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Fan Mission: The Ravine by Spoonman (17/04/2017)

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Congrats and Thanks. This is pretty impressive and big.

 

I've just had some first impressions, got lost and orientation seem to come slow.

 

It seems to be generally pretty dark and I had to tweak with my gamma.

 

First Question:

 

 

 

How can you reach the loot at the skeleton on the metal construction shaft?

 

 

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Known issues:

This mission was not beta-tested.

Some areas of the mission can get noticeable drops in framerate.

With respect, you need to get the mission beta tested before releasing it publicly.

 

Why not change the title of the post to beta testing required and we can give you and anyone that needs it access to the bets testing section.

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With respect, you need to get the mission beta tested before releasing it publicly.

 

Why not change the title of the post to beta testing required and we can give you and anyone that needs it access to the bets testing section.

 

Which is also, I assume, why the mission is not yet appearing for download in the New Mission part of TDM.

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Which is also, I assume, why the mission is not yet appearing for download in the New Mission part of TDM.

If you appreciate honesty then, yes. The preferred method of releasing a mission is as follow's -

  1. Get the missing to beta level or alpha with caveats.
  2. Post a call out asking for beta testers (this is what this thread should have been, I can still move the thread to the best testing section if required)
  3. Once the mission has been through 2-3 testing cycles do a final sanity check.
  4. then post an announcement thread in the mission section.

Either reply here or drop me a PM, Im happy to help.

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A little baffling why someone would put so much work into a mission and then not have it beta tested. Especially when there's so many people here in the community willing to do it.

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The downside to not beta testing before release is that players expect a polished mission, and we have piles of experience showing that beta-ready missions still need a fair amount of love, whether you're an experienced mapper or not.

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Honestly, I don't think there's anything wrong with releasing a mission at the forums without beta testing.

We just won't host it in the mission down-loader until it's proven to be playable above some minimum standard.

 

We really have far too few beta testers compared to other projects. Big Source mods have 50 to 100 players working

on their betas whereas we usually have 3 to 4. It wouldn't hurt to have a thread go from a Beta thread to a Release

thread in that case, as long as the author is upfront about the condition of the release.

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

 

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

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I must say, while betatesting is good practice, I was one of the testers for Full Moon Fever, and it was basically flawless outside some really small quibbles. B)

 

Great to see you back!


Come the time of peril, did the ground gape, and did the dead rest unquiet 'gainst us. Our bands of iron and hammers of stone prevailed not, and some did doubt the Builder's plan. But the seals held strong, and the few did triumph, and the doubters were lain into the foundations of the new sanctum. -- Collected letters of the Smith-in-Exile, Civitas Approved

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All I can say is wow! Spoonman, you have created something really great here! Two hours in, and although I have my loot goal, I am nowhere near finished with this. Just wow.

 

Edited to fix grammar. P.S. I misspelled grammar, lol.

Edited by montag

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So far, very few bugs, and no game-breaking ones. Still not finished. However... this mission is something else. Go play it, and if you can, go play it without spoilers. :D

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Come the time of peril, did the ground gape, and did the dead rest unquiet 'gainst us. Our bands of iron and hammers of stone prevailed not, and some did doubt the Builder's plan. But the seals held strong, and the few did triumph, and the doubters were lain into the foundations of the new sanctum. -- Collected letters of the Smith-in-Exile, Civitas Approved

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The size it's really massive, and I like snowie FM, congrats!

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It needs beta testing before releasing, even when you're certain there's no problems. With a quick look, it's very dark. I had to turn the gamma up quite a bit to be able to see anything. Looks wicked though. :)

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I gotta say, this is about 100% the opposite of the type of level I like to play - sprawling high-stress interconnected level that's easy to get lost in with little story, but there parts that were really clever.

 

 

 

Especially the upper floors and their homage to The Sword. Very well done!

 

 


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Probably time to get this into the in-game downloader, for taffers like me who only use that. I think if there were any massive, game breaking bugs, they would have shown up by now.

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I just completed this on Medium. Very enjoyable mission, and I didn't find anything that seemed like a bug.

 

The building, when you find it, gets weirder the higher up you go. Oh, and there's an unexpected guest appearance by Ned Kelly.

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