Saturday, 20 September 2014

Player Organizations will be a big part of VoidSpace



Players will be able to create and manage official player groups. It is fairly standard to have these sorts of groups in a MMORPG (they are usually called guilds), however our implementation goes a step further due to the nature of VoidSpace. Player organizations are given their own website that they can customize. It is hosted by our server system, but the most important property of this webpage is the fact that new users can signup to the game through their page and automatically become a member of the player organization while simultaneously becoming a new VoidSpace user. Before a player joins a particular player organization however, they have a chance to review the material the org has put on their webpage which describes the type of organization they are and what sorts of services they have to offer in the game.

It is important to understand that player organizations are expected to function like separate societies. For most organizations, the main goal will be to attract new members because of the "strength in numbers" concept that is prevalent throughout the game's design. Organization members are able to spawn a new character within the established in-game domain of the player organization, and this is why it is so valuable for player organizations to attract new players into their group.

Some of the player organization functionality is already implemented into VoidSpace, and we can already see the positive effects this is having. Player organizations share their pages in order to attract new members and inevitably promote VoidSpace long with it. As the number of player organizations continue to grow, so will the number of players we will see join VoidSpace through these organization's efforts to promote themselves.

Once the game is more established and player organizations stabilize and grow, we expect to see player organizations becoming "big business" because of the ties VoidSpace has with real-world economies via Dogecoin. Player organizations stand to gain from having additional members. This will likely lead to player organizations becoming major corporate entities with the push for cleaner, more professional systems of government as competition for new members increase. We can therefore assume that player organizations will take their marketing campaigns into the real world to fervently attract new players for us.

Due to the heavy emphasis on player created content, the game experience for new members would be very customizable and depend very much on the organization's established infrastructure. For some players, this will make it important to join an organization with a trusted name and a professional system. For example, the player organization might have schools set up to teach new characters a basic set of skills, and possibly even to educate the player as well. There might even be an established system of government to help organize members and a sort of social safety net within the game that mimics the types of civil services we see in real life.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Crowdsourced Marketing Program will significantly boost your referrals



Welcome to the Crowdsourced Marketing Program

Many are aware that you can earn Dogecoin by referring people to VoidSpace, and some of you have read our tips and tricks for getting lots of referrals. Now we are debuting a brand new concept that will really launch your referral count!

We've created the "Crowdsourced Marketing Program" which allows you to submit links that is then shared among everyone who is part of the program. This can be a link to a forum post, reddit post, facebook post, twitter post... anything that has your referral link and is promoting VoidSpace. The members of the marketing program are then able to help by adding to the discussion, adding interesting/insightful comments, and answering questions. Sometimes this is particularly beneficial because additional replies to a forum post can bump it's visibility.

Remember that any signups you get will get you 300 Dogecoins, and any signups your signups get will get you 100 Dogecoins.

If this is the first you've heard of the Dogecoin Referral Program that awards you dogecoins, check out this blog post:

Also, if you haven't seen it yet and you'd like some tips on how and where to get referrals, check out this blog post:


Finally, if you're interested in joining the marketing program, just let me know and I'll add your email to the service. It could result in a lot of emails (especially at first), so be aware of that.

Once you're in the program, you'll be able to see this link:
http://www.universeprojects.com/new/marketing.jsp


What will be expected of me?

Generally, the purpose of being in the program is to help everyone with their online posts. You will probably need to signup to many online forums and sites so that you can participate in the discussion. When you do signup, it would be good if you could add a comment or two that puts VoidSpace in a good light, offer insight into the aspects of the game that you like, offer information on what is coming, and answer questions that people just hearing about the game might have. Keep in mind that you will be creating accounts on forums that you might not have thought about, and you'll be able to advertise your own referral links there once the original post is complete!

This blog has answers to many of the common questions and concerns people have, so please get familiar with the posts that are available here and feel free to link to them when answering questions! I've also found that this video blog will answer some other questions like "How does the Universe Project relate to VoidSpace"

If you find there are too many emails from the program, all you need to do is contact me and let me know you would like to leave the program. Eventually you will be able to exit the program yourself.

More information can be found once you join the Crowdsourced Marketing Program.




This program is by Invite Only; you will need special permission to get into the program. If you would like to be a part of it, please contact me at narmstrong@universeprojects.com with the subject line "Marketing Program Application".

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

We need programmers



VoidSpace and the Universe Project has an extensive open-source component. Open-source developers will have access to a separate repository of code which contains a number of our fundamental frameworks on which VoidSpace is being built. There are a number of different tasks that can be done by an ODP member, and not all of which are programming related. For example, we currently need someone to investigate TideSDK to see how it works and how to use it. If it appears to meet our needs, we will then use it to create native desktop deployments for VoidSpace.

Everyone who has significant contributions through the ODP will be granted access to the game for free, it is the least we can do for your effort!

Programming work

For the programming side, we use Java for both the client and server. Even though the client doesn't use Java directly, we employ GWT which allows us to compile our Java into Javascript so that it runs on a browser. You don't necessarily need GWT experience to be useful as an open-source developer, so please don't let that hold you back! We also have a limited need for Html/CSS/Javascript developers who can help us with development of the main website.

Marketing work (non-technical)

We are also working on putting together a marketing team to help us with getting the word out. Some examples of marking work include: 
  • Using Searches to find new gaming or cryptocurrency related sites 
  • Keep track of research done through Google Docs so that anyone else can pick up where you left off
  • Contacting journalists and websites to see if they have any interest in VoidSpace
  • Creating posts on Reddit, Gaming forums, Cryptocurrency forums, Facebook accounts, Twitter accounts for VoidSpace. Each post would then be credited to your account so we can keep track of how much work you've done for us.

Feel free to have a look at our task tracking system which we use for both core and ODP developers. This can give you an idea as to what the individual tasks tend to be like if you are interested in getting involved.


There is always something to do, big or small, so if you have any interest in helping us build this project, just contact Nik at narmstrong@universeprojects.com