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    Amy
  Mon Sep 07, 2015 4:03 pm
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I'm going to finish the completed games section tonight (and project development). There were a couple of features I wanted to add. If anyone has any further suggestions though, please post them!

The features I am adding are development blogs, screenshots gallery, and reviews. It should look and work pretty well when done but is done with basic forum features so there's not much opportunity for it to go Horrendously Wrong and should be pretty intuitive.

Watch this space.


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    Amy
  Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:26 pm
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Hmm. Maybe if I actually used dev blogs for my game other people might be tempted to. So far nobody's bitten (but maybe nobody knows it's there or what to do with them).


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    StrawberrySmiles
  Sun Jan 03, 2016 3:46 am
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I have things to add to my dev blog, but I'm trying to figure out an easy way to format everyone off-site so I can copy+paste it on every forum I post to for the game.

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    Amy
  Sun Jan 03, 2016 8:19 am
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I did once use a low-data image I could just update my end, but some places frown upon that (mainly because it's inaccessible to those who use screen readers).


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    StrawberrySmiles
  Sun Jan 03, 2016 2:14 pm
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I posted an update on my team's website, but copy + pasting that and the images is okay, but... When I have to re-format things for every forum the game shows up for - I get lazy. ><

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    BizarreMonkey
  Sun Jan 03, 2016 3:12 pm
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Princess Amy wrote:
Hmm. Maybe if I actually used dev blogs for my game other people might be tempted to. So far nobody's bitten (but maybe nobody knows it's there or what to do with them).
I see them, I just find it hard to be emphatic about writing stuff out when this site is so inactive the screenshots thread is hard pressed to get posts at times. :0


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    ZenVirZan
  Sun Jan 03, 2016 5:13 pm
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If I could actually get my ass in gear and start a game and follow through with it, I might use it.

The tricky bit is how the dev blog is detached (somewhat) from the original thread. Usually when you're working on something, you create a topic in Games in Development and then the topic is essentially the dev blog. If you create a Completed Games topic for a game that is not complete, why is it there?

Also, I noticed that anybody can make a development blog for any game. I think you might need some sort of permissions system there.

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    coyotecraft
  Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:07 am
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If you use social media you can write up something here, then share it with the media icons in the corner of the first post. Facebook, twitter, ect....
But then, people who actually use social media probably have their own blogs anyways. Hmm....

What if hbgames had a Feed reader for outside blogs that all members could see?
I mean, blogger had a sidebar blog list that shows recently updated blogs that that-particular blogger subscribes too.
It's just a list that said something like:
:rock: Game Studio Blog
Post Title Here...
updated yesterday


So instead of making a dev blog here, members could just add their blog to HBGAMES blog list that everyone can see and tie it to their profile. Of course the blog list would need to be moderated for game development stuff only. Eh, that's probably too much work.


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    StrawberrySmiles
  Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:53 am
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I recently posted to our team's blog: https://nerdbombent.wordpress.com/devlog/

Luckily, most forums use HTML, but some are annoying and utilize different things. RMW uses [img=????[/img ] instead of [img]?????[/img ]. Other codes can be slightly different too. Plus rules or limits on some forums - like picture amount or size. Usage of links or not.

Editing all of these all the time can be a pain, so I haven't really posted anywhere else besides the blog. *shrugs*

Each blog post is shared on Facebook & Twitter.

Either way, I plan to get better at "marketing" since that's one of my jobs on this team. :P

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    Amy
  Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:34 pm
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Update: Personal Blogs

You now have a personal development blog, viewable from your profile. This lists all your development blog posts for any game, basically anything you put in the dev blogs board even if it's just an isolated thread.

Eventually this will be prettied up to look like a blog roll.


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    Juan J. Sánchez
  Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:18 pm
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    coyotecraft
  Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:40 am
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Does this mean we should retire the "What are you working on?" topic?


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    ZenVirZan
  Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:01 pm
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coyotecraft wrote:
Does this mean we should retire the "What are you working on?" topic?
I'd assume not, because you can't discuss things when you can only post to your own thread / feed.

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    Amy
  Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:05 pm
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Blog posts are just forum threads that will eventually be reskinned to look like a blog with comments, so people can discuss them, just nobody can make threads in your blog*. So imagine a blog as just being a forum, where only your threads show, where the first post of each thread is formatted differently to look like a blog. It will make sense.

So to make a blog post just post a thread in Development Blogs.




* Technically. They can make threads in your game's blog, but we will remove them if so; this is so people can work on teams, even loose ones, without losing any functionality. We'll see how it works.


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    Juan J. Sánchez
  Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:25 pm
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Princess Amy wrote:
It will make sense.


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    StrawberrySmiles
  Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:44 pm
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Juan J. Sánchez wrote:
Princess Amy wrote:
It will make sense.

I trust Amy.

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    Amy
  Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:55 pm
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Basically at the end of the day a comment is just a post. So in reality a blog is just a forum presented in a different way. Give a song and dance about the first post in a thread and you have a blog post.


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