Once that's working, then I'll work on shoehorning the system back into the existing six games.
If you'd like to try it out, check out Poker Patience. That'll be the next daily puzzle. Thus-far, it seems to be doing everything correctly, working with the account manager and such. Also, it'll store your username and password as a Flash cookie, so it'll be completely unobtrusive once you're logged in.
(Sorry about the instructions. I'll write some when I get the chance. Until then, the game rules are an exercise in trial-and-error.)
Note that the game doesn't yet have a "second half". You can create an account, log in, and play the game. Nothing will happen, though, when you finish the game. That's the next half of the system. When you complete the game, it'll quietly log back in and submit your score to the high score table.
Finally after that's working I plan to make the "stat-o-matic" page that'll let you look at a graph of your scores. For example, you could pop into the stat-o-matic and check out your ConFusebox scores for the last 30 days. You'll also be able to see a cute pie-chart of your rankings (you were number one 8% of the time, number two 12% of the time, etc).
Also, the stat-o-matic page will have the trophy case. My last little addition to the system will be that you'll get secret "awards" for special accomplishments with the games. For example, if you manage to clear more than 60% in Voracity, the system will make a "you just won an award" sound. If you go to your trophy case, you'll see that you're now the proud owner of a "Ranks of the Voracity Board-Clearers" award.
The trophy case and stat-o-matic won't require a password, so you can enter other peoples' handles and check out your opponents' stats and trophies.
Now then. Questions for you, my humble readers. . .
I notice that a couple of folks play the games more than once, just using a different name like "Bob second attempt". Should I go ahead and work that scheme into the game? I was thinking of having the game pop up a box saying "hey, you've already played this puzzle today. Do you wanna play it again?" and then the system will automatically append "second attempt", "third attempt" etc to the user's handle on the high score table. That sound like a good scheme?
Should I give the user the ability to add a quote to his daily entry? Sometimes I like to add something like "especially hard game today", etc. to my entries. Right now, I'm not sure that's a great idea. It'd be cute, but it'd add an extra UI step to the "submit your score at the end" process which will soon be completely transparent. Also, it's one more place for kids to show off their powers of profanity (which has thus-far not been a problem but I do intend to keep things G-rated). Any thoughts?