I think what is "really" missing in LOTRO is a character-XML-Exporter. So people can present the character (with all inventory/recipes...) on the web.
1. An external person writes a XML Parser using some sort of "made-up"
map<string,struct recitem*> itemlist;
map<string,struct recipe*> reclist;
exporting it into an XML.
2. Deliver it to Turbine
3. Turbine would just need to replace the "Fantasy structure" by the
"real game structure" and include the Parser into the game. I think including this could be done in an afternoon ;-)
And yes, I would volunteer for the project!
If Turbine'd be interested I'd actually volunteer for
- XML Parser
- /who Parser (see my earlier mail)
- Delivering the source-code of my damagemeter to Turbine for game
I would not need any "secret" data from Turbine, just that they would take the source-code and "adapt" it to their secret internals later!
(Yes, I admit, what I'd really want would be an Addon interface ;-) But I know, unlikely we will get that...)
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