Today we have a preview of a new feature we’ve been working on at Shivtr - Multigame Support!
Multigaming allows a single Shivtr site to support multiple games, and that means game-specific features (such as character race & class options, server status and item tooltips) work for each game, and also that each game has its own data (for sections such as characters, journals, events, etc). Here’s an example:
As you switch games the theme of the site updates, as well as the list of characters gets changed, along with the race & class options, and even the side blocks for Server Status and Recruitment blocks update their data!
Adding Games: That Was Easy!
With the multigaming feature, one of our goals is to keep the cost of maintenance for the feature low. And by that we mean, a site with three games should not feel like three times as much work to manage.
To achieve this we’ve made several changes to how Shivtr works. First up, you no longer need to setup races & classes for your site. Instead, we’ve created a games database which supports a large list of games and has preset options for factions, races, classes and subclasses. Now, you simply select your game (and a faction if applicable) and it will load all the race & class information you need.
Next up, the layout for your site is global across all of your games. What this means is, rather than having to add a Server Status block for each game, and a Recruitment block for each game, you just add the one block, and the information shown changes as you switch games. This setup makes it very easy to add and remove games your community is playing, and also helps to keep your site consistent as you switch games.
One Bar To Rule Them All
The final change we wish to discuss is the new bar Shivtr sports across the top of each page.
On the left is the site actions and information. The site’s name, along with the available games you can select are listed here, as well as easy access to the Site Admin and Applications (for those with permissions to access them).
On the right is the user actions and information. The user’s name, along with a dropdown of sites they belong to is shown, as well as buttons for Who’s Online, Messages, Chat and Activities. These buttons contain counts and alert which update in real time to notify you of new content. This is aimed at making it easier than ever to catch and respond to new content posted to your site =)
That’s all for this preview, we’d love to hear your feedback and thoughts on our new multigaming feature in the comments below =)