Journal #7485

Posted 8 years ago2011-11-25 10:07:58 UTC
so instead of posting to the compo thread, whoever comes across this gets to read it.

I am here to rant about all the mishaps during my attempt at compo 31.

1. Didn't go to this site to find out their was a new compo until after about 1/3 of the compo time had passed.

2. Didn't remember to go back to the site to download the texture pack and start working on it until over a week after, about 1/2 into the allotted time.

3. Didn't get to really start until about 2 weeks left.

4. Restarted my compy after a windows update. Hammer 3.5 nor 3.4 no longer work with windows 7 64bit. :(, which means no model previews (Now how am I going to build collision brushes to match the models?)

Stuck using Hammer 3.3...

5. Waited until about 4 days before due to try to compile any of my maps... "AllocBlock: full" Error. My maps were supposedly too big.

6. Tried to refit my maps to make them smaller, but still no luck.

7. Resorted to resizing the textures to free up memory the map was using - this took about half of a night, but then the colors were distorted when pasting them into PS to resize... :(, so I had redo several of the textures, and they still aren't correct!

8. Spent the rest of that night replacing only half of the textures on ONE of my maps.

9. 2.5hrs of sleep later, day of the deadline, approx. 4hrs left. Almost finished retexturing the same 1 map of 4 to 7 I had planned.

10. Said forget this - I was proud of what I had built, but it wasn't functional yet, and no where close to even a super shrunk short mission. Not worthy of representing my capabilities.

But maybe two good things....

Things can't be worse for the next compo... (or can they? switching to source and not knowing how all the extra entities work? that's what TWHL is for!)

11. Steam is having a great Autumn sale! :D I bought 8 items from my wish list on sale... and bought 8 more cheap fun games!

12. I will still work on my short mission using just the textures provided and upload... later...

4 Comments

Commented 8 years ago2011-11-25 19:32:42 UTC Comment #66661
I have windows 7 x64 ultimate and every version of hammer works for me.

I had a lot of the problems you listed above too, like starting late and running into errors. as far as errors go, i can offer you 2 bits of advice for your next map:

1. compile and backup your maps often(i do so every hour of editing time or so). this way if you get some dreaded error you can't properly debug, you just revert to the last, stable version of your map.

2. use "big block" method to hunt down errors, if you don't have coordinates given on it's location. all this is is covering all the main sections but one of your map with a big block{s}. anything inside these brushes will not compile and not yield errors, so you can one-by-one remove sections of the big block{s} until you zero in on where the error is coming from.{the big blocks must be world brushes btw}
Commented 8 years ago2011-11-25 21:24:59 UTC Comment #66660
ME
1) map for 4 hours in goldsource
2) write down ideas for a week
3) dont have time between work, school, band, and girlfriend
4) think of new idea halfway through compo, throw away work, move to source
5) put in 12-16 hours of solid work - SDK updates - hammer is useless for a week
6) more work, more school, more band, more girlfriend
7) try to work with broken hammer, get pissed off, world of tanks
8) Walking dead season 1, and season 2 ep 1-5
9) 7 days left in compo, i restart YET AGAIN, hoping to submit just one map
10) about 50% done with map, band books 3 shows in a week
11) last day of compo is on American Thanksgiving. Total time -1 day
12) Forfeit entry.

I feel your pain
Commented 8 years ago2011-11-25 22:37:27 UTC Comment #66662
i had problems with number 4 too, and i had so many problems with errors, i was really close to switching to source as well.

i don't think i'll ever do a serious project in gs again, just because of the error problems and severe limits. PLUS, once you get use to hammer 4(far superior to 3.x imo), it really hard to go back to 3.x.
Commented 8 years ago2011-11-26 08:47:54 UTC Comment #66663
Yeah, I've got to switch to mapping for source. I prefer GS mostly because of Op4 (and I know it inside and out). I'm picky about playing games with more standard military based weapons (HL2 is not my style) and getting to kill monsters (CS:S has no campaign nor monsters). I'm impatiently waiting for the Opposing Force Source mod.

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