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  1. I mean... sure, the skinning comparison is legitimate but a bit misleading since in DR editing parlance "skinning" only applies to models and not world geometry. As to the possible implementation I've also now thought of a find-and-replace type string (that is like the dialogue in DR or, aptly, like .skin definition files themselves) in the form of r_surfaceOverride "textures/fromthis" "textures/tothis". That might be a bit too much typing/copy-pasting though, I think a "look at what you want to change" approach would be faster and more user friendly.
  2. I have a suggestion for a new TDM console command that, I think, would be a boon to mappers. I think one of the most time-consuming parts of mapping is compiling the entire map in order to check out how a single change you've made looks in-game. The bigger the map is the longer it takes to compile, and the further away you get from efficient WYSIWYG editing (save for running TDM inside DR, of course, which isn't happening). There's two main things you really need to be checking in-game rather than in-editor: one is shadows and the other one is textures. I'm glad to say that shadows are no longer a problem with Shadow Map implementation. Before you had to recompile the entire map for the stencils to update, but now a simple map reload will give you updated shadows, it's fantastic. Texture changes, however, are still a problem. Even a single texture replacement requires a full recompile. r_materialOverride is a good, if limited, command that replaces all the materials in-game to a set value that you can get by copying a shader name in DR. I use it early on in the mapping process to save time laboriously trying one texture after another and recompiling. I need to know how a texture looks like, scaled and repeated, on a facade or whatever else have you, its density, its normalmap under lighting, if it's too bright or dark versus the ambient, if the color flows well into the other textures. ...Except not really, because r_materialOverride replaces all textures in-game, of course. As such I sort of have to remember how the level looked and try to focus only on the material I am trying to change. I propose a new console command that would be something like r_surfaceOverride. It would combine the usage and syntax of r_materialOverride (eg "r_surfaceOverride "textures/common/example") with the ability of another console command, reloadSurface, to target a single surface under the player's crosshairs. The way it'd work is it would only replace a single material, the one you're looking at currently, with your DR-copy-pasted shader name, and if you looked at another surface and ran the command again, the former surface will go back to normal and the current one will get overridden. If any developers want to chime in and opine on the technical feasibility of this proposal that would be great. If you, as a mapper, agree with me that a command like this would be useful, feel free do discuss it here. If permitted, I'll elevate it to a feature proposal on Mantis. And, of course, if something like this already exists, do let me know.
  3. I rather enjoyed the spider thing, I figured it out pretty early. You can dispose of tem with conventional means, that is to say the shortsword works. As for the getting in and especially out of the granary, I agree that it's hard. I wish the tree branches were positioned closer to the windows. Finishing your main objective will give you what you need to finish that secondary one.
  4. I played through it on Expert. This is a surprisingly good mission. I'm honestly astonished at the amount of gameplay relevant detail crammed in for a speedbuild! Loot placement was generous and even though there were stretches of open land the scale remained on point. Ditto for the pacing, both in the streets and within the town locations. I was going to commend the attention to detail put in a part of the skybox until I realized it was playable! I also really enjoyed Pat's place and the optional objectives. My only question what is the purpose of the ancient fertility symbol in the attic (you know the one)? It's the map's biggest mystery imo, one that I fear I might never get an answer to, but one that I will still ponder over in the little hours of the night. ?
  5. Spooks

    Merry Christmas

    Happy Holidays! Christmas, Hanukkah, what have you! Gotta pop in every now and then, and even if I don't bring any presents I hope my merry wishes bring you joy!
  6. I checked the save and not only is he stuck inside but most all of the doors don't work, so even if he wasn't stuck he wouldn't be able to open the door. Do your doorhandles also go all the way down but not up? Is there no clicking, "locked" sound when you try to open that door? That's how it is on my end and I think a dev should look into why it's like this, it's definitely a bug or perhaps a savegame corruption. If you don't want to restart the mission you can open the game console with ctrl+alt+` and type in "noclip" without quotes, it will allow you to fly through walls. You only need to lockpick one container that's in that room to get the diamond, fly back out and disable fly mode by typing "noclip" again. It's a cheat, obviously, but it really looks like save corruption to me and it's better than having to start over.
  7. He should come out of that room after a minute at most, and there shouldn't be anything he's stuck in. I don't know if the latest updates may have messed with the navfile in some way... I figure maybe he's alerted but even if so he should return to patrol sooner rather than later... I just did a test and he comes out fine, since the old man's unarmed he should run out of the room instead of pull out a sword and wait. Try to make some noise to get him out and if you can't, I don't know what the bug's about, you may just have to noclip through. Sorry for the inconvenience. ?
  8. In case you're still having trouble here on Sunday, it's
  9. What a nice mission! I can say with certainty that that it's a must-play now that I've finished it. I liked the pacing a lot, with how you can presumably just swim to the ship or work up to a logical crescendo by going through all the neighbourhood in order. I think my favorite part was how you did the broken ceilings with moonlight streaming through them, it's so evocative ?. It's that type of visual synecdoche that really essentializes the atmosphere you were going for. I also liked the custom stuff in the captain's quarters and the cramped stair/balcony interiors, those still feel in-scale unlike in some other missions. I was playing on Expert and I couldn't figure out if I was supposed to get the Secure Key from somewhere or not (suffice it to say I had to fly about to find it with noclip, curious after I'd done all my other objectives).
  10. Congratulations on the release! What an opportune time to check on the forums! I've been itching to get back to playing some TDM, I'll put a pin on this and give it a go tomorrow.
  11. https://rebeccashieh.com/o-theo Rebecca Shieh, visdev at Netflix, previous work at Pixar, Cartoon Network. Her personal project, O Theo, may be of some inspiration to you. Many art pieces within link.
  12. I can say yes to both of those, my Northdale Act 2 quicksaves load fine.
  13. Sorry for responding late, I only saw this late last night! The problem persists in the hotfix beta. I had a confusing, long and fruitless second bout of testing. My materials are a mess and I have multiple entries with the word "sandstone" in them. So okay, here's a correction. I do not have a custom "overwritte" material defined in my fm/materials folder. Instead I have a custom texture with the same name as the core texture and I assume that it is sufficient to overwrite how the material looks in-game. I assume that it's sufficient because I still remember testing the texture in-game prior to updating to 2.07 and it showing without a problem, but I don't know if I used an intermediary material and/or renaming my texture. Here is the biggest difference, my texture is a .tga and the default is a .dds (and as such, in a different folder). Converting the .tga to a .dds and placing it in the /dds/... folder makes it load fine ingame. Still, reloadImages will overwrite the default .dds to the custom FM .tga one, so what gives? Imo it's still inconsistent behavior. This makes it a non-issue for me since I plan on converting the appropriate diffuse maps into dds files when releasing anyways, but it still feels very weird and I can't shake the feeling that this is NOT how the behavior used to be prior to 2.07.
  14. Got a crash to desktop using the hotfix. I alerted some enemies and noclipped through a wall (brush). Very shortly after I popped out of the wall and into another area/visleaf the game crashed. I can't compare it to regular 2.07 because I updated my installation. However, it is reproducible, which I honestly did not expect. I have a crashdump for you here, it's from the first time I experienced the crash. It's rather large and it's available here. Hope it helps.
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