Why do we need forum in MMORPG? Chats and mail aren’t good to discuss different ideas. Our forum is under construction but I’d like to show a few features. The main page of forum has tiles with forum’s sections. They’re divided into three groups. First group is social. It contains first aid, solutions, players’ parties and events, off-topic etc. The second group is strictly connected with professions. Here players make their own how-to, decide about the best weapon sets and skills. The last group concerns technical support, bug report etc. Short news and general news are made as a forum thread, they’re displayed directly on the main page and players at once may comment them. Popular topics and last moderators or admins posts are also useful features, because they are the information that players are searching on the forum.
Section view isn’t really innovative. The topics are also tile-like. There is all the most important information. Topics read lately by the player and new topics will be clearly indicated. The green and blue stars denote topics in which game master or moderator posted their answers.
Topic view needs a lot of work. I said earlier that the forum is integrated with the game. That’s why avatars of players on the forum are the same as in the game. Under player’s character will be a certain customized background that will look like a place in the game. The bars beneath players’ outfits are forum levels that depends on forum’s reputation, level of experience and age of player’s account. Emoticons and BBCodes are already implemented. The curious feature is that players may show their items from the game on forum with the proper looks and the same stats presented in a tip as it is inside the game. Players may quote other posts, ignore posts of certain players, report posts that violate rules or edit their own posts.