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Advertisements / Toplist TOP-PBBG: Blog Opened
« on: April 12, 2015, 10:35:39 AM »
Hello to everyonw, I am back in this forum after a while, I am glad is still existing :)
I recently opened a blog on my topsite (a bit for fun and for getting some more traffic/subscription).

ATM I am adding in this blog:

- Releases and News about my game
- Tutorials (based on my little experience)

If any game owner or coder wants:

- To Post Guest articles (Tutorial, Experiences etc)
- Reviews or Releases about his game (must add it in the toplist, backlinks are allowed)
- Comment or Enhance published Tutorials

is welcome to do so. Just contact our support and ask for a contributor account, specifying
nickname and password.

topsite address:
blog address:


Game Design / Re: Tutorial techniques
« on: February 12, 2014, 05:25:10 AM »
Wow thank you very much; I finished the backend engine and i will try the JS library.

This is what i made up to now, i think now i can avoid the screenshot!

Game Design / Tutorial techniques
« on: February 02, 2014, 11:02:07 AM »
Hello, i am currently (trying) to build a tutorial for my game. Do anyone know some techniques to do it like for example the one on Forge of Empires?

They print an arrow where the player needs to click to complete a step... do they use a flash script? do anyone know about tutorial tools that make simple to do them?


Use CakePHP but plan your code to use a cache (memcached).

Coding Discussion / Re: Without framework...?
« on: October 11, 2013, 08:56:31 AM »
Thank you for the blog link, i will read all the posts now. But then what is suggested, that one rewrites everything from scratch?

Coding Discussion / Re: Without framework...?
« on: October 09, 2013, 02:13:01 PM »
at the end.. you will throw away you new code, which you made with framework cause the Framework has a new version and it works completly different ;)

that's true :( my game is written i kohana 2.x, i discovered later some important 'faults' in the framework but rewriting the game in kohana 3.x is out of question as it would mean to rewrite the game completely.

HOWEVER, i will choose again a framework to write a game because once learned, you  code faster.

Kohana 3.x is lighter, CakePHP is more complete. Write your game from the beginning to make use of a cache (memcached) for example.

Revenue & Promotion / Re: SuperRewards? Anyone use it?
« on: October 05, 2013, 01:42:43 AM »
I am using or for an year now and i receive payments regularly.

Introductions / Re: Hello
« on: September 30, 2013, 11:48:57 AM »

Introductions / Re: Hi there
« on: September 16, 2013, 07:41:06 AM »

Revenue & Promotion / Re: $100 per day with online games?
« on: September 09, 2013, 11:23:09 AM »
Going forward, my plan is to focus on advertising the game more and recruiting new players.

Compliments for your game and your earnings...

I don't want to go off-topic and if its the case please admin, split this post. My game gets new members only from topsites and google and i have about 900-1000 active players; i am earning on average 35$/day.

What's the best circuit where one can advertise his game? i tried google adsense but it seems a bit complicated to find the right keywords...

Help, Suggestions & Feedback / Re: Toplists subboard maybe?
« on: September 09, 2013, 10:54:44 AM »
Of course I agree  ;D I can add my toplists if that subboard will be added.

What i can offer to you is a 6 months premium account for free in my toplists, if you want to register.

Coding Discussion / Re: Representing a city with structures grahically
« on: April 13, 2012, 10:22:01 AM »
Ok, let's imagine i want to have something like this:

to summarize:

1) I need to create the structure of a city and cache it/serialize it somewhere. If something changes (i.e. building added or removed), I will invalidate the cache and rebuild the city structure/reserialize it
2) On load, get the serialized city, parse it, send a json request to a framework (example JSCrafty) and render it.

Demo that i can use/copy:

Question: but when i serialize the city in a BLOB, cant I serialize also the AREA information, so when a user will hover/click on the area map i will show the related-building functions?


Advertisements / Re: Racing minigame for bbgchallenge 4
« on: March 24, 2012, 12:50:39 PM »
Very nice ahah

Did you made the graphic?

Revenue & Promotion / Re: Affiliation program
« on: March 24, 2012, 12:07:43 PM »
Maybe i explained myself not correctly; Ok for the webmasters, but i was considering players, that can invite friends (paying friends) or make advertising (posting in forums with the link) and thus get real money for their referral.

Revenue & Promotion / Affiliation program
« on: March 23, 2012, 05:23:23 AM »
Hi, i saw that some games gives the opportunity to some webmasters to subscribe to an affiliation program.
The webmaster then could get a % of the money for the 'leads' they provide and that are paying.

1) Is there already a company that offer this service so i can integrate my game with its services, or i have
to code everything from scratch?

2) Is it a complicated things to do (legally etc) and do you suggest to do it?


Game Management / Legal Advice
« on: March 07, 2012, 10:53:20 AM »
I was looking at the 3rd BBG meeting ( and particularly on the advice about Illiryad devs about Legal Advice & templates.

Anyone knows where to retrieve templated or someone that can help us in fixing up our terms and condition?


Revenue & Promotion / Re: PaymentWall - Anyone used it ?
« on: March 07, 2012, 08:08:25 AM »
I am still waiting my first payments from srpoints; did anyone have problems with them?

They are announced here?

    Contacting a game owner can be costly (time-wise)...

    If he must be contacted ingame or via forum, you need to register a user, in this case the cost to contact the owner is higher.[/li][/list]

    I may have found one game owner that isn't costly to get in touch with ;)
    Do you own Medieval Europe? If so, you should seriously consider adding it to BTG.

    Ah ah ok, I will.

    and google cant log in unless you set it up with their webmaster tools.

    Hmm nice suggestion...

    Damn, I would have liked to attend... thanks for the link though.

    Contacting a game owner can be costly (time-wise)...

    • If he has an email or a contact form on the website, the cost is low.
    • If he must be contacted ingame or via forum, you need to register a user, in this case the cost to contact the owner is higher.

    @Chris: Forcing the registration a game in a toplist can be ok in order to show a non empty toplist. However the most important thing for a toplist is that the registered games are voting. thus bringing traffic to the toplist.

    Game Management / Re: Questions about monetarization
    « on: March 03, 2012, 03:37:05 AM »
    According to what I read so far the industry standard is:
    - ARPU - always monthly income and MAU (so it is used as ARPMAU), it's because this term was coined in telecomunication industry and they used it as monthly
    - ARPDAU/ARPDU - daily income per DAU so the "ARPDAU - monthly income/DAU" would be wrong, should be "ARPDAU - monthly income/30.5/DAU".

    OK, fixed.

    "Total Registered Users" - is a completely useless metric, in Lords I have 180000 because it is an old game. But it means nothing... Also, some games delete inactive users after some period, this changes this and several other metrics heavily. Check the retention rate topic, some games have simply no data of inactives after 45 days.

    I would like to keep it. It tells me if my toplists/adv choice are ok. (I check the delta of registered each month).

    "% of paying users" - again problematic, at the beginning my Lords were without any payment options, so I would have this number artifically low. Also, if you allow players to transfer funds to others you might be unable to track who paid and who donated (and should we tread those who made others to pay for them count as donators or not?)

    Looking around, it seems a valuable statistics. Maybe it should be calculated for each month. I agree it should be defined better.

    Read about "conversion rate", it could be a nice one to add.

    Will do.

    "New Registered users" - rename to "New Registered users (monthly)" because it is not obvious at the first glance.


    Thanks, keep feedback going!

    Projects / Re: Cron Open Source Space Shooter
    « on: March 03, 2012, 03:29:13 AM »
    Works on Google Chrome; nice!

    Game Management / Re: Questions about monetarization
    « on: March 02, 2012, 04:41:23 AM »
    I created the following Google spreadsheet:

    It is a starting point from where we can create a common template to calculate game metrics.

    We need to agree on terms and how to calculate parameters, if we collaborate we will have a common tool useful for everyone.


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