Here's the idea:
Seiichiru wrote:This idea has been given before (And I've decided to expound upon it.)
New Game Mode: Chill Room:
Mode Type: Relaxation/Practice
Introduction: S4 players even now are still crying over the loss of the lobby rooms where they could chat along with the appearance of their avatar and even jump around. While this idea won't exactly comfort them directly--as this will act as an actual 'game mode' rather than a lobby or waiting area...it might satisfy them that they at least have a place where they can relax and chat without being blamed for farming or having to worry about getting attacked by point mongers. It will possibly also provide people a place to do things like 'practice jumps' without having to worry about someone scoring, or killing them in the locked room they're in...and it also PROBABLY will give GMs a break from even having to worry about that aspect of the game. (As once this happens the act of creating a chill room will supply a means to MAKE SURE all that is done in the room is either chatting about or practicing jumps/free-styling parkor.)
This also may make a suitable replacement for the practice rooms--though originally I thought of this as being a kind of 'private chat room' for specified use. Either you can lock it and just chat with your friends, or you can make it public and have a specific topic tacked on.
The Chill Room Game Mode will have access to all TD, Seige, and DM maps as those are where most jumps are important to learn. Perhaps it will also have a few maps of it's own such a 'School Yard/Classroom' Map (Inspired by this Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfI8HXL5stg) which might take advantage of a particular feature I and a few others would like to suggest this mode to have called 'Battle Zones' and 'Safe Zones'.
Safe Zones: These areas are basically places where you can't be hurt no matter what which allows you to do exactly what this room is intended for...to relax. You can socialize, play paper-rock-scissors, hold S4 Trivia Events and various other community related things in a more orderly fashion in such areas--not to mention have easier access to understand just to whom you're speaking with and what their avatars look like. (Which is more appealing to me than just staring at someone's name. Lots of others will agree with me.)
You can't use weapons in these zones as they're not even present on the character's person--however they might have something on screen that indicates what weapons they'd have in the battle zone if they ever went in. The only abilities you are allotted in this state is to use skills like anchor and wings and the ability to dash, dodge, and wall jump so that you can practice jumps and freestyle parkor at will without worry of ever being attacked. Naturally these zones are much bigger than battle zones. (Otherwise there'd be no point in trying to practice jumps and things.
Battle Zones: These areas in the map are small and contained with-in the map with a box that separates the player from the safe zone, is not breakable, and does not allow you to harm anyone outside of the battle zone. Here weapons are allowed to be used to the fullest. Naturally here you will be able to do things like practice on targets, fight other players, or just futz around with a new weapon so you can figure out how it is used. No pen or experience gain comes of these rooms at all so even though you kill players here it's purely friendly and practice---so it does not take away from the need to play actual game matches to receive pen and experience to level.
Room Features (Er...OTHER Room Features):
1. Availability: This game mode if used should be one of the first that one can start on your own without having to have other players with you--and yet still be join-able by anyone whom notices the room's present. I also believe these Chill Rooms should have their own tab in the Server Waiting Area so that they don't clutter up actual games--and allow people to easily pick them out from actual games. (Without clicking them on accident too.)
2. Participation List: Not unlike the lobby from the past it will have a list of people whom are present inside of the room with their weapons next to their names (As suggested in the Safe Zone box) With this list you can add people to your friend/block list without having to be in the room lobby or in the server waiting room. Perhaps you can also read about their equipment to find out what kind of gear they're wearing for practicing purposes (Or just to allow people to show off their gear.)
3. Events: Naturally all events will still work here as long as they're not PEN and EXP related---for example the coin event would still work here. Naturally such a room might also be perfectly capable of starting up player created events as well---It all just depends on how creative people get.-----------------------------
This is pretty much all of my idea so far. I intend to update it, and keep posting it until I see this being added to the game. : P I'm extremely persistent so expect to see it every month with updated suggestions and designs from the community. I think we can use something like this to bring our community closer--and make it easier to teach newer people how to play the game if they desire to learn. That said it'd be great if this game mode was often used in the Free Server channel by people interested in making S4 League become a game of absolute skill unlike any other game before or after it.
If you have any ideas to add to this game mode please PM me and we'll chat--Or find me on the IRC channel.
The Idea was Posted on This page of the Idea/Improvement Thread: general-discussions-f196/official-improvements-thread-veur5-t469790-s320.html
Updates (Ideas from the Community and Myself):
Idea One (Juaze): (New!)
Idea two (RawrLXR):
Idea Four(AzmaTsukimi): (New!)
Idea Five(MwaHaJr): (New!) (Possible Alternative!)
Naturally you can also talk to me about it here in this thread. :3
People who support this idea:
15. HellaHell (Technically the first person to support. Oops~.)
If you like the idea please find a means to link this idea in your signatures so more people will see this thread. We need a massive amount of support if we're going to get this thread looked at by developers! So please if you want to see this happen---or you think we might have a chance if we at least try...Show your support by putting this thread's link in your signatures! We've gotta spread this around!