Looking to start a multi-gaming community

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by ZombieKillah, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. ZombieKillah

    ZombieKillah Aspirant

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    Hi All,

    For the last few weeks i've really been toying with the idea of starting a new multi-gaming community. It seems to me that most but not all gaming communities seem to focus on a single game but i'd love to focus on a selection of games. My thinking being that supporting multiple games would bring a much better chance of having a really diverse user base as time goes on. Does this seem like a sound assumption to you guys/gals ??

    I had an idea of making this community a little more unique by using lots of custom content on it's servers and by attracting people who are also able to help create this custom content which could be unique to this community and thus make the community stand out amongst other communties. I guess i would be leaning more towards supporting valve-based games for the simple fact that all the SDK's for their games are freely available, but this of course would be open to discussion :2thumbs:

    Maybe it would be possible to entice already accomplished modders/mappers aswell as nurture new talent by holding regular competitions where the most impressive content creators and most promising new talents would be rewarded in the form of gifts and presents in one form or another. There could be a nice monthly prize draw for the "modder of the month"

    Before i write an essay here, id like to hear from the guys and gals here and see what you all think about this initial idea.

    I would of course be looking for multiple people to help me setup and run this community if it were ever to come to fruition.

    Im eager to hear any input from everyone

    Regards,

    Iain
     
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  2. gogoblender

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    Hi

    If you're already popular online, have many friends that support you, that you can get involved with right from the get go, this could work.

    Being popular is important, you need a lot of friends as they're the ones who will give you that instant community right from the start.

    :)

    gogo
     
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  3. ZombieKillah

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    Hi Gogo,

    Thanks for the reply.

    Unfortunately i don't have loads of friends and people to help support me and get this off the ground so i guess this would actually be more trouble than its worth. I might have to have a big rethink about this and see if i can come up with a better idea.

    I have over 2 years of gameserver admin experience which i started learning back in late 2008 with the release of L4D

    Thinking about it, all i really want it to be part of a community. I consider myself to be quite good at linux server adminstration and security. I don't have any problems setting up webhosting, and things like hlstatsx,sourcebans and gamecp are second nature.

    I already have a vB4 Suite licence which im currently using but the site stays completely dead. Im not very experienced at attracting people to it.

    Maybe its best if i offer my services to help other ventures instead...

    Regards,

    Iain
     
  4. LawrenceWright

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    Sometimes it's best to start off small. Stick to 4-5 games, this way you can build up a stronger community for those specific games. I've tried a gaming community forum with every possible game for every system and every online game ever made (Okay, maybe not that many). There were roughly 800-900 boards, and it was confusing.

    If you can fill the fewer boards, add boards over time and continue the trend, people will see that others are active in the forums and say "Oh, this isn't so hard if everyone else can do it."

    Good luck with your community. If you'd like, PM me your forum and I'll gladly participate in it. I'm quite the forumer. :)
     
  5. engineer1964

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    Hi Iain,

    Going into this particular niche, you need to really offer something that thousands of other sites don't after all theres only so many people interested in that particular niche that its pretty safe to assume that they are already being catered for by a like minded community and it will be hard work to draw them away from that.

    What you need to be seen offering is something different, for me the forum would be the support and cominity side of a much greater project.

    You say you have webmaster experiance so setting up scripts and programs should not be a problem, this is what i would recommend, look at starting up a new particular niche website, they say the simplist things often work best so don't try and get too big too quick.

    look at sites offering scripts and programs such as hotscripts http://www.hotscripts.com/category/scripts/php/scripts-programs/

    and look for something that you feel happy working with and develope that as your main goal - That will get you users!! Then work your forum around the main site, That then will be your unique forum, totally different from 1,000s of other because your offering more than them.

    if you need any further help of encouragement, you know my PM :unhunh:
     
  6. ZombieKillah

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    Thanks for the input Lawrence :)

    I do intend to start out small with my forums having only a handful of sections. I am currently uploading vB suite 4.1.10 to my vps as i type this reply to you. Sure i'd love to PM you the address but i dont have the 10 posts yet so i will just post the address in this forum when i've got vB online. I would be delighted if you would help me out with this, we should definitely discuss this :)

    With regards to games, i will be hosting L4D, L4D2 , Killing Floor, Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike:Source as a starter. I have 2 nice dedicated servers for this purpose. I've found a REALLY nice mysql based advertisements plugin which i will be setting up on all public gameservers, i think this should help entice new members directly from the servers to the community :banana:

    Regards,

    Iain
     
  7. ZombieKillah

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    Hi Engineer, thanks for your suggestions :)

    I am now starting to realise how much of a task i've set myself but i remain undeterred, i think im just going to get it all setup and then hope that something truly unique drops into my mind. It's not the best way to go i know, but i am determined to make this work over time.

    I don't have the limitations that some gaming communties have in the fact that i don't rent directly from any game server provider as they all seem to be very restrictive. Instead i run a fully featured game server control panel on my webserver and i use my nice dedicated servers to run my private and public game servers. Essentially i am my own GSP :) I could use this to offer prizes such as free game or voice servers to members which could be won in monthly raffles.

    Thanks for the link to that website, i'm going to have a good look at that shortly and see what stands out to me. Also because i am currently alone in this project but have the desire to bring other people into this project. I guess i could also benefit non-technically minded members the chance to learn server administration skills that they may not have had previously. So yeah, while still not being totally unique in any way i still feel its something that a fair amount of communties can't offer. I'm offering people the chance to run this community with me :)

    I would PM you but i still dont have the 10 posts yet so can i just friend you instead ?

    Regards,

    Iain
     
  8. engineer1964

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    Hi Iain, Keep posting away mate, thats what others do, you'll soon get the 10 post no probs,

    There is something on my mind which i'm looking at doing also perhaps 2 like minded people are better than 1??

    Hurry up and get the 10 posts and drop me a PM then we'll chat :jiggy:

    Cheers

    Gerry
     
  9. LawrenceWright

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    Just make sure you send me a message with the URL to your forums, I participate on a ton of forums and I can't possibly read all threads on all of them. If I could make a suggestion, add Minecraft and you'll certainly get some posters. :)
     
  10. ZombieKillah

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    Hi Gerry,

    Couldn't agree more with that, ill get my 10 posts so i can PM you :jiggy: I'm really interested to chat with you and see if we can possibly do something :D

    Regards,

    Iain
     
  11. ZombieKillah

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    Your suggestion is very welcome and believe it or not, i actually already have experience of running MC servers with Bukkit but not since the end of 1.8. I'd gladly add an MC section. Im working on setting up vB now so it shouldn't be much longer, i'd be delighted if you would join. Im just slightly worried that you may be expecting posts and members to be present straight away, whereas it will be empty straight away, ill be working on populating it of course but i need all the help i can get :)

    Regards,

    Iain
     
  12. LawrenceWright

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    All forums start out with little to no traffic. Most forums become successful when they have a few early starters. I'm active on probably a few dead forums, but new members arrive from time to time simply because there're some posters. I don't expect a massive amount of posters to boot, but as long as there're a post or two a day, I'll gladly make my posts.
     
  13. ZombieKillah

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    Hi lawrence,

    I've been a little busy with work the last couple of days so things have been slower than i anticipated. I intend on getting the word out by using facebook and twitter etc etc and also posting on some other forums (as long as i dont get banned)

    I will of course be putting in the effort myself aswell :)

    The advertising plugin which i will run on all of my public gameservers is also almost ready to use :)

    Won't be much longer now.
     
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