How often do you tweak the design of your maps?

Discussion in 'Mapping Questions & Discussion' started by dookiebot, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. dookiebot

    dookiebot L1: Registered

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    Most here seem to have more mapping experience than I do, but I find after I draw out and pre-determine base room measurements for my map I am constantly going back and tweaking dimensions/layouts in Hammer.

    To me that seems the best way to prevents a handful of major corrections once you beta, but how many feel they have a good hand on just going in a mapping what they want and it turns out pretty much what you expected the first time through?

    Right now I have hit a design block because of a major change in a layout needed so I won't cripple performance on lower end machines and it has got me wondering if I am overly cautious? :p
  2. YM

    aa YM LVL100 YM

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    You should get all layout stuff done in alpha, way before detailing. Then once you've detailed the map and you hit beta you're only making minor changes here and there
  3. Spike

    Spike L10: Glamorous Member

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    For what i see almost all mappers make a big blocky alpha first, and they tweak it later by adding stuff etc. i like making my map step by step tweaking at every moment, well... I never make alphas so I go directly for the beta.
  4. MangyCarface

    aa MangyCarface Mapper

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    My gameplay influences my aesthetics and vice versa too much to have things ironed out in alpha, to my dismay : /

    So I'd say they both change a lot