Are you getting a little tired of working on the same .vmf all the time? Do you find yourself always getting started on a new project and not finishing? Have you always wanted to release a map, but you just don't feel confident enough to get that first alpha out the door? Interested in showing off your l33t mapping skeelz? I, sirs and madams, may just have a solution for you. I present to you the second "Unofficial Community Map Project!" That's right folks, this is a project designed around producing a map that comes 100% from the community: From the game mode, style, and initial layout all the way to the most complex and convoluted displacements and final detailing touches. Every member of the project will be given a week to work on what they feel should be improved on the map. With a little luck, solid planning, and a lot of teamwork, the whole will be greater than the sum of it's parts and we can produce a map that even the most critical observers will nod their heads too and say "It's not bad!" Sign-Ups: Finished Participants: Sharr SinistarR Evang7 Tapp J4CK8 Zwiffle Smetzle Gundam Engineer Altaco Aly Working Smashman Mr. Hanz Contacted: Owlruler The Political Gamer Om nom nick Jonah Future Participants: Da Beatz Project - Detailing Pilk - Detailing Mashpotatoe - Detailing ScreamingGerbil - Detailing Lord Ned strangemodule Dr. Killpatient LabelMaster Steff0o Members who have stated a willingness to contribute Models/Textures/Overlays: Aly Dance Zwiffle Zeewier Now I'm sure you have some questions, so let's get to it! Do I need to be a pro mapper? Absolutely not! Everyone can contribute something to a map like this! Weather it be adding a massive bridge that spawns the chasm of the community pl_greatgiantcasm, or detailing the eves a single hut on what will become cp_underpassenger. Contributions are more than welcomed. Just remember that you're not the only person working on the map! Will it take much time? Not at all! Each person who signs up will be given a week to work on the map. Before the end of which they must provide a zipped .vmf (either here, or elsewhere) for the next person to use. How much, or little, you work is up to you. Though we defiantly must say "more is better!" when it comes to time and mapping. What if we run out of people? If we do get to the end of our waiting list and nobody else is willing to work on the map then I'll hold onto and work on some less-noticeable aspects of the map (Details, optimization, logic) until somebody else signs up. I'm not expecting this to be the case too often, but you never know! How do you plan to organize this? Organization will be handled entirely through the tf2maps.net forums. This thread will be used for initial discussion of the map (style and game type). Once the first brushwork has been laid down we will move over to a WIP thread where all discussion will be forwarded too thereafter. Each participant will be given a week to work on the map, at the end of which they will need to upload the zipped .vmf and provide the link both in the thread and to the next person in line via PMs. The map must compile and run before you pass it on (participants are encouraged to double-check that the map compiles before working on it.) In the event that a bad file is passed (I.E. the last person rotated the map 1 degree in all three direction, brought all brush entities to the world, and created a number of non-square displacements.) the entire new file will be removed and work will be done from the next -earlier version. Upon receiving the PM with the vmf, a participant has 2 days to post a notification that they have received the file. If no notification is posted, that participant will be skipped. What is the timeline of this project? As in all creative ventures, timelines are very nebulous things when regarding community projects. As of now, I only have a rough outline of how the map will be developed, and no dates are yet specified (if any will ever be!). Outline - Planning -Style Determination -Setting Determination -Game mode Determination -Map Goals (our goals as mappers with this particular map) -Basic Layout Design -Basic layout (ground, sky, skybox, walls, large props, dev lights, dev textures) -Game Entities (spawns, respawn rooms, doors, spawn cabinets, carts, capture points) Design + Play-test -Advanced layout (bridges, scaffolds, smaller props) -Basic Lighting -etc Detail Optimize Can I use the VMF to make my own spinoff? This particular project, by its very nature, is open-source. Feel free! Do please give credit for the original map to tf2maps.net however. It's not right to simply claim the work of others as your own. Can someone change my work? If they feel that it warrants changing, yes. Don't think of this as an insult, but rather as a learning experience and opportunity! Not everybody will agree on what is best for the map, however. A lot of what goes on in this map will be discussed before, during, and after it is finished. Besides, if you really don't agree with what somebody did to your stuff, sign up again and fix it! What if someone wreaks the map? (I.e. a Non-square displacement) If the map cannot be compiled when it is passed on, or takes an exceedingly long time to compile, the latest revision of the map will be ignored and we will revert to the last version. As of right now I am not planning on using a SVN to save and change the map. This may eventually change! So keep posted! If this is a success we may even try another community map (perhaps even an official one!) Can I work on the map more than once? A particular participant can only be in the list once at any particular point in time. However once you finish your turn, feel free to put your name back into the list if you want to keep working with us. Do you plan on using the ABS FGD? I do use it and strongly recommend it to everyone. A Boojum Snark has put a lot of effort into this pack, and it is well worth looking into for anyone who is even semi-serious about mapping for TF2. Can I help without mapping? Absolutely! Post here, or in the WIP thread (when it is created) and give us your ideas and thoughts! Textures, Overlays(Especially overlays!), Props, concept sketches, and play-testers. Any contribution can help make our project more interesting and enjoyable. If you are interested in joining us, just post! We look forward to your thoughts and opinions on the matter! What do I Need to map for you? You will need the Swamp theme pack found Here. We also strongly recommend getting the developer texture pack HERE. I'd like to play a bigger role in the production of this map! Please go to our steam group at http://steamcommunity.com/groups/UCMP and sign up. Playtest information, live map chats, and announcements are posted there first.