Hi! So, this is late. There were problems resulting from the last software update, but those are dealt with now. As the title of this update says, the game directories and submission forums have changed. So, let's get into that.
Every console RPG maker game ever submitted to the Pavilion is back in the submission forums, where they are freely editable by whoever submitted the game at any time. If you want to release an updated version of your game or add screenshots, you just change the attachments in your submission post. The game directories now pull their data from the submission forums, so you can switch back and forth between the directory and your game's submission post to see how it will appear in the directory, so you can make the most of the space available there before the cutoff point. PC RPG Maker directories and submission forums will get these modifications this weekend, as they require a little bit more work.
Submission guidelines have changed, and I advise everyone to read the announcement posted in the submission forums detailing these changes. Among these changes is a new submission forum for people who convert other peoples' games to other formats. Those will go in that forum from now on, and the staff will move the attachments to the proper game submission post.
I know this has the side effect of making the submission forums a little more cluttered since all the old submissions are back in there, but this is for the best. It streamlines the submission process, lets content get onto the site immediately, and gives the creators full control over updating their games.
This is overall a minor thing, but I felt it should have it's own news post regardless.
First off, community news and a very minor website update will be up tomorrow.
Now, the real thing. We need staff. Forum staff is doing pretty much okay, but we need website staff. We need people to manage the guides, tips, and tricks that are posted in the forum and get those reposted on the site. We need people who will help deal with some archiving and moderation with some upcoming site features.
I'd also like people to help create content for the site. Talk to people who made noteworthy projects in the past, or people making projects now, and get interviews and articles on the site. If you're interested in helping, PM me. Let me know what you want to help with. If you can think of something you'd like to do that doesn't fit into what I said above, or even existing categories on the site, PM me about that too. Thanks to the site/forum integration, content creation here is pretty much the same as making posts on the forum, so anyone who's willing should be able to do it.
There's obviously no pay, it's all volunteer stuff.
UPDATE: The update that was supposed to be made Sunday night has to be delayed due to technical difficulties.
The big announcement promised for this week has been made, and it's Steam Workshop integration for RPG Maker VX Ace. This allows users to easily import resources into their games, share their creations, promote their games, and give/recieve feedback.
To celebrate this, there is a 75% off sale on RPG Maker VX Ace and almost all it's DLC on Steam. They're also going to be holding drawings for prizes this first week, and all you have to do to enter is have something in the Workshop. They've announced several upcoming contests as well.
If you're interested in this, check out the announcement post here.