I wrote this letter to feedback, and while I'm not expecting much feedback from them, I'd love to hear some of yours. Okay I've been an iSketch "regular" for almost 10 years. And by regular I mean I'll come play for a few days a month then forget about it for a while, and maybe play here and there when I'm bored. The game is damn fun, I just wish I saw some improvements into the 21st century of online gaming. The biggest problem facing the site is the lack of the registrations, and the constant tease of them hasn't helped your reputation with your community very much. And speaking of community, without a registration process the community remains small because no one "owns" a name, anyone can spoof, and you can find out someone else is already using your name and you can't sign on. That means I feel zero attachment to this site. No reason to keep coming back, no reason to make friends because most people won't stay for the long haul anyway because they don't feel any attachment either. A registration process would fix this, but only partially. What is needed is something more to keep players coming back well into the future. On top of an iSketch registration system, a level system could be implemented and be used to easily determine a persons relative activity on iSketch. I have this for an idea, XP for levels can be earned through in-game points (Public games only, to prevent abuse), correctly using your voting privileges can earn you a set amount of points encouraging proper use of the warnings, drawing the word would earn you additional xp, on top of the in-game points allowing people who "just want to draw" a chance to earn levels quicker. This, when used in combination with a registration system can prevent multiple-account abuse, encouraging people to "level" a single name, or at least a small selection of names. Upon reaching certain levels, new abilities will be unlocked. I have a few examples to get you started, but I think the possibilities could be endless as to rewards (Think of it iSketch extras) *As a word of warning I don't know about your technical limitations or anything, I'm just speaking as a layman. Some things may NOT be possible AT ALL in Director. (But is changing to a future-friendly format a bad idea?)* * XP Multipliers for certain rooms. Lets face it some rooms are much harder than others, and the reward should be greater to encourage users to try some of the special rooms and tougher word lists. Easy English (and similar variations in other languages) should serve as the base at 1.0x. Novelty or specific lists (60s,70s,80s,Colours,Movies,Tandem,Simpsons,etc) and English (normal) word lists at 1.5x. Certain lists are super difficult to either draw or guess (Famous Faces, Fictional Characters, Science, Geography, etc) and English (expert) at 2.0x. This encourages people to play in these rooms more rather than just going for English Easy by default. Blitz should be the only room rated 3.0x, because of the rarity of points in that room. * Ability to add flair to your name. Examples could include changing the color of your name in the scores window, or adding an effect (not admin BOLD, but perhaps it could flash or something tacky like that). Your userbase is predominately female, allowing them to "decorate" in-game would be a great incentive to level up and unlock new flair colors, or effects. Your drawing name could include different flair as well (besides basic black, to avoid confusion with admins). * Voting rights at a certain level (For example 5) The way it is currently, it seems highly random and takes a long time to earn them. Users should be given them earlier, and be rewarded for properly using it with xp. * Unlock VIP Rooms at a certain level (Level 10, for example). Finally, we can use these blasted rooms, and play knowing we ain't playing no noobs and little to no penis (make sure it takes a while to get there, preventing people from coming on exclusively to do that) * Fancier brushes & texture options. Come on dude, the drawing palette needs an overhaul. Give me a sponge tool. The spray paint is horrible without some textures to choose from. Give me a smear tool. Y U No have different brush textures? Advanced players should be allowed some things to help beautiful their drawings. New reason to level up, and doesn't need to be an instant thing, but really necessary in the long run. It would ALSO be cool to have a way to type text into a drawing in a non public room. Either as a chat message, or because that's how they want to do it. Maybe some ASCII art? Would be interesting to see, perhaps. * More freaking shapes. TRIANGLE. Stars. Diamonds. Arrows. Caption Boxes? I can't tell you how tired I am of drawing freaking arrows. Why no TRIANGLE? C'mon * Animations? My idea is that it will be a fixed game, as soon as the game starts everyone will get there word and 5 minutes to get an animation for their word across. Then the words come in sequence. I think you can add lots from there. Should use something like motion compensation. * More admin abilities. Add or remove XP from a player. Take away all their levels. Really good motivation for people who want to keep their cool features from misbehaving. Account bans for repeated/serious violations. Players should be deducted XP for misbehaving. * Feedback. Feedback should also offer XP, but to a lesser extent. You don't want people spamming the feedback solely for the purposes of gaining XP but good feedback should merit some XP when it is read. When you read an email and it's of importance of use, you can add xp to that user in any amount you deem the feedback worthy of. It's also a little way you can tell that user you read and the feedback was positively received, increasing their connection with the site. * More settings. Automatically rejoin last room, different fonts maybe unlockable, option to filter all text from the guess window but yours. Spammy game chat makes me miss my obvious spelling errors on some guesses sometimes, or trying to retype what I already guessed. * More freaking friends. I hope you have more than 10 friends, I know I do on iSketch. Problem is the friend list capacity is so small it feels more like an best friend list, but I've only ever used it to track admins in case I have issues with players or the game, or just want to tell them to keep being awesome. Add more friends as you level up, maybe +1 every level? * iSketch Level displayed with pride in scores. Right next to the name, and distinguishable from the in-game score somehow. We will have worked hard to earn our bragging rights, lets show it off. It will also allow people to easily determine someones skill level or activity, and may allow for better player matching dynamics. * "Weightier" votes as you level up. We can set up a points system where it takes, for example, 100 points to skip an artist. When you reach level 5 and vote, your vote is worth say 30 points. Your weight increases as you level up, probably to a maximum of 99 as you don't want a single user to ever be able to skip an artist by him/herself. To boot someone from the room should take more points, maybe 200. This way if a user is skipped for drawing bad then goes nuts, it is easier to kick them. Every round you draw without getting warned, you will lose 10 points if you have them. Every FULL GAME you play without getting warned, you lose 20 points. Give more points to more established players so it takes more votes to skip them, prevents people from using multiple accounts or multiple to try and get rid of a user simply because he is "cheating" (really just much more skilled) or because they ARE cheating, and don't want to be caught. * Make tool hotkeys require modifiers, or at least optionally. I hate it when I'm typing a guess and the round ends and all of a sudden I've selected the eraser tool, the circle tool, and the pencil tool, and now I'm wondering why my pencil won't write. Stupid eraser tool. (ie at least make color revert after deselecting eraser tool) people be confused. eraser no need color eraser erase. * New speed game room. Points for each round start at 30 for both drawer and guesser. Every seconds a point get removed. 29 for second within that initial timeframe, but if guesser doesn't get it until points are deducted they get the deducted points instead of say 28 to encourage everyone to be on their toes, because of the high point possibilities. Artist gets usual +1 for each additional correct guess, but retains the point total from the first guess even if not everyone gets it after 30 seconds. Smaller maximum game room occupancy, and number of rounds. * 5 Stroke changed to 5 Stroke or Less. I love single stroke draws, some of them are amazing, and they are somewhat hard to pull off. Reward them. 15 points for a single stroke, 1 less for each additional stroke needed before someone actually guesses the word * Remove wildcards from guesses. I know, radical idea. I don't want to get the word ape and easily draw grAPEs to "cheat" the right answer. This is an exploit. If someone gets the word ape and draws an ape, and I guess ape<space> or apegorillamonkeychimp it's not going to work because it's not an ape<space> or a apegorillamonkeychimp whatever evil thing that can be. It will increase spam from the fast typists but with the ability to filter other users this can be avoided, also avoids a slight advantage by fast typists who know synonynms and saves the return keystroke on multiple guesses. * Gently swap users who type multiple single words in a short duration into the chat window to the game window. Chat should at least contain a space, at least some of the time and is rarely spamming one word lines over a short period. This way people are automatically switched after say 3 single words in 10 seconds. We all make mistakes, help us not feel so dumb, and allow us to not have to always have to remind noobs to "tab". * Get the full drawing of the word when you join a room in the middle of the draw. Admins get it why can't we? I see no harm in getting them right into the game, and not confusing them with seeing half a drawing and everyone suddenly getting it and you're left going "WHA????" Features: * Spellchecker. People are idiots sometimes, spelling isn't easy and sometimes a major deterrant for some people to play this game. "Missle" "Theif" "Canon" come on this is a picture guessing game, not necessarily a spelling competition. Don't reward ONLY for knowing the correct way to spell "jutebox". It may be as simple as an optional swap for commonly misspelt words in the EASY list. * Word Swap. Allow a player of a certain level to swap a word once and only once if he doesn't like the original word. If he doesn't like the second word, forced to skip. Possible to extend the # of skips per draw with higher levels. * Simple Backgrounds. It would be nice to have some preset backgrounds that are very common in draws. Oceans, meadows, parks, cities, mountains, forest, castle, house, beach, room. Don't make it fancy, keep it simple, don't even use color only a few lines to illustrate the basic principle. This allows users to spend less time drawing the same thing over and over and more time to be creative with the details. Also will prevent a lot of what I call fill floods. So annoying. Not just for drawer but for guesser. Try a fill flood with the same color you drew your lines with. Yeah. Fun. Especially with someone like me in the room who sees these common elements in the process of being drawn and being able to guess far in advance of the speed of the artist and now the artist has to start again from square one, with the rest of the guessers left confused as to how I solved it. I even startle myself when I get some of those. * Color Hotkeys. I want some way to change colors with my keyboard. Maybe just the basic palette but it would be very cool if I could save my own hotkey presets to certain keys. For example, there is no color on the palette that is a very good representation of skin. Very easy to choose a pink and tone it down, however. But it would be cool if I could set a color preset for skin tone from the advanced palette. I'd take time and lay out a selection of colours I like and know I'd use on a regular basis. * Gallery. You have some DAMN fine artists on iSketch. Time to show it off, and prove why it's so much better than Draw Something. Give the artists more recognition with the ability to "vote" for a drawing. Higher levels will have more weight, highly weighted drawings will be saved for display on an isketch gallery, along with rewarding the user some XP. The gallery should be indexed by word and artist so one can see all drawings by one artist or different drawings for the same word. This way people struggling to find a way to convey a certain word, can seek guidance from some of the highest rated drawings. Ability to add comments would be cool as well would tagging them with either stuff like art style, irony, humor, etc. * Overall Leaderboard. Yeah, just more bragging rights ^_^ * Spectator mode. Yeah there's away. Only one major flaw with it, someone who is away (or more than likely not away because of the idle timer, much more likely just chatting) should NOT use a game "slot" and have no score or ability to guess in the game window (maybe disable all the guessing window stuff). I don't mind chatter in the chat box, it's just when a group of chatters occupy a room where I want to play. They are using slots that could be used by people actually wanting to play the game. Just realised I'm a total noob and probably posted this in the wrong section. Sorry folks.