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This is a basic guide to creating your own fanon planet for the Meteos universe. It will take you through all the basic steps on how to make a planet, native, and any other details that you see fit.
This document is a constant work in progress, and is updated regularly to complement new issues and problems. Check it regularly, and try to maintain your Fanon planets and other Fanon articles accordingly.
Part 1; The Idea Edit
The object of this section is to assist you with coming up with an idea for a planet, and how to make it fit best in the Meteos universe, or Fanon universe at least.
The pieces of a memorable planet can be summed up into three equal parts, as follows.
- Theme - What it's about.
- Concept - How it's defined.
- Design - How it looks.
Now, these terms may seem redundant right now, but they actually are compartments of a rather easy to understand system, once explained.
The Theme of a planet can be most easily be defined as what the planet is about, and can easily be confused with concept.
Take Bavoom for example.
Bavoom is a planet about high winds and gusts, and it's natives live on the wind currents.
That's a theme. In essence, the concept is simple. When put into action, though, things can get a bit... hairy, to say the least.
For one, when creating a planet, it can be very tempting to start adding tags and ideas the second you get out of the gate. Bavoom, despite it's simple theme, could very quickly and easily have been made into something far more complex and difficult to design after, something that Meteos tends to avoid, but we'll talk more about that later in this guide. For now, we just need a proof of concept, to make sure that your idea will work.
To start, try making a list of things you would like to make a planet about. Not overly specific things, however, such as "boxes of kittens" or "automotive technology". Rather, try and come up with more general terms, such as "love" or "darkness".
Once you have something that fits the bill, start deducing it into smaller categories. For example, the term "love" means many things, and could be deduced into specific terms such as "family" or "Valentine's Day". Respectively, it's possible to break "darkness" down into "nightmares" or "criminals".
After that, when you have a more specific term, you can begin to turn this into your concept. Start to think of what natives will live on your planet, and how they would live on your planet, keeping your initial theme in mind. Though this may not be as simple as it sounds, it makes your planet ripe for stories and interpretation, so others can write about your work. Having others write about you is fun, right?
Once you have your theme down, you can now start thinking about the more specific details. Since you are the one with your hands on the reins of your planet, you can begin to fill in more information.
This time, we'll use Starrii's Planetary Data as an example.
"Starrii is an odd planet, much smaller than some of the others found in the local group of planets. From beyond its atmosphere, it appears to be a large swirling mass of pink matter, with no visible core, and is intelligible from gaseous or solid matter. It is solid somehow though, and has a hospitable environment."This is a good example of an instance of Planetary Data for a few reasons.
- It puts down all the necessary information and doesn't insist on adding anything unnecessary.
- It gives a good outline of what is there.
- Combined with it's landscape picture, it gives you a fair idea of what you're looking at.
With that, try to make your instances of Planetary Data about as good as this, and use it at a basis for your own entry. We will also look at Inhabitant data, using Layazero's as an example.
"The Layazeroes, inhabitants of Layazero, are very, very small. Known currently to be the smallest sentient race in the universe, standing at around .01 millimeters or 10 micrometers, the Layazeroes are said to draw strength from holograms, although it is unknown how they do this. They appear as legless humanoids, with a disembodied head in the shape of a four-leafed clover, with a single eye in the middle. Singular Layazeroes are barely sentient and have little power to themselves, but upon forming geometric patterns with others, they grown in strength and intelligence, to the point of repelling the Meteos via lasers from their combined forms."With that being said, there are a few key points demonstrating why this is good.
- It gives the natives themselves some sort of personality, and establishes them as unique.
- It is written in a definite style, making it sound much better than a description only lasting a sentence or two.
- It attaches it to the canon universe in a way (though this is not exactly necessary to make a good one).
Try to make your fanon entries as good as this, or better.
At this point, provided that you're following through with the guide step-by-step, you should have a good thing to base yourself on.
Since you're here, you probably will need some (at least) partway decent drawing skills; match the style of Meteos isn't exactly an easy task, due to how simple the figures are and how they are colored or arranged.
Before we go any further, though, we would like to instill some quality control aspects and rules.
- No Microsoft Paint (MS Paint). Ever. Under any circumstance. This is Internet 101. You should know this already, and if you don't, then you don't spend enough time on the internet. MS Paint cranks out (usually) very unprofessional and shoddy results, and could never recreate anything from the Meteos universe. This cannot be stressed enough.
- If it is worth doing, it is worth doing well. Don't just slap together a planet and native image and call it good. Even if you have to ask a friend of yours to draw it for you, do so. Just be sure to credit them in your article somewhere.
- Absolutely NO recolors. Recoloring some native or planet from the official Meteos franchise is a sure sign of laziness, and will not be tolerated, if only because there's no real reason to do it.
We'll start with natives.
You may not believe this, but all the inhabitants in Meteos are designed under a rather specific set of rules, as follows, with very few exceptions (which will be noted).
- They all use two colors or less. An exception to this rule is Dejeh. (plus Meteo, if you count it)
- All natives have transparent sclerae, besides Globin. (again plus Meteo if counted)
- No complex figures. These are things such as long, wavy lines, or figures with lots of points on them.
- No more than four different shapes on a single native.
- Not one is 3-D from the native illustration; the 3-D appearance of the inhabitants, if there is one, is at the viewer's discretion.
- Smooth edges only. Nothing jagged or fuzzy. Spiky, like Hotted, or Dejeh, is OK.
Now under these rules, it may not see like there's much to create, but you'd be surprised ay what these rules allow you to come up with. Just look at the official natives, if you want proof.
When making a planet, however, the limitations are far less strict. In fact, you can pretty much design anything you want, provided that it can fit in a 64 x 64 box and has a transparent background (I mean, honestly. Does anyone know what Hevendor is?). In any case, go nuts!
Part 2; Formatting Edit
Infobox And Setup Edit
Now that you have a planet and idea ready to go, it's time to add it to the wiki.Start by making a new page, and giving it the title of your planet. The first thing you should do is go to the "Insert" menu and selecting "Template". Then, search for "Noncanon", and pick the first template you see. This template denotes any article, planet or story that isn't in Meteos canon, and looks like this. This should be implemented at the top of your page, and nowhere else, for it signifies that your article is no canonical in any way, shape or form. Don't worry about your infobox or text; they'll all side right underneath it.
The next thing you'll want to do is import the "Infobox" template. Just go Insert>Template>Search Infobox, and import it.Once imported, you'll get an empty template to mess around with. The one of the left has been filled out and annotated as an example.
Each category serves a specific purpose, as follows.
This is the title of your planet, obviously. Not much else needs to be said.
The picture of your planet. It should be a GIF file (though PNG files will fit the bill as well), and fit in a 64 x 64 box, as stated earlier. To add it, type in the exact name (file type included, such as .gif or .png) of the file. Remember that underscores ('_') are shown as spaces in image names, but in order to import the image, you must have them.
This alters the size of the planet in the preview. Set it to '90'.
Your drawing of your native. Make sure it's a PNG file, and it has no background. If one of these things doesn't apply to it, go back and fix it.
How your alien is referred to without a personal name. For example, the natives of Firim are called "Firimes". You may need to try different suffixes for your native's title to get it right.
This section is for a planet's names in other countries. Your planet is not in a Meteos game. It's Fanon. Type in 'N/A' and move on. (This may be subject to change for the sake of multilingual users or otherwise.)
How big your planet is. State the initial value in kilometers, and the value in miles next to it in parenthesis.
Your planet's soundtrack. Now, even though your planet isn't actually in a Meteos game, we'll let this one slide by. Feel free to put fitting music in here, as a link (crediting the author). No putting Through The Fire And Flames on a planet like Florias, for example.
Code is here;Your external link|Link text, crediting author
You can put something here if you really want to, though there isn't a good reason. If you do, only use one of the four impacts introduced in the series; they didn't "discover" a fifth one, no way no how.
Code is here;Link text
Just type N/A, for the same reason as Alternate Names. (There may be future plans to use "Planetary Groupings to denote Fanon star systems, where multiple planets are present in one system.)
How many natives live on your planet. If you want to be mysterious, you can type in "Unknown".'
How tall your natives are on average. If your native is a shape-shifter, like those on Wiral, you may want to consider putting down "Variable" as the average height.
An unused category. Leave it blank.
One this is filled out, you can begin to create the body of your page.
Body Elements; Header Edit
The header is easy enough to create, and doesn't require much to be added in order to be finished. You only need a setup like so.
- Author; (Your Username)
- Artist; (Whoever made the art for your page, even if it's yourself. Do not give out anybody's actual name! If they have a screen name, use that!)
- Appears In; (If your planet appears in any stories or Archived Interactions on the site, or on some other fan site (provided that they're family friendly), feel free to link them here!
- Credits; (If you borrowed something from anyone, make sure to say so here.)
- Other Notes; (Anything that doesn't fit in the above categories goes here.)
Feel free to copy and paste this into your article as a template, and be sure to fill it out accordingly. You wouldn't want there to be an empty, ugly space at the start of your article, would you?
Body Elements; Planetary Data and Inhabitants Edit
If you have been following this guide, you should already have these down. If you haven't, however, then please click here to be sent back up to 'Concept' so you can do those.
Make two headers, with the first being named "Planetary Data" and the second being "Inhabitants". The next thing to do should be apparent; Either re-type in your corresponding information, if you wrote it on a piece of paper, or, more practically, copy-and-paste it in from Microsoft Word/Google Docs/ZenWriter/whatever other program you may be using. Make sure the content matches the header, or it'll look ridiculous and you will be very, very sad.
Body Elements; Archived Interactions Edit
Archived Interactions are essentially short stories written by various Archivers (read; users) that document various experiences on the planet. These can be anything from quick descriptions to detailed accounts on the inhabitants themselves. However, there is a distinction between normal stories and Archived Interactions; these all revolve around certain subjects (usually) and only account a single planet's behaviors; it doesn't go into multi-planet epics.
Unlike the articles on Canon planets, the Noncanon template doesn't need to be implemented here, for the one at the top of the page already deems the whole article as fan fiction; adding another would not only be redundant, but add two unsightly purple blocks to your page, and nobody wants that.
For more information on writing Archived Interactions, please see the Archived Interaction Guide.
This is essentially all there is to a Fanon planet page at this point. Once you're done, it may be time to do a reality check.
Part 3; Quality Check Edit
Now that you're planet is done (mostly), it's time to check it for anything that may be missing, or need to be fixed.
This section is divided into several checklists, and is intended to be looked at after all the previous steps are completed. Look over it, and make sure all of the elements fit the bill.
This is based on general concepts in your article.
Did I even go over the process?
- If not, go ahead and actually do it this time. Speaking of which, how did you get down here? Are you just checking this out ahead of time?
Is it sensible?
- This basically means to check your planet makes sense in the Meteos universe. Get someone to check it out if you're unsure.
Is this high quality?
- If you're unsure, compare your article to some of the canonical planet articles, or some featured Fanon planet articles, to make sure.
Could I show this to a twelve-year old without scarring them for life?
- This is a question you should ask yourself if you're worried about family-friendliness. If the answer is "no", you have a problem.
Is this a mess?
- If you've been following instructions and formatting your page like you're supposed to, this should be a "no", unless you've added images. If you're worried about images outside of the infobox making a mess, don't use them.
Is this based too much on some other media?
- Whether your making a planet based on Spore, Ratchet & Clank, or some other game, as yourself; "If I showed this to whatever I based it on's creator, would they file for copyright infringement?" IF the answer is 'yes', then try and make your planet a little more original, such as throwing in a few ideas of your own.
This set revolves around any problems you may have with images.
Do these images adhere to the images guidelines for their categories?
- You can review the general constraints and inhabitant image constraints here.
Could I show this to a twelve-year old without scarring them for life?
- As stated previously, ask yourself this if you're concerned about your image being safe to put on the wiki.
Is this stolen?
- If you're using an image from a source you don't have permission from and/or are violating it's usage license (and do not credit the author), congratulations, you're committing plagiarism! The best way to avoid this? Simple; don't use images about other games, sources, or anything you paid for.
This category is of anything that wan't covered in previous categories, or may be about something you forgot.
Did I include music?
- If not, you may want to, for completeness purposes.
Did I credit everyone I borrowed from (if anyone)?
- If you used someone else's work in your article anywhere (inhabitant or planet picture, any artwork you used, things you drew inspiration from, music artists), be sure to credit them in the "Credits" section of your article's opening.
Are any image links broken?
- Broken images have red links to them in their place. Make sure you have none; they look extraordinarily tacky, and are a good way to have your planet lose most of it's chances of being featured.
Is this someone else's planet?
- In the strange case that someone wanted you to post one of their planets here (but wouldn't join the wiki themselves, for some reason), make sure to put that in the credits. It's healthy.
Am I happy with this?
- This is by far the most important one; it's whether or not you are happy with how your article turned out. If you aren't, go back and work on it some more, extend and expand it a bit, clean things up, or re-check the list a few times.
If you managed to get down here without tripping any of the questions, then congratulations! Your planet will fit well with the other Fanon planets on the site!
Part 4; Tagging Edit
Once you are happy with everything, have gone though the quality check, and are ready to release your planet into the world, there's only one thing left to do before publishing your planet.
To make sure that the Canon and Fanon planets don't get mixed up, we have some tags to give said pages to make sure nothing gets lost or mixed up. For best results, make sure your planet has them. (Note that none of these tags actually have quotes.
- This puts your planet in with all the other Fanon content.
- This adds your planet to the main Fanon planet directory, and is a good way to get it seen.
Once everything's tagged and done, congratulations! Your planet is ready to be published!
Part 5; Tips and Tricks Edit
Having trouble making your planet, or want to be more efficient? Have a go at our tips section.
- If you want to save your article, but don't want to publish it yet, open the SourceEditor, highlight everything in it, copy it, and paste it into a word processing program. When you want to re-open it, make a new article (and give it the proper title again), type in a few letters, open the SourceEditor again, and paste in your article's code, for a quick and easy reload!
- You can make a blog post about your planet. Just don't spam people's message walls with your planets, or you'll probably end up getting blocked, or at least warned, for spamming.
- The best way to draw more attention to your planets is to pay attention to everyone else's; if you're lucky, someone may just come over and look at yours!
- Tracks from Lumines are great choices for your planet's soundtracks.
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