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Custom Unit Review Process
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Kelvin McCorvin
Wed Feb 15 2006, 03:10PM
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The custom unit submission and review process works as follows:
  • Player talks to the templater (Ace), gets the design templated. Ace may offer his opinion, but does not have the authority to outright reject a design. It needs to have the approval of the majority of the template review board.
  • Player submits design via dmech/submit .
  • Reviewers vote yes or no. The design must get a majority vote of all the reviewers. On the occasion of a tie, the template is reviewed using a Unit Comparison Match as noted below.
  • At any time during the process, a reviewer may explicitly call for a Unit Comparison Match as noted below, by leaving a comment on the ref review saying so.
  • If the template passes with a majority, the player gets the unit at 1 Ton per DP.
  • If the template fails the vote and a subsequent Unit Comparison Match, the entry is rejected and set back with suggestions on possible revisions. The donor must get in touch with the templater again and make revisions, then re-submit.

Unit Comparison Matches
In the case of a design being questionable in power, a templater may call for a Unit Comparison Match. The way this works is that the submitted design is matched up with one or a few units of similar tonnage and role. The two units will be piloted either by admin, players, or AI depending on the units in question. If players must be used, the donor will pilot the standard FASA unit against another player in the donor's custom or an admin. The two units will duel it out in a generic map.

The reference units are as follows:
Assault Mechs: AS7-S,BLR-3M,STK-5M,AWS-9M,LGB-7Q
Heavy Mechs: WHM-7K,EXT-4D,BL9-KNT,FLS-8K,TDR-9S
Medium Mechs: HBK-4P,WVR-7K,PXH-3K,KTO-20
Light Mechs: RVN-3L,WLF-2,MON-66,FFL-4A

If the custom regularly defeats most of the units in its weight class by a large margin, it will be rejected. If there is a 50-50 or less (in favor of the reference unit), then the design will pass with my go-ahead.


Template Guidelines
  • Templates must be of lesser or roughly the same strength as units currently being fielded.
  • Template reference names must end in the donor's alias. For example, AS7-KM. If the donor has two variants of the same ref, he can either come up with another ref or do something like AS7-1-KM, AS7-2-KM.
  • Donating does not guarantee your custom will get approved. We want you to donate to support the game, not to get an overly powerful unit.

General Notes
As mentioned earlier, we want you to want to donate. By donating, you are supporting the site by paying for ads, hardware, software, and supporting the developers. If you are donating solely for the reason of getting a custom unit, please consider investing in another charitable cause in the future.

Submitting Customs
When you're ready to submit your custom for review, simply create a thread with the ref name and attach the Drawing Board or Heavy Metal Pro file for your unit, or a text representation of your unit. If you don't know how to do either of these, ask on the Donors channel or create a post and we'll walk you through it.

Voting and Reviewing
In order for your design to make its way to your mech stable, it must pass through the review board. This is comprised of a group of players and admins that are very familiar with the game and most of the FASA templates. You must get a majority in favor of your design for it to pass. If your design is rejected, you will be informed of ways to fix it, and you may re-submit a revised version. This process of voting and revision continues until your unit is deemed acceptable.

Although a majority is required to pass, I (Kelvin McCorvin) reserve the right to reject a design and over-rule the board, or vice-versa. This pretty much never happens, as the board is competent enough to handle imbalanced designs without my intervention.

[ Edited Sun Nov 04 2007, 07:31PM ]
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Kelvin McCorvin
Mon Feb 19 2007, 08:40PM
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Updated with notes on submitting units and the review process.
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Sun Nov 04 2007, 07:31PM
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