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@  Evac : (28 April 2017 - 11:49 AM)

And I... Have my sarcasm.

@  TheMightyMol... : (28 April 2017 - 11:47 AM)

Search history has changed! Spam forums triumph! And you....you no longer post relevant content!

@  Evac : (28 April 2017 - 11:46 AM)

Mayhem hazzzz planzzzz.

@  Nutjob R/T : (28 April 2017 - 11:36 AM)

Subforums don't die. They wait. And plan.

@  Benbot : (28 April 2017 - 09:44 AM)

Are there any plans to delete or move dead subforums?

@  MEDdMI : (28 April 2017 - 05:49 AM)

instead of blackjack, we have dice rolls in the RP and there was an actual card game in another thread.

@  Bass X0 : (28 April 2017 - 05:19 AM)

They could start their own Beast Mayhem with Blackjack and Hookers.

@  MEDdMI : (28 April 2017 - 05:16 AM)

There's plenty of talented artists in Beast Mayhem! ....though we tend to draw things that can't be posted anyway. :doh

@  wlg3 : (28 April 2017 - 01:15 AM)

I really enjoy the creative sub forums of TFW, though, like their kitbash and fan art forums. The creative forums have lots of talented, friendly people and is an active, supportive community.

@  wlg3 : (28 April 2017 - 01:13 AM)

Gotta agree with Evac... TFW has a lot of cool, talented people, but they're overwhelmingly outnumbered by unbearable neckbeards

@  LordGigaIce : (27 April 2017 - 10:20 PM)

I do enjoy the TFW podcast. and that subforum's usually very civil. It's the best place to actually talk about TFers there :D also the Radicons forum is ok if you just like looking at kitbash pr0n

@  Evac : (27 April 2017 - 10:18 PM)

There's some cool people on the site, thankfully. It's just the morons tend to outnumber them... Which is generally the rule on most forums thanks to the GIFT.

@  Evac : (27 April 2017 - 10:17 PM)

In all honesty, the better parts of the site are the non-TF parts.

@  LordGigaIce : (27 April 2017 - 10:13 PM)

yeah, and their love of 3p is just...i don't get it.

@  Noideaforaname : (27 April 2017 - 10:03 PM)

TFW can be... literal with the rules sometimes. Like, a discussion about favorite human characters gets LOCKED if you mention Agent Fowler because "all Prime discussion belongs in the RiD forums".

@  LordGigaIce : (27 April 2017 - 09:48 PM)

Also, as far as TFW's No Politics goes...it's nice in theory but then you end up with the current IDW stories that lean HEAVILY into politics and religion. I've had more than a few lengthy posts exploring the parallels between the IDW Decepticon movement and various real world socialist movements deleted because it was technically "politics." So hug 'em. I really only visit there these days to poke around the podcast subforum.

@  LordGigaIce : (27 April 2017 - 09:45 PM)

My person canon is that the Quintessons created Cybertron as a factory to make the TFers as mechs, but they became self aware and they revolted. then Cybertronian society began to develop and the events of the revolt became mythologised as the stories of the Knights of Cyberton, the Thirteen, etc...real events that became the basis for religion, essentially.

@  Evac : (27 April 2017 - 09:34 PM)

Timeout. Does it convert?

@  Nutjob R/T : (27 April 2017 - 09:29 PM)

.... Wait I think those are actually ninjas

@  Nutjob R/T : (27 April 2017 - 09:29 PM)

Fact: Transformers are mammals. Fact: The purpose of a Transformer is to flip out and kill people

@  ▲ndrusi : (27 April 2017 - 06:54 PM)

Transformers are alien space robots from space.]

@  Rycochet : (27 April 2017 - 06:49 PM)

Transformers believe they were created by <X>, others believe they were created by <Y> and/or <Z>. There are lots of theories, disagreements but ultimately nobody knows for sure.

@  Noideaforaname : (27 April 2017 - 05:11 PM)

Squid robits build machines. Machines decide they had enough of that and kicked the squid robits off the planet. Everything's pretty chill for a while until machines get mad for dumb reasons and break the planet. THE END

@  Bass X0 : (27 April 2017 - 04:22 PM)

Primus created Cybertron and The Thirteen. Then later, the Quintessons come to the planet they call Seibertron and use Primus' power; the plasma energy chamber to forge military robots Destrons and consumer robots Cybertrons. The Cybertrons and Destrons rise up and drive the Quintessons away but are unable to live in peace with each other. And so the Cybertron population become the Autobot army and the Destrons become Decepticons, with the Autobots renaming their planet Cybertron. Far far later still, bacteria that was present on the asteroid Primus imprisoned himself within has evolved into organic life within Cybertron...

@  Evac : (27 April 2017 - 03:35 PM)

But aside from the ending Trent and Siph made for them at FunPub, the 3H Wreckers comics kinda sucked.

@  Evac : (27 April 2017 - 03:34 PM)

That's what the 3H Wreckers comics kind of did, actually.

@  wonko the sane? : (27 April 2017 - 03:30 PM)

So, what? The maker of the makers kinda thing?

@  Bass X0 : (27 April 2017 - 02:55 PM)

My fanon is both the Quintesson and Primus origins. They're compatible.

@  Rycochet : (27 April 2017 - 02:37 PM)

I prefer the profile book/movie interpretation of the Quintessons, a race whose entire purpose is to capture and execute those who escape Unicron.

@  Noideaforaname : (27 April 2017 - 02:03 PM)

I like the Quintesson origin partly because it's a twist on the robot revolution cliche, partly because of the irony of a people uniting against their own creators just to fall into endless civil war, and mostly because i just really like the Quintessons themselves.

@  Diecast : (27 April 2017 - 12:03 PM)

I preferred the Primus origin until it became the more common origin, fiction wise.

@  ▲ndrusi : (27 April 2017 - 11:08 AM)

Since the analogy to humans isn't perfect, it could also be interpreted as closer to "maternity ward."

@  Locoman : (27 April 2017 - 11:02 AM)

I think the most unfortunately named Transformer in their society would probably be Hot Spot, which is like having a human named "Placenta."

@  Locoman : (27 April 2017 - 11:02 AM)

Confusing, I bet.

@  Noideaforaname : (27 April 2017 - 10:58 AM)

I wonder what everyday Transformer society is like where half the population are named after common objects and stuff...

@  TheMightyMol... : (27 April 2017 - 10:53 AM)

I bet Gears hates this.

@  Noideaforaname : (27 April 2017 - 10:18 AM)

Naturally occuring gears! (hey, if bugs can do it...)

@  Evac : (27 April 2017 - 10:00 AM)

They're both better than the Primus origin.

@  unluckiness : (27 April 2017 - 09:56 AM)

The Allspark sucks. I much prefer the quintessons origin.

@  Dracula : (27 April 2017 - 07:23 AM)

I hate the allspark! That's why it's been the only TF forum I've bothered with for almost 10 years!

@  Robowang : (27 April 2017 - 07:13 AM)

As much as I pick on us, that's a really big reason why I like it here too. Plus the traffic isn't so heavy that anything you post gets lost in five minutes.

@  Rycochet : (27 April 2017 - 06:00 AM)

The Allspark is one of the first Transformers sites I've been to where there's no weird hero worship of the staff or two or three staffers who are weirdly aggressive about certain transformers related topics and never fail to show it. This is probably the first site in my near two decades in the fandom I can post and not feel I'm a few steps away from falling afoul of some unwritten rule that will cause people to pile on, so yay Allspark.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (27 April 2017 - 05:31 AM)

*pops in* "Hm, I wonder where the conversation has gone since last night..." *reads* "...huh. I did not see any of that coming."

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@  MEDdMI : (27 April 2017 - 05:26 AM)

This board has provided me with the only RP campaign that didn't fall a

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (27 April 2017 - 05:17 AM)

So what? We're disciples of Primus and they're disciples of Unicron?

@  lastmaximal : (27 April 2017 - 04:26 AM)

I'm really not surprised.

@  Nevermore : (27 April 2017 - 04:16 AM)

Well, the users over on TFW in return accuse the Allspark of being an elitist clique that ostracizes everyone who doesn't act like they do (i.e. civil), whereas TFW is more welcoming to everyone regardless of their views.

@  Pennpenn : (27 April 2017 - 03:23 AM)

Hard G. I don't give a solitary shit what the creators call it, the first word in the acronym is "Graphical". I have no idea why they'd think any sane human could, would, or should pronounce it any other way.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (27 April 2017 - 03:13 AM)

I acknowledge what the creators say, but whether I remember to use their pronunciation or not is hit or miss. Heck, I think I usually think of it in my head as "gee-i-ef", in parallel to "JPG" and "PNG".

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#1 Shattered

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 11:12 AM

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Not sure where this thread best belongs, so we'll start here. Just wanted to share my thoughts on the new project.

I can see this as being very helpful to me in the future. I hadn't missed much of the news for this roundup, though a couple things mentioned had slipped by radar. The next few months are going to be really busy for me, so I imagine this will be a great resource. I really liked the inclusion of the Art Contest entries, which were really good this month, and the featured MTMTE bio and story. First time I've ever read one of the fanfic pieces here, actually. I'll have to finish it sometime.

Couple of suggestions: the art wasn't are clean as it should have been for a couple of the pics. I'm sure it's some kind of file format issue. I hope it can be fixed in the future. Also, I would be more convenient if the clickable links within the magazine opened in a new tab, as switching from board software to magazine PDF is a bit cumbersome.

Keep up the good work, folks!

Edited by Master Fwiffo, 14 August 2009 - 10:40 AM.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 05:29 PM

ah HA! We were wondering why there was no discussion-- nobody saw the pinned thread.


Which files in particular weren't quite clean? With a few images I didn't have the native resolution files to work with.

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 08:08 PM

For those who missed it: http://www.allspark....t/view/5707/81/

We at the Allspark Staff strive to bring you the best format for Transformers News, and community activity. Last month, we premiered the Allspark Insider, a web-based magazine that we hoped would be a one-stop for a news recap as well as a showcase for community activities, such as Fanfic contests and Art Contests (And toys from the TF Picture thread!).

What we want to know now is, should we continue this magazine? What did you like? What didn't you like? What would you change?

Please give us feedback, and an idea on whether or not you would read it if we continued to publish it regularly. Thanks for your feedback!

Also, vote on our poll on the front page!

Edited by Master Fwiffo, 11 August 2009 - 08:09 PM.


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Posted 11 August 2009 - 08:16 PM

I thought the magazine was a great resource, especially for those little bits of news that don't stay on the front page long. I really liked the featured art and fiction, and this was the first I've read any fiction from the Allspark. I think the magazine could be a huge help to me as my schedule gets busier in the fall.

The only problems I'd address is that some of the art was a little granulated.

I hope you're not seriously considering dropping the project based on response to one issue. You have to cultivate an audience, you can't expect floods of people for the first one.

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 09:44 PM

Yes indeed, I enjoyed it a lot.

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 05:23 AM

Maybe you could drop the news parts. It was all kind of dated by the time you were able to release the magazine.

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 08:13 AM

I honestly didn't know it was there - but my Bookmark takes me straight to the forums and I hardly ever check the front page.

My favorite part as the movie review section! Now that I know about it, I'll look for it.

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 10:03 AM

I think if you made it focused on the community more, and less on news that most of us already knew about, it'd be a lot more fun. The first one was cool, though.

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 10:32 AM

I'd second the community focus rather than a news focus.

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 04:43 PM

I think the news part is valuable, maybe just put that towards the end. Some people who were once very present in the news scene end up too busy to stay up to date. This alleviates those people posting 6 months later going "Masterpiece Skywarp? In the US? Since when?"

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:39 AM

I'm repurposing these threads as the Allspark Insider feedback thread (since people like to ignore the sticky). Issue 2 is up now! Read it here!


Edited by Master Fwiffo, 14 August 2009 - 10:41 AM.


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Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:51 AM

Oh hey! My photo of Scalpel's in there! Neat! I'm a little conufsed by the last page though. Why is Give Me Your Face over the entire page instead of just the poll?

I really like the idea of moving the content to more of a community spotlight type of role. The Allspark is a big, busy place with a lot of members and its easy to miss some really great contributions that the members have made. This is a great way to highlight interesting discussions, funny comments, and art of all types of the past month.
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Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:55 AM

I definitely like the community spotlight idea.

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:55 AM

First thoughts:

Any way to adjust the kerning on the first paragraph? The wide and irregular spacing of letters it a bit distracting.

The new IDW ongoing is actually titled "The Transformers."

Describing the IDW series, there's a line that goes "See lonegamer's IDW report here." Is there supposed to be a link there?

Is it possible to set links to open in a new tab, rather than having to switch between site and PDF in the same window?

I love Deadfurrow. Good choice this month. The Art contest was particularly great this month, so that works quite well. The Chronicle Challanges of years past is an odd feature that doesn't really do much for me. The Wheelie interview is written perfectly in character, and a lot of fun. As are the trivia and games this month.

Much improved on the image quality this month. Keep up the good work, and I hope it only gets better from here! icon-ironhide.gif

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 12:03 PM

Hey Allsparkers! The All New ALLSPARK INSIDER is now up and running!


We'd love your feedback to continue - and in fact, some of the feedback here directly inspired our redesign. So please, keep the feedback coming, and thanks for your support!

And now the News, Don't Touch that Dial!
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Posted 05 October 2009 - 12:28 PM

Overall, I really enjoy the new format. It feels a little more like a real magazine, while at the same time taking advantage of the online media aspect. I think breaking down a single page into multiple sub-sections works really well in this format: the intro, news, and back pages all really shine here. I really like the little format and border elements for the toy pic and art contest photos; very sharp.

The content seems spot on for what I'm looking for: a news recap page, art page, fan character page, fanfic page, and an engaging back page. I like the quotes chosen for this issue; keep up to interesting ones!

I like that each page now seems to have its own mascot character. However, the photos don't always work well. If these are going to be the same characters each month, it's probably with the time and effort to clean up the edges of the art in Photoshop. And their placement could be better as well: poor Heinlad and Reflector seem crammed into that space, while Shortround and Slamdance look great in their use.

Just a couple of format nitpicks. Bonecrusher's editorial is a little difficult to read, being black font on a dark purple gradient. The comic releases section suffers similarly. Would it be possible to have the links open in a new tab? I'd like to keep the mag open, rather than transitioning back and forth.

Glad to see the mag back this month. Keep u the good work, guys! icon-ironhide.gif

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 01:11 PM

Just a couple of format nitpicks. Bonecrusher's editorial is a little difficult to read, being black font on a dark purple gradient. The comic releases section suffers similarly.

That's an error - only certain pdf readers have them open in grey rather than white as they're intended too. I haven't been able to figure out why only those two do it (they're the same color as every other darn white text in my reader), but we'll try and get that fixed up for the next issue.

Would it be possible to have the links open in a new tab? I'd like to keep the mag open, rather than transitioning back and forth.

Good idea. I'm not sure, but I'll try to do that as well! icon-hotrod.gif

Thanks for the feedback, and I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Edited by Master Fwiffo, 05 October 2009 - 01:13 PM.


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Posted 05 October 2009 - 02:36 PM

The links open in my browser for me, while meanwhile the insider is in a PDF viewer. However, if you're having trouble, try ctrl + click to open in a new tab.

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 06:52 PM

The November 09 Issue of the Allspark Insider is available now!

Tracking down and interviewing Jolt was more difficult than finding all his scenes in the movie (There are 4). Enjoy this months issue! Available in Hi-Quality (Clearer images) or Low-Quality (Smaller file size).

Your feedback and comments are welcome and appreciated!
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Posted 04 November 2009 - 11:40 PM

Wow, my fic got honored this time around. I'm flattered. icon-op.gif

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