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Warbandit
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:19 pm    Post subject: [Other] Revamp Homepage Reply with quote

It's a bit of a mess right now. We need the homepage to be visually compelling. Right now, it's just blocks of tl;dr text and a crappy picture. (Raid ticker looks alright). Text should be short and succinct and reflects general gist of the game as well as hooking interest. Personal opinion but the current picture looks like something stolen from an amateur deviantart account. Just some food for thought for B4.

Below's the potential mindset of a new player seeing the current homepage.


Welcome to Nexus Clash!

Nexus Clash is a browser-based MMORPG that continues the saga of Nexus War. What's Nexus War? I get that NW is an important part of NC history but it can be addressed elsewhere, not here Each character in the game is a soul entrapped in this eternal struggle that rages across worlds. Characters can choose to become fearsome Demons, mighty Wizards, powerful warriors, or even Angels That's fine but how about actually stating how many classes are available? This current descriptor is fine but ultimately too much fluff and not enough hard information about the game. Tell people about the large variety of things they can do in game, the total number of classes, the different planes they can visit, even if in dot points - and every action is measured in the scales of reality to determine what new worlds will be formed in each new Breath of Creation.

A new Breath has dawned - a world shaped by the angelic Power of Cooperation, yet whose salvation - or damnation - hangs in the balance.

Past Breaths have featured conflicts that raged over many worlds, shaped by the Powers of primal forces such as Justice, Violence, Chaos and far more.

New Player?
Feel free to start playing right away! Check out the New Player's Guide for helpful tips on getting started. If you need help or advice, check out the Wiki and ask our community for guidance on the Forum or in our in our IRC channel at irc.nexuswar.com/clash. Don't worry about making early mistakes - you can always create more characters or restart existing ones! Can we get a "Register Here!" button and provide links to the Wiki, Forums and IRC

Oh, and just so you know, your character(s) will die. A lot (everyone's do). Death is an integral part of Nexus Clash. Just hit that "respawn" button and get back into the action!

Gameplay Notes
You are allowed multiple characters, subject to some restrictions. The general rule is to keep your characters away from each other and keep them from helping one another, directly or indirectly. There are provisions in place that keep your characters from directly interacting with each other or interacting with the same target in the same time period. Important, but I feel this deserves its own page rather than bombard users with information on the home page. I say this entire section be scrapped and a new link to an FAQ page that addresses gameplay issues, rules, questions etc.

Please note that NexusClash portrays several iterations ("Breaths") of a regularly reincarnating universe. At each iteration, all characters are reduced to their mortal beginnings again without their levels and equipment from the past universe, and may choose once more whether to repeat their past choices or blaze an entirely new path.

If you enjoy the game, making a donation would be nice, but not mandatory. Donations will increase the number of characters you can play (see this thread in the forums for more information) in addition to the three characters that you get for free. Do not create more than one account - it will be detected, and your access to the site will be restricted.

Keep an eye on the Changelog as things are regularly updated.
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Repth
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the notes and the effort. I just want to let you know we have been actively discussing changes for some time now, and that a lot of what you suggest lines up with what we have already outlined.

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Warbandit
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Repth.
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Rincewind
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:28 pm    Post subject: Re: [Other] Revamp Homepage Reply with quote

Warbandit wrote:
Right now, it's just blocks of tl;dr text and a crappy picture. (Raid ticker looks alright). [...] Personal opinion but the current picture looks like something stolen from an amateur deviantart account.


I believe the picture is licensed stock art, that also happens to have been used in one of the early D&D books.

In my initial plan for B3.5 I kinda wanted to see a slideshow with some high quality art and captions (maybe of game features) to replace most of the homepage, but at that point in development there wasn't enough new commissioned artwork, so I chose to update the raid ticker instead.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fair enough, and it shows, since the raid ticker is the only modern looking thing on the page.
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Rincewind
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PHPNuke also manages a fair amount of the layout, which limits options until the next breath rolls along and kills off PHPnuke forever.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure if this was mentioned before...

Just took a look at the homepage again, and there's this image on it of a guy on a horse with a dragon behind him and what looks like a mounted army approaching.

It's a nice picture and all but... other than the guy, none of the other elements are actually in the game. Why was it selected?
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