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ShortCutMan
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Jan 6 2004, 6:59pm Anchor

No worries Pangier. :) Your not the oldest I've seen, I have older guys in my game clans. :D

- Edited By ShortCutMan On Tue 6th, Jan 2004 @ 9:59:14am

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Jan 9 2004, 3:03pm Anchor

Well Things are different in each game. I can do mods for Half-Life e-zly... Indeed. But most guys who are used to mapping in Hammer or Worldcraft and modding for half-life get stuck when they meet with UnrealEd. The map-making system for example, is completely different. Hammer is simpler, but in UnrealEd you dont get that LEAK! LEAK! LEAK! thing...
And the lighting can be seen in real-time as the animations to it.
I got stuck when I started to use UnrealEd. Thw Offline Wiki is a F-U-C-K-I-N great resource to learn. So, posts like ShortCutMan´s one, showin how to get the resources to learn, are VERY welcome INDEED!

Good work soldier.

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SkitZaY
SkitZaY u mad
Jan 22 2004, 6:54am Anchor

I may sound like an idiot but im interrested in making a mod and PARTICIPATING in the work... how did u guys learn to code.. i can modell and texture and animate alright.. Not professionally but alright...

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Jan 28 2004, 4:23pm Anchor

As long as you people can do almost half the work on your own, i think that is when you can try and start a team. just my 2 cents...

J_C_A
J_C_A FBI Man
Feb 13 2004, 8:59pm Anchor

That was quite good article there ShortCutMan.

Couple of years ago I was a totally n00b in modding scene and I was asking help for my "mod" with that newbie style at some forum. I didn't get any help. But anyway, I started doing stuff, I drew textures and made maps using them(which I have now wiped out, because they sucked).

And now that I've been modding for couple of years, I've became a person who has learned "everything".

And now I'm doing a mod in future, with aliens and vechicles! I don't need Coders, Modelers, Sound Techies, Skinners, Texture Artists, Webmasters, Mappers, Beta Testers, because I can do all that by myself. If you do not want to join please do not email me!

hih... :)

- Edited By Jimi On Fri 13th, Feb 2004 @ 9:00:35pm

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ShortCutMan
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Feb 13 2004, 9:04pm Anchor

Your like me there Jimi. :)

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AttorneyAtPaw
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Jun 8 2004, 3:51pm Anchor

ShortCutMan
While it doesn't give a step by step manual on how to start a mod, it does give everyone an idea of what not to do and what commitment will be required to actually get one running.

I think this should be in the "welcome" section for all new folks (like me) to see so that we can avoid posts from people like Eine askign for an entire development team to do all of his work for him.
While I love it, mayeb some links to flesh out the whole process that shows it going from an idea, to mapping, model changes, weapon making, realism and special effects tot he hard and dirty coding.

:sick: :sick:

Since I'm here, I had this really cool idea about a mod with puppies and kittens and maybe an Uber-Mouse as overlord. Taht's as far as I got but I need somebody to host it, a database designer to set up a gigantic db, 24-30 web artists and graphic designers. Also, maybe someone with a whole lot of money to give me so I can go out but a new computer as I'm using a cell phoen to post to these forums.
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leilei
leilei The person who doesn't like anything
Jul 14 2004, 7:19pm Anchor

We will not make a guide that will spoonfeed you through all the processes of making a mod for every engine. :|

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Sep 27 2004, 3:15pm Anchor

Here's a tip that I thought I should add, sorry if it's been posted before:

Half-baked pencil doodles done during math class really bug me. Even if you're not good at drawing, please people, get some blank paper, even printer paper, and take the time to actually draw out your sketches.
Thank you.

Sep 27 2004, 6:03pm Anchor

Concept art isn't really important to mod-making, so long as you have a good idea of what you're getting at, and convey it well. For it's the model that gets into the game, not the pretty pictures.

Edited by (in order): Karuto, Karuto

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Sep 28 2004, 3:39pm Anchor

Yet it seems that most people post only concept art for about a year, and then expect people to come flocking to model them. People only want to model something that looks good, therefore, your concept artwork should at least be done semi-well. If you can't draw it well, get a friend to blast out one or two one minute sketches. If you can't do that, try your best, at least. Spend as much time as you can on it before you feel that it really is "done".

leilei
leilei The person who doesn't like anything
Sep 29 2004, 6:27pm Anchor

Yeah. Gargoyle Arena had a whole lotta monotnous concept art, and the mod went nowheres

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frosty-theaussie
frosty-theaussie Sonny Jim
Feb 20 2005, 3:35am Anchor

Restickied and updated. ShortCutMan, your opinion?

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ShortCutMan
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Feb 20 2005, 4:16am Anchor

My Opinion: I couldn't find it after v2. :D I'll chuck more stuff in it soon.

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Grogdon
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Feb 21 2005, 1:08am Anchor

Just wondering but in a large forum what would be the best 'Topic Title' to catch peoples attention or do you still just go with the boring 'Looking for a Modeler' title?

EDIT: This is for when you start a topic requesting help that is.

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frosty-theaussie
frosty-theaussie Sonny Jim
Feb 21 2005, 1:12am Anchor
Grogdon wrote:Just wondering but in a large forum what would be the best 'Topic Title' to catch peoples attention or do you still just go with the boring 'Looking for a Modeler' title?

"Rapidly-progressing RPG seeks Modelling Talent" does sound good, and more eye-catching than "Looking for a Modeler"

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Grogdon
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Feb 21 2005, 1:22am Anchor

Does sound mighty good but what if your mod wasn't rapidly progressing?

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ShortCutMan
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Feb 21 2005, 3:09am Anchor

Then you should be doing more work yourself, or in your current team to get more work done and out too also get peoples attention, and give them the feeling that the mod is going to go somewhere. Try not to recruit a team at the start, do some things yourself.

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Feb 26 2005, 12:44am Anchor

though this is a really old thread, i'm gonna post here anyway. I found this article very informative, even the replies. thanks a lot.

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GUNrunNER
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Feb 27 2005, 1:13pm Anchor

Ya, I just read this as well because of the recent barrage of

Quote:Can any one help me with mapping coding or models?
Its a Resident evil mod charictar is Leon from re2 or re4?

can u help



and things like it. I think there should be a way to force people to read this.

frosty-theaussie
frosty-theaussie Sonny Jim
Feb 27 2005, 3:38pm Anchor

Bluewolf had a Help Wanted standards sticky also last year

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