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#1 Melan

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 04:57 AM

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The Rats Triumphant

(Halloween Contest 2015 Mission)

 

Three weeks ago the Builders condemned Whitechapel Row... They hammered and sawed, and erected their barricades of timber and stone...

 

Over those weeks, I dreamed of great iron machines that swallowed the sky, thundering and shouting to defy the winds. I dreamed of nitrous vaults undisturbed, forgotten for the counting of years...

 

At the end of the third week did I awaken in cold sweat, for on that night, I would procure a certain letter from an old house I have not visited in many years...

 

Jacques Mortegris was his name, and I left him in anger, renouncing my lineage and wealth to live a life of knavery and deceit. But now, I would return for those fever-dreams of gold, and a family inheritance.

 

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Design notes:

The idea for this mission came from an old house in a side street where I go to my daily work. It had been dilapidated as long as I can remember, first as a home for beggars and some fairly disreputable people, then condemned and its windows bricked up, and now finally in the process of being demolished. As I went to my work and back, I could watch it disappear day by day, exposing its layers of construction until finally only one wall remained. But for all its ruined state and inhabitants, it had a simple elegance, and I decided to preserve it in the form of a fan mission.

 

(more on building the mission later)

 

Special thanks: to Bikerdude for multiple performance-related and aesthetic fixes. My playtersters, Bikerdude (again), nbohr1more and Premier.


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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

#2 id3839315

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 05:34 AM

Four new missions and it's weekend.gif



#3 Bikerdude

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 06:19 AM

Added to the in-game downloader.



#4 Ryan101

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 01:20 PM

I'm having a damned tough time finding

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Any clues?


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#5 Melan

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 01:29 PM

Clue:

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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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Posted 31 October 2015 - 02:58 PM

Regarding the above

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#7 Bikerdude

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 03:10 PM

@Jim,

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#8 Oldjim

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 03:19 PM

@Bikerdude

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#9 Bikerdude

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 03:21 PM

Nope, just the one.

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#10 Melan

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 03:26 PM

It works a bit weirdly. Try using it twice.


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

#11 Oldjim

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 03:55 PM

Found the problem

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#12 Bikerdude

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 04:23 PM

@Jim, step back a bit as it opens.



#13 Melan

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 04:23 PM

Oldjim: 

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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

#14 Oldjim

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 04:29 PM

Spoiler



#15 Abusimplea

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 02:06 AM

This mission is beautiful and features a plot that feels fresh. And it really hits the Halloween bull's eye.

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#16 nbohr1more

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 11:02 AM

This mission looks far more difficult than it actually is.

 

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Overall, a top notch mission and something I would expect to see for a contest that lasted a few months rather than the scant 15 days or less than

this contest afforded.


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#17 Ryan101

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 03:45 PM

Spoiler

 

And now with the mission actually done, I can safely say this was a really good little mission with pretty excellent atmosphere and a foreboding story, perfectly suited for Halloween without slamming us in the face with clumsy attempts at scaring the player. Only sticking point is within the spoiler; good job overall.


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#18 Sotha

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 04:23 AM

Completed this. Boohoo, I was sort of expecting more.

 

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Thanks for the mission, though. I appreciated the experience, even though it was not my cup of tea.


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Posted 02 November 2015 - 06:41 AM

Congrats on the release,I will give a try :).



#20 Melan

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Posted 03 November 2015 - 04:22 AM

Sotha: Thanks for the honest feedback! The design decisions you criticise are intentional, although they are of course legitimate to question.

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That's my reasoning anyway. TL;DR and non-spoilery: this FM is an experiment in designing a horror experience that creates unease, a sense of confinement, and uncertainty in the player.


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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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Posted 03 November 2015 - 06:19 AM

As my previous post seems to have vanished due to the forum glitch last night I will try to remember what I said

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Posted 03 November 2015 - 10:20 AM

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All in all, a great mission.



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Posted 03 November 2015 - 12:09 PM

I found the key

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, but could someone give me a clue as to the whereabouts of the second which presumably 
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#24 Melan

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Posted 03 November 2015 - 12:41 PM

Try 

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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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Posted 04 November 2015 - 11:51 AM

Grrr , Ive annoyingly got stuck on part of the map and need to noclip. Can't remember the right keys to use , tilde plus others I think , can't find a ref anywhere to do it. Thanks for any help. p.s Melan thanks for clue. Annoyingly , I was there earlier and didn't follow it through but all well now.


Edited by raymeld, 04 November 2015 - 11:52 AM.






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