borgking

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About borgking

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  • Birthday 11/27/1991

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  • Real Name
    Sven Monhof
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    Chimera Entertainment
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    Junior Technical Artist
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    Munich, Germany
  1. Hello Mapcore, after a break of 1 1/2 years I am back with a new map! Well, actually the map is not really that new, but it never had a release, so here it is: de_geothermal! Geothermal is set near a vulcano in the middle of iceland, where for some unknown reason Terrorists try to blow up a geothermal powerplant. The map is designed for competitive 5vs5 play. The layout actually was created by a friend of mine and me in highschool back arround 2007 or 2008 for CS:Source. After the map was never fully finished, and I was looking for a cool new project I decided to reboot the map, as the Source version actually worked well. So very special thanks to Fabian "baqueta" Triep at this point! Obviously this is currently the first Work in Progress version. I am already excited to find out, how this develops within the playtests!
  2. After playing through your map at todays playtest I have a little feedback for you. Good things: The basic layout feels like a solid basis. Especialy the bombspots have the right access, and the main encounterpoints (1,2,3,4) all feel timed right. The scale also feels solid. In most rooms the spacing feels right, while having a good variety of spaces and distances The timings feel right I like the Idea, that the main switch is not instantly populated, and is more usefull in the second half of a round. Things to improve: The middle switch (5) feels wrong. It has no clear timing, since there can be players incomming from 4 sides at different timings (T from 3/4, CT from 2/4), which makes the area feel unpredictable. This area also inserts a 5th encounterpoints. At a 5vs5 that means every encounterpoint needs one player, which is on the one hand difficult to control, and makes the strategic aspect to assume attack angles and reinforce that encounterpoint with an additional person obsolete. The middle bridge (over 3) feels too exposed. As you can get shot from either side, also be attacked from both sides of the roads, and also from the middle switch (5) this is currently very risky and difficult to approach strategicly. Meaning this is a potential deathtrap. Suggestions: Change the middle switch (7) to a connector from middle (3) to the bombspot B (4). Maybe it might be usefull to also have a seperate connector from lower to upper middle, but I would keep that seperate. That would make the intent of the area more clear, remove the weird timing, and propably make for an interesting second attack approach to middle (when someone attacks from the B Apporach) Move the corner (6) after the bridge to A more to the CT-Side. That would on the one hand shorten the distance between the bombspot, and make this currently underutilized area more interesting. Also the dead end (8) has no gameplay impact and serves no special purpose. Remove it, for the sake of simplicity, and the learning curve! Thats my two cents. As I already said the map currently feels on the right track, so keep up the good work.
  3. I think the design looks better and more modern on an astetic perspective, but due to the missing tableborders between topics and post the readability is suffering. I would suggest adding some kind of border, or change the background of every second topic/post to a light grey, so the posts become more easily distiguishable. Also fix this EX2, it is getting annoying...
  4. Besides already said solutions, this sounds like the multiple-water problem: Source can only display one surface of water at a time. If more than one are visible (meaning being inside a visible visleaf) only one will be rendered. Since the lightmappedreflective uses the same method as water, I am assuming water is visible somewhere, and the mirror is not rendered. Sollution: A) change the mirror to a cubemapreflection (not as nice looking) B) try to find the water, and get only one of both surfaces visible at any given point in the map
  5. Map is ready to be tested: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/22791159/de_carrier_v03.rar Feedback/WIP thread:
  6. May I get another slot on the 26th?
  7. Thanks everyone for the awesome feedback! Since today there is another playtest let me share my thoughts about the changes: On the overview there are only two major changes visible: 1. I moved bombspot A outside of the seperate room into the second hangar. Obviously almost never did anyone even get to the spot, so I placed it closer to the actual combat area. Both teams should reach the spot almost at the same time, with the CTs being able to controll the bombspot from their entrance a few seconds before the Ts can arrive. 2. The route from CT-spawn to B is slightly longer. I felt like the CTs could stop the Ts at B too easy at the doorway, so I gave them a little less time to set up. As you can see, I reduced the planes to one per hangar. To counter the height advantage of the elevator only the plane on the bombspot is climbable. Also I have tried to reduce the legshooting through placing blocks besides and under the planes. With bombspot B I lowered the floor under the bombspot, and added Handrails. Also I added some supportbeams on one side and added two crates, as there was the need for cover. I increased the size of the windows, so now you can climb through them. I also removed the grate, so now the Ts can enter in silence. Yes of course Currently I am working alone, but if I need help I'll let you know. Thanks for the offer anyway. Well, Operation Boat always needs moar boats! Great idea, but i'll stick to reality. Well, that won't be that big of a problem, since most of the flight deck is clipped of. So I can keep most of the deck relativly low-detailed, while from the hangars you cannot see the flightdeck. The only big performance issue will be the elevator, where you can see both the hangar and the flightdeck. I have thought about that idea, I might pick it up in one of the next versions
  8. Hi guys, here is the map file for todays playtest: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/22791159/de_carrier_v02.rar
  9. May I have another playtest for Carrier on thursday 9th?
  10. Hi guys, I am working on a new map called "Carrier". As you might allready assume it is placed on an aircraft carrier the terrorists want to sink. The layout is very experimental with a very large "mid", but very few actual routes: The map is seperated into three layers. The flightdeck serves as the t-spawn with no actual fighting or rotation in mind. The hangar deck is the middle and houses bombspot A in an munitions storage room. The lowest layer houses the ct-spawn at the messhall and the nuclear reactor as bombspot B. Both bombspots are supposed to have very different playstyles. Bombspot A has only two entrances facing the same direction making it easily defendable for both teams. Terrorists have the advantage on the mid, though CTs can defend both entrances to A form their access points. Also CTs have a second entrance to mid for retaking A. Bombspot B on the other hand is a very tight close combat area, featuring three entrances, with two of them in the terrorists hands. Tomorrow I got the opportunity to have the map playtested on the Mapcore playtests. I would like to thank RZL and everyone who makes this playtests possible.
  11. My map for tomorrows playtest is ready and uploaded: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/22791159/de_carrier_v01.rar
  12. Thanks for all the awesome feedback! At this moment I would like to thank the Playtesting Team, without the tests and the regular feedback this map wouldn't be what it is now! @Onebit: I am impressed how much you found. With the first update I have fixed the most problematic issues, though I will need another update to fix everything. Thank you for taking the time looking for this flaws. This feedback helps me a lot and is really invaluable!
  13. After my recent release of acceleration I would like to have a playtest on Tuesday 24th for my new map de_carrier (working title).
  14. "Core Facility, Switzerland: It took long years and a lot of money, but finally the new particle accelerator was finished. The worlds most briliant physicists are expecting new insights on natures work. Still there is a small minority of people that fears the experiments might go wrong and create a black hole: A singularity capable of destroying the entire planet earth. Mobilizing concerned citizen into spending money, they hire a group of professional mercenarys to break into the CORE research facility and prevent the upcoming doom..." Download at Steam Workshop
  15. The file for todays playtest: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/22791159/de_acceleration_v17.rar