1. Affiliation with XForgery and MORE

      written by Ray Benefield
      Alright folks I have been like crazy busy with the Forgetacular contest. Things are starting to kick up in high gear. It is crunch time folks, we don't have very many days left until the deadline. Even though I've been busy I'm still going to be pumping out things for you guys to do and the forums are probably definitely keeping you busy if you are over there. We have a great community going with a bunch of dedicated designers working together. Speaking of working together, I am proud to announce an affiliation between ReachingPerfection.com and XForgery.com. I'm also proud to announce that Helix is in playtesting, so get your asses in gear and come join me and help me perfect this map so we can have something crazy awesome in BTB matchmaking. ;) Read on for details about the affiliation and forgetacular playtests folks.





      What is XForgery?


      You know how we say sometimes that Goldeneye was the Halo before Halo? Well Forgehub is the XForgery before XForgery. Forgehub was just kind of there to lay down the groundwork on how other communities should do it. The new place to chill is XForgery my friends. What is XForgery exactly, and what makes it different from Forgehub, Monitor Built, and all those other forging communities out there? Well I'm glad you asked Jimmy. XForgery is all about the community and equalizing everyone's status so that no one is above anyone else. At XForgery a staff position isn't a position of power, it is a position of responsibility... a job. The staff don't stand out and make themselves known unless someone needs their assistance in private. A member has as much say in something as every one else on the site. And it is shown through every system in place on the site.


      A community focus


      So what exactly makes XForgery so community focused? The first thing is how the feature system works. Every member has the ability to nominate maps/gametypes for feature over the week. At the end of the week the list of maps/gametypes are collected. In the background the "supporters" of the site (those who have earned the title of supporter contributed something to the site) vote to narrow it down to a top 5. Then those top 5 go back to the community and the community votes for a winner. So why does this system work? First the community chooses what they like, then the supporters filter out joke maps, and not so fun maps while simultaneously saying "These five are worthy to be featured this week". And then the community gets the final say in what gets featured. This ensures that no terrible maps get featured by accident, and it also gives the community HUGE amount of say in what gets featured. Best part is that there is almost never a disagreement in what gets featured (there has been a couple in the past year or so, but no system is perfect). Even better is that the person who gets featured, earns supporter for a month and gets to help filter the next few weeks worth of maps for feature.

      And this is just one system that is in place. Another system to equalize everyone is the ability for anyone to have a colored name. At places like FH people stand out with their colored names and get more attention than those without. At XF everyone can have a colored name so the color of ones name acts similar to an avatar in personalizing a person's experience. If you are specifically looking for staff, just ask and they will come to the rescue, otherwise everyone gets the same amount of attention because everyone is an equal. You will find this theme of never popularizing the popular at XF everywhere. They also take the time to welcome every single member that creates an intro thread at XF. Compare FH's Introduction forum with the highest amount of replies on the first page being 3 with most being 0 with XF's Introduction forum where no one goes unnoticed and gets at least one reply (sometimes intros get missed by people, but it never gets missed by Null the admin... lol).


      All about convenience


      Not only is the community great, but XF also has a very talented programmer running the site. Null Parameter is one of the most dedicated souls out there and he is there to make your life easier at XForgery. Remember that feature process about nominating maps? You don't have to link to it. All you have to do is press the nominate buttom on the map/gametype thread and the map will instantly be added to the nomination thread in addition to all of the other maps/gametypes you nominated. There is also specially made Map/Gametype BBCode that turns a map into a nice little thumbnail with the name and link to the content. There is also a map post generator form that is easy to fill out to smooth out your posting process at XF. Even better there is a fancy Map Search engine that finds maps dynamically for you while you can sort and filter maps in a variety of ways. Null even setup a feature to find how many downloads each piece of content has and the forum displays that number next to your content. There are so many features at XF that are unique to XF that once you get used to them you will be afraid to leave. Don't believe me? Check out the conventional map forum and see for yourself and then click on a map to see the fancy customized map thread. You won't get this kind of service anywhere else.


      Forgetacular Testing


      And finally XForgery is filled with dedicated members that are determined to keep you happy. Great proof of that is the recent Forgetacular Testing sessions that they have going on right now. They have over 100+ maps submitted for testing and I can guarantee that each person helping out is determined to get every single map played and reviewed along with saved films of the games. That is dedication my friends. And I am proud to be one of those individuals helping out the forgetacular tests. So come join me. As an RPer you can help by signing up to be a designated reviewer and helping XF out. What are you waiting for? Come join us... btw, Helix will be in testing as well. Oh and did I mention that you get a chance to win the noble map pack and other stuff if you are a designated reviewer and participate in 10 games? That's some great incentive right there.


      Wrap up


      I hope you guys read that all. Basically XF is awesome and well worth your time if you want a forging community to chill at. And help out with the forgetacular testing. That is pretty much all. Oh and help me perfect Helix. It is a blast to play on. ;)

      23 comments:

      Anonymous said...

      Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

      anANGRYkangaroo said...

      Goin over to XForgery to check stuff out now :)

      Prod said...

      :) <3 xf

      Rifte said...

      hm iv nevr herd of xforgury but dey sooun d leik hm iv nevr herd of xforgury but dey sooun d leik pretyt kool ppls.pretyt kool ppls.

      Rifte said...

      oops i copie pasted twais on teh same post hahahaha.

      Somewhat more on topic, keep the falcons on Helix :)

      BadCompany Brik said...

      "... each person helping out is determined to get every single map played and reviewed along with saved films of the games." Is this a roundabout way of promoting yourself? :p

      DriedMoss said...

      I've been through XForgery (XF) in the past during Halo 3's early days. Never registered at XF before today. Now that I've seen RP members commenting, I have become a casual passerby at XF. XF is a nice place to visit, I have stronger roots here, and I feel the gravity here at RP is greater. RP & XF = a welcome unity of good design and eye candy.

      Dulden said...

      I actually joined XForgery a few weeks a go, and I gotta admit I like XForgery better.Like you said, everyone is equal. Also the site design itself is a little more user friendly. Another thing is there's a bunch of contests and stuff. I love the FireFight Fridays, they're really good and fun ways to earn XF points. Plus the sig pets are pretty smart. Only thing not so great about XF is that people don't really comment on a map unless it's a really good one from someone known around the site. If an average person makes a thread there'll be a few posts, and most are compliments not construction criticism. So yes all in all, I XF is a little better then FH.

      SmartAlec13 said...

      I like Xforgery. Its a smalltown version of Forgehub. As for Forgetacular, I do not know if I will be submitting. I just cant seem to think up any ideas that wont get destroyed by the competition.

      On a side note. I love how you can see the CommChatter exposure on the Pageviewcounter

      Jonzorz_124 said...

      Xforgery seems like a pretty cool place, I just registered there last night to help out with testing. Though I definitely prefer the warmer atmosphere of our little community of designers, XForgery seems like a nice place to popularize a finished piece because of their larger community base. I'm excited to see what this affiliation will bring.

      GodlyPerfection said...

      I definitely agree we have a more focused study group of designers. And it is great if we want to talk about design with people who are on the same terms (Forge Lessons) as us. XForgery will definitely be the place to popularize your content while RP is the place you perfect it.

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