What have we learned

Discussion in 'Contests' started by Grim Tuesday, May 8, 2010.

  1. Gerbil

    aa Gerbil

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    I learned a lot about scale and optimization during this contest. I'm also trying to draw my layouts before I start mapping now. Instead of just blocking stuff out.
     
  2. Mick-a-nator

    aa Mick-a-nator

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    Contests should take place AFTER everyone has had their exams... Starting them in late June/early July would let northern hemisphere people celebrate the completion of important exams with a few moths of grinding away at a map, desperately trying to get it to work.
    Also, can we not do CTF or competitive next please?
     
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  3. Nutomic

    Nutomic L11: Posh Member

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    I learned that i should take some time to think about the layout, not starting to make something without any concept.

    (my map was basically three big rooms)
     
  4. Randdalf

    aa Randdalf

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    Learn to finish a1s

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  5. Psy

    aa Psy The Imp Queen

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    I learned that Source is still a pile of rubbish but I still feel compelled to it.
     
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  6. Fraz

    aa Fraz Blu Hatte, Greyscale Backdrop.

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    Learned to not get attached to a crappy map.
     
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  7. littleedge

    aa littleedge L1111: Clipping Guru

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    I learned that making a map in two weeks isn't a good way to get things in on time. Especially when you've got school, when you get sick for ten days, and when you have to study for a very big test.
     
  8. The Political Gamer

    aa The Political Gamer

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    That a contest can go from 97 maps to 26. :V
     
  9. sniprpenguin

    sniprpenguin L6: Sharp Member

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    -256 is an okay reference width for rooms, but not as the width of hallways.
    -How to turn crap into gold.
    -I suck at detailing.
    -Areaportals hate me, but I don't hate them.
    -Whenever I compile a map, there is always that little mistake that I know I can't release the map with, even if it's a bad shadow on a prop hidden away in a corner.
    -Taking a month off of mapping is both good and bad.
     
  10. Grim Tuesday

    aa Grim Tuesday

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    qft
     
  11. Geal

    Geal L4: Comfortable Member

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    That about 73% of the community are flakes. :V
     
  12. honeymustard

    honeymustard L9: Fashionable Member

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    I bet a lot of people learned that designing for competitive play is a stupid idea.
     
  13. The Political Gamer

    aa The Political Gamer

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    Well at least for maps that comps will never play.
     
  14. fubarFX

    aa fubarFX The "raw" in "nodraw"

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    fixed for you
     
  15. honeymustard

    honeymustard L9: Fashionable Member

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    That too, lol. We only play turbine in etf2l for the same reason as we play well, because they were there at the start (or soon after), but next season they're going to be phased out (or turbine will be reworked in terms of rules).
     
  16. Kuiper

    Kuiper L1: Registered

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    I think an important lesson to learn from this contest is that if you're doing something that might be mentioned on the official dev blog, especially one that involves files on the order of hundreds of megabytes in size, it helps to have mirrors ready!

    Considering Bittorrent as a distribution method might not be a bad idea. It allows users to help relieve the strain on the server. In fact, some people actually prefer Bittorrent to HTTP mirrors, and lots of users have unused upstream that they can contribute as well.
     
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  17. Grim Tuesday

    aa Grim Tuesday

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    I would seed a full map pack if someone seeded it first. However, considering that my upstream is 10 kb/s, then I wouldnt be much help :p
     
  18. Vincent

    aa Vincent 🔨 Grandmaster Lizard Wizard Jedi 🔨

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    I get about 4mb/s upload.

    I learned that the SDK likes to fudge you over half way through a map with an unfixable error for no real apparent reason.
     
  19. fubarFX

    aa fubarFX The "raw" in "nodraw"

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    don't ever try to improve the ctf mode by changing its rules. even if standard ctf is broken from the start.
     
  20. Shmitz

    aa Shmitz Old Hat

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    Fixed for you.
     
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