New GS user? Hope this makes you feel welcome
There´s a constant flow of new users coming to the cool world of Gamesalad. I welcome you all to this amazing place!
The forum has got (mostly) a bunch of kind, helpful souls and otherwise friendly people. Sometimes though, you get stuck, start a thread and don´t get anything else but views. No comments, no help, no nothing. There are tons of reasons for this. Lets face it, due to desperation, the questions can sometimes be more like demands and not a humble question. Many times the language is an issue. Or the question is just too confusing and short and just screams of a lazy questioner! The time difference is obviosly another factor. Sometimes people just miss your post and you don´t get any view. Or there are more interesting discussions going on.
Take your time and write down your question thoroughly and try to get as much info in there as possible. Scope the forums, though sometimes even doing so you might miss already existing threads by searching with wrong words. But try anyway. Google stuff before you ask. Try out things yourself first, and so on. So don't solely rely on the forum.
If you need to ask questions, announce a game or anything, and need to show what ever you need to show with a picture, upload it to an image hosting site and attach the URL in the post by clicking the button shown in the image:
Here´s one image hosting site I use:
Enough of that! The idea of this thread is to give you, the new users, a warming welcome and a good start with helpful tips by helpful people and so that when you have a question you have more over-all background knowledge with gamesalad. I remember it being overwhelming to get into everything in the beginning. So hopefully this compilation will help those of you feeling like I did. (Hopefully this thread don´t turn into a war zone like one thread for newcomers did last year...)
So here goes. Below are a handful of awesome Youtube channels that are packed with super helpful videos. Look through these channels and you are fit for fight!
T-shirtbooth´s Youtube channel. No longer active on GS, I believe, but still very helpful videos:
Gamesalad Guru´s Youtube channel. Packed with awesome stuff:
Jamie Cross´s sweet corner on The Tube. A very helpful fella:
Other great channels:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbowPYAYlTA06EZPRIpGKZQ <--- Many more great videos will be uploaded here!
These are just a few of many awesome people with awesome guides! But these should get you started.
Another helpful tip is to download templates to really dig deep into and study how others think when developing games and just how stuff works. There are some brilliant minds out there! But here are a few great sites offering awesome templates, check em out below!
Mostly Creative. (Jamie Cross):
MattButlerStudios: <--- Check this awesome site out regularly!
There are many more sites offering templates and guides. But check those out for starters.
Lastly, here are just some really interesting threads you should keep an eye out for:
"Free Game Development Resources Link Mega-thread". Lots of great tips on sound and art plus other things:
"Spare Code ? Dump It here". An ocean of super sweet bits and pieces of code. You need this!:
"Timers are for chumps - GS optimisation tips":
"★★ 31 Optimization Tips ★★":
"[TIP] Optimizing PNG Graphics":
"Searching and You: How to optimize the "Search" function within the GameSalad forum":
Make sure you bookmark interesting threads and check them often. This is how you bookmark a thread:
Hopefully this post will be appreciated and get you started fast so that you get the hang of the basics as far as you can, on your own and that way learn the engine even better! After all, "We learn by practice...", as Martha Graham said.