Well, it’s basically all in the title.
As it is right now, there is no communication between Faeria players inside the game at all (except for your friendlist, if you invite someone into the lobby). Sometimes, this makes the game a somewhat lonesome experience. First of all, I can’t think of any downside (besides development effort) in having a general chat and friend chats, so I won’t adress this point any further.
There are also some situation where I’d just enjoy a quick chat with my opponent, both while we play and afterwards. A chat option with your opponent while playing, however, seems to be seen kinda controversial across gaming developers, especially pvp games, so let me allay your concerns.
The one argument that always crosses the mind is the prevention of a negative atmosphere due to rude/insulting chatting behaviour. And I agree, that this might be a problems in a lot of casual pvp games with a wide target audience.
Faeria is a strategy game where you need to think a lot, if you take it seriously. Therefore, it doesn’t adress many immature 12 year olds who think it cool to rage at their opponent, but people who like to think while playing games.
Sure, there are always some people who will rage. But this should not prevent you from enabling a chat system at all. Just give each player the option to mute their opponent (also as a default option for those who don’t want to at all). Problem solved.
Take Scrolls as an example of a well implemented chat system in a strategy card game:
First of all, Scrolls had a general lobby, where you could chat with everyone online. If I remember correctly, you could also create group chats. And you also got a chat window for you and your opponent, which even stayed after the game was done; so you didn’t have to invite everyone you want a quick chat with to you friendlist.
In my experience, there weren’t many issues with flaming either. Instead, most of the time you had a nice and friendly atmosphere, where a player could congratulate the other one for good moves, victory. Sometimes they’d also share their experience or deck ideas. Sometimes they had some tips for improvement for each other.
So, what do you think?