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Day's winding down, about to sleep, so some explanation:
The weapons demonstrated are a few of many experiments I've done across TSC:E's development. Some (like this DMR) were actual prototypes that never made it to testers, some (Napalm) were based more on trying new effect styles than making an actual fits-in-the-map weapon, and some (Dark Needler) were just screwing around while waiting for testers to test and artists to art.
I started keeping these things around more for posterity than any practical reason, but they've started to really pile up (there are plenty more than just these six) and so I figured I'd showcase a few in a lighthearted video, both for your enjoyment and to test the waters a bit. While "ASCM 2" is an unlikely thing to happen ever, and certainly not in the near future, simply tossing the guns into a thoughtlessly oversaturated encounter ended up being quite a bit of fun; I'd very much like to get them to you in a playable format, but this would be a secondary priority after my TSC:E work and consequently not something that would be seen until after that's done.
TSC:E's still on track for July; Evolved team will be staying dark for the coming weeks, but you'll get your eyes and ears on plenty when we're on the leadup to release. See you then.
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Will it be using open sauce?
Open Sauce is a terrible hack and an all around piece of awful software that does nothing but drain resources, spoil developers, and confuse the end-user.
Open Sauce will be mandatory.
ASCM 2 is happening. ASCM 2 is the epic followup to one of the most popular and loved campaign mods of all time. ASCM 2, built from the CMT tagset, is dedicated to honoring the sacred, flawless masterpiece that is Halo 1, by adding many new innovative weapons and tweaking as many things as possible. You've never seen Halo 1 like this.
Some of the epic new tools you'll get to play with:
SMG: Taken from the Halo 1 AR, bullet hoses are fun but they can be boring, and many of the shots can often miss. So, the ASCM 2 SMG's bullets have homing properties. Otherwise, this is the same H1AR you know and love, except also with better accuracy and a higher rate of fire.
Gauss DMR: Everybody knows that the single most important thing about Halo, and Halo 1 especially, is headshots. The ASCM 2 Gauss DMR's high autoaim and perfect accuracy while zoomed ensure that you'll feel like a badass charging into a crowd and taking everything down in a single shot. For stronger enemies, the Gauss DMR can charge up a super-powerful shot that does equal damage to the Sniper Rifle.
Dark Needler: I've always felt that Halo as a series lacks midrange options, if you ignore the Needler, Plasma/Storm Rifle/Repeater, Spiker, Assault Rifle, and Pistol. The Dark Needler fills this role by shooting a supercondensed crystal which explodes in midair, shredding anything in front of it with a storm of dark energy needles. The crystal can attach to live targets, too, for a super cool explosion chain!
Jackal Plasma Pistol: Elites get Plasma Rifles and Grunts get Plasma Pistols. Why not give Jackals something? The Jackal Plasma Pistol is like a Plasma Pistol times three! It has a lower rate of fire and a longer charge time, but it fires three bolts per shot -- both normal and charged.
Napalm Thrower: It wouldn't be H1 if it didn't have some form of the Flamethrower. This variant sprays superheated liquid that sticks to anything it touches and lights it on fire. Powerful and straightforward!
Plasma Cannon: Instead of shooting just another boring explosive, the Plasma Cannon, after a brief charge-up period, launches a radioactive fuel rod that bounces around, hurting anything that gets caught in the radiation field and causing mini-explosions on each bounce. The final detonation is enough to kill almost anything that moves.
Here's a video, giving you a sneak peek into how Halo 1's campaign has been enriched:
Announcing difficulty levels for ASCM 2! Only wimps and girls play on anything other than Legendary, so I'm proud to announce that Legendary will be the only selectable difficulty available for ASCM 2. But what am I going to do with the other difficulty levels? You'll have to stay tuned to find out... I can hint that it makes Halo 1 even more dynamic and engaging by making most of your tactics and weapons worthless!
ASCM 2 isn't tied down to Halo 1, either! Coming soon: Halo 2, 3, 3: ODST, Wars, Reach, 4, 5, and Spartan Assault...
hello halomaps goers. something happened today...
It's been two years since CMT last released a map.
Since then, you've seen a considerable amount of our latest star project, The Silent Cartographer: Evolved, most recently in its 2013 Media Month. Each time, you've asked, "when?" Each time, we've answered that as soon as we know, you will too.
We now know. The Silent Cartographer: Evolved will release in July, 2014.
Stay tuned to the usual channels as this date approaches. All of us are incredibly proud of what we've been building and are chomping at the bit to let you play, and while we don't want to spoil the many, many surprises, here's a look at a never-before-seen area of TSC:E to help tide you over:
fourth and final TSC:E trailer has been posted!
Quote: This is the end of media month. Having spent nearly 30 days making this happen, TSC:E will be going fairly if not fully dark again for quite a while, probably until the lead-up to the map's release; making sure everything is public-ready takes a lot of time and effort, and we're very eager to bring our full attention back to developing the map. Still, keep an eye out for more tidbits; as soon as we've got a comfortable lock on a release window, we'll let everybody know -- in the meantime, check through the OP to make sure you didn't miss anything, and enjoy the last trailer!
"the OP" being the halomods media month thread: http://www.halomods.com/ips/index.php?/topic/680-cmts-the-silent-cartographer-evolved-media-month/
Edited by Ifafudafi on Jul 25, 2013 at 11:51 PM
well we were supposed to have a trailer by now, but anybody who knows HEK knows that it absolutely cannot and will not allow anything to go smoothly, especially when precise times are supposed to be met
joke's on tool, though, because I've got an extra feature to fill the time until we can get things smoothed out
...is the video component of a look at the frag grenade's explosion; words and pictures at the halomods thread: http://www.halomods.com/ips/index.php?/topic/680-cmts-the-silent-cartographer-evolved-media-month/page__view__findpost__p__8214
today's tsc:e feature is up on http://www.halomods.com/ips/index.php?/topic/680-cmts-the-silent-cartographer-evolved-media-month/page__view__findpost__p__8183. it is about the weapons in tsc:e!
Unique Roles and Mechanics
If you whisked the gun the player's currently using out of their hands and replaced it with another one, would they do anything differently?
Most people think of weapons by thinking of their characteristics. It's Blue, it fires at X rounds-per-second, automatic fire; and so, when desiging a weapon, it's tempting to follow the same process. Semi-automatic plasma gun with high rate of fire! Shotgun that fires needles!
These characteristics, though, are merely a means to an end, rather than the ends themselves. Think of the question at the top of this section: if the answer is "nothing," and the player just keeps on firing away without changing their position, their targets, or their tactics, then the weapon does not embody a unique place in the weapon set.
aforementioned unexpected issues were not enough to delay until tomorrow! trailer is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-8agPfnpL0
this'll be the last full week of stuff; updates wed and fri, and then one last trailer on monday 22nd will cap things off
Quote: --- Original message by: MatthewDratt
If I skimmed correctly these updates are only about TSC:E. At CE3 we have SPv3
we'll have another tsc:e infopost before the day's over
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An example, the Eviscerator, by Ifafudafi from ASCM. The needler mod worked very well and was well balanced.
ASCM's weapon set is an oversaturated hodge-podge of niche gimmicks and copious redundancy, with the few novel ideas buired behind amateurish guestimated "balancing" and an inexplicable need to adhere to completely arbitrary classifications that have (at best) tenuous or (more often) zero connection to any practical interpretation of the gameplay
I kind of liked the particles though
oh no, The Lag has gone far away
and we'd promised a video for this monday!
must we now apply a torturous delay
to this second glimpse of exciting gameplay?
not so! I shall tackle this perilous task
of posting the link on halomaps!
lag's wit and charm, I may lack, perhaps
but it's that, or bring forth the utter collapse
of the web, and society as a whole!
indeed, we must keep to the prescribed schedule;
so enjoy the footage, and the coming weeks, full
of media and features we're itching to unroll!
Edited by Ifafudafi on Jul 8, 2013 at 10:07 PM
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The 1 year anniversary of the B30:E announcement trailer is in a couple days...
it sure is
Quote: --- Original message by: The Lodeman
Iffy, it's more about a feeling than it is about charts. How do you want a gun to feel when you fire it, how much damage should a gun of this caliber do on an enemy? Not: statistical analysis shows that the perfect experience would be to have x amount of damage over y amount of time.
I agree completely. That's why we have testers who constantly evaluate every change and every tweak to ensure that things fall into place on the subjective side, becuase what I might think is a supersweet set of weapon stats may not necessarily be what other people think.
Both sets have diverged significantly from what was in a50; I wouldn't consider that in any way an accurate representation of what the set will play or feel like in future maps. Again, I don't want to start delving into specifics because there are still a lot of major changes underway even now -- there's no point in detailing all the reasoning behind a major weapon change when that weapon may not have the same behavior or may not even be in the weapon set as soon as next week.
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right now we have 2 tagsets, we have one designed by Iffy where all weapons are completely independent from their H1 tag values (think of how H2 did it's weapon behaviors), and we have mine where everything is built to retain what I believe people love and want from Halo CE.
I don't want to start something here but one could draw a couple of misleading conclusions from this, so I'd like to try and clarify a bit
Several different variations on weapon stats, behavior, etc. are being presented to testers simultaneously, mostly along the lines of a varation crafted by myself in our b30 test-builds and another by Masterz in his SPv3 test-builds, with the idea that the good bits and the bad bits of each will be able to be more easily identified (and then be converged or eliminated) by comparison and contrast. In combining the theoretical high points of two seperate methodoligies while removing the disadvantages, the end product would ideally then be a deliciously marbled gameplay cake.
However, in both cases, the goal is to "retain what [whoever] believe[s] people love and want from Halo CE;" the difference is how "what makes Halo 1 Halo 1" is interpreted -- and believe me there are differences. It's easy to see why 343 left the gameplay completely untouched for Anniversary.
This is still a very ongoing and very not-finished process, though, so I don't want to get too into detail until we've got things more solidified on our end
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If SPv3 is simply SPv2 recycled with OS and a few modifications
oh man I wish it was that simple, we'd have been done months ago
I guess the world will never know
the big question, of course, is what are we going to do with it? right now it behaves like something you don't see often in Halo...
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what about me ;C
you're with the asset people whose stuff goes to both teams !!
best described as:
well I guess it's not completely accurate, see I don't have a six-pack
It's not so much a clear, solid bold-line division in personnel as it is just two separate projects; nearly all visual assets (models, textures, particles, etc.) are shared between both SPv3 and the Evolved project, so relevant team members aren't really "on" one half-team and "off" the other, and while BSP modelers do prioritize what they're working on they can and have hopped between projects depending on which one needs more attention.
The difference is mostly in encounter and weapon design. There's still considerable parity between the two; both projects are using the same weapons and units which all do the same general thing, but with specific elements (weapon balance, enemy composition, etc.) diverging as such:
-Building off existing campaign maps allows Masterz the freedom to inject lots of experimental fun, preserving the variety and broad weapon roles characteristic of earlier SPvX projects, so he has pretty much complete reign over that aspect for the B-Team's map output.
-TSC:E's gameplay sandbox is more of an extension of the trimmed and polished approach taken in February's a50 release, since the from-scratch rebuild is requiring a lot more time and effort in and of itself; I'm handling the weapon balance and broad-scale design for this one, while sharing encounter design with teh lag (who really does most of the work on that end).
E: well I guess at this precise moment in time the TSC:E staff is more or less:
And then Masterz is roughly equivalent to Doc Brown with our testers taking the place of Marty McFly
Edited by Ifafudafi on Sep 13, 2012 at 07:35 PM