, as Jick said, the images used are creative commons and you retain the right to reject item descriptions (even "winning" ones) if they don’t feel up to par with what you already have in the game.

    Invariel

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  13. This could be quite fun indeed! Although it might be better to have a farkload of pre-set images. Better safe then screwed, and all that.

    DrKirre

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  14. That’s probably a very good idea – "Choose a pre-made image or submit your own."

    Invariel

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  15. Great idea. If it is going to be user submitted images it might be nice to include a couple of links to one side of some free image sites like stock.xchng to get people going.

    Click

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  16. @Jick, It’s definitely a concern.

    I think we’d have to have a link to the original image used (which should be from wikipedia or flickr or some other site that clearly has the license visible.)

    We’d veto if that link didn’t check out. I think after getting vetoed a few times people would learn to submit images that can be used :)

    Evil Trout

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  17. Good idea!

    The Suspender

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  18. Neat[o].

    TJF588

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  19. Sounds like a good idea…if it’s implemented well. New multiplayer features are always fun. My only concern is that it might get stale, like INCIT. Maybe have a theme week every once and a while to mix things up? Definatly looking forward to this.

    Scruffy McWallace

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  20. I’d actually almost recommend not doing items (except maybe Junk items) and instead letting people submit images for the in-game attacks which use various pictures: New background images for the Hacker attacks, new photos for the Emo kid attacks, some new hamsters for the Re-Res…. or, terrifying as it may sound, even shots for the Camwhore attacks. Getting some more variety in the attack images would definitely be nice, as most don’t have very many different pictures and can get a bit repetitive.

    Correnth

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  21. I do like the idea of an ItemBuildr, being confident that you’ll find a solution for the problem with copyrighted pictures. I’d also like to see some Junk items in the ItemBuildr though.

    And: Correnth’s idea is just brilliant. Please please please add new attack images. Either by letting the users send new ones or at least by adding new ones on your own. It’d be definitely worth it!

    FalCoN

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  22. I think that Correnth’s idea of having players add new images to the existing attacks is terrific! Trying to find safe for work images for the Cam Whores would definitely be great fun, and seeing some new images when pwning forums would be fantastic.

    Grayson81

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  23. I’m just gonna keep this short and brief:

    WANT.

    HAMSTERPUSHER99999

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  24. I’m gonna second Correnth and Grayson81 here on the attack images idea (AttackUpgradr?). How about adding new text for the text-based attacks too?

    xXxJUNEGUY1xXx

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  25. A Thanksgiving-themed send-in for the recipe-based attack?

    TJF588

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  26. TJF588: Too late for that. But yeah, there’s always Christmas… excuse me, the *Holiday Season*…
    Anyways, this is going to be awesome.

    LeaderOfTheRats

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM

  27. I think it would be better if we didnt vote on it, and the mods picked the winners. IMO its more important to have good items in the game than community forums, and some of the stuff in forumbuildr isnt the best (of course there is some really great stuff too!).

    Kaplowitz

    November 15, 2008 at 4:07 PM


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