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Fan Mission: A House of Locked Secrets by Gelo "Moonbo" Fleisher (2015/05/28)

A House of Locked Secrets (by Gelo "Moonbo" Fleisher)  

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Congratulations!

 

Eager to play it.


FM's: Builder Roads, Old Habits, Old Habits Rebuild

WIP's: Several. Although after playing Thief 4 I really wanna make a city mission.

Mapping and Scripting: Apples and Peaches

Sculptris Models and Tutorials: Obsttortes Models

My wiki articles: Obstipedia

Texture Blending in DR: DR ASE Blend Exporter

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Congrats!

Thanks for all your work that into this FM Gelo! And anyone that did contribute ...


"To rush is without doubt the most important enemy of joy" ~ Thieves Saying

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Thanks guys!

 

@Jaxa, I think both take the same cut, so it's a matter of your personal preference :-).


But you should walk having internal dignity. Be a wonderful person who can dance pleasantly to the rhythm of the universe.

-Sun Myung Moon

 

My work blog: gfleisher.blogspot.com

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Will upload to the official mirrors when I get home this evening.

 

I created the FM page:

 

http://www.thedarkmod.com/missiondetails/?id=101

 

so we just need the mirrors updated :)


Please visit TDM's IndieDB site and help promote the mod:

 

http://www.indiedb.com/mods/the-dark-mod

 

(Yeah, shameless promotion... but traffic is traffic folks...)

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On the second test, I pick up the lockpick but when I return to the natural world, the lockpick is not in my inventory as I think it should be and I cannot proceed. What am I doing wrong? Thanks.

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As I recall, things that you get in the spirit world "never" transition to the real world. Only your real-world

location can be modified by adventures in the spirit world. Therefore you must proceed with actions that

require a lock pick in the spirit world...

 

stronger hint

 

 

 

 

Go see Father Martel again (upstairs) and pick the jewel box next to him, then grab the key and use it to

unlock cells to gain rope arrows, etc... all within the spirit realm...

 

 

 


Please visit TDM's IndieDB site and help promote the mod:

 

http://www.indiedb.com/mods/the-dark-mod

 

(Yeah, shameless promotion... but traffic is traffic folks...)

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I didn't think Requiem could be out done but man this thing is FREAKING AWESOME !!!! I did not want it to end GREAT JOB to all envolved

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Just played through this and here is my feedback (may contain spoilers, so play before you read it ;) )

 

 

Appearence

 

There is not much to say about the visuals of the mission, except that they are stunning and I'm really jealous on your skills, mista. Two things that appeal to me are the amount of detail and the good optimization. Even though the areas are very detailed and make a very good use of light, I didn't had any performance issues. This was especially surprising on the outside part in the second mission. Great job here. 5/5

 

Story

 

There story was interesting and very well told. Most of the readables had a pleasent length so I never got tired of reading them, which is something that sometimes happens in other missions and can cause me to miss important hints. That didn't happen here, although it took me some time until I understood what to do with the heart of the monster (I think it was the north wing objective). ;)

 

I couldn't expect much more. 5/5

 

Gameplay

 

The idea and the implementation are very well made. The stealth requirements were fine as the mission was more focused on solving the puzzles. However, there are two minor issues I had. I would have liked for the puzzles to become more complex towards the end, with several spiritual worlds differing from each other or so. The setup was mostly pretty straight foreward, which is ok, but I think there is some room left.

 

Another thing is the final part. It took me ages to find out that I have to use the symbol on the fountains again. I expected them to just put me back into the spiritual world again, as all the other objects before did, but that wasn't the case. You break with your game concept here without communicating this to the player, which is not optimal.

 

Still, you did a great job here, so I give you a 4/5

 

 

I was very happy to see my automap getting used, but was a bit surprised that you didn't used my notebook script (it appeared so to me in the first place). Btw., how much effort was it to setup the map, is it okay as I've implemented it? (just curious)

 

Another big thanks for the mentioning, that's definetely a worthwhile way of being credited, although I was a bit surprised that I only count as an acolyte :P

 

I must say that this is the best mission I've played thus far, and that I'm even a bit proud of having participated on it. Although the main honor definetely goes to you, Moonbo, for creating this masterpiece. Thanks a lot, mista. :)

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FM's: Builder Roads, Old Habits, Old Habits Rebuild

WIP's: Several. Although after playing Thief 4 I really wanna make a city mission.

Mapping and Scripting: Apples and Peaches

Sculptris Models and Tutorials: Obsttortes Models

My wiki articles: Obstipedia

Texture Blending in DR: DR ASE Blend Exporter

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Hey Obs,

 

Thanks for the kind words :-).

 

 

 

Yeah, I agree with you when it comes to puzzle difficulty. I personally get very easily stumped by puzzles in games so I tend towards easy problems, especially for the main plot. My plan was to have more tougher brain-twisters as optional content, but as I was building the map it got so large (in terms of primitive and entity counts) that I just ran out of space and time to do more side content. I guess that's a downside to having a one-man mapping team on a project, only so much attention to go around :-).

 

Regarding the finale, you say you had to use the holy symbol on the fountains twice for them to work? If so that's definitely a glitch, as they should work like any other realm gate...or do you mean the fountains in the physical world didn't act as gates? If so, I guess I'll take a mea-culpa on that one as the goal was to force the player to get close to Gurgan each time he needed to get back into his spirit realm.

 

I had originally used your updating text script, but I ran into a problem where the spawnarg that was used to update the text could only hold something like 250 characters, which meant that the notes pages could never be filled up before running out of space. In the final version of the map I just swap out one version of the readable with another each time the notes get updaed, which can happen because you get the updates in a linear order. The automap worked great though, and I only needed to tweak it slightly to get it to work like the T2 automaps. Turned out to be a great feature!

 

 


But you should walk having internal dignity. Be a wonderful person who can dance pleasantly to the rhythm of the universe.

-Sun Myung Moon

 

My work blog: gfleisher.blogspot.com

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Two things that appeal to me are the amount of detail and the good optimization. Even though the areas are very detailed and make a very good use of light, I didn't had any performance issues. This was especially surprising on the outside part in the second mission.

I spent a lot of time work of time working with Moonbo on getting perf and detail levels balanced, so it nice to see people appreciating it :-D

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@Bikerdude: Well, I've bought my pc six years ago or so and it wasn't overhelmingly fast back in the day either, so I notice it very clearly if maps are not optimized well. So again, great job.

 

@Moonbo: Yeah, now that you mention it there was some restrictions to the amount of chars a string can hold. I've completely forgot about that. However, it wasn't meant as criticism anyways, I was actually thinking you'Ve overlooked that.

 

Regarding the spoiler:

 

 

As all criticism mine is subjective, so do not take it as the holy word. And yes, I can imagine that due to the size of the mission you've encountered some restrictions, although I think that more persons working on it would not have been of much use here, it's a simple restriction.

 

To be more clear on the final part. I've used the symbol on the hammer to get into the spritual realm, and there I've used it on the fountains to get back to the real world. What I've meant is, that after that I had to use the symbol on the fountains in the real world again to destroy them or whatever I've done there (I'm just guessing from the sound effects). But I expected that using the symbol again on them would just put me back to the spiritual world, which isn't the case.

 

I more or less stumbeld over the solution as I guessed I'm in the wrong cage (the places where the fountains are, don't have a better word for them).

 

 

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FM's: Builder Roads, Old Habits, Old Habits Rebuild

WIP's: Several. Although after playing Thief 4 I really wanna make a city mission.

Mapping and Scripting: Apples and Peaches

Sculptris Models and Tutorials: Obsttortes Models

My wiki articles: Obstipedia

Texture Blending in DR: DR ASE Blend Exporter

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