Written by Julian.
Since the last update there has been some significant events.
1) We have taken on a new web maestro. His name is Daan, and he is from the Netherlands. He is now working along with Will on full development of the interactive design of the website. Over the next few months, we are going to be building in the background, a new html/CSS website which will eventually replace the current Joomla website. This will pave the way for a fully interactive website, which in the long term means the ability to instantly update team league tables and manager league tables from within each GW and from the overall ranks of all managers from all GWs, as well as competition winners, Status point leaders and financial powerhouses from all GWs on the website. So you will be able to see how you rank at any given time against all other managers in many different categories by viewing the website! (atleast thats the plan) In addition it means we can port in real football news into the game and the website and any other news created by the real world or by managers. In short amazing feedback!
In the short term, this means that very soon you will be able to open an account on a new part of the website, which will allow the reservation of team names, and the proper registration of managers for the various stages of testing.
Also the shop window will be a fairly rapid process. Please bare with us on the merchandising. Feel free to hassle TheCoach as he is the main man when it comes to the merchandising side of things. And once the shop system is added to the site, you will be able to place orders using credit cards and/or paypal.
The addition to the team of Daan is a great step forward for the back end of the game's development, and I know you will welcome him to the team :)
In regards to testing, the whole team is now back again, and we are going forward as quickly as possible. Ryan is spearheading the testing procedures, and as the game expands this becomes more and more complex.
The next coding parts that will be added to the game will be algorithmic. Mathematical formulae that form the backbone of player development in terms of ageing and in terms of attribute development. This is a complex totally essential stage to get right, and involves all of the coders working together, to link up the database to the front end client. It will take a while, and will go through nu eropus tweaks along the way. Simultaneously work is on going (which I mentioned before) to create a league structure, a competition creation system and a rudimentary financial system... This is the bit that could seriously upset my team. At last viewing earlier today, my overdraft balance had reached £114 million!
In real terms, since the last update there have actually been many client updates. Mostly GUI minutiae details, that all take time to do, are absolutely necessary, but don't produce a great big announcement for you. Also we are actively discussing certain aspects of the navigation system. But we have not enacted the icon docking system yet, which will make things a great deal easier and user definable.
Before we invite the alpha testers to join us, we want to have in place a financial system that has both income and expenditure. A more functional transfer/auction system than we currently have in place. A full league system, a user competition creation system. A basic seasonal representation, and a more complex team tactics system which allows different formations and a few other tactical features. But until we have the tactically aware ME in place, these are purely cosmetic features, that will allow us to test selection procedures. I look forward to the point at which our teams idiosynchrasies of player staff and basic tactical arrangement actually effect a matches outcome.
Most likely the next part that will become a reality for you, will be the team registration process.
In the next update I hope to report that my team is top of the premier league, and also I will get an update on the match engine from Mr ME himself!
Until then, I'm sure we will all enjoy watching Arsenal climb to the top of the league!