We need a new sub thread
So heres what I have recently come across. “Half baked features for games” get booted from the Game theory and design section because “they belong in your game thread.” While this is somewhat true, a general idea of this concept is that half baked ideas might not make it into your game and why clutter up your game thread with calculations, community feedback and “scratch pad notes” when we could have a sub forum under game theory and design for “half baked features” that wouldn't pertain (in the essence of the word) to one game andbecause of the wording it could pertain to any game using similar features.The Game Theory and Design Forum
Currently is used to discuss game theory, this might be character development, story arcs, and other general game theory discussion based ideas that get the creative juices going and form discussions around said subjects from the community.
However the second you say, add in these features, add in this type of story and throw in this idea of a script – you’re closed and asked to go to your game thread – assuming you have one.
This isn’t right. The idea you present to the community in your game thread is a clear, concise and organized idea of a game with a story, characters, clear defined features and maps. Why should we have to clutter up our game threads with, as stated before, with calculations, half baked ideas and community feedback based on these game ideas and/or features?
One might answer: Because it relates to your game and thus belongs in your game thread, half baked or not.
However I can argue that, game threads are for clear concise planned out games and game features. When I read a game I want to read that “this is what you’re getting” and then the associated feedback based on that. not a bunch of scratch pad notes on ideas that might or might not make it in....The New Forum or ‘Sub’ Forum
This area would be suited for the explanation of calculations, features that build on other features and ideas for features for your game that you are not clear on and would like to get community feedback. An example of this would be the (now closed) Errands thread in Game theory and design section. It outlines a planned feature, it asks for community feedback and is clearly half baked and not ready to state (in my game thread) “This is a new feature you’re getting”
While one could argue that it points directly to my said game, another might argue based on these already set features this could apply to almost any game that is using these features.
Thus, with that said, the new section would be for “half baked features” that a user is looking for community feedback on in relation (but not directly pointing at) their game. It would be an area where you could post more detailed theories that involve calculations, detailed ideas of features and how they might work in order to spark of community based discussions with out polluting your game thread with “scratch pad based ideas”
Game theory and design is more of a “brain storm general concepts” while this new area would be “I have a concept of x and I have it laid out as such – what I am missing is Y, what’s the community think?”
Your feedback and options on this subject are welcome. I am directing this message at the forum staff.