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PL Enclosure rc9b

A nice, multistaged Jungle-themed payload map. (WIP)

  1. AsG_Alligator

    aa AsG_Alligator qhull precision error

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    I'll try decreasing the number of edicts.

    Remind me - any entity that can be named and can have inputs/outputs will add an edict, correct?
     
  2. ics

    aa ics http://ics-base.net

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    Yes, and some entities are such as default, like point_spotlight, move_rope, etc.

    Edit:

    To make more clear, not every entity that can have input/output is counting towards the edict count. Only entities that have names, are dynamic like spawnpoints, ammo packs, healthpacks and such.
     
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  3. AsG_Alligator

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    I managed to get down to 1520 edicts by deleting excess spawnpoints, fixing some props being dynamic instead of static and removing some env_sprites.
     
  4. AsG_Alligator

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    >Stage 1
    -Added lamps over the cliff path in aviary.
    -Fixed several displacement seams.
    >Stage 2
    -Added a building covering rightmost BLU spawn exit from snipers on cliff path.
    >Stage 3
    -Fixed a bunch of props being dynamic instead of static
    -Added lamps to the exterior of main building.
    -Added out-of-bounds electric fence on the cliff around last area.
    >Changed brush electric fence pylons to a model.
    >Removed excess teamspawn points and some sprites to cut down on edicts.

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  5. AsG_Alligator

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    >Stage 1
    -Fixed light leak in wooden building in last area.
    -Added nobuild to the long roof.
    >Stage 2
    -Added nobuild to rooves.
    >Stage 3
    -Added fence piece to interior balcony of final building.
    >Overall
    -Reduced alpha of several overlays.
    -Reduced volume of certain sounds in the soundscape.
    -Fixed incorrect env_sun pitch angle.

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  6. Pocket

    aa Pocket Ya like Jazz?

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    There's still an insane amount of stuff rendering through the walls of the spawn buildings, in spite of all your area portal work. Could somebody weigh in on why this is happening maybe? My guess is that it has to do with the engine merging a bunch of them because they're coplanar—the solution to which would be to make them thinner and vary where they actually sit within the threshold.

    Also, if you're looking to cut down edicts a bit more, I realized a while back that you could replace the Powerline turbines with static props that use scrolling textures rather than physically animating the spinning part (and, in fact, this is what Valve should have done in the first place). Unfortunately, the spinning part isn't currently its own separate material, so you'd have to have someone bring the model into a 3D editor and manipulate the UV map manually, which tends to strip out that data that defines which edges are hard, and... frankly it might be easier to just bug Valve about it.
     
  7. AsG_Alligator

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    >Stage 1
    -Replaced func_detail truck in BLU spawn area with a custom model.
    -Redesigned the rock bridge running over the river.
    -Redesigned container unloading room (changed the wall and ceiling to rock)
    -Added func_areaportalwindows to BLU spawn exits so that entirety of blu spawn stops rendering if players are far enough.
    -Fixed waterfall rendering bug (they were glowing even in the dark due to their textures being UnlitGeneric)
    -Raised one of the exits from BLU spawn.
    >Stage 2
    -Fixed missing nobuild brush over one of the buildings in second area.
    -Added an out-of-bounds room in the security station building.
    -Added an occluder blocking view through rock walls between 1st and 2nd area.
    >Stage 3
    -Added several occluders to this stage.
    -Hopefully fixed a bug where sound of the raptor pit grinder would play in other areas.
    >Overall
    -Replaced sunshine rock wall texture with a custom winter/rockwall014 grass blend material.
    -Fixed and updated missing map loading pictures.

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  8. Gangstahwezel

    Gangstahwezel L1: Registered

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    there seems to be an invisible wall when trying to walk out of the 'main' blu spawn exit on the first stage
     
  9. AsG_Alligator

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    Shit... did i fuck up something?

    Hang on, checking.

    EDIT: Yes I did. I forgot to disable collisions on func_brushes tied to areaportalwindows.

    Sigh.... Recompiling now, hang onto your butts.
     
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  10. AsG_Alligator

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  11. AsG_Alligator

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    So... Now I'm working hard on optimizing the shit out of the map, and certain things may have to be sacrificed for performance's sake.

    This fence is an example:
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    I will have to replace the top electric fence bit with a solid wall, otherwise framerates in certain areas will become unbearable, especially on weaker machines.

    I dont have an idea for how to redesign that top bit yet, but it has to go.
     
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  12. Micnax

    aa Micnax Back from the dead (again)

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    I think having the wall a bit higher but still having some form (or shorter) electric fence at the top would be effective enough and optimise well.

    EDIT: Also, Wouldn't it make sense to only have the fence arching into the dino pen and not both sides? The other side looks like it's just a facility that won't house dinos, so it doesn't really need its own fence.
     
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  13. AsG_Alligator

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    Some construction work later:
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  14. Diva Dan

    aa Diva Dan hello!

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    Wow, that is a solid improvement! Looks great.
     
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  15. AsG_Alligator

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    >Stage 1
    -Added multiple areaportals and areaportalwindows.
    -Removed the rock spire in the aviary area
    -HINTS EVERYWHERE
    >Stage 2
    -Added multiple areaportals to the exterior area.
    -Added some nodraw brushes inside displacements.
    -HINTS
    >Stage 3
    -Replaced electric fence with a tall, solid wall to split the areas and increase performance.
    -Added a ramp up to the bunker roof, changed the layout of stuff on the roof to prevent it from being an OP sniper balcony for defenders.

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  16. AsG_Alligator

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    >Stage 1
    -Shortened the stage
    -Previous spawn area on the exterior is now out-of-bounds
    -New Blu spawn is in brick generator room
    -Setup gates are moved to the exit into the aviary
    -Added a passage from concrete tunnel to cage unloading room.
    -Removed one of one-way gates separating concrete tunnel from the cage unloading room>wooden tower path.
    -Redesigned the connector in that area.

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  17. Micnax

    aa Micnax Back from the dead (again)

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    If this doesn't become official...

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    Looks fantastic. One thing I noticed while running around is that the texture on the dino-boxes are rather low quality. They could def do with higher resolution textures, they look a little out of place at the moment (compare it to the resupply locker):

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  18. AsG_Alligator

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    These cages use a 1024x1024 texture.

    I don't really have a larger version of the texture file which will make it a slight pain in the ass to upscale without it becoming blurry.
    Tbh the texture is more or less on par with textures on most official props.
     
  19. JeanPaul

    JeanPaul L5: Dapper Member

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    Removing the signage and text from the cage prop would probably drastically reduce the perceived blurriness
     
  20. AsG_Alligator

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    And also make the overall texture look "meh".