Hi there, in this thread I will give you tips and hints to make a successful concept thread. The first and seconds topics were created by ScratchCard (who left and came back) and TommyMufc-Champs (Who changed username, therefore cannot further edit his old topic), but there hasn't been one for a while now so I thought I might as well create a third version.
The first step is choosing what kind of thread you're planning on making.
It can be:
•i. An idea/wish/location/theory
•ii. A GTA-based concept thread
•iii. Creating A Poll
•iv. Creating a DLC Concept Thread
•v. Q & A
Before you post a new thread, stop and think if the thread will lead to a proper discussion. If you do not see such thing on your thread's future, don't even bother to post it as it will be locked by mods anyways.
•If it's something you want to see in the next GTA, click here.
•If it's the location the next game will be set in click here.
•If you have made any artwork, post it here.
•If it's your own made map, post it here or here.
For an organized list of all concept threads, click here.
ii. A GTA-based concept thread
What is a concept thread?
A concept thread is basically a fan-made topic (not official). It can also be what you think the game's going to be like, but you have to keep in mind that for a successful concept thread, certain things such as a location, storyline, characters, vehicles, and much more must be added by you.
Here are some examples of successful concept threads:
These may give you ideas, but don't steal from them or you can get in trouble!
Please keep in mind that making concept threads take a lot of time and effort, so before making one you have to remember that there will be a lot of work to do, so no laziness!
Here are some tips:
•Update the thread on a regular interest, make it better, so the readers (and yourself) don't lose interest.
•Be original, let your ideas flow. A good section to show your originality is the mini-games and activities part, put stuff that you would have enjoyed in IV!
•Have a nice layout. like this. You can request for a logo and other graphics on the GFX & Tutorials section of the forums.
•Spell the title right. Seriously.
•Try to have as little mistakes as possible. If you want, you can copy and past your whole thing onto a word document before posting and having spell-check do it for you
•Put thought into everything you write, especially the setting.
•Details are very important. What songs will be included? Who's the main character? The more details, the better your topic.
•Try not to use characters from other games. Some are fine, though. But you don't want to create a III and IV era crossover.
Here's a great topic that will help you with your images and such: BB Codes.
Want to share your ideas and get opinions from other concept thread makers? Check out The Creator's Lounge for that.
iii. Creating A Poll
This hasn't got much to do with the whole idea of concept threads, but I'll just throw it in anyways.
There are a lot of pointless polls here on the forums, especially on this sections. It is important that you think before creating a poll, you also need to make sure that the poll hasn't been created before. You can check that by using the search function.
Try to add as many answers as possible, so members can have a wide variety of answers to pick on. If you've created a poll and feel the need to ask something, then you might as well ask a moderator. Here is an example of a pointless poll: Clicky.
You see? Ask a question you're actually curious about, if you're not, don't even bother.
iv. Creating a DLC Concept Thread
Creating a DLC concept thread is a lot like creating any regular concept thread, except that the story has crossovers with the original game and has some similarities. For example, TLaD and TBoGT are DLC's of GTA IV, if you didn't know already.
Here are some examples of DLC concepts:
Here's an excellent guide made by akavari: So You Want To Make A DLC?
Usually, when making DLC's people tend to actually make up their own missions. If you are planning on doing so, try to keep it to a maximum of 40 missions, too many may result boring to the reader and in some cases to yourself.
Also, some people find DLC's stupid because Rockstar already said no more DLC's will be released towards existent games. The creator knows that, so don't go around saying that because people could take that in an offensive way.
v. Q & A
Q: Who controls the section?
A: The section is controlled by XTREME0235
Q: Why did my topic get locked?
A: It was either stupid, incomplete, or you didn't put much thought into it
Q: Why aren't people replying to my topic?
A: Be patient, keep on updating it regularly and soon enough you'll get more and more members replying. There's also a possibility that you didn't put much though into it.
Q: Why is this section called GTA Series Chat?
A: Because it's were we discuss about the whole franchise, not specific games. Concept threads go here too.
Credit goes to ScratchCard and Tommy. for making v1 and v2 of this, plus helping me make this. Thanks guys
Edited by blitz, 24 January 2012 - 01:32 PM.