From: The Last Book I Read
I am a modder. That's just me. So I make a lot of scenarios and mods for different games. Of course I'd like people to play these scenarios and mods, and some are quite different from the original game.
So my question is here:
Why do so many people come to a game saying: I don't want to play a MOD, just the game? This strikes me as especially strange with games that sell themselves as being very modable, or have modable spinoffs.
I am a Modder as well...since 2001. In 2001, it was hard to mod and even harder for folks to play the mod given the importance of understanding the game directory. But players eagerly found a way to play MODs back then. What has changed? Twitter and...
1. Ability of The Players to converse with The Designer/Developers. Wargame Forums allow wargame players to immediately correspond with other players and the developers. This has become easier and easier--and more responsive with frequency of patches published.
2. Applying Mods is Hard. If it doesn't come with an install program, a MOD is work for the user. You have to back-up the original...so you can get back to original if you don't like the MOD. You have to find the folders in the game directory to put-in the mod files. This can be a challenge for some players.
3. MODs are "against" The Rules. From my experience, the game manual is the last thing written. It captures the game state at the time of game publication. And then there are patches...and MODs...and soon, the Game Manual doesn't mean as much as it once did. That introduces doubt...and movement BACK towards more "certain" ground. Either towards the base game--or towards a different game that's easier to understand and play.
I guess what I am asking is:
Would you buy a game to play one of the excellent mods that may have been made of it? And if not, why?
Depends on the Game and the MOD. If I don't like the game, the MOD needs to make the game better. If I like the game, the MOD needs to equal or enhance the existing game. And...it needs to be easy for me to apply the MOD.
In some cases playing these mods is sort of like playing a whole new game. You are getting it for "free" or rather in "addition" to the original game. It seems obvious to me, that this is a slam dunk win. So why doesn't it happen more?
See 'splains above. Help players overcome these impedimenta and perhaps your MOD will be embraced.
Bottomline: Keep on modding! Make it easier for others to enjoy your MOD!
< Message edited by bcgames -- 1/19/2019 2:58:09 AM >