So I've been researching, developing, analyzing and pondering before ultimately restarting the project three times since last Summer. Now pieces are finally coming together.
The core of the site has been deemed "habitable" though only sitting at 30% complete as a project. There are missing elements which are staged and in place though still in development and thus not included within this release.
Right now the plumbing and hard-wiring of the settings are being tested and deployed so as each function gets released you'll see more options appear for you to control.
Throughout 2013, I'll be releasing new features one after another and there's no end to future promise and potential.
Adding more and more functions to your settings allowing you to carve out an ultimate national portfolio along with increasing your control towards tailoring your national roleplay statistics.
NSTracker is about to become even more personal giving you the ability to upload youtube videos to display within your national profiles and portfolios held within a beast of a creation called PVM Esquire.
Upload and edit titles and categories while creating sortable playlists. This part of the site is on the agenda next so expect parts of it to show up soon.
PVM stands for Prolific Video Maestro and salutes all those people we know and treasure that prolifically share YouTube videos for us to enjoy. Soon they too will have a home.
A site forum that shares sessions with the primary domain. Players want it so I'm looking into it and developing it. I may even look into a live IM chat function along the same lines as the chat function Facebook uses. I figure while we're building "community", in for a penny in for a pound. That sort of thing.
All NSTracker functions will become global meaning their designed to be viewed here or taken with you. Forum bbcode will be able to offer interesting possibilities.
A complete alternative mapping system for registered players to add markers and text annotations to as many maps as they please to showcase war zones, territory disputes, general area maps or even installation layouts.
Independent weather options are another item upon the table.
Want proof? Resize your browser window and watch this page rearrange itself. More and more people are switching from their desktop and laptop to smaller, more portable devices. Everything engineered from this point forward needs to first meet this pivotal standard.
Look, I hate email. Just the idea of having to login to an email site to check mail about this site bothers me and always has. Well, that's now over. Oh, I'll still check my email but you now have access to the fastest way of getting my attention.
You've always been able to compare nations using NSTracker. A year ago you began comparing your own nation's factual statistics against the statistics generated when you defined a lesser roleplay population. Now others can see this information as well so if you're wanking, they can tell.
I was firmly set against this because it modified game mechanics generated by NationStates but NSTracker already generates two sets of statistics for roleplayers so where's the harm in allowing them to augment their own government budget percentages effecting their own roleplay statistics?
When I installed the first version of NSTracker it was Autumn 2009. The files associated with that version of the site drew information directly from the Nationstates API feed which worked fine for information collection but from where we stand now lay the difference between shooting a bullet and throwing one.
NSTracker was never designed for regional output. National output for 30 days with horrible GD graphs (Hey, it was ten years ago.), national comparisons and that was about it. Though still used by players, the original site was often ridiculed for it's regional output shortcoming but the calculator wasn't originally designed to be this all serious machine. It was designed to add flavour to NationStates which is a tradition I intend to continue.
Below are listed all items that have been added to the site since May of 2010. The project itself didn't really get started until the Autumn of 2011 and now I'm busy mixing, matching and compelling three large beasts to work together as one. Eventually, my feet will catch up with the rest of me and cruise control will be engaged.
The journey travelled from those few modest original php files to the road we're currently on has been incredible. All I see is unlimited potential and I shall always find occassion to boast how it is the people using NSTracker that remain the real motivation towards the production of this site. This body of work is dedicated and stands testament to all those players that selflessly contribute through one means or another and volunteer their services in attempt to generate greater awareness and interest towards NationStates itself. For all of you that have helped to make it what it is and for what it will become you have my deepest appreciation, gratitude, support and thanks.
The past year really threw things up in the air so to speak and items that were meant to be discussed at certain times simply weren't. That doesn't mean they've been forgotten however, rather just delayed.
The site itself as "NSTracker" as you know it, will be released without the settings component shortly. Saving data is the easy part. Getting your specific currency character to display properly is the trick and I have several of those tricks to perform. One by one, I'll open the settings and add each function once they're complete. There are also a few smaller items which I need to build but at least the Tracker Panels are working properly once again?
Getting NSTracker up and running represents only 30% of this growing project. The social aspect of the site is where the meat and potatoes reside. Believe me, no one more than myself has wrestled with the dilemma over making the site more interactive and to what extent. This is what I do. I'm the guy building a boat in his basement. He's no idea how he'll get it out. He's just building.
Below is the short list of some of the things I intend to address throughout 2013-14. I'll be leaving both domains open and taking a breath to travel so I won't be around full-time again until May at which time you'll have an admin that's fresh and ready to get back into things with zeal.