Tonight I sat down to do some work on the website but found myself getting absorbed in a thread over at the Battlefront website regarding scenario design and lack of feedback and testers. The person posting basically referenced the fact that he puts a lot of work in and gets absolutely no recognition or feedback negative or positive in relation to his project and this seriously puts dampeners on his willingness to produce further scenarios for the CM community.
It is a very valid point. Here at the FGM I tried along with Ithikial to set up a sort of scenario designers resource area where feedback and help could be found at any point and testers lined up to give feedback on your battles. In the short term a lot of work but long term it was all going back into the CM community. Needless to say it failed due to lack of interest. I expected as much when setting it up but had my fingers crossed that it would work and attract scenario designers from across the community to come and use our area. Needless to say it got canned.
I think I look at scenario design through rose tinted spectacles. I hark back to the days when The Scenario Depot and The Proving Grounds were the centre of my Combat Mission universe. The Proving Grounds was for beta scenarios and the go to place to give feedback on scenarios and the like that were in Beta stage and once finished they got sent to The Scenario Depot.
I was actually friends with Gary Krockover on Facebook many years ago and continually toyed with the idea of asking him did he want to sell his sites. Needless to say I never got the courage to do it… but one thing is for sure… if I had been able to afford and purchase the sites I would certainly have pushed CMx2 into the equation. As such the websites ARE still running but cater only for CMx1 which is a shame. I don’t understand why it has not been adapted or updated (it looks the same as it did 10 years ago) as it would have been fantastic to carry the ethos of those sites through to the new generation.
Alas we will never know… unless of course some night I decide to set up…
THEFGM/SCENARIO DEPOT III & THEFGM/PROVING GROUNDS. (don’t try I haven’t)
I may touch base with Gary again just to run that one by him though. 🙂