Proposed Revisions wrote:Foundry Discussions
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I've left the Gameplay and Graphics workshops off this list for the time being, as I believe it would make sense to merge the two forums together to form the "Main Foundry Workshop(s): This forum is where the main action takes place; Gameplay is hammered out before map images receive lick, spit and polish."
The addition of the coloured dots/blobs/stamps that have been added to maps in development means that we can use these indicators to distinguish how maps are progressing - it's much simpler than the old systems of complex/lengthy title tags, or a forum filled with sticky topics.
This change is being suggested as mapmakers for the most part develop gameplay and graphics in tandem, and it can be frustrating (as a mapmaker and as a contributor) to receive feedback that does not correspond to the particular developmental target... The over-riding focus will remain on gameplay being hammered out before the graphics are polished; but the merging of the workshop forums should make it easier to follow maps and respond to feedback.