What I hope to do is get a collection of community assets together and release them as a freeware asset pack in a similar way that Derek did his station pack for the Route Building Challenge #2.
The plan is to ask members to make sensible suggestions about the types of assets they need for routes they are working on. Once we have plenty of suggestions a poll will be generated to allow people to vote on what they need. The point of the poll is to establish which assets are in the most demand.
Whilst this is going on I hope to get a group of asset builders together who would be willing to generously donate one or two items for the asset pack. I would also be very interested to have re-skinners assist by re-skining default assets or by helping provide variety to the assets donated by the asset builders. Anybody able to donate assets they have already created to the asset pack would also be most welcome.
I will document the donations so that the pack will include details on what it contains, how to find it in the world editor and of course give credit to those that donate anything.
If we can make this work then I hope that we can continue the process and make further asset packs every so often that group together the items that are in high demand. As a community we have a huge number of very skilled people. My skills (as yet) do not run as far as asset creation but I seem to be reasonably good at organising teams of people so I am hoping that this might be how I can help make this asset pack happen.
We will also need to establish the basis on which assets are donated which is obviously up for discussion. The aim is to produce an asset pack with as few restrictions on their use as possible thus maximizing their usefulness.
What Happens Next?
At this stage I think we need members to do the following:
- Post their ideas on assets that people would need. These need to be generic things like "modern houses", "bridges" etc rather than "Leeds Station"
- Asset creators to volunteer to assist with the first asset pack
- Donations of assets that might already exist for routes that are WIP
- Re-skinners to volunteer with providing variety by either re-skinning default assets or by providing more variants to donated assets
Please post your thoughts in this thread.
I sincerely hope we can get this off the ground. If enough members are willing to assist we could generate a fantastic resource for the whole community.