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#1 bearruler

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 08:18 PM

I have been working on my game for a few months now
Unfortunatly, I have had a semi-difficult time drawing in new players

First of all, I code, I dont design. The layout of the game isnt great and I would love it if anyone had some pointers to make it look alittle nicer

Second of all, I was wondering if anyone had any feature ideas

Finally, If anyone had any Ideas of how to recruit more players, that would be great ;)

It really annoys me that games who actually bought the code (which was ripped from another online game) and changed the logo and name have thousands of players...

Thanks for your help,


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#2 Gast

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 08:49 PM

Well I don't mean to be mean, but it is horrible. Don't take that as an insult though, not everyone is gifted at design and it is sometimes hard to get right. From what I can see as a PHP programmer, your actual code is great, but most people who will play it dont give a damn what your code is like if the site looks horrible, which may be why people are coming in.

Let me start giving you some ideas:

  • Lose the background image. If you want to use a background image, make it a subtle fade from one colour to another, not a pattern like that. Why not try a fade from dark red to red?
  • The logo is good, but I dont really like the shape and it is using up a lot of unncessary space. Keep it as it is, but why not use a rounded-rectangle instead of the oval (and perhaps a little smaller), maybe 150 height?
  • You have a nice width made by the buttons at the top (Announcements, Rankings, etc.) so why not keep the rest of the site in line with that? Have two columns, with the content you already have (ie. the login form in the small left column and the main content on the right).
  • Don't use the standard HTML table "border" property. Use CSS instead ("<table style="border:1px solid #FFFFFF">")

Maybe have a go at changing a few things and we can see if anything else can be done!

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#3 bearruler

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 04:32 AM

Haha dont worry about offending me, thats why I posted here. I am "artisticly retarded"

Anyway, I have done some work with what you suggested (killing BG image, making colors better, redoing my css file, better html)

When I get the next draft out Ill post that. I have the main page done, except for the news portion which Ill need to play around with. I was thinking most pages will follow easily. I still have work to do on the left menu and the top banner

Thanks for your help so far


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#4 cmgmyr

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 01:43 AM

Add some sort of rollover effect to the top nav. Also get rid of the background, it looks messy and unprofessional.

A little bit better then the first version.

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#5 moberemk

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 02:07 AM

This is what is termed as "Programmer Art", or something created by someone who can outcode anyone but who probably shouldn't touch the graphics. It's big, it's red, it generates bad HTML and CSS, and then there's this piece here:
<link href=css.css rel=stylesheet type=text/css>
<link rel="icon" href="http://kd.madur.net/little.jpg">
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="http://kd.madur.net/little.jpg">
<META NAME="keywords" CONTENT="Knights Divine, kd, bearruler, MMORPG, online game, game, free, army, medieval, fun, recruit, master, apprentice, rpg, php, mysql, nerd, geek">
<META NAME="description" CONTENT="Knights Divine is an MMORPG that lets players build their own army, attack/spy on/steal from other players, buy weapons, upgrade, and train followers.">
<META NAME="author" CONTENT="bearruler, Knights Divine">
<html>
<head>


	
	<title>Knights Divine</title>

</head><body><center>
Aren't LINK and META tags supposed to go inside the <head> element? You don't have a DOCTYPE either, you have a beveled circle as your logo (that technique went out when it came in) and you've got more tables then I even want to think about. In summary, get someone to help you redesign the entire HTML output from the ground up, and delete everything you have relating to style.
Okay, a little harsh, but that is all IMO.
Disclaimer: No matter how harsh I may be, I'm always IMO only.

#6 Mr.x

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 04:30 AM

Background image gone for sure, looks like an old maxpages or angelfire kind of site (FREE)

Get away from the oval header... try a rectangle if you want to go for a hard look or curved corner for a smoother design.

Possibly differn't background color for link bars or some sort of design.

If you need any help let me know, i'll gladly help.




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