Do: Put your best foot forward. Take screenshots of your finest portraits and any new battle animations present. The more unique your hack looks, the more interested people will be. Post as many screenshots as you want, but at least one on the battle screen, one dialogue scene, and a chapter map screenshot would help. Of course, lead your opening post with your hack’s title screen, or if particularly far in development, a custom logo.
Don’t: Make your hack look lazy. Make absolutely sure your dialogue is spelled correctly in any screenshots. Poorly formatted dialogue is a large turnoff for many. By extension, make sure your opening post reads well. Just saying “here’s a hack lol” won’t impress people.
Do: Credit everyone who helped you in some shape or form. Even if the resource is free to use, credit the creator. People take theft very seriously. You don’t need to credit anything that isn’t in the patch, but if a thing appears for even a split second, it’s best to credit its creator.
Don’t: Be a thief. If you can’t find any evidence an asset is free for use, it’s best not to use it at all. Parading stolen assets (even if you didn’t deliberately steal anything) will only ensure you are swiftly destroyed. Nobody likes thieves.
Do: Describe your hack. Nobody will click on a bare download link with no context accompanying it. A paragraph describing your hack’s storyline and a paragraph summarising its creation help set the mood and expectations. Keep these brief, though. A ten-page plot transcription will only be a turnoff.
Don’t: Be vague. People like specifics. Saying that your hack is awesome and the best thing since sliced bread is all well and cool, but people aren’t going to really care that much. If you give a detailed list of mechanics, then people would be more likely to download. If it uses the skill system, note that. Be sure to give a number on the amount of chapters. Entice people with the ASM hacks your using.
Do: Get out there and post your hack!