Enhancement Room

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For an explanation of the Ideabox in general, see Ideabox.
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The ER is a special place for proven Godville community members to tweak and enhance the most promising content submissions that have passed through the first round of voting. It is aimed at drastically shortening the time required to get good and great ideas into the game. Hopefully, further careful reviews and the ability to tweak ideas into a ready-to-add form will shorten the review queue and speed up the whole process for both players and authors![1]

ER is thus:

  • a tool for the active Godville community members to speed up the ideas review process
  • a way to pick up the best gems among Ideabox submissions
  • a way to tweak good and nearly good ideas into really great ones
  • a way to convert promising submissions into ready-for-the-game form

Table of Contents
  1. ER Process
  2. Editing your Own Ideas
  3. News and Phrase Types
  4. Diary Advice
  5. Ready Criteria
  6. What Happens After ER?
  7. A Few Tips for Editors

ER Process

If an idea gets enough upvotes (60% for diary, 50% for earthly news, 30% for monsters, 40% for other) in the first-tier community voting process, it gets moved into the ER. Each ER review lasts 24 hours. During the process each player eligible for ER access can do the following:

  • Mark an idea as “ready” for the game – this should be used if the idea (or its variant) is already awesome and should be added into the game in its current form without any further changes (make sure to read the confirmation popup message with examples of how this submission will actually look in the game).
  • Select a news type for Earthly news ideas or a phrase type for Diary, Duels, or Dungeons ideas.
  • Submit a correction for an idea – this should be used only if the original idea is good enough, but could be made even better with a slight modification.
  • Submit a comment on an idea (with or without a correction) – ER reviewers are able to add comments to ideas which, as with all activity in the Ideabox and ER, will be anonymous. Sometimes several comments will be left by reviewers, often in conversation or debate. These comments can at times be very helpful, informative, or complimentary, but reviewers are reminded than anything in ER is publicly viewable by any player, including the submitter, and both ideas and other editors should be treated politely and respectfully, even when disagreeing.
  • Re-cast your vote for an alternate variant – each player is allowed to cast only one vote per an idea and all its corrections, so if someone offers a better version, your vote can be moved the other variant.
  • If an idea is not interesting or not worth improving, it’s better to just ignore it. It will disappear automatically 24 hours after reaching the ER.

Editing your Own Ideas

While it is technically possible to submit corrections on your own idea in the ideabox, it is heavily frowned upon.

  • All authors and writers, regardless of experience and skill, benefit from the work of editors. It is difficult beyond reason to critically read your own work, and very easy to be blind to your own mistakes. Allow other sets of eyes to do that work.
  • Of course you think your idea should be in the game. You wouldn't have submitted it otherwise. But the content in the game is seen by everyone, and so many opinions are needed.

While you can submit corrections on your own ideas, you can never vote for them. Furthermore, any corrections on your own ideas will appear in bold text, to ensure others know it hasn't been done by another editor. Comments on your own ideas are less problematic, especially when in response to another editor's comment (or compliment), and will also appear in bold. Remember to always be polite, even if you don't agree with a correction to your idea.

News and Phrase Types

Those with ER access must categorize Diary, Earthly News, Duel, Dungeon, Sail and Newspaper ideas before submission. Below are the possible categories; click on [Expand] to see the full list.

List of Phrase Types
  • Random Occurrences
    • while travelling
    • during a fight with a monster
    • while hero is dead
    • while healing
    • while trading
    • while resting
    • while sleeping
    • while praying
    • during temple construction
    • while waiting for an arena opponent
    • for a hero-trader
  • Events
    • on meeting a strong monster
    • on fleeing from the monster
    • on death from the monster
    • on defeating the monster
    • on loss of the artifact
    • on resurrection
    • on turning back to town (to heal)
    • on turning back to town (to sell)
    • on spending gold in a town
    • on donation/sacrifice while praying in town
    • on selling of an expensive artifact
    • on finishing selling off loot
    • on getting a new quest
    • on depositing savings
    • on aura end
    • on arrival to town
    • fishing
  • Influence-related
    • voice from own god
    • voice from some other god
    • response to a god voice
    • encourage influence response
    • punish influence response
    • miracle influence response
    • guild miracle in town
    • making a brick with an influence
    • ignoring the god voice
  • Others
    • other
Earthly News
  • Random Occurrences
    • when travelling
    • when healing
    • when resting in town
    • during temple construction
    • when selling loot
    • waiting for arena/dungeon/sail/datamine
    • when waiting for resurrection
    • when praying
    • when fishing
  • Monster Fight
    • when meeting a monster
    • when fighting a monster
    • when hitting the monster
    • when hit by the monster
    • when defeating a monster
    • when fleeing from a fight
  • Transportation
    • "Searching for the right path via…"
    • "Through the mires and wamps…"
    • When returning to town
  • Others
    • remote control action response
    • searching for the hero
    • hero-trader: waiting
    • hero-trader: selling
    • other
  • Fight Log
    • hero hit
    • hero miss
    • use of a skill
    • random phrase
    • boss hit
    • boss miss
    • duel end
    • duel start
    • other
  • Influences
    • encourage
    • punish
    • miracle
    • god voice
    • reaction to god voice
  • Rooms
    • empty room
    • hint room
    • trap room
    • bonus room
  • Directions
    • available directions
    • heroes move to
  • Events
    • descend into dungeon
    • boss nearby hint
    • boss encounter
    • treasure room
    • rare random event
    • other
  • Influences
    • encourage
    • punish
    • miracle
    • god voice
  • Islands
    • empty island
    • food supplies
    • ark repair
    • pray shrine
    • booty hint
    • lighthouse
  • Beasties
    • appear
    • death no loot
    • death with loot
  • Pirating
    • battle start
    • battle end
    • battle flee
  • Influence
    • encourage
    • punish
    • miracle
    • god voice
  • Others
    • sail start
    • sail end
    • booty/manimal/fenimal
    • vortex
    • other
  • Newspaper Sections
    • header/footnote
    • forecast
    • Ideabox news
    • broken news
    • ads
    • wanted monster
    • wanted artifact
    • famous heroes
    • guild spotlight (start)
    • guild spotlight (end)
    • other

Quests, Monsters, Artifacts and Equipment

The Quests, Monsters and Artifacts sections have no categories for ER reviewers to file ideas. Corrections and comments can be submitted as usual, though. The Equipment section allows reviewers to change the type of equipment between the categories available for submission (changing an amulet idea from Head to Talisman, for example).

Diary Advice

Occasionally advice will appear when enhancing a diary entry. Possible advice phrases are:

  • Can it be written shorter?
  • Can it be written with fewer sentences?
  • Can the exclamation mark be removed?
  • Is appealing to god really necessary?
  • Phrase's ending is weird.
  • Text should be shortened

Ready Criteria

Before marking an idea as "ready", Gods with ER access are instructed "Don't vote up the idea if [it] doesn't meet all requirements!" Requirements for the various submissions are as follows:

For Diary, Earthly News, Duels, Dungeons, and Sail, Gods are given examples to make sure the submitted phrase:

  1. is very good and reads well
  2. is grammatically correct
  3. reads well for both male and female heroes
  4. looks good with all variables (if any)

For Quests, Gods are given examples to make sure the submitted phrase:

  1. is a good quest for Godville's heroes
  2. [is] not too easy (e.g open your eyes)
  3. [is] not too hard (e.g. turn the world around)
  4. [is] grammatically correct and sounds right in the game's phrases

For Monsters, Gods are given examples to make sure the monster:

  1. is insanely good
  2. is grammatically correct and sounds right in the game's phrases
  3. has a name that starts with a capital letter.

For Artifacts, Gods are given examples to make sure the artifact:

  1. is insanely good
  2. is grammatically correct and sounds right in the game's phrases
  3. has no article in its name
  4. starts with a lowercase letter.

For Equipment, Gods are given examples to make sure the piece of equipment:

  1. is very good
  2. starts with a lowercase letter
  3. is grammatically correct and looks nice and sounds right in the game's phrases

What Happens After ER?

After 24 hours of ER review, an idea is moved to idea purgatory (also known as the review queue), where it will wait for the final decision from the Godville devs. Remember that the devs have the final say — an idea could have an amazing ratio of yes/no votes, a high number of ER votes, etc and still not appeal to the developers. Or it could have barely squeaked by into ER and get into the game. Eventually, the devs will either approve or reject the idea, at which point this will be reflected in both your ingenious ideas and approved submissions (if any were in fact approved).

A Few Tips for Editors

  • Please offer a correction (or vote) only if you strongly like the idea and really want to see it added into the game.
  • All good ideas that you vote as “ready” should be in the form that allows for fast addition into the game without any corrections from the developers (e.g. monster names should start with a capital letter and be gender-neutral, etc). The requirements for a given ideabox section can be found at the top of the page and in the confirmation popup message when you vote/correct the idea in the ER. Please pay attention to the confirmation message, as it greatly improves chances for a good idea to actually get into the game.
  • As an addendum, please make sure your corrections not only follow the guidelines but have proper spelling and grammar. ER is there to enhance ideas and remove errors, not to add them!
  • Don’t try to fix every single submission or get maximum out of it, especially if you didn’t really like the original variant in first place. Turning an idea into something completely different and unrelated is not the purpose of the ER.
  • Remember, the goal is not to increase the overall idea acceptance rate close to 100%. The goal of the ER is to find good and promising ideas among all of the submissions and quickly get them into the game (while crediting their authors).


  1. Godville Blog, post 50: Ideabox 2.0 announced the introduction of the Enhancement Room.
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