The Features of MyAlganon - (Feb. 21st, 2009)
My name is JD Smith and I am the Lead Web Developer for Quest Online. Earlier this week we introduced our new service to the public, MyAlganon. At QOL we are excited to be introducing such a strong community based feature for our upcoming MMO, Alganon. The most important component of the game's development is the community, so we are starting at its core, introducing features that will help you to connect with each other.
So what does a Lead Web Developer do at QOL anyway? I am mainly responsible for managing our various web related endeavors, including the continuing development of the ALGANON and MyAlganon sites, web-to-game integration, and several other projects. The bulk of my time is being spent on the back-end of MyAlganon. With such a massive game, you can imagine there are a lot of back-end elements to take care of!
While we would have loved to launch the beta with everything we ultimately plan to put into it, we wanted to ensure what MyAlganon starts with is at its core the key features you want out of such a service. Right now you can reserve your ALGANON account names and test out the various features as they are released, right through the MyAlganon service.
Just a few features for this first phase of release includes: forming in-game groups, full calendar access for guild event planning, post pictures from group events or your own adventures, blog about your adventures, leave comments for others, and tons of other essential social networking features. As Berek has mentioned in his community blog, we are not just building a game, but a community.
In the future we will be releasing further support for guilds, our really cool library system, study integration, character searching and planning via an armory like interface, UI mod support, and video sharing similar to what you find at services like YouTube. As I hope you are beginning to see in these features, direct game information is being brought to you to our web services, and in-game you will have access to these as well!
This last feature is perhaps the most important. Do you need to know where a certain item drops? Pull up the library window in-game which pulls directly from a customized view of MyAlganon. Do you want to post a cool new screenshot to an album on your MyAlganon account? No problem! Tell the client to do so when you take that memorable screenshot.
I hope the above ramblings give you a feel for what to expect from our team in the near future. I'm definitely looking forward to interacting with the community to make my team's part of ALGANON the best it can be.
To get started in the Alganon community, visit the MyAlganon signup page. Learn more about the game and what has the community excited by visiting the official Alganon website.
Lead Web Developer
Quest Online, LLC.