Hello FG Developers,
_ Kind attn. _: @CaptainMorgan
(I gingerly post this with some trepidation & only positive intentions, sincerely hoping we discuss with trust & hope, not despair or condemnation.)
First, at the risk of stating the obvious: Ideas are precious & determine the course of nations, peoples, and also businesses. Olympus Rising was first an idea before it became a million-dollar business. It is truly a work of art designed with much love & sweat. However, merely implementing a successful business idea is not enough—reaching the top is easier than remaining there. For a business leader to continue its market advantage, it needs more brain power, better ideas, loyalty of existing customers, and attraction of new customers.
This Suggestions section is a business-critical source of brain power and an enabler of customer loyalty. Here, ideas are voluntarily & freely offered by both new & veteran players after investing much time, energy & thought. As any and all of these ideas have the potential to propel Flare Games into a higher orbit, it is only appropriate that each ideator be treated with gratitude & respect. This begins with a company representative acknowledging each new idea with a simple Like or Thanks (perhaps, the former for “doable” and the latter for “not doable”). It takes only a few seconds for this elementary gesture of gratitude.
Though suggestions are TILI (Take-It-or-Leave-It) offers, repeatedly ignoring them is the surest way to demotivate & alienate the ideator who has labored on it free of charge. I considered deleting my initial suggestions after I got the general feeling from a disillusioned player community that suggestions to FG are either ignored or indefinitely postponed. If a suggestion is doable, commit to a timeline. If it is not doable, explain in detail why; perhaps, the ideator can propose a doable alternative. Other ideators may also join in to contribute to the doability. This is how a “community” of players & developers synergize.
I am new to FG’s OR, but not to video games or the planet. For the last 2 years (& counting), I had excellent experiences with another ARPG Forum (name withheld out of respect for FG) where the developers and forum admin respond in hours (& minutes, sometimes). They even have enabled realtime chat via Discord. Mind you, they too are a million-dollar business (with 4.8 rating & 1.43m downloads vs. OR’s 4.6 rating & 0.13m downloads on Google Play), but handled by a handful of developers & just ONE community manager (who even responds on weekends, God bless him). All community suggestions are acknowledged, and many implemented. Nothing seems to be impossible for them, no suggestion too weird, no idea “out there”. I was inspired to create an entire tutorials website for their new players and post 124 suggestions. What more can I say about a company that honors some of its best ideators in their game credits & even names in-game objects after players. From their forum, even new players get the strongest feeling of affection & respect between players and the company. If one misunderstanding player posts a negative comment, the entire player community corrects & educates him/ her. As a corporate professional, I truly envy such loyalty & trust.
Olympus Rising has significant potential to reach greater heights, but it all hinges on new ideas & player loyalty. To this end, I suggest that you post a thread titled “Implemented Suggestions” as a pinned post on top of this Suggestions section. This could motivate veterans to continue posting & newbs to start posting new ideas. Of course, implementing new ideas takes time, effort & cost. So, does all the enjoyable things (?) in life; that doesn’t stop us from trying.
Thanks for plowing through the TLDR. ☺️