Hello sneaksie taffers!
I'm very pleased to release a new map, named Down and Out on Newford Road. Our kleptomaniac protagonist has found himself without his gear after a job gone wrong and is now stuck in a strange part of town with few friends to call on.
It's a smallish-to-medium city exploration map with several intricate parts to deal with. In keeping with the "connections" theme there are usually multiple ways in and out of the various City sections.
This is a Christmas Connections contest entry. For my connections to previous missions I have chosen two of the oldest missions in the archive:
The silly Builders from the Outpost north of Bridgeport are making another attempt to manufacture a golden holy symbol. Has the Bishop learned his lesson from last time?
...because the one man still willing to talk to you wants you to steal it before he'll help you out. This contact is none other than Hamill, the fence from the first FM of them all.
Thieves with a talent for exploration and an eye for hidden secrets might come across a sneaksie reference to my first mission The Factory Heist. Here and there are also bits of foreshadowing for my upcoming mission, tentatively called A House Call. And of course I had to work in a tribute to the greatly missed Grayman, also findable by players with a passion for discovering secret areas.
The contest gives bonus points for using features and assets from newer Dark Mod versions, so here are the things I used from the last four releases. The list is more exhaustive than necessary as I'm not sure what the Contest Comptroller will accept, but if I've calculated right I should be eligible for the full bonus marks.
2.10 feature : Secrets!
2.10 Asset : Sound from the security camera (though not the camera itself)
2.09 feature : New particles via revamped particle designer
2.09 asset : Firefly particles
2.08 gameplay: Getting onto the church rafters or apartment building roof w.o. rope arrow or crate stacking can be done with the new running/mantling mechanics. It's not really feasible without them.
I also made use of the instantaneous patrol path change described at
2.07 feature : Version 2 EAX reverb
This mission would be much uglier, buggier, disorganised, and z-fightier without my kind beta testers: ate0ate, datiswous, JackFarmer, and Kingsal. There were also useful comments from Dragofer, wesps5, and madtaffer. I am very grateful to them for their hard work and attention to detail.
Here is the link to the mission:
Down and Out on Newford Road --(!!TDM 2.10 v 5 BETA REQUIRED!!)--
I'm also including some promo shots for the downloader: Promos
Enjoy and thanks for playing!Edited by thebigh Check out original thread here!
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