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atom17 years ago2003-08-16 12:40:00 UTC 0 comments
Shoutbox evidence of that traumatic move was (fortunately) flushed away when I eventually got the important bits of the database back up.

The contest has been extended by a day, but only really because it'll now be closing at midnight U.S. time (one of them), so you would have lost 8 hours otherwise.

The MapVault will be back to normal tomorrow, but everything else should be working fine already... now I could do with a break. That was one of the ugliest sessions I've had on my PC for a while, and I feel violated.
atom17 years ago2003-08-13 15:13:00 UTC 0 comments
Finally, you can upload your own personal avatar! Go to the My Profile page after logging-in, and click 'Select'. You'll find a link in the popup.

Tell me if you encounter a problem, because I haven't done very much testing on it.

Now... if the site goes down tomorrow (or in fact, any time in the next few days), it'll probably be a good thing, because it means we're moving. If I mis-time the database and file sync it'll be a bad thing, so let's hope I don't :). The site should then be back up within a day... fingers crossed
atom17 years ago2003-08-10 16:48:00 UTC 0 comments
Okay, so it's not completely off-topic. Y'know the shoutbox here at TWHL? I'm sure you do, and if you've used it, I'm sure you know how cool it is :). Well, I've just launched a brand new website that has a much fancier version that you can use in your own websites... for free, naturally!

Please check out bluebox, and give the 'chatterbox' a go - there's a demo here. And then tell all your friends about it ;)
Andy17 years ago2003-08-10 01:39:00 UTC 1 comment
One of our Members has had an article published on Collective.
Congratulations go to Mike. You can check the article out at: http://collective.valve-erc.com/index.php?doc=1059416746-92484100
Andy17 years ago2003-08-08 07:24:00 UTC 0 comments
Yes, someone has already guessed... I fried my Laptop, along with two weeks work on a DoD map and my additions to the new tutorial by Seventh-Monkey. Oh well, maybe that is for the best.. (Back up always and often, who said that?)

Anyway, have a look at the new tutorial:
'Rain' it is a lot of fun, but a bit of an r_speed hog that might not be suited to all mappers. But it does work and that is the main thing. If you have any questions, I am sure that Seventh-Monkey will be more than happy to answer them.
atom17 years ago2003-08-01 13:17:00 UTC 0 comments
Skeeve has kindly written two site pages for us: IRC help and a links page - something TWHL has needed for ages.

I've also finally written a Map Vault map delete function, so you can delete any maps you don't want in the Vault.

Contests... there've been so many requests I fear for my life now :) As a result, a new one has been launched: Trapped. You've only got two weeks, so get started right away!
Andy17 years ago2003-07-25 21:41:00 UTC 0 comments
Due to the ever changing nature of map editing, [and the fact that I really hate being wrong] I have made a few changes to some of the original tutorials. Some of the changes are in response to the questions from the forums, others are just things that I found, stuff that needed explaining a little better. I have added new screen shots where possible.

Also, a new tutorial from pepper: 'Terrain' that should help you to make those amazing Mountains and Cliff faces you have always wanted
Enjoy !
Two new tutorials from our members, check out 'Teleporters' by Skeeve and 'Vending Machines' by Vassy.

Vending Machines has been Updated to show you how to use a Prefab, and working with Vassy's tutorial turn it into a can spilling demon..

Any idea for a tutorial is a good idea. Send them in !!

'Setup Guide - CS' is back by popular demand.
atom17 years ago2003-07-11 16:09:00 UTC 0 comments
The MapVault now has proper a proper sorting thing. Yay! There's also some new info up at the top of every page - latest tutorial and contest status. By the way, there are a couple of tutorials in the pipeline, .....

Two New Tutorials posted, I have removed the CS-Setup guide and replaced it with a multi-Mod setup guide, check it out 'Setup Guide:(WorldCraft/Hammer)' also I have added a little something for those of you wanting a challenge 'Elevator Doors that move'.

If anyone has an idea for a tutorial.. Let me know, or just put it down on a .txt file and e-mail it to Andy.
atom17 years ago2003-07-08 12:54:00 UTC 0 comments
Those entries were so good it took me almost 3 weeks to judge them. Whoa! Check 'em out. Well done to everyone who entered.

Plenty of you will have noticed the stupid 2MB upload limit that I can't do anything about right now. But I've just done a work-around that might actually make things easier for some of you: you can now link to a zip file on another server!
Andy17 years ago2003-07-05 23:21:00 UTC 0 comments
SlayerA has done it again with a great little Decal tutorial, check it out. 'Decals, all you need to know' will show you the easiest way to place decals in your map.

Rebel Shuttle has also come up with a great little tutorial on the 'Land Mine Effect'.
Andy17 years ago2003-06-22 02:23:00 UTC 0 comments
This new tutorial shows you the easiest way of adding night to your outdoor area. Dark Outdoor Maps will guide you through the process for making your map appear nightlike.
atom17 years ago2003-06-19 13:16:00 UTC 0 comments
If you thought the downtime last week was nice, then I'm sure you loved this week's :)

Fortunately they had a backup, so the site is back to how it was on Monday.
atom17 years ago2003-06-15 15:29:00 UTC 0 comments
Freakfragger is our 100th member, so we're sending him $1.2 million* because we feel so pleased with ourselves :) pop clink

In other news... you've only got a week left to enter our current contest - Scripted. So hurry up, dammit! There are some entries already in. Good luck to y'all.

I've just been looking at our hit logs. Here are our most popular pages, in case anyone's interested: the tutorial page is first, with 180 hits a day. The forum list page is racking up about 170 a day (surprising, since nothing's happening on them :)). The Vault is getting about 120, which is pretty cool. The lowest per-day count is for the 'forgot password' page (0.33), but I reckon that counts as a good thing :)

Oh, and getting wildly off-topic, check out this soccer quiz. It's a friend of mine's, and if you enter he'll send you a sweetie.** That is, if you dare to.

<SMALL>*Only joking, but we would if we had that much money. Honest.

**Well, he might. Depends on whether he has any left.</SMALL>
atom17 years ago2003-06-13 16:30:00 UTC 1 comment
Wow, two weeks of uptime for the server. That must be a record. Of course, someone had to trip over a cable or something yesterday evening and then didn't notice until mid-morning today.

Sorry guys! Just thought I'd let you know that I'm always on the look-out for more reliable hosts... if only they didn't all charge ridiculous amounts for bandwidth usage.

Anyway... If you've looked at the MapVault and had some ideas for improvements, head over to the Stuff forum and check out my post there. Any ideas are greatly appreciated!