Weekly Update: Badges, Play, & Bugs

Hi Truckers,

We hope it’s been a good week for ya’ll. It’s been a pretty good week for us, if I’m being honest. While we’re still investigating a few bugs recently brought to our attention (thanks MadManix/Fhajad), we’ve managed to make completely unreasonable headway on a brand new feature I’ll be diving into a bit in this post; Badges.

Badges are what you’re probably thinking they are, if you’re thinking why don’t you guys just call them Achievements like everyone else. We don’t know. Badges just sounded more on-brand.

If you’re not familiar with Achievements/Badges, it’s an incremental reward system with meta-goals. For example, maybe you clicked on 10,000 collectibles and we want to make fun of you applaud you for such a remarkable waste of time accomplishment. Well now we can, with Badges! Also, you’ll earn Badge Points for each Badge you get, which will later be used to get actual stuff you’ll be excited about hopefully!

But don’t take my word for it, take my designs with words in them… for it (as always, these are subject to change):

We’ve got categories, a list of badges in that category, and a badge point total. Check out some badge concepts:

Want to see more? Sure, why not:

More? Ok, now you’re just being greedy. Seriously though, we don’t want to give away too much, but we’re planning an insane amount of Badges you can earn on launch, so get ready!

We’ll keep you posted on progress as we go. In addition to Badges, Mike and our new dev are working hard to fix some travel ticket bugs and build out a long term solution to the desync issues. We have a pretty good idea what we need to do, it’s just a matter of effort/time.

Finally, I’d like to mention that with the addition of Badges we noticed the left nav was getting comically enormous. From a UX perspective, it made us sad, so I spent the last few days introducing a solution we think you’ll like. This will affect the overall layout to left nav and the play page in general, so when Badges are released into the wild, you’ll get a much needed improvement to the play page as a mega bonus. This solution will also give us some room to breathe in the future and make your nav experience a little less convoluted. We might even embed the blog into the main area so you don’t have to leave the page to read the updates. I know what you’re thinking; revolutionary.

That’s all we’ve got for you today, we hope you’ll stick around and keep providing feedback and having fun. We’ll keep them sweet, sweet updates coming and all you gotta do is keep truckin’.

Clicked Well Over 10,000 Collectibles,

Mike and Dan