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Responding to User Feedback, V12

Every so often, we ask our users to let us know what they’d like to see in ROBLOX, then respond to some of the most insightful comments and pertinent questions. This time, John Shedletsky, ROBLOX’s Creative Director, elaborates on a variety of topics, including your ideas for single player servers, group vs. group battles, and ROBLOX Studio tools. The topics for this User Feedback session were submitted to us during our recent 2012 Player Survey. You can read previous entries here.

Muddy101: Single player servers. I would love to make a story-driven game, especially on a platform I already know really well. I can’t really do that while building with the fullest detail if I cannot isolate a player. Single player servers would solve this problem, I feel.

The good news is that we’re actively working on web support for single player games. Traditionally ROBLOX games have been multiplayer, because it’s easier to build engaging multiplayer games than it is to build engaging solo games. However, the great news for potential ROBLOX single player game developers is that soon there will be a huge audience of players interested in these types of games: iPad players who are on the go and don’t have internet access. So there may be something of a renaissance here.

Shadowfire36: Being a Group Leader, I think groups should have more things to do around ROBLOX. I mean, going around and taking over enemy bases and making alliances is fun. Is there a way to get groups to go to war? Maybe you could add a leaderboard and similar things. That would improve the amount of people who purchase Builders Club so they can be in several groups.

We’ve always thought that there are two “killer” features that we need to deliver for groups:

  1. Group forums
  2. Group battles

We’ve had many discussions on the specifics of what this would look like, but everyone agrees that it is a recipe for an insane amount of fun. This project is in the hands of ROBLOX engineer Navin Lal, so we had him explain.

Group vs. Group is something we’ve wanted to add for a long time, and it’s definitely something we hope to start working on soon. One incarnation of it might be as follows: You and your group members form a party and enter a ranked matchmaking queue. We would try to set you up with an opposing group of similar skills levels. When a match is found, we’d start up a private game instance for you two to face off in. You guys would duke it out and the winner would be reported back to us and saved onto our global leaderboards.

Gusmandak: Add Robux to trades. I know you guys were working on it on Sitetest3, but adding it to the ROBLOX site would make a great difference and players would not get scammed!

Without spoiling the surprise, I’d recommend checking back on the blog later on this week.

ServersDoubleA7: ROBLOX could set up a secondary server base; this could help if something where to cut off the main servers or just as a second server base to reduce lag. The backup servers could be based somewhere in Asia or other foreign continents.

The ROBLOX web and services teams are working on deploying game servers world-wide. This will radically reduce in-game latency for people joining us from other continents than North America. We expect the first boxes to come online early next year. Watch this space.

DJGrand: My personal request is for the Roblox staff to personally create more games. I enjoy them a lot and so do many other Robloxians. I’ve noticed there haven’t been many recently. Actually, there haven’t been many at all this year.

The ROBLOX Content Team have cranked out quite a few games recently. They’re currently working on a battle game, a puzzle game, and a building game that are optimized for play on the iPad. In addition, various staff members are often tinkering with their own projects. Luke’s been hacking together some dragons and modeling underground fortresses. I’ve been working on my paintball game. And HotThoth made this mind-bending environment.

DeathWolf612: I’ve noticed that you can only delete terrain block by block in ROBLOX Studio, and doing so is cumbersome. Ever think of making something that would delete terrain faster? Could you modify the delete tool so you can select more terrain at the same time? My idea would be this: you could stretch a red box over terrain, press “C” to stretch it into a square, and press “C” again to stretch it into a cube. Then let go of the mouse and it will delete all the terrain within the box.

Our voxel-editing tools are currently underpowered. Conspicuously missing is any notion of copy/paste as well as the ability to save a chunk of your terrain as a model (which you might want to do if you create a building out of voxels, for example). Tim’s team is taking a hard look at ROBLOX Studio and will be beefing up its capabilities continuously.

Engineering Director Tim Brown: This is a great idea. We’re currently working on some interface changes that will help make terrain more prominent in ROBLOX studio (not just a plugin). In addition to doing this, we’ll revisit our existing tools to see if we can make any improvements. Something along these lines seems like a no-brainer.

ZombieSlayerOverlord: Obviously CFrame (Coordinate Frame) is a big part of creating good games, especially bases for your groups. But to get CFrame, you either have to somehow inject it into studio, make a script, or put a tool in your backpack and do it in build mode. Could you save everyone the trouble and simply make it a regular tool on the top bar in studio mode?

When people talk about CFraming, they are typically talking about two major areas of functionality: rotation and translation of bricks, without respect for collisions. We’ve recently improved ROBLOX Studio’s rotation tool to make it more flexible (though it’s not perfect for exact rotations – say if you know you want to rotate a block 56 degrees in Y). The one area we need to add functionality is in allowing users to optionally position blocks inside of each other. If we nail both of these things, I suspect most users will not need a custom CFraming plugin or script.

Engineering Director Tim Brown: I agree with your frustration and we’re trying to address the issue. The main question to me is, “why do users even need to CFrame?” If most builders are trying to interpenetrate parts, perhaps we should give them a tool that allows that. These are all things we’re thinking about and prototyping.

 

About John Shedletsky

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78 thoughts on “Responding to User Feedback, V12

  1. shadow350

    There should be a forum to discuss how to get gifts. That way, if you need help, you can see a thread and know how to get it for free.

  2. Jecoconono

    Roblox, Why dont ANIMATION update? im realy bored of the normal walking and standing animation will its update? and will there be a new character? Will the game become a RPG?

    1. SuperSamioWorld

      The reason why they’re not changing the animations is because of the sheer number of games that rely on the current animation system.

  3. Tommynitro2002

    What happened to the changing in game update? Why hasn’t it come out yet? It was nearly done in test.

  4. mrjoe9

    I think there needs to be more slots in the trading system. People want to trade more than four items but can’t since there are only four slots. They also do multiple trades but most of the time that ends up in being scammed. For example, you can’t trade an Epic Katan (All six colored katanas) without using multiple trades.

  5. Plorpeg

    Honestly, I like the 3.0 bodies. I don’t know why most people don’t. There’s just one wish I hope to be granted: 3.0 faces. I’ve seen videos about the 3.0 bodies, but they have different faces other than just the “Man Face”. I think faces greatly determine the theme of your avatar, and I would really appreciate it if you could take the time to make just a few more 3.0 faces.

  6. Deadlesszombie

    Roblox Needs Servers That can Link Up to each Other And Have Multiple Servers Run The Same Changes. AlSo When A Person Updates The Game, All Servers Shutdown So Changes Take effect. So yea.

  7. Nconnor

    I love that idea roblox you may just got one of your old members back. I quit for almost 2 years but I am slowly rejoining just hard with school in the way but you guys have came a very long way sense I played

    ~Nconnor

  8. Agentwaffle1234

    I really think roblox needs to let free users trade robux or give robux and or tix to other people also roblox should let free accounts at least be able to get the robloxian 2.0 body

  9. Dart219

    Roblox really has improved their physics over the years. Before, it was a slow process, but now, Roblox has really kicked it up a notch by fixing simple and complicated issues that used to really bug us. My suggestion would be to fix one problem which is when people sit, they appear sitting, except for when you are viewed by another player.

    I love Roblox, and I know you guys will never let us down.

  10. Candycatcarrot

    I really think Roblox needs more girl hair and/or hats that are cool AND look right on hair. :3

  11. doug590

    Some scifi groups such as the group I’m in have a need for starships. I believe it would be outstanding if you would be able to make those server teleports for vehicles. That way not only would our scifi groups be able to have space warfare with other groups tech, more modern or past groups could use it for their tanks, air craft, and much more.

  12. TheGuyWhoLovesROBLOX

    With the cframe idea, I agree. We need to introduce a way for our fellow ROBLOXians to build. I cannot script to save my life, but I can build. I started building last week using cframe. It has helped me tremendously. I think that there should be more of an advanced resize and cframe put together as one.

    Another topic I think should be brought to the attention of many, is this Trade items feature. I think if you, ROBLOX, allowed ALL users with/ without a form of BC to trade items with one another. I also think that users should be able to change their names to whatever they wish at anytime, but this feature should be available to BC members only. Another thing is allowing all users to set a background to their roblox page, like the OBC members can. Like allow the different color schemes. With the builders club, TBC should be allowed to change it but with the feature of their builders club status like OBCs can.

    One topic I have been wanting to present is a group only hat. Maybe give group owners the ability to make a group hat I which any member that joins gets it for about 10 tix which goes to the groups funding and when the members leave the hats get removed from their inventory. I think that this would improve people getting BC to make groups for this feature.

    I also think that to help stop scamming people can make a t-shirt that is linked to a model, group. For example: a place and badge. The badge is linked with the place. So with this. If someone sells a model, they buy the t shirt and the model appears in their inventory same thing with a group.

    I think roblox should move around to different states for the RGC Rally’s so users in other states could attend. Also make more contests.

    I am wishing to buy the Knight of Stygian Abyss, I will give my Desert scout, Comrade, and egg for it.

  13. Bobb11881

    Can you make more Report options? Namely “Spam?” I’d also like new stamper and voxel materials. You haven’t made any in forever, and I feel some of the sets are really lacking.

  14. HotJazzCP

    I want more with sound. I feel it’s a big thing in gaming and that ROBLOX isn’t making the most of it. All we have at the momment is a basic ability to add sound to our games, and do basic scripting and editing to it. More!

  15. MNGLOGANp

    As a forumer, I would personally like it if they fixed the “Top 100 Posters” system. It’d make the, usually unhappy, forumers happier. They’d be nicer to the new forumers. They wouldn’t put them down by saying “noob” and such. Thanks for taking the time to read this and please consider my plead.

    1. brent21

      They are currently working on new forums, from what I’ve heard, and they think that if they are releasing them soon it would be a waste of time to fix the old ones. That is what they said in the community forums group owned by Becky Lee Herndon. (ReeseMcBlox)

  16. dylan15121

    It’s great and all that you’re making progress, but what I really want to see is better performance for low-end computers. That, and bring the old “friending in chat” thing back.

  17. Anonymous

    Easy way to make a single player game on a server until a feature is released: move the player’s character to their camera and base scripts around that design.

  18. chicamala2

    Not sure if this is where I can submit, but I will ask. Can Roblox Studio have a feature of moving the models themselves through positions?

  19. Epicspartin

    With the cframe idea, I agree. We need to introduce a way for our fellow ROBLOXians to build. I cannot script to save my life, but I can build. I started building last week using cframe. It has helped me tremendously. I think that there should be more of an advanced resize and cframe put together as one.

    Another topic I think should be brought to the attention of many, is this Trade items feature. I think if you, ROBLOX, allowed ALL users with/ without a form of BC to trade items with one another. I also think that users should be able to change their names to whatever they wish at anytime, but this feature should be available to BC members only. Another thing is allowing all users to set a background to their roblox page, like the OBC members can. Like allow the different color schemes. With the builders club, TBC should be allowed to change it but with the feature of their builders club status like OBCs can.

    One topic I have been wanting to present is a group only hat. Maybe give group owners the ability to make a group hat I which any member that joins gets it for about 10 tix which goes to the groups funding and when the members leave the hats get removed from their inventory. I think that this would improve people getting BC to make groups for this feature.

    I also think that to help stop scamming people can make a t-shirt that is linked to a model, group. For example: a place and badge. The badge is linked with the place. So with this. If someone sells a model, they buy the t shirt and the model appears in their inventory same thing with a group.

    I think roblox should move around to different states for the RGC Rally’s so users in other states could attend. Also make more contests.

    I am wishing to buy the Knight of Stygian Abyss, I will give my Desert scout, Comrade, and egg for it.

  20. OrganicMuhy

    I know you guys are working hard on ROBLOX for the iPad, but what about Android? Many ROBLOXians don’t have enough money for iOS but have enough for Android.

    1. jacycoolcat

      I agree, I think ROBLOX should be made for Android aswell, and I think that because ROBLOX is being released on Ipad, it should be released on the Iphone, and Ipod Touch.

      1. ArmandGotUrKooki

        The reason why they cant is because those screens are too small to fit all of roblox as for IPad is a perfect size

  21. agr0n

    I’ve always wondered why you press / for chatting when you have to press enter or return finish what you were saying. Wouldn’t it be simpler to just use enter to start what youre saying and press enter again to end it? Please message me if anyone likes this idea.

  22. Izaru

    I think you guys should add some sort of ranking system for games, something like a 1 out of 10 system or like a star system (1 star 5 star etc) so we can tell the games that are good and those that are bad without looking at the comments which the creator could disable. Otherwise keep up the good work Roblox

  23. Corporal Sadcamp Chetik - VAK -

    Roblox, Can we have a real-time in-game notifier when a new hat or limited comes out? Therefore we cannot miss a single limited.

  24. POGGY

    Wow, that is actually a great idea for Group vs Group battles, although I’m not exactly sure how it will be implemented. It would save people the time of having to count all of each Groups’ win/loss ratio. If a system like this could be added, it would make people very happy.. Hope it pulls through!

  25. SpeedRacer817

    RRCTrooper, Roblox did make shadows. If you want shadows go to Roblox Studio; click tools; click settings; then click rendering; scroll down until you find shadows; click the down arrow; either click all or automatic or character only. :3

  26. jokergoingwild

    Nice. I love Roblox and I am on everyday. I spend a lot of time on it. I show people it. But I think that Roblox should have some new stuff and upgrades. Nice going guys.Can’t wait to see the future stuff for Roblox!

  27. RRCTrooper

    I REALLY hope that ROBLOX adds shadows. It would make ROBLOX a more realisistic enviorment. Like on videos it would be awesome. But mostly on games, It would be a better shot and realistic ROBLOX evolving game industry.

    1. Gornuk

      There is shadows already.

      Turn them on in roblox studio. Click tools, then settings at the bottom, click OK, click rendering, and scroll down till you see “Shadow”, then click the option of your choice.

      I recommend CharacterOnly, since with it on All makes it glitchy and laggy.

    2. Jojo2342

      Roblox actually does have shadows, you can enable them in the more advanced settings of the Roblox studio.

    3. Monkeyrobot4

      At the time of writing this, ROBLOX has shadows and are trying to get more effect and design on them, but yes, it would make it more realistic, however, this is world of “Blocks” remember? (roBLOX), good idea though!

    4. :)

      Dynamic lighting is already available for capable computers. To see it you might need to upgrade your graphics card or even buy a new computer.

    5. Triston220

      ROBLOX has shadows. You either need to change your graphics settings or you graphics card (if you have one) isn’t powerful enough.

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