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Competition 7 - Trapped

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We were completely flooded with entries this time round, but judging them was easy as pie. No, I lie, but I'm sure nobody wants to hear me say it was tough. Again.

But seriously... there were a few that might well have made it into the top 3 under... different... circumstances. Tlax's entry was cool, in a very similar way to 6th monkey's, and Jobabob's tough-as-nails-but-great-looking effort was excellent, but not exactly originally his idea :)

So congratulations to those two as well. But every entry is special! I suggest you download them all and explore 'em. Here they are:

blue, esmajor,
pepper 2,

But of course our three cup-winners deserve the real fame and glory. Read on...

The Results

trophy map pic Cause of Death, by Seventh-Monkey


... and John_Crichton. I see a lot of time and effort in this work. The scripted bit at the beginning doesn't seem to have much to do with the saga Gordon goes through afterwards, but it's cool, and features great camerawork. And the soundtrack that accompanies it is nothing short of breathtaking. smile - :) There are some places you don't see for long that are very nicely detailed - like the office the Gman heads to at the end of his sequence, complete with 'reflective' flooring (pictured). I suggest you noclip around the map to have a look at those areas.

I just like the range of stuff this map covers. It includes scripting, sound, sprites, various moving entities and several ways to die, all in one neat package. So it wins! Woohoo!

trophy map pic Cause of Death, by John_Crichton

This is a place-holder so that John_Crichton gets a trophy for his work on Cause of Death!

trophy map pic Net Trap, by The_6th_Monkey


This thing's just plain cool. It's small and simple, but... cool. I couldn't help but feel a sense of achievement as the houndeye disappeared into the treetops. It's versatile too - don't step on the red button - it traps Gordons. Oh, and I liked the glowing self-advertisement as well. smile - :)

Funny thing is, I expected to be more impressed by maps that took the term 'trap' to its limits. Yet here's a map featuring the most literal interpretation of the word... and it's just... cool. smile - :)

trophy map pic Derailed, by armadillo


Ah, the train! It's difficult for me to judge objectively when a map features the Black Mesa train. *dabs away a tear*

But heck, I like the ambush. Oops, now I've spoilt it... the train moves nicely as it comes off the rail as well. And the last bit is winnable, which is good. You'll notice a few neat scripted sequences thrown in as well (in typical Black Mesa train-ride style smile - :)). Great stuff.