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Hey guys,

I'm trying to think of a better title for this, but this will do for now. Basically, I'd like to make a list of the major sections we have on the site within each game and their hierarchy. This will also tackle some of the exceptions and will make it easier for submitters to know what section they should list things under. Plus, it will help us organize a bit better.

Not every game will have all of these sections. In fact, most won't.

1. Playable Characters

Let's start with an easy one. This is where the playable characters of the game go. Even if there is only one character, we can label it "Characters" just for uniformity. I was on a kick a few years back and put "Character(s)" for grammar purposes, but it looks dumb. 
-Depending on genre, this section could also be called "Racers," "Fighters," or something else.
-In some games (Fire Emblem, for example), hero and enemy units may look identical, but with a palette swap. In these rare cases, we can list all of the sheets under a single section called "Units."

2. Non-Playable Characters

This is more in the RPGs and maybe in some Platformers. We should spell out the phrase, because "NPCs" just looks bad on the big banner.

3. Enemies & Bosses

These can be included together, unless there are 1) Several of each (Think Castlevania. Those games have several enemies and several bosses), or enough overlap that combining them makes sense (Like Beat-em-Ups. Those game reuse bosses as normal enemies at points. Splitting Enemies from Bosses in this case can get messy.) If they're split up, Enemies should always be listed before Bosses.

This is where things get messy.

4. Backgrounds

This is where the physical space the Playable Characters interact with goes. It can sometimes be called "Stages" (for Fighting Games), "Tracks" (for Racing Games), etc. In some RPGs, there may be separate backgrounds for in- and out-of battle. If there are enough of both, we can list the sections something like "Battle Backgrounds" to differentiate from "Map Backgrounds." This can also be split into "Backgrounds" and "Foregrounds" if necessary.

5. Tile Sets

Tile Sets are just background tiles, but not as intuitive to use. Naturally they'd be right next to the regular Backgrounds section.

6. Special Effects

Some games use all kinds of complicated Special Effects. These are mostly RPGs. Earthbound is a good example of a game with a big special effects section.

7. Cutscenes

Some games, like Metroid Fusion or Phantasy Star can have several cinematic cutscenes. This is a rare section for pixelated games, but some do exist!

8. (Sub Games)

The name of this section will vary depending on the game. For Sonic 3, it is called "2-Player Competition." In Mario and Luigi (3DS), it is called "Minion Mode." This keeps the main game from becoming cluttered with unnecessary sheets.

9. Miscellaneous

Everything else. This, in most cases, will be the last section on any given page. This is where "Introduction" and "Items" and "HUD," etc. go. This is also where a single  "Special Effects" would go if there aren't enough sheets for a whole section. The general idea is that if the Miscellaneous section is too big, there are probably ways to make the page look cleaner.

10. Unused Content

Things that didn't make it into the final game. They're not a part of the accessible game, so they get their own section.

For some good examples, look at Chrono Trigger or Super Mario RPG. 

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Thanks for posting this, Ton. It's very informative and describes the sections pretty well.
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