The Foundry has been a bustling place...well at least behind the scenes the C.A.'s and I have been busy! (Whew, and I've been swamped in real life too...always getting in the way of CC...but that's another story!) We're happy to announce and introduce a few improvements to the Foundry.
First off, as some of you may know, our XML Interim Lanyards has become extra busy as of late and has resigned to prioritize real life over CC (I know, who does that kind of thing? ). We all wish him well and hope that he can still drop by the Foundry every once in a while and work on his maps and dish out feedback!
And on that note, the C.A.'s and I are happy to announce that we've a new XML Interim to fill Lanyards' place --- Forza AZ. He's been long helping out cartographer's with XML problems and fixes and he's happily accepted the official role of XML Interim. His job will be conducted nearly the same as Lanyards, though as to better facilitate his needs we will be creating an announcement topic in the Final Forge sub-forum called: "XML Check Request." Here cartographers will post a link to their map's topic and a link the map's XML so Forza can check it. He'll respond with an "all clear" or "needs some fixing" in the map's respective thread. Welcome aboard Forza AZ --- glad to have you helping out!
In other news...
If after reaching Final Forge, a map's development and/or feedback has stalled for a significant period of time, or if a map undergoes an overhaul of graphics and/or game play that may require the map to re-earn a stamp, said map will be returned to the Main Foundry to go through the development process once again. The mapmaker(s) will be notified prior to this move.
- South Africa
And in more news...
Once a map has received both the Game Play and Graphics stamp, the Foundry staff will determine if the map has the level of support expected of maps that reach the Final Forge stage. During this period the map will be stickied in the Main Foundry so that visitors can easily identify which maps are nearing Forge. Maps which are not deemed to be ready for the Forge, or which fail to generate adequate support as determined by the Foundry staff, will be un-stickied and given time for further work and further review in the Main Foundry.
Unit_2, a Foundry Helper maintaining the Developmental Atlas, has become busy with real life also. But we are happy to announce the our old friend Cairnswk will be taking over the job of maintaing the Developmental Atlas. It's glad to have you back at work again!
We hope these improvements...well improve the Foundry! And keep your eyes out in the next few days for another exciting announcement as well! So lets get back to Map Making. And don't forget to smile and eat a banana.