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Status Updates posted by Sotha

  1. Just for general information... If any mapper would like to use any of my mapping stuff (modules, geometry, etc) please feel free to use them! Just be sure to mention in your mission credits you use stuff made by me. Thanks and be my guest!

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    2. grayman

      grayman

      Most excellent! Thx!

    3. demagogue
    4. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      Kiitos indeed. :-) And credit where credit is due, literally !

  2. Just completed Subnautica. Highly recommended I liked nearly everything about it. Well, the end-game resource gathering was perhaps a bit of a chore, but always diving deeper the first time, not knowing what awaits down there, was a big scare. Lovely piece of art.

    1. demagogue

      demagogue

      The sense of mystery, and each stage outdoing itself, was great. I also spent a great amount of time making the perfect base ... so much so I should get back to the actual game at some point.

  3. I wish we had more of small bite-size FMs. I realized I don't have time to play grand multihour missions anymore... But nice 0.5-1h (1h max!) missions would fit perfectly to my evening schedule.

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    2. Springheel

      Springheel

      It depends on how often you get to play. Too many days in between and I'll forget all the significant story clues and locations.

       

    3. Atomica

      Atomica

      I imagine a lot of us are older/oldish gamers with more responsibilities than we used to have, meaning less free time. I ranted about this in the quest thread, but still, I'm a big believer in quality rather than quantity. Can be great if we have both (and the time), but I'd rather smaller games that pack in a lot of good shit than have it spread out with a lot of filler. Portal comes to mind.

    4. demagogue

      demagogue

      One thing I like about contest FMs, especially ones with tight space restrictions, is that it focuses authors to package a lot of gameplay in a little space. There's a kind of special art to it that makes them unique and fun to play. It might be good for authors to give themselves those kind of restrictions for a normal FM even without the contest.

  4. Oh... This explains a lot what is happening in our world right now. It all makes sense now. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning-Kruger_effect

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    2. Anderson

      Anderson

      It's only aggravated by our unhealthy postmodernist swings in society. Lots of people need help.

    3. teh_saccade

      teh_saccade

      Sotha's comment re: cricism.

       

      This is something I try to do in all things - students will better respond to "deconstructive" critique if it is followed by "constructive" critique of their work.

       

      A compliment must always have some kind of back-hander, as people are unused to receiving positive criticism - in some cases, unable to receive it due to the disparity between themselves and the standard of their work.

       

      A kind word (preferably action)...

    4. teh_saccade

      teh_saccade

      ...can make all the difference.

       

      It starts with this.

       

      Other people judge and qualify me (eg, I am not an artist, unless I am doing it and people say that I am).

       

      I am not qualified to judge myself or others - only a person's work.

       

      Critiquing the work depersonalises the issue and thereby affects condifence in other ways, without affecting psyche.

       

      I agree - praise the work, not the person.

  5. Terrorist attack now in Stockholm? Will this never end? :( Fieldmedic, you ok?

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    2. Springheel

      Springheel

      The terrorism, and the general political response to it, is part of the reason those people are gaining power.

    3. Anderson

      Anderson

      There's a difference between Trump and Dughin inspired conspirologist/anti-globalist/pro-Russian opportunists.

    4. Sotha

      Sotha

      Lotsa discussion here, I'll start a thread

  6. Today is April Fools Day... Ever since the US presidential election campaign and with the advent of false news and alternative facts, the day does not mean much anymore. It is more like every normal day is april's fools day, and what we really need would be a special day when only 100% verified and truthful news is published.

    1. Anderson

      Anderson

      Where's the fun without the complications?

    2. Springheel

      Springheel

      Wouldn't it be nice if people spent time being skeptical of unusual claims made on days OTHER than April 1st?

    3. Sotha

      Sotha

      Let's build a wall against lies and have the media/politicians pay for it! ;D

  7. Could someone please add Bakery Job to the ingame mission downloader and wiki FM list? Thank you very much!

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    2. Sotha

      Sotha

      I don't know how to do it, so Biker, if you could, I would be ever so grateful! Thanks!

    3. Bikerdude
    4. Sotha
  8. Good lord I never knew video exporting (stitching separate videos into one plus adding little effects) is soooo fricking slow.

    1. Sotha

      Sotha

      I mean, the work by me is fast, but the exporting of the final product by the software (OpenShot) takes forever.

    2. kano

      kano

      Investigate if the program in question supports GPU encoding. It will go at real-time speed, or faster.

  9. I am working on a 1-5 room map. Basic geometry is done and detailing pass is half way there. Elapsed time 125 minutes. I am recording every second of my build and will make youtube tutorial out of it. Just a little gift to those who want to see what it takes to put out a small/tiny mission.

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    2. demagogue
    3. AluminumHaste

      AluminumHaste

      Nice, can't wait to watch it.

    4. Goldwell

      Goldwell

      Awesome work! Looking forward to seeing this, hopefully pick up a couple of new mapping techniques ;)

  10. Congrats on the release! Thanks to the team, once again, for their great efforts! Now, where do I get a babysitter so I can try this beast out without interruptions...?

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    2. Fieldmedic

      Fieldmedic

      Buy the kid some lego and teach him your modular building technique!

    3. Cambridge Spy

      Cambridge Spy

      Make sure your kids are safely locked up in the car, with the windows wound up.

    4. Anderson

      Anderson

      That last one is sisnister.

  11. The family member count increases by one. All hail the newest addition! With the new baby, things are super-hectic, so I'm out of the TDM scene for a while. Sorry about that! Cheers, and keep up the good work!

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    2. STiFU

      STiFU

      Congrats, Mr. Sotha. Best wishes!

    3. SeriousToni

      SeriousToni

      Congrats and health! We wish you and your "addition" the very best! But don't forget about us waiting for you to come back! :)

    4. Melan
  12. Today I made something extra, just because it was possible. Not sure if it is gonna end up in my WIP. Let's see....

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    2. Obsttorte
    3. nbohr1more

      nbohr1more

      Smiley overload :) (I'm sure the mission will be fun, surprise or not.)

    4. Tarhiel

      Tarhiel

      After that mission is out, can you tell us "you know, this mission right here contains that little extra I have talked about?" Would be very nice of you :)

       

  13. Releasing Coercion tonight!

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    2. grayman
    3. Ladro

      Ladro

      Such a brillant and beautiful mission, as usual! Congratulation and thanks!

    4. Tarhiel

      Tarhiel

      And a good mission it was :)

  14. Damn! The brits leave EU? What next, the US chooses Trump for president? Looks like 2016 is the year when the western countries shoot themselves in the leg. Big time. Let's hope the public servants can mitigate the damage. Surely they have a plan B in their sleeves. Things usually work out in the end, somehow.

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    2. stumpy

      stumpy

      the EU is a dictatorship. They create laws you can not object to, you have to except without question.

    3. Sotha

      Sotha

      The European Union was a dream given form. Its goal, to prevent another war by creating a place where humans could work out their differences peacefully. It's a port of call - home away from home for diplomats, hustlers, entrepreneurs, and wanderers. Several countries situated on many billion tons of earth, all alone in the night.

    4. stumpy

      stumpy

      I looked it up the EU is based on the Russian model that created the USSR minus the communism. So the goal is for all member states to cease to become countries and just be member states. Which would mean one national football team, one Olympic team, one seat on the UN.

  15. Back to basics: I've been playing Hitman: Codename 47 again. They don't make 'em like they used to. I love the brutal difficulty and no saves. It really makes me do whatever it takes to get the job done with minimal risk.

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    2. Cambridge Spy

      Cambridge Spy

      I can beat it in under 5 hours.

    3. Sotha

      Sotha

      Yes, it is very easy once you know the missions. AH, hitman 1 does not penalize at all killing every single enemy combatant, so you could make stuff really easy for yourself. Just discreetly clear the area you want to operate in and so forth.

    4. Baal

      Baal

      I tried to play the second one a while ago, and I couldn't get into it. I wanted to play stealthy and it wasn't fun at all this way.

  16. ...and we are back! Thank Cog! Thanks for fixing, who ever did it!

    1. Bikerdude

      Bikerdude

      That would be Young Taaaki are Server supremo.

    2. demagogue

      demagogue

      Thanks Taaaki! It really made me notice how often I stop by at least.

    3. Ladro

      Ladro

      I was terrorized when I've seen TDM page down :-(

      I quickly jumped (returned) to see any news on TTLG, after some years, just to get some news on the Volta FM (IMHO a masterpiece!)

  17. Whee! Just completed that new Brutal Doom hell on earth wad. On "10 out of 12" difficulty level I just had to cheat my way through the boss fight. Difficult stuff, but fun game if you forgive the boss fight and the couple of the final hell missions.

  18. I was thinking of resuming my WIP at some point. It's been a while and I noticed I have several DR versions on my hard drive, and I have vague recollection that some functions worked on one and some on another version.. Can someone recommend what is the currently most stable version of DR? I need basic mapping functions and the readable editor. Thanks!

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    2. Sotha

      Sotha

      I had some crashes with 2.0.3. Didn't lose work, fortunately. Maybe I'll give *pre3 a go. Thanks!

    3. Sotha

      Sotha

      Yup. feels pretty solid this *pre3. Well, except the Z-axis rotation bug, that was already reported. I've been clicking around and the basic flood plan is something like 60% done. This is more fun than I remembered! ;)

    4. Bikerdude

      Bikerdude

      You will also find that some task in 203pre3 are considerable faster and smoother than 181 - such as entity inspector, or scrolling around orthoview with full view enabled....

  19. If you like Doom1, get this and play! It is awesome! The levels are even better than in the original doom. http://www.moddb.com/mods/brutal-doom/downloads/brutal-doom-hell-on-earth-starter-pack

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    2. Epifire

      Epifire

      Oh man brutal doom is the bomb. I hadn't loaded it as I hadn't been playing DooM in ages but it's beast.

    3. Tarhiel

      Tarhiel

      I agree, Brutal Doom is the best of what happened to Doom1/2 and one of the best mods out there.

    4. Xarg

      Xarg

      Will have to give this a try just for the new levels. Speaking of new levels, have you tried that e1m8 alternative that was released not long ago, with Brutal Doom?

  20. My condolences to our friends in France. Perseverance! :(

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    2. Bikerdude

      Bikerdude

      Unfortunately that seems to be a particularly virulent problem

    3. chakkman

      chakkman

      Very wisely said Airship. I don't even want to think about how traumatized the People were who were Walking out of that theatre alive, when one by one of the others were being executed... there's just too much Publicity for muslim Terror, instead of thinking about the victims, their families and friends.

    4. chakkman

      chakkman

      Sorry for capitals, damn MS Edge auto correction...

  21. New missions pouring in! Keep 'em coming, people! =D

  22. My halloween contest mission is out! Enjoy!

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    2. nbohr1more

      nbohr1more

      I can't even fathom how you could expect more from a mission created on such short notice. Any entry that is better than this mission deserves a hypothetical 6 star rating.

    3. Sotha

      Sotha

      Wow! Thanks, nbohr! But let's not be hasty. Other mappers still have many days before the deadline, and the quality level of TDM missions is nowadays very high. I really hope to see the other entries to excel in quality, because playing an excellent mission or two is always fun.

    4. SteveL

      SteveL

      Wow, astonishing speed! Gutted I won't have time to play it until the comnpetition date anyway due to travel :(

  23. Right. I was playing Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup the other day. I found an artifact: transparent whip. These artifacts are randomly generated. Identification spell told me it was "-1 whip of Domination" with attributes "{pain} {Rage} {rF+} {rN+} {dex-5}." Looks like the RNG got kinky on me...

    1. Sotha

      Sotha

      The attributes mean: pain brand: more damage, lets me go berserk at will, good fire and negative energy resistances and penalty to dexterity if I choose to use it.

    2. AluminumHaste
  24. Glenham tower is possibly broken. Looking for a volunteer to look at it, confirm and fix the issue. Please see the mission thread for details. Thank you for your help!

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    2. Sotha

      Sotha

      Nah, after the treatment you gave her, she's been purring like a kitten. Someone mentioned something about a lever not working that used to work.

    3. grayman

      grayman

      Have you tried to reproduce the problem yourself? Works fine for me.

    4. Sotha

      Sotha

      I've been extremely busy, sorry. Thank you very much for checking it out for me. I appreciate it a lot!

  25. First vacation for two years! Yay!

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    2. Melan

      Melan

      I didn't go on vacation in the years I was a grad student. It was okay for a while, but it ended with a hell of a burnout after I got my PhD.

       

      So take care and take some time off.

    3. SteveL
    4. Bikerdude

      Bikerdude

      So where you off-to then Sotha? make sure to take pics and maybe find some cool buildings.

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