I was wondering if you xF veterans could provide some advise on the best way for me to go about my ranking system. What I'm wanting is a progression system that users go through as their post/message count increases overtime. The main thing I need is for the rank icon to display in the user's .userText box below their title, although it would be awesome if it could show in the user's user card and profile as well. As they rank up, their rank icon will automatically update. That's really it.
So far when doing my research I've found two ways to do it.
The first way requires that I purchase the Master Badge add-on, but the only issue with that is that it's based off of solely the trophy system, thus not allowing me to based my system off of message count. It would have to be based off of trophy points.
The second method basically just makes use of the user groups promotion system. I could just make each rank it's own user group, use the custom css option for the banner to place my images, and add users to the respective groups once they hit that post count. The issue with this is that it will only allow one user group to be displayed, and since the ranking system will be essentially overriding this, I could never use actual user groups/banners. Plus, this doesn't show up in the user cards (I'm referring to the pop-up that displays a user's information when you click a username).
Are there any other possibilities that I'm not seeing? Perhaps an add-on that does this all for me? Because it's unfortunate that I would have to either deal with using trophy points instead of message count, or sacrifice the user group feature to have my own ranking system feature.