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Spitfire
HG Alumnus
(id: spitfire_23)
posted 10-21-05 04:30 PM EDT (US)         

We are please to announce the first HG-run community wiki. To build a comprehensive encyclopedia of Scenario Design has been an unrealized dream for past games. Starting today, we are going to attempt it for AoE3. With your help, we intend build a complete reference for the art of Scenario Design. Here is the link:

http://wiki.heavengames.com/age/

Here are just a few of the features:

  • YOU can add new articles, or edit current ones!
  • A Question Center, where new designers can learn from experienced ones
  • A Frequently Asked Questions section with a page for each common question.
  • Complete guides to all the basics of scenario design
  • A page on every condition and on every effect
  • The “Design Dictionary”, containing common design-related words
  • Much, much more.

What is a wiki? What’s so great about it?
A wiki is a lot like this forum. People can post on it, format their posts with colors and links, and they can start discussions with each other. A wiki, however, has one critical advantage: Anyone can edit a page on a wiki. Think of the Scenario Design Library for AoK. Only one or two people can edit it to keep its contents up to date! Talk about a lost cause. Then think of a thread giving helpful information to designers. The thread’s poster can edit it, and other people can contribute to it in an unorganized fashion. Now think of a wiki. Anyone in the world can edit it. They don’t even need to have an account, and they can keep information together in a clear and organized fashion, that is easily searched, and easily referenced to other pages.

Skeptical? Many people are. Don’t take my word for it though: there’s a great example of a wiki in action at www.wikipedia.org. Wikipedia is the world’s largest encyclopedia, and it is growing at a phenomenal rate every day.

What sort of information will be on the wiki?
The wiki will be dedicated to information about Age of Empires 3 Scenario Design. This ranges from a section for asking questions, to a section defining design-related words, to a section explaining each condition and effect in the Age of Empires 3 Editor. In short, the wiki will have everything you ever wanted to know about AoE3 design in one place. Have you ever been designing for another game, and couldn’t remember some minor fact? That will never happen to you again once the wiki project is up and running.

Won’t the wiki overlap with the forums?
We’re going to do everything possible to prevent this. Things related to the scenario design community can still be discussed on the forums, as can things relating to AoE3 design. Think of the forums as the place where you work out the “rough drafts” of what will later become articles.

How can I help?
Let’s face it: the wiki project isn’t going to succeed without a concentrated effort from the community. Don’t just assume that the next guy will help out, because he’s saying that about you! In the end, we feel that the reward will be worth it: a better scenario design experience for everyone.

Have you ever wanted to work for HG? This is your big chance!

Right now, HG is looking for committed individuals, who are willing to dedicate their time to making the community better for everyone. These “Administrators”, while not HG staff, will be in charge of one or more of the sections on the wiki (view sections here). So if you think you’ve got what it takes, apply now! Either post a reply in this thread or email spitfire.23@gmail.com and kumarshah@heavengames.com with your application. You should include with your application:

  • your email
  • IM contact info (if possible)
  • Whether or not you’ve edited a wiki before

Additionally, include a brief description of why you feel you’re suited to work on the wiki, possibly providing examples of things you’ve done in the past to help the design community. If your application is approved my myself and the AoE3H seraph (Aro), we'll let you know. If you have an account on the wiki, we'll give you sysop status. Read about that here.

I have a suggestion for the wiki
By all means, post your suggestions in this thread. This is a brand new approach for everyone, so we're willing to adapt. We're especially interested in how easy you found it to learn how to edit - making this as easy as possible is our goal. Editing a wiki is at about the same level of difficulty as formatting a post you make on the forums, but the conventions may be difficult to adapt to. When the wiki really gets up and running, we'll be relying on people being able to learn the software easily.

Conclusion
Today, the first step into a larger world has been taken. A long journey lies ahead of us, and nobody can see where the road leads. Ultimately, the success or failure of this project depends on you - the scenario designer.


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[This message has been edited by Spitfire (edited 11-04-2005 @ 10:11 AM).]

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Firebird
OD Core Group
posted 10-23-05 00:06 AM EDT (US)     26 / 65       
Looking good.

Help HG get rid of Firebird
Gaurdian_112
Banned
posted 10-23-05 00:18 AM EDT (US)     27 / 65       
He is a kid. He isn't affecting me, he is affecting his own maturity.
Nodgene
Skirmisher
posted 10-23-05 02:58 AM EDT (US)     28 / 65       
No doubt firefox. He needs a good slap from his parents.

"That's your excuse for everything... Someone's either pregnant or a communist."
Protecting the public from the Christian Taliban since forever.
Gaurdian_112
Banned
posted 10-23-05 04:20 AM EDT (US)     29 / 65       
Wish I had his parent's email.
Paul Lau
Banned
posted 10-23-05 07:16 AM EDT (US)     30 / 65       
Wish I had you or Nodgene's email. Or phone number, I'm not particular.
Spitfire
HG Alumnus
(id: spitfire_23)
posted 10-23-05 12:21 PM EDT (US)     31 / 65       
I'd like to apologize to any users who find themselves unable to edit pages. We've elected to place a range block on several harmful IPs, at least on a temporary basis.

On another note, I'd like to congratulate Papaya on being promoted to full administrator status, in charge of the Triggers section.


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filmdirector2
Skirmisher
posted 10-23-05 05:17 PM EDT (US)     32 / 65       
Welcome to the team, Papaya .
Nodgene
Skirmisher
posted 10-23-05 06:35 PM EDT (US)     33 / 65       

Quote:

Wish I had you or Nodgene's email. Or phone number, I'm not particular.


Because we're some of the only ones to stand up and tell you you're an evil thing? Yeah you childish bully, your just like a terrorist.

What's really pathetic is that you don't care. You should shoot yourself for the good of the planet, moron.

And yes, I was telling it like it is. No need for bannings or anything Mods

Can any of you speculate as to how many tutorials and such we will be getting up within a month? Anybody throw in a guess? Lucky jack-pot?


"That's your excuse for everything... Someone's either pregnant or a communist."
Protecting the public from the Christian Taliban since forever.

[This message has been edited by Nodgene (edited 10-23-2005 @ 06:43 PM).]

papaya
ಠ_ಠ
(id: X_MOSS)
posted 10-23-05 09:57 PM EDT (US)     34 / 65       
Thank you FD2 and Spitfire, I am glad I can join the team. As mentioned above, I am the administrator for the triggering section. So far I have finished the conditions page, so I encourage everybody add more content for each trigger. I am still working on the effects page though, I will let you know when thats done. I hope this wiki is a big success for the design community! (I also hope we find a way to keep RR from spaming it. )

-Papaya


oh you can wait for what I can give
you know what I am so you know how I live
try to look proud but you’re not in the slightest
its happening now and it’s always been like this.
Spitfire
HG Alumnus
(id: spitfire_23)
posted 10-24-05 08:10 PM EDT (US)     35 / 65       
Congratulations to RiderOfEternity on his promotion to admin status! Rider is going to shoulder the burden of the Modding section.

We're still looking for admins though. Email me at spitfire.23@gmail.com if you think you've got what it takes.


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rofl
Skirmisher
(id: SonicShadow)
posted 10-24-05 10:15 PM EDT (US)     36 / 65       
Ah, welcome, Papaya. RiderOfEternity. Congrats, and glad to have some more fellows on the team.

Considering I'm not too great.


¯\_(ツ)_/¯
papaya
ಠ_ಠ
(id: X_MOSS)
posted 10-25-05 05:12 PM EDT (US)     37 / 65       
Congrats Rider!
I wish we had our own forum color, lol.

oh you can wait for what I can give
you know what I am so you know how I live
try to look proud but you’re not in the slightest
its happening now and it’s always been like this.
Nodgene
Skirmisher
posted 10-25-05 05:14 PM EDT (US)     38 / 65       
Ask for pink

"That's your excuse for everything... Someone's either pregnant or a communist."
Protecting the public from the Christian Taliban since forever.
papaya
ಠ_ಠ
(id: X_MOSS)
posted 10-25-05 07:46 PM EDT (US)     39 / 65       
How about gold, like my sig.

oh you can wait for what I can give
you know what I am so you know how I live
try to look proud but you’re not in the slightest
its happening now and it’s always been like this.
Nodgene
Skirmisher
posted 10-26-05 11:56 AM EDT (US)     40 / 65       
Wouldn't work with the default aoe3h background colours.

"That's your excuse for everything... Someone's either pregnant or a communist."
Protecting the public from the Christian Taliban since forever.
RiderOfEternity
Skirmisher
posted 10-26-05 12:53 PM EDT (US)     41 / 65       
Thank you thank you, I'll do what ever I can for the wiki . It would be nice if we (the admins) had some sort of priviledge in reward for our duties though (eg. name colour). Maybe silver?

Leader of Liquid Fire. Animator Seb C.

One does not simply leave HG
rofl
Skirmisher
(id: SonicShadow)
posted 10-26-05 07:13 PM EDT (US)     42 / 65       

Quote:

These “Administrators”, while not HG staff, will be in charge of one or more of the sections on the wiki

Saddens me too.


¯\_(ツ)_/¯
scipio_africanus
Skirmisher
posted 10-27-05 10:20 AM EDT (US)     43 / 65       
Just put it in your sig.

///scipio_africanus\\\
"Scipio rules. Nelson sucks." - Jax
"I have a shrine to Scipio in my closet."- Doitzel
"posting a link with no sort of comment or explanation is not something we readily condone in OD." - GillB
The Gamers' Manifesto|Welcome to HG!|The Sanatorium
Winner of the Order of Doitzel!
Alexandergreat3
Skirmisher
posted 10-28-05 06:34 PM EDT (US)     44 / 65       
Hi people,

I have written up anarticle on custom hotkeys entitled "A Fast & Easy way to PLAYTEST, RESTART, and QUIT scenario", I was wondering if anyone here who knows how to use the AoE3 wiki would be so kind as to add the above article to the wiki.

I don't know how to create a new article using the wiki .

Thanks in advance, and credits shall be given to you for putting it up to the wiki.

papaya
ಠ_ಠ
(id: X_MOSS)
posted 10-28-05 09:37 PM EDT (US)     45 / 65       
FD2 beat me to it, but here it is.

oh you can wait for what I can give
you know what I am so you know how I live
try to look proud but you’re not in the slightest
its happening now and it’s always been like this.
TrituateXH53
Skirmisher
posted 10-29-05 02:34 AM EDT (US)     46 / 65       
Could someone be so kind as to put my AoE3 Animations list on the AoE3 design wiki? I also do not know how to.
Thanks

Spitfire
HG Alumnus
(id: spitfire_23)
posted 10-29-05 10:14 AM EDT (US)     47 / 65       
How to start a new article

General editing advice


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TrituateXH53
Skirmisher
posted 10-29-05 10:35 AM EDT (US)     48 / 65       
Thanks Spitfire

Alexandergreat3
Skirmisher
posted 10-29-05 07:12 PM EDT (US)     49 / 65       
Thanks for the link, Spitfire!

I have a question: Is there a way to edit the title of an article?

For example, this article here is entitled "custom hotkey guide". How can I change it to something else?

Spitfire
HG Alumnus
(id: spitfire_23)
posted 10-30-05 09:49 AM EDT (US)     50 / 65       
If you have an account on the wiki (which I believe at the moment all editors must have, thanks to RR), you can click the "move" button up top. Keep in mind that article titles should be short and descriptive.

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