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Damn, I just had a really fun time playing a map by someone who is relatively new to mapping. I love seeing new mappers showing such awesome talent and actually making an effort.
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^ my creativity is shit, can confirm.
I think being super-creative is not something you're "born with" per se. Creativity is a skill that can be honed like any other ability you can think of, but imo it requires the aforementioned ability to think critically about what one has created in order to become more versatile wrt to what one creates in the future.
The moment you think about something in a map you made that you're not satisfied with and start looking for a solution, you're already being creative based on what you have previously created. It's like creativity springs from creativity, if that makes any sense. All it takes at times is simply "putting the pen to the paper".
I agree, Anyone can put together a map, but if someone takes the time to step back and think about what they want to design, the result is usually much more refined.
@stru When I first started mapping, it took me a couple of days to figure out how to make a door, or even how to place enemies. Trust me, it takes time to learn those sort of things.