I have been absent on the boards for the past few weeks. After having been told to read a few comments on GA about how things are developing here, and how members are getting frustrated that there are no challenges, and how members think that I, myself, have abandoned the site and everything... I thought I would post some news about GA.
1st and foremost, I have not abandoned or stopped caring for GA. I have been doing what I have always been doing for the past 6 years, working in the background to push the community forward. I have been on GA all this time, but not on GameArtisans.org, I have been continually working on the new beta site. Unfortunately, I bit off a little more than I can chew with the new GA. The site is humungous! And it's taking all my spare time, plus 3 freelance programmers... and we still do not have enough man power to finish it. Not to mention that there were former programmers who promised the world, and then delivered nothing, and the project as a whole suffered a big loss in time and funding. To this day, the new challenge system is still no where near complete.
However, progress is still being made. I am not someone who easily gives up
Since it's already waaay past its due date, I have decided to release the new site prematurely in 2 weeks. Most of the new site is functional, including the new portofolio systems, so members can settle into their new home while I finish up the challenges and get them operational once again. However, all artwork submitted to a past GA challenge, even Dominance War and Unearthly Challenge, will temporarily be gone from online until they are re-uploaded into the new challenge system.
To further explain why things are taking so long... I will release a single image.
This is the submit content page. Each item listed has a submission page along with a public display page. All these pages had to be styled by me.
... and even this page, is still not finished. two icons are missing, and I have to ask permission from the two artists who's artwork I have used for the top banner. As a side note, the donations icon... yes yes, it's the infamous icon from dw.. sarcastic humor, can't help it (oh, btw, items listed here are not the only way that user's can gain levels as a class. These are just a few of them)
This is just the submit content page. If you look at the top menu, there is a game room, a jobs board, a faq, a download area, etc. Each page further had to be styled. And then there is the new portfolio system... this time, I made a system that let's artists choose from 7 completely unique formats that they can display their portfolios as, and then each format, can be easily styled to the artist's liking. And then there is the ranking system and challenges system with even more pages... it goes on and on..
Basically, it's huge.. and most of it is done. So, give me two weeks, and then you will have the new GA, minus a challenge system. We will need to run challenges old school style until the new challenge systems is complete. Hope you don't mind.
Otherwise, if you would like to help, please pm me. I need help with the following:
- Games uploader. Find some cool classic games and upload them to the new GA.
- Finish the two missing icons for the submission pages.
- A human resources helper who can help me ask artists for permission to use their artwork for page banners. Also, to contact artists who have exceptional art and ask them to make a GA portfolio so that the site doesn't start completely empty.
For the first time since the creation of GA, I have temporarily stopped focusing on making challenges and publicity for other forums. So I have put a hold on Dominance War and Unearthly Challenge. I am now only focused on GA. I hope everyone will like the new changes. I am hoping that it will make this community stronger, and let artists share their ideas and help each other out in many different ways