This is very important guys, since some of my themes in the past have been criticized, despite me being transparent with my plans in a previous topic. I figured it's very important to discuss themes again. So listen up! Or not, it's up to you. lol
Due to previous polls, it's very apparent to me that themes are something that people do want. They don't want to see themes going away any time soon. Recent history has actually even made me want to abandon themes in the successor. Despite the positive reception my themes list received (posted below), there are some specific themes, like Holiday, people were not happy with. In the quote below, you'll see the current themes list that I've been using since I started EotM. Now I am asking for feedback on this list so I can make improvements with it in the future so we can avoid making themes that people are not interested in participating in.
Despite these drawbacks, I've decided I will be continuing themes in the successor of EotM, and hope to provide a updated theme's list that people are in more of favor of. I'm also contemplating on continuing the idea of themes being a requirement or not. Abandoning the requirement will let people submit whatever they want regardless of themes. In other words, the theme itself can be optional. This was an idea brought up to me by a staff member that I really liked, but I would also like to hear community input on this idea as well.
That said, here's the current (and maybe outdated) themes list:
Here's a quick update to display a list of themes that will now be featured in Enemy of the Month. This list was constructed by taking all the themes that were previously visited through the history of EotM and breaking them off into two main categories.As many of you are aware I discontinued the old "Special Theme" that was normally used to feature No-Limit enemies and have now made No-Limit a theme in itself. The purpose of this is to make the Special Theme now more of a category than a theme. We will now be releasing EotM in two categories:Normal Themes:These themes will be your more common themes that feature many of the types of enemies you'd expect to see in dungeons or overworld settings. They are selected to be easy to work with and will therefore be the most common themes you'll find in the contest as of this day forward.- No Limit- Forest/Nature- Fire/Lava- Water/Ice- Earth/Desert- Dark/Haunted- Light/Sky- Futuristic (*Note: Replaces Technology and Outer Space.)- Human (*Note: New Normal Theme for Human, Human-Like, or NPC type enemies.)- Basic/NES (*Note: New Theme to encourage non-scripters to participate in a fairer setting.)Special Themes:These themes are more specific and are more geared towards fans who want to keep the contest interesting. We will sparingly use these themes to shake things up a little from time to time. Because of the rather specific nature of this theme, we won't be using these very often. These themes could include but are not limited to:- Over the Top (ex: Things like Bullet Hell, Explosions, etc.)- Holiday (ex: Christmas, Halloween, etc.)- Mixed Themes (ex: Fire & Water, Sky & Ice, etc.)- Specific Colors (ex: Gold, Green, Red&Blue, Shades of Grey, etc.)- Off the Wall (ex: Creative, joke or troll enemies.)In conclusion, we hope this gives fans of EotM some transparency of future plans as far as themes are concerned. As time progress we may add some changes to this list, but for now I feel this is a competent list that should feature the types of enemies that people want to design.
Since this topic post was actually pretty well received and nothing here was criticized, I felt it was okay to go forward and discuss this today.
Granted, I'm not entirely certain I had this topic even open for discussion before because it is a locked topic. I figured now will be a good time to put this topic post up for review and discuss which themes included here are themes people still do like, and which themes people really do not like going forward. I will take everything said, and after a few small discussions, update the themes list to your satisfaction.
But I cannot do this without some level of transparency and honesty. So please post here and let your voices be heard.