Community - Get Involved, Help Out, Share!

Spread the Word

advASCIIdraw has not been out for long, so there is no big community yet. There is also little to no fan based content, and there are a lot of super cool features that are yet to be added to the program (read below).

And this cannot change without your help. So, if you like advASCIIdraw, or ASCII art in general, or roguelikes, forum role playing games, or if you just want to help out of the kindness of your heart, please spread the word.

If you know anyone who might be interested in advASCIIdraw, you would do us a huge favour if you pointed them to the site!

And if you want to help actively, read the rest of this page, and see what you can do to help.

The Forum

If you want to get involved with the development or other users, our forums are the way to go.

There you can give feedback, share your ideas, and suggest features for the program. You can also ask for help if you are having troubles with something. And of course, you can share your images with others!

Check out the forums

Building a Community

The most important thing when building a community is to tell as many people as you can, that might be interested in what it is all about. But there are other things too.

Right now, the site's gallery and download sections are still very bleak. They need images and other custom content, so if you made something cool in or for advASCIIdraw, let us know, and we may put it up on the site!

But, the most important thing of course is, that the program is being used. Use it for whatever kind of ASCII art you like to create, and use your images for any purpose. Be creative!
(And totally show us what you made, we are curious to see what you guys can come up with!)

Development (Past and Future)

The Past

Development of advASCIIdraw started on the 11th of June, 2012. The idea for it was born out of a love for online forum role playing gaming and the dream to enable as many people as possible to create such games and visualise them with ASCII graphics. While that dream lives on in other projects, that will be unveiled at some point in the hopefully not too distant future, the decision was made to create the tools needed for its graphical side. What was needed? An ASCII drawing program, designed for creating roguelike dungeons and environments.

Many months and overcome perils later, that program now has all the functions needed to create awesome ASCII images. But there may be more to come...

The Future

Even with advASCIIdraw released to the public, there remains one thing missing: A community.

The best drawing program is nothing without a community of faithful users, and advASCIIdraw is still some way from being confident enough to call itself 'the best'. But before development can continue, a community must be created first.

The program needs to be used, feedback needs to be given, ideas shared. Otherwise, future changes can not anticipate what users need and want and much valuable work would be wasted.

Therefore we are asking you, and everybody out there interesting in the art form that is ASCII, and in the fun and awesomness that are roguelikes and forum role playing games, to support us in our struggle. With your help, we can make the best ASCII art program the world has ever seen!

Future Features

While advASCIIdraw already has many cool features, there are many more things that could be included in the future to make this the absolute best ASCII drawing program ever. Some examples of what we have come up with and would like to do at some point:

  • Geometry Tools

    Easily draw lines, rectangles, circles and more.
  • Large Characters

    Draw larger than regular characters(2x, 3x, ..).
    Awesome for big and scary monsters in roguelikes.
  • Animated Characters

    Because flowing rivers are way cooler than static ones.
  • Lighting System

    Place lights and light blocking characters and watch the world you create come to life with the light of fireplaces, torches, etc.
  • Multi-User Editing

    Edit the same image with multiple users in a local network or over the internet.
  • and much more...

And of course, you can always share your own ideas, and if we or the community like them, we will do our best to add them to the program.