I mentioned my idea for a WAR Core Player group in an earlier post – this was picked up by Charlotte of Warhammer Alliance and there followed a few Tweets between me, Charlotte and Mykiel.
Charlotte pointed out that a Core Tester group already exists but I’m sure I’m not alone in not knowing who belongs to this group, what their relationship with Mythic is or what exactly they do. Can anyone enlighten me?
Mykiel started in on the conversation but was diverted by real-life in the shape of selling his house.
Then again – Twitter is not exactly the ideal means to carry on a discussion so I thought I’d expand on the idea and throw it open to comment.
The move by Myffic to invite bloggers along to a discussion on the future of WAR was a very good idea but not (in my opinion) very well executed.
There is no reason why Myffic could not continue with this form of consultation by including a group of Core Players. These CPs would pass on information garnered during these sessions to the WAR community and provide feedback to Myffic.
If that is the role of the Core Testers then they seem to be failing in their duty and although the Bioware forum could provide these functions it’s too full of trolls and griefers diverting the topics and filling the threads with crap to be of much use.
I think that what Gaarawarr said in a reply to a comment following his blog about the visit was what set me off thinking about this –
“I know for a fact that all four of the people they invited in person have played for over 2 years, most since Launch. I can pretty safely say that while Mykiel and EK seem to play WAR quite a bit and Werit occasoinally, I don’t play it much at all anymore. I log in to see what the Weekend Warfront is and, if it’s not new in some way, I log out.”
He did go on to say –
“I would LOVE to have WAR become, once again, the place where I spend the majority of my gaming time as I’m sure Jalis and Testpig would. However, after having played since Launch, there’s just nothing new to do and killing people in the face gets old when it has zero purpose other than to help you stroke your e-peen.”
The CPs would be invited by Myffic – not through asking for volunteers – based on, for example, length of service and amount of game time clocked up.
These CPs would then attend regular consultation sessions with Myffic (locally or remotely) maybe with access to a closed forum for ongoing discussions with Devs etc.
I don’t want it too sound like the CPs would evangelise about WAR but, Mork and Gork knows, this game needs some good publicity and if players knew that their concerns were being aired, via the CPs, then maybe a lot of the antagonism would dissipate.
I’m sure that word-of-mouth alone would bring many back to WAR.
Obviously the CPs would be expected to attend a large majority of these meetings and it would be up to Myffic to determine whether any CP is being remiss in his duty and replace them if necessary.
It would also be made very clear at the beginning what information could be disclosed and what would be covered by an NDA.
I feel that WAR has the potential to be a great game but it has been stagnant for too long – as I think Gaarawarr intimates – it’s got boring.
There are a lot of great ideas out there that could do with discussing and coordinating then binning or implementing. There may be many valid reasons why some ideas are just unworkable but as long as they are being considered then maybe the players will feel more positive about a game that they are passionate about.
Then again maybe this is one of those ideas that should be binned – but at least it’ll get discussed.