RPG Fanatic Community Website - Wiki for hardcore fans!
Help us finish development of this gamification wiki / FAQ site for hardcore RPG fans!
Hello everyone, this is Carey Martell host of The RPG Fanatic Show on YouTube!
The RPG Fanatic community website needs your help! I started this project over a year ago, and it's been at a stand-still since we lost the developer working on it. I need to hire another developer to complete the site so it can be used for its original purpose; to help hardcore fans of RPG videogames have a community designed for fun and intelligent discussion about these games.
Why Do We Need This Website?
There are many forums for people to discuss videogames, but threads about RPGs (especially Japanese produced RPGs) tend to get derailed by trolls. Hardcore fans of RPGs tend to not fit in as well with fans of more mainstreams audiences; our genre is very under-appreciated as anyone familiar with the cliche "JRPG vs. WRPG" forum debates knows.
Even worse, many wiki sites give volunteer moderators too much power with too little oversight, leading to unfair bannings and unnecessary drama.
In my experience many forum moderators also tend to ban people for very silly things like posting links to your own YouTube videos or blog articles, even when the content is relevant to the thread. This is true for many sites, especially GiantBomb and GameFAQs.
Why RPGFanatic.net Is Good
By comparison I designed my video game community website as a place where users are rewarded for posting content rather than punished. Nobody will ever get this kind of message from me for doing my site a favor by posting high-quality content for our users to enjoy.
The RPG Fanatic site is designed to be self-regulatory; users can vote on if they like another user's post, similar to the way sites like reddit work. The main difference is we have a weighted voting system that works like a RPG; your account gains XP by using the site, and levels up related classes like Web Warrior, Videologist and Word-smith. Each class has unique abilities that give an account more voting power as they reach higher levels, and even unlock special areas of the site meant for veteran members.
Also by submitting good content your account earns a virtual currency called zenny that can be used to promote your posts so they get better visibility, and you can also use zenny to buy virtual goods to improve the look of your sprite avatar.
Furthermore, unlike wikis there is a system to ensure that edits made to a game title's wiki page (example here) are verified by the community as good additions before these submissions go public. Users gain XP in the Wiki Keeper class for screening these submissions, and they gain XP in the Wiki Walker class for making the edits. This gamification of web design encourages the community to constantly improve the quality of the listings on the site.
Also, unlike a typical wiki we encourage members to make submissions of YouTube videos, such as let's plays, reviews, screenshots and other news. There are special feeds at the right-hand side menu of a game's wiki article meant for user-created submissions. Users gain XP in the Videologist class for posting videos, and Word-smith for posting blogs.
These user submissions can then be voted on by other users using the unique "RPG style" combat inspired voting system, which increases the amount of XP obtainable from these posts. If you make a popular post, you'll get a lot of XP!
User profiles can also equip items and have sprites similar to Gaia Online. Equipped items can alter the parameters of the profile, unlocking exclusive abilities.
You can see what user profiles currently look like here, http://www.rpgfanatic.net/user_profile.html?profile=RPG+Fanatic+Carey
tl:dr : Just Tell Me What the Features Are
- A robust database designed specifically for archiving roleplaying videogames. You can index games by tons of variables such as consoles you can play the title on, the publisher / developer, year of release, narrative genre (fantasy, sci-fi, etc) or even type of combat system. You can also search to find linear or non-linear RPGs. Researching these games will be a snap!
- All user profiles have their own blogs within the site. All user profiles can submit their blog articles to appear in feeds on game wiki pages; if you write a review for Final Fantasy 7, that review will appear in a feed on the wiki article for Final Fantasy 7. You can also submit walkthroughs, FAQs, and YouTube / blip / Vimeo videos.
- Users can vote on the quality of other user-submissions with a system that is flavored to be like an RPG; instead of merely "down-voting" a post you can blast it with a fireball. This gives a new definition to "flame war".
- Forums are designed to make it easy for people to find game article info. The forums are integrated with the wiki, allowing for easy inclusion of game article text in a forum post and a direct link to that game article. The game articles also have a feed for "related forum posts", so it's easy to join conversations people are having about a game. (BONUS: You can also attack spammy forum posts with fireballs, sending them to the Graveyard. )
- Random people can't just change the game wiki articles whenever they want; site users will vote on if an edit should be accepted. This is better than Wikipedia's system where trolls can damage articles with false info, and only a small number of users have mod powers (which often leads to abuse if the mods are very bias). RPGFanatic.net's system is designed to produce more reliable articles.
- The website will help you find games you'll want to play. I spent a lot of time creating an algorithm that will recommend new games to people based on what elements the user has said they enjoy. Think of it as Netflix for RPGs. Because we'll have an index of every RPG ever produced in the history of man-kind (even indie games) you will discover titles you never knew existed but will become your new favorite game.
Okay, but do you have any proof people will use the site?
Even though the site has been in a state of disarray, people already do. Some of my own articles have been read hundreds of thousands of times; an example is my leveling guide for Ragnarok Online. That article is also the #2 Google Search result for "Ragnarok Online" and has been viewed over 140,000 times.
The site gets traffic, and people have demonstrated a willingness to use it. I really believe this site can work.
Okay, How Can I Help?
I'd like to hire some of the developers working on my Martell TV project to finish the RPG Fanatic site. The site could be completed in a few weeks if some of these talented engineers were involved. Your pledges will be spent to pay their salaries as they finish the website.
Any money raised over the $2,000 goal will be spent to upgrade film production equipment for shooting future RPG Fanatic episodes. Purchased equipment will include a HD game capture recorder (Carey uses a DVD recorder, lol >.< ), upgrading his Mac Pro memory slots and creating a new & improved Castle Fanatica set w/ awesome props + puppets (Think Attack of the Show meets Pee-Wee's Playhouse).
$3,000 - Reviews of all Final Fantasy games.
$4,000 - Reviews of all SaGa series games.
$5,000 - Reviews of all Breath of Fire games.
$6,000 - Reviews of all Shin Megami Tensei games.
$7,000 - Reviews of all Dragon Quest games.
$8,000 - Reviews of all Pokemon games.
$9,000 - Review of all Tales games.
$10,000 - Review of all Ultima games.
$11,000 - Review of all Fallout games.
Never watched one of my episodes before? Here's a sample.
Other places you can contact me:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheRPGFanatic
Risks and challenges
There is very little risk of this website not becoming completed if we raise $2,000. We will be able to deliver on everything with that amount.
My previous Kickstarter project, Deathfist Ninja GKaiser is unrelated to this, and has basically been in hiatus status since the team disbanded. We ended up not raising enough funds to finish the pilot but we did send out the pledge rewards that were made, except the DVD and signed poster since neither can be made until the pilot is created. Most of the pledgers ended up being members of the crew or family, and I talked to them personally about the status of GKaiser.
I don't think the RPG Fanatic Kickstarter has the same problems because we have a large part of the RPG Fanatic site already created, and the only money being raised is to pay for the developers salaries, whereas GKaiser required the actors to work for deferred payment and we tried to raise just enough to cover the costs of props and food.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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