KotH Koth_Cow b2

A koth map with lots of cows.

  1. Ægg

    Ægg L1: Registered

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    -New b2 version with a better skybox and more detail all around. Functional changes were minimal.

    -Edit, New version two years later:

    Finally got back to working on this a bit. Original layout played pretty poorly, was far too big and had lots of wasted space. First two screenshots are the new version.

    Layout has been mostly redone, though the idea remains the same. There is no more underground area, beyond the pipes leading to the alternate spawn exit, central hill is now a train tunnel, and the train is now at ground level. It has sound too (though still no gates or lights).

    Known issues:
    The entire open pit beyond the point is now unused, I didn't remove it in order to avoid breaking and remaking my skybox. There's a trigger_hurt at the bottom so you can't get stuck down there.
    Lighting is simple light entities only, so they don't really look right near walls.
    As there are two water levels (one outside and one in alternate spawn exits the water doesn't render as expensive water.
    Some cows on the hill aren't angled perfectly.
    Train has no signals and the sound is usually too late for you to avoid it.
    All textures are placeholder. A barnyard theme would obviously work better eventually.

    -End edit-
    Well, it's a koth map, with lots of cows.

    My inital idea was to make essentially arena_cow where you could respawn, but it turns out that while a big open field full of cows works for arena, not so much for koth, primarily because of the lack of spawnrooms.

    So here's the result. There's still a big central area, but there's a simple train station and several underground tunnels that also reach the point, which is floating above a playable pit. I made a collision model for the cows, so they do block bullets and provide cover. Hopefully that helps with the maps rather large scale.

    Any improvements to the layout would be welcome, this map is significantly more complex than arena_cow2 was so it's not simple enough to not require design.

    Known issues:
    There's a few sections of the train you can still build on, just like with the train in cp_well.
    Other than the sun, the lights don't look quite right.
    The train is currently silent. I'll eventually add the normal train sounds and warning lights.
    The area below the point is currently a stopgap design until I come up with a better design. The idea was that eventually it'll be a sort of canyon.
    The skybox is very basic, and the textures are all temporary.

    Edit:Adding screenshots keeps crashing my browser, so here's a link to one until I can get them to post:
    http://i.imgur.com/LczpxH5.jpg?1

    EditEdit:Added Screenshots, showing how bad the interior currently looks...
     
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2015
  2. Tarry H Sruman

    Tarry H Sruman Large Orphanage Proprietor

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    I approve.
     
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  3. Sergis

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    its likely that getting by all those cows will be a great pain in the ass
     
  4. LeSwordfish

    aa LeSwordfish semi-trained quasi-professional

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    Don't you mean, pain in the bullocks?
     
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  5. colacan

    colacan L5: Dapper Member

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    koth_cowfort
     
  6. Faux Rhinoceros

    aa Faux Rhinoceros Also known as Dr. Element

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  7. Deodorant

    Deodorant L6: Sharp Member

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    Looks good, but there are a few things you could improve.

    - Some of those props (containers etc) are not cows. Please fix this.
    - The ground appears to be made of ground-textured brushes. Consider replacing those with cows.
    - Most if not all of the skybox is using a material that is not cows. This might not be an issue in casual pub games, but if you want the map to be played competitively you need to change that.
    - The map timer is not cows. This is probably caused by some entity glitch. Make sure you've set up your team_round_timer properties correctly.

    Other than that, it seems like a promising map. I especially like the part with the cows.
     
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  8. phi

    aa phi Let Pain Be Your Guide

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    some of those cows are floating on the water‽‽
    also where's the control point is it secretly one of the cows do I have to ask each one if it's the control point or what‽‽

    also, the train should just be a line of cows.
     
  9. Sergis

    aa Sergis L666: ])oo]v[

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    this

    make containers made of cows

    make cowtainers
     
  10. Ægg

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    I may actually do that. I still haven't decided how to handle that large area under the point.

    True, but they at least provide cover while they're getting in the way.

    Replacing the train with cows is actually a pretty good idea. The top few would have to be sideways so you could still ride the train, though.
     
  11. LeSwordfish

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  12. Kill_the_Bug

    Kill_the_Bug L14: Epic Member

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    Is there a reverse model of the cow somewhere? both cows side by side an in a row would be good for the train - he could the Moo soundtrack for the warning horn before they stampede through
     
  13. Ægg

    Ægg L1: Registered

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    Bumping for new version, two years after my last update because reasons. OP edited.
     
  14. radarhead

    aa radarhead Level 20 "Mapper"

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    Amazing
     
  15. Ægg

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    Bump for new version, b2 with mostly visual changes and a skybox that isn't empty.
     
  16. Anreol

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    We
    Need
    More
    Cows

    -Replace ammo packs with cows
    -Replace cows with more cows
    -Replace water with cows
    -Replace Sun with cows
    -Really, this map needs more cows