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      Hey All, A topic has come up of late in the IRC channel in regards to the general feel of the forums and the community that supports them. Things have progressed further than I would have liked with out this being addressed more publicly because I would much rather have snubbed this out sooner rather than later.. but I have been busy. Here is the general rule I would like people to follow: Wheaton's Law "Don't be a dick." Those of you from the IRC channel know that this is the only rule I ask people in there to follow and we generally have a good and lively time chatting about all manner of things. This is basic rule that just about everyone understands and I am going to expand it to the forums from here moving forward. If you can not help people in a helpful and polite manner then I simply ask you to stop. Now I generally take a back seat to moderating the forums as I like to participate in the suggestions forum fairly heavily at times and would rather do so as a forums user than a moderator. But I am also fairly well known for being the person who constantly puts their foot down and so I am stepping up and doing so on here. If you find yourself unable to respond to a message politely then I ask that you do not respond. This mostly focuses on the increasing level of hostility found within the Suggestion forum as well as the Server forum. I do not care if this is the 30th some odd time you have seen someone make the same suggestion. Or even if the new post on an older topic is one entry above the old one. I expect the members of this forum to respond politely to the user, new or old, and point to the older topic if it applies and even go the extra step to suggest they either add in new information or to summarize the outcome of the previous discussion based upon the new post's entry into it. That is what we are here for, that is why I close most topics instead of deleting them, so that they can be found and referenced down the road. The next topic is the slew of derailment attempts I have seen as of late. If you want to have fun and joke around that is what the off topic forum is for and pretty much anything goes there. I do not expect to read a suggestion thread and have to go through 3 pages of image memes people have shot back and forth. Quite simply this is a waste of my time to read and then have to clean up. Now for the summary. I am going to start taking a more active role, especially in policing the suggestion forum, and handing out warn levels to people whom I see doing this. These will be indiscriminate and applied not to just the first person who derails or is impolite on a topic or response, but to everyone whom follows the lead of that person. As I do not like doing things with out giving you all warning this post shall serve as that warning. If you have a desire to bring this topic up with me then I invite you to do so on the IRC channel. Lets raise the level of quality and grow the community. Let us not descend into the quality often found on the minecraft or league of legend forums. There is simply no need for that here. Be passionate about things, just do not be abusive.
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Darmo

Ptarmigan (arctic chicken)

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So in the quest to get more arctic animals, I've worked up a Ptarmigan model (The P is silent, for those wondering).  They're an arctic bird, that I thought could be either the arctic equivalent of a chicken (tameable) or pheasant (wild).    I should have rotated the head for the screencap - the head is actually a separate box from the neck, 4 pixels tall, so it can look around.  Ptarmigan molt to change feather colors for the season, so they are white in winter, and brown-white in summer.  Hopefully that's something that might be code-able, based on the month?  The red bands above the eyes are a male ptarmigan feature.  I'd create separate textures for the females.  The summer female would be more brown overall, but the winter would be the same as the male, just minus the red bands.

I used transparent textures for the tail and wings.  I think it works ok for the wings, since they're only 1 pixel wide.  The tail though, when viewed from the bottom is transparent.  I put a 2d plane 1 pixel below the tail top surface, so that if viewed from the bottom that plane at least shows.  But the feathering on the side of the tail doesn't, when view from 'inside' the tail box.

With some thinning up of the legs and beak, and a new texture, this model could probably also serve as a seagull if we wanted seagulls hanging around on the beach.  But, being more of an aerial bird, I figure maybe a flying model would be better for seagulls.  But if you the devs would like a beach seagull, let me know and I'll either make a separate model, or (more likely) alter this one so there's some thin legs and a thin beak present at the same time, and the texture can show whichever is desired.   Might be useful if any other similar shape birds ever got put in.

So ya, lemme know what you all think.

PtarmiganMaleSummer.png

PtarmiganMaleWinter.png

Ptarmiganpic.jpg

Ptarmigan.MCModel

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The summer texture needs a bit of smoothing, I think. Either smoothing, or it should have a bit more of a pattern to the color changes. Or maybe just try to make the spots bigger, or sharper. As for the model, I like it, but maybe the legs should be 2x2? I downloaded and made them thin to see what they would look like, and I think it looks better, and their legs really aren't all that fat. You might try making them a pixel shorter as well, because they are pretty stubby based on google images.

Ptarmigan.png

 

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Agreed on the legs.  For the pattern, did you mean overall, or mostly the head/neck area?  They really do have some wildly changing patterns, with no real rhyme or reason, in some pictures.   I did a version with a more structured pattern to the wings.  Does this help?  Not saying I'm done with it overall, but wanted to see if that's helping.

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Ok, evened out the amount of brown on the front and top areas of the body, so there was less white spots.  Tried to make more 2-pixel long 'feathers'. There's more dark spots here and there, but ptarmigan do have dark spots to their plumage.  Seem good?

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Finally sat down and worked up a summer female texture - Let me know what you guys think.  This is the last of the four, so I also made a composite showing all four for comparison. 

PtarmiganFEMSummer.jpg

PtarmiganFemaleSummer.png

PtarmiganAll.jpg

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