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The Rituals Of Mappery
I recently realised that every time I tried to map on my "Archane" level:
a) certain background conditions had to be in place, and
b) certain actions had to be performed
...before mapping could commence.

So, the ambient light level in the room had to be below a certain level, jasmine incense had to be burning in the next room, Concrete Blonde had to be playing (rather loudly) on the stereo. With all this in place, I then had to go through the elaborate process of either brewing a pot of tea or decanting a bottle of red (depending on the time of day). Only with beverage in hand and Ectoplasmic Lover ringing in my ears could I move through the scented haze and commence mapping.

Wierd... possibly, but I suspect not unique. It is rumoured that Vondur cannot lay brush one without first sacrificing at least one goat to the lord of the underworld, and that any of ELEK's mapping sessions had to be preceded by a large meal... generously laced with chives.

Fess up! What rituals do you perform before, during or after mapping?
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I've Mapped... 
...nude, honest

it's not uncommon that I find myself in boxer shorts or an open bathrobe either.

btw Shambler: I moved in with roomates, one which owns a black kitty aswell. So cube and he wrestle ...alot 
I Like Your Style 
But the quality could improve I think. 
Oooh, Mapping Conditions. 
Door locked.
Phone switched off.
Orchestral music/film score.
Pistachio nuts.
Dim lighting.
Closed curtains.
And I must be fairly tired. 
..nude, honest

it's not uncommon that I find myself in boxer shorts or an open bathrobe either.

Louis Griffin (sitting down, looking sexy) -- I have a suprise for you, honey. I'm not wearing any underwear.

Peter Griffin -- We'll burn the chair later. 
I'm often mapping in bed from midnight till about 2 am with my wife sleeping at my side. I always map on my laptop and almost never use my desktop pc for mapping. 
I'm often mapping in bed from midnight till about 2 am with my wife sleeping at my side.


Can I say cute? CZG can. 
That IS cute. Although I hope you give her the occasional sleeping teabagging as well. 
Although I hope you give her the occasional sleeping teabagging as well.

A reasonable way to pass the time whilst waiting for those pesky compiles to finish. 
today I have learned two new english words:
"pesky" and "teabagging"
I recommend that you come to the UK and throw teabagging into casual conversation.

"I would have got to work on time if it wasn't for those pesky teabaggers!"

As for mapping conditions, it helps if there's no one around when I map, and it helps if there is A) no music playing, or B) ambient/quiet instrumental/sigur ros or mogwai or something similar.

Also I need a bowl of only brown M&Ms and amps that go up to 11. 
I need it to be nighttime, completely dark except for the monitor, with everyone around asleep or away, and some kind of music that doesn't have heavily defined lyrics. 
these days, i just leave gtkr minimized and when i feel like mapping, i just open it up and go to it... no specific mood, music or time of day required. ^_^ 
I find that I need msuic when I map, though I find that something I bit deeper than hte usual hardcore/freedfrom stuff I like works better for mapping. I like to listen to something that I would like to be PLAYED along with my map, it helps set the atmosphere of the map I find...

Other than the music, a quiet environment is required. Music is the key, music is always the key :) 
Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder? 
But, Nitin, 
His goes up to eleven. 
I Need A Purgatory Style Environment... 
darkness annows me because then I can't easily see keys on the keyboard, but light means I get easily distracted by things around the room.

I like some good music playing on headphones while I map, however I have discovered a weird side effect.

Way back when in the days of Napster, I only had a very small mp3 collection that I would play on repeat whenever I mapped. I now associate all those songs whenever I hear them with mapping and some I even remember what brushes I was laying down while I was listening to them. 
Similar to me, I played through Quake over and over when it first came out with Bach in the CD drive, and now Bach always makes me think of those Medieval levels. Kinda neat. 
Winter reminds me of the time when I first discovered Quake, and all the old memories of jumping out of my skin at the lurking terrors whilst getting about about 15fps in 320x240.

Of course, for the ultimate nostalgic experience, I put on the music I used to listen to at the time (and I won't tell you what it is because it's really embarrasing :}), and make some honey and cinammon on toast (I used to eat that stuff all the time). Playing in software mode mandatory. 
Playing in software mode mandatory.

When I recently discovered Vic's toChris I got chills. Software rendering at 1078xwhatever and higher resolution is a thing of beauty. The first thing I did was create a shortcut for Zerst´┐Żrer and played it in all its unhendered glory. 
Dude even WinQuake lets you play in high res (I know I've tried it in 1280x1024). I guess the frame rate is pretty shittacular though, is this toChris faster? 
ToChris Does Run Smoothly 
on high rez settings even with dynamic lights and interpolation cranked up and and I have a really low end system _ a PII 300 mhz with an ATI Rage Pro. Vic is one of the guys behind the QFusion project and he is one hell of a coder. Here is the download site:

The problem I have with WinQuake now is it wants to use some files that are only in the registered version of Quake. I no longer have the CD for Quake so after my last computer crashed, I was forced to cobble Quake together from scraps on CDROM mirror sites. The onliest thing I am missing now are the Enforcer and Hellspawn sounds. 
How Did That Happen?
it happened again... XD maybe? ;) 
that's what I was aiming for. You know you are a badass programmer when the world's largest CVS depository allows you to get a way with 133t as your project name. 
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