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Checklist Before Releasing Mod

Posted: November 6th, 2012, 5:40 pm
by Norbert
I think it might be useful to have some sort of checklist that mod creators can read before releasing their mods.
Below are some entries to show you what I mean ([D] Dungeon, [P] = Palace, [G] General).

[P] Do the background stripes look okay (no unintentional empty spots in between lines)?
[P] Have carpets/tapestries, balconies and arches (image, mirror) been added to improve the atmosphere?
[P] Have mirrors been placed anywhere?
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[D] Have background (wall) shadows been added here and there?
[D] Have skeletons been placed here and there to improve the atmosphere?
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[G] Have one or more windows been added to rooms with large empty background areas?
[G] Have all levels been playtested (are they finishable; no unintentional shortcuts)?
[G] Can gates not be unintentionally passed with tricks like this or this?
[G] Do one or more levels contain hard to obtain life potions to add an extra challenge?
[G] Difficulty: could certain rooms use an extra: guard, spike(s), chomper(s), heal potion(s) and/or loose tile(s)?
[G] Do all levels contain a proper amount of torches?
[G] Does the prince start in front of level start doors?
[G] Has debris (broken tiles) been added here and there?
[G] Have small and high (double; two row) pillars been added here and there to improve the atmosphere?

Re: Checklist Before Releasing Mod

Posted: November 6th, 2012, 10:39 pm
by Norbert
Came up with three more:

[G] Has the mod name never been used before?
[G] Can the prince never disappear (die) into nothingness (go right or down even though there's no room there)?
[G] In level 6, is the level exit door - if it's used - always fully open before entering the shadow's room (to prevent the level exit door from being 'stuck')?

Re: Checklist Before Releasing Mod

Posted: December 19th, 2012, 2:08 am
by Norbert
Another one:

[G] If debris has (broken tiles have) been added, is it at locations above which there are (now) open spaces?

Re: Checklist Before Releasing Mod

Posted: January 26th, 2013, 11:45 pm
by Norbert
Another one, pointed out by programmer (among others).

[G] Remember, once the player has opened an exit door, the game lets the player exit the level via any exit door that wasn't the level entrance door.

Re: Checklist Before Releasing Mod

Posted: July 16th, 2017, 2:20 pm
by Norbert
Norbert wrote:[P] Do the background stripes look okay (no unintentional empty spots in between lines)?


I still frequently see mods where palace wall patterns do not continue on empty tiles.

Norbert wrote:[G] Has the mod name never been used before?


This still happens too, recently with Flying Prince.

So, now I'm wondering if maybe I/we should create a how-to video about modding.
It could also go into modifying images, mention SDLPoP and MININIM as alternatives, and so on.
Then again, maybe I should invest my time into improving the in-development Settings window of SDLPoP.

Re: Checklist Before Releasing Mod

Posted: July 17th, 2017, 10:34 pm
by salvadorc17
Is not somekind late for this, there are not so much releases this days, except maybe Dos version.

Re: Checklist Before Releasing Mod

Posted: July 20th, 2017, 4:04 pm
by Norbert
salvadorc17 wrote:there are not so much releases this days


That's true, but quality over quantity.
Better to have a couple of good mods than lots of mediocre ones.

salvadorc17 wrote:except maybe Dos version.


Well, except for 2015 and maybe 2011, there were never many SNES releases.
Occasionally I'm thinking about creating one myself, but SNES has so many levels.
Plus I'd probably want to edit at least some crucial sprites (like exp0/83.bmp, exp0/82_j.bmp or exp0/82.bmp).
I also have another idea for a DOS mod. Maybe one day.