Hello, and welcome to Create Your Own Choose-Your-Own-Adventures!
This past month saw things move back toward normal. The other (some would say "real") job calmed down, personal obligations declined in urgency to something more like personal nuisances, and it's so frickin' hot these days that doing some work in air conditioning sometimes sounds better than going home and melting.
Unfortunately, there's not quite enough visually interesting to show yet. However, work on the screen editor is progressing; a new WYSIWYG plugin has been chosen to replace the occasionally-wonky one currently in use, and integrated seamlessly. This month should see that feature more or less become complete (of course, nothing is ever truly "complete"), and the rest of the work on the site overhaul is comprised of a million little things; the profile pages, account pages, image uploading and management, and so forth.
The end--and new beginning--grow ever closer! Hope you all are having fun this summer!
Still on hiatus this last month due to work and personal obligations. Apologies!
Progress this past month has been very slow due to buying and then moving into a new house.
Turned in the keys to the old apartment today, however, so it should be possible to get back into the swing of things now!
Greetings one and all! April is upon us, and with it a bunch of people and websites who believe they can trick you. We have not partaken of that particular ritual this year, and I hope you all appreciate it.
In any case, what's been going on with the site this month? Well, apart from the Design Post from a couple weeks ago, work has been progressing on the visual editor. The "Connect To..." and "Disconnect From..." functionality is now fully implemented, and the actual Screen Editor (where you can change the text of the screens) is now in progress, beginning with a slick animation:
In addition, the loading animations have been tightened up and navigation throughout the site feels a lot smoother. With the "macro" portion of the Visual Editor (where you create and move around screens) feature-complete, and the "micro" portion (where you edit their contents) relatively straightforward, we are getting noticeably closer to launching this monster of a project! Thanks, as always, for bearing with me and remaining patient!
Hello, and welcome to the second Design Post! This month, I'll be discussing the new Choosology "achievements" system, Degrees and Elements.
While there's still some design work to be done, the basics of this system are as follows: Each user will be able to view their own personal "Periodic Table of Achievements." Much like the Periodic Table of Elements, the PToA is organized such that each column contains achievements related to each other. For example, the first column will contain the "Membership" achievements, ranging from just having signed up (Registerium) to being a user for three years (Triannium). Users will automatically "discover" these elements for themselves when the conditions are met. Other columns will include achievements related to writing adventures (or "experiments"), being rated highly, having an experiment published, working with others, and other such activities. There would also be room to expand the table for new permanent achievements or the occasional temporary special achievement (maybe a "week of mysteries" where users are encouraged to submit a new experiment with a mystery theme).
Once a user has discovered every element in a column, a Degree will be conferred unto them. These will be something like medals; users can display them on their profile and can even choose one as an icon next to their username when it appears anywhere on the site. A Degree will be quite meaningful; to get one may require many years or an intense amount of work, much like in real life. Currently there aren't any plans to allow Degrees to unlock new functionality, but it wouldn't be out of the question. Primarily, though, they're just meant to give users something to work towards, and maybe show off a little.
That's pretty much the extent of what Degrees and Elements will look like. If you have any questions or ideas for good Degrees, please share them in the comments!
Until next time... may all your choices lead you to the best possible ending!