IDEA: Asynchronous turn-based mode with 24 hr+ turn timers for slower-paced game. Multiple save game slots to support several ongoing games, and allow you to close the game and return back later.
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The developers need revenue so I'm not sure giving away 1 token every hour would be a good idea - why would anybody pay for the game if you can play a game every hour...
However getting 2 tokens if you win a game would be great!
It's would be nice reward for the winner and give a greater incentive to play well.
It's great to see this suggestion being supported/created by the SMG team. I just wish we could see it in progress!
The problem: The current games could be considered "live games" with timers between 60 seconds and 8 minutes, these games require you to commit an undefined block of several hours to play.
Example: I want to play with friends who live far apart and are too busy to set aside the hours required to play a "live game", especially since the number of hours required is undefined (it could last upwards of 4 hours on 8 minute timers).
Suggested solution: The main suggestion for solving this problem is to provide longer turn timers.
Alternative solutions: Other solutions I have seen proposed include the ability to "pause" a "live game" for a period agreed by all players. This doesn't seem like such a solid solution though.
Feature requests that are essentially duplicates of this one.
Unlimited timer requests
24 hour timer requests
If the Connection problems will take a long time to resolve - then Daily games should definitely be the next big feature upgrade as it mitigates this issue... until SMG can finally provide a 100% reliable Live game mode!
The big Chess apps have developed an almost perfect method of implementing "long term" games:
People can create any game they like, with all the options they prefer - and can choose over what time scale they want to play...
This feature would add even more reason for people to pay for Premium - as Live games can take hours to play so one online game a day, is enough for most casual players... therefore the token limit has only moderate impact
However, Daily games, by their nature, allow for dozens of games to be running... so people paying for unlimited games is much more likely to happen
Also, it would be much easier for friends to organise a game where they all play together - and drastically reduces the constant stream of players leaving a game half-way through... where you ultimately end up playing a Bot (which is what you wanted to avoid in the first place lol!)
Personally, I was quite surprised when this functionality wasn't present in the game when I downloaded it - and I'm sure I 'm not the only one who thought that lol... because it pretty much comes as standard with most strategy type games so is fully expected
No doubt countess people immediately uninstalled when they realised it was only Live games...
SMG, please notice in the Chess app above, that it's possible to
1)"Watch" other peoples games
2) Choose the range of Ranks who can join
3) Choose whether the game will be used in your Rating
All great features - which I hope you guys are looking to develop!
This would be especially awesome right now, since we're all stuck at home!
A long term turn based mode is a must for this game!! It can be a friends only feautre to postpone addressing absent player issues. It would require the game to keep the player in the server even if they turn the game off after completing a turn. Simple notification system to alert the player when it is their turn (turn time starts) or to inform all players about who completed their turn, territory gain/loss status etc. would be useful.
This would be great feautre that me and a lot of my friends would consider paying a little extra for. Also this new mode would add a lot to the popularity of the game as well since It'll become quite convenient for casual players.
Playing multiple games at the same time this way would be a lot of fun too.