The Downloads has been around as long as the Librarium, and it also allows members to submit articles and other files for public consumption. One key benefit of the Downloads section is that members don’t have to know the intricacies of, and aren’t subject to the limitations of, BBCode. Members can still edit, revise, and update files. More importantly, articles such as those for DIYs will be in formats that can be controlled better for printing (that work is done on the front end by the author).
There are two articles currently available in the Downloads section that I’d like to direct your attention to. The first is Mathis59’s Inquisitorial Guard and the second is my own Nova Hawks. These two files represent extreme ends of the spectrum in terms of production value (not article quality, mind you). The Inquisitorial Guard article is a simple Microsoft Word article, without pictures or embellishments. The Nova Hawks article, meanwhile, is a pdf with background images and lots of embellishments throughout, and was originally developed and presented here. These two articles demonstrate the range in variation of what is acceptable for submission.
It should also be noted that neither of the articles to which I’ve directed your attention use the Index Astartes format. While I’m sure that many (most?) will choose to use the very good Index Astartes article format, you may use any format you choose.
I’ll develop some Microsoft Word templates that members can use (if they don’t want to create their own from scratch, an alternative that is perfectly acceptable). These templates will be on the lower end of the production value spectrum, but anyone that is savvy with Microsoft Word (or who knows how to look things up om the Internet ) will be able to make any adjustments they want to personalize the articles (and you are highly encouraged to do so). I’ll definitely create templates for the Index Astartes format, as well as the format used by Forge World in the Badab War books. I may even adapt the format from the Legion articles in the Horus Heresy books from Forge World. I’d also love to come up with various formats for other factions so that we can see DIY Xenos organization articles, Imperial Knight households, etc.
Ideally, DIY article development will proceed as:
- Member creates development discussion in Liber, other members provide input
- Once member is satisfied that development is “finished,” article is created for and submitted to Downloads
- Members can download, rate, and comment on the file within the Downloads section
- Member also submits Downloads file location and DIY information to appropriate Tabula
- Original Liber discussion remains open so that the member can continue to refine and develop the DIY
- Updates to article in the Downloads section are posted whenever the author desires (steps 5 and 6 remain in a cycle)
One note: BBCode discussions use much less space than articles, so we don't want hundreds of 5M articles. If my Nova Hawks article were any longer, I'd reduce file size by getting rid of background images and such. Additionally, if I were going to have lots of images, I might break the article down into multiple files.