Coming Soon: ForumBuildr v2.0 BETA Upgrades
I’ve been saying for months that the part of Forumwarz that I want to upgrade the most is the ForumBuildr v2.0 BETA.
Right now it’s the only part of Forumwarz that requires manual intervention. Every Sunday night since we launched (with a couple of exceptions), I have had to stay home and do some work to make sure the stylesheet submitted jives with the existing site stylesheet. I also have to run some scripts to assign buildr scores and assign the difficulty of the forum.
The upgrades are going to move towards the Forum builds being completely automated, as well as making them a lot more customizable. I figured I’d let you guys know what we’re planning to deploy over the next little while in pieces:
Forum Ideas will have to give three topics for thread titles. For example, an army forum might have “Guns, Ammo and Camo” as the three topics. When a user submits a thread title, they will have to assign it into one of those topics. (this is being deployed tonight!)
The images for those topics can be designed and uploaded, voted on, etc, like logos.
We are going to allow people to upload icons for the forum, like the small pixel art ones we have for existing forums.
I am going to deploy a new “Style” builder to appeal to a wider audience. It will be a form that allows people without knowledge of CSS to build styles by playing with drop downs and color pickers. This will also solve my problem with the CSS not working when deployed. People will also be able to upload a background image!
Users will be able to submit custom titles for enemies in the forum. Again, more voting and fun!
Finally, we’re considering letting people upload avatars for the enemies themselves.
I think with these changes, the builds will get a lot more exciting, and will gain a lot more of the capabilities of the non-community forums!
I don’t have exact dates for most of these features, but expect to see them deployed over the next couple of weeks!