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19.5.2 GUILD AND SKILL DESIGN, ARTIFACT PROPOSALS
Likely you are reading this because you have inquired about how you might be able to propose a new guild or skill or artifact in Lusternia. If so, read on! WARNING ------- We have received hundreds of submissions for new guilds, skills, and artifacts. Some proposals were written up in great detail. Some were submitted years ago and have still not been implemented. New guilds and skills are only one of the many things we do, all with limited time and manpower, so the precise scheduling of new things like this is completely unpredictable. OUR RESPONSE ------------ We make no commitment as to when we will review new guild, skill, or artifact proposals. If you submit a plan or request, you will not get a response. We probably won't even say "thanks." How will you know if we're going to do anything with your beautiful new guild proposal? You won't! Is the garden receptive to your suggestion? Sure, as receptive as we are to anybody's suggestion. That still doesn't mean we're making any commitments about scheduling or implementation. If we review it, and if we like it, and if we schedule it in, and if we don't change it too much from your original concept, and if we actually implement it, then you may recognize it when it appears in Lusternia. Or maybe not. WHAT TO DO: GUILD or SKILL -------------------------- If you are still willing to pursue this course of action, then design your guild or skill carefully. Write down everything. Anticipate all possible objections. Answer those objections. Describe what the skill/guild will do, and why. Describe abilities, when they will be received, how much eq/balance/mana/endurance/whatever they cost. What messages will be recieved, by whom, when the ability is used, when it creates an effect, when it wears off, etc? Explain why this is needed in Lusternia, and what precise problem is it addressing/resolving. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of questions to be asked and answered. Then submit your proposal via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. That's it. You're done! WHAT TO DO: ARTIFACTS --------------------- The differences between guild and skill proposal vs. artifact proposal are few. Guild/skill proposals should cover a lot more ground, with much more detail. Artifact proposals can be a great deal shorter, though detail is still very important. Why is this artifact needed? How broad will be the artifact's appeal? The number of questions you might answer in a proposal can be significant. DRAWING BACK THE VEIL --------------------- A lot goes on behind the scenes in Lusternia, as any careful thinker will be able to guess. As of this writing, we have well over one thousand bug reports awaiting repair, tens of thousands of 'ideas' and suggestions, multiple hundreds of artifact and skill proposals, and scores of guild proposals. We have NO SHORTAGE of things to do! Ideas? We got plenty. Suggestions? Plenty. It would probably take a lifetime just to review all the ideas and suggestions and proposals in order to decide in what order to do them. Add in the features we already know we want to add, and other planned expansions - add that all together, and you easily get multiple lifetimes of things to do. Now factor in the workload. Let's say you've done a fully-supported, very logical, complete guild design. Hundreds of new messages supporting over a hundred new abilities in three very carefully balanced skills. Was it a lot of work to make that? You bet. Guess what? It takes FAR more time to make that nice plan happen, than it did to design it and write it up. So when you write a plan and proposal, a complete one, keep that in mind: the work has only just barely begun! The range of proposals we get is quite humorous. One proposal "I've got a great idea - let's add a witches' guild. Ask me if you need more great ideas." That was the whole thing. Oh ya, that's a candidate for the top of the list! A well-written, fully developed plan and proposal would easily be fifty typewritten pages. I know, I have one right here! Most are about three lines, and are going to get all the attention they so richly deserve. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT ----------------- Do not ask us if we received your submission. Do not ask us when we will be reviewing your submission. Just wait. We will combine your requests with the hundreds of guild/skill/artifact submissions and ideas, and our current development plans, and the tens of thousands of ideas and suggestions we've received over the years that we haven't gotten to yet. We will prioritise, and we will decide on a course of action based on available information.