What is good in an arena map?

Discussion in 'Team Fortress 2 Talk' started by absurdistof, Dec 11, 2009.

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What do you like in arena maps?

  1. Many paths

    11 vote(s)
    55.0%
  2. Few paths

    8 vote(s)
    40.0%
  3. One or two big battles

    7 vote(s)
    35.0%
  4. Small frequent skirmishes

    12 vote(s)
    60.0%
  5. A team collected in the same general area

    8 vote(s)
    40.0%
  6. Spread out team

    11 vote(s)
    55.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. absurdistof

    aa absurdistof

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    Since I've been working on an arena map, embankment, I wanted to get a general opinion on what makes a good arena map.

    Do you like a lot of paths like lumberyard? Do you like straight symmetry with a relatively square building layout like lumber yard, or a circular one like OffBlast? What about Sawmill?Do you like to run straight into the combat or pick people off?
    How do you feel about big battles in arena?

    Please just choose one answer from each type :)

    /discuss
     
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  2. strangemodule

    strangemodule L5: Dapper Member

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    All of those, just in different places. It's just how arena flows: there we be quite a few paths so that there are small skirmishes everywhere as the cannon fodder from each team kill each other; however, there usually is a narrow path to a concentrated battle around the cap point as soon as that become available. Whether the team spreads out or stays together, again, depends on their opening moves, but everyone is scattered when it comes down to the last 1-3 people on a team.
     
  3. Westerhound

    Westerhound L5: Dapper Member

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    Arena always seemed liike the random game you join and play for 10 minutes and then leave cause you have to go somewhere. Though now that we have koth, which kinda is same thing. The thing arena fails at tho is that if the team gathers, they camp, making it boring :| Thats why I prefer lots of paths, making people lost and separated and get eliminated one by one instead of in groups
     
  4. Tapp

    Tapp L10: Glamorous Member

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    I love having small, frequent fights. In arena players want nothing more than to make contact, have a quick duel, and reward the victor with some recovery time.
     
  5. Engineer

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    Actually, i don't like arena. I really hate that game mode. It just isn't fun for me :(
     
  6. KaiserFate

    KaiserFate L69: Deviant Member

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    Wow, dude. If this trend keeps up you will just have a headache - so far everyone wants everything in equal measures. XD
     
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  7. SlayerBlitz

    SlayerBlitz L3: Member

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    All of those things are very important to A good arena map but I like a team that stays together in a general area the most instead of just wondering around hunting down demos.. I mean enemies.
     
  8. absurdistof

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    Haha true, but at the same time it's helpful, I guess. I mean now I just have to do everything in moderation, i.e. allow for small battles and large battles simultaneously.
     
  9. KaiserFate

    KaiserFate L69: Deviant Member

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    That's right, you want to make a map with options.
    Make sure it caters to people who want to group together while still giving the option to run around another corner and split up. Not hard, really, but something to break it up and even out classes.