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DOM-Aphrodite ---------------------------------------------------------------- by Tynan Sylvester tynan@planetunreal.com June 2003 Installation and Hard Data --------------------------------------------------------------- -Place DOM-Aphrodite.ut2 in your /UT2003/Maps folder -Place Ty_GreekSmeshes.usx in your /UT2003/StaticMeshes folder -Place Ty_Greek.utx into your /UT2003/Textures folder Gametype: Double Domination Recommended No. of Players: 4 - 8 Weapons: ASMD Shock Rifle Rocket Launcher Flak Cannon Lightning Gun Link Gun Minigun Biorifle Time Frame in Production: Circa March 14, 2003 to June 30, 2003 Number of Internal Versions: 80 ( Yes, I have 80 different versions of this map on my hard-drive, plus 20 versions of each statue type and several of each skin and texture ) Other Levels by Author: DM-Lightfalls / DM-Nightfalls Birds fly back and forth over the temple. Look out for them. Music --------------------------------------------------------------- Big thanks to Pablo "Guybrush Threepwood" Delgado for helping me out and making some kickass music for this level. Commentary --------------------------------------------------------------- Alas, my second UT2003 level has finally arrived. I feel like Dr. Frankenstein from those old movies... "It's alive!" This is my little write-up that I do for each project. Enjoy! On lighting: ---------------------------------------------------------------- The status quo for lighting on Unreal maps these days is to have them quite dark. Rarely do I see a bright map, and even then, it never has that look of being under direct sunlight. In real life, direct sunlight is extremely bright. It adds a level of natural beauty that makes one think of glistening white snow or powder sand on a long Caribbean beach. This is what I tried to move towards in my lighting style. The biggest worry I have here is that people are really not accustomed to seeing lighting schemes like this. They'll have trouble adjusting out of the usual dark and gloomy level atmosphere to something bright. My biggest worry in risking such a lighting style is that many may not wish to adjust to the new level of brightness. I worried long and hard about risking this, but finally decided that part of the entire point of the level is to show a try to emulate what real, natural sunlight looks like. I'd ask you, the player, to try to appreciate what I attempted to acheive by doing the lighting as I did, and not compare me to those old-style industrial levels. Another danger with the sunlight is how it leaves nothing to the imagination. Dark maps have the distinct upper hand in this matter, as they take advantage of the human brain's natural ability to extrapolate visual information based on a dark picture. On theme: --------------------------------------------------------------- The theme has varied in my mind and in the level as work has progressed. Originally, I was thinking about going for a "techno-Greek" style, where I would mix modern technologically-based styles with the look of ancient Greek temples. After making a few meshes like this, I decided I didn't like it so I scrapped that aspect. One of the major challenges I faced when choosing the Greek theme was the narrow range of colours it afforded me. The all-marble look required a lot of spicing up in order to look colourful enough. I used mosaics, trees, the sky, wooden/metal platforms and blue shadows to try to acheive this effect. Outdoor shadows are blue in real life because the sky is blue - much of the light that is reflecting off the shadow surface will be coming directly out of the big, blue sky. On statues: --------------------------------------------------------------- The statues were always a major part of the level. They take an extreme amount of time to create from start to finish. It is also very risky, as a level designer, to be creating large vertex-lit static meshes. There is a serious risk the lighting becoming disgusting if done improperly at that scale because the vertices of the mesh are so far apart. I went through many versions of these statues. They were very difficult to get right, especially on such a large scale. The scope and complexity of the statues alone was intimidating at first, but I slogged through and they were finally finished. The effort was worth it. I believe that the statues are really what "makes" this map and pushes it that last extra mile. Overall the statues alone probably took about two weeks of work. On throwing out material: --------------------------------------------------------------- I threw out a lot of stuff. Sometimes I'd redo entire sections of the level, possibly several times. This adds to the quality of the finished product. It was hard sometimes - I almost fell in love with some of the stuff I had to dump. On time: ---------------------------------------------------------------- I made this level during two periods of frenzied level design effort. The first was in mid-March, when I had a few weeks off and Steve Polge sent out a mail to all the mod developers informing us of the upcoming MSU contest. I wanted to be in on that, so I worked my butt off for the two weeks. Then I basically did nothing all the way up until the actual contest was announced, at which point I began working my butt off once again. The two periods during which I worked were quite intense. My time went towards one of four things: level design, school studying, piano, and sleep. It was a lot of effort, but I think it's paid off in the quality of the finished level. Effort pays off. Credits: ----------------------------------------------------------------- Concept Art.............................................................................. Tynan Sylvester Geometry................................................................................ Tynan Sylvester Lighting................................................................................... Tynan Sylvester Pathnoding.............................................................................. Tynan Sylvester Textures.................................................................................. Tynan Sylvester Technical Testing.................................................................... Tynan Sylvester Sky Render.............................................................................. Tynan Sylvester Music...................................................................................... Pablo "Guybrush Threepwood" Delgado This Preamble......................................................................... Tynan Sylvester Second Opinions / Gameplay Testing.................................... Pablo "Gubrush Threepwood" Delgado Gui Yordle Jay

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    Are 2k3 maps compatible with 2k4?

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    it's pronounced "ham-saur
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    Wow I want UT2003 now... This map is absolutely amazing! Thanks for submitting it Sgt Kick ur ass!!!

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    learn where I get the name, th
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    Dam, I might have to buy UT2003 just to test out your maps - they all fantastic!!
    Keep up the great work


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    Turbosmooth dat shit.
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    Dam, I might have to buy UT2003 just to test out your maps - they all fantastic!!
    Keep up the great work
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    Looks cool

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    The threes looks a bit poor
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    This is definitely a 10/10 for sure!

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