aoc_citadel - my first map :o

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aoc_citadel - my first map :o

Postby orm on Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:08 pm

This is the first map i've ever built in Hammer so im looking for some good constructive critism :). I am fairly new to mapping, only starting a few months ago and spent that time playing with source sdk and getting to know the tools.

This map is for a mod called Age of Chivalry (http://www.age-of-chivalry.com/). It is somewhat based on Masyaf (the castle in Assassins Creed), Its still heavily in the WIP stage.

Eventually this will be part of a large scale siege map with the castle perched high up on rocky cliffs, I have still to build the siege field area and the interior of the citadel itself.

the texture tiling on the large flat surfaces will be fixed eventually as there will be much much more detail on all of the walls to break it up. the lighting and skybox is also just a placeholder.

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Re: aoc_citadel - my first map :o

Postby Chopium on Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:14 pm

That's just about the most awesome castle I've ever seen in Source. I can't wait to see it finished.
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Re: aoc_citadel - my first map :o

Postby longshanks on Sat Jun 20, 2009 1:47 am

Fantastic! Can't wait to play it!
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Re: aoc_citadel - my first map :o

Postby Sacul15 on Sat Jun 20, 2009 1:50 am

Looks pretty awesome. My only criticism is that those rocks being there seems odd. I think it would be better off without them, just to give it a "clean" feel.
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Re: aoc_citadel - my first map :o

Postby undertone on Sat Jun 20, 2009 10:46 pm

Sacul15 wrote:Looks pretty awesome. My only criticism is that those rocks being there seems odd. I think it would be better off without them, just to give it a "clean" feel.


I think if it looked more like the castle was built right into the rock it would look better, but now it looks like the rocks are built into the castle, and that looks strange.
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Re: aoc_citadel - my first map :o

Postby Duke Nukem on Sat Jun 20, 2009 11:01 pm

first map? unbelieveable awesome!!!
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Re: aoc_citadel - my first map :o

Postby orm on Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:56 am

undertone wrote:
Sacul15 wrote:Looks pretty awesome. My only criticism is that those rocks being there seems odd. I think it would be better off without them, just to give it a "clean" feel.


I think if it looked more like the castle was built right into the rock it would look better, but now it looks like the rocks are built into the castle, and that looks strange.



Once i build the siege field outside the castle the environment in the castle will make more sense. The castle itself is built on a big rocky cliff, so i wanted to keep the rocks inside to keep the link as the player progresses through the level. It also helps me breaks up some of the large flat walls which helps avoid texture tiling etc.
Also the rocks that are there right now are just model placeholders. Eventually they will completely re-done with displacements and (fingers crossed) will look far more integrated with the castle itself.

Thanks a lot for all the crits and comments, im taking them on board and ill get some more pictures up shortly of my progress :)
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Re: aoc_citadel - my first map :o

Postby Sacul15 on Sun Jun 21, 2009 4:09 pm

Ah, in that case good work and good luck. I am very excited to see the final product.
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Re: aoc_citadel - my first map :o

Postby Mr.Unreal on Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:05 pm

Is that really your first map? Looks damn nice to be your first. :)

Nice start and I'm looking forward for more. Keep up the good work!
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Re: aoc_citadel - my first map :o

Postby dark_veil on Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:38 pm

looking smooth so far dude! well done!
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Re: aoc_citadel - my first map :o

Postby waisted menkey on Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:21 pm

Mr. Chop wrote:That's just about the most awesome castle I've ever seen in Source. I can't wait to see it finished.


agreed. excellent castle architecture!
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Re: aoc_citadel - my first map :o

Postby orm on Sat Jun 27, 2009 4:38 pm

Managed to spend a little more time on this over the past few days. Ive nearly completed the courtyard area and have moved onto the citadel interior.
The interior itself is still a very early WIP but it gives you a good idea of what it will look like inside the ground floor.

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3. Citadel interior
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4. Citadel interior
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5. This is a very very very rough start on the siege field. I thought there could be an issue with gameplay due to the gate being too difficult for the Agathians to defend. The idea now is to have an outer tower linked with a bridge to the gatehouse. Hopefully this will make it much easier for Agathian archers to defend the gate area. There will also be a way for melee players to get onto the siege field without falling from the towers and taking damage.
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Hope you like how its progressing :)
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Re: aoc_citadel - my first map :o

Postby Kodox on Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:13 pm

You get my vote for best castle designer! :smt023
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Re: aoc_citadel - my first map :o

Postby Vilham on Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:05 pm

looks very awesome, especially the arches
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Re: aoc_citadel - my first map :o

Postby orm on Sun Jun 28, 2009 4:17 pm

Couple more shots of some progress today, should give a better idea how the exterior and interior will look.

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