Hi everyone! I wanted to take a moment to update you all on what I’m working on and what you can expect in the future, not only from this site, but from the Tier Two gaming community. As some of you know, I’ve been writing articles and guides on my own for about five years now. However, there’s always been a much larger vision in the back of my mind. Let’s go over where the community is at now and then we’ll move into the larger vision.
Who is involved?
The Tier Two community was founded by Accomp and Raptiq. What began as a FFXIV division, turned into a much larger vision for the gaming community. With the support of the Officer crew in FFXIV, Accomp has been working with Tier Two community member, Gavin Weeks (flikQ), to work on some new ventures and the larger vision for the community. As we continue to grow, more leadership will be introduced, but until then – Accomp and flikQ are working on building the technology side, while Raptiq and the FFXIV Officers hold the fort in-game and prepare to expansion to other online games.
Where are we at now?
During the past couple months, this vision has been turning into a reality. With the creation of the Tier Two gaming community launching their first division with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, the response has simply been astonishing. Our goal was to create a community that revolved around bringing gamers together and relying on peer education to create a family of skilled players who simply enjoy helping others. This is a mindset that I’ve had for a long time and I believe that the interaction you have with others is the main reason people play online games.
With that said, our FFXIV division has been a great success so far. The community has a member base of over 175 members, with about 140 members in the FFXIV division alone. Most members have reached max level and are gearing up for end game. It’s been a great experience to watch our members help each other out, as I have been sidelined working on some new projects for the community – which we’ll get to shortly. Anyways, watching the community grow has been inspiring and extremely rewarding to see people take such pride in their new “home.” This is very simply reinforced my desire to make something more substantial and widespread. Which brings me to what I have begun working on…
Where are we headed?
As it stands, there is a single website for the Tier Two community, driven by Enjin, and a single blog for Accomp.me, driven by WordPress. While these are great platforms, they don’t collectively provide the integrated, seamless experience that I am looking for. For this reason, we will be rebuilding and integrating with a new platform called Rocketeer. This will provide us the ability to create a single login, seamless experience for members of the Tier Two community. The first project we’re working on is www.XIVUI.com. While this site is still in the early stages of development, you can go test it out and upload a screenshot of your FFXIV UI and see how others have their’s configured. We hope you enjoy it and are always looking for feedback!
So what does that mean? This means that we are currently rebuilding our sites, and a couple new ones, that will be released as part of the Tier Two Network. The vision is to have a single user profile for all sites on the entire network, with the community website being the hub.
Consider this example – you log in with your account and you’re posting on the community member forums for FFXIV. Someone posts a link to a guide I’ve written on Accomp.me, so you click it. You land on Accomp.me and you’re still logged in with the same user profile you used to access the community forums, but you can also post a comment on the guide. Your community profile and the blog profile are actually the exact same user and all activity across the entire network will be portrayed on your profile dashboard.
Essentially what it comes down to is that the Tier Two community is completely based around helping others and sharing information. We feel those values are the core of a successful community and we will continue to reinforce them with the introduction of the Tier Two Network and venture into additional online games.
When can we expect to see it?
We very honestly have not set a timeline for this quite massive project. I will say that you should see some changes by the end of this year and then rolling changes and introductions of new sites over the next year. As we develop, we are trying to take community feedback in regards to what the community wants and what tools would make their lives better – this is the reason we’re building all this, after all! So I would encourage you, if you have recommendations, feedback, anything – please reach out to us, as we’d love to hear them.