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itembuildr is live!

The official itembuildr launch party

Today I’m delighted to announce the launch of itembuildr, our latest system for players to create content in the Forumwarz world. Whereas forumbuildr allowed players to create forums, itembuildr allows you to create items that your player can actually equip!

Here’s how it works:

Step 1. The itembuildr gnomes come up with an item type and stats.

This is done automatically, and is mostly random. The item will either be an equippable item or a junk item. It can be anything from a .moar file (in fact, our first build is a video .moar file) to a tattoo or even a special item. Pretty much anything that can be equipped can be designed by our players.

The stats for the item are generated by marrying two existing items together from a particular class, plus a little random mutation thrown into the mix. So you don’t have to worry about designing some kind of super item that’s better than anything in the game. Everything should be within the limits of what we consider acceptable.

Step 2. People submit names and descriptions

Any character on Forumwarz can submit a name and description for the item. They are told what type of item it should be and what it’s stats will be, and they can submit exactly one idea. The submission period lasts 24 hours.

Step 3. People vote on the names and descriptions

On the second day, people will anonymously vote up and down other people’s ideas. Again this lasts 24 hours. After the voting period ends, the winner is picked as the official name and description of the item.

Step 4. People submit images for the item

Now that the item name and description is known, people can submit images for it. Each character can submit one image for consideration.

Step 5. People vote on the images

Again, a new voting period occurs and people can vote on the best images. After 24 hours, the best image is picked and..

Step 6. The item is published!

The item will end up in an itembuildr store at first for a limited time, along with recently published items. People can purchase the item and begin trading it on Kyoubai (or just stockpile it for their collections.) The best items will also be moved (at the discretions of admins) into the actual game stores, so anyone playing the Forumwarz storyline can purchase them.

Working in Parallel

Now that we’ve explained the pretty straightforward flow of the itembuildr process, you’ve probably figured out that it takes 4 days for an item to go from concept to the store. That would mean about 90 new items a year, which isn’t nearly enough for our rabid users.

Instead we’ve designed the process so that we’re designing two items in parallel!

The way this works is that we’ve broken it into a two day cycle of submitting and voting. During the submitting day, you can submit ideas for items, but you can also submit images for the previous winner. Then on the voting day, you vote for both. So it still takes an item 4 days to be created, but there are always two on the go. Cool huh?

How to access it

You can start using itembuildr right away by logging in and clicking on the multiplayer tab. Today we are only submitting item ideas since it’s the first time it’s being run.

Feedback

As always, we welcome feedback on the process, the interface and the integration into Forumwarz as a whole. Let us know what you think and how we can make itembuildr a great piece of the Forumwarz universe!

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Written by eviltrout

March 10, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Posted in Home, News, Site Updates

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  1. why couldn’t you have done this with forumbuildr?

    XI

    March 10, 2009 at 7:49 PM

  2. XI: Done what with forumbuildr? You mean do two builds in tandem? The simple reason is, we just…didn’t. But in the future we might consider having multiple builds.

    (If that answers your question.)

    Jalapeno Bootyhole

    March 10, 2009 at 7:49 PM

  3. Who gets access to this itembuildr store, and when?

    Acid Flux

    March 10, 2009 at 7:49 PM

  4. Jalapeno Bootyhole, I believe Xi meant "why couldn’t you have made forumbuildr unshitty?"

    Because Forumbuildr is shit.

    Bill_Murray_Fan_7383

    March 10, 2009 at 7:49 PM

  5. Yeah, kind of what he said.

    XI

    March 10, 2009 at 7:49 PM


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