Answer to the last 3 messages: To be honest i thought SC2 would bring the doom of War3, and i was partly right.The amount of players did drop alot, yet not as much as i thought.
My way of developing maps includes endless beta-testing of new version and ultra-early fixes whenever any bug is found, followed by the immediate release of the fixed version, for further testing, until a stable state is reached.
What happened to Avatar is a combination of no longer being able to go through that process (there weren't enough players to fill all roles in a meaningful way anymore) and me having to focus on game design studies. I realize now that it was a mistake to completely let it go. I should have taken some time on more holidays to check the actual situation in b.net .
What holds true however, is that most of my registered beta-testers are no longer active, and i don't really have the time these days to redo the gathering work and re-reach my old level of coding and stuff. It's something i'd really like to do, but unfortunately cannot right now.
If i do get back to it And find beta testers, it will be a matter of days, maybe weeks, and i might decide it's too time-consuming halfway through, in which case nobody will hear about the attempted revival. That happened before. If i do get through all of it and release a new version, well you'll notice the map being updated here.
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Are you active again? If you do, I love that! <3
You know,I even didn't completing a single map translation of your maps which made me consider myself as a (any bad word here).
Your maps have a lots of potential, so do you, it is a guilt dont to translate (your) great maps.
After seeing the news of your temporary inactive to handle your study, I promised myself to finish the Avatar map translation when there is a update after 0.59
How I translate maps:
1. Use MPQ Master to extract war3map.wts, war3map.w3u, war3map.w3a, war3map.w3t
2. Run WE, press F6
3. Load w3u, w3a and w3t
4. Copy their name, description, tool, any visible text into a Note
6. Something like this http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/29/translatel.jpg/
7. Copy the Chinese one, all back to w3u, w3a and w3t via WE
8. Translate wts
9. Place war3map.wts, war3map.w3u, war3map.w3a, war3map.w3t into the map, replace the English one
I know this problem... I have the same with alot of players from France (where i live) who can't read english and either leave or ask things all day.
As for the changelog, i already try to reference all text changes there, but for that purpose i'll try to make that alot more precise.
That said, you'd need to tell me how exactly translation works. I know it's been done in DotA somehow (seen that in some changelogs) but my DotA remained written in english, while i have a french warcraft3.
I don't care about that, actually i like it better in english, but it doesn't help me understand how we could make a version of Avatar available in other languages, that you could play with someone with another language version... Or did i misunderstand something?
May I translate your map 'Avatar' into Chinese, and release it?
Actually, I started translating 'Avatar' since it's 0.49(never finished), but I didn't have enough courage to ask you about this at that time.
I want to translate it into Chinese as it is too tiring for me and players who want to play it with everyone to teach newbies in every game. Also, some newbie always quit game as they are scared by huge wall of English texture. At some extreme samples: some RDA players can only have 20 max population all along the game.
I am not a professional translator but I can deal with huge wall of text and typing all day long without feeling boring, and I promise I will keep your manings of each sentence as far as possible.
If you approve, would you please do me a favour to give me the very short changelog like which units' have been changed, so that I don't need to place all the texts in one note to compare which INFOBOX has been changed(what I'm doing now).
I play sc2 more now, but i did reopen war3's editor to finish avatar a few days ago. The problem was that the host bot doesn't work anymore, and that i had nobody to test it when i managed to get my normal hosting up again.
So i thought i might aswell keep training on sc2 mapping, but if we meet on bnet i can finish this.
hay you dont know me but do you think i can get a unprotected version of your map "Rival Dynasties" i would really like to see how you made the map and edit it a bit, you would get the credit in the map of coarse