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  • 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...
  • XelionsSat Nov 07, 2020 1:54 pm
    I think I heard of discord once before this and it just seems like a replacement with more integration that isn't 20+ 30+ years old.
  • XelionsSat Nov 07, 2020 2:13 pm
    Everytime I hear reddit mentioned I think quora.. oh and I just visited reddit :spam1: feels like a generic news site
  • HunterFri Nov 13, 2020 3:37 pm
    I'm going to bombard you with down arrows because you don't exist inside my echo chamber! Reddit in a nutshell :razz:
  • HunterFri Nov 13, 2020 3:47 pm
    Also hey Top Gun! Good to see you.
  • HunterThu Nov 26, 2020 11:39 am
    Lol 81 user activation requests. I'm guessing each and every one of them a spam bot.
  • MatthewWed Dec 02, 2020 9:23 pm
    So this still exists. Hi!
  • XelionsSat Dec 12, 2020 12:31 pm
    Howdy Matt. Yes. Yes it Does! :razz:
  • XelionsSat Dec 12, 2020 12:32 pm
    How can a bot get past captcha and I can't :shock: stupid images
  • HunterThu Dec 17, 2020 5:29 pm
    Well the registration requires admin approval anyway, so you couldn't create an account here without telling me first.. Kinda sucks, but there is now a queue of 500 bots! So that gives you an idea of just how many spambots use this site.
  • HunterThu Dec 17, 2020 5:35 pm
    Btw: If someone reading this wants to create an account, you're gonna have to find some other way to let me know.. :P
  • XelionsTue Dec 22, 2020 7:46 am
    I'm assuming it's to do with the forum software. What would be a simple solution to this problem? Thought of some tricky methods that only maybe sophisticated bots could get past. It really shouldn't be a challenge for a person
  • HunterTue Dec 22, 2020 3:12 pm
    Well the Q&A method works best, but some spambots are actually real people (likely low paid freelancers) and they just breeze through and start spamming soon after a fake reply to a topic.
  • HunterTue Dec 22, 2020 3:12 pm
    It's surpising so many come here, given that the forum is dead, but I guess it's more to do with how much organic traffic comes through the server as a whole (even if most of it is bots).
  • HunterTue Dec 22, 2020 3:16 pm
    Correction:The Q&A method DID work well, but it seems like the bots can get through it now - strange that, considering many of the questions normally couldn't be answered by a bot.
  • HunterTue Dec 22, 2020 3:26 pm
    Since it doesn't seem to be working, rather than disable registration entirely, I've created a three step system that should help..
  • XelionsThu Dec 24, 2020 2:54 pm
    New system seems okay. If the bots are in fact people, can't really do anything about that. A fixed day count rotational Q&A but injected with some reverse polarity questions - and thinking I'm on the right track when I'm not and it's still correct :shock:
  • HunterWed Dec 30, 2020 11:42 am
    Seems to have worked - was getting dozens of bots per day, now haven't had a single one.
  • HunterWed Dec 30, 2020 11:42 am
    Hopefully regular users (if any exist) can still successfully register.
  • XelionsThu Dec 31, 2020 1:45 pm
    Give it time! Skynet will takeover :badgrin:
  • HunterFri Jan 01, 2021 10:38 am
    In that case I'll have to recruit Summer Glau to lead the resistance. Yum :D
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