PL Powerpack a9

Made by tWayfarer

  1. tWayfarer

    tWayfarer L1: Registered

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    This is my first real map for tf2, and it's been a pretty crazy time getting it up to this stage. BLU assaults RED's powerplant to take out their two sets of generators and finally their giant laser. It has a little bit of a different take on the standard PL format: the three areas are divided up and inaccessible from the others, with the cart coming around back to BLU's spawn after each cap.

    The dynamic elements are roll forward/back zones.

    (Going to be changing this back to multistage after the contest is over. It seems to work better that way.)

    Let me know what you think!
     
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2012
  2. Tarry H Sruman

    Tarry H Sruman Large Orphanage Proprietor

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    If the entire map is always being rendered it's probably because you either turned VVIS off for compile or turned almost everything in the map into a func_detail. Or maybe there was a compile error, there are actually a few reasons why that would happen.
     
  3. tyler

    aa tyler snail prince, master of a ruined tower

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  4. Fr0Z3nR

    aa Fr0Z3nR Creator of blackholes & memes. Destroyer of forums

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    Based on the images, I'm going to assume that bad optimization isn't the major issue, the world geometry already looks like it should break up vis leafs really well, and according to the main post there is some skybox walls, and things are rendering behind it.


    I want to say that you've done something to really confuse vvis. Tarry hit a couple of ideas.


    Have you done any optimization at all besides dividing things up with skybox brushes?
     
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  5. Fr0Z3nR

    aa Fr0Z3nR Creator of blackholes & memes. Destroyer of forums

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    Based on the images, I'm going to assume that bad optimization isn't the major issue, the world geometry already looks like it should break up vis leafs really well, and according to the main post there is some skybox walls, and things are rendering behind it.


    I want to say that you've done something to really confuse vvis. Tarry hit a couple of ideas.


    Have you done any optimization at all besides dividing things up with skybox brushes?
     
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  6. tWayfarer

    tWayfarer L1: Registered

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    No optimization at all yet. I'm going through fixing all the leaks now, and see if that fixes it. If not, then I'll start proper optimization.
     
  7. Fr0Z3nR

    aa Fr0Z3nR Creator of blackholes & memes. Destroyer of forums

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    ... If you have leaks, that'll do it.
     
  8. tWayfarer

    tWayfarer L1: Registered

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    Patching the leaks fixed it, thanks.
    Any thoughts on the layout?
     
  9. Bereth

    Bereth L3: Member

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    Downloaded and ran through your map:
    -The map name is not versioned.
    -After setup time a tiny black line remains under the door near the cart.
    -It would be nice to have some tracks for the cart to ride.
    -The area just outside BLU's first spawn feels like there should be RED players. Perhaps remove the doors on the spawn itself, or just remove the side doors. If you don't know what I mean, it's the gravelpit-style spawns.
    -The doors you cannot walk through should have a hand on them until they are available.
    -There are a few areas of displacements you cannot climb. You should smooth those out.
    -There are only two routes for BLU to enter the first area, normally there are two major routes and a minor, or one major and two or three minors.
    -A lot of the indoor areas have really low roofs, with lights you bump into. This really give an advantage to soldiers.
    -I would limiting the caution strips to rollback areas.
    -If you want the windows in the red building in the second area to be used for snipers you should use a badwater-style one glass pane removed element. Otherwise you should be able to climb out of them.
    -The room full of turbines may be better suited with spy-tech instead.
    -Have you considered a tiny trickly of water flowing from the sewer drains to a drain of some kind?
    -There's a lot of use of a very white railing which doesn't fit your map's color scheme.
    -I like to use the overlay tool rather than the decal too for signs because some players disable them, but it's your preference.
    -Perhaps a sign that raises and lowers itself should be in the spawn so you know which way to go.
    -There are no ambient sounds on your map. Don't know if you were planning on adding any.
    -There are a lot of short corners you may be unable to make using tracks.
    -The texture use makes the different areas look the same (all the buildings look alike).
    -The cart travels through a lot of cramped indoor areas. It would weaken the power of sentries, but increase pyros, soldiers, and demomen.
    -Is there a better route than through BLU's spawn to move the cart? It seems like a bad area. Just like another setup time for RED (unless that's what you want).
    -Your entire map still renders. Place some area portals in the doorways. This map shouldn't be too hard to optimize, it's very sectioned-off.
    -Light shouldn't come from lights that look like they're off.
    -The cart can roll back in the roll forward zone.
    -Why is there a roll-forward zone on the third point?
    -What is your dynamic element?
    The map is pretty if a bit dark in places.
     
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  10. tWayfarer

    tWayfarer L1: Registered

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    Thanks for the awesome feedback Bereth!

    Updated to A2

     
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    Updated to A3

     
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    New version