In order to build the best site possible, we had to research what players wanted, and the features they would like to see first on the website. This was completed via discussion, random samples of the player base, discussions with the most influential and top players, and surveys, which included a server-wide poll. In addition to the player's support, we needed the support and backing of ETK's administrator, who ended up giving us an enthusiastic thumbs up. He proceeded to help by building us several APIs to work with.
We learned that the player's primary desires for the new power-list and ranking site as follows.
MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS
- Overall rank with the ability to view each character's stats
- Most important stats: Vitality and Mana.
- Other stats of equal importance: Might, Will, Grace.
- Option for characters to "hide" their stats and money from other players.
- Class based power-list
- Celestial Blessing
- Celestial blessing is based off of current player donations. The website indicates how much has been donated, and the experience bonus character's receive based on the amount of donations in the current pool.
- For example: $0-$49.99 = Star(+25% Experience bonus), $50.00-$99.99 = Moon(+50% Experience bonus), $100.00+ = Sun(+100% Experience bonus)
- Live event timers. - This was completed, but required the integration of another API.
- Event Win Rankings with the options to view total wins as well as win percentages for each of the events (5+) in game, which run on an hourly basis.
- Rankings based off of total wealth aka Gold.
We began by arranging the most important elements in a user friendly way, and have gradually modified this to it's current version based on user testing, heatmaps, and more. The results have been exceptional, and we have received much praise throughout the community for our work.
There are a number of other elements we added as the site progressed. There were released in succession after each successful update to ETKaddict. A short browse through the website will show just how much further we have come than our original plans.