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  1. Hi this is Graymans son My father was a poet, a painter, a writer, and a giant nerd. He studied nuclear physics, aerospace engineering, and AI. But all he really wanted to do was play video games. He recently lost a very long war with Cancer. My dad has a little plaque you all sent him hanging on the wall next to handprints from his grandchildren. Whenever my children would call him he'd talk to them about "his boring video game stuff" according to my 8 year old... who never really understood why Grayman didn't like Pokemon as much as he did. I found a file on his computer stating that the last few levels he was working on 95%, 95%, and 50% finished. He also said working with another dev would take up too much time that he wanted to spend with his family instead. To be fair I worked with my father my entire life on random things (including Doom mods back in the day) and he never thought anything was finished. So I'd personally consider the two 95% missions to basically be done. If whoever he sent them to to Beta test wanted to share them with the development team I don't think he'd really mind and you shouldn't feel guilty if you do. I'll leave that up to you guys, but I will not be uploading them and they should not be posted publicly. The final mission will remain unfinished though. I will mention that it was going to be pretty damn good from what I read in his notes. He did ask that two levels that weren't related to the Steele missions do get uploaded to the abandoned level archive. I am in the process of doing that now. Thanks
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  2. We are proud to announce the release of The Dark Mod 2.09! https://www.thedarkmod.com/posts/the-dark-mod-2-09-has-been-released/ TDM 2.09 marks a new phase of performance improvements aimed lowering CPU overhead in the graphics engine. A whole new graphic backend has been created by Cabalistic which uses modern OpenGL features to eliminate the need for the CPU to constantly issue commands to allow the Graphic Processor to render scenes. This gives TDM some of the performance advantages of rendering using a low level API like Vulkan. Stgatilov has been very busy this release cycle. He has put heroic efforts into improving the way that TDM upgrades and hosting operate in addition to the vast improvements to TDM itself. (He also refactored the entire particle engine and created a link system to connect TDM to Dark Radiant.) A full changelog can be viewed here, but some highlights include: Better performance: A brand new Backend that uses UBO, Persistent Mapping, Bindless textures, and Multi-Draw has been added. “Frontend Acceleration” (Multi-Core job based rendering based on Doom 3 BFG) now works as expected. Normal Map compression now uses RGTC resulting in lower storage, VRAM requirements, and less artifacts ( load times should improve in future TDM versions when pre-compressed RGTC textures are added ) Background texture loading has improved. This should shorten load times and reload. Better visuals: A new Sharpening Filter has been added. It can make 70% Render Scale look almost like native resolution (more performance). ( It also cleans up some blurry textures for all Render Scales. ) Bumpmap lighting is smoother, so that lighting does not instantly flip to off when getting close to edges of occluded objects. Particle physics have been substantially improved for both accuracy and performance. Borderless Fullscreen works properly on Windows. Water and other GUI effects that did not respond to Gamma now brighten properly. AMD and Intel fixes have been added for SSAO rendering Better gameplay: Experimental Gamepad support has been added. Creep works in alway-run mode Better mapping: A new linking system allows The Dark Mod to act as a real-time preview of Dark Radiant The redesigned particles now have improved setup and configuration. Automated fixes have been created for “rotation hacked” models Prefabs have been seen numerous fixes and reorganization to make them easier to use Better Sound: Conversation and other sounds are no longer stopped by saving or going to main menu. EFX reverb has been added to “Mission 1: A New Job” Extinguished gas lamps are no longer noisy when doused New Assets: Dragofer, LDAsh, Kingsal, Bikerdude, Dram have all added substantial asset updates ranging from updated Werebeast animations, animation of the steam engine, fireflies and new furniture. More stable: A huge number of fragile code areas have been overhauled to either fix crashes or prevent likely crashes due to risk of divide by zero, uninitialized values, or dangling pointers (leftover settings) on entities and functions. We recommend that you upgrade using the new “tdm_installer” available here. Please be aware that old saved games will not be compatible with 2.09, so finish any missions you might be in the middle of first!
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  3. I had that plaque made for him and a few other team members for their massive contributions over the years. He sent me a PM thanking me for it, and I could tell from his response that he really did appreciate it. I'm so very glad that he kept it all these years, that makes me feel a little better, he really did deserve so much more. Same goes to the rest of you that got those plaques, I hope you know you are appreciated, even when discussions turned negative or heated. EDIT: Found it
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  4. An encounter with some rather unsavoury types is taking shape...
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  5. I am pleased to announce the release of our new fan mission, The Hare in the Snare: Part 1 Mission type: City Missions + Inn/Tavern Description: People are being abducted off the streets and a Watch Captain requires the services of a thief to help him find out why. Download link (v1.0.2-release): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HYvM_u56wDB16uIlb7qgS_q3P24V69MO/view?usp=sharing Credits: Mapping and original characters: @Frost_Salamander Story, readables, custom models, voices and cinematics: @Kerry000 Menu title track produced and mixed by @JackFarmer with selected gigagooga sound samples Beta testers: @Cambridge Spy @Zerg Rush @Amadeus @Acolytesix @Lzocast @wesp5 @nbohr1more @Kerry000 @ate0ate @Wellingtoncrab @prjames Additional thanks: @Dragofer, @nbohr1moreand @peter_spyfor technical help @Springheel for the modules and tutorials @kingsalfor allowing @Kerry000to abuse his manbeast everyone else on Discord and the TDM forums who offered assistance Requirements and notes: This mission requires TDM 2.09. Earlier versions will probably work but you might see one or two missing models. You may experience some FPS drops in some areas with lower-end hardware. Mid-range and above should be fine. If you have issues, I highly recommend you use shadow maps instead of stencil (settings -> advanced -> shadows implementation). It makes a big difference. For 'Hard' and 'Expert' the light gem sensitivity has been increased by '1' (meaning easier for AI to detect you). Screenshots:
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  6. Just for fun I recently updated my "Ships of TDM" map with both new ships and ones that weren't included before. It's quite the view now, and most of them have fleshed out interiors: Back row from the right: Airship (Dram), Invernesse (Dragofer), Ship Wreck in 2 halves (Dram), Galleon (Dram + Springheel), Airship (Jesps, Pandora's Box), Galleon (PinkDot, core asset and found in many FMs), Barque (Dragofer) Front row from the left: Indiaman (Dragofer, Perilous Refuge), Carack (Dragofer, One Step Too Far), Paddle Boat (Dragofer), Steam Schooner (Dragofer, Down by the Riverside, Away 1: Air Pocket), Caravel (Dragofer, in Dragofer's Stuff), Sloop (Dragofer), Brig (Dragofer, in Dragofer's Stuff), Yacht (Dragofer, in Dragofer's Stuff), Knarr (Dragofer), Boat1 & Boat2 (core assets). No shortage of ships of all types if anyone ever needs one. And a a barque interior shot taking advantage of DR's new ability to show lighting previews for all types of lights:
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  7. As I leave my crimbo vacation and return to my work duties I can feel that my time may be severely cut for mapping, so I may as well have you guys take a look at what I've been working on (you know, per the thread title and everything): I really wanna finish this one but RL is a bit volatile atm! Fates be kind!!!
    20 points
  8. So here's the starting area of my first mission. As yet unnamed, it's a short mission set in the streets of Bridgeport in which you have to escape the City by finding a way past the city wall and a bunch of irate Watch guys guarding it. I'm still finding my way around with DarkRadiant but I think I captured the feel of the grimy back alleys of the City pretty well. I dialed the ambient up high so you can see everything. In actual play I will be using a combination of a very dark ambient and the "night vision" technique shown by Sotha in his "Bakery Job" tutorial videos. I'm really slow at mapping and I fuss over everything so, with luck, I might have something beta testable by the end of the year.
    20 points
  9. Type of mission: Mansion/Estate/Horror Story: Lord Blackgrove recently purchased a rare expensive artifact. The whole family has now disappeared leaving the manor empty. Time to check out the manor and see if the artifact can be found. Build time: My first map ever, 300 hours (5 months). Credits: Kingsal - Breaker script for light switches and elevator Dragofer - Ambience Track 'Intent' Springheel and Sotha - Video Tutorials (those videos really helped) Feedback and testing: Cambridge Spy, Dragofer, nbohr1more, Acolytesix, wesp5, Shadow, Zerg Rush, AluminumHaste, prjames The whole community. Download (1.03): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wZc_nqHoX7kQvzfg08EpoRy2hyuH7mw3/view?usp=sharing Edit: Version 1.02 provides large performance improvements in the outdoor areas. Be sure to set TDM Object Details (LOD) to Normal (or lower) to take advantage of some of the optimizations. Edit: Version 1.03 further improves performance around hedges thanks to HMart's alternative hedge model. I’ve had a mission like this in mind for years. My main influences and inspirations are: Deus Ex - Chateau DuClare (https://youtu.be/9QLT_l8aH78) Clive Barker’s Undying - Main Mansion (https://youtu.be/t8PyXhCQB3Q?t=90) Thief Deadly Shadows - Shalebridge Cradle (Almost everyone should be very familiar with this one) (https://youtu.be/Rw4YZuRUgXA) In case anyone gets stuck and needs help, I’ve listed some questions and answers below that will hopefully help. FAQ
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  10. ============================================================== Title: Hidden Hands: The Anomaly Filename : hhta.pk4 Author: Jack Farmer Date of release: 01.05.2021 (version: 1) - 08.05.2021 (version 2) EFX: Yes Version 2 available via the DM mission downloader (see subsequent post below for changes) Mission does not run under 2.08 due to missing new core assets - please update to 2.09 ============================================================== Hidden Hands series: I - Initiation II - Vitalic Fever III - The Lost Citadel IV - The Anomaly ============================================================== Jack Farmer: mapping & drafts Amadeus: revision/editing of all texts for readables, narration and dialogues, design consultation ("The walls are ugly!"...and your were right! ) Joebarnin: consultation for a custom script enabling a crucial in-game event Dragofer: consultation for custom scripts and S/R events, extraction & prefab packaging of Sotha's robots, bug fixes Destined: consultation for custom scripts and...fixing JacK's wrong custom scripts! Very special thanks go out to Geep for updating the Wiki helping me to solve several GUI problems within -literally - seconds! Beta testers: Joebarnin (lead) ate0ate Zerg Rush wesp5 datiswous Voice actors (in order of appearance): Malasdair The Thief AndrosTheOxen Jonus New Horizon Desmond Pilfered items: - portal sky with trees originally developed and arranged by Dragofer for "Down By The Riverside" - fireflies originally developed by Bikerdude for "Alberic's Curse" - floating boat set up (this time used for a different..."object") originally developed by Bikerdude for one of his missions - robots originally developed by Sotha for "Ulysses: Genesis" - new electric door move sound based on one of Sotha's robot sounds - selected cave architecture originally developed by Johannes Burock taken from the abandoned WIP thread - waterdrops sound taken from freesound.org produced by nicstage - custom machine sound taken from freesound.org produced by deleted-user4401185 - forest at night taken from freesound.org produced by felix-blume - machine3 sound taken from freesound.org produced by lupalenzuela - tape-deck-startup taken from freesound.org produced by soundjoao - electric-zap-electricity taken from freesound.org produced by wakerone - static_stylophone_a taken from freesound.org produced by inspectorj - steady-machine-with-hum taken from freesound.org produced by craigsmith - radio_noise taken from freesound.org produced by inspectorj - chain-rustling taken from freesound.org produced by nathanmanaker - wind_turbin taken from freesound.org produced by dommygee - selected guitar_feedback taken from freesound.org originally produced by oymaldonado - stream-water-c taken from freesound.org produced by inspectorj - mic-feedback-fx-short-mid-2 taken from freesound.org produced by chimerical - megaphone-feedback taken from freesound.org produced by deleted-user-2104797 All other new fx sound created by Jack Farmer using a Korg M1 synth, kitchen equipment and his weird voice All new ambient tracks produced and mixed by Jack Farmer sometimes with additional ambient sound samples originally produced by gigagooga Briefing video by SirSmokeALot --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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  11. I've been working on a small-ish mission that takes place in a warehouse. I've got pretty much everything blocked out and built up with modules, and I'm currently building out the other gameplay elements such as the main lighting and AI routes. I took a little detour to dress up this corner of the warehouse for overall feel, but there's plenty more to do...
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  13. Hi there, I'm not really sure this is the right place, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone involved, the developpers who keep improving tdm, the fantastic missions creators, and the people managing the web site and infrastructure for the game. This game has given me countless hours of amazing joy, you are all fantastic people !
    16 points
  14. It's been just over 2 years since I dropped Shadows of Northdale Act 2. Crazy to think how much time flies! Rest assured, I am still plugging away on Act 3. It's taking a lot more time to make than I had expected but hopefully the wait will be worth it in the end. My core focus this time around is on adding extra detail work to the missions and making sure the majority of the sections are of similar quality. While reflecting on previous missions I felt there were varying levels of quality throughout them and so i'm working to try and address that. That does mean my missions are taking longer but it should result in a more cohesive experience in the end. And another big focus has been on my stealth encounters in the mission. Often times in the past I had focussed so much on making a level and then figuring out stealth later that I forget this needs to be a stealth level first, and so while building Act 3 (and act 4) a lot of thought is going into how the gameplay feels from a stealth perspective, making sure it not only fits together and makes sense but also that the stealth encounters are fun and hopefully challenging too. Well enough rambling, time to get back to it. Here's another screenshot from the city hub in Act 3, just outside the players apartment home.
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  15. The Johannes-Burock caves from the abandoned works thread are fully integrated into "Hidden Hands: The Anomaly" (changed the title, this one is much better fitting). The cave geometry has been preserved (only the outdoor area had to be removed), I even let in a sound effect from Johannes because it adds perfectly to the new ambient sound. Seemed to be a really nice place, but now nobody wants to go there anymore...and the guy lying next to his shovel is not a drunk for a change!
    16 points
  16. A little study in metals: copper, silver, gold. Tried to use as much as I know from the PBR workflow.
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  17. Having a beer at the bier outside the barn at the farm. My WIP will probably go by the name 'Lucy'. It's too large to be a first FM. The architecture is the easy part, and even that's very difficult to learn. I'm only now getting an inkling as to what goes into "building vertically" - so my FM is flat. Couldn't be flatter if it were steamrolled. But then there's lighting, audio, scripting, building a captivating immersive story... The architecture is getting close to finished. Or so I tell myself. The main plot, the core objectives, several optional side trips, are set down in outline form so there's a stable foundation. Lighting is passable. Ambient audio is very rudimentary or non-existent. Storyline audio is non-existent and at the moment the story is told mostly through notes tied to starting/completing objectives, and to fx. There are no intro screens/video/texts yet. I don't know if I even can finish the thing. Hmmm, now let's see how that file attachment thing works to send the pic
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  18. The recent changes removed a lot of constraints on the entity limit, and now it is free to be raised up. Technically speaking, it is not removed, but it can be raised so high that it won't bother you anymore. On the screenshot, you can see the game working fine with 120022 entities (almost all of them func_static): These changes are included in the latest dev build, which can be freely obtained via tdm_installer. In the end, I set the limit to 65536 entities. I hope you won't need more The main point that I'd like to make here is: optimizations against entity limit should not be used any more! You don't need to worry that something would occupy an entity slot. You should never inline entities --- that's a very bad idea! Of course, many of known optimization techniques have other benefits. For instance, combining several models into one manually or via SEED reduces rendering overhead and should make the game faster. Just make sure that the merged objects are very close to each other. Good news is that now you are not forced to do so, and can postpone it indefinitely.
    15 points
  19. Hard to follow up some of the recent screens people have been posting, but here's a little something for my beta testers to reassure them I've not forgotten about them! Part of a new area, really going for a natural feel with some pagan vibes, might be hard to notice but I've got some of @STRUNK's new bats flying around and they cast a great shadow in the moonlight as they pass by the cave opening (it's in the screen but looks way better in person!) Ignore the fps counter; I've got a misbehaving VP in the area.
    15 points
  20. Meahwhile on trunk... static collisions work for snow! P.S. Ignore the FPS number: it is debug build, and overall number of particles is too large.
    15 points
  21. Stolen Heart Today it's a pleasure to announce "Away 0: Stolen Heart" as the formal name of the WIP underway this year and destined for beta by next Spring. This is a prequel to "Away 1: Air Pocket", and builds on the foundation of "Setting the Scene". Those of you around a decade ago may remember these early screenshots of "Setting the Scene" by _Atti_ (with Melan): You'll get to experience these vistas, slightly tweaked, in "Stolen Heart". And screenshots of fresh content will start to be posted later this month.
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  22. I'm sure some of you will recognize where these shots were taken from
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  23. If i am shamelessly advertising my project here then please let me know! I would like to drop you a video of my 11 months project. You can of course do what ever you want but please keep in mind the following. I dont actually thing that either thief 1 or 2 or 3 are great games. I think they are fantastic but i am not into them fully. I feel like they are too long, unfocussed and i find it a bit to subtle. I am making my own thing here but i am trying to not derive to heavy of thief. Please respect my wish todo my own thief. With love, F.
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  24. A famous painting is on display at the local museum. Steal it, of course! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ An update, version 2, is now available: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ciesyfcqu1ct6pj/nowandthenv2.pk4?dl=1. This fixes many of the problems found by those who played version 1. Besides general clean up, the primary goal of this version is to Special thanks to Bikerdude, whose did a quick beta test of this version and whose suggestions I mostly (but not completely) implemented. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Title: Now and Then Filename (version 2) : nowandthenv2.pk4 (download) Author: joebarnin Date of release: 08 September 2020 (Version 2: 25 January 2021) Version: 2 EFX: Yes Requires: TDM 2.08 Author: joebarnin Custom ambients: JackFarmer Gameplay notes Thorough investigation is encouraged. Scary AIs: No spiders, skeletons, undead, or ghosts. One live rat and one dead one. Makes use of the 'peek' ability, allowing the player to peek through a keyhole by leaning forward. The use of this ability is optional (it is never necessary resolve the mission). Thanks to: Beta Testers: Cambridge Spy, thebigh, JackFarmer, Amadeus, Kerry000, wesp5 Voice actor: Mike Components: Builder Compound models & textures - Peter Spy (dr.judym81@gmail.com) Museum painting lights - Grayman Gramophone with record - Goldwell & Epifire Custom ambients - JackFarmer Main menu screen & music - JackFarmer Ambients - Orbweaver Many many modules - Springheel https://freesound.org/people/LucasDuff/sounds/467697/ https://freesound.org/people/humanoide9000/sounds/422245/ Thanks to Springheel, Sotha, and Fidcal for their tutorials. I keep going back to them and I always learn something new. Notes Slight spoiler: Fun fact: I have released 3 missions, each almost exactly one year apart: Mission of Mercy - September 14, 2018 The Heart of St. Mattis - September 10, 2019 Now and Then - September 8, 2020. Not by design, it just worked out that way. So I guess look for my next mission in early September next year! Hints (contains spoilers)
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  25. Video is updated and should be bright enough. All sfx is WIP. Background ambience will be changed.
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  26. Just one sneak peak from mine for the time being.
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  27. Hello, there were rumors, that the current antique shop owner and sometime-maybe-to-be-lord Geoffrey Rowanson had lost a shipment of fine paintings due to a thieving event. Luckily I was able to buy them from a fence so that they eventually can find their place in new locations in the city. ---- A large picture of the paintings is at the bottom of this post. I had quite some fun constructing this together. There are normal paintings, weird paintings, erotic paintings and irritating ones. On some of them a second look is needed to even identify that something is not as it "should be" (weirdness factor). It would be really nice if it would be possibly to integrate them into TDM. Documentation first: here is the source and licensing information for each painting. Each of the paintings also has its own sometimes very surprising story, so it's worth following the links to metmuseum.org. https://das-kartell.org/files/thedarkmod/paintings/sources_licenses.txt License information: Open Access/Public Domain Savitri painting_savitri.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/838323 Vanitas Still Life painting_still_life_vanitas.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/435918 The Garden of Love painting_garden_of_love.jpg painting_garden_of_love.png https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/468064 Rubens painting_family.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/437532 Merry Company on a Terrace painting_merry_company.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/437749 The Declaration of Love painting_declaration_of_love.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/438127 Woman_man_casement painting_woman_man_casement.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/436896 Vanderlyn painting_portrait_man.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/13053 Basket of Flowers painting_basket_of_flowers.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/436175 Judgement painting_judgement.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/436037 Daughters of Catulle painting_daughters.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/438014 Love Letter painting_love_letter.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/437227 The Smokers painting_smokers.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/435807 Following the stags trail painting_trail.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/468096 Feast of Acheloues painting_feast.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/437525 Vase of Flowers painting_vase_of_flowers.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/436634 Wolf and Fox hunt painting_hunt.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/437536 Oedipus and the Sphinx painting_sphinx.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/437153 The Horse Fair painting_horse_fair.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/435702 Aegina visited by Jupiter painting_visit.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/436580 The silver tureen painting_silver_tureen.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/435887 The dissolute household painting_dissolute_household.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/437747 A hunting scene painting_hunting_scene.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/437283 Springtime painting_springtime.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/438158 Temptation painting_temptation.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/828241 Woman playing a guitar painting_guitar.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/747607 The letter painting_letter.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/436904 Marriage painting_marriage.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/437083 Woman reading painting_woman_reading.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/437882 Moreau Galatee painting_galatee.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gustave_Moreau_-_Galat%C3%A9e.jpg Moreau devore painting_devour.jpg https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:Gustave_Moreau_-_Diom%C3%A8de_d%C3%A9vor%C3%A9_par_ses_chevaux.jpg Moreau Diosa painting_diosa.jpg https://www.wikiart.org/en/gustave-moreau/goddess-on-the-rocks Flowers in a Grotesque Vase painting_grotesque_vase.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/816522 Marriage of Wealth.png painting_marriage_of_wealth.png no direct link - Jan Saenredam, 1565-1607, public domain by date Stolen kiss painting_stolen_kiss.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/436325 Afternoon meal painting_afternoon_meal.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/437053 Courtiers in a rose garden painting_rose_garden.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/463189 Musical party painting_musical_party.jpg https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/436267 I made a Photoshop-file to easily apply borders (and created a new border color variation), containing the full size images and the adjusted outputs: https://das-kartell.org/files/thedarkmod/paintings/paintings_1024.psd (1 GB Download) The resolution of the new paintings is 1024px opposed to the 512px of the existing paintings. The detail difference was just too big to use 512px for a texture you look at so long and so often from a very close distance to analyse every detail, here is a comparison 512<>1024px ingame. I want to state that the 1024px texture doesn't make the existing painting look less good if placed side by side to the new ones, as quality and equality of existing textures already in the game according to the wiki have to be considered. Each painting was oriented, scaled and eventually clipped to appear as good as possible in the variety of possible frames. As specular maps the existing ones have been used. Because of the resolution and because of detail issues with the existing normal maps, the creation of adjusted normal maps was necessary. As I don't want to mess with the existing paintings in the game, I created new normal maps for the new images with finer detail and more subtle linen bumps. https://das-kartell.org/files/thedarkmod/paintings/_local.psd After intense testing, I made a 512px normal map layout, which consists of the existing 256px normal map area copied to the new map 4 times and flipped horizontally/vertically for seamless area filling. The intensity was reduced by 50% by overlaying the average color of the image area with a 50% transparency. The painting canvas part has been left untouched. The normal maps have been named after the border type in the paintings_1024.psd and the original normal map name (e.g. painting01, you'll see what I mean if you look at the files in the demomap). ----------------- Currently the paintings are only integrated in my demomap: ogda_demomap: Download (currently no pk4, set TDM\currentfm.txt to "ogda_demomap" and run over console with "map ogda_demomap"): https://das-kartell.org/files/thedarkmod/paintings/ogda_demomap.zip (23 MB) Skin definitions (ogda_demomap): https://das-kartell.org/files/thedarkmod/paintings/ogda_demomap.skin Material definitions (ogda_demomap): https://das-kartell.org/files/thedarkmod/paintings/ogda_demomap.mtr Diffuse and normal maps, Editor images (dds and texture folder): https://das-kartell.org/files/thedarkmod/paintings/paintings_dds_and_textures.zip Source images: https://das-kartell.org/files/thedarkmod/paintings/source_images.zip (101 MB) ----------------- Possible integration of the paintings into TDM. I'm not a team member, so this is speculation by me if this are the correct definitions and locations and of course they would have to be merged with a current development version): I tried my best, but this has to be reviewed (that is if you even want to include them in TDM). Here are my guesses: Diffuse maps should go here (source is the dds folder in https://das-kartell.org/files/thedarkmod/paintings/paintings_dds_and_textures.zip ) dds\models\darkmod\props\textures\ (tdm_models_decorative_wall.mtr references the dds-diffuse map to be in models\darkmod\props\textures\ though, not in dds\...?) _ed-Files and normal maps should go here (source is the texture folder in https://das-kartell.org/files/thedarkmod/paintings/paintings_dds_and_textures.zip ) models\darkmod\props\textures\ Adjusted material definition (my source should be from 2.09 live): materials\tdm_models_decorative_wall.mtr https://das-kartell.org/files/thedarkmod/paintings/tdm_models_decorative_wall.mtr Adjusted skin definition (my source should be from 2.09 live): skins\tdm_decorative_wall.skin https://das-kartell.org/files/thedarkmod/paintings/tdm_decorative_wall.skin ----------------- Finally, here's the overview of the paintings already ingame in my map "ogda_demomap". (additional info: there is a very slight thin dark shadow visible on the right side of each painting in the demomap and the pictures here. That's not a texture error but a shadow caused by a light sitting right of the painting in the demomap, I only noticed this after I was already done taking the pictures.) Direct image link: https://das-kartell.org/files/thedarkmod/paintings/paintings_overview.jpg Click 3 times to enlarge: Hope you enjoy these! OGDA
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  28. That's definitely a huge leap^, both visual and in terms of delivery! I'm trying to keep old stuff around to remind myself how far I've come. It's really helpful, when you feel burned out or when you feel like you haven't made much progress. The shot below is from March 2017, those were my first material tests The second one is from mid-2020.
    13 points
  29. Another "riverside" mission (no relation) beginning with a somewhat sturdier ship... ... and a riverside encampment. Though as with the spiritual ancestor, the main action is further inland (you can just about spot the gatehouse in the background). A tranquil scene from the more maritime sequel:
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  30. EDIT: Ignore the FPS counter, I'm using 8xAA for the screenshots. For the past year or so I've been working on increasing the quality of the carpet textures. Some of them are really REALLY low res. There's some that are actually 128px X 256px. They look really bad in game, but back then, we took what we could get. So using various tools including AI upscaling and hand crafting parts of the textures in photoshop, I think I'm at a point that I'm getting close to a good workflow. These won't be replacements for the current textures, but will be sat alongside the low res ones. They have been used in almost every mission in different ways, sometimes in non conventional ways, and I don't want to break the aesthetics of the current missions. They will show up as _HD in DarkRadiant's texture browser. Here's what I have so far. (Click on the images to see their fullsize) Here are some side by sides: Here's the images on imgur https://imgur.com/a/2G0f5ZF https://imgur.com/a/2G0f5ZF
    12 points
  31. DarkRadiant 2.12.0 is ready for download. Feature highlights include a new customisable GUI and the first iteration of the Material Editor GUI. Windows and Mac Downloads are available on Github: https://github.com/codereader/DarkRadiant/releases/tag/2.12.0 and of course linked from the website https://www.darkradiant.net Thanks go out to all who helped testing this release! Please report any bugs or feature requests here in these forums, following these guidelines: Bugs (including steps for reproduction) can go directly on the tracker. When unsure about a bug/issue, feel free to ask. If you run into a crash, please record a crashdump: Crashdump Instructions Feature requests should be suggested (and possibly discussed) here in these forums before they may be added to the tracker. Changes since 2.11.0 Feature: Customisable GUI layout Feature: Extended MaterialManager scripting interfaces by manipulation methods Feature: Material Editor GUI Feature: Same origin / duplicate detection script Feature: 3D grid feature Feature: Show light_radius on 'other' entities Feature: Show attached (light) entities Improvement: Better support for stage transform keywords in idTech4 materials Improvement: ESC to close dialogs with Cancel Improvement: Add portal_sky filter to default filters Improvement: Copy model/entity/prefab paths to clipboard (context menu in tree views) Fixed: Material stages with alpha test are incorrectly rendered as translucent Fixed: ASE importer needs to handle shared vertices with different normals Fixed: Ambients don't light sides facing away Fixed: Table lookup evaluation is not producing the same results as in the engine Fixed: Attached light radii are the wrong colour if "Override light volume colour" is active Fixed: Add missing image dimension reads to Quake 3 legacy brush parser Fixed: Opening the Create Entity dialog a second time will present an empty tree view Fixed: "Toggle 16x16 grid" function in the Particle Editor broken Fixed: Use of BITMAP field in ASE differs from TDM Fixed: Newly added or imported items don't use the location of previously selected item Fixed: Newly drawn brushes don't use height of previous selection with "Show Size Info" switched off Fixed: Rotation widget does not re-center on selected object Fixed: Duplicating model and moving with Alt-arrow results in pivot on original model when trying to rotate afterwards Fixed: Brushes with no visible surface towards orthoview "camera" are invisible in orthoview Fixed: Can't select one-sided models in certain 2D views Fixed: Twosided models can only be selected from one side The list of changes can be found on the our bugtracker changelog. Have fun mapping!
    12 points
  32. It's occurred to me that it has been quite a long time since I released anything. Meanwhile I've started and abandoned three largeish, ambitious missions because I got stuck, or I made something that I just couldn't get looking good, or whatever, and just gave up on it. But not everything has to be a big, sprawling epic. There's lots of smaller missions that remain fun to play despite their modest size: Thief's Den 1, for example. Even Closemouthed Shadows is still enjoyable. So... I am going to challenge myself to create a small mission in under 24 hours. Maybe I'll fail, but why set yourself a challenge you're sure to achieve? Where is the ambition in that? Whatever happens, at the end I will have at least a few serviceable areas done and that's better than the pointless fussing I've been doing lately. MY RULES: From the moment I post this thread I have 24 hours real time to produce a mission from scratch, playable from briefing to finale Implement three difficulty levels Include a small tribute to Grayman Include at least one secret The 24 hour limit does not include beta testing, a title screen, or producing cool promotional screenshots. I just need a mission to show after 24 hours The level will feature zombies, which is no doubt how I will feel this time tomorrow. Good thing I had a nap this afternoon. Well, here I go. Wish me luck.
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  34. I made more, try with headphones!
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  35. Still experimenting with glass shaders, this time for some more complex shapes. The transparency sorting problem is quite visible here, and even with dark color, the material is too see-through IMO. Going for opaque version and perhaps some sort of glowing crystal a la TDS might be a better option overall. Edit: got a small breakthrough with translucent materials this morning. This is heavily reliant on actual lighting, so getting it right will be hard. But this is one step closer towards some nice magic glowing crystal effect Also, I had no idea you can actually get translucent materials to cast shadows
    12 points
  36. Update on Shadows of Northdale: Act 3 and Act 4 are coming along! Slowly but surely. They are both double mission releases, so essentially i'm working on 4 missions at once. It's taking longer to cook in the oven than expected, but hopefully it'll be something very special once both acts are finished! I'm unsure if i'll do a double release or if i'll release Act 3 as soon as it's done and then Act 4 shortly after. As with anything to do with development things change a lot. Just ask poor Dragofer, Moonbo, Skacky, Epifire or Kingsal as they're often victims to my endless design questions Also as a point of reflection, i've been apart of this community for nearly 8 years! And I was looking back at the very first briefing I ever did (with a rather hilarious release date of fall 2013 for the accountant mission). Back when it was a single mission, before it became a campaign which I have since abandoned. But I digress, here is an example of how far my voice acting and briefing video work has come since I first started contributing to this community. How it started in 2013: How it's going in 2020: Anyway, back to work on finishing Shadows of Northdale Act 3!
    12 points
  37. Decided to light up my mission and take an eagle eyes view...Gotta finish this mission, it would be sad to let all this go to waste eh?
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  38. Man, September and October have been a shit show so progress slowed down a ton. But I just had a lot of fun wrapping some blood around this boar's neck. It was a bitch and took forever to get the patch just right, but the desired effect was pulled off nicely. Like someone hacked his head off and plopped it down in front of the altar. Now some flies and a couple bloody handprints, once the rest of this cave is decorated it will have a pagan vibe.
    12 points
  39. Since my first map might take a while to be finished (a few years at least), I developed TDMDB in the meantime, a database application that allows to more easily view and filter all available missions, simplifying the process of finding missions that are suited to one's taste. You can just go ahead and check it out here: tdmdb.com/missions. It's on a very limited shared server, so don't expect blazing speeds, although loading times appear to be reasonable enough. You can use the application to, for example, find all city missions that are also part of a series, and have them sorted by size. Or all independent missions that have undead and spiders. Or missions by a specific author that have EFX Reverb support. And so on. Or you can just scroll down through all missions, reading about them and looking at their pictures. All of the information was retrieved from the wiki and thedarkmod.com by a couple of scripts, and stored in a database. The application may be installed as an official TDM resource, which was my original idea and motivation (more on this thread). For this purpose, you may find the full source code and installation instructions on this GitHub repo. The data retrieval process might change if this becomes an official resource, but that can actually be a good thing, since scraping the wiki and thedarkmod.com is not ideal long-term. In any case, for the time being, the application can be fully used on tdmdb.com. Hopefully it helps many find the missions of their dreams! (it did help me find some amazing series). By the way, if this is breaking any rules, just let me know. Also, please feel free to tell me if you find any bugs, missing data, or if you have any suggestions on how to make the application better
    12 points
  40. Hey guys, You might remember me for a pair of FMs I put out a few years back (Requiem, A House of Locked Secrets). While I've never been a prolific poster, I've been a pretty consistent lurker and am still helping out a few mission makers with readables/briefings. In turn, a few members of the community have helped beta test an an indie game I've been working on that's influenced by the Thief series. It's a 2D stealth game called Shade, where you play as a ghost who has to uncover his killer. I've finished up a free playable demo that will be in Steam's upcoming demo festival. Just to make sure everything is working properly, I've quietly made the demo public today. I think if you liked my previous work, you'll like this too, so I wanted to drop a little heads-up here :-). Just to reiterate, this is a free demo, not the full game, which is still a while off. Here's a link to the page in case you're interested: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1461150/Shade/ Thanks, and I hope you like it! -Gelo
    11 points
  41. Today I am happy to announce the release of my first FM for The Dark Mod. After 6 years of using this lovely game creation engine, I'm finally able to contribute my own project for it! It took roughly two weeks of non-stop work to do everything from start to end... there's always some little detail to come back to when mapping, thus there were a few little things left out to prioritize others, but at the end of the day this came out almost exactly as I envisioned it. In this mission you play as the typical professional thief. You've been hired to retrieve a scroll containing forbidden knowledge from the mansion of a wealthy noble, put there by the builder church who is close to its owner and found it a more suitable spot. A banquet is being thrown by the lord who owns the mansion which is the perfect opportunity to make your move. Nothing out of the ordinary: You're to retrieve this scroll and get paid for your work... simple, right? Notice: Performance in some areas may be poor. I optimized the lighting setup as much as possible, trying to use as few long range light sources as I could. To achieve the desired theme however I had to leave parts of them map relatively open. Hopefully this won't be a hindrance to anyone... if it is you may need to lower some graphical settings. For people who don't like surprises and may be sensitive to certain themes, read the spoiler below. If you're okay with anything don't as it will ruin the experience! For people who are stuck and don't know how to proceed, instructions are provided in the spoiler below. Only read them if necessary. A tip that needs no spoilers: The key in this FM is exploration and reading everything carefully. There are secrets to be found: Always look everywhere and closely at everyone! I'm eager to hear what your experience with this FM is. Use spoilers when referring to specifics, but do let me know what your thoughts are! Especially with this being my first FM I could use tips, including technical ones if you look at the map in DarkRadiant. Here are a few screenshots of the main areas (intended for the installer): And finally the download links. Unzip and place the main directory inside your fms folder, this should get it to show up in the mission list. Mirror 1 Mirror 2
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  42. The latest dev build (dev16215-9215) includes many changes in dmap: 5562, 5488, 5486 The main goal of these changes is to make dmap faster. In most cases it meant writing a faster version of some small piece of code. There is one major exception: I had to write a brand new algorithm for optimizing polygon triangulations (~1200 LOC). I used two well-known FMs to track progress. Here is the total time improvement: Painter's Wife (city): 8:10 -> 1:28 No Honor Among Thieves (politics): 4:35 -> 0:30 You should expect less improvement on other maps, since these two are rather outstanding cases. The nhat/politics map was very slow to compile due to a bunch of stalagmites: they generated hundreds of thousands of triangles, which caused slowdowns in several places all over the code. And the painterswife/city is... just too big although I guess it has some local bottlenecks too. Of course, with such massive changes there is always a chance that something breaks. The worst part of it is that dmap was never perfectly reliable to begin with: it just used to fail rarely enough, and hopefully this trend continues. While I did test new dmap on some existing FMs, I didn't have much time to check the outcome. So more widespread testing would be appreciated! In case something does not work, there are cvars which can disable most of the changes and switch back to the old code. There are a lot of them, and all of them start with "dmap_". Toggling them individually is not fun, so I suggest using the new meta-cvar dmap_compatibility. You can set it to the version of TDM that you want to emulate in dmap: dmap_compatibility 207: legacy mode dmap_compatibility 208: enable major changes related to visportals and opacity (shipped in TDM 2.08) dmap_compatibility 210: enable dmap optimizations too (to be shipped in TDM 2.10, also default mode) Note: not everything can be switched back via cvar! Just setting the cvar won't give you exactly the same result as the actual old version does. But I hope the biggest differences should be removed this way. P.S. A general tip: if you could check the latest dev build from time to time (e.g. once a month) with the map you work with, that would help a lot in detecting issues early
    11 points
  43. Well, since this thread got started I may as well chime in. I've been playing TDM for only a few months now and deeply regret not finding it earlier. This is one of the most amazing and underappreciated stealth experiences available today. Truly. I know it is not intended to be a Thief sequel, but in my humble opinion it is a far more faithful interpretation than either Deadly Shadows or 2016 were. I love the little liberties taken to improve and modernize things yet keeping it pretty rooted in that classic gameplay loop. I have never been more immersed in a game than I have here. What the developers of TDM have managed to do is nothing short of astounding. Phenomenal work on the engine but I don't want to leave out the mission creators. To my mind it seems that level design is particularly important to TDM and there are some amazing creations available here ranging from peak classic Thief's Highway and Manor missions to completely nontraditional parkour and horror gameplay. There are some exceptionally creative and talanted individuals behind all of the parts that make up TDM. It really isn't enough, but I want to express my unmitigated gratitude and respect to all of the individuals involved in the development, maintenance, and artistry of The Dark Mod. Keanu Reeves put it best when he said, "you're breathtaking!"
    11 points
  44. DarkRadiant 2.11.0 is ready for download. Next to bug fixes and GUI improvements (also to the recently added TDM Game Connection plugin) this build enables users to manage their favourite resources like materials, entities, sound shaders. The search function of resource trees has been improved too. It's recommended to prefer this version over any previous release. See the pre-release testing thread for a few feature highlights. Windows and Mac Downloads are available on Github: https://github.com/codereader/DarkRadiant/releases/tag/2.11.0 and of course linked from the website https://www.darkradiant.net Thanks go out to all who helped testing this release! Please report any bugs or feature requests here in these forums, following these guidelines: Bugs (including steps for reproduction) can go directly on the tracker. When unsure about a bug/issue, feel free to ask. If you run into a crash, please record a crashdump: Crashdump Instructions Feature requests should be suggested (and possibly discussed) here in these forums before they may be added to the tracker. Changes since 2.10.0 Feature: Managing favorite resources like entities, textures and sound shaders Feature: Extended/improved the search feature of resource browsers Feature: List model definitions in Model Chooser Feature: Initial GUI improvements to game connection plugin Fixed: Collapsing a brush while undoing cannot be undone Fixed: Skin Chooser starts with expanded All Skins root folder Fixed: Projected lights don't rotate around their origin anymore Fixed: Default scale & natural function producing stretched results Fixed: Script dialogs don't scale when window is resized Fixed: Material parser doesn't recognise materials with no whitespace between name and block Fixed: Treeview search box can overlap with the search result Improved: Prefab Chooser preview has better initial view origin and angles Improved: Imported prefabs are now created at the cursor Improved: Added option for "ai_see" spawnarg to Light Inspector The list of changes can be found on the our bugtracker changelog. Have fun mapping!
    11 points
  45. I've been researching transparent glass. It's probably the hardest material I've done so far, but I think I have a solid foundation for any color I like. I can control how dim the glass is, and strength of both specular and cubemap reflection. The most common uses would be the slightly dimmed natural, blueish and green bottle. I did red because I could Now onto some more fancy object for a video follow-up.
    11 points
  46. Hidden Hands: Blood & Metal I am trying to do something with SS2 vibes in the HH universe... @Dragofer Thank you very much for your help with the bots! Would you be so kind and help me with the new cameras (I mean, the one that looks like a human head). I do not get it working.
    11 points
  47. I have a BAT !! Bat Video Bat Video 2
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