Joined: 15 Jan 2007
I mean someone totally new to Uru, who hasn't actively made the choice to install add-ons. I am primarily concerned with what their user experience is like.
While I don't quite understand the concept of "normal" users (people who put add-ons are abnormal?) . . .
I pretty much agree with this. My understanding was that fan Ages would be put in a "Fan Nexus" (simple to make, small, infinitely scalable) so no book to the Age of Brown Cubes need ever be seen in the City. While I'd love to see fan Ages in the City, I think it's far more pragmatic to have them in their own area.
OK, yes. I agree. Except I think that it should be possible, in the case of the absolute best fan Ages (as judged by... I don't know who) -- those that are "real" Ages, absolutely respect canon, largely complete, thoroughly tested, and respected in the community -- should be "blessed" as official Ages. These would appear in the city, and once linked to, appear in a fixed place on the Relto shelf. I reckon we could get one of these per month or so, and get back to the original schedule for MOUL. By the look of it, the GoW already has some Ages which are almost ready.
I don't necessarily agree that they should be added out of game, though. Why not have the full list in the nexus? You would go in, checkmark a few ages and select "Retrieve Books" (or some other IC mechanism). Progress bars start up showing how far you are on downloading and you can go about your business while the Ages are downloaded in the background. You come back and you see the Ages you've downloaded (as a different color to identify them as available to you) and can link through.
True. I don't see much difference between in-game and out-of-game UIs. The important thing is that this "fan nexus" (or "fan ages" panel of the main Nexus) is clearly marked "unofficial". The Ages you browse there have passed minimal screening, so they could "break" continuity (and possibly your game). Explore at your own risk.
I just want to ensure that there is a clear distinction between "official canon" (Cyan and official fan ages) and unofficial content which is accessible from within the game.