Alambik Curation

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This guide will show you how to curate Alambik content using Flashpoint Core.

Before you start

  • This tutorial will assume you've read the standard Curation Tutorial, which is highly recommended to go through. Try curating a Flash game before moving on to other platforms like Alambik.

Which Application Path to use

Use startAlambik.bat with just the Alambik file first. If this doesn't work, use startAlambikInBrowser.bat with just the Alambik file. If this still doesn't work, embed the Alambik file in an HTML file.

Note: Use of startAlambikInBrowser.bat is no longer recommended; the functionality will be merged into startAlambik.bat.

How to recognize an Alambik application

  • It is described as an Alambik application somewhere on the site.
  • It mentions MCNL (Multi Content Natural Language) or Alambik Script.
  • It uses the .tv, .tvs, .tvb, .tvl, .tvd, or .tvv file extension.

Meta Fields

Many meta fields can be found by right clicking, then pressing View Sources. This works in both standalone and the browser, however only works on some files.

  • Title - Use the Script name field unless there is a different title in the game itself, and all titles mentioned elsewhere should be added as Alternate Titles.
  • Developer - Use the Author field.
  • Release Date - Use the Production date field; this is the date (in MM.DD.YYYY format) of which the file was produced, but it doesn’t always match with the actual release date; use one from the site (or in-game) if there is one.
  • Original Description - Use the Short comment field; append any other descriptions to this with two blank lines separating them.
  • Version - Do not use the Alambik Script version or Mediamaker version fields; use a version located elsewhere if you can find one.

Troubleshooting

  • The player requests some tracking files, from www.alambik.com/checking, www.alambik.com/cgi-bin, and check.ipcheck.com/cgi-bin, alongside some "redirect" subpages. These can be safely ignored; do not place them in your curation, even though some of them 404.
  • If you have any questions/problems, ask in #plugin-chat.

Wrapping It Up

As mentioned earlier, the player requests some tracking files, from www.alambik.com/checking, www.alambik.com/cgi-bin, and check.ipcheck.com/cgi-bin. These can be safely ignored; do not place them in your curation, even though some of them 404.

After testing and following the Curation Format, click the Export button at the bottom of your Curation to create a .7z file with the entire curation, which location is reached by clicking Exported Curations on the Curate tab. Once you have the file, submit it to the Flashpoint Submission System.