DarkStar | 2008-09-30 16:48
Base Maps 1 + 2 [Updated]
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Two base landscapes for beginners to use as a template.

In the Readme:

"This map is designed to be used as a template for map designers.
You may edit all elements of this map and redistribute as your own without the need for credit.
Please do NOT redistribute this map if it has not been edited.

This map comes as geometry only.
All lighting, skyboxes, fog and textures are not set. This is for the owner of the map to do.
The map has been checked for bugs and smoothed so that it looks clean when lit,
but geometry may be buggy if you edit with a small grid size."

This map is aimed mainly at beginners who want their map to look natural and realistic. One of the main problems I have when designing a map is how to 'fence it in' without making the player feel trapped.
Novices can use this map as a base to create their own maps which they can then redistribute without needing to credit me.

I did make some 12x12 and even a 14x14 maps, but these took 10 minutes to render lighting and I thought them impractical to use for the moment.
This map is mainly to test the water and see what you all think of the idea, but if it gets approval I'll set to work creating some more detailed and interesting maps and upload them as a pack.

You'll be downloading an .OGZ file only. It's up to you to create a config file and change the settings. This map is simply a base to build on.
I've tried to keep a large amount of flat land to build on so that you're not forced into building into the hills. From my experience the height map tool can be very glitchy, but I've tried to smooth the geometry so that you don't get so many errors.

I hope this isn't considered a waste of space. I try to make sure my work is worth downloading before I upload anything.

Also, just a shameless plug. *whistles*
I'm currently working on a Silent-Hill based map, imaginatively called Sauer Hill which will be single player map. It'll be chock-full of new sounds effects, music and textures. So hopefully it'll be fairly engaging and interesting.
If anybody's interested, you can visit http://www.sauerhillproject.webs.com/

Any support would be greatly appreciated. :)

[EDIT]
I've just finished a larger and slightly more interesting template map to make downloading the file more worthwhile. It takes 30 seconds to render on my computer so it shouldn't be too much trouble.
There are two maps, both geometrically identical, the only difference being that one has a river and the other is left as a dry ditch.
Hopefully this one should feel less claustrophobic and more natural.

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