The following proposal has been sent in to all the relevant parties (Events/Community/Means).
It was concieved on Rimor and discussed at a recent Council of Truth meeting. Events felt positive about the concept and Means didn't seem against it in a recent Q&A so it was fleshed out and the result is posted here.
Below is a proposal for expanding The Cup pub in West Athens. We think this would be an outstanding addition to the game infrastructure, for reasons detailed below, and with minimal amount of work needed by the game developers. The concept was born out of a conversation amongst a group of roleplayers relaxing in The Cup in July, 2009. ARK Events was receptive to the idea and a few graphics artists were brought onboard to help visualize the proposal.
1) Both Omni-Tek and the Neutrals have clubs with dance floors. Only Clan are lacking such a facility. Clanners like to party as much as anyone else (if not more so!) and it grates to have to rent out space in Reets Retreat to hold any sizable parties indoors. A dance floor for Clanners is long overdue!
2) Despite being one of the most frequented bars on the planet, The Cup is the only Clan bar that does not have restroom facilities, putting it in a class with the tiny Relax bar outside Omni Entertainment and the dirty little fight bar in Hope. Every other bar - Omni, Clan, and Neutral - has such facilities. This really needs to be rectified and the proposed expansion plan accomodates new restroom facilities.
3) With the addition of the new Orbital bar, and continuing pressure from better equipped clubs around the planet, The Cup feels the need to upgrade their facilities to compete and bring in more customers. Converting the adjoining barely-used warehouse to a Dance floor and adding restroom facilities will bring in that traffic and increase revenues, both for The Cup, as well as for other vendors in West Athens as they benefit from the extra consumer traffic in the city.
4) We are not looking to make some shiny-ass dance floor like you find in places like Baboons. We feel that the 'converted warehouse' motif will suit clan sensibilities just fine,as well as save costs. The current warehouse would need to be slightly deepened, to allow for a stage. Lights and a sound system will need to be installed. The shipping crates can be moved to the east wall and a small wet bar placed in the northwest corner . Doors would need to be installed at each end of the connecting corridor so as to keep the louder dance music from disturbing the older lounge section of The Cup. With the restroom facilities located off the corridor, guests for both chambers would have access to them without disturbing or passing thru the other room. Please refer to the images below for more details.
(OOC) We realize that the devs are very busy with other projects at the present, including the aforementioned Orbital Club. We are suggesting that this new expansion to The Cup be targetted for completion when the new graphics engine goes live. Additionally, if this project is accepted, we suggest the following steps to be taken in the very near future:
a) Lock the warehouse door and place an 'Under Construction' sign on it
b) Hang a 'Coming Soon...Dance' banner on the front facade
c) (optional) Place a locked door on the wall behind where Coco is located in the main Cup lounge
Then, briefly mention in the forums that something is coming to that space and that it will open in conjunction with the arrival of the new graphics engine. This will both pique general player interest and raise moral, providing them with the very first 'concrete' evidence in-game that the engine is coming and is not some never-ending bit of vaporware.
Below are some floorplans and other visuals to help explain the concept:
Artists rendering of how the exterior might look, once completed:
Thank you for your consideration
The Rimor Clan community
forums contact: vadagget
Special thanks to:
Caddence (ARK LTC)