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    Posted: 09 Mar 2010 at 15:59
CURRENT DEV LIST

As promised...  (though I'm sure we'll regret it later Tongue)

Please make sure you understand 5 things:

  • Just because things appear on this list does not mean there is any guarantee that they will actually make it into the game
  • This is not in an "absolute" priority order, just a general guide to priorities
  • This is the "public" list. There is also a "private" list that has many more items on it, but they're not necessarily items we're willing to share publically. It doesn't help anyone to have an item made public that reads "Close the massive, gaping exploit loophole whereby if players sacrifice military units to the Volcano at 0|0 they get unlimited resources forever".
  • This list is subject to change, addition, amendment, deletion, expansion, being truncated, being flushed down the toilet, being set fire to and stamped on, being blasted into the heart of the sun attached to an ICBM, and practically anything else that might take our whim at a particular moment.
  • This list does not include many of the day-to-day tasks we do, such as bugfixes etc. It's very "top line".

THE LIST:

TUTORIAL FOR NEW PLAYERS

SOME GENERAL USER INTERFACE (UI)

  • Spell Cast page,
  • Research Summary row headers,
  • Plot 3 Vault / Castle interaction,
  • Specific city Map underlays for 7wood, 3clay and 7clay 3wood
  • Library / Consulate perspective issues
  • 1024 px width support
  • Many other things UI-related
CHANGES TO NEXT EVENTS WINDOW
  • count of activities inbound, not units
SUM OF CONSUMED FOOD ON TOWN SUMMARY PAGE

NPC RESOURCE CACHES
  • "Harvestable" onmap random resource sprinkles, visible to all, and guaranteed to cause ructions (Completed)
UNIT ARRIVAL TIMES
  • Armies
    • Before you dispatch armies you should be able to see their travel time and arrival time to help co-ordinate things
  • Diplomatic
    • Before you dispatch diplomats you should be able to see their travel time and arrival time to help co-ordinate things
  • Caravans
    • Before you dispatch caravans you should be able to see their travel time and arrival time to help co-ordinate things

STATIONARY UNITS TIME
When Units are stationary (Caravans gathering resources, or Armies Occupying squares) they should appear on the relevant summary page, along with the time they will remain there for, counting down.


SERVER TIME AND CLOCKS
  • 12HR Clock Option on Player Profile
  • Local Time Offset option on Player Profile
  • Server Clock (top right hand corner) to Tick

CHARACTER GENDER SELECTION
  • Excellent New Female racial Artwork already here
DIPLO UNITS TO NOT APPEAR ON MAP UNTIL PROXIMITY
  • To make it less easy to just watch the map and work out who sent them
WEIGHTING PLAYER RANKING OVERALL SCORE
  • Mathematical Wizardry to Rank players algorithmically rather than arbitrarily
RESEARCH TREE TO BE EXPANDABLE FOR SUB-ITEMS
  • The research tree is just going to get bigger, and it's time to start collapsing/expanding it
RESEARCH TREE TO GREY OUT UNAVAILABLE COMMAND SKILLS / SPELL SCHOOLS
  • The logic is there when you try and start a research, but it should be on the UI as well
RESEARCH TREE TO SHOW COST PER UNIT, BUILDING

LIBRARY RESEARCH TO CONTAIN SAME DETAIL AS TREE

DIPLOMATIC HISTORY REPORTS (individual)

NEW PRESTIGE SPEND CATEGORIES

RESOURCE ICONS CLICK
  • details on the resource (Completed)
  • links to buildings to produce resource (Completed)
  • amount available to be stored in Storehouse / Warehouse
  • amount protected by vault
ENVIRONMENT ICONS CLICK - bonuses listed, plus "next phase" details

MILITARY HISTORY REPORTS (individual)

MESSENGER DIPLOMATIC UNIT
  • To recall Armies that are encamped abroad.
  • To carry new orders to units (Armies, Caravans) that are abroad.
UPGRADING PRODUCTION BUILDINGS TO AFFECT CURRENT ORDERS
  • When you upgrade a building after setting a long production order in progress, the upgrade should alter the time to produce the remaining orders
PRODUCTION REPORTS (individual)

DELETE UNITS, RETIRE COMMANDERS, GET RID OF ARMIES / DIVISION

MEDALS FOR PLAYERS
  • To appear on player profile (e.g. made top 10, settled second city etc)
TROPHIES FOR ALLIANCES

ALLIANCE UPKEEP COSTS
  • Would welcome some thoughts on "how much" (Idea currently abandoned, see Announcements Forum)
ALLIANCE HOPPING COOLDOWN
  • 6 hrs of neutrality when you leave (Implemented, but changing anyway with the new alliance changes (see Announcements Forum)
ALLIANCE DIPLOMATIC OFFERS EMAIL
  • When Diplo offers arrive (NAP, Confed, Peace etc) system will email people in alliance with "Diplomatic" roles
ADDING STEALTH, BLACK MARKET TRADING
  • For you sneaky buggers
ALLIANCE PLAYER ACTIVITY REPORTS
  • Allowing Alliances to pool and share member histories
ALLIANCE PLAYER HISTORY
  • So you can see a player's entire history regarding alliances he's joined & left
ALLIANCE MEMBER PAGE ADDITIONS
  • population, count of cities, ranking. Any others?
RANKING PAGE ADDITIONS
  • City count
MORE MAP ZOOM LEVELS
  • Probably will require an active prestige account
  • Full page version of world map
MAP OVERVIEW (1px per square)
  • Will probably require an active prestige account
MAIL ENHANCEMENTS
  • repaginate, archiving, "mail alliance" buttons
LINKING PLAYERNAMES, ALLIANCES, LOCATIONS (EVERYWHERE) TO INTERACTION DROP DOWNS
  • So it's easier to send messages, see profiles, declare war etc
TAXATION RATE CHANGE FORECAST
  • So you know what the change will mean before you make it
NEW SPELL SCHOOLS
  • Blessings
  • Curses
  • Illusion
  • Scrying
  • Summoning
QUEST EDITING TOOLS
  • Might look a bit strange that we put this on a public list, but makes more sense if you look about 5 items down.
NEW QUEST TYPES
  • diplomatic, military
NEW QUEST LEVELS FOR EACH TYPE
  • Expanding out the quest system to 5 Levels of Quests per type
NPC COMBAT SQUARES
  • So you can swing your swords and lvl up your commanders / get attack score by practicing on bandits / wild animals etc
PLAYER GENERATED QUESTS / MERCENARY CONTRACTS
  • Yes. We are, really, really, really considering allowing players to set up their own quests, with specific objectives.  For example, Player X might set up a quest to "Attack Player Y", with a reward of Z gold for each unit killed, or "Sabotage Player Y's Research Queue". Think of it slightly like a "Mercenary" contract system with some "game-enforced" payment mechanism.
ALLIANCE FORUMS
  • So you can all argue with each other ingame as well as out
  • Enchancements
ALLIANCE RANKINGS
  • Like Player Rankings, but... well... different
REMOTE WITHDRAWAL OF ALLIANCE FUNDS
  • As it stands, the only person who can withdraw funds from the Alliance Coffers is the current owner of the Alliance Capital City.  This will change (you'll still need the "Withdraw" funds permission though)
NPC MERCENARIES, HIRABLE BY PLAYERS
  • Oh yes. Yes indeed.  They'll be expensive, and not as good as player-built units / armies.
GUIDES
  • alliances, spells, sieging etc
FANSITE INFO PACKS AND AGREEMENTS
  • Licensing out Illyriad content and IP, plus making it clear what they can and can't do, for people who want to set up third party fansites / wikis etc
NAMING LAND AROUND YOU / SPHERES OF INFLUENCE
  • We love this idea.
DIPLOMATIC ENVOYS
  • These Top Level Diplomatic units are serious. Very serious.
PLAYER SELECTABLE TIMEZONE (and display)

MORE DATADUMPS
  • Tell us what you want!
MORE SEXY REPORTS & GRAPHS
  • Trade Balance, Trade Partners, Aggresiveness, "use of strategems" pie charts etc etc for each Summary Report
COMBAT SIMULATOR
  • To see what will probably happen if you do what you're about to do.  Will probably be an "active prestige account only" option.
"SEND AGAIN" BUTTONS ON REPORTS, "DO TWICE" OPTION ON ORDERS
  • To make repetitive actions slightly easier, but not entirely automated
PLAYER "HOLIDAYS"
  • So you can go away for 2 weeks somewhere without internet access, and still have a city when you come back
ACCOUNT SITTERS
  • So someone else can screw up your city on your behalf
REDO CITY MAP GRAPHICS
  • This is a biggie - we want cities looking different for each race, and we want buildings to "grow" as you level them up. It's a lot of work.
"HAND CRAFTED" WORLD MAP SECTIONS
  • Probably not for this server (UK1), as it's hard to change a World Map once the server is launched but we do want our maps to have 'named' Misty Mountains, Mirkwoods, even Seas and Oceans etc.  These parts of the map would be strategically significant and so would be fought over.
MORE UNIT TYPES
  • Winged Units.  Animal Units.  Magical Units. All the above.  And more.
STRATEGICALLY IMPORTANT WORLD MAP LOCATIONS
  • Sort of as above, but we could actually do some of this with the current map, without many changes.  Examples would be parts of the map that give (eg) a bonus of extra food (or whatever) to everyone within a certain radius of a square.
MORE TERRAIN RESOURCE VARIATION
  • eg. 9 Wood, 3 Clay, 3 Iron, 3 Stone, 5 Food etc
RACE-SPECIFIC BUILDINGS
  • More variety - nothing finalised, but new buildings that are race specific might include (eg) a second tier Mage Academy for Elves, a second tier Consulate for Humans, a second tier Barracks for Orcs and a second tier Siege workshop for Dwarves.
MORE RACES
  • 4 isn't enough.  Oh no. We thrive on complexity, and there's nothing that pleases us more than unleashing variables that spiral out of our control, only to be nerfed into oblivion at a later date, causing the ingame GMs to suffer, suffer, suffer as the Petition Queues stack up to unimaginable sizes with angry player rants. 
RELIGION / PRIESTS / DEITIES
  • Yes. Really.  And they'd do, like 'things', and, like, everything.  It'll be cool. 
CRAFTING
  • A full set of professions for crafting items for equipping on commanders, using base resources & items, NPC item drops and magic.
DIFFERENT LANGUAGE VERSIONS
  • Oh God.  Please No. Haven't we suffered enough without having to try and rewrite all of this in German?
IPHONE, ANDROID, FACEBOOK APP VERSIONS OF ILLYRIAD



Edited by GM Stormcrow - 27 Jun 2010 at 22:57
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Mar 2010 at 15:41
Great list... glad you guys are so involved and active on this.  Are we allowed to make suggestions here?  Or are you wanting this to be a clean forum just for your list?

If so - Blackberry App!  (or at least make it mobile browser friend(lier?)

If not...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Mar 2010 at 15:49
I'd prefer to keep this thread to specific comments and questions for what is already on the list.

If you have new suggestions (unrelated to things on this list), stick them in the Suggestions thread (or start your own, like Wuzzel did).
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Anyone care to make some bets on their apperances?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Mar 2010 at 22:34
I like the list, especially:

ENVIRONMENT ICONS CLICK - bonuses listed, plus "next phase" details 
    - Frankly this is just a pretty icon right now.  I suspect it will play into strategy at some point but it isn't clear to me what happens when things change.

DELETE UNITS, RETIRE COMMANDERS, GET RID OF ARMIES / DIVISION
     - This would be a potentially nice way to re-align yourself if you get upside down on gold without having to muck around with your tax rate.

ALLIANCE HOPPING COOLDOWN
     - Way too much opportunity to game the system without this... I think this one is critical.

MORE MAP ZOOM LEVELS
     - The current map is pretty but it is hard to do proper visualization.  I think this would be great, even if it involves Prestige.

TAXATION RATE CHANGE FORECAST
    - A must have... especially for us Americans who are bad at math  ;)




Edited by GM Stormcrow - 10 Apr 2010 at 13:04
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2010 at 05:59
Originally posted by Illyriad Admin Illyriad Admin wrote:

MAIL ENHANCEMENTS
  • repaginate, archiving, "mail alliance" buttons
NPC COMBAT SQUARES
  • So you can swing your swords and lvl up your commanders / get attack score by practicing on bandits / wild animals etc
For Mail Enhancements, the ability to delete a message I am reading would be most welcome.

Thinking of NPC Combat Squares, is Illyriad missing active NPC enemies? Like Bandit Camps that spring up and begin raiding your villages or disrupting your caravans. Ruined towers that become active Mage Towers that demand tribute to not cast harmful spells until destroyed. Abandoned mines that spew forth creatures that attack/consume specific resources either in town or on the map.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2010 at 10:27
Chicane,  good idea about having NPC enemies as it would add a new touch to the game...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2010 at 15:11
They are coming "soon" I believe.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2010 at 15:40
nvm


Edited by Wuzzel - 20 May 2010 at 15:42
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 May 2010 at 11:14
Improvement to one-off nasty spell reports.  When you send a spell against a player, say - Plague of Locusts, it would be nice for the person who cast the spell to know how much damage was done on the victim.  Currently the report only tells you that you were successful.
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