"Red Alert" E-Mail Notification


#1

Would be nice if I could receive an e-mail as soon as my scanners detect someone launching an attack on me. :wink: I cant think of any reason why I shouldn’t know about it as soon as possible. It would alleviate some of my obsessive compulsive desire to constantly be checking on all my games all day long non-stop.


#2

Have tried playing turn-based? My friend and I don’t play anything else now. Our first real-time game had us each setting alarm clocks to wake up at 3am just to see what shenanigans the other was trying to pull.


#3

I agree, this is not an issue in a Turn Based game. The request is for real time games. I don’t mind waking up at 3AM if I have to, but only if someone is attacking me. :smile:


#4

Play Slow, you get twice as much sleep.


#5

Tried that, didn’t work.


#6

And if I pay $200 to buy 8 carriers and send them with delays so they enter your scanning range every hour one night? :smiley:


#7

That’s fine, as long as the feature can be toggled on or off at will.


#8

Devious… You would have to know they are using it, or wait for an opportunity where that expense is worth it.


#9

The act of launching ships at 3AM is devious in and of itself. Perhaps one reason people do it is because they know there is a good chance the other players will be asleep, giving them an unfair advantage. If you launch on me, I want to know regardless of what time it is so I can log in and defend myself. Sleep is overrated anyway.


#10

That’s exactly why we tried to do it to each other.


#11

I completely agree with you. If there is any fleet movement in my empire’s scanning range which might be interesting the leader should be notified immediately. That’s why I write a script myself which does it. Jay already said that the google app engine makes email expensive so I don’t think this will be implemented in the near future so I wrote it to myself.
I even thought I would make it a service so you can sign up and set special alert for your games like:
Trading detected, Enemy fleet attacking, Fleet entered and left your scanning reach while you were away…
But this would require to have you triton login credential and I guess not many people would give it away so I haven’t did it, but if there would be a few people here who would try it out I can make it public for a test :slight_smile: (I have my own premium account, i’m not interested in stealing any…)


#12

Why google app? Wouldn’t a small e-mail server application do the trick?


#13

Yes that would, but that’s work and money I guess. I too thought about a simple sql queue and a small VPS (5$/month at digital ocean) could send the letters from the queue, that’s what my script does. Checks on my each game every game after every tick and if anything happened I get a letter from it.


#14

There are plenty of free e-mail server applications. I imagine any additional programming would require some work on Jays part. I have no clue how to script or I would do it myself. Can you just send me a copy of the script so I can use it myself? :stuck_out_tongue:


#15

Sure I can, I will get it in better shape than and maybe put it to github but you need php 5.4, mysql to run it, and I use cron to time it to run every minute.


#16

I went looking for the email pricing stuff on app engine, because when I say expensive I meant it was $1 for 10k Emails, so not that expensive.

But it seems they have changed how email is charged, its free but I cannot send more that 20,000 a day without signing up for a premier account. (An extra $150 a month)


#17

Wow, how many are you currently sending per day? (Do you know)


#18

about 1500