STRATEGY SECTION GUIDELINES
The purpose of this forum is to provide a place where shmuppers can share their shmup knowledge and experience in an organized manner. All threads in this section must come under one of the following headings: RQ, GD, ST, SD.Request for Information (RQ)
This is a specific request for information (or plea for help). Hypothetical posts of this kind might look like "RQ: How to beat Daioh final boss?", or "RQ: How to access extra ships in Bakraid?". With any luck, a kind shmupping soul will come along and put an end to your misery. General Discussion (GD)
A GD allows for a more informal exchange of strategy-related ideas about a shmup, or a particular aspect of that shmup. So for example, someone may post a topic called "GD: Dragon Blaze Boss Strategies", containing some relevant contribution about that subject to begin the discussion, and then all are welcome to share their insights and discuss that information at greater length.Shmup Treatise (ST)
All our expert shmuppers are invited and encouraged to write a ST for their favourite game(s). A ST should thoroughly document the essential elements of a game, including its basic mechanics (ship/character selection, weapon system etc.), the mechanics of scoring, the mechanics of rank (if applicable), and a treatment of the stages and bosses.Strategy Demonstration (SD)
A SD should illustrate in detail how to achieve a specific objective (e.g. overcoming a level or boss, scoring a certain amount of points, etc.). This can be done via text, pictures, diagrams, or video. There is of course no reason why this kind of material cannot also be included in a ST.
In Mode7's absence, this is a first stab at recreating his guidelines for the strategy section. If anyone has any suggestions for how this document can be improved, please post them and I will make the necessary modifications.<rearranged the post and changed the thread title from "STRATEGY SECTION EXPLAINED" to "STRATEGY SECTION GUIDELINES" -inc.>