Are you planning to upload some content to Quadropolis - Great! Read on!
The Cube Wiki article Distributing Maps contains the original text of this guide;
This deals with the specifics of Quadropolis postings.
It tries to prepare you for providing poished content to the community and avoid any unwanted tags, maybe even get you a starred content one. ;-)
Apart from the must-read part on proper packaging there's a lot more information on this topic, feel free to read those at your leisure.
Quadropolis uses a number of paradigms to serve differently formatted media-packages for Cube Engine games of a number of flavours;
The top-level paradigm "node" is wether your media is a Map - this might need to include more than the actual *.cgz, *.ogz or whatever extension your MOD uses, actually - or whether it's a MOD - that might mean anything from some basic content modding up to a full-blown total-conversion - or if it's a Script addon.
The Scripts currently might need to be refactored; while they were actually thought for CubeScript Only there's a number of early nodes there that should be MODs - please put non-CubeScript scripts into MODs yourself, thanks!
The node paradigm results in a type-specific container which will hold a number of attributes.
So you will want to present users with a screenshot of your map or mod .. but traditionally scripts don't have one.
maps will want to be categorized by the different gamemodes (e.g. a Capture-only map or even a gamemode only available in a quadropolis supported mod (e.g. CTF for AC)), or size (for 4 players, 16 players ..).
A mod will need to flag the operating-systems it's for.
Please take care when filling out the form for an upload - incorrect settings here are often reason for complaint, really pick the right choice/choices for each field! Especially Licensing has repeatedly been assigned incorrect values.
Don't forget to check display of your new node, e.g. after having logged out .. to see it's showing up everything;
you can always click on "edit" when viewing nodes you posted (of course being logged in again),
and fix up any or all the field settings .. if you want to update your node with a new file for example :)
Even if it's just a single map!
Do not use any other packaging software; ZIP is universally available.
Always package content so that it can be extracted directly into the installation folder;
this explains why even a single map file should be zipped (they should be in the subfolder packages/base/ inside the ZIP (or equivalent for non-sauerbraten games))... maybe the only exception to this zipping rule would be a very simple script - one that will either be called directly from autoexec.cfg (or even be copied into it), since they would best be placed directly in the installation folder anyway.
Don't replace content! There is always a way to make your content sit side-by-side with the regular stuff,
if you actually do need to replace stuff (models come to mind) then just add information about how to switch to and fro in your README.
Remove all cruft from it too before uploading, just the content and a readme should be in it.
Don't include any hidden files of your system ... like those Windows and MacOS like to create - but *Nix users should watch out too! Remove them from the ZIP-file after zipping if you can't prevent them from going in in the first place. Also do not name your ZIP-file packages.zip.
A good naming convention can be:
For a map called The Arena Of Splatz, filename: splatza would work very well as splatza2345aug31.zip with
packages/base/splatza.ogz packages/base/splatza.cfg packages/base/splatza.jpg packages/textures/splatza/textures.cfg packages/textures/splatza/sign02.png packages/textures/splatza/team_red.png packages/textures/splatza/team_blue.png packages/models/mapmodels/splatza/lamp/tris.md5 packages/models/mapmodels/splatza/lamp/skin.png packages/models/mapmodels/splatza/lamp/md5.cfg packages/sounds/mapsounds/splatza/sounds.cfg packages/sounds/mapsounds/splatza/near_flag.ogg
Your ZIP should be structured something like this:
or see a fully expanded version.
On linux I can recommend using a file with a line for each part to be included in the zip and then
calling something like
zip -r my_upload.zip -i@my_files ./ from the installation folder.
On Windows XP (or later) ZIP is integrated into your FileManager (Explorer).
Unless you're using a more elaborate GUI capable of compressing into classic WinZIP format I'd suggest the following procedure to create a clean upload:
For MacOS the following programs have been mentioned on the forum.
These aspects may be optional and/or required - this depends largely on the target engine, but can also be due to the very nature of your node;
you should have some good idea of what would go as using common sense simply by examining other nodes on quadropolis - pick one w/o packaging issues and with probably highly rated content, don't just rely on one ZIP though - examine as many as you can.
For content nodes that require a screenshot please take some care in creating it.
Take a look at the subline of the screenshot-form-element in the upload-form to see current limitations,
at the time of writing these were 1024 KB maximum file-size and 640x480 maximum dimensions.
JPG or PNG should be the formats of choice and reducing file-size as much as possible a courtesy to the community :)
Consider using the Pretty Screenshot (by MeatROme [2006-07-05 17:05]) script to avoid ugly output as well as the HUD and hudgun to clutter that extra nice viewpoint you've chosen for your map. A much more recent Script (by RaZgRiZ [2011-07-26 09:58]) is Q-Screen, so check that out!
To shoot from angles where you can't stand on geometry consider switching to
gamespeed 10 - that way you don't get the editmode stuff on your screenie ;)
The regular screenshot is usually too dark,
consider using channel-mixing techniques to enhance the image so it shows up better!
In-Game settings can also enhance your screenshots - e.g. fullscreen shaders (bloom, ..), FOV but not gamma!
It's always a good idea to include a readme, usually named something like README_mycontent001.txt;
place information in there about creation date, contact information (nice-to-have not must-have) and
anything pertaining to how to use your work with the engine.
For the self-check to work the map filename in the ZIP must be different than the wip_mapname_023 - Work-In-Progress - editing filename was .
You should try out your own zip by extracting it into your own game-home-DIR - see the where is my home FAQ on our wiki.
It's recommended you provide a .wpt, or whatever waypoints get saved as in your game.
/dropwaypoints 1and run around the map, being sure to avoid complicated moves that the bots cannot handle (rifle/rocket/grenade jumps, etc), in Sauerbraten type
/savewaypointswhen you are done, or in Blood Frontier simply type
You should be aware that not everyone out there is running the same OS (operating system) as you are.
Especially variations on upper-/lowercase can be a problem here,
even if your Windows loads the textures fine with the file being image.JPG but the map-CFG loading IMAGE.jpg - it won't work on systems that are aware of case in their filenames (Unix, Linux, Mac OS X, ...) - your safest bet is to always go for lowercase filenames ... and check the extensions (some systems blend them out by default).
Another pitfall can be using weird characters in your filenames - even spaces can be quirksome - please avoid them.
If you adhere to the guidelines above you should be safe just pointing newcomers here - or the user guide.
The examples are fitted for Sauerbraten content,
the other games are sufficiently similar, or will be commented on in appropriate sections.
BloodFrontier needs no extra .wpt, AssaultCube has
packages/maps base directory, stuff like this.