I was contemplating about how to improve the modding experience for players who are insterested in mods, but may not have the experience with the general functinalities behind that, install orders, dependencies, incompatibilities, game versions and all.
Back when the vanilla games were "finished", modding kept the community(ies) alive, and as the pinnacle of the development the big world setup provided something like a stable collection of mods in a somewhat stable order of installs. as something done by volunteers, this had of course its natural flaws, like downloading the packages from the official (and unreliable) sources, and not being completely coordinated or up to date all the times. What helped a lot back then is that the base games were stable (abandoned), so there were no problems to be expected about changes in the base game.
Today, the games are still in active maintenance, also new mods are coming up every day (and are abandoned again every day). so the situation is a bit more complicated and dynamic than back then, and it's not easy to keep track of what's available, what's compatible, what's the quality of a mod, etc. There are threads on the forums, but it's also depending again on someone maintaining the lists and all.
So my idea was: What if someone (it would have to be Beamdog) would creat a tool for centralizing mods? Modders could provide mods, have them distributed through this platform, confirm compatibility to game versions, warn about incompatiblities with other mods if knwwn, announce updates, state if the mod is finished, in maintanance, discontinued, support languages, ... ... ... Players could download, install, give feedback, rate mods, and create mod collections (with install orders) they have tested to work together for their own use later or for others to use. My assumption is that it could improve mod quality as there is feedback provided by ratings, reviews and packages confirmed to work together.
This platform would have to be somewhat independent from Steam (if it is for my taste) to support all versions of the game alike, not needing steam membership for modders nor for players. Also, hurdles to take part should be very low, so my thought is that weidu is still the method to go, nothing new and fancy splitting up the modding community into different fractions.
If possible it would be cool if tablets would be supported too, either native (hard) or with a pc tool to create a modded installation that is then transferred to the device then.
I was thinking to make this a feature request on redmine in the context of the public 2.0 beta, but i assume this would have a much longer scope, and needs some community brainstorming first – if you think this is a good idea at all ...
so what do you think? good idea, bad idea? likely to happen? unlikely to happen?
if good idea: what features would you like to see for you as a modder and as a player?