Looking for opinions/suggestions

Discussion in 'Mapping Questions & Discussion' started by Dfoz98, Aug 14, 2017.

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Should I completely redo my map, Desert Temple?

Poll closed Aug 16, 2017.
  1. Yes, you should make a2 completely different.

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  2. No, you should stop Desert Temple and start over from scratch.

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  3. No, you should work on both Desert Temple, and a redesign.

    0 vote(s)
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  4. No, you should keep working on what you have.

    5 vote(s)
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  1. Dfoz98

    Dfoz98 L1: Registered

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    Saturday, the 12th, saw the release of my first ever map: Desert Temple, a map intended to become an Egyptian themed KOTH map where Red and Blu are fighting over a half buried pyramid. The next day during an Imp someone mentioned how there is an overabundance of generic, desert themed KOTH maps. Since Desert Temple was my first map, I didn't expect anyone to have any big expectations, so I figured I could get away with a desert KOTH map.

    But I want to try and set myself apart, so I began planning out a redesign, shifting the theme to snowy instead of desert. I planned to do the shift for my a2 release, as I already was expecting to have to do a massive overhaul anyways.

    I was relatively surprised by the feedback I received when my map was eventually playtested, I expected extensive feedback, enough to require a complete overhaul to fix. But the feedback I received was relatively light. This made my happy, my map had far surpassed my own expectations. but it made me question if I should really do a whole redesign with a new theme.

    So, with that rather lengthy explanation over, I get to the real point, I'm not entirely sure how exactly to proceed so I'm asking anyone who reads this for advice.

    I set a poll, and if you'd also like to leave an suggestion to further improve both Desert Temple, and any of my maps in the future.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this and help me out!
     
  2. Dfoz98

    Dfoz98 L1: Registered

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  3. Micnax

    aa Micnax I maek map

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    It's a good start, though there's room for improvement. I think using the basic idea and seeing what works best in playtest is the best route, either by starting over or just modifying the existing map.

    I don't agree with the 'too many Egypt themed KOTH maps' though. Theme it how you want it.
     
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  4. Dfoz98

    Dfoz98 L1: Registered

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    Alright, Thanks for the feedback. If I were to start over, at some point I'd return to Desert Temple, give it something to really set it apart, maybe even change the gamemode, who knows. I really enjoy the Egyptian theme and feel it's underutilized, so I definitely want to do something with it.
     
  5. Yabayabayaba

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    You could keep it Egypt themed, if it is a good map it will stand out anyways. But if you want to re-theme it, a jungle temple theme looks partiality suited to the current geometry of the pyramid.
     
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  6. Dfoz98

    Dfoz98 L1: Registered

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    Thanks for the Advice, I hadn't considered a jungle theme but you're right, it would work well with what I currently have.
     
  7. Dfoz98

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    In case anyone is actively following this, I've been working on fixes in response to feedback and my own issues with the map, so a2 is a small simple update. Meaning the earliest the map would see a redesign would be a3.
     
  8. Dfoz98

    Dfoz98 L1: Registered

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    After giving it much thought, I've decided to leave Desert Temple as it is unless it becomes broken to the point of needing to be redesigned.

    I actually have bigger and better plans for a snowy map than a rotationally symmetrical KOTH map.

    Thanks to all for the advice and help.
     
  9. snowsquirrel

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    Just as a side note, I always base my map on what theme it is eg desert theme. Got an intense desire to make an egyptian themed map? Go for it! That's what keeps me going until I get to properly detail it :)
     
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