When I add a plate, this is the information I need to have. So, if YOU want to add a plate, this is the information you need to give ME:
- URL of the picture of the plate. If it isn't cropped, keep in mind that downloading and then cropping the picture will take a little longer to get it added. The easier you make it on me, the faster it will get done.
- Short Description of the plate. Basically, this is what it will be "named."
- Long Description of the plate. This is any details that you think people need to know about the plate, or just something they might find interesting. This would include things like where the plate was released and under what circumstances, how many there are, etc.
- Rarity of the faceplate. This is subjective, obviously, and I may overrule your opinion. I'll offer you a reason why if I do, and you're welcome to offer an opinion why you're right. This is a team effort. My basic guideline is this:
1 or $ - Common, everyday retail plates. They can even go as high as $30 for something like the Assassin's Creed or Halo 3 plates with skins. If you can walk right into a store and get them, or you can get them off eBay easily, they're a 1. $0 to $30 is also a good guideline.
2 or $$ - Limited plates. That could mean they're no longer in stores, or you have to pay a little more to get them, but they can still be had with little effort - just more money. Also, regional plates like DMC4 or R6:V2. Think $30 to $80.
3 or $$$ - Demanded plates. This could mean that there aren't many of these so you have to fight for them, OR there are a good number of them but there are a lot of people who want them. That's your E305 and BioShock kind of plates. Say $80 to $150.
4 or $$$$ - Very Hard To Find (VHTF) plates. These are the plates that there are only a couple hundred of, llike the Xbox Experience Austria plates or plates like Halo 3 Singapore launch. Not impossible to find, but they're not going to be cheap.
5 or $$$$$ - Rare. VERY limited numbers, or RARELY seen on the secondary market, and when they show, it's every man for himself. These plates go for hundreds of dollars... when they go. Prototypes, one-of-a-kinds go here. EXCEPTION: ALL customs are $$$$$, because they're all one-of-a-kind, even if they only sell for twenty bucks. The value estimate doesn't apply to customs.
- Is this a PROTOTYPE plate? Was it ever put into production, or is this an early sample that never went any further? Also, if a plate design made it into an official printed material but was never actually turned into a physical plate, then the answer is "yes." Also, Prototypes should always get a rarity of $$$$$, even if one never existed (like the Virgin Megastore blue rings plate).
- Is this an EVENT plate? This would include E3, X05 or X06, Xbox Experience, Zero Hour... or things like the customs that were made at those events like the Zero Hour DOA4 Airbrushed plates, or the Pelican's Art of Gaming custom faceplate artist's room at E306.
- Is this a PRE-ORDER plate? If this plate was free with a paid pre-order of a game, answer "yes." This includes foreign pre-order plates as well.
- Is this an AUTOGRAPHED plate? Is this a plate that is already represented in the database, but is unique because someone important signed it? If so, answer "yes." If the plate is pre-decorated with a signature like the Vince Young Madden, then answer "no." Artist's signatures on the front or back are also "no."
- Is this a CUSTOM plate? This question isn't as easy as it sounds. For now, every time this is anwered "yes," the database wants to add the name of the creator of the plate, and it can only do that if the creator is a member of XboxAddict.com. So, if you're a member and you're submitting a custom that YOU made, answer "yes." If the plate is a custom made by a non-member of future-member, answer "no." We have an option called "Customizer" in the manufactured plate side of the database. For instance, Artist Pavel is a member, so his plates are "yes." Novasonic and Messy Media are not members (yet, anyway) so their plates are "no." IF and when they join, I'll change them.
- Who MADE this plate? If it's a customizer, give me their exact XBA forum name. If it is a manufacturer, please let me know who made it if at all possible. Sometimes, you can't tell without the package, and sometimes you can't even tell WITH the package. If you can't tell, then it's "Unknown." If you CAN tell, and it's not in our list when I add it, I will add the manufacturer to the list, but you won't have to worry about any of that.
- Is it related to a GAME? Try to make a connection to a game if you can. ANY Simpsons plate will get tied to The Simpsons Game. Artist Pavel's Spider-Man (Comic) plate STILL got attached to one of the non-comic Spiderman games. I made one exception: There were a bunch of plates signed at a Halo 3 event that were sold to raise money for charity. The plates themselves have nothing to do at all with Halo so they are not connected.
THERE. WASN'T THAT EASY? No? Well, use all that for reference, and just cut 'n paste the questions in this quote when you submit a plate:
Short Description (Name of the plate):
Long Description (Details):
Rarity of the faceplate (1 common to 5 rare)?
Is this a prototype faceplate?
Is this an event faceplate?
Was this a pre-order plate?
Is this plate autographed?
Is this faceplate a custom?
Who made this plate (Forum Name, Customizer Name, Manufacturer or Unknown)?
If this is related to a game, which game?