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TF2 Maps Custom Map Pack Suggestion Thread

Discussion in 'Site Discussion' started by Mr. Wimples, Oct 8, 2011.


How often should we release map packs?

  1. Monthly

    6 vote(s)
  2. Quarterly

    29 vote(s)
  3. Biannually

    9 vote(s)
  4. Yearly

    2 vote(s)
  1. Mr. Wimples

    Mr. Wimples L6: Sharp Member

    Positive Ratings:
    TF2 Maps Monthly / Quarterly Map Packs
    - Currently undecided on release rate of packs

    What is this?
    The plan is to gather a number of respectable maps together and release
    sizeable packs of maps in easy to chew packages for the public to enjoy.
    Hopefully this will get some lesser-known maps into public rotation and also
    provide server groups with an easy place to find some fun maps.​

    How will we do it?

    In this thread you can leave suggestions for maps to be added to
    packs. These maps must be either finished or release candidate quality; near
    finished or finished maps only! As maps are posted to the thread and reviewed
    for quality they will be added to a master list below. Ideally maps will be
    bundled together either by theme or gametype, but if a grab bag of maps is
    more appealing then that could happen too. Once a pack is released a
    download link will go up on this thread(currently not up) and we'll host a pack-based
    game weekend on both TF2 Maps servers so anyone can get some action on
    the new maps before they decide to download.​

    How can I help?
    If you want to contribute to the map packs, simply reply in the thread below
    with a map you would like to see packaged. Additionally you can vote what maps
    to add in an upcoming pack. Discretion will be used when maps are chosen
    for packs, votes will help though. Also, chances are featured maps will be
    added to the master list automatically if they are release candidates.​

    Submitting Maps

    Map suggestions will follow a format similar to gameday submissions.
    They should include a map name, the author, a thread number, and a
    download link. Additionally they must follow these guidelines:​

    The map must be playable.
    __This means fully functional objective system, proper spawns, not fullbright, etc.
    Map must be RC, finished, or RC quality.
    __Exceptions for RC-quality betas can be made.
    Map may not use a point_servercommand to alter any variables.
    Map must be designed for standard play.

    __This means no melee, class restricted, too small for 24 players, or otherwise gimmicky maps (with the __exception of Medieval mode)
    Non-compliance with rules will result in rejection of the submission.

    Master Maplist
    Used Map Name Filename Author Download Thread
    Pack #1 Examplemap cp_example_rc1 Exampleman273 TF2maps (.bz2) Thread
    Unused Examplemap pl_example_rc1 Exampleman273 TF2maps (.bz2) Thread
    Unused Backlot arena_backlot_rc2 Fr0Z3n TF2maps (.bz2) Thread
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  2. Prestige

    aa Prestige im not gay anymore

    Positive Ratings:
    exactly 8 months
  3. YM

    aa YM LVL100 YM

    Positive Ratings:
    Precisely 3.46 lunar cycles.

    (I voted quarterly)

    It's a good idea but the submission thing isn't, I expect tons of people will submit, then update, then update, then update. repeat: ad nauseum.

    That is, unless you make a thread a <week before release, but then you risk missing epic maps by not-every-day-regulars that weren't changed since, therefore I suggest whoever compiles the pack sends a mass PM to all authors who they've found to have updated their map in the last quarter to request permission. In addition to the 1-week thread.

    EDIT. wait, nope. RC or finished rules out the constant updates, my bad. (though not everyone uses RC and simply uses beta, eg myself)
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2011
  4. Mr. Wimples

    Mr. Wimples L6: Sharp Member

    Positive Ratings:
    I edited the OP to say that high-quality betas can be accepted. That's kinda what I was trying to avoid though, a map changing drastically after it's released in a pack. If chances are high that the map won't change, ie it hasn't been updated in years, exceptions can be made.
  5. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

    Positive Ratings:
    quarterly i say. You can use the feature section as a "go to model" of what goes in, since that could be anywhere between 6-9 maps.

    Doing it bi-annually is probably stretching it to the point where no one will follow its updates. They'll forget about it or just do general updates personally after a little looking, which server operators do do.
  6. Mr. Wimples

    Mr. Wimples L6: Sharp Member

    Positive Ratings:
    Personally I think a quarterly pack would be the best idea, agreeing with the poll. We still need suggestions for maps. The idea is that ANY TIME you play a satisfactory map that you think should get more recognition, simply mention it here so we can tack it down for future reference when the construction of the packs starts. The Halloween pack will be the first pack released, so we've got a few months to compile a number of maps suitable for release, but it's always a great idea to start early!
  7. Sergis

    aa Sergis L666: ])oo]v[

    Positive Ratings:
    voting for quarterly. i agree with grazr about longer variants and a monthly mappack might not have enough maps to be called a pack
  8. LeSwordfish

    aa LeSwordfish semi-trained quasi-professional

    Positive Ratings:
    One thing we should do is spam this everywhere. Like, send an email to valve, at the absolute minimum. Contact PCgamer and shit, get the best promotion going.
  9. Da_Man

    Da_Man L4: Comfortable Member

    Positive Ratings:
    I voted quarterly. We'd have a better and larger selection of maps, and probably have to worry less about people struggling to get their maps in for the deadline, though that would happen anyways.
  10. AngryAngus

    AngryAngus L3: Member

    Positive Ratings:
    I only lurk so I doubt my opinion means much but I think quarterly would be great timing, as by then the 'new feel' of the new customs maps wears off and its perfect timing for some more new maps!
  11. MangyCarface

    aa MangyCarface Mapper

    Positive Ratings:
    Open thread for next time period at the same time as you release the current period's map pack.
    In that thread, allow people to post if they are planning to try to be in the next pack.
    One week before releasing the next pack, close that thread and then notify all who posted their interest of the submission thread opening.
    Close the thread after 2-3 days, and use the rest of the time to choose and round up the maps.
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  12. lana

    aa lana Currently On: ?????

    Positive Ratings:
    This is probably the best way to do this.
  13. Fr0Z3nR

    aa Fr0Z3nR Creator of blackholes & memes. Destroyer of forums

    Positive Ratings:
    Agreed, but you just need to make sure that you keep track of who might be submitted as they post in the thread, because if people start discussing things, other authors post saying they are going to submit might be lost.

    You should also lock it so that someone can't necessarily post a b10 in one pack, then post a b12 in the next... (Or rc21... -stares at snakewater-)
  14. Tarry H Sruman

    Tarry H Sruman Large Orphanage Proprietor

    Positive Ratings:
    This shit would be off the chain yo.
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