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  • #100434

    jb
    Member

    Hello all.

    I love AoW3. The game is so good and it continues to improve.

    In the spirit of improving the game I have some feature requests for the Multiplayer lobby. I am asking kindly, this is a wish list not a set of demands. My background comes from the game Battle for Wesnoth, so I’m going to borrow heavily from their mechanics.

    MP LOBBY FEATURE REQUESTS
    1. Add chat function to the lobby screen, to help players arrange games and meet other players.
    2. Show a list of players currently logged into the lobby. There is no sense in trying to host a 2v2 game if there are only 2 players in the lobby.
    2a. Color code the list of players to indicate weather they are in a game or in the lobby.
    3. Indicate which players are within each specific game. Example, oh my friend Bob_The_Mighty is this game, I want to join that game and play with my friend.

    IN GAME FEATURE REQUEST
    4. Allow players to observe a game, even if they are not playing in that game. i.e. Let players watch others play. This one is probably a bit more tricky to implement as it would require new syncing. I cannot stress how much value this has added to the Wesnoth gameplay experience. Essentially, it allows you to hang out with your friends online. Or it allows you to learn from others. An intimidated newbie can watch and learn…thus becoming more comfortable jumping into MP.

    <See attached pics> This is my first attempt to attach pictures, so i hope I do it correctly.

    cheers,
    jb

    #102039

    jb
    Member

    -Additionally, when hosting a game the cursor in the chat line is flashing. A flashing cursor typically indicates ‘ready to type’. It doesn’t work this way…even though the cursor is flashing you still need to click on the chat line to enter chat.

    #102198

    jakjak
    Member

    I second or well third the proposed additions

    #102218

    NuMetal
    Member

    1. Yes.
    2. Yes.
    2a. Yes.
    3. Yeah, why not.
    4. OH GOD, YES PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

    #102405

    Fenraellis
    Member

    My only concern is with the Observer mode, as it would seem all too easy for an observer to contact a friend of theirs in the game and tell them what their opponents are doing. Especially if they are actively in a real time chat service. No matter how much someone espouses it wouldn’t happen, someone would do it.

    #102409

    Taykor
    Member

    Observer mode should be protected with a password, at least optionally.

    #106791

    jb
    Member

    Hi, sorry to bump my own thread but I was hoping for a Dev response. Specifically for Observer mode.

    There is currently a very cool tournament in progress, but we can’t watch any of the games.

    To quote myself:
    4. Allow players to observe a game, even if they are not playing in that game. i.e. Let players watch others play. This one is probably a bit more tricky to implement as it would require new syncing. I cannot stress how much value this has added to the Wesnoth gameplay experience. Essentially, it allows you to hang out with your friends online. Or it allows you to learn from others. An intimidated newbie can watch and learn…thus becoming more comfortable jumping into MP.

    #106817

    There is currently a very cool tournament in progress, but we can’t watch any of the games.

    *blushes*.

    There is a way around this, but it is imperfect. Players stream their games live. If you get both players doing it, you watch the game live. It is a mind bender looking at 2 screens at once, but being unable to interact with them, and watching people slide by each other.

    #163813

    Teehon
    Member

    I want to bump the thread and ask the Devs (since I know they read all the topics):

    Are any improvements to the MP side of the game planned? I mean, you spend quite a lot of effort to try and make the game balanced; with no proper MP support it seems like a lot of effort wasted.

    #163828

    Well there is PBEM coming in the expansion because there was a very vocal group on the forums clamoring for it.

    So that is something?

    Not exactly going to bring in droves of excited new people with 1980s era multiplayer but it is definitely something we didn’t have before.

    #163852

    Thariorn
    Member

    So that is something?

    To be fair, PBEM was planned since the beginning, at least judging by the already existing PBEM-Folders in the /mydocuments/ directory

    #163855

    Charlatan
    Member

    Allow me to add:

    5. Observers should be able to chat to each other – an ability I find sorely lacking in some other games!

    Logically, this chat should not reach players, basically everyone will be against that I reckon.

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