Joined: Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:32 pm
What, exactly, are the major changes that are going to be happening with the completion of the VBU? For instance, how exactly will skills be changed; to what degree will the new map resemble the old one; etc, etc? Or, if there is some reason why the players should not be told about what changes are being made (while still being asked to help in completing the VBU so that these changes can be made), than what is that reason that it is being kept a secret?
To be fair I came to ask this question while looking around the forums for information to include about the VBU when working on the task assigned to me by the promotion team. I thought of asking one of them but figured that I would try not to waste their time too much and just looking up what I could find myself. What I found was generally unhelpful or summed up in about three posts (the development checklist, the sneak peak, and the "what is VBU" post). The one reason that someone brought up about why info isn't given is that the direction is already set for the VBU and it is too late in the process to change it. I have no way of knowing if this reason why so little has been said or not, for all I know it may simply be that nobody has asked nicely and with good reason. But if that is the reason than a community wide understanding that any discussion about changes are to be set in a post-VBU context should be acceptable without preventing gainful understandings, I don't know anyone who intentionally means to speak badly about what is being done even if we think about what might come next. Things have gotten much better, in terms of player understanding of what is going on (as evidenced by the development checklist, the sneak peak, the contact page, the promised description of what post-VBU stats will do, etc. ect.), and so this post is only written to ask for more information on this subject and I ask publicly only so that others may also benefit from this understanding alongside of myself.
tl/dr: Besides better graphics, what exactly is changing in the VBU and what would be a good basic description about how it is being changed? I want to talk to people not only about how great the game is but also about how whatever problems they may see are being addressed so that I can convince them to "get in on the ground floor" or to "be a part of that thing before it becomes a thing" and possibly even to "learn what it is like to not only play a game but help build it as well"!