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Fan Mission: Shadows of Northdale ACT I by Goldwell (2018/03/23)

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#1 Goldwell

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Posted 23 March 2018 - 10:11 PM

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Shadows of Northdale is a new campaign that takes place in a city called Northdale that is situated up in the mounts of the western empire.
Across the campaign the player will traverse through the varying districts of the city with each mission featuring it's own unique location as well as different locations in the city hub to access.
 
ACT I is the first mission which is designed to introduce the player to the city hub area and the new mechanics available to them. During the first night in the city hub section there are a couple of places to explore however this will expand and open up further as you progress through the campaign's missions.
 
This mission features some aspects which are different to the usual dark mod FM experience which are:
- Food is an item that is picked up and stored in your inventory, pressing the use key with the food item highlighted will cause the player to eat it and gain 5hp
- There is an ingame fence where you can purchase gear using any loot you may have found during the mission, you can visit him as many times as you wish but do be mindful of your loot goals
- Also inside the fence's shop are contracts, these are readables which detail tasks that a client wishes you to complete for an agreed sum of gold. Upon completing them you will be rewarded with the designated sum immediately
- Because you are not a wanted criminal (yet) the citywatch will only attack you if they catch you breaking the law or find you near the scene of a crime
- Candles are pinchable in this mission, frobbing them causes Corbin to pinch them to put them out rather than pick them up
 
The mission was designed and tested on 2.05, if you are playing on any other version there may be bugs present.
 
If you enjoyed the mission please feel free to leave a review, I enjoy reading them and it gives me inspiration for my next projects. Tell me what you felt worked and what you felt could be improved for next time.
 
Have fun taffers!
 
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2.06 UPDATE INFO: If you are experiencing any path finding issues (AI walking around in circles or getting stuck) on 2.06 then please enter the following console command to resolve these issues cm_backFaceCull 0. Thanks goes to Nbohr1more for solving that!
 
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Testers
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Skacky
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Custom assets
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Kingsal
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Tannar
 
And a very special thank you to the following people without whom the mission would not exist:
 
Epifire for creating some amazing detailed custom models that help bring a unique layer that wouldn't be possible without it. Seriously go check out his modeling page! Dude is very talented https://sketchfab.com/Epifire
 
Grayman for helping to debug a lot of critical bugs in the mission, without him there wouldnt be a mission
 
Kingsal and Skacky for helping out with excellent tips on level design, flow and lighting
 
Moonbo for lending his writing talents to help optimize the briefing video script
 
Obsttorte for making the majority of the scripts featured in this mission, and for dealing with my constant nagging about issues and bugs, you are awesome!
 
SlyFoxx for lending his vocal talents and making the fence character come to life and sound great
 
SquadaFroinx for providing thorough beta reports (that are equally hilarious as they are useful)
 
And finally a huge thank you to Tannar for drawing the fantastic looking ingame map
 

 
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The Accountant
Part 1: Thieves and Heirs | Part 2: New In town

 

Shadows of Northdale Campaign

ACT I
 
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Lord Edgar's Bathhouse | Spring Cleaning


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Posted 24 March 2018 - 02:21 AM

Oh yes! After playing this mission a couple times in beta, I love it. Incredible work Goldwell and I can't wait to play more. 


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#3 Bikerdude

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 03:47 AM

Woohoo!



#4 Epifire

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 04:29 AM

Really great additions for the final version, bravo! Looking forward to seeing what Act 2 holds next!


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#5 Bikerdude

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 07:15 AM

Im kinda stuck on two locations -

 

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#6 Baal

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 07:29 AM

Great news! I am looking forward to it.



#7 Goldwell

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 07:39 AM

Im kinda stuck on two locations -

 

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The Accountant
Part 1: Thieves and Heirs | Part 2: New In town

 

Shadows of Northdale Campaign

ACT I
 
Stand Alone Missions
Lord Edgar's Bathhouse | Spring Cleaning


#8 grayman

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 08:58 AM

Stuck!

 

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#9 Goldwell

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 09:00 AM

Stuck!

 

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The Accountant
Part 1: Thieves and Heirs | Part 2: New In town

 

Shadows of Northdale Campaign

ACT I
 
Stand Alone Missions
Lord Edgar's Bathhouse | Spring Cleaning


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Posted 24 March 2018 - 10:13 AM

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#11 grayman

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 10:14 AM

Stuck again.

 

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 10:22 AM

Stuck again.

 

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General hint

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The Accountant
Part 1: Thieves and Heirs | Part 2: New In town

 

Shadows of Northdale Campaign

ACT I
 
Stand Alone Missions
Lord Edgar's Bathhouse | Spring Cleaning


#13 Bikerdude

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 10:40 AM

@Goldwell, I found my issue -

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#14 Goldwell

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 10:45 AM

@Goldwell, I found my issue -

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The Accountant
Part 1: Thieves and Heirs | Part 2: New In town

 

Shadows of Northdale Campaign

ACT I
 
Stand Alone Missions
Lord Edgar's Bathhouse | Spring Cleaning


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Posted 24 March 2018 - 11:01 AM

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#16 chakkman

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 11:02 AM

I just played this for about 20 minutes. Holy sh**... the intro, and also the loading screen are already very well done, but the city really looks and feels awesome. I'll surely play this through tonight, and give some further feedback when i have done so. For now, it really looks fantastic. :)

 

BTW, could just me and my computer, but, it seems this mission is pretty heavy on ressources? 



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Posted 24 March 2018 - 11:03 AM

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The Accountant
Part 1: Thieves and Heirs | Part 2: New In town

 

Shadows of Northdale Campaign

ACT I
 
Stand Alone Missions
Lord Edgar's Bathhouse | Spring Cleaning


#18 Goldwell

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 11:06 AM

I just played this for about 20 minutes. Holy sh**... the intro, and also the loading screen are already very well done, but the city really looks and feels awesome. I'll surely play this through tonight, and give some further feedback when i have done so. For now, it really looks fantastic. :)

 

BTW, could just me and my computer, but, it seems this mission is pretty heavy on ressources? 

 

Awesome! :)

 

And yeah this mission is quite demanding, a lot of that seems to be from the layers of fog and all of the lights too. I know there are a few scenes where if you stand just right the drawcall count shoots right up, but I would have to drastically change the aesthetics in some parts to avoid that so I just left it as it is.

 

Also all of the missions that I make are built for computers that are at least high end about 5 years ago. If you have specs less than that you might run into issues.


The Accountant
Part 1: Thieves and Heirs | Part 2: New In town

 

Shadows of Northdale Campaign

ACT I
 
Stand Alone Missions
Lord Edgar's Bathhouse | Spring Cleaning


#19 chakkman

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 11:09 AM

Alright. No problem really, as i must admit that my computer is quite low end by now anyway (it was about mid end 4 years ago or so). Not an issue if it lags a bit with such a slow gameplay as TDM.



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Posted 24 March 2018 - 11:22 AM

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 11:23 AM

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#22 Goldwell

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 11:24 AM

Spoiler

 

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The Accountant
Part 1: Thieves and Heirs | Part 2: New In town

 

Shadows of Northdale Campaign

ACT I
 
Stand Alone Missions
Lord Edgar's Bathhouse | Spring Cleaning


#23 grayman

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 01:58 PM

Just finished.

 

Loved it!!


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Posted 24 March 2018 - 02:46 PM

I just started playing it, and there are places where drawcalls are ineed too high for what's being drawn on screen. When you go out of the apartament on the balcony, you get like 4600 DCs, even though you're looking at a plain wall. There should either be portals that would seal this properly, or LOD system for objects. The scene doesn't look complicated, and there are no AIs around, but for some reason it demands a lot from the hardware.



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Posted 24 March 2018 - 03:01 PM

Loved it!!

Yep, same here. The city hub made a great addition to the mission, reminded me a lot of TDS, some of the architecture, and Corbin's home did as well. The mission layout was just great, with many twists and turns, and then you ended up where you've been before, which is good. I also liked that the mission isn't as linear, and you can go where you want, and do the objectives you like to do first. The mission is also on the easier side, which i liked, as i mentioned elsewhere, i find most missions too difficult. 
 
The performance issues i described above were gone when i booted TDM up another time. I really don't know why i sometimes have big lags, and sometimes all is running fluently. There's two small issues i noticed in the mission, one might be by design:
 
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Anyway, excellent mission, and i really had a lot of fun playing it through. Looking forward to the other missions of the campaign. :)

BTW, just wondering, but, what was the build time of this mission? Must have been a lot of work.

Edited by chakkman, 24 March 2018 - 03:04 PM.

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