another guideline idea.. after yall make these two new forums, (Extravaganza and Showcase), the only thing you should allow in each killer new thread of new zip file/screenshots each month, is either a review post or a comment post.
no more screenshots of any kind.. no captures of some design on your desktop.. nothing like that in these threads ever..
..if you feel like you must, maybe link to more info rather than flood the new threads with an onlslaught of more pics and crap that would complicate forum veiwing/reviewing tremendously... keep that stuff separate and in the correct places at all costs...
In THESE standardized forums, the focus should stay on THESE maps or THESE screenshots, and reviewing... until next month... etc..
Remember these new forums will be game for newbie's or non-regulars from anywhere to comment also and their comments would mix right in with all the reveiws from any of the reviewers.
Last Edit: Apr 26, 2007 23:45:09 GMT -5 by AAAGGHHH!!
Le Ray, as ideas have come, I have added to the huge color coded post on page 2 here to maybe accommodate more than the last time you seen it. sry.. hehe.. I had it open for like 3 hours this morning before i clicked Modify Post.. lmao... It has changed since guys you last seen it I am sure, and I feel like it may be closest yet!!
Please take a look at that insanely color coded outline again and maybe alter any of your recent posts if u see any new ideas that will help!
I will not edit in that post anymore from here on out. lol.. Sorry!
I last edited it at 12:35am April 26th cst..
Yes I know I personalized that guideline stuff style alot, but feel absolutely free to copy any of it exactly as you want man. Bullets and all, I recommend, to make it more compact! All I can hope is that you believe that I did that just in case you wanted to copy it! It's all good.
It's really no different that simply imitating what you see/read on the net, so I'm never worried about that kind of stuff personally at all.
I also recommend once it takes off.. to delete all this anyways.. lmao...
Last Edit: Apr 26, 2007 22:49:23 GMT -5 by AAAGGHHH!!
Also, the showcase, would this be the most popular maps of the last 3 months?
The way I've been thinking, this extravaganza/showcase thing is only for new maps man. They've never been seen before by the public (or us).
..maybe there will be 5 maps this time for the Showcase, mabey 2 next time.. maybe 7 for the Extravaganza this month.. maybe 1 next month... etc..
I haven't thought of anything that will matter too much in that way really yet...
I think that they should continue seperately from one another. Meaning, Le Ray simply directs the info, maps, and screeshots one way or another every 30 days. Using two zip files. He would wind up making these new standardized threads of screesnhots in both forums every 90 days. hopefully.. consequently.. i guesss...
I would concentrate on new maps myself man!
Last Edit: Apr 27, 2007 5:18:28 GMT -5 by AAAGGHHH!!
Post by AAAGGHHH!! on Apr 25, 2007 17:59:37 GMT -5
Also, the showcase, would this be the most popular maps of the last 3 months?
I don't want to keep on and on so much I swear, so yall forgive me, especially you Le Ray.. but in this case what you could do one day if u wind up having time, (I feel a tomato coming on, lmao), is just simply pick any Q2 map from the last 10 years.. any new map, old map, or map that has a 'purpose' to be shown (e.g., highlighting any combination of techniques of any kind, color schemes, skies, terrain, models, jump pads, cool creations veiwed in an IWM map, etc) and post that in a Le Ray's Q2 Map of the Month or Spotlight Forum, (or leave your name out) If you called it The Q2 Cafe's Mapping Spotlight, you wouldn't have to do it once a month like clockwork ..maybe even rotate everyone for this! ..weekly?
..for this forum, maybe you could standardize each new thread this way:
"The Q2 Cafe's Mapping Spotlight periodically spotlights Q2 maps, mapping techniques, color schemes, skies, terrain, models, jump pads, cool creations, etc. Feel free to put this map on your server and/or lend any comments in a pros/cons/suggestions format below. Only post comment-type posts. (no pics of any kind please)"
(AAAGGHHH!! ducks a big ass flying tomato from Le Ray, lmao)
More work I know!... but seems pretty neat..
..this can take the place of "most popular maps' kind of thing here on the Cafe'.. which I do not recommend.... (annoying polls.. more competing would come in before you knew it)
..to avoid complicated map picking, just pick a map... make however many screenshots you need/want.. as big as you want... spotlight it in the Map of the Month Forum similar to the other two forums...
..seems silly but it will work.... who's gonna complain? No one should ever expect you to pick whatever map to talk about, and should already understand that this kind of particular forum can be a nice addition if kept simple. The other forums are all the mappers and reviewers. You just post what the mappers send every month in the same format.. then people do reviews! I kinda wish we didn't want to do a monthly thing for new maps myself, but oh well... lol... as long as it doesn't burn us out damn...
heck, make sure you include one of YOUR maps like once a year, highlighting whatever! You make some kick ass maps!
Anyone crying about what map you put in the spotlight would just be a big titty baby, in my opinon, as this Forum would be for the Cafe' more than for individual mappers' sakes. lmao..
This forum would just basically rotate decent to awesome Q2 maps, where they can be spotlighted and/or commented on by any that may see it and have time.
It will be easier, of course, if we can split the workload of any of these new ideas/forums whereever possible, and it would be nice to see some more pros/cons/suggestions from more people about any of it.
If you guys ever do work on projects together, the spotlight forum would be THE place to spotlight them when completed!
Last Edit: Apr 28, 2007 3:06:50 GMT -5 by AAAGGHHH!!
Hey man, do you think it is possible to make a map submission form like that judges panel you made that could have a box each for submitting:
------------- _____________________________ Q2 Cafe' Map Submission Form
Use this form to submit a new Speed map (made and submitted within 30 days) to the Q2 Cafe'! All fields are required.
Map type: (e.g. deathmatch or whatever) [box]
Level Name: (title of project) [box]
Map Name: (e.g.. mymap.bsp) [box]
Mapper's Name/Alias: [box]
Mapper's homepage or preferred site url: [box]
Short project description: (1-3 sentences)
*Mapper's contact email: [box]
Zip file containing your map and read me .txt file: [box] w/a Browse button
Screenhots are to be 640x480 and named according to map name. (e.g. mymap1.jpg, mymap2.jpg, and mymap3.jpg.. or mymapa.jpg, mymapb.jpg, and mymapc.jpg)
screenshot#1 [box] w/a Browse button
screenshot#2 [box] w/a Browse button
screenshot#3 [box] w/a Browse button
*Your contact email will not be posted online with the rest of your information. Rather, it will serve as a timely way to reply that your map has been received.
NOTE: Please recheck entire form for errors and completeness before clicking Submit button below. Click Submit only once and do not use your back button. You will be taken to another page after the submission is complete.
------------- ...when the submission is completed, it could even be so that the map submitter is taken to a similar page that says "Thanks for submitting a new Q2 map! Rock on!" or whatever.. in the middle.. with a link back to the Cafe'.. (e.g. here's a silly little page I whipped out one day that submitter's are taken to when they click Submit on our How to join BOD page, lol.. www.bringersofdeath.org/joinboddefaultpage.htm )
..maybe it could basically say: ----------
Thanks for submitting your map at the Cafe', and be sure to catch when it comes out for reviews!
---------- ..btw, where you see Mapper's contact email: that doesn't have to be included into the accompaning screenshots; rather, it would serve as an instant way to reply that the mapper's map has successfully been received! ..that's what I would do anyway.
Can anybody out there make a form like this? I would do it but I have to use a webpage builder to do everything.. it sux.. I only have 7 fonts to choose from, for example.. lol.. wtf?.. most importantly, there isn't any option for forms except to forward simple data entry as far as I know.. or I would have already made this for yall!
..if we can get it done.. maybe make the whole background black.. have Cafe' colors in it... trim the boxes in yellow.. words in red... or vice-versa!.. Cafe' logo on it even! ..etc
Last Edit: Apr 28, 2007 16:24:10 GMT -5 by AAAGGHHH!!
Post by Le Ray [Q2C] on Apr 26, 2007 6:41:58 GMT -5
LOL....Man...that's a lot of ideas, but good stuff, I like it! We can work on the showcase idea as time goes on, but I would like some feedback on the speed mapping so we can kick it off on May 1st. Thanks for all the comments AAAGGHHH!!
Damn I just thought of something else! I might be on to something here, because I've tried hard to try to think of ways to spread the workload. I just do not want to impose my theoretical concepts on another person's real life schedule where it may not work, as I know none of yours'! This is the best I can think of so far and actually sounds like an idea to me:
If we can make one of those forms, we can make 2.. have one forward to Grieve (the Showcase maps submissions).. Grieve and Wixen1 could then share duties every three months as in: one do the screenshot uploading/archiving/formatting and the other do the info copying/map zipping! or vice-versa! ..they then turn around and re-combine their info into a killer ass post/thread of Showcase maps!
(In case any of you haven't used the new Photobucket lately, or at all.. you can now upload up to 20 pics an upload! ..where u can choose 640x480 if you need to, create albums and sub-albums, etc..
..then all you would have to do is maybe paste the generated links to the pics, in order, into a simple text program to keep track of it all.. maybe leave 3 spaces between every one so the other guy can copy it, paste it, and insert info in the correct places.. then straighten it up and all)
X7 could help Le Ray with the Extravaganza thread screenshot uploading/archiving!
Subatomic can help Le Ray with the creation/concepts of new threads for the spotlight forum!
Sabotuer can do whatever he wants! ..because he fu*king rules! lmao jk Sabo ..(but you do rule!)
What do yall think Grieve? Wixen1? X7? Sub? Sab?
..heck I'm just looking at you moderator/admin types in da' house ..and thinking out loud
..have everybody rotate with the Spotlight thread duties even!
..another concept!! Grieve and Wixen1's The Q2 Cafe' Mapping Club, where we've had a hardcore stalemate of real activity, would truely come in right on time as well! Serving as THE cool way to discuss and collaborate as much as you can without devulging your maps to the world uncompleted! ..even put that in the forum description somehow!
We'll just post whatever yall want, (like it pretty much says), to try to help each other as time goes by ..not posting any "defining" screenshots would still allow for many things to be shared and learned ..resulting in you guys keeping the new maps relatively out of the spotlight but making it possible to interact and work ..until everybody is finished and the maps are released to the world!
Last Edit: Apr 28, 2007 12:03:09 GMT -5 by AAAGGHHH!!
Post by Le Ray [Q2C] on Apr 27, 2007 6:25:45 GMT -5
Well, I think these are some good ideas AAAGGHHH!!, but I don't think I would be able to handle the mapping showcase thing. If Grieve and Wixen1 want to take this over that would be great! I just don't think I have the time to do it. Does anyone want to take this over? I will need someone in Clan Q2C to host these speed mapping maps and screenshots for me. Can someone do this for me?