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Toads with Guns
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Influence Meter

Postby Toads with Guns » Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:25 am

I am really upset with the Influence words. It doesn't tell you how much it is or what is higher than what. I think there should be a bar or a meter in which the Influence is displayed.

Could this be done?

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Confedarates
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Re: Influence Meter

Postby Confedarates » Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:32 am

YES! Finally someone sees like I do!

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The Sedge
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Re: Influence Meter

Postby The Sedge » Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:44 pm

Being able to see a list of the orders of influence is useful, but surely it'd be better to have some kind of graphical representation which can be understood instantly? I think it was suggested before, particularly in regards to regional controls so that when using them you can see more precisely what level of your influence it'll use up.

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Sirocco
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Re: Influence Meter

Postby Sirocco » Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:42 pm

Some kind of colour gradation on the text? Minnow would be dark green and Hegemony would be bright red?

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Fit battion
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Re: Influence Meter

Postby Fit battion » Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:46 pm

Evens thats pretty hard for new members to understand. What about a few little green squares going under the word. The more squares the more influence it represents.
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Re: Influence Meter

Postby Unibot » Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:50 pm

Someone suggested this before, and I added it to the list.
Violet didn't reply back.

The idea was a influence counter which would visual how much influence you'd spend if you banished or ejected someone.

However no-one suggest a visualization of how powerful one is compared to others - like something Sirocco and the OP suggested. I'll add that to the list under regional influence.

I believe there is a "Most Influential Nation in $region" census report ranking . That might have regional influence used as a stat.

As for a counter, how about a small triangle with is filled up from the bottom to the top with happy, green influence.
The most influential nation would be the king/queen of the hill (or triangle) ! ▲
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Todd McCloud
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Re: Influence Meter

Postby Todd McCloud » Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:50 pm

I like all these ideas, but I do like the graphical representation of influence the best. Though, this might shed a bit of light on how influence gets going.
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Re: Influence Meter

Postby Valipac » Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:57 pm

Maybe the changed text font could be incorporated into the game and data regarding the influence could be passed on in the RSS feed. This way, people (or the economic calculators) could use the RSS feed to create graphical interpretations of individuals influence, and if necessary, say, the 15 most influential nations in a region. It would be able to track these over time in much the same way an economic calculator is able to graph the change of the economy over time.

http://nstracker.org/

The above website allows you to add a "tracker" to a nation, and will create graphical interpretations of how the economy has changed over time, as well as how individual budget spending categories have changed. If Influence was equated with a numerical value that was stored in the RSS feed, someone could create a "tracker" that would graph how high or low your influence gets - as well as how high or low your rival's influence gets.

This way, the people who want graphical representations are appeased, and those who would rather not see a graph taking up their nation page wouldn't have to.
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Unibot
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Re: Influence Meter

Postby Unibot » Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:31 pm

Such a thing, Valipac, was not possible.

That was until I politely asked Violet about two weeks ago to include <INFLUENCE> in the Xml feeds for nations.
Our generous admin, blessed us with it right away, after I asked.

My prayers (minus regional issues and winning the lottery... hehehe) have been answered !

But, on a more serious note. Maybe someone should contact Texas about including Influence stats in NStracker.

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Re: Influence Meter

Postby Todd McCloud » Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:39 pm

Unibot wrote:Such a thing, Valipac, was not possible.

That was until I politely asked Violet about two weeks ago to include <INFLUENCE> in the Xml feeds for nations.
Our generous admin, blessed us with it right away, after I asked.

My prayers (minus regional issues and winning the lottery... hehehe) have been answered !

But, on a more serious note. Maybe someone should contact Texas about including Influence stats in NStracker.


I still wait patiently on my mass-TG resolution, lol. It gives me hope to see things like that going through, though.
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Re: Influence Meter

Postby Unibot » Sun Jul 19, 2009 7:44 pm

I still wait patiently on my mass-TG resolution, lol. It gives me hope to see things like that going through, though.


Ha. Patience, young grasshopper.

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Re: Influence Meter

Postby Erastide » Sun Jul 19, 2009 8:41 pm

I think the mystery surrounding influence is better without a meter. The names are already ranked for you in the threads about influence, that's enough of a meter.

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Re: Influence Meter

Postby Todd McCloud » Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:04 am

Unibot wrote:
I still wait patiently on my mass-TG resolution, lol. It gives me hope to see things like that going through, though.


Ha. Patience, young grasshopper.

Ideamongering takes oh so many virtues, which with time will come.

*takes a bow*

A tiger pouncing will wake a sleeping dragon, oh... but you may want to take a different approach for your own sake...

*continues eating shanghai noodles*

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"Your uniform doesn't seem to fit. You're much too alive in it."

"You must be the change you want to see in the world" - Gandhi
"The worst prison would be a closed heart." - Pope John Paul II

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Re: Influence Meter

Postby Unibot » Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:39 am

Why does that accurately describe me, I don't know. But it does. 8)

Okay I'm not that old though.....
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