Hello there everyone! This post is just a snowball post to see the kind of support a project like this can get. My name is Ramsi and I am here today to talk about Team Pioneer. Team Pioneer is a concept built around the idea of "what if we made the modding community more readily accessible to those in need." Not that Chucklefish hasn't done a marvelous job already, this is merely a means of offering readily available help and assets to people who are working on mods or want to work on mods. Let me go ahead and copy/paste the excerpt from my conversation advertisement as it's only fair that everyone gets to see what the group is advertised as to some of the private invites! Thanks to the overwhelming support of this project I am pleased to announce that Team Pioneer now boasts a team of 42 coders, artists, and pixel artists! Thanks guys! Excerpt: My name is Ramsi and I am the coordinator of this project. I supply the means of expanding the growth of any project the team does and on behalf of my benefacting friends at Obelisk Gaming, a small clan I moderate and manage, am able to offer the users of this project an incredibly secure TeamSpeak, private forums, and a myriad batch of tools and resources that may assist you in anything you may wish to do in regards to Starbound or even other games! If you need anything personally than please do not hesitate to ask! I am available for contact on this forum or on Steam under the name of ramsichaotix. You may be asking what the point of this project is and well it's quite simple. At the present time this is merely a rally cry to draw in a good batch of coders, artists, sketch artists, etc so that we may make a modding collective. As you may be aware already we currently are working on mods for a game that to this day only came out a few weeks ago (feels like ages!) and as such everyone is actually quite scattered and displaced. Kudos to the readers of this message and you effectively are already forming the backbone of the modding community and that is quite the huge deal in a game like this with a dev team that loves to play nice! At the moment the small group is pow-wowing some ideas in regards to making a grand mech mod for the game that, with any luck, may be picked up by Chucklefish should it entertain them enough and wow enough players. The goal of this subproject is still a bit hazy as the group was recently formed; but more details should be available with time! A few notices: This group will never force you to stop what you are doing EVER. Your goals are your own and we will always respect that; the group is mainly formed around the idea of being a constantly growing source of creation in a world that gives us the means to create. You may be asked if you'd like to help, otherwise welcome to a community that expects nothing of you! We're all adults here so don't hesitate to be a little rambunctious, just try not to step on any toes please! We reserve the right to donating any projects to Chucklefish should they ask as long as the majority of the project workers okay it! Tiy has been incredibly nice about this process in the past and being in a modding community it is a high honor to have your work added officially to a game! While Teamspeak isn't a must... it will increase the ability to communicate and function better in projects. Multiple channels will be offered and should private channels be requested for certain projects they will gladly be given to you! Please try to join Teamspeak despite any hatred/fear/dislike of yourself you may have that would stop you from joining the VoiP! Have fun: It's honestly the only thing I care about. This isn't a job, it's essentially just a giant batch of good people who may have some serious fun working together or giving each other grief while they work. Nothing is wrong with some fun! I've also been informed that funding may apply to certain projects. Yes, this means money, moolah, dosh, etc. If you would like to learn more please play this video while you read under the line provided; thank you! _________________________________________________________________ Obelisk Gaming is a somewhat newer clan built up by a gamer under the alias of MassDivide. Mass is a game developer at heart who understands the plight of being creative but never seeing anything for it and as such he tends to be a tad loose with his money for those willing to help him out with either games he is making or for anything that he requests for servers he may be making. Understand that by joining this group YOU ARE NOT OBLIGATED TO HELP HIM OR DO ANYTHING IN REGARDS TO OBELISK GAMING this is merely a small thing where he may join a channel with a goal or requesting help for a game he may be working on and people may opt in to help. _________________________________________________________________ So who do we currently have in the group? To date we have myself, Ramsi, who only functions as the coordinator. I'll be the one doing what some may consider the "grunt/bitch" work of doing anything public relations, settling incidents, keeping up with notes, conceptual systems, or trans-communicating between different members of the group! You can think of me as a secretary of sorts to keep you up to date or just help out with smaller things where needed. I am incapable of coding and art was never my thing, but I'll admit I was blessed with the gift of a silver tongue when needed! In the art department we currently have Breakfast Lad who has actually frontpaged the subreddit twice in one day with his pixel work. The first being his "Scout" concept: and his Avian "Hummingbird" I believe he called it: The new Miniknog Mega Mech: His forum page is located at: http://community.playstarbound.com/index.php?members/breakfast-lad.160317/ and his portfolio can be found at: http://www.zacharyziessler.wix.com/portfolio In the coding department we have Skizot who may be recognized at the moment for his amazing Mechs, most recently the bulldozer! this one is actually for the upcoming SS13 mod! These neat pictures come from Ruffz who is working on the Attack on Titan mod: We recently had CaptainKobold join up with his amazing race of Kobolds! And for the moment (due to files I have onhand) we have PenguinToast and his Magnetbound mod: Let the record show that this group DOES NOT WORK BASED ON DEADLINES under most circumstances. In the batch of modders who have already joined the team we have Toros who can be found here: http://community.playstarbound.com/index.php?members/dr-toros.10538/ and is currently working on a "combat mech" pvp system with different variants of mech. We also have Carty1234 at: http://community.playstarbound.com/index.php?members/carty1234.101780/ who is currently working on a more specialized way of creating mechs in game. An announcement will be posted on the subreddit that this group is being formed and with any luck I suppose the ballpark figure for how many people may join can be anywhere from 15-50. Some may say this number is a tad high, and honestly it's not. Our Teamspeak is also capable of holding 400+ people and has an already daily population of about 20 on a good day so we have plenty of space. This group also isn't only locked to Starbound! Play what you want friends, you may share some great interests or pick up some by playing with a bunch of strange coders/scripters/artists! Okay that is about all I can think of, it's presently 0320 for me and my mind is a bit fried. In about three to four hours I will be posted an announcement on the subreddit for Starbound and the modding subreddit under the name of RMuldoun. This Reddit account is shared by about ten to fifteen people so do not panic if you don't get an immediate response should you PM it, we only respond to our our specialized messages! Thank you, and it's a pleasure to at least know you gave this a thought Please PM me if you have any personal questions and anyone who accepts this offer I will PM you the Teamspeak information! --------------------- And that would be pretty much EVERYTHING that the privately invited batch of people got! The first concern that was brought up was the part mentioning "We reserve the right to donating any projects to Chucklefish should they ask as long as the majority of the project workers okay it! Tiy has been incredibly nice about this process in the past and being in a modding community it is a high honor to have your work added officially to a game! " What this is is pretty much nothing more than a safety net to prevent content griefing! We've all been there; last day of being able to work on your BIG SCIENCE PROJECT OF SCIENCE for school and some lazy student walks up and says "yeah hi I'm part of the group now and will break this if you don't put my name on it." Some would go to a teacher, others would raise a ruckus, some would just accept it. Well, we base the allowance system off of contribution! If Tiy/Chucklefish as a whole, would like to use a mod being worked on by a group inside Team Pioneer and four out of the five contributors give the okay, well for the sake of sanity that project would be greenlit. This isn't a system in place to abuse trust or anything of the like, it's merely in place to prevent mods from moving on to be Vanilla content because there may be some internal slapfighting. If you work on a mod solely or start a project and do all the work of caretaking your project than you may situate all of that and how credit/greenlighting gets thrown around if you get a message from Big-T. If it's a group effort and you're being a jerk, well majority rules at that point. ^^^^^^^^ This tool will not be abused/used and will only be played in case of emergency! --------------------- Comments and criticism are welcome! Hoping this was posted in an okay place as it didn't really fit in with any other subforum..