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Introducing Stonehearth Cave

Discussion in 'Forum Showcase and Critiques' started by Matthew Hawley, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. Matthew Hawley

    Matthew Hawley Well-Known Member

    Stonehearth Cave is a fan community for the upcoming game, Stonehearth. In the yet to be released game you lead a band of settlers who must carve out their place in the world by gathering resources and building fortifications, while under constant threat from intruders. SHC aims to be the #1 online community for Stonehearth fans.

    So, @LandOfOoo (Tom) and I, started making this forum on July 17, 2013. The first style we used was Charm which we customized extensively. Then we saw UI.X and fell in love instantly. So I started the process of converting the style to UI.X when took 3-4 hours. After that we still customized it extensively. The EXTRA.css has 849 lines of CSS. Tom made the homepage, which he did a tremendous job on (y). Here some unique things we like about our forum.


    When a forum has new posts then the comment icon will be colored like the node titles. The numbers to the right indicate the number of discussions and posts respectively.


    I have to confess that the userbar at the top was made by Russ for PixelExit which he kindly let us use, but the post date at the right and the message user info & avatar was our design.

    We had a custom mod made, that makes users agree to something before they enter TaigaChat.


    We also have a Mod Database (Resource Manager) for users to submit their mods for Stonehearth and quibicle creations. In addition to that we also have xenGallery for users to submit in-game pictures, etc, and XenRio for users to watch other people play Stonehearth.

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    We welcome all feedback!
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2013
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  2. Sage Knight

    Sage Knight Well-Known Member

    I like what you've done, good luck to both of you.
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  3. intradox

    intradox Well-Known Member

    Nice! Love the style and homepage. One thing, on small widths the homepage text overlaps. Maybe more line-height?
    Screen Shot 2013-09-07 at 2.50.23 PM.png
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  4. Matthew Hawley

    Matthew Hawley Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the feedback! I'll get to Tom to fix that, as he made the homepage and stuff. :p
  5. Devilwillcry4you

    Devilwillcry4you Active Member

    Looks great Matthew, I thought this was for the new blizzard game HearthStone.
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  6. WhoIsDo

    WhoIsDo Active Member

    I really love the user bar incorporated in the design. To verify, does the basic design of that belong to @Russ or to you? I'd love to chat about doing something similar to that!
  7. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member

    It's @Audentio 's http://xenforo.com/community/resources/ui-x.2239/

    Oops were you referring to the user bar on the post bit? Ya @Matthew Hawley asked if he could use it.
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  8. Nudaii

    Nudaii Well-Known Member

    very nice matt, i like what you have done with the colours, and the layout is very smooth also.
  9. Matthew Hawley

    Matthew Hawley Well-Known Member

    Installed Quote ME! by @cclaerhout , and really like the way I styled it. :)

    Last edited: Sep 8, 2013
  10. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    Like what you've done @Matthew Hawley

    Sent you a PM though on the site.
  11. Matthew Hawley

    Matthew Hawley Well-Known Member

    Fixed it! And thanks!
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  12. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    You're welcome. :)
  13. xIsabel38

    xIsabel38 Well-Known Member

    I never heard of Stonehearth but you caught my attention. I'll need to look into this game. Your site is very nicely done although it seems a little confusing. Like it's just so busy, there's so much popping out at you that you almost don't know where to begin. Maybe that's just me though.

    One thing I would suggest is adding in the home link. While at the forum there is no direct link back to the homepage. Even the home link at the footer simply refreshes the forum.
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  14. Wiscansan

    Wiscansan Member

    Hey, I'm Tom the other admin on StonehearthCave.com. Just wanted to stop by and showcase the giveaway we currently have going on. Right now we are giving away a free copy of Stonehearth. The game itself has not yet been released yet but we made the purchase through Stonehearth's HumbleStore Widget as a gift. When the game does launch the code can be redeemed for the full-version of the game. Here is the giveaway form/page:


    I styled it after Stonehearth's actual in-game UI. Only one of the two sections is shown using conditionals. The top is shown if the user is not currently eligible to enter and the bottom is shown if they are. The current requirements to enter is an account on the community and one active post. The giveaway automatically ends on October 5, 2013.
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  15. WhoIsDo

    WhoIsDo Active Member

    That's an awesome giveaway page. Is that something that you setup on your own, or did you modify a resource that's already available?
  16. Matthew Hawley

    Matthew Hawley Well-Known Member

    Tom did it using Jotform, then embedded it in the page.

    EDIT: oh and he wrapped a conditional around for people who don't have 15 posts.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2013
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  17. Matthew Hawley

    Matthew Hawley Well-Known Member

    I would like to congratulate @Adam Howard for winning the contest. :)
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