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The test map: Hextown, Nostagia 2009 Edition

Hextown is a interesting re-texture of the classic map skytown.

I had the idea many years ago when i was playing  Hexen ,  a doom2 engine game on the doomsday engine in coop . I liked the look of the 8 bit textures and figured they were worth  making a unreal map with. But i didn’t really want to make a new map just to test to  see how it looks.`

I ripped the textures from hexan using some ancient map editing tools written for doom and put the textures into a new unreal texture file. now what the hell am i gonna do with this?

At the time one of my favorite  town like maps was skytown. so it made a good candidate to test the textures.So thats what i did i retextured  skytown. Back then I barely know what i was doing and half the textures came out screwed since i didnt  understand texture standards and pallates

Im not gonna make this more then it is , its just a crappy retextured version of skytown.

 

it includes 2  reskinned pawns that  where new at the time , or my own ideas.First is the zombie skarja from masterunreal , with blood sounds.
The second is my attempt to make a warlord into a harpy. it sort or resembled harpy  barly, but  the colors are wrong. its different never the less.

While its really just a boring test map, I enjoy playing it from time to time just because it looks like a skytown in hexen  might look . and it sort of 8 bit ish , every texture was changed, the pawns  decorations glass , water , etc it is really very strange looking.

Like others in my footsteps i also considered porting the sprites , but never bothered to try.I also had tracked down some oldskool crossbow and staff that  i planned on using from killernali.u but i never bothered to add them. I have no idea where they are now  anyway.

Will I ever work on the map again , Probably not,It’s not worth anything. Except mabye to re import the texture package now that i know what im doing. I still have the original texture source files i exported , but  unless i have some crazy retro urge again , I think ill pass on using 64×64 8 bit textures on many  future projects. they do have a great oldskool  look tho.

The utx file heretictex.utx  is include and  your welcome to use them  or re import them into another package.  But the textures are likely from hexen not hertic,I think i used  that name since I already had a hexentex.utx file  already.I bet if i hunt online i could find hd versions of these texture packages to use instead ( something to look into), But  that wasnt the effect i was going for with this map.

This map was sort or all but forgotten ,Intill I started digging tho my files to find a few  of my lost maps.I am gonna upload this one  and some others not so much for anybody else , But just to keep a copy online so i dont lose it again. Your welcome to play it but its kinda silly.  Download link

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The late halloween party

We missed out on having the online Halloween party on the 31st due to the outages here, and my friend decided Sunday was the make up date out of nowhere. so i wasn’t able to announce it , but there was still a partial turn out. I think 5 people showed up the whole night.

we started by taking a map tour of the map then we decide on playing  hide at seek on the  new hallowspire , but how do you play hide and seek in jcoopz without users cheating using view-player? well i came up with a  quick solution to that. in jcoopz1 you can make admins non viewable. so  i made it easy, the person hiding would be passed admin and the  seeker would logout. to prevent cheating admins were shown in the scoreboard so players know who in currently hiding.

we played a few rounds  with players coming up with some very good  hiding places,ranging from up on top of tree collision cylinders and on roofs and laying in the dark , to using  small  playerclasses like the rat and invisibility. was actually  a lot of fun  once ground rules were agreed on.

After a few rounds of that  i had to leave for a bit when i returned we were started playing candycorn corn-hole . i had made up a cornhole board model and we took turns shooting ges snot into the hole. it  needs a scripted scoring system and proper projectiles but it was a bit of fun for a while.

candy corn – corn hole board

Halloween shop in the hallowspire

once that  got boring ,someone demanded they get candy for winning the game so  we started eating all the candy in the shop , a suggested improvement was to   Create a fatboy type mod where eating to much candy  increases the players fatness. that will be included in a standalone candy mod in the future. At that point one of the players  left .  I loaded up the 225 version of the Halloween map and . so we all took a break  in till 10.

when we came back i loaded up hextown for a bit  Pcube almost joined us but the server crashed before he got in too bad because he seemed to enjoy the pumpkin patch  in a previous post .I loaded up death house and a few other players joined us for a while after they left. we decided  to check out some older maps i had from ut2004  for 227  reminiscing a bit, Then my  old friend EZ showed up and the fun began like old times.

Ez Dog

First we toured the hallospire   and then deathhouse then  ran tho a few new maps so EZ could  show me around, after EZ  left   me and spades ended up talking about doom , we played deadcity2 a bit followed  by hextown and  then wrapped things up about 3 am when everybody eventully had to leave.

It was sort of a unorganized mess , so i didnt record that much video of gameplay. i cant post the chatlog here  atm becuase the tool i made to extract the chat has  a issue with win7 , perhaps i can post it later if there is interest.

if you missed the party , we might  do a bit more hanging out later monday if my friend  has time after he  gets home from work. (didnt work out)

I am sorry if anybody planned to attend.  I tried hard to notify everyone weeks beforehand but  the original meet  was obliviously  screwed by sandy . what makes it worse that my friend only has so many nights he  doesn’t have to get up early for work. Although he told me Saturday , that he would show either Sunday or late Monday ,I couldn’t be sure to tell anyone when to show up.If you legitimately wanted to hang out we maybe can arrange another date in the future.

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2012 in Server news, stories and tales