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Post by Selezen »

I have bad news.

I think I may have to opt out of the manual creation, due to insufficient time and a complete crash of all creative ability.

I've spent the last couple of days staring at the manual, and I think that frankly I've done a piss-poor job of it, whilst managing to add nothing to it during those two days.

With the advent of the wiki, I think that there is far more relevant content there than I could ever put into the manual in the same allotted time.

If desired, I will post what I have done to the Wiki (in a dedicated wiki section, maybe) for input by other forum/wiki users. Once the manual is up to scratch, then I would be happy to compile it and put it into a PDF file for Oosat. I would also be happy to add any graphics required. Let me know what you think and I'll get on it today.

I apologise for the delays and this final creativity crash. I was really looking forward to creating something great, but I feel that the community as a whole could do a far better job than me alone.

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Post by aegidian »

It's okay, I know only too well how creativity and enthusiasm wax and wane.

Thanks for what you've added to Oolite and take a good relaxing break!
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Post by Murgh »

hey. happy recovery.

on the wiki there is a section waiting for you to snugly slip in what you feel is fit to print.

and then the mob will have its way with it Image
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Post by Rxke »

Don't be too hard on yourself, Sel...

I'm pretty sure you were doing a great job, but the wiki... Oftentimes, when I read something there, had to think of you, thinking, 'darn, I hope Selezen wasn't working on that part...'
While a good thing (the wiki happening) it must've felt like your work taken out of your hands, in many respects.

I still think a nice all-in-one manual would be a good thing, to get people stated and get them in the mood. The wiki is great, but it's more of a ultimate reference manual, than a 'get into the groove' thing.

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Post by jonnycuba »

I for one am still looking forward to seeing what you have done...

I bet it's great!
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Post by Selezen »

Well, it's true that a lot of what I had planned has gone into the Wiki already. My equipment description section has become a section all of its own on the Wiki.

I've just finished uploading some of the development stuff, including some images of equipment. I have another couple that I was working on. I've integrated the work into the existing Oolite Equipment section, including creatings an Oolite Equipment Info template. Example: http://wiki.alioth.net/index.php/Energy_Bomb

I've also started adding the fluff I was writing for each equipment entry. I didn't get much done, unfortunately. Example: http://wiki.alioth.net/index.php/Fuel_Scoops

I'll start moving the Pilot's Reference Manual into the Wiki soon.

Apologies again for the failure. My creative interests seem to have gone into graphics and programming rather than writing at the moment. :cry:

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Post by Star Gazer »

Hi selezen, have to say I love what you've done so far - particularly like the use of Dilbert! (shouldn't that be DOolbert?)
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Ha ha. I'd love to take credit for the Dilbert thing, but the lovely Dilbert himself did that - it's from the original entry. My stuff is (i think) everything above that!

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Eek. That reminds me, talking of programming, I was meant to send you those Obj-C books but I completely forgot.

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Post by Selezen »

Oh yeah, I forgot about that too!!!

I'll still have a read, if it's still OK...

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Great work you did!

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I hope you didn't feel too bad, back in February. It seemed like you considered it a failure you didn't manage to write that manual on your own. This is the great thing about this kind of open projects though. Everybody works on what they do best, you did a great job with the graphics to turn the OoLite game more alive. That's a great contribution and I want to thank you for it. And of course, even now in October, the wiki still needs a lot of work. It's creative people like you who add a lot of value. The wiki allows for it to be done in an incremental way. A little bit at a time and with a lot of people simultaneously.

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Post by Selezen »

Thanks for that. Yeah, I did regard it as a bit of a failure.

Never mind though. God bless the Wiki.

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WB matey, hope all is well.
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