This is the first version of this FAQ; if you have any comments about this or if you think there are questions that should be added please say. Any comment is welcome.Q: What are the shells?
A: The city of Ahra Pahts is an Age made for the community of Age builders and apprentice Age builders. Each shell is a private space, larger than a Relto island, that you can own and where you can build whatever you want. Then all people can come and visit your shell and admire your work. If you know a little bit about Age making in Blender you will not have any difficulty creating a shell.Q: How does that work?
A: First you must choose a shell among the available ones and signup. You can see the list here
. Once you have signed up you will be sent a Blender file containing the shell, and a link to download the textures. Then you have everything you need to start creating your shell. When you think your shell is ready you can post about it on the forum and it will be published with the next Age update.Q: What can I create in my shell?
A: You can do whatever you want: build a house, a large building, a garden, a swimming pool, a cavern, or something entirely original. Maybe you are a programmer and want to create complex puzzles and interactions? Maybe you are an artist and want to create an exhibition hall to display your work? This is your space you can do what you want of it.Q: Are there any limits?
A: You have only two limits: 1) First you have the 'obvious' content limits that apply to any Age: don't use copyrighted content, don't use offensive material, and don't use Cyan material (textures or models) unless you have written permission. 2) There is a size limit: each shell must fit within a certain space, everything you build must be inside the walls of your shell (although you can change the look of the walls) and it must not be higher than 60 feet above the ground. The city districts are separated by high walls which are 60 feet high, this is the limit. (As a comparison the top of the Relto mountain is 66 feet above the clouds.) However you can build underground as much as you want. So you can have several floors underground for a building, or you can dig a deep cavern.
To make things easier, in the shell blender file there is an object that tells you visually the area in which you can built.Q: Why is there this size limit?
A: Short Answer: This is so that things don't get 'out of control' and so that the performance of the Age stays decent. Long answer: It is a performance optimization issue; the city has been cut in different districts with walls so that your cannot see all the city at once. This is a very large city and this would be too much to handle for most computers. If we build anything higher than one of those districts walls then we will see it from the other districts, and it breaks the purpose of having several districts. Also in the center of the city there is the Hub, which is the highest building in the city and can be seen from every street. It is a landmark, and we don't want to hide it.Q: Are there technical requirements?
A: Yes. Because the shells are part of an existing Age, you must respect a couple specifications, nothing difficult. Shells are actually a 'page' of the Age, that means that all your objects must be assigned to this page number (which is the number of the shell), and to avoid any conflicts in the Age all your objects names must begin with your shell number. That is all.
(To have more details about that read the Shell checklist
. )Q: How do I sign up?
A: Either you can post about it on the forum in the Shell Sign up thread
or you can send a PM to Aloys
who is in charge of the shells. Your shell will then be sent to you.Q: Can I have several shells?
A: Yes, you can have up to 3 shells. But if you do, please make sure to use them we don't want to see the Age full of empty shells, do we? In the future when you have completed and released your shells you may sign up for more.Q: My shell is ready, when and how can I release it?
A: Make sure your shell is ready (read the Shell submission check list
) then put all your shell files into a directory named after your shell
(the Prp file, the compiled Python files if you have any, the SDL file(s) if you have any), zip up the directory and submit it to Aloys
. Shells are published with the next Age update. If there is no Age update planned before long shells may be released as they come.Q: Once my shell is already released can I update it again?
A: Of course, you can submit it when you want and update it . Just don't update it every day or we might not be able to follow..Q: This shell is too big, I don't know what to put in there..
A: You don't have to use all the space. For instance you may just put a small house in the middle of your shell. Or you can put a wall and block the space you don't want to use. You can do whatever you want.