After playing some Stonehearth A5 for about a week now I’m growing to completely love this game, it has so much potential.
So anyway, we all know Stonehearth will allow community mods and some of you have even begun working on your own. This is awesome! But this site doesn’t really give the complete tools to users for sharing mods. Currently people will simply make a forum post about their mod and that’s the extent of what you can do.
As a web developer myself, what I purpose is a new community site geared toward modding. Some of the brief “roadmap” of the site would be:
Ability to upload mods
Ability to update mods with a version string
Ability for users to download mods
Ability for feedback and ratings
Top rated mods
Ability for mod creators to set Free or Paid mods
Ability for users to search for mods by keyword, creator, or wildcard
Ability for users to watch and be notified of a specific mod they like or have
Discussion boards directly linked to the modding resource pages
Ability to report broken or malicious mods
Mod suggestion/request boards
So if people are interested, this is something I can do rather quickly actually. I noticed however that someone already owns Stonehearthmods.com so I’m not sure if this is a project someone is already doing or what not.
@ZeleronX and I have been together on numerous website adventures! Some of them worked out great and some… well not so much lol. We’re currently working on our EvolveWiki site but Stonehearth is another potential one we’d like to do.
As somebody who had similar endeavours, it won’t work. There’s a few things that make such a project infeasible at the moment, I’ll give you a brief list:
There’s not enough content right now. Sure, there’s lots of ideas and so forth, but very little in actual additions. The community is restricted to a dozen or less active members who produce content.
As such a small community, any sort of other “fan site” is distracting an user base, which is something that I personally disagree on. We don’t need a dedicated forum, a discourse, a wiki, three modding pages and twelve fan sites which all cover, more or less, the same content. It only hurts each one of those sub-communities - at least while we’re still a small group of players.
There’s no need nor demand. Mods are simple enough to install and as long as there are less than five, it’s not exactly difficult to manage them either.
All in all, parts of this would have been handled by ShPad in the long term, a project that has been burried by now. There’s also this whole Curse business going on where I’m not sure where it’s heading, if it’s even still a thing - or ever was one.
Just by coincidence, I happen to know who owns the domain as he contacted me personally. I’m not sure if I should be giving out who he is, but he did ask me if I wanted to help maintain the website as I used to run the mod list on the forums here.
I can definitely say that he is interested in creating an unofficial mod list website for Stonehearth, and if you need I can refer you to him here on the forums.
I’m with @RepeatPan on this - I think it’s too early for such a site to appear. One other thing though:
May run into legal issues. I’ve never heard of any games that have mods you pay for. Donations is one thing, but payments… hmm. Could be tricky if legally it’s seen as profiting from Radiant Entertainment’s work etc.
I’m not saying every mod would be paid for. I’m saying I could make it so a mod developer can choose to make their mods free or paid as there has been discussion about monetizing mods before.
As far as legal issues go, it’s all dependent on what Radiant’s stance is on it. For example Sony Online Entertainment has a game called Landmark which does allow users to sell to each other however SOE takes 60% of the sale.
That’s really all, I meant no harm in that line of text. I’m just addressing issues raised by others. Donations is also something I could easily do as well.
Oh and thanks: He contacted me and so we’re currently in discussion.
EDIT: Oh and I completely disagree by it being too early for such a site. But to address concerns about the community size, it’s a site that would be for modding yes, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only thing that has to be done. There’s so many other options available like having Stonehearth giveaways every month until release… or dare I say… every week! This I think would actually bring in more people.