Your first curation - an illustrated guide

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1. Prepare yourself to spend up to 2 hours if everything goes wrong - normally 30' is sufficient, and experienced curator needs no more than 5' to curate simple game (citation needed)

- Flashpoint Core

- cURLsDownloader <--- You really need it even though it's not mandatory

- HAR Extractor <--- sometimes it's better than cURLsDownloader

You could read and have those sites open at all time when curating

Tutorials

- https://bluemaxima.org/flashpoint/datahub/Genres

- https://bluemaxima.org/flashpoint/datahub/Curation_Format

- https://bluemaxima.org/flashpoint/datahub/Instructions_for_Curating

Game Lists

- https://bluemaxima.org/flashpoint/datahub/Game_Master_List

- https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1t0MbYMGm4dq4d5hA1l6MKuVYGyw9XU8UOPHjy2ceHX8

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2. Find the game you want to curate. (((Protip: You want to curate single-file .swf Flash game.))) Then use Inspect tool on game screen after it loads. (Ctrl+Shift+C in Firefox and Chrome). It's in developer tools menu.

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3. Open cURLsDownloader through cURLsDownload.bat, then copy the link to game to it.

Press enter. Game will be downloaded to cURLsDownloader v5.3\Downloads

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4. Copy downloaded folder to Flashpoint Core 3.1\Server\htdocs

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5. Open Flashpoint Core and add the game (Fill in Title, Launch Command and set Application Path to FPSoftware\Flash\flashplayer_32_sa.exe)

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6. Play the game for a bit to make sure it works. a) Make screenshot of logo b) Make screenshot of gameplay

screenshot of logo has to be named logo.png

screenshot of gameplay has to be named ss.png

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7. Make metadata file

Copy blank meta from https://bluemaxima.org/flashpoint/datahub/Curation_Format to notepad

Fill in what you can - (Title, and Launch Command are ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY)

You have to fill in (Play Mode, Extreme, Genre and Source)

If game has credits or something similar add (Developer) too

If game is part of series fill in (Series) too

(Publisher) is not very important field

Notes are up to you to decide. If there's something people playing the game shoud know write it there.

Author Notes... IDK do what you want or write message to Flashpoint staff working on your curation here if you feel need to.

metadata file has to be named meta.txt

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8. Make game folder and fill it with everything you made a) Make folder "Name_Of_The_Game" ex. "Uphill Rush" and folder "content" in it b) Put folder with game in "content" folder c) Put meta.txt, ss.png and logo.png in "Name_Of_The_Game"


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9. Make .zip or .7z archive from "Name_Of_The_Game" folder


10. Post it to #curator-lounge on Flashpoint discord server

Write something about it being your first curation and wait for curator to check the archive

If there are any mistakes you'll fix them together

If everything is OK you'll get Trial Curator role and permission to upload directly to curation channels

Remember to ask for edit priviledges for request sheets

Before curating game check both request sheet and game masterlist


CONGRATULATIONS YOU'RE TRIAL CURATOR NOW - You're already better than n00bz badly filling game requests instead of archiving them themselves