My name is Lost ECHO and this is my first hack. check this post often for updates on my OW and submaps.
Current OW Progress
Last Update: Started working on doing something with the great amount of unused space on the OW (Mainly the water at the bottom) So i'll be Updating the OW often till I come up with something good.
The cave sub-map is now axed completely. I've decided the 2 sub-maps, the forest and the final area (based of the Valley of Bowser) to be enough work as it is with an estimated level total not passing 35 levels (maybe).
I'd recommend you check out the plentiful resources available in their respective sections on the site. We have some really cool stuff available here. You should also show screenshots and videos of your hack off to others so you can get feedback.
Speaking of screenshots, however, it's a rule that you have to have them in to start a thread here. If not, a mod will probably close the thread. It'd really suck to have your very first thread closed.
Also, welcome to SMWC. I hope you enjoy the site. Feel free to ask questions and such, as this is a really great and helpful community.
I agree about the palettes and as far as inspiration... Right at the particular moment I need more ideas for my sub-maps. things like palettes, how many levels should be on each map, interesting event ideas. I am fairly new to hacking in general so while I looking to show my best i'm still a total noob to this.
I just noticed this but are you having mario start out on a ghost house? That's cool. Is it an actual level or is the ghost house just gonna be a "Yoshi's House" kinda level and that two exit one is gonna be the actaul first level?
The ghost house that Mario starts is more like Yoshi's house. It is currently a save room. I'm using a Ghost House to force the save prompt to open when the level is exited. but I hope to figure out how to add the shop blocks and call the level "Shop n' Save". Yes the first actual level is the two exit level below it.
Right of the top of my head...well...I was kinda wanting to do a complete overhaul of every level, but that is starting to look like too many levels for my current OW so... assuming I make only 5 levels for my sub-maps around 33 levels.
I think it would be a good idea to show off the shop without a message covering a big portion of it.
From what I can see from the screen shots, I can already say that the palettes could use some working on. Red does not work very well for Ghost Houses, the cement blocks aren't very well colored, and the bottom two sets of pictures have a big contrast between the lightest and darkest shades on the land. If you don't want to use the vanilla palettes, then you could go to Level> Custom Palettes, and switch that on. Then, you could play with the palettes to see what fits the level. It's helpful to know that right-clicking on two different colors while holding 'Alt' will give you the gradient between the two colors.