So the past few years I've been tossing around an idea for a community focused on being decent and supportive to one another, but that's more on how the rules and moderation would work... the actual interaction is what this post is about.
What I'm looking to do is make a custom forum/chat system. The core would be quite simple: it'd basically be a chat/shoutbox hybrid with unique ways to make "topics" on the fly for targeted discussion and asynchronous chat. So instead of what most scripts do by being forum first, chat second... it'd be chat first, forum second.
On top of that, I'd really, *really* like to do something that focuses on a character-based avatar with all kinds of costume pieces and whatnot, as well as all kinds of ways to encourage chatting with robust styling. The cherry on top would be that all of the customization stuff would be obtained by chance-based games, quizzes, events (seasonal, one-offs, daily, etc), and anything else we happen to come up with.
General inspiration for the whole character/styling/etc. stuff comes from games like La Tale (or Maplestory if you're a bit more retro). The sheer amount of customizations, how they're often temporary and time-based, how tons and tons of them are obtained by chance, lotteries, randomized rewards for side 'games', etc.
My idea is to take that, remove the whole combat/etc. stuff, and just end up with a really unique chat experience. While I'd love to be able to have a truly interactive experience by being able to walk around and whatnot, that is likely a bit too advanced for the scope of the initial project.
Would any of you be interested in developing something like that with me? As stated before, the core of the system wouldn't really be that complex (a robust backend isn't necessary aside from a simple moderation system). Really what the focus would be is *content* development. Craploads of sprites, little mini-games that are more or less rolls of the dice, interesting and unique customization features, etc.
In general, I'm not looking to make this something massively popular... instead I'd much prefer it to be a niche chat platform that makes it fun to talk with small groups of folks on a regular basis (though without absolutely requiring a "live" discussion, though that'd certainly need to be supported). In fact, the project would very likely be an invite-only kind of system (with an option to simply pay to get in as well, so as to give a chance for strangers to join while still being exclusive enough to keep most of the fly-by trolls out).
While something like this *could* potentially be a commercial project, my priority isn't money and the focus isn't on that. We will absolutely NOT be doing ads or any kind of tracking/"share this"/etc. crap.
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