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Unread 7 May 2009, 23:33   #1
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Did you know....

I was reading through some of the newer threads on these forums and noticed a lot of problems that occur are due to new players not being made aware of certain aspects of the game. Now while a lot of the game can be picked up fairly easily, aspects of mining and research trees, other areas aren't so obvious.

I would propose new functionality added to the game so that when you logged in you were presented with a "Did you know" pop up. This pop up would have more in depth hints and tips about the game which new players might be oblivious to. Examples would be

Did you know...Putting your fleet into prelaunch allows it to stay at your planet and not take part in combat

Did you know...The Cathaar beetle fires before the Phantom, making it ideal defense against Xan fighter fleets - (not exact but trying to convey the point)

Did you know...Repeated successful covert operations on other planets grants you a cumulative bonus


Stuff like that. This function could be disabled by a tick box "Never show this again".

Thoughts?
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Unread 7 May 2009, 23:38   #2
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Re: Did you know....

Awesome idea! Might even learn a thing or two myself. ^^
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Unread 7 May 2009, 23:48   #3
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I like this.
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Unread 7 May 2009, 23:48   #4
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Re: Did you know....

I agree. This is an excellent idea.
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Unread 7 May 2009, 23:48   #5
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Re: Did you know....

I think this is a great idea - however it does mean its yet another thing that PATeam have to keep uptodate from round to round...
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Unread 8 May 2009, 00:01   #6
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Re: Did you know....

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I was reading through some of the newer threads on these forums and noticed a lot of problems that occur are due to new players not being made aware of certain aspects of the game. Now while a lot of the game can be picked up fairly easily, aspects of mining and research trees, other areas aren't so obvious.

I would propose new functionality added to the game so that when you logged in you were presented with a "Did you know" pop up. This pop up would have more in depth hints and tips about the game which new players might be oblivious to. Examples would be

Did you know...Putting your fleet into prelaunch allows it to stay at your planet and not take part in combat

Did you know...The Cathaar beetle fires before the Phantom, making it ideal defense against Xan fighter fleets - (not exact but trying to convey the point)

Did you know...Repeated successful covert operations on other planets grants you a cumulative bonus


Stuff like that. This function could be disabled by a tick box "Never show this again".

Thoughts?
This sort of thing were meant to be (in my head at least) be part of a ingame "help" system that would show a bit more in depth info that pages normally show, some explanations etc. However as quite a few things this system got canned, atm i can't remember why but i think it was related to the lack of "writers" for the texts that would go with it.

But as ppl have pointed out, this would be a good idea, and it wouldn't be overly complicated either. We could just copy the great MS agent principle
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Unread 8 May 2009, 01:22   #8
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Unread 8 May 2009, 13:25   #10
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Re: Did you know....

This is a good idea. But rather have it related to the quests. In the quest description you explain why you should perform that action and the "did you know" part functions as an advanced or related type of information.

Example:
Change your password
Description: The automatically generated password can be difficult to remember. Go to the preference page (link located in the left column) and come up with your own easy to remember password!
Mission: Visit the Preferences page and update your password.
Reward: Gain 5 XP
Did you know: more important aspects can be changed in the preference page? You can even upgrade your account here to even further discover the planetarion experience. Go check it out!

We should also restructure the current manual to a become a FAQ and present the link on the overview page. That way, you can provide a top10 of indeed frequently asked questions that every starting player should know.

Edit: I'd be willing to do some of the writing or FAQ restructuring work. Can't code for shit though...
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Unread 8 May 2009, 13:35   #11
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Re: Did you know....

A decent idea which should be implemented - however I think a decent tutorial mode should have more priority. Random facts are useful, but you don't want to confuse players with them if they can't understand them because they don't have enough basic knowledge of the game.
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Unread 8 May 2009, 14:00   #12
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Unread 9 May 2009, 17:17   #13
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Re: Did you know....

I envisioned something like this for a future round...perhaps some sort of "help system" that could be toggled on/off in preferences, which would give mouse-over info (much like the idea in the OP) about everything on each page, as well as a very basic "guide" to the stats.

Definitely good stuff!
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