Hello, I’m on an Ares game again so that means you get to hear my feedback once more! (I actually did keep reading this forum even for the year or two I wasn’t on an Ares game, just cause I think Ares is super cool.)
OKAY SO. Right now the clear default for scene lists is “show me everything.” The
scene command on-game shows you all the active scenes, and the Active Scenes page on the portal does likewise. This, to me, feels a bit cluttered (and even overwhelming for active games) and slightly askew in what I see as the primary purpose of a scene list for a player.
From my perspective, the primary purpose of scene listing that I anticipate is “what RP can I participate in?” At first I actually thought so far as “What purpose does even being able to see what private scenes are happening serve other than making a route for bad actors to kind of be weird about watching who their targets are RPing with?” HOWEVER, after chatting casually with others, I accept that people being able to see and anticipate scenes is part of their game excitement in a totally wholesome way! So I set aside ideas of “why should private scenes ever be visible apart from maybe just indicating a number of them currently in progress” and now come to: “Can things default to only show me scenes I can RP in?”
For me, it seems the best route for that would be:
scenesto only show open scenes or private scenes you have access to. Similar to
scenes/open, except that command doesn’t show you private scenes you’re in/invited to.
- Make a command switch to allow people to see all currently active scenes, open and private, as
scenesdoes currently. I see that
scenes/allis currently in use, although I’m not sure how much it’s used. (It looks like it displays every active or finished scene from the game you have access to?)
- In the portal, maybe offer some sort of functionality either with having two tabs with open scenes+your own scenes on the default front tab, and other private scenes in the second tab. Or having the private scene listing be collapsible and default to collapsed?
From a function philosophy standpoint, my overall feeling is that the primary function I look for when using commands or pages to find active scenes is that it’s a tool for seeing what RP is accessible to me. Seeing what private scenes are there in progress can have a legitimate function for users, but I think it’s a secondary function, and by having the default displays put everything together, it actually makes the primary function (at least as I see it) more difficult to utilize.
So those are my thoughts! Thank you for coming to my TED Talk. And, for the record, after dropping off an Ares game for a year and a half and coming back, it’s still legitimately awesome seeing all the features and improvements that have happened in the meantime. Kudos forever.