latecomer to Modding for Deus Ex; mapping and modeling

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mikak Sep 16 2014, 11:15pm replied:

more cyberpunk is needed perhaps? the map still looks closer to the 2000's than 2050..

+1 vote     media: bus stop indoor/outdoor lvl merge
mikak Sep 16 2014, 11:05pm replied:

thanks TECMEC, how is your project in the cube engine coming along?

+2 votes     media: minimum detail building facade
mikak Sep 16 2014, 8:28pm says:

incredible effort

+2 votes     media: Area 51 Overview comparison
mikak Sep 16 2014, 8:23pm says:

'scanning area'

+6 votes     media: Area 51 Surface
mikak Sep 15 2014, 11:59am replied:

thanks dude, still not too sure about this particular design for merging the transit hub map with the street hub map. on the whole the maps are still very open, not alot of depth to them, so i may in future separate this rain structure to be freestanding and redesign the city to have the transit hub map more segregated from the street

+2 votes     media: bus stop indoor/outdoor lvl merge
mikak Sep 4 2014, 5:22am says:

hi cyberp. enjoying a playthru of gmdx at the moment (finally, intended to do so at v5, but stuff came up). something is up with the crates in gmdx, they are really really bright, unlit bright. i'm running fresh dx install, new vision, grotz new hdtp installer, gmdx. (standard dx, no shifter or human renovation etc). running with d3d9, i don't like 10. here's a pic of crates in gmdx: , for comparison here is hdtp crates in my map;

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mikak Sep 3 2014, 10:57am replied:

(^me) signs me out when i close the browser :\

+1 vote     media: 3D door test
mikak Sep 2 2014, 4:44am says:

"-Sharks now have a 10-15% accuracy bonus with laser type weapons. No, not really"

awwww, Fish at drawscale 10, with lasers, would've made the ocean lab map so epic

+2 votes     article: Hatchet Monthly Update September 2014
mikak Sep 1 2014, 12:45pm says:

wow, i really need to do something about the box hedge, that looks really boring :O. street light in background will probably get changed a little, i made it last year, and i think i can do better. street lamp in foreground is quite good as far as i am concerned, will probably re-texture them, or possible make them into a model. forget how many polys 160 to 190 or something, hard to make it look lit properly in both cases, had a shocking bsp cut here, didn't find where it came from, hoping it is gone since i culled alot of unnecessary geometry from inside the transit hub

bed time now. gg

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mikak Sep 1 2014, 12:34pm says:

rarrr at the lighting on that building in background, that is the original that 'hvy tech' was manipulated from, it uses a 2 section per lvl/floor design, which i really like, but it destroys the lighting, because the vertices are tucked further in toward the building whilst the concrete beams jut out, and despite behind plastered with lights it doesn't look lit properly.

have still got zone light at 4, which is why nothing is totally dark- hey i have to fly around all the time, i wanna see where i'm going :P

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mikak Sep 1 2014, 12:09pm says:

i am flying almost 1000uu off ground here obviously. just to show it in full, rather dwarfs the player from ground lvl, i could make this vista a thing tho, purple kitten shell to the left, ie red brick thing. balcony perhaps

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mikak Sep 1 2014, 10:10am says:

to those cool dudes that visit my profile page, thanks for visiting :D

i implore you to critique, i ain't gonna be hurt if you have constructive criticism :) i am aware my 'little fan mission' is getting more ambitions in its scope and overall size, still just getting the basic layout set in stone so i can start concentrating on smaller details like npc's, missions, augmentation & skill interaction with map, consequences etc etc etc

to expand upon the 'enterable buildings'; at this point this includes; purple kitten (bar/nightclub/possibly brothel) it is largely finished, just needs to be fixed to fit into the shell that sets it's size from this map, which will basically be me 'save as' this map, delete everything that isn't visible from the purple kitten location, then copy/paste everything from the old purple kitten map and move stuff around so it fits cleanly, and redesign to make it interesting/workable.

another map 'Ersatz Medical' *was* pretty much finished, just needed the morgue basement. but now ersatz is completely differently shaped in the city map (ie above) so it'll bascially get the same treatment as the purple kitten. but more layout changes, which is a blessing in disguise, as it was rather easy to loose bearings and get lost, i've made alot of prefabs and models specifically for ersatz. it is probably to be the most mission oriented location, reason being Augmentation and health stuff, which is a large part of the dx story/stories

not yet included on this map is an apartment complex, which i made around christmas time, it will go in the empty corner at lower middle of sshot above, might need a bit of alteration so it isn't so visible from the street, otherwise it will end up being a huge copy/paste, which isn't what i want from that. it is quest based, kind of like the 'find the right alice garden pod' when looking for windwill in dx-hr, you will 'find the right apartment' where something interesting might happen.

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mikak Aug 27 2014, 1:18pm says:

looks good Jonathan. i look forward to playing this. a nice aesthetic, tho i personally feel the rooms should end on a clean seam of full and half hexagons; there a few areas where the wall sits at an uneven 1/4, 3/4 alignment. i guess perhaps that is just my personal bias.

i agree with what you said in the vid about the 1st/2nd challenge, that room needs expanding. perhaps give the player a simple idea of how far they can jump, and how high, from watching i am honestly unsure

i also thought the walls felt really square at some areas in your vid, and wondered if maybe it would look nicer with pillars and alcoves with shelves or something (ie subtract 5, add 2). tho i guess that could risk a hexagon overload :P

looks innovative and well thought thru. good luck

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mikak Aug 27 2014, 12:49pm says:

just to re-stipulate my excuse for the jarringly bad graphics; textures are unaligned and unscaled. lighting is still in its infancy, also there is a zone light just so i can see in the areas not yet lit (a large percentage of the map), and i have it set at .6 brightness, which looks much nicer than this which is at 1.

that building doesn't have glass on the windows yet, due to my tex at 512x512 not scaling easily, which was an oversight on my part when i made the texture, still undecided if it should be hollowed out or not, will be enterable as a self contained map for explorers, i can hide my truck models, forklift, palletized cargo and whatnot. it would be great if it could be part of the street map itself, but too many polys for the pallet rack shelving, workbenches and interior detailing. and a ton of models of course, i imagine 3 to 5 meg total, load time will be negligible, reward will be minimal, ie. it won't be littered with a ****-ton of lockpicks and multitools, more or less it'll just be there for the sake of being there. with some loot as a thankyou for visiting

its still really high on earthy tones. got some neon (not for this part really tho) and a massive pain in the butt set of alloy scaffolding etc which would look just good on the corner building. will leave such things until later tho

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mikak Aug 26 2014, 1:45pm says:

aha, i finally fixed my sshots from being so dark. now it is too bright :P it looks better at 0.6 brightness

something is up tho, that sshot is stretched horizontally quite a bit, its not so squat.

anyway, i've got a big empty space on the inside corner of the road (ie centre screen) so that viewing vista will change dramatically when there is a building just behind the stair garden

just as a note: i use transform permanently alot, so texture surfaces are typically unaligned and unscaled (ie that 2 course brick wall at bottom left of screen :P ~ due to 512pixel tex i made, and i'm not yet sure if it's possible to stipulate: use this tex at scale 0.125 for example) because it all gets reset at each transformation, so i'm not bothering until the level is finalized, that is the time that they will get their deserved aesthetic attention

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mikak Aug 22 2014, 12:48pm says:

great lighting CyberP

+1 vote     media: Wan Chai
mikak Aug 22 2014, 12:47pm says:

not quite sure where that is. well done :D

+1 vote     media: NYC
mikak Aug 17 2014, 9:10am replied:

update your DirectX.

+1 vote     download: Caffeine Demo v0.9.2 Win64
mikak Aug 13 2014, 12:29pm says:

laptop in question is my old dell d620 :P little beast served me well for learning to mod dx, but it is 2 pc's old for me. last pc i bought was a HP off the shelf box, cheap, but rubbish. now i've got a new pc, custom built. i was using ubuntu/custom linux builds for many years, but i can't figure out how to get dx to run on it. so now i'm back to microsoft windows :(. havn't got any mac except original candy blue coloured imac, works okay, but i never figured out how to use os. also g-mac? tower, doesn't work, i got them off ebay because they looked cool :P

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mikak Aug 13 2014, 12:21pm says:

coffee cup looks better tho

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mikak Jul 28 2014, 12:04pm says:

i didn't like the one on the left, it will be destined for an ingame laugh about ridiculously overambitious ideas detracting from the sole purpose of a chair :P the other 2 are decent enough, now i will make some that are more specific to certain purposes and locations

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mikak Jul 26 2014, 3:34am says:

anyway that's 4 chairs so far, not sure; but that'll probably do ;)

+2 votes     media: wooden chair
mikak Jul 25 2014, 7:16am says:

^scrap that. it is 230polys. 350 was for the previous model which has been superseded by this optimised version

+1 vote     media: better chairs
mikak Jul 25 2014, 7:14am says:

bah! soooooo bright, i think there is a setting for forcing brightness in the default properties, i've got to fix that

+2 votes     media: Purple Kitten stools
mikak Jul 25 2014, 7:02am says:

very nice

+1 vote     media: Screenshot
mikak Jul 23 2014, 1:47pm says:

aprox 350polys

+1 vote     media: better chairs
mikak Jul 21 2014, 3:44am says:

woah mikak! you type so much! :O

tl;dr version: basic pc, 2x lcd monitor, laptop, 2x keyboard, external hdd models. need to fix screen on when frobed (texture switch thingo). gg

+2 votes     media: computer stuff
mikak Jul 1 2014, 12:23am says:

consider the bus sign a place holder texture, rarrr it shouldn't be white either, it's translucent, like a holographic.

why do you hate me sshot :(

+2 votes     media: Bus Stop
mikak Jun 29 2014, 6:49am says:

dark clothes make this dude look tougher.

+1 vote     media: playable Elite character
mikak Jun 29 2014, 6:43am says:

haha, that's all kinds of cool

+1 vote     media: non-playable Elite character
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