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Fan Mission: The Phrase Book by Sotha (2012/05/12)


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Poll: The Phrase Book (48 member(s) have cast votes)

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

  1. Poor (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. Tolerable (1 votes [2.08%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.08%

  3. Good (6 votes [12.50%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.50%

  4. Excellent (19 votes [39.58%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 39.58%

  5. Near Perfect (22 votes [45.83%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 45.83%

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

  1. Poor (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. Tolerable (1 votes [2.08%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.08%

  3. Good (7 votes [14.58%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 14.58%

  4. Excellent (20 votes [41.67%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 41.67%

  5. Near Perfect (20 votes [41.67%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 41.67%

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

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    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. Tolerable (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. Good (13 votes [27.08%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 27.08%

  4. Excellent (25 votes [52.08%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 52.08%

  5. Near Perfect (10 votes [20.83%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 20.83%

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#1 Sotha

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:22 PM

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Thomas Porter is back in a TDM FM called...

The Phrase Book by Sotha
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My situation seems rather bleak. The haunting from the Glenham Tower, the Hag, seems to be determined to do me in. She has attacked me a few times already, but so far I've managed escape with my life. I must stop these attacks before she succeeds in whatever that may be her sinister plans.

I believe everything is tied to this strange book, De Vermis Mysteriis, which I obtained from the tower. The book is written by some unknown language that I cannot understand, but somehow I am certain that the answer to my predicament is hidden within the dusty pages of this tome. It may very well be that the Hag is after me because I possess this book. Can the dead be afraid of what is written on these dusty pages? I need to find out everything I can...

Release notes:
If you find something called "softened lead ball" do note that it will not KO AI in TDM 1.07. Once 1.08 comes with its new features, the ball should work. While waiting for 1.08, the ball might still work as a distraction.
The mission uses heavily RITs, so guard activity should be more interesting and challenging.
The mission randomizes the location of few critical objects upon map start, so that coupled with the AI RIT behavior the mission should be more replayable than any other missions TDM has seen thus far.

Please use spoiler tags. I do not recommend you read further as someone always fails to use spoiler tags.

Download:

There was a bug in the initial release.

New version is here:
Use the ingame downloader to get it.

Fixes:
Increased font size to make briefing easier to read.
Fixed a stupid unpickable door issue.

ENJOY!
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#2 Fieldmedic

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:26 PM

Holy shit! A new mission from the finlandier! Must play when time comes...! :)

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:51 PM

Downloading! New masterpiece incoming? :D

EDIT: Amazing! It's why i *love* TDM!

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Edited by lowenz, 11 May 2012 - 06:49 PM.

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.


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Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:45 PM

This calls for an :excl:

Downloading with FURY!!!

Dropbox Mirror:

http://dl.dropbox.co...phrase_book.pk4

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/17706561/phrase_book.pk4

Edited by nbohr1more, 11 May 2012 - 10:02 PM.

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#5 ungoliant

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:45 PM

I gotta say, this FM has converted my briefing preference to your hybrid model. Only way this could have been improved would be with a voiceover that could play, skip, and replay based on which arrows you press. Even without vocal narrative, that briefing was impressive as hell.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:58 PM

Congrats, Sotha!
This mission for Beginners contest? Or Thomas Porter 5?

#7 nbohr1more

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 10:00 PM

Thomas Porter 5...
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#8 grayman

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 10:09 PM

So far, so good. Briefing is excellent, except for the eeny-weeny-teeny-tiny font. Bring your glasses!

Oh, I should note that I'm playing with SVN, so there might have been some font changes. Don't know.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 10:52 PM

View Postgrayman, on 11 May 2012 - 10:09 PM, said:

eeny-weeny-teeny-tiny font.

No problems with standard 1.07 at all.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 12:15 AM

Awesome! I had a lot of fun with this one. I only played on medium since I love to KO. I missed a bit of loot, so I'll have to go back in and find more :)
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Edited by PranQster, 12 May 2012 - 12:16 AM.

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#11 Bikerdude

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 03:04 AM

@Sotha, I copied pasted your post over on the ttlg forums.

#12 Sotha

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 03:30 AM

View PostBikerdude, on 12 May 2012 - 03:04 AM, said:

@Sotha, I copied pasted your post over on the ttlg forums.

Thank you!
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#13 lowenz

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 03:37 AM

Another beautiful shot!

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#14 Sotha

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 03:49 AM

View Postungoliant, on 11 May 2012 - 09:45 PM, said:

I gotta say, this FM has converted my briefing preference to your hybrid model. Only way this could have been improved would be with a voiceover that could play, skip, and replay based on which arrows you press. Even without vocal narrative, that briefing was impressive as hell.

Thanks! I am really pleased with how the briefing turned out. I think the briefing could easily be edited to play a sound when a certain page is visible. This means that voiceover would certainly be possible.

On the downside, the briefing still has the huge limitation that the page flow is difficult to bend to work with campaigns. If you plan to do a campaign, this briefing may not be the one for you. It is very good for single missions, though.

Unfortunately (for the community) / fortunately (for me), I've promised myself that I don't need to do any more advanced briefing gui work. So if campaign support or voiceovers would be made, it should be someone else to do the work. I promise to help and guide if need be.
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#15 SiyahParsomen

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 05:21 AM

congrats!

I'll save it for later when I feel really hunger for a fm. :)

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 07:01 AM

Lovely! I'll be downloading this soon as I come back. Thanks a LOT!

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 08:23 AM

Only been able to play it for about ten minutes so far, but it's already hitting my sweet spots -
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It's a busy weekend, but I hope I'll be able to give it some more time tomorrow

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 08:29 AM

View Postsimplen00b, on 12 May 2012 - 08:23 AM, said:

Only been able to play it for about ten minutes so far, but it's already hitting my sweet spots -
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It's a busy weekend, but I hope I'll be able to give it some more time tomorrow

I didn't read your spoiler but image made me think about you climbed to a spot where you should't be. Is this really possible? Because Sotha is extra careful on this. If you really managed, I will respect your skills :)

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 09:27 AM

I assumed it was deliberate design, but if I've managed to find somewhere I shouldn't have gone in one of Sotha's maps, my levels of self-congratulatory smugness will reach new heights :P.

Route was
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 09:42 AM

Great mission! :) A bit hard but, well, I did play on the hard difficulty so I can't complaint! :D

Minor bug:
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#21 Sotha

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 10:13 AM

View PostDiego, on 12 May 2012 - 09:42 AM, said:

Great mission! :) A bit hard but, well, I did play on the hard difficulty so I can't complaint! :D

Minor bug:
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Mission not finishing if objectives are completed is not a minor bug, it is a major one. Please give more details.

I tested hard difficulty and it worked for me. Did you go back to the starting room?
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#22 ungoliant

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 10:17 AM

simplenoob, I was about to post a shot of a place you missed, but then realized its the same spot at a different angle :laugh:

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 12:31 PM

Were there many changes since the beta test?

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 12:37 PM

View PostAluminumHaste, on 12 May 2012 - 12:31 PM, said:

Were there many changes since the beta test?

No, I fixed the most critical things like the carpets and the readables. Moved a few sleeping AI. That sort of thing. I left most of the visual improvement suggestions undone as I was pleased myself with the end results and did not want to make the mission more choppy for the low-enders. (Plus spending hours on visual tweaks is not my thing.)

Therefore this mission-not-ending issue reported by Diego freaks me out. Does the mission finish properly for people? If not, please, provide detailed description with spoiler tags.
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 12:45 PM

I believe I had to actually get back to the starting room for the mission to finish. Just getting back to the tower didn't work. I had to climb down the ladder and go stand on my bed then the mission ended.

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