Hi VG forums fam!
So I’ve been secretly working on something for the community!!! I wanted to mention it first here, because this site is awesome and in some ways inspired me to try and do this secret project.
I still have a TON of work to do on this, and realistically it will take at least a couple of months (or more) to pull this off. However, as I’ve been working through if/how to do this, it’s become apparent that I need more perspectives than just mine to do this right!
That’s where you all come in!
Welcome to The VainGlory Playbook!
The idea is simple: Give the community a way to share and tag (for searchability) videos that demonstrate “plays” (aka Wombo Combos) that could happen in the game.
To pull this off, we would need the following:
- A site/page that allows people to browse/filter the plays themselves
- A page for users to add their plays (with all the necessary info for the design)
- Some sort of template that players can download to construct/communicate their plays (right now I’m using Keynote (or PowerPoint) and then recording the slideshow as a video)
- Some sort of voting system (IE yay or meh)
There’s more that’s needed, but those four points are all mandatory regardless of the design direction. Here’s a link to check out the work so far:
The VainGlory Playbook (Pre-Alpha Version)
Additionally, there’s some specific things I should NOT decide alone for the current design. For example, there’s a list of “Situational Needs.” I tried to think of all of the situational scenarios where specific things like flares or scout cams are needed. There’s also some plays (like ganks) that need cover of some sort to work. But I feel like there’s a very good chance that I’m missing things.
We’d want the list of “Situational Needs” to be complete, so when new users add their play, we should already have those situational needs ready for them to simply check or uncheck.
And finally, if you visit the above link (and please don’t judge me for my crappy videos… for a team that never happened… and guilds that are ghost towns ) you’ll notice there’s also a page made for submitting a new play: Submit a Play
On this page, another thing I’m unsure of, is if users would want to specify any hero perks when they describe and submit their plays. For now I’ve left out the perks, but maybe that was a bad idea!
In the end, I’d really like to get something like this going for our community. I think it will help both noobs and pro teams alike from a strategic POV. But more importantly, it creates a really good reason to generate content for the game. I dream of being able to pull up DOZENS of plays for a specific hero or a specific location on one of the maps.
I dream of shoutcasters calling out plays in pro matches by the play name. I dream of coaches and analysts being able to refer and even voice over plays and the intricies of them. And last but not least, I dream of a playbook becoming the bridge for non-gamers to walk in order to understand why a game like this is so fun and challenging.
But there’s no way I can do this alone. I really need some help and insight from you all, because I can only create enough spare time to do this once.
Thanks for your time, fam! Any and all feedback is welcome!
(Just try to be nice because this passion project is a crap ton of unpaid work!)