|If only: DDO shared bank on a Droid RAZR|
Today’s post focuses on capabilities that would be a great fit for a DDO smartphone app.
In yesterday’s post, people posted ideas for capabilities that would go well on a smartphone app (or apps?). Crafting, vendor interactions, and guild ship management seem like obviously good ideas. If I may, I would add lotteries to that list.
Samius had some other ideas, thinking outside of the box to include areas that are not just ports of existing in-game capabilities: character planner, LFM monitor and DPS calculator. Even a minigame.
Very good and thank you for your contributions! Excellent ideas, one and all.
My main focus is inventory. It just drives me crazy how much time I spend in the game playing “inventory”. I don’t want to play “inventory”, I want to play DDO!
Or maybe it is because I am a system architect in real life and have spent most of my career involved in inventory management. I just can’t help myself?
But regardless. Inventory management is a perfect candidate for an app.
I started with the idea “I want to be able to manage all of my inventory from my phone, anywhere, anytime”. What would I need to succeed with that one concept?
This is the result:
Character List Display
A list of all characters including a visual indicator as to which ones have mail. Sortable by name, server, or mail status. Able to log in on any character from this screen except characters who are already in the game.
Clicking a character on this screen shows the character tooltip. Holding your finger on one opens the login menu for that character.
A summary of the active character similar to myDDOLite, but including current location and current resurrection point.
Character Quest Display
A list similar to the /quest command. An easy transition toggles this display to instead show a list similar to the /quest completions command
Character Inventory Display
This is really the big one, the heart of the entire concept: a list of all inventory items for the active character including a visual indicator as to which ones are equipped. Sortable by name, type, or equip status.
Clicking one shows the item tooltip. Holding your finger on one opens a distribution menu including equip, bank, shared bank, mail, auction house, deconstruct, or Stone of Change.
- Selecting mail next requires you to enter a destination character name and (optional) message
- Selecting AH requires you to set price, time and (optional) buyout
- Selecting equip requires the selection of a hand if the item is a ring
- Selecting deconstruct requires you to choose deconstruction type – displaying only the types of deconstruct for which the character has adequate deconstruction material
- Stone of Change is only available for dragonshards and only when the selected item is a stack large enough to “crunch” correctly
A list of all incoming mail items for the active character, and their days remaining with visual indicators as to which ones have attached items and attached money. Sortable by name, days remaining, item attachment indicator, money attachment indicator.
Clicking a message opens it. Holding your finger on one opens a disposition menu including Reply, Take Item, Take Money, Take all, Delete, Take All & Delete.
A display menu would be needed too that toggles between Confirmed and Unconfirmed. It would be really nice if this display menu also allowed the user to apply the disposition menu choices to everything in the mailbox all at once. Items with attachments would not delete unless the user selected Take All & Delete.
The existing bank displays would be perfect! Need to have easy transitions between bank, shared bank and TR bank.
Auction House Display
The existing AH displays would work fine if they can be adapted to a mobile form factor.
So there you have it. One man’s dream for a pocket version of DDO that not only lets me take DDO anywhere I want, but also makes my game time more fun when I am logged into the main gaming client.
I could write this app, if only the services it would need to consume existed. Services, hint hint.
Turbine are you listening?
🙂 😀 🙂
In part 1 of this series we discussed why mobile apps would be such a good thing for DDO, and for Turbine
In part 2 of this series we discussed how a mobile DDO inventory management system might work
In part 3 of this series we looked at all of the existing DDO-related apps for Android and the iPhone