- Who's involved with stortroopers?
Alice hatched the concept, and she designs the troopers and wardrobe items. Yep, she drew the bodies and everything from scratch, and yes, it took ages. Alice paints naked people in her spare time. Chris and Jonathan did the technical bits of the applet, Jen put this site together and dishmop is our gracious host.
- Haven't I seen this somewhere before?
Probably. stortroopers was originally introduced in 2000 as a commercial product by stor entertainment, a company (not currently trading) that Alice co-owns. There's been a free version running on netgoth since that time, & the trooper images find their way into some very interesting places.
- How often are new wardrobe items added?
There's no set schedule at the moment, so new items can turn up at any time. Keep checking back, & feel free to contribute any item you've made that you want to share! If it tickles our fancy we may pop it into a wardrobe for others to use - in fact, we may well set you lot some challenges in the future. See what you can do...
- Can I get a special wardrobe item made for me?
Maybe. Send your request to custom at stortroopers.com & let the bribery commence!
- Can I use my trooper as an LJ icon or other forum avatar?
You may use your trooper however you like and adapt it to your taste; however you may not claim copyright (i.e. ownership) on any stortrooper image no matter what you do to it. The Creative Commons license here means that you can modify your trooper if you like, or make the entire cast of Star Wars, or - well you get the drift. All we ask is for a credit back to us, and that you don't do it for commercial gain. If you make a version, and someone else builds on your version, the license travels with the trooper.
If you want to use your trooper as a regular avatar, you will have to grab yourself a copy and stick it on some webspace somewhere as we just can't support the bandwidth demands of hosting everyone's trooper image here. Sorry! You can do this by either using the 'mail to' option to send your trooper to yourself, or else the traditional right-click save-picture-as option once you've saved your trooper.
- I don't see anything where the wardrobe should be?!
The applet requires the Java plug-in in order to load & work properly. Browsers used to ship with Java as default when we built this app, but these days you have to download sometimes. If you don't have the plug-in, your browser will prompt you to download it. Or you can just go straight to Java.com and pick it up.
- I can't get it to work! How do I get some help?
The only reason you'd not see the app is if you don't have Java or you have your security settings way too high. Actually, if there are any Flash developers out there who fancy doing us a Flash version, get in touch!
- Why are all the troopers thin? I want bigger/hairier/larger/shorter/taller ones!
Yeah. The thing is, every item has to fit on all seven bodies (eight if you include bare ole skeleton). Admittedly, some of the girl stuff won't fit on the boys but we're trying not to discriminate here. However, variations on body size means an exponential amount of work to do retrofitting clothes to shapes or whatnot. Maybe in the future but it's fairly unlikely. Lowest common denominator it is!
- How do I send you my stuff?
Just email it to lookwhatImade at stortroopers.com. Else send us a link.
- Can I put my trooper on my blog/site/teeshirt/tattoo/keyring?
Yup. Just credit us and don't sell the keyrings and teeshirts :)
- Run that Creative Commons stuff by me again, I don't get it.
Creative Commons is about encouraging creative work but protecting the original author's right to be recognised as the original author, of the idea and the look and feel. In this case we're giving you permission to draw the hell you like all over your trooper, and show it off (under normal copyright this is not allowed, which we feel is too harsh), but we do ask that you link to us and credit us as the original author, and that you don't get paid to do it or make money from it.
If you have an idea you do want to make money from (that teeshirt business, phone wallpapers, etc), then just talk to us. Equally, any work you create for your personal trooper is yours, but if you send it in to us for inclusion with the system, then obviously we'll have to take ownership at that point (imagine if each wardrobe item had a name next to it - chaos!).
- How can I talk to you about licensing/work/commissions/advice?
Email interested at stortroopers.com and we'll talk!