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    Just started this last week, and will be an independent release tho.
    The map is themed as a dark mine setting with textures from Hourences. Might take another 3 days to complete (:



    More pictures and the "Work in Progress" thread here: http://unrealoldfriends.activeboard....lastPostAnchor

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      Above map is now released!

      Check here: http://forums.epicgames.com/threads/...8#post31447518

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        CTF Despot

        Posted on July 16, 2013 by georgehulm

        Hey all! Time to unveil my latest project! Like any Level Designer, I have many started projects, but not very many have ever made it all the way to completion.

        Anyway, I was browsing through all of my old UT3 Level files, when I came upon one little gem of a layout; all of the basic brush-work was done, and most of the surfaces already had materials applied. It did not take much imagination to see where I could take it visually, and a few rounds with bots allowed me to discern that the layout was already quite fun.

        This gave me the idea, of revisiting old concepts and layouts that I never had the time to finish. I would only work on the most promising ones, and after an evening of comparing various BSP shells, I have settled on 2 or 3 that I think will provide the greatest reward for the least amount of time.

        In the interests of getting these levels finished in a timely manner, the rules are as follows:

        No Custom Meshes
        No Custom Materials
        No Major Changes To Existing Layouts
        What you see below, is the product of a mornings work on one of the most promising layouts that I found.

        Click here, or on any of the below images, to see more pictures, and jump straight to my site.








        I am calling the map Despot, which is short for “Despotism”. As you may already be able to tell, the map takes place in the slums area of a futuristic city. A futuristic city in which the gleaming homes of the privileged exist atop great skyscrapers, and look down upon those less fortunate than themselves with disgust.

        There are a set of contrasts that comprise the main visual themes of the map, which are:

        The contrast between Light and Dark
        The contrast between the shining spires up above, and the grotty slums below
        The contrast between warm natural light, which struggles to reach so far down, and cold, artificial lanterns that light up the alleyways.

        I also plan on having many dynamic elements, such as spaceships that fly between the skyscrapers, fans, hanging cables and wires, sparks, fog and smoke. These dynamic elements are what I believe will set this level apart from other Designs.

        I will try to keep everyone updated, Feedback is very welcome.

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          Looks great! Hope it gets to the completion stage. I hope I can play it one day.

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            Cheers Glad you like it so far!

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              Originally posted by Cuplacakes View Post
              CTF Despot

              Posted on July 16, 2013 by georgehulm

              Hey all! Time to unveil my latest project! Like any Level Designer, I have many started projects, but not very many have ever made it all the way to completion.

              Anyway, I was browsing through all of my old UT3 Level files, when I came upon one little gem of a layout; all of the basic brush-work was done, and most of the surfaces already had materials applied. It did not take much imagination to see where I could take it visually, and a few rounds with bots allowed me to discern that the layout was already quite fun.

              This gave me the idea, of revisiting old concepts and layouts that I never had the time to finish. I would only work on the most promising ones, and after an evening of comparing various BSP shells, I have settled on 2 or 3 that I think will provide the greatest reward for the least amount of time.

              In the interests of getting these levels finished in a timely manner, the rules are as follows:

              No Custom Meshes
              No Custom Materials
              No Major Changes To Existing Layouts
              What you see below, is the product of a mornings work on one of the most promising layouts that I found.

              Click here, or on any of the below images, to see more pictures, and jump straight to my site.








              I am calling the map Despot, which is short for “Despotism”. As you may already be able to tell, the map takes place in the slums area of a futuristic city. A futuristic city in which the gleaming homes of the privileged exist atop great skyscrapers, and look down upon those less fortunate than themselves with disgust.

              There are a set of contrasts that comprise the main visual themes of the map, which are:

              The contrast between Light and Dark
              The contrast between the shining spires up above, and the grotty slums below
              The contrast between warm natural light, which struggles to reach so far down, and cold, artificial lanterns that light up the alleyways.

              I also plan on having many dynamic elements, such as spaceships that fly between the skyscrapers, fans, hanging cables and wires, sparks, fog and smoke. These dynamic elements are what I believe will set this level apart from other Designs.

              I will try to keep everyone updated, Feedback is very welcome.
              Looks like a good start so far.

              Some things coming from the pictures:

              - I like the idea of the lightning. A lightbrownish with a more saturated bluegreen is always a good combo. Reminds me of DM-Faze from Cr4zyb4st4rd. Looks like a similiar color and lightning scheme.
              Although this needs more work. There are some almost black spots coming from your map saying more contrast is definitely needed. (Example: Jumpboots, Picture 4 from up to down)

              - Layout so far looks pretty good, although its hard to tell coming from the pictures. You might wanna show some pictures shown from above to give a better understanding of how your layout will be.

              - Are the current materials just stakeholders? The current materials on the walls dont seem very consistent and looks somewhat messy. Though, the materials used on the floor and serving as a door down low do seem to work.

              - The BSP seems as from what I can tell pretty flat and does not seem to be any form of dynamic. A suggestion therefore is to create some diagonal arches from where we can look up to accentuate the feeling of the BSP.
              If you are not familiar with conceptualizing BSP arching, you might wanna take a look at some of McLogenog and Stevelois there maps to get an understand of decorative BSP.
              DM-Monas from McLogenog and DM-Amyrade from Stevelois would be 2 great examples.

              - I read that you would like to implement spaceships and kismet based action in your map. Thats would be a great addition and a standout to map in comparison to others,
              Though, I can't really figure out what the purpose of this should be, since:
              1. This map (coming from the pictures ofcourse..) looks very "confined within", because of the high walls. And therefor, I'm not sure If I, or players would even bother looking up to wait for Spaceships to fly over.
              2. This might slow down performance on your map.

              This map looks like a good start and I'm really interested in how this evolves
              If you need any more feedback/help or you'd like me to test a beta, drop me a pm, and I'll gladly check it out.

              Cheers!

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                Wow, I had forgotten how much I love these forums...

                Firstly, thank you very much Silk_Shooter for the encouragement, it's fantastic to know that your work is being looked forward to, and yes, you will be able to play it.

                And Darkness, where to begin, the fact that you are already offering such extensive feedback is amazing, and I look forward to seeing how you judge the map further down the line. I will try to respond to all of your points below:

                - I'm glad you like the basic idea behind the lighting, I have definitely found blue-green and yellow-orange to be a winning combination in the past. At the moment there are definately far too many dark patches, as well as area that are too bright or without enough contrast. I will of course remedy that in future builds, but at the moment my priority is on meshing the whole level.

                - Here is a picture of the layout for your convenice, it is somewhat convoluted as there are several different levels.



                - The current materials are just placeholders, and will be changed to suit the theme better, as well as to offer a more visually stimulating scene. Though many of the surfaces currently visible will be obscured by meshes in the future.

                - The BSP work currently represents the foundations of the map, and nothing more. I understand what you are saying and agree wholeheartedly, however, meshes will be used to achieve the effects that you are looking for, not brushwork, as they are less performance intensive, and suit the style I am going for much better.

                (I am familiar with both Mclogenog and Stevelois work, and they are both fantastic mappers, and fantastic people)

                - Yes, this level will involve numerous dynamic elements, and don't worry, it will all serve a purpose, though that will be revealed in the future.
                1. The map is definitely meant to feel "confined" so I am glad that is already coming across. And as for looking up, I have several tricks up my sleeve there.
                2. Yes, dynamic elements are performance intensive, and of course, there is always a trade off between visuals and playability. I shall just have to run a train on that optimization.

                I am going away on holiday in 3 days, and I will send you an alpha version of the map for you to play around with while I am gone. It is likely that the majority of the map will still be comprised only of the basic brushwork, but you should be able to get a basic feel for the gameplay, and I would love to hear your feedback.

                Thank's a crapton for the feedback, and I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon. And oh yeah. Here's an update!

                The pictures are links!






                Thanks for looking!

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                  Yeah sure, you can send me an Alpha to judge. I'll try to check what I can do if you send me an Alpha.

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                    Hey all!

                    Here is a quick update!





                    I flew to Greece this morning and I am currently sitting on a veranda overlooking the Agean Sea! Unfortunately these screenshots represent the last work I will be able to do on Despos until august, so more updates relating to that will take a while.

                    But more on that in a weeks time, meanwhile, I’m just going to enjoy my holiday!

                    George, Signing out!

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                      2 weeks in counting the layout, just some visual ideas i've come up with to get the feel of the atmosphere :
                      A bit of a Portal feel mixed with my favorite weapon manufacturer in Borderlands : Maliwan.
                      Far from finished of course, and no lighting yet.
                      Currently suited for TDM/BTA 2v2 up to 4v4 (kind of messy with 8 people though), a tad big for Duel but still enjoyable. Lots of Z-axis, expect trick jumps.

                      modular platforms :


                      Corporation brand on floor :


                      Room with "block all but weapons" force fields :


                      Another pattern room :


                      Brand on wall :

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                        Hey PlayForGG, that is lookin' good! Like the textures. It actually looks nice brightly lit LOL! Looking forward to see how this plays out.

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                          I agree. . Now i know why he wants to create a font for the multi kill message to be shown at the walls.
                          http://forums.epicgames.com/threads/...-announcements

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                            Cuplacakes, look'n really nice! Lot more detail than in your previous post.

                            PlayforGG, very impressive!! Absolutely love the textures! I'd love to play it when released.

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                              Originally posted by PlayForGG View Post
                              2 weeks in counting the layout, just some visual ideas i've come up with to get the feel of the atmosphere :
                              A bit of a Portal feel mixed with my favorite weapon manufacturer in Borderlands : Maliwan.
                              Far from finished of course, and no lighting yet.
                              Currently suited for TDM/BTA 2v2 up to 4v4 (kind of messy with 8 people though), a tad big for Duel but still enjoyable. Lots of Z-axis, expect trick jumps.

                              modular platforms :


                              Corporation brand on floor :


                              Room with "block all but weapons" force fields :


                              Another pattern room :


                              Brand on wall :
                              This looks really good man. I like the clean textures and the color palette. Reminds me of some COMP maps.
                              I'm not quite sure about the modular platforms. The map looks too clean for such a meshed platform, but it might be to early to think about that.

                              Your should start a seperate thread for this, cause I'm eager to see how this evolves.

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                                Thanks all for your opinions

                                It's inspired by the comp/low poly styles as i'm a big fan of the packs and a partisan of clean looking maps with solid rock gameplay over great looking maps with so much details it becomes hard to spot the opponents, whether the gameplay is great or not. I like to have no incertitude where i can walldodge or not and i hate being stuck in random doorways.

                                For the modular platforms, they will seems like being out of the walls to give the feel the map could change from a game to the other, and some of the wall/ceiling pannels will be missing revealing the structure of the map. The current screenshots have close to no details on walls but there will be some to blend everything and give a slight feel of derelict.

                                I plan to keep a bright lighting scheme, with mostly crude neon white with just some touches of color here and there to avoid the map being too uniform.

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