some other noticables


#1

hints, suggestions and more annoyances [size=59](… and some other stuff that’ll probably be forgotten)[/size]:

Add news of some sort:

… and other relevant news:

would increase the popularity effect of a charity gig for the “Homes For Cats”

The news could be be a reimplemented version of the ‘Kudos’ restaurant thing (“Pizza Palace is cheap but it’s pretty uncool, isn’t it”) ~ Sometimes somebody says something or a ‘news flash’ appears that shows relevant advice.

You could buy a book or subscription to a music magazine which would get you all the good information at once (like the ‘movie guide’)

-ability to book your own charity gigs (that’s likely how it would work in the ‘real’ world)

If you book your own show it should amount to more publicity than if they ask you

[list]This would also allow you to negotiate the RS_CHARITY_GIG_MULTIPLIER

This would increase your popularity and incite National TV to interview you[/list:u]

-ability to take a rain-check
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immediately after a show, the national newspaper wants to do a spot but the band is too exhausted and they all don’t show up. There should be a ‘Put off for 3 days’ button or something.

This could likely cause even more publicity as the TV show hypothetically says:

-ability to play covers
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          • “Hey, let’s do a cover of ‘Next to the cactus’ at our SpaceDome show next Tuesday, it’ll be a big hit”

A cover of ‘Next to the cactus’ following a news announcement like this should add to the show response (more CD sales, bigger turnout, greater fame gain)

(overall more integration with other bands)

(when just beginning)

(when accomplished)

This would increase publicity and awareness as all the people that came just to hear ‘Guitar Brothers’ will probably stay to hear “Gemstone” and some of them will like it.

-the cancel button on the promo page -

click on web promo 'cause that might do well given the circumstances but there’s also a choice for a local radio interview which might do better… able to compare side-by-side - choose one, cancel, choose the other, see better success with the first and go back and do it;

or just put the ‘% reachable’ message on the main “what’s happening today” page (as in):

There should also (or alternatively) be a cancel button on the page after you accept the offer to do a radio interview (for example) so that if you see it’ll only reach 5% of your audience you can cancel and do something more effective.

-band-members should acknowledge when you buy something new.

-silence after a few minutes;

-the practice thing with the notes (simon), they don’t line up.
screen shows ‘5,3,3’ sound plays 3, screen shows ‘1,3’ sound plays ‘3,1’ screen shows ‘3,3,1,5’

does this happen for anybody else or is it just as a result of my rubbish instrument?

-there should be, when a new gig from another band is playing tonight, after “seeing this band will cost you $45”, a “you’ve already seen this band once”, “you’ve never seen them perform before”, “you have been to 3 shows by this band so far” or just “previous shows attended: 2” (am I just gonna just get +25 inspiration outta this or will I get a new riff, too?)

-when you take a day off, the ‘tiredness’ progress bar should go down instead of just showing ‘how tired he was before today’

-I added a new rehearsal spot (“Bassist’s Pad - It’s semi-roomy, comfortable and free. It’ll do in a pinch and If the neighbors complain, so what!”) but there’s only room for 8 on the ‘Rehearsal’ page (can’t see the ‘Use’ button for the ‘Beachfront Studio’)

This page should be expandable/scrollable | have another tab | not list the unavailable ones [size=75](i.e. if you don’t have more than $50 it wouldn’t even list the ‘Large Rehearsal Studio’ or if your fame is more than 299 or less than 101 it wouldn’t list the ‘Recording Studio’)[/size] | as you get better/bigger the lower-end studios could drop off the list | the size of the box could shrink to fit more | something better that I can’t even think of right now.

Of course those options are only necessary if there are more than 8 spots.

-I added some merchandise and the line structure is similar to the ‘tshirts’ line but after a show it doesn’t give the sales results on the GIGSCREEN, even if I add a seemingly appropriate line in ‘strings.ini’.

Is there something else I’m missing?
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That’s all for now, more on this later.


#2

More observations from me:

:slight_smile: running history of concerts would be helpful (“dude, you clicked the finish button too soon after that last concert; I didn’t get a chance to see what needs improvement!”)

including:
ratio of people in attendance to CDs sold (as it goes down over time you realize it’s time to put out some new stuff)

the ‘ratio’ thing could even be in one of those meters (another meter after the show and continual for some things such as CD sales, there’s a meter on the sidebar that shows the effect of your currently running CD [size=84](and all CDs if you make it so we can sell first releases still)[/size])

This has been mentioned before [size=75](by me)[/size] but make it so you can still incorporate older songs onto CDs (especially the classics)

:slight_smile: put a higher limit on the fame if there’s gonna be a limit at all

:slight_smile: when you get into the studio to record the CD there should be a cancel button (“This album isn’t gonna be as quality as our last one, let’s not record yet”)

:slight_smile: the CD info box should have a ‘revert’ button or something (“this CD isn’t as good as the last one, let’s pull it”)

:slight_smile: If you’re a successful band and the drummer quits, you hafta get a new drummer - he should already come to the table with a ‘proper’ kit

(anything randomly better than cheap - maybe comparable instrumentation to the rest of the band; if your band already has a Precision V guitar and an Ultra-Bass Pro the new drummer shouldn’t have anything less than a ‘Drumtech Deluxe’ kit…)

That could be optional. On the auditions page it could also show what kind of equipment he/she would bring to the band.

The ‘better equipped’/‘more experienced’ he is should equal greater quality overall [size=84](better musicianship, possibly more live experience, maybe less of a chance of him getting de-motivated etc…[/size]) and a greater level of ability than he would have if you were just starting out from scratch [size=84](new game)[/size]

:slight_smile: the more meaningful tooltip could include [size=84]when pointing at a band member’s icon)[/size] an actual word describing his emotional state (happy, neutral, sad, very sad) so one does not have to rely on determining his/her attitude merely based upon slight changes in facial expression

:slight_smile: show relationship between band members (kinda like the ‘network’ thing in Kudos)
this way you could tell ahead of time “everybody hates the drummer, I better fire him before things get outta control.”

:slight_smile: make it possible to look for a new guitarist even though you already have one

:slight_smile: be able to have more than one guitarist (again I mention this :confused: )
train the new guitarist while the attitude of the original guitarist is going downhill then when he finally quits or when you fire him you’ll already have a new guitarist trained… which brings up another thing :wink:

:slight_smile: keep track of the people who’ve been in your band so you can hire them back if you realize you made a mistake or think you’d like to try again or something [size=75](didn’t Judas Priest do this recently?)[/size] [color=red]NOTE:[size=84]Judas Priest also has two lead guitars[/size] size=75[/size]

:slight_smile: add an ‘Effectiveness:’ percentage on the GIGSCREEN:

profit/cash = GIG_PROFIT_INCREASE; /* example: I just did a gig and before I got there I had $850, profited 219 so the GIG_PROFIT_INCREASE would be 26% */ (%capacity) / (('% fame increase' + '% chemistry increase' + '% experience increase') * ('performance/stage performance' * GIG_PROFIT_INCREASE)) = overall effectiveness

something like that; the numbers derived from those inputs really don’t make any sense as far as whether this could be an actual indicator of effectiveness but you prob’ly can see where I’m goin’ here. I don’t see the numbers or the available variables right in front of me nor am I familiar enough with their effect on the rest of the game. cliffski could prob’ly do it though.

:slight_smile: could you also put a concrete number (i.e. ‘73%’) on the dB meters on the GIGSCREEN ?
(in the tooltip)

:slight_smile: even if you don’t decide to ‘relax and do nothing’, the band’s tiredness should decrease

:slight_smile: allow solo, 2-piece, 3-piece performances / bands / rehearsal / gigs

:slight_smile: allow the singer to play guitar if he chooses. Or keyboard. Maybe even bass.

:slight_smile: make ‘backup singing’ a new ‘song element’ or something

that’s enough for now.

[edit]
make it more difficult, random, challenging or something. If I remember correctly, this was a suggestion when you first released Kudos. (It was a lot better after you fixed that.)

It should take longer to gain fame. When you first start playing, you can only gig at Joe’s or Blue Note. As you gain fame, more become available but the classier ones come up too quickly (when you finally can afford a van to get to Ginny’s Bar, by that time you’re already playing ‘The Rat Club’ which is way better.

Smaller bars should all be local (maybe) and bigger venues should pretty much stay just like they are.

I realize I can change some of this myself but… glean what you will from here.
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#3

:slight_smile: there needs to be a ‘Relax and do nothing’ button on the main page

:slight_smile: there should be an indicator of promotion percentage (“given your current fame, you have potentially reached 85% of your audience with your promotional efforts.”) Don’t put a ‘100%’ cap on it (i.e. it’s possible to promote too much)

:confused: MAYBE, in addition to or as a complement to that ‘networking’ thing I was talking about earlier, some sort of a ‘tension meter’ that would show where there’s troubled relationships between the band members

:slight_smile: there could be a sorting option when recording a CD. It would be a great help to be able to sort by quality

:slight_smile: when, on the calendar, there’s an upcoming gig, it should specify if it’s a charity event


#4

all good points, there’s just an endless list to be done. at least I don’t have any problems deciding what goes in future patches. There will be a 1.1 patch coming very soon, probably tomorrow, it doesn’t have all this, but it has some cool stuff.


#5

:smiley: X-cellent! Thanks cliff, I’m looking forward to it; keep it up