A lot of UI improvements - documented with pics

Game Options in the Custom Games Lobby, Main Menu Button, Statistics, Ingame team-menu...

By on August 9, 2009 9:02:42 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

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So, I´ve done some pics of how some UI improvements could look like. most of them i did in a very short time, so the quality isn´t the best, but you should get the idea!

 


1. Game Options in the Custom Games Lobby

 

- i just dragged the buttons on the right a bit down.

- if you need more space you could even add a scrollbar on the right.

- Non-Standard settings are written in red to make changes visible in under 1 second.

 

as you can see, there is plenty of space there. maybe you could even add something usefull there

 

(the text should be put in a table, of course)

 

 

2. End Game Buttons

that one should not need any comment, but the first button. this one should put you in the same custom game (with same map, options, players).

 

 

3. Statistics in Custom Game Lobby:

maybe you could just link this to the pantheon page...

a small popup if you mouseover a playername.

 

 

 

4. Chat/Teamchat while loading a map

although loading times are pretty short, this one would help in pantheon, especially if players are dropping and the map loads some time.

teamchat would be nice to give instructions or see what characters the other ones have chosen. etc pp

maybe there should be a button to switch from normal chat to teamchat. this could be usefull in the normal custom game chat, too.

 

 

5. Ingame team-menu

 

That one is the most important: all your teammates in a menu on the left, with healthbar, player name and the option to cast spells on your teammates by clicking on their characters´ faces.

maybe you could add a menu-tab in the options, where you can select how to display this menu and where

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August 9, 2009 11:01:08 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Nice - adds to the game without being cluttered

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August 10, 2009 1:26:50 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

All good ideas, however the Ingame Team-Menu needs a little work, such as the inclusion of Mana bars. It might also save space and look better if the bars were circular around the portrait of each Demigod - although that is my preference rather than a design flaw. As long as they were moveable - as the in-game chat would now spring up in the middle-ish area of the screen rather than neatly off to the side - I think they would work great.

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August 10, 2009 2:24:24 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Thanks for putting in the time to make the screenshots. I actually had a similar idea (check my post history). However, while some of these are minor improvements, I'm begging for #5, plus I'd like to see Mana as well as health because that determines if I'm going to assume assistance or retreat from my teammates. Also, I think this is a given, but the team area should also include health information of your army (if you're a general). Just an icon tinted green->red would be helpful to see health without having annoying health bars on the screen, plus the icon would be selectable for targeting. I would also like quick citadel, items, crystal icons on the mini-map (when clickable) to issue orders to quickly send a teleport command to these locations.

Depending on how it is implemented, we may see your #2 in the next significant patch. They said that they were doing tests for both replays and rematches. 

Another thing I'm too lazy to get a screenshot for would be to make more columns when creating a custom game and make this viewable when looking to join the game. Otherwise, at least make the custom game description longer. It seems pointless to make a description so short when you need to include the necessary information:

  • Location of the host/game
  • Intended number of players
  • Desired skill of players
  • Premade teams

 

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August 10, 2009 3:29:24 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

These seem like good ideas which show up in many other RTS/RPG style games. I hope some if not all make it in, in some form.

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August 10, 2009 5:40:21 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

This would be sooooo nice. Good job with the pics etc Invisible that exaclty how I should think Demi should look like.

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August 10, 2009 5:58:43 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

yes ... the last one is most important imo.

hes a small manipulation to that picture of how i think it may look better, But i could be wrong.

i tried to do the thumbnailing u did, but i dunno how to do it so i just provided the link above. sry for the retardedness...

 

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August 10, 2009 7:11:15 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

thanks for the support. i agree with most of your ideas. circular health bars would look even better and a mana bar would be of help too, although i think that a mana-bar wouldn´t be necessary. it even could add more ranting, cause i imagine people screaming for heals and shields.

with army health the menu could get a bit big, especially on lower resolutions.

 

i think it´d be best, if there would be a tab within the options, where you could add or remove elements from the "side-menu" as i will call it from now on ^^

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August 10, 2009 7:32:43 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Well tbh all those UI changes should be made long time ago... I can't understand why don't we see eg. our team mates hp/mana in game ? Like 99% of games have this kind of info, and Demigod don't.

If they didn't do that till now, I don't see any chances they will improve UI in future. At least we will have mods, so probably we just have to wait till 1.2 patch and do some changes ourselves.

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August 10, 2009 7:52:09 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

I agree, however it's not game breaking - it just requires a lot better communication between team members. And I'd probably prefer a third party solution - if I learnt anything from World of Warcraft it's that people I've never met in leaky basements who don't shower can make better UIs than people in offices who are getting paid.

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August 10, 2009 9:14:51 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

The statistics should also be visible when you hover the names in Pantheon etc (when the game is trying to create a game for you).

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August 10, 2009 1:01:58 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Quoting Poul,
Well tbh all those UI changes should be made long time ago... I can't understand why don't we see eg. our team mates hp/mana in game ? Like 99% of games have this kind of info, and Demigod don't.

If they didn't do that till now, I don't see any chances they will improve UI in future. At least we will have mods, so probably we just have to wait till 1.2 patch and do some changes ourselves.

 

of course i didnt invent those changes, just wanted to show what is needed imo.

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August 10, 2009 1:50:38 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Great ideas! You should contact the creators or DEMIGOD and tell them these things.

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August 10, 2009 1:51:06 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

meant to say "of" Demigod...

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August 10, 2009 2:30:02 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

i hope they check the forums and hopefully will read through this and get that stuff in the game.

 

maybe we could produce a "demigod advanced ui" mod, if those features wont get in the official version.

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August 10, 2009 2:44:50 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

These are all excellant suggestions. Nice pictures and presentation +1

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August 10, 2009 3:11:01 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Nicely done, all those things would improve the game a lot.

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August 10, 2009 3:12:14 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

nice!

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August 10, 2009 3:39:48 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

That one is the most important: all your teammates in a menu on the left, with healthbar, player name and the option to cast spells on your teammates by clicking on their characters´ faces.

That's really what's needed

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August 10, 2009 4:14:47 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

I like all of those ideas and I'd like to see them in the game. Signed.

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August 10, 2009 6:52:06 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

All great ideas.  Love to see any of these make it into the game. 

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August 11, 2009 11:39:48 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Hats off to you!

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August 12, 2009 2:29:52 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Signed.

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August 13, 2009 2:32:27 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

A break down of gold income (or hell any indicaiton of gold income) when hovering over the gold counter would be bice.

 

Very nice, +1

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August 19, 2009 11:40:26 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

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August 31, 2009 8:30:15 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

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