The developers behind the dungeon crawling role playing game, Legend of Grimrock, have just announced on their blog[www.grimrock.net], a beta of their new Dungeon Editor and modding capabilities for the game. This editor and toolkit comes along with Workshop integration to make it easy for finding new player-created content and adding it to your game.
To participate in the beta you'll need to have a copy of the game on Steam. Just right-click on Legend of Grimrock in your Library of games in Steam and select Properties. In the Betas tab opt into the beta using the dropdown there. The Steam Client should then automatically download the beta. Then you can go to Legend of Grimrock in the Workshop to find custom dungeons to download.
Announced earlier this summer, Steam Greenlight allows developers and publishers to post information and media about their game in an effort to convince the Community that the game should be released on Steam. Greenlight piggybacks on Steam Workshop’s flexible system that organizes content and lets customers rate and leave feedback.
“We’ve been working on this feature for the last few months with the input from a group of indie partners, and the response has been extremely positive,” said Valve’s Anna Sweet. “With the additional help of beta testers, we are able to launch with a solid line-up of titles for the community to start viewing and rating. And, as we’ve done with all Steam features, we intend to continually grow and modify Greenlight as more and more developers and community members have a chance to get involved.”
As well as serving as a clearing house for game submissions, Greenlight provides an incredible level of added exposure for new games and an opportunity to connect directly with potential customers and fans.
Trendy Entertainment is hosting their second mapping contest for Dungeon Defenders, with the winners taking home $1,000 or one of three additional cash prizes for top-voted custom maps. Contest voting and submission now through October 31 in a dedicated area of the Dungeon Defenders Steam Workshop.
Campaign maps, PvP arenas, and challenge missions; if it meets the guidelines established in the rules[forums.trendyent.com], it’s a valid entry into the contest.
The first-place winner will receive $1,000 with his/her map implemented into Dungeon Defenders’ Ranked mode. Second-place will receive $500, third-place will receive $250 and the fourth-place winner will receive $125. On top of that, all winners will be given access to the closed beta of an upcoming Trendy title! A few lucky honorable mentions will walk away with a closed beta invite as well. Put forth a valiant effort and ye shall be rewarded.
In order for your map to be eligible for the contest, you will need to tag it with the “Map Contest” tag when uploading your map to the Steam Workshop. For the full contest rules and details, check out the Official Map Contest thread[forums.trendyent.com].
Head to the Official Wiki page[dungeondefenders.wikia.com] for details on how to download custom maps for Dungeon Defenders, and head on over to the forums for tutorials on how to use the Dungeon Defenders' development kit[forums.trendyent.com]!"
The Steam Workshop enables users to improve everyone’s game experience through creativity and innovation. We have designed the Workshop to enable the free flow of ideas with as little friction as possible, without requiring Valve review and approval of every new contribution. We depend on the community to ensure originality, by:
requiring all Workshop contributors to promise that their contributions are original, and
allowing the community to identify copies and plagiarism via the report flag (announced here).
As expected, the vast majority of contributions to the Workshop are incredibly creative and fundamentally original. Where that hasn’t been true, community reporting has led to the take-down of over 1,400 items from the Workshop to date. This has worked great for content that exists only on the Workshop, but it becomes more complicated if a Workshop item becomes offered for sale on Steam or in a game, and the item later turns out to infringe on someone else’s work.
We recently had an example of this problem. A user submitted a mace for Dota 2, and based on strong community ratings, the mace was made available in the game as “Timebreaker” in Sithil’s Summer Chest. 24,603 users spent money on keys to open the chest and ultimately receive the mace. Recently it came to our attention that this mace was in fact a copy of a mace from the game Aion[www.aionarmory.com]. The copying has had negative consequences for everyone involved: users lost the mace and received an alternative weapon instead, the contributor has been banned and will lose out on any proceeds from the sale of the item, and it took a lot of time for us to investigate and remedy the situation.
Please help us out by contributing only original work, and continue to help us to spot these issues when they do appear on the Workshop.
The competitive arena FPS game, Nexuiz has been updated with custom map support via the Steam Workshop. Now you can browse the Workshop to find the top-rated maps created by the community and download them directly into your game. Plus, when you connect to a custom server that's running a map you don't have, the game will now automatically download the necessary content from the Workshop.
Along with this update, the developers have made available the CryENGINE 3 SDK for creating models, materials, particles, animated objects, and everything else you'll need to create custom maps for Nexuiz. Top rated levels in the Workshop even have a chance of becoming 'Official' and cycled in for Ranked matches. To get started creating your own maps, check out the Nexuiz modding wiki[wiki.nexuiz.com], the CryENGINE 3 Free SDK documentation[freesdk.crydev.net], and keep an eye on the Nexuiz YouTube channel for a schedule of tutorial videos created by the IllFonic team.
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