More shots for mine : http://born-robotic.net/xmasjam_bal.html
Can't wait to play the rest when I get back from xmas expediton!
The screenshots look fantastic, every single one of them!!
Gonna download it and play them all later. Good job!!!
Can't wait to dig in a bit later!
My map was brought to you by Phil Collins Serious Hits... Live!
It's Like Christmas Morning.
Great job everyone!
Screenshots Have Given Me A Massive Erection.
Great looking maps. Can't wait to play them.
Way to bring it (back)! Everything was master-crafted. And that Xmas secret was tops! Cheers!
especially bal (duh) but just overall, looks very very good!
Some Ace Shots
looks like a fantastic pack!
Btw Welcome Back Bal
I Too Have A Screenshot-induced Erection
And I look forward to relieving it by playing the pack later. It's like a later and significantly more exciting Christmas morning!
Muk Has Made The Most Crowded Map
to be honest most of the maps felt crowded probably becasue of the limitations. hard felt hard. i can recommend, gonna add a link to moddb and try to promote it tomorrow.
Error Loading Pritchards Map
progs\xmasjam\pritchard_chair.mdl not found
I checked, it's there.
Running QS 0.93.0 on linux
So I've Played A Few Of These.
The general result seems to be the themes - and variety of themes - are amazing, the layouts and intricacy are superb for the size, and the cool thematic designs are great - the vibes of some of these places and their surroundings are spot on.
The gameplay however gives the impression that the maps weren't tested for *first time* playthroughs especially with some of the AD monsters in very tight places. I'd rather be having more time pressing the fire button than F6/F9.
Not that surprising considering how finnicky the paths get in Quake. Maybe try -onlyents with the slashes flipped?
5th: Really well done map considering how late you started. I played on nightmare, it was tricky but felt pretty well balanced. I kinda felt like it would have been more fun with more boils. Awesome job :)
Bal: Dude, this was probably my favourite map along with ionous' beast. Wonderful detailing. I noticed a bug with quickloads and quicksaves with a wind sound not precached error, weird. Anyway. Nightmare was the skill and the gameplay was indeed a nightmare XD. But in a good way. Ammo was low, but I didn't really conserve it early on, so the fault was my own. Loved the hint of blue you added to the bottom of the pipes and rocks going into the white light, a nice touch. Also, cute mailbox.
Breezeep: Beautiful brushwork. I want this to be a bigger map :( The spaces felt a lot bigger than 1024. Some good encounters there too. Well balanced. Secret finding was fun and tricky too, although I may have had some help from my viewers XD
Dumptruck: Probably the most disappointing map of the bunch, not because of what it was. But because of what it could have been. There were hints of the quality we're used to from you, but they didn't carry throughout the whole map. A big shame. The geometry was fairly basic, and the layout was a little strange. The encounters in places felt untested or unrefined. I wish you had more time to polish this map up.
Redfield: What a pretty map. Interesting encounters, nice scripting and fun concept. The crystals and the castle were really gorgeous. Not much else to say really, thanks :)
Ionous: You are like a scripting god. It was amazing that you were able to fit that much stuff in that tiny amount of space and still have it look so pretty. Great theme, great brushwork and texture choices. Encounters were a little on the tricky side (but not outright unfair), I did play on nightmare after all. A good story to boot. While I thought other maps played a little better, your map is waaay up there in terms of aesthetics and execution, well done man.
Muk0r: Like Ionous, good job on getting so much stuff in such a little space. Great job on the theme and the brushwork. Sorry about missing those shootable shelves. Gameplay was tricky with the amount of ammo you gave. The backpacks were a cool idea, I think you just needed to stuff them fuller XD. There was a lot to love about this map, I kind of thought that the limitations of the size hindered it though. I would have liked to have seen this same map, with the same style geometry spread a little more, it would have felt more city-like and less maze-like.
Naitelveni: This map had really really strong gameplay. The geometry was good, so was the theme, but it was simple and seemed to be more a device for good gamplay than as something to ogle at. Thank you for the fun frag-fest. Those early shamblers were mighty hard on nightmare btw =P
Negke: Great brushwork. Interesting theme. The textures you used are very different from what I probably would have done myself (that isn't to say they're bad). How many textures did you use in this map? I feel like I could count them on two hands. Getting such an interesting theme with so few textures... Crazy. The map had some interesting encounters, probably not the best in the pack, but solid none the less. The exit mechanic was excellent, and took me a little while to work out. One tiny criticism, plz don't stretch textures like that with the windows :(
Pritchard: At the moment your map isnt working for me, I'll get back to you with some feedback once it is.
Tens: What an interesting theme! A fun map too considering how few monsters. Good job getting the crate and snow / caves areas to work with the ornate magical area. well set up boss fight too, especially considering that lack of playable area. was fun :)
Very cool maps and I really like how varied the styles are. It's like every map is completely different from the previous one. Good job everyone and thanks for participating.
Gameplay-wise, many of the maps are quite crowded and harder than usual due to the restricted space but also the specific use of AD enemies.
Bal: Very pleasant surprise return, hopefully the first of many maps. Impressive brushwork and details. Not too dark for me. Cool secrets.
Breezeep: Always amazes me how well the textures work in Quake despite being the opposite of dark brown. Nice-looking map. Gameplay tough but manageable with plenty of ammo. Would have wished for a more powerful weapon. Well, there's the widow maker secret, but I didn't find it until afterwards - the key can be grabbed through the bars by the way.
dumptruck_ds: Bit of a dungeon crawler. It's nice how at some point the map opens up into the big lava cave and the roof area. I would have wished for just a little more texture variety - some strong detail texture to be used throughout the level on the bigger walls perhaps. The tortured baby sounds (I hope you didn't record them yourself) are creepy as hell. The crib part.. you must really hate the Christmas miracle! :)
FifthElephant: This turned out rather cool, not what I expected from your blockout, even though I do recognize it. It was good fun. Didn't get the SSG, but there are at least two Shambler-style speed tricks to reach it that I spotted but didn't attempt or failed to pull off.
ionous: The style is great and I like the layout and how you progress through it. Maybe a bit over the top on monster density. I didn't check the books, though it seems you have a good story going on there? Visual novel and all...
ItEndsWithTens: Cheers for finishing it. Nice little map on a big scale, or small map with a big scale? Essentially a boss map. Wasn't hard due to LG OPness and respawning ammo, but a good finale to the pack.
mukor: It looks very nice and cozy, and I'm talking about the map, not the statues butt. Very consistent. Gameplay is another thing though, because I found it to be extremely hard and unforgiving due to a high monster count and quite insufficient supplies. I made the mistake of playing hard skill and died like seven times (actually, that's the reason there are no demos - I thought it would have been too painful to watch). Lol intermission.
Naitelveni: A rather intresting-looking level, the color combinations in particular. I didn't enjoy the gameplay much, because it was overly crowded and hard, mostly tight arena fights with obstacles.
negke: Bit of an alibi submission based on an old retrojam2 scrap and rushed to finish. I had started another map originally which was supposed to have an intricate mini layout like ionous' map, but it took too long and I realized I wouldn't be able to finish it in time, so instead I finished this one.
Pritchard: Very atmospheric 'cabin in the woods' realism map, nicely pulled off and good details. Layout feels good and how you deal with each floor. The levers could have been highlighted better. The end fight was too extreme for me and I cheated. Does one get a reward for breaking all crates?
Redfield: Cute and nicely done diorama of Vondur's iceberg Disney's movie. Totally unquakey visuals creating a unique experience. Not sure it's an apt comparison, but it left a Xen-like impression. Yay for the super secret.
Joke failed: it should read
Pritchard/Shamblernaut: upon checking the map file, the path to the chair model is all wrong - it uses double backslashes. I did change it so the chair model would be in progs\xmasjam. But I have no idea how the \\ could have happened or if it had been there before. I'm very sorry if it was indeed my fault.
I would have supplied a quick .ent fix, but it turns out Pritchard apparently to BSP2 (wtf?!) so the bspinfo tool can't read it.
Double-backslashes was a bug/problem in an older TrenchBroom build (rc3 I think?). The map was probably saved in that TB version at one point.
tyrann's and my bsputil has "--extract-entities" which saves out a .ent file and works on bsp2.
Coverage Of The Pack
I'm still playing through all the maps, will post more extensively when I'm done, but what I've played so far is great. Good mix of themes!
It turns out my map is a bit too hard (play on skill 1!), and a bit too dark (increase brightness!) Thanks to all the people sending demos, streams and videos, it's very educational and entertaining!
If anyone is interested, I've uploaded the additional cr8 textures I made for the map:
Nothing major, a few new ones, and lots of tweaks of existing textures to make them more versatile, or to remove the dark borders that are annoying when using them on convex edges (mostly with the trims).
Double backslashes were still affecting me in RC4 but I thought I went back and manually edited them out in notepad...
I'm probably going to upload a new version with some much-needed improvements in about a week and a bit, once I get home from this vacation... Thanks for all the feedback so far, everyone!
Thanks for the feedback. I don't hate the Christmas miracle for the record. No babies were harmed in the making of this map! But very glad it was effective. It was the first idea I had for the map but the latest thing I added.
As far as detail and polish. Guilty as charged. I simply ran out of time on the detail pass but referenced ad_mountain quite often. That map uses very few textures but does a much better job with detailing than I could hope to.
Thanks for playing.
Hot Load Of Feedback All Over The Statue
Having played mostly id1 stuff for a while now, it took a bit to remember the quirks of AD's bestiary and entities, plus the eye-openers (i.e. "Holy fucking shit there's zombie knights now oh god"). Comments in alphabetical map order, typed up while playing, all on skill 2:
5th: Short and sweet, not sure if I found the super shotgun secret properly though (used a ramp jump off the tiny lip of the stairs by the axe, then did a midair 180 to air strafe to the platform). Was expecting to get something extra for getting the Vore to kill all the zombies, but so far as I could tell it was just extra kills. The four pillar fight at the end is frantic but the third pillar didn't actually spawn anything- possibly related to the order I touched them or maybe just a crossed trigger someplace? Enjoyed the visuals throughout (despite the noticeable dithering on the stained glass textures, argh!) and gibbing the bunch of zombies at the end with the Widowmaker was extremely satisfying. 7:26, 2/2 secrets, 61/61 kills.
Bal: #1 thing I loved about this map was watching it fall apart as stuff blew up while progressing- platforms breaking, water pipes spewing, lights flickering and buzzing. #2 was finally getting the 'A-ha!' moment for the red armor and plasmagun, although I still missed a chockload of secrets. Some parts of the map seemed darker than they should be, or maybe it was just the detailing making everything more visually noisy than I'm used to- a worthwhile trade, then, the visual style is great. Industrial pipe-mazes are my favorite sort of base map. 22-ish minutes, 5/9 secrets, 134/137 kills, think a few Fiends jumped off the roof before I could kill them.
Breezeep: Died the first try due to corner-induced Knight rape, second playthrough went much smoother. Only found the second secret once I'd killed everything so it was less than helpful, but that's 100% my bad- had to double back for it for 100% completion anyway. Books are fun. I was expecting to venture into a few more of the barred-off rooms, and was surprised when I was free to go after getting just the silver key, thinking the gold one was required. ikwhite textures are always eye-pleasing. 10:06, 2/2 secrets, 42/42 kills.
Dumptruck: The bit with the lava isn't too fun, mostly because it's easy to take a bit of knockback from either the Lost Soul exploding or the crossbow grunt in the window and going careening off to your death. Visually the level is okay, much better in the lava areas, the interior felt somewhat like AD's own Lavatop Mountain except more monotonous. The crying was creepy as fuck, and shooting its source at the end was cheesy but fitting. I liked the base enemies breaking in towards the end, but due to my lack of health at the time I hid and let them fight the Shamblers until they were dead (apparently the Shamblers didn't fight back at all, or they would have wiped the flying grunts and Bobs easily). 12:47, 2/2 secrets, 45/45 kills, 1 pair of new pants required after the crying.
Redfield (icequeen): Wow, that's a design for a map I wasn't expecting. Short and sweet-ish, still died twice from jumping to my death, first trying to find secrets, then trying to sequence break. Oops. Fighting is tight underground and short up above, thought the map was going to be way longer and I think I might've missed something- I saw the Thunderbolt secret in the caves, figured out to shoot the snowflake in front of it, shot the other four throughout the map, but by the time that secret is unlocked, the level exit (a sprite cutout of Ilsa? Orsa? Blazka? Whatever her name is) is directly in front of me so there's no reason to go all the way back down. 6:08, 1/3 secrets, 21/32 kills (!); another short playthrough after reading the Readme led to the Super Secret Secret, which was... interesting, and led to 2/3 secrets, 30/32 kills. Still never got that Thunderbolt.
Ionous: Excellent use of the limited map dimensions, felt like it was a lot bigger than it actually is. Snazzy visuals, loved trying to find the secrets and was honestly disappointed that I didn't find all of them despite my best efforts, reminded me of following the story in AD's ad_mountain- what happened to Johnston? Another playthrough might reveal more without giving up and looking at the readme, poor bastard has the worst luck. One of the secrets was also apparently grabbed out of order, not sure how that happened. Tight combat, but the underwater bit was annoying (or maybe I'm just an idiot) due to taking damage and not being sure where it was coming from (above the player, it turns out), and at one point I completely ran out of ammo and had to go mano y mano with some Death Knights with just the shadow axe until I managed to scrounge up some shells and nails- not sure if that was on accident or intentional as the axe seemed to do a damn good job at stunlocking the Knights. 26:16, 7/10 secrets, 118/122 kills.
Accidentally wrote 10,000 characters. Second post below.
Feedback 2: Not Spam
Mukor: Your map made me incredibly angry, and the thicc statue ass unfortunately did not make up for it, nor did the erection from the shitpost-worthy intermission screen that I only saw after changing routes in one last save and realizing the exit was right behind the gold key door, and that I could have rushed right by the enemies to the exit instead of fiddling about going rooftop-jumping to find secrets and ending up with even less health and ammo than if I had just gone straight through the door. Ammo in general was ridiculously scarce, lots of axe-swinging between backpack finds and that wasn't much fun at all. Similar to Redfield's map in that there's secrets to be had but no point in getting them when the exit is so close. Multiple staircases in the map are really easy to get caught up on when climbing them and for the love of God, in the future please make the tiny doorways a bit wider; I'm far from the best Quake player in the world but it feels pretty lame to suffer multiple deaths because I approached the doorway angled slightly wrong while backpedaling and became Knight shish kebab. Also somewhat annoying: a fair amount of nails but lots of stone enemies who are 50% resistant to them. Did not actually finish in one run period; found 2/4 secrets (as the Quad under the lift doesn't count as one?).
Naitelveni: The single map I died the most on. Not sure if it's because of playing on Hard instead of Normal or what, but holy cow, infuriating. Especially the dual Shambler fight with the Vore up on the platform and nowhere to hide because a dozen other enemies just spawned in, including the goddamn weeaboo samurai Knights in that fight and the next one. Also annoying as all hell: having to wait around on tiny, slow lifts while multiple Z-aware Ogres lob grenades at you that you can't always dodge by jumping, and are almost guaranteed to eat one or two to the face and get sent all the way back down unless you spent five minutes pecking away at them from below. Don't know how the hell it's even possible to win without the hidden Plasmagun's firepower. 4:43, 1/1 secrets, 38/41 kills (not sure what happened here, I think someone spawned into a wall or something because I still heard grunts and the final "Only X left to go..." text might've counted wrong somehow).
Negke: First part of the map is very dark and dingy, almost too brown and pretty same-looking, basically just unfinished looking. After that it looks a lot better, and the spattering of wall lights give just enough light to see what's going on. Another ammo-scarce map, albeit not on the level of previous ones, so no axe-swinging here. Not much to say I guess other than there were a few spots I was surprised to find clip brushes preventing me from shooting between bits of bridge or floor, surprising as a number of other maps seemed to enjoy giving the player inch-wide gaps to try to hit Scrags and Ogres through while being pelted by vomit and grenades. 11:57, 3/4 secrets, 46/46 kills.
Pritchard: This was an interesting one. The setting was nice and cozy, although the bright orange lights for most of the map could've been toned back a bit or made a bit more neutral, the red glow on everything kind of gets eye-watering after a while. On the third and final attempt, the entrance to the final arena glitched: Somehow the sequence was started while I was still in the button area, so when I actually hit the button the door closed instead of opened and I had to noclip through. Also got an accidental telefrag on the final boss, who from the gibs I'm not even sure was supposed to be but I do know it made things a lot easier. Found the Quad after already killing everything, of course- actually grabbing it in the fight seems like it would be schmuck bait given it's tucked away in the corner. 12:35, 4/5 secrets, 69/74 kills. I broke every damn box in the map and not a single one had anything inside and that was disappointing.
Tens: Over in a flash, but fun and a great cool-down map after getting repeatedly destroyed. I managed to die anyway because I'm an idiot (or sleep-deprived), but the teleport back for players who decide to get risky with their jumps is nice. Wish it had been longer, the art style was cool and I wasn't expecting the cave to open up to an icy abyss at all. Wasn't sure which secret is unveiled by finding all the breakable crates, still wasn't sure but found the third secret after finishing the map. 6:40, 2/3 secrets, 13/13 kills.
All in all, a fun map pack and good work by everyone showcasing just how much you can do in a 1024u³ play area with some creativity and elbow grease. Way more than I thought possible, that's for sure! No demos unfortunately because even zipped they're over a quarter gig and that's more upload bandwidth than I've got in any reasonable amount of time, not that it matters because I just vomited text all over the page like a dork.
I appreciate everybody's notes, thanks! I recorded videos for all the other entries, and they're in the process of going up on Youtube, with a little as-yet-unrecorded post mortem for my own at the end. Keep an eye on this playlist
if you're interested in learning why I did things.
In the meantime, though, I thought it was important to point out to Pritchard that I encountered the same bug as Spud. Poking around shows you ran into the same issue I did in Retro Jam 4, that touching the corner of a space opposite the corner of a trigger will still activate it.
Hard to explain, but in your map, face the button that's meant to open the slanted door leading to the final room. Turn left, look at the small set of stairs, and go down underneath. There's a trigger brush whose nearest corner touches the edge formed by the lowest step of that small staircase and the floor. If a player's collision touches that edge, the trigger is fired. Unfortunate, but shrinking the trigger's brush by 8 or 16 units on each side to get it away from the walls and ceiling should do the trick; keeps the bug from happening, but still prevents players from walking through without activating it.
So creative and aesthetic.. this still beats most modern games for me..
Next Maps Will Have Something In The Boxes
Most consistent feedback so far lmao
if butts dont make up for bad maps im a dead man.
sorry about the ammo count. balancing resources between backpacks was pretty hard.
as far as the final secret, yeah i fucked up. :( i didnt give the player extra+ ammo for it.
Butts Are Still Good, Though
Hey, you gave it yer best. To be fair it was a very fine butt, even with the intermission's extra sound effect.
Speaking of secrets though, what exactly is the correct player route to get to the last two secrets (the rooftop path that goes through the skylight to the super nailgun and has the secret-within-a-secret area)? I saw the brick stairs on top of the bookcase, but couldn't figure out how to get up there other than an explosive jump (which I had no weapons capable of) so I wound up doing some Tony Hawk ramp jump and backwards air control shit off one of the curved bits of wall in front of it, but that felt super janky so there's no way that was the correct method.
Its a bit of a small circle jump from the broken section of wall over to the window. It does seem to be a bit harder than I recall in my playtests.
#30 Is Right Too.
What A Christmas!
Well its finally here and I am loving it! Just finished all the maps in the jam, and I had a hell of a lot of fun. I've got a large .zip with demos for every map, so mappers and demo lovers take a look:
5th - A great map considering how much time you had. Loved the zombie trap, and the large arena at the end had me running for my life! A great knave style map.
Bal - What can I say? How many pipes are in this map and where do they go? A detailed masterpiece with great gameplay to boot. An amazing base map dripping with atmosphere. Take note demo watchers - if you want to see where EVERYTHING is watch this demo.
Breezeep - I love ikwhite so this map jumped out at me when I loaded it. It feels like an ever expanding arena, and I like the carpets and many arches. Had fun on this one - where can I order one of those rugs?
Dumptruckds - A good old Dissolution of Eternity/Firetop Mountain textured map. The baby was disturbing and I really liked the trippy battle sequence at the end. Without a doubt the cave and lava section was beautiful and the highlight but it was tricky to navigate. Also, in my mind I killed the baby ANTIchrist, cause I can't blaspheme:)
Ionous - Those Unreal textures! What an amazing layout and beautiful use of textures. This map also has a dark story hidden in the secrets and... EELS. 11/10 for that eel factor.
Mukor - Like a mini AD swampy this map is intricately detailed in the true AD style. Full of traps and surprises, the layout twists and turns you around right to the end. The statue is also a great centerpiece.
Naitelveni - The Tower of Terror! An intense assault from start to end, I was challenged by this. I love a good arena map as a change of pace, and that red floor was really atmospheric. A neat layout for an arena, but damn those z-aware ogres, I just can't stand them!
negke - This map really creeped me out at the start. Great way to keep the player confused and I liked the very old-school maze like vibes. A very dark map, and a unique puzzle based end. Good stuff!
Pritchard - This has stunning atmosphere! Loved the cottage and those trees! The coloured lighting worked really well as you descend and the combat was tight and brutal. I smashed EVERYTHING and wished the secrets incorporated more breakables. The outside part was so pretty I wanted to play out there more...
Tens - This was incredible! If you were delusional after staying up all night - man sanity is overrated. The vistas were fantastic, and I have never seen these textures before. Great use of a boss monster makes this short map a real challenge.
Redfield - Yes I have a 100% demo of this for those demo enthusiasts. I pointed out in the readme as well that I was really unhappy with the combat on this. I spent a lot of time on textures, trees and music(which I love) but I just couldn't do much with the monsters on this strange map. I'm glad some people have been having fun with it though.
Thanks For The Feedback!
In regards to the gold key secret, I didn't really know that you could grab it through the bars. It's something I didn't think about at the time because I was scrambling to finish the map and send it out. In other words, glad you're all enjoying this!
Going To Be Finishing Out The Pack
Starts in about thirty minutes.
XMas Jam 2017 On The Quake Grave
In case anyone missed it, I have my jam playthrough up to watch:
Amazing job everyone! I think that everyone had a really unique take on the theme and it made playing through it pretty exciting because you didn't know what would happen next.
There isn't a bad map in the bunch, but I will agree with some of the other critiques that a couple do feel a bit cramped. Other than that, I didn't have any really big issues with any of them.
Great job all, really looking forward to what you all do in 2018!
Here is a little .ent file that addresses two issues in Pritchard's map, namely the missing chair models on certain OS, and some monsters that previously refused to spawn.
You can call me stupid, but did you guys try Bal's map in id1 Quake? Totally lives up to its name! You start the map and BOOM FIEND AND GRUNTS AND DOGS ALL JUMP AT YOU AT THE SAME TIME AND ALL YOU HAVE IS A BOOMSTICK POW THE NEXT ROOM IS EVEN A MORE OF A COMPLETE CLUSTERFUCK
A warm welcome home indeed.
Anyways, it's an amazing map if played as intended!
Hah yeah I saw someone play on stream like that cause he'd forgotten to load AD, was really wondering what the hell he did to break my map so badly at first.
The designs in this pack are awesome. Highlights:
1. Great variety of themes.
2. Strong themes in all maps. Like really strong.
3. Great atmosphere in many maps. Some of them are so creative they actually feel like little introductions to new games.
4. Use of the restrictions really effective for interesting, explorative, convoluted layouts on a smaller scale.
5. Use of the restrictions also good for interesting scenery surrounding the map, some really cool atmosphere-enhancing non-gameplay designs.
6. In short the vibes are spot on, the maps are often very cute and really engrossing. I think it's been a great exercise in just how good small maps can be.
7. Secrets good too.
(I haven't gone into specifics here as it's pretty obvious which bits have been so effective. The less creative maps have still be good and stylish in their own right too).
The gameplay is a bit more problematic overall, with a lot of maps being unduly hard, not in a "git gud" sort of way, but with some recurring and specific issues:
1. Maps are very difficult to get through first go due to a combination of "health-chipping" encounters mixed with fierce AD monster encounters that if you can't predict them or really save health for them are often insta-death.
2. The AD monsters in a cramped environment are harder than usual, I do think AD maps have been previously been used in larger scale maps with more player manouverability options, and this hasn't been taken into account here.
3. I'm guessing that due to the size of the maps, that mappers and playtesters have been able to play them repeatedly (unlike testing a 600 monster map) and thus have become very familiar with the play situations.
This has made several of the maps quite gruelling but the designs have been exciting enough to keep me persisting. Long live small scale maps!
Awesome map man, Really solid theme. Thoroughly enjoyable.
I played on nightmare, I thought that the density of enemies and choices of enemies were really good. Maybe a tiny touch too easy, but this criticism would be nitpicking. The gameplay was probably one of the most balanced in the pack.
I missed a lot of secrets. I'm not sure if this is because I'm rubbish or because they could have been conveyed a little better.
Did I mention how much I liked the theme? The outdoor area was excellent, and I really liked the tip-of-the iceberg vibe to the building. Especially the descent from house to basement / storeroom to unfamiliar rooms / evil worship place.
Great map, thanks :)
I Will Say...
...one slight gameplay frustration with some of these was actually an effect of how nice the designs were - I kept getting entranced by the vibes (did I mention i like small convoluted strongly themed maps) and forgetting to quicksave....
Map De Bal.
Difficult to say anything that already hasn't been said about this gem of a map - such a highly polished, well built place. I played in normal QS, so no fancy volumetric fog-like particles, but I didn't mind. It looked really good even though thematically it was a fairly nondescript base.
My one niggle is the usual videogame-y progression felt a bit out of place: for example, there isn't much logic to pressing two pillar buttons to activate a small lift next room. Usually in Quake this matters practically never, but with this level of professionalism it was a little odd.
Very well done map, hope the next one comes soon!
The trademark high difficulty is back. I managed to fit within just one demo this time, even though I still played very sloppily.
The map does kind of show that it was made quickly before the deadline, though it's rather well done. I think I would have preferred subtler lighting, as I'm not fully convinced the dark monster skins fit very well with the white stone.
The outside area kept teasing me.
I liked the books.
Nice map overall!
Another map that could have done with some more time, and some moodier lighting.
This map somehow felt simultaneously small and too open at the same time. It was nice to have those tiny lifts everywhere, it reminded me of E4M8 in a way. It also makes me want to revisit my dm4 remix in this theme... :qthink:
I did like the revisiting of areas (though some more consistency would be nice, rather than making it sometimes a door opening, and sometimes a hole in the wall blowing open) and the twist on the ending.
Somehow I failed to connect the map together thematically (as seen in me tragically failing the ending).
A decent map, all things considered!
well i played some of the maps and i must say that i'm impressed with ionous map, it's like a textbook case of reusing spaces.
Ionous Map Manages To Pack A 4096 Layout Into 1024.
So well done. The starting bit was a gem with 32 monsters fitting in fine to one tiny area. I actually had dreams about this after trying it the first time (and, ahem, ragequitting the zombie trap after forgetting to quicksave......)
Also a textbook case of using... textbooks
Oh Yeah I Didn't Read Those Fucking Things.
I liked finding them tho....
Xmas Bal V2
Somewhat much easier on a second playthrough finding all the secrets, there's a lot of loot and tactics to manage it for the beefier ending. Although the super-secret was a bit of.....bundle of fun.
Xmas Ionous V2
Somewhat much easier on a third playthrough finding most of the secrets (the last two I couldn't actually see how they could fit into the uber-compact map), there's a lot of loot and tactics to manage it for the difficulty spikes.
As usual, I liked this to bits. Good vibes, and surprisingly light-on-single-shotgun gameplay.
About 'Super Secrets'
So these are really hard to pull of successfully, although I think Bal's map did a really good job of surprising the player with the secret. In most cases it seems the player will have to go backtracking and find missing secrets/things in order to unlock the 'super secret'.
It seems difficult to figure out where to place such a secret, if it is placed just before the ending it would seem logical, but if the player has missed something in the unlock sequence they may ignore it and finish the map. If it is placed near the beginning, the player will still have to backtrack to unlock it.
I think the mapper can make a conscious decision that the super secret will require backtracking, or it is there to encourage replay of the map. This is what I tried to do, by placing many monsters in the secret, and because the player has to backtrack to unlock it I hoped they will either explore more, or do a second playthrough. I agree with @Spud, I can see that this is not a perfect setup and maybe the super secret should be more natural to find. Does anyone have any examples of great super secrets in other maps?
Anyways this jam was really awesome to play through because of the diversity in the map themes. It was almost in some senses a theme-less jam.
@57 Re: Natural Super Secrets
Does anyone have any examples of great super secrets in other maps?
Given that this mapjam requires Arcane Dimensions be installed to play, it seems fair to mention the maps in AD itself, four of which include mod-relevant super secrets, that being the runes to collect. Two I'm gonna single out are ad_mountain (Firetop Mountain, by sock) and ad_cruical (Crucial Error, by mfx).
Firetop Mountain has already shown up multiple times in this thread (and I misspelled it as 'Lavatop'- whoops!) and is an overall great example of how to make a super secret- setting the player on a side-quest that runs alongside their normal level progress from the instant they see the first ghostly Knight at the map entrance, telling a neat story along the way, and most importantly, giving hints to how to progress towards the secret even if they miss a step or the initial apparition. The path is constantly changing as well- one second you're just looking for ghosts, then it's finding skeletons in the vents, then it's an arena fight as you get to watch the spectres make their way to the hidden room, etc. and it's all completely optional, with mini-secrets along the way like the Widowmaker shotgun.
In contrast, Crucial Error has its entire super secret route only available if you find the 'end point' near the start of the map, that being the locked door hidden behind a breakable vent in an air duct. However, unlike every other instance of a breakable vent in the map, this single vent has no visible crack giving the player a glimpse to the other side, and it's entirely likely they won't even realize it's breakable as there's a Grunt directly in front of it who will absorb their fire- if you're good enough to not miss a shot, you probably won't deal enough damage to break the vent. Worse, if they do manage to break it, the previous precedent demonstrated in the map- that being "breakable vents are marked with a crack" is broken, leading to an inquisitive player having to smack/shoot every single vent texture in the map (of which there are dozens if not more) to make sure the same trick wasn't pulled again. The secret itself is just a tiny room with a rune in it, unlocked by finding some computer chips- if you don't find the room itself first, the chips don't spawn in the map and you don't even get a hint that they exist.
There's a portal error in my map. When you walk over the bridge towards the small room with the window that reveals the ring, the upper metal tile on the ramp disappears. No weird brushwork involved, or any errors in the QBSP output, so there's no reason this should happen?! No such issue with the XT utils. Any idea what's going on there?
Argh, sorry. I see it - will look into it.
What A Workout
I didn't realize a Christmas theme jam also meant the hardest maps ever! But I loved it. A great job to everyone.
Demos for each map, hard skill. Not all a first run, but played each time until I could get through it in one sitting.
Updated With A Bonus Map From Sock
Is an Xmas sock the same thing as a stocking? Anyways, this was a really neat little map. I love the use of the Twisted Christmas monsters, and it was kinda funny how they would explode. All the rocks and woodwork looked really good too. "My dear boy, you saved me!" Gets me every time...
A S(t)ocking Stuffer?
It's still Christmas somewhere in the world, right? Looks great but I don't think anyone is really expecting anything else given the map author. Found two secrets on the first playthrough but had to record a second demo because shenanigans and found the third secret (the megahealth) on a second playthrough. Wasn't expecting to save Santa so early. Also, the first secret (nailgun) has a kind of wonky secret trigger, I think- it counts as finding it when you jump towards the button, apparently, not when you actually activate it or when you enter the nail room. Demo here.
Unrelated side note: I noticed AD1.7's notes mention the shotgun damage has been rolled back to default Quake values; wasn't that part of the appeal of using the projectile shotguns, doing just a bit more damage compared to the normal hitscan ones?
I really liked this map. Short, but fun. Nice little enemies. Excellent attention to detail. As you saw on stream, I played on nightmare... Could have been a touch harder. Wish this had've released with the pack T_T
Great job man,
Nice map. Wondered what the xmas monsters were going to be. thought they might have just been re-skins of the current monsters rather than the models from that crazy xmas mall map.
Here's a demo
Just Popping In
To say that ionous's spiral staircase reveal is cool as shit.
Catching Up Time.
- Didn't remember much despite watching the mapping streams. Smooth gameplay with good progression. Annoying secrets though.
- Didn't finish, sorry, interesting concept but not sure it was pulled off successfully. Props for ikblue though.
- Classic negke weirdness, with some AD "upper class" flair. Interesting idea with the ring, a bit anticlimactic though.
- Sorry, didn't finish this either. I didn't like this map much but I still appreciate it, it must have taken some effort. I had to disable dynamic lighting after a while, far too much flickering torchlight for my eyes. Interesting multi-tiered layout. The outside area looked gorgeous but the actual basement was too busy visually though.
- Nice map, good for a few minutes of gameplay and some laughs. I might steal that flagstone texture though.
- Holy moly that scale, I got a bit too used to cramped hallways. Good boss fight material, a bit easy with the LG though.
Some of these demos are pretty big since I forgot to disable particles again after updating AD to 1.7, sorry about that.
Summing up, this jam turned out well, despite all odds. I can imagine that in some alternate universe, with more care put into keeping this thread active with hype, we would have gotten a full suit of 24 maps. I probably shouldn't complain, since I barely went over 50 brushes with my attempt - which I may finish and release as standalone sometime later, but I think I'd prefer to finish it for another 1024^3 event... ;-)
What Went Wrong?
Playing through Tens map i got these strange visuals suddenly.
I missed sth.?
Congratulations! You found my easter egg. There's a little message that pops up if you somehow make it out to the farthest extreme of the map, across the distant bridge to the end of the canyon. It's a tongue-in-cheek joke about the 1024 unit limit we were expected to build to; the purple and white face (which is the profile picture I use on social media sites) is on the six sides of a cube that delineates the limits I used to design the map. I thought it'd be a cute super secret, as well as a way to prove I fulfilled the requirements of the jam that was built right into the BSP.
As an aside, I'd been using a TRIGGER-textured cube as a guide throughout most of my design process, and only decided to formalize it as a secret at the last minute. I swapped the old jig out for this thing instead, but accidentally shifted the cube 16 units on X and Y in the process. I was lucky enough to notice that error, and fixed it, but somehow before the deadline I managed to undo that change (I think I literally just hit Ctrl+Z too many times at some point) and the cube is back to being slightly off. For the record, it should be further east and south, with two adjacent sides of the cube flush with the inner faces of the non-functional doors near the exit yin-yang pit.
If you didn't see the message, though, and didn't actually explore the canyon, something else must have activated the secret prematurely. Do you remember exactly what you did when the face cube appeared? It has what I thought was a unique targetname, I didn't think anything else in the map could trigger it.
I was exploring the farthest extreme of the map, as you described.
And i got the message prompted, but i was lazy and ignored it :)
Anyway, now with that in mind it is all clear now (glanced at the .map file in editor to confirm it).
Not a bug, at least in my book, nice effect.
I somehow instantly thought of the Github profile pic generated somehow, you just confirmed it.
As for the map itself, very nice and clean build, love the textures and their usage. Satisfying. Very satisfying.
Oh Thank God
I was worried for a moment, I'd hate to think my carefully laid plans had gone awry.
The image is in fact an Identicon, though I flood-filled the ugly grey Github gave me (which matched the header color they were using at the time, a couple of years ago) with solid 255 white, to fit with Youtube and other sites' white backdrops. That my Github username produced something that looks like a face is a coincidence, incidentally, but once I saw that I felt compelled to use it everywhere.
Glad you liked the map! otp as well, I appreciate the feedback from both of you.
Why Dont You Just
Dont worry too much about it, i loved all your maps so far, curvy murphy stuff.
Btw, that rock texture, where does it come from? Sorry if i'm being dense here, but this texture is quite nice!
I am! At the moment I'm tinkering with something to submit to dumptruck's DM4 Jam. Still very early, nothing to show yet, but I'm mapping.
The rock texture, like almost all of the others, comes from the Hexen II expansion pack Portal of Praevus. I didn't actually know that at the start of the project; I'd downloaded praevus.zip from the Quaddicted wad collection at some point simply because I thought the textures looked nice. Worked out well, since that expansion is where the AD Eidolon model comes from too. I went over that and a bunch of other things in a little retrospective on Youtube, if you're the curious type: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak8SV6ssOeo
I liked your super secret too. I just had to go to that other brisge of course.
Did You Guys Noclip?
I saw the other two bridges as well but didn't think it was possible to jump to, so I didn't bother.
Can't remember if I was abe to make that jump.
Mugwump's Xmas Jam 2017 Late Review, Part 1
I know, I'm late to the party, but I wasn't around when this was released. Besides, better late than never as they say, right? Anyway, all demos were recorded on skill 2 using protocol 666.
A very nice mini-AD-style medieval map. I enjoyed the vore+zombies combo, had fun trying to direct vore balls towards the zombies. On the downside, the 2 secrets are not exactly secret. They're pretty much in plain sight and their access is obvious. I do hate when secrets are too hard to find but the opposite isn't exactly rewarding. The final arena fight could've lasted a bit longer. One quibble regarding the lighting, which is otherwise very good: your torches and candles don't flicker.
Note: 4/5. Demo
, 61/61 kills, 2/2 secrets.
I loved this one! Not bad at all for a return to mapping after such a long time away from the scene... As a matter of fact, the title could perfectly describe the general reaction to your map. Got some splendid architecture and texturing, challenging & varied combat, creative scripting and an awesomely dark atmosphere sadly hampered by a lack of music - seriously, it takes only a couple of seconds to select a track. The "Merry Quakemas" surprise party was both funny and a harsh bitch-slap! Ending the map on a mere trio of lame-ass dogs after such a hectic throwdown was a bit anticlimactic, though. Might have better put zero enemies in there, or at least a decent one like a vore or a shambler.
Note: 4.5/5 (would've rated 5 if it had music). Demos
(I died once, so I had to reload a quicksave, hence 2 demos), 155/155 kills, 9/9 secrets.
I love ikwhite, so kudos for using this not so common texture set. This is basically 3 open spaces stacked upon each other, with pretty decent architecture, especially on the upper floor. I noticed some misaligned textures on that floor's latticed windows, and just like 5th, you forgot to apply a flicker style to your flames. Combat is essentially arena fights and not much else, not exactly my cup of tea. Question #1: Why the hell would the GK gate be marked as a secret? It opens with a regular key! Question #2: Is grabbing the GK through the closed bars the normal way to get it or is there an actual way to open the bars?
Note: 3/5. Demo
, 42/42 kills, 2/2 secrets.
Mugwump's Xmas Jam 2017 Late Review, Part 2
Not quite sure what to think of this map, honestly. The first part is blocky and undetailed as fuck but plays rather well. On the other hand, the lava cave looks much better due to the rockwork but is insanely tough. Evidently, the gameplay needs some serious balancing. Oh, and once again, we got a combo of no music track selected AND
flames not flickering... BUT
with all that said, the map does
have potential, and should you decide to refine it and release an updated standalone version later, it could become a very enjoyable map. Speaking of enjoyable, I loved the bit where the base guys came flying in to eradicate the shambz like common pests. BTW, what's with that crying baby sound we can hear occasionally?
Note: 2/5. Demos
(I kept on dying over and over in the last section, sometimes by my own dumb hand TBH, so my playthrough demo is split into 5 parts, sorry), 45/45 kills, 2/2 secrets.
I had hoped that the title was inspired by the great original Andersen tale, not by that Frozen crap, but oh well... (seriously, if you haven't read the tale, do it. It's very (VERY!) dark and heart-wrenching. Frozen just sucks major assicles.) Anyway, I didn't judge your map by my opinion about Disney's
movie. First off, design is top notch. The textures and skybox are excellent and you did a good job modeling Olaf and the ice bitch's palace, if only that the latter might be a tad smaller than in the movie. I loved the transparency of the ice blocks. The cave section was nice if a little cramped. The snowflake hunt would've been more enjoyable if they weren't placed in such obvious locations and the subsequent quad run could've been slightly more hectic: the 2nd wave falls short with only 4 scrags to pulverize. The final shambler surprised me good the first time around. Kudos for the piano melody coming and going. While it's not very quakey to say the least, it does fit the atmosphere of the map pretty nicely. Does it come from the film's OST? A word (or two) about the lighting: Congrats for thinking about making torchlight flicker but you do realize that candlelight comes from flames too, right? And some phong shading to soften the angles on the snow wouldn't have hurt.
Note: 4/5. Demo
(I fucked up with my demo naming and there was a good chunk of my blind playthrough missing, so this is only a second playthrough, sorry), 32/32 kills, 3/3 secrets.
That's all for now, more later.
Not my best map but was fun to do and I am proud of the end sequence. Never worked with AD so figuring out entities and trying to make something of high quality was challenging in this jam. I failed on the gameplay front. My kids are my play testers and they are too good in general which affects my gameplay balance.
To answer your question about the baby... the baby is in a manger in the final area. It was a Christmas themed jam. In fact, the map is called Remains in a Manger. :P
I never play Quake with music. I prefer sound design (although I do Quake music tracks sometimes.)
Couldn't make out what exactly was upon that rock from down below. I thought it was some sort of pedestal with a button to press on top to open the door or something. If you watch the demos, you'll notice I spent some time scratching my head trying to find the activator switch for the lift until I haphazardly tried to blow the thing up.
As for music, you may not play with what is nonetheless such an integral part of Quake's unrivaled atmosphere (booooo!), but others do and selecting a track number is literally a matter of seconds, which is why it matters in my appreciation of a map. The player shouldn't have to play a track manually - those who play without music have it disabled in their options anyway.
But my creative intention is for the player to hear my sound design!! In this case, the babies' cries. In fact. if you play a song in my 100b4 map you will ruin the experience completely. In that case, I added an atmospheric drone as a music file.
Unless One Replaces Trent's Score
with hardcore techno or metal, methinks the cries would still be very much audible. That said, you do have a point. I guess you should warn the player in your readme about that sound design aspect of your maps and that they're meant to be played without music.
Mugwump's Xmas Jam 2017 Late Review, Part 3
Wow, what a map! What. A. Map. Very beautiful - apart from that fucking opaque surface water, that is. I mean come on, we're not in 1996 anymore! But this detail aside, it's everything we can expect a modern Quake map to be visually: great architecture and an ideal choice of textures to dress it with. It's challenging too. And I mean C-H-A-L-L-E-N-G-I-N-G!
Often times on skill 2 I felt like I was playing nightmare. Good challenge is fun, insane challenge... eh, not so much. Not to mention the fact that some secrets are very hard to spot and I would have needed their supplies during my playthrough instead of after everyone was dead... Oh well, I guess I'm gonna enjoy playing it much more now that I know what to expect, but this blind playthrough was very brutal. The music you picked was perfect for this map. I think it may be the one NIN track that conveys the most tension, and boy did it work! I loved the story in the form of diary logs a la Unreal. Too bad you lacked room to implement all of it - this calls for a sequel! Maybe make an episode with this map serving as ExM1? You put in a huge
amount of work for a jam map. I'm not saying jam maps should be given less care than standalone releases, but if you had gone for something simpler for the jam and saved this map for a standalone release, you would've had the time (and space) to inject all your ideas in and Etemenanki would've shone even brighter in the pantheon of Quake masterpieces. You might want to consider something slightly less ambitious for your next jam map. Oh BTW, almost forgot: there's a waterfall_loop.wav sound missing. It would have been nice to actually hear the waterfall.
Note: 4/5 (not more because of extreme difficulty). Demos 1+2
, Demo 3
, 125/125 kills, 10/10 secrets.
Beautiful architecture as always. I love the surreal design. Did you take inspiration from R'lyeh the sunken city? Combat is largely on the much-too-tough side: it took me countless tries to beat this one - the 6 demos are only the tip of a much larger iceberg! I don't mind a little toughness but when it's starting to feel like a chore, it's not fun anymore. And unlike Ionous' map, the extreme toughness doesn't come from not knowing the map, so this can't be fixed by subsequent playthroughs. Another thing that wasn't fun at all: making an almost impossible slope jump the one and only access to the top floor. NOT COOL!
Also, I could have used some more health and armor.
Note: 3/5 (4 for visuals, 2 for gameplay). Demos
, 82/82 kills, 4/4 secrets.
OK, so did you guys conspire to make the player suffer with a series of overly hard maps or what?! That's 3 in a row now. I WANT TO HAVE FUN, DAMMIT!
A word of advice when you make horde fights in small arenas: you do not
want to hinder the player's movements with obstacles like columns along the walls or these fang-like structures. One central pillar to shield the player from vore balls and shambler lightning would have been a much better
idea. Also, a few seconds of calm in the beginning to let the player get his bearings before unleashing hell upon his head would've been nice. Other than that, the architecture looks quite good if very simple. I liked the outdoor section and the secret for a very much welcome change of pace. I have no idea where the last enemy was hiding his ass but I eventually managed to kill everyone in sight, yet this jerk prevented me from 100%ing the map. Oh, and again, no music, grrrrr! If you watch the demos, you'll see I found a bug: I fell into one of the lava pits on the bottom floor but took no damage when I was inside, only a little bit when I surfaced.
Note: 2/5. And that's very
, 40/41 kills, 1/1 secret.
Wow, that's a dark one! A little more light wouldn't have hurt in places. Architecture is very nice, maybe some more texture variations needed - then again, with the overall darkness, this is not really an issue. Combat was good, certainly not unfair, supplies were very
tight (I wish I had found the YA secret sooner, when I really needed it). The skull guardian/ring of shadows system to open the path to the exit was clever. All in all, a nice little oldschoolish map.
Note: 4/5. Demos
, 47/47 kills, 4/4 secrets.
Mugwump's Xmas Jam 2017 Late Review, Part 4
I'm normally not too fond of "realistic" design in Quake (if you can call realistic a house which floor plan looks more like a maze, but you know what I mean) but for some reason, this map feels like a Blood map - I almost expected to fight cultists in their hoods. I don't know if this was your intent but I enjoyed that. I wasn't sold on the exteriors (BTW, unlit windows that give off light, really?! Why not using transparent windows?) but once I got inside I was hooked. Lighting's a bit odd, though: candlelight is too orange, I think. I'm a sucker for strong colored lighting but only if it makes sense, and this dark orange everywhere hardly does considering the main light sources - and it gets a bit tiresome after a while. A little more variety wouldn't have hurt. Combat difficulty was spot-on: this is exactly what I expect from skill 2. All the twists and turns kept me on edge, not knowing what was waiting around the corner to jump at my throat. The final arena was almost a breeze with the quad, but if you don't find it I guess you're in deep trouble! Secrets were nice and not too hard to find, and those too reminded me of Blood. All things considered, this is a good little map, perfectible yet enjoyable.
Note: 4/5. <a href="path">http://www.quaketastic.com/files/demos/xmasjam_pritchard_mug.rar</a>, 74/74 kills, 5/5 secrets.
What can I say? The trademark Sock style and building quality at the service of a short and silly fun romp where you murderize the Coca-Cola poster boy, his reindeers and the elves? Gimme gimme gimme! I wish this was a bit longer (well, I recorded the demo in QS, so I'll at least have to play this again in QSS to enjoy the extra snow). The Twisted Xmas monster models, especially the reindeer and Santa, seriously need to be updated, though: they really clash against the gorgeousness of the scenery...
Note: 4/5. <a href="path">http://www.quaketastic.com/files/demos/xmasjam_sock_mug.rar</a>, 33/33 kills, 3/3 secrets. Fun fact: add 33+33 (66), then 3+3 (6). It makes 666, the definitive proof that Santa=Satan!...
This one is basically a boss map. Visually surprising, using some textures I had never seen before - and I certainly wasn't expecting to see these bottomless canyons in a 1024³ map! Looks pretty good except for the brick corridors between the starting area and the exit, which are a bit too blocky and undetailed IMO. Gameplay-wise, there isn't much to quench the player's quaking thirst with only 13 monsters to butcher. I wouldn't have minded a significantly longer experience... And if you manage to find the quad, well, this goes even quicker! Secrets are nice, not overly hard to find - took me a while to figure out the aforementioned quad secret, though. I'm not sure if this can be called a bug but if you kill the boss too quickly, before he even has a chance to awaken the 3 statues, it then becomes impossible to 100% the map because they'll never wake up. Bummer. I recorded two demos: in the first one, I thought I had somehow broken the map because of that quad "bug" and the strange visual glitches that appeared when I noclipped to the farthest end of the canyon, so I recorded a 2nd one where I "properly" wait for the boss to awaken his minions in order to achieve the 100%.
Note: 4/5 (I considered rating it 3.5 on grounds of "damn, this is much too short!" but ultimately decided against it due to its unexpected design). Demos
, 13/13 kills, 3/3 secrets.
Sorry for the copypasta fuck-up...
Thanks for taking the time to look at my map. Interesting opinions, and you play very carefully compared to how I play (so much so that the enemies that spawn after you take the SK actually caught up to you near the end of their path!).
I do admit that the exterior of the house is a bit lacking. I didn't do transparent windows because of the snowdrifts in the textures - recolouring them to give off an "illuminated" appearance was something I should have definitely considered though. The rock work + trees around the exterior ate up most of the time I spent on that area... and a fair chunk of the work I did on the map in general.
I think in general terms of the lighting it did become a bit monotonous after a while. I would like to try and be a bit more creative with it if I did it again, but I'm still not sure what I'd do other than swapping more lights out for the blue ones I used on the '2nd level' of the map.
Also, fun tidbit, I've never played Blood - though I am of course aware of it and have seen videos of it, any inspiration was purely subconscious :P
Well, thank you for taking the time to watch my demo so long after the dust has settled and for commenting back on my review - so far, only dumptruck and you have done so.
Yes, I'm a cautious player. I've been burned enough rushing into rooms all guns blazing only to end up eating a mouthful of lead or whatever. I certainly am not a triggerfinger god, I know my skills and play accordingly.
On the lighting, well, you could have for example alternated candles and torches, with the latter giving off a slightly brighter tone. And there's a lot more light textures than blue ones to use in Quake... I believe there would also be something interesting to do with recoloring the existing candle+torch models - I've been thinking about this for a while but I'm no texture artist. I remember Unreal had differently colored versions of its torches, with a natural yellow flame, a red one, a blue one, maybe a green one as well... I've always missed this variety in Quake ever since I played Unreal for the first time. Let's be creative!
You definitely should try and play Blood sometime. It's a great game!
Thanks for the demos! Reminds me again I desperately needed a light on the button that lets you into the palace; I can't count the number of times I've noticed that in other people's maps, but when the time came to put my money where my mouth is, it totally escaped me.
I agree about the blocky corridors at the start. My plan was to chip some corners, pop out some individual stones, carve some alcoves for the candles, and generally "weather" the place, but between a swiftly tightening schedule and the fact that the brick pattern doesn't line up with any grid settings, I decided my attention was best spent elsewhere. If I had my druthers I'd make a custom stone texture with the same overall color, but whose mortar lines fell on 16 or 8 unit multiples, so it was more flexible to work with.
Regarding the length, again, I agree, but there are a few reasons for that:
-First, even with a three month limit, I'm just not experienced or skilled enough to put together one of these big action- and enemy-packed tour de force maps so many people can crank out like they're nothing, so I decided not to stretch myself.
-Second, assuming I could make maps like that, the original idea of the jam was to make an advent calendar of sorts, with 24 maps which would be released one a day through December, leading up to Christmas. I figured that with a 1024 unit cubic limit, most mappers would make smaller, lighter fare, and I didn't want to bug everybody with a heavy map they couldn't finish comfortably the day of its release, leaving them behind as subsequent maps piled up.
-Third, I knew that whether sorted by mapper nickname or by filename (i.e. ItEndsWithTens or xmasjam_tens), my entry would be released well into the event, and by the time they got to me people might be ready for a less intense level and/or a boss fight.
-Finally, my biggest reason, I wanted to challenge myself to build a map within the 1024 unit limit that didn't feel like it was that small. I imagine I failed, but my working theory was that too much gameplay, too much geometry, too many enemies, etc. in such a small space would only call attention to the fact that "wow, there's a lot of stuff in a small area", which would remind you the map was cramped, and tend to encourage the line of thinking that small maps can't play as well as big ones. My hope was that by not increasing the density of experience, for lack of a better term, you'd lose sight of the map's dimensions until the end. Mind games, I guess, I love that kind of stuff.
That was the mindset I'd settled into sometime in September, and although the jam changed character over the following months, I felt it wise not to change horses mid stream, especially to something I had no confidence in myself to make, so I stuck with the tiny map.
My apologies for the 100% problem, I think I noticed that partway through but for whatever reason decided not to do anything. I think I might have been worried that waking up the stone monsters forcibly, after the Eidolon's death, would distract people's attention from the key cage having opened up. I could have had them only wake up after you grabbed the key, but then there might be too many enemies at once, and it would suck a big one to die right after you killed a boss, especially to some lowly hell knight. I still could have come up with something, I imagine, but again, it was down to feeling my attention was needed elsewhere as the deadline approached.
As far as the visual glitches, see further up in this thread where mfx asked about the same thing, I went over my vanity easter egg in detail. :)
Thanks again for playing! I appreciate the score, but 3.5 is probably more fair, don't feel bad.
Thanks For The Extensive Reply, Rob!
I'm just not experienced or skilled enough to put together one of these big action- and enemy-packed tour de force maps
I wasn't saying that you should have made a 700+ monsters behemoth, but just twice more enemies wouldn't have hurt. These corridors and caves did feel a bit empty.
I wanted to challenge myself to build a map within the 1024 unit limit that didn't feel like it was that small. I imagine I failed
Seeing these bottomless canyons, I wouldn't say you failed. The scenery feels big, it's just somewhat underpopulated. For example, there's no enemy at all until you first arrive to the exit room (in which there's only one guard). Not only are these corridors undetailed, but they're also deserted. Putting some action in there might have drawn the attention away from these big brick walls full of nothing. Those stacked crates also were the perfect opportunity to hide a few spiders inside.
Ha, you should have seen the test build I sent out! There were zero monsters until the boss, in an attempt at foreshadowing and tension building. I thought initially it would be a fun gimmick to turn things around, and instead of increasingly difficult hordes leading up to a boss fight, to start with the boss fight and come down off of that. Not my brightest idea, but I needed a hook to keep myself motivated to finish.
Testers did, naturally, consistently miss the exit button, walk right past the pit, and end up confused, so as a concession I added one enemy. The poor schlub with the sword is, in combination with the animated candles, the light, and the ammo pack, supposed to draw attention to the button, but I can see how he's unsatisfying all by himself. I worried about making the level too light on combat, but also worried about going overboard and having too much activity blasting you right in the face the moment you start the level, or potentially getting players wedged in a hallway between too many enemies. More experience in mapping will no doubt teach me the right balance, but I was too timid to try anything more in this jam than I did.
Spiders, though, holy shit I can't believe I forgot about those. If I'd remembered they were part of AD I'd absolutely have added some to the level, no question. I'm kicking myself now. God damn it self. >:(
Thanks for the kind words. The lack of transparent water was intentional; with its silver sheen, the water presents a vaguely magical quality which tied in better with the atmosphere.
I tend to scale my difficulties up; who really plays on easy anyway?
I don't even recall what I used for music. I may have just asked one of my betas for a suggestion.
This map only exists in a 1024 box. I enclosed off the area in editor, and forged a layout within it. I wasn't exactly overflowing with ideas for this one; I barely had enough to fill the map. The only thing I wasn't able to fit in was all the story pieces; ideally I would have fit twenty in. Oh well. Works well enough as is.
Every map I make tends to be too ambitious. See jam, underwater, and countless other events I've bowed out of. Definitely something to keep in mind for future events.
You're welcome, and thank you for the reply.
I have absolutely no clue what I did (wasn't even aware that I did anything!) but I replayed this map and the water surface is now transparent! Go figure. And TBH, I do prefer it like this... ;)
who really plays on easy anyway?
I've forgotten the names but I do remember a few guys over at QuakeOne (and possibly even a couple here) who play on easy...
I don't even recall what I used for music.
I don't remember the track number but it's the one that starts with the whispers. BTW, can you please provide us with a download link to that missing waterfall_loop.wav sound?
Every map I make tends to be too ambitious.
This fact should be enough of a hint that maybe it's time for you to think about making some standalone releases...? I mean, jams are great and all but if time and/or other constraints make you unable to implement everything you envisioned, I see it as a missed opportunity. Ambition is good for creation, give yourself the means to achieve it.
My Personal Rating, 1-5
4 map xmasjam_bal
4 Map xmasjam_breezeep
3 Map xmasjam_dumptruck
3 Map xmasjam_5th
4 Map xmasjam_ionous
4 Map xmasjam_tens
3 Map xmasjam_mukor
3 Map xmasjam_naitelveni
3 Map xmasjam_negke
4 Map xmasjam_pritchard
5 Map xmasjam_icequeen
4 Map xmasjam_sock
I don't know what's up with the pack that I downloaded from Quaddicted since it seems to be missing Redfield's map but I've been playing through these since I've been starving for more AD content. I've played a few maps so far and they have been pretty damn good.
breezeep: I don't know how you do it but no matter the game, you always seem to produce really beautiful maps at lightning speed. I loved the textures and the architecture of this one. I spent tons of time admiring your brushwork and I spent so much time staring up that my player character probably developed chronic neck pain.
bal: A beautiful, dynamic map with a ton of detail and great use of AD mechanics. It was cool to see breakables used for progression rather than just for concealing secrets behind windows. This map had a lot of character and a sense of adventure with crawling through those tiny shafts on the upper level. The pipes that break and leak water left me awestruck. This looked really damn good in QSS with the smoke effects.
fifth: I gotta be honest, I didn't even realize this was your map. I thought 5th was some person I'd never heard of before. I still haven't pinpointed your style down - every map that I've played from you seems to have differed quite a bit from your others. I really dug this map for the ambiance. The monster groans were freaky so I'm glad some of those were hidden behind a closet rather than having them teleport in. I also thought that monster placement was pretty good, especially that fight with the vore on the bottom level. It was cool to manipulate the vores into gibbing the zombies both here and on the top level. I only wish this map was longer but I understand that's kind of hard to achieve with these space constraints.
muk: A beautiful, elegant map with great use of textures and really nice architecture in a very limited space. The layout makes me think of swampy with a watery bottom area, a few levels of regular solid ground, and then a nice rooftop secret area. The monster encounters left me a bit frustrated at times, like the ambush when you're stuck between two doors . Otherwise this was yet another excellent muk map.
dumptruck: This was creepy as hell and I loved it. The ending was also really twisted, and I loved that too once I pieced together what I had to do. The crying baby was really unsettling and very foreboding. There was some good dynamic game play just like bal's map with walls breaking and paths changing as the player went through them multiple times. Most of your maps that I've played have something really unique going for them, such as the tutorial from 100b4 and the custom music from jam9. I like how you always have something to set your maps apart and the unique feature this time was dastardly in the best way.
Can't wait to play the others, especially with the names on this list.
I Am The Ice Queen!
My map is in there Poorchop, I just broke the naming convention.
Thanks man. I do try new things as often as possible, so that is really nice to read! AD was a whole new ballgame and it was fun to have some enhanced sound capabilities.