Criticism: X-Men Divergence
faraday last edited by faraday
There's not a smooth way in Ares to require an application for a roster character without the email step.
As @Lotherio pointed out, the optimum Ares workflow is that you can create a character, submit the roster app from there, and staff can contact you that way. The email is just a fallback because if you don't have a character in-game there's no other way for them to contact you to give you the character info.
I'm not sure why the game has disallowed character creation. Even if you don't want to allow OCs in chargen, there's still value in having OOC character bits (Ares calls them "player bits"). But regardless, that's a game choice. So is requiring apps at all; Ares has a simple roster/claim that immediately lets you take a character and play. Some games just prefer to have an application process.
It's true that the roster app job comes from System not from the actual character who you're submitting from. It was just easier that way since you might be apping from a guest or anonymously from the web. I could tweak that a bit, but it wouldn't help in this case since you don't have a character to check in with.
Three-Eyed Crow last edited by Three-Eyed Crow
So is requiring apps at all; Ares has a simple roster/claim that immediately lets you take a character and play. Some games just prefer to have an application process.
Speaking as coming from a game that's tried both options, an issue with roster/claim is that it leads to a lot of drive-by app claiming of people who never log in their rosters and play. Which is fine if you're a game with a robust roster/geared toward roster play and you can afford to let one of them turn over and idle out, but if you've got a more limited roster it can suck if a viable character is stuck in the idle void a time or two (or three, or four, or five, literally real case of a char that just got a player who actually logged into him and played after like 2 years). It's kinda shocking how much a one-sentence 'application' mitigates this (idk, if I understood MUer psychology I could make a mint, I'm sure). Not that it isn't ideal if someone can make an OOC bit to do job maintenance.
Lotherio last edited by
It's kinda shocking how much a one-sentence 'application' mitigates this (idk, if I understood MUer psychology I could make a mint, I'm sure).
I agree with this. The application is minimal as far as comics games goes. They handle turn over fairly well from what little I've seen. All the rosters appear to have a prior played. I like that powers are limited to where they set it, makes it all work well together instead of like street level guys hanging out busting drug lords and Silver Surfer shows up to showboat again.
faraday last edited by
It's kinda shocking how much a one-sentence 'application' mitigates this
Oh, sure, I'm not at all against requiring apps for rosters. I was just pointing out that it's a system option. You can require apps for a single character, all characters, or none of them.
But if you ARE going to require apps, then you need a way to talk to the person applying. That means either getting their email or letting them make up a player bit. Either way, it requires communication on the part of staff to let the player know what's up. No amount of code can substitute for that :)