Blender Battles is getting a software upgrade, and a slight (tiny) makeover of the website.
i have remade the site from scratch using a new CMS (same people that did the current CMS, but a new version written from scratch)
some of the previous site bugs have been fixed in the new version)
Avatar uploads (the only one i know of that didn’t work before)
the forum software is far more advanced, and blows even elysiun and blender3d.org out of the water with forum features
the downlaods section is much improved and easier to use. it will enable us and you to more easily add your texture files, and model files for us to moderate and post.
the whole software is a lot smoother in general
The new system will enable us to Automate the announcement of challenges. things such as the weekend SMC’s and the Weekly materials challenge will be put up on time without staff involvement over the year. (will make the site far more reiable currently it hasn’t been to crash hot on staff reliability sorry)
i am taking the oppertunity to also introduce my plans for Blenderville.
Blenderville is a city made up of winners of challenges at Blender battles, each challenge (even SMC’s with friends) will be assigned a set of points, and these can be used to purchase land at Blenderville.
with the land you buy, you will be given a plot .blend file and be allowed to build a house within the boundaries and to the scale we give (realistic scale is fairly important) you can build it in any style you like, you could make it a garbage dump, a space rocket launch pad… you purchase further height to your section. so the taller you want to build the more you need to pay
you will be able to buy the rights to own a car, and get to add a car of your design to the city.
each month the files will be appended together and rendered to create the city render. and over time the city will grow and change. (there will bea record of the growth. with all the images being kept)
this is my plan. now come the tricky part.
we have these tasks that need to be done in order to get it up and running, and keep it running. all of these would be worth points towards it if you so desired.
1)Create a sectioned .blend file of the city containing roads, hills, streams, and the sub divided areas numbered. witha reserve for city owned buildings in the center (don’t need any buildings on it yet) (once off)
2)tally up the existing winners of competitions/challenges and give them points. (once off) (and ongoing)
3)collect .blend files and render the city monthly (ongoing)
- manage the points, i.e. deduct points and give people properties. (ongoing)
5)write a module for the cms in PHP to help with managing points. (i don’t know how easy or hard this would be, its not essential to have it running but it would make this a lot quicker for people admining) (once off)
what do people think about this?
i would really love some people to help put this together. i don’t have much time in my own life. a the city should start with about 20 properties of varying shapes, sizes, and hilliness.
if you want to help with any of those things then i would be glad to hear from you.
new website with new software (don’t sign up you will just be wiped when i transfer databases, its a test site so far :P)
any and all coments please.