Desolation - Back from the dead!

Discussion in 'Map Factory' started by Mr. Happy, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. Mr. Happy

    Mr. Happy L6: Sharp Member

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    Desolation - RC1 Released! Arena, CP, CTF, KOTH, Push

    Doctor, it's....it's....it's ALIVE!
    So about a year and a half ago I released the first beta of Desolation as an arena map. I then took a break from it to work on other things, and then a break from mapping altogether, then I went clinically insane for awhile. During this time my hard drives died (never use raid 0) and I thought that it, along with a dozen other maps I was working on, were gone forever. Then, I remembered my old friend vmex :D Now, all this time later, I have brought Desolation BACK FROM THE DEAD (insert TF2 ghost here). Desolation is a small desert map focusing on multi-tiered terrain and vertical gameplay with complex routing. The map bounds may be small, but there's a lot of playing area/walkable surfaces packed in there.

    RC1 Release

    Changelog:
    *made proper spawns
    *adjusted hinting/portaling
    *removed some clutter
    *adjusted time to cap in cp version
    *set some models to have a mindxlevel
    *fix some visual cracks
    *soundscapes
    *koth version has proper paking
    *push version now has a cp under intel start point that changes color based on who is carrying the intel

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  2. Botervloot

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    The colour correction doesn't fit TF2. It's all too yellow.

    Don't get me wrong. For the rest, it looks very nice.
     
  3. Micnax

    aa Micnax I maek map

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    That looks pretty damn official material there :O
     
  4. Nineaxis

    aa Nineaxis Quack Doctor

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    This map was awesome before. Now it's really really ugly. :(
     
  5. Lancey

    aa Lancey Currently On: ?????

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    That yellow is very overpowering.
     
  6. Mr. Happy

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    updates, check first post. i changed lighting alot and would like suggestions please
     
  7. Mr. Happy

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    I really need feedback on the lighting, I'm ready to release the second beta, just need to compile each gametype. I've assembled five different color corrections for this map and am having trouble deciding between them. Here is the current lighting with no CC:

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    The bare lighting, second CC, and last CC look the best to me. I really need advice on this, people did not like the last lighting I posted :D Please give any feedback at all. Thanks!
     
  8. Wilson

    aa Wilson Burial by Sleep

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    This one is good, in others the color correction is too strong.
     
  9. Furex

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  10. StickZer0

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  11. Nineaxis

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    To be honest I like it best with no color correction.

    Only a couple official maps use it, I see no thematic or visual reason to use it on such a small map.
     
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  12. Mr. Happy

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    Thanks alot to everyone here and elsewhere that has commented! I am proud to finally, after a week of not wanting to tie my computer up with half a dozen compiles, a month since the last update, and nearly two years since beta 1, at this time, release BETA TWO!!11!1!!!1 Nineaxis, the main reason to use color_correction is that it's easy to setup, fun to play with, and I wanted to? I find that while vrad has beautiful radiosity calculations and the engine a beautiful renderer lighting often will lack depth, or punch. For that reason I use at least a basic levels CC on pretty much everything. Besides that, I'd been told (especially dissappointingly by friends in the industry) that in some versions the lighting was boring and unoriginal. Besides that I feel that the current CC better expresses a feeling of desolation, maybe that's just me. At any rate, if you didn't think the yellow version looked good, well, you don't want to see some of my experiments with lighting alone. I find it's much easier to create this kind of exaggerated look, if it's desirable, by applying CC to a basically lit map rather than trying to find the perfect non-alien looking light values. At the very least there's a noticeable increase in texture detail if you go in game, bring up the ui, and turn it on and off due to the levels.

    August 18th 2010 - Beta 2 Released! :D

    What more can I say? Download it, play it, feedback it! :D
    This release contains five flavors: Arena, CP, CTF, Koth, and Push. Push is a rarely used gametype you may remember from the TFC map of the same name: there is a single, neutral, intel in the middle of the map which you must carry to the ENEMY base to score a point. As far as I know this is the only TF2 map that supports this many gametypes.

    I have also put together a rar file of .bz2 files for server admins. Click this sentence for it.

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    Download Beta 2!
     
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  13. Wilson

    aa Wilson Burial by Sleep

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    The orange color is way too powerful, it makes everything look ugly.
     
  14. re1wind

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    The colour correction is, if i may say so: Rather disgusting. You've turned tf2's colourful style into an ugly and eye-hurting brown smear. Congratulations... o_o
     
  15. DaBeatzProject

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    It looks like an old photograph that's been laying in the sun after it has been jarate'd on (yeah, it smells terrible too). It might be cool for screenshots, but I don't see how this might work ingame.
     
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  16. Psy

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    Nice and ugly. Way to ruin a fine looking map. :(
     
  17. Scotland Tom

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    I've got to agree with those who've posted before me. The color correction is terrifically, eye-meltingly bad. Seriously, drop the color correction entirely. Just don't bother with it. It's ruining an otherwise fine looking map.
     
  18. Nineaxis

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  19. Confidence Man

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    I love the look, personally.
     
  20. Fredrik

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    The map looks good, but that lightning is destroying my eyes
     
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