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post May 5 2006, 06:45 AM
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Hi there,

As some of you may have seen in the 'about the animations' section of my site, I'm building a new website:

http://www.stickscene.com

The premise is that people have to guess the film/TV series name from a simplified version of a poster, DVD box art, or a scene. Have a look on there to see what I've made so far to get the idea.

I'd like to have at the very least 40 puzzles on there before I start promoting the site elsewhere on the web. Currrently there are a few things to add, and one more bit of coding to do, so it's very nearly ready in terms of structure, but I'm lacking content.

I'm going to keep on adding new images, but if I'm going to reach 40 any time soon then I'll need outside help.

Can you draw? Have you got something like Photoshop, or a vector art package? Maybe you love making pixel-art in MS Paint? I need your help!

The best system I've found so far is to put the original image on one layer and then draw lines and sample the colours on layers over it.

ALL IMAGES CAN ONLY BE UPLOADED IN .JPG FORMAT! This is due to the code involved in the watermarking feature.

You create a profile then an option will appear in the menu that allows you to create puzzles. Please check the details on http://www.imdb.com !

After you have had five images approved then you can add a picture to your profile, and after ten you can add a link to a website. This will appear under your puzzles, hopefully giving you exposure to thousands of people every day! Hurrah!

So, get drawing! biggrin.gif

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post May 5 2006, 06:54 AM
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Id love to have a go *looks around for some time to set aside for this*

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post May 5 2006, 07:02 AM
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post May 5 2006, 07:17 AM
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That's quite a nifty new site, the concept is really cool, but there's one thing that's frustrating me about it:

If you ask for a hint the whole screen has to refresh to update the page. A bit of DOM scripting could that fix by making a <div> visible/invisible. Currently you have to scroll back down to get to the picture and buttons again.


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post May 5 2006, 10:57 AM
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post May 5 2006, 02:47 PM
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Okay, there's a slight bug in the scripting. I'm getting it sorted, but in the meantime, who did the *ahem* picture? It seems that it's not recording the user id properly, so currently the database is saying the I created the picture.


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post May 5 2006, 03:05 PM
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QUOTE (Mata @ May 5 2006, 03:47 PM) *
Okay, there's a slight bug in the scripting. I'm getting it sorted, but in the meantime, who did the *ahem* picture?

That was me. And now you've gone and told everyone the answer tongue.gif


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post May 5 2006, 04:31 PM
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post May 5 2006, 05:00 PM
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QUOTE (Novander @ May 5 2006, 04:05 PM) *
QUOTE (Mata @ May 5 2006, 03:47 PM) *

Okay, there's a slight bug in the scripting. I'm getting it sorted, but in the meantime, who did the *ahem* picture?

That was me. And now you've gone and told everyone the answer tongue.gif

ohmy.gif Oops! I've edited the post so hopefully not too many people saw it! unsure.gif Sorry! I've approved it and put it online now:

http://www.stickscene.com/index.php?puzznum=10

MrT, that's a most bodacious choice:

http://www.stickscene.com/index.php?puzznum=11


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post May 5 2006, 05:39 PM
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post May 5 2006, 06:55 PM
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I needed to procrastinate so I did another one. (Finding Nemo)

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post May 5 2006, 10:51 PM
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Indeed you did:

http://www.stickscene.com/index.php?puzznum=12

I'll be recoding a bit of the main inded page tonight; however, I have had over a bottle of wine to drink already, so it would be reasonable to expect the page to not always be functioning during the evening.

Nov, when you've had five images approved then you can add a picture to your profile, after tem you can add a direct link to your site. As with everything else on the site I have to approve it before it goes public, but I'm sure there won't be any issue there.

If everything goes to plan then there will be several thousand people viewing the site every day, so links from popular users should be quite a profitable thing to have.

I do have a slightly distant hope of getting a book published in the future, for which I would need hi-res versions of the images, which would be creditted. That's off in the future yet, but it's good to plan in advance I think!


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post May 6 2006, 09:54 AM
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Thanks for the submissions! Is the Chinese one another of yours Nov? I've still not got the code working to tell me who's submitting the images, but I'm getting there.

Don't forget, you can get really basic with your figures. I tend to find a circle for a head, stick limbs, and clothing is generally enough to convey a character. Sometimes you need the hair, and sometimes you need a feature or two, but the gme is to convey the film using as little information as you possibly can, for example:

http://www.stickscene.com/index.php?puzznum=3

That looks nothing like Arnie technically, but the lighting in the background and that frown tell you pretty much everything you need to know.

The submissions so far are great, and it's good to have a range of difficulties, but the game can be made more tricky if you give less information. I'm still finding the balance myself, but I'm really trying to not be too literal in my interpretation of the posters.

Don't forget you can also do scenes from films too smile.gif


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post May 6 2006, 12:13 PM
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Ohh I want to join in! I don't want to do one someone else is doing though, do you add them almost as soon as they are uploaded. Mata?

Edit~ Let me know if mine is a bit too detailed Mata and I'll re-do it ^^'


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post May 6 2006, 06:03 PM
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Who did this one?

http://www.stickscene.com/index.php?puzznum=13

All pictures are now approved and up to date. Thanks everyone!


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post May 6 2006, 07:21 PM
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post May 7 2006, 12:31 AM
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Hurrah!

Voices, I've updated the database to reflect the right name for your puzzle, sorry about that. The coding has been fixed now so that the right people get attributed for puzzles.

Voices and Nov, you might want to check your puzzles in your profiles to make sure that I've got everything right. I think I've got it covered now, but it's best to be sure of these things!


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post May 7 2006, 01:04 AM
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QUOTE (Mata @ May 7 2006, 01:31 AM) *
Voices and Nov, you might want to check your puzzles in your profiles to make sure that I've got everything right. I think I've got it covered now, but it's best to be sure of these things!

Puzzle 14 is one of mine. Its currently down as 'Admin'


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post May 7 2006, 11:41 AM
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We're now up to 20 puzzles on there. This is great! I'd like to get to a minimum of 40 before I go fully public with it, but we're getting there very quickly smile.gif

EDIT: Nov, you've got five approved images now so you should be able to add a picture to your profile.


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*Has just finished her fourth and has three more waiting* unsure.gif
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post May 7 2006, 05:10 PM
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Try not having limbs, instead have sticks. Take out lots of detail too!

I'm quite pleased with my latest one:

http://www.stickscene.com/index.php?puzznum=22

I could have made it easier by including hair and more facial details. I wasn't sure if I should include the eyes, but I decided lines would be okay. It's one of those things that changes for every image.

It's not really a 'bad thing' to have details in there, because it's good to have some more-simple ones for people to play, but it's an interesting challenge to convey the same idea in a stripped down way.

Oh, everyone should hold on to their original files, because if things go well I'd love to turn these images into a book (full credit and a website listing of your choice would be by every image, of course) but I'd need really hi-res versions of the pictures for that. That's way off in the future, but I think it might not be a crazy idea!

EDIT: here's another one http://www.stickscene.com/index.php?puzznum=25


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QUOTE (Mata @ May 7 2006, 06:10 PM) *
Try not having limbs, instead have sticks. Take out lots of detail too!

I could have made it easier by including hair and more facial details. I wasn't sure if I should include the eyes, but I decided lines would be okay. It's one of those things that changes for every image.

It's not really a 'bad thing' to have details in there, because it's good to have some more-simple ones for people to play, but it's an interesting challenge to convey the same idea in a stripped down way.

Oh, everyone should hold on to their original files, because if things go well I'd love to turn these images into a book (full credit and a website listing of your choice would be by every image, of course) but I'd need really hi-res versions of the pictures for that. That's way off in the future, but I think it might not be a crazy idea!



I picked some easier ones to do, I hope those are better, Mata ^^'
Most of my original pictures are about between 600 and 700 pixels wide; is that big enough, Mata?


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I am (oh so originaly) signed up as Daria on SSN- when I try to log in, it comes up with me apparently not existing. Help!


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