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Offline Iain Baker

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HLP Social media promotion in 2019

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday and new year.

As I’m sure everyone knows, 2019 is the twentieth anniversary of FreeSpace 2. This is the ideal opportunity to publicise FreeSpace and HLP to a wider audience.

This was discussed last year, and the community came up with some excellent suggestions: The link to the thread is https://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php?topic=95034.msg1872523#msg1872523

Before I really get stuck in with the promotional stuff, I want to check with the community at large to find out what your thoughts are, if you have any ideas or suggestions, if there is anything you feel I should concentrate on, or if there is anything I should avoid.

I updated the ‘getting started’ threads towards the end of last year, so newcomers should be able to get playing with the minimum of fuss. If there are any further updates required please let me know.

There are now three things left on my ‘to-do’ list before I get cracking. I will need help from the HLP community to achieve this, as I am unable to do these myself.

1   Get a higher res image for the FaceBook page banner art. I have seen a higher res image of the symbol, but not of the text, which is a little blurry.

2   Get an updated version of the 2014 trailer showing off all the latest 3.8.X eye candy

3   Get HD banner art for the HLP YouTube channel. NB For the YouTube banner the minimum dimensions for the image are 2048 wide by 1152 high. At least this is what it stated in the error message that appeared when I tried to upload a 1920 x 1080 image. I'm not sure what the maximum dimensions are as it didn't say.

TL;DR – 1080P screen caps will not work :-(


Any assistance with the above will be greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to hearing from everybody soon.

Kind regards,

Iain ‘Nomad’ Baker.
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Re: HLP Social media promotion in 2019
Eh.. did I not do some of that banner art for you? I could have sworn I finished that.
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Offline Iain Baker

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Re: HLP Social media promotion in 2019
Eh.. did I not do some of that banner art for you? I could have sworn I finished that.

I don't recall seeing it. Perhaps you didn't send it to me after you completed it. I remember someone sent me the HLP logo (without the text) last year. Was it that?

If you have completed it please send it over and I'll upload it. Cheers :-)
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Re: HLP Social media promotion in 2019
I've always seen the screencap contest as a great resource for promoting the engine's capabilities as well as community talent.  :) While the current contest subject was a little "just for fun"  :D, I hope to encourage future submissions that really push the system to the maximum. Putting the best face forward, so to speak. Maybe a rotating carousel of the best of the best of the best high-def high-res EPIC serious DRAMATIC screenshots for the landing HLP page? The FB and Twitter pages? With some kind of blurb: 'Yes. THIS IS IN-ENGINE with FREE ASSETS. NO post-rendering.' :cool:

My time committed to HLP has dropped drastically, but I'd be happy to help from that end as I can.  :nod:
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Offline Colonol Dekker

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Re: HLP Social media promotion in 2019
I can't remember if the Facebook banner is something I threw together in haste or if it was the result of a Google image search.
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Re: HLP Social media promotion in 2019
I've always seen the screencap contest as a great resource for promoting the engine's capabilities as well as community talent.  :) While the current contest subject was a little "just for fun"  :D, I hope to encourage future submissions that really push the system to the maximum. Putting the best face forward, so to speak. Maybe a rotating carousel of the best of the best of the best high-def high-res EPIC serious DRAMATIC screenshots for the landing HLP page? The FB and Twitter pages? With some kind of blurb: 'Yes. THIS IS IN-ENGINE with FREE ASSETS. NO post-rendering.' :cool:

Actually such things can take several hours to arrange, and also could be used as "memorable moments" for whatever campaign you work on.Doing that exclusively for a contest where several people contribute and you might don't even end up winning isn't everyones favourite time sink. I'm only speaking of my own experience, as the pics of the Shivan Dyson Sphere took me hours to make and were originally intended to be a campaign highlight, I ended up giving those to the contest and didn't even made it under honorable mentions while some generic pics from already existing campaigns won.

 

Offline Iain Baker

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Re: HLP Social media promotion in 2019
I've always seen the screencap contest as a great resource for promoting the engine's capabilities as well as community talent.  :) While the current contest subject was a little "just for fun"  :D, I hope to encourage future submissions that really push the system to the maximum. Putting the best face forward, so to speak. Maybe a rotating carousel of the best of the best of the best high-def high-res EPIC serious DRAMATIC screenshots for the landing HLP page? The FB and Twitter pages? With some kind of blurb: 'Yes. THIS IS IN-ENGINE with FREE ASSETS. NO post-rendering.' :cool:

Actually such things can take several hours to arrange, and also could be used as "memorable moments" for whatever campaign you work on.Doing that exclusively for a contest where several people contribute and you might don't even end up winning isn't everyones favourite time sink. I'm only speaking of my own experience, as the pics of the Shivan Dyson Sphere took me hours to make and were originally intended to be a campaign highlight, I ended up giving those to the contest and didn't even made it under honorable mentions while some generic pics from already existing campaigns won.


Shivan Dyson Sphere? I haven't see that but would very much like to. Do you have a link pls? :-)
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Re: HLP Social media promotion in 2019
Because those images are currently just attachments and will be deleted at some point, I uploaded them to Imgur.
https://imgur.com/a/EBAzQaj
https://imgur.com/a/Ea9URes
https://imgur.com/a/6kPcnCF
Also it's unfair to characterize the winning screenshot that month or any month as "some generic pics from already existing campaigns".  Just because it's from something already released doesn't mean it's not a beautiful screenshot and the poster didn't put a lot of effort into it.
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Offline Nightmare

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Re: HLP Social media promotion in 2019
Yeah OK... but it was still nagging me.

 

Offline HLD_Prophecy

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Re: HLP Social media promotion in 2019
PIe is right.  :nod:

A) Regardless of the work involved, many skilled users STILL chose to take that time to make incredible entries. As evidenced by that contest thread!

B) The winners don't have to be the ones displayed to advertise the engine!  :D

C) Sorry that you lost that round. Hey, look - your entry was the only one that I remembered until know, if that says something!  :D
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Offline Nightmare

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Re: HLP Social media promotion in 2019
C) Sorry that you lost that round. Hey, look - your entry was the only one that I remembered until know, if that says something!  :D

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Offline HLD_Prophecy

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Re: HLP Social media promotion in 2019
C) Sorry that you lost that round. Hey, look - your entry was the only one that I remembered until know, if that says something!  :D

Ahh thanks for these wonderful cookies~ :D

Really, it was the only one that I immediately remembered when I checked out the thread again.  :nod: *cookies rain from the heavenly above*
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