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Congrats To kddekadenz For Winning The Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker January 2012 RPG Contest!

We have a winner for our January 2012 RPG Contest, congrats kddekadenz!! Be sure to check out his RPG entry Kelgar featuring:

* Two villages: Arus and Ridaz
* Four quests with different endings, you can change the NPC's reactions!
* Features buying, selling and looting, new art, cooking on fireplaces and new spells
* NPC's will attack you if you attack them or if they are in the enemy faction
* Four completely custom music tracks by Corey (RYSE)

Thank you to everyone who entered and stay tuned for more contests coming up :D

Video Tutorials For Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker Thanks To Sean From C3Cyberclub

As the title says Sean from C3Cyberclub has made and graciously let us use seven excellent Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker Tutorials!! I set up a youtube playlist with the videos to make life easier :)

Video Tutorial Series On The Way + Recruiting For Water Wars Team!

A huge thanks goes out to Sean from C3Cyberclub for making a video tutorial series! You can check out the videos on our youtube channel. The subjects are Modeling, Texturing & Materials, Entities, Map Models & Triggers, Sky Boxes, Lighting, and Particles. They should be up either by tonight or early tomorrow.

Water Wars is the tentative name for the water gun battle mode that I'd like to put into Sandbox. Currently the code has been added to create the water guns so I can begin the process but it certainly would be nice to have some help. If you're interested let me know! I'll be posting about it on the social site and making a group.

Also I've made some advancements on the social site including the ability to join our irc chatroom right from the webpage. I have a ton of cool stuff in store for it as well and I'm still looking for a better theme for it. Feedback is more than welcome on it :D

Thank you everyone for your help and support of Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker!!!
-mike

New Social Site!

So I wasn't happy with the social site software since it didn't have much in the way of antispam, had bugs, etc. so now I'm using another one which I absolutely love! I think it's a keeper! Check it out and join in the fun! The activity page especially is a fun place to make comments and chat with everyone. Enjoy :D

Platinum Arts Sandbox Game Design Community

DevBlog: The quest for UI

As some of you may know, I have recently finished writing exams for this semester, so I now have a chance to write about a few things.

Some of you may also know that for the past few years, sandbox has shipped with an alternative UI system, otherwise referred to as newui. It's actual name is UI, and we will be referring to is as such from now on. This UI was originally written for a commercial game named bloodtoll and according to neal, it has diverged significantly from that point.

Compared to 3dgui, the current default, UI offers far more flexibility when it comes to defining the appearance, layout and actions of the elements as well as general larger variety of interesting and unique elements. With that said it lacks several elements we desire, contains several dozen bugs and coupled with the fact that pretty much no one knew how to use it 2 years ago really stymied its adoption.

Some of you may remember a screenshot I posted on moddb back in 2010 when graphitemaster joined us temporarily and revived interest in UI (he got it working again too, so hi-five for that).
This renewed interest in the system for some time and this was enough for us to learn how it worked, fix a bunch of bugs and document it as well as we could on the wiki.

Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker Mapping/Game Contest!

Check out Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker January 2012 Mapping/Game Contest section for the details! :D

Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker 2.7.1 Release + Map Contest & Game Design Community Social Site!

Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker 2.7.1 has been released! In addition to the release there is news on the upcoming mapping contest and social site!

Also a huge thanks to our users, over 100k downloads for version 2.6.1 from our homepage alone, AWESOME!!!

Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker 2.7.1 Key Features:
Art
* Removed non-free textures in our effort to make all Sandbox content available for commercial use.
* New music from cork279 - feel free to let us know what you think!
* New Textures thanks to tyche
* Particle sprites provided by JSoftApps
* Re-added sliders as an option for most properties in the entity menus. Toggle available in the Misc tab
* Remip vastly improved
* Support for international character sets
* Lots of bugfixes and tweaks!

RPG
* Wielded equipment
* Resistances and Thresholds
* HUD tweaks - reenabled damage compass, hotkeys, & flashing of the health bar on critical health
* enumbrance - you can carry 2x as much as your limit at the cost of mobility

And of course tons more :D

Available at our Download Page
We could really use someone to compile it for Mac!

Mapping Contest:
(I'm going to update this tomorrow so check back for the update :D)

Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker Social Site - Game Design Community:
Currently the Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker Game Design Community Site is beta with a lot of changes, organization, and features still to impliment but it is very usable so feel free to give it a spin and socialize with your fellow game designers!

Thank you to everyone for your support! Feel free to leave us feedback, ideas and any warm fuzzies you'd like to relay! Take care!
-mike

Lots Of Goodies On The Way For The Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker Community!

First I have to give a huge thanks to the awesome and warm Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker Community!! You guys and gals are all awesome and amazing, thanks for your support! I want to give a special thanks to Tyche who is the chief moderator of our forums and who does an amazing job! Also a big thanks to Hirato who is so helpful with everyone's coding questions and works tirelessly on improving Sandbox. In addition a big thanks goes out to our awesome Support team members and everyone else who helps people out in the forums and on the wiki! Thank you :)

Now onto the goodies! I really want to help the community as much as I can and provide you all the resources and tools to not only make your own games but get them out to the world. As a result I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on a social site for the Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker community! Key features will be being able to have your Sandbox screenshots, videos, and announcements directly on the front page! In addition I'd also like to create a content site so that the community can post their maps, textures, models, etc and have all the resources in an easy to navigate area though that project is far more complicated.

If you have any ideas on how we can further improve the community please let us know here!

In addition I want to improve the tutorials and also make the link to them more obvious. Any help with text, video, or map tutorials would be greatly appreciated!

There has been a lot of demand for more contests so we're going to have a December RPG mapping contest! As a result we're releasing Sandbox 2.7.1 most likely within the next few days featuring updates to the RPG mode :) If you'd like to get started on planning your game/map here is the general premise:
The final submission should at the very least have a short quest and a dungeon or hub using the RPG Maker mode. Allowing alternative non-combat paths and solutions to situations are encouraged - be creative!

And if all of this wasn't awesome enough, Hirato is planning to readd the weapon code to the FPS mode after he finishes his exams so that I can begin the development of Water Wars, the water gun battle mode!

Thanks again to everyone for all of your support and help with Sandbox! Also thanks for all of the awesome screenshots and videos that have been posted, I've been quite amazed with the quality! Take care.
-mike

Something about a devblog

I've mentioned to Mike that I'd like to start a developer's blog and suffice to say, here we are.

I've been the head (and pretty much only) coder around here for years, and before that I've spent a lot of time scripting and mapping in the cube 2 community. In effect I'm a walking encyclopedia on sandbox and most of its internals.

So this is going to be the devblog, I'm going to take this opportunity to inform you of what's happening behind the scenes in sandbox development, the new features, how they work, the rationale behind them, weird and significant bugfixes, our projects, our needs and assorted other cool things we get up to in the realms of sandbox.
By doing this I hope to garner some interest from potential contributors as well as pass off some of my knowledge to the community.

I unfortunately do not have anything prepared plus I've been somewhat swamped with real life obligations, but I will reveal two things.

Firstly, we have decided to prepare a 2.7.1 point-release, it should be released within the next few weeks and if my exam time table permits, I will spend a few posts talking about the changes since 2.7.0

As for the second item, I really shouldn't spoil it, but we're planning a nice surprise for everyone when 2.7.1 comes out. I will tell you it's been rather popular demand recently ;)

Tune in next time for some proper devblog'in ;)

Halloween 2011 Mapping Contest Winner!

We have a winner for our Halloween 2011 Mapping Contest, congratulations Kid_Matthew! You can check out his map here and the other contest entries here!

Thank you everyone for entering, there were some awesome submissions for only a few days time! We will be holding more contests soon and feature prizes like free games and perhaps even cash! Stay tuned :D Take care and happy game making!!!
-mike

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