How Many Maps Do You Work On At Once?

Discussion in 'Mapping Questions & Discussion' started by StoneFrog, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. StoneFrog

    StoneFrog L6: Sharp Member

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    I was just wondering how many mapping projects at a time you guys tend to manage. When I mapped for Goldsrc I would often attempt as many as 3 at a time, often to no completion of any one of them.

    I'm trying desperately to stay on task with a single concept of a TF2 map and see it through to the end, but it's hard to do when looking at a single WIP thread on this forum just fills my head with ideas for other maps.

    I've noticed some people such as Youme and NovaSilisko who seem to be ridiculously good at releasing presentable, playable versions of maps within a few months or sometimes even weeks of one another. Sometimes I think I'm trying TOO HARD to organize a map and stick to it, although the past shows that if I don't try hard enough, it never gets done. :closedeyes:
     
  2. TMP

    aa TMP Abuser of Site Rules

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    I have as many as I want worked on at one time basically.

    Right now I think I have 5? One which I am really working on, the other 4 so that chrono will stop pestering me.
     
  3. ikem

    ikem L6: Sharp Member

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    i have 2

    cp_erosion and cp_storm
     
  4. Mar

    Mar Banned

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    I got one, dm_clouds which is my map that will teach me the ways of hammer.
     
  5. GrimGriz

    GrimGriz L10: Glamorous Member

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    Well, desperation is my first...and it's "on hold" until I learn more.
    Dustribute was my second, and then I started botg. People had fun while playtesting botg, so I decided to put dustribute on hold until I get to beta 1 of botg...and have since focused on that (and server nonsense).
     
  6. A Boojum Snark

    aa A Boojum Snark Toraipoddodezain Mazahabado

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    I have two secret projects being worked on (one to be revealed soon), and two other maps plan waiting for the first two to be far enough along that they don't require as much time.
     
  7. StoneFrog

    StoneFrog L6: Sharp Member

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    I guess it's good to alternate projects so one doesn't get bored, but I find it really hard to stay motivated with two. One eventually becomes more favorable to me (for the better part of about a week), just in time for me to get bored with that and start another sideproject, which soon takes grip, etc.
     
  8. GrimGriz

    GrimGriz L10: Glamorous Member

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    Hard part is going back to a backburner project rather than starting a new one.
     
  9. Vigilante212

    Vigilante212 L7: Fancy Member

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    I have 3 im serious about and one im kinda meh on atm.
     
  10. Mar

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    I find it best to have a very, very detailed idea of your map on mapper so you don't have mappers block and you don't get bored of it. For the map I'm currently doing I had a perfect plan, but due to it being my first hammer map I made it too small, so I'm making a whole new section to the map.
     
  11. Shmitz

    aa Shmitz Old Hat

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    I think I had 3 going on simultaneously in early 2008. Since starting Meridian though, that's been my only serious mapping project.
     
  12. YM

    aa YM LVL100 YM

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    pl_halfacre is on the back burner, since its very near completion, cp_furnace is the main project and when I'm bored of doing displacments on that I work on the A/D map. So you could say three but I'm only really actively working on two of them.
     
  13. Ezekel

    Ezekel L11: Posh Member

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    most i've had would be 4. but that's cos i start working on a new map when i have mapping time and the maps i'm already doing are waiting testing or similar.

    also, i guess low attention span plays a part. i like the change in scene, instead of constantly looking at the same map over and over.
     
  14. luxatile

    aa luxatile deer

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    I'm working on two "real maps", three if you count the intel room for the contest.
     
  15. Spike

    Spike L10: Glamorous Member

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    1 at once :p
     
  16. AntonJ3000

    AntonJ3000 I am inactive and make horrible maps

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    1 now, Soon 0... My mappin fails so extremely bad, Soon I'll take a break trying to figure out how to make a good map.
     
  17. Fearlezz

    Fearlezz L10: Glamorous Member

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    I have one major map that Im working on, and two others that I dont work on as much but do almost everyday.
     
  18. Ceiling Man

    Ceiling Man L3: Member

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    I only work on one at a time, if I work on more than 1, I never get anything done.
     
  19. StoneFrog

    StoneFrog L6: Sharp Member

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    It's really ironic for me because I'm actually pretty GOOD at mapping. I've aborted so many projects that I probably know the entity work and detailing concepts better than some of the people who came up with the perfect map idea on their first try and finished it. I'm going to kick it up to two projects at once though and see if that helps me out...

    As I said before, I'm one of the more "visual" types when it comes to a map. Rather than coming up with a gameplay idea then designing the environment I like to design an environment that has its various unique characteristics and then tool it to work with a gameplay mode. As a result, sometimes the only excuse I need for dropping a project and starting another one is seeing someone else's map and thinking "it looks nice". :bored:
     
  20. Rexy

    aa Rexy The Kwisatz Haderach

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