Managing the game from your workplace.
Garrett Fuller has posted an editorial at MMORPG.com concerning the internet management system found in the new MMORTS, Dreamlords. Here's a snippet:
Allowing players to log into the website and actively manage their game is a great way to keep players involved and thinking about a game when they do not have time to play. I for one work and have a family to think about, so my game time is very limited. Let us say for example I am playing an MMO with a heavy crafting aspect. Why not create a Web service that allows me to log in on my lunch hour (from a remote location of course) and check on how my crafting is going.
After you finish reading Garret's article, make sure you head back to Ten Ton Hammer and check out our interview with Jon Selin from GDC!