Contributing

Wanna help out? Great! Here’s how.

Spreading the word

Even if you are not keen on working on the server code yourself, just spreading the word is a big help - it will help attract more people which leads to more feedback, motivation and interest. Consider writing about Evennia on your blog or in your favorite (relevant) forum. Write a review somewhere (good or bad, we like feedback either way). Rate it on places like ohloh. Talk about it to your friends … that kind of thing.

Donations

The best way to support Evennia is to become an Evennia patron. Evennia is a free, open-source project and any monetary donations you want to offer are completely voluntary. See it as a way of announcing that you appreciate the work done - a tip of the hat! A patron donates a (usually small) sum every month to show continued support. If this is not your thing you can also show your appreciation via a one-time donation (this is a PayPal link but you don’t need PayPal yourself).

Help with Documentation

Evennia depends heavily on good documentation and we are always looking for extra eyes and hands to improve it. Even small things such as fixing typos are a great help!

The documentation is a wiki and as long as you have a GitHub account you can edit it. It can be a good idea to discuss in the chat or forums if you want to add new pages/tutorials. Otherwise, it goes a long way just pointing out wiki errors so we can fix them (in an Issue or just over chat/forum).

Contributing through a forked repository

We always need more eyes and hands on the code. Even if you don’t feel confident with tackling a bug or feature, just correcting typos, adjusting formatting or simply using the thing and reporting when stuff doesn’t make sense helps us a lot.

The most elegant way to contribute code to Evennia is to use GitHub to create a fork of the Evennia repository and make your changes to that. Refer to the Forking Evennia version control instructions for detailed instructions.

Once you have a fork set up, you can not only work on your own game in a separate branch, you can also commit your fixes to Evennia itself. Make separate branches for all Evennia additions you do - don’t edit your local master branch directly. It will make your life a lot easier. If you have a change that you think is suitable for the main Evennia repository, you issue a Pull Request. This will let Evennia devs know you have stuff to share.

Contributing with Patches

To help with Evennia development it’s recommended to do so using a fork repository as described above. But for small, well isolated fixes you are also welcome to submit your suggested Evennia fixes/addendums as a patch.

You can include your patch in an Issue or a Mailing list post. Please avoid pasting the full patch text directly in your post though, best is to use a site like Pastebin and just supply the link.

Contributing with Contribs

While Evennia’s core is pretty much game-agnostic, it also has a contrib/ directory. The contrib directory contains game systems that are specialized or useful only to certain types of games. Users are welcome to contribute to the contrib/ directory. Such contributions should always happen via a Forked repository as described above.

  • If you are unsure if your idea/code is suitable as a contrib, ask the devs before putting any work into it. This can also be a good idea in order to not duplicate efforts. This can also act as a check that your implementation idea is sound. We are, for example, unlikely to accept contribs that require large modifications of the game directory structure.
  • If your code is intended primarily as an example or shows a concept/principle rather than a working system, it is probably not suitable for contrib/. You are instead welcome to use it as part of a new tutorial!
  • The code should ideally be contained within a single Python module. But if the contribution is large this may not be practical and it should instead be grouped in its own subdirectory (not as loose modules).
  • The code must be well documented, including comments as well as a header in all modules. If a single file, the header should contain info about how to include the contrib in a game (installation instructions). If stored in a subdirectory, this info goes into a separate README.md file.
  • The contribution should preferably be isolated (only make use of core Evennia) so it can easily be dropped into use. If it does depend on other contribs or third-party modules, these must be clearly documented and part of the installation instructions.
  • The code itself should follow Evennia’s Code style guidelines.
  • Within reason, your contribution should be designed as genre-agnostic as possible. Limit the amount of game-style-specific code. Assume your code will be applied to a very different game than you had in mind when creating it.
  • To make the licensing situation clear we assume all contributions are released with the same license as Evennia. If this is not possible for some reason, talk to us and we’ll handle it on a case-by-case basis.
  • While not strictly required at the current time, it’s a big help if your contribution is covered by unit tests. Having unit tests will both help to make your code more stable and make sure small changes does not break it without it being noticed, it will also help us test its functionality and merge it quicker. If you contribution is a single module, you can add your unit tests to evennia/contribs/tests.py. If your contribution is bigger and in its own sub-directory you could just put the tests in your own tests.py file (Evennia will find it automatically).
  • Merging of your code into Evennia is not guaranteed. Be ready to receive feedback and to be asked to make corrections or fix bugs. Furthermore, merging a contrib means the Evennia project takes on the responsibility of maintaining and supporting it. For various reasons this may be deemed to be beyond our manpower. However, if your code were to not be accepted for merger for some reason, we will instead add a link to your online repository so people can still find and use your work if they want.