That other thread (the spam one) made me wonder if you guys were sitting on any good sprite sites. A lot of the game development sites feature the same old sprites, or just enormous large archives with varying quality.
One I like is OpenGameArt
, easy to use and there are some pretty good sprites there aswell.
And another one
, this is just one large archive of sprites from the game AI War but it's really good.
I think I got both these from gamedev.net, but there's a lot of quite bad links to go through there before you get to the good ones.
Unfortunately I don't know any good source for sprites. I found a couple of free archives of varying quality but that's about it.
That's also one of the main reason why I entered last TIGSource compo: all the assets were freshly made and they were mainly of pretty good quality!
Yep, that was pretty clever . I've browsed through a few of the submissions and there's some good stuff there. A lot of it is of quite low resolution. But that doesn't really matter if you're just prototyping.
Why not just post a few of your favourites? That way everyone can enjoy them .
smchronos is totally right. Even when publishing a non-commercial game, the companies owning the IPs can still send you C&D letters.
I remember at least one non-commercial fan-based game who unfortunately ended up that way. The game wasn't even using original material but re-drawn/re-modeled characters and references to a well-know fantasy universe.
Also note this disclaimer taken from the tSR site: