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StormCatcher.77

Infraworld - The Hatehammer

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That looks incredibly gorgeous indeed! I have to check this out.

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I generally hate fine detailing in Doom, but sanctified faeces this makes it work. Incredible shots, particularly the 4th, 6th and last.  Hard to believe it's Boom compatible. Downloaded to my to-play folder.

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Looks marvelous, especially that last screenshot. Great work!

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Don't forget to include a txt document in your zip describing your project. Also, the 4 square demon head on the floor by the hammer... I think the corner is the wrong flat.

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I was surprised that I forgot to put the txt-info in the archive ... Well, now everything is in place.
I recommend to re-download map, since I made quite a many minor edits. Some critical, most no, but nonetheless.

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Wow, complete wad for 2,5 - 3 hours of non-stop. 
I will say right away, I have someone to learn me in the creation of maps! :D 

While I was playing nostalgically for some reason, I remembered metroid for the GameBoy Advance and other metroidvania's.
Liked the skull picking (this is the whole purpose of the wad ... almost)
Also found bugs, sometimes even funny :)
 


Timecode: 

1. - 18:22 - Pinky in the air
2. - 19:52 - tall arch-vile or low wall ? )) 
3. - 45:22 - Many invisible walls
4. - 58:52 - Passable fence
5. - 1:13:58 - Invisible wall
6. - 1:23:30 - Anomaly
7. - 1:39:44 - 1:40:57 - Unable to go to the next section
1:43:56 - To do this, I had to first go not to the section where I was at the time of timing, but behind the "fence" to press the button to open (I don't remember this timing)
8. 1:46:07 - No textures on the sides
9. 1:50:17 - No textures
10. - 1:56:25 - 2:00:22 - Infinite skulls
+ 2:16:16 - another yellow skull when everything is activated
11. - 2:33:55 - what? 
12. - 2:34:12 - teleport to another section
Some triggers didn't work: 2:36:30, 2:40:30, 2:41:05, 2:44:42 
After find first trigger - 2:41:41 
and second - 2:48:15 
13. - 2:45:03 - Invisible wall
14. - 2:47:40 - Stuck
Then I found trigger that opens the wall where I got stuck - 2:48:15 
15. - 2:51:00 - Imp on candelabrum
16. - 2:59:00 - Noticeable :P

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Ok. Map is updated, but not tested fully. Same link.

I'm want to notice again that most of visual glitches visible only in GL-renders and Softpoly. You get best picture in software :)

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56 minutes ago, Super Mighty G said:

Out of curiosity how long does this map go for?

 

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complete wad for 2,5 - 3 hours of non-stop. 

 

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this map is amazing. the visual landscape you've made here is really incredible - you're my new mapping hero haha. one of the things I find hardest about mapping is being able to create new, novel areas and shapes with visual variety that still stays within a larger theme, and you are very clearly a master at that. completely in awe of your texture work and craftsmanship.

 

ps I recently started playing your Eviternity map and it's equally amazing and will be my go-to reference for OTEX inspiration from now until the end of time

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@Tango You can't even imagine how important your words are to me. Thank you so much!!

I’m still a bit far from the “hero” of mapping, but I’ll definitely continue to invest my time in this hobby :3

To be honest, the resulting style does not reflect the original ideas. Almost every location was born from dozens of compromises and generally does not resemble what it was supposed to be originally. I honestly felt that the players would find the map visuals as chaotic, especially with regard to the rock massifs, but for the time being I receive feedback with the opposite opinion and this is very pleasing.

 

In addition, it is nice to know that someone passed my map to the end, and did not skip it, because he got lost ... :D

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This is a true masterpiece. Great composition of nature and built environments. Nice midtexture details. That big thig at the bfg area was awesome. I don't even have the skills to do that kind of things. Texturing is done greatly. Impressive voodoo doll effects. Difficulty was quite right for me on HMP. There wasn't too much or too little monsters. Balancing was good in difficulty and in ammo+health. To get all this so well is very very difficult task and you did it perfectly. Didn't find too much of the secrets. Nice to see there would have been many to find! Only thing to complain is that I wandered some time to find places where I wasn't been. But that is minor considering how huge the level is. Thank you for the map! It must have been a massive effort.

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How do you add linedefs over another so that they don't divide each other? Like activation trigger and those midtex things?

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11 minutes ago, Jaska said:

How do you add linedefs over another so that they don't divide each other? Like activation trigger and those midtex things?

 

If the vertices will be in different places: draw it and then drag it where you want it. 

 

If the vertices will be overlapping: turn 'Merge Geometry' off and then do the above. 

 

 

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@Jaska


Generally, due to the fact that there was a break of more than 2 months in the development, I still cannot remember the location of all the secrets without editor help. Only having started the gameplay formation, I strongly doubted the correct balance of most fights. I wanted to change them significantly, but it all messed up. In the end, I decided not to bother much and did a lot of things on my own. But, apparently, did not lose. Although, I expected a lot of criticism about the balance ...

 

From the very beginning until the last day, I was full of doubts about everything ... I made a map in a hellish style, in which I had hardly ever worked. At the same time, I wasn't wanted it to look stereotyped. Plus nonlinearity. It was difficult to come up around what will be built player motivation to explore the map. And yes, at times my enthusiasm faded away completely.

At the given moment, judging by the reviews that I get, time is not wasted. Making big maps is not so much fun. But, nevertheless, I hope this will encourage other mappers to create massive maps.

 

To create a line that freely crosses the other, without joints, you need to press CTRL while dragging any of its vertices (in DB2 or GZDB). It is important to remember that such a line should preferably belong to the sector (have a sector index) with the same height as the sectors it crosses. If you do not comply with this, then when moving slowly along such a line, player may suddenly fall through sector, without being able to leave it. Or vice versa, stop against the "invisible wall". It is important, when working in GZDB, to translate geometry blending mode ... (or how to correctly call it?) to "Merge dragged vertictes only". If any other modes is enabled, after creating a new geometry, vertices will be automatically appears at the intersection of the lines. This is EXTREMELY not a pleasant experience. Do not repeat...

rdwpa said everything correctly.

 

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And I immensely glad you enjoyed it. :D

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(c)Lingrimm

 

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Oh boy! This was a journey. For starters, here are my end game stats (played on Ultra-Violence) -

 

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I’d been meaning to play this since you posted, and finally found the right time. I normally don’t enjoy long-haul maps, but there was something very special about this one.

 

I’ll be brutally honest, I distinctly remember the map you made for Eviternity (MAP19: Dehydration), but for all the wrong reasons, which pains me to say. Taken in pieces, there is a long list of things that I really loved about Dehydration, but the problem I had with it as a whole, was feeling like I spent nearly 2 hours slogging down a linear path, facing the same repeating fights over and over. I felt bad because, despite having strong admiration for the map, at a certain point I just couldn’t wait to finish it.

 

Hatehammer was a completely different experience for me. I knew some time had passed, but I was genuinely blown away to discover 2 hours had gone by – it didn’t feel like it.

 

The most incredible aspect of this map for me was just the sense of being in this other place entirely – this living, breathing, demonic city, with creatures crawling in every nook and cranny – and here I was invading it; learning its rules, discovering its secrets, and wading deeper into a truly hellish and unknown territory. This was where the non-linearity / exploration aspect really shone brightest for me.

 

The entire process of collecting the 6 skull keys was a very rewarding and engaging experience. First of all, the map itself just looks gorgeous and diabolical. The room where I could take the keys and place them on their respective pedestals was an absolute blessing of an idea, in as far as helping me keep track of my progress, as well as being brilliantly executed. There was a lot of fun variation to the types of fights, and the addition of multiple Cyberdemon encounters felt extremely effective in changing up the tempo at all the right times. I noticed you said that you had strong doubts regarding the balance of most fights: personally, I loved the balance. There was a very clear progression in difficulty (with great pacing in the introduction of the various monsters), but most importantly, a distinct ebb and flow between low-tension, satisfying areas, and high-tension traps / arenas.

 

The general feel of the map definitely changed after I found the 6 keys – it seemed to transition back into a more linear, conventional experience (it was still fun, don’t get me wrong), but it certainly begged the question in my mind, “would it be possible to construct a finale for a map like this, that stayed true to the wonderful sense of exploration and non-linearity?” The final stretch just didn’t seem to have the same degree of... gravitas... which you had so expertly crafted and built up to that point. Again, that’s not to say that this map wasn’t a thoroughly enjoyable ride right to the exit, just some food for thought.

 

Health and ammo felt quite balanced, and I especially liked the way you used the former. You had a system of drip-feeding small portions of health consistently throughout, which lent itself very well to the gameplay. I only found 10 of the secrets (I’m generally pretty rubbish at finding secrets), but I loved your use of sound cues to drop hints (I think that was my biggest source of finding secrets).

 

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If this was an “experiment” of sorts in non-linearity / exploration, you nailed it 100% in my books, and I’m giddy at the thought of what else you can do with the concept. The technicality and design of this map was really spectacular, and I look forward to playing through it again.

 

There were only two things I found which I felt obligated to point out:

 

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This poor bastard got stuck on that little ledge almost immediately into the fight. I rather fancied the advantage, but I don't think he felt the same way.

 

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Also, after I had the red skull key, finished the last big battle and the exit was open, I decided to go back and explore some more, but when I teleported back to this area of the map (first image below), I couldn't seem to actually return to the main section. The path I originally took was now blocked off (second image below), and all of the lava pit teleport lines seemed to just bring me right back here. Was there a different route I missed to get back?

 

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@RonnieJamesDiner Thanks for the attention and such a warm review! Your words change a lot in my view of this work and give a certain confidence that I finally learned to make good gameplay. Of course, this is a matter of taste, but still. In some way, the incoming feedback (at the moment), plus my inability to implement the conceived ideas in all details and the spontaneity of most of the decisions in the design create the feeling that most aspects that players find positive have became such by chance, outside the scope of the original idea. This is a contradictory feeling. I am sure that I will be able to draw some lessons from this in order to repeat these sensations of the “living world” and immersion into it. Hope I can.

 

As for the keys, I doubted to the last. Earlier, I had already created such mechanic in the "Flooded Temple" map for Texture Extravaganza. But that map was generally controversial because of the switchhunting. Now, thanks to you, I know for sure that I not made a mistake with this idea. On the other hand, it will be difficult to come up with a new motivating mechanics for research, so as not to repeat. Although ... no, there is something else... :3

 

Near end of map developing, I ran out of ideas and the process of creating locations again began to resemble a loop ... I'm just never treated the linearity of the maps as something negative. When I was drawing a preliminary plan for Dehydration, I had in my head the images of many very first custom maps for HL2 from RTSL, in which I played a lot for 30, 40 or more minutes, distracting from development. They have a very "own" atmosphere ... for those who have HL2 one of the first games on the PC in general. Probably their creators did not think about nonlinearity either ... Dehydration is imbued with the spirit of such maps (IMHO) ... And also OTEX, a very powerful expressive tool. When I became acquainted with him, I felt like a child in a giant toy store, who wants to try everything ... and map began to grow uncontrollably over boundaries of finished plan.

 

However, you raise a very proper question.


P.S. You did not miss any routes. This is my fail, which so far no one has noticed. All bugs you mention will be fixed soon.

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Once again truly thank you!
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I hope I will not disappoint you in the future.
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(c)Lingrimm


 

 

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5 hours ago, StormCatcher.77 said:

And also OTEX, a very powerful expressive tool. When I became acquainted with him, I felt like a child in a giant toy store, who wants to try everything ... and map began to grow uncontrollably over boundaries of finished plan.

 

This I can completely understand. I downloaded OTEX to look through the library of textures, and I felt the same way! That texture set almost takes your breath away by its sheer scope and quality. And that's just it, I thought Dehydration looked fantastic, and it had great atmosphere and personality. It's worth noting as well that a lot of the combat in it felt very unique and interesting... but the longer it went on, the more predictable it became, which ultimately overwhelmed any other sensation for me. I do intend to play through Eviternity again, so I'll be looking forward to trying Dehydration again, and keeping the HL2 inspiration in mind when I do (I absolutely love the HL series, though I never explored the custom modding/mapping scene very much).

 

5 hours ago, StormCatcher.77 said:

In some way, the incoming feedback (at the moment), plus my inability to implement the conceived ideas in all details and the spontaneity of most of the decisions in the design create the feeling that most aspects that players find positive have became such by chance, outside the scope of the original idea.

 

This is a really interesting note. Perhaps spontaneity and "intuition" are more effective than a structured outline, to a degree? I can imagine that a map like Hatehammer requires ridiculous amounts of forethought and planning to even begin to approach, so, I'll certainly be curious to see what lessons and inspirations you draw from this experience for your future maps. I hope you stay confident and excited in your approach, regardless. You deliver very powerful stuff, and I think you have a lot to be proud of! 

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On 7/13/2019 at 6:58 AM, FoxPlays said:

Wow, complete wad for 2,5 - 3 hours of non-stop.
7. - 1:39:44 - 1:40:57 - Unable to go to the next section
 

 

 

Ugh, I had the same problem as you. 20 minutes reviewing every wall, in the end I'm going to have to noclip as you did.

 

edit: downloaded the wad again, in case I didn't have the last version. Now lots of times the beginning of the level (when the yellow keys disappear and you are launched away) doesn't work, the part that moves the player seems a bit broken.

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Great to see this complete, Stormcatcher! I look forward to giving the final product a playthrough.

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So, the new small update is ready.
1. Now the player can't get stuck in the starting location (I hope)
2. When re-teleporting to the area with the red key, player can return back.
3. Some minor changes.

For a very long time I could not understand how the players manage to get stuck in the starting location. What I just didn't do ... Thanks to @Chaingunner for clarifying everything. I hope now no one else will face with this.

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