Klikies instead of smilies...

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Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby WhiteHawk on Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:12 am

I thought I'd air this and see if it wasn't considered an utterly stupid idea, but... wouldn't it be cool if the forum's smilies were actually little Kliks?

On second thoughts, Kilk's lack of eyes might make a number of emote expressions difficult (or downright impossible, such as with 'roll eyes')...

Meh... it's aired now. *shrug*
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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby SilverMK2 on Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:15 am

Something just doesn't click with this idea...


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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby sags on Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:59 am

That would be kinda hard to pull off considering that we are part of the keenspot forums.
Though if the goblins forums ever move the Klik smilies would be awesome. :D
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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby twocoo on Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:06 am

Whoever the board administrator is has the ability to upload custom smilies, assuming someone makes them. Not sure whether what we have ( :rootbeer: ) is the Phpbb standard kit ( :tfgun: ) or includes some random additions ( :sleep: ). I am not sure if Thunt qualifies as administrator or whether moderator is less powerful. Then we goblin-cravers would just have to choose to use Klik instead of seventies pop icons ( :gonk: ).
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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby EatsAPeach on Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:27 am

My immediate thought is that since this is Keenspot's forum, it would end up being a global change which would make the klikies available on all forums, not just this one. That doesn't mean they wouldn't do it, but it does make it less likely.
OR we could just all agree on one and let on it was a Klik?
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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby Alvarin on Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:11 am

Klik's lack of eyes makes this idea next to impossible. The mouth and hands can convey the emotions, as Thunt has shown us, but then pixel size wouldn't let it be differentiated enough. I could try to make some, the basic ones would probably be recognizable, but the extended set... I wouldn't even try,,,
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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby SolarGranulation on Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:18 am

I think it's a great idea that I'd love to see executed.

Lack of eyes is no barrier, it just takes some creativity. For instance, instead of rolling his eyes Klik could pose a hand in a dismissive gesture. His mouth and hands provide great expression. How much have we already seen Klik emote through Thunt's illustration?

However, asking Thunt to draw a load of Klikies seems unreasonable (even if we were on a forum where he had the freedom to set emoticons). He already has a huge workload. But, if he were okay with it, I'd love to try and I'm sure that others here would join in.

Keep in mind that they don't have to be the size of default phpbb emoticons. No, actually they can be any size. I know this because I once administered a forum where all our emoticons were witches and wizards, so the sizes were different to accommodate the hats.

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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby Loughridge on Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:06 am

I like it.
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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby Alvarin on Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:07 am

Typical emoticon is around 20 pixels big. Even that distorts the text a bit. I have made emoticons as big as 35 pixels and it was still not always big enough. Worth a try when I'll have some time...

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v472/ ... 1QQtppZZ20

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I have made quick sketch of a Klik.
This image Image is here to see how much it messes up the text lines.
Image is just 23 pixels high.

EDIT2:
I think that as much as I like the idea, it would be way too difficult to actually make it happen.
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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby SolarGranulation on Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:37 am

Really? You and I have made equally good (I feel) examples, in two different styles, in very short order. My method took only a few minutes and could easily produce many more. Your method, its results having a more traditional appearance, I imagine took longer so I'd understand a reluctance to make more.

Apart from the issues of 1) Moving to a forum where they could be incorporated and 2) Getting Thunt's permission, I don't see a problem.
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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby Alvarin on Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:50 am

The problem is mainly having to rely on hand gestures for transmitting the emotion. Just not enough pixels in the image for that.
Don't get me wrong - I DO like the idea.
What we could do is maybe moving from Klik to Minmax.
Those eyebrows can REALLY aid in expressions: Image
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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby AuroraMoon on Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:06 pm

why not only kilk emoticons? Why not do goblins and the other characters too? :P
Maybe four smileys per character?

this way kilk gets four, Minmax gets four, Kin gets four... well you get the idea.
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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby Alvarin on Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:14 pm

While we're at it, why not make Kore smileys? His helmet is very expressive.
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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby TemptsFate on Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:46 am

Great ideas - make a batch and they will spread through the Goblins forum like wildfire. All we need are a few people who add all icons to their signature! Then the others can copy the image location and insert the klik in img tags instead of a smiley icon Image
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I think this is a great idea! Creative people go ahead and make more and add them to your sig for all to use in their posts!
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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby SolarGranulation on Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:44 am

Thanks for the vote of confidence there, TemptsFate Image
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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby WhiteHawk on Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:37 am

Having been buried in a job for three days, I didn't get a chance to check back here until today. Thoroughly cheered by the response! I love the prototype Klikies!

AuroraMoon has a good point- smilies based on several characters would be cool too. What crossed my mind though, was that Klik translates well anywhere, and with recognisable emote expressions, I expect that even those who have never heard of Goblins would happily use them (people like to be different, and eyeless metallic/grey smilies aren't common). Give it a few months/years, and Klik could become independently famous; people who have never read a web comic in their lives would find their way back here sooner or later, and Thunt will be hard pressed to keep up with the demand for Klik plushies! A decade from now, Klik will be an internet sensation, and Fox will be hounding Thunt for an animated serial... Image

Edit: Yeah, I know that looks more like a shrug... meh... Image
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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby SolarGranulation on Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:12 am

But what style would work best?
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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby TemptsFate on Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:32 am

I'd say use both 2d (WhiteHawk) and 3d (your) styles - both look great!
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I think this is a great idea! Creative people go ahead and make more and add them to your sig for all to use in their posts!
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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby ChangesEverything on Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:05 am

Awesome idea! Image
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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby ThroughTheWell on Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:57 am

Can someone more knowledgable than I do something futher with this? The background is currently white instead of transparent.

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I think of it as Mad Klick.
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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby TemptsFate on Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:07 am

You need an image editor who allows you to set the transparency (in your case to white). Free, portable (needs no installation) and easy to use: Photofiltre :D
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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby ChangesEverything on Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:34 am

ThroughTheWell wrote:Can someone more knowledgable than I do something futher with this? The background is currently white instead of transparent.

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I think of it as Mad Klick.

Here you go:

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Re: Klikies instead of smilies...

Postby ThroughTheWell on Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:55 pm

Thanks. I spent 3 hours on the thing that I did not have, and I still should probably make the back arm grayer and the area beheind Klick pinker with no gray. Then maybe I could make it wider extending the speedlines. Go for it if you want.
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