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Deleted User
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16:33 Sun 28 Jun 15 (BST)  [Link]  
Just wondering what went wrong with funkypool.com?

one time; the lobbies were flooded with players at all times but now its really dead. I know that people will move on to other things but why don't we have any new players coming in?

I personally think that a few things needs to change in order to bring new talent in;

1. Guests should be allowed to chat

2. Guests should be allowed to sign-up without validation & "save progress" for a week
(Account must be validated to enter tournaments)

3. The Funkypool app needs to be free & have more options also should be able to connecting to the server to play online.

4. Tournament points should be converted into "Player Points" and should be used to "BUY" new Cue's, Theme's and Username customisation option (e.g Colored username, personal messages, etc)

4.1 We should be allowed to buy "Player Points" with £££$$$

5. Trophies!

Feedback please guys!
miss_harriet
miss_harriet
Posts: 640
17:00 Sun 28 Jun 15 (BST)  [Link]  
Just wondering what went wrong with funkypool.com?

one time; the lobbies were flooded with players at all times but now its really dead. I know that people will move on to other things but why don't we have any new players coming in?

I personally think that a few things needs to change in order to bring new talent in;

1. Guests should be allowed to chat

2. Guests should be allowed to sign-up without validation & "save progress" for a week
(Account must be validated to enter tournaments)

3. The Funkypool app needs to be free & have more options also should be able to connecting to the server to play online.

4. Tournament points should be converted into "Player Points" and should be used to "BUY" new Cue's, Theme's and Username customisation option (e.g Colored username, personal messages, etc)

4.1 We should be allowed to buy "Player Points" with £££$$$

5. Trophies!

Feedback please guys!


The site has been in decline for a few years now. Recently, the new Java application has seriously effected the amount of people playing on the site. Once that has been sorted, then hopefully there will be an influx of players.

I like the fourth and fifth points.
kris
kris
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20:29 Sun 28 Jun 15 (BST)  [Link]  
Nick stopped caring, thats what went wrong.
crazzymadman
crazzymadman
Admin
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21:56 Sun 28 Jun 15 (BST)  [Link]  
Nick stopped caring, thats what went wrong.


I 100% disagree with this comment, how can a man who has spent many years of his life making and maintaining one of the best pool/snooker sites not care, it came to a point where the revenue for his hobby in return resulted in the fact he needed to do other things. This is his my personal opinion and not that of a member of staff! We as members fully understand that the site has been in decline, what areas do you believe will bring the site back to the olden days?? I was part of that so I'm also wanting it to happen but apart from the normal comments like:
Doubles, change tournaments etc do you really believe the site can be changed? I think with the change in smart phones and new technology has impacted on the numbers, we are hoping the Java issue to be resolved soon.
the__priest
the__priest
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22:15 Sun 28 Jun 15 (BST)  [Link]  
I would say look at candy crush

a real crap game, but has millions of followers
marketing is the key

but you need money, unless you can target a niche marketing tool

also java needs sorting and sorting before anyone does anything
whocares8x8
whocares8x8
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22:19 Sun 28 Jun 15 (BST)  [Link]  
crazzymadman- I completely understand that nick had other things to do that were more profitable. That's not a problem and he has told us this directly. But the decline can surely be traced back to lack of adapting to tablets.
Nothing in the game itself will bring an influx of players. The game is fine! You need to be able to find the game on google in the first few hits and you need to be able to play on something other than PC/laptop.
Deleted User
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22:36 Sun 28 Jun 15 (BST)  [Link]  
We could make a comeback but there will need to be some big changes.

Merging Funkypool + Funkysnooker would be a starting point in my opinion. The best part of the old days was the community.

I believe by having a reward system that would make it more challenging and it would change the bounds of the game itself.
Deleted User
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22:43 Sun 28 Jun 15 (BST)  [Link]  
I would say look at candy crush

a real crap game, but has millions of followers
marketing is the key

but you need money, unless you can target a niche marketing tool

also java needs sorting and sorting before anyone does anything


I totally agree that advertising is the key but to keep the players here they need to feel they have gained something to keep coming back.
Deleted User
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23:27 Sun 28 Jun 15 (BST)  [Link]  
*Please could a mod move this to the top post*
Update:

1. Guests should be allowed to chat

2. Guests should be allowed to sign-up without validation & "save progress" for a week
(Account must be validated to enter tournaments)

3. The Funkypool app needs to be free & have more options such forums also should be able to connecting to the server to play online.

4. Tournament points should be converted into "Player Points" and should be used to "BUY" new Cue's, Theme's and Username customisation options.

(e.g Coloured username, Personal messages, Titles, Fonts, Double Ranking Points for a limited time. etc)

4.1 We should be allowed to buy "Player Points" with £££$$$

5. Trophies/Reward System

Daily Task;
*Gain 10.0 ranking points in 8 Ball UK in 24 hours -
Reward: "Trophy" + "5.0 ranking points"

*Win One 9 ball speed tournament -
Reward: "Trophy" + 10 Extra "Player Points" to spend

*Win 20 games in a row
Reward: "Trophy" + "Title: Thrasher"

*Beat a Pro
Reward: "Trophy + New Cue

*Etc

Feedback please guys!

Edited at 23:30 Sun 28/06/15 (BST)
Deleted User
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16:51 Mon 29 Jun 15 (BST)  [Link]  
One improvement would be gettin rid of the chat system as it is.

It would sort all the pitty in one sweep.

_huts24_
_huts24_
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09:01 Tue 7 Jul 15 (BST)  [Link]  
I strongly feel that less tournaments and micros has had a massive effect on this site and should go back to how it used to be when many tournaments was going on . I used to love coming on here and jumping straight into a game without waiting . Now i wait so long at times i actually get bored of waiting. Also it shows when theres only 5 people in a chat room which looks bad .

Advertising is key to attract new players and defently should be looked into .
Deleted User
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11:54 Tue 7 Jul 15 (BST)  [Link]  
I agree with huts. It used to be way better when you had many tournies instead all this hanging around. Maybe that's why not many people bother with this site anymore
dgeneratio
dgeneratio
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12:07 Tue 7 Jul 15 (BST)  [Link]  
I agree with huts. It used to be way better when you had many tournies instead all this hanging around. Maybe that's why not many people bother with this site anymore


Disagree

9 Ball Tournament 9 Ball Billiards Every 25 hours Tue 12:00
Micro 9 Ball Tournament 9 Ball Billiards Every 3 hours Tue 12:20
Micro Random Tournament Random Every 3 hours Tue 12:40
Straight Pool Tournament Straight Every 25 hours Tue 13:00
8 Ball Tournament 8 Ball Billiards Every 25 hours Tue 14:00
Micro 8 Ball UK Tournament 8 Ball Pool UK Every 3 hours Tue 14:15
Micro 9 Ball Arcade Tournament 9 Ball Arcade Every 3 hours Tue 14:20
9 Ball Arcade Reverse Speed Tournament 9 Ball Arcade Daily Tue 14:25
Micro 8 Ball Tournament 8 Ball Billiards Every 3 hours Tue 14:40
Micro 8 Ball Arcade Tournament 8 Ball Arcade Every 3 hours Tue 14:45
8 Ball UK Marathon Tournament 8 Ball Pool UK Every 25 hours Tue 15:00

8 Ball Tournament 8 Ball Billiards Every 25 hours Tue 16:00

Yep gap between 3 and 4 but theres tournaments sometimes even as low as 5 minutes, plenty of tournaments
Deleted User
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12:10 Tue 7 Jul 15 (BST)  [Link]  
How long has it been like that?
nah 20 mins to wait is too long lol
dgeneratio
dgeneratio
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12:12 Tue 7 Jul 15 (BST)  [Link]  
probably recent, last i heard some guys wanted micros back

I'll probably enter a couple as usual so doesn't affect me
_huts24_
_huts24_
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12:18 Tue 7 Jul 15 (BST)  [Link]  
Well i prefer it the old way james before they changed it , was much better back then and more players were online to play in them. More tournaments attract more people to come online and have fun . Not wait around like i do at times .

Anyway point proven as the old way had alot more players online and now since they changed it hardly anyone is online much .
budweiser
budweiser
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12:23 Tue 7 Jul 15 (BST)  [Link]  
Thing is, more tournaments means more defaults and less rounds per tournament, every hour means something to wait for and more to join. So many tournaments have only 3 members; this isnt a tournament, more of a handicap match.
dgeneratio
dgeneratio
Posts: 38,007
12:31 Tue 7 Jul 15 (BST)  [Link]  
Well i prefer it the old way james before they changed it , was much better back then and more players were online to play in them. More tournaments attract more people to come online and have fun . Not wait around like i do at times .

Anyway point proven as the old way had alot more players online and now since they changed it hardly anyone is online much .


Well i prefer it the ancient way where you had a tournament every two hours. More games created for guests to enter.

You got your Micros though so lets see if it improves things
dgeneratio
dgeneratio
Posts: 38,007
12:37 Tue 7 Jul 15 (BST)  [Link]  
What i would really love to see is like most games on the net, have PvE which is Player vs Environment (or Computer/AI), you would have several difficulties which include Beginner, Easy, Medium, Hard, Insane.

Beginner would rarely ever pot, maybe 10% of the time
Easy would rarely pot, maybe 20% of the time
Medium would pot fairly consistency, maybe 50% of the time
Hard would pot consistency, maybe 70% of the time
Insane is robot level and you will barely survive, maybe 90% of the time

Of course the breakoff still has a luck element and cushions means difficult increased but if no one on you can face an AI opponent to pass the time
_huts24_
_huts24_
Posts: 7,278
12:38 Tue 7 Jul 15 (BST)  [Link]  
Thing is, more tournaments means more defaults and less rounds per tournament, every hour means something to wait for and more to join. So many tournaments have only 3 members; this isnt a tournament, more of a handicap match.


Back then you had at least 10+ in a tournament and all micros were full which was great . I remember when it used to pop up you had to be so quick to enter as it would be full in seconds which i liked . Now is very different. People dont want to wait ! I dont lol .

The main reason more players were online a while ago is because they want to come online and play straight away and i feel thats because we had more micros and tournaments back then .

I feel if it goes back to what it used to be much more people will come and play .
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