I know everyone has been anxiously awaiting custom maps for CW2…. so have I. I’ve seen some amazing maps during the beta program and I believe they only just hint at what is to come. I’m in the final days before the next release, so we are very close.
I’ve been hard at work on the approval system for maps and this time around I have a more community oriented system in mind. The new map approval system allows me to designate “map moderators” who will have access to maps as the community uploads them. These moderators get to vote on these maps and over the course of a day the map will be approved or rejected based (in part or in whole) on the votes of the map moderators.
Initially I will be accepting a limited number of map moderators. The system will be new and I’ll have to limit access to around 10 people or so. But, if the system works out over time, I should be able to expand to a larger collection of people.
To even be eligible for becoming a map moderator, you have to have a forum account. Everything is tied to your forum account. I will initially be looking for people who have had forum accounts for a while and have been active and productive in the community. Don’t send me mail or anything… I will be hand picking the initial set of moderators. Over time, I will be looking to the forums for more moderators. So if you think you might be interested down the road, become a forum member and build up a good record of participation.
My hope is that this system will provide a neat system for approving maps and provide for community participation in the approval process. Both, I think, would be good things.
So, just to give you another idea of what might be coming with custom maps, here’s a little screen shot (map courtesy of MadMag). You can see a custom background image, custom creeper colors, custom tiles, and creative use of fields to create that little helicopter that flies around.