Faultline

Discussion in 'Map Factory' started by Icarus, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. Icarus

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    Faultline (TC) Alpha
    by Eric "Icarus" Wong
    Email: ericgfwong@hotmail.com

    A new breed of Territorial Control
    Faultline is currently finishing it's early development cycle. It is mostly the usual TC game mode you all love, with all the hate removed. There are 6 territories, and 5 stages. The map begins with the centre stage, and teams vie for total control as they take each others' territories one-by-one, ending in a attack/defend round finale at each end.

    The linear setup allows for a more concrete and smoothed out routes between territories. Additionally, rather than having these routes as narrow corridors, faultline features more open "arena" battlefields. You no longer have to be lost, and the chokepoints usually associated with TC are gone! You also get more freedom, as there are no more round timers (except for the Attack/Defend rounds), but beware of the earthquakes!

    Objective:
    To win the round, a team must control all six territories. Win new territories by capturing the enemy's control point in each stage.

    Other Notes:
    New stages will be selected until one team owns all territories.


    Special Thanks:
    Dr. Spud
    Rexy
    MrAlBobo
     
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  2. Hanz

    aa Hanz Ravin' Rabbid

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    This is looking cool. I will definately download this and play it sometime. :)

    And I hope you get a testing for it soon. :D
     
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  3. Owlruler

    Owlruler L12: Fabulous Member

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    sooo, it's kinda like 5cp but with 6cp's and only 2 cp's a round?
     
  4. Locutus

    Locutus L2: Junior Member

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    This is what TC should have been the first time around.
     
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  5. Icarus

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    Basically.

    btw

    If I rename this to cp_faultline, it would conflict with the game strings.

    The map overview will say TERRITORIAL CONTROL MAP: FAULTLINE A1 regardless of what prefix I use.

    Besides, you're technically still vying for territories (one CP, one spawn, used for multiple rounds). It's setup very similar to a TC map, including the A/D rounds.
     
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  6. Lancey

    aa Lancey Currently On: ?????

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    If the speed doesn't work out, don't forget to add fear!
     
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  7. Agentkid

    Agentkid L1: Registered

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    Looks good from screenshots when are you going to test
     
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  8. Lancey

    aa Lancey Currently On: ?????

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    Today, supposedly.
     
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  9. strangemodule

    strangemodule L5: Dapper Member

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    I am very interested in seeing how this turns out. As long as you can make the open areas well-optimized and not a sniper heaven, it will be good.

    Also, I'm not sure how I feel about random earthquakes. Maybe I've heard too much Valve commentary, but randomly punishing players for something they have no control over is frustrating. Maybe if the "minor" quakes warn the players that a "major" quake is coming, that may work and open up some new strategies.
     
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  10. Martham112

    Martham112 L2: Junior Member

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    I agree with this. Maybe there would be some way to have the minor quakes warn, like said above, then have the major quake avoidable by jumping? It makes sense to me, but might not fit in the map.
     
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  11. Randdalf

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    I don't think punishing players for the earthquakes is a good idea, minor superficial ones with cool particle effects and screens shake could work, but I don't think that slowing players down would be a good idea. When you compare it to the only other random thing in the game - Well's trains - you realise that you can dodge Well's trains, but you can't dodge earthquakes.

    Great idea overall though.
     
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  12. Sgt.Sausage

    Sgt.Sausage L7: Fancy Member

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    Looks awesome cant wait to try it, hopefully it works out great.
     
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  13. Icarus

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    The quakes don't happen instantaneously. It takes about 5 seconds to build up before the speed reduction takes place. The rumbling and loud sounds serve as the warning.

    The reduction itself in it's current state is only 5 seconds long (preceded by 5 seconds warning), and only reduces you to Soldier speed.

    We just tested this a few minutes ago, and I was extremely impressed. The layout was fantastic, and players had lots of fun. No complaints about the tremors (it was actually very rare-- once every 3 minutes or so). I got lots of positive feedback.

    Changes for A2:
    -faster capture rates
    -longer grace period for defending teams on their last territory
    -make minor tremors more noticeable
     
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  14. strangemodule

    strangemodule L5: Dapper Member

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    Alright, and after playing a bit, it wasn't that big of a fault (no pun intended) in the map; as a Spy, it actually sort of helped me mess with people while they were distracted.

    Anyway, here are some screens or something I think you need to fix:

    Minor displacement problem here, should be easy to fix.
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    This needs a playerclip brush so that players can simply walk onto the ladder model instead of having to hop on it.
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    Look at the far right. I can see into the resupply room here. Is this intentional or wrongly assigned nodraw faces?
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    Other than that, this map is really fun and so far has restored my faith in TC.
     
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  15. Icarus

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    Thanks a bunch. I totally did not know about those stairs.

    The spawn room isn't as big of a deal for an alpha map, but I can see how some players can find it unfair. I'll just put a world brush there to block sight.
     
  16. strangemodule

    strangemodule L5: Dapper Member

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    No problem man. I actually had that problem myself for a map I never got around to releasing; I later found out Valve playerclipped the crap out of those stairs in Well, although a simple small playerclip ramp just in front of the model works as well.

    Other than that, I can't really find any big issues with the map. Thankfully, so far it's not feeling as stalematey as Hydro.
     
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  17. Sel

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    It sounds kinda gimmicky and annoying, but I'll reserve judgement on that until I actually get a chance to play it.
     
  18. Jack Riguel

    Jack Riguel L10: Glamorous Member

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    I remember discussing the map layout a few weeks back in chat, and I was intrigued. I'm not quite sure what I think about the tremors though... I missed today's test but I'll try to join the next one.
     
  19. Rikka

    Rikka L5: Dapper Member

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    I don't necessarily agree with the TC classification, but the new gameplay style sounds like a good one.
     
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  20. absurdistof

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    I like this idea of a harmless earthquake with some dust falling for cave ceilings or something :D