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Fan Mission: The Knighton Manor by Sotha (2010/11/09)


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Poll: Fan Mission: The Knighton Manor by Sotha (2010/11/09) (84 member(s) have cast votes)

Gameplay: Enjoyment. Fun duration. Smooth flow, ect. Versus Bugs. Frustration, Boredom, framelag

  1. Poor (1 votes [1.19%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.19%

  2. Tolerable (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. Good (17 votes [20.24%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 20.24%

  4. Excellent (45 votes [53.57%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 53.57%

  5. Near Perfect (21 votes [25.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 25.00%

Appearance: Visual pleasure, lighting, visual style, deduct bad texturing etc.

  1. Poor (1 votes [1.19%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.19%

  2. Tolerable (2 votes [2.38%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.38%

  3. Good (29 votes [34.52%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 34.52%

  4. Excellent (33 votes [39.29%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 39.29%

  5. Near Perfect (19 votes [22.62%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 22.62%

Story & Text: Story. Text. Briefing. Graphic storytelling

  1. Poor (1 votes [1.19%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.19%

  2. Tolerable (1 votes [1.19%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.19%

  3. Good (25 votes [29.76%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 29.76%

  4. Excellent (44 votes [52.38%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 52.38%

  5. Near Perfect (13 votes [15.48%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 15.48%

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#1 Sotha

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 02:17 PM

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The Knighton Manor is a small/medium sized map in which aspiring thief Thomas Porter steals a valuable scepter from a city watch captain named Godfrey Knighton. It is the first mission in the Thomas Porter series. The mission was created by me, Sotha and I wish to thank Bikerdude, Ungoliant and Xarg for playtesting. An enormous thanks goes also to the fine people who created TDM and are still working hard, bringing it ever closer to perfection. Thanks also to the community for helping with my mappinge efforts.

Briefing:
Few weeks ago my fence heard a rumour about a particularily valuable scepter that was awarded for meritous service to a city watch captain named Godfrey Knighton.

The captain's scepter is told to be of solid gold, with ornate jewels and diamonds, in other words valuable materials which we could break and sell separately without drawing too much attention to ourselves.

Last few days I've been monitoring the good captain's luxurious manor, which is located just north of the City gates; an easy place to sneak in during the dark of night.

The manor security seems lax: an archer by the main door, few guards patrolling the grounds and a couple of servants.

It shouldn't be difficult for me to sneak in undetected, grab the scepter and other loose valuables and get out unnoticed.

It is getting dark, I'll make my move as soon as darkness falls. This is going to be a rather simple night, with the exception of better than normal booty..


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Use the ingame downloader to get it.


Enjoy!

Now that this mission has been completed, I will take a long break from mapping. I hope the mission I've created will bring a lot of joy to the community and perhaps even inspire others to create new and better missions.

Warning! There is ALWAYS someone who fails to use spoiler tags appropriately. I recommend you read this thread further only after playing the mission! Avoid spoilers.
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#2 nbohr1more

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 02:20 PM

Well now I've got some work to do :laugh:

Thanks Sotha!

I can't wait to try it!
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 02:39 PM

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 03:32 PM

:D



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Posted 09 November 2010 - 03:48 PM

Thanks. Already downloaded, and I'll play it tonight. The nice thing about this time of year is that the sun goes down early, so we don't have to stay up as late to play some TDM or Thief!
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#6 STiFU

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 04:09 PM

Congrats to another release Sotha. Can't wait to get back home and play this one. St. Alban is also still on my plate, which I am really looking forward to.

#7 Berny

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 05:04 PM

Thanks for the nice mission ;)




cool new objects and grafics!!! also new sound ;) This is very cool. And I love the huge amount of enemys (high difficult is also cool!) - But it was not that difficult..



#8 Fidcal

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 05:06 PM

Nice. I've ran out of time tonight but tomorrow.... I'll also mirror it to fidcal.com.

BTW you or someone might want to announce this at ttlg too.

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 05:43 PM

Mirror: http://bloodgate.com...ghton_manor.pk4

Thanx for the mission, Sotha, looking forward to playing it. Shame you want to take a break from mapping, tho!
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man." -- George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

"Remember: If the game lets you do it, it's not cheating." -- Xarax

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 06:04 PM

And right after St. Albans another great one !
Loved the secret area of captain Casanova there; found it only by luck :)
The distant countryside/city visuals made it feel quite right like an mansion outside but near town on a hill.
Nice little side story.
However, I missed clues or were not clever enough to detect them on how to bypass the security device in the first round; only after "trying" and seeing what moved where in the mechanism I could block it.
I came out only short a few dozen gold; it's the loot I left with the card players probably, but I saw no possibility how to grab those coins from the table undetected.
Thought there might be undead (I eyed a certain skeleton very suspiciously during looting) but they kept sleeping :)

Great mission, it's such stuff I play thief for.
"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly while bad people will find a way around the laws." - Plato
"When outmatched... cheat." Batman

#11 Aprilsister

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 06:33 PM

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Loved the secret area...

Really?

Really!?

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 07:05 PM

SPOILER

Yeah, I couldn't find a way to avoid alerting the card players. I just made some noise and blackjacked them when they came to look for me, one at a time. I guess that is practically cheating though.

A gas arrow would have done wonders there. *shatter/hisssssss thump thump thump thump* lol

Edited by lost_soul, 10 November 2010 - 12:51 AM.

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#13 Aprilsister

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 07:24 PM

Spoiler


#14 Sotha

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 12:37 AM

View PostAprilsister, on 09 November 2010 - 07:24 PM, said:

Spoiler

Exactly! Always use spoiler tags when talking specific map features.
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Posted 10 November 2010 - 03:13 AM

I haven't felt this much like a thief or intruder in a long time. What excellent gameplay! And the rest of it is top notch too really innovative things like the briefing system and the opening cinematic and the skybox...


Its just really well done. I had to talk myself in to quitting at points when I needed to. :laugh:

I sincerely hope this is recognized and that Sotha your talk of a long hiatus is some kind of ruse.

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 05:18 AM

Thanks for another gem, Sotha !
Just finished.


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Voted excellent for gameplay, as allways with your FM, i had lots of good ol´ thiefy fun. Only good for visual and story though, as compared to others, there was not so much greatness. But i understand you finished this up in a hurry, and personally, i rely on gameplay more than those two ;)
Also i had strange game freezing at the start (outside), but after restart it didn´t happened again.

I specially apreciated the fact i was able to complete mission without getting stuck an rush here to begging for spoilers :D but...
Spoiler

Yes i will miss your great missions while you´ll take a break, wish all your RL issues gets solved soon. Thanks.

Edited by Trickster, 10 November 2010 - 05:29 AM.


#17 Xarg

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 05:36 AM

@Trickster
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#18 Sotha

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 07:15 AM

View PostTrickster, on 10 November 2010 - 05:18 AM, said:

Voted excellent for gameplay, as allways with your FM, i had lots of good ol´ thiefy fun. Only good for visual and story though, as compared to others, there was not so much greatness. But i understand you finished this up in a hurry, and personally, i rely on gameplay more than those two ;)

Thanks Trickster and everyone! Glad people seem to like this mission!

I just want to comment that the mission was not finished in a hurry. I got it ready and sat idle on it quite a long time and then decided to release it instead of waiting 1.03. The reason was that the longer I waited, the more difficult it was getting back to mapping as I forgot where I was and what I was doing with the map. I map best in obsessive streaks.

The mission was designed to be roughly typical burglary heist, without grand story twists. Just plain sneaking fun.
If every mission had huge plot twists, they're soon expected from all the missions. (As it seems to be the case.) Sometimes a heist is just a heist and there should be more of that kind of missions, at least in my opinion. Think about it, not all of the original thief missions had soap opera plots. ;)

And my graphical style is not to create photorealistic scenes, but to make manageable scenes with good playability and good performance. It is an intentional style decision. Player imaginations typically fill in the gaps.
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Posted 10 November 2010 - 10:48 AM

So, this is the mission you were planning to put the new female characters in before?
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Posted 10 November 2010 - 11:27 AM

Gongrats with the release of this brilliant littel gem of a mission Sotha Posted Image
No problems at all with this one Posted Image (no need to cheat Posted Image )

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What a great view from top of a tree Posted Image

This is how I disabled the alarm Posted Image
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Has any body else found the
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Her´s my mission stats
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Thanks for another great mission Sotha Posted Image

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#21 Sotha

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 11:27 AM

View Postlost_soul, on 10 November 2010 - 10:48 AM, said:

So, this is the mission you were planning to put the new female characters in before?

Yes, exactly.
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Posted 10 November 2010 - 12:55 PM

OMG what an excellent mission. At first I didn't like the outside, too bright, then I started actually "playing" instead of "looking" and my god, what a wonderful time!

Question though

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#23 Sotha

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 01:13 PM

View PostAluminumHaste, on 10 November 2010 - 12:55 PM, said:


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Yep. I my missions the player character is a master thief and *CAN* pick all mundane locks with enough time.
If he couldn't pick a lock, he wouldn't be a master thief now would he...? :P
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Posted 10 November 2010 - 02:01 PM

Just completed the mission for the second time. I really like the placement of lights in this one.
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Posted 10 November 2010 - 03:23 PM

I have completed the mission for the first time. Since there was still a good 2000 loot to find, I will have to play it again soonish. Good fun; the AI patrols were not overwhelming, but enough to challenge, and the way to get the main loot object was inspired. In fact, I could also (probably)
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Some of the light placement was also very nice and dramatic in the map as lost_soul has written; that's always good. Some of the surfaces may have used a few more dirt decals, but I don't intend to bring this up as some tremendous error or something - overall, I liked the level a lot!

Take your time off from editing, but don't forget that TDM will draw you back... eventually! :ph34r:

Edited by Melan, 10 November 2010 - 03:27 PM.

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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