This is a follow-up of this thread and a bit more. To sum it up, I'm ****** at SE's division of the wards.
Do I think it was a good step to take? Yes.
Do I think they implemented it properly? No. Very much no.
I think it was pretty messed up what they did. They only editted the names of the wards that were already there.
I can't believe some people called learning these antiquate titles a "learning curve". What the ****? Seriously, its LACK OF DESIGN. Bad design does NOT imply a learning curve, well, or more like you have to learn how to deal with it.
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In order to pick which ward to go to you have to navigate three pages of text.
Then, only AFTER you enter said ward, you can tell what the tax discount there is.
This isn't as obvious as you'd think. For example, I wanted to sell some weaving crafted goods.
I figured the tailor's row was the place to go. The description even says cloth made items are sold here. Right? Wrong. 5% tax on what I wanted to sell, the clothiers ward was the place to go (I'm guessing they were considered attire even though the item description labels them as cloth items?).
Or, you know what? Lets even forget that. Lets say you know which is which. We're playing a video game, we aren't reading a book. Why wouldn't a video game make use of visual aids? They are a lot more straightforward. We deal mainly with iconography, not text, on a daily basis (in the street, in malls).
But this I'm suggesting doesn't even take away the text. It does keep it, and not even that, it'd have room for a role playing description for those who are into that, for the ambience's sake and all.
So here's what I made (its very simple, and thats the point): http://evadiendome.com/random/wards.swf
Just take a look, leave some feedback, and let others know or even submit it to feedback if you'd like to see something similar implemented to make our live's easier.
It took just a little bit of time to make, and this is all out of love for FF. I would have expected tenfold from the designers and codemonkeys who actually get paid to work in this game. And instead they only changed the names in the wards list.
In case I wasn't clear, I was NOT proposing new divisions. I just picked some made up names for the design. You can make this using SE's current ward categories.
Edited, Oct 16th 2010 12:12am by MajidahSihaam