The Best Pixel Town Ever
strang; updated by
kirupa | 14 April 2005
How it began.
After a sudden craze of pixel art in the forum, a few brave
Kirupians had the idea to create a pixel town. They came
together despite conflicting time zones, and in 3 short
days, had a working test model and the first buildings
completed... a project called kirupaVille. The idea was to
put into visualization what Kirupa.com really was: a
community. Unlike most Pixel towns, kirupaVille is set
inside a Flash construct of sorts, allowing for greater
interactivity and making it unlike any other on the web.
What it is now.
kirupaVille is always under construction, but you can view
how it looks currently:
Move in now!
kirupaVille is always growing, and we want you to
be a part of it! Currently there are four plot sizes [fig.
[fig. 1 -
this is what the plots look like]
- 1x1 - Perfect for a
skyscraper or a little house...size doesn't
matter...Kirupa had a 1x1, and he's the Mayor!
- 1x2 - Two single
plots put together... amazing huh?
- 2x1 - Same as a 1x2,
- The big daddy plot... a real test of pixel patience.
We designed the plots in kirupaVille to
overlap a bit... but there is a height limit... and that's
where the template comes into place. each plot is loaded
dynamically.. so it is essential that all submissions must
be the same size as the template(fig.2-5). If not, your plot
will not be approved and we will not fix it for you. the
dark blue area is the dimensions of the plot, and the
lighter blue area is the height limit.
Here are some simple guidelines to ensure
plot approval and keep you from scrapping hours of hard
- Stay in the template!
Do not add a
sidewalk, road, or go into the transparent areas of the
- Do not change the size of the template.
Your file must be the same size to ensure that it will
load in the right location
- No animated gifs.
Submit your piece as a static gif or a
Hopefully you have read the rules and you are ready to
get started. Right click on the template of your choice
above, save it, and get pixeling. Upload your post to the
kirupaVille Forum and if you
followed the rules, you should see your creation in the town
in no time!
here are the answers to many of the questions that were
asked over and over again in the design stage of kirupaVille
- How should I shade my plot?
The kirupaVille "sun" is always at the upper left corner
- Can I do more than 1 plot?
Of course... but one at a time please...
- Can I link my plot to my
Each plot will link to the creator's profile.
- I'm no good at pixel art, is
there a good tutorial?
We searched and found some great sources to help you on
your way you can find them
in the kirupaVille forum
- MS Paint or Photoshop?
It really all comes down to what you are comfortable
with. MS Paint is simpler to use and cheap. But
Photoshop will let you make layers, transparent glass,
and give you more control over what to do. We can't
recommend either (for fear of heavy debate,) but [fig.
6] was made with PS.
|You can use
other programs such as Fireworks, etc. also.
Any program that you like and can create the
pixel-look, is great!
- How can I help out?
Besides contributing plots...you can watch the
forums for any mini projects, such as buildings that
link to parts of Kirupa.com.
kirupaVille Build team
These are the guys that made kirupaVille a reality...
without them.. this could never exist.
Creator of the current CSS / HTML version that is
featured in kirupaVille 2.
- Kirupa- Updates the
kirupaVille with the new entries, answers questions,
- GreenLantern - Took
on the HUGE task of coding and compiling kirupaVille
God Bless him for being so patient with us.
- Eilsoe - Created the
HUD and was part of the original team in 2001 that tried
to create a kirupaVille. Sadly, that project did not
have the support that we do now, and it fizzled shortly
- [ uber ] -
Me. I made the initial blueprints, tiles, and
pixel art. CoReviver of the project and building
coordinator. I also watch the forums like a hawk to
answer any question you might have about kirupaVille
- B3Nkobe - CoReviver
and building coordinator. Ben made the cars that like to
crash into each other and helps to answer the many
questions that arise.
We'd also like to thank...
- Coffee - for helping
me stay up the countless nights to get things done.
We do not thank...
- Time zones
- they are so annoying... the internet has no time
zone... so why do we have to...
This has been a fun project to make, but
it is up to you to make it flourish. So sign up, zoom in,
and make your mark in kirupaVille!
Peace, love, and Pixels.
The kirupaVille Build Team
Kirupa, GreenLantern, Eilsoe,