The Throne

Pre-Medieval [Tribal] society with a warrior culture competing for the throne.

  • Mortal Kombat style hierarchy.  You rise the ladder when you win.  You die when you lose.
    • ‘Hardcore’ Permanent character death in the highest ranking tournaments.
  • You can only challenge opponents within your ‘ranking range’.
  • Then, weekly tournaments determine a final… survivor… victor.
    • Weekly ‘real’ tournaments
    • Monthly ‘real’ tournaments
    • Weekly ‘practice’ tournaments
    • Daily ‘practice’ tournaments / matches
  • Servers with different tournament days, for people’s varying schedules.
  • Each server has 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, etc.
  • During the ‘off-time’ (non-tournament days), training will happen, allowing players to hone their skills and new players to level of to the PVP ranking.
  • The ranking will be WoW style
  • Once a player reaches a minimum practice rank, they can then apply for/enter he tournament.
  • Standard gear obtained though mario style slot machine + combining standard gear multiples and defeating other opponents (you get their gear).
  • Unique/Rare gear obtained through lottery and defeating other opponents.
  • Trading
  • Diablo/Startcraft style art/background + graphics (especially color).
  • *Interviews of top players/teams placed on the logic screen for people to watch.
  • **Game style must be one that allows for 1 person/team to be dominant for a long time based on skill
    • Standard gear must not be of significant combat advantage…only style
    • Rare gear must be HIGHLY prized (1 per server) and yet still only give minor combat advantage

Example Ladder

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A Tale of Two Ethics

This is a news website idea for people to learn about and discuss controversial issues.  The main focus / inspiration for this is the topic of factory farming.  There are websites which examine the horrors associated with CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations), but does that really tell the whole story?  What about the fact that none of those animals would even exist without the demand for meat?  Is it better for them to be even born?  Is even one day of life worth dying for?  Is 1 square foot enough for a chicken to live a decent existence?  Do we even care about that chicken’s quality of existence?  Questions like these are what I wanted to get rolling.

 

Key Website Elements

*Format

  • Multiple sections of news topics (today, food sourcing, labor, consumer products, celebrity issues, etc.)
  • Subsections. For example, under food sourcing: bananas, organic, pork, eggs, fish, wheat, etc.)
  • Weekly stories/updates of each sections (ex. Monday: Food Sourcing.  The article/blog could be about a new trade law, or simply a question posed by the writer).
    • Weekly updates as part of a series (i.e. 4 weeks of story on Pork Farming)
  • New topics available at thresholds of community interest + Ongoing articles**This leads into the next Key element

*Led by bloggers, powered by community (readers/commentators)

  • The stories are written by blogger(s) in communication with real-world informants.  For example, I go to 3 different farms, of various sizes/farming models.  Then I report on the practices of each, and open up the discussion for the ethics of each farming model.
    • OR
    • For the topic of food sourcing, have a subtopic: Pork.  Then examine 3 different styles of farming (i.e. CAFOs, Organic Farms, Family Farms).  And examine different farms for each of those.  (Tyson, Hormel, Whole Foods, Organic brands, Joel Salatin, etc.)
  • There is a discussion board/comment section with ‘UPVOTES’, similar to Reddit’s style.  Comments without upvotes after a certain period of time will get archived (must click “show more” to see), in order to keep the active discussion concise.
  • Track regular posters, and look for moderators within the community.  Even allow for popular commentators to compete for monthly chance to write an article.
  • Weekly updates on story follow a progression:
    • Week 1: Blog/Story about the issue
      • Comments in the discussion are read and considered.  The best points made are brought into week 2, with credit given to the commentator.
    • Week 2: Updates/Response
      • Any new research is written about.  The comments from week 1 are responded to.  I.E. “The 4 main points of interest based on ‘upvotes’: consumer cost, hidden costs, animal welfare, and farmer livelihood.”
      • Any key points main by commentators are ‘championed’.  I.E. “As JBond42007 mentioned, ‘Current CAFO methods allow for a lowering of consumer cost, but come with a host of hidden costs such as nearby environmental damage, poor animal husbandry practices, and poor working conditions for farmers/laborers”.
        • The commentator is brought to light as a ‘champion’
    • Week 3: Continue the discussion.  The captain (Blogger) sets the course, but must listen to the sailor in the crow’s nest (the readers/community/commentators) to direct where the ship (the website/discussion) can go.  Guide the discussion based upon public interest or a unique commentator opinion that needs awareness brought to it.
  • Ways of being Championed:
    • Upvotes reach a certain threshold (for example, a flat number of upvotes, or a % of upvotes based upon reader/commentator population + activity)
    • Post frequency + quality
    • A particularly unique view
    • Proven expertise (i.e. Has a video of him interviewing a farm owner)
    • Friendly blog authors