Plans for the Future

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Hey Everyone!
So I’ve been doing a lot of work lately and everyone seems to be enjoying the game getting some love again. But it does raise the question of what the long term plans are so I wanted to take a minute to talk about that. To be clear these are plans, they may change. Things outside my control might happen.

My first goal is to improve the client and the general game experience. I’ve been working heavily on both kusc and the official client. I want kusc to one day be the official client but it has a long way to go. I also want the transition to go much better than when SBE switched to the current client. As such kusc is available to anyone interested and the official client is still being maintained. My hope is that the switch to KUSC as the main client will happen when most people already choose it over the current. There are difficulties in maintaining two clients. Some things are made harder by this approach but I feel it’ll be for the best, at least for now.

New Player Experience is horrible, always has been. I’ve done a couple things already, more precons are available in the in client store. New accounts come with 100,000 silver (was 10,000). But this is only the start. I plan to add several more tutorial missions which will have generous rewards and delve into more complex strategies. Monthly discount bundles are back and I’m designing a once per account bundle that will be super discounted. I also plan to restore VS AI wins to get dailies. This however will require a new version of the client. I’m also planning once per account achievements. Some of these already exist (play X online games) but I want to add a few hundred more. Things that encourage exploring the game and different factions/strategies available. Feel free to make suggestions.

I want to revamp draft some. The current pool is not bad, it might actually be one of the better pools we’ve had but we’ve also had it a long time. Also alloyin leveling might be a bit too strong and hard to punish. There are some hurdles to getting a new pool implemented but the biggest part is designing the pool. I believe KonanTheBarbar is working on this now.

For those who have everything but want to support us through this time I’m working on getting some more AAs for sale. There were a bunch of these that just didn’t get put into the client. Some or all of these will also feature unique sounds (KUSC only). This is a bit more complex task mostly because it requires updating the official client.

Constructed hasn’t changed much in a while and making a new set is outside of the scope of what I’m doing at this time. I do plan to add new sets and things but fixing the client and improving new player experience is more important at this time. I know some players want a major revamp or re-balance. But that takes a lot of work, and that energy is being focused on improving the client for now. You might get a small re-balance in a while.

My hope is that when the client is in a better place and new player experience is something close to acceptable we can then released a new set and start a “relaunch” of the game. That’s when there will (hopefully) be an advertising push and a serious attempt at new players.

I’m also trying to keep the communication with you guys as open as I can. I’m regularly on the ladder’s chat, in my discord and checking reddit/facebook/steam for posts. If you have questions I’ll do my best to answer them. This was an area the SBE really failed with. Hopefully I can do better. Announcements will always be posted here or in client. I’m sure members of the community will spread those message everywhere. I may respond to questions elsewhere but all official announcements will be here on solforgegame.com

Now Please keep in mind all of this is subject to change. Many things could happen that would interfere or change this. Also specific dates are intentionally left off. I’m still figuring out how to do some of these things so an accurate time estimate is really hard. I just wanted people to have a general idea of my plans and where the game is headed. Comments and suggestions are always welcome

-Kaelari

11 Comments

  1. JHW527

    I’ll join the chorus of people saying thanks for the hard work, Kaelari! I primarily play on iOS, and I’ve noticed that recently the game will crash at least once during the match. Not a big deal as I can simply click on the app again and hop back into the game with plenty of time to spare, but just FYI

  2. Chaos62417

    Did I miss an announcement? Have u acquired or taken over SolForge Kael? Is the game just abandoned by SB and your just picking up the torch?

  3. WuRaidr

    First, thanks for all the effort you are putting in.
    I know you mention how much you are juggling at the moment, however I just wanted to mention that at the moment I am not in a hurry for a new set as much as balance changes to the current sets. Lots of overpowered legendaries still remain and I am really getting tired of poison decks everywhere, so what are the odds that a re-balance could be in the future?

  4. Darth_Gravid

    Kaelari, you taking over fills me with confidence in this game and its future!!! I haven’t been a very outspoken member of the community, but I have been here since its release on iOS. My concern is with iOS and the KUSC. It is my understanding that the KUSC is only on PC (I have no PC), will you carry that over to iOS once you have it ready? What about my current collection (which, like most everyone, I have spent a lot of time and money on) will it all be lost when you finally transition? A small thing, is there any chance for the future (I know this will definitely be a low priority) of reintroducing asynchronous play? I know that this was pretty important to me and a lot of casual people, SB basically told me not to hold my breath. I know there are a lot of people who love to play, but have busy lives and don’t have a ton of time it sit around while each person tries to slow roll you. Thank you.

    1. kaelari Post author

      iOS support is planned. The difficulties are related to apple’s policies that prevent distributing software any way other than the official app store. Basically until it’s finished or close to it it’s not worth while to put it in the store. I don’t believe they’d even let me in it’s current state. I also need a mac to actually make the build which I currently lack. So it should happen but I don’t know when exactly. It is something I’m looking into, I know a lot of people want this.
      kusc is available for windows, mac, linux, and android.
      Asynchronous play (untimed) is already available in kusc. You can either send a challenge or join a random queue. Currently this is kusc only so the queue time will likely be long but it’s an untimed game so that might not be so bad. Note that games do sometimes randomly get cleared after a while. I’m not sure why yet but you should try to keep games under a week. They can also be lost if downtime is needed for any reason.

  5. HappyGilmore

    Ever since the introduction of “sharing” rather than the promise of true trading I have found myself completely at a loss of how to convey my displeasure with the direction of the game. The idea of continually making legends the only usable rarities…the choice to focus on a new client when SOO much needed improvement.

    That being said…the fact that you are taking over the reigns gives me tremendous hope. I know that true trading is too much to hope for at this point, but I think you are in going in the right direction.

    Cheers.
    H.G.

  6. yra111

    about drafts:
    1. Pls, return draft entry for silver, it too long to farm tickets.Let us choose how to spent silver.
    2. return phantom drafts – cheap drafts, where u not add cards to yuor collection.Good idea for training drafts.
    3. add to client function, to look draft pool whan choosing cards for draft. For example, i got zombie and abomination at my pick,to choose wisely, i need to look , whach zombies and aboms may i got in next pick.Here and in collection needed filter with keywords like – zombie, mobility(include add movie spells and all other got mobility or move to, spawn etc)

    All ths must be wery helpful for new players

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