Quoting Michael Rutherford
The mastermind of lego,
Here is a topic to start the thread on:
The D&C ruling committee has almost eliminated the NPC delema. One of Tyros three week proformance objectives is almost done.
Next challange: The MAP.
I started talking to Mr. McCall about it earlyer today.
Quoting Matthew McCall
All the updates are still on my WIP map, which hasn't been added to the site yet. Many changes are being made, including destuction of NPCs, fixing mertha's color, and adding Gapser's country.
Tyro has asked that I examine the Map update process. I would like to explore ways to speed the process up.
The fact is that while countries are growing at more than 4 squares per week due to annexation and NPC eating (soon to stop!) the map updates are much slower .
As a result, the map is perpetually outdated, and players can’t use it as a guide.
The challenge is to find a way to make the map update faster, without turning you into a “Map Slave”. As you mentioned, the update takes time, and you have a life to live.
So, we can attack this problem form at least two directions:
1. Can we make the update easer? Maybe a different format would be quicker? Maybe a map on PowerPoint?
2. Can we distribute the work load? Right now, one guy is doing all the map work, and he is getting overwhelmed by the work load. So, can we build a MAP UPDATE TEAM? The work could be split by days of the week, regions of the globe, or one guy does annexation, and one guy does wars. There are lots of options here.
Remember, this is not about you doing a good job or a bad job. This is about how to get the best MAP data to the players as quickly as possible.
Right now, the map process is slow.
You are the map guy, so you are the logical person to be at the center of whatever is done to improve it. I am blind here.
What do you think about questions 1 and 2?
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I want to make perfectly clear, that this is NOT about Mr. McCalls performance of the map upkeep. He has been doing it for some time now, and as far as I can tell, he has always fulfilled this duty totally without complaint. But the task is time consuming. One guy is doing it by himself, and we are expanding faster than he can update.
So, what do you guys think? I myself am particularly interested in the idea of distributing the work load between more leaders.
Great suggestions. I appreciate it! That must have taken quite a while to write all out... Permalink
So I am really interested in the ruling committiees opinions regarding the idea.
Share MAP and try to speed up the MAP update process to a weekly event?
Keep current MAP process, which means 2 to 3 weeks between updates.
What do you think?
I think its pretty good, although once a week is a bit much. Maybe twice a month if it works out with Matthew McCall. I really don't want to over burden him with all this, since he probably have some stuff going on with life. I might learn how to update the map and perhaps help out. Permalink