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Commented 14 years ago2006-12-21 18:08:33 UTC in vault item: TWHL - Xmas 2006 Comment #13768
Very good, muzzle!
Commented 14 years ago2006-12-21 17:49:40 UTC in vault item: Level change error! Please hel Comment #13766
Your use of brushes tied to trigger_changelevel and the info_landmarks appears to be fine and should work.

The problem you're having with the maps is that you use the AAATRIGGER texture to surround your level. That texture does not "seal" the level properly.

Change the texture of the inside of your big surrounding box (all six surfaces) to another texture, such as BABTECH6. That solves the problem (I tried it).

By the way, a big surrounding box around the entire level is not a recommended practice (in spite of what some tutorials say).

Unrelated: your monster_scientists are too close to the surrounding walls. Move them away.
Commented 14 years ago2006-12-17 15:57:42 UTC in vault item: Combine Gate Construction Comment #13736
Glad you find the examples useful, mad.

If you construct the gate in simple steps (as shown in the map and description), it's actually pretty simple.

Lemme know if it doesn't work for you.
Commented 15 years ago2006-07-04 02:06:37 UTC in vault item: example_trapshoot CS or HL Comment #12450
Can you line up pigeons on a conveyor and push them one at a time into the launcher. Use a multimanager to move the conveyor, push a pigeon into the launcher, launch.
Commented 15 years ago2006-07-03 09:43:41 UTC in vault item: Cable Shakes on Blast Comment #12435
To the best of my knowledge, a grenade by itself doesn't affect a move-rope (unless it's microscopically - I couldn't see it). So: no, it's not to exaggerate the effect; it's to cause it! ;)
Commented 15 years ago2006-05-27 19:18:57 UTC in vault item: Cable Shakes on Blast Comment #12029
You're welcome!
Commented 15 years ago2006-05-21 12:50:42 UTC in vault item: Ropes Comment #11973
Take a look at the Example Map vault for Cable Shakes. Hope it helps.
Commented 15 years ago2006-05-21 12:34:26 UTC in vault item: Ropes Comment #11972
The move_rope and keyframe_rope entities need to be shaken to get the cables to move.

Take a look at the sdk_cables.vmf example map. Maybe you can set a physbox near the cables or parent the physbox to an anchor point, detect damage to the box (an OnDamaged output) and trigger movement in the anchor points.
Commented 15 years ago2006-05-21 12:17:45 UTC in vault item: Ropes Comment #11971
The move_rope and keyframe_rope entities need to be shaken to get the cables to move.

Take a look at the sdk_cables.vmf example map. Maybe you can set a physbox near the cables or parent the physbox to an anchor point, detect damage to the box (an OnDamaged output) and trigger movement in the anchor points.
Commented 15 years ago2006-05-20 18:02:53 UTC in vault item: Counter-weighted door Comment #11963
Thanks, Rednik. I see you now have the Source SDK. Congrats!
Commented 15 years ago2006-05-15 09:40:38 UTC in vault item: hanging_stranger (movie) Comment #11860
I think the intent in the downloading is that it's for your personal use. You shouldn't distribute it yourself, however, unless you have explicit permission.

Referencing a website where it can be read is fine. But we all need to be careful with copyrighted material:

1. it's illegal to reproduce or distribute it without permission.

2. TWHL itself can be held responsible for illegal distribution.
Commented 15 years ago2006-05-14 09:55:10 UTC in vault item: hanging_stranger (movie) Comment #11841
It appears that you're distributing copyrighted material (the doc file). Not generally a good idea.
Commented 15 years ago2006-05-12 15:18:04 UTC in vault item: Moving Mech Leg Comment #11809
Without the vmf file, it's not so much in the spirit of an example as just "look what I can do." IMHO, this belongs in the "Unfinished" category.
Commented 15 years ago2006-04-26 18:20:39 UTC in vault item: Shadow Example Comment #11594
For what it's worth:

Playing around with the LOS texture, I found that it does have an effect on the metropolice. I added an LOS area away from the trigger_prox's which does, indeed, create a shadowed area.

When in that shadowed area, the NPCs will draw and aim at the player but do not fire. Weird. Other than for shadowed areas, it would seem to have limited use blocking line-of-sight of NPCs.
Commented 15 years ago2006-04-26 17:59:09 UTC in vault item: Shadow Example Comment #11593
Good example. I like the idea!

Note: only 1 ai_relationship is really needed. The default disposition of metropolice to the player is "hate."

The map can be simplified by deleting one of the ai_relationship entities. For the remaining ai_relationship, set disposition to "Like," "Start Active" to NO, and trigger that ai_relationship with the trigger_prox's (entering the prox triggers Apply, leaving triggers Revert).
Commented 15 years ago2006-04-20 12:22:37 UTC in vault item: Falling Balcony Comment #11548
Nicely done! Good example map.
Commented 15 years ago2005-11-14 00:49:22 UTC in vault item: The Unteenth Test Chamber Comment #9886
Interesting use of textures. More than just the familiar ones.

I liked the large size of the chamber and the "machine." Good use of rotating entities and lasers/beams.

Big minus on the elevator, however. I tried to open the elevator door when I entered and, because the button was close enough, the elevator rose up. Also, I got stuck (unless it was part of the sequence) near the top of the elevator and had to move around a bit before it completed its journey.

Suggestion: make the elevator bigger; use clips to keep the player from getting stuck; either place the button where it can't be triggered from outside the elevator or use a trigger brush to trigger the elev when the player enters the elev.

Good effort. It would make a good addition to a bigger map.
Commented 16 years ago2005-09-18 02:24:05 UTC in vault item: The Sydney Harbour Bridge Comment #9053
Finally dl'd and ran this map. Ran it up to 1024x768 in OGL when it started to drop frames. Dx is okay all the way up and really shows off the texturing.

Excellent, excellent work.

..except.. all the cars are going the wrong way.. :)
Commented 16 years ago2005-09-04 20:28:05 UTC in vault item: Justice Comment #8859
Uh.. used the crowbar on the shotgun combine, went into the cell block on the left, screen went blank and my machine locked up solid.
Commented 16 years ago2005-09-04 18:43:57 UTC in vault item: deadly cargo Comment #8858
okay. Starts inside the train now. That works better! :)

Perhaps this shouldn't be under Completed Maps as it needs work.

E.g., the textures in the yard need to be adjusted and sewn together.

The most noticeable thing is that the path the player is apparently supposed to follow isn't forced. I escaped, got down into the yard, got into the goodies area (behind the chain-link fence), killed the crabs and zombie and.. that was it. No way out (apparently). Players should never be trapped somewhere with no option but to reload or quit.

When I noclipped around, things started happening (combines, etc.). A lot of them were killed by something other than me. Shot each other, maybe? Didn't see any rebels.

In any case, if there's a sequence you want the player to follow, set up the map so the player has to go through trigger areas, etc.

Good start but needs some work, IMO. 3 stars.
Commented 16 years ago2005-09-04 01:50:11 UTC in vault item: Threatening Skies Pre-Demo Comment #8846
-the bottom of the elevator (at the bottom of the initial sequence) is coincident with the brush underneath it (the textures are overlayed)
-At the start of the 2nd map, the ceiling in front of the lab door is pretty low.
-anything supposed to happen in the lab door area with the hatch to the left in the dark?
-in the station, the gate on the trigger side doesn't drop down when the tram is triggered.
-tram stops at the next map transition after getting aboard. Maybe a fade-out, do the transition, fade-in? That could hide the slight drop you get when the new map loads also
-include the nodegraphs. I got a nodegraph rebuild at the start of several maps
-when the tram arrives at the last platform, nothing happens. Barney doesn't open the door, etc. I noclipped onto the platform and, after a minute or so, the scientist started his ai and conversation with Barney.
-in the tram tunnel: you put a lot of effort into the piston thing with the steam sprites. Bring up the lighting a bit so it can be seen better
-the doors of the tram are well-synced. nice job.
-everything is just a little undersized: hallways, doors, platform sizes, etc. Kind of hard to resize them all now, I know. Something to think about in further maps?
-good job with the opening/closing of various doors through which the tram goes. Good syncing of sound.
-the lighting at the last platform is dim compared with the illumination of the tram as looked at from the platform.
-the outdoor scenes are good: lighting, things to look at during the ride, etc.
-I'll run through it again soon
Commented 16 years ago2005-09-03 11:37:12 UTC in vault item: deadly cargo Comment #8842
Something's amiss. The player start is on top of the concrete above the train, looking at a combine troop in midair, constant train sound with the train stationary, and able to see into the void.
Commented 16 years ago2005-09-03 10:11:53 UTC in vault item: Chapter 1 Comment #8841
Excellent horror map. Good use of minimizing the scary stuff, dim light, events happening with your back turned.

The stairs are a bit steep. Take a look at the angle used to build steps in real life.

4 stars
Commented 16 years ago2005-08-10 16:07:33 UTC in vault item: l33t: Conclusive Analysis Comment #8549
Very good "quickie" map, Rimrook (4 stars).

A mini-puzzle to get the reaction started, followed by a bit of thinking and trying things to figure out how to survive.

Very nice use of tracktrains, sprites, lasers, etc., to give it a classic HL1 feeling not found in a lot of maps. The construction of the consoles (angles, mixed textures) was nicely done.

Changes in lighting were very good.

I'd like to see more mini-puzzles like this.
Commented 17 years ago2004-09-08 10:25:11 UTC in vault item: Gravity Test Comment #3854
Every time I don't include a .map, someone complains! What's the point in NOT including it?
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-29 18:59:23 UTC in vault item: Stargate Comment #3691
You're correct, SilentGunz. And so it said in the readme!
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-29 13:34:55 UTC in vault item: Stargate Comment #3681
Oh! Needs an HEV for the multiple weapons available.
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-29 13:34:12 UTC in vault item: Stargate Comment #3680
Excellent start.

Spaces and hallways very small.
Very dark in the stargate areas. Difficult to see controls, etc.
Computer console textures need some alignment.
Walkthrough teleporting and wormhole effects are very good!
Timing on the red and green button by the tank controls needs some tweaking, perhaps? It was still cycling when I came back through the portal.
Positioning of the switch for the 'rising rings' teleporter needs tweaking is needed, or some way of forcing the player to stay centered in the rings. I ended up riding up on the rings instead of having them rise around me. Miss the teleportation the first time.

Use of the various buttons (red/green, power) not real clear. Primarily due to timing, I think.

Overall, a 3-1/2 right now. I give it 4 because of the excellent ideas!
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-24 15:50:42 UTC in vault item: Strobe Light - on and off Comment #3573
.MAP added.
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-24 15:48:59 UTC in vault item: Strobe Light Loop with Stop Comment #3572
.MAP added.
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-24 15:46:50 UTC in vault item: Using a game_counter Comment #3571
.MAP added
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-24 15:44:26 UTC in vault item: Gravity Test Comment #3570
.MAP ADDED! :)
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-23 22:22:08 UTC in vault item: Strobe Light Loop with Stop Comment #3548
Good suggestion. I moved security camera and light switch examples to, uh, Examples.
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-22 11:41:11 UTC in vault item: Detailing HL Textures Comment #3504
Very nice use of bevels and miters. Very useful.
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-21 16:13:49 UTC in vault item: Mysterious Discoveries Comment #3493
Might add a visual clue that glass doors are moving.. maybe put the glass in a frame.
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-21 16:00:46 UTC in vault item: gay little aiming map Comment #3492
I get a 'GiveNamedItem' error at the start (3 of 'em). Other than that, neat idea.
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-21 09:11:49 UTC in vault item: Security Camera Comment #3486
Thanks much. I have to give much credit to Patrick Canne in a VERC tutorial for the primary setup. I added the idea of sequencing cameras and the info_targets. Next rev gets backward and repeat sequences.
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-20 18:20:54 UTC in vault item: Control_Room Comment #3477
Forget the wad, I recomplied. It's a 5!
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-20 18:07:46 UTC in vault item: Control_Room Comment #3476
Says I need a wad. Can you include it and re-upload?
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-18 19:33:55 UTC in vault item: My Backyard Comment #3431
Very good first map. Fun to play. A little too dark, perhaps. I give it a 3, first map or not.
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-18 16:48:07 UTC in vault item: Glass defence system Comment #3426
I get an error 'No such sentence group BA_PQUEST' or something.
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-04 22:55:35 UTC in vault item: Smallforts Comment #3161
Interesting assymetrical design (like casbah). 3v3 probably good. However, I found it a little difficult to get around easily - narrow hallways, shallow water, etc. Doors are slow. I hate getting hurt leaving my own spawn area! Horizontal doors (sniper area?) opened at different rates. Also suggest naming your zip files with the bsp name. Considering it's your first effort - 3 stars.
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-04 22:38:21 UTC in vault item: slidez Comment #3160
Good to excellent texturing. Looks very playable. Lighting is well-done though maybe a little unusual. Personal preference - I don't like the difficulty in coming out of the water access (hung-up on edges) in the flag room. I also got hung-up on some of the signs which are not flush. If that's intentional, it's unusual for TFC. Rated 4 stars.
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-04 17:50:44 UTC in vault item: concfort Comment #3157
I like soldier RJ stuff in particular so this map pretty well limits the classes that can go after a capture. Soldier, scout, medic. Was able to pipe-jump a demoman. Didn't try an engineer. A pyro could make hay of the sniper-loft-capture area though. Suggest adding an alternate return route as some damage incurred just getting to the other fort. Maybe make yard door blowable and un-blowable by demos? Routes out after respawn and in after capture seem a little tedious. Maybe a little more decoration? Hidey-holes for SGs? Hallways very cramped.
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-04 17:28:46 UTC in vault item: Loadingbay Comment #3156
Locked my machine up (Windoze XP) good and proper. Required a powerdown(!) - looking for fullmoon-something-or-other somewhere-or-other. Might consider moving this to "In progress.."
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-04 17:17:16 UTC in vault item: Razorsedge Comment #3155
sorta small. And without ammo, looks like a bloodbath kind of DM arena. 16 shells is pretty small number to do any killing of spies. Nice texturing and lighting, though my far clip plane was short and sky flickered a bit.
Commented 17 years ago2004-08-04 17:03:08 UTC in vault item: Bula Comment #3154
Not a bad first TFC map, Geek. IMHO, the grate by the front window (front sniper area, no?) needs to be widened to allow snipers to range from side to side completely without falling off platform.