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9 comments by Urby on Aug 9th, 2013

So I already summarised the 3 main things that I see a little too much of (in my opinion) in my three images (Urby's tips 1, 2 and 3) and a couple of members have asked me for #4.

This is where things get a little bit deeper and an image wouldn't necessarily be enough to get my point across and be taken seriously.

Urby's Tips #4

"If you need a team, prove you are a capable leader."

There are so many mods out there where one guy (or girl, perhaps) has posted 3 concept scribbles on scruffy notepad paper that any half-way decent artist could fart out in less than a minute. They then prattle on about how they "NEED A TEAM!" before any more progress can be made on a mod.

THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO DO THINGS!

The development of a mod is a time consuming thing, even if you happen to have all the tools and the know how. Rome wasn't built in a day, Black Mesa wasn't built in a month, The Core (self glorifying... sorry) wasn't built in a year.

Some of the following points may be very obvious to a lot of modders, but there is a lot of evidence out there that suggests some people just don't get it.

  • If you're not an artist, don't release concept art.
  • If you're not a modeller, don't post model renders.
  • If you have no experience using a certain tool or engine, DO NOT USE YOUR FIRST, SECOND OR EVEN THIRD ATTEMPT AS MEDIA!
  • If you don't have any media, you don't have a mod so don't make a God damned mod page!

Have you ever seen a mainstream game developer release unfinished media or just a plot summary when promoting an upcoming title? Of course not!
Use what strengths you DO have to promote your idea. If you only have a story, it can be the best story in the world, but people want to SEE what you're capable of. Learn at least one of the tools needed to bring the project to life. Practice until you are happy with what you can produce and ONLY THEN do you start showing that off on a mod page. If people like what they see, the team WILL COME TO YOU! If people don't like what they see, take that on board and improve on what you've learned to make your project stand out.

I am guilty of blindly joining a couple of teams that were both being managed by inexperienced kids. I'm not being condescending about their age here. I am 26 and there are a lot of kids out there who are far more intelligent and talented than I am. Their ability to drive the project was hindered by the fact that they had no experience with any of the tools needed to pull the project together, so they weren't able to designate jobs and everybody was doing their own thing. A couple of models would get finished and somebody would make a track or two within a week and call it done after the first draft and the whole thing would fall apart in less than a month.

Take a Leaf from my book
The Core was a simple project I started back in 2008. By then I had been working with GoldSource for 10 years. I was a pretty good mapper, I knew the very basic minimum regarding editing models and the media I released was polished and got the reaction I was hoping for. 5 years on and the primary team is now comprised of 3 people. A developer, a mapper who is confident with editing sound and video as well as producing textures, and myself, also a mapper, texture editor and model editor. While this is still fairly meager in terms of a "team" the three of us working together have taught one another more tips and tricks we can use when working on the mod and as such many older areas have been enhanced, improved or even rebuilt completely. In light of this, The Core is one of the most popular upcoming GoldSource mods on MODDB at present, with nearly 700 watchers and netting a spot in the top 100 for Mod of the Year 2012. That is the primary benefit of working with a talented team and that is exactly why you cannot rush the process of assembling one.

All the best,
Urby

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xX(Warrior250)Xx
xX(Warrior250)Xx May 19 2015, 12:10am says:

Hello, how you doing buddy?

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Mop24
Mop24 Apr 6 2015, 2:36am says:

Congrats Urby! Hope Ivory-Rose brings ya many joys.

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Urby Creator
Urby Apr 6 2015, 3:19pm replied:

Cheers.

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indie970
indie970 Dec 31 2014, 10:19am says:

Happy New Year :)

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FoxyThePirateFox™
FoxyThePirateFox™ Dec 28 2014, 7:08am says:

Whoa! Nick and avatar! Great bro and merry christmas.

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Willow.
Willow. Nov 10 2014, 3:15am says:

Hey you remember that god awful mod called Biohazard, well I played It sequel, I would advise you to not waste your time with it. Yes I'm serious, its worse than the first, avoid it.

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Mop24
Mop24 Feb 7 2015, 7:10am replied:

I did try playing it but some error came up, senses in decay is alright for a new mapper however, a decent amount of things need touching up but it is not awful, just a little cringe worthy.

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Doomzer
Doomzer Jan 20 2015, 11:01am replied:

Hmpf...Critic you guys never get sick of moking begginer modders
or and mappers shame on yoy WyldStyle

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Willow.
Willow. Jan 24 2015, 9:41am replied:

Are you trying to be a troll or something?

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FoxyThePirateFox™
FoxyThePirateFox™ Feb 4 2015, 5:32pm replied:

He allready sick troll! Aren't he? o.O

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Doomzer
Doomzer Jan 29 2015, 12:29pm replied:

Of course not

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Willow.
Willow. Feb 10 2015, 4:27am replied:

It's so obvious you are, quit lying...
You're nothing but a stalker and a troll...

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Doomzer
Doomzer Feb 10 2015, 2:35pm replied:

Fine Good So Be It ....But at least dont spam on Urbys
account

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Urby Creator
Urby Jan 22 2015, 10:37am replied:

It's not that we're mocking beginners, but there is only so much you can do when you offer constructive criticism and the author rants at you and deletes your comments...

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Mop24
Mop24 Mar 20 2015, 10:36am replied:

He did that, all my comments stayed. WOAH.

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Urby Creator
Urby Nov 12 2014, 8:09pm replied:

I appreciate the warning. :P

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