The adventures of Mathew "Berek" Anderson and his passion for great communities.
What are the ways you interact with your community?
For the Rise of Immortals community team at Petroglyph, there are four primary methods we
use to communicate with our community - 1) Website/Forums, 2) Game
Interface, 3) Chat/Social Networks, 4) E-mail
The website/forums is number one in importance simply because it
provides both short-term and long-term communication. You can post a
news announcement valid for that specific period of time that anyone can
reference repeatedly through a common link, or something that can be
archived for review months later.
The game interface is next in importance because we can post news
directly on the launcher, in-game ad sections, and send updated messages
to those that are playing a game at that time. The downsize is all of
these areas, particularly one-off messages in chat are time sensitive
and mainly only apply to that moment. This is why I place it second in
importance, as you can always regurgitate news via the website/forums.
Then there's all those social networks, excellent ways to spread the
word about an announcement after it has been established in the game
and main website/forums. Just as important are tools like Skype which we
use constantly for those one-off messages and more personable
discussion between community leaders. Skype is excellent for active
And last is e-mail, used sparingly every week or two for key
announcements consolidated through newsletters. The best way to reach
older community members that may have drifted off to another game. Use this to give them a friendly reminder at how awesome your game still is, especially after that last game
update announced in the previous methods.