Sprint #1 10/8/2012

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Sprint #1 10/8/2012

Postby MysteryMan » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:13 am

We finally did it - the game is online and contracts are signed. Aside from the obvious of actually being able to play, this has a few added benefits. First, there is very little left that I am not legally allowed to tell you, meaning I can disclose more information than I did before. I hate secrets, so I see this personally as a good thing.

Second, Apocoplay (my company) now has much more control over how we manage things. Not total control, but enough freedom to do the high level things we want. This means that small rapid iterations aren't something we have to fight for anymore, they just are part of how things work now. This will be our first real iteration.

The rough notes our goals for the next two weeks are as follows. They will be solidified by the end of the day:
* Make it easier to report bugs. I don't care if this is a link to a forums post on the My Iczer page or something else that is simple, but we need a more intuitive way for users to report bugs. We can make it more elegant later.
* Eliminate all bugs marked as Urgent or higher.
* Come to a decision on the reward system for finding bugs. It should be as generous as possible without detracting from the worth of other prizes.
* Users periodically get gran based on the amount of wins vs amount of losses they have. So long as the user gets at least 10 gran, every loss detracts from the total number for gran granted for that cycle. This is unacceptable. Users should not be penalized for playing the game. If a user plays well and loses, they should still be rewarded, just not as much as the winner.
* Move to a web based Kanban system. Users should be able to easily visually track our goals and progress.
* Improve our infrastructure based upon observations of the launch.
* Before we were in agile we accrued some technical debt on our test network to get things done on deadline. I don't like technical debt, so we are closing that now and upgrading our test network.
* More fire drills. While our disaster recovery, scalability, and the like all are proven I'm not happy with their response times. Maybe this is just my previous habits from designing medical or enterprise level government software talking, but should the worst case scenario perfect storm hit I don't want to wait hours for a full recovery, I want minutes or seconds. The second the test network is upgraded I want us to run more fire drills on the test network and cut down disaster recovery times.
* Fix all bugs with normal priority.

Reach goals/backlog:
* Make a prototype of a new card list page with a better filter and design. The goal here is to prove a basic understanding of the old database infrastructure as much as it is making a new card list.
* The game should have the ability to drag and drop cards. Create prototype pages showcasing various drag and drop options for users to test. As a note, all new code is modular so if we find something better in the future we can always swap out.
* Reach out to contacts at MIT Media labs to improve UI design. (My friends at Google spoke highly of them)
* Continue improving our networking with other gaming companies (Turbine games, EA refugees, etc.. even Zynga). The network has proven a valuable resource in the past.


Obviously the ones that allow us to get ready for a full launch have the highest priority.

As a reminder, this is our first real sprint and we have not determined our velocity yet. It will take at least three or four full sprints to get a more accurate expectation of how much new development can be done and in how much time. Also note that as we spend less time fixing the older more complex architecture and more time creating new and improve code (that doesn't touch the old architecture) the more will get done per hour per person.
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Re: Sprint #1 10/8/2012

Postby Peralisc9001 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:31 am

MysteryMan wrote:* Make a prototype of a new card list page with a better filter and design. The goal here is to prove a basic understanding of the old database infrastructure as much as it is making a new card list.
* The game should have the ability to drag and drop cards. Create prototype pages showcasing various drag and drop options for users to test. As a note, all new code is modular so if we find something better in the future we can always swap out.


Will this include a custom deck editor of some sort within the card list?
Underdog cards only - option?
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Re: Sprint #1 10/8/2012

Postby MysteryMan » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:35 am

Peralisc9001 wrote:
MysteryMan wrote:* Make a prototype of a new card list page with a better filter and design. The goal here is to prove a basic understanding of the old database infrastructure as much as it is making a new card list.
* The game should have the ability to drag and drop cards. Create prototype pages showcasing various drag and drop options for users to test. As a note, all new code is modular so if we find something better in the future we can always swap out.


Will this include a custom deck editor of some sort within the card list?


The first step is to replace this http://alteil.com/index.php/cards/card-list with something better. It's mainly for a learning exercise to test assumptions. We'll most likely have a sort style similar to this http://demos.kendoui.com/web/grid/detailtemplate.html

Once that done we do have plans to upgrade the file editor, though it that may not start for a couple sprints. Or are you asking something else?
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Re: Sprint #1 10/8/2012

Postby angelspawns » Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:07 pm

* Users periodically get gran based on the amount of wins vs amount of losses they have. So long as the user gets at least 10 gran, every loss detracts from the total number for gran granted for that cycle. This is unacceptable. Users should not be penalized for playing the game. If a user plays well and loses, they should still be rewarded, just not as much as the winner.

With a big middlefinger to Japan. Alteil finally starts to cater to the European market?

I'm looking forward to more improvements that make this game also fun for casual players. Up till now it rewarded only the hardcore gamers with cut throat mentality.
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Re: Sprint #1 10/8/2012

Postby Callonia » Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:55 pm

So the -1 gran per loss is going away?
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Re: Sprint #1 10/8/2012

Postby asxlen64 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:00 pm

MysteryMan wrote:* Users periodically get gran based on the amount of wins vs amount of losses they have. So long as the user gets at least 10 gran, every loss detracts from the total number for gran granted for that cycle. This is unacceptable. Users should not be penalized for playing the game. If a user plays well and loses, they should still be rewarded, just not as much as the winner.


REALLY, YOU CAN DO THIS. oh thank god, this will totally help alot of people, and if you ever get LH, you can toss out the calculation (+2W+1D -1L)/2= your weekly gran, this is one of the most horrible punishments they give you over there.
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Re: Sprint #1 10/8/2012

Postby Peralisc9001 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:53 pm

asxlen64 wrote: you can toss out the calculation (+2W+1D -1L)/2= your weekly gran, this is one of the most horrible punishments they give you over there.

Ya! What gives? Why did they restrict that gran? Isn't it enough i have to constantly fight level 100+ iczers with super rares? It's hard enough to beat them as it is. :(
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Re: Sprint #1 10/8/2012

Postby Savin877 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:30 pm

MysteryMan wrote:Stuff


Excellent. Tell us more.
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Re: Sprint #1 10/8/2012

Postby fargone » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:32 am

I saw no mention of changes to the shop and purchasing options/cost per content.

Is this something we might see in another topic, or has this been shelved?
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Re: Sprint #1 10/8/2012

Postby gadu » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:40 am

The starters; won't somebody think of the noobs? :(
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