If I hadn't just done this in the last article I'd written, I would probably be starting this one off with a quip about people living under rocks. However, that would be redundant, so after much deliberation I have decided to instead start this article off rambling about how this article is being started off. Make sense? No, I didn't think so either.
Anyways, unless you've been living under some solidified mineral composition, you've probably noticed the huge update we've made to our maps section here on HaloCustoms. This is something we'd been planning for a while now, and were finally able to pull off. If you're going to be playing custom games, you probably want some cool custom maps to play them on, and the new maps section provides some great functionality to help you do that. It also makes for a great place for aspiring forgers to share their creations, get them recognized, and receive feedback.
The maps section from the main forum page
Posting a map is easy, and from the post screen you'll find a link to a tutorial which will explain some of the more complex aspects of posting. Don't let all of the options scare you! The system is actually quite simple and allows maps to be organized in a multitude of ways to help people find what they're looking for and to help fan-favorites get the recognition they deserve. We encourage you to post your map here even if it's already in the archive so that you may take advantage of these features. You can also post as-of-yet unfinished maps in the database, as maps all come with a version number so you can publish updates whenever you want.
The main screen within the maps section
Reviewing other people's maps allows them to get the recognition they deserve. When reviewing a map, be sure to be constructive and specific. If you give a map four stars, explain exactly why it was given that rating. This helps map creators to improve in the future.
A map's review screen
So to wrap up, here are some of the other features the new maps section provides, straight from your community manager Insane Fiddy-Fo.
Basic Features: categories, field information, versions, direct download links and count, ratings
More Features: watch maps, latest, newest, top, most downloaded, most active forgers, search
Other Functionality: Staff Picks, maps section in user profiles
Without wanting to talk your ears off, I'll leave it at that. We hope you will all enjoy the new features provided by the maps section. We look forward to see you posting maps!