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Fan Mission: Pandora's Box by Jesps(2010/07/11)

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[size="7"][color="#FF0000"][center][i][b]PANDORA'S BOX![/b][/i][/center][/color][/size]
[CENTER][IMG]http://www.fidcal.com/TEMP/pandoras_box2.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER]

[B]Pandora's Box[/B] is a small FM in which you have been smuggled on board a ship to steal an item called Pandora's Box, and replace it with a fake. But this is no ordinary ship...

[URL="http://www.mindplaces.com/darkmod/fmdetails.php?id=25"][B][SIZE="4"]DOWNLOAD HERE[/SIZE][/B][/URL]. (7MB)

Play time is roughly 25 minutes to an hour depending on your play style. Note that although the loot objectives are reasonable, finding all of it is quite a challenge so add to that time if you like to find it all!

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Glad to see this map released, for obvious reasons [img]http://forums.thedarkmod.com/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif[/img]

Just completed it. I like the things you have done with the map, especially on lights and shadows [img]http://forums.thedarkmod.com/public/style_emoticons/default/wub.gif[/img] (for those who dont know, this is a map originally made by me and finished off, and improved by Fidcal)

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Nice to finally see this released. But what a shame you didn't use the skybox I made for it. I thought the general response was pretty positive... But well, it's still a neat small FM with or without it. :-)

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I never found the skybox StiFu. All I remember was a posted picture with no info where it was. I left this FM alone as there were various discussions and I thought someone would be working on it then it fizzled out. I can't even find that old thread now I was looking for it a few days ago. In the end I gave up and just did what I remembered which was Springheel pointed out the lighting ought to be upgraded.

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Ah ok. Well it's textures/darkmod/nature/skybox/mountain_sunset (As can be seen on the "What's new in TDM 1.02" article). It's no big deal that you missed it. I was just a tiny bit disappointed at first... But it's all good now! ;)

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Wow... beautiful skybox there; if you can plug it in and pk4 it up before the masses wake I say go for it!

I've played through and loved the creativity and utilization of many of the excellent aspects of TDM! I played on easy cause I don't like to be told not to KO or kill, but found enough loot for expert.

[spoiler]
However, apparently, I certainly didn't come close to what was available missed by some 200ish or so...
[/spoiler]

Also

[spoiler]
I swear this did not occur because I fell off of the side of the airship, it occurred to me to finally write it down as I was climbing around atop the crate(s) I arrived in... but anyway I'll put the 'it' in the improvements thread.
[/spoiler]

Thanks again, Jesps & Fidcal .

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Aww cripes! Your front-page is down for me and I cant download before work! :angry:

Must've been a lot of pent-up desire for this one? :laugh:

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@STiFU: It is a really nice skybox, but from this angle at least it needs a lighting fix. The sunset is off to the right in the image, correct? But the moon is lit up and from the left. Not likely unless we have two suns...

Congrats Jesps and Fidcal on finally getting this gem out.

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Anxious to play! :) But the server is down at the moment.

(I also noticed the moon thing :P it's still a great sky though!)

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Yeah, I've been trying to remember the URL syntax at bloodgate but I suspect this one hasn't been mirrored yet anyway :(

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Here's are the direct links to the mirrors:

http://www.fidcal.com/darkuser/missions/pandoras_box.pk4
http://www.bloodgate.com/mirrors/tdm/pub/pk4/fms/pandoras_box.pk4

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Thanks Fidcal!

(my wife probably won't let me back on the PC after work though... :( )

(There's always middle-of-the-night sneaking back on though...;) )

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Not a long mission, but it was very good in both looks and gameplay. There must be a lot I have missed, since I barely made the Expert loot goal; that will have to be remedied later. :ph34r:

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[quote name='SneaksieDave' date='11 July 2010 - 03:47 PM' timestamp='1278856071' post='223009']
@STiFU: It is a really nice skybox, but from this angle at least it needs a lighting fix. The sunset is off to the right in the image, correct? But the moon is lit up and from the left. Not likely unless we have two suns...[/quote]
Yeah, I posted that in the internal thread of this FM too. The moon needs to be rotated.

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Fun mission! :) Very unusual, creative and well designed environment. Finished within 30 minutes on the hardest setting. It was difficult but no quickload was necessary, so it's a pretty well balanced mission, IMO.

A few "bugs" I'd like to report:
- The stairs steps seems to be a little higher than the ideal for the AI to climb it naturally.
- Some minor pathfinding problems in the first room (he kept hitting the moveable objects)
- This one may need a spoiler tag:
[spoiler]The objective to return to the box where we start was completed before finishing the other objectives. I entered the crate after finishing the pandora box objective, but I was exploring the place in search of some loot and that door next to the crate was still unexplored, and hid inside the crate when the guard was patroling. After I've found the final loot (on the very front of the ship) the mission was completed, eventhough I wasn't inside the crate.[/spoiler]

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Thanks Jesps and Fidcal, nice mission. [spoiler]I like the "made you look" spots for the loot, almost missed the ones on the stairs.[/spoiler]

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Diego: Mmm... that objective bug I thought was fixed a year ago and I never even tested it recently. Pity - but it's harmless I guess.

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Heh. This mission proves it that great complexity is not required for excellence.

I wished there was a better skybox and a good looking nightly ocean far down below..

Overall: Simple yet very entertaining and enjoyable mission.

Many thanks for the authors!

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For bringing a bit of The [spoiler]Flying Age to the Dark Mod, a big thumbs up for Jesps and Fidcal. Airship missions[/spoiler] are simply cool. It's also interesting to see an Inventor's Guild tie-in.

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I'm glad to see a change in the common formula of missions :)

I finished the map in about 15:25 so perhaps a little short, but still fun and free of frustration.

[spoiler]Another thing i noticed is that the crew seemed to act as though they had a helmet, it took a few blows behind the head even when being stealthy, although something i got them in the neck and they went down, could just be me.[/spoiler]

Good job and good luck Jesps :) Edited by Mr Lemony Fresh

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Hi. :)

I just translated this FM into Italian. : D

Here's the link: :D


But I met a big bug with the pandora's box chest (i'm probably out of luck. : D) : i can't open the chest. I tried it with lockpicks, with the capitan key, but nothing.
maybe I'm forgetting to do something. : /

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Mmm, the bug was caused by the translated files of the GUI (i'm the GUI italian translator). Now, with the update file, the chest works. ;)

However, small but nice mission. Edited by ECHELON

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