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General Anim8or Forum / .: X[ Underwater ]X :. Challenge Underway
« on: August 05, 2008, 03:09:31 am »
Read all about it here:

I hope some of you guys take the time to participate :) it's one of the more successful events have had yet.

On a side note, the old forums have been archived and placed at should you ever need to go back to the old stuff ;)

Some of you may have noticed that we locked down the old CG Nation forums for a day and a half. We've officially opened up the new forums instead!

You may visit the new community by going here:

If you were a previous user of the old CG Nation forums, you may login using the same details as before, no sweat!

General Anim8or Forum / Anim8or.Org is now CG-Nation.Com
« on: July 05, 2008, 02:27:02 pm »
Regardless of where points, the forums are officially located at

This was going to happen anyway but our hand is forced and we can only show you the old forums still. The new features will be released when ready.

Thanks and sorry about the confusion! Some features will be broken until I've fixed everything, so hang tight!

Also, Animanon are not at fault for these changes, they were brought about entirely by someone else.

General Anim8or Forum / .: X[ @WORK ]X :. Competition At Anim8or.Org!
« on: June 08, 2008, 09:20:18 pm »
.: X[ @WORK ]X :.

For those who don't know, Anim8or.Org has hosted a series of .: XX :. challenges for a while now. This was stopped for a few months in case CG Nation released in the middle of one of the competitions, but now it's definite that we've got time for one or two more before the new site gets put into play.

So what's this mean for you? More stuff to do! These competitions are great for new and old users to participate in. There'll be an actual tangible prize for all the awards this time instead of just for first place (therefore 5 prize winners, details are to be decided and announced at a later date). If you want to learn more, feel free to check this board out:,19.0.html

Note that in order to participate, you must login or register to the forum. Entries posted here won't be judged. Signing up is free and easy, so don't miss out!

Feel free to post any questions or comments here.


Here are some things to take note of and remember:

  • It can be anywhere in any time, past, present, or future, and can take place anywhere, on land, in the air, space, underwater, anything really, but it must be clear that work is done in that area.
  • One should use a logical definition of work. For example, a guy playing Xbox wouldn't portray work. It has to be clear that some kind of work is getting done in the image, such as people working at an office, at a repair shop, a modeler at his work bench, etc. Even elves working on cookies would fit.
  • You are not limited to just humans or humanoid species. It can be any organism or machine that is doing some sort of labor either for hire, for service, for the reason they were made (applies to machines), for their well-being, or for someone else's well-being.
  • You can use any software you like for modeling, texturing, post production, etc.
  • Review the .: X[ Read First ]X :. topic carefully: all work must be done from scratch!
  • You don't have to post your progress as you're completing your entry, but it's recommended.


  • Final Render (required): Must have at least a 1024 pixel width or height. The aspect ratio is up to you, and any size larger is more than welcome.
  • Detail Shot (required): In order for us to better understand the work you've put into your entry, you must submit one (1) image composition that contains wireframe renders, progress shots, close-ups, etc. This image will not be judged, but it will be used to help determine the awards such as best modeling or best texturing. The maximum resolution is 800x1600.


June 28th, 2008 @ 11:59:59 Honolulu Time


The judging is standard, Raxx or another admin will put up a poll to have you, the users, vote for your favorite. At the end of the 20 days, the polls will be put up, and the votes will be tallied to see who wins in each category. The awards are as follows:

  • Best Overall - should follow the 'Work' theme very nicely, should have good models, textures, and a great idea and all the other common Best Overall features.
  • Best Models - Voting on who built the cleanest and most accurate models
  • Best Texturing - Who created the best textures (and materials) and mapped them cleanly onto their models.
  • Post Producer - the image with the best post-production work (such as motion blur, smoke, painting, any features added after the 3d render)
  • Best Concept - voting should focus more on the idea and how it fits the 'Work' theme, more than the technical aspects of modeling, texturing, etc.


As usual, the awards will be icons placed under your avatar once the competition is over.

General Anim8or Forum / The CG Nation Content Building Initiative
« on: May 28, 2008, 04:57:03 am »
First of all, to those who don't know, CG Nation is a site being worked on to replace and enhance what was and will be (trying to utilize past tense for the future). You may find out more information by going to Feel free to also check out the forums where this event is being held. The rest of this topic is a duplicate of the guideline posted in the forum, but is no less important to us!

You may visit this event directly by going to this url:,28.0.html

Unfortunately, you have to register to post, but feel free to ask questions in this topic!


Good day ladies, gents, and toddlers. I'm here today to introduce to you the horrifying idea of "work". Ugh, I say, and ugh you may think. Yet we who are building CG Nation have come to the point of development where we have to ask you, the community, to help us out and in doing so become part of its foundation.

Ok, boring intro aside, here's the deal: Here Raxx and TheProducer are, running around in piles of script and code, when we're halted by the realization that a site is useless without content. Well, we already knew we'd need help from others in this aspect, but it's getting close enough to release to where we have to think of content building as part of the site's development before release.

So, we can't run around in piles of script and code and build content at the same time. This is where you guys come in with your ambitious ideas and ideal ambitions.

What We Want?

Simply put, we want what you want. This is the perfect opportunity for you to come forth with that idea for a collaboration, or competition, or whichever whatever and however. Or, if you already have the project started and would like to do it under CG Nation officially, you may through this Initiative as well!

Unfortunately, we have to place some restrictions, or else we'll have topics running rampant and maiming the poor innocent bystanders that could have become active in this Initiative.

Here are the restrictions:

  • Follow proper forum etiquette (for further house-training, read this)
  • Things illegal are not tolerated
  • Try to keep it all within this board that's set aside specifically for this Initiative

Just a few restrictions. Paradise, eh?

Get To The Point

By now you should be confused and wondering what's going on. The opportunity we're providing is this: If you have an idea that you would like CG Nation ( for the present) to support, host, officially recognize, or whatever else, you have the opportunity to start it up in a new topic in this board. Now, this means that it's up to you to take charge of it and become the lead-whatever of the group/project/event.

You may go recruiting outside of or .com, or stay strictly within our boundaries. CG Nation, however, is a site for all sorts of CG users, so it's recommended to not stick to a specific application if the project itself is general (for example, don't make an anim8or-specific and therefore -restrictive game project if the game engine it's going to use doesn't specifically require the anim8or file format). Trust me, it'll help the chances of your project making it in the end. This of course doesn't really apply to projects that are based on the idea of using one application to achieve results.

What is "making it in the end"? Simple: if your project looks like it's lasting or has a good stable hold by the time we're about ready to release, we'll help you out and make you a part of CG Nation. There is no guarantee that we'll accept it, but there's no guarantee that we won't, either.

What If I Want To Contribute, But Not In Something So Large-Scale?

This is the other side of this Initiative! We're looking for CG Nation exclusive content. Big projects earn placement in the features/highlights/projects/gallery/competitions/videos/whatever slots, but there are plenty of other areas we need filled. Specifically, tutorials and resources!

Start collecting what you've got and think about what you can make. A simple tutorial on something may help someone, and if it's useful it certainly can be submitted either in your personal--oops, almost said too much there. But we will have a public article system, and if you submit good quality resources in your personal--ahem, we may make special features about it!

Not to mention, if you have nice renders and artwork, have them stored away to submit them to our site gallery for review!

So if you'd like to keep track of your stuff and let others know what you have in store, make your own topic in this board and update it. All topics made in this board will be reviewed for content for the new site.


Yes, such things exist. So here they are:

We can't all be leaders here ;) If you don't want to lead a project, or failed to get it stable, don't despair. If you are unmotivated and can't think of anything to do, don't despair. If you crave attention but can't find any means to get it, don't despair. Join someone else's project! We hate the lurkers who don't lead or contribute, but we also love them because they might change their mind!

Also, we do have an irc chat room (link is for users--go to otherwise) that usually sits empty. If enough guys idle upon visiting the chat room, I'm sure some conversations can start up and ideas can be exchanged ;)

Some may wonder how they can get a competition or event to be a part of CG Nation if it ends before CG Nation is released. The trick is not to begin the event until after CG Nation is released and accepts it and allows you to host it officially. This means you use the topic to plan, gain support, find prizes or rewards, build momentum, etc.

Another important thing is for you to realize that we are looking for content. Hence the reason for this whole event. However, this is not the only means of contributing. Working on your personal artwork, improving your skills, having fun and increasing your interest in CG are just as important to us!

Very successful projects may receive their own board and moderators.

Got Questions? Comments? Complaints?

We (may) love to hear them! Feel free to post any such thing to this topic, and we'll do our best to answer you. Please refrain from asking things like ("Is this idea a good one?"). Instead, just think about it for a few hours or days or nanoseconds and post it up as a full-blown project.

General Anim8or Forum / .Org down for a few
« on: March 22, 2008, 02:02:59 am »
To those wondering, will be down until about 8 hours from this post due to some massive hardware changes. Just letting you guys know  ;)

I would like to draw the attention of the new, young, and old anim8or users on this site to check out our ongoing .: XX :. event at Anim8or.Org! Feel free to join in or observe and join in on the next one!

The theme for the current competition is "Transform". Basically, you model, texture, and animate an object which transforms into another object. Read up on the rest of the details by Clicking here!

Did I mention that there is a prize for the first place winner? ;)

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