Private Games (allows open seats without being advertised)
A "private game" is a public game which is not advertised in the Open Games list. (I believe the option already exists in the Warlight code, so it shouldn't require much programming work.)
This allows a player to start a game and then share the link in whichever way they like: on the forums, by e-mail, with their clanmates, or in current games they are playing.
By using a private game, a player can start games with specific rules or specific requirements. Doing so has two advantages:
- It doesn't take up space in the Open Games tab.
- The game creator doesn't have to invite people manually, but can still open his game up to a large number of potential players, including people he has never played with before.
For example, I could start an experimental game with unusual settings, and post a description in the forum, with a link to the game. Now, people who have read the description and are interested in trying something unusual can click through and join, as well as share the link with other people they think might be interested.
However, no "random passers-by" will accidentally join the game only to realize that they aren't interested in that particular adventure.
This would be a very useful function for playtesting, experimental settings, or oddball tournaments.
He spelled "WarLight" wrong... minus three!