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  Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:43 pm
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Project Discussion Forum Rules
Completed Games and Demos
As of 09/22/2008

To view the General Rules of Hbgames.org, please click here.

Please remember that this board's rules are in conjunction with the General Forum Rules.

When posting in this forum, members are expected to understand and follow the rules and guidelines presented in this topic.

Thread Ownership

1.) Please do not Complain about Criticism
The primary purpose of this board is not just to get your game out there for others to see, but also for others to comment on your progress.  If you can't take criticism, no matter how harsh or friendly it may be, then it's not a good idea for you to post here.

Flaming is not criticism, nor is plain rudeness or insults.

Lastly, do not request your topic to be deleted because you don't like the responses you get.  We won't do it unless it turns into a blatant spam and flame fest, and even then we will only lock it.

2.) Minimum Posting Requirements for a Project Topic
When you start a project topic in this forum, it's under the assumption that you have a finished game, or are close to completing your game.

In your topic, you must have at least three screenshots, and a decent description of your game (perhaps the general storyline, gameplay aspects, etc).

Unfinished games should have [DEMO] in their title.

3.) Requirements for a Demo
In order for a demo to be accepted into this area of the forum, it must have at least 30 minutes of play time.  A good way to determine this, is if it takes you 20 to 25 minutes to play through your demo, it's a good chance that it will take 30 to 35 minutes for someone who doesn't know where everything is to play through.  Also, the game must have all the graphics included, and cannot have any crippling errors that will prevent a person from playing all the way through.

Tech demos are not allowed in consideration for a topic to be put in this forum.

4.) You Must Credit the Work of Others
If you happen to use a sprite, script, or other resource from another community member, or anyone else outside of hbgames.org, you must give full credit.  You don't have to run down an entire list, but mentioning them would certainly be appreciated, in the field that their work is used (For example, "Scripts by SephirothSpawn and Charlie.Lee, extra sprites by Venetia").

5.) Do Not Plagiarize
Plagiarism will not be tolerated, and is an automatic ban.  In addition, do not steal work of another's and pass it off as your own.  If you did not sprite, script, or code a particular piece in your project, do not name yourself the author. If you are posting someone else's project, or posting that of a team's, do not treat it as your sole work.

Also of note, using the same name of a project, character, item, spell, or any other source is not by default stealing, unless it carries much more similarities than just the common name.

6.) Non-English Games...
Due to the recent string of non-English speakers posting their games in the forums, we ask that if you cannot speak English or if you cannot at least run what you have to say through a translator, please do not post it.  This is a primary English-speaking forum, and there are very few people that speak and understand other languages.

If you want to translate your posts (or heck, even better, your games) Google Language Tools is a very good web translator.

7.) Commercial Games
Commercial games are now posted in this forum.  All the same rules apply.

Posting Constructively

1.) Do not Spam "Empty" Feedback
Saying something to the effect of, "That looks wrong, but I can't help you," is a waste of forum space.  Please tell a person why something looks wrong, even if you're not entirely sure what it is.  A response like, "That doesn't look right; I'm not sure why, but I think maybe the cliffs are off somehow," is much more helpful.

Other posts that are considered empty feedback would be, "good game", "this is bad", "I don't like it", ect.

2.) Do not Beat a Dead Horse
If you see several posts informing a topic creator of how horrible their grammar is, or if their mapping needs work, or anything else that's been mentioned several times, there's no need for you to make yet another post stating as much.   The topic owner can read; there's no need to pelt them with spam.

3.) Read the Thread!
If you have questions about a project thread, try reading at least the first post, if not the whole first page.  Chances are, your question has already been answered there.

Last edited by Amy on Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:12 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Edited for clarity.

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  Fri Feb 07, 2014 1:49 am
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Big Dumb Guy
Recently there has been a trend for games to be posted without the requirements set above. I have let them slide, as they have download links, videos, etc, but from now on the rules will be adhered to (will review them tomorrow), so as to maintain our usual high quality. Do not expect people to download files without some inkling as to what is in them, and remember, we are a discussion forum, not an advertising poster board. Thank you.

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