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A Hungarian firm specializing in digital 3D reconstructions of historical buildings and landscapes. Lots of images of old Hungarian castles and chateaus with many details and design ideas based on rea

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Ummm, Hell yeah....

 

Be cool if it's customizable enough to make your own story-driven adventure maps on.

What do you see when you turn out the light? I can't tell you but I know that it's mine.

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That's what I'd like to see more in FMs, a dedication to gameplay design rather than huge areas or telling stories through lengthy readables.

 

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Not necessarily mapping inspiration, but now you can construct your very own medieval-style TDM lantern, ladies and gents. :)

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This would make for a perfect villain lair:

 

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What a beauty. :wub:

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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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While the game is supposed to run on Unreal Engine 4, textures and assets look quite on par with what TDM can offer. Some nice inspirations here:

 

https://80.lv/articles/building-environments-for-adventure-games/

 

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Interesting read. Although from the trailer I am not sure whether not using normal maps was a good decision. It looks really old school.

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Dunno if these have been posted yet, but here are a few concept sketches used during the production of the now quite dead Crucible of Omens campaign:

 

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The shots are slightly blurry because they were scanned from a thick scrap paper notebook (sorry). The first shot was built and used as the opening area of Behind Closed Doors, and the last one was built for an unreleased campaign mission titled The Nexus (although with a central tower for better performance). The other two remain unrealised. I hope they will inspire people! :)

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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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Hey, its not terminally dead. Work on Restless Plunder will resume in the new year once Shadowhides city mission is out the door. I have been getting people lined up to do some voice work for the various conversations located through out the map.

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Dead as a doornail until proven otherwise.

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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It's more like educational material. How the stuff gets made in games today. How modular sets and materials work, etc. It's more for modellers than mappers, but if there was a separarate thread for modeling, I'm pretty sure there will be only me, Spring, and Epi talking to each other ;)

 

Although I must say, while I'm all for nice shiny stuff, the AAA is where it gets a bit ridiculous. If you see the description, that guy wasn't even making all that stuff from scratch, sometimes he just did materials. Even if I had guaranteed basic income and didn't have to work, I'd never get to that kind of quality by working alone. AAA attention to detail is insane, just look at the coins. I beat Dishonored 2 and the DLC, I don't even remember how they looked like, except for the shape.

 

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Just ran across a game that was released a few years ago called NaissanceE. It's a pretty abstract game but the cool thing is that it seems to be made almost completely out of bsp and has some pretty neat architecture which might be inspiring to mappers:

 

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