Discord and Forums Now Open!

The Take! Discord and The Take! Forum are now open!

I’ve been setting the forum back up for the last few days, installing the mods to get it modern and such. SimpleMachines forum software is highly customizable, but originally came out when the big contact points were AIM, YIM, MSN, and ICQ. You gotta put some work in to bring it up to the now. The Discord has been set up since Team Pank started playing GTA V again and migrated to it from Steam Chat since we had to have it be voice-activated but with sensitivity adjustments. Gamepad controls don’t have a voice chat button and can’t be edited.

Simon, watching me fight with various website components over the last two weeks, questioned whether it was worth building community features before, you know, the game itself was built. And maybe it did seem very cart-before-the-horse but the fact of the matter is you need to be facilitating community-building before you get anywhere near releasing a game these days. There are tons of games on Steam that would be great multiplayer experiences, if only they had multiple players to play them with. Multiplayer games with no community at launch are dead in the water.

So Discord is an obvious choice as far as community facilitation goes, but I also wanted a forum, which might seem like an antiquated option in this day and age.

Read on…

Don’t Panic! I Haven’t Given Up on The Take! Or Anything

In fact, I broke my entire website trying to improve the experience of it.

You may recall that I installed MediaWiki software a million years ago so that when the time came to look stuff up on The Take! Wiki, you wouldn’t have to deal with Wikia’s bullshit. All fine and well, but then I decided that I wanted you to also have the option of choosing between a predominately dark theme and a light one. I felt it was important for you to have that option in an area of the site that would involve so much reading.

But changing the colors on a wiki is not as simple as merely editing the CSS. MediaWikis use “skins”, which include a lot of other stuff in the mix and they are hard to build. While I don’t consider myself a web developer per se, I think I am a pretty talented script kiddie, but this shit was complex, yo. One of those thing where you correct all the references and it still doesn’t work.

Read on…