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Hello Community!

The Workshop forge-fires continue to blaze! We have been hard at work since release and we still have a LONG list of things that needs doing. Today, we want share some updates with you.

Table of Contents:

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Our old interface was rather dated. So we've updated the customize rank interface. Here you can see the list of changes.
  • Members can now see all available rank icons in larger versions.
  • Dragon and Demon rank icons have been added.
    • Unlock Dragon rank icons by having the corresponding amount of uploaded resources.
    • Unlock Demon rank icons by having the corresponding amount of contest wins.
  • Icons you haven't unlocked yet are greyed out.
  • We have included the requirement to unlock a specific rank under each respective icon.
  • You can now see how it's going to look on your profile right away in the live preview.
  • You now also get a notification when you have unlocked a new rank icon! (Coming soon)

NOTICE - Additional ranks and banners will be added soon. More info will come later.

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NOTICE - "Wins" means 1st, 2nd or 3rd placement in contest.

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Why have so many medal awards if you can't show them to the world? Don't worry, we got you covered.
  • We have changed the award showcase limit of 4 to unlimited.
  • Members can now display ALL their awards if he/she so chooses.
  • Members can still customize the order in which awards are displayed on his profile.
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We prefer ads that are relevant for our community! Thusly, we have added a custom ad-rotator that will feature our own ads! This includes but is not limited to project spotlights! Many map makers want more people to play their maps, and this is a great way for your map project to get more exposure and more players to play your map!

For a small fee (see table below), members can get their own banner shown in our ad-rotator. We also allow animated GIF banners up to 2,5 MB. Hosted projects get this privilege free of charge (one of the perks of project hosting).

Members are allowed to design the banners themselves, provided they have the skill.
Our Advertising Policies provide guidance on what types of ad content are allowed. When advertisers place an order, each ad is reviewed against these policies. If you think that your ad was mistakenly disapproved, you can request a review of the decision in Admin Contact.


PROMOTIONAL BANNERS (LARGE 1400 x 150 pixels, SMALL 250 x 150 pixels)



Placement on site:

Header. Under the menu.

NOTICE - Adblock will not hide your ad, because your ad is part of the site.

Estimated daily results:

People reached: 24,000 - 26,000 daily unique views

Estimated monthly results:

People reached: 400,000k unique views

Payment Options:

Your ad will run for 7 days.
Total budget: 19,95$

Your ad will run for 30 days.
Total budget: 59,95$

Estimated daily views are based upon our internet traffic.

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Example of a large banner (1400 x 150px).

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Example of a small banner (250 x 150px).

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In celebration of reaching 99.000 members and Hive's 17th anniversary, we have decided to make a special LIMITED TIME ONLY community shirt! Don't miss this chance for your name to be immortalized!

Members who give 3$ before October 20th will get their name on the banner guaranteed. All other names will be backfilled prioritised by highest level.



The final shirt will be available for purchase after the deadline October 20th and will come in black, white and red versions. Members who give 3$ will get an equal discount as a coupon.

The reason for this "pre-order" is to make sure that anybody who wants a shirt gets their name on it.


Banner below is not final.

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Hello Community!

The Workshop forges are glowing hotter than ever! We have been hard at work since release and we still have a LONG list of things that needs doing. Our first priority is to fix any site breaking issues, after that we can move on to tweaking/adjusting things. We've heard a lot of feedback and many good ideas, which we will come to later.

We also want to tell you that we have multiple secret Hive projects in the works - which we can't wait to show you! Some features may take a bit longer than others, but all good things come to those who wait ;)

For now, we want share some updates with you.

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The Substandard badge has been removed and replaced with Useful / Simple badge and the description has been changed. The old name and description were misleading.

We are bringing back Director's Cut!
A moderator can now award a resource with the Director's Cut Badge (High Quality) which also grants the author +50 EXP. Director's Cut is a quality filter option that can help members search through some of the highest quality user submitted resources. Thanks to @Mr.Goblin for the badge icons!

NOTE: There are 5 years of resources to look through to catch up. So please be patient.


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Director's Cut / High Quality
Outstanding work of art and is considered amongst the community's best creations.
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Approved
Satisfies submission rules.
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Useful / Simple
Simplicity is bliss, low effort and/or may contain minor bugs.
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Rejected
Inappropriate, illegal, stolen or broken beyond useful without update.

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Some changes to our EXP system. Members can now see how much EXP is needed to gain the next level e.g. 4500 / 5000 EXP. We've also adjusted the EXP values a bit.
  • Posting messages +1 EXP
  • Creating a thread +2 EXP
  • Receiving a positive reaction +5 EXP
  • Submitting a tutorial +20 EXP (Changed to 20 from 10)
  • Submitting a resource +20 EXP (Changed to 20 from 10)
    • Submitting icons +10 EXP
  • Winning a contest +X EXP
    • Entry +X EXP
    • Judge +X EXP
  • Getting a 1-5
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    Star Rating +1-5 EXP (Coming soon)
  • Getting a
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    Director's Cut Badge +50 EXP (NEW)
    • DC/HQ Icons +15 EXP
NOTE: We are still fine tuning the system, so the above values are subject to change.

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We've made some changes to our User Ranks. The following Rank Icons can no longer be unlocked by posting.

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Chaos Blademaster
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Chaos Hellscream

The following ranks have been added instead. See the revised Rank list for details.

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Orc Warlock
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Gul'dan

As we've stated previously certain features/customization will become available once you reach certain levels similar to Rank icons. Members can now unlock Chaos Orcs, by having the corresponding level.

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Level 10
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Chaos Peon
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Level 20
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Chaos Grunt
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Level 30
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Chaos Wolf-Rider
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Level 40
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Chaos Warlock
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Level 50
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Chaos Taskmaster
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Level 60
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Chaos Blademaster
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Level 70
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Chaos Hellscream

NOTE: Other ranks will become available in the future (more info coming soon).

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Additionally getting your project hosted on Hive Workshop now unlocks a new banner and a special title with a link to your project. As well as many other perks! Apply for hosting to know more!

Example:

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NOTE: Other banners will become available in the future (more info coming soon).

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Any resources that were Director's Cut in the past will be so again. Members can also ask for a re-review of their submitted resources in the Staff Contact.
Resources are reviewed on a case by case basis and it's up to the respective moderator to decide if a resource is DC worthy. If you disagree with a moderator review, then you can contact the administration.

To get an idea on what constitutes a high quality asset and what we are looking for - here are some criteria that must be met.

Note that these are guidelines and are not fully comprehensive. We reserve the right to evaluate each resource submission on case by case basis.

Models - Nearly 100% original work (i.e. animations (flawless cycle, creative), mesh (execution, sculpting level, polies), texture (level of details, use of ingame textures, wrapping) etc.
  • Mesh (/20)
    • Coherence of polygon distribution, skill demonstrated in the shapes.
  • Wrap (/20)
    • Is it noticeably blurry or stretched from an in-game perspective? Do the textures have depth and definition?
  • Animations (/20)
    • Are they lively and fluid? Do they make good use of exaggeration and acceleration? How is the timing?
  • SFX (/10)
    • Are the effects properly saturated? Are they underwhelming? Are they appropriate for their animations and theme?
  • Portrait (/10)
    • Is the portrait visually pleasing and interesting, or is it an afterthought? Is it atmospheric? If applicable, can the model talk?
  • Mechanics (/10)
    • Selectability, footprints, sounds, collisions, attachments.
  • Creativity (/10)
Skins - 100% original freehand work (level of details, great lightning/shading, wraps perfectly, creativity, seamless, outstanding composition etc.)


Icons - 100% original freehand work


Maps - Outstanding map layout, terrain, assets, scripts, triggers, gameplay, story etc.


Spells - Execution, script, visual, gameplay, creativity etc.
  • Spell Criteria:
    • Excellent usage of imported materials or in-game effects, if any. (I'd weigh it about 15% - 20%)
    • High level of Configurability (10% - 15%)
    • Creativity (10% - 15%)
    • Importability (15%)
    • Code Maintainability (25% - 30%)
    • Game Mechanics (5% - 25%)
  • System Criteria:
    • Importability (35%)
    • Code Maintainability (30% - 35%)
    • User Friendliness (15% - 30%)
    • Efficiency (5% - 15%)
 

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"Ey take ya time, look around, see if there's somethin' ya like."


SHOP NOW

Ever since my interview with BlademasterRUSH I was surprised by how many people wanted to get their own HIVE t-shirt / hoodie. So here you go.

The HIVE Merch Shop is now online! We've set up a shop with Teespring to bring you a bunch of sweet options. We will add more cool merch over time but the shop is definitely worth a visit now.

I hope to one day quit my job and work on HIVE fulltime. That would be so much fun. By buying something from the store, you will help with that goal.

Big thanks to @Archian as well for helping setting up the store and creating art for it.

Three t-shirts on the store were made by @Mythic. Those are the "Like", "Love" and "MasterHaosis" shirts. By buying any of these, you will be supporting Mythic as he will get 50% of the their commission. If you also have a good idea for a design for the store, we'd love to work with you.

PS: It's me wearing one of the new t-shirts in the banner :grin:.
 
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A wave of heroic fervor ripples across the war-torn modeling fields. Time has come to create the neutral hero of your dreams. The Hive's very first HD MODEL CONTEST is here!

Put your modeling prowess to the test and join in the fun today! Visit the contest thread for more details.



 

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