Members of the Lone Modders group possess an amazing skill-set and a willingness to attempt the improbable; create a mod all by themselves. The purpose of the group is to further accredit those individuals who, for whatever reason, are currently attempting to create a mod single-handledly. Finally, a group for anti-social compulsive types; Lone Modders do it alone!

Please note: The term 'Lone Modder' is not to be confused with 'freelance contributor' and qualified applicants to this group must be able to demonstrate that they are currently the sole developer of an established mod. 'Established', with very few exceptions, means that your mod has been featured on the frontpage of moddb.com or similiar website at least three times. If it is not readily apparent that you meet these qualifications your application will be denied. If this happens it's nothing personal. Feel free to re-apply at any time.

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Check out my Mod Information Profile for progress on this up & coming Max Payne Total Coversion Mod of the original 1978 version of the cult horror...

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Maddieman
Maddieman

Hey guys, hope you don't mind but I've added Polar Paradise to the groups mod listing. I've asked Halloween4 to upload it to moddb on my behalf, because I'm not going to be able to.

I can't see any option to add people to a mod's 'team' anymore (if there is let me know); so instead, I've temporarily affiliated the mod with the group, so hopefully that'll let Halloween4 or someone else to upload it.

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mikejkelley Creator
mikejkelley

In a recent post Halloween04 mentioned he has developed RSI. As Lone Modders doing the work of an entire team, we're all at greater risk for developing RIS/RSI.

I wanted to repost the link Halloween04 was good enough to provide, but can't find it. Here's a different link.

Arthritis.ca

Also, I'd like to add a link to the following article warning about the dangers of blood clotting associated with sitting at a computer for extended periods of time. I myself take blood thinners (aspirin) regularly, and get up and walk around a bit.

Wired.com

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Halloween4
Halloween4

Here's the link you were looking for: Eeshop.unl.edu
& thanks for highlighting this problem once again man.

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mikejkelley Creator
mikejkelley

Gah, wish we had an edit button already! That wasn't supposed to be a reply! :(

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mikejkelley Creator
mikejkelley

Hey, if you guys ever want to post any news/media, especially of your respective mods, plz go ahead and show them what a one-man mod can accomplish! I myself will post a media pic after my next news release (today or tomorrow).

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Maddieman
Maddieman

Hey, I just saw your DCD video - looks like a really cool game concept. I was trying to incorporate parkour features in my TRW mod, with so-so success; but it looks like your system has a lot of potential for a fun game. Keep up the good work!

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mikejkelley Creator
mikejkelley

Thnx! The parkour is really all in the animations, and TRW has some of the best char anims I've seen in a mod. I think you're just being modest. :) Polar Paradise is looking good too! I may very well have to find a copy of Max Payne...

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Maddieman
Maddieman

Well thanks, although we were very lucky to get a naturally talented animator/programmer on board (Ken_Y, who made the Kung Fu mods for Max Payne). If anyone deserves a 'lone modder' recognition, it's him, for those 3 mods that not only shaped Max Payne modding, but also third person gaming. I mean, he practically invented the whole wall-running/flipping special moves that are commonplace in games nowadays.

Getting back to the parkour stuff, I guess part of it's also the level design as well. Your level looks quite big and open, with plenty of scope for the player to explore and play around. What I'd love to do, at some point, is a sort of Mario64/Tomb Raider style level, where you can access almost anywhere with just your basic jumps and acrobatic moves - unfortunately that kind of gameplay doesn't seem to suit Max Payne too well.

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mikejkelley Creator
mikejkelley

You're right about the level being a part of it, at a certain point I began consciously laying out the objects with certain types of jumps/transitions in mind. Also, funny you should mention it, the level was initially supposed to be a Mario spoof, but I didn't like some of the results I got (visually) trying to go that route.

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www.bssounds.com
www.bssounds.com

Hey guys, I'm looking to find a Mod near the end of completion that needs sound design. Basically I'm looking for a Mod that is definitely going to be published, and will be a viable showcase of my talents to established game companies.
I get a demo, you get WAY better sounds than any non-professional could hope to make.
Yeah, yeah, I don't do music, but I spend all my extra time invested in sound design.

Obviously, I'm new to this site, and I am impressed what this community has accomplished (I'm an old Total Annihilation fanboy). Let me know if I can help you out, or if you have any solid referrals. (If you're going to GDC '08, I'll be the guy forcing people to listen to his demos with a laptop strapped to his chest)

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Halloween4
Halloween4

This is kind of an interesting post in more ways then one, first of all may I say I found what you have to say very absorbing, but at the same time I was at a loss to figure out why you posted it here on the Lone Modders Group forum, as by definition members of this group do all of the work on their mods for themselves, & if they took you up on your kind offer they would no longer be a lone modder, thus no longer be eligible to be a group member, if you see my point.

I think You'd get better feedback if you posted on one of the many other groups on this site, but all the best with your work mate.

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mikejkelley Creator
mikejkelley

That was my reaction at first too, but like Maddieman mentioned, some mod alone by default and will welcome the help that they can get. I guess this group is unique in that members can join for either one of two mutually exclusive reasons; either to assert their independence or to publicize their need for collaborators.

...so I guess some ppl will wind up joining LM because they want nothing to do with it, lol! I think W.C. Fields would find that funny somehow.

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Halloween4
Halloween4

I thought this group was for modders that choose to work alone, not modders that work alone because they can't get the staff.

I myself have had many offers in the past from modders wanting to join me in producing my mod, but I have declined them all as I don't want anyone elses vision of what my mod should look like encroaching over my own, because you can end up with a mod that looks nothing at all like you had in mind.

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Maddieman
Maddieman

For me, it's about making the best game possible. That means making decisions on what's best for getting job done, not idealogical ones.

But it depends on what's available. The Max Payne community is highly specialised, and while there's a lot of talent out there; 90% of the modders are level designers. People who can make amazing characters, animation, and gameplay are really hard to come by, so I recruit 'em if I can (a of TRW's success can be attributed to recruiting Steve Royer, and Kenneth 'Kung Fu' Yeung).

The problem is, a lot of teams are run by people who have no production / management experience. Almost all mods are run by 'virtual teams' over the internet, and they're are by far one of the hardest things to manage, because communication is lousy. What can be resolved in a 5 minute face-to-face conversation can take hours to resolve on msn or email (this is from experience, sadly). Katana: Rogue Ops pretty much died because of this.

In a solo mod, communication isn't an issue (for obvious reasons), so it doesn't surprise me that a lot of people favour this approach. However, I'd say the best approach would be: 2 people driving it (as I explained before); and sub-contract the rest. What that means is you don't induct them into the core team or let them have a say in the decision making process; you just give the work to get on with. Sounds a bit cold, but what that means is you benefit from the work of a large team, without the politics, managemnet, and communication problems.

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mikejkelley Creator
mikejkelley

Maddieman helped convince me that this should be a group for anyone who is currently working alone, regardless of the reason. There are plenty of reasons that a modder may not be able to recruit team members, reasons that are wholly unrelated to the mod's quality or the team leader's ability.

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Halloween4
Halloween4

Now up to 22......;)

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