Formats for Ideas

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Amy Steele

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These formats are guides to how your ideas should be presented. It is also intended to make sure you have thought through your proposal thoroughly. If the idea is unformatted, the thread will be moved to the Unformatted section.

You can make minor modifications to this format to suit your proposal but should try to include most if not all of the headings.

It is important to present it well and go into detail so that other members of the community can discuss every aspect of the idea.

It is also important that your first post is regularly updated with any changes so that your first post always contains the full, up-to-date idea.

Improvements are simpler but I still ask that you use the format where possible to ensure your post is well presented and follows the correct protocol.


Development Format


Proposal:
In a few sentences, state the general concept of your idea.

Have you Checked the Ideas section for the same idea posted by someone else? Is this idea similar to one that has been previously suggested?
you will save yourself a lot of time and avoid the risk of your thread being closed quickly

Reason:
Explain why you think this is either a necessary or enhancing addition to the game. You should consider the existing game mechanics here and show how this idea improves upon them. Tables comparing costs, times, unit values etc are a helpful addition.

Details:
Explain the specifics of your proposal. How will it work?

Visual Aids:
Put any mock-ups here. Those that are large screenshots should be linked, smaller windows can be displayed using the image tags.
*Please do keep in mind that the image rules still apply in the ideas section. If the visual aid is bigger than 640 x 640 pixels, please place the image in a spoiler. Also, no animated images allowed.*

Balance:
Describe what impact this idea will have on other game features. Will it require adjustments or changes? If so, be specific.

Abuse Prevention:
Does your proposal open up possible exploits or make it possible for players to cheat? If so, then how can this be addressed?.

Summary:
Give a final wrap up and list any questions you think may still need to be answered to improve your idea.

Developments Format to Copy and Paste:
Proposal:


Have you Checked the Ideas section for the same idea posted by someone else? Is this idea similar to one that has been previously suggested?


Reason:


Details:


Visual Aids:


Balance:


Abuse Prevention:


Summary:

Improvements Format


Proposal
In a few sentences, state your idea.

Have you Checked the Ideas section for the same idea posted by someone else? Is this idea similar to one that has been previously suggested?
you will save yourself a lot of time and avoid the risk of your thread being closed quickly

Reason
Explain why you think this is either a necessary or enhancing addition to the game. How will this make life easier for players? If you are posing a solution to a problem make sure you describe the problem.

Details
Explain the specifics of your proposal. How will it work?

Balance/Abuse Prevention
Does your proposal open up possible exploits or make it possible for players to cheat? If so, then how can this be addressed?.

Improvements format copy-paste
Proposal:

Have you checked the forums for the same or similar idea

Reason:


Details:


Visual Aids:


Balance/Abuse Prevention:
 
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