Kitten's Game Post Enhancement Topic!
I'm so sick of game topics being completely crap, (No offence) but you guys seem to want to rush into game making and be the best without any/much knowledge. This post will show you a suitable layout, and some tips on how to make people think higher of you when you post. Also kitten is in the "Let me teach you stuff" mood so here we go?
Sorry, if this belongs in tutorials?
The Horizontal Rule
Fig One. The Horizontal Rule
This tool was meant to be used as a page dividing device, I hardly see anyone who uses them, and the people who do are legends like Modern and such. This device not only makes your game page easier to read, it shows you've actually put some effort into it. Not just thrown it together and used shoddy glue to paste it together.
For instance, if you wanted to layout a game with over 5 sections (Like all good game posts should) you would use the HR, oddly and coincidently, its code for the message is [hr-] (Without the -)
This will make your post easier to read and much cleaner.
Fig Two. The Spoiler
This tool was used for many purposes, in this guide I will say it is for images and secrets, images are big and are hosted elsewhere other than rmrk most of the time, This means your images may be slowing down the page loading, which will deter those with dial-up (Yes they still exist) It is critical you don’t over do your page with images, but it is also critical you make it interesting enough for people to want to read it.
Using the spoiler will make your life easier, okay here’s what we do, and for one the spoiler is like a second post box, but smaller and can be contracted. This means information that can take up 50+ pages can be stored in one and be contracted to 1/4 of a page. This is the magic of this little device. This code can be accessed by clicking the [ X ] button that’s right above the bean emotions. I suggest you use him for the following;
1. Information that may give away something about the game, that will in-turn spoil the end or something.
2. Pictures that are huge or mass amounts of images.
3. Long parts of texts, or something you want people to read eg.
Fig Three. Emotions
Emotions are simple, used to show what you feel or what the mood is like, I don’t use the often, I prefer to write how I feel and such. But these can be used in your game post very effectively if you know how to.
Seeing as how I am not all that skilled with these little buggers, I will say that this, Don’t overdo it. That’s it for this one guys. Sorry.
Fig Four. The Colors
There are many colors, most people use the main ones Red and standard Black. The colors can be used to do so much more, not only can they use them for character outlining (like Yami did) but they can also be used in (if you have one) your index at the start of the post.
I was using colors until I got a bit lazy, but in my upcoming game post you will see that I use not only these but all of this stuff I’m telling you. Alright again don't overdo the whole color gig, it will also deter those with poor eyes or those who are color blind.
The The Layout
Spoiler for Layout:
Sub Chapter 1 (Story/Characters/etc)
Writing for the chapter.
Fig Five. A (Very Basic) Layout.
Warning: This is the most important part of your post, you must not screw this one up otherwise your post will be cluttered and very un-clean. People with think your game post was written by a hobo.
Now, Making them want to read the post is hard enough let alone get this one right. Using all of the key features I have listed here you can make a truly spectacular post, Now the key with the layout is to not make things too big or too small, don’t use slang, use proper English, don't curse unless its necessary, and include the following sub headings/chapters to get the max out of it;
1. About the Game.
2. Game Rating, Like G/PG/M/R/etc.
3. Basic Story
4. About the good guys (Hero's)
5. About the bad guys (villains)
6. Team working on it. (if you have one.
7. Links (To a webpage/forum/your rmrk team recruitment post.
8. Scripts Used (don’t give credit just yet)
9. Thanks (Here’s where we credit (EVERYONE) don't leave inferior jobs out, even these people did something towards your games up rise, they must be credited, unless they say the don’t want to be.
10. (If you have some) Screenshots (These are required before your game will be moved.
11. (If you have one) A Demo (This is also required before it will be moved but, it is very lax, so you can have a demo ready after your post.
12. Thanks to me for you learning the secrets of the post.
Thats about it for now, I will be making a layout for people to use, it wont be the best but it will be a start. I hope you learnt somthing and I hope you prosper in your game making careers.