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# 21
07-12-2013, 12:55 AM
We are indeed in a sad, sad state of affairs. As Kirkfat stated (Kirksplat), now we cannot even see the work of the great Nagorak without a custom search.

Forgive me if I sound pessimistic, but this will eventually cause a huge foundry fallout for a lot of the real authors as bad as the infamous Season 4 crash did. Some will be lost and not return.

Hell, like KF said, if some of us did not have spotlight missions, nobody would even know we existed. I cannot even imagine being a new author with the "new" rating system in place. Have a new mission, get a friend or two to play it, rate it, and get it on the list......
Good luck with that!

I write reviews on StarbaseUGC, but have suspended it for a while due to the situation. I like to at least have the option of finding new missions on the list and contacting the Authors to see about doing the write up on them, but now, just frikkin loot this, frikkin loot that.

(Loot-o-Matic! WTF is this, a washing machine or a game about Star Trek??????)

My Spawn of Medusa series is basically been damaged due to the 4th part having irreparable map damage that has effected several of our missions. I have folks playing the series wanting to complete it hitting a block wall because there is a missing part now.
t took me longer to build this damaged map than any other map I have ever done. Aside from the object placement, it had effects, puzzles, and the root of the story moving onto the major discovery in the mission leading up to the final part 5.

Like I said before, this is as distressing to most of us "real" foundry authors as was the Season 4 crash, and it will cost the game good content in the long run, as well as the addition of new talented authors now stuck in oblivion under the loot jobs and the new rating system.


Oh wait, the Romulan season has new content, the heck with the foundry that filled the content gap while we built it. We can just forget about it for a while until we need them again
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# 22
07-12-2013, 02:53 AM
I guess my question is, if people can't even see your missions, what is the point of even making them? It's one thing if they're way down the list, sure many would not make it down there, but at least some will. But, if you're just off in no man's land then it's totally pointless.

By the way, I hate to ask, but I really have been swamped in RL lately and just have no time at all to get into the game. I would be eternally grateful if someone has the time to do a cursory run through just to see if my missions are even working. If there is some sort of unfixed map bug with some maps then that doesn't sound promising.


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# 23
07-12-2013, 05:52 AM
Just want to add another vote of support for this thread. In my opinion the foundry is the coolest part of the game and the feature that makes it worth playing. It is the number one source of story driven content in the game.

I know there is more than fifty missions, and I have had to resort to random search words ("tholian" or "Vulcan" for example) to find new missions and authors. This should not be necessary. "Browse all" should mean exactly that: browse all, not just the top few missions. I have toyed with the idea of publishing my own stuff, but I agree with the point that has been made several times here already. If no one will ever see it why should I even bother trying?

And right now I can't even be sure the search function is working properly anyway. The author of "Spawn of Medusa" commented earlier. I did a title search trying to find the series and got listings for parts one, two, three, and five. Since there is a part five, I assume there is a part four. But where is it? Pulled temporarily by the author? Broken and not yet republished? Invisible due to a poor search engine? I have absolutely no way of knowing.

I realize with a feature like the foundry the game developers are only going to be able to do so much, but a bit more information about things like this would be helpful. How about a list (preferably in game) of missions due to be republished or something like that? Publication dates in the mission descriptions would also be helpful. If I see part one was published in 2011 then I know I will probably never see part two. Unless it has been temporarily pulled for some reason, so it would be nice to be able to check on that some how. But I realize setting up something like that could be difficult.

If I really had thousands of missions available to play, I wouldn't mind a bit of chaos. Even if we just had one long, complete list, I would be happy. But if we are only going to be able to view fifty missions at a time then we need to have a much better search engine to help us find everything, and to make sure that new authors have a chance of being discovered.

And to top it all off, the only reason I am here complaining in the forums instead of running a foundry mission right now is that for the second or third time this month I think the foundry seems to be down and I can't get into any missions. It is a good thing Trek is such a cool game because it is one of the glitchiest products I have ever seen.
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# 24
07-12-2013, 01:11 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by nagorak View Post
I guess my question is, if people can't even see your missions, what is the point of even making them? It's one thing if they're way down the list, sure many would not make it down there, but at least some will. But, if you're just off in no man's land then it's totally pointless.

By the way, I hate to ask, but I really have been swamped in RL lately and just have no time at all to get into the game. I would be eternally grateful if someone has the time to do a cursory run through just to see if my missions are even working. If there is some sort of unfixed map bug with some maps then that doesn't sound promising.
On a possible spark of good news for you, at least the missions with the broken maps
(i.e one of mine and one of Altexist's use the same map) did not appear to republish due
to the mission having tasks you cannot complete due to "items out of map area" Basically all our items are where they were put originally, without the map there, just a black spot, so if your missions are published, the maps are most likely OK.
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# 25
07-12-2013, 03:24 PM
yeah due to the base map being reduced in size, my mission "The Beta Rana Incident" now has 910 errors preventing it from being republished.
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# 26
07-12-2013, 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by nagorak View Post
I guess my question is, if people can't even see your missions, what is the point of even making them? It's one thing if they're way down the list, sure many would not make it down there, but at least some will. But, if you're just off in no man's land then it's totally pointless.

By the way, I hate to ask, but I really have been swamped in RL lately and just have no time at all to get into the game. I would be eternally grateful if someone has the time to do a cursory run through just to see if my missions are even working. If there is some sort of unfixed map bug with some maps then that doesn't sound promising.
I recently played "Dereliction Duty" and it seemed pretty well bug-free. I'm sure there were a few convos and hidden thingies I didn't see, but your maps on that one were fine.

Btw, awesome mission. As soon as I get 3 hrs free time I'm going to play the next one.

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