• XelionsFri May 01, 2020 11:41 am
    Lot more fun to be had modding IMHO
  • HunterMon May 04, 2020 4:39 am
    Yeah modding can be fun, though I think my modding skills are a little dated these days (a bit like my coding skills). I often think about learning something new, I just find it hard to sink my teeth into that something. :nod:
  • HunterTue May 05, 2020 6:12 am
    So turns out the forum update broke the installation. Had to restore a backup - the database is a day old, BUT the file system is um.. possibly older in parts, not sure, there is definitely some missing data.
  • HunterTue May 05, 2020 6:12 am
    And to your question (that is now gone), yes I used to work in tech, but not anymore. Also I'm not a programmer.
  • XelionsThu May 14, 2020 11:48 am
    File system? attachments?
  • XelionsThu May 14, 2020 11:49 am
    Are you in tech or IT? or something completely different?
  • XelionsThu May 14, 2020 11:50 am
    I meant in that sector :roll:
  • HunterFri May 15, 2020 2:19 am
    Attachments seem fine.
  • HunterFri May 15, 2020 2:20 am
    Yeah I use a computer for work.
  • HunterFri May 15, 2020 2:21 am
    Definitely in that sector
  • XelionsSun May 17, 2020 1:13 pm
    It's funny how you gave away so little information in that 2nd last comment
  • XelionsSun May 17, 2020 1:29 pm
    That TestScene got me thinking about Lost Souls more :razz: I looked at some of the Nightmares' ships. How did aldo even come up with the idea or designs - it's dark! I did see the wiki entry and could see where the inspiration was from but it mentioned the design changed regulary. Would be nice to see some concept art from begining to end :nod:
  • HunterTue May 19, 2020 2:43 am
    Just don't go assuming I'm somekind of secret agent :P I just prefer to keep things private as this is an open channel publicly searchable.
  • HunterTue May 19, 2020 2:44 am
    I have no idea how he came up with the designs. You could ask the same about any designer. In fact, I could ask myself the same question. How did I come up with a certain thing? No idea, it just happened... actually it bothers me a lot because I feel like it's a talent I don't know how to properly harness.
  • HunterTue May 19, 2020 2:45 am
    Also, crap, I have to get root canal treatment..
  • XelionsWed May 20, 2020 2:20 pm
    I'm all for privacy. I think thats why so many people lurk now adays too :pirate:
  • XelionsWed May 20, 2020 2:22 pm
    Wasn't that the benefit of restricted forum topics?
  • XelionsWed May 20, 2020 2:23 pm
  • XelionsWed May 20, 2020 2:29 pm
    I think it's a given that inspiration is drawn from many sources. Obviously sound is a different subject to visual design but I feel with concept art especially storyboard-like work you can guess where some design details may come from.
  • XelionsWed May 20, 2020 2:33 pm
    Ouch :nod: at any dental work
  • HunterSat May 23, 2020 6:50 am
    I mean, I've done 3d modeling, level building, texturing, animations, voice work, music work, scripting, web design, web coding etc.. but I probably couldn't write a tutorial on any of those things :D I just poke at things until they work!
  • HunterSat May 23, 2020 6:51 am
    Only thing I've not really done much of is writing.
  • HunterSat May 23, 2020 6:52 am
    Perhaps I'll amend that at some point..
  • XelionsSat May 30, 2020 9:46 am
    What software did/do you use for 3d modeling? With level building the software is game/game-type specific right?
  • XelionsSat May 30, 2020 10:21 am
    I've found there's really handy tips and tricks with most skills, but are not written down anywhere in a single guide thats easily searchable online. A good example is voice work - buying/finding an inexpensive mic, using different materials: to cover the mic to improve recording, on modifying room accoustics. The time of day to record voice work, recommended software, etc. There's a collective wealth of information but the internet just doesn't seem to have it in the one place.
  • HunterWed Jun 03, 2020 8:56 am
    Um.. I have used 3D Studio in the past and messed about with things like Blender. But really I haven't done much game related design for years, except for the odd Descent project. Going back to the very beginning, Freespace is where I started! But that's all long gone now.. I often think about getting back into proper 3D design - maybe via working on some retro-style game that doesn't require hundreds of hours of high poly work. I just don't know where it'd fit into my life.
  • HunterWed Jun 03, 2020 8:56 am
    Yeah, I actually did play around with voice work once about 15~20 years ago. I recall doing some dialogue for Freespace missions at one point. And when I was doing Let's Plays a few years back (instead of longplays) I became aware of those 'special times of day' that worked best for recording. Subsequently that's why I stopped doing them, because it was hard to get a good recording done.
  • XelionsSat Jun 13, 2020 6:06 pm
    I wonder why books on topics like that aren't published - with the tips/tricks. Save a frack load of time for anyone! Commonsense and practicality is something most humans greatly lack in any useful or tangible way. Sometimes I ponder why half the books I read are just plain crap! :-({|=
  • XelionsSat Jun 13, 2020 6:11 pm
    A skill/talent I'd like to have would be able to draw really DAMN good - I'd use it for concept art, storyboarding, DREAMS (this is a big one for me), product design, engineering, etc. The vision! :shock:
  • HunterThu Jul 02, 2020 8:50 am
    I think it's because we like to treat these things as hobbies and not work. If you were paid to make things, then someone else might be paid to create a manual with your input .But for hobby crafting etc? I guess only people that want to teach it to others will do that.
  • HunterThu Jul 02, 2020 8:52 am
    There is the danger of turning a hobby into a 'second job' if you're not careful, even with gaming that can be the case. When I played EVE Online regularly I had literal spreadsheets like it was a real job.
  • HunterThu Jul 02, 2020 8:53 am
    Now when I play games, it's very casual and I avoid slipping into that intense kind of play.
  • HunterThu Jul 02, 2020 9:00 am
    And I treat modding the same way, it's very intense for a short time, then it's back to normalcy.
  • XelionsMon Jul 06, 2020 3:50 pm
    People still write papers for bragging rights. They might not necessarily get paid for it.
  • XelionsMon Jul 06, 2020 3:52 pm
    For modding to become a job you need to really be good at it. Lets exclude poorly rated games or mods :razz:
  • HunterWed Jul 08, 2020 5:06 pm
    I guess being crap has its own benefits.. like no one would want to steal it :D
  • XelionsWed Jul 15, 2020 4:08 pm
    I don't know. People steal crap sometimes.
  • HunterThu Jul 16, 2020 3:09 pm
    I can only dream of being stolen from :D Except my computer hardware I guess.. or maybe my clothes.. or my eve ISkies..
  • XelionsSun Aug 09, 2020 12:56 am
    Fracking Sick Sux :crybaby: 2+ weeks now
  • HunterTue Aug 11, 2020 11:56 am
    Sick sick, flu sick, cold sick, covid sick?
  • XelionsThu Aug 13, 2020 8:16 pm
    Flu *highest probability!
  • HunterSun Aug 30, 2020 12:17 pm
    Does anyone else keep getting timeouts when accessing the site? I get cloudflare warnings saying the host is down, but it seems fine.
  • XelionsWed Sep 02, 2020 4:24 pm
    Nope. But I haven't visited since last time.
  • HunterTue Sep 15, 2020 3:23 pm
    Seems to be okay now.
  • XelionsMon Oct 05, 2020 6:47 pm
    Thought I'd chime in :?: and ask something. So hlp was down for so and so right... And this place didn't see a visitor. Was there another backup forum or did everyone flood IRC?
  • HunterTue Oct 06, 2020 11:30 am
    SG Is no longer a port of call for HLPers, and most of the newer members don't even know we exist. But it doesn't matter, SG is pretty much a retirement home now anyway..
  • XelionsSat Oct 10, 2020 6:16 pm
    That started well but ended with a bleak outlook. I miss simplier days. Social media is a thorn and reddit is a means with no end :-({|=
  • HunterTue Oct 13, 2020 12:13 pm
    Fah! Reddit is a shadow of its former self :bazooka:
  • Top GunMon Oct 19, 2020 7:23 am
    The HLP Discord is where most people were hanging out during the downtime. I don't think there are very many people left who use the IRC channel.
  • Top GunMon Oct 19, 2020 7:24 am
    Damn but it's been a while since I poked my head in here though...

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