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Fan Mission: Alberic's Curse by b1k3rdude (20/06/2011)


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Poll: Fan Mission: Alberic's Curse by b1k3rdude (20/06/2011) (72 member(s) have cast votes)

Seasonal Theme

  1. No Season (2 votes [2.78%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.78%

  2. Barely Defined (14 votes [19.44%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.44%

  3. Season is Clear (28 votes [38.89%])

    Percentage of vote: 38.89%

  4. Season is Captured Well (16 votes [22.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.22%

  5. Near Perfect (12 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

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

  1. 1 stars (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. 2 stars (1 votes [1.39%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.39%

  3. 3 stars (13 votes [18.06%])

    Percentage of vote: 18.06%

  4. 4 stars (42 votes [58.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 58.33%

  5. 5 stars (16 votes [22.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.22%

Aesthetics: Visual pleasure, lighting, visual style. Audio, use mood. Storytelling and consistency?

  1. 1 stars (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. 2 stars (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. 3 stars (6 votes [8.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

  4. 4 stars (20 votes [27.78%])

    Percentage of vote: 27.78%

  5. 5 stars (46 votes [63.89%])

    Percentage of vote: 63.89%

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#1 Bikerdude

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 07:03 PM

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"At night, they say, the Builders' hand comes loose from his mighty hammer and creatures wander out from their hiding places while he slumbers. But tis this night, above all others that unholy vapours cloak the land with gloomy curtains and night creatures dance and sing in the twilight. I can't say I'm looking forward to my endeavors this night.... I've been given a job by a Priest to retrieve two holy artifacts from an abandoned cloister in Eldin woods north of the city, simple job I thought, but the priest failed to mention the placed was haunted."

Build Time:
about 5 weeks

Thanks:-
Respect to the Dark Mod team for putting up with all my questions and knocking up the various updates in short order!. Special thanks to Flanders and Springheel for their models and my testers for helping me squash all the bugs etc.
Testers: Flanders, Jaxa, nbohr1more, Aluminumhaste, Baal.
Readables: Darkangel/Flanders/b1k3rdude with special thanks to Flanders for his original story..
Resource: Flanders/Springheel - art direction and models.
Misc: This is a homage to the original Thief2 mission from 2001 (The Cathedral of the Damned)

Info:
# Repeat after me, "Read and explore, Read and explore"

Known issues:-
# This mission will have less than optimal fps at a few points on the map, but most of my testers with lowish end rigs (P4/HD4650) are getting 30fps+ at the worst spots)
# For very low end PCs I recommend the following settings: V-sync is off, AA is off, Aniso is 4x or lower, advanced settings are simple/default & Post processing of disabled and as a last resort the command line arg ' r_skipFogLights 1 ' (turns off the fog)

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#2 AluminumHaste

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 07:09 PM

Ohhh can't wait to play it!!!!

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#3 Bikerdude

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 07:34 PM

heheh, Ah what r u like....

#4 AluminumHaste

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 08:07 PM

lol ;)

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#5 ungoliant

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 08:58 PM

grats on release, BD. Been looking forward to this one, of course :)

#6 Jesps

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 11:44 PM

Congratulations on the release. It looks very inviting from the screenshot.

Read and explore, Read and explore

#7 Neb

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 12:28 AM

Haven't completed it yet, but it's fantastic. Congrats.

#8 i30817

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 10:46 AM

I'm stuck inside the cathedral.

Only thing missing is the book and scepter that i know is behind one of those doors by a broken window.

There are 2 doors i can't open, and a secret lever in the bookcase that i don't know what it does (i already know about the other secret door, to the crypts.

Also, only found 1 key - for the footlocker, though that ended up not needed.

#9 lowenz

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 10:59 AM

Another jewel from Bikerdude!
Really perfect implementation of "Haunted Cathedral Mission" paradigm :)


Obviously searched for some minor bugs as always :P
Found 1 here (and in the other twin tower too):


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There's the smoke but no torch around here (or the torch is IN the wall? :D)

Edited by lowenz, 20 June 2011 - 11:14 AM.

Task is not so much to see what no one has yet seen but to think what nobody has yet thought about that which everybody see. - E.S.


#10 AluminumHaste

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 11:03 AM

More than likely fog/smoke particles bleeding through because the portal is open. Amazing mission, can't wait to play it again.

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#11 AluminumHaste

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 11:05 AM

View Posti30817, on 20 June 2011 - 10:46 AM, said:

I'm stuck inside the cathedral.

Only thing missing is the book and scepter that i know is behind one of those doors by a broken window.

There are 2 doors i can't open, and a secret lever in the bookcase that i don't know what it does (i already know about the other secret door, to the crypts.

Also, only found 1 key - for the footlocker, though that ended up not needed.

Spoiler

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#12 Bikerdude

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 11:12 AM

View Postlowenz, on 20 June 2011 - 10:59 AM, said:

There's the smoke but no the torch around here (or the torch is IN the wall?

View PostAluminumHaste, on 20 June 2011 - 11:03 AM, said:

More than likely fog/smoke particles bleeding through because the portal is open. Amazing mission, can't wait to play it again.
Its actually a phantom torch inside the wall, that I couldn't find it in Darkradiant.

#13 Bikerdude

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 11:17 AM

View Posti30817, on 20 June 2011 - 10:46 AM, said:

  • Only thing missing is the book and scepter that i know is behind one of those doors by a broken window.
  • a secret lever in the bookcase that i don't know what it does
  • There are 2 doors i can't open

Hint: The book would normally be read to the congregation.
Hint: Listen to the sound after frobbing, what direction is it coming from? (this is exactly the same way it is in T2 btw)
Hint: If a door is metal rather than wood, is there possibly something valuable the other side? and is it missing a handle, what would that suggest..?

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#14 i30817

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 11:40 AM

Where is the other key? BTW there is black books not in shadow in that secret room. Like a shader error.

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 11:48 AM

There is no frobable handle.

#16 Bikerdude

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 11:54 AM

View Posti30817, on 20 June 2011 - 11:40 AM, said:

  • Where is the other key? BTW there is black books not in shadow in that secret room. Like a shader error.
  • There is no frobable handle.

  • Bloody tdm and its various idiosyncrasies, I had fixed that.
  • Read what I said, then think about for a sec, then go into the mission and you will see what I am getting at, otherwise I will give you a spoiler.


#17 Thiefette

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 12:05 PM

Congrats on the release Bikerdude. Just finished it and I too had trouble with

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Thanks for all your hard work.

#18 i30817

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 12:24 PM

Nope. Can't solve it.

#19 Thiefette

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 01:02 PM

View Posti30817, on 20 June 2011 - 12:24 PM, said:

Nope. Can't solve it.


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#20 Briareos H

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 01:27 PM

Once again, a Bikerdude FM which doesn't use the same rating scale as others. Are you trying to be intentionally misleading?
I voted as if the poll was the regular one.

Anyway, the mission is gorgeous and technically very pleasing. The sneaking is nice but a bit repetitive. I couldn't really feel involved in the objectives, but then I'm a bit tired of that kind of mission.
As for the season theme, a lot more could have been done.

Edited by Briareos H, 20 June 2011 - 01:31 PM.


#21 Bikerdude

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 02:02 PM

View PostBriareos H, on 20 June 2011 - 01:27 PM, said:

Once again, a Bikerdude FM which doesn't use the same rating scale as others.

Anyway, the mission is gorgeous and technically very pleasing. The sneaking is nice but a bit repetitive. I couldn't really feel involved in the objectives, but then I'm a bit tired of that kind of mission.
As for the season theme, a lot more could have been done.

- I though its was, but amended to avoid aforementioned confusion.
- I wanted to add way more AI, and there is a method for spawning Ai into zones etc to you can have a perceived my Ai without actually having more ai thus keep cpu load low.
- on the season, how exactly..? (Im always learning) also don't forget I was the only one to attempt this season, which as you can imagine is the hardest!

On a different note, why cant I see the voters on the poll, I could on my previous contest maps.

#22 Chiron

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 02:09 PM

I've lockpicked this door, and it doesn't open. Is this by design or are the dead spiders blocking the door. After I've killed them they started to hover.

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Edited by Chiron, 20 June 2011 - 02:16 PM.


#23 Bikerdude

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 02:14 PM

Elo Chiron..

You tried frobbing it after unlocking..? I deliberately set doors differently.. (just like in real life)

#24 Chiron

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 02:23 PM

Yes, tried that. The door just makes a metal sound like it is being blocked.

I have a savegame if you want.

#25 Bikerdude

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 03:02 PM

Hmm, yup pm a link. I think this is probably an issue with your install though as that door has never been a prob if it s the one I'm thinking of.





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