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My journey through the land of Quake started late one night with some crazy looking brushwork doodles and eventually finished with my favourite map to date, The Horde of Zendar. I have always thought of Quake as a treasured favourite from my past and I remember when it first came out, I was blown away by the game having true 3D levels that I could walk around. Even thou that sounds crazy by today's game standards, at the time it was ground breaking!

Quake is an unique experience, there really is not much else like it, the game is dripping in blood soaked pixels, full of nightmarish monsters and has very aggressive game play mechanics. The environmental styles range from typical tech style base designs to surreal elder world castles soaked in black shadows. Unfortunately the monsters were as dumb as bricks and they would often run straight at you, guns a blazing, swords a swinging and claws a tearing.

The game had its own kind of intensity, there were no rooms full of enemies like in Doom, but instead the monsters were setup in ambushes. They could be high up on ledges raining down grenades or silently drifting in the darkness waiting to surprise you with a hiss and acid spit and if you are not careful leaping at you with teeth and claws at the ready. The game was driven by terror and surprise, panic and dread and the fear of what lies around the next corner.

Midnight Stalker - Perfectly Broken

Midnight Stalker was inspired by vivid dreams of blue elder worlds and warped brushwork, a twisted metal underground lair of monsters and contraptions waiting for some unwelcome fool to wander into.

The environment was designed to slide apart like giant pieces of a puzzle, to change as the player progresses and the monsters were placed in positions of strength. This is a map full of environmental hazards, unusual monster ambushes and traps for both the player and monster to be caught out by.

Backsteingotik - Skill Selection

Backsteingotik was a towering monolith of bricks stretching upwards into darkness. There are no fancy archways, fine details, or environmental set pieces, just a mountain of bricks. The map is based on a central hub system where the player unlocks various parts of the map over time while returning to one point for multiple encounters.

The game play is a mixture of ambushes and special arenas where the player can operate crushers to inflict upon unsuspecting monsters. Many of the areas are revisited several times from different heights and there are plenty of secret areas to unlock and explore.

The Ivory Tower - Front Door

The Ivory Tower is based on a story, a world full of details stacked up over time, a place where each corner is designed with a purpose. The player will experience brightly lit chapels, large underground caves stitched together by elevator shafts and will be unconsciously led by rusty tracks laden with carts full of gold.

The game play is different, there are plenty of empty encounter spaces, opportunities to look around and explore. There are many locations presented from multiple directions to give the player the sense of space and show where they are going to be next.

The Horde of Zendar - City Gates

The Horde of Zendar is designed to be played forward or backwards and still make sense. The map is about player choices, multiple routes and plenty of secret areas waiting to be unlocked via multiple silver keys. The objective is simple, escape the city, but there are so many secret places to explore as well.

The game play is classic ambushes tailored to each area of the map with plenty of vertical situations to keep the player looking up. The central hub is visited on many occasions and the climax to the story is when the final battle is over the floor is littered with the fallen bodies of the Horde of Zendar while the player escapes to tell the tale.

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ceriux
ceriux

sock AD really deserves its own mod profile!

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simonoc Creator
simonoc

Yes you are right, I should of created it separate, oh well.

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Maggy_
Maggy_

Why did you "cancel" Arcane Dimensions mod?

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simonoc Creator
simonoc

AD was a mappers toolkit, it was a collection of assets with a few test maps. People get excited about playable content nowadays not development resources, I underestimation what people wanted, I decided to cancelled the project and cut my loses.

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Yhe1
Yhe1

But isn't that what Quoth is? and it is very popular.

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Maggy_
Maggy_

Ok.

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numbersix
numbersix

Welcome to the quake c forum - thanks for joining!

I thought: "wow, that map looks good..." And the style looks familiar, so I went to your website. And then was like "Oh, right."

Love pom, long time q3 favorite DM map.
My darkplaces q1 mod fully supports q3 maps, and pom is my jump pad test map.
Sadly jump pads still dont work, I currently cheat with teleports.

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SinKing
SinKing

I like the textures and how you apply different lighting situations. These are impressive results, because of the clarity of your vision and flawless execution. You seem to like colorful, so I'd stick with the medieval theme(s) or something slightly cartoony.

I'm currently Concept Artist for Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs. I'm not sure if we need texture artists and mappers (it's a small team), but I would recommend you, if you chose to apply. Gj!

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simonoc Creator
simonoc

Thanks, yeah I love brightly coloured stuff. I spent too many years making WW2 stuff and grey/brown environments.

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JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces

Wow, your stuff looks really good. It's cool that you explained the process of making your textures and where you got them from.

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simonoc Creator
simonoc

Cool thanks, there is more waffle on my website if you are curious. Most of my stuff you can download (website links) and use in your own projects.

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For years I had Quake with loads of milk and sugar, nowadays I just enjoy the original flavour; dark and moody with a bittersweet taste!

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@tdDaz @GavinEdgington You can force them to teleport to certain locations, started phased out, spawn minions and there are even 4 types!

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@GavinEdgington Yeah, I am totally surprised by the results of every poll I have done this week, I assumed it would be lost souls!

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@davethedaring66 @kristianduske You should post that screenshot over at Func, the home of many lurking Quake fans! T.co

Feb 5 2016

What was your favourite monster in Arcane Dimensions MOD?

Feb 4 2016

@admrd I would be very careful with remakes between Q1 & Q3, the player speed, architectural scale and weapon/item balance are different

Feb 4 2016

@warrenmarshallb @PuLSaR_noise I love the moody feeling with the void, I would try to break the symmetry of the 4 pillars, maybe delete one!

Feb 4 2016

@XxONLINEMANxX It was certainly designed to feel like part of the same universe, I was wondered what was the feature that defined the mod?

Feb 4 2016

What was your favourite feature of the Arcane Dimensions MOD?

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@JoeCecot The layering was inspired by courtyard photo, the secrets are very much about jumping from odd locations! T.co

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