Yeah, good question. As could be assumed, I am pretty out of the loop as of late. I haven't played a video game in a solid 6 months, let alone mapmaked, or been active on here. Being an adult has finally caught up with me I guess. I will no longer be participating in the monthly test or anywhere else on this site. Hopefully as the weather turns cold, I have more free time and may be able to re-invigorate the initiative.
As it currently stands, I cannot complete the duties I put forth for myself, and do not want to sell short the efforts of fellow mapmakers who wish to submit their projects. If anyone is interested in taking my place; please do. Otherwise, see you all in a few months!
Yeah, I can/will put up noir:automata for the month of June. Hopefully moving back to a campaign will bring some activity. Tuesday I will be home to get it all set up. Can you send me a pm with a link the the project page, and direct links to the game. Anything specific you want included in my post.
I'll only be around for a day on tuesday, so I want to get it all set up in 1 day, so I'm not late with it.
We have a handful of people willing to test, but no one who wants to have their projects hosted. I would put my own project up just to feign activity, but I am out of town again this week, so cannot be active in responding.
Anyone out there interested in submitting their project?
I am not sure what to think of that. I take it with a grain of salt until it is released. With how basic the classic editor was; I really do not see it being used much. "But so many great games were made" yeah, in 1998, by 1998 standards.
The above is just my opinion, and I'd rather not get into a debate over something that we can "wait and see" on. Either way; I will be attempting to keep this initiative going until participation is consistently lacking.
RIP April testing thread as well. The current RTC ends in April, correct? Hopefully once it is over, people will have a bit more spare time to assist other people's projects.
I don't intend for this to be the end of the initiative. I just feel it is unfair and demoralizing for mapmakers to put their projects up and get no feedback. Anyone interested in having their project highlighted after RTC can leave their information here.
Outta town on storm duty this week (Power line tree removal stuffs). With the lack of participation this past month, which was pretty upsetting (no offense to those who did participate), I am considering skipping the initiative until after the rtc contest has ended.
The new thread is up, I hope everyone can find the time to participate. It is very custom game, and multiplayer only; so it may require some planning to get a game in. Talk to Ajax to get a party going, he has an active community.
@ Robinicus: I feel your game got a lot of good reviews; many of them were over a page long. It is rare for reviewers to go on about what they liked, it can be summed up with "I liked that there were multiple ways to win". As mapmakers giving reviews, it is the intent of this initiative to find problems in maps, and to offer possible solutions. Battle.net will give you dozens of 2 line reviews, ranging from "it blows" to a picture of Obama face-palming.
I am a little confused on the 'project' in the original post. I have a map in the Arcade right now that i would LOVE to hear feedback from but I do not have it listed ~here~ as a 'project'. do I need to make a thread in "Map Review" or maybe start a "Project" to be considered for this feedback? not sure~ So i'm going to just list my map here to get things stated, sorta speak. lol. It is published in the Americas Server only. Name: Desert Strike Trinity
The monthly tests are set up by me; typically for freshly released projects. This thread is used for submitting your project to the monthly testing initiative. Currently, I have about 4 months worth of projects lined up; so if you are just looking for general feedback, in a timely manner, you can create your own thread in the map review, and see who bites.
As mentioned above, I have some works lined up; and for march-april, I plan to do a RTC project every week, rather than monthly testing; since I'm sure there will be a lot of people who need feedback in a short amount of time. Though I can add you to the list ^_^. Hopefully by then, we will be able to create project pages again!
I think it is common for arcade multiplayer games to get less feedback on average. It is difficult to get a game going at your leisure, and it can be difficult to write a review while playing, since you cannot pause.
That said, I feel there is a lot of good information in the reviews. The reviews are long and address the problems found in detail, and offer solutions. This is the goal of the initiative.