Do not add new colors - discussion

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I think Resistance is referring to who determines the colors. At the moment that is Emperor and @archsimkat , perhaps @Black_Wriggler wants to give his two cents too in further discussions.

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Per @Jip request, just played a game with a bunch of the new colors: at first they seemed kind of odd but the precise ones used in the game I played earlier today, they look fine! I think they are quite easy to distinguish (the pastel colors really pop); each "blue-ish" shade is varied enough so you don't mix the two in my opinion:

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Yeah, now implement a name over all of the colours so colour illiterate people like me can actually call them out lol.
Or so that everyone is on the same page as to what to call each colour.

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That shade of teal as well as the tyrian purple look really nice

People really don't want to add these? At the very least lets replace some of the uglier colors with them if we have to keep the number low

put the xbox units in the game pls u_u

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The problem is as Endrani describes - it is not so much about not adding them than it is about being able to know which word belongs to the color. As an example, in that image there's:

  • two purple
  • a teal
  • a dark teal?
  • yellow-isch
  • no idea what color morax is if the other two are teal
  • a dark green

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Some colorblind info pages for more info about how color blindness works and how you can find the right colors:

general information about colorblindness:
https://jfly.uni-koeln.de/color/

here you can set colors with a color pic tool and see how colorblind people see the color:
https://davidmathlogic.com/colorblind/

here is a web color tool from adobe to adjust colors for colorblind people:
https://color.adobe.com/create/color-accessibility

And if you want to dig deeper and want mathematics to calculate colors for color blindness this is your place:
http://mkweb.bcgsc.ca/colorblind/math.mhtml#page-container

Sadly i can't make it by myself because it needs a normal viewing person to validate the colors.
(Red/green blind people not only don't see some colors; we can also see colors differences that normal viewing people can not see.)

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According to this scientific research paper on colors (source: Crayola Crayon company) the color I used is "cornflower" #93CCEA (cir 1958 creation)

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Looks accurate to me!! Cannot wait for the casters like Gyle to refer to people as "CoRnFLowER!" 🍿 🌽

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@jip said in Do not add new colors - discussion:

The problem is as Endrani describes - it is not so much about not adding them than it is about being able to know which word belongs to the color. As an example, in that image there's:

  • two purple
  • a teal
  • a dark teal?
  • yellow-isch
  • no idea what color morax is if the other two are teal
  • a dark green

two purple: "purple" and "violet"
teal/dark teal: "cyan" and "turquoise" (or cyan and teal if that's faster to type)
yellow-ish: mustard
the two pastel colors can be "sky" and "lavender"
"dark green" is fine if we don't have 4 different greens. dark green, light green, lime, that's easy to tell apart

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@morax

Lies, you are clearly an unmistakable shade of periwinkle

put the xbox units in the game pls u_u

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3000 games and I’ve literally never heard anybody refer to any of the colors with something more complicated than green, yellow, blue, etc and now people expect FAF players to gather the nuance between violet and purple, lavender, and light green vs lime lol

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Please do not add new colors we have plenty of colors already. Adding more will noticeably reduce game quality and IS NOT a good idea.

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Up to now i have thought the colors were cool, but after playing a few games with them, I personally think some of the blues and purples are too close together. So much so that I would find myself trying to select someone elses units thinking they were mine. I like the idea but def gonna make alot of people unhappy and decrease QoL.

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@spikeynoob said in Do not add new colors - discussion:

Up to now i have thought the colors were cool, but after playing a few games with them, I personally think some of the blues and purples are too close together. So much so that I would find myself trying to select someone elses units thinking they were mine. I like the idea but def gonna make alot of people unhappy and decrease QoL.

Yeah the few games I played with them people chose different colors but watching some replays where there’s quite a few of the same it took some “double takes.”

Maybe add a few new ones but not so many.

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Let us evaluate it for a few more days and then come to a conclusion about what we'll do with the colors.

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I played a bunch of games on fafdevelop and I was basically unable to communicate by color since there are so many variations of the same color. I don't have the vocabulary to describe anything more advanced than light green or dark green, and good luck trying to impose a new collective vocabulary to describe these new colors, so when you can make lobbies like this with the new color scheme:

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The game becomes much less readable and also much less communicable. It's hard to tell the colors apart: I can barely tell the darkest green and the slightly not-as-dark green apart (second and third from the left on the bottom team), and it's hard to communicate effectively when you have 5 greens and 5 blues. There is just no need for this change. These new colors as it stands are not fixing an existing problem, merely creating a new one.

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I'm proposing the following idea: we pick some primary, secondary or tertiary colors and then we have two versions of each color: a regular / light version and a dark version.

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As an example:

  • Red / dark red
  • Blue / dark blue
  • green / dark green
  • orange / dark orange
  • yellow / dark yellow
  • purple / dark purple
  • pink / dark pink
  • white / grey

Then we have sixteen colors to choose from. The average game has at most twelve players. Therefore the last player in general gets to pick between five colors. These colors are well known to everyone - no issues with vocabulary. I'm open for suggestions on the exact hex codes of the colors.

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Sounds cool, but the only issue there is that all the old colors will be replaced. That brings us back to the original dont change the old color argument.

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@jip

FYI, the primary light colors are Red/Green/Blue and the primary pigment colors are Cyan/Magenta/Yellow. While it is often mistaught, Red/Yellow/Blue is not a proper set of primary colors. Here is an explanation if you want.

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Regarding limiting available colors to 2 per category; we have had 4 greens for years, and I've only very scarcely seen any issues from that, to the point that the benefits of having 4 greens outweigh the costs. So, I don't think we should limit colors like that.

I could investigate adding color names to the lobby if desired. That would probably be a pretty efficient way to inform people of color names.

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Adding color names to the lobby will not help the situation. We are an international gaming community and some players do not speak English as a first language. The color names would likely reference the English names which mean little to non English speakers. Especially if they in the heat of the game need to think to reference them and then also expect all the other players to understand what they mean.

Seeing the name briefly in lobby doesn't help this case.

It also doesn't help casters communicate to their audience who may not have seen the colors before.

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Hi again,

Since this is all seems very much up in the air still, I thought I would post again, my explanation may have been convoluted but I'm not sure if my proposal was really understood.

I'm not suggesting for there to be less colours possible - in fact the opposite, we could easily have 30-40 different shades where players can then pick one they like, I know this becomes part of player recognition in the games.

What I recommend is that we have 16 set colour 'categories' if you will, and then within those we can have some different tones and shades players can choose from - but still obviously a red or a dark blue so other players can refer to them easily.

Below I have the current red, green, blue and yellow we have now (or at least it should be, they are taken from a screenshot of the lobby). And then some different versions players could choose from.

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The important thing is that, in any game there is only one 'red' or 'green' player so any similarity between the tones won't be relevant.

I would expect players could choose their desired preference order in their profile, for a custom game it would be first in best dressed, TMM could go on rank, highest player gets their first choice, and then so on.

As to accessibility for colour vision impaired players, I had a look at your links Uveso, and it seems we can get a rough equivalent by choosing specific tones which can be distinguished. I found a 16 colour palette at https://github.com/filipworksdev/colorblind-palette-16, which I have included below with a rough mapping to the colours I mentioned earlier.

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Note the last column in the first image is of these colours which is why they may seem a bit off 🙂 So this could be set as the default selection for these players, and they would soon be able to learn which colour players are referring to in-game.

You could definitely have some settings for defaults if you are casting for example so they stay the same - if playing you could choose if you want to show other players choices or only your own, it could be quite flexible.

One last thing I am wondering on, is if the strategic icons could show white unit symbols instead of black for the darker colours as this would be a big aid to visibility! Unsure if possible to load a reversed icon set based on team colour.