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"DieharD-r3v" | | 2.22MB | 09.06.00 | Duel | site |

Overview Layout - Skullduggery is medium-sized. It's easy to get from one side to the other quickly via teleporters. The layout is comprised of a series of linked passages running around two main rooms - the RA room and the central "room with twin stairs". This creates a circuit from RA around to the twin stairs, with a second circuit taking the player from one set of stairs around the back to the other set. A short and narrow passageway to MH runs beneath like a tunnel, with only two entry/exits.

Map Flow - The use of passageways and circuits promotes good speed and flow around the outside circuits, while the central RA room and twin stairs area provides one point where players will have to constantly meet. There are a number of neat touches, such as teleporter exit points providing options for sudden attack.

The RA room Control - Gameplay focuses on the RA room. It has three entry points, one of which is via teleporter. The RA is also situated in an open and vulnerable location - on a column surrounded by "fog of death" - making you have to pay a price to get it. There is a YA tucked away in the opposite end of the map, so your opponent has an opportunity to mount a counter-attack. The MH is also near the YA and the teleporter to RA is in that part of the map as well. Maintaining control over both RA and MH is not going to be an easy task.

Weapons - RL, LG, Rail, Plasma Gun and the Shotty.
Armor - 1 each RA and YA. 16 Shards.
Health - 3 Green Orbs, 5 Yellow Orbs and 1 Gold Orb.
Powerups/Items - 1 MH.

Author's Comments - A major part of our mapping project is to understand what forces are at work that influence or restrict how players interface with the pieces authors build. To help direct player comment I asked DieharD to describe his approach to basic design elements:

What are the key concepts underlying this design?
Pretty basic, interconnectedness, smooth flow, strategic item layout. Item layout is important - a good map has to be interconnected a lot and have good flow with areas where you can pull crazy cool moves. Also, generally for any 1v1 map there are 2 sides, very interconnected.

What sort of gameplay are you looking for?
I havent have a chance to think of all possible strategies on it. I'm really interested to see what people will come up with playing my map.

Basically, the map is split up in to two sides by the two armours providing each player with a side to recuperate, take a defensive position and plan a sneak attack. RL is a bit out of the way, however it's pretty simple to steal, because there are 3 ways in and out to it and they all lead there from different parts of the map. RL would be a definite asset in close battles and long distance check shots. Rail will be a good weapon choice for the long distance shots across the hallways.

What suggestions did your playtesters make?
I worked with lantern and citizen from clan abuse. We discussed pretty much every single item placement on the map and I made decisions based on those discussions. For example, the Lightning Gun was put on the map to counter balance the rail gun.

Did you base this design on any "principles"?
Pretty simple principle that I mentioned earlier in the interview, two sides where each has its own advantages (item and layout wise).

The Bottom Line -
This map is already getting the "thumbs-up" from experienced players so it's well worth a look. The vibe I'm getting is that is has depth and subtlety. After you've had a go at it, why not stop back by and give some constructive feedback. We value your input as well. Comments generated here, and on subsequent maps we present, will help further define baseline design considerations for our in-house mapping project. Thanks.

Hmm cool map, but....
Comment by on 08:49, Wednesday, 14 June 2000
The map seems quite cool after an hour of testing, but it takes awfully lot of horsepower from my computer. In the other pro mode maps I get around 130fps (because of my com_maxfps), but in this map I get around 60-80 (atleast in the RA room...), if I lower my resolution from 1024x768 to 640x480, my fps wont change, so it's cpu limited. I have a p2 504 so I dont think it should be that slow and because even the ID maps give me more fps, I definately think something should be done about it...

Need for speed
Comment by on 09:01, Wednesday, 14 June 2000
Acutally, I made sure the map is within the same limits id maps are. The RA room is slightly on the higher side but still well within the limits. The reason all other Pro Mode maps are fast is because they have much less detail and hardly any curved surfaces in them, hence lower visual quality.

Do we really need that eyecandy? ;) -nt
Comment by on 13:40, Wednesday, 14 June 2000

Comment by on 08:02, Thursday, 15 June 2000
It purely depends on the player. I personally play with pretty much everything off but I never pass up a chance to check out a map with full eyecandy and high res.
If eyecandy is not your concern, turn it off and your speed prooblem will be solved.

Comment by on 14:27, Thursday, 15 June 2000
Eye-candy rules!!

C'mon, wtf is a map without good visuals?

Eyecandy my ass
Comment by on 16:08, Monday, 19 June 2000
I personally don't need any eycandy to enjoy a game or a map (maybe that's why I still play a lot of QW?). The most important thing is the gameplay, and if that isn't in place, the game could have stunning visuals and still not get me interested.

The skullduggery map is a wellbuilt map, but IMHO it's a bit to large for 1on1s, but it will do great in 2on2s and maybe even 3on3s.

Over the past months I've tried a lot of maps, and I've reached the conclusion that it's the smaller maps that do the trick in 1on1s, since the hearing-what-your-opponent-picks-up-and-thereby-knowing-where-he-is aspect of the gameplay (that made QW such a great game) is almost absent.

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